9 August 15 379
Julian Rudolf Eskola
Amaki Astela nar Suurewie
Katrin Suurewie (née Astelis)
Doctorate in Criminal Law
Years of service
15 371 - 15 378
- "Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools."
- Amaki Astela nar Suurewie
Dr. Amaki Astela nar Suurewie (born 4 May 15 346) is an Ausari politician and former soldier, who has served as the Civil Dictator of Albali since 9 August 15 379; she shares the Office of the Dictators with Julian Rudolf Eskola, who serves as Albali's Military Dictator.
Amaki was born in 15 346, just 25 years before the beginning of the Great Collapse. She was born in the planet-city of Astrasanct, the capital and largest city of the Messier 90 galaxy. Amaki went to one of the most distinguished universities on the planet, and she graduated in 15 368 with a Doctorate in Criminal Law. Her dream was to become a lawyer, following in her mother and grandfather's footsteps.
In order to get started with her career, Amaki worked as a lawyer at her mother's own company. The company, known as 'Suurewie Law Services' was one of the major legal firms within the city of Astrasanct. Amaki, essentially being the heir to the business, was groomed for leadership by her mother; she gained a valuable insight into how businesses are run, and she also gained some minor leadership experience. She worked there for almost three years, until the Great Collapse began on 12 April 15 371.
Amaki, along with trillions of others, joined the military to fight for their own survival. Amaki went through officer training - her training program was fast-tracked so the Army could get as many officers out as possible; she passed bootcamp as an Ülemleitnant (1st Lieutenant) on 19 October 15 371.
Amaki, despite being a young and inexperienced officer, proved to be a fast learner; she listened to all the advice her superiors gave her, truly taking what they said to heart. In particular, Amaki attracted the attention of then-Hauptkomentaja (Lieutenant General) Lauri Vesik. Vesik took Amaki under his wing as his protégé - she was regularly seen during the general's staff meetings, and even participated in a few. The influence of her sponsor, when combined with her own ambition and dedication, ensured that many promotions were to come her way - the first of those came on 4 September 15 372 when she was promoted to Kapmann (Captain).
In January 15 373 Amaki was appointed 'Assistant Field Officer in Charge' in Ülemkomentaja Kairi Padar's 62nd Armoured Division, subordinate to Vesik's XVIII Armoured Corps. Padar described her as "brilliantly clever, conscientious, hard working, original and talented" but had severe doubts about her decisiveness, toughness and lack of command experience. She remained in that post until July 15 373, when she was promoted to Ülemkapmann (Major) and became 'Field Officer in Charge' for the XVIII Armoured Corps.
Amaki's most notable deployment began in September 15 373 when she and the XVIII Armoured Corps were deployed to the Ylora Megalopolis in the Milky Way. Amaki found herself relying on Vesik and his advice a lot more than usual, as Ylora was the first time she had seen combat on a truly large scale. The XVIII Corps was put under the Albalian 127th Army, which itself was part of Army Group 'North Capital'. Amaki and her fellow Albalians fought their AI enemy in a fighting retreat for three months, until they had reached the Maesra River; Amaki participated in the ensuing Battle of the Maesra - despite putting up a ferocious defence across the front, the Albalians were forced to retreat from Ylora - though it would be razed to the ground by Albalian orbital strikes shortly thereafter. Amaki was promoted to Overste (Lt. Colonel) on 26 July 15 374, once the XVIII Corps left the front lines.
As a result of her skilled leadership in the ensuing battle, Amaki was given her own command, heading the 2nd Battalion of the 760th Armoured Regiment. Amaki soon gained a reputation as a brilliant defensive commander, capable of acting without assistance from her sponsor, though she was unable to exploit it much; she found that she would have to retreat soon after digging in, lest she become encircled. She was again promoted on 18 October 15 375, becoming a Stabsoverste (Colonel).
