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President Ehrich W. Kemp

EHRICH WILLIAM KEMP


Office:

President of the High Council of Beithe
(2009-Present)

Political Party:

National Party

Political Ideologies

Rational centrism
Meritocratic authoritarianism
Fiscal conservatism

Preceded by:

James McClure

Succeeded by:

N/A

Date of Birth:

28 October 1952 (Age 67)

Place of Birth:

Newark, Sussex, Southern District

Height:

1.7 m. (5'7")

Hair Colour:

Strawberry blonde

Eye Colour:

Green

Marital Status:

Divorced, widowed

Education:

  • Juris doctor degree
    Capitol University Law School (1979)

  • Bachelor of Sciences Degree with Honours in Linguistics
    University of Southern Beithe - Sussex (1975)

  • High school diploma with Honours
    Sussex Bay Preparatory High School (1971)

Career Summary

  • President of the High Council (2009-Present)

  • Commissioner of the Southern District (2004-2009)

  • Lieutenant-Commissioner of the Southern District (2000-2004)

  • Governor of Sussex (1994-1999)

  • Partner-Attorney
    Hesse Stephens, McMillon & Kemp (1991-1994)

  • Associate Attorney
    Hesse, Stephens & McMillon (1998-1991)

  • Councilman
    National Party Sussex State Council (1989-1994)

  • Assistant District Attorney
    Capitol City Department of Law & Order (1986-1988)

  • Reserve Officer (final rank: Lieutenant-Commander)
    Beithe Navy Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps (1986-1990)

  • Active Duty Officer (final rank: Lieutenant)
    Beithe Navy Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps (1979-1986)


Ehrich William Kemp (b. 28 October 1952) is the current President of the LinkHigh Council of the Allied States of the Isle of Beithe (Head of State) and Director of the National Party.

Kemp is a former attorney who has specialized in both criminal law and financial law. Having been active in politics since 1989, he has held the positions of Governor of Sussex, Lieutenant-Commissioner of the Southern District, and Commissioner of the Southern District. He is the grandson of National Party founding member Johannes Kemp, Jr.

Early Life and Education
Ehrich William Kemp was born on 28 October 1952 to Sussex Governor Johannes Kemp, III (b. 1907 d. 1997) and Nicole Kemp (‘nee Milton; b. 1915 d. 1984) in Newark, Sussex.

Spending his childhood primarily in the family’s private residence in the coastal city of Sussex Bay, young Ehrich Kemp was a bright, ambitious boy who expressed a desire to become a lawyer at age 9. When his nose wasn’t buried in a book, he enjoyed building model trains and monthly hunting and fishing trips with his father in the Highlands National Forest. As a teenager, he’d also developed an interest in car repair and landed a part-time job as a mechanic’s assistant at age 16.

In 1971, Kemp graduated valedictorian from Sussex Bay Preparatory High School, where he was president of both the debate club and the mock senate. Afterwards, he began studies as a linguistics major (with minors in history and philosophy) at the University of Southern Beithe – Sussex in Newark. Kemp joined the National Party in his freshman year, and by his senior year, he was elected president of his university’s chapter of the National Party Students Council. He graduated in the top 5% of his class in 1975 with a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Linguistics and subsequently enrolled at Capitol University Law School.

Military Career
After graduating from Capitol University Law School, Kemp joined the Beithe Navy to fulfill his military service requirements under the nation’s conscription statute. Commissioned a Sub-Lieutenant on 15 October 1979, he proceeded to the Naval Justice School, and upon completion of his training, began his first assignment at Northshore Naval Base in Straussburg-am-See. He spent 18 months at the base in the legal assistance office followed by a year as junior legal officer aboard the aircraft carrier BNS Edmunds (ACN-005). Aboard the Edmunds, he gained his first trial experience as defense counsel during a shipboard court martial of a seaman accused of punching his chief petty officer. The seaman ultimately pled guilty to misdemeanor assault, but Kemp managed to avoid a dishonorable discharge for the young sailor.

