Raphael Sousa

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The Most Dignified
The Duke of Sion
The Duke of Sion supporting animals, 2020.
10th Prime Minister of Ebenthal
In office
29 December 2019 - 29 June 2020
Monarch Arthur II
Predecessor The Marquis of Terra Nova
Successor Prince Fernando of Negromonte
Regent of Ebenthal
In office
27 September 2019 - 29 December 2019
Monarch vacant
Predecessor Office established
Successor Office abolished
Minister of War
In office
30 August 2018 - 27 September 2019
Monarch Arthur I
Mateus I
Predecessor The Count of Verdefort
Successor The Marquis of Souto
Peer of the Realm
Assumed office
20 January 2016
First Lord The Marquis of Dom Luiz
The Count of the Hidden Mound
The Count of Aldamir
Personal information
Born 10 December 1996 (1996-12-10) (age 23)
Barbacena, Brazil
Nationality 125px-Flag of Brazil.svg.png Brazilian
KOEbenthal Flag Test4.png Ebenthali
Ethnicity Caucasian
Political party Moderate Party
Occupation Former military; Civil servant; Mechanics technician; Student
Religion Roman Catholic
Military service
Allegiance 125px-Flag of Brazil.svg.png Brazil
KOEbenthal Flag Test4.png Ebenthal
Service/branch Brazilian Army
Royal Ebenthali Army
In service 2014 - 2020
Rank Seargent (Brazil)
General (Ebenthal)
Battles/wars Ebenthali-Brazilian War
Ebenthali Civil War

Lord Raphael, Duke of Sion (born Raphael de Sousa Sampaio in Barbacena, Brazil, 10 December 1996) was the 10th Prime Minister of Ebenthal (formely entitled Grand Vizier and Premier) from his appointment by the King Arthur II in 29 December 2019, being this monarch's first co-head of government, to the Moderate Party's lost of seats at the parliament in 29 June 2020.

Living in Belo Horizonte, Raphael joined the micronation in January 2016, being appointed Peer in the College of Peers of the Realm, then called Conclave of Ebenthal, for the Principality of Belmonte by High King Arthur I, who ennobled him with the title of Duke of Sion. Member of the Royal Ebenthali Army, he served during the Ebenthali-Brazilian War and the Ebenthali Civil War. In recognition of his merits, he was awarded Knight 1st Class of the Order of the Black Needles and Commander of the Order of the Swiss Prince. In 2018 he was named Minister of War.

After High King Arthur I's abdication, Raphael swore his allegiance to the new High King Mateus I in 24 June 2019. As the Mateusian Crisis erupted, he was summoned by the monarch to deal with the rebels militarily if needed, which he declined to do and was branded a traitor. Siding with the First Lord Nícollas Reis, Duke of Launceston and the Seneschal Pedro Reis, Count of Iustitia, Raphael was able to turn the Ebenthali Armed Forces against Mateus, eventually helping to dethrone him. After a bried judgement where he was officialy reinstated by the Tribune of Truth, Raphael was to be originally appointed (by the Conclave) as High King, to which he declined, but accepted to become Regent of Ebenthal in 27 September 2019. For the next three months he would search for a person fit to the Ebenthali Throne. After the rejection by former Emperor Petar I of Schneeblutig and Sultan Omar V of Harran, King Arthur I of Roschfallen accepted the throne in 29 December 2019 becoming High King Arthur II of Ebenthal. His first royal act was to name Raphael as Grand Vizier, a title which changed to Premier in 14 May 2020 and definitely to Prime Minister in 15 October 2020.


Early life

Raphael was born in Barbacena, Minas Gerais, Brazil, being the second of three sons of a wealthy family. As his father was from Rio de Janeiro, he eventually moved to that city along with his family. There he studied at the Rezende Rammel Institute where he first went in touch with micronationalism through his friend Arthur Brum.


After graduate at the Rezende-Rammel Institute as a mechanical technician in 2013, Raphael completed the Armada Corporate Technician Staff course in early 2017 and joined the Navy. In 2018 he begun to study engineering at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro.


Raphael joined the Armada Corporate Technical Staff of the Brazilian Navy as 3rd Seargent in 2016 through a technical exam of admission. Since then he perfomed his military duties at the Naval Complex of Itaguaí as a technician of submarines. In 2019 he was promoted as supervisor to other technicians. Since January 2020 he's off his duties for personal reasons. In early May he was discharged after approval in a public contest to be a civil servant performing mechanic duties for the Brazilian Navy.


Role in the Mateusian Crisis

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