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Blanji Historians rank previous Leaders

3 December, 2019


The world will soon see the end of the second decade of the 21st century. To celebrate, the many historians of Blanjiland have come together to look back in our past, and see just which Prime Oligarchs were more impactful (in a good way) on the present. This historical census was gathered by a team from the Blanji Society of Historians over the past three months, polling over 700 Blanji historians on who they thought was the best Prime Oligarch since 1822, excluding incumbent Prime Oligarch Blanjipan Tirole. The criteria for these rankings follow a sum of each of these 7 categories, on a scale of 1-100. These categories include:

Performance in context within times - Given the scenario, how did they make the best of it? A higher score means they performed remarkably, while lower scores indicate they could have made better choices with the information they had available.

Crisis Resolution - All Prime Oligarchs have met great troubles during their time in office. How did they respond? A higher score means they resolved the issue with admirable results, while lower scores mean they may have even exacerbated the issue.

Social Progress - How did society progress under their rule? A higher score indicates that society progressed at a fast pace, while a lower score could mean either no social progress was made or even regressed.

Economic Growth - How did the Prime Oligarch cultivate our economy? A higher score means the economy improved greatly under their rule, while a lower score means that it recessed or even collapsed.

Moral Authority - Was the Prime Oligarch of moral character? A high score means they were an upstanding citizen, avoiding scandal and seldom acted outside of their legal bounds, while a lower score means they acted unsavory, potentially even insidiously to further their goals.

International Relations - How did the Prime Oligarch handle diplomacy with foreign powers? A high score means they were more pragmatic than those with lower scores, who may have been more isolationist or aggressive.

Benevolence - Did the Prime Oligarch act in the interest of the common Blanji citizen? A higher score means they acted with the intent of bettering society, while those with lower scores may have strained the tenuous relationship between citizen and Oligarch.

With the terms defined, here are the rankings:



1. Dolph Njord Schöttmer (1994-2002)

Rankings:
Performance: 95
Crisis Resolution: 100
Social Progress: 72
Economy: 78
Moral Authority: 82
Foreign Relations: 72
Benevolence: 82
Net Score: 581

Greatly considered by all, even outside of historical circles, to be the greatest Prime Oligarch ever, Dolph Njord Schöttmer entered office hastily following his predecessor's resignation in 1994. With little time to contemplate a solution, Schöttmer led Blanjiland through the Panic of 1994 with such grace and ability that he earned commendation from the Chairman of Swaden himself. Beyond his excellent crisis leadership, Schöttmer also established a Universal Healthcare system, that has saved the lives of hundreds of thousands who had previously been unable to afford private clinicians. He also diverted funds to developing cures to several terrible diseases, leading to a cure for Cholera in 2001, Rabies in 2003 and a cure for Creutzfeld-Jakob in 2019. The Pathogenics Institute is revered as one of the greatest medical universities in the world and has been one of the major non-governmental contributors to the Human Development and Aid Campaign. During the Keepan Civil War, Schöttmer sent trillions of Blanjs in efforts to alleviate the devastation that had befallen them, and even helped rebuild nations that were previously exploited by Blanji corporations. While Schöttmer did have to slightly bend the law to achieve his goals regarding Universal Healthcare and the total naval blockade of the British Islands during the Panic of 1994, these actions are mostly overlooked by historians and the general population.




2. Mogens Lykketoft (1975-1978)

Rankings:
Performance: 83
Crisis Resolution: 80
Social Progress: 70
Economy: 74
Moral Authority: 89
Foreign Relations: 80
Benevolence: 90
Net Score: 566

Mogens Lykketoft ascended to the Prime Oligarchy in a precarious scenario. His predecessor, Leopold Easton, had just been assassinated and it was looking as if the Worker's Union Party would have lost their chance to accomplish anything, with the Cabinet's newest member to replace Easton being a member of the Traditionalist party, leaving Lykketoft in the minority. However, he not only managed to appease the right-wing coalition attempting to block all of his actions but also eased tensions among the Keepo Republic and the Medican Reich in Asia. A master of diplomacy, under Lykketoft's reign Blanjiland and Swaden opened communications with each other for the first time since 1923. When Australia petitioned for independence from the Keepo Republic, Lykketoft personally held the negotiations and peacefully resolved the dispute. Despite the best efforts of his opposition, Lykketoft managed to legalize abortion in 1977, however it ultimately cost him the election in 1978. Mogens is remembered favorably by both historians and progressives, and all attempts to revert his reforms have met strong backlash.