In December 1982, Kemp was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to the JAG headquarters's Military Justice Division at Sussex Bay Naval Base, where he worked until his departure from active duty in 1986. At JAG Headquarters, Lt. Kemp quickly honed his skills as both defense counsel and prosecutor. When interviewed in 1994 during Kemp’s campaign for Governor of Sussex, retired Judge Advocate General Rear Admiral Amanda McKenzie described “the rockstar officer” as “possibly the best criminal attorney I’d seen in my career.” In 1985, he found himself in the most difficult case of his military career: prosecuting his immediate commanding officer, Lieutenant-Commander Paul Wilson, for the stalking, rape, and attempted murder of fellow JAG officer Lt. Tiffany Donaldson -- the daughter of a famous Beithen actor, Jennifer Donaldson, with whom Lt. Cmdr. Wilson had been obsessed. Kemp was the only JAG officer to volunteer to prosecute the case. The trial made global headlines due to the victim’s mother and was the first televised court martial in Beithe's history. After five weeks, the trial ended with a jury deliberation that lasted only 20 minutes and ended with a verdict of guilty on all counts.

In 1986, after having reached the end of the minimum active duty period specified in his contract, Kemp entered active reserve status. Kemp was honorably discharged from the Beithe Navy Reserves in 1990 at the rank of Lieutenant-Commander.

Post-Military Legal Career
Kemp worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Capitol City from 1986 to 1988. He then returned to his hometown of Sussex Bay to join law firm Hesse, Stephens & McMillon, which specialized in business and finance law as well as white-collar criminal defense. In 1991, the up-and-coming attorney found himself once again in the national spotlight when he defended arms manufacturer R. Klein Associates CEO Robert Klein III against charges of tax fraud and extortion. The trial, which lasted 4 months, ended with a verdict of not guilty on both counts. Kemp was subsequently given partner status at his firm.

Even after his discharge from the Navy Reserves, Kemp occasionally took on cases pro bono for military personnel seeking legal aide in civilian matters.

Early Political Career
Kemp’s political career began in 1989 when he obtained governing member status in the National Party, becoming a councilman in the party’s Sussex State Council. Following in his father’s footsteps, he was selected for candidacy for Governor of his home state of Sussex in 1994.

The National Party’s reputation had taken a hit in the early 1990s following multiple allegations of corruption. (In 1992, the most notable case occurred when an Assistant Minister of Security was indicted for accepting bribes. The charges were dismissed before trial, however, and the National Party’s opponents suggested a cover-up.) Kemp’s legal career came under scrutiny—particularly his defense of R. Klein Associates CEO Robert Klein III. He promptly rebutted by quoting his prosecution of his commanding officer while in the Navy JAG Corps, a role for which he’d volunteered. Kemp claimed that he would take a “no mercy” approach towards government corruption and that “party member and government officials found having accepted bribes will be prosecuted with the full hammer of the law.”

Ehrich Kemp was elected Governor of Sussex in November 1994 with 91% of the popular vote and sworn into office on 1 February 1995. Former Mayor of Newark Gordon Smith was selected as his Lieutenant-Governor. After winning the governorship, Kemp kept his campaign promises. With help from the federal Office of Special Investigations, inquiries by the Sussex Attorney-General’s Office and the Sussex Bureau of Internal Administration led to the arrest of three civil servants within the Department of Public Utilities in 1996. The three men were accused of accepting bribes amongst other charges. One of the defendants pled guilty to reduced charges before trial, receiving a 2-year prison sentence, while the other two were found guilty on all counts by a jury and each sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and a $15,000 fine. Further investigation of the Sussex Department of Public Utilities focused on the agency’s Secretary and Deputy Secretary, but no substantial evidence of wrongdoing could be found. A concurrent investigation into the Sussex Department of Transportation found the Under-Secretary for New Constructions had taken bribes from a contractor whose faulty construction resulted in a bridge collapse that killed 14 motorists and injured 6 others. The Under-Secretary was found guilty of 1 count of general misconduct by a government official, 7 counts of accepting bribes, 14 counts of manslaughter, and 6 counts of attempted manslaughter, as well as obstruction of justice and contempt of court for refusing to name others involved in the scandal. He was sentenced to 212 years imprisonment without possibility for parole and fined $200,000. (He committed suicide in prison after serving only 3 years.)

