Matthew P. P. Tonna

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His Excellency
Matthew Pio Paul Tonna
GSGS KCL GCOMG KCBT ODF


Coat of Arms of Melite.svg
2nd President of Melite
President of the Fgura Special Administrative Region
Assumed office:
11 July 2022 – Present
In office:
27 September 2021 – 8 June 2022
Predecessor Andre Mifsud
Successor Thomas Jacobs
Speaker of the Lok Sabha of Vishwamitra
In office:
22 December 2021 – 15 February 2022
Rashtradhyaksh Dhrubajyoti Roy
Prime Minister Farhaz Hazarika
Predecessor Dhrubajyoti Roy (as ex-officio Speaker)
Successor Tyler Mullins
Other current offices
Vishwamitran Ambassador to Malta
Assumed office:
22 October 2021
Rashtradhyaksh Dhrubajyoti Roy
Duckionarian Ambassador to Malta
Assumed office:
18 October 2021
President Arthur C. de Tourneau
2nd President of the Roscami Chamber of Representatives
In office:
1 August 2022 - 4 December 2022
President Thomas Jacobs
Predecessor Rafe Burfield
Successor Esty Carpentieri
Chairman of the Organization of European Micronations
Assumed office:
6 December 2021
Former offices
Vice-Chairman of the World Micronation Organization
In office:
2021
Chairman Joel Eisenreich
Deputy Regent of Nichensburg
In office:
20 – 21 November 2021
Regent Filaret Prokhorovych Zakharov
Chief Justiciar of Nichensburg
In office:
21 – 28 November 2021
(Acting)
Regent Filaret Prokhorovych Zakharov
Senator in Pinang
In office:
21 – 28 November 2021
(Acting)
President Esty Carpentieri
Personal Information
Born 26 May 2005 (2005-05-26) (age 17)
St. Luke's Hospital, Pietà, Malta
Citizenship  Malta
 Melite
Nationality  Maltese
Ethnicity Maltese
Political party Melite Christian Nationalist Party (since 2021)
Other political
affiliations
Potato Party
Roscamistan Republican Bloc (formerly)
Roscamistan National Salazarist Front
Faltree Faltrian Railroad Association (formerly)
Faltree Union Bloc (formerly)
Faltree Faltrian Stalwart League
Ausveria Ausverian Fatherland Party
State of Vishwamitra National People's Congress
Georgienstine Georgienstine First
The Begonian Kaiserreich Democratic Party
w:Malta Partit Popolari[a]
w:Malta Partit Nazzjonalista[b]
Religion Roman Catholic
Signature
Military service
Nickname(s) Tonna
Allegiance  Melite
 Istria (formerly)
Service/branch  National Army of Melite
Steagul Statului Major General.png Major General State (formerly)
In service 2021 – present
Rank Istria General.png Army General of Istria

Commander-in-Chief

Matthew Pio Paul Tonna GSGS KCL GCOMG KCBT ODF CGC ѠД MP (Melit., Vish., Novus H.), (commonly known as Matthew Tonna in Melite, Count Tonna in Vishwamitra, and 1st Duke of Mauberg-Courrac in Norton), is a Maltese micronationalist and one of the founding fathers of the Democratic Christian Federation of Melite, being its second President from 27 September 2021 until 8 June before his resignation, to allow the first presidential elections in Melite to proceed. He was re-elected on 11 July 2022 as the first democratically elected President of Melite after federalisation. He had served that office in an acting capacity between 1 July and 27 September 2021 before then. Apart from his active role in Melite, he is the Prime Minister of Novus Hierosolymis, and pending to be appointed Chancellor of Begon.

Birth and personal life

Matthew Tonna was born on 26 May 2005 at St. Luke's Hospital in Pietá, Malta. He is a resident of Rabat, Malta and he is the oldest of two boys in the family. He is a devout Roman Catholic, a non-violent Christian nationalist and a National Catholic. He also slightly favours the restart of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and Malta's re-incorporation in it.

Political views

Influences

Being a fervent Roman Catholic from his childhood, he always leaned towards the right-wing political spectrum favouring Christian Democracy. However since mid-2021, he started sympathising with Francoism, Falangism and National Catholicism, etc., ideologies thus going farther to the right. The two parties he founded, the Christian Nationalist Party and the Falange Dungailliamha, located in Melite and Dungailliamh respectively, reflect these ideals. He is a staunch pro-life advocate opposing abortion in all circumstances.