3. Odette Sansom Hallowes (1962-1970)

Rankings:
Performance: 80
Crisis Resolution: 78
Social Progress: 90
Economy: 74
Moral Authority: 72
Foreign Relations: 70
Benevolence: 80
Net Score: 544

Odette Sansom Hallowes is most famously remembered for the fact she was the first female Prime Oligarch, and also the first female Oligarch in general. Born into an impoverished family in Northern France, Hallowes' story from rags to riches is inspiring to all Blanjis. A staunch proponent of a federal army, Hallowes made great strides in establishing a permanent military force for Blanjiland, in the form of an enormous nuclear stockpile. Hallowes is also revered for her adeptness in the field of combat, personally commanding BAF forces in Northern France and successfully limiting the influence of the FLA during her time as Prime Oligarch. While also being a symbol for women around Blanjiland, Hallowes also fought strongly for greater regulation on the defense industry, putting in place strict labor laws to crack down on the unethical and dangerous practices she had personally experienced in her past. Internationally, Hallowes passed several reforms to the international laws of war, capable of convincing great powers such as Swaden and the Keepo Republic to back these heightened standards to war.




4/5. Carl Theodor Zahle (1922-1926, 1930-1938)

Rankings:
Performance: 82
Crisis Resolution: 76
Social Progress: 69
Economy: 90
Moral Authority: 79
Foreign Relations: 71
Benevolence: 76
Net Score: 543

Tied with Silvio Gessel, Carl Theodor Zahle is widely considered to have the greatest economic mind of all the Prime Oligarchs in the history of Blanjiland. Following the end of the Great Blanji-Swadenian War, and the global economic collapse the coincided with it, Zahle took the crippled Blanji economy left by the Tirole regime and restructured it massively. Zahle capitalized on new inventions such as the airplane and rapidly globalizing market by converting Blanjiland's predominately industrial economy (which was utterly destroyed in the previous decade) into the perfect tourist trap. Cities such as Paris and London were rebuilt, historic monuments restored and more engineering wonders added on. Zahle personally funded ventures into establishing a global airport network, with Blanjiland and her holdings as intermediaries, generating enormous profit. Destroyed industrial sectors were turned into housing districts and cultural centers, with industry offshored to nations less impacted by the war, stimulating both the Blanji and the world economy. In late 1925, Zahle became extremely sick and did not run in 1926. When he returned in 1930, healthier than ever, he worked closely with Gesell (who took his place during his absence) and as such saw the greatest economic boom in the history of Blanjiland in 1933. This growth lasted throughout the 30s and 40s, with Zahle making efforts to begin reindustrializing Blanjiland for the future. Loved by historians and economists, it is only natural Zahle is revered as much as he is.




4/5. Silvio Gesell (1926-1930)

Rankings:
Performance: 78
Crisis Resolution: 78
Social Progress: 73
Economy: 85
Moral Authority: 82
Foreign Relations: 64
Benevolence: 83
Net Score: 543

Silvio Gesell is commonly known as the mastermind behind Zahle's economic reconstruction. Taking his place in 1926, Gesell focused his efforts on increasing the quality of life for Blanji citizens, while continuing Zahle's policy of reconstruction. Under Gesell's guidance, poverty in Blanjiland was all but eradicated and employment reached an all-time high, which has still not been matched to this day. Best known for his slogan, "Every Man an Oligarch", Gesell also greatly raised the monthly Basic Income implemented by Buhl, which raised the quality of life to the highest in the world. While economic growth slowed partially, Gesell is widely considered by historians to have had the greatest potential to reform Blanjiland, if anyone were to. In the perfect situation to bring sweeping reform, Gesell only ranks where he is for his lack of action when it came to social reform. For this reason, however, he has been accepted in right-wing groups despite his clear far-left beliefs.




6. Johan Rudolph Thorbecke (1862-1874)

Rankings:
Performance: 83
Crisis Resolution: 80
Social Progress: 71
Economy: 60
Moral Authority: 76
Foreign Relations: 70
Benevolence: 89
Net Score: 529

Johan Rudolph Thorbecke is commonly referred to as the "Great Educator" of Blanjiland, by both historians and common citizens alike. The father of the Republic Now Party, Thorbecke sacrificed his personal fortune to fund public schools, and in his last days convinced the Cabinet to pass a tax on Oligarchs to further fund these schools once his wealth dried up. The act was seen as exceedingly radical by other members of the Cabinet, but seeing as he immediately after put limits on what the Cabinet had authority over, not one dared to overturn his reforms. When the Parliamentary Crisis of 1867 occurred, Thorbecke resolved the issue by dividing Parliament into a bicameral system, which greatly stabilized Blanjiland for time immemorial. The Lower Parliament addressed regional concerns, leaving national legislation to the Higher Parliament. Met with stiff resistance from both members of Parliament and the Cabinet, Thorbecke's ability to push legislation and avoid too much compromise is admirable in the eyes of historians. However, Thorbecke did utilize several under the table methods to passing his sweeping reforms, including bribing officials into passing his laws. While his reforms also notably damaged Blanjiland's economy for a good deal of time, there is no doubt Johan Rudolph Thorbecke is one of the true greats.




7. Nikolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig (1830-1842)

Rankings:
Performance: 82
Crisis Resolution: 90
Social Progress: 70
Economy: 57
Moral Authority: 80
Foreign Relations: 65
Benevolence: 80
Net Score: 524

Nikolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig is well known and nicknamed by Blanji historians as the "Peacemaker" for his choice to withdraw Blanji forces from Swaden, which had sparked enormous debate across the nation. While Grundtvig is also revered for many other things, the choice to withdraw from Swaden is remarked by historians as quite possibly the most important decision any Prime Oligarch made, with the action leading to the inevitable conflict between Blanjiland and Swaden that would erupt into the Great Blanji-Swadenian War in the early 20th century. Beyond this, Grundtvig subsidized many private schools, making education far cheaper and accessible than it had been before, greatly increasing the literacy rate of Blanjiland. Politically, Grundtvig made the first step towards the separation of church and state, which would be a major struggle between the secular Corporation League and the Republic Now Party and the fundamentalist Traditionalist Party that would encompass the mid-19th century.




8. Percy Van Doorn (1954-1962, 1970)

Rankings:
Performance: 82
Crisis Resolution: 86
Social Progress: 60
Economy: 78
Moral Authority: 69
Foreign Relations: 72
Benevolence: 73
Net Score: 520

Percy Van Doorn is well known as the father of the modern Corporation League. As Prime Oligarch, Van Doorn made great strides to deregulating many industries that had been regulated in the past by opposition parties. The atom was finally mastered under Van Doorn's oversight, officially bringing Blanjiland into the Atomic Age, catching up with the Keepo Republic and Swaden. Van Doorn also took a hardline approach to the FLA and any resistance movements, establishing the Committee of Clandestine Activities and the enigmatic Strategic Operations Agency. Under Van Doorn, the Ho Chi Minh Rebellion was put down, and dozens of FLA supporters their relatives went missing after he declared the organization as terrorists. Historians commend Van Doorn for his actions making it easier for corporations to expand outside of Blanjiland, cultivating yet another global economic boom. The Van Doorn family is also known well for its continued influence in politics, with his grandsonson Peter Van Doorn as the current head of the Corporation League and Van Doorn-Burton, and his granddaughter Hendrina Van Doorn the CEO of LuftBerlin. Percy Van Doorn is one of the most revered figures among supporters of the Corporation League and is often pointed to as the greatest Corporation League Prime Oligarch.




9. Annelise Wescott (2002-2014)

Rankings:
Performance: 75
Crisis Resolution: 79
Social Progress: 74
Economy: 87
Moral Authority: 72
Foreign Relations: 60
Benevolence: 71
Net Score: 518

Annelise Wescott is considered to be among the more controversial Prime Oligarchs in Blanji history when it comes to whether she was truly great, or just decidedly average. According to historians, Wescott earned herself a high ranking among her peers. The Wescott administration is both greatly admired and revered for her hardline stance on the Communist Spring of the early 21st century, signing the North Sea Treaty with the Keepo Republic and starting the current ongoing trade war with Swaden. At the same time, she is reviled by others for her aggressive and borderline illegal activities when it came to supporting resistance movements across the globe, most notably her intervention in the Cuthonian War for Independence and carrying out the infamous Operation Jagellion, which successfully overthrew the Baltic States' communist regime and failed to depose the Polish government. Her critics condemn her as more jingoistic than Hans van den Broek, however, it is unquestionable that the economy grew exponentially as a result of her management.




