The Most Excellent
|Chancellor of Sydalon|
15 May 2018 – 3 December 2018
|Preceded by||The Hereditary Lady of Araman|
|Succeeded by||Erwan de Montfort, 7th Kt|
|Assumed office |
2 December 2018
|Preceded by||Indri Bonanno de Safed|
|Under-Secretary of State|
at the Ministry of Justice
8 March 2015 – 13 May 2018
|Preceded by||Elissa Naudi de|
|Succeeded by||Ġerardo Axiaq|
|Seneschal of the Holy City of Sarpeta|
12 October 2009 – 8 March 2015
|Preceded by||Nicolas Craon, 3rd Kt|
|Succeeded by||Maria Calleja de Craon|
Fernande Xand Magro Mifsud
29 April 1971
Birkara, Ostracine, Sydalon
|In Avante (2014–2016)|
Didyma Tuditana (m. 1997)
|Alma mater||Galata College, Haenna (LD)|
Fernande Mifsud, HC CR SRSL (Fernande Xand Magro Mifsud; b. 29 April 1971) is a Sydalene politician, and the first Chancellor of Sydalon. He is the son of former Chancellor The Baron of Safi, and the grandson of former Chancellor Belandra de Magro de Mifsud. Since December 2018, he has served as Lord Advocate.
Born near Ostracine to a minor noble family, Mifsud was educated at Lyceu ta'Aradia, and Galata College, Haenna. In 1995, he was a law clerk at the Court of the Queen's Bench, later working as an assistant Crown prosecutor from 1996 to 1998; and a deputy Crown Attorney from 1998 until 2000. In 2012, he was appointed a Queen's Counsel.
He was appointed Chancellor, by Queen Melisende III in 2018, following the announcement of plans for a new liberal constitution. He previously served as a minor member of Council of Ministers member as an Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice, reporting to the Lord Advocate, and before that as Seneschal of the Holy City of Sarpeta from 2010 to 2014.
Early life and career
Fernande Mifsud was born in Birkirkara, in 1971, and grew up in a religious, conservative household. He is the middle child of Sydalene politician Valentin Mifsud, 1st Baron Safi and Annibale de Magro, born when his maternal grandmother, Belandra de Magro, Lady de Magro, served as Foreign Minister. Both his father and grandmother served as Chancellor. He became a student at Lyceu ta'Aradia, in Ostracine, before enrolling at Galata College, Haenna in Latium. Mifsud's education at Haenna was delayed for two years due from 1989 until 1991 to his perform his mandatory national service, where he served as an officer with an armored division near the Sydalene-Yisraeli border.
After his national service, Mifsud began his education at Galata College, initially pursuing a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, though changed his focus to law during his second term. He graduated from Galata in 1995.
While attending Galata, he met his wife Didyma Tuditana, a Latin citizen. They married in 1997, and have three children.
In 1995, Mifsud returned to Sydalon and began clerking at the Court of the Queen's Bench. The following year, he began to practice law by shadowing an advocate, earning his license by December 1996. After gaining his license, he began working as an assistant Crown prosecutor in the county of Kerkouane. Mifsud primarily handled criminal matters until he was promoted to serve as a Deputy Crown Attorney in Sydalon where he prosecuted crimes arising out of government corruption. He resigned from the central Crown Attorney's office in 2000, later citing frustrations from a superior.
Mifsud entered private practice in 2001, after taking a year long sabbatical from legal practice, and was a partner at an Ostracine-based firm where he did mostly criminal defense. He remained in private practice until 2009. In 2011, he was made a Fellow at the Royal Society for Law. In 2012, he was appointed a King's Counsel on the recommendation of then Lord Advocate Antnin Mula. Since the reign of Queen Melisende III, the honorific is now Queen's Counsel.
Early political career
Mifsud first entered politics in 2009 when he was appointed to serve as Seneschal of the Lordship of Kerkouane. He served as Seneschal until 2015
In 2015, Mifsud joined the Ministry of Justice where he served as an Undersecretary of State, primarily charged with oversight of court services, among other court related competencies including administrative courts, criminal tribunals, and prisons.
Chancellor of Sydalon
During the May 11 raid, Mifsud was in Ascalzar at the court of Queen Melisende III. Mifsud later joined Queen Melisende when she arrived in Sydalon, after the raid and arrest of protester leaders including Adi Philosri. Mifsud was later engaged in high level talks with members of Her Majesty's government, where it leaked that the Queen was planning to re-institute plans for establishing the National Assembly. On May 15, Queen Melisende announced plans for a new liberal constitution; in the same proclamation, Mifsud was named acting Chancellor.
Mifsud described himself as a centrist when he was appointed Seneschal of the Holy City of Sarpeta. Since becoming an independent, Mifsud has been described as a third way politician by the Sydalene media, but calls himself "a practical politician".
Economy and taxation
Mifsud has spoken in favor of reduced taxes to enable economic growth, but has said that "it is unwise to make specific pledges to reduce taxes." Since joining the National Assembly, Mifsud has voted for increased funding and investment into the West Scipian Railway, and other infrastructure projects throughout Sydalon and northwestern Scipia. He supports an increase to the national minimum wage, and enact legislation to prevent domain governments from passing their own substantive minimum wage laws.
Mifsud supports the Yarden Accords, which came into effect during the Chancellorship of his grandmother Belandra de Magro, Lady de Magro. He opposes any Yarden revisionism, calling it "dangerous idea that will lead to pain, suffering, and destruction for all." Similarly, he does not support proposals to hold popular referendum in the Yarden Valley.
Mifsud supports the North Scipian Free Trade Association, though believes Sydalon should enter into bilateral free trade agreements with similarly minded nations instead of multilateral solutions through the NSFTA. Though Sydalon's application has been stalled since its submission in 1987, Mifsud supports seeking membership in the Belisarian Community due to cultural, historical, and religious ties to the current member states. Mifsud opposes hardline Islamic nations, such as Marad, Nahlia, and accuses Intermaria of enabling both to "sow chaos" in northern Scipia and the Periclean Sea.