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Kal Simpsen
Kal Simpsen in a convention hall
President of Pavonistade
Preceded by Eric Oppenheim
Republican presidential candidate, 2017
In office
August 16, 2016 (2016-08-16) – March 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)
Preceded by Vanessa D'Artoise
Governor of Toloupum Sector
In office
December 20, 2004 (2004-12-20) – December 20, 2012 (2012-12-20)
Preceded by Robeurt Hanks
Succeeded by Nell Burgundi
Member of Parliament for Toloupum South
In office
April 16, 1993 (1993-04-16) – July 1, 2004 (2004-07-01)
Preceded by Allisen Mullen
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Personal details
Born Kallum Simpsen
(1963-10-11) October 11, 1963 (age 53)
Bethlehem, Luziyca
Nationality Pavonistadian
Political party Republican Party
Residence Pavonistadeck, Capital Province
Alma mater University of Gordhoss
Languages Pavon, Luziycan

Kallum "Kal" Simpsen (born October 11, 1963) is a Pavonistadian politician and a prominent member of the Republican Party. He is recognized for serving as a former Member of Parliament and the Governor of Toloupum Sector from 2004 to 2012.

On June 30, 2016, Simpsen announced his intention to run for presidency in 2017 on behalf of the Republican Party. He was nominated as his party's presidential candidate during a leadership convention, making him the first naturalized Pavonistadian citizen to become a presidential candidate. He subsequently won the election with a plurality of the electorate vote and seats, which also makes him the first naturalized Pavonistadian citizen to be elected President.

Early Life

Kal Simpsen was born on October 11, 1963 in Bethlehem, Luziyca. His full name is Kallum Simpsen but the nickname "Kal" came into common usage in his early life. He was raised by Elias Simpsen, a lawyer, and Andrea Novak-Simpsen, a primary school teacher. He has a younger brother, Damien (b. December 2, 1965), who is a Member of the Governing Council in Occidentia as of 1999. At the age of 7, Simpsen and his family arrived in Pavonistade on March 10, 1970. They resided in Toloupum and held permanent resident status before they gained Pavonistadian citizenship through naturalization in 1975.

Simpsen was enrolled in the Katia Secondary School from 1976 to 1981. After graduating from secondary school, he then enrolled in the University of Gordhoss from 1981 to 1987, receiving a master's degree in political science.

Political career

Member of Parliament

Kal Simpsen joined the Republican Party in 1982, believing that membership and participation in said party best represents his family's ideologies and that effective work is needed to preserve certain political and cultural values in his region. He first rose to fame in the first years of the Ocelotian Sovereignty Dispute, as he opposed Ocelotian independence in an open and unyielding manner while serving as a delegate of the Republican Party.

He campaigned in the constituency of Toloupum South, representing most of southern Toloupum, ahead of the 1993 elections which led to victory for Republican presidential candidate Jacquie Iatouqua and formation of a Republican majority government. Simpsen won a plurality of votes in Toloupum South, allowing him to become Member of Parliament for the constituency. He served from April 16, 1993 to July 1, 2004, when he resigned to take part in the Toloupum Sector gubernatorial election later in 2004.

As Member of Parliament, Simpsen concurred with a vast majority of proposals introduced in Parliament that were intended to combat Ocelotian separatism. The tendency for Simpsen to make comments that are often viewed as controversial originated from his career in Parliament. His hard-line stance did easily gain support from Pavonistadians during heightened diplomatic conflicts and violence with the Ocelot Isles.

He managed to table a successful but controversial bill, the Act to Combat Ocelotian Aggression in Domestic Grounds, which increased the powers of law enforcement agencies following unrest outside of the Pavonistadian Consulate-General in Kongeuvia in 1994. The bill was sponsored and supported by Republican, Conservative, Pavonistade First and some Democratic Members of Parliament before it was promulgated by President Iatouqua. The act is commonly considered to be one of the greatest achievements for Kal Simpsen during his service as Member of Parliament.

It is believed that the last act that Simpsen voted on before his resignation was the Postwar Assistance Act, which mandated additional financial and material assistance to the Ocelot Isles after the Ocelotian-Pavonistadian War. Though the act was promulgated in the end, Simpsen's rejection of the act symbolized strong opposition to Ocelotian separatism and represented his stubborn personality, which is both respected and mocked by Pavonistadians.

