His Lordship Richard I
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HL Richard I
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His Lordship Richard I (Lord of Clyro, King Richard I of Kothellond, King Richard I of Baneheilde), also known as Richard Hytholoday, is the current Lord of the Region of Clyro, and is also the Lord Spiritual of the Kingdoms and Lands Represented in the Council of the Diarchal Crowns of the Disciples (also known as Mercia). He also is one of the two kings of the Tsardom of Nolland, under Tsar Thomas I. Involved in the Microwiki community since September 2011, His Lordship has served as President, Consul and Chairman for a number of organisations and nations, notably the Grand Unified Micronational and the Confederate States of Prosperity.
Joining the Community
Richard Hytholoday actually discovered the Microwiki Community two years before joining the Forum and Wiki. Inspired by tales of Sealand's secession, Molossia's civil war, and the rise to power of St Charlie, Hytholoday felt that creating a country would soon see him propelled into some higher sense of accomplishment. The short lived Internet-based 'Hytholoday Republic' was the final result of this delusion. After approximately a week, the website for the Republic became inactive, and was soon deleted by Hytholoday. Micronationalism, for now, had defeated him.
However, in 2011, when searching for a subject for his AS Level Extended Project assignment, Richard Hytholoday once more stumbled upon the Microwiki. Deciding to take the plunge, he created an account, made a website, and roped in a few of his friends as members of an impromptu council. The St Peters Republic was formed.
The St Peters Republic (September 2011 - October 2012)
The St Peters Republic (SPR), in its opening weeks, was a flurry of activity. A flag was made, documents were finalised, and the website (since deactivated) was updated almost daily. However, as the stress of GCSEs and early AS Levels took their toll, many members of the SPR were unable to find time for the nation. Inactivity sunk into the Republic, and it did not shift.
On not a few occasions, Hytholoday (as President-of-State) would attempt to motivate the citizenry with new legislature or the purchase of medals for his Defence Marshalls. These only worked momentarily however, and after February 2012, the SPR was dead in all but name.
In was in this time that Richard Hytholoday looked to other avenues of work, to see if there was another niche that he could fill Micronationally, to revive the Republic from its inactivity.
PROSP-R (Jan 2012 - Jun 2012)
Before the SPR fell into its major inactivity slump, Hytholoday had already been working with other Micronations to create a trade group within the Microwiki sector. The Programme for the Realistic Operation of Secessionist Production - "Real Business, Real Money, Real Nations" (PROSP-R, although technically it should have been PROSP-RRR) was Hytholoday's brainchild following this work. A trade group based on the transference of documents over Skype, the PROSP-R group gradually expanded to include 6 nations (Freedomia, Agnorr, Gerenia, Amager, New Winterdown and the St Peters Republic), although it only traded twice in it's 6 month life, due to time constraints.
Eventually, the members of the PROSP-R tradegroup reasoned that to be more active, some form of closer organisation was required. It was Richard Hytholoday who, in June 2012, hypothesised the creation of a Confederacy to bring the PROSP-R nations closer together.
The Confederate States of Prosperity (Jun 2012 - Dec 2012)
Created from the nations of PROSP-R, the Confederate States of Prosperity (CSP) was created to unify the nations of PROSP-R politically and economically while being particularly lax about foreign affairs and culture. Each nation (or 'state') within the Confederacy acted as it wished, providing it did not go against Confederate laws (of which there were not many). In the first (and last) CSP annual election, Richard Hytholoday and the Imperialist-Corporatist Order of Gustavus party (OOG) won 15 votes to 14 and 12 from the other two political parties of the Confederacy (The Green party and the Order of the Penguin respectively).
It was during the time of the CSP that Hytholoday first made contact with the Technocratic Empire of Würdigeland. Becoming firm friends with Kaiser Arthur I, it was this Monarchical leaning that tempered his previous political sympathies (a hodgepodge of leftist and rightist principles that fit together about as well as pieces of a dozen different puzzle kits) and probably spurred him on to the latest reforms in the SPR.
However, the CSP too became inactive, as personal divisions between individuals (including a brief personal relationship between Hytholoday and one of his non-territorial citizens that ended poorly), differences in opinion and pressure from outside bodies fractured the small Confederate community. Hytholoday notably left his Presidency on two occasions in fits of rage, but was reinstated the following day both times. Eventually, the CSP began to shift into a new direction.
