Ivan, Kanfre of Lifréia

From Empire of Karnia-Ruthenia
Ivan of Lamburg
Emperor and Autocrat of all Lifréia
"HIM Ivan VII, Kanfre and Autocrat of All Lifréias", 2022.
Kanfre of Lifréia
08 May 2015 - present
Heir Apparent Kanfrerine Karol
President of the Duma Pawel Ryszard
Predecessor Office created
Successor Incumbent
Ministry of Culture
09 March 2018 - 21 June 2020
Emperor-King Oscar I
Imperial Chancellor Michael of Appinfeldt
Thomas, Prince Karácsony-Maryen
Predecessor Weslley of Agram
Successor Peter Melchior
Duke of Lamburg
20 December 2017 - present
Heir Apparent Hereditary Prince Karol
Predecessor Title created
Successor Incumbent
Governor-General of Socotra
20 December 2018 - present
Emperor-King Oscar I
Imperial Chancellor Michael of Appinfeldt
Thomas, Prince Karácsony-Maryen
Dylan Callahan
Predecessor Vacant
Successor Incumbent
Curator of the Libertian Archives
13 November 2022 - Present
Emperor-King Oscar I
Minister of Information Carlo, Hereditary Prince of Lamburg
Predecessor D. Guilherme, Duke of Libertia
Successor Incumbent
Member of the III Legislature for Karnia-Ruthenia
21 March 2023 - present
Imperial Chancellor Dylan Callahan
Successor Incumbent
Personal information
Born 07 July 2000
Florianópolis, Brazil
Birth name Иvан ыосэvих лямбург
Citizenship Lifreian
Nationality Brazilian
Ethnicity White
Political party Patriotic Party of Karnia-Ruthenia
Other political
Nationalist Party of Lifréia
(2015 - 2018)
United Lifréia (2018 - 2021)
Residence Yakteerin Palace
Alma mater Federal University of Santa Catarina (2019 - 2023)
Santa Catarina State University (2024)
Occupation Monarch, Writer
Religion Roman Catholic
Royal House House of Lamburg
Military service
Nickname(s) Ivanushka
Allegiance Imperial Army of Lifréia
In service 2015 - 2019 [1]
Rank Field Marshal
Commands 1st Special Division - "The Kanfre's Carabineers"
Battles/wars Nossian-Lifreian Civil War
Awards OoF, OoN, OCZNII

Ivan VII of Lamburg, also known as Ivan of Lifréia and The Eagle of the Baltic[2] is a micronational monarch, writer and aspiring archivist. Ivan VII founded the Empire of Lifréia on 08 May 2015, and is also a Karno-Ruthenian noble, and was the second Minister of Culture and the first Governor-General of Socotra. He was crowned on the 07 July of the same year, on his birthday.[3]

Early Life[edit | edit source]

Born in the late hours of the morning of the 07 July 2000, in the Carmela Dutra Maternity, in Florianópolis, the capital of Santa Catarina, in southern Brazil. Premature, of only six months, together with his brother Carlo I. He was baptized in Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, hometown of his family - later that same year. His subsequent early life was typical, save a few particular incidents involving his close family.[4]

Reign over Lifréia[edit | edit source]

His reign commenced the same day Lifréia was founded, 07 July 2015. But his coronation occurred in the 07 July 2015.[3]

Internal turmoil[edit | edit source]

Until mid-2015, his reign was quiet, but this changed with the eruption of the Nossian-Lifreian Civil War in mid-July.

Unsatisfied with lifreian rule over the Province of Astra, local Governor Carlo "Astra" Lamburg declared open rebellion against his brother's crown, saying that the imperial government's grip on Astra was "borderline dictatorial"[5].

Coat of arms of the Lifreian branch of the House of Lamburg.

Subsequent diplomatic talks occurred after "The July Massacre", with Carlo I turning the province of Astra into a "special region" the Principality of Nossia.

