Henry Clément

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His Illustrious Majesty
Henry Clément
Enzo Clemens (Essian)
Henrí Krementas (Sabian)
Portrait of Henry, 2017
Lord of the Essian Commonwealth
Assumed office
1 June 2015
Heir apparent Andrew, Count of Wingsington
Heaminister James Reginald Frisch
Coronation 24 June 2015
Predecessor Office established
26th Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational
Assumed office
25 June 2017
Vice Chair Newton von Uberquie
Justices Bradley of Dullahan (SJ)
Kit McCarthy
Jonathan of Austenasia
Predecessor Adam I of Überstadt
Grand Prince of Teodoria
Assumed office
30 June 2017
Monarch Stephen I & II
Predecessor Emiel Hardy
In office
28 January - 29 March 2017
Monarch Stephen I & II
Predecessor H. Lars I
Successor Will McCracken (Regent)
Emiel Hardy
Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational
(Acting)
In office
28 March - 25 June 2017
Vice Chair Newton von Uberquie
Justices Bradley of Dullahan (SJ)
Thomas Merrell
Kit McCarthy
Jonathan of Austenasia
Predecessor Adam I of Überstadt
Vorsitzender
In office
27 February - 29 March 2017
Monarch Stephen I & II
Stellvertreter Michael Brazeau
Predecessor Grant Hawkins
Successor Michael Brazeau (Acting)
Patrick Renwick (Elected)
1st Chair of the Micronational Economic Group
In office
22 August - 8 October 2016
Vice Chair Alex Wagner
Sub-Chairs Lucas Campos
Karl Friedrich
Kerry Stapleton
John Houston
Predecessor Office established
Successor Kerry Stapleton
Personal information
Born 6 October
Saints Memorial Hospital, Lowell, USA United States
Political party Independent
Signature
Military service
Allegiance Wings flag.png Wingian Armed Forces
Service/branch Air Force
In service 2016-2017
Rank Pilot First Class
Awards Presidential Medal of Clouds

HIllM Lord Henry, known as Sir Henry Clément and Gareth Henry Twain, Jr. in intermicronational politics, is the first Lord of the Essian Commonwealth and was the first and only Lord Protector of the same country during its democratic era. President of the Federated States of America from its foundation to its final dissolution in June 2016, Henry became renown throughout his post-Federated States career for several micronational economic ventures including Hiddleston Street and the Micronational Economic Group, the latter of which he became the inaugural Chairman during the later months of 2016. Henry has been the head of state and/or head of government of nearly one dozen micronations over his three-year career.

Henry's micronational career has seen him establish several micronations, the most well-known of which are the Federated States of America and the Essian Commonwealth. The former was established along with friends Brandon Wu and John Churchill in mid-2014, while the latter was formed only hours after the breakup of the four citizens of the Federated States in June 2015. Since then, Henry has engaged in a wide variety of micronational projects from the MicroCoin to the Micronational Relations Map, the former of which he established in the Micronational Economic Group as Minister of Commerce of the State of Koss.

In addition to his activities in the Commonwealth and State of Koss, Henry has partaken in politics in the Abeldane Empire, Empire of Paravia, Republic of Mcarthia, Democratic Union of British States, Mercia, and the Khanate of Nedland. Henry has also served in several micronational organizations besides the Micronational Economic Group, including the Grand Unified Micronational where he currently serves as acting Chairman.

Federated States

Early Career

Henry's micronational career began in July 2014 when he began reading about micronations, specifically the Principality of Sealand and the Republic of Molossia. He started his own micronation, the Republic of Concord, on August 3, 2014. His micronation allied with two bordering ones, the Republic of Gorgania and the Republic of Z-evanland, to form a military and economic pact. The three micronations formed a currency and passed provisions for open borders within the first week of existence.

After close cooperation, the three Republics began to sink in activity. This was turned around with the introduction of Brandon Wu to micronationalism. With that, the three Republics merged together and annexed more land, forming the Federated States of America. Composed of several different states, the Federated States operated similar to the US government upon its inception, with a President, Twain, a Vice President, Wu, and a Secretary of State appointed several days later, John Churchill.

