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Barbara Ruvolo

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Barbara Ruvolo
Official Portait, District, 2009
1st President of District
Assumed office
November 1, 2009
Prime Minister Alexander Reinhardt
Predecessor Office established
Personal information
Born 1966
Rome, Italy
Birth name Barbara Ruvolo
Citizenship St.Charlian
Nationality Italian
Political party National Party of St.Charlie
Residence Branson, DS, St.Charlie
Religion Catholic

Barbara Ruvolo (born 1966) is a St.Charlian politician currently serving as President of District and Member of Parliament for the National Party of St.Charlie.

She became NPSC President of District in November 2009, was reconfirmed for a second term following the general elections of 2011 and for a third term in the wake of the general elections of 2012. She is the longest-serving President of any Federation.

Biography

Ruvolo was born in Rome as Princess Barbara, the daughter of former King of St.Charlie, Patrizio I. She was raised in Rome and Cerveteri. Although she is currently residing in Puntarossa, Tor Pendente, her official residence remains Branson, District.

As the first-born issue of the late Patrizio I, she is the heir apparent to the defunct St.Charlian throne. After her father's death, she also became the Head of the House of Ruvolo. To this day, however, she has not shown any interest in pressing her right to the throne or in reviving the monarchy.

St.Charlie

Early days

Ruvolo's first became involved with St.Charlie in October 2009, when she was nominated NPSC candidate for District for the St.Charlian 2009 Legislative Elections.[1] On November 1st, she won the elections and was nominated President of District.[2] On January 24th she lost to Magnus de Armis by three votes to four in the election for the President of the St.Charlian Parliament.[3]

Soon after her election, she promoted a recycling scheme and the replacement of all light bulbs with energy-efficient versions, which made District the first Federation to adopt such practices.[4] In October 2010 she supported the NPSC's leadership in refusing to join the ICA, stating "It’s not because of the ICA’s past, but I don’t see the creation of two or more ideological blocks as helpful to our community."[5]

GUM referendum

The GUM's new logo
Main article: St.Charlie - Erusia relations#GUM Referendum

Ruvolo was brought to intermicronational prominence in July 2010 when, together with fellow President Annabelle Pincer, she requested a referendum regarding St.Charlie's membership of the GUM due to mishaps in the election of the Secretary-General.[6] In particular, Ruvolo complained about the "'failure to give notice of the second ballot', the 'inexplicable decision' to annul previous votes, the 'extremely short length of the second ballot' and the presence of various unconfirmed private ballots."[6] The request, caused relations between St.Charlie and Erusia to flare and prompted a response from Robert Lethler.[7] While Ruvolo chose not to reply, the St.Charlian Government and Parliament issued a Joint Address.[8]

Alvisi administration

On November 25th 2010 she was confirmed NPSC candidate for the District Presidential Elections.[9] She also supported Minister Lunam's bill to postpone the District elections and stated this was because of a "possible absence of a working electoral commission".[10] On December 28th, it was announced Ruvolo had successfully beaten back the challenge by SCSP candidate Rikkeri by winning 56.5% of the vote.[11] However, the results suggested a new Socialist stronghold had arisen in the District North division, with only an almost unanimous victory in Branson allowing her to remain in office.[11] The NPSC's crushing defeat in District in the general elections, where the party only won 28% of the vote, suggests Ruvolo's personal popularity was a major factor in her re-election.[12]

Following set of reforms to simplify the structure of the St.Charlian Commonwealth, Ruvolo rejected plans to annex Cascia del Pinzanello to District, thus ensuring the former would become a Territory.[13] On August 9th, she requested fellow President Annabelle Pincer to declare a State of Emergency in Greater Ridgeway due to the London riots.[14] She went on to say: "After what I was able to see on the news, I encourage the Federation to take the appropriate measures in order to protect its population. This is a situation that goes beyond micronationalism, but we must still raise awareness over the current incidents."[14]

"Royal loophole"

On August 21st 2011, a royal document was found in the Presidential Palace detailing an "Order of the St.Charlian Crown", an order to be bestowed by the House of Ruvolo on any person that had "distinguished themselves with actions of particular relevance, and in favor of the Nation".[15] As the Federal Republic has never pronounced itself on the matter, the medal is thus legal "property of the Ruvolo family, who may still award it to who they wish."[15] Ruvolo commented however that she "wishes to contact the current Government and find a solution to this 'royal loophole' ... in order not to create an eventual awkward situation between the royals and the current leadership, and in order to solve legally the situation."[15]


Preceded by: President of District Succeded by: Fed district.png
Office Established 1 November 2009 - Present

References

  1. The St.Charlian Observer: St.Charlian 2009 Legislative Elections; Choose your President - 25 Oct 2009
  2. Official St.Charlie Forums: Vincitori delle Elezioni (Italian) - 3 Nov 2009
  3. The St.Charlian Observer: De Armis elected President of the Parliament - 24 Jan 2010
  4. The St.Charlian Observer: Expo 2010: describing District in a few pictures - 19 Jul 2010
  5. The St.Charlian Observer: National Party refuses to join ICA - 1 Oct 2010
  6. 6.0 6.1 St.Charlian Observer: GUM Elections: District and Royal Beresford ask for referendum - 26 Jul 2010
  7. St.Charlian Observer: GUM Elections: District and Royal Beresford ask for referendum - Comments - 27 Jul 2010
  8. Joint address of the St.Charlian Government and Parliament in response to Lethler's accusations: 27 Jul 2010
  9. Official St.Charlie Forums: Candidature del Partito Nazionale per le Federazioni - 25 Nov 2010
  10. The St.Charlian Observer: Decision 2011: Federal candidates published, District may face delay - 25 Nov 2010
  11. 11.0 11.1 The St.Charlian Observer: Federal Elections: NPSC hold in District - 28 Dec 2010
  12. The St.Charlian Observer: BREAKING: SCSP WINS GENERAL ELECTIONS - 31 Dec 2010
  13. The St.Charlian Observer: Commonwealth reforms in order to simplify structure - 23 Jun 2011
  14. 14.0 14.1 The St.Charlian Observer: BREAKING: State of Emergency requested for Greater Ridgeway - 9 Aug 2011
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 The St.Charlian Observer: Former Royal document retrieved after 10 years creates “royal loophole” - 21 Aug 2011