Wilhelm, Emperor of the North American Confederation

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William
Wilhelm
North American Emperor
Reign 28 November 2010 – 17 April 2011
Successor Jonathan
Second reign 27 May 2015 – present
Predecessor Jonathan
Heir apparent William, Prince of Ohio
Emperor of New Europe
Reign 20 January 2009 – 4 December 2013
Spouse Alyssa Birkett (m. 2014)
Issue
William, Prince of Ohio
House Hartmann-Peters
Father Michael, 4th Lord of Berteau
Mother Marie, Princess from Prussia
Born 30 September 1991 (1991-09-30) (age 25)
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Religion Lutheran

Wilhelm of New Europe (born 30 September 1991) is the Emperor of the North American Confederation. He was restored as North American Emperor on 27 May 2015 following a reunification agreement[1] with the Republic of Ohio. He is more well known as the Kaiser of New Europe, reigning from January 2009 until his abdication in December 2013. He is married to Alyssa Birkett, with whom he one child, William. William, is his heir apparent.

Childhood and Education

Wilhelm was born at Ravenswood Hospital in Chicago, United States. He grew up in a town not far from the city. The town was very rural when Wilhelm was younger and developed greatly over the years. He attended a public grade school of which he spent many years at. In 2006 he began attending his town's local High School, of which he enrolled in its Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program. It was during his time in this program he would develop a life long interest in militarism and a sense of leadership.

Early Micronational life

Early in his high school career, Wilhelm began to be a very politically active person. He also had a passion for history, particularly in the history of Germany. This was brought on by both his interest in history, and his German heritage. Many saw this and thought him to be a Neo-Nazi. The young Wilhelm took great offense to this, and as a cruel joke, he read Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf. Finding the idea of one man rising to power and making a country into his own image appealed to him. And thus the idea to create a nation was born.

U.R.N.A.

He branched out and began to study the works of other famous politicians and leaders from Europe's history. Such as Machiavelli, Napoleon I, Benito Mussolini, and Frederick the Great. And he began to believe that in the United States, racism was alive and well. He believed that white-Americans were the victims of racism in 21st century America, and he felt that it was his duty to try and prove to the nation that this was the case, and that things needed to change. And so in 2007 he and two other people established an online organization called the United Reichs of North America. The U.R.N.A. was established as a Federal Dictatorship, with power divided between the three founders. And although the power was divided equally officially, in practice, nothing was done without Wilhelm's final approval. The group was a dedicated German influenced white supremisist group. And as the group went by Wilhelm proved to be a brutal, but fair dictator, or Jungführer (German: Young Leader). He was called this by many for his leadership and youth.

And as Nazism and racism was fading out, a new breed of extreme right-wing ideology was beginning to rise. With one of the original founders in exile, Wilhelm was forced to resign from his office of King of Illinois, and de facto Group Leader. This opened the door to Fascism, under who would later become the Imperial Chancellor James Russell. Russell became the Group Leader in Wilhelm's absence and attempted to transform it into a Fascist organization, but this did not happen completely. The last remaining founder laid the seeds for what was the primary cause for Wilhelm's accession to the throne of New Europe. And when Wilhelm did return he easily retook power, but left Mr. Russell as his right hand man. He then abdicated as King of Illinois in favor of the elected Johannus von Ikner or King James. He then made himself the official Group Leader, and declared a reorganization of the U.R.N.A. was required if it was to survive in the long run. This group became the United Europeans of North America.

U.E.N.A.

The U.E.N.A. was a Fascist regime under Wilhelm and James Russell. The old U.R.N.A. was strict on a German only policy. But Wilhelm came to realize that this would not solve anything, it would only divide the people even more. And so he opened the group to all of European descent, membership sky-rocketed and thanks to the hidden policies put in place by Queen Catherine of Tennessee, the demand for more action was made. Wilhelm conceded to their demands and held a open election on whether or not the U.E.N.A. would reorganize into something more. The vote was a landslide in favor and it was decided that the U.E.N.A. would declare itself a micronation called the Empire of New Europe.

With the decision to become a micronation made, Wilhelm and his subordinates were left with another great problem, a government. By now the U.E.N.A. was divided between Monarchists and Fascists. Another vote was called and the vote showed 51% were in favor of a monarchy and 49% were in favour of a fascist state. And so both the declaration of New Europe and Wilhelm as its emperor were made on the 20th of January 2009.

Wilhelm early in his reign.