During the Second Convention, participation in the Micronational community led Henry to believe that the best course of action for a small micronation like the Federated States was to be led by a central figurehead who was most interested, and build the rest of the government around him. As such, Henry started a movement called the "Progressive movement," which hoped to reform the FSA into the State of New Spain. Support for the changes was unanimous, however upon the adjournment of the convention the reformations were discarded.

In May 2015, Henry became the primary diplomat for the FSA to the community. He signed recognition for Nedland, the Duchy of the Lowcountry, and the Kingdom of Blackland, among others. During the Constitutional Convention, Twain made another attempt similar to what occurred during the Second Convention, launching what he called the "Royalist Reformation." It was highly criticized by his fellow Congressmen, and he disowned the movement soon after.

Amidst the resignation of an influential member of Congress, Henry announced that he too would be resigning.Two days later, on June 3, 2015, the remaining members of Congress resigned, and as such Henry renounced his citizenship and declared the independence of the Commonwealth of Esse.

Commonwealth reformations

The fall of the Federated States of America gave way to a split between the "Big four" of the Federated States era. Brandon Wu went on to establish the Republic of Galveston and became a citizen of the Tsardom of Nolland and Mercia; John Churchill also became a citizen of Mercia after a brief hiatus; the fourth one retired from micronationalism completely. Edwin von Goethe (known intermicronationally as Edwyn Weishaupt) continued on with the Commonwealth of Esse.

After several attempts to no avail, Henry succeeded in calling forth a new convention in December 2015. The Convention, known as the "VI Federated States Congress," set out to reform the Federated States. Despite wishes to remain the Federated States, others did not hold a similar sentiment, and a compromise led to the reformed Federated States to be known as the Atlantic Commonwealth.

The Atlantic Commonwealth was officially completed in January 2016, and quickly several political parties appeared. The first was Henry's own (von Goethe now using the Henry Twain pseudonym), United Atlantic, founded from his new-found fascination with Vladimir Putin and his politics. United Atlantic had three political candidates at its height. The second to appear were the Populists, led by Churchill , with the fourth former FSA member as another member. The third party was a one-man Socialist Party which collapsed shortly after founding.

Despite the polarized parties, January elections were fairly unanimous, with Henry being elected to a second term as President (the first term being his tenure as President of the FSA), despite his wishes to elect someone else. In the end, United Atlantic held 2 council seats, the Populists held 2, and the Socialists held 1. During this time, Henry represented the Province of Esse, which was the former Commonwealth annexed as a Province of the Atlantic Commonwealth.

A disabled Atlantic Commonwealth lasted for nearly two months before Henry drew the conclusion that the Commonwealth was never going to grow. With a growing interest in economics starting the year before, Henry began to consider the idea of starting a micronational stock exchange. Henry announced a retirement from micronational politics and passed a bill in the Atlantic Commonwealth unanimously which dissolved the Commonwealth altogether.

Present

Economics

Upon the dissolution of the Atlantic Commonwealth, Henry was brought on to the Daily Micronational as a second writer.

Henry had for several months made consistent comments about micronational economics, which were increasing in popularity and study with the launch of the Micronational Dollar by Kit McCarthy. Henry's idea of creating a micronational stock exchange began to take form with a massive four-phased plan. With the announcement of the idea, Henry got in several small debates, mostly with Kerry Stapleton, who accused him of copying other people's ideas (mainly referencing the Skovaji Stock Exchange).

Following, talks with Kit McCarthy went underway to establish the trading currency for the Quetico Microinternational Stock Exchange. On May 10, 2016, Henry announced that citizenship in the Quetican Islands would be mandatory for trading and transacting on Quetico Street. Later that day, he released the official citizenship application for the Quetican Islands. Quetico Street was planned to be opened May 26, 2016, however opened 11 days early, officially opening its doors on May 11.

While Henry had progressively been rising to prominence, he gained intermicronational attention with an article criticizing the National Liberal Party of Mercia. The very next day, Twain became a full citizen of Mercia and joined the People's Democratic Party.

Several days following the announcement of congressional elections, Henry pushed reforms which caused the elections to be bypassed. These reforms made the Grand Duchy of St.Clemens, and made Quetico Street and the Quetico Microinternational Stock Exchange independent of any micronation. The Quetico Street project did, however, spend a brief time as property of the State of Nedland, before Henry made it once again independent.

