40th President of Vale
12 April 1712
|Prime Minister||Council of Ten|
|Born||Lionel Marius Sarko
2 March 1668 (age 45)
|Alma mater||Université de l'Est|
- 1 Early life and education
- 2 Early political career
- 3 Minister of Agriculture (1702-1706)
- 4 Nordic Council (1706-1712)
- 5 1712 presidential campaign
- 6 Presidency
- 7 Image
- 8 Personal life
Early life and education
Sarko was born in Rimouski, Vale, to István Ernő Sárkö (of Transylvanian origin; died 1696) and Hariet Søborg (of Faroese origin), and his family moved three weeks after he was born to Tórshavn, capital of the Faroe Islands. He attended Tórshavngrunnskóli and Tórshavnframhaldsskóli, a compulsory and upper secondary school in Tórshavn, and graduated from the Université de l'Est in 1700 with a double major in Russian and Economics. He was a classmate in economics of Eztebe Leandro Paredes, the current President of Iberia, who is a close friend. He moved back to Vale in September 1700.
Early political career
Sarko entered politics in late 1700, becoming a member of the Left Party political party. He vowed to bring the Valois economic model to the rest of Kobol. He especially focused his thoughts on Vale's autonomous territories economies and its fisheries and agriculture sectors and on globalization. After a year and a half of hard activism inside the Left Party, he was eventually elected in the party list as number 14 in January 1702, before the election in March. After the 1702 election, the Senate debated on the appointment of ministers, and Sarko was appointed Minister of Agriculture, due to his university background.
Minister of Agriculture (1702-1706)
Nordic Council (1706-1712)
1712 presidential campaign
In the primary campaign for presidential candidacy for the Left Front, a presidential coalition between the Left Party and the New Anticapitalist Party, Sarko secured his position as candidate in the first round of votes at the March 1711 party congress with the primary vote conducted online. The campaign was characterized by the aim for Valois neutrality in Kobol and pacifism.
Sarko campaigned with a foreign policy agenda of Kobol wide co-operation and the rule of international law. Surprisingly, Sarko and his communication team toured the Faroe Islands during the final days of the campaign, shoring up support and pledging a "new beginning" for the autonomous territories of Vale.
Sarko won the 1712 presidential election, leading the first round and winning on the second round against the Conservative Party candidate on a platform focusing on the rule of international law and improving European ties; a significant part of Sarko's success was Mélenchon's endorsement and popularity at the time while leaving office and Sarko's youth and dedication. His election as the 40th President of the Republic of Vale marked an openness of the Valois population, with Sarko becoming the first president from an autonomous territory.
Inauguration and staff
The Presidential Office appointed, or allowed to remain in office, 2,152 ambassadors. Most were career diplomats. He reappointed Benoit Jokela as Hand, he who was already Hand during the last mandate of former President Jean-Luc Mélenchon. He appointed François Molé as Secretary of Defence, a personal friend of Council of Ten member Pierre Viger. To the position of Secretary of Foreign Affairs, he appointed Ina Vang, the youngest nominated secretary at 26 years old and 363 days at the time.
|“||My fellow citizens, on this day when I invest the highest office of the State, I send a message of trust to the Valois people. I thank President Mélenchon for his service to our nation as well as the cooperation and brotherhood he has shown throughout this transition. We are a great country, where in its history, has always face the trials and challenges that presented themselves. Since the Valois Revolution, we have achieved unprecedented progress in our society, thanks to the Valois people, the multiple races and ethnicities amongst it, the Constitution of Vale, and our house, the Vale, in our home, Kobol. This is the mandate I received from the Valois people on this day: straighten Vale in justice. Open a new path in Europa. Contribute to Kobolian peace and to the preservation of the planet. I measure the weight of constraints we face: oppressive regimes, debt-slavery, and high disparity in many countries, degraded international relations and a Kobol that is struggling to emerge from its shadows. But I'll say it here: there is no fatality, when a common desire drives us into a clear fixed path and we fully mobilize our strengths and minds. The first condition to restore confidence is the unity of the Republic. Our differences should not become divisions. Our diversity is a force of understanding and pride. Our many cultures and our country the proof of a true Republic for the well-being of the people. It is the role of the President of the Republic to contribute. To live together all Valois live indiscriminately around the same shared values of the Republic. Whatever our age, our race, our gender, whatever our beliefs, wherever we live - in Vale, the Faroe Islands, Guiana or Svalbard - in our cities and in our neighbourhoods and rural areas, we are in the Republic of Vale. A Vale not drawn against another, but a Vale met in one common destiny. Trust is also exemplary. Trust is based on justice in choice. Justice in the very conception of well-being. It is time to put the well-being of the population before greed, investing in the future before the selfish satisfaction of a few without regard for the future generations, sustainable employment and environment before profit. It is time to open a new frontier for technological development and innovation. But also justice in the distribution of the necessary effort. It can not be sacrificed for some, more numerous, and privileges to others, even less numerous. This is why the Valois Revolution happened, to free ourselves from the oppressive regimes, and elevate ourselves to equality of chances and choices in a just manner. Justice will be the criterion on which each decision will be made by the presidency. And we shall bring justice to the universe. Vive la République! Vive le Val!||”|
|—Lionel Sarko's inauguration speech|
Guiana, South Aegea and the Pope
South Aegea's Franco Clemente invited Pope Francis to visit South Aegea in 1713. Clemente extended the invitation when he visited the Vatican before the pope's inauguration, asking for his help in terms of "smoothing tensions with Vale over Guiana". President Sarko, in a visit in Guiana, stated that "[Francis] must be seen as Pope first and where he comes from should not figure in the equation. But I would also like to think he would have a beneficial impact and perhaps be able to express some soothing words that would help the situation here." As of June 1714, Francis himself has not made any comment over the sovereignty dispute since becoming pope.
