|August 2020 Official Desert District Portrait
10 June 2020 - 28 June 2020
1 September 2020 - Present
30 May 2022
27 October 2021
|U.S., Desert District, New Virginia, Atiera, Ponderosa Hills
|Middle-Eastern, Russian, Irish
|Democratic Socialist Coalition (Desert District)
Independent (New Virginia)
Socialist (Ponderosa Hills)
Atieran Moderate Coalition (Atiera)
Early Micronational Career
James BOrnstein began his micronational career as the Augustus Secretary of Ryanlandia, in the year of 2016. He simultaneously was serving as the Governor of Kassinovia in Ryanlandia, as well. He then went on to serve as the General Secretary and Acting First Secretary for just one week.
Following the shutdown of Ryanlandia in 2017, Bornstein went on to found This Table (aka TT), later changed to the Formositan Empire (aka Formositas) a micronation simply at a table at his school. Due to it being the school community’s property, he justified it as his own. He served as Emperor for two years before shutting it down.
Return to Micronationalism
He then took a several month long hiatus until 10 June 2020, when he began work on MicroWiki’s micronational community. He founded Desert District in North America, bordering California in the United States. He then served as First Secretary.
Bornstein subsequently established the Democratic Socialist Coalition of Desert District.
On 28 June 2020, Bornstein announced his resignation from his position as First Secretary and the official Desert District server owner, handing the latter to Lee Bastino who subsequently was elected First Secretary. He remained active in the nation as a Legislative Body member, and eventually returned to the position following Bastino's resignation.
Bornstein was born in 2006 and is 17 years old. He was born in the United States, and currently resides in Desert District's capital.
He has identified as a progressive since he was 10 years old, when he had started to become more serious about US politics and micronationalism.
He credits US Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sen. Edward Markey, and Sen. Bernard for fueling his interest in politics. He supports the Democratic Party when it comes to US politics, identifying as a member of the party's progressive faction. He supports Medicare for All, free higher education, and the Green New Deal. His favorite news source is the New York Times.
Citizenship and Titles
Titles and honours
- Citizens’ Service Award (5 August 2020)
- Civilians’ Service Award (4 September 2020)
- Order of the Heron (21 October 2020)