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Chancellor Lev Patérnon

Lev Patérnon
Пате́рнон Лев Áлдомир

Chancellor of Tarvelia
Assumed Office
1 January 2020

Monarch: Mágda II

Deputy: Vénir Ţébanin

Predecessor: Terís Krej

Parliamentary Air Corps Delegate
Assumed Office
5 August 2011

Chancellors: Svárnej Dávidin, Terís Krej

Predecessor: Elúru Ţómon

Successor: Kómeđ Perpétuan

Personal Details

Born: 13 June 1975 (age 44)

Political Party: National Christian Alliance

Religion: Eastern Orthodoxy

Wife: Sydíň Patérnon

Children: Four

The native form of this name is Patérnon Lev Áldomir, with Áldomir being a patronymic. This entry will use western name order.

Lev Patérnon (Tarvelian pronunciation: ['lɛv pʌ'tɛɳɔn]) is a Tarvelian politician serving as the seventh chancellor of Tarvelia, and leads the National Christian Alliance, in coalition with with the Tarvelian People's Party. The government is young, but its agenda has been described as Christian-democratic, moderately nationalistic, and looking to form a positive diplomatic relations with Moscow. At age 44, he is the youngest person to serve as Chancellor in Tarvelia.

In 1975, Patérnon was born to Áldu and Natalíj Patérnon in the Tarvelian SSR, at Vátivyť in the Nórodin province. He had started working with his father on an arctic fishing vessel at twelve years of age during summers, which is not uncommon practice in coastal communities. Patérnon was fourteen years of age when Tarvelia declared its independence from the imploding Soviet Union, and was conscripted for the mandatory year of military training at 17. After his term, he had decided to join the fledgling Tarvelian Royal Air Corps, with strong support from his patriotic family.

Patérnon was station at the Ĝóraved Airbase, and later purchased a home locally after marrying. He served in the airforce, eventually earning the rank of sergeant-major. He was honorably discharged in 2009 after an automobile accident left him with a broken leg. During recovery, he worked as a bookkeeper for his family's fishery. Three years after his accident, he was nominated by a friend in the Air Corps to represent the military branch in the Tarvelian Parliament, and was formally appointed to the position in August 2011. Serving as the Air Corps' Parliamentary delegate also rendered him a member of the Tarvelian Security Council.

In Parliament, Patérnon was a non-partisan representative, as with the other military delegates. He strongly opposed aiding the Syrian Opposition Forces, and voiced support for the Syrian Arab Republic and voiced skepticism regarding claims of chemical weapons. Then-Chancellor Dávidin, and the subsequent Chancellor Krej, decided to remain neutral in the conflict.

Lev Patérnon was one of the many lawmakers outraged with perceived western interfence in the Moscow-Constantinople schism. when the Liberal Party convention selected Góltyr Sűlon, who did not wish to politicize schism, to lead its party in the 2019 election, Patérnon anouned he would run for the office under the NCU. The NCU was the long-time coalition partner in the Parliament, and generally opposed Sűlon's nomination. Due to the the Moscow-Constantinople issue being a major issue in Tarvelia, the NCU had decided to hold its convention later, in July 2018. Patérnon had competed for the leadership of the party at the convention by Taéj Mátţevin, who opposed breaking coalition with the Liberals. Patérnon had won the convention's support with an approximate 3:2 margin, and would later win the federal election in January, after consolidating support from pro-Moscow members of the Labor Party to form the National Christian Alliance.

His election was generally viewed unfavorably by western media, with many observers casting the NCA's victory as a result of Russian meddling of some sort. Patérnon has dismissed such claims as "ignorant and sensationalist." North American and European commentators have found controversy in his stances on abortion, homosexuality, religious public schools, and conscription - criticisms that could be leveled at any modern leader of Tarvelia - as well as his stances on Russia, the West, and Syria.

Patérnon's chancery has been predominantly occupied with the COVID-19 outbreak. In mid January, his government issued a moratorium on East Asian travel, and had Tarvelian citizens in East Asia rerouted for testing in quarantine back home. The government would later restrict all movement into the country through three border checkpoints and one airport in order to enforce mandatory testing of select people entering the country (the only people allowed entry are returning Tarvelians and foreign officials). On March 3rd, a state of emergency was declared as the number of confirmed infections surpassed 300. Tarvelia is currently on lock-down with high-compliance. As of April 1st, the country recorded has 821 cases, one of the lowest in Europe.

The Chancellor has four children with his wife, Sydíň Patérnon. He walks with a slight limp, and is known to use a cane on particularly cold days.