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Lord Matthew of Essexia
|Lord Matthew of Essexia|
|Official Cabinet Photo|
c. July 2019
1 July 2019 Acting
12 July 2019
|Successor||Currently holds office|
1 January 2019 - 12 July 2019
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
|Residence||Great Baddow, Essexia|
|Occupation||Minister of Foreign Affairs|
Chief Whip to the Cabinet
Lord Matthew, Minister of the Foriegn Affairs, Lord of Chelmsford and Imperial Adviser to the Emperor and Government, Chief Whip to the Imperial Essexian Parliament is a Lord in the Parliament of Essexia. He is an active citizen, and regularly contributes to the micronation. Matthew is also a major policy maker, and has proposed some major reforms undertaken by Essexia. Lord Matthew is the current Foreign Minister of Essexia
As part of the Cabinet reforms undertaken by First Minister Christopher, Matthew was appointed several roles as an important contributor to Essexia. The Emperor appointed him as the Chief Whip, and he is subsequently in charge of rallying support for the Emperor, which he does successfully, hence in 2019 he persuaded the Parliament to vote in favour of greater Sovereign Powers consistently. For this, he is a favourite of the Emperor, and was appointed Lord Regent, responsible for governing the Commonwealth when the Emperor is not present. He also maintain a close personal friendship with the Emperor. He is a staunch monarchist.
On the 4th of August 2018, Matthew was made Second Lieutenant of the Army by Lord Jack. However, on the 5th of August, Matthew headed a rebel faction against Jack, and signed the Treaty of South Jaywick with Emperor Terry to force Jack out of power. This is another example of Matthew's ruthless intentions when defending the Emperor- which one was compared to that of Cromwell's relationship with King Henry VIII by the Weekly Reader.
On the 9th of August, Matthew was promoted to General of the Army, and on the 16th of September, Matthew was a key revolutionary in the revolution that opposed the Federation of Essexia, and signed the Treaty of Chelmsford, which formed the Commonwealth of Essexia.
He conducted an official Government visit to Slough, UK on the 20th of October 2018. He purchased goods there, including a Mars™ bar and fruit drinks, and established contact with the locals. Essexia has wished to ally with a puppet-state Slough for a while, with Emperor Terry appointing Matthew as Minister of Slough on the 14th of October. Matthew was particularly chosen for this role due to his race, and is ethnically half Indian, which is the majority ethnicity in Slough.
Upon having doubts about the appropriateness of the Essexian position in Slough, due to the lack of anyone within Slough ever recognising Essexian sovereignty on a formal basis, Lord Matthew proposed that a public plebiscite should occur with the question "Should Slough have the right to self determination?" The official count of the vote was 4, all of whom were relatives to Lord Matthew who reside in Slough, voted unanimously in favour of the vote. Following these events, it was decided that Slough, despite now having the ability to address its own situation, would be unilaterally declared independent by the Emperor, rather than undergo the humiliation of a successful independence motion. Lord Matthew resigned, and subsequently dissolved, the Office of the Minister of Slough and the Ministry of Slough. On the 28th May 2019, Lord Matthew, with help from his sister, lowered the Essexian Flag from the wall of his Grandmother's home in Slough, and placed a paper Union Jack in its place.
He was removed from his position of General of the Imperial Army of Essexia on the 18th June, being replaced by Lord Ben due to the latter having a greater ability in ground combat, and by the Emperor's Wishes for a flatter, more organised Armed Forces Structure. His removal from this position was originally suggested by him, due to his belief Essexia should be less centralised by key players in the nation, and roles should be more distributed.
After the 2019 Essexian general election, Lord Jack, was not elected to serve in parliament and decided to leave the Essexian government after Lord Matthew won a decisive victory in the election. Due to this Essexia did not have a Foreign Minister so Lord Matthew was appointed acting Foreign Minister by First Minister Jamie. Lord Jack eventually came back to the government of Essexia joining the Royalist Party and would replace Matthew as Interior Minister and Matthew would officially be appointed as Foreign Minister, upon his own recommendation due to his beliefs that Jack should maintain a high cabinet role to his previous contributions to the nation.
Matthew is known for his outspoken personality. He claims to uphold moderate political views and places himself centre of the political spectrum, however supports greater LGBTQ+ rights, and other civil movements associated with the left of the spectrum. He is popular for his humour and wit, and has contributed to the scripts of comedy sketches made by the Dean Network, such as "Maths IRL", and the "Big Nig" series.
Matthew lives with his family in Great Baddow, Chelmsford, near the Emperor's residence. He is interested in current affairs, politics, and general history. In macro politics, he currently supports the Liberal Democrats due to his dismay towards Brexit.