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William Botrum, President of Hatterleigh

"When your body, will, and spirit have reached a state of that like rock, that is when you are truly able to be enlightened. However, like the rock, such status does not come easy. The rock will go through trials of heating, cooling, being crushed and compacted, being shot into the sky, being ground into dust by mother nature and reorganized, to reach the state they are currently in. However, through this, some of the strongest materials are produced. From the dirty coal comes the diamond. From the molten lava comes volcanic glass, which can be cracked to be a more precise edge than many of our most prestigious surgical tools. Like rocks, when men put themselves under conditions of immense pressure, immense states of discomfort, they will go from the humble lump of coal to the illustrious Diamond." –William Botrum

Full Name:

William Chadwick Botrum


President William Botrum
Doge Botrum of Hatterleigh




Head of State of Hatterleigh


March 24th


6'3 (Ft.)





Hair Color:

Light Brown

Eye Color:



Rose Botrum


Mahogany, Hatterleigh


Free Domain of Hatterleigh


Politics, Cinema, Sports, Stargazing,
crafts (Carpentry, Metalworking, Masonry), hunting, meditation

Presidential Homestead

Botrum's dog

William Botrum is the Head of State in the Free Domain of Hatterleigh, elected by the Hatterleighan Delegation, he is the main figure on the Hatterleigh Political Theatre, and also the head of the military. He is a politician, naturalist, and student of history. Whilst his position is officially called the President, it is traditionally called the Doge of Hatterleigh, a name given to leaders of some pre-enlightenment republics.

William Botrum was born in the suburbs of Meteor City, Hatterleigh. His father was a pilot, and his mother stayed at home. When he was around the age of 12 he moved into a new home on the other side of the city, and would stay there until he was 18. When he was 16 he got his drivers license as well as his first job. His grades were very good, especially in Math, and he went to a college where he majored in Law and minored in History and Math.

Once Botrum was out of College, he had planned to become a lawyer, but was reluctant to it and in had mixed feelings over the ethics of lawyering. As it was law for Hatterlese to participate in a year of civil service once reaching adulthood, Botrum chose to go into the military. He spent 3 years in the Military, and although Hatterleigh was not in intense combat, it was involved in multiple skirmishes which Botrum had to deal with. After his time in the Military Botrum learned how to fly a plane from his father.

However, also during this time, Botrum was very interested in politics. During his time in the military he became more invested in politics. He started reading many books and when he got home ran for the office of mayor in Meteor City. He was able to win the vote and became Mayor. Also during this time he met his now wife. Eventually the time came where he set himself up in a position to become president of Hatterleigh, which he succeeded in due to being seen as very qualified and having a much higher expression of vitality over the other, rather old candidates.

Personality and Current Life
"Why would I write a book on politics? I get enough of that every day." –William Botrum
Botrum's personal life is intertwined with his political life, he treats the people like his friends, perhaps even his family. He is usually a bit spiced up or invigorated when it comes to his speeches, but is generally respectful to even his rivals. He's never been overly polite, and tends to be much less bottled compared to other political leaders, more loosened up, a bit 'sprezzatura' in his interactions with media. He is willing to protect Hatterleigh at all costs, no matter the case. He has always had a large imagination, and he prefers not to prepare jokes but rather just see where the wind takes him, he usually unintentionally says something funny once in a while or says something silly during an interview because he doesn't mind being human during his press interviews, but out of all his positives his charisma is what people really enjoy about him. However, his laid back persona is in contrast to his private life. Botrum is not only rather religious but very spiritual as well. Meditating, training is mind and body, denying himself from material bliss in search of metaphysical truths. Certain politicians have accused him of devil worship or being a neopagan, however he has denied such claims.

Botrum lives in The Presidential Homestead, and has all sorts of privileges as president. He has a secret service to protect him and ride him places, he could go pretty much wherever he needs to, he has a nice car and he has his own capital ship.

The Presidential Homestead
William Botrum lives in the Presidential Homestead, a captivating manor in the Federal District of downtown Mahogany which many of Hatterleigh's heads of state have lived in. The large house is home to the president's office, where he does all his work, and his living quarters, which contain a large kitchen, a dining hall, multiple large bedrooms and bathrooms, hard to count in fact, a private cinema, and some other features that have been added over the years by presidents and advisors. Built in the 18th century, the building has gone through vast additions and upgrades. In the backyard there is a koi pond, a barn with chickens and quail in it, a Tennis court, and a forest trail that leads to the public plaza nearby. On the front lawn there is a fountain with a statue in the center, with two marble guards standing by the entrance with an eternal glare, and also you can see the garage from here, which actually leads underground as well. The homestead is guarded by armed guards 24/7 and has many people who work in maintenance and service for the manor. The front is open for the public to see, however it is closed with a bar fence. Behind the fence, mighty Baobab Trees line the lawn as well as flowers and two fountains. The baobabs were a choice of the first doge of Hatterleigh. There are also other properties that come with Botrum's title, such as the Doge's Winery, which is out on the countryside, & The Doge's Stables, which house the royal horses that previous Doges used for all sorts of stuff. Botrum and some previous leaders have added a fair share of Cars to the stables, although the horses do not go unused. Botrum has stated that he has learned how to ride a horse thanks to this job.

The Doge's Guard
The Doge's Guard is a term for what some would call the "secret service" of Hatterleigh, although they do much more than that. The term originates from when the Doge of Gurgoerde hired a company of mercenaries for the protection of his city, his palace, his land, and other things operated by him. After the revolution they continued to protect the Doge's (President's) properties, although became far more incorporated into the Hatterlese government and also protect many other high up politicians as well. The Doge's guard wears ceremonial getup, but only for ceremonial events and at the front gates of the properties of Mahogany (Mainly for tourism attraction & Aesthetic Purposes). Otherwise they wear suits, military garment, or disguises.

Political Ideology
"It's hard to argue economics, it's very complicated, like a science, and what it all means can get lost in the conversation." –William Botrum
William Botrum is generally considered corporatist when it comes to economics. Companies are private, but the state commands certain orders from them. The state also promotes alternative economic unions such as Guilds and Syndicate-like organizations. Botrum is always looking to expand Hatterleigh's economic power so that it isn't taken advantage of as well.
"Curses unto those who say our ancestors are just bones in the dirt, and more curses unto those who cast our ancestors as evil! Truly a horrible and anti-human way to think." –William Botrum
Botrum generally is socially conservative, and a traditionalist. He does not promote modernist interpretations of the world, and believes the Hatterlese should celebrate their heritage, and have particular roles to fill in society which they should. He supports the family, and is against the LGBTQ movement.
"The system of democracy was created for much smaller, more tight knit communities, back in the days of the ancients and even the primitives, who I believe had their own primitive democracy. However, once you get to a large enough scale it becomes intruded by those who are easily manipulated, or lack the care over national politics to vote with their heart or the full power of their mind." –William Botrum
Botrum believes in aspects of democracy, but not the whole package. He believes that democracy on a large enough scale is no longer meaningful, but democracy on a small scale is very important.
• William Botrum was an avid sportsman in his early days. An avid wrestler and fighter, a player of both association and gridiron football. During his presidency he has taken some interest in "HEMA". He is still interested in sports, and in one of his books claimed that a healthy society, at least in modern times, must have sports.

• Botrum has a fondness for Hatterlese motorcycles and scooters. Unfortunately, he doesn't have the time to drive them on the open road anymore, as his security guards don't want him in such a vulnerable position.

•Botrum is the youngest leader ever in Hatterleigh