Lord Henri Sãens
|Prime Minister of Ebenthal|
|Assumed office |
8 September 2021
|Preceded by||The Countess of Wittiza|
|Member of the House of Councillors|
|Assumed office |
8 September 2021
|Minister of Culture and Education|
1 August 2021 – 9 September 2021
|Prime Minister||The Countess of Wittiza|
|Preceded by||Yuri Barcelos|
|Succeeded by||The Countess of Barcelos|
|Truchsess of the Tribune of Truth|
24 May 2020 – 1 August 2021
|Steward of Znatsnaz|
14 December 2014 – 1 December 2016
|Monarch||Gionata Giackovseen XIII|
|Preceded by||Leonardo Dias|
|Succeeded by||Louise Sintra|
|Constituency||City-State of Lilásia|
|Born||21 April 1996|
|Political party||Moderate Party|
|Alma mater||American College|
Henrique de Sãens Lund-Dias, better known by his nickname Henri Sãens (Americana, Brazil, 21 April 1996) in an Ebenthali theorist and politician of Brazilian, Spanish and American Confederate origin, currently serving as Prime Minister of Ebenthal. A micronationalist since 2013, Henri served as steward to Emperor Gionata Giackovseen XIII of the the Sublime Confederation of Znatsnaz during that micronation's mixed simulationit-secessionist phase and was twice elected member of Rubrayev's Bundestag. He moved away from micronationalism between 2016 and 2020, when he was appointed Truchsess at the Tribune of Truth, having been the only occupant of a judicial office without a legal record. Affiliated to the Moderate Party, on 1 August 2021 the Prime Minister Countess of Wittiza appointed him to the office of Minister of Culture and Education. He has declined the title of Duke of Sãens and was granted the courtesy title of lord.
Henrique de Sãens was born in the town of Americana, in the state of São Paulo countryside, to the middle-class Lund-Dias family which was originated in the 1960s from the marriage of the Lund family, which has its roots in the Confederate States and the Confederados immigrants to Brazil in the second half of the 19th century, to the Dias family, of Portuguese ancestry. Since his grandmother was a Lund and his grandfather a Dias, but the Confederado cultural heritage is a strong part of his family, his father was registered as Lund-Dias. Henrique mother's Amélia Saens Peña, was born in Brazil to an Argentinian father, and it is a great-great-great-granddaughter of President Roque Sáenz Penã. Upon registering though, her family name was written as Sãens.
Only child, Henrique grew in Americana attending the American Episcopal Church in Santa Bárbara d'Oeste. He claims to be an native speaker of Portuguese and English due to his American heritage. His nickname Henri, the French version of his name, was given to him by his grandmother after a French singer of the 1930s.
Education and career
Henrique was educated from an early age, but left at the age of 7, when he started studying through homeschooling at his father's beheast, until he was 14 years old. Upon completing 15 years of age, Henrique was enrolled in a private school, where he graduated in 2014. three years after completing school, after a period of indecision about his future, in 2018 he entered the American College, studying pharmacy. In 2021 Henrique was approved in an internship program sponsored by Venâncio Drugstores, working as an assistant to the local pharmacist in the neighboring city of Santa Bárbara d'Oeste.
Henri met Jacob, Crown Prince of Znatsnaz, the future Znatsnazian Emperor Gionata Giackovseen XIII at the Supremacy1914 online game in 2012. Gionata, who was then Crown Prince of Znatsnaz, invited Henri to the NationStates platform, of which he wasn't aware of. Accepting Henri became a citizen of Znatsnaz and was formally appointed by Emperor Gionata Edwardseen XI as Aide-de-Camp to the Crown Prince. Subsequently, Henri was made part of Council of State at his master's beheast. During this period, Henri was still getting used to the simulationist state when Edwardseen was deposed by the Socialist Znatsnazian Party which proclaimed its president as Emperor Gionata Vicentseen XII. The coup would not last long, for Prince Jacob established a government of his own and took control of the state's accounts and gathered most of the politicians support. Henri itself proclaimed Jacob as Gionata Giackovseen XIII and Emperor of Znatsnaz in 13 December 2014.
With the coup terminated, in 14 December 2014 Henri was appointed Steward to his Emperor. Although Znatsnaz was organized as an absolute monarchy, as the right hand to the Emperor, the Steward was very powerful and exercised his power through the Imperial Edicts, rulling effectively as a Head of Government. In 2015 Henri and Giackovseen led the transition from simulationism to secessionism, a period during which Znatsnaz had characteristics of both a simulationist and a secessionist state. In the meantime, Henri was responsible for the compilation of Znatsnazian original laws into a Code of Law. That year Henri had a wake-up calling, as a radical conservative person, much due to his religion, becoming over time a more tolerant person. He founded Znatsnaz's Social-Constructvist Party, although he never ran for office. In 4 July 2015 Henri gave up much of his powers, as Gionata's thirsty for power grew, eventually pushing Henri away.
