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President of Zamastan
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Incumbent
Atticus Moreau

since November 17th, 2019
StyleMister/Madam President
StatusHead of state Head of government
ResidenceZian Presidential Mansion
SeatTofino
NominatorPolitical parties or self-nominations
AppointerPopular vote
Term length2 years
Unlimited election candidacy
Constituting instrumentConstitution of Zamastan
FormationSeptember 22nd, 1804
First holderTomias Hapson

The President of Zamastan is the executive head of state of The Imperial Republic of Zamastan. The President is elected by Zamastanian citizens every election cycle for a two-year term, which they can renew and unlimited number of times if they are elected to that position. The President serves as the head of state, commander of the Zamastanian Armed Forces, and have power to delay bills and to speed their passage into legal legislation, assuming that a bill has passed the Congress Chamber by a 2/3 majority. Another important role of the President is to be Zamastan's chief representative and to decide Zamastan's vote in international groups such as the Coalition of Crown Albatross. The President is able to assume more decision-making power in one of several strictly defined times of emergency.

The 34th and current President is Atticus Moreau, elected during the 2020 Zamastan presidential election. Before Moreau, however, there were three consecutive Presidents who were elected in Special Elections. This occurs when a President is removed from power, either by death, resignation, or votes of no-confidence - all examples of which have occurred in the past 5 years. Foley Sakzi was elected in a Special Election in November 2019 to replace Anya Bishop, who was removed after a Vote of No-Confidence. Bishop was elected in 2019 in an emergency election due to the resignation of Zacharias Castovia. Castovia was also elected in a special election in 2015, following the passing of his father, President Cassious Castovia. He assumed the Presidency on January 1st, 2016.

As of January 2022 there are six living former presidents. The most recent former presidents to die were Elene Abotsford (1972-1976), Aiden Avery (1980-1982), Quinn Werner (1976-1980), and Josiah Elliott (1986-1990) on December 1st, 2018, February 12th, 2019, January 27th, 2021, and December 16th, 2021 respectively. The living presidents, in order of service, are: Elijah Daniels (1990-1996), Abram Mullen (1996-2000), Camren Ellison (2000-2004), Zacharias Castovia (2016-2019), Anya Bishop (2019), and Foley Sakzi (2019-2020).

Origin

Following the Zamastan War of Independence, representatives from all the allied rebel factions decided to combine their self-governed groups under one government, to be headed by several elected individuals overseen by a democratically chosen head, desiring to avoid anything that remotely resembled a monarchy. Tomias Hapson, known for his inspiring leadership during the war, was the principle choice. Thus, the framing of the Constitution of Zamastan began to be formed by the congress, and Hapson was chosen as the President of Zamastan.