The homepage of the MicroWorld forums on 19 June 2016

In June 2016, many people were distraught with what they deemed hate speech coming from Markus Abernathy of New Israel. Arguments became common between people preaching in defense of Abernathy and those attacking him. This led to Lancelot Rice of the Universal Triumvirate to declare he was boycotting the MicroWiki, citing the hate speech of Abernathy. Many people soon followed Rice, including Kit McCarthy of Mcarthia and Horatio Eden of the Federal Republic of Whestcorea.

Henry was informed of the boycott over Skype, and in the thread created by Rice he made a lengthy post explaining that he would be boycotting. Henry cited constantly having to deal with "derailed threads," seeing what he described as a lack of action in enforcing the forum rules, and consistent inappropriate behavior. A result of the MicroWiki boycott was a forum founded by Eden. Known as MicroWorld, the forum was originally intended to be a temporary house for those boycotting. Henry, who was the second user to register (after Eden), was appointed as a moderator and then an admin the next day. The forum grew to twenty members in a matter of days, however died out within two weeks.

Henry's rising involvement in the State of Koss and his partnership with Lucas Campos led to a self-coup of himself in St.Clemens and handed authority over the former land of St.Clemens (and the Valdslandic realm of Vespucciland) to the newly formed Principality of Valites. He also resigned from offices in Abelden and Nedland, however remained in Mercia (at the time not in any Mercian political offices).

The original logo of the MEG, designed by Henry.

After much discussion, Henry and Campos decided to try a similar project to the QMSE, however make it larger, and attempt to fix the problems the Micronational Dollar had. They considered whom to add to the project, agreeing it should be as secretive as possible. They decided upon Kerry Stapleton, manager of the QMSE's main competitor, the Skovaji Stock Exchange; Kit McCarthy, for his interest in such project in the past; and John Houston for his knowledge in code. Initially, McCarthy turned down the offer. The four people decided on a name: the Micronational Economic Group.

The four worked nearly every day to some extent on the project while keeping it secret. In early July 2016, Henry was responsible for replacing Houston with Alex White as the main coder of the system. While White worked daily on the system, Henry wrote the majority of the Foundation Treaty, which was ratified on July 27, 2016. The system remained secret, however.

In a scrutinized move in Mercia, Henry turned coat to the PDP's primary opponent, the National Liberal Party. This was on the day of the August by-elections. Henry, after about two weeks in the National Liberal Party, was elected Deputy Leader, acting with Leader Horatio Eden. Several weeks after Henry turned coat, a vote of no-confidence was launched against Alejandro Whyatt of the PDP, and the PDP officially dismantled.

On 22 August, 2016, Henry was elected to be the first Chair of the Micronational Economic Group. He promised an inevitable launch, which came a week later, on August 27. The organization saw a membership triple upon launch. In attempts to increase interest and activity in the organization, Henry launched a new social media-esque project, MicroMe. In September, Henry returned from his hiatus in the Abeldane Empire and founded the Independence Party of Abelden, based on political ideals that he personally identified with combined with political structures within Abelden.

The party would eventually grow to encompass people such as His Lordship Richard I, Horatio Eden, and Lucas Campos. After arranging for elections for his successor in the Micronational Economic Group, he left the community on his second hiatus shortly after. Henry returned to the micronational community in January 2017 with the short-lived United States of Wings, which was succeeded by a the revived Commonwealth of Esse. At this point Henry took up several intermicronational offices, such as positions in the Democratic Union of British States, Republic of Mcarthia, and the Empire of Paravia.

Intermicronational politics

Logo of Henry's Chair campaign, June 2017.
Pamphlet produced by Henry's GUM Chair Campaign, June 2017.
Upon Henry's return to micronationalism he sought to revive the Essian Commonwealth, reforming the long-inactive micronation into an absolute monarchy and installing himself as the inaugural monarch. Esse, despite almost universally being denied as a "successor" to the United States of Wings in the traditional sense, was recognized as the successor of the United States by the Grand Unified Micronational in January 2017, enabling Henry to keep his delegation in the organization. It was at this point when Henry's role in the Grand Unified Micronational finally began to increase somewhat rapidly as Vice Chairman Thomas Merrell began struggling to remain active enough to hold Quorum on Sundays.

