|6th President of Zamastan|
September 22, 1946 – September 29, 1972
|Preceded by||Tyler Kordia|
|Succeeded by||Elene Abotsford|
|Born||December 7, 1909|
Little Tribe River, Pahl, Zamastan
|Died||September 29, 1972 (Age: 62)|
|Cause of death||Assassination by sniper rifle|
|Political party||Conservative Capitalist Party (Zamastan)|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Spouse(s)||Padma Tio Gaviria|
|Children||Randall, Thomas, Henry|
|Parents||Walter Forrester Gaviria, Pricilla Amanda Gaviria|
Marvin Gaviria was the 6th President of Zamastan, serving 12 full terms (elected to 13) from 1946 until his assassination in 1972. He is widely considered to be one of the most popular presidents in the history of Zamastan, overseeing a flourishing economy during a tumultuous time in the International Democratic Union. His programs of keeping "Relative Neutrality" helped to keep Zamastan at peace and from fully siding with either the capitalist powers or communist states. His strong economic stances against communism, however, propelled the nation into the new world with new jobs programs and a uniquely revitalized education system. The President was also known for his endeavors on the international stage in diplomacy, creating some of the first ever trade connections with other nations such as Sanctaria, Laeral, and United New England.
Despite his pursuits of peace, he also oversaw military operations in the Pahl Region of Zamastan, where the military fought small pocket of pro-communist insurgents. In 1970, Gaviria was faced with a sudden and sporadic outbreak of fighting in The Tariel War, seeing the Zamastanian Armed Forces pitted against the invading Gladysynthian forces.
On September 29th, seven days after he was elected to his 13th term, Marvin Gaviria was shot down during a speech at Congressional Hall in Tofino. The perpetrator was never identified, the rifle used in the shooting was never recovered, and the case was never solved. It remains the greatest mystery of Zamastan history. Spawning countless conspiracy theories, the Assassination of Marvin Gaviria is one of the most mysterious of unsolved crimes in the history of Zamastan and the IDU.
Marvin Jayden Gaviria was born on December 7, 1909, in the city of Little Tribe River in the region of Pahl, Zamastan, to his father, businessman Walter Forrester Gaviria, and his mother Pricilla Amanda Gaviria. Gaviria's patrilineal ancestor migrated to Zamastan in the 19th century, from Laeral, and the Gaviria's flourished as merchants and landowners.
Gaviria grew up in a wealthy family. His father, Walter, graduated from Providence Law School in 1861, but chose not to practice law after receiving an inheritance from his grandfather, James Gaviria. Marvin's father was a prominent Blue Conservative who once took Marvin to meet President Elias Blanco in the Zian Presidential Mansion. Pricilla was the dominant influence in Marvin's early years.
Marvin learned to ride, shoot, row, and to play polo and lawn tennis. He took up golf in his teen years, becoming a skilled long hitter. He was club champion in his late teen years at the small golf club on Qira Island, Zian, where his family had a summer cottage. He learned to sail early, and when he was 16, his father gave him a sailboat.
Education, Early Career
Frequent trips to the continent of Hespia — he made his first excursion at the age of two and went with his parents every year from the ages of seven to fifteen — helped Gaviria become conversant in east-Hespian languages. Except for attending public school in Laeral at age nine, Gaviria was home-schooled by tutors until age 14. He then attended an Episcopal boarding school in Emerald, joining the third form. Its headmaster, Indifren Peabody, preached the duty of Christians to help the less fortunate and urged his students to enter public service. Peabody remained a strong influence throughout Gaviria's life, officiating at his wedding and visiting him as president.
Like most of his boarding school classmates, Gaviria went to Zamastan Southwest University. Gaviria was an average student academically, and he later declared, "I took economics courses in college for four years, and everything I was taught was wrong." He was a member of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity and the Fly Club. Gaviria was relatively undistinguished as a student or athlete, but he became editor-in-chief of The Southwest Pristine daily newspaper, a position that required great ambition, energy, and the ability to manage others.
In 1932, he took a job with the prestigious banking firm of Prospei and Fullerton, working in the firm's admiralty law division.
On March 17, 1936, Gaviria married Padma Tio in Tofino, despite the fierce resistance of his mother. While she did not dislike Padma, Pricilla Gaviria was very possessive of her son, believing he was too young for marriage. She attempted to break the engagement several times. The young couple moved into Gaviria Cronestone, his family's estate in Jade Harbor. The home was owned by Pricilla Gaviria until her death in 1941 and was very much her home as well. Padma never felt at home in the house at Gaviria Cronestone, but she loved the family's vacation home on Qira Island, which Padma gave to the couple.