Lord John Gordon
|Lord John Gordon,
Viscount of Thetford
13 February 2024
|Lord William Wilson, Duke of Taysha
1 June 2020 - 17 September 2021
|HSH Prince Dionisiy I
|Lord William Wilson, Duke of Taysha
12 June 2022
13 June 2022
12 July 2013
5 February 2018 - 29 July 2018 (1st)
5 June 2020 - 1 February 2022 (2nd)
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19 November 2013 - 4 March 2015
|Lord Marshal William K., Baron of Zephyria
|HIH Eritoshi, Countess of Memphis
19 November 2013 - 13 May 2014
|Lord Marshal William K., Baron of Zephyria
|Lord Charles Clarke, Duke of Grantabridge
|6 August 1994
|Austenasian, UK British
|3rd Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment
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Lord John Gordon, Viscount of Thetford CCW is the incumbent Prime Minister of the Empire of Austenasia, having been elected in February 2024. He also previously held office as such from June 2020 to September 2021, and has served as Representative of Palasia and in several other governmental positions in the Empire since he joined in July 2013.
On 1 July 2013, John Gordon contacted Emperor Jonathan I about the possibility of Palasia (see below) joining the Empire of Austenasia. After negotiations, Palasia - which was deemed to consist of Gordon's family home - was annexed as an Austenasian Town on 12 July 2013, with Gordon appointed the new town's Acting Representative as Lord John Gordon, Baron of Palasia.
Despite only being Acting Representative, Lord John stood for election to the office of Prime Minister in the November 2013 elections. Although he lost the general election to Countess Eritoshi with only 33.33% of the vote, he became Deputy Prime Minister as runner-up in the election, and on the local level was confirmed by vote as Representative of Palasia. Later that day, he was appointed Home Secretary by Jonathan I, a position he held until his resignation on 13 May 2014.
Upon the foundation of the Privy Council of Austenasia in March 2014, Lord John was appointed as one of its first members; on 1 September 2018, his remit within the Council was at his request specified as Advisor on Scientific Research.
On 3 December 2014, Lord John arranged for the home of his grandparents to be annexed as the first Austenasian March with the name of Caldari. As a March of Palasia, Caldari is represented by Lord John in Parliament but is governed by its residents independently of Palasia Town Council.
On 9 February 2015, Lord John founded Palasian Left Unity, to advocate - amongst other policies - absolute monarchy and the legalization of marijuana. This party went through various changes of names before transferring its focus from Austenasian politics to Breckland on 12 May later that year.
On 14 July 2015, Lord John visited Wrythe, arriving at Morden tube station and being met by Emperor Jonathan I and Countess Eritoshi. Lord John was given a guided tour of the Carshalton Nations, being shown Orly, the original site of Rushymia, and the local area in general before arriving at Wrythe itself, where he also met Emperor Father Terry and Edd before the group went out for lunch.
After his initial election in November 2013, Lord John was consistently re-elected as Representative of Palasia in the October 2014, August 2015, and May 2016 local elections. Lord John was granted the peerage of Viscount of Thetford on 16 September 2017 in celebration of Independence Day, and on 5 February 2018 he was appointed Minister of Defence by Jonathan I, a post he held until July later that year. John also attended celebrations at the Imperial Residence in September 2018 to mark ten years since the foundation of Austenasia, and while there recorded audio for a cameo line in Cool Barbie XV. He served as one of the two Consuls in 2019.
Lord John stood for election in the February 2020 elections, and although re-elected locally as Representative of Palasia, he lost the general election to Prince Dionisiy, receiving 41% of the vote as opposed to the Prince's 52%. During the political crisis which broke out in May 2020, Lord John strongly supported the attempts of the Emperor to restore unity, and on the nomination of Prince Dionisiy, the Emperor appointed Lord John as the Deputy Prime Minister after Lord Edward Gunderson was removed from office. Three days later, Prince Dionisiy resigned.
Upon the resignation of Prince Dionisiy, Lord John would as Deputy Prime Minister ordinarily have become Acting Prime Minister. However, under the provisions of the emergency powers he had assumed, Emperor Jonathan I directly appointed Lord John to the position proper on 1 June, with the support of the House of Representatives and of the outgoing Prince Dionisiy. The House unanimously confirmed its support in a symbolic vote of confidence on 22 June.
