Ivan, Kanfre of Lifréia

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Ivan of Lamburg
Emperor and Autocrat of all Lifréia
"HIM Ivan VII, Kanfre and Autocrat of All Lifréia", 2019.
Kanfre of Lifréia
office
08 May 2015 - present
Predecessor Office created
Successor Incumbent
Ministry of Culture
office
09 March 2018 - 21 June 2020
Emperor-King Oscar I
[Imperial Chancellor Michael of Appinfeldt
Predecessor Weslley of Agram
Successor Peter Melchior
Duke of Lamburg
office
20 December 2017 - present
Predecessor Title created
Successor incumbent
Governor-General of Socotra
office
20 December 2018 - present
Emperor-King Oscar I
Imperial Chancellor Michael of Appinfeldt
Predecessor vacant
Successor incumbent
Personal information
Born 7 July 2000 (2000-07-07) (age 20)
Florianópolis, Brazil 125px-Flag of Brazil.svg.png
Citizenship Flag Lifreia 2018.png Lifreian
Karniarutheniaflag.png Karno-Ruthenian
Nationality Brazilian
Ethnicity White
Political party Patriotic Party of Karnia-Ruthenia
Other political
affiliations
United Lifréia
Residence Autumn Palace
Occupation Student, Monarch, Military Leader
Religion Agnostic
Royal House House of Lamburg
Website lifreia.tk
Military service
Nickname(s) Ivanushka
Allegiance Flag Lifreia 2018.png Imperial Army of Lifréia
In service 2015 - 2019
Rank Field Marshal
Battles/wars Nossian-Lifreian Civil War
Awards OoF, OoN, OCZNII

Ivan VII of Lamburg, also known as Ivan of Lifréia and The Eagle of the Baltic is a micronational monarch, writer and aspiring journalist. Ivan VII founded the Empire of Lifréia on 08 May 2015, and is also a Karno-Ruthenian noble, and was the second Minister of Culture of Karnia-Ruthenia and the first Governor-General of Socotra. He was crowned on the 07 July of the same year, on his birthday.

Early Life

Born in the late hours of the morning of the 07 July 2000, in the Carmela Dutra Maternity, in Florianópolis, the capital of Santa Catarina, in southern Brazil. Premature, of only six months, together with his brother Carlo I. He was baptized in Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, hometown of his family - later that same year. His subsequent early life was less than typical, save a few particular incidents involving his close family.

Reign over Lifréia

His reign commenced the same day the Empire of Lifréia was founded, 07 July 2015. But his coronation occurred in the 08 July 2015.

Internal turmoil

Until mid-2015, his reign was quiet, but this changed with the eruption of the Nossian-Lifreian Civil War in mid-July.

Unsatisfied with lifreian rule over the Province of Astra, local Governor Carlo "Astra" Lamburg declared open rebellion against his brother's crown, saying that the imperial government's grip on Astra was "borderline dictatorial"[1].

Coat of arms of the Lifreian branch of the House of Lamburg.

Subsequent diplomatic talks occurred after "The July Massacre", with Carlo I turning the province of Astra into a "special region" the Principality of Nossia.

Nevertheless, the governor-turned-prince said that he was nothing more than "a raggedy vassal, bound to my brother's fancy."[2]

After this event, things were much quieter, until the "December Coup" in Nossia, which occurred while the Kanfre was on a diplomatic trip to the Rio Grande do Sul. Low-ranking officials of the Imperial Army tried to take power by force, storming the princely estate and taking Carlo hostage, later forcing him into exile, reported by the media as "voluntary" in an attempt at misinformation. By swift action of the Imperial Army, order was restored in the region in time for the new year.

On 05 January 2016, Nossia declared its independence from Lifréia and its foundation as a sovereign state, the Principality of Nossia. Lifréia recognized this declaration on the 10 January 2016.

The Creation of a "Monarcho-Fascist" state

Ivan VII in early 2018.

On 15 January 2016, the Kanfre founded the empire's first political party, the NPL, Nationalist Party of Lifréia. The party's ideological program was fiercely anti-communist, nationalist and adopted a populist political platform. Its official ideology was "Monarcho-Fascism", a heterogeneous blend of nationalistic authoritarianism and absolute monarchism. One of its supposed influences was the Kingdom of Italy under Benito Mussolini.

