|Head of State of Rakeo|
8 November 1960 – 2 September 1974
|Preceded by||Mateo Jozefo|
|Born||5 April 1918|
|Died||2 March 1980 (aged 61)|
|Political party||Stratocratic Authority|
|Occupation||Military officer, politician|
|Years of service||1938–1974|
|Rank||Eternal General Secretary|
|Battles/wars||Rakeoian Civil War|
Surian Fishing War
Ricardo Cornelio (5 April 1918 – 2 March 1980) was a Rakeoian politician and military officer.
Ricardo Cornelio was born in Olino on 5 April 1918. 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, Cornelio 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.
Head of State of Rakeo
After Jozefo, who became de facto leader of Rakeo, was killed in the 1960 Grand Station bombing, Cornelio created a new position for himself as General Secretary of 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, Cornelio 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 8,000 members. Cornelist 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 a coup d'état. Cornelio was removed from office and put into house arrest until his reported death from natural causes on 2 March 1980.
Soon after his death, Ricardo Cornelio was declared Eternal General Secretary, a spiritual position.