Ives Blackwood

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Ives Gordon-Lennox Blackwood,
Baron Kavanah
A common depiction of Blackwood in the community.
Father Anthony Blackwood
Mother Gail Blackwood (née Gordon-Lennox Scott)
Born 29 September 2001, Ireland
Religion Christian (Church of England)

Ives Gordon-Lennox Blackwood PhD Dred, Baron Kavanah (born 29 September 2001) is an Abeldane journalist who has been editor and main writer of the Home-made Crown Journal since 2020. Between 2014 and 2016 he was Prime Minister of the now-dissolved Skovaji; between 2017 and 2020, he was the leading figure in the now-abandoned micronation of Glastieve.

Early career

Blackwood joined the online micronational community in July 2015 as Prime Minister of Skovaji, a micronation formed in October 2014 on the basis of a family in-joke and formally led by his younger brother, the "Lord Wesley".[note 1] As Skovaji became a more serious project, the Lord Wesley became less involved, and Blackwood invited his friends to serve as politicians, briefly transforming Skovaji from a one-man nation to a group one. In the community, he became notable in micronational economics; he was a founding member of the Micronational Economic Group and served as its second chairman. Blackwood's initial 2015-16 period of involvement in micronationalism came to an abrupt end in mid-October 2016 due to a family crisis: Skovaji was formally dissolved and Lucas Campos seized control of the M.E.G. in response to Blackwood's inactivity.

In March 2017, he returned to the community, having founded Glastieve a month earlier. This was a group project with a number of friends, including those who had become involved with Skovaji in 2016. Formally, Glastieve was a directorial state with no single leader or founder, but Blackwood was recognised in both the community and within the project itself as the de facto leader and founder. He held a number of government posts, largely in relation to economics and communications. In the community he founded the Micronational Association for Finance and Economics to coordinate his activities in relation to economics. Blackwood was also involved in Abeldane politics and was an important figure on its left-wing in 2017, initially as communications officer of Edwin Farrar's Labour Party, and after spearheading its merger with SEPA to form Abeldane Social Ecology, as communications minister in the coalition Fourth Renwick ministry. For part of this period, he was also Prime Minister of Legatia.

Blackwood left the community between August 2017 and January 2018, and again between January and October 2019. From his return in January 2018, he focused less on economics and more on micropatriology, developing a position known as New Secessionism and formally defining classical micropatriology. Most of his work in the community was with a view to strengthening Glastieve's position, with the exception of his work in 2019 on The Statecraft Association, an association of individual micronationalists formed with the aim of raising the standard of discourse in the community. Within Glastieve his focus also shifted away from economics and towards statecraft. In both the community and Glastieve, he also worked as a journalist (via The Glastieven, which was at various times both a printed newspaper and a website). After Statecraft failed to take off, his activity in the community declined and his micronational work was almost exclusively focused on Glastieve, which was formally abolished in March 2020 with the "Baisser de Rideau" (closing curtains).

Abelden

Ives's profile photo on Discord (and therefore a common representation of him in the community).[note 2]

Between roles: March–July 2020

Blackwood remained inactive in the community immediately following Glastieve's demise but returned following lockdown measures imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic. He marked his return to the community by writing an opinion article for the Messenger arguing for a renewed focus on micronational economics in response to COVID-19.[1] He had become a member of MicroWiki staff in May 2019, and during this period of non-affiliation with any micronation he largely identified himself as "a British micronationalist and MicroWiki administrator." Blackwood became a citizen of the Grand Duchy of Rai, a federal state of the Abeldane Empire, on 11 July 2020 after making an informal request to Emperor Nicholas. He began using the title Baron Kavanah, which had been created for him in June 2017 by Stephen I and II during his previous Abeldane career. On 14 July he passed the bar and became a certified Abeldane attorney.

Home-made Crown Journal: July 2020–present

On 15 July 2020, Blackwood incorporated "Abelden News Incorporated" and founded the Home-made Crown Journal, a newspaper aimed at the wider MicroWiki community (though also intended to be an Abeldane national newspaper).

Political positions and ideology

I'm a pragmatist is what I am. I suppose I'd say I'm a "democratic socialist", but I don't think my politics are internally consistent enough for that. I'm pretty much just a socialist who happens to believe in democracy. Social democracy is a shit joke tbh.
—Ives Blackwood, MicroWiki@Discord in July 2020

Blackwood is a democratic socialist. He is the creator of New Secessionism and considers himself a moderate adherent to its tenets.

Styles and honours

Blackwood has been awarded Shorwellese and Essian honours, both in 2017. In the same year, he was also made Baron Kavanah in Abelden; this was during a brief career in the nation that both started and ended in 2017 and has no direct connection to his current Abeldane career, which started in July 2020 after the collapse of Glastieve in March. Immediately after the foundation of the University of Glastieve in December 2019, he was awarded a master's degree with honours in recognition of his work writing Glastieve: A History, a book-length history of the country, and in January 2020 he was awarded a doctorate for his paper Introduction to New Secessionism. Though titled, Blackwood prefers his surname and not his barony to be used when he is being referred to with a one-word name (Blackwood not Kavanah).

As of July 2020, Blackwood's preferred full style is:

Ives Gordon-Lennox Blackwood, Baron Kavanah, KIF and KP (Shorewell), ME (Esse), PhD Dred

And in countries where foreign honours are not used in titles, or in less formal contexts:

Ives Gordon-Lennox Blackwood PhD Dred, Baron Kavanah

Peerages

Honours

Degrees

  • BA (Hons) in Glastieven History, awarded December 2019 by the University of Glastieve.
  • PhD in Micropatriology, awarded January 2020 by the University of Glastieve.

The Latin name of the University of Glastieve is Universitas Dredriae, and so the postnominal "Dred" is used with its degrees.

See also

  • Abelden—the micronation of which Blackwood is a part.
  • Glastieve—Blackwood's former micronation.
  • New Secessionism—a micropatriological theory of Blackwood's.

Notes and references

Notes

  1. "Wesley" is the second word of the title, not a regnal name; a holder of the office called John would be styled "Lord Wesley John I" or "John, Lord Wesley of Skovaji". The full title was originally "the Lord King Wesley, the Great Wesseloggler", but the latter half was later dropped and became a label for the office's legal personality, analagous to the term "the Crown" in the UK.
  2. The image shows the character Chara in The Caretaker of the Ruins, a 2016–19 webcomic based loosely on Undertale, a 2015 indie video game.
  3. Blackwood was originally made Member of the Order of St Clemens; the name of the order was changed in December 2017.

References

  1. Blackwood, Ives. "Opinion: Discord and COVID-19 have revived MicroWiki; Let’s revive micronational economics". Messenger. April 6, 2020. Archived from the original on June 7, 2020. Retrieved July 11, 2020.