Gregori Fyoderov

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His Excellency

Gregori Fyoderov
6th President of the Radiatian Federation
In office
30 July LET 52 – 30 January LET 57
Vice PresidentAngela Pavlovic
Preceded byKeldon Silviu
Succeeded byAngela Pavlovic
Radiatian Federal Senator from Jingyurin
In office
February 1, LET 46 – July 30, LET 52
Serving with Modestas Kováč
Preceded byAlfons Nichols
Succeeded byXaveria Wolfe
5th Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
1 July LET 38 – 1 December LET 44
PresidentYerkal Nathus
Hiroshi Vodotel
Prime MinisterSoden Larssen
Bill Alyaha
Preceded byJosko Ivers
Succeeded byStanley MacFarlane
Personal details
Born January 11, LET 1 (age 51)
Tsukue, Jingyurin
Political party Liberal-Conservative Party
Other political
affiliations
Conservatives (until LET 43)
Spouse(s) Patricia Fyoderov (divorced)
Children Brodie Fyoderov
Zoe Fyoderov
Alma mater University of Saku
Profession Diplomat
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Gregori Maynard Fyoderov (born January 11, LET 1) was the 6th President of the Radiatian Federation, following his election on July 22nd LET 52. He previously served as the Class II Senator from the state of Jingyurin, the Minister of Foreign Affairs during the Larssen Administration and also had a career as a diplomat and author.

Fyoderov was the youngest person in Radiatian history to hold a Cabinet position, and the first President born in the century "Libre Eficus Taxos" (LET).

As foreign minister, Fyoderov was responsible for implementing the "sunshine policy", a more unilateral foreign policy which advocated realpolitik. Fyoderov sought a thawing of relations with previously hostile nations such as Tuthina and Falsea.

Fyoderov also caused controversy within the Conservative Party for allegedly undermining then-Prime Minister Soden Larssen on a number of occasions. Fyoderov was a vocal opponent of Radiatia's involvement in the Humanitarian League.

He was the Liberal-Conservative Party's nominee for President of the Radiatian Federation in the LET 44 election but ultimately lost the election to Keldon Silviu.

After leaving office and losing the election he became a special correspondent to the RPNN, specialising in foreign news stories. In LET 45 he released a book called "Efficient Diplomacy" which topped the bestseller charts across Radiatia.

He was elected to the Senate in the LET 46 mid-term elections before being nominated by his party to run for President again in LET 52.

On July 22nd LET 52 he defeated incumbent Vice President Samuel Negasi in the Presidential election and was inaugurated on July 30th.

As President he spearheaded efforts to lower tariffs and reduce trade barriers, while actively seeking free trade agreements with nations such as ArghNeedAName, Penguinmark and Battlion. Although he promised tax reform, his fiscal policy has concentrated mainly on reducing the national debt of the Radiatian Federation while at the same time managing the economic recovery following the recession of the late LET 40s.

In foreign policy he continued to advocate Realpolitik, and in LET 54 became the first President of the Radiatian Federation in history to visit Tuthina, in which he sought formal diplomatic relations and a policy of détente between the two rival powers.

Despite mostly being an isolationist and a foreign policy dove, Fyoderov also took a definite stance of anti-communism, signing the controversial Anti-Communist Act into law and declaring the Radiatian Federation to be hostile to "Red Noctur", including former allies Honadura as well as North Segland and The Xylonian Union. He was re-elected in LET 56 in the biggest landslide in Radiatian history.

On January 28th LET 57 he was impeached for gross abuse of power, after evidence emerge that he had ordered the assassination of his ex wife. He was removed from office two days later, and replaced by his Vice President, Angela Pavlovic.

Early Life

Gregori Fyoderov was born on January 11, LET 1 in Tsukue, Jingyurin. He is an only child.

Fyoderov's father was an Air Force captain during the Isthmus War. He was shot down and killed over Rivenka in LET 4, when Gregori Fyoderov was 3 years old.

Fyoderov was raised by his mother, and was a teenager when the fall of communism came. His mother continued to draw a pension due to her husband's status as a deceased serviceman, and Fyoderov attained a scholarship to the University of Saku at the age of 18.

He went on to graduate from the University of Saku, majoring in both International Relations and Economics. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after graduating, before unsuccessfully running for parliament in LET 22.

Political Career

Fyoderov was elected to parliament in LET 26 as a backbench MP under Kurt Demodand's government. Fyoderov was an outspoken critic of Derro Vahnsehn's controversial Invasion of Naras, and was a stauch advocate of unilateral non-interventionism.

