Ioen Rovuan

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His Excellency

Ioen Rovuan
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32nd President of Kalșeri
In office
May 1, 1932 – November 17, 1933
Preceded by Egbert Ralgi
Succeeded by Tomas U. Lerfe
Secretary of the Movement for Action
In office
April 19, 1930 – January 4, 1934
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Tomas U. Lerfe
Personal details
Born
John Clarence Chandler Jr.

(1886-12-04)December 4, 1886
Hartleyville, New Lothian, Kalșeri
Died January 4, 1934(1934-01-04) (aged 47)
near Vemín, New Lothian, Kalșeri
Cause of death Pneumonia (official autopsies)
Resting place St. George's Cathedral, Vemín, Quincollia
Nationality Kalșerian
Political party Movement for Action (1930-1934)
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Spouse(s) Kinjon Bonsi (m. 1919–1934, his death)
Children John Clarence Chandler III
Gwendolen Chandler
Parents John Clarence Chandler Sr.
Theresa Hazelton
Relatives George Chandler (paternal uncle)
Richard Hazelton (maternal uncle)
Regis Chandler (brother)
Henry Chandler (brother)
Michelle Chandler (cousin)
Matthew Chandler (grandson)
Renatus Lágan (grandson)
Tomas Lágan II (grandson)
Residence Hartleyville, New Lothian (Kalșeri)
Winthrop, Massachusetts (United States)
Alma mater Boston University (BFA)
Occupation Stage actor (1904–1930)
Politician (1930–1934)
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Ioen Klarenșus Șandler, better known by his self-proclaimed regnal name Ioen Rovuan (/joʊn ˈroʊvən, -vuːən/, Kalhan: [jo(ə)n ˈrov(w)ɐn] born John Clarence Chandler Jr.; December 4, 1886 – January 4, 1934), was a Kalșerian actor and politician who served as the 32nd President of Kalșeri.

Ioen Rovuan had a troubled childhood and struggled at school, not making many friends. Before entering politics, he was a popular stage actor who performed in Kalșeri and in the United States. In 1930, after suffering bouts of persecutory delusion, he founded the Kalșerian Movement for Action (Driréri) and ran for President in the 1932 presidential election; he won 63% of the votes, and his party would achieve absolute majority in the House of Representatives.

He ordered the invasion of Cape Sundervale, then a British territory, under his "One People, One Language, One Nation" platform. However, his war plans were leaked, causing the British authorities to intervene before great damage could be done, making the invasion impossible without widespread casualties. The botched invasion and his delusions were decisive factors in the sharp decline of popular support for him. He was found dead in a wood, and the cause of death is still up for debate.

Once his incapacitation was made official, Ioen Rovuan became the elected President with the shortest time in office, at just 566 days (1 year, 6 months and 17 days), beating the record set by Eb Feldnehmer of 591 days (Karl Narasi holds the overall record, staying in charge for 76 days).

Early life

The oldest of three siblings, Ioen Rovuan was born John Clarence Chandler Jr. in Hartleyville, to John Clarence Chandler Sr, a lawyer, and Theresa Hazelton, a nursery teacher and sister of Richard Hazelton, one of the two founders of Griston-Hazelton Cars; both were descendants of English settlers. Theresa died about a year after his birth; as John Sr. was unable to take care of his sons after her death, he sent them to live with his brother George, who worked at the Hartleyville Opera House, sometimes acting in minor roles.

He would often be reprimanded by his teachers for not behaving in class; teachers also noted that he struggled to make friends, did not react to events, only participated in class activities when he specifically had to, struggled with homework and his answers were either extremely concise or incoherent.

Acting career

George often brought him to work, instilling in him the passion for acting. John Jr. would go on to receive a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Boston University; while studying there, he attended speech lessons and worked to overcome his shyness. He also worked odd jobs to pay for the rent of his apartment in Boston.

He played in several theaters throughout Massachusetts before moving back to Hartleyville. At first, he was cast as a background character, before being given gradually bigger roles to play, eventually becoming a mainstay in the Hartleyville Opera House. His refined acting skills soon made him a celebrity in and out of Kalșeri.

Movement for Action

In 1924, while in prison for failing to pay the owner of a building damaged by him in a fit of rage, Chandler claimed to have come across the follow-up to The Kings of the Green Fields, one of the latter holy texts of the traditional Kalșerian religion; the unnamed text, written in Kalhan, portrayed the Lág people as valiant heroes with the backing of the gods, whereas Britons and Spaniards were depicted as unholy despots who worked together to exterminate the Lág people and terminate the religion. The contents of the unnamed book sent Chandler into several instances of delusions where he declared himself to be the Protector of Kalșeri, and believed that he was the target of an anti-Kalșerian conspiracy set up by the British. He later Kalhanized his own name to Ioen Klarenșus Șandler.

