Geoffrey T. Spaulding
Geoffrey T Spaulding was a citizen of the Virtual Commonwealth of Cyberia, and was the last known President of the Federal Republic of Cyberia, (having previously been Secretary of State) and was the Acting Lord Protector of Puritania.
Discovery of the Skunk Apes
Spaulding's career as an explorer in 2001 peaked with his discovery of an actual settlement of Skunk Apes living in the high mountainous area on the Menet-Mattimeo border. The Apes were worshipping a pole upon which they had carved the likenesses of two Cyberian politicians Janus-style, back to back. Spaulding was able to convince the Chief of the Apes (Bongo Bo) that these "gods" were mortal beings, very much like themselves.
Entrance into politics
The effect of this so unnerved Spaulding that he entered politics, becoming Preator (Governor) of Menet. His attempt to revive the province and reform the Cyberian system was one of the stresses that lead to the Third War for Cyberian Liberation. As Spaulding had championed the rights of the Apes to be treated as equals, the Apes responded by joining the forces of Menet in resisting the invasion of federal forces.
Later, Spaulding served as Chief Justice of Puritania. In 2005 he assumed the title of Acting Lord Protector, and in June 2006 he concluded a treaty of protection and mutual assistance with the Federal Republic of Cyberia.
Spaulding was succeeded in Menet by Governor Tim Dunkin. We also served as Secretary of War under President Kahunamea.
Spaulding's critics point to the text of the Menet Enfranchisement and Stability Act which vested all provincial emergency powers in Praetor Spaulding while extending his term of office by 7 months, an act passed in 52 record time, unanimously. The Menet legislation was held contrary to the Cyberian bill of rights by the Cyberian Oligarchy-controlled VCC Supreme Court.
Some critics within Cyberia allege that Spaulding is merely a 'sock-puppet' operated Jacobus.