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Leadership of Willemstan's Dictators

This article was last updated on November 27th of 2021.

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A simplified timeline of Willemstan's eras and leaders. Includes all Dictators, Presidents, and Acting Dictators.

Lore

The ruler of Willemstan is an elected Dictator, who is chosen by the citizens every six months. Willemstan Dictators rule with absolute power, but must abide by a term limit of two dictatorships. There have been seven Willemstan Elections so far, although one of them was canceled after a coup attempt. Historically, the majority of Dictators have not served their full six month terms. This is due to a variety of reasons, which range from losing interest all the way to being overthrown by the citizens. As a result, there have been several "Acting Dictators" throughout Willemstan's history, who serve until a scheduled election can occur. Only Original Members of Willemstan have ever served as Dictator, aside from Ian Hampton and Annie Payton (who doesn't really count). In the early years of Willemstan, policy making occurred in Mr. Gailitis's class, where members of Willemstan had lots of free time.

Currently, the Dictator operates under the New Articles of Willemstan, the current legal document of Willemstan. The Dictator can change this document at anytime, or even scrap it for a new one. During 2020 and 2021, there has been a lot of controversy behind the legal systems of Willemstan and the powers of the Dictator, resulting in many reforms and changes. Ian Hampton is the current Dictator of Willemstan.


Josue Mejia's Rule

Median Score: 3/5

Approval Rating: 60% (5 votes)

Summary

Josue won the Summer 2018 Election, making him the first elected Dictator. Not much occured during his rule, but he lead Willemstan when it was on Google Classroom. However, the 2018 summer break and the transition from Google Classroom to Discord resulted in Josue losing interest in Willemstan. After the move, it was Joey, Eli, and Charlie who actually held power and were running Willemstan. Josue officially stepped down from power and joined Wolfenstan in December, sparking the Willemstan - Wolfenstan War. While this seemed like treason at the time, he did claim he was actually spying for Willemstan. His involvement with Willemstan ended shortly after this.

Administration

Josue Mejia's original administration consisted of himself as Dictator, Nick as Right Hand Man, and Charlie N. as General. In the later months, Charlie, Eli, and Joey were actually running Willemstan as a sort of oligarchy.

Impact

Josue's absence in the Willemstan Discord Server allowed Charlie, Eli, and Joey to rise to power. Josue's resignation directly lead to the Willemstan-Wolfenstan War, and put Charlie in charge. It also represented the end of the first era of Willemstan, leaving behind the original home and original leader.


Charlie Nolan's Acting Rule

Summary

Charlie was an Acting Dictator for a time due to the departure of Josue from Willemstan. During his rule, he directed the war against Wolfenstan. He did this by providing regular updates on the war, enforcing tax collection, and advocated for mass recruitment to the server.

Impact

Charlie continued the Willemstan - Wolfenstan War, and his ramping-up of Tax Collection insured it would be a practice for months to come. Charlie's time in power also solidfied his role as election and finance manager of Willemstan.


Eli Payton's Rule I

Median Score: 4/5

Approval Rating: 87.5% (8 votes)

Summary

Eli won the Winter 2018 Election. After he was elected, he prohibited members of Willemstan from joining Wolfenstan, under the penalty of prosecution by the state. After that, updates and interest in the Willemstan - Wolfenstan war ceased. During his reign, his administration's most important addition to the Willemstan Commandments was creating the monthly traditions of Willemstan. Advertising other Discord servers was banned under this administration as well. Eli made more additions to the Willemstan Commandments than any other Dictator.

Administration

Eli Payton's administration consisted of himself as Dictator, Joey B. as Vice-Dictator, and Charlie N. as General. Malcolm H. held adminship for some time, but eventually lost it.

Impact

Eli's rule was very well recived, and so his laws such as the monthly traditions continued to be observed for over a year after they were originally proposed. However, his resignation and withdraw from Willemstani politics after drama with Malcolm resulted in Joey's promotion to Acting Dictator. This began a year long period of political drought. This was when there was low interest in elections and little legislation passed.


Joey Badra's Acting Rule

Summary

Joey was an Acting Dictator for about three months, before Annie Payton assumed power. During his time as acting Dictator, he banned Devin A. from Willemstan by amending the Willemstan Commandments. This change was later revoked. Other than this, no legislation was passed. Charlie Nolan held server ownership during Joey's rule.

Impact

Joey's rule did not have any lasting impact other than continuing the political drought.


Annie Payton's Rule

Median Score: 2/5

Approval Rating: 33.33% (9 votes)

Summary

Annie won the Summer 2019 Election. He didn't do shit. Annie Payton was a figurehead controled by Eli Payton.

Administration

Annie Payton's administration consisted of himself as Dictator and two administrators, who were Charlie N. and Joey B.

Impact

Annie's rule, while well recived at first, soon sparked a strong resentment for pet Dictators/candidates. This was because the public was fustrated that the cat wasn't doing anything and was a figurehead of someone else. This opposition to animals would last for a number of years.


