Nick Copeman

Henry Michael King Nicholas,[1] born January 6, 1979, is an author and micronational leader. He first attracted a cult following in 2003, after changing his name by deed poll to "HM King Nicholas I", and founding a new empire from his royal seat - a four-berth caravan trailer just outside Sheringham, Norfolk.

Originally performed as a 'dare' with a friend, his new, royal persona soon took on a life of its own, as he sold peerages over the internet, blagged his way into local high-society and pursued a relationship (unsuccessfully) with "fellow royal" Zara Phillips.

King Nicholas and the Copeman Empire (ISBN 0-09-189920-6), was published in June 2005 by Ebury Press/Random House. The book describes how—after being unemployed for several months, under pressure from his family to make something of himself, and dared by a friend—he changes his name by deed poll to HM King Nicholas I and founds a new empire from his Sheringham caravan.

References

  1. ^ Ryan, John, et al. Micronations: The Lonely Planet Guide To Home-made Nations, Lonely Planet, 2006, ISBN 1741047307

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