10. Jean-Paul de Vogne (1978-1990)

Rankings:
Performance: 78
Crisis Resolution: 87
Social Progress: 66
Economy: 71
Moral Authority: 72
Foreign Relations: 71
Benevolence: 68
Net Score: 513

One of the most controversial figures of the 20th century, Jean-Paul de Vogne is undoubtedly made some of the most sweeping changes in the history of modern Blanjiland. CEO of one of the largest defense contractors for the BAF, de Vogne made great strides in improving the quality of the BAF in relation to foreign powers. He managed to raise funding for the BAF's modernization and convinced the oligarchs of Northern France to finally approve of Blanji intervention against the FLA. Before he could deploy forces, however, the greatest incident until the Panic of 1994 occurred in Brussels Square. In response, he managed to rally the entire nation against the FLA, and ultimately defeated the terrorist organization by 1989. At the same time, he a law completely outlawing firearms outside of the BAF, presumably to curb the growth of the FLA but also rumored as an attack on a rival corporation he had a personal vendetta against. Following the initial crackdown on firearms, and the defeat of the FLA, de Vogne redistributed the funds given to the BAF to subsidize higher education, lowering tuition rates to the lowest in the world. A master of the Blanji political climate, manipulating all tiers of government, there is no argument that de Vogne was one of Blanjiland's brightest Prime Oligarchs.




11. Lukas Ludo Pickle (1942-1954)

Rankings:
Performance: 77
Crisis Resolution: 79
Social Progress: 59
Economy: 76
Moral Authority: 81
Foreign Relations: 80
Benevolence: 60
Net Score: 512

A Great Blanji-Swadenian War veteran, Lukas Ludo Pickle is acknowledged as one of Blanjiland's bravest Prime Oligarchs. Concerned with the conditions of his comrades on the front lines of any war they found themselves in, Ludo Pickle endeavored greatly to ensure that the BAF would be the most civilized, progressive armies on the planet. When Ho Chi Minh rallied the people of Indo China in 1945, Ludo Pickle responded carefully. When he discovered the atrocities some mercenaries in the BAF were committing, most notably the My Lai Disaster, he worked swiftly to absolve the situation and bring justice to the territory. In 1948, he founded the Marshall Party along with later Prime Oligarch Odette Sansom Hallowes, making Ludo Pickle the first Prime Oligarch to change party allegiance while in office. When Blanji spies unveiled the newly founded People's Republic of China was directly supplying the Ho Chi Minh Rebellion, he masterfully convinced them to cancel their support and instead cooperate with the Blanji government. Ludo Pickle also mediated the brief period of détente between the Keepo Republic and Swaden from 1951 to 1954, before he chose not to run again due to medical concerns. While he was criticized by the public for his relatively off-putting personality, historians agree Ludo Pickle, while he may not be of the top ten greatest, he is certainly one of Blanjiland's finest.




12. Ernst Immanuel Cohen Brandes (1878-1890)

Rankings:
Performance: 77
Crisis Resolution: 50
Social Progress: 85
Economy: 70
Moral Authority: 80
Foreign Relations: 65
Benevolence: 82
Net Score: 509

Nicknamed the "Great Reformer" of Blanjiland, there is a reason Ernst Immanuel Cohen Brandes is so well revered. Brought into office after the frustration the Cabinet felt under the Kuyper administration, Brandes was hoped to act as an intermediary until a proper candidate for either the Corporation League or the Republic Now Party could arise. To the surprise of everyone, Brandes made sweeping reform during his twelve years in office. While the cabinet squabbled over maritime policy, Brandes was capable of silently refunding public education, and increasing the budget to a global high. After the suffragette strikes of 1885, Brandes shocked the world by granting not only women suffrage, but also extending the right to vote to all citizens, including those of foreign descent, minority race, and prisoners. He also reformed the Republic Now Party to become the first official "Citizen's Party", which would not discriminate candidates based on net worth. Unfortunately, Brandes was not so skilled when it came to foreign policy. In the final year of his office, Brandes completely ignored Swadenian raids on Blanji shipping. When the 1890 London Conference came around, he acted petty by not inviting Swaden to the conference. While these actions seemed almost frivolous at the time, the proceeding years would see Prime Oligarchs continuing not to take the Swaden issue seriously until the Great Blanji Swadenian War.




