Sir Joseph Kennedy

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His Excellency
Sir Joseph Kennedy
KNVI KCJ IKA
Official portrait as Chairman of the Provisional Council
Chairman of the Provisional Council of New Virginia
Assumed office
11 February 2020
Predecessor Office established
Successor Incumbent
Provisional Councillor for New Richmond
Assumed office
11 February 2020
Predecessor Himself
(as Representative)
Successor Incumbent
3rd Prime Minister of the Empire of Austenasia
In office
4 March 2015 - 13 February 2020
Monarch HIM Emperor Jonathan I
Deputy Prime Minister HIH Eritoshi, Countess of Memphis
Lady Vice Admiral Eryn Lewis, Duchess of Bernardston
Predecessor HIH Eritoshi, Countess of Memphis
Successor HSH Prince Dionisiy I, Duke of Lycaonia
19th Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational
In office
13 June 2014 - 13 September 2014
Predecessor Bradley of Dullahan
Successor Adam I of Adammia
Personal information
Born 31 January 1999 (1999-01-31) (age 21)
United States Flag of the United States.png
Citizenship New Virginian, Austenasian, Ashukov, American
Political party Independent
Relations Inspector William Kennedy MAO (father)
Sir Riley Kennedy KNVI (brother)
Alex Francis MAO (cousin)
Residence New Richmond
Alma mater Molossian Naval Academy
University of Saint Charlie
Religion Christianity
Military service
Nickname(s) American Caesar
Big Smoke
Joey
Allegiance Flag of Austenasia.png Empire of Austenasia
Service/branch Austenasian Army (2013 - 2015)
Imperial Navy (2015 - 2020)
In service 2013 - 2020
Rank Admiral (2015 - 2020)
Dux (2013 - 2015)
Commands Chief of Naval Operations
1st Iosephus Flotilla

Sir Joseph Kennedy KNVI KCJ IKA is the founder and current Chairman of the Provisional Council of the Commonwealth of New Virginia. He previously served as Prime Minister of the Empire of Austenasia from 2015 to 2020.

Kennedy attended the Molossian Naval Academy, where he received a degree in Military and Naval Sciences, and the University of Saint Charlie, where he received his Juris Doctorate. As such, he has had a successful military career in the Empire and has served as a Magistrate since 2014.

Kennedy entered Austenasian politics on 16 August 2013 as Governing Commissioner of New Richmond, then an Austenasian Crown Dependency. He became a Privy Counsellor on 12 March 2014. When New Richmond became an Austenasian Town on 7 September 2014, he was declared Acting Representative. Once he was confirmed as a Representative in a local election on 12 October 2014, he began his quick rise to power, becoming Chancellor and eventually being elected as Prime Minister in the general election of March 2015. Kennedy was later re-elected in the February 2019 general election by an historic landslide of 86.84%.

Kennedy announced his impending retirement as Prime Minister and the secession of New Virginia on 1 November 2019, and later proposed the New Virginia Act 2020 to that effect. On 11 February 2020, the Commonwealth of New Virginia became an independent state and Kennedy assumed the office of Chairman of the Provisional Council, becoming New Virginia's first head of state and head of government.

Early life

Sir Joseph Kennedy was born to William and Kristie Kennedy on 31 January 1999, the first of two children. He spent his early years living with his mother, uncle and grandmother while his father worked to provide for his family 200 miles away. Around the age of seven, Kennedy, his parents, and his younger brother moved to the area now known as Saint Josephsburg in New Richmond.

Kennedy's first venture into micronationalism occurred as a young elementary school student, when he established the Playground Kingdom with the help of some friends. He was declared King George of the Playground. His friends, who formed the Playground Army, conquered the playground. This kingdom later faded away as young Joseph and his friends grew older.

Early career

On 28 January 2013, Kennedy established the Federal Republic of Montania. It joined the Confederation of Saint Luke and Amager soon thereafter. He quickly rose to power, serving as fourth and final head of government of that state. After the collapse of Amager, he led a coup in Montania and established the People's Republic of Montania.

Months later, Montania became one of the founding states of the Ashukov Federation. Kennedy served as President of the Federation starting 25 May 2013. He won the presidential election after his sole opponent, Edward Jacobs, withdrew his candidacy. On 22 September 2013, he lost the second Presidential elections to Edward Jacobs. However on September 25 Kennedy was appointed Prime Minister of Ashukovo by the newly elected President Edward Jacobs. He later resigned.

