Fabian Duch


Fabian Duch
Фабян Дух
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Fabian Duch, 2007
President of Lemovicia
In office
1 April, 2012 – 1 April, 2016
PremierJan Swiech
Preceded byBolesław Buchalski, Aizo Mallo, Wojsław Mita, Nartziso Joanlucea
Succeeded byDamian Rogal, Ivon Mendarte, Filip Godlewski, Andremantzia Sorondo
President of Lemovicia
In office
1 April, 2004 – 1 April, 2008
PremierOtxote Sasiambarrena
Preceded byIgor Janusz, Hargin Saez, Jan Swiech, Eolo Larretche
Succeeded byBolesław Buchalski, Aizo Mallo, Wojsław Mita, Nartziso Joanlucea
1st Premier of Lemovicia
In office
1 November, 1992 – 1 April, 2004
PresidentIzydor Domzalski
Otxote Sasiambarrena
Jan Sweich
Gizon Artalolea
Igor Janusz
Hargin Saez
Eolo Larretche
DeputyHargin Saez
Otxote Sasiambarrena
Preceded byposition established
Succeeded byOtxote Sasiambarrena
Chief Executive of the Miersan Entity
Assumed office
1 November, 2016
Preceded bySławomir Rozak
Personal details
Born
Fabian Duch

(1945-10-01) 1 October 1945 (age 74)
Domvey, Narozalica (present-day Domwiej, Lemovicia)
NationalityNarozalican (1945-1979)
Lemovician (1979-)
Political partyLiberal Democrats
Spouse(s)Elżbieta Duch
Children1
ProfessionDoctor, politician
Military service
AllegianceLemovician opposition
Years of service1982-1992
RankCommander

Fabian Duch (Lemovician: Фабян Дух, Fabian Duj, Miersan: Fabian Duch, b. 1 October, 1945) is a doctor, a guerrilla fighter, and a Lemovician politician, who served as Premier from 1992 to 2004, President from 2004 to 2008, and again from 2012 to 2016, and currently serving as Chief Executive of the Miersan Entity.

Born in Domvey (present-day Domwiej), from an early age, he sought to become more educated. In 1963, he went to the University of Sechia, and finding his calling in medicine, he spent ten years before graduating in 1973. He returned to Domvey to open a clinic, but was influenced politically by Otxote Sasiambarrena, who was his literature professor in 1966. After Lemovicia gained independence from Narozalica in 1979, he was hesitant to support the National Syndicalist government. As they imposed more discriminatory policies against the Miersan population, Duch became aligned with the Liberal Democratic opposition, and in 1980, joined them as a medic, with the outbreak of the Lemovician Civil War. In 1982, he became a guerrilla fighter.

Following the end of the Lemovician Civil War in 1992, Duch participated in the drafting of the new Lemovician constitution, and was subsequently nominated by the Liberal Democrats to be their candidate for the newly-established position of Premier. After winning, he would serve for twelve years, winning the 1996 and 2000 elections before being elected to the Presidency in 2004. Although he lost in 2008, he returned to the Presidency in 2012, serving until 2016. Since 2016, he is serving as the Chief Executive of the Lemovician Entity.

Early life

Fabian Duch was born in the town of Domvey (present-day Domwiej) on 1 October, 1945, to Jaromir Duch and Halina Duch, as the third of four children, and the youngest son. He was an excellent student in school, and following his graduation in 1963, he attended the University of Sechia, where he met Otxote Edurov in 1966 at a literature class. Duch graduated from the University of Sechia in 1973 with a degree in medicine, making him a doctor.

He returned home to Domvey, starting his own practice there. However, his experiences at the University of Sechia led him to politics, as he was sympathetic to the idea of Lemovician independence from Narozalica. However, when the National Syndicalists took power on 21 November, 1979, and declared Lemovician independence from Narozalica, Duch was hesitant to support the new regime, particularly as he was opposed to their anti-Miersan policies.