Micronational monarch

In the opening months of his reign Wilhelm continued to rule as he did in the past but had noticeably opened his mind to newer ideas. But Wilhelm is considered an intelligent person intellectually, but it is often impaired by his impatience and pride. This fact often caused the internal politics of New Europe to shift constantly offending some at various times. But his foreign policy had always been an open one and this had been well received by other micronations. His first rule has mixed opinions in the community. Some see him as ruler of his time, others as a racist warlord who did not contribute positively at all to the community.

Brief exile

Main article: New European Civil War

On 21 November 2009 Wilhelm went to the capital city to confront a crowd of Fascist Party members lead by Chancellor von Ikner. During the confrontation a skirmish erupted that resulted in him and others being injured. While captured by fascist forces he was forced at gun point (Air Soft) forced to abdicate in favour of the New European Social Republic. He was then sent into exile to the Dutch island of Aruba.

During his exile he monitored the growing conflict and did what he could to undermine the regime. And when the loyalist forces regained control of New Europe's online resources Wilhelm reclaimed his title. And managed to secure a safe passage to North Carolina, from there he made it to the front lines and took personal command of the loyalist army. After the war he arranged for a coronation to take place. This never happened and he simply cracked down on the rights to free speech and assembly for two months.

Head of the G.U.M.

Wilhelm had been the Vice-Chairman of the Grand Unified Micronational since October 2009. The role of Vice-Chairman was largely a ceremonial role and went to the individual, rather than to the nation the individual represents. Vice-Chairman was also a fall back leader in the event the Chairman could not perform his duties, this was the only time it went into use. Until 22 December 2009, when Chairman Lethler resigned from his position. Thus Wilhelm became the de facto Chairman until the election in January 2010. While head of the G.U.M. there was nothing of interest that happened.

Supreme Judge of the G.U.M.

Main article: Grand Unified Micronational#Justice Commission

During the G.U.M. 2010 elections Wilhelm ran for the office of Supreme Judge. He received the endorsement of the former Chairman Robert Lethler and ran unopposed and won a massive amount of votes. Many appeared to have had confidence in his ability to judge those brought to trial by the G.U.M. wisely and fairly. During his first term as Supreme Judge no one was brought to trial before the G.U.M. and his powers in this office went unused. He ran for a second term in April 2010, and was re-elected. In June 2010 Sandus petitioned him to investigate the formation of the St.Charlian Commonwealth. Sandus claimed the commonwealth was unconstitutional by G.U.M. standards and should be dealt with accordingly. Wilhelm was able to conduct the investigation and obtain proper evidence but was unfortunately unable to pass a verdict as he left for U.S. Army Basic Training the day of his verdict. He admitted later that it was a "rigged" investigation. That Lethler and Sandus coordinated with him to discredit the commonwealth in one of many attempts to erode the growing influence of St. Charlie.

Regency

On 10 March 2010 Wilhelm formally announced that he would temporarily leave micronational life. He stated that he had enlisted into the United States Army and that a regency would be put into place lasting until 2014. Some suggested that Prince Jonathan act as regent, others suggested former Kaiserin Catherine-Elizabeth, later it was decided that Catherine-Elizabeth was to be made regent. The regency went into effect on 14 June 2010, and although the regent managed the day-to-day duties, Wilhelm would remain the official Head of State. One of the final things William did before the regency was he organized a peace summit to deal with the rapidly growing tensions between communist and conservative micronations. He left before the summit however and the regent was intended to manage the affair in his place. When Wilhelm was allowed more access to the internet in October 2010 he noticed how much ruin his country was in and announced his return to micronational life. Those who were intended to rule in his place and proven to be unreliable were replaced and Wilhelm once again assumed absolute control over New European affairs. He had plans to rebuild his empire and re-establish it as an influential force in the community. He was quoted "I understand times have changed. Rest assured I plan to do these things in accordance with the new international policy of the community in mind." But his plans were never put into action and in the end New Europe was nothing more than a dead nation he was trying to bring back to life.

Imperial North America

As part of the provisional terms for unification presented by New Europe, Wilhelm was crowned head of state of the North American Confederation. The same day of unification he relinquished his title of New European Emperor. However he did not formally abdicate the New European throne claiming that the same monarchy will simply assume a new role. And in practice this became true as well. The imperial family kept their same titles and positions in the line of succession. The political roles of the North American monarch was officially to be a semi-active role. Power and authority shared equally between the monarch and all members of government. Wilhelm was very influential in the nations founding.