13. Emil Wilhelm Normann (1822-1830)

Rankings:
Performance: 80
Crisis Resolution: 70
Social Progress: 61
Economy: 72
Moral Authority: 78
Foreign Relations: 60
Benevolence: 83
Net Score: 504

The First Prime Oligarch of the Federal Oligarchy, Emil Wilhelm Normann is certainly a respected character. Before the reformation of 1822, Normann pushed greatly to convince fellow Oligarchs to make compromises with the lower class, to avoid future instability and conflict. After four years of heated debate, where he published dozens of papers on the nature of federation and how Blanjiland must join the modern world by opening up to the democratic process, the Oligarchs finally agreed to reform. Once the Wars of the Coalition ended, these reforms were enacted. As Prime Oligarch, Normann formed the Cabinet to act as the nation's guiding body, while the Parliament were in control of national affairs. He convinced the Parliament to dissolve the federal army in 1825, returning to the Blanji tradition of only raising an army when absolutely necessary. He then diverted the money spent on the army to build the most prestigious academy for the arts in Europe, and in 1826 personally established the Artists Society of Blanjiland. In 1829, when the Keepo Republic and Russia invaded Swaden during the Great Northern War, Normann was pressured to intervene, as to not let either the Keepans or Russians become too influential. He hired a personal army and occupied Swadenian territory from the border to Stockholm, which would remain in Blanji hands until 1840. Even without the context of being the First Prime Oligarch, Blanji historians agree that Emil Wilhelm Normann was certainly a respectable leader.




14. David Lloyd George (1938-1942)

Rankings:
Performance: 84
Crisis Resolution: 72
Social Progress: 65
Economy: 89
Moral Authority: 40
Foreign Relations: 78
Benevolence: 72
Net Score: 500

With the Blanji economy back in shape, David Lloyd George had very little to worry about when it came to fighting the global depression. As such, he was able to focus on restoring the image of Blanjiland on the world stage. His first course of action was to end the Keepan Embargo on Blanjiland and even formalized trade relations with them. When the time came to redraft the Blanji-Keepan border in 1939, he convinced the Keepan representatives to return all occupied territory on the island, which only doubled Blanjiland's economic growth. Entering the 40s, however, David Lloyd George's personal relationship with the Keepo Republic began to break down. In late 1940, a Keepan diplomat publically insulted David Lloyd George, criticizing his brutal responses to uprisings in the Congo and the suppression of independence movements in Indo-China. In a move that can only be perceived as done out of spite, George backed a far-right sect in the Medican Republic, which had previously been wary of Blanji merchants and open to the Keepo Republic. The ensuing coup would see a fascist dictatorship seize control of the Medican Republic for decades to come. While the coup did see an increase in economic opportunity for Blanji merchants in the far east, many are critical of the fascist regime's various crimes against humanity it had committed during his reign. While David Lloyd George certainly improved the Blanji economy and regained core territory, some historians wonder if those achievements were worth the many crimes committed to attain them.




15. Leopold Easton (1974-1975)

Rankings:
Performance: 72
Crisis Resolution: 60
Social Progress: 70
Economy: 70
Moral Authority: 73
Foreign Relations: 74
Benevolence: 78
Net Score: 497

The short tenure of Leopold Easton as Prime Oligarch is one of great speculation among historians. Much of Easton's policies were directly inspired by American President Theodore Roosevelt, and the similarities are shocking. Within his first year as Prime Oligarch, Leopold Easton managed to pass various antitrust laws and reversed Percy Van Doorn's infamous decision to legalize monopolies inside Blanjiland. The resulting legal battle with over 40 companies was quite a spectacle, according to those who were alive to witness them. His last action as Prime Oligarch was to support the Mareqor Uprising in eastern Afgeristan, which many believed was the final straw for Blanji corporations. While Afgeristan was a socialist state, they had made special deals with several Blanji oil tycoons to extract oil in the region to help stimulate the Afgeristani economy. The Mareqor rebels directly threatened these oil fields, and as such, has led many to believe the conspiracy theory that the group behind Easton's assassination in 1975 was in fact the oil companies, especially those that were also wrapped up in the antitrust lawsuits back home. Had Easton not been assassinated, many historians believe he would have also attempted to curb the number of monopolies Blanji businesses have on foreign markets, and once again reverse legislation pushed under Percy Van Doorn. While what he may have done is impossible to truly know, the remarkable achievements Easton made in his only year in office is praised by Blanji historians.




16. Leon du Belgique (1898-1902)

Rankings:
Performance: 80
Crisis Resolution: 76
Social Progress: 50
Economy: 80
Moral Authority: 67
Foreign Relations: 58
Benevolence: 70
Net Score: 481

Leon du Belgique is one of the few Prime Oligarchs who struggled with a minority in the Cabinet. While he did win in 1898, it was purely because not even the opposition could stand their own candidates and felt du Belgique as a good middle ground. Despite this clear handicap, du Belgique did manage to expand the Cabinet's authority to more greatly influence policy, rather than just oversee it. Most of the limitations Oligarchs such as Thorbecke had put in place were removed, granting future Prime Oligarchs far more power than ever before. Du Belgique also saw the rising tensions Blanjiland had with its neighbor Swaden and took appropriate actions to prepare for it. He redeployed most Blanji forces to the Blanji-Swadenian Border and watched closely on the Swadenian political climate. When word of Blanjiland's increasing aggression towards Swaden reached the rest of Europe, France took to condemning du Belgique for threatening the relative peace Europe was enjoying. In response, du Belgique closed the Blanji-French border, which many believe to have been the catalyst for the rise of the FLA. In 1902, the far more favored Republic Now candidate Vilhelm Buhl defeated du Belgique but kept him as the Secretary of the Cabinet, which let him continue in his efforts to prepare Blanjiland for what he saw as an inevitable conflict with Swaden.