List of Presidents

President of Zamastan

Key
No. Portrait Name
(Years in office)
Term of office Total time in office
1 Tomias hapson.jpg Tomias Hapson
(1804-1821)
27 October
1804
27 October
1821
17 years
2 AviTauresOfficialPortrait.jpg Avi Taures
(1821-1828)
1 November
1821
17 May
1828
7 years, 6 months, 16 days
3 George O'Galvin Official Portrait.jpg George O'Galvin
(1828-1832)
17 May
1828
22 September
1832
4 years, 4 months, 5 days
4 Zane Perrin Official Portrait.jpg Zane Perrin
(1832-1836)
22 September
1832
22 September
1836
4 years
5 Quintus Belisarius Official Portrait.jpg Quintus Belisarius
(1836-1840)
22 September
1836
22 September
1840
4 years
6 Caius Aebutius Official Portrait.jpg Caius Aebutius
(1840-1846)
22 September
1840
22 September
1846
6 years
7 Kingston Parker Official Portrait.jpg Kingston Parker
(1846-1850)
22 September
1846
22 September
1850
4 years
8 David Goddard Official Portrait.jpg David Goddard
(1850-1858)
22 September
1850
22 September
1858
8 years
9 Elliott North Official Portrait.jpg Elliott North
(1858-1866)
22 September
1858
22 September
1866
8 years
10 Bryson Woodward Official Portrait.jpg Bryson Woodward
(1866-1868)
22 September
1866
22 September
1868
2 years
11 William Castovia.jpg William Castovia
(1868-1882)
22 September
1868
22 September
1882
16 years
12 Solomon Stewart Official Portrait.jpg Solomon Stewart
(1882-1888)
22 September
1882
22 September
1888
6 years
13 Elliott Thompson Official Portrait.jpg Elliott Thompson
(1888-1892)
22 September
1888
22 September
1892
4 years
14 Zachariah Walsh Official Portrait.jpg Zachariah Walsh
(1892-1896)
22 September
1892
22 September
1896
4 years
15 Ray Carr Official Portrait.png Ray Carr
(1896-1898)
22 September
1896
22 September
1898
2 years
16 Alistair Griffiths Official Portrait.png Alistair Griffiths
(1898-1904)
22 September
1898
22 September
1904
6 years
17 Olivier Saunders Official Portrait.jpg Olivier Saunders
(1904-1906)
22 September
1904
22 September
1906
2 years
18 ThomasDuboisOfficialPortrait.jpg Thomas Dubois
(1906-1908)
22 September
1906
22 September
1908
2 years
19 JeanLevasseurOfficialPortrait.jpg Jean Levasseur
(1908-1912)
22 September
1908
22 September
1912
4 years
20 BretMathisOfficialPortrait.jpg Bret Mathis
(1912-1914)
22 September
1912
22 September
1914
2 years
21 FreddieSuttonOfficialPortrait.jpg Freddie Sutton
(1914-1918)
22 September
1914
22 September
1918
4 years
22 HawkGardnerOfficialPortrait.jpg Hawk Gardner
(1918-1924)
22 September
1918
22 September
1924
6 years
23 Vincenzo Laviosa - Franklin D. Roosevelt - Google Art Project.jpg Elias Blanco
(1924-1936)
22 September
1924
22 September
1936
12 years
24 Richard Bedford Bennett.jpg Tyler Kordia
(1936-1946)
22 September
1936
22 September
1946
10 years
25 Robert F Kennedy crop.jpg Marvin Gaviria
(1946-1972)
22 September
1946
29 September
1972
26 years, 7 days
Acting JamesEbbersonPortrait.jpg James Ebberson
(1972)
29 September
1972
31 September
1972
2 days
26 Rose Carter, official color photo, 1977-cropped.jpg Elene Abotsford
(1972-1976)
31 September
1972
22 September
1976
3 years, 11 months, 24 days
27 Quinnwerner.jpg Quinn Werner
(1976-1980)
22 September
1976
22 September
1980
4 years
28 Aidenavery.jpg Aiden Avery
(1980-1982)
22 September
1980
22 September
1982
2 years
29 Dale Bumpers.jpg Damian Lorrie
(1982)
22 September
1982
6 November
1982
46 days
30 Joe Biden, official photo portrait 2.jpg Cassious Castovia
(1982-1986)
16 November
1982
22 September
1986
3 years, 10 months, 6 days
31 Robert J. Dole.jpg Josiah Elliott
(1986-1990)
22 September
1986
22 September
1990
4 years
32 Elijah Cummings official photo.jpg Elijah Daniels
(1990-1996)
22 September
1990
22 September
1996
6 years
33 Rick Santorum by Gage Skidmore 12.jpg Abram Mullen
(1996-2000)
22 September
1996
22 September
2000
4 years
34 Camren Ellison.jpg Camren Ellison
(2000-2004)
22 September
2000
22 September
2004
4 years
35 Joe Biden, official photo portrait 2.jpg Cassious Castovia
(2004-2015)
22 September
2004
5 December
2015
11 years, 2 months, 13 days
36 ZachariasCastoviaOfficialPortrait.jpg Zacharias Castovia
(2016-2019)
1 January
2016
23 January
2019
3 years, 23 days
37 AnyaBishopOfficialPortrait.jpg Anya Bishop
(2019)
23 January
2019
9 November
2019
290 days
38 FoleySakziOfficialPortrait.jpg Foley Sakzi
(2019-2020)
17 November
2019
22 September
2020
310 days
39 Prime Minister Trudeau - 2020 (cropped).jpg Atticus Moreau
(2020-)
22 September
2020
Incumbent

