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Ramón Serrano Suñer
Serrano Súñer.jpg
Ramón Serrano Suñer in 1978.
Representative of San Romero District 3
In office
December 31, 1922 – October 16, 1999
Preceded byValentín Galarza Morante
Succeeded byFrancisco Gómez Sousa
Mayor of Citalá
In office
December 31, 1922 – October 16, 1999
Preceded byValentín Galarza Morante
Succeeded byFrancisco Gómez Sousa
Duumvir of the Catholic Royalist Party
In office
December 1, 1936 – October 4, 1949
Preceded byPosition Established
Succeeded byPosition Abolished
Mayor of San Romero
In office
August 23, 1936 – November 11, 1936
Acting Mayor
Preceded byAntonio Sáenz Heredia
Succeeded byAntonio Sáenz Heredia
Personal details
Born
Ramón Romero Serrano Suñer

September 1, 1899
Citalá, San Romero, Creeperopolis
DiedSeptember 16, 2003(2003-09-16) (aged 104)
San Adolfo, San Romero, Creeperopolis
CitizenshipCreeperopolis Creeperopolis
Political partyYoke and Arrows.svg Catholic Royalist Party (1917-1949)
Logo of the Creeperian Initiative.png Creeperian Initiative (1949-2003)
Spouse(s)
Children6
ParentsJosé Serrano Lloveres (father)
Carmen Suñer Goméz (mother)
RelativesRaimundo Serrano Suñer (brother)
Alma materSan Romero University
(now called Antonio José Sáenz Heredia University)
Signature
Military service
AllegianceCreeperopolis Creeperopolis
Branch/serviceCreeperopolis Creeperian Army
Years of service1938-1949
RankSS.OO.6.EJER.TENIENTE CORONEL.svg Colonel
CommandsCitalá Garrison
Battles/warsCreeperian Civil War

Ramón Romero Serrano Suñer (September 1, 1899-September 16, 2003) was a Creeperian politician and military officer who served as the Representative of San Romero District 3 and the Mayor of Citalá from December 31, 1922, until his forced retirement on October 16, 1999.

Serrano Suñer was one of the most influential politicians during the later years of the Second Parliament of Creeperopolis and for most of the existence of the Council of Mayors of Creeperopolis. He was second-in-command of the Catholic Royalist Party as Duumvur from December 1, 1936, until the party's merger into the Creeperian Initiative on October 4, 1949. After the merger, he continued to be the Mayor of Citalá and a member of the Council of Mayors from October 4, 1949, until October 16, 1999, when new Emperor Alfonso VI forced him into an early retirement and replaced him with a loyalist and crony, Francisco Gómez Sousa.

Serrano Suñer retired to San Adolfo where he lived in a private mansion he purchased from Eduardo Gálvez Salinas, the owner of the National Coffee and Sugar Corporation, in 1961. He died on September 16, 2003, two months after the 2003 Creeperian coup d'état, and was posthumously awarded the Grand Collar of the Imperial Cross of San Romero the Martyr by Emperor Alexander II. He was Creeperopolis' oldest ever politician, living until the age of 104, surpassing Prime Minister Alexander Carpio Maroto by 3 years who lived to the age of 101 from 1622 to 1723.

Early Life

Ramón Romero Serrano Suñer was born on September 1, 1899, in the city of Citalá, San Romero, Creeperopolis. He was born to José Serrano Lloveres and Carmen Suñer Goméz and was the fifth of seven children. His father wanted Serrano Suñer to grow up to become a politician while his mother wanted him to become a doctor. Ramón, however, disagreed with both and wanted to become a lawyer. He was enrolled at the San Romero University in 1917 and began studying law.

When he was attending San Romero University in 1917, he encountered a rally of students being held by the Catholic Royalist Party and the Falange Creeperiano. He grew interested in the party's politics and became a member of the Catholic Royalist Party and swore allegiance to Antonio Sáenz Heredia, the party's Caudillo. He changed his mind on becoming a lawyer and began studying to become a politician and possibly run for Mayor of Citalá.

Serrano Suñer graduated from San Romero University in 1921.

Entry Into Politics

Early Politics

After graduating from San Romero University in 1921, he ran for Mayor of Citalá and for Representation in the Parliament for San Romero's 3rd District under the Catholic Royalist Party ticket in the 1922 general election.