Wilhelm was considerably more active in founding the North American Confederation than he was with New Europe. He has said that "Fascism and Nazism in New Europe were in its predecessor governments from the beginning but by the time he had wanted them removed it was to late". He made it his personal mission to see the confederation forge a true democracy designed to incorporate the best its three states had to offer. Though he appointed Joseph Marx as the nations first Foreign Minister, Wilhelm had been extremely influential with the confederations foreign policy. In February 2011 Andalusia contacted the confederation asking to join it. Wilhelm had stated that he was not against Andalusia but being they are in Spain he thought it best to grant them a colonial or territorial status. This was because of Georgeton's admission and then sudden withdrawal from the confederation that he was hesitant to admit another state so soon. In a conversation with Prime Minister Morris of Dorzhabad it was discover that this proposal from Andalusia was simply a scam and they were ignored after that.

As time went by he became impatient with the debate over the constitution and gave a deadline for a final draft, which was not met, or he would draft one and force the others to agree. Instead of a final version prepared for the deadline he was given a full draft that was approved by Illinois, Eniarku, but Ohio had some concerns. Ohio had been pressing for a Bill of Rights be included but after some debate it was agreed that a Bill of Rights would be created separately from the constitution but would have equal legal footing. He then introduced the Amero, a currency heavily based off of the Euro.

Wilhelm also began a recruitment drive in his temporary location for citizens. He appointed them to be the Media, and War Ministers. These same individuals have helped him take an even more active role by creating Soldier First Class Productions. The national broadcasting system, as well as the entertainment network. They also began creating real uniforms for the North American Army and replicating the national flag.

All this activity caused some tension between Wilhelm and his ministers. They felt he was utilizing powers that he only partially had or overstepped his authority. Finally Wilhelm proposed a vote before Congress to move to the Micras community. During the deliberations however he was so confident that the vote would pass that he made a land claim on the Micras map. Around the same time the vote was defeated by Eniarku's and Ohio's votes the claim was approved. The week that followed was filled with the citizens of the Temporary Territory of Georgia and a two other states to leave for Micras anyway. He then proceeded to make moves for abdication which caused a slight uproar, mostly over wither or not the NAC would fall into civil war. These theories were dispelled by both him and Prime Minister Meek and on 17 April 2011 he issued a statement of abdication.

Return to New Europe

While on Micras Wilhelm assumed the title King of Vikland. Initially Vikland enjoyed success and acceptance into the community but everything began to crumble when Vikland had issues managing a forum based nation. Inactivity plagued both Vikland as well as the entire Micras sector making Wilhelm view it as a failure and a mistake in leaving the MicroWiki.

As fate would have it former New European citizens were seeking him out to re-establish New Europe. Alexander Huber wrote to him inviting him back to New Europe and completing the reforms that these citizens felt were unfinished. Initially Wilhelm was skeptical of the offer due the timing but after a conversation with King Anthony he accepted the offer. His second return was more well received than his first. He was very active in New Europe in over seeing the constitutional drafts and the reviewing of laws that the government felt need to be changed or abolished. Many members of the old confederations citizens from the Temporary Territory of Georgia returned to form the bulk of Falia. In addition to Falia Wilhelm guided Jessica Brigan and her friend Caroline Kalayjian into forming the County of Aiken.

After returning to the throne Wilhelm was credited with his endorsement of many domestic reforms. He also began a personal campaign to invite many more citizens to New Europe and improving New European impressions abroad. In December 2011 he was re-elected as Supreme Judge of the GUM along with New Europe being elected to the Advancement Council. Once again however Wilhelm's reign came to a halt when the young reformed New Europe was hit with a large population decline including by himself. His service in the US military made it difficult for Wilhelm to maintain his empire and it fell into yet another period of inactivity. What made this time different was that he declared inactivity rather than simply let New Europe collapse.

Wilhelm in recent years

NAC reformed

Wilhelm declared New Europe inactive on 13 March 2012. He stated that it was due to the lack of time on {his} part and the sudden loss of interest by people. He also said that he intended to return to activity in the community once he had enough time. Occasionally he engaged with members of the community to update himself on community events. On 25 May 2012 he posted a survey on the Microwiki forum to determine what the community would rather see return. As of 4 June 85.71%, 24 out of 28 votes suggested a return of New Europe instead of the North American Confederation.

In June 2012 he began applying for citizenship to Nemkhavia. The government welcomed Wilhelm with open arms while the details of his citizenship were being worked out. He created his own canton within the Republic of Novomir. Prime Minister Marka Mejakhansk agreed that once Wilhelm became active again that New Europe could be created as a state within Nemkhavia. These agreements never went full circle but Wilhelm met Markus Berg who he invited to scrap New Europe's democratic system and rebuild it completely from scratch. The GUM leadership scandal provoked Wilhelm and his still rebuilding micronation to end their inactivity two months ahead of schedule. Tragically while Wilhelm was still in Afghanistan Chancellor Berg returned home and in the remaining time Wilhelm was away moved in on his fiancee who left him in February 2013. This scandal led a grief stricken Wilhelm to dissolve the government and pursue the personal matters of the scandal, leaving New Europe and its citizen completely leaderless.

