Jean-Michel Parasiliti di Para
|Jean-Michel Parasiliti di Para|
26 March 1942|
|Died||16 December 2017
|Title(s)||King Antoine IV|
|Throne(s) claimed||Kingdom of Araucanía and Patagonia|
Jean-Michel Parasiliti di Para, reigning as Prince Antoine IV (26 March 1942 - 16 December 2017), was the head of state the Kingdom of Araucanía and Patagonia, a "phantom kingdom" in South America. Historians describe the Kingdom of Araucanía as a "curious and semi-comic episode".
A Frenchman of noble Sicilian descent, Para was elected to the position of the "kingdom" which belongs rather to "the obsessions of bourgeois France than to the politics of South America", on January 9, 2014 by the Regency Council of the Kingdom.
Para began serving the previous Prince, Philippe Boiry, in 1972. He was later given the title of Duke of San Pedro de Hueyusco by Boiry.
Para was married with two children. He was a French veteran and served in Algeria. After his career in the military Para began in the field of social work. He specialized in the care of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. He held a doctorate in the history of civilization.
Para died on December 16, 2017.
- National Honours
- Officer of the National Order of Merit (1995).
- Officer of the Order of Academic Palms.
- Officer of the Order of Agricultural Merit.
- Combatant's Cross.
- Gold Medal of French Gratitude (2013).
- North Africa Medal.
- North Africa Security and Order Operations Commemorative Medal, with Algeria bar.
- Medal of Honor for Labour, Vermeil class.
- Gold Medal of Youth and Sports.
- Medal of Honor for the judicial protection of youth.
- Foreign Honours
- Cheesman, Clive; Williams, Jonathan: Rebels, Pretenders & Imposters. British Museum, 2000, ISBN 0714108995, p. 141.
- Collier, Simon; Sater, William F.: A history of Chile, 1808-2002. Cambridge University Press, 2004, ISBN 0-521-82749-3, p.96.
- The Telegraph
- Chatwin, Bruce: In Patagonia. Random House, 2012, ISBN 9781448105618, p. 25.
- "Antoine IV". North American Araucanian Royalist Society. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
- "Antoine IV, Prince of Araucania". Official Website of the Kingdom. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
- "Dordogne – Lot-et-Garonne : le prince d'Araucanie Antoine IV est décédé". SudOuest.fr (in French). 18 December 2017. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
- Prince of Araucania and Patagonia