From MicrasWikiRyan D. Caruso (August 25th, 1979), Also known under the more commonly used pseudonyms of WarVoid, Amir Shervanis (in Babkha),
Augustin Dei Barbone (in Minorca and Baracão), Riyon Karus (in Hyperborea) and Ryszard Von Wulf (in Panzerland), Amir Rabin (in Ashkenatza), Captain Bourbon (in the Lighthouse City State) among many others of infrequent use.
Mr. Caruso has been a frequent participant in micronationalism since first joining the hobby as a citizen of Audentior when he chose to reside in Hyperborea, having been recruited by Giant Squid (Scott Alexander) at the Apolyton Civilization Site. The first three years of his participation in the hobby were marked largely by controversy and strong leanings towards revolutionary movements. Within the first month of joining Audentior, he led a coup against its government in favor of the re-establishment of an empire. After the collapse of the AIN, he went on to found the short-lived Universe of Allied Nations and then the Republic of Antarctica. Both these projects failed however, and in lieu, he established the at-first satirical People's Republic of Hell. The PRH, which became microculturally famous, led to much controversy and a greater amount of bad puns before finally being dissolved.
Following projects have been less successful. The most popular of these was the Proletarian Democratic Union (Proletaria) formed with Dafydd Young out of a merger between Rasperia and the People's United Republic. The PDU later became the predecessor state to the much more popular Republic of Baracão. After an absence from the hobby for about one year, Mr. Caruso returned by joining the Kingdom of Babkha, a nation in which he had formerly been an enemy of. A change in politics and attitude saw a more conservative micronationalist emerge, with less independent projects and more community participation. Most notably was the ascension of Caruso to the leadership of the MCS following the society's near-demise during the collapse of Delvenus. Among the other notable contributions to other micronations was the establishment of the Báatharzi (Bathland) renaissance in Babkha, which led to a new cultural flowering for that kingdom; and a large role in the saga of Menelmacar's history.
A few small independent nations were attempted, including a semi-prosperous Burning Blade Clan (Bladelon) and Gothica. Also during this time was established the state of Lorelei in Cranda, which has survived longer than some of the larger micronations of history. A brief dispute which nearly erupted into outright war occurred over Caruso's claim to Lac Glacei, which had been granted to him by that states founder, Emperor Jacobus, and Shireroth, which also claimed the small Alpine state. Following the loss of Lac Glacei to Shireroth, Caruso then assumed his pseudonym of Augustin Dei Barbone, more commonly simply known as Emperador Augustin. This was following the death of the Republic of Baracão, in which Caruso had been an active royalist and leader of the Minorcan province. Following Baracão's death, Caruso assumed the mantle of Emperor and restored the Holy Empire of Minorca, which later joined The Grand Commonwealth.
In an attempt to bring back the golden days of Menelmacar, Caruso also founded the nation of Yyldrnis (pron. Wilderness), based on elements of Tolkien works and fantasy in general. Although the nation saw initial success and achieved a record in popularity for such small projects, it failed to maintain that success and eventually faltered mere months after establishment. Caruso has since focused primarily on smaller roles in existing micronations and also on the Micronational Cartography Society, preferring more now the lesser role of a contributor rather than a leader of nations.
Past & Present Activities (listed in chronological order)
Founder of the original Republic of Antarctica (circa 2000)
Founder of Cimmeria (est. June 2000)
Founder of the People's Republic of Hell (est. July 2000)
Founder of Greater Automatica (est. October 2000)
Founder of the Nautilus Free State (circa 2001)
Co-Founder (with Dafydd Young) of the Proletarian Democratic Union (circa 2002)
Founder of Mistikal (est. July 2003)
Founder of Gothica (est. October 2003)
Founder of Herrinova (est. November 2003)
Leader of the Lac Glacei Renaissance Movement (est. December 2003)
Founder of the Empire of Panzerland (est. July 2004)
Founder of Yyldrnis (est. March 2005)
Emperor of Minorca and Her Colonies (est. February 2004-Present)
Elder of the Burning Blade Clan (2001-Present)
Founder and Senior Archivist of the Apollo Foundation (2001-Present)
Senior Cartographer and Webmaster of the Micronational Cartography Society (2003-Present)
Founder of the Lighthouse City State
Partial List of ADD-Induced Citizenships
- Flying Islands of Jasonia
- Hau'oli 'Ena
- Lighthouse City State
- Proletarian Democratic Union (Rasperia + PUR)
- United Demesos
- Mar Sara
- Iguana & Bimini
- Universe of Allied Nations
- Nautilus Free State
- Burning Blade Clan
- People's Republic of Hell
- Antarctica (PRH precursor)
- Grand Duchy of Lac Glacei (VIVE!)