He continued to rise in the Conservative Party and was eventually given the portfolio of Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs by then-Leader of the Opposition Bill Alyaha, at the tender age of 33.

He retained the portfolio throughout the Conservative Party's time in opposition.

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Following the election of LET 38, Fyoderov was appointed by Soden Larssen to serve as the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

During his time in office, Fyoderov attracted some controversy for criticising Radiatia's involvement in the Humanitarian League - despite Prime Minsiter Larssen's support of the HL. Reports also emerged that Fyoderov was occasionally defiant in Cabinet.

Fyoderov was the architect of the "Sunshine Policy", which saw Radiatia 'refresh' relations with nations such as Tuthina, Falsea and New Edom, with whom Radiatia had previously been cold or hostile.

Despite courting controversy within the party, he was considerably popular with the general public, being named by the RPNN along with Defence Minister Arkadi Pavlovic as one of the "rising stars of the Conservative Party".

Constitutional crisis

Following the death of Soden Larssen, Fyoderov entered the race to become party leader of the newly formed Liberal-Conservative Party.

Fyoderov, along with arch-rival Arkadi Pavlovic was seen by the party caucus as "too extreme and divisive" and ultimately lost the leadership election to Bill Alyaha, a compromise candidate who lost a vote of confidence three days into his term.

After the dissolution of parliament and the Radiatian Constitutional Crisis, Fyoderov began his campaign to run for President in LET 44.

Presidential campaign

Fyoderov's campaign during the Liberal-Conservative Presidential primaries was a bitter fight against New Vashura Premier Donovan Brandt of the party's social conservative wing.

Fyoderov lost the primary in Tchort but later won in Saku. He went on to narrowly beat Donovan Brandt in the delegate count at the Liberal-Conservative National Convention that year.

As a concession, Fyoderov chose Brandt as his running mate.

Brandt went on to cause controversy for Fyoderov during the Presidential campaign, such as his infamous suggestion that drone strikes be used on Crata to coax James David Lindenberg out of hiding.

In spite of the setbacks, Fyoderov was ahead in the nationwide popular vote for most of the campaign. He ultimately lost the election to Keldon Silviu but gained the plurality of states.

Had he won he would have become the youngest ever President of the Radiatian Federation.

Senate

Gregori Fyoderov narrowly defeated Social Democratic Senator Alfons Nichols during the midterm elections of LET 46 to become the Class II Senator from the state of Jingyurin.

He was re-elected to the Senate in LET 50 with an increased majority and served as Chairman, then Deputy Chairman of the Senate's Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee.

Second Presidential run

Main article: Radiatian Presidential Election, LET 52

In late LET 51, Fyoderov announced that he intended to run again as President of the Radiatian Federation. With incumbent President Keldon Silviu's approval ratings low, Fyoderov felt that the LCP had a very good chance of winning the election - having only narrowly lost four years earlier.

Initially Liberal-Conservatives were reluctant to support him, given their anxieties over his loss in the election of LET 44. Early primaries had him in 4th place, well behind party frontrunner Alexander Ivanov and most political commentators assumed that Fyoderov was hoping to be nominated for the Vice Presidency rather than the Presidency.

However, following the 'Dog-gate' scandal which damaged the campaign of Alexander Ivanov, Fyoderov won an upset victory in the Alayenia primary. The Libertarian former Premier of Alayenia, Vladimir Perry, who had been hoping to win his home state in the primaries subsequently withdrew from the race and threw his support behind Fyoderov.

Fyoderov's campaign gained momentum, as he was seen as the ideal compromise candidate between the more liberal Angela Pavlovic and the more conservative Ivanov. Fearing the liberal vote would be split, and that if victorious Alexander Ivanov would steer the LCP to a third consecutive defeat, Pavlovic withdrew from the race in exchange for Fyoderov agreeing to select her as his running mate.

By 'Super Saturday', Fyoderov had gained enough delegates to be nominated again as President. He campaigned as the "new" Fyoderov, emphasising an agenda which combined social liberalism, a promise of lower taxes, a commitment to free trade and which emphasised the importance of law and order in the face of a perceived rise in crime rates.

Memorable slogans included "In Gregori We Trust" and although Social Democratic opponent Samuel Negasi turned what was initially predicted to be a landslide for Fyoderov into a close race, Fyoderov was ultimately victorious due to a string of wins in the key battleground states of Xegfause, Mus and South Corpshire as well as a surprise win in the 'red state' of Radia.

