Essian premieral election, 2015
An election to determine the inaugural Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of Esse was called upon the nationwide Instrument of Government on 1 June 2015. Entitled the first premieral election, founder and national pioneer Edwyn Weishaupt (know known as Henry Clément) was the one and only candidate and was elected unanimously on 5 June 2015. The election was unique in being the first election ever held in the Clementine sector, and marked the beginning of elections in the region.
Weishaupt was elected unanimously, marking the beginning of the first five-year term of a Lord Protector. The 2020 elections were scheduled to take place on 24 June 2020, a law that was renewed by royal decree as legislative and Heaministeral elections in June 2017.
True Republican Party
The True Republican Party, founded almost simultaneously alongside the Commonwealth, was established to act as a vanguard for Henry Clément's campaign for Lord Protector. As such, he was the only citizen to declare candidacy in the election.
- Henry Clément, founder of the Commonwealth and former President of the Federated States
Little campaigning occurred during the brief election season.
Results and aftermath
Henry Clément won the election in a landslide, a unanimous victory. He was inaugurated shortly thereafter, in a fashion akin to the inauguration of United States president-elects.
I, elected by the will of the people as the Lord Protector of Esse, assuming this high office, do solemnly swear allegiance to Esse. I pledge with all my undertakings to protect the political status of Esse, to provide for the good of the welfare of the Essian people, to protect the rights and freedoms of citizens, to abide by the laws of Esse, to exercise my duties in the interests of all compatriots, and to enhance the prestige of Esse in the world.— -Oath of Office for the Office of Lord Protector, 2015
Following his inauguration, he immediately began passing the nation's first laws, now referred to as the initial Policy Edicts. The Commonwealth recognized 14 different states traditionally regarded as micronations, as well as all members of the United Nations.