17. Alexander von Humboldt (1842-1854)

Rankings:
Performance: 73
Crisis Resolution: 69
Social Progress: 50
Economy: 75
Moral Authority: 62
Foreign Relations: 71
Benevolence: 74
Net Score: 474

Considered the most average Prime Oligarch, there is not much too impressive or condemnable that other Prime Oligarchs have not already done. The first Prime Oligarch to represent the Corporation League, and in fact, the first Prime Oligarch to be affiliated with any political party, Alexander von Humboldt spent most of his time in office pursuing his own personal goals. He left most of the policymaking to his Secretary of the Cabinet, which many point to where the great influence of the position originated from, and appointed Oligarchs to govern the colonies, another historic first. One of these governors is the infamous Leopold II, who abused his position and ruled with an iron fist over the inhabitants of the Blanji Congo. Outside of his devolution of power, von Humbolt focused dearly on his sciences. He funded a personal expedition to the Pacific to map the now-called Humbolt Current off the coast of Peru and established the world-renowned Academy of the Biological, where many scientific discoveries in the fields of biology and evolution are made to this day. Blanji historians view von Humbolt mostly with irreverence, while some Blanji citizens praise him for transferring many powers the Prime Oligarch previously held to appointed officials.




18. Thomas Vilhelm Garde (1890-1898)

Rankings:
Performance: 75
Crisis Resolution: 66
Social Progress: 60
Economy: 65
Moral Authority: 67
Foreign Relations: 65
Benevolence: 72
Net Score: 470

The least well known Prime Oligarch, Thomas Vilhelm Garde is considered somewhat of an anomaly. Running independently, Garde won the election of 1890 in a sweeping landslide - for no reason other than no other Oligarch ran. At the time, the Blanji political climate was utterly paralyzed and had been since 1878. This period, known as the Two Decades of Inaction, was plagued by filibustering, petty quarrels and diplomatic crisis. While his predecessor, Ernst Immanuel Cohen Brandes found ways to pass legislation and push his personal agenda, Thomas Vilhelm Garde chose to utterly ignore any attempt to restart the Blanji political machine and exploited the slow bureaucracy so he could acquire his own personal land. Using his personal fortune, he established the Marine de Guerre as a permanent navy for Blanjiland. He then proceeded to use the Marine de Guerre and a personal mercenary army to conquer the rest of Burma, which he then proclaimed as his personal estate; reminiscent of how Leopold II was granted the entirety of the Congo as his personal nation. By the time the Higher Parliament realized, he had once again won the 1894 election unopposed. For the rest of his time in office, he fought endless scrutiny over whether his personal conquest of Burma was legal, and allowed him to quietly step down in 1898 without any repercussion. While Garde is relatively unknown by historians, his legacy is practically unheard of by citizens.




19. Napoléon Tirole (1918-1922)

Rankings:
Performance: 70
Crisis Resolution: 78
Social Progress: 62
Economy: 40
Moral Authority: 79
Foreign Relations: 62
Benevolence: 72
Net Score: 463

One of the most well-known generals of the Great Blanji-Swadenian War, Napoléon Tirole was an obvious pick to replace Vilhelm Buhl and continue the war and ensure victory. To the surprise of the entire cabinet, Tirole signed the Treaty of Copenhagen in 1919, ending the Great Blanji-Swadenian War, after the United States entered into the war and all members of the Berlin Pact besides Blanjiland had surrendered. In accordance with the Treaty of Copenhagen, Tirole disarmed the nation and all but dissolved the BAF. In attempts to reconcile with the HRE, Tirole formalized relations with them and even convinced the emperor to allow Blanji businesses to invest in the empire. In the years after the end of the war, the world economy crashed, causing a massive depression in Blanjiland. While Napoléon tried to limit the crash as much as he could, many historians agree there were more things he could have done to cushion the blow the crash had on the Blanji economy. While the crash and the situation he found himself in was not his fault, many actions he could have easily made would have placed him far higher on the list.