The effects of the Wall Street Crash of 1929 reinforced Șandler's beliefs that Kalșeri was being attacked by conspiring external forces; upset by the lack of clear solutions to the alleged oppression problem, he founded the Movement for Action with his friend Ausvan Simmel. The party platform of palingenetic nationalism, protectionism, right-wing populism, linguistic superiority of Kalhan and economic interventionism resonated with the general population.

The popularity of the Movement for Action was the decisive factor for President Egbert Ralgi's resignation, which triggered the snap election, in which Ioen Rovuan won 63% of the votes and the party achieved absolute majority both in the House of Representatives.

Presidency

Following the election, Ioen Rovuan and the Movement for Action wrote the document What the Movement for Action Stands for, explaining the Movement's immediate and long-term plans, which included banning all forms of "degenerate art", increasing the size of the State and rebuilding the country following a rational plan.

The first months of Șandler's presidency were marked by signing into law several bills that aimed to prevent people from amassing an excessive wealth and one that made learning Kalhan mandatory at school. On January 1, 1933, at the behest of Charles Boix Rossell, he created the Kalșerian Air Force. In the meanwhile, he also tried to block the acquisition of Griston-Hazelton by General Motors.

Four months later, Ioen Rovuan's brother Henry, penned a bill that reduced the time to discuss a bill before reaching a votefrom a week to three days. Around the same period, Ioen Șandler proclaimed that he was the descendant of King Rovuan the Conqueror and started referring to himself as Ioen Rovuan; this was the first of the two announcements made on the radio, with the second being that he was told about a British plan to revoke Kalșerian independence and start an invasion. In the meanwhile, he ordered Chief of Police Ioséf K. Roniem to arrest political dissenters.

Despite opposition from his generals, he planned a "reconquest" of the British territory of Cape Sundervale, which would go in motion after his declaration of war against the United Kingdom, which lacked the approval of Congress. The first attempt was to swim to Cape Sundervale channel from Rinnacade; of the one hundred soldiers who swam the cold Atlantic waters, a good portion of them drowned, and those who reached the territory were arrested. Not deterred by the loss, Ioen Rovuan ordered his men to breach King's Gate, expecting an easy victory; instead, the mission was aborted, as the monitoring of Cape Sundervale was constant, to the point where no feasible way to enter the Cape could be enacted without being immediately noticed.

After news of the aborted mission surfaced, many high-ranking officials began to distrust Ioen Rovuan and refused to carry out his orders. On October 4, 1933, an anonymous telegram was sent to Congress, demanding that the Movement for Action oust Ioen Șandler, lest Mecklenburg Palace be bombed. This caused the Movement to split in two: those who wished to appoint a new leader, and thus avoid the bombings, quit the party or resigned their seats in Congress, whereas those who pledged their allegiance to Ioen Rovuan dismissed the bombings as an empty threat; the first faction would gain power with each passing day, as more party members started questioning the President's actions, and the Movement was losing members. Seventeen days after receiving the telegram, Lerfe announced that Ioen Rovuan would be sent to a psychiatric facility, and that his status as President would either continue or be terminated based on the diagnosis.

Incapacitation, death and aftermath

On November 17, 1933, after being diagnosed with schizophrenia, Ioen Rovuan was incapacitated by Congress and replaced with Tomas Lerfe. He was then escorted to Fitzroy Island, the smallest of the six Esiskio Islands, where he would stay for a month before returning to the mainland, due to a pneumonia he had recently contracted. In the meanwhile, Lerfe reversed some of the more controversial acts issued under Ioen Rovuan's presidency.

In the following months, Ioen Rovuan was kept under control by friends and policemen, to prevent him from fleeing as he had attempted several times in Flarón. In the last months of his life, he seemed to have recovered from the pneumonia, but on the morning of January 4, 1934, he was found dead in a wood near a manufacturing plant in Vemín, New Lothian, naked and with blood coming out of his mouth. Several autopsies declared that he died of natural causes, as there were no scars or traces of projectiles on his body. He was buried in the graveyard adjacent to St. George's Cathedral in Vemín, the closest church to where he died. As he did not write a will, his properties were shared equally among his two children John III and Gwendolen.

The immediate effects of Ioen Rovuan's demise were Ausvan Simmel's suicide, the monitoring of the Movement for Action, requested by Tomas U. Lerfe as an alternative to having the party banned, a peace treaty with the United Kingdom and the 1935 Lennoxton trials, where several of Ioen Rovuan's closest allies would be tried for their crimes and sentenced accordingly; among the tried was his brother Henry, sentenced to ten years in prison. Many plans thought up by Ioen Rovuan, such as a meeting with German Chancellor Adolf Hitler and an invasion of Newfoundland, were quietly scrapped.

