Premier of the Union
40 PU - Present
Preceded by: Krux Der
Minister for Internal Affairs
32 PU - 40 PU
Preceded by: Idi Low
Succeeded by: Rox Terr
Harvest 8, 2 BU (age 46)
Ret D'noll, Sarf D'noll Yet
University of Tress
"Now as one, we can never be apart."
- Sarf D'noll, 3rd State of the Union Address
D'noll inherited a shaky and damaged state and before the end of his first five-year plan had stabilized the Union and began closing economic supply issues. Despite this numerous economic problems continue to plague the polity. The stabilization mostly took the form of repressive and authoritarian controls on dissent and the infiltration of anti-government organizations.
D'noll was born in 2 BU, just before the complete establishment of the Union. He studied engineering at university, and was assigned various regions in the east as a infrastructure engineer.
After 3 years of work they formally entered [PARTY] and quickly rose to Deputy Supervisors of Transport Infrastructure at [REGION] working there till 22 PU where he became Chief Political Commissar at [REGION] which propelled him to national fame for the efficency and ideological faith of his region. His hard work lead to him becoming Minister for Internal Affairs where he worked to stabilize the many factions under Krux Der. Following Der's sudden death and the following election, he became Premier.
Twelfth Five-Year Plan
D’noll’s first major acts as Premier were to break the centralized power structure of his predecessor, establishing numerous new ministries with their own heads, a tactical move to give limited power to a larger number of individuals to reduce the chance of any one gaining enough power to oust him. As well this shift in power removed decades long blocks as the handful of power ministers in charge of numerous portfolios were unable to handle the many tasks given to them.
Worker Morale and Laziness
Following this he turned his attention to the economic problems plaguing the polity. Chief among these was the “work-shy” populace. D’noll set about making a carrot and a stick. The newly formed Ministry of Culture set about creating propaganda extolling the toil and labour of the average worker, often comparing industrial and agricultural labour to martial action. As well were introduced new work benefits for top performing units and individuals. On the other side was the formalization of penalties both monetarily and in extreme cases criminal for acts of “sedition” here meaning laziness, tardiness, and underperformance of all kinds. In total after four years average worker productivity was up 33%.
Education Changes and the Student Riots
Next was the development of skilled and semi-skilled workers, people whom the previous educational plan was woefully underproducing. The major thrust of the new educational system was the reduction in the number of university bound students to just 10% of the cohort. This was not without issue. Millions of students, previously primed to head to university, now settling with trade education or in some cases apprenticeship in heavy industry, turned out in the streets, in what became known as the Student Riots. The riots were crushed, but only after prolonged combat.
Modernization of State Security
The failure of state security forces to handle untrained combatants directly lead to pressures to reform and modernize the ailing forces. Thus began the largest martial buildup since the formation of the Union. Thousands of new officers were promoted, billions of scripts in vehicles and equipment were ordered. The effects of this build up lead to worsening corruption in security forces and supply chains which no doubt further exacerbated troubles with the economy. In a final act of securing the stability of the state was the creation of the Quarvian Special Service, tasked with infiltrating anti-government organizations and disrupting them. It is believed by 43 PU any notable organization of this type had a tasked agent. Perhaps no demonstration of the newly empowered security services came in the form of the Almost Strike of 43. Longshoremen represented a vital service moving food and goods from their industrial and agricultural heartlands to the places where they were actually needed, the vast cityscapes. Agents acting in the Harbourworker’s Union were able to successfully worm their way free of strike action before it occurred.
A thorn in the side of the last Premier, the religious factions continued to plague D’noll in the early days of his reign. The QSS and public campaign by the Ministry of Culture had succeeded in removing much power from religious institutions and the complete legal abolishment of them.
With the security of the state in hand, things began to cool politically and focus was turned back to the numerous holes in the ship of state. Industrial production while increased was still in a slump. The answer was clear to D’noll, automation! The construction of 8 massive industrial robot factories tripled the number of factories using automatons. While this is how it was reported in the press, the effects were limited to just an 11% increase in key good production due to a lack of skilled operators, repairmen, and programmers. It is believed that this will be corrected by the end of D’noll’s term.
The Union was formed of many older states and had widely diverse standards for everything from pin spacing on ICs to rail gauge to paper size. A newly formed Bureau of Measures and Standards was created to establish Pan-Union standards. While standards were written and many undertaken, the sheer volume of old products limited effects.
Rail and Air Infrastructure
The last major economic undertaking was the expansion of rail and air infrastructure. While ship based cargo let cargo move from the seaside cities to each other, moving goods from the heartland to the cities was still slow and inefficient. While much rail and airports were built ultimately it failed to meet targets due to infighting amongst stakeholders.
Race to the Moon
Finally was D’noll’s effort to undertake a manned moon landing. While the Pre-Union Hegemony had undertaken numerous space programs, including the construction of the first three habitats, it had faded under the Unification. D'noll focused the aerospace industry on its first major human spaceflight undertaking in decades, to land Quarvians on the moon. The prospective date of landing is 48 PU.
Thirteenth Five-Year Plan
Rail and Air Infrastructure
Among the notable successes of the Twelfth Five-year Plan, was the failure of the air and rail infrastructure expansion. it was hoped that with increased focus on this aspect of the plan would result more collaboration and more results. While this was true it took an inordinate amount of effort, and thus it became among the only success of the Thirteenth Five-Year Plan.
Heavy Industry Expansion
A major initiative of the plan was increasing the focus on heavy machinery and capital goods, hoping to create a foundation upon which the country could be built
Increases in Hydrocarbon Fuel Prices
While most personal vehicles run on electric power, but most industrial vehicles and many rural homes are powered by hydrocarbon fuel. As part of enticing greens who seemed resurgent in the latest poll the Ministry of Pricing and Planning increased the cost of hydrocarbon fuels. The end result was disastrous for DemSocs, with rapid flight from agrarian leaners and very little increase from greens.
For & Against
For: State Capitalism, Space Development, LGBT Rights, Mandatory Service, Nuclear Power
Against: Religious Thought, Abortion, Gun Possession, Recreational Drugs
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