Sean Kavanagh's Rule I

Median Score: 3/5

Approval Rating: 44% (9 votes)

Summary

Sean won the Winter 2019 Election. As promised, he made the consumption of water mandatory, but later declared that milk was an acceptable alternative. He also established the "#enemies-of-the-state" text channel in the Willemstan Discord Server. At its peak, there were four enemies of the state. After these initial joke policies, Sean began to consider serious reform to Willemstan. On May 3rd of 2020, Dictator Sean, along with a couple of admins, put Willemstan through an extensive government reform that lasted from May 3rd of 2020 - May 5th of 2020, known as Willemstan 1.1. These changes abolished the Willemstan Commandments, and replaced it with a new constitution, the Willemstan Amendments. He also renamed the Head of State's position to "President", replacing "Dictator". His administration also purged almost all of Willemstan's history, and reintroduced slavery to Willemstan. Sean was the first and last president of Willemstan, as he was removed from power during a coup.

Administration

Sean Kavanagh's administration before the 1.1 reforms consisted of himself as Dictator and three administrators, who were Charlie N, Eli P, and Joey B. Sean Kavanagh's administration after the 1.1 reforms consisted of himself as President and two administrators, who were Charlie N. and Dawson M.

Impact

Sean's rule was arguably the most impactful to date. For one, Sean had single-handedly undone almost all the work previous Dictators have done by deleting the Willemstan Commandments. His push to a more democratic system, while supported at first, quickly sparked strong backlash that resulted in a premature end to his dictatorship. His administration's attempt to reform Willemstan ended up moving public opinion in the opposite direction, solidifying Willemstan's traditions.


Eli Payton's Rule II

Median Score: 4/5

Approval Rating: 100% (10 votes)

Summary

This was Eli's second, arguably third term as Dictator if you include his cat. He is the first de facto Dictator, as he overthrew the previous government and was not elected into office. Despite this, his rule has been well recived by the majority of the Willemstan public. Motivated by the stalling of the Summer 2020 Election, and with the support of former admins, he repealed the Willemstan 1.1 reforms and the Willemstan Amendments, abolishing the reforms passed by Sean Kavanagh's administration. Eli's administration introduced new legislation known as the New Articles of Willemstan, which pushed Willemstan back into a Dictatorship. He is also responsible for the Willemstan 1.2 reforms and lead Willemstan to victory during the Willemstan Civil War against the Willemstan Nationalists, a faction consisting of the former administration. Eli also became the first Dictator to deny administrator permissions to the admin team. His administration also ended the one-party state and reformed the election process.

Administration

Eli Payton's administration consisted of himself as Dictator and five "Admin V2s", who were Andrew M, Devin S, Ian H, Joey B, and Malcolm H. Devin was later dismissed from the admin team.

Impact

Eli's rule stabilized and established an improved Dictatorship government, but continued to set the expectation for major reforms. The one-party system came to an end under his rule, which allowed for the formation of new political parties and weakened the influence of the WE-PP. His administration also invented the "Willemstani Deviant" system, in which unwanted members were exiled to a channel known as #haram-pit. An influx in controversial server members, including the deviants, forced Willemstan to reconsider its open-invite policy for the first time since February of 2019.


Sean Kavanagh's Rule II

Median Score: 3/5

Approval Rating: 76.9% (13 votes)

Summary

This was Sean's second term as Dictator. He came to power by winning the Winter 2020 Election in a landslide. He ended the exile of SuS and the Other Discord Bots started by Eli Payton during his second term. He approved the establishment of the Willemstan Salt Mine, a punishment system ran by his administration. He allowed Charlie to integrate some of SuS's functions with the Discord server, eliminating the need for SuS Premium, and green-lighted increased government suppression. Sean and his administration also set up a Willemstan Wiki section of the Discord server, and created Wee Willemstan, a miniature Willemstan for any new members and successor to the #haram-pit. In addition, Sean's administration reformed the entire election process and implemented official Willemstan holidays. Sean had also promised the official restoration of the Willemstan Market in exchange for Andrew's vote during the Winter 2020 Election, but never occurred.

Administration

Sean Kavanagh's administration consisted of himself as Dictator and two Generals, who held full administrative power. These generals were Charlie Nolan & Ian Hampton.

Impact

Sean's rule brought back oppression in Willemstan on a large scale, while also laying the foundation for the fair election system. This balance between blatant oppression and fair systems was decently received by the citizens. The Willemstan Salt Mine was introduced during his Dictatorship, and it remained in place for some time. The oppression of Willemstani Deviants continued under his rule and would be continued by subsequent Dictatorships. The return of the Discord bots was well received.


Ian Hampton's Rule

Summary

Ian became Dictator by winning the Summer 2021 Election, the first fair election in Willemstan's history. He expanded the administration to include a variety of positions, while also remaining true to Willemstan ideology. He also brought the Willemstan Market back to the Willemstan Discord Server, and added legislation to the New Articles of Willemstan which enforced a term limit on the Dictator position. Later, he added discussion channels to Willemstan. All of these new channels greatly increased the amount on the server, which is ironic because Ian was in favor of the channel condensing in Willemstan 1.1. Later into his Dictatorship, Ian lead the 2021 Inventory Operation and archived many inactive channels later into his Dictatorship. This was somewhat influenced by discussion with Devin Abood. Also during his time as Dictator, Ian greatly reformed the role system by adding many new roles and removing some roles. Some of these new roles seperated members of Willemstan into three camps: "Original Member", "Wave One", and "Wave Two".

Administration

Ian's administration is one of the largest yet, but still has power centralized at the Dictator & General level. Charlie Nolan served as the General, with Joey, Devin A, and Thomas as the Senior Strategists. Andrew M. & Sean served as the Enforcers.

Impact

The Recruitment of Underclassmen Initiative passed under Ian's dictatorship has caused the number of Willemstanis to skyrocket. Only time will tell if this is a good thing.