|The Most Dignified|
The Duke of Sion
ANI, COPS, GCGP
|The Duke of Sion supporting animals, 2020.|
29 December 2019 - 29 June 2020
|Predecessor||The Marquis of Terra Nova|
|Successor||Prince Fernando of Negromonte|
27 September 2019 - 29 December 2019
30 August 2018 - 27 September 2019
|Predecessor||The Count of Verdefort|
|Successor||The Marquis of Souto|
20 January 2016
|First Lord||The Marquis of Wallia|
The Count of the Hidden Mound
The Count of Ardo
|Born||10 December 1996|
|Political party||Moderate Party|
|Occupation||Former military; Civil servant; Mechanics technician; Student|
Royal Ebenthali Army
|In service||2014 - 2020|
Ebenthali Civil War
|Awards||ANI, COPS, GCGP|
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.
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 Brazilian Navy as a Sargeant. In 2018 he begun to study mechanical 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.
Raphael firstly became interested in micronationalism in 2014 when his friend Arthur Brum created a simulationist nation at the NationStates platform, eventually turning it into an actual micronation. Raphael, though, did not participated, running out of time on his paralell life projects, but nonetheless kept contact with some other micronationalists.
In 2016 he finally enrolled in micronationalism when he was convinced to accept an invitation to became temporarily Peer of the Realm in Ebenthal, just to try, and if it was too much, he could back down. Eventually, the office had much grasp over Raphael, who was earned the title of Duke of Sion by High King Ebenthal. A military in the Brazilian Army, Raphael was tasked by the Prime Minister Count of Ardo to oversee over a reformation at the Royal Ebenthali Army and he was given the ranking of General.
In 2018 he was appointed Minister of War by Prime Minister Count of Verdefort, being subsequently appointed in two other cabinets. In early 2019 he founded the Holy Association of Catholic Ebenthalis, an organization for faithful Catholics to gather and discuss Ebenthali policies. The organization, however, was the epitome is a decrease of trust between the army and the government when High King Mateus I rose to the throne and immediatly extinguished the HACE through decree.
Role in the Mateusian Crisis
Shortly after the clash with Raphael and the HACE, High King Mateus started the Mateusian Crisis by openly speaking in transform the country into an absolute monarchy, while centralizing as much power as possible, supported by his allies, loyalists and legalists, while ignoring the institutions pleas for a democratic solution. The monarch had appointed the Count of Lahad to be the new Prime Minister, by then called Grand Vizier, and the Count kept Raphael in charge of war affairs.
Throughout almost the entire crisis, Raphael remained loyal to the Government, according to him, due to his "notion of debt towards the former High King Arthur I, as Mateus I was his brother and successor", but also hoping that a reasonable outcome could've been reached. With Mateus I issuing illegal decrees and both the Tribune of Truth and College of Peers of the Realm being ignores while calling for the sovereign to come to terms with law, the heads of both institutions issued a common statement calling for the Mateus's abdication; as a Peer of the Realm and a member of the Government, Raphael refused to vote and had his vote counted as abstension. To counter the matter, the High King then called an emergency meeting of his cabinet, on which most members advised for the dissolution of both the legislative and judiciary institutions. Raphael, however, suggested to the High King that he should talk to the Lord Speaker and the Seneschal and come to favorable terms, but his suggestion was ignored.
Then in 20 September 2020, as Mateus had dissolved Ebenthali institutions, Raphael used his influence to turn the enlisted citizens-in-exercise, members of government, definetely against the monarch, claiming there was no other solution than the overthrowning of the House of Beato. This immediatly prompted the Lord Speaker Duke of Guanabara, until then torn, as he had been a friend to High King Mateus, to issue a cojoint act with the Tribune ot Truth dissolving the cabinet and officialy deposing High King Mateus. Days following the crisis's end, the Duke of Guanabara and the Count of Iustitia offered Raphael, the Duke of Sion, the Crown of Ebenthal, but he declined the offer and instead was appointed Regent of Ebenthal.
Following the end of the crisis and his tenure as Regent of Ebenthal, Raphael was appointed Prime Minister of Ebenthal by King he placed on the throne, Arthur II, the former King of Roschfallen. As Prime Minister, the Duke of Sion presided over most of the most imporant reformations King Arthur II had started on the country since he assumed the throne, such as the change of symbols, the incorporation of new territories, the foudation of the Conference of Santiago and the Brazilian Sector, Ebenthal's brief entry at the Konmalehth and the enormous lap in diplomatic relations and influence taken by the country under the reign of a far more influential and known monarch.
Fairly busy with other matters and apathetic in the end of his government, Raphael was dismissed from office when the Conservative Party became the majority party at parliament. Since then, he has fulfilling his initial role as a mere Peer of the Realm, although have maintained his position as a member of the Privy Council.
Titles, styles and honors
Titles and styles
- 20 January 2016 – present: The Most Dignified The Duke of Sion
- Kingdom of Ebenthal: Grand Cross of the Order of the Silver Cat
- Kingdom of Ebenthal: Grand Cross of the Order of the Swiss Prince
- Kingdom of Ebenthal: Knight 1st Class of the Order of the Black Needles
- Sultanate of Harram: Grand Cross of the Order of Hassan the Great
- Sovietian Empire: Recipient of the Order of Trotsky
- Kingdom of São Guimarães: Knight of the Order of St. Valeur
- Free Pristinian Republic: Knight of the Order of the Chevron