Thus, in early 1980, Fabian Duch aligned himself with Sasiambarrena, as he doubted that those advocating Miersan separatism from Lemovicia, such as Izydor Domzalski and Jan Swiech would be able to lead a "truly free Miersan state," citing the governments of both western and eastern Miersa.

Thus, when the Lemovician Civil War broke out, Duch joined the Liberal Democratic opposition forces, closing up shop in Domwiej and moving to Sechia so he could directly assist the opposition forces in their plan to overthrow the Lemovician government. Initially working as a medic, by 1982, he enlisted and abandoned his role as a medic. Over the next decade, he proved to be an excellent fighter, and by the war's end, Duch became a commander.

During this period, Fabian Duch emerged as a close confidante of Otxote Sasiambarrena, with Sasiambarrena entrusting Duch to help administer the opposition-controlled territories from the late 1980s onward. Thus, when the Alikianos Accords was signed in 1992, Duch participated in the drafting of the new constitution. Upon its approval, the Liberal Democrats nominated him to be their candidate for the newly-established position of Premier.

Political career

Premier

After a vigorous campaign, Fabian Duch was elected on 1 November, 1992, and was sworn in to be the first head of government of Lemovicia under the 1992 constitution, as he headed a Liberal Democratic-Northern Alliance-Miersan People's Union coalition.

In his first term as Premier, Duch sought to rebuild the country from the devastation caused by the Lemovician War of Independence and the Lemovician Civil War. To this end, Duch introduced the second denar, as the first denar suffered from {{wp|hyperinflation}] as a result of the war. As well, Duch deregulated the economy, and privatized many government-owned industries, such as Lemavia Airlines. In addition, he sought to reduce tensions between the Lemovician and Miersan communities.

By 1996, with Sechia and Loiola becoming more and more rebuilt, and with tensions between Lemovicians and Miersans diminishing, the peacekeeping mission in Lemovicia began to wind down. This allowed Duch to be re-elected for a second term. However, the Miersan People's Union refused to participate in the coalition, but as the Liberal Democrats and Northern Alliance now formed a majority of the National Assembly, he remained as Premier.

During his second term, Duch continued his economic policies, while at the same time shifting his efforts away from Samorspi and towards other organisations, with Duch vowing to "bring Lemovicia up" to eastern Euclean standards by the end of the next decade. As well, Fabian Duch attempted to join Samorspi in 1996, but after protests from ethnic Lemovicians, and the opposition of Otxote Sasiambarrena, Duch was forced to withdraw the measure, and instead focus on the "long path" towards joining the Euclean Community.

In 2000, Duch was re-elected for a third term, with the coalition remaining in government. His deputy, Hargin Saez was elected to the Lemovician Presidency, and as such, he appointed Sasiambarrena to be his deputy Premier. With the establishment of the Association of South Euclean States, Duch sought to have Lemovicia join it "as a stepping stone towards eventual membership in the Euclean Community."

By 2004, Duch announced his intention to run for the Lemovician Presidency. After endorsing Otxote Sasiambarrena to succeed him as Premier, Fabian Duch launched a campaign emphasizing his record as Premier, and vowing to continue leading Lemovicia "towards the Association of South Euclean States, and ultimately, the Euclean Community."

Presidency, interlude, and return

Fabian Duch (right) shaking hands with (TBD), 2007

On 1 April, 2004, Fabian Duch, alongside Hargin Saez, Eolo Larretche, and Weronika Mlynarska, were sworn in as the fourth members of the Lemovician Presidency, while Otxote Sasiambarrena was sworn in as Duch's successor as the second Premier of Lemovicia.

After Saez served his term as Chairman of the Presidency, Fabian Duch became Chairman of the Presidency on 1 April, 2005. During this period, Duch spent most of his time negotiating with the Association of South Euclean States for Lemovicia to become an observer state within the organization. However, with the 2005 financial crisis affecting the world, Duch also oversaw its massive impact on the Lemovician economy, and presented the budget in 2005 which gave tax cuts to Lemovician-based corporations, and instituted austerity measures.

