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Dame Eryn Lewis
|Lewis, spring of 2020|
1 August 2020
|President||Sir Joseph Kennedy|
25 June 2016 - 13 February 2020
|Predecessor||Eritoshi, Countess of Memphis|
(vacant since 4 June 2016)
|Successor||Lord Edward Gunderson, Count of New Grémmia|
5 March 2015 - 5 February 2018
|Predecessor||Lord Marshal William K., Baron of Zephyria|
|Successor||Lord John Gordon, Viscount of Thetford|
8 October 2017 - 29 January 2018
|Predecessor||Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy, Duke of Bohemia|
|Successor||Lord Karl Friedrich, Baron of Aurora|
3 December 2014
23 December 2018
|Predecessor||HM Cameron I|
|Born||8 October 1999|
|Citizenship|| Commonwealth of New Virginia|
|Political party||Free Democratic Party|
|Residence||Shoreline, New Virginia|
Dame Eryn Lewis, DNVI is a New Virginian political figure currently serving as Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of New Virginia. She was previously Deputy Prime Minister of the Empire of Austenasia from 2016–2020.
Lewis joined the micronational community in late 2012 when she formed the nation Lewisia as a child. Throughout the 2010s she served in several micronations before joining Austenasia in 2013 through Terentia, a Crown Dependency. When Terentia became a town in 2014, Lewis entered Austenasian politics. Lewis served as New Virginia's Deputy Prime Minister, Speaker of the House, Chancellor, and Minister of Defense over a period of six years in Austenasian politics. In February 2020, Terentia joined several other Austenasian territories in establishing the Commonwealth of New Virginia, an independent state. Lewis was made acting Prime Minister in New Virginia in August 2020.
Lewis is the founder and leader of a micronational religious organization located in Shoreline, New Virginia, the Church of the Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion. The Church believes in an eclectic collection of spiritual beliefs loosely bound around the music and culture of the Grateful Dead.
Lewis was born in Western Massachusetts in October 1999, Lewis' early life was relatively simple and uneventful. She and her family lived in various homes in the Franklin County area, eventually settling at a home that would eventually become Shoreline.
Lewis encountered micronationalism, as many did, by discovering Molossia in her early middle school years, founding a string of largely unsuccessful micronations throughout her adolescence.
Early Micronational Years
Lewis entered micronationalism in her early teens, forming 'Lewisia' in 2013. Throughout 2013 and 2014, Lewis found herself largely as a main figure in the United Micronations (UMN), a small community consisting mostly of small, simulationist states that congregated through Facebook. After a very short merger period between Lewisia and a small state known as Republic of Styrka, Lewis founded Frieden. Frieden, throughout 2014 went through many government changes, finding itself as a vassal or territory of many smaller nations, such as Juclandia.
Austenasia and New Virginia
When Terentia became a town in 2014, Austenasia became Lewis' primary area of focus. Throughout the mid and late 2010's, Lewis served in various positions within the Austenasian government, eventually being appointed the sixth Deputy Prime Minister under Prime Minister Joseph Kennedy. She was the first person to be appointed to this role in June 2016.
In 2016, Lewis founded the Imperial Party. Initially a civic nationalist party, the organisation slowly reformed itself under the leadership of Joseph Kennedy, growing to the size of ten members by 2018, being the largest political party in Austenasia. Lewis served as Chairman of the Imperial Party. In the summer of 2018, the Imperial Party held a conference of its members. In Lewis' speech, she promised that the Imperial Party would begin plans to formulate a working Austenasian currency, as well as appealed to the ideas of Austenasian unity and culture.
Throughout the late summer and early fall of 2018, Lewis found herself at the head of a cultural movement within Terentia. In Terentia, according to Lewis, there had always been a cultural identity that had never been outwardly expressed to the Austenasian community. Through legislation and public meetings of Terentians, a unique identity centered around the Grateful Dead and other such bands began to emerge. Terentians began describing themselves as a 'hippy enclave' within Austenasia. In September, Lewis founded The Church of the Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion along with a group of several other Terentians to serve as the spiritual and cultural guides of Terentian people.
In February 2020 Lewis followed several other notable Austenasian figures in leaving the Empire, forming the Commonwealth of New Virginia. Lewis immediately devoted all of her micronational attention to the Commonwealth, eventually becoming Prime Minister. Lewis is the founder and leader of the Free Democratic Party of New Virginia, a political movement focused largely on cultural and economic growth within New Virginia.
Lewis directed the North American Command of the Imperial Navy of Austenasia, having formerly served as the Legate of Legio I Virginia and Tribune of Cohors I Nova Anglia in the Austenasian Army before said units were transferred to the Navy in March 2015. Although functionally a Vice Admiral, she held the rank of Admiral for reasons of precedence during her tenure as Minister of Defense.
Titles, Awards and Positions
- Acting Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of New Virginia (2020-)
- Deputy Prime Minister of Austenasia (25 June 2016 - 13 February 2020)
- Speaker of the House of Representatives (10 Mar 2016-11 Feb 2020)
- Tribune of Cohors I Nova Anglia (Former)
- Legate of Legio I Virginia (Former)
- North American Command (Former)
- Commodore of 1st Nova Anglia Task Force (Former)
- Estimated Prophet Stella Blue I of the Terentian Deadheads