Serrano Suñer was challenging Valentín Galarza Morante, the center-left National Liberal Party's incumbent competitor for both mayor and representative. Neither were supposed to be able to run for both mayor and representative but the corruption of the Parliament made the issue irrelevant. Serrano Suñer was also challenged by Alberto Aza Arias, the challenger from the far-right Creeperian Pro-Fatherland Front. Leadership in the Catholic Royalist Party was worried that the Creeperian Pro-Fatherland Front would split the right-wing vote between Aza Arias and Serrano Suñer. On November 14, 1922, half a month before the election, Aza Arias was assassinated by a still unidentified gunmane. The Catholic Royalist Party blamed the National Liberal Party while the National Liberal Party blamed the Catholic Royalist Party. The Creeperian Pro-Fatherland Front ulimately blamed the National Liberal Party and rallied their voters to vote for Serrano Suñer. The Camisas Negras marched in the streets of Citalá in support of Serrano Suñer and intimidated voters into voting for the Catholic Royalist Party. Serrano Suñer narrowly won the election with 52.34% of the vote.

Mayor of Citalá

First Term

Ramón Serrano Suñer (far right) after becoming Mayor of Citalá, January 1923. His younger brother, Raimundo Serrano Suñer, is in the center.

Ramón Serrano Suñer assumed office as Mayor of Citalá and Representative of the San Romero 3rd District on December 31, 1922. In the same election, the Catholic Royalist Party won the most seats of any party in the Parliament winning 36 of the 100 seats. Party Caudillo, Antonio Sáenz Heredia, became Prime Minister of Creeperopolis, beginning his third term as Prime Minister.

The Creeperian Pro-Fatherland Front formed in 1921 and began engaging in combat with the Atheist Red Army, the paramilitary wing of the Creeperian Social Communist Party, with its own Camisas Negras (Black Shirts), starting the infamous time in Creeperian history known as The Reigns of Terrors, which is commonly cited as the beginning of the Creeperian Conflicts. Its leader was Carlos Hernández Videla and Hernández Videla's Creeperian Pro-Fatherland Front failed to gain a single seat in the Creeperian Parliament despite gaining over one percent of the total national vote in the 1922 general election. Carlos Hernández Videla was convinced that democracy had failed him, the party, and the Fatherland, and began arranging a “Grand Revolution” to bring Fascism to Creeperopolis.

Serrano Suñer attempted to negotiate with Hernández Videla to not go over the edge and to pacify his paramilitary and to conform to the democratic process in the nation. Rumors since the 1922 election claimed that the Catholic Royalist Party ordered the assassination of Alberto Aza Arias to protect the party's interests in the election to not lose to the National Liberal Party. Hernández Videla believed in the rumors and ignored the pleas from Serrano Suñer.

Hernández Videla organized his party’s paramilitary detachment, the Camisas Negras, in preparation for the upcoming coup d’état and Revolution. The coup was planned for one year and the date was set as December 25, 1923. The plan was to topple the government while the Creeperian people and the government were celebrating the birth of Jesús. He believed that no one would be able to stop him and his Camisas Negras from seizing power.

On December 24, the Civil Police of Creeperopolis arrested a drunk member of the Creeperian Pro-Fatherland Front who started a brawl in a beer hall in San Salvador. The police found a letter on the man detailing the coup plan. The government was immediately notified and Prime Minister Antonio Sáenz Heredia immediately ordered the Creeperian Army to be stationed in San Salvador to crush the coup on December 25.

When the day came, 4,000 Camisas Negras paramilitary soldiers marched on the streets of San Salvador and marched to the Parliament building. As the soldiers were just under one mile from the Parliament, the Army appeared and began an engagement with the Camisas Negras. The firefight lasted just under 30 minutes with most Camisas Negras fleeing the scene. Official reports list 35 Camisas Negras and 11 Army soldiers died and 1,212 Camisas Negras were arrested, including Hernández Videla.

Carlos Hernández Videla and other Creeperian Pro-Fatherland Front leaders were put on trial for high treason and faced the death penalty, but the sympathetic judges from his home district, La'Copero, only sentences him and the front members to a one year prison sentence. Carlos Hernández Videla was released from prison on February 28, 1925. He quickly returned to lead the Creeperian Pro-Fatherland Front and transitioned the party to abide by the democratic system as a means to gain total power.

