Wolfgar E.R. Godfredson

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Wolfgar E.R. Godfredson

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Inaugural presidential portrait of Wolfgar Godfredson, 1938
1st President of Estmere
In office
27 August 1938 – 27 August 1953
Prime MinisterLaurence Montgomery
Hugo Gilbert
Vincent Holmes
Richard Moore
Theodore Spencer
Succeeded byLouis de Neville
Chairman of the Transitional Authority
In office
2 October 1934 – 27 August 1938
DeputyLaurence Montgomery
Preceded byRichard XIII
(King of Estmere)
Laurence Montgomery
(Prime Minister of Estmere)
Personal details
Born
Vulfgar Eadvyn Riċard Godfriþsunu

(1892-03-11)March 11, 1892
Rothgarsted, Estmere
DiedAugust 25, 1979(1979-08-25) (aged 87)
Longwood, Swerdia, Estmere
CitizenshipEstmere
Political partyIndependent
Military service
AllegianceEstmere Estmere
Estmere Fighting Estmere
Branch/serviceEstmerish Army
Estmerish Liberation Army
RankMarshal
Battles/warsKireno-Estmerish War
Great War

Wolfgar Edwin Richard Godfredson (born Vulfgar Eadvyn Riċard Godfriþsunu; 11 March 1892 – 25 August 1979) was an Estmerish army officer and statesman who led the Estmerish resistance to Functionalist Gaullica as part of Fighting Estmere in the Great War. He then chaired the Transitional Authority from 1934 to 1938, and served as the inaugural President of the Estmere for three terms from 1938 to 1953.

Born in the hamlet of Rothgarsted in rural Swarbergshire to a large Swathish-speaking family, Godfredson attended the prestigious Royal Military Academy in Kingchester, graduating in 1914. He served in the Kireno-Estmerish War, and was highly decorated for his actions in the Battle of Salchester, which became a turning point in the conflict. After the war, he was promoted and was involved in the Estmerish response to the Dellish and April revolutions. In this period he began his long-lasting advocation for combined arms tactics, in particular the use of armour and aircraft.

At the outbreak of the Great War and the invasion of Estmere, Godfredson commanded regiments on the Kirenian border. After the Battle of Damesbridge, against the orders of his superiors, he maneouvered his divisions into a counterattack which was partially successful in halting the Gaullican advance. After the Fall of Morwall, and the retreat of the Estmerish government first to Longwood and then to Spálgleann, Godfredson remained south of the Neeves to organise Estmerish resistance the occupation. He led the Estmerish Liberation Army for the remainder of the war, and was present at the Liberation of Morwall alongside Laurence Montgomery.

In the aftermath of the war, Godfredson was unanimously elected to chair the Transitional Authority. As chair, he oversaw the elections to the constitutional assembly, and with the support of the Weranian government, ensured that Estmere was made a permanent member of the CNSC. He also worked to prevent the splintering of the Grand Alliance by enacting the Godfredson Plan to split Miersa. His tenure as chair was defined by referenda on Borish independence and the monarchy, and by the 1937 mutiny by Swathish socialist officers. Godfredson is credited with resolving the mutiny amicably by ensuring the adoption of a federal constitution, with protections for the Swathish language. Godfredson was then elected President as an independent, and presided over the governments of five prime ministers.

Through his fifteen-year tenure as President, Godfredson oversaw the defeat of the Neo-Functionalist Etruria in the Solarian War, the foundation of the Euclean Community, the decolonisation of the Estmerish Empire, and the foundation of the Estmerish Community. Godfredson was a reserved statesman, and generally avoided involvement in domestic politics outside of facilitating compromise. Godfredson retired from politics at the end of his third term in 1953. In retirement he wrote and published his memoirs, which were best sellers and became classics in post-war Estmerish literature. His death in 1979 was widely mourned, resulting in a state funeral which was the largest in Estmerish history, attended by 10,000 people, including representatives from 62 countries, and witnessed by over 500 million people through mass media.

Godfredson's legacy in Estmere is profound. He is the namesake of countless streets, monuments, and institutions in Estmere, and his precedent of a non-partisan presidency was eventually enshrined into law. He is considered the Father of the Estmerish Nation, and was officially granted this title posthumously. His role in securing trilingualism and federalism are seen to have preseved Estmere as a united country.

Name

Wolfgar's birth name was Vulfgar Eadvyn Riċard Godfriþsunu, as rendered in Swathish, his first language. This is how his birth name was rendered on church documents, local government records, and in letters to family. Due to the anti-Swathish policies at the time, however, on his birth certificate and most government documents his name is rendered Embrianised as Wolfgar Eadwin Richard Godfrithson.

His name was again changed in 1908 as part of his efforts to attend the Royal Military Academy at Kingchester. He adopted the name Wolfgar Edwin Richard Godfredson, comprised of Estmerish cognate names as opposed to simply Embrianised names. He used this as his official name, and name in public, until his death, though in letters to family still rendered his name in Swathish orthography. In later life, in official correspondence he almost exclusively referred to himself as Wolfgar E.R. Godfredson.

Early life

Military career

Pre-war

Great War

Political career

Chair of the Transitional Authority

First presidential term (1938–1943)

Second presidential term (1943–1948)

Third presidential term (1948–1953)

Retirement

Death

Personal life

Legacy

Honours and awards

Estmerish

Foreign

Works

  • The Marshal Memoirs
    • Volume I – The Trenches, 1927–1929 (1954)
    • Volume II – The Occupation, 1929–1932 (1956)
    • Volume III – The Liberation, 1932–1935 (1957)
  • The Presidential Memoirs
    • Volume I – Saving the Nation, 1934–1943 (1959)
    • Volume II – Winning the Peace, 1943–1948 (1961)
    • Volume III – Facing the Future, 1948–1953 (1964)

See also