Presidency

Fyoderov was sworn in as President at noon on July 30th, LET 52 by Chief Justice Tobias Kneib.

Fyoderov's inauguration speech received mostly positive reviews, although some criticised it for appearing vague on key issues of policy, and it also drew comparison with the much-praised speech of Keldon Silviu in LET 44. The main theme of his speech was that of authority and individual freedom, although he briefly touched on foreign policy by stating that "Radiatia is not a hegemony, nor ever would we seek to create one", hinting that he intended to reject the largely interventionist foreign policy of the Silviu Administration.

As his first act in office as President, Fyoderov signed an Executive Order which made the Department of Immigration, previously part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, into its own Federal Ministry, with a cabinet-level head. He also signed a Presidential memorandum instructing federal agencies to crack down on illegal immigration, stating that this would be a priority for his administration.

Domestic policy

Fyoderov has been described by some pundits as being "the most liberal President Radiatia has ever had", with many of his domestic policies being seen as somewhat atypical for a conservative or centre-right President.

Although he sought to crack down on illegal immigration, unlike most Liberal-Conservatives he has sought to actively protect the rights of immigrants and has encouraged tourism and immigration rather than discouraging it, as is usually typical for the Radiatian right-wing.

He reversed Keldon Silviu's moratorium on the use of capital punishment but stated he believed it should only be used in extreme cases, signing only one death warrant for the federal execution of serial rapist Jack Hustovi.

Fyoderov also signed the Selective Service Act into law in LET 53, which effectively abolished conscription in Radiatia.

He has actively sought to increase gender equality, and set up a task force alongside Vice President Angela Pavlovic to improve educational and vocational opportunities for women. He also expressed support for more religious freedom in Radiatia, supporting a Supreme Court decision which struck down laws preventing religious proselytism as being a violation of the right to do commerce.

Fyoderov came under criticism after being one of only two Presidents (the other being Derro Vahnsehn) to profess a belief in a deity, with several Social Democratic MPs calling for his impeachment after it was suspected that he had been dishonest about his religious views. Speaker Bysse Goranov stated that there was neither any evidence nor any good reason to impeach the President for believing in a god.

Fyoderov expressed some support for affirmative action policies in reducing racial and gender inequality, and notably his Cabinet contained a high number of women and racial minorities, including one immigrant - with Crataan-born Isaac Lichtenberg serving as Fyoderov's Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Fyoderov strongly supported the transfer of political power from Xerconia, FCT to the state governments, and opposed bureaucracy in a way similar to that of his political mentor Soden Larssen.

Fyoderov supported tougher anti-drug laws and pledged more funding for state and federal law enforcement services. He declared war on Mafia groups and street gangs in the major cities but has remained silent on the issue of gun control. He also supported federal government funding for medical research, including into finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease, which afflicted Radiatia's founding father Traiyan Silviu.

Fyoderov was a late convert to environmentalism, expressing scepticism towards climate change in LET 44 but acknowledging it by LET 52. He was responsible for a number of nationwide conservation efforts, including the "Clean Up Radiatia" campaign. He signed the Clean Air Act, which sought to reduce air pollution, but vetoed the Clean Water Act not because he disagreed with the Act but because he felt it too costly to implement. He was named by the Radiatian Conservation Movement as the "Greenest President in history", an honour previously held by his predecessor.

Fyoderov signed the controversial Anti-Communism Act, which shut down the Communist Party of the Radiatian Federation, and sought to ban or disenfranchise Radiatia's hard left which Fyoderov saw as a threat to national security.

Economic policy

Although he promised tax reform when he was elected, Fyoderov - along with the Federal Parliament - agreed not to make the steep tax cuts which he had originally planned after it was revealed that the Administration of Keldon Silviu had left the country with a national debt of over one trillion Tsenyens.

He pledged small amounts of tax relief for consumers and businesses, in order to increase aggregate demand and hopefully accelerate Radiatia's post-recession economic recovery, but vowed to veto any new spending plans excluding those related to created "Green Jobs" or Alternative Energy.

With conflict stirring up once again in Terra Oriens, but with oil production in Polaris unable to meet Radiatia's energy demands, Fyoderov began efforts to make Radiatia energy independent by LET 70 with the hope of weaning Radiatia from any reliance on oil from South Segland due both to the political instability in Segland, as well as his personal opposition to apartheid. He signed a bill into law which would fund research into electric and hydro powered cars, and how to make them feasible in Radiatia.