Prior to Kemp’s governorship, the Sussex government had been struggling financially, consistently over-budget since 1988 and pleading to the Southern District Commissioner for federal assistance in 1994. Governor Kemp initiated major reforms during his term and fired almost a quarter of the state’s civil service, most notably the state Senior Chief Administrative Officer and the secretaries of each executive department. From 1996 until the end of Kemp’s term in 1999, the government of Sussex ended each fiscal year at least 20% under-budget.

Following the death of his wife Elizabeth in an accident involving a drunk driver in 1997 (which also injured his youngest son, Jonathon), Governor Kemp enacted a new law that increased the penalties for drunk driving in Sussex, raising it from the status of first-degree misdemeanor for the first offense to a fourth-degree felony, punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment and $10,000 in fines, and a third-degree felony for subsequent offenses, punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment and $20,000 in fines. He also increased funding for DUI checkpoints by the Sussex State Police. Other states followed Kemp’s lead in cracking down on drunk driving, which had become a “mini-epidemic in Beithe” by the late 1990s, according to newspaper The National Herald.

After completing one term as Governor of Sussex, Kemp was elected Lieutenant-Commissioner of the Southern District in 2000. He was elected Commissioner of the Southern District in 2004 after the mandatory retirement of Commissioner Jack Wilson. As both Lieutenant-Commissioner and Commissioner, Kemp worked closely with Stephanie Reinholdt—then director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Department of Global Economics & Trade and later appointed Prime Minister by President Kemp—to promote international trade in the Southern District. Under Kemp’s leadership and with the support of Reinholdt, the Port of Sussex Bay saw imports and exports increase three-fold.

Presidency
President James McClure suffered a stroke on 20 January 2009. He entered a coma and died from brain hemorrhaging two weeks later. Vice President Stephen Robertson immediately assumed the role of Interim President after McClure’s incapacitation, and preliminary proceedings for an emergency national election began on 9 February. Interim President Robertson was initially offered candidacy by the National Party General Council, but he refused, intent to retire from politics upon election of a new president (additionally, Robertson was only 3 years from the mandatory retirement age of 75). The National Party elected Southern District Commissioner Ehrich Kemp as their candidate on 27 February. Having gained a reputation as a hard-nosed yet fair—and exceptionally competent—administrator, Kemp received National Party endorsement with a record-setting 98% vote of approval. Ehrich Kemp was elected President of the High Council of Beithe on 24 June 2009 with 96% of the popular vote. He was sworn into office and began his duties on 6 July.

The presidency of Ehrich Kemp has been controversial. He has been accused of a totalitarian attitude. Since 2009, Kemp has issued a record number of Presidential Directives relative to his time in office: 343 as of September 2018. None of his directives have been challenged by the other members of the High Council. International observers have suggested that, under Kemp’s leadership, the Isle of Beithe is on the verge of becoming a full dictatorship. President Kemp refuses to comment on these accusations.

Kemp’s tough approach towards rooting out government corruption has continued, but his political opponents have suggested that this is merely a cover for his own corruption.

Allegations of Political Suppression

Allegations of suppressive activities by the Central Security Service against the National Party’s political opponents have grown dramatically under Kemp’s presidency. In particular, CSS operations abroad against Beithen expatriates have allegedly increased following several prominent National Party members leaving the nation. Most notably, in 2014, Senator James Madden of Kent fled to the United Kingdom, claiming political asylum. He has since written 3 books and over two dozen articles about alleged corruption in the National Party and Beithe’s federal government. Madden was gunned down outside his London apartment in August 2017, surviving but left paralyzed. The Beithen government has officially denied involvement in the attempted assassination.