As Prime Minister, Lord John oversaw a return to political unity and stability, a record-breaking growth in Austenasia's population and land claims, and a cultural flowering of heraldry and monuments, to the extent that the second half of 2020 was termed by some the "Austenasian Renaissance". He also nominated himself as Minister of Defence, overseeing a radical reorganisation of the Austenasian Armed Forces. Lord John put forward the ideas behind the Elections Act 2020, which aimed to establish fixed terms of four years for the Prime Minister, and a restriction on serving more than two consecutive terms. He also successfully proposed the creation of the Ministry of Territories and the Diaspora in January 2021, with a view to enabling greater political participation for non-residential subjects. By mid-2021, increasing pressure on Lord John's time from his role as a member of the British Army - together with the awareness that he had not been elected to the position - led to him feeling unable to continue as Prime Minister; he therefore called for an early general election, and announced that he would not run in it.
The September 2021 general election concluded with Lord William Wilson being elected Prime Minister as John's successor. As a former Prime Minister and Consul, John was appointed to the Austenasian Senate by Jonathan I later that day.
Remaining Representative of Palasia, Lord John became considered a much-respected "elder statesman" of the nation. He was appointed Chief Inspector of the Austenasian Police on 23 July 2022, and elected Speaker of the House of Representatives the following month. While Speaker, he became well-known for his sense of humour in Parliament, leading the effort to have baked beans declared Austenasia's national dish in reference to an in-joke on the national Discord server.
On 18 November 2023, Lord John welcomed Emperor Jonathan I in an official visit to Palasia in belated celebration of the town's tenth anniversary. Lord John gave the Emperor a tour of the town and its surrounding area, becoming the only currently serving Representative to have hosted an imperial visit.
Lord John stood for election in the 2024 election when Lord William Wilson announced he did not attend to seek re-election. On 13 February, John once more became Prime Minister - the only person to have held the office on two non-consecutive occasions - upon being elected with 60.6% of the vote, and appointed his opponent Lord Andrew as Deputy Prime Minister.
Other micronational activity
Outside of Austenasia, John Gordon is best known for having created and maintained a large number of various different micronational projects, usually in succession to each other. Adam I, Emperor of Adammia is known to maintain a list of some notoriety of all of Gordon's micronations, which reportedly numbers 25 between November 2013 and May 2019.
His first micronational project was Sakasaria, which consisted of what is now Palasia and was founded on 25 August 2009 before being renamed Preissland in December 2010. Preissland briefly became Herculeum in November 2011 before transitioning into Firdanor, when then became Palasia in July 2012, and it was this entity which was annexed as an Austenasian Town a year later.
In mid-2011, John Gordon re-founded the micronation of Sakasaria with a different land base, which co-existed with Palasia and its predecessors until mid-2012. In January 2012, Gordon - representing Sakasaria - was elected Secretary-General of the Inter-Micronational Treaty Organization (IMTO), an organisation which had been strongly criticised by most members of the international community for its belligerence and lack of professionalism. After only four days in office, Gordon revealed that his election had been the result of a successful Sakasarian infiltration of the organisation, and declared it dissolved. Although the IMTO quickly re-assembled itself, Gordon's attempt at destroying it dealt the organisation a near-fatal blow, leading it to finally dissolve later that year.
John Gordon has also been involved in other micronations. For example, in March 2012, Gordon co-founded the Communist Party of Lostisland, which contested the May 2012 Lostislandic general elections. However, the Communist Party lost the election with 17% of the vote after Gordon left the party and joined its opponent, the Lostislandic National Congress.
After Palasia joined Austenasia, Gordon re-founded Sakasaria as Bysalia in August 2013. Bysalia transitioned into Breckland in April 2015, and between December 2017 and May 2019 used the name Sakasaria again. This nation was well-known not only for its changes of name, but also for the wide variety of governmental systems it has been administered under; since 22 April 2023, it has been known as the Iceni Social Imperium.
Awards and decorations
- Squire of the Crown Prince - 18 January 2012
- Knight of Edd - 20 September 2014
- Imperial Knight of the Austenasian Order - 15 September 2018
- The Most Noble Order of the Iceni Kingdom - 22 September 2019
- Baron Gordon of Fyvie (claimed)
- Knight of the Order of St. Philip the Apostle - 23 June 2017
- Commander of the Order of William I - 28 February 2020
- Knight of Honour of the Glorious Order of St. John - 19 September 2020
- Knight Stranger of the Order of Charlington - 1 August 2021
- High Squire of the Distinguished Order of the Boll of Fidelity and Virtue - 1 August 2021
- Knight Companion of the Glorious Order of St. John - 18 September 2021
- Member Special Class of the Order of Diplomatic Service Merit - 15 November 2021
- Commemorative Medal of the Crystal Jubilee of the Foundation of Vishwamitra - 15 April 2022