Living former Presidents

Selection Process

Eligibility

The Constitution of Zamastan gives the qualifications for holding the presidency. To serve as President, one must:

  • be a natural-born citizen of Zamastan
  • be at least 18 years old
  • have not been convicted of a felony
  • have not served any political office in any other nation/sovereign land aside Zamastan
  • have not been impeached from any political office
  • have not sworn a pledge to the state of Zamastan and subsequently rebelled against the state

Campaigns and nominations

The modern presidential campaign begins before the primary elections, which the five major political parties use to clear the field of candidates before their national nominating conventions, where the most successful candidate is made the party's nominee for president. Several nominees, however, have chosen to run aside from political parties. This choice generally makes running for office more difficult for getting exposure, as the political parties' prominence allows for wider name-recognition. This is why most independent nominees tend to be celebrities or household names. For example, President Zacharias Castovia chose not to run along party lines, because his name recognition was enough for people to know who they voted for. Similarly, in the 2020 Zamastan presidential election, name recognized candidates like Cain Blackwater and Tauren Delavian also ran. The most common previous profession of Zamastanian presidents is that of a lawyer or businessman.

Nominees participate in nationally televised debates. Nominees campaign across the country to explain their views, convince voters and solicit contributions. Much of the modern electoral process is concerned with winning swing states through frequent visits and mass media advertising drives.

Election

The president is elected indirectly by the voters of each district through popular election on Election Day (September 22nd on every even-ended year). When each of the 359 districts counts the ballots, whichever candidate has the most votes receives that district's vote. The winner of the election is which ever has the majority of the 359. For example, Marvin Gaviria won his third term in 1950 with 348 votes to 11. In the closest ever election in Zamastanian presidential history, Aiden Avery won the 1980 election against Larry Pattis with 179 votes to Pattis' 175. The remaining 5 district votes went 3 to Wren Ebbets and 2 to Karen Gillebrand.

Voting polls open at 11:59 PM on September 21st and last 17 hours until 5:00 PM on September 22nd. The counting of votes closes around 7:00 PM, which is also when the victor is announced.

List of elections

1800s

Year Winner Second place Popular vote Electoral votes
1804 Tomias Hapson Micah Castovia popular
1806 Tomias Hapson Henry Tiller popular
1808 Tomias Hapson Henry Tiller popular
1810 Tomias Hapson Thomas Pétion popular
1812 Tomias Hapson Warren Forrester popular
1814 Tomias Hapson Anders Pittman popular
1816 Tomias Hapson Anders Pittman popular
1818 Tomias Hapson Anders Pittman popular
1820 Tomias Hapson Malcolm Harding popular
1822 Avi Taures Vince Hammond popular
1824 Avi Taures Peter Roland popular
1826 Avi Taures Robert Batter popular
1828 George O'Galvin Robert Batter popular
1830 George O'Galvin Christopher Litten popular
1832 Zane Perrin George O'Galvin popular
1834 Zane Perrin Chauncey Kincaid popular
1836 Quintus Belisarius Zane Perrin popular
1838 Quintus Belisarius Kenelm Emenheiser popular
1840 Caius Aebutius Quintus Belisarius popular
1842 Caius Aebutius Kenelm Emenheiser popular
1844 Caius Aebutius Eliab Buchannon popular
1846 Kingston Parker Gideon Morgan popular
1848 Kingston Parker Gideon Morgan popular
1850 David Goddard Kingston Parker popular
1852 David Goddard Ansel Cooper popular
1854 David Goddard Ansel Cooper popular
1856 David Goddard Sampson Pierson popular
1858 Elliott North Degory Scotts popular
1860 Elliott North Zachariah Hamilton popular
1862 Elliott North Abraham Bradley popular
1864 Elliott North Abraham Bradley popular
1866 Bryson Woodward Eliab Crockett popular
1868 William Castovia Bryson Woodward popular
1870 William Castovia Henry McCullough popular
1872 William Castovia Hosea West popular
1874 William Castovia Silas Hershey popular
1876 William Castovia Silas Hershey popular
1878 William Castovia Asahel Stedman popular
1880 William Castovia Francis Badders popular
1882 Solomon Stewart Duncan Sterret popular
1884 Solomon Stewart Zaccheus Lukey popular
1886 Solomon Stewart Matthias Sample popular
1888 Elliott Thompson Solomon Stewart popular
1890 Elliott Thompson Solomon Stewart popular
1892 Zachariah Walsh Elliott Thompson popular
1894 Zachariah Walsh Thomas Emmitt popular
1896 Ray Carr Zachariah Walsh popular
1898 Alistair Griffiths Ray Carr popular