Following the 1935 trials, the Movement for Action split into two factions: the Stoics, who accepted the trials and the monitoring, shifting to more moderate and traditional ideals, and the Resurrectionists, who rejected the trials as illegitimate and stayed true to Ioen Rovuan's original platform.

Conspiracy theories surrounding Ioen Rovuan's death

The last autopsy performed on Ioen Rovuan's body ruled that he died of pneumonia complicated by massive hemoptysis, which damaged his lungs. Since the 1940s, some former Silverjackets and other followers of Ioen Rovuan have spoken up about Ioen Rovuan's death, offering at least nine different theories:

  • he was poisoned on behalf of a political opponent;
  • he had an undetected lung cancer and froze to death to end his suffering;
  • he was stripped of his clothes and left outside in the cold as retaliation for his bad deeds;
  • he was heavily drugged in an act of betrayal;
  • he inhaled toxic gas from a nearby manufacturing plant and hallucinated before dying;
  • he climbed a building and, in a bout of delusion, believed he could fly;
  • he wanted to prove a close acquaintance of his wrong by showing them that he was immune to cold, as he liked to state;
  • he had a deadly virus injected by one of his doctors;
  • he was killed by a stroke.

The theories arose due to the fact that the autopsies failed to mention whether cancer, poison or drugs were found in his body.

Another popular theory is that the body found near Vemín was not actually Ioen Rovuan's, but rather a decoy placed by either Ioen Rovuan himself or one of his acquaintances to mislead the inquirers, with the most common continuation of the theory being that he fled to South America and resumed his political career under a different identity.

Legacy

Despite serving for little time, Ioen Rovuan's term as President is among the most controversial in Kalșerian history. In historical rankings of Kalșerian presidents, Ioen Rovuan has been consistently ranked in the lower positions, due to the botched invasion of Cape Sundervale and his delusions, although he is credited for the creation of the Air Force and for helping to forge a cleaner national identity for Kalșerians by fostering the use of Kalhan.

Ioen Rovuan has been cited as the main influence for former Șin Seri secretary Grigor Komanș.

Personal life

Ioen Rovuan married fellow stage actress Kinjon Bonsi in 1919, with whom he had two children: John Clarence III (1919–2006) and Gwendolen (1923–2019). John Clarence Chandler III would go on to become an actor and change his name to "John Harts"; Gwendolen became a professional swimmer and would represent Kalșeri in the 1952, 1956 and 1960 Summer Olympics under the name "Gwendolen Jones". John III had a son, Matthew, who has served as Secretary of the Movement for Action since 1995; Gwendolen Chandler had two sons with Ierónimus Lágan II: Renatus, who would go on to become an activist for the monarchist cause, and Tomas.

Ioen Rovuan liked dogs, and opened Gann House to them. After being released from prison, he adopted two German Shepherds named Orion and Hercules. When their owner died in 1934, they were adopted by Tomas U. Lerfe.

Despite being hailed as the "Godfather of Kalhan" by supporters, Ioen Rovuan reportedly only spoke basic Kalhan prior to 1930, when he joined language lessons offered by the Raladure.

Ioen Rovuan used to be an Anglican until 1930, and he claimed to have stopped going to church after his stay in jail. After founding the Movement for Action, he stated that his religious beliefs became "a Christian-Serigéa hybrid".

Ioen Rovuan was an active tennis player, an interest he developed while studying in Boston. He was also a fan of the Boston Red Sox: he would ask his secretaries to tell him the results of the games and, during his trips to the United States, he made sure to go to Fenway Park at least once every trip. He and his wife went to America every year from 1926 until his death.

Ioen Rovuan regularly smoked the pipe, especially when reading, and made sure to buy a souvenir pipe in every city he visited. At the time of his death, he had about 135 different pipes. Ioen Rovuan became a vegetarian soon after being released from prison.

In popular culture

Some terms connected to Ioen Rovuan entered the Kalșerian English vocabulary, such as 32 (a sudden end; to terminate, referencing the year of the snap election), rovuan (a crazy person; to go ahead with ill-conceived plans), Chan (a slang term for a supporter of the Movement for Action, derived from John Chandler) and to go to Esiskio (to be sent away unceremoniously).

Several films and television series about Ioen Rovuan were released, such as the 2017 Netflix series Chandler, where Ioen Rovuan is interpreted by Christian Slater.

Rick Zapfenheimer, lead singer of heavy metal band ȘHR, claims that the name ȘHR stands for "Șenál-Haiur-Run", the traditional Kalhan reading 1934, the year of Ioen Rovuan's death.