Welcome to the Empire of Lehmark!
Nature of Lehmark and Micronationalism
The Empire of Lehmark is a micronation founded by His Imperial Majesty William Lehman Emperor and Autocrat on 19 April 2019 and is built on the ideas of Absolutism and Social Progression. The Empire Lehmark claims sovereignty over the claimed Provinces of Lehmark.
What is a Micronation?
Micronations are a "new country project" and should not be confused with cults, anti-government groups, terrorist organizations, or threats to national security.
Almost all micronations have a structure that is similar to an established sovereign state, and tend to include: territorial claims, government institutions, official symbols and citizens.
Micronations are often quite small, in both their claimed territory and claimed populations and may also issue formal instruments such as postage stamps, coins, banknotes and passports, and bestow honours and titles of nobility.
Our Primary Goal as a Micronation:
Lehmark is classified as a secessionist micronation - meaning we seek recognised independence and claim the right to self-determination and statehood under the Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States. Under customary international law as laid out in the Convention, Lehmark is an independent country, our next step is recognised independence from the wider international community as a Microstate.
Founding Principles and National Development
The Empire of Lehmark is founded upon the ideas of Absolutism and Social Progression. We hold a firm belief the Empire of Lehmark is a 'Benevolent Autocracy that works to benefit the people' and is creating a society that respects the Freedoms of her people.
Through our belief in Absolutism we have developed a centralised monarchy revolving around the Emperor and Autocrat's exercise of executive and legislative authority as per the Constitution. The Constitution protects Lehmarkians from abuses of autocratic power.
To assist the Emperor and Autocrat we developed the Imperial Senate which is comprised of the Imperial Government, Imperial Proconsuls, Peers of the Realm and a few unique positions. We believe that through readily available advice, the Emperor and Autocrat can introduce effective legislative action to meet the needs of the Nation.
In Social Progression:
We believe that everyone has the right to live freely and live their best life, and therefore we aim to create an open and accepting society. Our first step was the introduction of our Bill of Rights, the most advanced of any nation on Earth. Our Bill of Rights has been carefully written to ensure that absolutely everybody will be free from discrimination and intolerance.
Through careful development of our Discord Server we have created a strong digital community, where the Lehmarkians are able to connect to one another, regardless of where they are in the world. We have developed social clubs such as the Microwiki Organisation, Indian, Islamic and French Communities of Lehmark which are hosted on our Discord Server, this serves as a way for Lehmarkians to connect with other Lehmarkians who hold a similar interests, culture or religion.
The Empire of Lehmark is a unique micronation in terms of our economy. When founded, we created a silver-backed currency known as the Imperial Florin, with Lehmarkians holding a bank account through our online bank which was managed by the Imperial Bank of Lehmark.
In 2022, our economy drastically changed - we created a cryptocurrency known as the Lehmark Digital Token (LDT), we also commissioned the creation of the IBOL Bot for Discord which allows for real-time transactions of LDT on Discord with the use of slash commands. The benefit to this system is that it allows for those under 18 and those who live in a country where cryptocurrency is illegal to access our Network and currency and to conduct transactions without the need of a Wallet.
Lehmarkians who have a cryptocurrency Wallet are able to withdraw their LDT balance from the bot into their Wallet, they can also deposit LDT from their Wallet into the bot. The bot smartly tracks and handles all transactions.
Our next step is developing a distinct Lehmarkian Culture through our policy of Lehmarkian Nationalism. Lehmarkian Nationalism is designed around the concept of 'civic-liberal-nationalism' and adheres to the values of freedom, equality, tolerance, individual rights and multiculturalism. With this in mind we developed Five Pillars of Lehmarkian Nationalism to provide a 'social foundation'.
The Five Pillars of Lehmarkian Nationalism:
Taking pride in your Empire and Lehmarkian identity.
Providing your Services and Loyalty to the Emperor and Autocrat.
Being proud of our Imperial Autocracy and Constitution.
Acting with kindness, respect and courtesy towards all humans.
Lehmarkian society and community is to be open and accepting to all.
In Community Engagement:
Throughout 2022, the Imperial Government has been creating more entertainment opportunities for Lehmarkians to engage in, this has been achieved on Discord via two main methods:
The reinvention of Sol Invictus as a 'Lehmarkian Cultural Aspect' allowed the Imperial Government to design a National Calendar with public holidays, festivals and celebrations - giving Lehmarkian Culture a Unique Aspect.
National and Provincial events such as Trivia Nights, UNO Nights, Chess Competitions, Poetry and Writing Competitions are being regularly held on Discord - with many events being hosted by the Emperor and Autocrat and the Premier of the Provinces.