He considers Ġorġ Borġ Olivier, Fortunato and his son Enrico Mizzi, Monsignors Enrico Dandria and Ignazio Panzavecchia and to lesser extents Fransisco Franco as his influences in politics.

In macronational politics, he is a supporter of the ultra-conservative faction of the Nationalist Party (mt. Partit Nazzjonalista). He has voted for and supports the People's Party (mt. Partit Popolari) and its Euroskeptic, anti-immigration stances.[1]

Hobbies

In his personal time he likes listening to Gregorian Chants with his favourite two chants being "Christus Vincit, Christus Regnat, Christus Imperat", and "Salve Regina". He also likes to experiment with new ideas for flags as an amateur vexillologist.

Micronational career

Micronations

Melite

Matthew Tonna was involved in micronationalism for the first time while pursuing his secondary school education, when during an English class the topic of Sealand and Danny Wallace's BBC Documentary on "How to Start Your Own Country" were brought up. It was then, when along with his classmates André Mifsud and Eman Chetcuti, he took to form the Democratic Christian Republic of Melite in 2019 which was then known as the "Democratic Communist Republic of 11B. He was elected as the President of the nation on 27 September 2021 after serving in a caretaker capacity between 1 July and 27 September 2021. Apart from his role as the President, he is also the Chairman of the Christian Nationalist Party. His period saw the introduction of multi-party democracy and an active and efficient Melitian Parliament.

Federalisation and resignation

A Bill 08/2022 on Federalisation and Vice President of Melite drafted by Thomas Jacobs in the Parliament of Melite was passed, Tonna took the opportunity to call for fresh elections. In a letter he wrote to Melitian citizens and the micronational community, he stressed that Melite's Christian spirit will not fall but "we will affirm them (the loyalty to the Cathecism and religion) in an even stronger vow".[2]

Second present term

Tonna was elected for the first time in July 2022 and is the first President of Melite and Fgura to be elected democratically for the whole existence of either three Republics, namely the Democratic Communist Republic of 11B, the Second Democratic Christian Republic of Melite, and the Federation. He has served this office since 13 July 2022.[3]

Vishwamitra

Apart from his pro-active role in his founding micronational project of Melite, Matthew Tonna is highly active in the State of Vishwamitra where he serves in several important positions. Tonna was first associated with Vishwamitra in terms of diplomacy between Melite and Vishwamitra but soon became active and opted for citizenship in the nation. He was offered to become the Vishwamitran Ambassador to the Republic of Malta and was formally appointed as the first and current office-holder on 22 October 2021.

After having served as a diplomat for about a month, he took keen interest in the politics and later associated himself with the ruling National People's Congress (until the party's dissolution) and was soon made the party's candidate for the by-election to the National List parliamentary constituency of the House of the People which felt vacant with the departure of former opposition leader and now disgraced David Brooke. Matthew Tonna defeated his rival and Social Democratic Party candidate Kaarel Luikmel with a handsome margin of 70-30% of the Kamrupa State citizens' vote and was elected to the Parliament. In a surprising move, he was nominated to serve as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha on 22 December 2021 and was unopposed elect to the position.

After around a year, on 17 January 2023, Tonna put forward his resignation to the House of the People, citing general scholar stress and personal reasons. This was accepted by speaker Arthur Lacey-Scott almost immediately. The next day, 18 January, the Rashtradhyaksh conferred on Matthew Tonna the Royal Service Medal through Royal Decree No. 259.[4] This was to be considered the point where Tonna retired from Vishwamitran politics, however he has kept serving the office of Administrator of the Overseas Territory of Rabat-Mġarr, and the office of Vishwamitran Ambassador to Malta.