Antonio Sáenz Heredia was initially angry that the judges gave Hernández Videla such a lenient sentence and was ready to order his immediate execution on his order to overrule the judicial system. He was, however, convinced by Serrano Suñer to utilize Hernández Videla as a tool to combat the Atheist Red Army by using Hernández Videla's Camisas Negras. After Hernández Videla was released, he returned to politics and Sáenz Heredia offered him to join the Creeperian Conservative Coalition, which Hernández Videla accepted. Serrano Suñer had already gained significant influence in both the Creeperian Pro-Fatherland Front and the Catholic Royalist Party.

Ramón Serrano Suñer introduced one of the most important pieces of legislation during Antonio Sáenz Heredia's second term. In April 1924, On the Subject of Capital Punishment was introduced and enabled the Prime Minister to order executions if judges did not hand down a death penalty on a convicted criminal who was found guilty. The bill was fiercely opposed by the People's Social Coalition who called the bill totalitarian, fasicst, and overreaching. Socialist Édgar Cazalla Beldad was the most critical and stated that the bill completely ignored the Creeperian judicial system. Regardless, the bill passed 61-39 with the Creeperian Conservative Coalition voting in favor while the People's Social Coalition voted in opposition.

In 1922, the Action Party for San Pedro was formed by Jorge González Marées. The Action Party for San Pedro's goal was the separation of San Pedro from Creeperopolis and for San Pedro to be an independent nation. On September 5, 1925, Jorge González Marées, inspired by Carlos Hernández Videla's Christmas Putsch two years earlier, marched on San Pedro with 100 armed members of the Action Party for San Pedro to capture the capitol building and declare independence for San Pedro as the "Republic of San Pedro" by the end of the day.

Mayor Humberto Arriagada Valdivieso was made known of the coup attempt and quickly alerted the Creeperian Army garrison of 270 to prepare to fight off the coup. A firefight ensued between the Creeperian Army and the armed members of the Action Party for San Pedro. In the fighting, 60 were killed and 40 were captured on the side of the Action Party for San Pedro. Meanwhile, 21 were killed and 23 were wounded on the side of the Creeperian Army.

Antonio Sáenz Heredia was notified of the incident in San Pedro and he immediately ordered that Jorge González Marées must be tried in San Salvador and not in San Pedro. Mayor Humberto Arriagada Valdivieso refused to allow González Marées to be tried in San Salvador by citing that Carlos Hernández Videla was not tried in the capital. After Sáenz Heredia threatened to envoke On the Subject of Capital Punishment, the two came to a compromise and agreed that González Marées would be tried in San Pedro by judges from San Salvador.

The judges found Jorge González Marées guilty of high treason, establishing and leading a criminal organization (the Action Party for San Pedro), murder, and manslaughter, and sentenced him to death by hanging anyway. The execution was carried out on March 14, 1926.

Serrano Suñer faced Valentín Galarza Morante for a second time in the 1927 general election. After much negotiation, the Creeperian Pro-Fatherland Front agreed to not campaign in Citalá and Serrano Suñer gained the party's endorsement. Serrano Suñer won with a decisive margin with 60.13% of the vote, however, the Catholic Royalist Party overall lost 6 seats, coming in second place to the Creeperian Socialist Party. Édgar Cazalla Beldad succeeded Antonio Sáenz Heredia as Prime Minister.

Second Term and Crisis

Serrano Suñer was an outspoken opponent to the introduction of the most significant socialist reform passed by Édgar Cazalla Beldad, the Act to Protect the Workers of Creeperopolis, which passed on January 3, 1928. The act protected workers from being treated inhumanely by corporations such as the National Coffee and Sugar Corporation (CORNACA). The act angered then CEO of the National Coffee and Sugar Corporation, Gustavo López Davidson. He wanted to make as much money as possible from his sugar and coffee plantations but the new reforms passed by Édgar Cazalla Beldad forced him to grant human rights to his workers which cost him money. He hired a group of assassins, likely from the Camisas Negras, to assassinate Prime Minister Édgar Cazalla Beldad.

On February 7, 1928, Édgar Cazalla Beldad was giving a speech to the Parliament when three men stormed inside and shot Cazalla Beldad point blank, killing him instantly. A fight ensued between the men and police officers stationed nearby. Less than five minutes after the assassination, Antonio Sáenz Heredia declared himself Acting Prime Minister and stated that all the reforms passed by Cazalla Beldad were null and void as to appease the aristocrats of Creeperopolis. Serrano Suñer supported Sáenz Heredia and rallied the Catholic Royalist Party and the Creeperian Pro-Fatherland Front to his side. The parties of the People's Social Coalition, however, called Sáenz Heredia a power grabbing opportunist and demanded that he steps down, which he did on February 10, 1928.