On 1 April, 2006, he was succeeded as Chairman of the Presidency by Eolo Larretche. He spent much of the rest of the first term continuing his duties as part of the Lemovician Presidency.

In 2008, due to the unpopularity of the Liberal Democratic-Northern Alliance government, the Socialists took power, with the support of the Miersan People's Union, the Lemovician Section of the Workers' International, and Aurrera. As the Socialists took control of the Presidency, Duch was forced out of the Presidency.

During the next four years, Fabian Duch remained active in the Liberal Democratic Party, critcising the Socialist's "tax and spend" policies, and claiming the economy's recovery by 2011 was "in spite" of Jan Swiech's policies, not because of it. Thus, in 2012, he was included on the Liberal Democratic list for the Presidency, and won a second term in the Presidency, even though the Liberal Democrats did not take back control of the National Assembly.

Thus, on 1 April, 2012, he was sworn in as part of the sixth Presidency, alongside Aizo Mallo, Bolesław Buchalski, and Ivon Mendarte. While he had the least amount of votes among all the members, Duch continued exercising his role within the Presidency: after the death of Mallo on 2 August, 2014, he campaigned for Helios Ayrupe in a special by-election which took place on 30 August, 2014, which saw Ayrupe take power.

Fabian Duch served as the Chairman of the Presidency from 1 April, 2015, until 1 April, 2016. Unlike his first term as Chairman of the Presidency, his second term was relatively uneventful, as Lemovicia had become an observer of the Association of South Euclean States.

On 1 April, 2016, he handed over power to the seventh Presidency, with Damian Rogal of the Liberal Democrats succeeding Fabian Duch as Chairman of the Presidency. As he had reached his constitutional term limits for the Presidency, Duch could not run for a third term. Instead, Duch decided to make a bid to be Chief Executive of the Miersan Entity against Sławomir Rozak, who was running for a third term as Chief Executive.

During his campaign, Fabian Duch claimed Sławomir Rozak had "left the Miersan Entity noncompetitive in the global marketplace," while leaving the Entity with "billions of denar in debt that can never be repaid so long as the Socialists stay in power." This, combined with the anti-incumbency contributed to Duch and the Liberal Democrats taking government.

Chief Executive

On 1 November, 2016, Fabian Duch was sworn in as Chief Executive of the Miersan Entity, succeeding Sławomir Rozak. As the Liberal Democrats formed a coalition with the Northern Alliance, Duch was able to become Chief Executive of the Miersan Entity.

During his first term as Chief Executive, Fabian Duch sought to deregulate the economy of the Miersan Entity to make it more competitive, while investing in the entity police to crack down on organised crime. As well, Duch began dismantling some of the welfare state set up by his predecessors, as he believed that they "impeded the economic growth of the Miersan Entity," and left them poorer than "they otherwise could have been."

Over the following four years, Duch proved to be a popular Chief Executive in the Miersan Entity, due to his policies which helped the Miersan Entity grow and improve their standard of living. However, he has been criticised by leftists, who believe that the growth is mostly going to the corporations, with very little actually trickling down to the citizens of the Miersan Entity.

Personal life

Fabian Duch married Elżbieta Duch in 1968, and remained married until her death during the second Battle of Sechia in 1982. Together, they only had one son, Serwacy Duch, who was born in 1970. He has three grandchildren from Serwacy.

Duch is a devout Episemialist, attending services on a "near-daily basis" and observing all the Episemialist holidays.

Political views

Fabian Duch was greatly influenced by Otxote Sasiambarrena's political beliefs, with Duch supporting neoliberalism, democracy, and was also relatively socially liberal, believing homosexuality should be decriminalised, and that abortion should be legalised.

However, Duch sought to have Lemovicia join Samorspi, as "Lemovicia shares more in common with western Euclea than the east."

Honors

Domestic

Foreign