Ned Gunderson

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Lord Edward Gunderson,
Count of New Grémmia, MCOU, KOSS
Standard of the Gunderson Dynasty
7th Deputy Prime Minister/Proconsul
Assumed office
13 February 2020-29 May 2020
Predecessor Lady Vice Admiral Eryn Lewis, Duchess of Bernardston
Successor Lord John Gordon
Khagan of Nedland
Assumed office
April 2020
Predecessor Office established
Successor Incumbent
Personal information
Born 30 December 2000 (2000-12-30) (age 19)
Annandale, Virginia
Birth name Edward D. Gunderson
Citizenship American
Hasani
Mahusetan
Nationality American
Ethnicity Southern
Political party Ovaltine Party
Religion Agnostic

Edward Gunderson, Count of New Grémmia (born 30 December 2000) is a Nedlandic nobleman who has reigned as Khagan of Nedland since April 2020. Gunderson is also a statesman in the Sublime State of Hasanistan and the Confederation of Mahuset.

Gunderson has held high office in various micronations, including the Abeldane Empire, the Empire of Austenasia, the Empire of Paravia and the Empire of Pavlov.

First creation of Nedland

MNTO and diplomacy, May–July 2015

On May 24, NG founded an alliance which was called the MNTO (Micronational Treaty Organization), an organization dedicated to protecting its members.

The same day, the United Republics of Wolfpond and the Usian Republic joined. In the following days, many other states joined, including the Duchy of the Lowcountry and Mcarthia.

On May 27, due to reasons concerning MNTO, Duke Jeffrey Bellino withdrew the Lowcountry from the MNTO and withdrew recognition from Nedland. This was due to accusations of NG being untrustworthy and overly politically covert in his dealings with other members of MNTO. This then sparked the controversy that would eventually destroy the MNTO.

The MNTO held an election the same day for organization president. NG won with three votes. His opponent, Liam Raymond of Wolfpond, was appointed to various positions of power, including the leading adviser to the president.

On May 31, it dissolved for various reasons.

The Pannonian War started when Liberland laid claim land claimed by South Maudlandia, and their president, Matthew Phillips, issued a warning to them. When Liberland ignored the warning and occupied the island of Siga, South Maudlandia declared war on Liberland.

On June 6, 2015, President NG issued a formal declaration of war against Free Republic of Liberland, bringing Nedland into the Pannonian War on the side of President Matthew Phillips of South Maudlandia. Nedland already viewed Liberland negatively, as Liberland had previously ignored a Nedlandic request for a treaty of mutual recognition.

When the Kid United Republic, who was on the side of South Maudlandia in the War, informed NG of the reasoning for the war, Nedland joined South Maudlandia in the effort to defeat Liberland before the Serbian or Croatian police would potentially intervene.

On June 7, Nedland withdrew its declaration of war, with President NG citing no advantageous outcome for any belligerent but South Maudlandia, and persuasion from Jackson Cole and Richard I of Mercia.

On 26 July 2015, Nedland was admitted into the Nollandish Confederacy, a commonwealth/union of nations united in trade, diplomacy and such. Nedland joined mainly due to the fact that their friend-nations were members.

Nedland ceased membership in the Nollandish Confederacy after it was absorbed into the Empire of Paravia on 13 August 2015.

Kenspiracy, August–November 2015

In a Facebook group message, President NG expressed his plans to "leave the micronational community" after Mathias L. Magnussen of Munkkia leaked a screenshot of a private message showing that NG had plotted to overthrow Joseph Kennedy, the Prime Minister of Austenasia. Following this, NG appointed Eren Lewis as head of the military and awarded Lord Grant Hawkins an autonomous republic to administer. Lewis held a coup against the Nedlandic government, installing Lord Hawkins as President of Nedland.[1]

NG sent a message to Hawkin's Facebook profile requesting he step down as president. Hawkins decided not to step down, and ruled Nedland for 4 days until he disbanded the landless government on 17 August 2015. Jackson/Horatio Eden, a citizen of the Universal Triumvirate, declared himself Ceremonial President of the Democratic Socialist Federation of Nedlandic Republics the same day, but without any remaining territorial claims, the title bore no authority.

