Dame Eryn Lewis

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Lieutenant Colonel The Right Honourable
Dame Eryn Lewis
DGCSM DNVI MMHSOSJ BP
Lewis, winter of 2021
1st and 3rd Prime Minister of New Virginia
In office
1 August 2020 - 18 December 2020
17 February 2021 - Present
President Sir Joseph Kennedy
Deputy Prime Minister Bradley van Dullahan
Sophia Albina
Predecessor Office established
Dame Sophia Albina
Successor Dame Sophia Albina
Incumbemt
Estimated Prophet of the Church of the Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion
Assumed office
15 September 2018-Present
Predecessor Position Established
Successor Incumbent
Minister of Defence
Assumed office
18 December 2021- Present
Predecessor Thomas Bainbridge
Successor Incumbent
Commandant of the New Virginian Defence Force
Assumed office
13 January 2021- Present
Predecessor Major General Alex Francis
Successor Incumbent
Burgess for Shoreline
Assumed office
20th August 2020
Predecessor Office established
Successor Incumbent
Queen of Aspenia
Assumed office
23 December 2018
Predecessor HM Cameron I
Successor Incumbent
Personal information
Born 8 October 1999 (1999-10-08) (age 21)
Flag of the United States.png United States
Citizenship Flag of New Virginia.png Commonwealth of New Virginia
Political party Free Democratic Party
Residence Shoreline, New Virginia
Religion Episcopalian
Shorelinian Deadhead
Military service
Allegiance New Virginian Defence Force
In service 2020-Present
Rank Lieutenant Colonel

Dame Eryn Lewis DNVI is a New Virginian political figure who served as Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of New Virginia from the first of August 2020 to the 18th of December 2020. Prior to New Virginian Independence, she served as Deputy Prime Minister of the Empire of Austenasia, holding the position for about four years. She has been a part of numerous micronational projects.

Lewis joined the micronational community in late 2012 when she formed the nation Lewisia as a child. Throughout the 2010s she served in several micronations before joining Austenasia in 2013 through Terentia, a Crown Dependency. When Terentia became a town in 2014, Lewis entered Austenasian politics. Lewis served as New Virginia's Deputy Prime Minister, Speaker of the House, Chancellor, and Minister of Defense over a period of six years in Austenasian politics. In February 2020, Terentia joined several other Austenasian territories in establishing the Commonwealth of New Virginia, an independent state. Lewis was made acting Prime Minister in New Virginia in August 2020.

Lewis is the founder and leader of a micronational religious organization located in Shoreline, New Virginia, the Church of the Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion. The Church believes in an eclectic collection of spiritual beliefs loosely bound around the music and culture of the Grateful Dead.

Early life

Lewis was born in Western Massachusetts in October 1999, Lewis' early life was relatively simple and uneventful. She and her family lived in various homes in the Franklin County area, eventually settling at a home that would eventually become Shoreline. Lewis discovered and became interested politics and history at a young age, which would go on to inform her micronational career.

Micronational Career

Early Micronational Years

Lewis entered micronationalism in her early teens, forming 'Lewisia' in 2012-2013. Throughout her early micronational career she was involved in numerous small communities that would be considered simulationist in nature. Lewis' numerous projects eventually formed into Frieden. By all accounts, Frieden was a very instable project, with government changes happening frequently. This eventually came to a close in 2014 when Frieden joined Juclandia. Lewis had dedicated a section of her home as an Austenasian Crown Dependency, In 2014 this section of her property expanded to include her entire home, forming the Austenasian town of Terentia.

Austenasia and New Virginia

When Terentia became a town in 2014, Austenasia became Lewis' primary area of focus. Throughout the mid and late 2010's, Lewis served in various positions within the Austenasian government, eventually being appointed the sixth Deputy Prime Minister under Prime Minister Joseph Kennedy. She was the first person to be appointed to this role in June 2016.

Prime Minister Lewis meeting Nordalian Premier Sophia Albina

In 2016, Lewis founded the Imperial Party. Initially a civic nationalist party, the organisation slowly reformed itself under the leadership of Joseph Kennedy, growing to the size of ten members by 2018, being the largest political party in Austenasia. Lewis served as Chairman of the Imperial Party. In the summer of 2018, the Imperial Party held a conference of its members. In Lewis' speech, she promised that the Imperial Party would begin plans to formulate a working Austenasian currency, as well as appealed to the ideas of Austenasian unity and culture. Many of the economic ideas Lewis formulated would follow her to New Virginia, being implemented by the Treasury during her term as Prime Minister.

Throughout the late summer and early fall of 2018, Lewis found herself at the head of a cultural movement within Terentia. In Terentia, according to Lewis, there had always been a cultural identity that had never been outwardly expressed to the Austenasian community. Through legislation and public meetings of Terentians, a unique identity centered around the Grateful Dead and other such bands began to emerge. Terentians began describing themselves as a 'hippy enclave' within Austenasia. In September, Lewis founded The Church of the Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion along with a group of several other Terentians to serve as the spiritual and cultural guides of Terentian people. This identity would go on to become incredibly important to New Virginian and Shorelinian culture.

In February 2020 Lewis followed several other notable Austenasian figures in leaving the Empire of Austenasia, forming the Commonwealth of New Virginia. Lewis immediately devoted all of her micronational attention to the Commonwealth, becoming Prime Minister after the first general election. Lewis is the founder and leader of the Free Democratic Party of New Virginia, a political movement focused largely on cultural and economic growth within New Virginia. In December of 2020 due to personal reasons, Lewis resigned as Prime Minister and was succeeded by Sophia Albina. Since her resignation Lewis has served in numerous positions, notably as Minister of Defence and as Commandant of the New Virginian Defence Force. Lewis remains active in New Virginian politics.

Military career

Lewis is the Commandant of the New Virginian Defence Force, and serves as a Lieutenant Colonel. She is the second Commandant, succeeding Alex Francis. Lewis directed the North American Command of the Imperial Navy of Austenasia, having formerly served as the Legate of Legio I Virginia and Tribune of Cohors I Nova Anglia in the Austenasian Army before said units were transferred to the Navy in March 2015. Although functionally a Vice Admiral, she held the rank of Admiral for reasons of precedence during her tenure as Minister of Defense.

Titles, Awards and Positions

Political Positions

Military commands

Awards

Titles

  • CGRUD.jpg Estimated Prophet Stella Blue I of the Shorelinian Deadheads
  • Flag of Naveria.svg Eryn Lewis, Noble Chevalier