The Parliament held a vote to elect a new Prime Minister and Joel Lacasa Campos of the Creeperian Social Communist Party was elected as Prime Minister. He declared that all the reforms of Cazalla Beldad were to be reinstated and that Sáenz Heredia should be arrested for treason, but the Supreme Court denied the arrest warrent due to the Catholic Royalist Party Immunity Act which was previously passed by Antonio Sáenz Heredia in 1903.

Gustavo López Davidson, despite having to grant human rights to his workers according to the law, continued to deny human rights to his workers and continued to pay them "dirt poor wages" as according to several sources. His actions angered many in the Creeperian Social Communist Party. The Atheist Red Army under the command of Cayetano Handel Carpio was ordered to assassinate Gustavo López Davidson. On February 23, 1928, the Atheist Red Army arrived at the private home of Gustavo López Davidson and killed him and his entire family in revenge for treating his workers poorly. The assassination was denounced publicly by Serrano Suñer, as the murder occured in his Parliamentary District, and he called for the immediate arrest of Cayetano Handel Carpio and Joel Lacasa Campos. The Atheist Red Army began plans to have Antonio Sáenz Heredia assassinated, but the Falange Creeperiano had its own plans to assassinate Cayetano Handel Carpio and Joel Lacasa Campos. Around 40 members of the Falange Creeperiano arrived at the homes of Cayetano Handel Carpio and Joel Lacasa Campos on March 1, 1928 early in the morning, 20 at each home. The men broke into their homes and killed everyone they found inside. Joel Lacasa Campos was found in his kitchen and was beheaded together with his wife and two adult sons. Cayetano Handel Carpio was not killed, however, as he was not home at the time, but his wife and 14 year old daughter were both beheaded.

The Parliament was in a panic when it was made known that the Prime Minister was assassinated. A random independent politican from San Salvador, Serafín Velázquez Andrade, was selected to be Acting Prime Minister from March 1, 1928, until March 2, 1928, so that a new vote could be arranged. The Parliament elected Tobías Gaos Nores from the National Liberal Party to be Prime Minister. He took office on March 2, 1928, and remained as Prime Minister until he fell ill with Creeperian Malaria and died on July 17, 1932.

The people of Creeperopolis were tired of new governments being sworn in within the same five year term. The reputations of all the parties involved in the crisis: the Catholic Royalist Party, the Creeperian Social Communist Party, the Creeperian Socialist Party, and the Creeperian Pro-Fatherland Front. Meanwhile, the National Liberal Party and the National Conservative Party began to grow support as the parties were moderate and did not push extremist agendas. Acting Prime Minister Jorge Meléndez Ramírez of the Creeperian Socialist Party was heavily disliked.

Sáenz Heredia attempted to maintain the positive image of the Catholic Royalist Party in preparation of the general election of 1932 which would occur on December 1, 1932. Once again, the Triumvirate went to work to win votes for Sáenz Heredia and the Catholic Royalist Party. Julio Alda Miqueleiz worked hard to receive the endorsements of prominent Creeperian figures, the most important of which was the Emperor, Adolfo IV. Adolfo IV voiced public support for the Catholic Royalist Party and appeared and several Catholic Royalist Party rallies throughout 1932. The Falange Creeperiano continued to harass political opponents in the months and days leading up to the election.

Antonio Sáenz Heredia came in second place in the 1932 general election winning 25 seats, but his ally, Máximo Illescas Freixa from the National Conservative Party, won 41 seats. Ramón Serrano Suñer again defeated Valentín Galarza Morante by only 23 votes, the narrowest of the 1932 general election.

On December 23, 1932, Acting Prime Minister Jorge Meléndez Ramírez addressed the Parliament and informed the representatives that Emperor Adolfo IV had falled ill with Creeperian Malaria and that his condition was deteriorating every day. The new session of Parliament took office on December 31, 1932, and assured the public thath Adolfo IV was doing well, when in fact he had days to live.

Emperor Adolfo IV died to Creeperian Malaria on January 2, 1933.