After two months of absence from Ashukov politics, Kennedy was appointed Foreign and Home Minister in the Ford Cabinet and Supreme Judge on 25 January 2014. On 25 May 2014, he became the first person on to be appointed Prime Minister twice. He resigned in early September 2014 to focus on his Austenasian political career and renounced his Ashukov citizenship on 2 October 2014.

Austenasian career

Kennedy joined Austenasia as a Governing Commissioner in August 2013, when he ceded a small, unpopulated strip of land in what is now North New Richmond to the Empire. The land was declared to be the Crown Dependency of New Richmond, and Kennedy was appointed its Governing Commissioner. New Richmond remained a Crown Dependency for over a year, eventually annexing the adjacent land, thereby giving New Richmond a population of two. On 7 September 2014, New Richmond acquired the former Ashukov city of Saint Josephsburg, increasing the population of New Richmond from two to ten, and an Act of Parliament made New Richmond, along with Shineshore, an Austenasian Town. Kennedy was made Count of Greater Richmond and Acting Representative of New Richmond in Parliament. On Independence Day 2014, Kennedy was made a Caesar of Austenasia, and was appointed the Emperor's deputy for the North American Crown Dependencies.

Chancellor

Following Independence Day, Kennedy ran unopposed in the October 2014 local election, and was appointed Chancellor thereafter. He presented the Speaker of the House of Representatives Act 2014, which established the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives. He also laid the foundations for ambitious Treasury reform which was later enacted when he became Prime Minister.

Campaign for Prime Minister

Following the October 2014 local election, numerous Austenasian politicians, including Kennedy, expressed the opinion that then Prime Minister Countess Eritoshi of Memphis's democratic mandate had lost its legitimacy, as the electorate that had chosen her to serve as Prime Minister had become a small portion of the Austenasian population. The Emperor concurred, and on 3 January 2015 announced that a general election would be held on 3 March 2015. On February 4, 2015, the Emperor confirmed two candidates for the general election: the incumbent, Countess Eritoshi of Memphis and the Chancellor, Lord Dux Joseph Kennedy.

Kennedy established his campaign team, Joseph Kennedy for Prime Minister 2015, with Adam von Friedeck as his chief adviser. The campaign team used social media extensively throughout the campaign, setting up a website and a Facebook page. Kennedy also released a platform, wherein he stated that his campaign was non-partisan and that he invited all Austenasians, regardless of political affiliation or conviction, to support him.

His campaign was effective. On 4 March 2015, Kennedy became Prime Minister of the Empire of Austenasia with 68.3% of the vote.

Prime Minister

Kennedy as Prime Minister
Kennedy's portrait as Prime Minister, October 2018

Soon after he assumed the office of Prime Minister, Kennedy established his staff, the first of its kind in the history of the Prime Minister's Office. Adam von Friedeck, Kennedy's former chief adviser, was made Chief of Staff, and then Lady Legate Eryn Lewis was made Deputy Chief of Staff. Kennedy and von Friedeck appointed various members of the former campaign team to staff positions.

Kennedy's term was marked by several reforms to the government structure of the Empire, two constitutional amendments, the dissolution and formation of various ministries, the foundation of the now-defunct Imperial Navy, various annexations, and the general increase in the Empire's influence in the MicroWiki community. Kennedy was re-elected as Prime Minister in 2019 by a landslide vote of 86.84%, and continued to serve until the 2020 general election in which he did not contest.

Kennedy announced his retirement from Austenasian politics in November 2019, and a general election to determine his successor was scheduled for February 2020. HSH Prince Dionisiy I of the Town of Theodosiopolis was elected as Prime Minister. At the time of his retirement, Kennedy was the second longest serving Prime Minister in Austenasian history.

New Virginian career

Following the secession of New Virginia from the Empire of Austenasia on 11 February 2020, Kennedy assumed office as Chairman of the Provisional Council of New Virginia, becoming the first head of state and head of government of the Commonwealth.

Personal life

Kennedy lives in New Richmond. He is a classically-trained choral and instrumental musician. He produces and records EDM and hip-hop with his cousin, Alex Francis. He is an avid fan of college basketball. He is a military enthusiast, and is the former executive officer of his high school's Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps battalion, and held the rank of Cadet Major prior to graduation. He is a self-professed high church Anglican.

Military career

Kennedy in uniform
Kennedy in uniform, April 2017

Kennedy, a graduate of the Molossion Naval Academy at Spyglass Hill, has served in various nations' armed forces. He served as a private in the Domanglian military in 2012 and as a colonel in the Ashukov Army for a brief time in 2014.

