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Official portrait, November 2017
|34th Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Sierra|
October 18, 2017 – May 4, 2020
|Preceded by||Leslie Steele|
|Succeeded by||Susan Kwon|
|Leader of the Opposition|
May 4, 2020 – May 7, 2020
|Prime Minister||Susan Kwon|
|Preceded by||Maggie Chan|
|Succeeded by||Kenneth O'Conner|
|Leader of the Royalist Party|
October 18, 2017 – May 7, 2020
|Preceded by||Leslie Steele|
|Succeeded by||Kenneth O'Conner|
|Minister of Finance|
December 16, 2016 – October 18, 2017
|Preceded by||Brant Whittlesey|
|Succeeded by||Timothy Parsons|
|Member of the K.S. House of Commons|
for South Greater Bernheim (San Joaquin's 3rd district)
October 16, 2013 – May 7, 2020
|Preceded by||Am Nguyen|
|Succeeded by||Wilbur Mason|
Nemesis Catherine Nyx Heartwell
November 1, 1988
Bernheim, San Joaquin, Federal Sierra, K.S.I
|Spouse(s)||Josh Colder (2015-present)|
|Alma mater||University of Sierra, Bernheim|
|This article is part of a series about|
Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Sierra
Business career · Poltical career · Heartwell Properties and Investments · Election · Campaign · Foundation
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Nemesis Catherine Nyx Heartwell PC MP (born November 1, 1988) is a Sierran businesswoman and former politician who served as the 34th Prime Minister of Sierra from 2017 to 2020. She served as the Leader of the Royalist Party from 2017 until 2020 and the Leader of the Opposition for three days from May 4 to May 7, 2020. A Royalist, she became a member of Parliament in 2013 and was Minister of Finance between December 16, 2016 and October 18, 2017. When she received her appointment from Elizabeth II of Sierra as prime minister, Heartwell became the world's youngest head of government and the youngest prime minister in Sierran history at the age of 28 years, 347 days. Prior to taking public office, Heartwell was a businesswoman, television personality, and philanthropist. Ideologically, she identifies as a right-wing populist and part of the New Right.
Heartwell was born and raised in Bernheim, San Joaquin. She earned a bachelor's degree in hospitality from the University of Sierra, Bernheim in 2010. Afterwards, she took a leading position in her father's real estate company, Heartwell Properties and Investments (HPI), leading its branch of hotels and resorts. After borrowing $1.5 million from her father, she successfully turned around the performance of The Major, loacated in her native Bernheim, from a near-bankrupt venture to a thriving resort and her flagship property. She was then appointed President of HPI by the board of directors in 2012 at the age of 24, making her one of the youngest corporate executives in Sierra and wealthiest Sierran women. As president, she gradually assumed control of the company from her ailing father who retired later in 2012 while expanding the Heartwell brand, acquiring properties in the Brazoria, Canada, Astoria, Superior, and elsewhere in Anglo-America. Heartwell expanded her brand by licensing her name to various side ventures, including a record label, a fast casual restaurant chain, and a fashion line. Also in 2012, she co-produced and starred as the host of EBN's Sierran Scores, a reality television show that followed Heartwell as she assisted struggling developers and their real estate projects. Forbes estimated that her net worth was around $560 million in the year 2012.
Heartwell entered politics in the 2013 Sierran federal election and she announced her candidacy to stand as a Royalist for South Greater Bernheim (San Joaquin's 3rd district). Her race received significant media attention due to her sudden entry into politics, her rhetoric, age, wealth, and style of campaigning. She ran on a platform many described as promoting 'alt-right' politics. She took a nationalist, anti-republican stance, and made revitalizing San Joaquin's dilapidated inner cities (including her native Bernheim) a talking point during her rallies. She defeated Democratic-Republican candidate Am Nguyen soundly by a margin of 5% on October 16 in what was considered an upset victory. Her win in the Democratic-Republican stronghold was compared to Daniel McComb's the Royalist Party leader who also became a member of Parliament in another Bernheim-centered district under similar conditions. Two years following her election, she resigned as HPI's chairwoman and president, but retained her financial stake over the company. She also stepped down as the host of Sierran Scores but remained listed as a co-producer just after her election.