In April 2013 Wilhelm returned again to place Johannus von Ikner at the head of a provisional government. After all attempts to re-join the community failed Wilhelm decided to abdicate as Emperor. In May 2015 Wilhelm contacted Joseph Marx, while the discussed the old community the came to an agreement to reform the North American Confederation. Sadly with almost all documents, including the constitution, lost they reformed it under a provisional government based on memory of the laws.

Family and interests

Wilhelm married Alyssa Birkett, whose father is German and whose mother is Italian-Bohemian. They met in elementary school in Illinois, where she and he were friends until their graduation from High School. They reconnected in July 2013 and the wedding was held on January 18, 2014 at the Will County Courthouse, and a ceremony is planned for a later date. The Empress has one child from a previous relationship, this child has no status in the micronational world. Empress Alyssa's pregnancy was announced on February 26, 2014. On October 24 of that year the Empress was induced, after 24 hours with no progression in her labour the couple was sent home. They returned two days later for a second induction that resulted in the birth of their son and heir apparent, Prince Shaun William.

Wilhelm in his spare time works on Alternate history timelines and geneology. He frequently enjoys smoking Cigars, particularly brands made by Rocky Patel.

Full titles as Emperor

Monarchical Styles of
William I
Imperial Monogram of Wilhelm von Hartmann-Peters.png
Reference style His Imperial and Royal Majesty
Spoken style Your Imperial and Royal Majesty
Alternative style Sir

By the Grace of God and the people, North American Emperor, King of Illinois and Occidia; Diarch of the Crown Protectorate, and so forth, Archduke of Hemyland, Grand Duke of Imvrassia, Margrave of Kandahar, Prince from Prussia and of New Europe, Prince of Hartmann, Lord of the Brook, Sovereign of the White Lion, Master of the Order of the Crown, Knight of the Dragon, Knight of Rose, Commander of the Austenasian Order

Alternative Titles and styles

  • 1 January 2007 - 1 January 2009: His Majesty the King of Illinois
  • 20 January 2009 – 28 November 2010: His Imperial and Royal Majesty the New European Emperor
  • 28 November 2010 – 17 April 2011: His Imperial Majesty the North American Emperor
  • 11 June 2011 – 4 December 2013: His Imperial and Royal Majesty the New European Emperor
  • 27 May 2015 – present: His Imperial and Royal Majesty the North American Emperor
    • official in Ruthenia: 13 June 2015 – present: His Highness, the Prince of Hartmann
    • official in Imvrassia: 1 October 2015 – present: His Grace William, Grand Duke of Imvrassia
    • official in Abelden: 13 July 2016 – present: His Grace, the Duke of Bremmensheim

Military ranks

Ancestry

Awards and decorations

National honours

Foreign honours

European

North American

South American

Other honours

Sources and references

See also

Wilhelm, Emperor of the North American Confederation
Born: 30 September 1991
Royal titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Jonathan I
North American Emperor
27 May 2015 - present
Incumbent
Heir apparent
William, Prince of Ohio
Preceded by
New title
North American Emperor
28 November 2010 – 17 April 2011
Succeeded by
Jonathan I
Preceded by
New title
Emperor of New Europe
20 January 2009 – 28 November 2010
11 June 2011 - 4 December 2013
Vacant
Micronation defunct
Titles in pretence
Loss of title
Micronation defunct
Emperor of New Europe
4 December 2013 – present
Incumbent
Heir
Crown Prince Wilhelm
Preceded by
Johnathan I
North American Emperor
12 April 2014 – 27 May 2015
Vacant
Monarchy restored
Political offices
Preceded by
HIH Crown Prince Jonathan
Supreme Judge of the Grand Unified Micronational
13 December 2011 - 13 March 2012
Succeeded by
Jacob Tierney
Preceded by
James Stewart
Supreme Judge of the Grand Unified Micronational
12 January 2010 - 14 June 2010
Vacant
Title next held by
HIH Crown Prince Jonathan
Preceded by
Robert Lethler
Acting Chairman of the Grand Unified Micronational
22 December 2009 – 12 January 2010
Succeeded by
Jacob Tierney
Preceded by
Alexander Reinhardt
Vice-Chairman of the Grand Unified Micronational
October 2009 – 12 January 2010
Succeeded by
Ben Lawson
Preceded by
Office created
Jungführer of the U.E.N.A.
12 June 2008 – 20 January 2009
Confederation abolished
Titles of Nobility
Preceded by
New title
King of Illinois
1 January 2007 - 1 January 2009
Succeeded by
James I