Kiang Su

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Kiang Su
Киянг Су
Chairman of the Liberationist Party of Namor (retroactively declared illegitimate)
In office
11 November 1950 – 3 December 1950
Preceded byAntelope Yunglang
Succeeded byAntelope Gelai
3rd President-General of the People's Republic of Namor
In office
1 May 1940 – 1 May 1950
Preceded byMikhail Zo
Succeeded byAntelope Gelai
Vice Chairman of the Liberationist Party of Namor
In office
3 March 1941 – 11 November 1950
Preceded byMikhail Zo
Succeeded byMi Jintan
2nd Vice President-General of the People's Republic of Namor
In office
1 May 1935 – 1 May 1940
Preceded byMikhail Zo
Succeeded byMi Jintan
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
28 March 1925 – 1 May 1935
Personal details
Born October 18, 1878
Kui, West Namor, Hao Empire
Died January 27, 1959 (age 80)
Namo, Capital District, People's Republic of Namor
Nationality Namorese
Political party Liberationistpartylogo.png Liberationists (expelled 1950)
Spouse(s) Kiang Junchang
Children Kiang Jin
Alma mater Nozama City University

Kiang Su (October 18, 1878 — January 27, 1959) was a Namorese general and political figure active during the early years of the People's Republic of Namor. He was the Vice President-General of Namor from 1935 to 1940 and President-General of Namor from 1940 to 1950. During his presidency, he became the second most powerful political figure in Namor, occupying the position of Vice Chairman of the Liberationist Party of Namor. A favorite of Chairman Antelope Yunglang, he played a significant role in the execution of the Green Fever.

Kiang was one of the earliest members of the Liberationist Party of Namor. After surviving the party's suppression by the Hao dynasty, he joined Antelope Yunglang's band of reorganized Liberationists, where he became vice chairman of the Revolutionary Defense Commission, the body that commanded the Liberation Army. Following the Liberationist victory in the Namorese Civil War, Kiang became the first Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of Namor; in that position, he helped craft the new state's anti-imperialist foreign policy. In 1935, Kiang was elected Vice President-General, becoming the third most powerful figure in the country after Antelope and Mikhail Zo. His siding with Antelope in the subsequent Antelope-Zo Rift resulted in his promotion to President-General in 1940 and Vice Chairman of the Liberationist Party in 1941. By then, Zo had been purged from the party, allowing Kiang to take his place as the number two leader.

Antelope, with Kiang's assistance, launched the Green Fever. As the Fever progressed and Antelope's health deteriorated, Kiang's influence in the daily affairs of the government grew. The Green Youth Organization, despite recognizing Antelope as its supreme commander, took orders directly from Kiang. Kiang also directed the People's Security Committee, the state secret police. He outlawed all non-Liberationist parties and set up government institutions that paralleled those in the party in an effort to create a "party-state" where the Liberationist Party and Namorese government are indistinguishable from each other. By the late 1940s, it was reported that Kiang had become the de facto leader of Namor, although some argue that Kiang's power was purposely exaggerated after his downfall to divert blame for the Fever away from Antelope Yunglang.

Kiang's presidency expired on May 1, 1950, months before Antelope's death; however, he retained his position in the party until Antelope died, at which point he became the party's interim chairman. Kiang's chairmanship did not last a full month before he was forcibly removed from power in a coup d'etat that established Antelope Gelai as the paramount leader of Namor. Kiang was tried with treason and mass murder and sentenced to death by the District People's Court of Namo, but the sentence was reversed by the Supreme People's Court in Kiang v. People's Republic, in which the SPC ruled that Kiang had been subject to a biased jury which made his trial unfair. Kiang was granted a retrial and sentenced to life imprisonment in 1952, which he served in Namo's Nanpo Prison. He was released on medical parole in 1959 and died that same year.

After his downfall, Kiang became an effective nonperson; the Liberationist Party retroactively declared his chairmanship to be illegitimate in 1954 and repudiated his contributions to the Liberationist ideology, particularly those pertaining to the party-state. Kiang's role in the early Liberationist Party was also disacknowledged; his name was omitted from state media and school textbooks until deliberationization in the 1990s.