Duke of Fox Grove
| His Grace|
The Duke of Fox Grove
|In Office||28 January 2020 - Present|
|In Office||26 March 2019 - 28 January 2020|
|In Office||20 December 2018 - 26 March 2019|
|Born|| 1 August 1984|
His Grace, the Duke of Fox Grove, August Grappin, commonly known as Duke August of Fox Grove, is a member of Westarctica's nobility. He currently serves as the Minister of Culture of Westarctica's Royal Council. His title is not derived from any current geographic feature of Westarctica.
- 1 Westarctican Activities
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Titles, Honors, and Awards
August became a Westarctica citizen during GISHWHES 2016. In March of 2018, August was made a member of the nobility, as the Duke of Fox Grove. He was among the first to join the Westarctica Civilian Corps the following month. That same year, he became a moderator on the Citizens of Westarctica Facebook page.
August announced in late July of 2018 that Grand Duke Travis had approved an unofficial Saint Misha Day. This day is an informal celebration of Misha Collins, akin to a feast day for canonized saints in the Catholic or Eastern Orthodox churches. Since Misha Collins is still living, and Westarctica has no official religion, this celebration is considered a tongue-in-cheek and entirely for fun celebration of Collins, GISH, its participants, and the role all three have played in shaping Westarctica.
In December of 2018, Duke August was named the Deputy Minister of Citizenship & Immigration. In March 2019, the appointment was made official and His Grace was promoted to full Ministerial status, as the Minister of Citizenship & Immigration. He served in this role until 28 January 2020, when he became the first Minister of Culture.
Honored Servant of Westarctica
On 7 February 2020 August was named as an Honored Servant of Westarctica. The award citation read:
"...for excellence in his work at Westarctica's Minister of Citizenship & Immigration. His Grace's dedication to his role was essential to the smooth operation of Westarctica's government and cannot be understated. This Honor is bestowed with the utmost respect and deepest gratitude of Westarctica's leadership on this, the 7th day of February in the year Two-Thousand and Twenty."
Honored Volunteer of Westarctica
On 29 July 2019 August was named as an Honored Volunteer of Westarctica. The award citation read:
"...for excellence in coordinating and executing the Icebreaker for the Nashville area in July of 2019. His Grace's successful efforts in allowing citizens to come together and engage with each other is a huge stride forward in deepening a sense of community for Westarctica. This Honor, and its corresponding ribbon are bestowed with the utmost respect and deepest gratitude on this, the 29th Day of July in the year Two Thousand and Nineteen."
Honored Artist of Westarctica
On 25 August 2018 August was named an Honored Artist of Westarctica (then called the Honored Artist ribbon). The award citation read:
"...for excellence in being chosen as the Council Selection in the 2018 Westarctica Art Expo. His Grace's piece, "Chainmail Inlay of Westarctica Flag," was selected for special recognition by the Royal Council. This piece of art is an important building block in creating a culture for Westarctica. This Honor is bestowed with the utmost respect and deepest gratitude of Westarctica's leadership on this, the 25th day of August in the year Two-Thousand and Eighteen."
Honored Citizen of Westarctica
On 10 December 2019 August was named an Honored Citizen of Westarctica, as he had previously already been named an Honored Artist during the 2018 iteration. The award citation read:
"...for excellence in being chosen as the Citizen's Selection in the 2019 Westarctica Art Expo. His Grace's piece, "The Smallest of Us," was selected for special recognition by the citizens of Westarctica. This piece of art is an important building block in creating a culture for Westarctica. This Honor is bestowed with the utmost respect and deepest gratitude of Westarctica's leadership on this, the 10th day of December in the year Two-Thousand and Nineteen."
August currently lives in Tennessee, where he is a writer and spends much of his free time making commissioned chainmail pieces.
Titles, Honors, and Awards
Duke of the Fox Grove since 9 March 2018
- Honored Servant of Westarctica, 7 February 2019
- Honored Volunteer of Westarctica, 29 July 2019
- Honored Artist of Westarctica, 25 August 2018
- Honored Citizen of Westarctica, 10 December 2019
Westarctica Civilian Corps Awards and Decorations
Shown, from left to right, are:
Top row: Honored Servant ribbon, Honored Volunteer ribbon, Honored Artist ribbon
Second row: Honored Citizen ribbon, Civilian Corps Achievement ribbon, Iceberg Award ribbon
Bottom row: Global Campaign ribbon, Civilian Corps Service ribbon, Nobles ribbon