Authored by the Kanfre under the regnal name of Lopes I, "The Monarcho-Fascist Manifesto" was the de facto constitution of the Empire during that period. One of the most bizarre characteristics of this ideology was its reluctance in the matter of ethnic cleansing/nationalism, citing Nazi Germany as an example of "Flawed fascism" [3]

Another curious facet of the Kanfre's ideology was it's almost obsessive pandering to the right of rule.[4]

On 18 February 2016. the Kanfre declared the Empire, until then a democratic, albeit flawed constitutional monarchy, a Monarcho-Fascist state in a public speech.

Accordingly, the nation's coat-of-arms was redesigned. It was described as "a mullet sable within a shield gules supported by an eagle or, a fasces proper or, a band argent, with the motto: "Glory and Power to Lifréia"." [5]

It was during this period in the empire's history that the Nationalist Party of Lifréia consolidated its power.

This new "fascist order" was short-lived, however, lasting from January 2016 to sometime in July of the same year. In a secret document, the Kanfre expressed his grim predictions on the future of the new fascist regime, saying that "no one should bear such a burden. I am only a monarch. I'm not a tyrant."[6]

Sometime in July 2016, the fascist Empire of Lifréia collapsed, without fanfare or pomp.

The Transitional Period

This period was very important, in that it provided time for the wounds in the political life of the empire to heal. Life in an authoritarian regime is never easy. The Kanfre, however, expressed optimism in a letter to his brother sometime in August, saying: "[...] it surely fills my heart of joy the resilience of the lifreian people. I will make sure that every one of the empire's citizens knows that the dark days of the recent past were of my making only."[7]

This period lasted from the end of July 2016 to August 2016. It was during this time that the Empire established its first legislature, called simply Lifreian Legislature.

Seeking Its Own Path

This was a weird moment on the Empire's story, although very uneventful. The Empire still searched for its own identity, and, as consequence, was a literal chameleon on it's political and social life.
During this period, the "legislature" was disestablished in favor of a unicameral Senate.
This period lasted from August to October 2016.

A Real Empire

Lifréia finally found its own identity in October 2016. Accordingly, its national symbols were revamped and the first official site of the empire was established.

It was during this period that the Empire, after facing internal turmoil during a good part of the year, increased its diplomatic participation. During this period the Empire supported the loyalist side in the Lundewic Civil War.

The Motherland Calls

After that, from 2016 until mid-2018, a period of relative stability and opportunity for growth followed. At the same time, the tradition of the Kanfre's Christmas Messages was established, along with the government's official Twitter account. Comes 2018. Paulo Ricardo is still the President of the Duma, and the period of growth gives birth to a period of stagnation, that lasts until the present. During the same time, the Kanfre recorded his message in commemoration of the empire's third anniversary.

Crisis

Sometime during early-January of 2019, disagreements behind the scenes happened, and in the 18th of the same month, the Kanfre issued the first extraordinary imperial decree, declaring the empire's office of President of the Duma vacant, for the first time in three years.[8]

Political Career on the Karno-Ruthenian Empire

Minister of Culture

On 09 March 2018, Ivan was appointed Minister of Culture of the Karno-Ruthenian Empire, taking the position months after the exoneration of the previous minister, Weslley of Agram. His first action after taking office was the promulgation of a Ministerial Order announcing the creation of Persenfilm, a state-run film company on the 15 March 2018. [9]

On the 24 of the same month, Ivan promulgated another Ministerial Order, after small controversy on the M.A.G.N.A, revising the provisions of the previous Order, making Persenfilm now a "cultural institute", under the direct jurisdiction of the Ministry of Culture. [10]

On 09 April, Ivan promulgated a Ministerial Order calling for the writing of specific jurisdiction pertaining to the art of filmmaking on the empire. [11]

On the 10 April, Ivan made the previous Ministerial Order invalid, after a lengthy discussion on the M.A.G.N.A, where numerous holes and leaps of logic were found in said order. On the same day, Ivan promulgated a new Ministerial Order, regulating the activities of Persenfilm, on the suggestion of Emperor-King Oscar I. [12]

Other Appointments

On 20 December 2018, he was made Knight of the Most Noble Order of Saint Peter and also the first appointed Governor-General of Socotra.