Roscamistan

Tonna became a citizen of Roscamistan on 14 February 2022, and he was elected to the Chamber of Representatives in the April 2022 Roscamistan Chamber of Representatives election on 18 April 2022. On 19 April 2022, Tonna became the first Minister of Information since Marykate Keenan was sacked on 1 November 2021, and also became Vice President Jacob’s favourite for Majority Whip. In a cabinet reshuffle, the Ministries of Education, Information and Propaganda were all merged as the Ministry of Public Education, with Tonna as first Minister of Public Education. In the Fourth Jacobs Cabinet, he was promoted to Justice Minister, and after Rafe Burfield's resignation as President of the Chamber of Representatives in late July 2022, Tonna succeeded him in his capacity as Deputy President.

Other nations

Matthew Tonna is currently serving as the first Ambassador of Duckionary to the Republic of Malta since 18 October 2021 and is also the Minister of Media in Pontunia, serving in the cabinets of Chief Ministers Alexandre Olivier and Addison Dillon.[c] He is also a citizen of Georgienstine, a member of its National Congress and its Speaker since September 2021. He is an active member of the ruling party, Georgienstine First.

He has also briefly served as the Deputy Regent and Acting Chief Justiciar in Nichensburg between 20 and 28 November 2021 and is a former Senator in the Pinangese Republic as well. He is the current Chief Minister of Dungailliamh.

The League of Independent Nations

Tonna applied for his micronation Melite to enter in the League of Independent Nations in the late summer of 2021, when he decided to commit himself fully to micronationalism. He is credited with drafting and proposing the Media Department Act, 2021[5] which was successfully passed with 6 votes in favour, none against, and only 2 votes of abstention. He also ran for Mediator General, opposing incumbent Tyler Mullins of New Athens, and Alexander I, of Cimbrun. He came third with 3 votes, with Mullins winning re-election. He also ran for election to the office of Head Chairman of the LIN, but had withdrawn from from the race, because of circumstances not allowing him to run.

Electoral history

Melite

Presidential elections

Melite 2022 Melitian presidential election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
CNP Matthew Tonna 13 76.5 First Election
Anime Anarcho-Marxist Union Xram Irak 3 17.6 New
Melitian People's Party Simeon Nikolov 1 5.9 New
Majority 10 0.58 First Election
Turnout 17 56.7 First Election
CNP hold

General elections

February 2022 Melitian general election, Dominica Autonomous City
February 2022 Melitian General Election:
Dominica Autonomous City
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
CNP Matthew Tonna Unopposed Unopposed N/A
Majority Unopposed Unopposed N/A
CNP hold
October 2022 Melitian general election, Dominica Autonomous City
October 2022 Melitian General Election:
Dominica Autonomous City
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
CNP Matthew Tonna Unopposed Unopposed N/A
Majority Unopposed Unopposed N/A
CNP hold

Novus Hierosolymis

Parliamentary Elections

June 2021 Parliamentary Election
June 2022 Parliamentary Election of  Novus Hierosolymis for
Christophus at-large constituency
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
IND Matthew Tonna 2 67% New
Independent Chandrachur Basu 1 33% New
Majority 1 33% New
Matthew Tonna gain from Chandrachur Basu Swing 1

Vishwamitra

Parliamentary Elections

14th Lok Sabha of  Vishwamitra Parliamentary By-election for
National List Constitutency.
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Congress Matthew Tonna 7 70 N/A
Social Democratic Party (Vishwamitra) Kaarel Luikmel 3 30 New
Majority 5 50% "New"
NPC hold

checkY Elected

14th Lok Sabha of  Vishwamitra Parliamentary By-election for
Noonmati Constitutency.
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Congress Count Matthew Tonna N/A 100% N/A
Majority N/A 100% N/A
NPC hold

checkY Elected

List of offices

Current offices

Former offices

  • Pinang Senator (7 – 11 November 2021)
  • Nichensburg Deputy Regent (20 – 21 November 2021)
  • Nichensburg Chief Justiciar (acting) (21 – 28 November 2021)
  • Vice Chairman of the World Micronation Organization (8 October4 December 2021)
  • Assemblia Delegate of the Civil Commission (1 January 2022 – 5 February 2022)
  • State of Vishwamitra Speaker of the Lok Sabha (22 December 2021 – 15 February 2022)
  • State of Vishwamitra Member of the Council of State (1 February 2022 – 15 February 2022)
  • Republica Yara Minister of Territorial Integrity (24 April 2021 – unknown dismissal date)
  • State of Mensenberg Administrator of Wickham (5 March 2022 – 31 April 2022)
  • Kingdom of Pontunia Minister of Media (10 November 2021 – unknown dismissal date)
  • Chairman of the Organization of European Micronations (since 6 December 2021 – 3 June 2022)
  • Kingdom of Norton Prime Minister of Norton (7 March 2022 – 5 June 2022)
  • The Begonian Kaiserreich Lord Chancellor of Foreign Affairs ( 26 February 2022 – unknown dismissal date)
  • State of Vishwamitra Member of the House of the People (22 December 2021 – 17 January 2023)