Nevertheless, the governor-turned-prince said that he was nothing more than "a raggedy vassal, bound to my brother's fancy."[6]

After this event, things were much quieter, until the "December Coup" in Nossia, which occurred while the Kanfre was on a diplomatic trip to the Rio Grande do Sul. Low-ranking officials of the Imperial Army tried to take power by force, storming the princely estate and taking Carlo hostage, later forcing him into exile, reported by the media as "voluntary" in an attempt at misinformation. By swift action of the Imperial Army, order was restored in the region in time for the new year.

On 05 January 2016, Nossia declared its independence from Lifréia and its foundation as a sovereign state, the Principality of Nossia. Lifréia recognized this declaration on the 10 January 2016.

The Creation of a "Monarcho-Fascist" state[edit | edit source]

On 15 January 2016, the Kanfre founded the empire's first political party, the NPL, Nationalist Party of Lifréia. The party's ideological program was fiercely anti-communist, nationalist and adopted a populist political platform. Its official ideology was "Monarcho-Fascism", a heterogeneous blend of nationalistic authoritarianism and absolute monarchism. One of its supposed influences was the Kingdom of Italy under Benito Mussolini.

Authored by the Kanfre under the regnal name of Lopes I, "The Monarcho-Fascist Manifesto" was the de facto constitution of the Empire during that period. One of the most bizarre characteristics of this ideology was its reluctance in the matter of ethnic cleansing/nationalism, citing Nazi Germany as an example of "Flawed fascism" [7]

Another curious facet of the Kanfre's ideology was an almost obsessive pandering to the right of rule.[8]

On 18 February 2016. the Kanfre declared the Empire, until then a democratic, albeit flawed constitutional monarchy, a Monarcho-Fascist state in a public speech. Accordingly, the nation's coat of arms was redesigned. It was described as "a mullet sable within a shield gules supported by an eagle or, a fasces proper or, a band argent, with the motto: "Glory and Power to Lifréia"." [9]

It was during this period in the empire's history that the Nationalist Party of Lifréia consolidated its power. This new "fascist order" was short-lived, however, lasting from January 2016 to sometime in July of the same year. In a secret document, the Kanfre expressed his grim predictions on the future of the new fascist regime, saying that "no one should bear such a burden. I am only a monarch. I'm not a tyrant."[10]

Sometime in July 2016, the fascist Empire of Lifréia collapsed, without fanfare or pomp.

The Transitional Period[edit | edit source]

This period was very important, in that it provided time for the wounds in the political life of the empire to heal. Life in an authoritarian regime is never easy. The Kanfre, however, expressed optimism in a letter to his brother sometime in August, saying: "[...] it surely fills my heart of joy the resilience of the lifreian people. I will make sure that every one of the empire's citizens knows that the dark days of the recent past were of my making only."[11]

This period lasted from the end of July 2016 to August 2016. It was during this time that the Empire established its first legislature, called simply "Lifreian Legislature."

Seeking Its Own Path[edit | edit source]

This was a weird moment in the Empire's story, although very uneventful. The Empire still searched for its own identity, and, consequentely, was a literal chameleon in it's political and social life. During this period, the "legislature" was disestablished in favor of a unicameral Senate. This period lasted from August to October 2016.

A Real Empire[edit | edit source]

Lifréia finally found its own identity in October 2016. Accordingly, its national symbols were revamped and the first official site of the empire was established. It was during this period that the Empire, after facing internal turmoil for a good part of the year, increased its diplomatic participation. During this period the Empire supported the loyalist side in the Lundewic Civil War.

The Motherland Calls[edit | edit source]

After that, from 2016 until mid-2018, a period of relative stability and opportunity for growth followed. At the same time, the tradition of the Kanfre's Christmas Messages was established, along with the government's official Twitter account. Comes 2018. Pawel Ryszard is still the President of the Duma, and the period of growth gives birth to a period of stagnation, that lasts until the present. During the same time, the Kanfre recorded his message in commemoration of the empire's third anniversary.