Coat of Arms of the Duchy of Lamburg.

Honors

Imperial styles of
Ivan, Kanfre and Autocrat of Lifréia
Monograma Imperial Ivan VII.png
Reference styleHis Imperial Majesty
Spoken styleYour Imperial Majesty
Alternative styleSir


Titles, styles and honours

  • 07 July 2000 - 07 July 2015: Mr. J. V. Lopes.
  • 08 July 2015 - 01 January 2018: Lopes I, His Faithful Majesty, Kanfre and Autocrat of the Lands of Lifréia, By The Will of Lifre and The Grace of the Skies, The First of His Name.
  • 01 January 2018 - present: Ivan VII, Emperor and Autocrat of all Lifréia

Full titles as Kanfre

By the Grace of the Skies, We Ivan, The Seventh, Emperor and Autocrat of All Lifréia, of Lamburgrad, Nikol, Alyx, Yaktereen; Tsar of Zakhan, Tsar of Astra, Tsar of Pollania, Tsar of Siberberg, Tsar of the Auric Chersonesia, Lord of Tolst, and Grand Prince of Pushkina, Liannia, Dervolte, Latke, and Finnania; Prince of Eson, Lavonia, Courtgalia and Semiland, Sagitia, Bielovar, Karolia, Tzer, Yungor, Parme, Viaka, Bougar and others; Sovereign and Grand Prince of Nizhgorod, Chernov, Razan, Polot, Rotov, Jarosland, Belozs, Uzoria, Odoria, Konia, Vitesk, Stislav, and Ruler of all the Serian country; Sovereign and Lord of Ibelina, Laton, the Lamburgian lands and pradaries, Hereditary Sovereign and Possessor of the Assuz and Crevan and of others; Sovereign of Wóllin, Duke of Astra-Lamburg, Stormarn, Diffmarch, and Ollenburg, and so forth, and so forth, and so forth.

Foreign Honors

Domestic Honors

  • Flag Lifreia 2018.png Order of Lifre
  • Flag Lifreia 2018.png Order of Military Merit
  • Flag Lifreia 2018.png Grand Master of the Dynastic Order of the House of Lamburg

Military Command

Personal Life

The Kanfre enjoys a good movie as much as he enjoys a good book. He enjoys writing a novel every now and then, that has never been read by eyes other than those of its creator. On music, his favorite artists and bands include Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio, Arthur Brown, The Cure, David Bowie, among others. On literature, the Kanfre is a known book buff, having, in addition to his novels, also written essays about books such as "A Clockwork Orange" and the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series of books, the first by Anthony Burgess and the last by George R. R. Martin. These remain unpublished as of yet.

References

  1. Internal Memorandum of the Government the Province of Astra nº 127, "About the Need for Insurrection". 15 July 2015.
  2. Private message to a friend. 07 November 2015
  3. The Monarcho-Fascist Manifesto (2015) "The best-known example of flawed 'fascism' is the National Socialist ideology, practiced in Germany between 1933 and 1945."
  4. The Monarcho-Fascist Manifesto (2015) " [...] to serve the people. Whether in times of war, whether in times of darkness, whether in times of suffering. The monarch will always be a light, that people should follow. Is He who shall lead them, even in the worst days of their nation."
  5. Internal Dispatch to the Imperial Household, About the New State's Arms. 20 February 2016
  6. Secret Dispatch to the Embassy of Lifréia in Nossia. My Name is Atlas. 4 of April 2016.
  7. Letter to Carlo I of Nossia, Dear Brother. 5 of August 2016
  8. Extraordinary Imperial Decree No. 1 - [1], 18th of January 2019
  9. [Order No. 01]. 15 March 2018
  10. [Order No. 02]. 24 March 2018
  11. [Order No. 03]. 09 April 2018
  12. [Order No. 04] 10 April 2018