Sarko is distinguished by his way of life, looks and ideals. He is a vegetarian. He has been declared one of the most attractive politician in the world by various European and North Aegean magazines. Sarko does not own any car, and he lives with his wife and children in the Presidential Palace in Baie-Saint-Paul, despite owning a house in Tadoussac. Sarko travels with his blue bicycle all year long, despite rain and snow. For long distances, he prefers to use ValMetro or conventional high-speed rail (TGV).
Sarko's family history, with non-Valois parents, and Faroese education differ markedly from those of Valois politicians who are mostly purely of Valois descent and traditions. Expressing puzzlement over questions about whether he is "Valois enough," Sarko told an August 1711 meeting of the Left Front that "we're still locked in this notion that if your background isn't at least 50% Valois then there must be something wrong." Sarko acknowledged his youthful image in an April 1712 campaign speech, saying: "I wouldn't be here if, time and again, the torch had not been passed to a new generation."
All 25 countries covered in a March 1712 BBC poll said they would prefer to see Lars Bellefeuille elected president ahead of Sarko. In 15 of the 25 nations, people expected relations between Vale and the rest of Kobol to decrease if Sarko won. More than 22,000 people were questioned by GlobeScan in countries ranging from Iceland to India and across Gondwana, Europa and Orientia. The margin in favor of Senator Obama ranged from 2% in India to 92% in Transylvania (location of Sarko's paternal ancestry), while an average of 25% across the 25 countries preferred Sarko compared with 35% preferring Bellefeuille. Some four in ten did not express a view.
In addition to this, Sarko has established close relationships with prominent foreign politicians and elected officials even before his presidential candidacy, notably with Eztebe Leandro Paredes, whom he was already a close friend, with William Crawford IV, who het met through the Nordic Council in 1709, John Jorritsma, who spoke with Sarko by telephone from Hambourg, in 1712 (while Sarko was campaigning across Vale). After his election, he befriended Matriarch Laurence, of the Church of Vale.
Sarko is frequently referred to as an exceptional orator. During his pre-inauguration transition period and continuing into his presidency, Sarko has delivered a series of weekly Internet video addresses. Sarko has an eastern Vale accent when speaking Valois, and a Torshavn accent when speaking Faroese. He speaks both languages perfectly, while his Aegean accent remains with notes of Valois and sometimes Faroese pronunciation.
A point of contrast between Sarko and his 1712 second round Conservative opponent Lars Bellefeuille was Sarko's perceived calm and even temperament, which was praised by former president Jean-Luc Mélenchon as well as numerous media sources as "professional" and "a contrast with Mélenchon". Perceptions of such temperament are not without drawback, as Sarko has been accused many times of not being emotional or angry enough to satisfy the public. To those accusations, Sarko said that he was an "INTJ", referring to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
Sarko describes himself as a practising Manitist and an active member of the Church of Vale. On religious faith in general he has said: "I do think that organised religion can get things wrong but the Church of Vale and the other churches do play a very important role in society." He views Vale as a predominantly "Manitist country".
He is married to Marianna Bajusz, a naturalised Valois citizen from Transylvania whom he met while visiting his father's family in the country in the early 1690s. They were wed on 5 March 1699 in an undisclosed forest in the commune of Cassis, a little bit more than a year before he became a Senator. They have two daughters, Pipa (12 year old; born 28 April 1702 in Segesvár, Transylvania) and Liesel (8 year old; born 31 August 1706 in Baie-Saint-Paul, Vale). According to the Daily Mail, their photographs have never been published by the Valois media, and no family portrait has ever been issued.
Sarko often is seen on outdoor activities with his wife, promoting sports and healthy way of life among Valois: they were seen alpine skiing in the commune of Le Canet, playing tennis, cycling and especially swimming. Sarko has been swimming since childhood and entered competitions for his secondary school in the Faroe Islands. One of Sarko's favorite sports is the Montagnais martial art of Okichitaw, which he continues to practice today. Sarko supports Rimouski Diables football club. Sarko is also a keen hockey fan and a fan of the Baie-Saint-Paul Royals.