List of heads of state by diplomatic precedence
Protocol holds that a head of state takes precedence over all other officials, and that heads of state rank in the order that they took office. The following list contains the heads of state for all micronations.
Commonwealth realms, other than the United Kingdom, each have a local governor-general appointed to represent the monarch in the realm's government. Governors-general are frequently accorded the status and privileges of a head of state at diplomatic events when considered as representing their absentee monarch, but not as themselves heads of state. Crown Prince Phillip is permanent representative for exercising the sovereign powers due to Pibocip King Philip Joseph Pillin. They are included in the list and are highlighted in blue.
However, in many cases it is not this neutral principle but national rules of protocol that are acted upon, usually by an international event's host nation, as in many bilateral and even certain multilateral occasions. Various international organisations have a system for internal use. Even in the presence of one or more Heads of State, certain occasions are governed by specific protocol, e.g. military. Thus in many cases precedence is given to monarchs over republican heads of state, mostly in monarchies.
In any case, an order of precedence must consist in a sequential hierarchy of nominal importance and can be applied to individuals, groups, or organizations, usually for very formal and state occasions, especially where diplomats are present. It can also be used in the context of decorations, medals and awards. Historically, the order of precedence had a more widespread use, especially in court and aristocratic life.
Despite a person's position in an order of precedence is not necessarily an indication of functional importance but an indication of ceremonial or historical relevance. In fact, the issue of precedence among representatives, a long-term discussion since the fall of the Western Roman Empire was settled at the Congress of Vienna, an outcome that was arguably enabled by the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire. A "Regulation concerning the precedence of Diplomatic Agents", inspired by Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, was signed on 19 March 1815 and remained in use until 1961, when it was superseded by the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. The latter still allows the host state to establish its own rules of precedence. But it was never reached a complete consensus. Nowadays,a common practice is to establish precedence in meetings of heads of state by length of tenure, like the order of precedence established by the United Nations.
The current list is the general order of precedence for different micronations for state purposes, following the standards of the United Nations.
- List of current state leaders by date of assumption of office
- List of current heads of state and government
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- A Guide to diplomatic practice
- Rémi Landry (2010). "Turbulences et changements institutionnels au sein de la Société internationale : une perspective historique" (PDF). Université Laval. p. 156.
- Travers Twiss (1887). Le droit des gens ou des nations, considérés comme communautés politiques indépendantes. Paris. p. 323.
- The head of state was titled King until 17 February 2015.
- The title of the head of state was President until 31 May 2016.
- He assumed the Ruthenian Crown in 19 November 2014, Grand Duke of Gaussland in 30 June 2015, King of Acrin in 15 December 2015, Emperor of Karnia in 10 March 2016, King of Cardonia in 01 January 2020 and succeded William I as North American Emperor in 07 August 2020, a title that would be reformed to Occidian Emperor and King of Eniarku in 01 October 2020. Some of these titles were exercised concurrently by Oscar I, but by December 2021, all were already gathered under the Karno-Ruthenian Emperor, a title that has existed since 16 March 2016.
- The head of state of Georgienstine has had various names throughout its history.
- The head of state of Winterspell was titled Lord until 10 December 2017.
- The head of state of Benjastan was titled King until 30 December 2017.
- Exercising duty of head of state on behalf of Quorum of Party
- Arthur II was the King of Roschfallen between 28 January 2014 and 29 December 2019.
- The monarch was titled Princess until 2 February 2021.
- Thomas Marios I was the Emperor of Ovrestlia between 8 December 2019 and 21 April 2020.
- The monarch was titled Prince until 29 August 2020.
- Nicholas II was the Emperor of the Abeldane Empire between 24 March and 16 June 2018.
- Dhrubajyoti Roy was Acting Rashtradhyaksh until 31 July 2020. He has been the head of state on several previous occasions.
- The Monarch and Chancellor of Atovia are both legally the heads of state, sharing the duties between them.
- James Bornstein has served as the First Secretary of Desert District between 10 June and 28 June 2020.
- The title of the head of state of Angosvria is Prime Minister.
- The Grand Duke of Litvania is the head of state and reigning monarch of Litvania and one of the two monarchs of the Union alongside the King of Cheskgariya.
- Aggelos I had served as the King and Prince of Imvrassia between 11 May 2011 and 5 November 2016.
- Edward IX had served as the King of Queensland between 3 January 2016 and 7 October 2017 under the regnal name of "George I", between 10 December 2017 and 29 April 2020 under the regnal name of "George III", and between 16 July 2020 and 20 October 2020 under the regnal name of "Albert V".
- Ştefan Marius Snagoveanu had served as the President of Snagov between 18 June 2020 and 4 May 2021.
- Juan Cisneros had served as the President of Aswington between 20 January 2019 and 20 February 2021.
- Andrew Brotherton had served as the President of Roscamistan between 18 February and 18 May 2021.
- Matthew P. P. Tonna was Acting President until 27 September 2021.
- The head of state was titled President until 1 December 2021.
- Alexander I had served as the King of Atiera between 30 May 2020 and 25 August 2021
- Adam Pivetz had served as the President of the Gymnasium State between 8 January 2018 and 5 March 2018 an between 4 November 2019 and 6 January 2020.
- As sole head of state