Matthew P. P. Tonna

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His Excellency
Matthew Pio Paul Tonna
GCrV GCOMG GGS CDD KCL


Portrait of Matthew Tonna
Coat of Arms of Melite.svg
President of Melite
Assumed office:
27 September 2021
Predecessor Andre Mifsud
President of the YeLand Special Administrative Region
Assumed office:
18 October 2021
Speaker of the House of the People of Vishwamitra
Assumed office:
22 December 2021
Rashtradhyaksh Dhrubajyoti Roy
Prime Minister Farhaz Hazarika
Predecessor Dhrubajyoti Roy (as ex-officio Speaker)
Successor
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. Woldan
Minister of Media of Pontunia
Assumed office:
10 November 2021
King Andrew I
Chief Minister Alexandre Olivier
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 16)
St. Luke's Hospital, Pietà, Malta
Citizenship  Malta
 Melite
Nationality  Maltese
Ethnicity Caucasian White
Political party Christian Nationalist Party (since 2021)
Potato Party (2019-20)
Other political
affiliations
National People's Congress (Vishwamitra)
Residence Presidential Palace, Rabat, Malta
Alma mater St. Elias College
Religion Roman Catholic
Signature
Military service
Nickname(s) Tonna
Allegiance  Melite
 Istria
Service/branch Second Democratic Christian Republic of 11B Army.png Melitian Army
Steagul Statului Major General.png Major General State
In service 2021 – present
Rank Istria General.png Army General of Istria

Second Democratic Christian Republic of 11B Army Commander in Chief.png Commander-in-Chief

Matthew Pio Paul Tonna GSGS GCrV GCOMG GGS CDD KCL GCL MP (Melit., Vish.) (commonly known as Matthew Tonna in Melite and Lord Tonna in Vishwamitra), is a Maltese micronationalist and one of the founding fathers of the Democratic Christian Republic of Melite who is also the current President of Melite, YeLand and its Districts and has been in office since 27 September 2021 after having served in an acting capacity between 1 July and 27 September 2021. Apart from his active role in Melite, he is also the current Speaker of the House of the People of Vishwamitra, the presiding officer of the lower house of the Parliament of Vishwamitra since 22 December 2021.

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 is the oldest of the two children of his parents. He has a brother who is eight years younger to him and is too young to understand about micronationalism. Tonna is a devout Roman Catholic, a Christian nationalist, and a vexillologist.

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 sympathizing with Francoism, Falangism and National Catholicism, etc ideologies thus going farther to the right. He is a staunch pro-life advocate as well, and also likes listening to Gregorian Chants with his favourite two chants being "Christus Vincit, Christus Regnat, Christus Imperat", and "Salve Regina".

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.

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 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 House of the People on 22 December 2021 and was unopposed elect to the position.

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 in the cabinet of Chief Minister Alexandre Olivier.

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.

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[1] which was successfully passed with 6 votes in favour, none against, and only 2 votes of abstention. He is also running for Mediator General, opposing incumbent Tyler Mullins of New Athens, and Alexander I, of Cimbrun.

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 Micronational Organization (8 October – 4 December 2021)

Honours

National honours

Ribbon Honour Post-nominal
letters
Order of the Holy Cross - ribbon.svg Sovereign of the Order of the Holy Cross[a] OHBC
Ribbon bar of the High Order of the Democratic Christian Republic of 11B.svg Sovereign of the High Order of the Democratic Christian Republic of Melite [b] HOM
Grand Order of the D.C.R.M..png Sovereign of the Friendship Ribbon of the Democratic Christian Republic of Melite [c]
Grand Master of the Grand Cross Special Class of the Order of the Golden Sun GSGS

Foreign honours

Ribbon Country Honour Date Post-nominal
letters
Order of the Vishwamitra - Ribbon.svg Vishwamitra Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the Vishwamitra 10 October 2020
Ribbon for Saint Michael and Gavril Order.png Istria Grand Commander of the Order of Saint Michael and Gavril 12 October 2021 GCOMG
Award without ribbon.svg Realeza Grand Knight of the Royal Order of Great Realeza 14 October 2021 GGS
Istrian Prizes.svg Istria Recipient Third Class of the Diplomatic Prize 3 December 2021
Ribbon bar of the Order of the Dancing Dragon-Commander.svg Obscurium Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the Dancing Dragon 24 December 2021 CDD
Order of the Crowned Lion (Monmark) - Ribbon.svg Monmark Knight of the Order of the Crowned Lion 26 December 2021 KCL
Ribbon bar of the Order of the Lotus (Grand Cross).svg Vishwamitra Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Lotus 11 January 2022 GCL

Individual Honours

Ribbon Honour Date Post-nominal
letters
LIN-bronzebar.png Recipient of the Bronze Order of Merit of the League of Independent Nations 18 December 2021

Armorials

Personal escutcheon of Matthew Tonna.svg
Coat of Arms of Matthew Tonna (Order of the Lotus).svg
Coat of Arms of Matthew Tonna (Order of the Vishwamitra).svg
Personal armorial[2] Vishwamitra Arms as Grand Cross of the Order of the Lotus Vishwamitra Arms as Grand Cross of the Order of the Vishwamitra

References

Citations:

  1. Media Deparment Act November 6, 2021 - Google Documents
  2. Short information about the History of the Tonna Surname from a Maltese Heraldry Website - https://araldikamaltija.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/tonna.jpg

Endnotes:

  1. The Order of the Holy Cross of Melite went defunct when the Rewards system was overhauled as per Presidential Decree 05/2021.
  2. The High Order of the Democratic Christian Republic of Melite went defunct when the Rewards system was overhauled as per Presidential Decree 05/2021.
  3. The Friendship Ribbon of the Democratic Christian Republic of Melite went defunct when the Rewards system was overhauled as per Presidential Decree 05/2021.