20. Vilhelm Buhl (1902-1918)

Rankings:
Performance: 79
Crisis Resolution: 50
Social Progress: 84
Economy: 72
Moral Authority: 60
Foreign Relations: 30
Benevolence: 69
Net Score: 444

Universally considered the most controversial Prime Oligarch, Vilhelm Buhl, who at the same time brought sweeping reform, is responsible for the most terrible war in human history. It is not debated whether Buhl's economic sense was genius; brought to public attention in the best-selling book by Peter Van Doorn "Buhlnomics", the entire economic structure of Blanjiland is based on the actions of Blanjiland's longest-reigning Prime Oligarch. While figures such as Zahle and Gesell may have miraculously saved Blanjiland's economy from the global economic crash, it was Buhl's reforms and economic genius that made their achievement possible. On top of this, Buhl decriminalized socialist parties and demonstrations, legalized labor unions, and established the world-renowned universal basic income program. Buhl also made great efforts in improving the living standards of the colonies, famously sacking Leopold II in the Congo and built roadways between many villages and cities in Indo China. Even more, Buhl was the first Prime Oligarch to obtain the position without being born into some form of extreme wealth, and as such, the first Prime Oligarch to truly represent the interests of the Republic Now Party, despite the party's denunciation of many of Buhl's policies. Internationally, Buhl managed to rapidly put together a coalition of many powers in Europe in the form of the Berlin Pact. In order to achieve that, however, Buhl did extrajudicially back coups in Afgeristan, the Bolivar, Afghanistan, and the Medican Islands. Beyond historians, Buhl is widely praised by citizens, especially military enthusiasts, and "amateur" historians. When it comes to the professional historians who partook in our poll, Buhl is widely criticized for the Great Blanji-Swadenian War and the uncountable consequences related to it.




21. Hans van den Broek (1970-1974)

Rankings:
Performance: 69
Crisis Resolution: 71
Social Progress: 60
Economy: 72
Moral Authority: 45
Foreign Relations: 51
Benevolence: 40
Net Score: 408

The most jingoistic Prime Oligarch, Hans van den Broek is often joked by historians for making Vilhelm Buhl look tame when it came to illegal coups. Hans van den Broek was the Secretary of the Cabinet for Percy Van Doorn and was behind most of the administration's aggressive actions internationally. When Van Doorn died at the start of his third term, den Broek took advantage of the CCA and SOA that his predecessor had established to overthrow governments and assassinate leaders across the world. Most notably, the 1972 assassination of Keenjilap Bilbo, who had been dictator of Swaden since the 30s. The next year, he attempted to stage a coup and establish a Blanjiland-friendly capitalistic regime, but it was defeated by party hardliners and the Swadenian Crimson Guard before any significant legislation could be passed. This action, which was immediately traced back to de Broek, forced him to declare Blanjiland as no longer neutral in the Cold War, but when the Keepo Republic offered an alliance with Blanjiland, he refused, citing the Keepo Republic's many injustices committed against Blanjiland. Moreso, he encouraged corporations to act exploitatively in foreign markets and to try to extract as much wealth from the world as possible and keep it in Blanjiland, which many believe to be the cause for the current hegemony Blanjiland enjoys in the world economy today. Despite this, de Broek is largely criticized for his jingoism and extrajudicial actions by historians, believing him to be the most dangerous Prime Oligarch ever, more so than the likes of Buhl or Wescott.




22. Abraham Kuyper (1854-1862, 1874-1878)

Rankings:
Performance: 50
Crisis Resolution: 79
Social Progress: 21
Economy: 73
Moral Authority: 40
Foreign Relations: 59
Benevolence: 60
Net Score: 382

A compromise between the Corporation League and the Traditionalist Party, Abraham Kuyper is one of most disliked Prime Oligarchs, second only to Sofie Reynold. A devout catholic, Kuyper undid the separation of the Clergy and the Oligarchy by Grundtvig and filibustered his way through any objections by the Parliament. It was only until a decade after his death in 1901 did the Clergy and the Oligarchy finally be made separate again. On top of this, when Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published the Communist Manifesto, he imprisoned the two and outlawed socialist parties and labor unions. He subsidized religious schools, and when he returned for a third term in 1874, he defunded public schools and redirected the money to said religious schools, at much the disapproval of Thorbecke. Internationally, he managed to sign trade deals with the Keepo Republic and even calmed relations with France, when it was appearing as if a war was inevitable. Despite this, he also significantly degraded the already poor relationship Blanjiland had with the HRE and Poland, insulting the emperor as an "invalid weakling", which prompted the HRE to kick out Blanji businesses, hurting the Blanji economy. When Kuyper was voted out in 1878, he ranted about how the electoral process was inferior to a traditional monarchy, or even the old Oligarchy. Certainly, Abraham Kuyper was one of Blanjiland's most detrimental Prime Oligarchs.




