In office: 19 January 2019-present
Preceded by: Office Established
In office: 13 March 2018-19 January 2019
President Hasan Rouhani (as Head of Government)
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (as Head of State)
Allegience: Iranian Liberation Front
جبهه ی آزادیبخش ایرانی.
Service/Branch: Lancer Division
Years of Service: 2015-2018
Syrian Civil War
Iraqi Civil War
Campaign to liberate Iran
Military Order of Merit (1st Class)
Military Order of Molana (2nd Class)
Office: General Secretary
Party: National Front
Preceded by: Kurosh Hamdollahi
7 December, 1983
University of Tehran
"I am an Iranian. after forty terrible years, I can, once again, have pride in announcing it."
- Following the regime change in Iran
Arash Damavandi (Persian: آرش دماوندی; IPA: [ɒːræʃ (-e) dæmɒː'vɒːndiː] is an Iranian politician, activist, and paramilitary revolutionary. He is the head of the democratically elected government of Allied Iran, and the first President of the new Republic.
An author, musician, lawyer, and active paramilitary revolutionary and activist, his administration introduced a range of secularization, progressive social and political reforms. Many view Damavandi as the new Mossadeq, due to his influence in the National Front and his political personage, something he himself despises, as he sees it as an affront to Mossadeq.
Arash Damavandi was born in Rasht, a northern city in the province of Gilan. Born in the middle of the Iran-Iraq war (that was known mostly as the Imposed War or جنگ تحمیلی in Iran) Arash was of an above average intelligence, eventually managing to enroll in the Mirza Kuchak Khan High School (one of the most prestigious schools in the city). When he was 18, he took the national university entrance exam, becoming the 51st in the country, and enrolling in the Tehran University for a law degree.
Arash had barely finished his University term, leaving with a Master of Laws degree (or, as it was called in Iran, Doctora-ye-Hoquq دکترای حقوق) specializing in criminal law, when the 2009 protests started.
Arash was arrested in a rally in the Azadi Square of Tehran, and sent to the Evin prison. kept there for five weeks before release, Arash was banned from re-enrolling in a university, taking the Bar exam, employment in a governmental capacity, and service in the national draft. The mix of these facts meant that Arash had, basically, no chance of finding a job with his own degress.
Still, Arash did not lose hope. For the duration of President Ahmadinejad's term in power (2009-2013), he performed political activism in every capacity he was capable of. From using graffity, political vandalism, and even in a few cases violent protest against the police and the Basij, Arash would continue doing so, until well after Pres. Ahmadinejad left the office. By 2015, Pres. Rohani, a 'centrist' politician with quasi-reformist sensibilities, had shown that almost nothing had changed. Labor activity was still suppressed and illegalized, with most private property in the hands of individual high ranking members of the IRGC, the Basij, and the National Intelligence Agency. During a raid in early 2015, Damavandi, a new member of the National Front (which was at the time essentially illegal) was arrested in a raid, accused of being Mohareb محارب and sentenced to execution, before he was freed from the prison by a group of militant activists.
Damavandi was removed from Iran in early 2015, and relocated in London. On the Nowruz of 2015 (21st of march), he was recruited by the Iranian Liberation Front (Not to be confused with Iran Liberation Front) to operate against the Iranian Government and forces in every level.
He was trained in assassination, sharpshooting, espionage, sabotage, and various forms of interrogation techniques and moved to Syria to be a participant in the Syrian Civil War, working both with the Free Syrian Army, the Syrian Democratic Forces, the CJTF-OIR, and as an independent operator mostly employed in sabotage and assassination missions against The Islamic Republic of Iran and its allies, including but not limited to the assassination of Ahmad Gholami, Dariush Darsti, along with various Hezbollah militias, and a failed assassination attempt on Ghasem Soleimani for about three years, before the Syrian Civil War was declared to be over.
With the Raqqa was liberated by the Middleman Entente, Damavandi, by now a Major General in the Lancer Division of the Iranian Liberation Front, was removed from the warzone in Syria, and relocated in Iraq, planned to be brought back to Iran by January 2020 to topple the Iranian Regime but As he was moved through the Kurdish regions in Iraq, the Second Iraqi Civil War began when the Iraqi army invaded Kirkuk after the Peshmerga ignored their demand to cease and desist. A Battle started, and Damavandi, along with the rest of the Lancer Division, decided to join the battle on the Kurds' side, helping them fend off the Iraqi Attack in Kirkuk.
The Failed attack on Kirkuk threw Iraq in a civil war. The failed show of power by Iraq, as well as the self-evident determination of the Kurds to keep their home secure, set the fuse off and the Provincial Kurdish Government declared complete independence in their home. While Iran and Turkey sanctioned the supposed Kurdistan, Syria refused to do so, giving the kurds an incentive to continue fighting. Damavandi remained in Kurdistan for another month, but returned to Iran following the December 2017 protests. The Protests, starting in the late december changed the ILF plans, while a fellow Opposition faction named 'Re-start' began the operations two years earlier than schedule. This forced Damavandi to return to Iran and commence the operation, Wing of the Simurgh بال سیمرغ., and while the country fell in protest, along with Frievolker special agents and Pilartic Pacifiers, Damavandi and his lancer division aided in toppling the government, assassinating numerous IRGC and Basiji officers, torching various IRGC barracks, arming civillians in the Kurdish, Balouchi, and Luri provinces and sabotaging the Anti-riot police effort against the protests, The Government of Iran was toppled on the 15th of Dey. The Government officials and State leaders, at least those who hadn't escaped earlier, were arrested, with their trials to be held in the next years.
