Sophie Thornton

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Her Grace Madam
Sophie Thornton
Duchess of Sheaffia
Assumed office
5 October 2020
Emperor Adam I
Predecessor Office established
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
14 October 2020 - 25 October 2021
Predecessor Emperor Adam I
Successor Lord Saunders
Birth name Sophie Thornton
Citizenship United Kingdom, Empire of Adammia
Political party Liberal Democrats
Domestic partner Lord Kurtis Crossland
Residence Sheaffia

Her Grace Lady Madam Sophie Jane Thornton, 1st Duchess of Sheaffia DGCM BA is an Adammic politician and colonial governor who formerly served as Minister of Citizenship and Information as a member of the Liberal-Moderate Party, before defecting to the Red Green Alliance and becoming Minister of Foreign Affairs. She is the current Duchess of Sheaffia and sits on the Ruling Council as an independent.

Non-micronational life

Thornton is a graduate of the University of Birmingham.

Lady Thornton became engaged to marry her partner, Lord Kurtis Crossland, Count of East Sheaffia, on 23 January 2023.

Micronational career

Thornton was introduced to Adammia by Emperor Adam I via the University of Birmingham Liberal Democrats in 2017. In June 2017, she was made a dame, and she became a honourary citizen in June 2018. In October 2018, she ran for Delegate of the Colonies on behalf of the new Liberal-Moderate Party, but lost to Storm Party candidate Sir Juliano Saunders. Subsequently she was appointed Duchess of Greater Tytannia, and became a backbench member of the Ruling Council.

In October 2019, she stood in the first ever general election to the House of Citizens, at the #4 position on the Lib-Mod candidate list. She was elected, and was subsequently appointed as Minister of Citizenship and Information in the government of Lord Charles Michael.

In September 2020, she moved to the new province of Sheaffia, of which she was appointed Duchess. Her then-partner, Lord Billy Thompson, leader of the Red Green Alliance, persuaded her to defect from the Lib-Mods to the RGA. She subsequently stood at the #4 position on the RGA list in the 2020 general election and was not elected, but the party appointed her to the House to fill the seat vacated by Alex Nettle after he resigned hours after the result was declared. She subsequently became Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Second Saunders Cabinet.

After the resignation of Lord Billy Thompson as Deputy Prime Minister and RGA leader, Thornton and her remaining RGA colleague, Lady Ems Simpson, decided to dissolve the party rather than elect a new leader. Now an independent, she declined to run in the 2021 general election, although she continued to govern Sheaffia, which was a colony rather than a province between January and June 2022. The house of her partner, Kurtis Crossland, whom she had moved in with, was annexed in June 2022 as the new location of Sheaffia and it was restored to provincial status. She has sat as an independent member of the Ruling Council since this time, but does not regularly engage with front-line politics. On 19 February 2023 she was awarded Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Meerkat, Adammia's highest chivalric honour, in recognition of her close friendship with the Emperor.




Sophie Thornton
House of Thornton
Noble titles
Preceded by
Lady Hermione Peace
Duchess of Greater Tytannia
14 October 2018 - 4 October 2020
Succeeded by
Lord Paul McKenna
Preceded by
Office established
Duchess of Sheaffia
4 October 2020 - present
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Lord Oscar Gilmour
as Minister of Patriotism
Minister of Citizenship and Information
29 October 2019 - 14 October 2020
Succeeded by
Lady Anna Worthington
Preceded by
HIM Emperor Adam I
Minister of Foreign Affairs
14 October 2020 - 25 October 2021
Succeeded by
Lord Juliano Saunders
Party political offices
Preceded by
University of Birmingham Liberal Democrats Campaigns Officer
2015 - August 2017
Succeeded by
Alex Waters
Preceded by
Lord Callum Gurr
Chair of University of Birmingham Liberal Democrats
8 March 2018 - 21 March 2019
Succeeded by
Lady Hermione Peace
Preceded by
Conor McKenzie
Chair of English Young Liberals
2015 - 2016
Succeeded by
Declan Stones
Preceded by
Callum Littlemore
Young Liberals Campaigns Officer
30 March 2020 - 26 July 2020
Succeeded by
Joel Punwani

See also

Empire of Adammia
Ruling Council