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Centurion Sir Thomas Carter
|Midget Fuhrer Thomas|
|Fourth Midget Master
|Reign||4 February 2010 - 16 December 2010|
|Predecessor||Midget Master Caroline III|
|Successor||Midget Master Declan V|
|Born||11 April 1995|
Centurion Sir Thomas Carter, KCA, KCP, (formerly known as Pope Declan I as Pope of the Proto-Cults) was the Fourth Midget Master, during which time he infamously chose to be known as Midget Fuhrer Thomas IV. He continued to hold the controversial title of "Midget Fuhrer" rather than that of Centurion as commanding officer of what is now Centuria II Ruscimiae until permission to use this title was revoked by Emperor Jonathan I on 1 January 2020.
Holding the throne of the Midget Master for most of 2010, Thomas was overthrown in December in favour of Midget Master Declan V. However, he was permitted to retain most of his powers, and when the Midget Nation-in-Exile was assimilated into the Empire of Austenasia in April 2011 he remained commanding officer of the Midget Army.
Thomas also served as a Detective Inspector in the Austenasian Police from May 2009 until CID units were abolished in October 2013.
Later that month, Thomas persuaded a large amount of the Midget Army to switch their allegiance to him. He attempted to overthrow Midget Master Jonathan, but after the intervention of the former Midget Master Daniel, Thomas was content with a power-sharing deal - he and the Midget Master had equal power, but only Midget Master Jonathan could have the title of Midget Master and choose a successor. In return, Thomas gained the ancient Rushymian title of Theocrat of Atkantia from Midget Master Jonathan.
In September 2005, after helping Commander Gregory to annex the Water Fountains to the Midget Empire, the two of them decided to get rid of Midget Master Jonathan for good. The Midget Master's "Elite Guard" of Yr. 5s fled when Thomas and Gregory marched into the Midget Base with some Yr. 6 soldiers and demanded that Jonathan abdicate. The Midget Master was saved in a daring rescue attempt by some Yr. 4s and 5s who were better trained than his first bodyguards. Thomas followed Gregory's advice to accept when Jonathan offered a compromise - a new power-sharing deal was set up, the three of them ruling the Midget Empire in a triumvirate, although as before only Jonathan had the actual title of Midget Master and could choose a successor.
In late May or early June 2006, Thomas, taking his title of Theocrat of Atkantia to heart, took charge of attempting to build a city on the nearby Field, named Atkantia Minor. Although initially the plan was to build structures out of branches, this was abandoned when the builders where attacked by Yr. 6s. The attack was repelled by Thomas' soldiers, but it was decided to merely claim the area as the province of Atkantia Minor instead of making a settlement.
Becoming Midget Master
After Thomas and the majority of Midget officers left the school in which the Midget Empire was based, in July 2006, he and the rest of the Midget Empire were inactive until December 2009, when Midget Master Caroline III created the Midget Nation-in-Exile.
Midget Master Caroline quickly started to lose interest in the Midgets once more, and so her brother the then Crown Prince Jonathan (the former Second Midget Master) persuaded her to abdicate in favour of Thomas, who then became the Fourth Midget Master. Out of a wish to be seen more as a dictator, like the First Midget Master, Thomas assumed the title of Midget Fuhrer Thomas IV, although this was not intended to convey any Nazi connotations, but merely to be seen in its meaning of "supreme leader". The title of the office of Midget Master stayed the same: he was Midget Fuhrer Thomas IV, the Fourth Midget Master.
Austenasian Civil War
Midget Fuhrer Thomas declared war on the rebel forces in support of the legitimate Emperor of Austenasia, His Imperial Majesty Esmond III. Although the Midget Army took no part in the fighting of the war, the Midget Master did make a diplomatic contribution, protesting against the support of foreign micronations for the rebels and, after the Emperor won the civil war, helping to persuade micronations that remained Carolinian to withdraw their support. From then onwards, the Midget Nation-in-Exile was for all intents and purposes an unofficial vassal of Austenasia.
War of the Orlian Reunification
This ended with the outbreak of the War of the Orlian Reunification. In return for having been ousted from a position of power in the Kingdom of the Grove without the consent of the Grovian people, on 9 December 2010 the Emperor declared a symbolic state of war between his titular nation of Rushymia and the Grove's successor state of Orly.
The Midget Nation had been in a state of alliance with the Grove, and with Copan - the other predeccessor state of Orly. Midget Fuhrer Thomas considered Orly to have inherited these alliances, and so declared war on Rushymia. The Midget Master also broke away from the suzerainty of Austenasia, even going so far as to threaten the Empire itself with military force, which ultimately resulted in Austenasia entering the conflict against Orly and the Midgets.
On 16 December, the Midget Army deposed Thomas and declared the Declan I to be the Fifth Midget Master. They did however permit Thomas to retain the title Midget Fuhrer, and in the absence of the Midget Master to hold the supreme power himself. Three days after this, he received the surrender of Wrythe from Crown Prince Jonathan, resulting in the end of the war.
On 9 April 2011, the Midget Nation-in-Exile was assimilated into the Empire of Austenasia by Declan I, II & V. Its independent government was abolished, and the Midget Army became Centuria II Midgetae in the Austenasian Army. Midget Fuhrer Thomas was permitted to retain both his title and his position of commanding officer of the Midget Army. He was given the office of Pope of the Proto-Cults as a titular honour by Declan I, II & V upon his seventeenth birthday (which he held for just over three months), and was given the papal name Deaglan I in regards to the new position. He is however remembered in papal lists as Pope Declan I after King Declan decided to appoint two other Popes with his name but continue their regnal numbering by counting Thomas. On 1 January 2020, Jonathan I revoked the right of Thomas to bear the title "Midget Fuhrer", and he has since then been styled conventionally as a knight and military officer.
Titles and styles
- 11 April 1995 - June 2005: Thomas Carter
- June 2005 - 31 July 2006: Commander Thomas
- 31 July 2006 - 16 May 2009: Thomas Carter
- 16 May 2009 - 4 February 2010: DI Sir Thomas Carter, KCP
- 4 February 2010 - 16 December 2010: Midget Fuhrer Thomas IV
- 16 December 2010 – 31 December 2019: Midget Fuhrer Thomas
- 11 April 2012 - 20 July 2012: Pope Declan I (in New Wessex)
- 1 January 2020 - present: Centurion Sir Thomas Carter, KCA, KCP
Awards and decorations
- Knight of the Order of the Crown Prince: 16/5/2009
- Knight Commander of the Austenasian Order: 9/6/2010
Centurion Sir Thomas Carter
House of Carter
Midget Master Caroline III
4 February 2010 – 16 December 2010
Midget Master Declan V
Midget Master Jonathan (II)
|Theocrat of Atkantia
June 2005 - 16 December 2010
Midget Master Declan V
Last holder unknown, c. 2000
|Commander of the Middle Playground
23 November 2010 - 23 July 2014
HIH Emperor Father Terry
Pope Marcus II
|Pope of the Proto-Religions of New Wessex
11 April 2012 - 20 July 2012
Pope Djehuti I