Ashukov Federal Armed Forces

  • Ashukov Military Flag.png Colonel, Montanian Region Commander: 18 May 2014 - 2 October 2014

Austenasian Armed Forces

  • AustenasianArmy.png Dux, Dux Americae Aquilonis: 3 October 2013 - 8 March 2015
  • ImperialNavy.png Admiral, Chief of Naval Operations: 8 March 2015 – 10 January 2020

United States Army Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps

  • Flag of the United States.png Cadet Private: 6 January 2015 - 21 October 2015
  • Flag of the United States.png Cadet Staff Sergeant; BHS AJROTC Battalion, Alpha Company, 2nd Platoon, 4th Squad Leader: 21 October 2015 - 14 September 2016
  • Flag of the United States.png Cadet Major, BHS AJROTC Battalion Executive Officer: 14 September 2016 - 16 May 2017

Titles, styles and honours

Titles and styles

New Virginia

  • 11 February 2020 - 14 February 2020: His Excellency Joseph Kennedy
  • 14 February 2020 - present: His Excellency Sir Joseph Kennedy KNVI KCJ IKA
Short forms
  • Sir Joseph
  • Chairman Kennedy

Austenasia

  • 12 August 2013 - 15 September 2013: Joseph Kennedy MAO
  • 15 September 2013 - 3 October 2013: Joseph Kennedy OAO
  • 3 October 2013 - 20 January 2014: Dux Joseph Kennedy OAO
  • 20 January 2014 - 26 March 2014: Dux Sir Joseph Kennedy KCA
    • 25 January 2014 - 1 July 2015: as Pontifex Maximus: His Eminence Pope Alexander IV, Pontifex Maximus
  • 26 March 2014 - 7 September 2014: His Excellency Dux Sir Joseph Kennedy KCA
  • 7 September 2014 - 20 September 2014: Lord Dux Joseph Kennedy, Count of Greater Richmond
  • 20 September 2014 - 8 March 2015: His Imperial Highness Lord Dux Joseph Kennedy, Count of Greater Richmond
  • 8 March 2015 - 21 February 2016: His Imperial Highness Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy, Count of Greater Richmond
  • 21 February 2016 - 19 May 2019: His Imperial Highness Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy, Duke of Bohemia
  • 19 May 2019 – 11 February 2020: His Imperial Highness Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy, Duke of New Virginia
  • 11 February 2020 - present: His Imperial Highness Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy, Duke of New Royton
    • 20 September 2014 – present: Secondary: His Imperial Highness Joseph Nobilissimus Caesar
Short forms
  • Lord Admiral Joseph
  • Lord Kennedy
  • Joseph Caesar

Full style

His Imperial Highness Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy, Duke of New Royton, Duke of Bohemia, Marquis of Saamark, Count of Greater Richmond, Earl Emmanuel of Mercia, Viscount of Hastings, Viscount of North Xtabay, Baron Kennedy of Uberstadt, Baron of Lamptree, Baron of Domum, Baron of the Memes, Lord of Barentszburg in Spitsbergen, Lord of South Marine, Knight of New Virginian Independence, Knight Companion of the Glorious Order of St. John, Knight Imperial of the Order of Saint Constantine, Imperial Knight of the Austenasian Order, Knight of the Order of the Snake Knights, Knight of the Order of the Wyvern, Knight of the Splendid Analogy, Knight of the Most Serene Order of Saint Michael, Knight Grand Commander of the Most Holy and Noble Order of the Pavlovian Lion, Knight of the Order of Adammia, Knight of the Order of the Penguin, Officer of the Order of the Baphomet, Brother of the Order of the Steel Ring, Recipient of the Presidential Award of Merit and Honour, Member of the Order of Radivojević, Recipient of the Presidential Award of Honor and Justice, Member of the Order of Beneficience, Member of the Order of the White Dove.