With the throne of Creeperopolis vacant, both sons of Adolfo IV, Romero I and Miguel VII, fought over the throne in the San Salvador Imperial Palace through a large argument. The two separated and would never see each other again and each addressed separate factions of the Creeperian Army. On January 2, 1933, soldiers loyal to Romero I and Miguel VII skirmished in San Salvador del Norte, San Salvador del Norte. The San Salvador del Norte Incident began what became the bloodiest war in Creeperian and Terraconservan history: the Creeperian Civil War.

Civil War

Early Civil War Mayorship

On January 3, 1933, the day after the San Salvador del Norte Incident and the start of the Creeperian Civil War, Serrano Suñer declared Citalá's allegiance and loyalty to Romero I and the Catholic Imperial Restoration Council, known as the Romerists, against the National Council for Peace and Order under Miguel VII, known as the Miguelists.

Serrano Suñer made an effort to convince Romero I to dismiss loyalist Lucián Guillén Abasto of the National Conservative Party and to replace him with Antonio Sáenz Heredia. Romero I agreed and gave a public speech on January 8, 1933, officially dismissing then Mayor of San Romero, Lucián Guillén Abasto, and announced that Antonio Sáenz Heredia was the new Mayor of San Romero and that he will allow Sáenz Heredia to do whatever he deems necessary to keep the department and city from falling to the communist forces of the National Council for Peace and Order.

The first thing that Sáenz Heredia did as Mayor of Romero was order the immediate arrest of Lucián Guillén Abasto on January 9, 1933. Sáenz Heredia had Lucián Guillén Abasto tried for high treason against the Catholic Imperial Restoration Council and for supporting the National Council for Peace and Order on January 12, 1933. The judges were forced to rule guilty. Sáenz Heredia had Lucián Guillén Abasto publicly hanged in the streets of San Romero on January 13, 1933, securing his position as Mayor of Romero from any possible rivals from within the Catholic Imperial Restoration Council. Sáenz Heredia thanked Serrano Suñer for convincing Romero I to make him Mayor of San Romero and promised him greater power in the near future.

On August 23, 1936, the Triumvurate of the Catholic Royalist Party consisting of Antonio Sáenz Heredia, Alfonso García Valdecasas, and Julio Alda Miqueleiz, was holding a rally in the city of San Romero. The Triumvurate was giving a speech about pro-Romerist and anti-Miguelist rhetoric, openly calling for the beheading of Miguel VII and Juan Salinas Figueroa, Miguel VII's second-in-command.

Sixteen armed men from the Atheist Red Army made their way behind the Triumvurate and waited for their moment to strike. The sixteen men had a transcript of the speech and had planned when in the speech they would strike and assassinate the Triumvurate which the Creeperian Social Communist Party had been fighting since 1901.

[...] Los'comunistas del Consejo Anticatólico y AntiDios [Consejo Nacional de Paz y Orden] han devastado a nuestro nación [Creeperopólis] durante demasiado tiempo. La'unica respuesta es un castigo. El unico castigo es tortura. La'unica tortura es el muerte. ¡Quel muerte llueve entre... [los'seguidores de Miguel el Comunisto!]

— Antonio Sáenz Heredia

[...] The communists of the Anti-Catholic and Anti-God Council [National Council for Peace and Order] have ravaged our nation [Creeperopolis] for far too long. The only response is punishment. The only punishment is torture. The only torture is death. May death rain upon... [the followers of Miguel the Communist!]

— Antonio Sáenz Heredia

When Sáenz Heredia said "May death rain upon," the sixteen men from the Atheist Red Army opened fire on the Triumvurate and on anyone present on stage yelling "May death rain upon the followers of Romero the Fascist!" The Falange Creeperiano immediately responed by opening fire back towards the Atheist Red Army. Civilians at the rally fled in panic and soldiers garrisoned in the city were put on high alert. The firefight lasted 21 minutes and ended with thirteen of the Atheist Red Army and seventeen of the Falange Creeperiano killed. The three surviving men of the Atheist Red Army were captured and taken as prisoners.

Antonio Sáenz Heredia, Alfonso García Valdecasas, and Julio Alda Miqueleiz were quickly rushed to the nearest hospital in the city. Anti-air units were deployed near the hospital and the hospital was surrounded and defended by members of the Falange Creeperiano and Creeperian Army. Alfonso García Valdecasas and Julio Alda Miqueleiz were pronounced dead on arrival to the hospital but Antonio Sáenz Heredia remained alive, but barely. He underwent three surgeries to remove bullets from his body. After three months in hospital on November 11, 1936, Sáenz Heredia appeared at the site of the massacre and gave a speech. The speech he gave was what he was saying when he was attacked by the Atheist Red Army.