Titles, styles, honours, arms

Titles

  •  Imvrassia:
    • Kouropalates (8 February 2022)
  •  Begon:
    • Lord Chancellor
    • His Lordship, Matthew Tonna, Lord of Polinaturalo
  •  Yara:
    • National Hero of Yara (2022)
  •  Monmark:
    • His Highness, the Duke of Rabat (6 June 2022)[6]
  •  Norton:
    • Coronet of a Nortonian Duke.svg Duke of Mauberg-Courrac (15 October 2022)

Honours

National honours

Honours of the NAM

Other national honours

  •  Begon:
    • Knight Commander of the Most Holy and Royal Order of Saint Edward the Martyr (25 September 2022)
    • Knight of the Most Honourable Order of Friendship (25 September 2022)
    • Knight of the Most Honourable Order of the Blue Ribbon (25 September 2022)
  •  Monmark:
    • Order of the Crowned Lion (Monmark) - Ribbon.svg Knight of the Order of the Crowned Lion (26 December 2021)
    • Order of Crimson (Monmark) - ribbon.svg Companion Knight of the Order of Crimson (25 December 2022)[9]
    • Order of Independence (Monmark) - Grand Cross-ribbon.svg Grand Cross of the Order of Independence (25 December 2022)[9]
Former honours
State honours

Foreign honours

  • Realeza Great Realeza:
    • Grand Knight of the Royal Order of Great Realeza (14 October 2021)
Queenslandian territories

Organizational honours

Scholastic honours

Banners

Two Saints Banner of the Duke of Mauberg-Courrac.svg
Kingdom of Norton Banner of the Duke of Mauberg-Courrac
(2022 – )

Armorials

Escutcheon of Matthew Tonna in Vishwamitra.svg
Coat of arms of Count Matthew Tonna.svg
Arms of the House of Tonna.svg
Personal armorial[12] State of Vishwamitra Arms as Count Matthew Tonna
Kingdom of Norton Arms as 1st Duke of Mauberg-Courrac

See also

References

Citations
  1. "New 'Popular Party' launched". Times of Malta. 2020-11-19. Retrieved 2022-03-26.
  2. Tonna, 7 June 2022, Letter to Citizens
  3. ECM, 13 July 2022, Report on the 2022 general election - ECM
  4. 4.0 4.1 Office of the Rashtradhyaksh, 18 January 2023, ROYAL DECREE - 259 (3/2023)
  5. Media Deparment Act November 6, 2021 - Google Documents
  6. 6.0 6.1 Alexander I Constantine, 6 June 2022, Letters Patent for the Duke of Rabat - Google Docs
  7. JAYDEN I, 25 June 2022, Royal Decree No. 45 (2. Jay. I et 1. Rhi.)
  8. Melitian Presidential Office, (24 April 2022) - "8/2021 Constituting the Dilu Ribbon"
  9. 9.0 9.1 Alexander I Constantine, 25 December 2022, 2022 Christmas Day Honours
  10. Royal Queensland Gazzette, 2 January 2023, ROYAL DECREE - (No.03-0923) : NATIONAL DAY HONOURS LIST (QUEENSLANDIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY)
  11. Snagoveanu, 24 October 2022, DECLARAȚIE 24 OCTOMBRIE 2022
  12. Short information about the History of the Tonna Surname from a Maltese Heraldry Website - https://araldikamaltija.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/tonna.jpg
  13. Endnotes
    1. Supports, but not a formal member.
    2. Supports, but not a formal member.
    3. Pontunia's Cabinet is appointed by the King of Pontunia
    4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The order became defunct following the honours system being overhauled as per President Decree 05/2021.