Paravia stepped in to administer Nedland's territory on NG's request, becoming the Autonomous Region of Nedland on August 14, 2015.

During a brief confusion, the Abeldane Empire and Paravia split Nedland two ways - Abelden getting South Nedland (aka Abeldane Nedland) and Paravia getting the northern territories. NG discovered the deal via his email and objected, which sparked some international tensions. The original unwritten deal allowed Abelden to annex the Cameroonian Territory and only annex the rest of Nedland if a coup overthrew the Paravian government. Abeldane Nedland was eventually transferred to Paravia in accordance with the deal, leaving Abelden with the land formerly part of the Nedlandic Cameroonian Territory.

On 28 November 2015, the Autonomous Region of Nedland was officially disbanded.

Revival of Nedland, Abelden and Pavlov

Prime Minister of Nedland, May–June 2016

On 5 May 2016 Nedland was refounded as an independent state, officially called the Republic of Nedland, succeeding the newly-independent Šlovedkia after it had broken away from Paravia.

On 12 May 2016, Emperor Patrick I of Paravia became head of state. Nedland renamed itself as the State of Nedland, in accordance with having a monarch as head of state.

The State of Nedland hosted one autonomous area, Hiddleston and Alonia, which was formed from the remains of Quetico Street. It hosted the Quetico Microinternational Stock Exchange (QMSE) from 9 to 14 June 2016, before it seceded under leader Henry Twain.

Paravia again, July 2016

On 21 July 2016, Nedland rejoined Paravia as a federal state via the Treaty of Nyros, alongside Grémmia, the Usian Republic, the DRCC, and Dachenia.

Great Khan and Nedlando-Khorashan

Nedland declared independence from Paravia as the "Khanate of Nedland" on September 23, 2016.

Nedland seceded from the empire almost a month and a half from its annexation date, on November 14. They did so illegally, disregarding Paravian laws on formal secession. Initially, Paravian attempts to force NG to secede formally proved fruitless, and the Empire still recognized Nedland as part of Paravia. Several half-hearted attempts at referendums to leave were rejected by the government as inadequate.

After much controversy, NG agreed to stop his revolt and petition the government to secede with Nedland. The vote to leave was nearly unanimous, with 8 for and 1 against.

At the same time, another illegal secession movement led by NG in Abeldane Nedland received similar criticism. Technically, the dispute has not been solved because NG never held an official referendum. However, after revoking NG's Abeldane citizenship and naming him a persona non grata in Abeldane lands, Abelden finally decided to rescind their claim of sovereignty over Abeldane Nedland.

The Duchy of Romitria in Karnia-Ruthenia seceded legally one day after those pieces of Nedland in Paravia and Abelden, by informing the Emperor and allowing the Imperial Chamber to hold a formal vote on the secession of Romitria. The vote concluded in support of Romit secession, and Romitria was allowed to secede.

After Nedland's secession, the government reformed into a khanate, and NG was crowned the Second Genghis Khan. However, in February, NG started a campaign to make Nedland serious again, banning all comical activity, as well as memes, from being used in politics. He disbanded the Ovaltine and Neutral parties because of this. This was a sad period in the history of Nedland.

On August 2017, Nedland's merging with the Empire of Khorașan was formalized. Nedland officially became one of two constituent countries, along with Khorașan

Austenasia, Behemoth and Zenrax

Second revival of Nedland

Political views

Gunderson is a reactionary, anti-democratic "traditional localist", who rejects both left-wing and right-wing politics. He proposes his own model of aristocratic, de-centralised government, which he calls the Gunderson model. He believes in a strongly tiered social caste system, with little economic mobility in order to prevent the rise of a non-aristocratic burgher class, or as Gunderson terms it, "wealth without responsibility." He believes that rural agrarian life ruled by an aristocratic class protects integral concepts such as local culture and extended family units.[2]