Despite this increase in rank, Amaki remained in command of her battalion at Vesik's behest; she would still learn valuable lessons from her sponsor, even though she had already proven her independence. Amaki led her battalion in numerous minor battles during this period, though at this stage in the war Amaki was afraid to commit her battalion fully, lest it be wiped out. Amaki also learned that her home city had fallen to the AI, leading her to focus even more singularly on her military leadership. Amaki was promoted to Komentaja (Brigadier General) in September 15 376. The following month she was named Deputy Chief of Staff of the 381st Army, still under Vesik's command. In that role she helped draft the battle plans within the Messier 90 galaxy, some plans even including the liberation of her home city.
In November 15 376, after the 381st Army's commander Marssal d'Armée Lauri Vesik became commander of the entire Army Group '517', Amaki, who had never commanded a larger unit than a battalion prior to this time, became commander of the 381st Army. This late into the war, the lack of experienced officers forced the Albalians to fill command positions with inexperienced or unprepared officers, as was the case here with Amaki. She only took over her new command on 20 December, six days after the sudden death of Vesik in an airstrike, leaving her on her own and without the support of her more experienced sponsor.
Amaki led the drive on her hometown of Astrasanct during that spring. Her troops fought AI forces defending the city over three months in increasingly brutal urban warfare. By June 15 377, Amaki's forces controlled approximately 90% of the city; despite her best efforts to find them, Amaki's family was nowhere to be found. In July, when the AI launched a massive counter-offensive, Amaki found herself surrounded by an entire army group.
Amaki, out of her depth and without any more experienced officers to look to for help, almost broke down following this new development. The only thing keeping her in the fight was the impending reinforcements from Army Group '517', just weeks away. Amaki followed her commander's orders to hold her forces' positions in the city under all circumstances and wait for the order to attempt a breakout, despite the fact that she was completely surrounded by strong AI forces. Amaki prepared to cooperate with the forthcoming offensive by placing her infantry in reserve, forcing her armoured forces to do the heavy lifting.
Army Group '517' began its offensive to help her army break out on 16 August, forcing the AI to divert most of its forces to face this new threat. Despite the odds against her, Amaki remained firm in the orders she had been given and committed her armoured divisions to the breakout effort three days later, smashing straight through the AI rearguard. This decisive effort effectively won the Albalians the battle, saving the 381st Army and completely liberating Astrasanct in the process. Amaki, for the time being, was a national hero.
Her last deployment saw her remain in Messier 90; Amaki was deployed to Vosgias, a recently colonised planet where the underground city of Roulons was being constructed. Amaki's orders were the assist in construction of the city, and to protect it if it were to be discovered. On 8 December 15 378, Amaki received a message from the Army which called for the total lack of communication to and from the planet from then on. In addition, Amaki was promoted to Ülemkomentaja (Major General) and given command of all military forces on the planet. That was the final message Amaki would ever receive from off-planet, sending her into a furious depression, the shadows of which still remain.
Roulons became habitable in April of the following year; Amaki became the legal adviser of the city's leadership and eventually the first Civil Dictator; her subordinate, Stabsoverste Julian Rudolf Eskola, was given command of the military and became the first Military Dictator. The Albalian forces in Roulons were reorganised into the Vehrhaer (English: Defence Army). Even several years after the founding of Roulons, Amaki still forbids any communication off-planet, and that incoming messages are to be ignored.
Amaki is in favour of a strong, centralised government that can keep the people living under it safe from the threat of Artificial Intelligence. She sees dictatorship as the best way to achieve that goal, as she believes that good leaders should not be subjected to matters such as term limits, nor should they need to deal with political rivals. That said however, Amaki sees democratic republicanism as the best form of government in peacetime and as such, she doesn't hold a grudge towards democratic leaders like many foreign autocrats would. She does harbour a dislike towards autocrats whom oppress their people without any valid reason (e.g., survival).
The subject of AI and sentient robots is a serious berserk button for her; avoid the subject if possible.
CP-001 - 'Lebenruum Policy'
CP-001 was thought up as the city's rising population meant that space was a valuable commodity. The policy allows private companies and individuals to mine into the natural walls surrounding the underground city, thus resulting in more space for the city to grow.