1900s

Year Winner Second place Popular vote Electoral votes
1900 Alistair Griffiths second popular
1902 Alistair Griffiths second popular
1904 Olivier Saunders second popular
1906 Thomas Dubois second popular
1908 Jean Levasseur second popular
1910 Jean Levasseur second popular
1912 Bret Mathis second popular
1914 Freddie Sutton second popular
1916 Freddie Sutton second popular
1918 Hawk Gardner second popular
1920 Hawk Gardner second popular
1922 Hawk Gardner second popular
1924 Elias Blanco second popular
1926 Elias Blanco second popular
1928 Elias Blanco second popular
1930 Elias Blanco second popular
1932 Elias Blanco second popular
1934 Elias Blanco second popular
1936 Tyler Kordia second popular
1938 Tyler Kordia second popular
1940 Tyler Kordia second popular
1942 Tyler Kordia second popular
1944 Tyler Kordia second popular
1946 Marvin Gaviria second popular
1948 Marvin Gaviria second popular
1950 Marvin Gaviria second popular
1952 Marvin Gaviria second popular
1954 Marvin Gaviria second popular
1956 Marvin Gaviria second popular
1958 Marvin Gaviria second popular
1960 Marvin Gaviria second popular
1962 Marvin Gaviria second popular
1964 Marvin Gaviria second popular
1966 Marvin Gaviria second popular
1968 Marvin Gaviria second popular
1970 Marvin Gaviria second popular
1972 Marvin Gaviria second popular
1974 Elene Abotsford second popular
1976 Quinn Werner second popular
1978 Quinn Werner second popular
1980 Aiden Avery Larry Pattis popular
1982 Damian Lorrie Aiden Avery popular
1984 Cassious Castovia Maisie Houghton popular
1986 Josiah Elliott Cassious Castovia popular
1988 Josiah Elliott Absalom Andrews popular
1990 Elijah Daniels David Macentire popular
1992 Elijah Daniels Cain Blackwater popular
1994 Elijah Daniels Jeremiah McCurdy popular
1996 Abram Mullen Elijah Daniels popular
1998 Abram Mullen Jamie Montpellier popular

2000s

Year Winner Second place Popular vote Electoral votes
2000 Camren Ellison Thomas Gaviria popular
2002 Camren Ellison Randolph Forrest popular
2004 Cassious Castovia Camren Ellison popular
2006 Cassious Castovia second popular
2008 Cassious Castovia second popular
2010 Cassious Castovia second popular
2012 Cassious Castovia second popular
2014 Cassious Castovia second popular
2016 Zacharias Castovia Cain Blackwater popular
2018 Zacharias Castovia Larious Maxwell popular
2020 Atticus Moreau Sabine Armitage popular
2022 first second popular

Tenure

Inauguration

The two-year term of office for the president begins at 11:59 PM on September 22nd, the same day as voting, on even-numbered years. Before executing the powers of the office, a president is required to recite the presidential oath of office. This is the component in the inauguration ceremony mandated by the Constitution:

"I (insert name), faithfully and solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully and solemnly direct the Office of President of Zamastan, preserve the Constitution of Zamastan, put aside all personal interest as second to my oath, and to carry the intention of the populous upon my policy. I swear to protect and respect the rights and freedoms of man and citizen of the Republic of Zamastan. I, (insert name), faithfully and solemnly swear to protect the sovereignty and independence, security and integrity of the state, to faithfully serve the people."

