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|Henry Clémens, SEO, et al.|
Duke of Mercia-Lurk, Count of Siñbaša
|Depiction of Clémens|
(not actual image)
24 April 2020
|Monarchs||HL Karl I|
HL Richard I
5 June 2015 - 16 March 2018
|Heir apparent||Andrew, Count of Wingsington|
|Coronation||24 June 2015|
25 June - 25 December 2017
|Vice Chair||Newton von Uberquie|
|Predecessor||Adam I of Überstadt|
|Successor||Adam I of Überstadt|
28 March - 25 June 2017
|Vice Chair||Newton von Uberquie|
|Predecessor||Adam I of Überstadt|
3 August 2014 - 5 May 2016
|Vice President||Brandon Wu|
29 September - 14 November 2016
Saints Memorial Hospital, Lowell, USA
|Residence||Palazzo del Clement, Réma|
Henry Clémens SEO OAO OIS CSB SAV MOG KOS (in Essian: Enzo Clémens; in Sabian: Henrí Krementas) is an Essian noble – known as Lord Henry – and former politician who gained notoriety as the first and only Lord of the Essian Commonwealth and the first and only Lord Protector of the same country during its democratic era. The founder of six micronations within its geographic region, Clément is regarded as the co-creator and historian of the Houston sector.
As the co-founder and President of the Federated States of America, Clémens acted as the nation's primary diplomat to the MicroWiki community. Following said states' downfall, Clémens established himself as "the economist" of the MicroWiki community, co-founding the Micronational Economic Group and becoming its first Chairman.
After abandoning economic projects, Clémens became regarded as a community leader as his diplomatic activity increased, reaching a climax with his ascension to the Chairmanship of the Grand Unified Micronational. He left the office after a nine-month tenure, scaling back his micronational activity and declaring his intention to dismantle the Essian Commonwealth by the end of 2018.
- 1 Federated States
- 2 Leadership and late career
- 3 Present
- 4 Controversies
- 5 Discography
- 6 Titles, styles, honours and arms
- 7 External links
Henry started his first micronation, the Republic of Concord, on 3 August 2014. His micronation allied with the micronations of two of Henry's friends at the time, the Republic of Gorgania and the Republic of Zevanland, to form a military and economic pact. The three micronations designated a currency and passed provisions for open borders within the first week of their alliance's existence.
Despite close cooperation, the three Republics collectively went inactive by mid-September. This changed once Henry introduced friend Brandon Wu to micronationalism. The three Republics proceeded merged together and claim a larger land area, forming the Federated States of America. Composed of large states, the Federated States operated nearly identically to the US government upon its conception, with Henry leading the project as President, Wu appointed as Vice President, and beginning shortly thereafter a Secretary of State, John Churchill.
During the Second Convention, Henry successfully lobbied reformations referred to as the Progressive Reformations which intended to reform the FSA into the State of New Spain. Upon the adjournment of the convention the reformations were discarded.
By May 2015, Henry had become the face of the Federated States. His activity in the MicroWiki community was responsible for the nation's relations with the Kingdom of Blackland. During the Constitutional Convention, Henry moved for similar reforms to those of the Second Convention, launching the Royalist Reformation. It was highly criticized by his fellow Congressmen, and he disowned the movement shortly thereafter.
Henry announced that he would be resigning as President of the Federated States on 1 June after much speculation. Two days later, on 3 June 2015, the remaining members of Congress resigned, and as such Henry renounced his citizenship and declared the independence of the Commonwealth of Esse.
The fall of the Federated States of America gave way to a split between the "Quartet" 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 Congressman retired from micronationalism entirely. Henry continued on as Lord Protector of Esse.
Henry succeeded in reviving the Federated States in December 2015. The new convention, known as the Sixth 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 founded in January 2016, and quickly several political parties appeared. The first was Henry's own United Atlantic. United Atlantic had three political candidates at its height. The second to appear were the Populists, led by Churchill, with the fourth former Congressman as another member. The third party was a one-man Socialist Party which collapsed shortly after its conception due to inactivity.
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 retire from the position. United Atlantic won 2 council seats, as did the Populists won 2, and the Socialists received 1.
Success was short-lived, however, as most every citizen of the Commonwealth resigned out of disinterest within the following two months. The Atlantic Commonwealth lasted for nearly two months as a described "egostan." With a growing interest in economics starting the year before, Henry began to consider the concept of starting a micronational stock exchange. Henry announced a retirement from micronational politics and passed a bill in the Atlantic Commonwealth which dissolved the Commonwealth on 5 May.
