João I, Prince of Noronha

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João I
Viscount of Sant'Anna
Prince of Noronha
Reign1 October 2015  – 30 March 2022
PredecessorThrone established
Heir presumptivePrincess Laura (disputed)
Born23 June 1981
Recife, Brazil
Died30 March 2022 (41 years)
São Lourenço da Mata, Brazil
ConsortAdna, Princess of Noronha
IssueRebecca, Infanta of Noronha
João de Murta-Ribeiro da Santa Cruz
HouseHouse of Murta-Ribeiro
MotherJaneide, Princess Mother of Noronha
Military career
Allegiance Mauritia
Service/branchRoyal Army
RankMilitary Bishop

John I, Prince of Noronha, also known as João de Murta-Ribeiro da Santa Cruz, was a Brazilian micronationalist, the founder and first Prince of Noronha. He also served as Secretary General of Micronational Catholic Church's Episcopal Micronational Conference.

Personal life

João was born in Recife, Brazil on 23 June 1981. He married in 23 September 2006 with Adna de Torres Novas, becoming stepfather to Princess Rebeca and grandfather of her children, Princess Laura, Prince Pedro and Prince Carlos. In 13 May 2021, he lost his mother, the Princess Mother of Noronha Janeide, due to COVID-19 complications.

Micronational Life

He join his first micronation in 2009, the Holy Empire of Réunion, where he served as Representative in People's Assembly of Qualicates in various terms and as Premier in 2015. Shortly after his term as Premier, he left Réunion to become one of the first citizens of the United Provinces of Mauritia. In 2015, he left Mauritia with the blessings of the Stadhouder Lucas VIII of Woestein and founded the Principality of Noronha in 1 October 2015.[1]

Noronha was founded on the idea that a micronationalist has the natural right to act wherever and however he wants and, when leading a project, to conduct it as best he thinks. The very first Princely Decree, its Constitution,[2] reflects that thought, allowing full freedom to its subjects. This conception was put to the test when, in 2016, some micronationalists in the Lusophone sector began to harass João Pedro de Alencar Santini, then Prince of Meridionália, regarding his project's design and conduct. As a result, John of Noronha wrote the "Ashes Manifest", where he denounces such behavior as spurious and calls on the micronational Lusophone community to rethink the maintenance of such acts in their midst.

As a member of the Micronational Catholic Church, John of Noronha was appointed in 2012 as ordinary of the Anglican Ordinariate of Our Lady of Canterbury. As Monsignor, he amassed the role of Chancellor of the Metropolitan Curia of Olinda and Mauritstad. In 2019 he was appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of Olinda and Mauritstad, a role he held until recently, when he was appointed Military Bishop of Mauritia and Secretary General of Micronational Episcopal Conference. In his term as Archbishop, he wrote the Pastoral Letter In Diebus Vivimus,[3] where he calls on Catholic micronationalists to trust God's promises in the Holy Scriptures in face of the COVID-19 pandemic.


He died on 30 March 2022, during his sleep, due heart failure, in São Lourenço da Mata, Brazil.


The designated heir to the Throne of Noronha still was Kildare Braga, a nobleman from Réunion. But due the distance and lack of bons between he and the rest of the Princely Family, Princess Laura was considered to be declared Prince John's heir. Her mother, Princess Rebecca already made public her will to renounce to her dynastic rights. After John's death, her eldest granddaughter, Laura, was considered to be his successor, although no confirmation was made yet.


Prince John married Princess Adna de Torres Novas on 23 September 2006 in Recife, Brazil, civilly and religiously. He adopted Adna's only daughter, Rebecca. She had three children, all of whom use the designation of Noronha.

  • Princess Rebecca, only daughter of Adna's previous relationship. She have three children:
    • Princess Laura.
    • Prince Pedro.
    • Prince Carlos.

Titles, styles and honours

Royal titles and styles

  • 1 October 2015 - 3 July 2020: His Serene Highness, the Prince of Noronha
  • 3 July 2020 – 30 March 2022: His Serene Highness, the Prince-vassal of Noronha

Noble titles


National Honours

  • Grand Master of Micronational Order of the Dauphin
  • Grand Master of Micronational Order of Saint Peter and Saint Paul

Foreign Honours


  1. João de Noronha. "Ato de Fundação, de 01 de Outubro de 2015". Ágora Maurense.
  2. João de Noronha. "Decreto Principesco n. 1, de 1 de outubro de 2015". Ágora Maurense.
  3. João de Noronha. "Carta Pastoral In Diebus Vivimus". Ágora Maurense.
  4. Emperor King. "Imperial and Royal Decree n. 197-2O2O, O1 August 2O2O". Persenburg Citadel.
  5. Emperor King. "Imperial and Royal Decree n. 214-2O21, O1 August 2O21". Persenburg Citadel.
  6. Emperor King. "Imperial and Royal Decree n. 216-2O21, 26 August 2O21". Persenburg Citadel.
  7. Emperor King. "Imperial and Royal Decree n. 225-2O21, 24 December 2O21". Persenburg Citadel.
  8. Hanseatic Government. Order of Aracy. Published on 18 February 2022. Retrieved on 24 February 2022.

João I, Prince of Noronha
House of Murta-Ribeiro
Royal titles
Preceded by
throne established
Prince of Noronha
01 October 2015 – 30 March 2022
Succeeded by
Princess Laura