May death rain upon the followers of Miguel the Communist!

— Antonio Sáenz Heredia

Antonio Sáenz Heredia ordered the torture of the three surviving men from the assassination attempt. The men were tortured for one year from November 12, 1936, until August 23, 1937. On August 23, 1937, Sáenz Heredia had the three men publicy crucified on crosses in the shape of the Cross of Creeperopolis in front of the capitol building of San Romero. The three men were crucified and burned alive, and their bodies were left scorched infront of the capitol for nearly three years until the corpses were destroyed during the Miguelist bombing of San Romero in May 1940.

While Sáenz Heredia was in hospital from August 23 to November 11, Sáenz Heredia had Serrano Suñer de Acting Mayor of San Romero while he was recovering in hospital. On December 1, 1936, Antonio Sáenz Heredia proclaimed himself as Duumvir of the Catholic Royalist Party with Ramón Serrano Suñer, fulfilling his promise made in 1933.

Battle of Citalá

Serrano Suñer with Érick Hidalgo Rivera after the Battle of Citalá.

On July 1, 1938, the Atheist Red Army under the command of Mariano Alcocer Fraga, the second-in-command of the Atheist Red Army under Cayetano Handel Carpio, launched an attack on the city of Citalá. Most of the city was captured withing 2 days. In those 2 days, Serrano Suñer requested aid from the Romerist Army. Érick Hidalgo Rivera promised assistance and arrived on July 6 and engaged with the Atheist Red Army. For three days, the Romerist Army slowly pushed the Atheist Red Army out of Citalá. On July 10, Mariano Alcocer Fraga ordered a withdrawl from the city but not before every church in the city was burned in accordance with the Adolfosburg Conference of 1935.

After the Romerist victory in the Battle of Citalá, Romero I gave Serrano Suñer an officer position in the Romerist Army promoting him to the rank of Colonel and a small garrison of 300 soldiers was given to him, most of whom were members of the Falange Creeperiano.

Battle of San Romero

Serrano Suñer (right) and Carlos Castaño Gil (center) in San Romero after the Battle of San Romero.

On May 4, 1940, the Miguelist Air Force began bombing the city of San Romero. The following day, May 5, 1940, an army of 150,000 men of the Miguelist Army arrived at San Romero and began attacking the city. The Miguelists pierced deep into Romerist territory with the goal of capturing the city. The attack was personally commanded by Cayetano Handel Carpio, one of the men Sáenz Heredia ordered the death of during the Crisis of 1928. Handel Carpio sought to take revenge on Sáenz Heredia and publicy behead him and his entire family like the Falange Creeperiano did to his family back on March 1, 1928.

Sáenz Heredia requested immediate support from the Romerist Army units stationed in Salvador to assist his garrison of only 17,000 men. From May 5, 1940, to May 17, 1940, Sáenz Heredia's garrison stood strong against the army of 150,000 attacking the city. On May 18, 95,000 reinforcements from Salvador arrived to relieve the initial garrison. The Romerist Air Force also arrived and fought off the Miguelist Air Force which had been harassing the civilians of San Romero.

The battle dragged through June and July until, on July 12, 1940, a convoy just south of San Romero with Cayetano Handel Carpio aboard was bombed by the Romerist Air Force. The Romerist Army arrived at the site to recover any weapons and supplies that would be useful to the garrison when they discovered Cayetano Handel Carpio still alive in the wreckage. He was immediately arrested and brought back to San Romero. Sáenz Heredia spoke harshly to Handel Carpio when he first came into contact with him on July 13, 1940. Sáenz Heredia announced that Handel Carpio had been captured and ordered the immediate surrender of all Miguelist forces in the department of San Romero. The soldiers refused and continued to fight in an attempt to rescue Handel Carpio. The Miguelist Air Force ended all bombing of the city since they did not want to accidentally kill Handel Carpio by mistake.

On August 23, 1940, the fourth anniversary of the Triumvurate Massacre, Sáenz Heredia had Cayetano Handel Carpio nailed to a cross in the shape of the Cross of Creeperopolis and was crucified and burned alive in front of the capitol building of San Romero. His scorced corpse was left where it was following the execution and it still remains there today.[1] After the execution of Cayetano Handel Carpio was made known, the Miguelists withdrew from the city of San Romero on August 25, 1940, resulting in a decisive victory for the Catholic Imperial Restoration Council in the Battle of San Romero. He then ordered the immediate executions of Miguelist prisoners of war by firing squads on August 30, 1940. The brutality of Sáenz Heredia during the battle earned him the nickname of "Warlord Mayor of San Romero" by his supporters and detractors alike.