Governor of Toloupum Sector

Kal Simpsen announced his resignation from his office on April 30, 2004 for the purpose of partaking in the gubernatorial election in Toloupum Sector that is set to take place later in the same year. His resignation became effective on July 1, 2004, the same day that the constituency of Toloupum South was dissolved to reflect population change in Toloupum. His continued hard-line approach to various issues and his consistent refusal to offer public apologies garnered a significant amount of support and criticism.

On November 5, the day of the Toloupum Sector gubernatorial election, Kal Simpsen and the provincial Republican Party secured a majority of seats in the provincial Governing Council. Simpsen was inaugurated as Governor of Toloupum Sector on December 20, 2004 and served in his position until December 20, 2012, when his term concluded and he was replaced by Republican colleague Nell Burgundi.

Simpsen introduced various reforms in Toloupum Sector that were often contrary to reforms in the rest of Pavonistade. Most of Pavonistade followed the "Democratic progress", a series of new social and political policies led by the Democratic Party, while Toloupum Sector followed Simpsen's efforts that were often referred to as the "Republican progress". Certain measures from Simpsen's government included the replacement of the provincial welfare system with workfare, empowerment the provincial welfare fraud department, creation of new social safety nets to cover additional at-risk residents such as people with disabilities, creation of additional anti-discrimination laws to protect LGBTQ people, and promotion of interculturalism.

Over the course of Simpsen's term as governor, he has been accused of discriminating against working-class Pavonistadians and ethnic minority groups. In particular he is alleged to have Shudriphobic attitudes, one of the allegations still made against him in present day. He denied all accusations, stating that he is a strong opponent of all forms of discrimination, but he fell short of providing any apologies for the groups that were affected.

Simpsen retained his majority in the 2008 gubernatorial election, but did not seek re-election in 2012 despite his eligibility to do so. He cited the need to reorganize priorities in his life, and his colleague Nell Burgundi was selected to run on behalf of the Republican Party in the 2012 gubernatorial election. Burgundi was elected governor but failed to secure a majority as Simpsen had in his two terms. Simpsen is regarded as one of the most questionable governors in Toloupum Sector history according to a 2013 survey from the Pavonistadian Broadcasting Corporation, but he is also frequently regarded as an admirable and strong leader by much of the respondents of the survey.

President

On June 30, 2016, prior to the 2017 presidential election, Kal Simpsen announced that he had intentions to run for President of Pavonistade on behalf of the Republican Party. His bid for presidency was approved by the Pavonistadian Presidential Electoral Commission and in the Republican Party leadership convention on April 16, 2016, Simpsen was nominated as the party presidential candidate.

He took an active role in campaigning which began on January 6, 2017 (the start of the electoral campaigning period) and ended on March 16, 2017 (the day before the 2017 elections). On March 17, Simpsen and the Republican Party won more seats than the other parties, defeating the incumbent Democratic president Eric Oppenheim. Simpsen's electoral victory was met with anti-Republican demonstrations and "victory parades", both of which led to rioting in multiple Pavonistadian cities.

Controversy

Racism

Kal Simpsen is accused of harboring various racist and xenophobic attitudes. Allegations of xenophobia were made against him since his career as a Member of Parliament, but became more frequent after he became Governor of Toloupum Sector. In 2010, an audio file supposedly recorded Simpsen stating "Shudri people should quit acting like vicious savages" to one of his aides, prompting outcry from the Pavonistadian Shudri community. Later audio files released on March 6, 2017 allegedly recorded Simpsen making xenophobia comments against various groups, including Shudri, Muslim and Monic Pavonistadians while in a conversation with running mate Aurelia Robbens.

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Personality

Simpsen is often recognized for his refusal to apologize for controversies, which garners support and criticism.

Personal life

Kal Simpsen married Marie Simpsen on August 1, 2002 and the two remain spouses to this day. They have a son named Nathan Simpsen, born on December 21, 2004.

Simpsen currently resides in Pavonistadeck, but he lived much of his life in Toloupum and spend several years in Gordhoss during his post-secondary studies.