Fyoderov slashed tariffs, introducing a repeal of the controversial Matheson-Cockburn Tariff Act and signing a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with ArghNeedAName worth billions of Tsenyens to both economies. He has continued to support free trade and stated that he felt that if Radiatia's markets could be opened to the world, it would simultaneously solve Radiatia's economic woes as well as those across Noctur.

Unlike most centre-right Presidents, Fyoderov has enjoyed a fairly amicable relationship with trade unions after he began to loosen federal restrictions on collective bargaining rights, although he stated very clearly that this was not out of support for the union movement but because he felt that it was a matter for state governments to decide, rather than the federal government.

Fyoderov cut federal government subsidies to state governments without unemployment benefits and pledged to completely end subsidies to farmers. However he also pledged that he would not private the Federal Health Service during his first term, and stated that he supported federal funding for education, veteran's benefits and old-age pensions.

Although he refused to support a federal minimum wage, Fyoderov stated his support for better pay and better working conditions for Radiatian factory workers - again considered unusual for a centre-right President.

Fyoderov stated that his priority as President would be on tackling stagflation, something which was a looming threat for the country upon coming into office.

Foreign policy

As a trained diplomat and former foreign affairs minister to Soden Larssen, Gregori Fyoderov took a keen interest in foreign policy, making it one of the defining aspects of his Presidency.

Fyoderov, an advocate of Realpolitik, sought a balance between isolationism and anti-communism, aware that although he himself was mostly a foreign policy dove, Radiatia was in the midst of a red scare due to the rise of "neo-communism" across Noctur.

Fyoderov immediately dropped Keldon Silviu's policy of hostility towards non-democratic nations, which he publicly called "childish and overly idealistic" during the election campaign. He attempted to repair relations with Poldania, which were uneasy following Radiatia's decision to officially recognise the sovereignty of the Republic of Merrina.

In the latter case he sought closer economic ties to Merrina, visiting the nation in spite of the need not to upset neighbouring Poldania.

Although Radiatia had an "amicable" relationship with Higgins and Brown under Keldon Silviu, Fyoderov - alarmed by the prevalence of anti-Radiatian sentiment in the nation - removed Higgins and Brown from Radiatia's visa waiver programme and implemented a foreign policy towards them treated them as a neutral, rather than friendly, nation.

Although Radiatian military personnel remain stationed in South Segland following the conclusion of the Tressian Gulf War, Fyoderov suspended the alliance between the two nations in protest at South Segland's apartheid regime and stated that unless Radiatian troops were directly threatened, he would not defend South Segland from the North in the event of an invasion.

Fyoderov took a strong stance of anti-communism, announcing Radiatia's opposition to "Red Noctur" after a wave of communist revolutions across the region, mostly in southern Terra Oriens. Fyoderov opposed rhetoric coming from North Segland and The Xylonian Union calling for the expansion of communism across Noctur.

Fyoderov believed that Red Noctur were more dangerous than Radiatia's traditional enemies such as Adwest and Tuthina and that Radiatia, as a former communist nation, had a unique responsibility to oppose communism and defend "White Noctur" from it.

Tuthina

Fyoderov first suggested that Radiatia could work with Tuthina when he was Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Larssen Administration and attempted then, unsuccessfully, to negotiate a nuclear non-proliferation agreement.

As a Senator, Fyoderov criticised Keldon Silviu's mostly antagonistic policies towards Tuthina and his harsh rhetoric, believing that the differences between Radiatia and Tuthina were not as acute as most people believed.

The groundwork for a diplomatic visit actually began during the Silviu Administration, with Silviu's Foreign Affairs Minister Lilia Nikolic initiating talks with the Tuthinans during a peace conference regarding the end of the Poldanian Civil War. She praised the humanitarian efforts of Tuthina, and suggested that the two nations did not have so vastly different interests afterall.

During the Tressian Gulf War, for the first time ever, Radiatia and Tuthina ended up fighting a common enemy with both nations agreeing that the theocratic regime of Segland posed a major threat to all people in Noctur. It was after this that Radiatia began ease their hostility towards Tuthina.

When Fyoderov came to power, talks between Foreign Affairs Minister Isaac Lichtenberg and his Tuthinan counterparts began in secret at the ICN Conference in Detectatia, and eventually reached a point where it was considered possible that a direct meeting between the Emperor of Tuthina and the President of the Radiatian Federation could proceed.

Fyoderov arrived in Tuthina in LET 54, taking with him an entourage consisting of his staff and a small number of journalists. According to journalists who were taken on the trip, the administration kept their trip to Tuthina dead secret right up until they were actually on Tuthinan soil.

