President of Zamastan

President of Zamastan
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Flag of Zamastan
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Incumbent
Foley Sakzi

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 World Assembly. The President is able to assume more decision-making power in one of several strictly defined times of emergency.

In recent years, there have been three consecutive Presidents who have been 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. The 19th and current President is Foley Sakzi, who 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 the passing of former President Elene Abotsford on December 1st, 2018, and Aiden Avery on February 12th, 2019, there are now four living Presidents, one being the current (Foley Sakzi) and the others being former Presidents Anya Bishop, Zacharias Castovia and Quinn Werner.

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
(1982-2015)
16 November
1982
5 December
2015
33 years, 19 days
31 ZachariasCastoviaOfficialPortrait.jpg Zacharias Castovia
(2016-2019)
1 January
2016
23 January
2019
3 years, 23 days
32 AnyaBishopOfficialPortrait.jpg Anya Bishop
(2019)
23 January
2019
9 November
2019
290 days
33 FoleySakziOfficialPortrait.jpg Foley Sakzi
(2019-)
17 November
2019
Incumbent

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, the incumbent president Zacharias Castovia chose not to run along party lines, because his name recognition was enough for people to know who they voted for. The most common previous profession of Zamastanian presidents is that of a lawyer.

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.

Tenure

Inauguration

The two-year term of office for the president begins at 11:59 PM on September 22nd, the same day as voting. 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, protect, and defend the Constitution of Zamastan, the interests of our people, against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will Bear true Faith and allegiance to the same."

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 Tomias Hapson, who served twenty terms for a total of 40 years. The shortest term was Damian Lorrie, who died 47 days into his first term, though the shortest unofficial term was held by James Ebberson, who was the acting President for 3 days following the assassination of Marvin Gaviria.

Impeachment

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. 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. No President has been impeached or been threatened with the process of impeachment, though Elene Abotsford was faced with an impeachment draft from high profile conservatives.

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 February 2019 there are two living former presidents. The most recent former presidents to die were Elene Abotsford (1972-1976) and Aiden Avery (1980-1982) on December 1st, 2018 and February 12th, 2019 respectably. The living presidents, in order of service, are: Quinn Werner (1976-1980), and Zacharias Castovia (2016-2019).

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 is now inherited to us. Stand for your country, your brother, sister, friend, and the normal ones. Against a tyranny and against an evil we cannot well imagine." - William Castovia, speech to soldiers after losing Kelowna, 1871
  • "We are a fortress for progression and adaptability, not only for ourselves, but for our ideal world."- 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
  • "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, shortly before being assassinated
  • "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
  • "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, 1998
  • "We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone." - Zacharias Castovia, Inaugural Address, 2018