In 16 July 2015, while still serving as Imperial Steward in Znatsnaz, Henri was allowed by the Rubrayevish Federal Government to found his Social-Constructvist Party there and he was elected the sole representant of his party at Rubrayev's Bundestag in 1 August 2015. As a parliamentarian, Henri aligned with the Federal Progressive Party and made proposal such as the realization of the country's first and only census and the creation of parliamentary committees, having been voted chairman of the culture committee where he was the main responsible for organizing the Federal Festival that brought together citizens and government officials and representatives of foreign nations in an online conversation with music to debate aspects of culture micronationalist born of NationStates.
Re-elected in February 2016, Henri resigned his office in Znatsnaz to dedicate full time to Rubrayev. In January elections, his party got three members elected to the Bundestag, and he intended to run for presidency or premiership in the next election, had his party kept growing. Assuming his seat in parliament again, Henri openly supported the Left Party's proposal for legalization and regulation of lgbt civil unions, earning distrust among some members of the Federal Progressive Party, part of his parliamentary bench. His successive support for social measures ended up earning him attacks. Known as an American Protestant, he was attacked by the Conservative Party for allegedly betraying Christian principles. Frustrated, Henri resigned his seat and left Rubrayev.
In May 2020, half a year after assuming the throne of Ebenthal, King Arthur II turned his attention to the country's judiciary power and started a search for competent micronationlists able to assume judiciary offices, specially micronationalists formely known to him. He then invited Henri to assume the office of one ofthe four Truchsess of the Tribune of Truth, Ebenthal's supreme court. Although Henri has no relationship with law, which is why he was afraid to accept the invitation, he ended up accepting it, becoming a sort of notary.
In 22 July 2021, the Duke of Sion, President of the Moderate Party, contacted Henri inviting him to join the party the the goal to win more seats in the next elections for the House of Councillors by having more runners. The talks happened over the course of two days, but the Seneschal Pedro Reis, Count of Iustitia, ruled that in order to run for a parliamentary office, Henri would have to resign his role of Truchsess. In 1st August 2021, upon resigning at the Tribune of Truth, Henri was appointed Minister of Culture and Education by the Prime Minister Gabriela, Countess of Wittiza, her only Moderate minister, in an effort to please her allied bench.
In August as well, King Arthur II offered Henri the title of Duke of Sãens, but Henri politely declined the title but gave no explanation for doing so. He instead accepted the courtesy title of Lord which was granted by the King. In the September 7 elections he ran for the House of Councillors, having been elected councilor by the Principality of Carlenburg. With his party forming a majority, Henri was subsequently appointed Prime Minister of Ebenthal.
One of Henri's first official acts as Prime Minister was to plead with the Conference of Santiago for the adoption of a cryptocurrency as the organization's official currency, if possible, transforming the Doubloon into a cryptocurrency. His claim formally aligns Ebenthal with the governments of the United Provinces of Mauritia and Quinta Velha. His new cabinet, under his orders, was also quick to establish relationships with micronations such as Snagov, Aswington and Flandrensis. Henri has also been lobbying for Ebenthal's reform into a unitary state as part of his government program of "micronational cohesion", as he called it, which aims to organize the public machinery as easily administrative and functional as possible. His program received the support of the Republican Party but faces opposition Federal Princes who fear losing power.
During his first month in office, Henri was able to pass an old bill from his party that allows for the establishment of incorporated and non-incorporated territories in the form of enclaves and exclaves surrounded by countries other than Brazil. Along with that, he declared that a new federative unit of Ebenthal will possibly be created, eclaved in Argentine territory belonging to his family. Another law approved of its own authorship competes with the standardization of the Luso-Germanic culture of Ebenthal and institutes the Ebenthal Culture course at the Royal Academy of General Knowledge.
As an Ebenthali politicians, Henri must be addressed as The Most Dignified. He also enjoys of the courtesy title of Lord. He subsequently is a member of the following orders:
- Federal Republic of Rubrayev: Grand Cross of the Order of Presidente Prudente
- The Sublime Confederation of Znatsnaz: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Gionata Giackovseen XIII
- The Sublime Confederation of Znatsnaz: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Confederation
- Schneeblutigan Empire: knight of the Order of Peterstaad
- Kingdom of Ebenthal: Knight of the Order of Pedro II
- State of Vishwamitra: Honorary Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the Vishwamitra