Damavandi served as the nation's President under the Interim government. He helped stabilize the country, and led it during the short Persian-Arabian war of 2018. Eventually, the Popular referendum of December forced him to prepare the nation to reestablish the monarchy. He began negotiations with various parties, and eventually was one of the parties present in the proclamation of Iranshahr, the nation's new Name and identity.
Damavandi stopped his militant activism by the time the government had been toppled. Not wanting to join the SEVAMIM سازمان اطلاعات و امنیت ایران متحد (Or Allied Iranian Agency for Intelligence and Security) or the Provincial Iranian Military, Damavandi decided to volunteer as a candidate for the future government of the Iranian Nation. He was accepted as the new Prime Minister of Iranshahr in 2019, which is the current office he serves as.
As a person with a Law doctorate, Damavandi was one of the many who wrote the post-revolutionary Iranian Constitution (along with Reza Pahlavi, the son of the former King of Iran, who while putting as much effort as he could in the non-violent parts of the revolution, had not declared himself a leader until he was asked to found the Monarchist party a few months later), and eventually he was elected as the President of the Second Iranian Republic on 13th of March, 2018, coincidentally the Last Wednesday of the Iranian Year.
One of the most fundamental policy changes done by Mr. Damavandi after his inauguration was the overhaul of the economic system.
Prior to the revolution, Iran's economy was somewhat mixed. Most of the sectors were controlled the the government, with few things private. Most of the privatized industry were owned by individual members of the government or other influential members of the State. Ayatollah Khamenei, the formed Supreme Leader alone owned more than US$95 billions in the national economy. Damavandi seized every sector of the economy, before putting them to auction, ensuring their fair privatization.
However, he wouldn't follow the Laissez-faire system. The Same as the two previous regimes, he would both subsidize and regulate most industries. Environmental regulations were the most extreme and most important, due to the poor environment the Islamic Republic had left them with, while Broadcasting and Tourism were merely supported, but not regulated at all.
Damavandi closed down the Islamic Azad university chains indefinitely, along with most of the places of higher education, particularly those of low quality, instead he put the funding in the Better universities, increasing their quality a hundred-fold. The University of Independence (Formerly University of Allame Tabatabaei) currently has the first and the last word in the Humanities study while Tehran University dominates the political science field, and Sharif Industrial University is the frontrunner of Applied and Theoretic sciences in the Middle East.
Similarly, he overhauled the general education, making High School mandatory for everyone while bringing back the 5-3-4 system. He banned teaching theology and religious studies in any school of general education, and while Private Education still existed the public sector dominated the field due to its superior quality.
Damavandi was merciless on his warpath to forced Laïcité. Wrecking vengeance upon the religious clerical class that had oppressed Iran for forty years, he demolished all 'Howze Elmie' حوزه علمیه in the nation, defunded the Shrine to Imam Reza, and had all of the 'Emamzade' امام زاده buildings destroyed, taxed all the mosques to 100% of their incomes, eventually ensuring they would all decay and be destroyed.
The Warpath wouldn't stop there. To rise against the religion, he supported the Zoroastrian 'Atashkade' buildings in the nation, as well as their temples, and gave most of the money taken from the Islamic foundations to the Zoroastrian mages and the other non-Islamic religious authorities. He brought back the national pride, glorifying the pre-Islamic and then the Pahlavi eras while vilifying the Qajarid and the Islamic Republic eras. Education was overhauled into viewing the aforementioned eras with the appropriate light.
Despite his outspoken support of anti-Islamism, he remained a secular, and did not allow religion of any kind to have a word on what the state would do, criminalizing it for the Islamic authorities to criticize the government. The Matter of religion was the only place where the generally liberal president was authoritarian.
Allied Iran, and particularly Arash Damavandi himself, remained hostile against most arabian states, supporting any persian-minority-led movement in every nation (an event that led to a semi-autonomous Kurdistan, for example) apart from Federated syria, which would remains Iran's staunch ally.
President Damavandi is a lawyer by trade and by education, and among other things one of his most fevrant acts are attempting to build himself a personal Library of Law books. to fulfill this, Damavandi has bought many books on law from every source possible, with Mr. Katuzian, a deseased lawyer and one of the pioneers of Law in pre-Republican Iran, being the author with the most books in his library. Even ignoring those, he has books, both original scripture and modern, from various theoricians such as Locke, Montesquieu, Hobbes, Jefferson, Adams, and Aristotle.
“You Mullahs tortured us for four decades. Are you telling me you can't live with how you treated the Baha'is?”
- Responding to the Mullah complaints about discrimination of the Mullahs
“We will ensure nothing like the Islamic Republic ever happens. unlike them, we won't erase or revise history. We don't need to. The Islamic Republic has nothing but evil in its history, and we will explain everything like it is.”
- on Islamic Republic's legacy
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