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Chancellor Lev Patérnon

Lev Patérnon
Пате́рнон Лев Áлдомир


Chancellor of Tarvelia
Incumbent
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 Union

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 Union, 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.

Background


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.

Political Career


In Parliament, Patérnon was a non-partisan representative, as with the other military delegates. He strongly opposed aiding the Syrian Opposition Forces, voiced support for the Syrian Arab Republic, and voiced skepticism regarding claims of chemical weapons (citing the Iraq debacle). 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 interference in the Moscow-Constantinople schism in the Eastern Orthodox Church. 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 National Christian Party, who were reliably the Liberals' coalition partner. Unfortunately, NCP law makers were opposed to the nomination of Sűlon. Due to the the Moscow-Constantinople issue being a major issue in Tarvelia, the NCP 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 Union. He would go on to win the 2019 federal election, unseating the Liberal Party for the first time since the country's independence.

Chancery


His election was generally viewed unfavorably by western media, with many observers casting the NCU'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. After an emergency lock-down spanning from March to June, the government transitioned to a South Korean-inspired system of minimal shut-downs and high-complience with infection tracking. All federal guidelines regarding the coronavirus were lifted in February of 2022.

Additionally, Patérnon has successfully passed amendments to the constitution giving the Queen the right to veto any legislation put forth by parliament and restoring the monarch's role in diplomacy, in the new goverment's goal of creating a "truly post-revolutionary" Tarvelia. Patérnon has also shown affinity to distributist economic policies, having championed legislation providing tax credits and rewards for family-owned businesses, an expansion of anti-trust laws, and has encouraged provinces governed by his party to replace their income or VAT taxes with Georgist land taxes.

Personal Life


Publicly, Patérnon leadership style is seen as candid, stoic, and efficient. He prefers to maintain a professional curtesy befitting a leader of a nation that places an emphasis on personal conduct and protocol. In his private life, the chancellor is much more of a listener than a talker, a devoted family man, and a hockey fan. He attends liturgy with his family on a weekly basis.

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.

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Quotes, Relevant or Otherwise

By the Chancellor

"Journalists need self-restraint, not unquestioned praise. Just this year, COVID-19 was not infectious during a riot, blind madwomen in the Balkans are acceptable sources of information, and Kim Yo-jong usurped her brother - twice."

- Defending his criticism of western journalists at press conference

"Believing that you are confused is simply not the same as denying your existence. I have little tolerance for such melodrama. If you have anything to ask me that excludes absurd parroting, please proceed. Otherwise, there are still other students here that would like to ask questions."

- Responding to a student at Vnytúđá College during a Q&A session that accused him of "denying his existence" or some rot

"Any country that has normalized the systemic slaughter of the unborn has forfeited their moral authority to condemn the atrocities of Nazism and Communism. Their leaders should not be taken as sincere when they condemn racism, bigotry, and slavery outside their spheres of power or from their own past. Such condemnations may only serve to cast light away from their own present atrocities."

- To the hosts of Good Morning, Tarvelia, on the subject on the increasingly moralizing rhetoric from progressive leaders

"Law is nothing but one party forcing its view on another. It is nonsense to assume otherwise. Do many leftist-drafted laws allow rightists to opt out? I think not."

- Responding to Radical party leader Matíld Ďerevŝénko claim that laws of a religious ethos should not be "forced" on the non-believing

"Tarvelia isn't a theocracy. Or a democracy, for that matter. It's a monarchy whose parliament has some elected officials."

- Responding to foreign claims of Tarvelia being a theocracy

"I shouldn't need to inspire adoration and maintain a personality cult. I am a chancellor - the government isn't mine, I just supervise it. At the end of the day, if myself, parliament, or high court screw up, it's the Queen who's gonna have to clean up after us."

- On being boring

"What's a 'sus' and why am I one?"

- Context unknown

On the Chancellor

"Lev has a monotone laugh that he does with a straight face. This is his actual laugh, but everyone thinks it's sarcastic."
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