Leadership and late career
Henry became a journalist for the Daily Micronational on 5 May. Henry's idea of creating a micronational stock exchange began to take form with a four-phased plan released on the MicroWiki forums. With the release of the plan, Talks with Anthony Clark went underway to establish the trading currency for the Quetico Microinternational Stock Exchange. Quetico Street was opened its doors on 15 May. Alongside the launch of the stock exchange, Henry created the Quetico Street Journal. Twain became a full citizen of Mercia and joined the People's Democratic Party following an opinion article he wrote on the nation's recent general election.
Henry's rising involvement in the State of Koss and his partnership with Lucas Campos led to a self-coup of himself in the Grand Duchy of St.Clemens, his most recent attempt at micronation-building. Henry ceded authority over the former land of St.Clemens (and the Valdslandic realm of Vespucciland) to the Anax of Koss. He also renounced citizenship in Abelden and Nedland, however remained in Mercia.
Henry and Campos began a project that intended to build on the concepts of both the Micronational Dollar and the Quetico Micronational Stock Exchange, which had both fallen into a state of inactivity. They considered whom to add to the project, agreeing a small group should be aware of the project's existence while it was being generated. The five micronationalists involved decided on a name: the Micronational Economic Group. The five worked nearly every day to some extent on the project. Henry wrote the majority of the Group's Foundation Treaty, which was ratified on 27 July 2016.
In Mercia, Henry turned coat to the PDP's primary opponent, the National Liberal Party during the August by-elections. Henry, after about two weeks in the National Liberal Party, was elected Deputy Leader, acting with Leader Horatio Eden. Only weeks afterwards after Henry turned coat, a vote of no-confidence was launched against First Minister Alejandro Whyatt, and the PDP officially dismantled.
On 22 August 2016, Henry was elected Chair of the Micronational Economic Group. He promised an inevitable launch, which came a week later, on 27 August. The organization saw membership triple upon launch. In September, Henry returned from his hiatus in the Abeldane Empire and founded the Independence Party of Abelden. After arranging for elections for his successor in the Micronational Economic Group, Henry left the community on hiatus.
During Henry's hiatus, the Micronational Economic Group effectively dissolved.
Henry returned publicly to micronationalism in January 2017, reviving the Essian Commonwealth and installing himself as absolute monarch. Esse was recognized as the successor of the United States of Wings by the Grand Unified Micronational, enabling Henry to keep his delegation in the organization. Henry's activity in the Grand Unified Micronational would rapidly increase over the next several months.
Henry, on behalf of the Independence Party of Abelden, was elected 16th Vorsitzender of the Abeldane Empire and the Commonwealth on 27 February in a shock victory. Henry arranged a government composed of all major parties, a positively-received bi-partisan arrangement that continued on as a tradition for several administrations later. Shortly after the election, the Independence Party saw a large boost in membership migrating from the Conservative Party. His Vorsitzendership saw activity rapidly increase in the micronation, and despite the short length of his leadership, his Vorsitzendership has been retrospectively well-received.
On 11 March, Henry was nominated and elected Vice Chairman of the Grand Unified Micronational following previous Vice Chairman Thomas Merrell's pressured resignation due to time restraints. Shortly after his election to the post, Henry began to roll back much of his quickly increasing micronational activity elsewhere, resigning from all posts in the Democratic Union of British States, Republic of Mcarthia, Desi Empire, and Mercia. Henry ascended to the post of Acting Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational shortly after - on 28 March - following the resignation of Adam I of Überstadt.
Hours following Henry becoming Acting Chair, Henry resigned as Vorsitzender of Abelden and relinquished his citizenship.
Henry's Acting Chairmanship was highly active, and saw a large number of restructures and projects, the most notable of which was the second 24 Hour Quorum, a charity event which raised over $200 for various charities. Due to the success of his term, he was elected unopposed as Chairman, only the second Chairman to be elected as such immediately after holding the position of Acting Chair.
In late August, Henry relinquished citizenship from all micronations but two, Esse and the Empire of Paravia. On 4 September, Jonathan I of Austenasia, MicroWiki site owner, appointed Henry a MicroWiki admin. After quickly pushing through two Charter amendments in the final two weeks of his term, Henry left his post as Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational after serving a full six month term (the first Chair under the 2016 Charter to serve his full term).
The Quorum of the Grand Unified Micronational confirmed Lord Henry as an Associate Justice on 17 January, though he resigned shortly afterwards when he announced his intent to dismantle the Essian Commonwealth and depart from the MicroWiki community. The process of this dismemberment set a goal date of dismemberment at early Feburary to mid-March; the Commonwealth ceased to exist on 16 March.