CP-003 - 'Civil Defence Policy'
CP-003 was created to address the relatively small military of Roulons. As the Vehrhaer falls under the purview of the Military Dictator and thus she cannot create policies regarding it, Amaki created the 'Roulons Defence Front' - a militia force under her offices' control. Every able-bodied man and woman not already in the military or government is encouraged to join, and members train for five weeks per solar year. Within a year of its inception, Roulons' military power almost quadrupled.
CP-004 - 'Growth Policy'
CP-004 offers incentives for parents to have two or more children, either naturally, or through artificial insemination and adoption. The goal of this policy is to strengthen Roulons in the future, where there will be more workers to contribute to the military, the economy etc.
CP-005 - 'AI Policy'
CP-005 aims to control AI within and around Roulons. Persons sympathising with AI can expect a prison sentence and re-education, while persons who create AI will always be executed.
For & Against (For her politics, not her ideals)
For: militarism, nationalism, autocracy, tradition, safe expansionism, collectivism, technological advancement away from AI
Neutral: fascism, republics and democracies, statism
Against: AI, using technology carelessly, gun control, showing compassion to AI/robots, pacifism, individualism
Amaki tends to come across as a serious, stubborn, rarely-forgiving, hard woman to those who first meet her. She dislikes false courtesies and thus she surrounds herself with advisers whom she trusts to be blunt with the truth, whether she may like it or not. Despite this, she can muster up very polite, possibly even outright kind, behaviour towards those she likes or at least respects. Amaki typically just says what she is thinking, and has no reservations about mocking those she perceives as incompetent. She also cannot stand the thought of somebody (especially another leader) not taking their job seriously. Amaki tends to avoid talking about her own personal life and issues, as she sees them as her own concern, and she also thinks talking about it is not as important as running Roulons.
Amaki is single, though she has made it perfectly clear that she doesn't care for relationships at the current time. While being far from asexual, Amaki believes that her responsibility is, first and foremost, to look after the people of Roulons and not to go hunting for someone to spend 'time' with. This mindset has not helped Amaki to cope with her stress, however. In her free time, Amaki prefers to practice boxing as it gives her an outlet for her anger and stress. Amaki finding this free time is exceptionally rare though - every day, she prefers to pour everything she has into running Roulons without making time for herself. Despite Amaki herself claiming that having free time is the opposite of doing work to run Roulons, there are many in both the Office of the Dictators and in the general public that believe Amaki needs to be more relaxed to run the city effectively.
Amaki has felt intense anger and sadness both during the Collapse, and after it. Privately, she appears to lament her former life as a lawyer, surrounded by family. As she has few outlets for these emotions, they continue to weigh down upon her. When interacting with others, Amaki's feelings usually get the better of her - thus, she comes across as rude, bitter and sometimes downright furious. There are other possible reasons for her behaviour, which will be explained upon.
As the Collapse went on, Amaki began to feel more and more powerless in the face of the Artificial Intelligence's onslaught; her way of interacting with people could be a way of making herself feel more powerful. Another thing to note is that Amaki lost many of her friends and family during the War, either due to their deaths or from falling out of contact once Roulons was founded. It is therefore likely that another reason for her behaviour is that she is afraid of making friends, lest she lose them as she did before. In other words, it is easier for her to push people away than to let them get close. Amaki's personal friends are few for the reasons mentioned above, though she seems to be extremely loyal to those people. They are also rarely the targets of her ire.
Amaki stands at almost 6'4" tall (192 cm), not counting her ears. If her ears are counted, she stands at a considerable 6'10" (208.5 cm).
According to mathematicians, Amaki is approximately 43% as angry as Doomguy.
Amaki is a hermaphrodite rather than a female. Not that anyone would know that unless they saw it. Get it?
The F-bomb/the Albalian equivalent is Amaki's most used word.
Amaki as an Ülemkomentaja, wearing some model of late-war powered armour (15 378; 32 years old)
Kapmann (Captain) Amaki, dressed in casual military wear. (15 373; 26 years old)
A younger Amaki dressed in the uniform of her university (15 366; 20 years old)
"We cannot win this war anymore, but we must not lose it."
- 21 August 15 377
"Hope is not a method, but hope is the only method we have left."
- 3 October 15 378