|16th President of Terranihil
7 April 2009
|7th Chairman of the National Progressive Party
7 April 2009
|5th Director of Internal Security
28 February 2003 – 7 April 2009
|4th Deputy Director of Internal Security
14 October 1999 – 28 February 2003
Draıčren Seidert Armǎk
19 March 1960
Tolongen, Hinchivozh, Terranihil
|National Progressive Party
Vide Armǎk (m. 1996)
|Politician, military officer
|Years of service
Draıčren Seidert Armǎk (born 19 March 1960; sometimes rendered as Draichren Armak) is a Terranilian politician who has been the President of Terranihil and the Chairman of the National Progressive Party (PPF) since 7 April 2009. Additionally, he is the commander-in-chief of the Terranilian Armed Forces.
Born and raised in Tolongen, he attended the University of Tolongen after graduating from high school. He then enlisted in the Terranilian Army for four years. In 1991, he attended to the University of Minaltar to earn his master's degree. He was in the Progressive Youth and officially joined the PPF in 1988 during his military service. He began working with the Department of Internal Security after graduate school. He quickly rose as up the ranks, becoming the Deputy Director of the Department in 1999 and then Director in 2003. In 2009, he deposed Jon Krizhor, the sitting Chairman and President, in the Silent Coup and became the leader of the country.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Early political career
- 3 Silent Coup
- 4 Terranihil under Armǎk
- 5 Personal life
Draıčren Seidert Armǎk was born in Tolongen on 19 March 1960, the second oldest child of Seidert Armǎk and Slite Armǎk. Armǎk's father, Seidert, was a surgeon and his mother, Slite, was a prominent violinist for the Tolongen Symphony Orchestra. Armǎk had two siblings; his older sister, Havia, is a lawyer and his younger brother, Slekjem, is a writer for Progressive Magazine.
Both of Armǎk's parents were members of the National Progressive Party, who enrolled all three of their children in the Progressive Youth. Armǎk was extroverted and hardworking in school. He was accepted into the University of Tolongen in 1978 with a full scholarship. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics and graduated magna cum laude. In 1992, Armǎk enlisted in the military as mandated by Terranilian law. He served in the army for four years (two more years than required), earning the rank of commandant. He joined the PPF while enlisted. In 1986, he left the army and attended the University of Minaltar, where he earned his master's degree in statistics.
Early political career
Rise within the PPF
Armǎk began working under the Department of Internal Security (DIS) in 1988. He worked as a corruption analyst, until he was promoted to head of courruption analysis in 1992. He developed a close bond with David Nolgáf, the Deputy Director of the DIS. Nolgáf retired in 1994 and recommended Armǎk as his replacement. Krasgór Nerm, the Director, agreed to appoint Armǎk. Former colleagues of Armǎk reported that he was diligent and highly persuasive.
While working in the DES, he continued to be an active member of the PPF. He frequently attended party meetings and events. He created the Future DIS Agents Club for the Progressive Youth. He joined the Progressive Guard in 1990 as a reserve officer. Slite Armǎk encouraged her children to appreciate the arts, so Armǎk frequently attended concerts in Minaltar, meeting other PPF members.
Director of Internal Security
In 2003, after the death of Krasgór Nerm, Armǎk was appointed as the Director of Internal Security by Chairwoman Žiel Igevin. Armǎk quickly formed a close bond with Igevin and Kavremul Sierk, the Deputy Chairman of the PPF. Later that year, Sierk resigned from office because of health problems. Armǎk expected to be appointed Deputy Chairman, but Igevin chose Jon Krizhor, the Director of Foreign Affairs, instead. Armǎk maintained his companionship with Igevin, but was seemingly cold towards Krizhor. In 2006, Igevin died of a heart atttack. Although Armǎk was a strong candidate for the position, Krizhor has support from most of the PPF and became the Chairman. Krizhor appointed Semuil Themsor, his cousin, as his Deputy.
- Main Article: Silent Coup
Armǎk remained the Director of Internal Security despite his differences with Krizhor. Officially, Themsor was the second most powerful individual in the party, but Armǎk was the de facto second-in-command because of his established inlfluence. The reason for why Krizhor did not remove Armǎk from his position and appoint someone more trusted is unknown; however, it is likely that Krizhor feared Armǎk would attempt a coup if he was removed.
Krizhor was seemingly liked by the PPF and general populace, until 2009, when he began reforming the party and replacing several officers.