Presidents have traditionally placed one hand upon a Bible while taking the oath, and have added "So help me God" to the end of the oath. Although the oath may be administered by any person authorized by law to administer oaths, presidents are traditionally sworn in by the newly elected Speaker of Congress.

Term limits

Any president, as any politician, serves two full years before facing reelection, and are able to be run as many times as desired. The longest serving President was Marvin Gaviria, who served from 1946-1972 for a total of 26 years, 7 days. The shortest term was Damian Lorrie, who proceeded President Castovia and had died only 47 days into his first term. However, the shortest unofficial term was held by Speaker James Ebberson, who was the "acting-President" for 3 days following the assassination of Marvin Gaviria in 1972.

Impeachment and vote of no-confidence

The Constitution allows for the removal of high federal officials, including the president, from office for "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors." It also authorizes the Congressional Hall to serve as a "grand jury" with the power to impeach said officials by a majority vote or a declaration of no-confidence through a vote. It authorizes the Senate to serve as a court with the power to remove impeached officials from office, by a two-thirds vote to convict. Only one President has been impeached through a vote of no-confidence; Anya Bishop was removed from office following a disasterous handling of the "PoverTea" Protests in late 2019. No other President has been threatened with the process of impeachment, though Elene Abotsford was faced with an impeachment draft from high profile conservatives.

Line of succession

Where most nations have a contingency plan in place for installing a specific figure in the wake of the removal or death of the incumbant, Zamastan's process calls for a snap election to be held. The Speaker of the Chamber takes the place of "acting-President" until a snap emergency election can be held. Most emergency elections take a period of two weeks (14 days). Following Cassious Castovia's death, a special election to choose his successor lasted 15 days. Following Anya Bishop's removal from office, the special election resulted in the acting-President, Speaker Foley Sakzi, being elected.

Cabinet

See: Cabinet of Zamastan

Residence

The Zian Presidential Mansion in Tofino serves as the official residence of the president. The site was selected by Tomias Hapson, and the cornerstone was laid in 1815. The building was finished in 1837. Every president since Hapson has lived there. At various times in history, it has been known as the "President's Palace," the "President's House," and the "Executive Mansion." Tyler Kordia officially gave the Zian Presidential Mansion its current name in 1939. Facilities that are available to the president include access to the Mansion's staff, medical care, recreation, housekeeping, and security services. The federal government pays for state dinners and other official functions, but the president pays for personal, family, and guest dry cleaning and food.

Travel

Zian Prime 0, a modified Toring-797 airliner, takes off from Tofino International Airport
A Presidential Pegassi motor-coach vehicle
A Presidential Dolphine 0 helicopter

The primary means of long distance air travel for the president is an extensively modified Toring-797 airliner and is referred to as Zian Prime 0 while the president is on board (although any Zamastanian Air Force aircraft the president is aboard is designated as "Zian Prime 0" for the duration of the flight). The president also has access to smaller Air Force aircraft which are used when the president must travel to airports that cannot support a jumbo jet. Any civilian aircraft the president is aboard is designated Commander One for the flight.

For short distance air travel, the president has access to a fleet of Zamastan Marine Corps Dolphine 0 helicopters of varying models, designated Redeemer One when the president is aboard any particular one in the fleet. Flights are typically handled with as many as five helicopters all flying together and frequently swapping positions as to disguise which helicopter the president is actually aboard to any would-be threats.

For ground travel, the president uses the presidential state car, which is an armored Pegassi SUV designed to look like a normal sedan, but built on a truck chassis. The Zamastan Secret Service operates and maintains the fleet of several of these armored motor-coaches. The President travels in a motorcade of 12 identical motor-coaches, 6 of which serve as security and medical vehicles, with the rest consisting of diplomatic-purpose cars.

Post-Presidency

Some presidents have had significant careers after leaving office. Prominent examples include Tyler Kordia's work on humanitarian and foreign aid organisation, the Kordia Foundation. Elene Abotsford had an extensive career promoting women's rights and also served in Zacharias Castovia's cabinet as the Secretary of Welfare and Senior Living.

