|15th Prime Minister of Kalșeri|
March 16, 2014 – October 5, 2021
|Preceded by||Sebastianus Linș|
|Succeeded by||Frank Zanin|
|Leader of the Social Cooperation Party|
December 13, 2013 – October 5, 2021
|Preceded by||Aleksander Șáșnegi|
|Succeeded by||Cindy Vargas|
|Leader of the Opposition|
December 13, 2013 – March 16, 2014
|Preceded by||Aleksander Șáșnegi|
|Succeeded by||Alan Parr|
|Governor of Uslar, Evalria|
January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2011
|Preceded by||Ted Ross|
|Succeeded by||John C. Stuart|
April 27, 1969|
Uslar, Evalria, Kalșeri
Social Cooperationist (2004-present)|
Liberal Democrat (1987-1991)
|Alma mater||University of Evalria (LL.B.)|
Maksimilianus Petrus'ion Ureska Finley, commonly known simply as Max ([maˌksɪmɪˈljanʊs ʊˈɾɛskɐ ˈfɪnli]; born April 27, 1969) is a Kalșerian politician who served as Prime Minister of Kalșeri 2014 to 2021. He previously served as Governor of the Evalrian borough of Uslar from 2007 to 2011.
Born into an upper-middle-class Catholic family, Ureska grew up as a rebellious young man, often participating in protests and getting in trouble with the authorities. In 1995, he would found the thrash metal band Stryknyna, where he would play the bass until retiring from live band activities in 2005.
His political career began in 2004, when he joined the Evalrian section of the Social Cooperation Party; from there, he would gradually rise in the hierarchy, later becoming Governor of his home borough in 2007, ending thirty-five years of Liberal Democratic government. His blunt and captivating rhetoric generated several instances of controversy and would bring him to nationwide popularity.
In 2014, Ureska was elected Leader of the Social Cooperation Party, defeating incumbent Aleksander Șáșnegi; he was later appointed Prime Minister following the Social Cooperation victory in the general election held in the same year. His tenure as Prime Minister was marked by measures to further liberalize the country, such as repealing the nationwide ban on cannabis and greater recognition of LGBT rights. Despite facing tough opposition from within his party, spearheaded by Senator Tony DeLuca, he lead the party to a second term in 2019. While he has not featured in many executive rankings, he is thought to be an above-average Prime Minister, albeit a controversial one.
Early life[edit | edit source]
The first of four children, Ureska was born in Uslar to Evalria Citizens soccer player Petrus Ureska and Margaret Finley, a third-generation Irish-Sundervellian post office worker. His turbulent behavior became apparent at a young age, refusing to go to church and constantly getting in trouble at school; this was amplified during his teen years, when he was expelled from high school for slapping a teacher and required to take anger management classes before being readmitted.
While studying at the University of Evalria, he worked odd jobs, often for a low salary. He graduated from said university with a degree in Law in 1993. In the same year, he and some friends of his founded Stryknyna; the prominence in the national metal scene generated a considerable amount of media attention, thanks to which he would become the face of the band, often exhibiting his typical rebellious behavior. He also generated controversy himself, getting arrested for vandalism several times throughout his permanence in the band.
Musical career[edit | edit source]
Political career[edit | edit source]
In 1987, pressured by his family, Ureska joined the Young Liberal Democrats (now ldp 2.0) and contributed to the daily operations of the party in Uslar. His stay in the Party lasted until 1991, when he was expelled for writing a scathing opinion piece on Prime Minister Phil Garner, calling him an "absolute tosser". When asked about this incident, Garner replied: "I don't know who this punk is, and frankly, I'm not sure I care."
In 2004, Ureska joined the Evalrian section of the Social Cooperation Party and was hired as a journalist for the party newspaper Progressus ("Progress"); the new employment reduced his presence within Stryknyna to occasional studio appearances.
Governor of Uslar (2007–2011)[edit | edit source]
In 2007, Ureska was appointed Governor of the Borough of Uslar, Evalria by the SCP-led Borough Council, succeeding Liberal Democrat Ted Ross, who had chosen to retire after holding the office for thirty-five years. As part of his ceremonial role, Ureska kept in touch with then-mayor
Ureska also updated the infrastructure in the Borough and, in an effort to promote Uslar as "the borough for families", created the Bikarnia (short for Bikikloraiarnia, "Bicycle Highways"), a system of local bike freeways, which then expanded eastward.
Ureska attempted to receive the Social Cooperationist nomination for the 2009 leadership election, promoting himself as a no-frills and concrete candidate. While his performance at the Social Cooperationist debate was deemed convincing by the public, his polling figures seldom exceeded 10% and never overtook those of eventual winner Aleksander Șáșnegi. He later made supportive comments towards both Șáșnegi and Liberal Democratic Leader Sebastianus Linș.
Subsequent activities (2011–2014)[edit | edit source]
On April 19, 2013, Ureska announced that he was once again seeking the Social Cooperationist leadership. Initially, polls predicted that Ureska would be eliminated from the race fairly soon, and that entrepreneur William Yates was the favorite to win the leadership election. The situation changed on March 6, 2014, when Yates withdrew from the race after a police inquiry on an alleged case of tax fraud was launched. Ureska became increasingly popular, often delivering convincing performances in debates with other candidates. On December 13, Ureska achieved the Social Cooperationist nomination for party Leader, defeating University of Evalria professor Julian Stromgard in the members' vote.
Prime Ministership (2014–2021)[edit | edit source]
On March 16, 2014, Maksimilianus Ureska was appointed Prime Minister of Kalșeri. Throughout his first term, the Bikarnia system was expanded to other cities. Ureska's first major act was pushing for the adoption of the Limits on State Surveillance Act, which repealed Phil Garner's controversial Stop and Search act that allowed the State to spy on suspected terrorists and former convicts.