Under the government of Democratic-Republican Prime Minister Steven Hong, Heartwell served as a deputy finance minister under Royalist leader Daniel McComb's shadow government before being promoted as McComb's shadow finance minister. She became known as McComb's protégé and represented a growing number of Bluecoat Styxers in the House. Following the assassination of Steven Hong and the subsequent 2016 Sierran federal election, Heartwell won reelection as the Royalists regained control over the House and established a new government under Prime Minister Daniel McComb. She was appointed Minister of Finance under McComb's Cabinet.
On October 18, 2017, less than one year after becoming the Minister of Finance, Heartwell became the youngest Prime Minister in Sierran history following the resignation of Daniel McComb amid several sexual abuse allegations. She is also the fourth woman to become Prime Minister in Sierra and the first to immediately succeed another woman: Leslie Steele, who briefly succeeded McComb and declined to stand for the Royalist Party leadership election. She campaigned her candidacy with the slogan: "Sierra Needs A Payback" (SNAP) and finger snapping became a ubiquitous symbol of Heartwell's among her supporters and the Internet, as well as the white power movement. Upon her election as prime minister, she sold all of her shares with HPI and removed all financial stake she had in the company out of ethics concerns.
During her premiership, Heartwell reoriented the politics of the Royalist Party further to the right. She introduced a tax cut package for individuals and businesses, and triggered a trade war with China. Heartwell opposed Sierrexit and favored fostering stronger ties with CAS member states, although she opposed the adoption of the Amero. She has favored tightening the nation's immigration policy by removing protections for undocumented persons and imposing immigration quotas on certain countries. Heartwell supported relaxing the nation's gun laws and has spearheaded efforts towards gun use education for private citizens, as well as training teachers to use firearms on campus. She also strengthened Sierran federal laws on animal welfare and proposed instituting a death penalty for bestiality. Heartwell allowed oil drilling off Sierra's Pacific Coast and selling hundreds of thousand acres of federal land in Northeastern Sierra to private buyers. She recognized Jerusalem and the Golan Heights as part of Israel; and started negotiations with North Vietnam on denuclearization and normalization of relations.
Heartwell's tenure in the House and her premiership has been met with controversy and criticism. Her nationalist message and policies, as well as some of her actions and comments have characterized with accusations of racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, white supremacism, and fascism by her critics and opponents which Heartwell rejected.
In 2020, following the Red Rock Castle crisis, Heartwell and the Royalists weathered growing discontent over her government's management of the country and was unable to prevent a motion to call for an early election. She polled below 20% among voters and was projected to lose her first and only popular election as prime minister. Her direction of the disastrous Three-Day War was widely criticized as an attempt to boost her popularity as a wartime leader, further damaging her chances as the Christian Democrats rose to challenge Heartwell and her party for conservative voters. Although she was praised for her actions during the initial COVID-19 pandemic, she was unable to recover significant gains in approval ratings and polling. On May 1, the Royalists suffered a net loss 40 seats in the House of Commons. After the results were certified, Heartwell formally tendered her resignation to the Queen on May 4 and briefly became the Leader of the Opposition. She resigned as Leader of the Royalist Party and of the Official Opposition on May 7 where she gave a recorded speech announcing her resignation and appointed her former Deputy Prime Minister, Alexander Lee, to act as interim party and opposition leader. She also stated her intent to resign from politics after her successor was to be chosen in both the 2020 Royalist Party leadership election and the by-election for her district, both which were scheduled in December due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. She was eventually formally succeeded by Kenneth O'Conner as party leader and by Wilbur Mason as the new MP for her district allowing her to formally step down from national politics and return to her family business.
Nemesis Catherine Nyx Heartwell was born on November 1, 1988 in Northside, Bernheim, San Joaquin to Amanda (neé Ambrosi), an attorney, and Timothy Heartwell, an entrepreneur and founder of HPI. She is the oldest of three children; her siblings are Tristan and Liza. She traces Italian and Hispanic descent.
According to Heartwell, her given name came from the Greek goddess, Nemesis, while her middle name came from the Greek goddess' mother, Nyx. The names were chosen by his father who was interested in Greek mythology and selected the figures based on the goddesses' association with humility. Her father is of Irish–English descent while her mother is of Italian–Puerto Rican descent.
Heartwell was raised as a Christian. Her mother is Catholic and her father is Presbyterian and she regularly attended services for both denominations. She was confirmed at the age of 14 but ultimately chose to adhere to Presbyterianism.