Presidents may use their predecessors as emissaries to deliver private messages to other nations or as official representatives of Zamastan to state funerals and other important foreign events. Tyler Kordia made multiple foreign trips to countries including Vulkaria and Avergnon and was lauded as an elder statesman under Marvin Gaviria's presidency. Quinn Werner has also worked as an informal ambassador, most recently in the negotiations that led to the release of two Zamastanian journalists from Gladysynthia. Werner has also been active politically since his presidential term ended, working with his wife Hera on her 2008 and 2010 presidential bids.

As of October 2021 there are six living former presidents. The most recent former presidents to die were Elene Abotsford (1972-1976), Aiden Avery (1980-1982), Quinn Werner (1976-1980), and Josiah Elliott (1986-1990) on December 1st, 2018, February 12th, 2019, January 27th, 2021, and December 16th, 2021 respectively. The living presidents, in order of service, are: Elijah Daniels (1990-1996), Abram Mullen (1996-2000), Camren Ellison (2000-2004), Zacharias Castovia (2016-2019), Anya Bishop (2019), and Foley Sakzi (2019-2020).

Duties

The President serves as the head of state, commander of the Zamastanian Armed Forces, and have power to delay bills and to speed their passage into legal legislation, assuming that a bill has passed the Congress Chamber by a 2/3 majority. Another important role of the President is to be Zamastan's chief representative and to play a deciding role for Zamastan's vote in international groups such as the World Assembly and the Coalition of Crown Albatross. The President is able to assume more decision-making power in one of several strictly defined times of emergency.

Additional Facts

Famous Quotes

Freedom for our land is just the start. I want freedom for my people, the ones who were slaves and the ones who were servants who fought alongside the rest of you, and your loyalty to the ideals that we must now all hold together, as one nation.

Tomias Hapson, Inaugural Address, 1806

As far as we know, and for everything we hold dear, we know that our nation is built on the principle of love and acceptance.

Avi Taures, Address to Congress, 1823

Fight for our freedom as we did long ago, the fight that our forefathers had fought is now inherited to us. Stand for your country, your brother, sister, friend, and the average individual. Against a tyranny and against an evil we cannot well imagine.

William Castovia, Foreman City Address, 1871

We are a fortress for progression and adaptability, not only for ourselves, but for our ideal world."- Elias Blanco, Inaugural Address, 1924

Elias Blanco, Inaugural Address, 1924

Zamastan is strong. It's foolish to deny. And this serves not as a preconditioned warning or looming forethought, it is a reminder in these dark times that we, as a nation, prevail."

Tyler Kordia, Addressing the start of the First Danaska War, 1945

The past is to be respected and acknowledged, but not to be worshipped. It is our future in which we will find our greatness.

Marvin Gaviria, Inaugural Address, 1956

There is no such thing as a model or ideal Zamastanian. What could be more absurd than the concept of an "all Zamastanian" boy or girl? A society which emphasizes uniformity is one which creates intolerance and hate.

Marvin Gaviria, Inaugural Address, 1968

We peer so suspiciously at each other that we cannot see that we Zamastanians are standing on the mountaintop of human wealth, freedom and privilege.

Marvin Gaviria, "The Steps" speech, shortly before being assassinated in 1972

Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.

Elene Abotsford, Presidential Debate, 1974

If I can be permitted to turn around a phrase, I would say that I'm kind of sorry I won't have you to kick around any more.

Elene Abotsford, Farewell Address, 1976

If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.

Quinn Werner, The Alanis West High School Speech, 1979

I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.

Aiden Avery, Presidential Debate, 1980

The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.

Cassious Castovia, Address to Congress, 1985

It is not an arrogant government that chooses priorities, it's an irresponsible government that fails to choose.

Cassious Castovia, Address to Congress, 1986

The consequence of war isn't solely the death and destruction. It's the breaking of men, the tearing of souls, and the departure of morality.

Camren Ellison, The Elkford Vulkaria War Address, 2002

We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.

Zacharias Castovia, Inaugural Address, 2018

The path to righteousness is paved with compassion. To ignore the plea of the hopeless is to pave a path of disregard for humanity.

Atticus Moreau, Inaugural Address, in reference to the Second Syraranto Civil War refugee crisis, 2020