Henry Clément

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Henry Clémens, SEO, et al.
Count of Siñbaša, Marquis of New Keutschen
Depiction of Clémens
(not actual image)
Lord of the Essian Commonwealth
In office
5 June 2015 - 16 March 2018
Heir apparent Andrew, Count of Wingsington
Heaminister
Coronation 24 June 2015
26th Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational
In office
25 June - 25 December 2017
Vice Chair Newton von Uberquie
Tarik Kârjasary
Predecessor Adam I of Überstadt
Successor Adam I of Überstadt
Acting Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational
In office
28 March - 25 June 2017
(Acting)
Vice Chair Newton von Uberquie
Predecessor Adam I of Überstadt
Successor Himself
1st President of the Federated States
In office
3 August 2014 - 5 May 2016
Vice President Brandon Wu
John Churchill
Federated States Senator
In office
23 September 2014 - 1 June 2015
President Himself
Vice President Brandon Wu
2nd Minister of Commerce
In office
29 September - 14 November 2016
Anax Lucas Campos
Predecessor Lucas Campos
Successor Lucas Campos
Personal information
Born 6 October
Saints Memorial Hospital, Lowell, USA
Citizenship United States
Nationality Essian
Political party Independence
Residence Palazzo del Clement, Réma
Religion Christian

Henry Clémens is an Essian noble 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, Clément acted as the nation's primary diplomat to the MicroWiki community, where he actively engaged in relations with similarly youthful states. Politically, his efforts to increase his constitutional power led to controversy and eventually became one of the many factors leading to the nation's split.

Beyond the Federated States, Clément established himself as "the economist" of the MicroWiki community to much criticism, co-founding the Micronational Economic Group and establishing micronational economic theories through his duties as the Minister of Commerce of the State of Koss. He has since reversed on many of the economic policies he had previously advocated.

Clément became regarded as a community leader as his intermicronational activity increased and he revived his first independent micronational effort as the Essian Commonwealth, 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 the year. Esse was legally dissolved on 16 March 2018.

Federated States

Early career

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.

Commonwealth reformations

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

Economics

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.

Intermicronational politics

Pamphlet produced by Henry's GUM Chair Campaign, June 2017.

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.

Retirement

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.

Discography

Studio albums

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

Royal Styles of
Henry, Lord of the Commonwealth
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Reference style His Illustrious Majesty
Spoken style Your Illustrious Majesty
Alternative style Sir

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

Present offices

Full style

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

Essian honours

Foreign offices

Foreign titles

Foreign honours

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