23. Sofie Renold (1990-1994)

Rankings:
Performance: 37
Crisis Resolution: 15
Social Progress: 30
Economy: 56
Moral Authority: 10
Foreign Relations: 60
Benevolence: 25
Net Score: 233

Considered the laughing stock of the Prime Oligarchy, there is a reason the Blanji people resent Sofie Reynolds with the veracity they do. Her actions are considered directly responsible for the Panic of 1994 and caused her to be the first and only Prime Oligarch to be forced to resign by her own party. Owner of one of the largest culinary businesses in Blanjiland, most of Reynold's actions can be explained by her personal investment in the agriculture industry. Excluding her incompetent handling of the Panic of 1994 and preparation during the years leading up to the crisis, Reynolds attempted to divert attention away from the issue by waging a pointless trade war against Japan, only worsening relations in the far east and further alienating Blanji businesses in Japan. In 1993, she backed the far-right populist party in the Hellenic Federation, and when they voted in the socialist party, she brazenly staged a coup, installing a fascist dictatorship for a brief period. When the nation collapsed into a civil war later that year, she ignored the nation's pleas for foreign aid and only continued to act in the interest of Blanji businesses in unaffected cities. With blunders on all fields, from diplomacy to crisis resolution, Reynolds is mocked greatly by citizens and historians alike. Interestingly, 13 of the 722 historians polled either left Reynold's rating blank, all zeroes, or some humorous remark along the lines of "do you really need my opinion?"


▲ 3 ▼ 1 BillGuy wrote:
Seems fairly accurate. Personally I don't think you could say anyone was worse than Kuyper, but I understand why historians might say otherwise.
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▲ 16 ▼ 251 blanjipatriot1340 wrote:
Frankly I don't even know why we trust these "historians" with judging our history. They rank dirty socialists like Schöttmer first while ranking true blooded, pure capitalists like Broek so far down! The man practically saved Europe from communism by assassinating all those pinkos before they could kill the people who happened to be rich. Shame on our historians and the left-wing intelligentsia that have infected our great nation. It's about time we kill that joke of a Prime Oligarch Tirole before the left can call him the new "best" leader.
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▲ 158 ▼ 8 jeanvaljean replied:
Are you seriously trying to whitewash Broek as if he wasn't a neo-imperialist who overthrew several democratically elected leaders simply because they didn't want their citizens to suffer?
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▲ 21 ▼ 35 blanjipatriot1340 replied:
What's wrong with imperialism? If they're too weak and too savage to fend off against our strong Blanji men then they deserve to be conquered. Natural selection, as you "evolutionists" say?
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▲ 8 ▼ 12 blanjipatriot1340 replied:
What's wrong with imperialism? If they're too weak and too savage to fend off against our strong Blanji men then they deserve to be conquered. Natural selection, as you "evolutionists" say?
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▲ 17 ▼ 9 antistatist69 replied:
Why do I keep seeing you in the comments section of everything I click? For a person so politically illiterate you seem to think your opinion matters. Did you even know Blanji imperialism was carried out by foreign mercenaries, not Blanjis?
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▲ 24 ▼ 13 blanjipatriot1340 replied:
Why are you on Blanji newspapers? You don't even live here! Is it because your government does the right thing and censor your ridiculous ideas?
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▲ 517 ▼ 116 naenaemaster
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Why is Buhl so far down? The guy is literally the father of modern Blanjiland, and his economic model is still used today.
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▲ 69 ▼ 101 kerrigan1603 replied:
Maybe because the guy started the largest war in history that saw the deaths of over a hundred million, crashing the global economy with it?
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▲ 1021 ▼ 490 rowe_official
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Fascinating. I have to disagree that Percy Van Doorn was a better Prime Oligarch than my main man Brandes, but I think this is a fairly accurate ranking otherwise.
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▲ 25 ▼ 57 freudster replied:
Aren't you supposed to be posting crappy memes to be hip with the kids, not commenting on news articles?
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▲ 43 ▼ 26 memester
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wdym napoléon was based
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▲ 0 ▼ 0 joe_mama
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LMAO imagine thinking Hallowes was good. Couldn't be me.
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