Law Enforcement Policies

Kemp's recent law enforcement policies – such as enhanced authority to perform warrantless search and detention, video surveillance of major public areas, and mandatory collection of DNA samples from even misdemeanant offenders – as well as his support for massive budget increases for the ubiquitous police community have caused Beithe to be labelled as “police state” by international observers. Even prominent members of the National Party have rebuffed President Kemp's recent police state policies – though their objections are typically more focused on budgetary concerns and administrative logistics, rather than concerns over civil rights.

Changes to National Party Membership Requirements

In 2013, in his secondary role as Director of the National Party, President Kemp enacted reforms to the National Party's membership requirements that made governing member status more exclusive -- most notably, the requirement for IQ testing. Since these reforms, the National Party has rejected nearly a quarter of applications for governing member status.

Controversy over Religious Viewpoints

An outspoken atheist, Kemp has been heavily criticized by Beithe's small yet vocal religious community.

In 2010, President Kemp issued a presidential directive which removed the tax-exempt status of churches and other religious institutions. The measure has been attributed to the rise in popularity of the minority Christian Democratic Party (many of its most prominent members formerly having been representatives of the National Party).

Military Policies

President Kemp has supported increased funding for the Beithe Armed Forces and personally initiated several expansion projects. Most notably, in 2017, Kemp authorized the Beithe Navy's "Project 2030." The specifics of Project 2030 have not been disclosed publicly, but it has been stated that the goal of the project would be to create a “post-modern, technologically superior” fleet by 2030 and that it would include the introduction of 5 new warship classes, as well as “considerable upgrades” to existing warships. In addition to supporting military expansion, Kemp has issued multiple directives that have restructured the military's operational command and revised internal military policies. He also spearheaded the Military Education Modernization & Reform Act of 2013 -- which enacted considerable changes to the curricula and organization of the Beithe Military Academy, revised the armed forces enlisted training programs, and authorized increased funding for military personnel wishing to attend courses at private universities and colleges.

International Relations

Though he holds steadfast towards the National Party's traditional policy of non-interventionism and the protection of Beithen sovereignty, President Kemp has been relatively progressive towards international relations. With the help of Prime Minister Stephanie Reinholdt, and more recently, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Edward McCoy, Beithe has taken a larger role in the international community, including the establishment of more embassies. Additionally, Kemp has enacted several initiatives to increase foreign trade, such as the abolition of all tariffs.

In late 2018, President Kemp came under scrutiny by his fellow National Party members when he announced Beithe's admission into the International Police Force (INTERPOL). While Kemp is an anti-globalist and disapproves of international organizations such as the World Assembly (he once called World Assembly one of the "greatest threats" to the sovereignty of all nations), he has conceded that there exists a "legitimate need for international co-operation of law enforcement agencies amidst modern crises." He has insisted that there is "difference between international co-operation and devolution of sovereignty."

President Kemp has also been criticized by the National Party for inviting INTERPOL officers to assist in the investigation of Franklin Simpson, the former Governor-General of the Protectorate of Harvest Island. In October 2018, Governor-General Simpson had been removed from office following a violent confrontation between Beithen marines and secessionist protestors on the protectorate island. The event sparked outrage in the international community, with some nations calling for Simpson's extradition to an international tribunal for crimes against humanity. President Kemp refused extradition, citing conflicts with the Beithen constitution and calling it a "spiritual affront" to Beithen sovereignty. However, Kemp invited a team of INTERPOL investigators from the Stoklomolvi Laoist Federation to assist in the investigation.

It has been speculated that President Kemp's decision to join INTERPOL contributed to his decreased support in the 2018 presidential election.

Non-Political Associations
Ehrich Kemp serves on the governing board of several non-profit organizations:

  • Standard Beithen English Association -- a consortium of English scholars, linguists, sociologists, professional editors, and public officials that unofficially governs Standard Beithen English

  • The Fraternal Order of Hedonistic Cynics -- an anti-religion/pro-science think-thank

  • National Jurisprudence Society -- a group that provides advice to bar associations throughout Beithe

  • Linguistics Society of Sussex Bay -- an applied linguistics think-tank

  • Order of the Red Fox -- an alleged secret society, no verifiable information is available about this group

Personality
Since entering the presidency, Ehrich Kemp's personality has been analysed by academic researchers throughout Beithe and abroad.

