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Victor Staurakios (4 August, 1965 – 20 December, 2011) was an Alconbrian economist and a politician who served as the second President of Alconbria from 1 February till his execution on 19 December, 2011.
Prior to becoming President, Victor was the Minister for Revenue & Taxes from 2008 till 2011, a position which he resigned before standing for the Presidential election.
Early life and educationEdit
Victor Staurakios was born on 4 August, 1965 in Nuevo Tartana, Altivebrio (present day Alconbria) to Albert Staurakios, a Greek nuclear physicist and Louisa Staurakios, an Alconbrian politician and an important member of the Joint Protesting Movement. The Staurakios family visited Altivebrio for a vacation in 1963, and were not allowed to exit due to Louisa's Alconbrian heritage. Albert subsequently contacted the Greek Embassy, but since Louisa and their eldest son, Jason Staurakios were not citizens of Greece, the embassy only accepted to vouch for Albert's return. Albert, however, remained to stay with his family, and in 1964, were moved to a newly-constructed ghetto called Nuevo Tartana.
Victor was immediately taken away after birth, and only met his father when he was 7 years old. He was reportedly brainwashed into believing that he was from a lower class, and refused to acknowledge Albert or Louisa as his parents. In 1973, the Staurakios family took part in the strikes which were rampant throughout the ghettos.
Victor began attending school at the age of 8, years later than children around the world, but his intellectual capabilities allowed him to skip years to catch up. He was a brilliant mathematician and was one of the best the class for physics and chemistry, but was miserable in languages. He was above average in physical education, and was an avid football player.
Altivebrian Civil WarEdit
The civil war broke out when Victor was doing his higher studies in Greece for being a chartered accountant. Despite Albert's wishes, Louisa, Jason and Victor returned to Alconbria in 1989 to take part in the Altivebrian Civil War. Jason left back to Greece in the following year. Louisa and Jason were a part of the Joint Protesting Movement, which merged with the Alconbria Liberation Council in 1986, but split in 1988, after deciding not associate itself with the violent methods of the ALC.
The Joint Protesting Movement received internation support, and persuaded the Altivebrian government in exchanging 200 Alconbrian prisoners for 100 Altivebrian prisoners held by the ALC, a deal which was personally monitored by Victor.
In 1996, Victor became a member of the Starigo Verklagsregluro, and met with many of the high ranking members of the ALC, including Paul del Santé, Ernesto Titeriez, Augustin Voimer and Adolfo Machiavelli.
He then worked as the head of accountancy in the Alconbria Military Industries, and then in 2002 became the head adviser of finance for Paul del Sante. Victor did not get along with many of the ALC members, including Titeriez and Grego del Venna.
Victor was a part of the diplomatic team that negotiated Altivebrio's surrender, and was a signatory in the Gvonn Pact.
President of Alconbria and DeathEdit
Victor, due to conflicting idealogies and an uneasy relationship with most of the ALC members, joined the Liberal Party, and became a member of the United Party for Progression in 2010, after the Liberal Party's merger with the Maldekstro Party.
Victor was the Minister for Revenue & Taxes from 2008 till 2011, a position which he resigned before standing for the Presidential election.
Victor prevented Claudia Delao from receiving a White Contract from the ETRA in 2009, starting an intense rivalry between them. A couple of months later after the incident, Claudia rallied against the ETRA, demanding it to let go of it's control by the ministry, and alleged Staurakios of corruption. As a result, Staurakios used his power and removed Delao as the Chairperson of Abystato.
President Paul del Santé died of pnuemonia on 19 January, 2011, thus moving the scheduled Presidential election from 2012 to 2011. Unable to find a suitable candidate, the Libertarian Party and the United Party formed a coalition and named economist and Minister of Revenue & Taxes Victor Staurakios as it's candidate. The leading party, the People's Party named former army general and current member of parliament, Ernesto Titeriez as it's candidate. The voting closed down on 26 January, and the results were announced on 31 January, announcing that Titeriez had narrowly won the elections with 53.2% of the votes.
However, before Titeriez could move into the vacant position, the Opposition, the coalition of Libertarian Party, United Party and the Reformist Party introduced an issue which sought to establish Staurakios as the President of the country. The bill was passed with votes 101-23, and Staurakios assumed presidency. The People's Party began a boycott of the Parliament.
Staurakios' liberal government was heavily criticized by the People's Party. Staurakios addressed social reforming, public education, public health, social upliftment in place of militarization, economy, money, defense or taking advantage of the oil-fields. These difference in ideologies created a political conflict, namely the Alconbrian Crisis, which further escalated after Reformist Party was dissolved, and the 2011 Budget removed money from military expenditure and allocated it towards religious tolerance and foreign relations.
The situation further worsened after Staurakios announced that he was in talks with the Mayan Liberation Front to create a sovereign state for the Maya people. The economy of Alconbria severely worsened, with the country lagging behind it's neighbours in terms of the GDP.
After increasing pressure from civilians and officials, Victor Staurakios agreed to send the Alconbrian Armed Forces to intervene on the behalf of the Arab Jahmariyah in Libya, launching Operation Verda Kou. The operation was largely successfuly, with the Alconbrians defeating the NATO, and secured the throne of Younes al Ashraar. His popularity increased after the military operation.
The Finance Ministry's documents predicting a debt crisis and bankruptcy by 2014 were leaked, making people lose their trust on Staurakios' government. This diminished the public's liking towards Staurakios' government, hurting their national pride. On 25 November 2011, the nation held a referendum in which the public voted whether Staurakios should remain in power or not. The referendum was passed in favour of Staurakios's removal with an astonishing 93% voting yes. On 19 December of that year, the army along with members of the People's Party forcibly removed Staurakios from power after he refused to resign following the referendum.
The coup restored Ernesto Titeriez as the President of Alconbria. Titeriez responded by severely reducing expenditure on social welfare, and began improving the military.
He was publically executed in New Alcacer on 20 December, 2011. Though many protested, he received a full state funeral with honours, and was buried in Senmorta Ruto (Immortal Square), along with Antonio Durán, Paul del Santé and many others. His family, including his parents, brother, wife and children were declared 'families of the state', and received full government support for the rest of their lives. Ernesto Titeriez unsuccesfully tried to remove them, but was prevented by Augustin Voimer and the United Party for Progression.
Victor married Lindane Staurakios, an Alconbrian living in France in 1991 in a wedding in Paris, attended by his family. He has two children, a daughter, Diane Roux, who is a French-Alconbrian politician, and a son, Alex Staurakios, who is an American entrepreneur.