|President-Elect of Sequoyah|
30 October 2020 – 27 November 2020
Never inaugurated as President
|Preceded by||William Adama|
|34th Secretary of the Interior|
20 April 2018 – 30 June 2020
Edward John Calhoun
1976 (age 45–46)
|Political party||United Sequoyah Party|
Maria Calhoun (undated)
|Alma mater||Angeles Military College|
|Years of service||1999–2015|
|Unit||12th Infantry Division|
San Juan Diego Militia
|Commands||Forces of Eastern Sequoyah|
|Battles/wars||Sequoyan Frontier Wars|
Edward John Calhoun (Sequoyan: ᎦᏟᏌᏅᎦᎴᏴᏔᏅ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎤᏌᎯᎸᏥᏌᎠᎦᏛᏅ; born 1976) is a Sequoyan politician and former military officer who the Secretary of the Interior of Sequoyah under President Odysseus Stanford and was President-Elect of Sequoyah from October to November 2020, before being arrested in a self-coup by William Adama. He is well-known for his nationalist and conservative views.
Edward John Calhoun was the first born of the Calhoun Family, one of the largest Sequoyan plantation families. Six months after his birth, the Calhoun Family Plantation was razed by a group of Navaja bandits. Calhoun's mother and sister were raped and killed, and Calhoun himself was saved by a Sequoyan maid who hid in the swamps. Soon, Calhoun was returned to his father at the plantation. His father shipped Calhoun to a Creeperian Catholic boarding school in San Juan Diego, where Calhoun was introduced to Creeperian politics. Calhoun developed a fascination with Creeperian politics and decided that Sequoyah must re-institute the monarchy and eliminate the natives if Sequoyah was ever to become a successful state.
In 1999, Calhoun enrolled at Angeles Military College and graduated in two years as a junior grade Lieutenant, assigned to the 12th Infantry Division. Calhoun was known for his viscous nature and led forty troops into a massacre lead by Cheyall Chief Rushing Waters. Calhoun and two of his men were the only survivors. This deepened his hatred of the tribals.
In 2003, Calhoun was promoted to Senior Lieutenant. He oversaw the complete destruction of a group of Cheyall Dog Soldiers in the Battle of Little Creek with a group of 100 men under his command, losing 76 men in the process. Despite the heavy losses, Calhoun was promoted to Captain in 2004. Calhoun won a string of several battles, although, his attacks typically occurred on tribal villages in Arapaho. Chief Warhorse III declared Calhoun the primary enemy of the Navaja and placed a bounty of 12 pounds of gold on Calhoun. Calhoun responded with the Sun Temple massacre in 2006, killing 231 Navaja and two of Warhorse's wives.
Due to a concern within the Sequoyan military that Calhoun's military operations would be viewed negatively, Calhoun was reassigned to the San Juan Diego Militia. Calhoun constructed fortifications in the swamps surrounding San Juan Diego. Following four years of peace in San Juan Diego, Calhoun was again reassigned to the 12th Infantry Division and promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.
Calhoun was accused of ethnic cleansing against the Cheyall, ordering his men to raze several villages. The violence continued to escalate, with reprisals against Sequoyan settlements occurring just as often as the Sequoyan destruction of Cheyall villages. It is estimated that Calhoun is personally responsible for the deaths of 567 tribals.
In 2012, Calhoun was promoted to Brigadier General, Commander of the Forces of Eastern Sequoyah. He ordered his men to shoot any tribals crossing into Eastern Sequoyah and created a strict border. In 2015, Calhoun retired as one of the most popular generals in Eastern Sequoyah for the severe lack of tribal attacks in Eastern Sequoyah. He returned to his plantation until 2018.
In 2018, Calhoun was nominated as Secretary of the Interior by President Odysseus Stanford. As the head of the Interior Department, Calhoun evicted over 10,000 tribals camping on Sequoyan federal lands. He also sold off large swaths of federal lands in New Austin to Gowen Iron and Petroleum.
Following the Siege of Freemont and the Treaty of Freemont, Calhoun was stripped of his position. He began a lecture circuit in Freemont and Angeles, decrying William Adama's administration, accusing him of promoting "race-mixing" and destroying the Sequoyan Church. He demanded the removal of tribals from all of Sequoyah and the settlement of all land in Sequoyah by Sequoyans.