Dr. Gerald Brown of the University of Kent published in a March 2016 edition of the ''Journal of Politico-Socio-Psychology'':

"(President Kemp) displays the pragmatism for which President (Alistair) LinkMacDonald had been praised, but he lacks MacDonald's "fatherly figure" persona; instead, President Kemp could be described more aptly as a "step-fatherly figure." Exceptionally charming, Kemp assures Beitheans that their president cares for them, and they believe him, although with a reasonable dose of skepticism. There is love in Kemp's hands, but it is a highly conditional love -- the kind that can be broken by a single slip. Publicly, the president speaks compassionately but with a subtle tone of judgement. In private discussions with his subordinates, he can be stern yet simultaneously understanding, even forgiving at times. The nation is conflicted. Kemp makes one yearn for his acceptance and fear the repercussions of failure. Beitheans feel that they can trust their president; but at times, they have their suspicions -- suspicions of which they cannot, of course, speak openly."

An anonymous ex-administrator in the Office of the President has described Kemp as a "tactical orator." Kemp has become well-known for his fugacious level-of-interest and cursory responses during High Council deliberations. This attitude is "not indifference," explains the anonymous source, "but a carefully planned approach. The President can speak eloquently and with great detail -- when he chooses. He can engage you in heated debates that last hours, in an attempt to reach a compromise, but if he fundamentally disapproves of your opinion, he will simply turn a deaf ear towards you. I suppose that you could call him the 'master of the silent treatment.'" It has been suggested that Kemp had learned this tactic from his experience as a trial lawyer.

In a 2011 survey by the National Party's General Council, Ehrich Kemp was voted the party's number-one "sarcastic bastard."

Political Beliefs

Overall, President Kemp falls on the right-centre of the political spectrum. Specifically, Kemp has described his political views as "rational centrism."

Kemp supports free market capitalism. He has opposed most proposals for regulation of private enterprise, although with a few notable exceptions. As an advocate of free trade, Kemp eliminated all tariffs in 2018.

Known as the National Party’s fiercest fiscal conservative, President Kemp has spent much of his political career seeking to eliminate government waste. He has also spearheaded multiple reforms to the federal tax code.

Kemp scores somewhat low on the political freedom scale. Though he publicly advocates the values of democracy, he is regularly viewed as a meritocratic authoritarian. He claims to support freedom of speech, but allegations of covert censorship of anti-National Party literature have increased under his presidency.

Like most members of the National Party, President Kemp believes in the devolution of most government authority to the state governments, aside from management of the armed forces and police services. He has stated that the “prime goal of the alliance of Beithe’s constituent states is mutual protection from external threats and the general maintenance of law and order.”

Kemp is by no means minarchist and has been critical of the National Party’s far-right-libertarian factions (many of whom have left the party to form new political coalitions such as the Neo-Existentialist and Traditionalist parties). He believes that “government, at the state and municipal levels, has a legitimate role in many of the basic services necessary for modern life,” such as public transportation, public utilities, schools, and emergency services; however, he has stated that governments must “seek for moderation,” “exercise caution to avoid becoming a nanny state,” and “avoid intervention where matters are more aptly handled through private institutions operating under a market system.” He supports evaluating government programmes on an individual basis.

President Kemp opposes far-left policies such as government welfare and healthcare systems.

President Kemp supports most civil liberties and can be highly progressive at times; however, he is quick to reduce certain liberties in the name of national security and law-and-order. Under Kemp’s leadership, Beitheans are largely free to live their own lives without government intervention—so long as they stay on the right side of the law and in the National Party’s favour.

