| Daniel Stefanko |
November 11, 2013
December 17, 2012 - June 13, 2013
November 16, 2012
January 2, 2013 - November 11, 2013
Daniel Stefanko is a former Oasis Islands politician, who served as the President of the Hamlinian Republic and the the Vice President of the Hamlinian Republic. He was elected Hamlinian Republic President after defeating Nik Hart in the 2012 Hamlinian Presidential Election. After over a month of increased inactivity and protests from Hamlinians, specifically the Libertarian Party, Stefanko resigned on September 14, 2012. Now Stefanko served as the Vice President of the Oasis Islands along with President Casey Hamlin before resigning on June 13, 2013 for personal reasons.
Stefanko was born in 1997 to a electrician father and motel operator mother. He enjoyed engineering at a very young age and was seen as a technological intellectual. Stefanko then started an interest in politics at the age of 12. He befriended then President of the Hamlinian Republic Casey Hamlin and together they decided that they were tired of American politics. Fed up with the Democratic incumbent, they founded the Hamlinian Republic together on March 28, 2011.
Once he co-founded the Republic, he was the head of the Hamlinian Corp of Engineers, and was solely that until July 2011 when he was nominated by Casey Hamlin to replace Sean Hamlin as the Vice President. He took that job and remained the incumbent. In November 2011, he founded the Hamlinian Intelligence Agency, the main investigative body of the Hamlinian Government, and was the Secretary of Intelligence. He was named the Secretary of Science and Space Exploration due to his amazing knowledge of the subject. He is a member of the Hamlinian Empire Party, being the nominee of the party in the 2012 elections.
In December 2011, Stefanko announced his candidacy for the Empire Party Nomination. He ran for the nomination unopposed, becoming the de facto nominee on April 11, 2012. Hamlin and Stefanko stayed neck and neck in foreign and domestic polling, with Hamlin still having a small lead and enough of an advantage to win the majority of domestic votes, and thus the election. In a surprise announcement on May 15, 2012, Hamlin suspended his campaign and joined Stefanko as his running mate, leaving Hart as Stefanko’s only competition. On June 2, 2012, Stefanko lost the MicroWiki vote by a wide margin, gaining 1 vote compared to Hart’s 6 (3 after weighting), leaving a 2 vote margin for Stefanko to overcome in October.
On July 12, 2012 Stefanko won 3 out of the six states in contention, winning 2 votes over Hart’s 7 votes. He was declared the winner by HNN at 1:24pm EDT. He was inaugurated on August 1, 2012.
Stefanko was confirmed to be President Elect after the preliminary results reported by the states came in, although they have yet to be authenticated due to missing votes from Sonoristan. Stefanko was inaugurated on August 1, 2012.
Early in his term, Stefanko enacted Section 2 Article 5 of the Hamlinian Constitution, which states that foreign leaders cannot hold any elected office in the Republic, effectively keeping Matt Sjöberg from holding his Senate seat and destroying the Socialist movement in the nation.
Stefanko has been criticized for doing little to nothing in respect to being President. On August 25, 2012, the Hamlinian Libertarian Party created a print ad called "Broken", which showed a shattered picture of Stefanko with a list of what they considered Stefanko's "failures", including his lack of legislation, his declination to provide border security after nearby shootings, etc. In response, Stefanko engaged HLP Chairman Casey Hamlin in a long argument, with Stefanko hurling several expletives at him, before blocking Hamlin from messaging him on Facebook. Hamlin, who was Stefanko's Vice President, had repeatedly called for his resignation.
On August 27, 2012, Hamlin took back and denied Stefanko access to the Hamlinian Media Company site, where Stefanko was an editor, and illegally took over the nation's email account, which Hamlin passed to Stefanko after his inauguration. Hamlin for the first time publicly called for Stefanko's resignation.
On September 4, 2012, the nation became constitutionally inactive under Section 1 Article 1 of the Hamlinian Constitution because the Senate (consisting of Hamlin and Stefanko), did not meet for over a month. The inactivity would have ended when Stefanko signed ten bills, but neither Hamlin or Stefanko had sought an immediate effort to end the inactivity, with Hamlin saying that action would come in October if Stefanko did not "take a position of leadership and help our nation".
On September 13, 2012, Hamlin threatened a coup d’etat against Stefanko if he didn't resign by midnight on the next day. After initially resisting, Stefanko resigned on September 14, 2012. Hamlin took office immediately afterwards.