Department of Foreign Affairs
The Minister of Foreign Affairs
Sir Peter Gumley, Count of Armstrong, GIOL
Department of Foreign Affairs
Description of Department
The Minister of the Department of Foreign Affairs is responsible for assisting and advising the Emperor and Autocrat with developing and periodically reviewing the Empire’s Foreign Policy.
The Minister is required to advise the Emperor and Autocrat of situational developments in the micronational world and how these may affect Lehmark.
The Minister oversees the implementation of Lehmark's Foreign Affairs activities, in particular assisting the Emperor by initiating and nurturing relationships that relate to negotiations of treaties and economic trade deals with other micronations.
When and where practical, the Minister of the Department of Foreign Affairs will promote the establishment of Lehmarkian Embassy representation within recognised micronations.
The Minister will assist and advise the Emperor and Autocrat with processing formal requests from recognised micronations for the establishment of foreign Embassies or Legations within Lehmark.
These duties and responsibilities promote the status and prestige of the Empire of Lehmark on the micronational world stage and demonstrate the high ethical, moral and philosophical standards of benevolent governance that motivate and inspire the Emperor and Autocrat of Lehmark.
Current Foreign Policy, Ratified Treaties and Diplomacy
As at 19 October 2020
The Empire of Lehmark currently follows a Policy of recognising all Micronations as being legitimate countries and nation states. The Empire of Lehmark is currently open to accepting all Treaties of Mutual Recognition, Alliances and Economic Treaties which might be presented to the Department of Foreign Affairs.
The Empire currently claims Lehmark Capital State, Kokoda State, Imperial State of Armstrong and Imperial State of Saint George as our constituent territory and Lehmark has no territorial aspirations other than that of voluntary annexation of territory relating to actual Lehmark citizens.
With the dissolution of the Micronational Confederation the Empire of Lehmark has become a non-aligned neutral nation and does not participate in conflict between micronations. We fully condemn all micronational war and those who participate in it.
Contact the Department of Foreign Affairs via email: LehmarkDOFA@gmail.com
On: Statehood, The Senate and the Nobility
Citizens of Lehmark are provided the opportunity to undergo the Annexation Process and add their Property to Lehmark as a new State or extension to an existing State.
Annexation typically confers a Title of Nobility, such as Count or Countess, and Grants the Privilege to Elect a State Member of Senate to the Imperial Senate of Lehmark.
Annexation is perfect for Citizens who wish to have a closer link and to be further involved with the development of the Empire.
Please refer to the below for detailed information before Requesting Annexation via the linked Form below.
Official Explanation of Annexation
Annexation implies the transfer of Sovereignty over a specified Property from one nation to another. Through Annexation, the Empire of Lehmark initiates a claim of sovereignty over the Property Annexed.
Annexation does not change the 'Ownership' of any property, land, dwelling or the like. Lehmark does not take possession or ownership over Annexed Properties.
Annexation gives Lehmark ability to expand her national borders and jurisdiction: Which by extension expands the area where Lehmarkian Law is enforceable and represents an integral part of the Empire.
The Imperial Senate of Lehmark and Elections
All Citizens of Lehmark above the Age of 18 are permitted to be Candidates in National Elections.
The Purpose of State Representatives:
To guarantee compliance with the Imperial Government in areas of State Administration: Such as enforcement of Imperial Decrees and Regulations.
To represent their constituency to the Imperial Senate, and strive to benefit the State and Citizens being represented.
To communicate directly and regularly with the Citizens of their constituency: And to act in good faith when acting on behalf of a Citizen or the constituency.
The Annexation Process
Annexation Process as per Imperial Decree XXXIII:
Citizens of Lehmark may Apply via the Citizen Annexation Request Form (or the like).
The Department of Foreign Affairs will review the Application and forward to the Emperor and Autocrat for final review.
Upon Imperial Approval, the Citizen will be presented with a Treaty of Annexation to review. Pending no amendments the Citizen will sign and return. The Emperor will sign as well and return to the Department.
The Emperor will prepare, sign and publish relevant Imperial Decree(s) to Ratify the Treaty. Thereby completing the Annexation Process. The Emperor may choose to Grant Citizens the Privilege of Ennoblement as reward.
As of October 2020, the Empire of Lehmark has developed the infrastructure to establish Embassies overseas.
Citizens of Lehmark are able to become either Ambassadors by filling out the Application below. The Memorandum on Embassy Representation establishes the nature and conduct of these specific diplomatic appointments.
Please refer to the below for detailed information before Applying via the linked Form below.
What is Ambassadorship?
An Ambassador of Lehmark will be a registered Citizen of Lehmark residing within the territory of an overseas nation, and who represents the interests of the Empire of Lehmark under the authority of its Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The prime duty of an Ambassador will be to maintain positive relations with their appointment micronation and secondarily, to publicise the philosophy, governance, privileges and activities of the Empire of Lehmark.
Salary of a Ambassador: 10,000f per year
Please note salaries are paid in the Imperial Florin, the official currency of the Empire of Lehmark, and is not usable outside the claimed jurisdiction of the Empire.
As Lehmark is a micronation, our ability to reimburse Consuls and Ambassadors for macronational expenses, is very limited.
Therefore Consuls and Ambassadors are expected to keep their expenses to a minimum, preferably nothing. If an expense is incurred, a request can be made to the Department of Treasury, who will consider the claim.
However, as Consuls and Ambassadors will be conducting their work primarily from their residential dwelling, using emails and other internet based services, the opportunity to incur macronational expenses is very limited.
Memorandum on National Development
Individualised Development Plans for Departments and Agencies, were introduced by Memorandum on 11 November 2020.
In Lehmark, Ministers and Agency Leaders have a duty to undertake necessary works that contribute towards the progression and development of Lehmark as a micronation. The Memorandum on National Development, provides directives for Ministers and Agency Leaders so they can satisfy that duty.
Each Minister and Agency Leader is only expected to meet their individualised Development Plan.