Ureska was the main sponsor of the Church Tax Act 2016, which would prohibit religious organizations from asking for tax exemptions, and existing tax exemptions for churches would be abolished. Following the 2017 House of Representatives election, the SCP lost twenty-seven seats, but retained the relative majority in the House of Representatives. Given the loss of seats and the pressure he faced from the more conservative Social Cooperationists, Ureska allowed the Act to be modified, introducing a tiered tax scheme for churches. He was acquitted from an impeachment trial that saw him accused of "disregarding human rights and the basic principles of democracy", as the two-thirds quorum was not reached.
Ureska co-authored and sponsored several laws removing restrictions for LGBT+ individuals, including the 2019 referendum approved by the citizens.
In the 2019 Social Cooperationist primary, Ureska faced an unusually fierce competition for the nomination: the moderate Social Cooperationist Tony DeLuca, Senator for Lág, criticized Ureska for his "excessive" and "ham-fisted" measures concerning religion and the economy, promoting himself as a "credible alternative". DeLuca's performance was enough for the party nomination, held on July 27, to require a second round: only then was Ureska nominated as the party candidate. He went on to defeat Alejandra Ríos Soriano in the second round, with almost two thirds of the votes in the second count.
Following the Coronavirus pandemic in Kalșeri, Maksimilianus Ureska ordered all non-essential flights to and from the country to be cancelled, enacted a series of restrictions on movement within the country, ordered all non-essential commercial activities to either operate on a limited basis or to be closed, and urged schools and workplaces to implement remote learning and working as much as possible. During the pandemic, he also sponsored a series of bills protecting Net neutrality and improving the Internet infrastructure in rural areas.
In April of 2020, Ureska announced that he would not be running for a third term.
Following the Uslar Papers scandal and the subsequent resignations in his cabinet, Ureska resigned from the office of Prime Minister.
Political views[edit | edit source]
Maksimilianus Ureska has been characterized as a democratic socialist.
Since the Great Recession, Ureska has advocated for greater state intervention in the economy, to prevent major crises from taking place, and a greater welfare state. He has pushed for the introduction of an hourly minimum wage of ħ40, as well as the maintenance of the Kalșerian Health Service. Ureska supports the right for a woman to seek a safe termination of pregnancy, same-sex marriage, the repeal of the ban on LGBT people from serving in the Armed Forces and the ban on conversion therapy, the legalization of cannabis and the implementation of a sugar tax that covers sweets and carbonated beverages. He also sponsored the initial amendment to the Church Tax Act that abolished tax exemptions for any religious organization; he later supported the second amendment to the Act, which eased the restriction for minor religious denominations and non-profit organizations funded by religious entities.
Ureska is a proponent of renewable energy and believes that climate change "will have disastrous effects on Kalșeri"; he has sponsored a series of public transport works to cut the "crippling car addiction" in the country. He opposes nuclear energy, stating that "there are not enough advantages to embrace it".
Personal life[edit | edit source]
Maksimilianus Ureska is the oldest of four siblings; his brother Iakob (b. 1971) is a former KALMORA pilot, his sister Liliana (b. 1973) is a singer and voice actress, and Katerina (b. 1976) is a former soccer player.
Ureska married model Sara Ferrell in 1997; since then, the couple has had two daughters: Marisol (born 2001) and Magdalena (born 2003).
After retiring from live band activities in 2005, Ureska contributed to his band Stryknyna as the bassist for studio sessions. He sometimes makes guest appearances for the band during festivals. He has stated that his favorite piece of music is the album ...And Justice For All by Metallica, from which he claims to have gotten the inspiration to found Stryknyna.
Ureska has also published a book of poems, Ne Loa? ("What is Life?"), in 2002; the central theme of the book is the meaning of life. Soon after the publication of the book, he opened a website, neloa.kl, where users can share their thoughts on existential themes.
Controversies[edit | edit source]
In 1995, following the publication of the Stryknyna album To Hell and Back, Ureska and his bandmates were openly denounced by the Union of Christian Consumers (UCC), who then called for their music to be banned, citing "Satanic influences". In response, Stryknyna released the album Overdozer two years later, mocking the UCC and similar entities, specifically in the track "Holier Than Nobody". Mary Burnell, leader of the UCC, sued the band over the offending song, claiming that it counted as defamation; Stryknyna won the case, as the album "[did] not directly call out the UCC or any of its members".
In 2002, following the incapacitation of Foreign Affairs Minister Joshua Clarendon-Novak, Ureska uttered "Who the Hell let this kiogi in there?" during an interview with music magazine The Stuffer (in Kalșerian slang, kiogi is a pejorative term for people with mental disorders). Ríos Soriano v. Ureska. The court sided with Ureska, as the statement was protected under freedom of speech, enshrined in Article II of the Charter.
Ureska has gained notoriety outside of Kalșeri due to his bold behavior on Twitter, often insulting political detractors with a varying degree of sarcasm.
Electoral history[edit | edit source]
|2007||Governor of Uslar||Social Cooperation||7||70%||Shawn Pettigrew||Liberal Democratic||3||30%||Appointed by the Borough Council.|
|2009||Party Leader||Social Cooperation||19 delegates||2.38%||Aleksandrus Șáșnegi
|Withdrew before the members' vote took place.|
|2014||Party Leader||Social Cooperation||TBD||46.9% (first round)
56% (second round)
|Julian Stromgard||Social Cooperation||TBD||39.3% (first round)
44% (second round)
|2019||Party Leader||Social Cooperation||TBD||TBD||Tony DeLuca||Social Cooperation||TBD||TBD|