Kaspar Vahl

Kaspar Vahl
Kaspar Vahl, December 2019.jpg
State photo, 2019
Chancellor of Vierzland
Assumed office
16 February 2012
DeputyTilman Kohl
Nick Krämer
Preceded byErhardt Preisner
Chairman of the National Democratic Party
Assumed office
6 July 2010
DeputyAdrian Wentz
Tilman Kohl
Preceded byTorben Hansch
Member of the Federal Assembly from Geismar
Assumed office
15 February 1992
Preceded byPosition established
Constituency1st district
Personal details
Born
Kaspar Franz Vahl

(1958-03-29) 29 March 1958 (age 63)
Heglitz, Geismar, Vierz Empire
Political partyNational Democratic Party (2000–present)
Other political
affiliations
United Republicans (1992–2000)
Spouse(s)
Kathrin Vahl (m. 1983)
Children1
Alma materConstantine Imperial University of Adtrus (BA, LLB)
AwardsBlack Cross First Class
Imperial Cross First Class
Heart of Steel
Military service
Allegiance Vierz Empire
Branch/serviceImperial Vierz Army
Years of service1976–1983
Rank
Unit
  • 6th Army
Battles/warsLuepolan War
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Kaspar Franz Vahl (born 29 March 1958) is a Vierz politician and lawyer who has been serving as the Chancellor of Vierzland since 2012 and chairman of the National Democratic Party since 2010. He is also the current representative of Geismar's 1st district in the Federal Assembly, a position he was elected to in 1992.

Vahl was born in Heglitz in 1958 to a middle-class family. In 1976, he was conscripted into the Imperial Vierz Army and saw combat in the invasion of Luepola in 1979. He was honorably discharged from the army in 1983, after which he studied law at the Constantine Imperial University of Adtrus. He graduated in 1989 and began practicing civil law in Strauben. After the dissolution of the Vierz Empire in 1990, Vahl joined the United Republicans and was elected representative for Geismar's 1st district in the 1992 election at the age of 34. In 2000, Vahl left the United Republicans during the Higmon Affair scandal and joined the newly-formed National Democratic Party. He became deputy chairman of the NDP in 2007 and chairman in 2010. In the 2012 elections, the NDP secured a majority of seats and formed a government with Vahl as Chancellor.

Domestically, Vahl passed economic reforms to tackle stagflation by lowering income taxes and inflation rates, and providing financial stimuli for businesses. His first government implemented welfare reform and enacted tax credit programs for families. Vahl oversaw immigration reform to reduce what he perceived as over-immigration and make the process more favourable towards high-skilled immigrants. In foreign affairs, Vahl ended Vierzland's associate membership in the Union of Patyrian States, ordered the deployment of troops to Ekalla, and made a state visits to the Aitic Federation and Bhasar. He has overseen a sharp increase in military spending for much of his term.

During Vahl's first term, the economy grew by 2.3% on average each year and unemployment decreased to below 5%. Critics have charged Vahl with engineering democratic backsliding by increasing restrictions on independent media and reducing the role of the judiciary in governance. Vahl's statements have often been the subject of domestic and international controversy, and he has received accusations of xenophobia, homophobia, and chauvinism. He has characterized himself as a nationalist and a traditional conservative. He is sharply critical of monarchism and clericalism and has reinforced the exile of Prince Adalbert, the pretender to the Vierz monarchy that was abolished in 1990.

Vahl was reelected Chancellor after the 2017 elections, in which the NDP increased its legislative majority. He intends to run for a third and final term in the 2022 elections. It has been rumoured that Vahl and the NDP desire to amend the constitution to re-introduce the presidency, which was abolished in 1998, for the 2027 elections, with Vahl intending to run for the position.

Early life, military service, and legal career

Vahl was born on 29 March 1958 in Heglitz, a rural town outside of Strauben, to bank manager and former air force officer Gabriel Viktor Helge Vahl (1930–1992), and his wife Meike Schulmann (1928–2001), who was a nurse that became a housewife after Kaspar's birth. He has one sibling, a younger sister named Andrea Mara Vahl who was born in 1961. Vahl spent his entire childhood in Heglitz, with his father periodically travelling to Strauben for work.

In 1976, Vahl graduated from Getz II Gymnasium in Heglitz. Since he was 18 years of age, he was immediately conscripted into the Imperial Vierz Army. He participated in both the invasion of Luepola in 1979 and the ensuing war until he was honourably discharged in 1983. Vahl developed a conversational fluency in Luepolan during his military service, and often acted as an impromptu interpreter for Vierz forces and their Luepolan allies.

After his military service, Vahl enrolled at the Constantine Imperial University of Adtrus in 1983, and attained a bachelor of arts in Patyrian History as well as a bachelor of laws. He subsequently passed the state bar examinations and began a legal training period at AMS Lischke, a prominent law firm in Strauben.

Political career

Early career

Higmon Affair and defection to NDP

Rise in the NDP

Chancellor

2012–2017: First term

2017–present: Second term

Political positions

Image and reputation

Opinion polling

Assessments

Relationship with Paul Bachmeier

Electoral history

Personal life