His model includes what Gunderson describes as a "system of natural checks and balances", manoralism, whereby aristocrats controlling fiefs must meet the needs of the people (serfs) to ensure they are productive and do not revolt. The relationship between vassal lords and monarchs would be based on a similar dynamic, in which monarchs would also be required to respect the authority and well being of lower aristocrats to ensure their productivity and loyalty. According to Gunderson, this leads to "maximum accountability" and ensures that any corruption or oppression is visible. He contrasts this with democracy, where he says the bourgeoisie use their institutional and economic power (such as through mass media and lobbying) to manipulate governance for their own interests, rendering them unaccountable for injustices.[2]

Prior to developing the "Gunderson model" in 2018 and 2019, Gunderson identified as a socialist.[3]

Personal life

Gunderson runs a YouTube channel, which has hosted several popular videos, including a nightcore rendition of Syrian singer Rami Kazour's nationalist and pro-Assad song "God, Syria, Bahsar".

Gunderson is an enthusiastic amateur cartographer and data analyst.

He is agnostic.

Controversial sense of humour

Sir Joseph Kennedy claimed on 11 November 2020 that Gunderson is "well known in the micronational community for his racist, homophobic and transphobic sense of humour, which is described by most external observers as incredibly unfunny".[4] In response, Ivan of Brienia and Hasan Çakar both said that they find Gunderson funny and praised his sense of humour, the latter characterising it as politically incorrect.[5]

In an interview with the Batyr Times in July 2020, Gunderson referenced the controversy over his sense of humour, jokingly referring to himself as a "famed incel racist gamer".[2]

On 8 and 10 November 2020, Gunderson unilaterally declared himself — presumably light-heartedly — the legal guardian of Adam I, Emperor of Adammia, Eryn Lewis and Sir Joseph Kennedy. He then said that he morally "disapproved of the presumably homosexual relationship between Kennedy and Lewis" and made mocking comments about the three that referenced Asperger's syndrome. Kennedy characterised the incident as racist, homophobic and transphobic, removed the declaration and subsequent comments from Gunderson's MicroWiki entry, and locked it so that only MicroWiki staff could edit it.

Styles and honours

As of November 2020, Gunderson's preferred full style is:

Lord Edward Gunderson, Count of New Grémmia, Mexican-Commander of the Order of the Urcheon, Knight of the Order of St. Stephen

In Hasanistan, his full style is:

Nedowādo Gunderson Çelebi, Atabeg of Arapadalar, Beg of Körfeziye Sanjak Slayer of Nicholas J. Fuentes, Shōgun of the Ryukyu and Northern Mariana Island, Albanian of the Albanians, Holy Emanation and Viceroy-on-Earth of the Great Leader of the Khmer Revolution General-Secretary Pol Pot, Grand Mufti of Delaware, Chief Eunuch of the Personal Harem of Hasan Çakar and Conqueror of the Adammic Empire

Honours

Other positions

  • Hasanistan - Ambassador to the United States.
  • Mekniy - Ambassador to the United States, since 7 August 2017.
  • Sree Gurusia - Ambassador to the United States, since 6 August 2017.
  • Hasanistan - Atabeg of Arapadalar, Beg of Körfeziye, Slayer of Nicholas J. Fuentes, Shōgun of the Ryukyu and Northern Mariana Islands, Albanian of the Albanians, Holy Emanation and Viceroy-on-Earth of the Great Leader of the Khmer Revolution, Chief Eunuch of the Personal Harem of Hasan Çakar and Conqueror of the Adammic Empire

Notes and references

  1. "#001 Nedlandic Post". Humanytarian Press. 2015. Retrieved 2017-03-07.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Mejlis approves voting rights for Mahusetan, Brennonian and Cormacian residents" in Batyr Times. 28 September 2020.
  3. “A fair amount of the community is under the impression that I’m evil” – Prime Minister Kennedy talks about the Kennedy Lounge issue, the Williamson resignation and Ned Gunderson. Triumvirate National Press. 4 October 2015.
  4. Changes to entry "Ned Gunderson" in MicroWiki. 11 November 2020.
  5. Messages to #nedwardland in "Nedland" [Discord server]. 15 November 2020.