As well as being the first Radiatian President to visit Tuthina, Fyoderov became the first world leader to ever directly meet the Emperor of Tuthina, and indeed one of only a handful of people full stop.

Fyoderov sought closer diplomatic and economic relations with the Empire, seeking to establish formal diplomatic ties, a policy of détente and to allow both cultures more contact with one another, to foster a better understanding between the two and thus reduce the risk of a deadly nuclear conflict.

Impeachment

Main article: Impeachment of Gregori Fyoderov

Fyoderov became embroiled in a scandal after evidence emerged which linked him to the death of his ex wife, Patricia Fyoderov.

A series of investigations revealed that Fyoderov had ordered R-SOD to assassinate the former First Lady, leading to his impeachment.

Fyoderov initially denied all knowledge, before claiming that his ex wife was not the target but that she was killed as part of an operation to assassinate another individual which he claimed to be a terrorist.

On January 30th LET 57, the Senate voted to convict him of gross abuse of power and remove him from office. He now faces charges of second degree murder.

Public and political image

Fyoderov describes himself as a classical liberal, stating that he believes in low government intervention in as many areas as possible. He also supported transitioning Radiatia towards monetarism - something which Soden Larssen reneged on during his time in office.

Fyoderov has tended to take social liberal positions and his views in matters of national defence have bordered on pacifism. While Fyoderov supports a tough non-interventionist stance, he also claimed to believe in Soden Larssen's "Peace Through Strength" mantra. Fyoderov was one of only a handful of Conservative MPs who voted against reintroducing Conscription in Radiatia.

Many political pundits have been unable to tell whether Fyoderov is a globalist or a nationalist. As an opponent of Radiatia's involvement in the Humanitarian League, Fyoderov took on an apparent nationalism. However as a supporter of free trade and realpolitik, Fyoderov also appears to contain globalist traits.

Although Fyoderov is loathed by the far left, he has support both on the centre-right - for his economics - and on the centre-left - for his views on climate change and social issues. He has a strong support base among middle Radiatia, and is sometimes referred to as "the voice of the silent majority".

Fyoderov has achieved mostly good approval ratings, never dipping below 51%. Following his visit to Tuthina, one poll gave him an approval rating of 91% - breaking all previously held records, including that held by his mentor Soden Larssen. However many on the left have stated that the poll was biased and loaded and that the 91% result reflected support for his visit to Tuthina and not for the administration as a whole.

He has receieved praise even amongst political enemies. The Xylonian Union's Commissar-Chairman, Kors Belin praised Fydoerov's mostly dovish foreign policy and efforts to maintain peace, while even Keldon Silviu stated that he felt "Gregori Fyoderov is doing all the right things when it comes to Foreign Policy".

Fyoderov has come under repeated criticism for his belief in "god", which he admitted in an off-hand remark at a football game.

Although he generally appears charming and funny in public - and earned the nickname "Greasy Greg" for his ability to dodge scandals, deflect uncomfortable questions and charm his way out of unfavourable situations, he is known to have a complex personality with many who worked with him in the Larssen Government stating that he is 'selfish, narcissistic and vindictive", while even leaked cabinet documents suggest him prone to angry outbursts in private.

He is regularly caricatured, with his deep voice and lisp considered easily imitable, while his physical features and mannerisms are frequently lampooned in cartoons.

Following his impeachment, psychologists stated they believed Fyoderov suffered from borderline personality disorder while many of his aides testified that he suffered from paranoia and frequent bouts of rage.

Dr. Boris Kahler described Fyoderov as a "tragic figure", writing that "had it not been for his huge flaws as a human being, Gregori Fyoderov had all the right ingredients to have been Radiatia's greatest ever President."

Personal life

Gregori Fyoderov is divorced with two children. The family lives in Tsukue, Jingyurin, although Fyoderov himself lives permanently in Xerconia, FCT.

Fyoderov worked as a special correspondent to the RPNN and released a best-selling book entitled "Efficient Diplomacy". The book detailed his plans to use Realpolitik as a means of achieving peace in Noctur and eventually in the world.

His eldest son Brodie is aged in his 20s and lives in Das Engel while his daughter Zoe is in her teens and attends university in Xerconia. Zoe accompanied the President to Tuthina, but the First Lady did not leading many tabloid journalists to speculate whether Fyoderov's marriage is in danger.

In LET 56, Gregori and Patricia Fyoderov publicly confirmed that they were seeking a divorce, but declined to state the reasons why.

Fyoderov was known to be close to his mother, aged in her 90s, who attended his inauguration.