Crisis[edit | edit source]

Sometime during early-January 2019, disagreements behind the scenes happened, and on the 18th of the same month, the Kanfre issued the first extraordinary imperial decree, declaring the empire's office of President of the Duma vacant, for the first time in three years.[12]

Political Career on the Karno-Ruthenian Empire[edit | edit source]

Minister of Culture[edit | edit source]

On 09 March 2018, Ivan was appointed Minister of Culture of the Karno-Ruthenian Empire, taking the position months after the exoneration of the previous minister, Weslley of Agram. His first action after taking office was the promulgation of a Ministerial Order announcing the creation of Persenfilm, a state-run film company on the 15 March 2018. [13]

On the 24 of the same month, Ivan promulgated another Ministerial Order, after a small controversy on the M.A.G.N.A, revising the provisions of the previous Order, making Persenfilm now a "cultural institute", under the direct jurisdiction of the Ministry of Culture. [14]

On 09 April, Ivan promulgated a Ministerial Order calling for the writing of specific jurisdiction pertaining to the art of filmmaking in the empire. [15]

On 10 April, Ivan made the previous Ministerial Order invalid, after a lengthy discussion on the M.A.G.N.A, where numerous holes and leaps of logic were found in said order. On the same day, Ivan promulgated a new Ministerial Order, regulating the activities of Persenfilm, on the suggestion of Emperor-King Oscar I. [16]

He was replaced by Peter Melchior as Minister of Culture on 21 June 2020.

Curator of the Libertian Archives[edit | edit source]

On 13 November 2022, Ivan was appointed by his brother, the Hereditary Prince of Lamburg and Minister of Information, for the newly amalgamated position of Curator of the Libertian Archives, derived from the position of same name created by the Ministry of Information and left vacant since 2019 and the position of Minister Responsible for the Libertian Archives.[17]

Other Appointments[edit | edit source]

On 20 December 2018, he was made Knight of the Most Noble Order of Saint Peter and also the first appointed Governor-General of Socotra. On the 21 of March 2023, Ivan was appointed to the III Legislature by the Emperor-King Oscar I, representing Karnia-Ruthenia.

Honors[edit | edit source]

Imperial Household of Lifréia
Coat of Arms of the Empire of Lifréia
Coat of Arms of the Empire of Lifréia
  • HIM The Kanfre
  • HIH The Kanfrerine
  • HIM The Empress-Mother
    HIM the Grand Duke-Consort
  • HHSHH The Princess and Count of Gora
  • HSH The Prince Dubovy
  • HSH The Princess Gorny
    HH The Baron of Akula
    • HSH The Prince Svyatymi

  • HIH The Old Duchess
Imperial styles of
Ivan VII of Lifréia
Reference styleHis Imperial Majesty
Spoken styleYour Imperial Majesty

Titles, styles and honours[edit | edit source]

  • 07 July 2000 - 07 July 2015: Fidalgo Ivan.
  • 08 July 2015 - 01 January 2018: Lopes I, His Faithful Majesty, Kanfre and Autocrat of the Lands of Lifréia, By The Will of Lifre and The Grace of the Skies, The First of His Name.
  • 01 January 2018 - present: Ivan VII, Emperor and Autocrat of all Lifréias

Full titles as Kanfre[edit | edit source]

By the Grace of the Skies, Ivan, The Seventh, Emperor and Autocrat of All Lifréias, of Lamburgrad, Nikol, Alyx, Yaktereen; Tsar of Zakhan, Tsar of Astra, Tsar of Pollania, Tsar of Siberberg, Tsar of the Auric Chersonesia, Lord of Tolst, and Grand Prince of Pushkina, Liannia, Dervolte, Latke, and Finnania; Prince of Eson, Lavonia, Courtgalia and Semiland, Sagitia, Bielovar, Karolia, Tzer, Yungor, Parme, Viaka, Bougar and others; Sovereign and Grand Prince of Nizhgorod, Chernov, Razan, Polot, Rotov, Jarosland, Belozs, Uzoria, Odoria, Konia, Vitesk, Stislav, and Ruler of all the Serian country; Sovereign and Lord of Ibelina, Laton, the Lamburgian lands and pradaries, Hereditary Sovereign and Possessor of the Assuz and Crevan and of others; Sovereign of Wóllin, Duke of Astra-Lamburg, Stormarn, Diffmarch, and Ollenburg, Moço Fidalgo of Castro and so forth, and so forth, and so forth.