Heartwell attended the University of Sierra, Bernheim shortly after she graduated from El Dorado High School in 2006. She initially studied for economics but decided to add hospitality management as a double major after she stayed at a hotel owned by one of her friends' parents and was impressed by its service and amenities. This inspired her to orient her father's company into the hospitality industry. During her four-year attendance at University of Sierra, Bernheim, she took a job as a customer relations manager at the Pacific Peak Inn in neighboring Lodi, a ten miles north of Bernheim.
She was an active member of Kappa Gamma Theta, a social sorority and Sigma Tau, a coeducational professional fraternity for business students. Heartwell served as the vice president of the San Joaquin provincial chapter of the Organized Clubs of Trans-America (OCTA) during her junior and senior year.
She graduated from University of Sierra, Bernheim in 2010 as summa cum laude with departmental honors in hospitality management.
Immediately after graduation, she requested and was granted a loan totaling $1.5 million from her father's company in order to start her own ventures. She located a run-down resort called "The Major" which was built by its owners, Cheryl and Dale Scott in 1979. The resort brought in tourists from all over Sierra and abroad during its heyday but fell into decline as the Scotts aged. Their children had no interest in taking over the business and moved elsewhere to pursue different careers. Heartwell approached the Scotts and offered them $700,000 for the entire property. They accepted within one week and Heartwell assumed full ownership of the resort. She made various changes to the hotel's aesthetic and staff and was able to increase revenue by 35% within one year. She increased occupancy by financing a large marketing campaign emphasizing the hotel's new management.
By mid-2012, The Major was turning a profit and Heartwell delegated day-to-day management to colleague Sarah Davenport.
President of HPI
The board of directors of HPI appointed Heartwell president of the company in 2012 after her father suffered a minor stroke. She expanded the Heartwell brand, purchasing various properties to diversify the company's holdings. HPI assumed 50% ownership of the Sierran Bank Tower in Porciúncula and purchased a number of casinos and resorts and began branding them with the Heartwell name. The company also purchased the land on which several restaurants were located.
Philanthropy and charitable works
Later in 2013, Heartwell launched the Heartwell Charitable Foundation, a non-profit which seeks to provide relief, counseling, and shelter for victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and personal crisis support. The foundation places an emphasis on serving all persons of both genders
Nicole Everyson was appointed as the foundation's chair. Over $150 million has been raised and donated to advance the foundation's goal, over half of which were contributed by Heartwell herself.
Heartwell has been the plaintiff and defendant in numerous civil suits. In 2013, Heartwell was sued by Jon Moriarty, former directions manager at The Major, alleging that Heartwell failed to pay a severance package as agreed on in Moriarty's employment contract. Heartwell and her attorneys declined to comment on the case and the matter was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.
In 2014, after she was elected to the House of Commons, the Kingdom of Sierra sued HPI alleging anti-competitive practices and accusing the company of under-reporting its revenue. HPI reached a settlement with the government and paid $230 million in fines and Heartwell promised to step down as president of the company within one year.
Forbes listed Heartwell's net worth to be around $560 million in 2013. Other sources agree with this figure and tax information disclosed during Heartwell's House campaign corroborate as well.
In 2012, Heartwell co-produced and starred as the host of Sierran Scores, a docu-reality show that features Heartwell assisting struggling properties, usually hotels and resorts but occasionally apartments and other leased property.
Due to Heartwell's schedule, the host role was given to TV personality Ryan Cobalt with Heartwell occasionally making appearances. She later stepped down upon taking office in 2013 but remained credited as the show's co-producer.
Resignation from HPI
On July 27, 2015, Heartwell announced she would be formally stepping down as president and chairwoman of Heartwell Properties and Investments, in compliance with the company's agreement with the Sierran government and due to ethics concerns that were brought up by consumer protection and anti-trust groups. Heartwell's brother, Tristan Heartwell, was appointed by the board of directors on July 31, 2015 to succeed her. At the time of her announcement, she stated she would continue to be involved in the company's development and be available for consultation for her successors. After becoming Prime Minister in October 2017, she made the decision to completely separate herself from the company, selling all shares and removing any financial stake she had with the company. In the interest of transparency, Heartwell submitted over two-hundred pages of documents that detailed her earnings, tax receipts, revenue reports, and payroll records, to the Sierran Trade Commission to show she did not use her position in the K.S House, or her current position, in any way that would benefit herself, or the company monetarily.
Heartwell expressed interest in politics on a few occasions before 2013 but did not announce any serious plans. Her announcement that she would stand in the 2013 Sierran federal elections to represent Bernheim as a Royalist created considerable media attention.
