Nicephorus Anicius, Duke of Ossonoba


The Duke of Ossonoba

CI EE EEA ECC MCC
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Master of Offices
Assumed office
12 January 2018
MonarchConstantine XX
Preceded byThe Duke of Ostia
Deputy Chief of Army Staff
In office
28 February 2016 – 10 January 2018
MonarchJason VI Augustus
Constantine XX
Preceded byMarcus Iccius
Succeeded byFlavius Viridius
Personal details
Born
Gaius Anicius Probinus Nicephorus Iohnnes Theophylactus

(1961-03-28) 28 March 1961 (age 58)
Ascanium, Latium
Spouse(s)
Children5
ResidenceHieria Palace
Alma materOlympia
Military service
Allegiance Latium
Service/branch Latin Army
Years of service1978 – 2018 (end of active service)
RankLegate

Nicephorus Anicius, Duke of Ossonoba CI EE EEA ECC MCC (Gaius Anicius Probinus Nicephorus Iohnnes Theophylactus; b. 28 March 1961) is a Latin aristocrat, military officer, and peer. He has served as Master of Offices since January 2018.

Ossonoba is the eldest son of Prince George, Duke of Ossonoba and Princess Marie Louise of Burgoy, At the time of his brith he was fourth in line to the Latin throne; since he has fallen out of the official line of succession, though in the unofficial, extended line of succession is thirty-fifth.

Before the end of his active military service, Ossonoba held the rank of Legate in the Latin Army and served as Deputy Chief of Army Staff from 2016 until 2018. He saw active service during the X crisis where he earned the Medal for Valor.

Early life and education

Ossonoba was born on 28 March 1961 to parents Prince George, Duke of Ossonoba and Princess Marie Louise of Burgoy at Hieria Palace in Ascanium; he is the eldest of five children. He was baptized at Saint Andrew's Cathedral in Ascanium. His godparents were Theophylactus Anicius, Duke of Callatis (his father's fourth cousin); King Charles VI of Burgoy (his mother's brother); Princess Zoe, Duchess of Haenna (his father's cousin). Ossonoba was named for his ancestor Nicephorus, who was the father of Latin Emperor Theophylactus I Augustus.

Ossonoba attended at Our Lady of Galata (Latin: Beata Maria Galatae) early in his education. He was sent to Academia Sanctus Paul-Taphioia, a school known for its rigorous curriculum, in Eleusis, northern Latium near the Lihnidosi border for boarding school. He later enrolled at Academia Militaris Olympia after joining in the Latin Army at the age of 17.

Military career

In 1981, Ossonoba graduated from Olympia after completing his officer training with the rank of Decurion. From 1982 until 1984, he held command of a cohort in Fortune's 16th Legion. He took brief leave in 1985 after the birth of his eldest child, Thomas. Later that year, he was promoted to the rank of Centurion. By 1994 he had risen to the rank of Camp Prefect and was given staff assignment in Ravenna.

In 1990, Ossonoba became a member of the Order of Saint Joseph.

Succession crisis

Ossonoba was in Castellum when the death of Emperor Jason VI Augustus was announced. Many within the Defense ministry say they were caught off guard by the announcement, and noted that Ossonoba left the city after it was clear that Master of Soldiers Flavius Vipsanius left the city to join Emperor Constantine XX in Adrianople.

Throughout the succession crisis, Ossonoba was active in Adrianople and participated in strategic planning at Palatium Supranio. He was credited by those within Palatium Supranio for being integral to the swift support of Arthurista received by Emperor Constantine XX.

Emperor's Council appointment

In 2017, Ossonoba was considered for an Emperor's Council appointment, though it wasn't until January 2018 that he was appointed to replace Prince Leo of Ghant and Latium as Master of Offices. The surprise resignation of Prince Leo came after his public recognition of a illegitimate child. Ossonoba was sworn in as Master of Offices on 12 January 2018. He resigned as Deputy Chief of Army Staff two days before his Council appointment.

According to RAL News, Ossonoba has contributed to a more traditional and conservative council that years past.

Personal life

Ossonoba married Princess Marthe of Falkenhayn, daughter of Prince Frederick Augustus, Duke of Falkenhayn. They have five children.

Issue

Name Birth Death Spouse(s)
By Princess Marthe of Falkenhayn (b. 1960)
Thomas Anicius, Count of Mediolanum (1984-04-17) 17 April 1984 (age 35) Princess Maria of Latium; had issue.
Eusebia, Crown Princess of Antenfoi (1985-10-28) 28 October 1985 (age 33) Robert, Crown Prince of Antenfoi (b. 1981); had issue.
Rosa Anicia (1989-10-16) 16 October 1989 (age 29)
John Anicius (1991-12-18) 18 December 1991 (age 27)
Marcia Anicia (1993-02-21) 21 February 1993 (age 26)

Titles, styles, honors and arms

In Latium

  • 28 March 1961 – 19 April 1979: Lord of Vipitenum
  • 19 April 1979 – 15 June 2013: Count of Mediolanum
  • 15 June 2013 – present: His Grace The Duke of Ossonoba

In Arthurista

  • 15 June 2013 – present: His Grace The Count of Cesteven

Honors

  •  Latium: Member of the Order of the Civic Crown Ordine Civile di Savoia BAR.svg
  •  Latium: Knight Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the Crown Army Good Conduct Medal ribbon.svg
  •  Latium: Knight of the Sacred Order of the Golden Eagle AquilaRomana0.png
  •  Latium: Knight of the Ancient Equestrian Order St.AlexanderOrder-ribbon.svg

Foreign honors


Ancestry

Ossonoba is a member of the Anicii dynasty, and is a male-line descendant of Latin Emperor Theophylactus I Augustus and first modern Latin Consul John Anicius, 1st Duke of Beroea, as well as a female-line descendant of Latin Emperor John XIII. By way of his father, Ossonoba traces his ancestry to the Latin Emperors, as well as the monarchs of Arthurista, Ghant, and Latium; and through his mother to the monarchs of Burgoy, Lyncanestria, Sydalon, and Vannois.

See also

Nicephorus Anicius, Duke of Ossonoba
Born: 28 March 1961
Lines of succession
Preceded by
The Countess of Prévert
Succession to the Latin throne
great-grandson of Joanna
Followed by
Thomas Anicius, Count of Mediolanum
Peerage of Latium
Preceded by
The Prince George
Duke of Ossonoba
2013–present
Incumbent
Heir:
Thomas Anicius, Count of Mediolanum
Political offices
Preceded by
The Prince Leo
Master of Offices
2018–present
Current holder