5-Dimensional Political Compass Score
Collectivism score: -67%
Authoritarianism score: -17%
Internationalism score: -100%
Tribalism score: 0%
Liberalism score: 67%

Political Compass

8values Test

FOR:

  • Market capitalism

  • Strong, centralized armed forces and police services

  • Devolution of power to state governments (except for armed forces and police services)

  • LGBT rights

  • Pro-choice

  • Legalization of recreational drugs

  • Secular humanism

  • Meritocracy

AGAINST:

  • Socialism and communism

  • Globalism

  • Interventionism

  • Protectionism

  • Minarchism

  • Religion

Personal Life
On 16 May 1978, Ehrich Kemp married his first wife, Elizabeth McMahon, a fellow law student at Capitol University Law School. The couple’s first son, Ehrich Kemp, Jr., was born in 1982, followed by a daughter, Alivia, a year later. A third child, Jonathon Kemp, was born in 1990.

The year 1997 was one of significant personal hardship for Kemp and his family. His father, Johannes Kemp, III, passed away at age 90 on 2 March 1997. Shortly thereafter, on 28 March, his wife Elizabeth was killed in a car accident, having been hit by a drunk driver during heavy rainfall while driving along national highway I-6. She had been on her way back home to the governor’s estate in Newark after visiting her mother in Capitol City. According to the police report, her vehicle was sideswiped by a drunk driver at approximately 2245 (10:45pm). An eyewitness who had been driving behind Elizabeth stated that she’d attempted to maintain control but had begun hydroplaning. Elizabeth’s car struck a guardrail and flipped three times. She was declared dead on the scene by paramedics 15 minutes later. Kemp’s youngest son, Jonathon, was also in the car and had broken both of his legs and his right arm. The drunk driver was also killed after a head-on collision with a third vehicle; the third driver and his wife were killed, as well. Following Elizabeth’s death, Ehrich Kemp took a 3-month hiatus from his duties as Governor of Sussex, deferring power to his Lieutenant-Governor, Gordon Smith.

On 2 December 1999, Kemp married his second wife Suzanne Klein (daughter of arms manufacturer R. Klein Associates CEO Robert Klein III, whom Kemp had defended eight years earlier). They divorced in July 2005.

Kemp's first grand-child, Ehrich III, was born to his eldest son Ehrich, Jr. and his wife Francesca in 2007. Kemp’s daughter Alivia and husband Paul MacDonald gave birth to his second grandson, Vincent, in 2010 and his first granddaughter Elizabeth (named after Kemp’s deceased first wife) in 2012. His youngest son Jonathon and wife Sarah had a daughter, Heather, in 2011 and a son, Arthur, in 2017.

Romantic relations between President Kemp and Prime Minister Stephanie Reinholdt have been alleged since 2016, but they have vehemently denied the rumors. Kemp has accused the National Party’s opponents of “trying way too hard to create some kind of scandal.”

In Kemp’s personal time, he enjoys restoring classic cars, collecting vintage military memorabilia, and hunting and fishing with his grandchildren in the Highlands National Forest. He maintains personal residences in Loch Kilgore in the Highlands of Moorfield and in his childhood home of Sussex Bay.

Lineage

Ehrich Kemp was the last-born of his parents' five children (siblings: Klaus b. 1933 d. 2015; Sarah b. 1935; Rebecca b. 1941; and Michael b. 1947) At the time of Ehrich's birth, his father, Johannes Kemp III, was Governor of Sussex (and later became Commissioner of the Southern District, Prime Minister, and Vice President of the High Council). Johannes III also was a veteran of both World War II and the Second Civil War of Beithe. Ehrich's grandfather, Johannes Kemp, Jr. (b. 1884 d. 1961), was one of the three founding members of the National Party.

Paternally, Ehrich Kemp has German lineage. His great-grandfather, Johannes Kemp Sr. (b. 1861 d. 1973), had moved to Beithe amidst a massive influx of German immigrants in the 1890s and spent his entire adult life as a farmer in Northshore. Dying at age 112 in 1973, Ehrich's great-grandfather had been the oldest man in Beithe's recorded history.

Maternally, Kemp's heritage is Scottish, Welsh, and Irish. The lineage of his mother, Nicole Milton, extends back to the Colony of Beithe when multitudes of anti-English Scots fled the British Isle in response to the 1707 Acts of Union. The Miltons had been a sept of Clan MacArthur, the patron-clan of the renowned 1st Highlander's Brigade.

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