Serrano Suñer played a minor role in the battle by providing 50 of his soldiers to attack the Miguelist Army from the rear during the closing days of the battle. He saw no more military confrontations for the remainder of the civil war.

Post-Civil War

San Salvador Trials

Serrano Suñer at the San Salvador Trials in 1949.

After the Creeperian Civil War ended on September 30, 1949, with the final Catholic Imperial Restoration Council victory at the Battle of the Zapatista River, Ramón Serrano Suñer was invited to San Salvador by victorious Emperor Romero II and Minister of Defense Alfonso Cabañeras Moreno to be a judge in the San Salvador Trials, the trial of the four captured Miguelist commanders of the Battle of the Zapatista River: Marcos Martínez Castro (Marocs I), Miguel Salinas Ortega, José Bolívar Aguirre, and Mariano Alcocer Fraga.

The four were tried for violating the Constitution of Creeperopolis[lower-alpha 1], for participating in the De-Catholization, commonly known as the Creeperian Genocide, for participating in the Red Terror, for crimes against humanity, for war crimes, for apostasy, and for the murder of Emperor Romero I on July 6, 1946.

All four were found guily on all counts unanimously. When Mariano Alcocer Fraga, Cayetano Handel Carpio's successor as General-Secretary of the Atheist Red Army, was being sentenced, Sáenz Heredia gave a speech on why Alcocer Fraga must be punished to the full extent of the government's power. On December 25, 1949, Marcos Martínez Castro, Miguel Salinas Ortega, José Bolívar Aguirre, and Mariano Alcocer Fraga were all crucified and burned alive in front of the San Salvador Imperial Palace for civilians to watch.

Council of Mayors

After the conclusion of the San Salvador Trials on December 25, 1949, Serrano Suñer officially relinquished his military command. His garrison, was absorbed into the Creeperian Army but remained garrison at Citalá under the command of Antonio Sagardía Ramos. Serrano Suñer continued to serve as Mayor of Citalá after the civil war and, at his request, continued to be the Representative of San Romero's 3rd District to the Council of Mayors. The council wanted to redistrict his district to be numbered 19 but Serrano Suñer requested that it remained numbered 3, which the council complied with due to his service history.

Influence

Ramón Serrano Suñer was one of the most influential politicians, especially after the death of Antonio Sáenz Heredia in 1957. Towards the 1980s and 1990s, many called him the "Grandfather of the Creeperian Initiative."

Creeperopolis is not justified by having a language, nor by being a race, nor for being a collection of customs, but Creeperopolis is justified by its imperial vocation to unite languages, to unite races, to unite peoples and to unite customs in a universal destiny; that Creeperopolis is much more than a race and much more than a language, because it is something that is expressed in a way that I am increasingly satisfied with, because it is a unit of universal destiny.

— Ramón Serrano Suñer, 1960

He was offered the position of Chief Mayor on mutiple occasions by Romero II, Adolfo V, and Romero III, but Serrano Suñer declined stating that he only wanted to be Mayor of Citalá to take care of his home town.

Retirement

On October 16, 1999, Emperor Romero III died and was succeeded by his brother, Alfonso VI. Alfonso VI wanted to secure his poition as Emperor and wanted to have only his loyalists and allies in important positions of power. As such, Chief Mayor Martín Gutiérrez Sánchez and Secretary of the Initiative Antonio Sáenz Flores were both replaced with loyalist politician Rubén Franco Alcabú.

As such, Alfonso VI didn't want Serrano Suñer, a Creeperian Initiative traditionalist hardliner, to hamper his efforts in the Council of Mayors with his vast influence. Alfonso VI stated that Serrano Suñer was 100 years old and deserved a retirement and replaced him with Francisco Gómez Sousa, a loyalist and corrupt crony. Serrano Suñer was not asked if he wanted to retire, which he later stated in July 2003 that he was forced into retirement, since he wanted to serve in office until he died in office.

After he was replaced, Serrano Suñer retired to San Adolfo where he lived in a private mansion he purchased from Eduardo Gálvez Salinas, the owner of the National Coffee and Sugar Corporation, in 1961. After the 2003 Creeperian coup d'état, Serrano Suñer was offered by Alexander II to return to be Mayor of Citalá but Serrano Suñer declined due to his old age and declining health.