Noble titles

Austenasian noble titles:

  • Flag of Austenasia.png Duke of New Royton
  • Flag of Austenasia.png Duke of Bohemia
  • Flag of Austenasia.png Count of Greater Richmond
  • Flag of Austenasia.png Baron of the Memes

Foreign noble titles:

  • Kingdom of Ashukovo flag.png Prince of All Ashukovo
  • Flag of Sabia and Verona.png Marquis of Saamark
  • MercianFlag.png Earl Emmanuel
  • Knoll flag 1.png Viscount of Hastings
  • WyvernFlagImproved.png Viscount of North Xtabay
  • Uberflag.jpg Baron Kennedy
  • WyvernFlagImproved.png Baron of Lamptree
  • DoshevikanFlag.png Baron of Domum
  • HREflag.png Lord of Barentszburg in Spitsbergen
  • WyvernFlagImproved.png Lord of South Marine

Honours

New Virginian honours:

Austenasian honours:

Foreign honours:

Sir Joseph Kennedy
Born: 31 January 1999
Imperial Titles
Preceded by
N/A
Austenasian Caesar
20 September 2014 - present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Noble titles
Preceded by
Lord Rear Admiral Alastair Cranston
(vacant after 18 November 2017)
2nd Duke of New Royton
19 May 2019 - present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Duchy created
1st Duke of Bohemia
21 February 2016 - present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Province created
1st Count of Greater Richmond
7 September 2014 - present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Peerage created
1st Baron of the Memes
5 October 2015 - present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Office established
Chairman of the Provisional Council of New Virginia
11 February 2020 - present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Office established
Provisional Councillor for New Richmond
11 February 2020 - present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
HIH Countess Eritoshi of Memphis
Prime Minister of Austenasia
4 March 2015 - 13 February 2020
Succeeded by
HSH Prince Dionisiy I
Preceded by
HIM Emperor Jonathan I
Secretary-General of Austenasia
8 October 2017 - 13 February 2020
Succeeded by
HIM Emperor Jonathan I
Preceded by
HIM Emperor Jonathan I
Home Secretary of Austenasia
15 May 2017 - 20 March 2019
Succeeded by
Lord Karl Friedrich, Baron of Aurora
Preceded by
HIM Emperor Jonathan I
Chancellor of Austenasia
17 October 2014 - 8 October 2017
Succeeded by
Lady Admiral Eryn Lewis, Duchess of Bernardston
Preceded by
Office established
Minister for Culture of Austenasia
9 May 2015 - 15 May 2017
Succeeded by
HIM Emperor Jonathan I
Preceded by
Office established
Representative of New Richmond
7 September 2014 - 13 February 2020
(Acting Representative before 12 October 2014)
Succeeded by
Office abolished
Non-political Austenasian offices
Preceded by
Adam Rex
and
Victoria Hathawia Comitessa Sidneae
Consul of the Empire of Austenasia
2018
with
Adam Rex
Succeeded by
Domina Erena Ludovica Ducissa Bernardstoniae
and
Dominus Iohannes Gordonus Vicecomes Thetfordiae
Preceded by
HIH Countess Eritoshi of Memphis
Chief Advisor of the Privy Council
4 June 2016 - present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Office established
Emperor's deputy for North America
20 September 2015 - present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Office established
Privy Counsellor
12 March 2014 - present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Dakoda George, SCP
Ambassador to the United States of America
1 June 2014 - 10 August 2015
Succeeded by
Lady Vice Admiral Eryn Lewis, Baroness of Terentia
Preceded by
Brayden Yates
as Ambassador
Consul in Kentucky
Ambassador before 13 June 2014

26 March 2014 - present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Offices in the Grand Unified Micronational
Preceded by
HIM Emperor Jonathan I
Austenasian Delegate to the Grand Unified Micronational
1 March 2015 - 14 June 2015
with HIM Emperor Jonathan I (11 October 2009 - 14 June 2015)
Succeeded by
National delegations temporarily abolished
Preceded by
National delegations temporarily abolished
Austenasian Delegate to the Grand Unified Micronational
14 April 2016 - 13 February 2020
with
HIM Emperor Jonathan I (14 April 2016 – present),
Lord John Gordon, Baron of Palasia (14 April 2016 - 5 June 2016),
Lord Charles Clarke, Duke of Grantabridge (21 August 2016 - 23 September 2016), and
Lord Rear Admiral Alastair Cranston, Duke of New Virginia (2 October 2016 - 18 October 2017)
Succeeded by
N/A
Preceded by
Bradley of Dullahan
Chairman of the Justice Commission
13 March 2014 - 13 June 2014
Succeeded by
Taeglan I Nihilus
Preceded by
Bradley of Dullahan
Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational
13 June 2014 - 13 September 2014
Succeeded by
Adam I
Preceded by
Callum I
Vice-Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational
1 April 2015 - 14 June 2015
Succeeded by
Vacant
Rushymian titles
Preceded by
HIH Countess Eritoshi of Memphis
Vizier of Rushymia
4 March 2015 - 31 October 2017
Succeeded by
Vacant