Gabriela, Countess of Wittiza
The Countess of Wittiza
|12th Prime Minister of Ebenthal|
8 March 2021 – 8 September 2021
|Preceded by||Prince Fernando|
|Succeeded by||Henri Sãens|
|Member of the House of Aristocrats|
|Assumed office |
31 December 2019
|College's Dark Lady|
29 June 2020 – 8 March 2021
|Born||30 January 2000|
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
|Political party||Worker's Party|
Gabriela, Countess of Wittiza (born Gabriela Amorim dos Santos Lima in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 30 January 2000) is an Ebenthali politician and the 12th Prime Minister of Ebenthal, being the first woman and the second member of the Worker's Party to serve in the office. She has been a Peer of the Realm for Gillisburgh since 2019, as well as the leader of her party.
A cousin of her precedessor in office, Prince Fernando of Negromonte, Gabriela took interest in micronationalism through an unindentified friend, caming into contact with The Duke of Sion in late 2019, when she was made Countess of Wittiza by King Arthur II. Really interested in geopolitics, Gabriela consider herself a social-democrat.
From 2020 to 2021 she has been accused by Conservative politicians of being too much revolutionaire. Nonetheless, she managed to grow in popularity by proposing a series of reforms and gaining support by the Moderate Party, which eventually put her in power in Ebenthal. She has been openly vocal against the prohibition of Republian political activity in the country, but when asked, said that she does not and would not support an unwanted change [in the country's form of government] by the majority.
Gabriela was born in Rio de Janeiro, on 2000, to a middle class family of liberal workers. Her father is the owner of a bakery shop. She has two other siblings, an older and a younger brother, and she is reportedly a second cousin once removed of Prince Fernando of Negromonte on his mother's and her father's side.
From age 4 she joined the Marista School in Tijuca, the neighbourhood where she lives to this day, and finished it in 2017. During this period she also attended to an English course. At the age of 8 she went through a medical procedure to correct a breath disfunction with success.
In 2019 Gabriela entered the Estácio de Sá University in the International Relations course. This following the realization of the national exam where she obtained the seventh place to join the graduation at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, but only five contestans were admitted.
She is currently on her faculty's 5th period.
Gabriela describes herself as a social-democrat, embracing the Nordic Model, and positions herself on the center-left of the political spectrum. She has been participating in several social democratic groups, including the Brazil's social-democratic party's youth wing. She had proffessed an admiration for strong women, including many royals, but said that she believes forms of government aren't as important as the commitment of those in power and the mechanisms of checks and balance. She is a fierce supporter of social progressivism and of an state-regulated economy, defending the establishment of a welfare state.
In Ebenthal, she was made Countess of Wittiza with the purpose to assume the role of Peer of the Realm for Gillisburgh in 31 December 2019. Upon being made a noble, she swore allegiance to the Crown of Ebenthal and, when asked, stated that she had no problem with it as "serving the country's crown is to serve the country, as the country wants to keep that crown". Yet, from beggining, she criticized the absence of the Republican Party, forbidden under the King's new policy, and demonstrated insterest in re-create the former Social-Democratic Party.
During much of 2020, specially following the ascension of the Conservative Party to power, she was widely ignored by most Peers. Her proposal to reinstitute the Republican Party was voted and rejected twice, what resulted in she being labeled republican. In 25 August of that year she got her first law approved, allowing Barons to serve in the parliament and creating the office of Mayor to the municipalities, whose government would necessarily be held by a Baron no more, allowing other types of nobles to act as cities's rulers. This prompted her to push for the abolition of the aristocratic-exclusiveness system, where only nobles could held political offices.
Rise to power
When the October Reform Act was firstly proposed, Gabriela was one of the first to openly support it, for much of the Conservatives's surprise, as it was their proposal. Whereas the Conservative Party has problems to accept the changes, her Worker's Party voted it unanimously. This unexpected attitude put her in a new light for her opponents, who begun to see in her more than mere ideology. Having gained popularity, even despite that fact that by that time, as head of the main opposition party, she was the College's Dark Lady, she swifted her approach, now gaining support by the Moderates, constantly backing them in their critics of the Conservative government such as on their refusal in agree with the Sough2020 convention, which ultimately resulted in the Worker's-Moderate victory against the Conservative.
Shortly before it, she was also caught criticizing the adoption of the Conferential Doubloon as official currency, as according to her, it would be harder to manage the country's economic interests with the currency's fluctuation relying on other countries, sometimes unstable. Nonetheless, she voted to approve the law. Despite her harsh critics, her knowledge of the situation an the balance between the commitment to her ideological beliefs and the country's actual needs brought much sympathy to her, specially by the Moderates and their leader.
Defeating the conservatives
From late February to early March 2021, the Countess of Wittiza made a series of proposals to the College of Peers of the Realm, known as Ebenthal's Bicameral Act, including the adoption of an bicameral legislature, where the lower house would be freely elected by the people. She also proposed again the abolition of the aristocratic system. But the choke point where the crisis started was her proposal of abolition of the Armed Forces of Ebenthal, arguing they were an useless expenditure and a difficult-to-explain institution outside of the country's politics.
The Count of Lyns critized her proposals and herself harshly and accused her of plotting against the monarchy by trying to undermine the King's powers, citing her defense of the re-establishment of the Republican Party. The Duke of Sion, on the other hand, suggested a middle ground to her proposals and to the Conservatives's demands and fears, with the substitution of the Armed Forces by a Reserve Force and the division of the parliament's lower house, in case of adoption of bicameralism, between both elected members and members appointed by the monarch.
In 8 March 2020, the Worker's Party, supported by the Moderate Party and also by the Conservative Peer Lord Jonathan, Marquis of Rozandir, had most of their points approved by the parliamentary majority and sanctioned by the King. In a turning point, the Countess of Wittiza and the Duke of Sion decided to form a coalition and, with majority in party, they destituted the conservative Prime Minister and, with the Duke's and his party's agreement, the Countess was appointed new Prime Minister by the King.
Titles, styles and honours
Titles and styles
- 31 December 2019 – present: Her Mercy The Countess of Wittiza
As a politician, she also attends by The Most Dignified Countess of Wittiza.
- Ebenthal: Commander of the Order of the Swiss Prince
- Ebenthal: Dame of the Order of Lady Mary
- Vishwamitra: Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the Vishwamitra
- Vishwamitra: Dame Second Class of the Most Noble Order of the Precious Crown
- Vishwamitra: Recipient of the Commemorative Medal of the First Anniversary of the Vishwamitran Monarchy
- Karnia-Ruthenia: Dame of the Order of St. Peter
- Ministry of Information. Opposition suggests abolition of the military. Retrieved on 9 March 2021. Published on 3 March 2021.
- Emperor-King. "Imperial and Royal Decree n. 214-2O21, O1 August 2O21". Persenburg Citadel.