Much of the PPF secretely turned against Krizhor for his impulsive removals of high ranking party members. Armǎk and several other members of the PPF, including Director of External Security Remlaun Voktiep, began meeting in secret to plan the removal of Krizhor. The conpirators gained support from the military.
On April 7th, 2009, Armǎk and his supporters initiated a coup d'état. The divisions of the Progressive Guard who supported Armǎk, agents of the DIS and DES, and special forces units from the army carried out raids in which they captured and killed Krizhor, his deputy Themsor, and other pro-Krizhor party members. It became known as the Silent Coup because the conflict happened almost unbeknownst to the public. About 1,000 people were killed and many others were arrested. Armǎk succeeded in becoming the chairman of the country.
Terranihil under Armǎk
Template:Virǎtism sidebar Economic output has significantly increased since Armǎk's rise to power. This can be attributed to the increase in foreign trade. Armǎk has approved several new offshore oil drilling rigs, which maintain oil as Terranihil's main export. Production in Terranihil remains highly socialized. Armǎk has maintained the economic nationalist policies of his predecessors. Armǎk has heavily criticized capitalism and believes in so-called Virǎtist socialism, which promotes state ownership of public utilities, natural resources and large industries but still respects inheritance and private property.
Several human rights groups have detailed how the Progressive Guard under Armǎk's authority allegedly tortured, imprisoned, and killed political opponents, religious figures, and those who speak out against the government. The police has allegedley brutalized and imprisoned religious citizens. Armǎk has been accused of promoting violence and discrimination against Muslims, Christians and Kavardans. He has passed several laws restricting religious practice. Armǎk has authorized several methods of online surveillance and censorship.
Kavardan ethnic cleansing
- Main article: Kavardan ethnic cleansing
Several nations and organizations have accused Armǎk's government of ethnic cleansing and/or perpetrating a genocide against ethnic Kavardans in Terranihil. Armǎk and the PPF have denied these accusations and stated that Kavardans are being reeducated to prevent radical Christian terrorism. TCN Resolution 017, proposed by Kavarda, attempted to launch an investigation into the reeducation facilities, but Quebecshire vetoed the resolution.
Quebecshire has become a close ally of Terranihil after its joining of the TEU. Armǎk has worked to strengthen ties with the nation. The two have collaborated within the TCN, such as with the proposal of TCN Resolution 019 and with the vetoing of TCN Resolution 017. Armǎk has stated that the values of the National Progressive Party and Quebecshire align well.
Armǎk and Alyosha Karamazov, the dictator of Morova, were closely allied. Both leaders were antidemocratic and believed in promoting atheism. Morova provided cheap weapons and steel to Terranihil and supported the Rally for Lyoan Democracy (RLD), a Lyoan rebel group.
However, relations between the two countries began to fall apart after the Zionian Declaration of Independence and Sinking of The Lady Kieva. Armǎk and Karamazov's alliance quickly deteriorated, with Terranihil voting in favor of TCN Resolution 011 and assisting in the naval blockade of Morova. During Karamazov's trial, Adam Droz, the Terranilian judge, defended Karamazov against several accusations; however, Phillipe Oliver, Karamazov's attorney, accused Terranihil of funding the RLD, using that as a defense. This prompted the loss of all sympathy by Droz, Armǎk and the PPF. Droz ruled in favor of executing Karamazov, and Armǎk later approved of Droz's decision.
Armǎk established ties with the isolationist Rakeo for its chemical industry. Terranihil is Rakeo's main oil provider. Terranihil proposed admitting Rakeo as a member of the TEU. Armǎk has expressed interest in further strengthing relations with the nation.
After the reemergence of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Terranihil, relations between Armǎk and Kemoh Foday, the president of Lyoa, quickly detoriated. Armǎk has repeatedly called for the overthrowal of Foday and his government for supporting terrorism in Terranihil. Armǎk has also said that the Lyoan people are strong, but that they must unite and form a new government.
Armǎk has expressed his dissaproval of Creeperopolis and its government multiple times. He is opposed to the strict Catholic law, killings of atheists and homosexuals, and alleged funding of the Free Christian Army. Armǎk has stated that the Creeperian people must revolt against their Emperor.
The president of New Gandor, Jacob Morgan, has met with Armǎk and they remain friendly. The two leaders agreed at one point to fund Lyoan rebels, until New Gandor ceased its support and apologized to the Lypan government. Out of all the nations of Aurebeshia, Armǎk is most friendly with Morgan and New Gandor.
Armǎk married Vide Armǎk in 1996. They have four children: Ambi (born June 1997), Lia (born September 1999), Cese (born September 2003), and Ethán (born January 2008).