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Luca deSadar (born Luca Sadar Gulo in 705) is the Pasori ruler of the Northern Territories. He is best known for reunifying the Outer Territories with the primarily Santri state of Treston, and eventually assimilating the remnants of Old Mesda. While originally voted into office, during subsequent years in office he has dissolved his cabinet and all other checks to his power. He has a well-developed cult of personality and is generally considered to be a dictator. The Emperor is currently preoccupied with border disputes between the Territories and its neighboring country, Caris.
Luca Sadar Gulo is the 17th and youngest legitimate child of Sadar Duvida Gulo, legendary champion of the Pasori Gulo. The identity of his mother is unknown, but assumed to be one of Sadar's several wives. Luca would have been last in line for succession after his eight brothers. However, wartime circumstances led to his being his father's last living heir.
As far as it known, Luca never had any significant interactions with his immediate family. When asked by a close acquaintance if he had any memory of his parents, he is said to have replied, "They gave me a name, that is more than enough." (cite)
Shortly after his birth Luca fell into the care of his aunt, Mazini Duvida Gulo. It is disputed as to whether or not he was abducted by his aunt or given into her care by either Sadar or one of his wives. The former theory is better supported, given the nature of Luca's reunion with his tribe. Mazini went into hiding and finally settled in the coastal town of Polisa. She changed her name to Mazie and Luca's name to Bezo. The two of them maintained a small store together until her death.
Most of what is known of Luca's childhood comes from his official biography and interviews with his wife. From these accounts we learn that Luca (called Bezo), became highly skilled at identifying and collecting local flora and fauna. He also aided in upkeep of Mazini's shop, located at the front of the wooden structure they lived in. Luca mentions in his biography that he was not permitted to stray from his assigned tasks, which aided him in developing his incredible focus later in life. During this period he was tutored in Carissi speech by an acquaintance of his aunt, and was also urged to speak Santri as much as possible as to rid himself of a Pasori accent.
Luca also met his future wife in Polisa. Personal accounts indicate that they did not always get along, though evidently his impression of her was long-lasting.
Emperor deSadar's regime has been a mix of elected office and forcibly held leadership. His continued successful control over the peoples of the Territories is usually explained by a combination of above-average leadership and liberal use of fear tactics. Despite the lack of several freedoms, the people of the Territories do not often rebel. The government regulates the economy heavily, and does not allow practice of the Caris religion.
Many of the traditional Mesdan enterprises were lost after the dissolution. Emperor deSadar spent the first two years in office reviving the once-flourishing industries with his cry of "Rebuild, rebuild, rebuild!" The modern cities of the Territories are in debt to the hard work of those involved in lumber, mining, construction, labor, etc. The textiles and agriculture industries also boomed with the influx of new citizenry. Presently the government assigns managers to all companies who must report back with positive result in order to keep their positions. Unlike certain totalitarian systems, the Emperor's regime makes an effort to assign the appropriate leaders to increase productivity and efficiency. Business reports are often checked or verified by undercover employees, and any corner-cutting or misrepresentation is dealt with swiftly and harshly.
Another great challenge to the Emperor's rule is the demographics of his country: estimated percentages show the makeup of the territories to be 70% Santri and 30% (reported) Pasori, with the numbers increasing steadily. With a background rooted deeply in both cultures, the Emperor does what he can to ensure peace between the two groups. Politically, the Emperor has been a strong supporter of integration but allows for state-specific segregation (determined by local votes) in the name of keeping peace. deSadar makes a great effort to tie his millions of Santri and Pasori citizens together, often referring to himself as a father figure to both groups. The younger and more impressionable generations in particular tend to adore him as a warrior for freedom.
Propaganda and terror
The Emperor has utilized propaganda since his third elected year in office. In addition to media in the form of statues, posters and radio broadcast, the Emperor and his officials have been accused of publishing false statistics and of making unverified accusations against certain undesirable groups. There is no newspaper other than those from government censored/ regulated publications, although there are a few illegal periodicals. Dissenters or those who have been charged with an insult against the regime are swiftly punished. Many are sentenced to harsh work camps for some amount of time, but an undisclosed number are often sent away and never heard from again.
War with Caris
On June 11, 754 the Emperor declared war on Caris. The declaration followed the alleged murder of his wife by Carissi ambassadors.
The Emperor suffers from several health issues due to inadequate childhood care and injuries inflicted while imprisoned. His most significant injury is that to his lower right leg, which is amputated midway below the knee. The foot and lower leg required amputation after gangrene developed in an untreated bullet wound. He suffers several broken fingers on both hands, mostly hidden from the public by gloves. He is also missing two upper incisors and wears dentures to mask the space.
From palace accounts the Emperor is a very heavy eater, consuming several large meals a day. His physician has made it clear that such gluttonous behavior can lead to undesirable health effects, although no noticeable weight gain has been recorded over the course of his regime. Because of this, some have surmised that the Emperor may be hiding a serious illness.
There is also some question as to the Emperor's mental stability. Early criticisms by his opponents during the 735 election often refer to nervous ailments and anxious behaviors. Admittedly it is difficult at this point in time to separate slander from truthful accusations as many of these opponents have since disappeared. It is also well known that the Emperor talks to himself, though this is regarded as more of a harmless peculiarity than an indication of madness.
Luca married his childhood Santri friend, Phe deBetel, in 733. During that time interracial marriages were not openly supported by the majority of the population, so their union was not made public knowledge until two years later (although they had been living together for a year).
Luca has three children by Phe; Rana, Suda and Hyla deSadar. Luca is often portrayed with them in photographs as a strong father figure, furthering his deliberately cultivated image as a 'father' to the country.
Two of the three major religious systems are supported by Luca's regime. The major religion of the Territories is Santri Generalism (and branches thereof), followed by the regional religions of the Pasori tribes. It is forbidden to study the Invidgeon or invoke Carissi words under penalty of public humiliation, imprisonment or worse.
The Emperor himself is supposedly atheistic, though it is obvious from speeches and public conversations with the people that he is well versed in all three.