The Regional Dominion of Burnham (Oct 2012 - Dec 2013)
Beginning in August, Hytholoday had slowly begun to reform the St Peters Republic to be a fitting leader state for the Confederate States of Prosperity, with varying levels of success. These 'August Reforms' actually dragged on until early October, when Hytholoday decided to ditch everything and start from scratch, taking his people and history with him. The Independent Daenningas Regional Dominion of Burnham & their Lands (IDRDB&L) was the result of this. Far more culturally based, and with an allowance of online citizens (local citizens were still inactive due to the new school year and A-Levels), the IDRDB&L went from strength to strength from its inception.
Creating a Gorsedh (assembly) to hold debates and pass laws, Hytholoday also founded the Order of the Nebra Disk, a group dedicated to researching old Pagan, Celtic and Druidic spiritual rites and faiths. Hytholoday had also revived his brainchild from the CSP, the Confederate constructed language known as 'Prospekh', which is still being worked upon to this day.
However, as 2013 rolled in, it was evident that the IDRDB&L was once again inactive. On May 31, 2013, Hytholoday led the Theodorist Revolution of Burnham, in what became known as the 'May 31 Revolution' or the 'Top-Down Revolution'. He relinquished his title of First Consul, instead becoming the nation's Basileus (a Byzantine term for 'Monarch'), under the regal name of Justinian I. Following the revolution, Burnham became strong once more, with new activity and political activism, the like of which has never been seen before in the nation. Being the first Micronation to hold onto its Theodorist ideology for more than two months, Burnham set the record for Theodorism, becoming perhaps the first nation of the second Theodorist movement, which has permeated the arrangement of several leftist monarchies in the Micronational world.
The Würtige Empire (Dec 2012 - present)
Becoming close friends with Kaiser Arthur I in the final days of the CSP, Hytholoday broached that the Confederate States of Prosperity was to become the Würtige Empire in late November. Burnham joined willingly, as did Knoll (now Nolland) after a referendum. Amager pulled out of this agreement, leaving the CSP and forming its own commonwealth. New Winterdown's referendum did not pass, but it was Freedomia that caused the most issues. Mark II (the Freedomian Monarch) lectured on about 'betrayal' and 'stealing his CSP' and so forth. He has since stopped causing problems with the ex-Confederate community.
Würdigeland became known as the 'Technocratic Capital' instead of 'Technocratic Empire', and it was Hytholoday who created the groundwork for the Empire's structure, by dividing the member nations into the Core of active nations, and the semi-active/inactive nations of the Imperial Periphery.
The Region of Clyro (Dec 2013 - present)
After the failure of the 1st Burnham General Election (no candidates stepped forward), Justinian I used his emergency powers as given to him in the Burnhamite constitution to protect the integrity of the nation. This led to the Clyro Decree of the 19th January 2014, which overhauled Burnham completely. Justinian changed his regnal name to Richard I. The nation became known as the Region of Clyro, and it formed a merging of sorts with the Lurkish Kraj of Loringia, which became the autonomous Archduchy of Loringia in condominium with the Noble Republic of Lurk. This merger created the Kingdoms and Lands Represented in the Council of the Diarchal Crowns of the Disciples, otherwise known as Mercia, which Richard I became Lord Spiritual of. The title of Basileus became disused, with Richard I instead becoming the Lord of Clyro.
List of current titles
His Lordship Richard I, by the Grace of God, Lord of Mercia, GUM Delegate, and Ruling Lord of the Region of Clyro, King Richard I of Kothellond (Tsardom of Nolland region), King of Baneheilde, Member of the House of Peers of Kothellond, Member of the Supreme Soviet of the Tsardom of Nolland, Lord High Admiral of the Tsardom of Nolland, General of the National Guard of the Tsardom of Nolland, Companion of Honour of the Tsardom of Nolland, Delegate of the Würtige Imperial Council, MP of Würtige Parliament, Foreign Affairs Minister of the Würtige Empire, Member of the Eternal Empire of New Winterdown Imperial Assembly, ex-President of the Confederate States of Prosperity, Knight of the Sovereign Military Order of Sealand, Hero of Somster, Member of the Most Honourable Order of the Throne of Sandus, Knight of the Order of Adammia, Knight of the Order of Saint Constantine, Freedomian Baron, OGC, Knight of the Order of the Star and Rose of Nedland.