Henry, on behalf of the Independence Party of Abelden, was elected 16th Vorsitzender of the Abeldane Empire and the Commonwealth on February 27th, 2017, in a shock election that turned the tables of Abeldane politics. Henry arranged a Government composed of all major parties, later incorporating the freshly-founded Democratic Voice. The cross-partisan government saw much praise from most of the Empire citing inactivity as the primary concern rather than purely political issues. Shortly after the election, the Independence Party saw a large boost in membership migrating from the Conservative Party of Abelden.

On March 11th, Henry was nominated and elected Vice Chairman of the Grand Unified Micronational following Thomas Merrell's resignation. Shortly after his election to the post, Henry began to roll back much of his quickly increasing micronational activity as he resigned from all posts in the Democratic Union of British States, Republic of Mcarthia, Desi Empire, and Mercia.

Henry became Acting Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational on March 28th following the resignation of Adam I of Überstadt from the post. Hours following, Henry resigned from his office as Vorsitzender of Abelden and relinquished his citizenship. The same day, Mercia saw reformations that made Henry Deputy First Minister of an emergency government, working alongside First Minister Newton von Uberquie.

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

Royal Styles of
Henry, Lord of the Commonwealth
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Reference style His Illustrious Majesty
Spoken style Your Illustrious Majesty
Alternative style Sir

Because of his activity throughout a wide variety of community micronations, Henry's title has frequently changed despite increasing stability in recent months. The most frequent changes in his adopted style came throughout the summer of 2016. Since the reformation of the Essian Commonwealth, however, titles have been more firmly established, with the current style being established through both Commonwealth Code and the Constitution of the Essian Commonwealth. Earlier accounts of Henry's title have been altered to use his current pseudonym, as in 2014 and the first half of 2015, Henry did not use a pseudonym.

  • 3 August 2014 - 1 June 2015: President Henry Twain
  • 1 June 2015 - 6 January 2016: Lord Protector Henry Twain
  • 6 January 2016 - 5 May 2016: President-Councillor Henry Twain
  • 5 May 2016 - 1 June 2016: First Secretary Gareth Henry Twain, Jr.
  • 1 June 2016 - 27 July 2016: Grand Duke Harry of Saint Clemens
  • 27 July 2016 - 27 January 2017: Prince Henry I, OSC, OSR, MOG, ORL
  • 27 January 2017 - 28 February 2017: HG Lord Henry
  • 28 February 2017 - present: HIllM Lord Henry

Full style

His Illustrious Majesty Henry the First, Lord of His Essian Commonwealth, Illustrissimus Majesty of the Saint Clément and Protector of His Realms, Leader of the Valitese Peoples and their Faith, Grand Prince of the Teodoria, Patrician-Viceroy of the Essian Domain, Marquis of New Keutschen, Count of Siñbaša, Duke of the Shorewellese Empire, Sovereign of the Order of the Saint Clément, Sovereign of the Order of the Sun and Nomad, Officer of the Austenasian Order, Captain of the Order of Uber-Ritter, Knight of the Order of Stravinia, Grand Commander of the Order of the Rampant Lion, Cavaleiro of the Majestic Order of Giovanna, Commander of the Order of St. Bartholomew, Knight of the Order of the Star and Rose, Knight of the Order of Memery, Knight of the Order of Peace, Great Knight of the Order of the Imperial Star, Knight of the Order of Custosia, Friend of the Kingdom of Jupiter, Recipient of the Space Port Protostar Medal, Former Lord Protector of the Commonwealth, Leader of the Essians, Defender of the Liberty.

Founder and President of the Federated States of America, Senator of the Federated States of America, President of the Atlantic Executive Council, Deputy First Minister of the Kingdoms and Lands Represented in the Council of the Triarchal Crowns of the Disciples, Acting President of the State of Galveston, Superintendent and Director of the Autonomous Financial District of the Intermicroeconomical Board of Trustees, Grand Duke of Twiselonia and the Saint Clément, Prince of the Principality and Tsar of the Tsardom of Valites, Co-founder and President of the United States of Wings and its subsequent states and municipalities, and so on and so forth.

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