Domestic Honors[edit | edit source]

  • Grand Master of the Order of Lifre
  • Grand Master of the Order of Lamburg
  • Order of Military Merit
  • Grand Master of the Dynastic Order of the House of Lamburg
  • Grand Master of the Order of Nicholas, The Passion-Bearer
  • Grand Master of the Order of St. John the Evangelist
  • 2018 Combatant Marksman Service Medal

Foreign Honors[edit | edit source]

Military Command[edit | edit source]

Arms, standard and personal badge[edit | edit source]

Personal Life[edit | edit source]

HIM is a published writer, having published some short stories in Mystério Retrô, a Brazilian detective and horror fiction magazine. Reputed as a "book afficionado", he has also written some essays about some of his favorite reads, including Dracula (1897), Dune (1962) and Ian Fleming's James Bond novels (1952 - 1964). He has also written articles about the works of H. P. Lovecraft, Arthur Conan Doyle and others.

In his spare time, the Kanfre likes to read about the 19th century and is an amateur Egyptologist.

Published Works[edit | edit source]

Articles[edit | edit source]

Year Title English title Published in
Lovecraft e Salém
Lovecraft and Salem
Mystério Retrô Nº 16
A Revolta Natural do Homem
Man's Natural Revolt
Barbárie Fantástica Nº 6

Short stories[edit | edit source]

Year Title English title Published in
Gato de Luxor
Cat from Luxor
Mystério Retrô Nº 9 - Especial 2 Anos
Uma Noite na Ópera
A Night at the Opera
Mystério Retrô Nº 12
O Brinde de Amontillado
The Toast of Amontillado
POE: Re-Imaginado

Novels[edit | edit source]

Year Title English title Publisher
A Noiva do Czar
The Tsar's Bride

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Kanfre Ivan VII Termina Seu Serviço Militar Com Honras". Лифрэяка Вѣстникъ (in Brazilian portuguese), 06 January 2019.
  2. Rek 2016, p. 8.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Kanfrerino Ivan é coroado em Lamburgrado". Лифрэяка Вѣстникъ (in Brazilian portuguese), 07 July 2015.
  4. HIM The Kanfre, In My Father's House, 2022.
  5. Internal Memorandum of the Government the Province of Astra nº 127, "About the Need for Insurrection". 15 July 2015.
  6. Private message to a friend. 07 November 2015
  7. The Monarcho-Fascist Manifesto (2015) "The best-known example of flawed 'fascism' is the National Socialist ideology, practiced in Germany between 1933 and 1945."
  8. The Monarcho-Fascist Manifesto (2015) " [...] to serve the people. Whether in times of war, whether in times of darkness, whether in times of suffering. The monarch will always be a light, that people should follow. Is He who shall lead them, even in the worst days of their nation."
  9. Internal Dispatch to the Imperial Household, About the New State's Arms. 20 February 2016
  10. Secret Dispatch to the Embassy of Lifréia in Nossia. My Name is Atlas. 4 of April 2016.
  11. Letter to Carlo I of Nossia, Dear Brother. 5 of August 2016
  12. Extraordinary Imperial Decree No. 1 - [1], 18th of January 2019
  13. [Order No. 01]. 15 March 2018
  14. [Order No. 02]. 24 March 2018
  15. [Order No. 03]. 09 April 2018
  16. [Order No. 04] 10 April 2018
  17. Ministerial Order Nº 05, 13 November 2022
  18. Imperial and Royal Decree n. 121-2017, 20 December 2017
  19. Imperial and Royal Decree n. 166-2018, 20 December 2018, Article III, a.
  20. Imperial and Royal Decree n. 202-2020, 24 December 2020, Article III, d.
  21. Regencial Edict, 12-22
  22. |"Kanfre Ivan VII Recebe Ordem de Cavalaria Badarrashani". Лифрэяка Вѣстникъ (in Brazilian portuguese), 26 December 2022.
  23. Imperial and Royal Decree n.255-2O23, 16 December 2O23..