Personal Life

Ramón Serrano Suñer married Ramona Zita Polo Valdés de Serrano in 1921. She died in 1989. They had six children together: Ramón Serrano Polo, Carmen Serrano Polo, Ignacio Serrano Polo, Adolfo Serrano Polo, María Serrano Polo, and Rubí Serrano Polo.

Ramón Serrano Suñer's younger brother, Raimundo Serrano Suñer, was a career military officer in the Creeperian Army from 1919 to 1963.

Serrano Suñer was a devout Creeperian Catholic all his life.

Catholicism is present in the concepts most used by Romero I and Antonio Sáenz Heredia. At the initial points of Romerism it can be read: "The Catholic interpretation of life is, in the first place, the true one; but it is also historically Creeperian," uniting religion and tradition in this phrase. It is also present in this concept of the universality of Creeperopolis: "What can the exaltation of the genuine national lead to but to find the Catholic constants of our mission in the world?" In this concept of "militant and sacrificial life." mixes its military and Catholic sense; and this influence on his sense of social justice and political paternalism is beyond question. Thus, they maintained that "all construction in Creeperopolis must have a Catholic meaning." The Emperor of the Fatherland must maintain National Catholicism no matter the cost.

— Ramón Serrano Suñer, 1980

Ideology

Ramón Serrano Suñer was a staunch monarchist and Catholic fundamentalist. He generally supported all tenants of Romerism, a Creeperian political ideology he helped establish along with Antonio Sáenz Heredia, Adolfo Cabañeras Moreno, Carlos Hernández Videla, Máximo Illescas Freixa, Romero I, Romero II, and Adolfo Rivera López.

Romerism is not just a Creeperian movement: it is the total and universal meaning of life. Creeperopolis was the first to apply it, but isn't the conception of the State as an instrument at the service of a permanent historical mission worth something outside Creeperopolis? Not even the vision of work and capital as integral parts of the national endeavor of production? Not even the will to discipline and empire? Not even the overcoming of party disagreements in a tight, fervent, national unanimity? Who can say that these aspirations are only of interest to Creeperans? We must work to spread Romerism across the world. With Lyoa's instability, we can look to Lyoa to be our launching point. We must utilize the civil war to be our stepping stone.

— Ramón Serrano Suñer, 2003

Awards and Decorations

Domestic Decorations

Foreign Decorations

Death

On September 16, 2003, Ramón Serrano Suñer died of heart failure at the age of 104, two months after the 2003 Creeperian coup d'état, and one day after the coronation of Alexander II. Serrano Suñer was posthumously awarded the Grand Collar of the Imperial Cross of San Romero the Martyr by Emperor Alexander II for his long service to the Fatherland.

Legacy

Ramón Serrano Suñer was officially posthumously given the title of "Grandfather of the Creeperian Initiative" by Augusto Cabañeras Gutiérrez in October 2003 to commemorate everything he did for Creeperopolis.

Electoral History

San Romero 3rd District

1922 Creeperian general election
Party Candidate Votes
Of total
Catholic Royalist Party Ramón Serrano Suñer 9,481 52.34%
National Liberal Party Valentín Galarza Morante 8,633 47.66%
1927 Creeperian general election
Party Candidate Votes
Of total
Catholic Royalist Party Ramón Serrano Suñer 12,819 60.13%
National Liberal Party Valentín Galarza Morante 8,500 39.87%
1932 Creeperian general election
Party Candidate Votes
Of total
Catholic Royalist Party Ramón Serrano Suñer 11,282 50.05%
National Liberal Party Valentín Galarza Morante 11,259 49.95%

See Also

Notes

  1. The Constitution the Creeperian National Military Tribunal abided to was the Constitution which was adopted on October 4, 1949, after the end of the Creeperian Civil War. The Constitution that should have been enforced was the Creeperian Constitution of 1887 but it was disregarded. The judges voted unanimously to uphold the laws of the Creeperian Constitution of 1949 instead of the Creeperian Constitution of 1887.

References

  1. Bienvenida Ureña, Santiago (March 12, 2019). Porque San Romero Todavía Tiene el Cuerpo de Cayetano Handel Carpio en una Cruz en Frente del Edificio del Capitolio=. San Romero, San Romero, Creeperopolis: Impresión Creeperiano. p. 1-281.