|Eternal General Secretary of Rakeo|
|Assumed office |
19 May 1980
|General Secretary of Rakeo|
8 November 1960 – 2 September 1974
5 April 1918
|Died||2 March 1980(aged 61)|
|Years of service||1940–1980|
|Rank||Eternal General Secretary|
|Battles/wars||Rakeoian Civil War|
Richard Cornell (5 April 1918 – 2 March 1980) was a Rakeoian politician and military officer.
Richard Cornell was born in Olino in 1914. Having done well on his entry exams, and being born into a rich family, he began attending military academy at age 16. He became a lieutenant in the rapidly assembled Rakeo Expeditionary Support Force, in 1938.
From the beginning of his military service, Cornell leveraged his unwavering loyalty to his superiors to secure promotions, allowing him to dodge the reputation of treasonous activities associated with the Olino garrison.
Recognizing his political astuteness, high command assigned him to work as an envoy to coordinate with the Romerists in Creeperopolis. But when he was recalled alongside the rest of the army to put down the revolts breaking out around the country, he joined the Officers’ Mutiny.
He was tasked by General Mateo Jozefo to act as a military ambassador to community militias that had risen up throughout the Menora of Olino, where he excelled, bringing up an additional 30,000 soldiers, as well as creating an anti-partisan force that quickly put down Republican infiltration and sabotage efforts.
Career as General Secretary
After de-facto leader Mateo Jozefo was killed in the 1960 Grand Station bombing, Cornell created a new position for himself as General Secretary for the Stratocratic Authority, making himself the sole executive power in the country.
Almost immediately, he embarked on some of the most brutal human rights abuses in Rakeoian history. Significant portions of Petra (home of a founder of Red Eagle) were converted into segregated zones for those deemed unloyal, who were selected as forced government labor for public works. Later, the 1960 Removal Act began active deportations of people who could not prove pan-surian ancestry.
As the economy continued to faltered under strict isolationist policies instituted by his predecessor, Cornell established a number of youth groups to target his political opponents in civil society as well as government. The largest of these groups, “The League for a United and Prosperous Rakeo” commanded over 8000 members. Cornellist militias were designated as a vanguard against perversions of culture, leftism, and capitalist internationalism.
The extreme behavior of the General Secretary made a number of enemies, who, in 1974, secretly deposed him in an autogolpe. Cornel was removed from office and put into house arrest until his reported death from natural causes in 1980.
Soon after his death, Richard Cornell was declared Eternal General Secretary, a spiritual position.