By May 2018, Henry had severed all ties within the MicroWiki community and had formally left, citing mental health as his reasoning.
Upon the March 2020 revival of Mercia, Henry stood as a candidate on the party-list of the National Liberal Party ahead of the April 2020 general election. The National Liberal Party garnered five seats - enough to constitute a parliamentary majority - and in its first session, the new Parliament House elected Henry as the new Mercian First Minister. He subsequently announced his cabinet at the conclusion of the session.
Despite many feats, Henry was the source of controversy on several occasions throughout his micronational career. Throughout his term as President of the Federated States, Henry was often criticized by his Vice President and senators for perceived "power grabs," including attempts to install himself as the micronation's monarch on several occasions. In the Second Convention, his reforms increasing the power of the President to become essentially absolutist went relatively undisputed at the time, but later reform movements such as 2015's infamous "Royalist Reformation" and his attempt to implement a semi-presidential system without legislative consultation resulted in a major loss of respect from his peers that is often cited as a primary cause for the eventual dissolution of the Federated States.
After the Atlantic Commonwealth fell into inactivity and was dissolved in May 2016, Henry began a highly-critiqued initiative to launch an intermicronational economic sector within the MicroWiki community, culminating in two major projects: the Questico Microinternational Stock Exchange and the Micronational Economic Group. At the time primarily serving as the Minister of Commerce of the State of Koss, Henry's initiatives were heavily criticized by many in the community, critiques that were largely exacerbated by the Micronational Economic Group's swift demise.
Other criticisms of Henry came later in his micronational career. Most notably, Henry's leading role in the Abeldane Brazeaugate scandal brought controversy to him and many other prominent Abeldane politicians. In the scandal, Henry – then-Supreme Judge of Abelden – fabricated and published chat logs supposedly "proving" that Vorsitzender Patrick Renwick had illegally influenced the recent Vorsitzender election where he had defeated (in a landslide) Michael Thomas Brazeau. Intended as a prank, the "scandal" resulted in Renwick's Vorsitzendership briefly being declared illegitimate and Brazeau being inaugurated as the "rightful" Vorsitzender before the joke was reeled in and put to an end the next day.
- The Diarchy (2018)
Titles, styles, honours and arms
Titles and styles
|Royal Styles of|
Henry, Lord of the Commonwealth
|Reference style||His Illustrious Majesty|
|Spoken style||Your Illustrious Majesty|
Because of his activity throughout a wide variety of community micronations, Henry's title has frequently changed despite increasing stability in the latter period of his career. The most frequent changes in his adopted style came throughout the summer of 2016. Since the reformation of the Essian Commonwealth, however, titles had become more firmly established, with the final 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
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, 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.
Offices and honours
Uber-Essian titles & offices
- Esse: Sovereign of the Essian Order, 15 July 2016
- Uberquiesenberg: Captain of the Order of the Uber-Ritter, 25 May 2017
- Mercia: First Minister, since 24 April 2020
- Mercia: Baron, May 2016
- Mercia: Patrician-Viceroy, August 2016
- Abelden: Marquis of New Keutschen, March 2017
- Shorewell: Duke of Shorewell, May 2017
- Sabia and Verona: Count of Siñbaša, June 2017
- Mercia: Duke of Mercia-Lurk, April 2020
- Nedland: Knight of the Order of the Star and Rose, 25 May 2016
- Abelden: Grand Commander of the Order of the Rampant Lion, 10 September 2016
- Koss: Cavaleiro of the Majestic Order of Giovanna, 26 September 2016
- Abelden: Commander of the Order of St. Bartholomew, 10 October 2016
- Abelden: Knight of the Order of Memery, 20 February 2017
- Shorewell: Knight of the Order of Peace, 21 February 2017
- Paravia: Great Knight of the Order of the Imperial Star, 22 March 2017
- Jupiter: Friend of the Kingdom, 10 April 2017
- Space Port: Protostar Medal, 22 May 2017
- Stravinia: Knight of the Order of Stravinia, 28 May 2017
- Austenasia: Officer of the Austenasian Order, 4 June 2017
- Custosia: Knight of the Order of Custosia, 10 June 2017
- Shorewell: Member of the Order of the Imperial Feathers, 5 July 2017
- Karnia-Ruthenia: Royal Order of Saint Stephen, 15 November 2017
- Sabia and Verona: Companion of the Order of the Needle, 28 December 2017
- Sunþrawegaz: Member of the Order of Trun, 1 January 2018
- Tusmore: Commander of the Tusmorish Order, 4 April 2020
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