As the election approached, she became more outspoken and took more definitive stances on various issues. In early October, she opined a piece outlining her support of the monarchy, describing it as a "Force for national unity." In the same piece, she also harshly criticized Mexico and suggested that Mexicans in Sierra be "registered" in the interest of national security, a comment that was denounced as racist by her opponent and other members of the House. She supported of Sierran expansionism and was accused of being an imperialist, a term she embraced. Five days before the 2013 federal election, Heartwell joined conservative journalist and pundit Emil Alexandrescu at the University of Sierra, Riverside as part of Alexandrescu's The Deplorable Romanian tour where she spoke about the importance of free speech and denounced the "rampant PC, offendotron, cuckold, and plain jebbish" culture she perceived as being encouraged on Sierran campuses and popular culture at-large.
2013 federal election
Heartwell faced Democratic-Republican candidate Am Nguyen, who built her campaign around being a more moderate choice compared to Heartwell. She highlighted Heartwell's lack of political experience and her inflammatory statements.
Heartwell kept a small lead over Nguyen in polling, who was attempting to revive the Democratic-Republican coalition that historically dominated San Joaquin. McComb's tenure ignited a Royalist revolution that the Democratic-Republicans struggle to recover from. Heartwell relied on this heavily to secure her victory.
In 2013, a secretly recorded audio tape was released by an anonymous source in which Heartwell makes antisemitic comments to an unknown person.
Heartwell: "I don't understand why its always a Jew at the center of these things. Any sort of, uh, controversy, or, you know...social disturbance...
Unknown person: -interupts- Right...
Heartwell: ...I mean, every damn time it's a Jew. Never fails. I know I sound like Hitler or something but yikes -laughs-
Unknown person: Oh, no. I get it, yeah -laughs-
Heartwell responded to the tape by briefly stating "There is nothing I have said that I regret." Many who opposed her noted she did not dispute the authenticity of the tape, nor contest it was actually her being recorded. Many Jewish groups denounced her and called her comments "Deeply troubling" and called on her to apologize and resign. The Sierran-Jewish Coalition said "What Ms. Heartwell said is deeply offensive to those of Jewish faith and ancestry and her call upon her to recognize this immediately". Heartwell stood by her comments tweeting "I don't apologize for what I say. I say what I think is true. I won't apologize for the truth!" She followed up this comment by tweeting "I've said worse things, trust me!"
The tape's release did not harm her poll performance and she continued to maintain a comfortable lead over Nguyen which caused concern and led some journalists to ask if antisemitism is growing in the Styxie. "If someone like Heartwell can make these sorts of comments and suffer no penalty, then one has to ask what else they will accept from a politician. It's antisemitism today, blatant white supremacy tomorrow," argued Christine Wood of The Verington Post.
Heartwell was elected on October 16, 2013 by a margin of 5%, outperforming expectations.
Minister of Finance
Heartwell became Prime Minister of Sierra on October 18, 2017, following the "Aidegate" controversy which resulted in Daniel McComb's resignation, after serving less than a year in office. Deputy Prime Minister Leslie Steele succeeded him and served as Prime Minister in his wake for three weeks. The Royalist Party, whose popularity and approval ratings were brutally damaged in the aftermath of the scandal, held a leadership election for which Steele declined to stand for. Heartwell was among six contestants in the election. Heartwell won the most votes overall in the first round but did not secure a majority. Two of the candidates resigned in order to hasten the process and in the second round, Heartwell had a attained a majority and therefore became the Royalist Party's next leader and thus the next Prime Minister of Sierra.
Heartwell was sworn in by Elizabeth II and delivered a short inaugural address, in which she promised not to waste a "chance to serve you and my country as Prime Minister." She also promised to draw attention to the inner cities of Sierra, an issue she made a priority during her campaign and career. After two days in office, she issued a formal notice to all members of the press that she would not be answering any questions regarding the allegations against McComb until the matter has been "formally resolved." Somewhat ironically, she was asked if this meant she expected criminal charges to be filed against McComb, which she did not answer. On social media, however, Heartwell defended McComb and said she believed in his innocence and said the accusations were a political hitjob. She maintained this assertion even after McComb's conviction.
During her first three months in office, Heartwell did not choose a Deputy Prime Minister and there was widespread speculation regarding who she would nominate. Fans of Sierran-Romanian writer, and notable supporter of Heartwell, Emil Alexandrescu started a petition on the Sierran Parliament's website asking Heartwell to nominate him for the position which acquired over 80,000 signatures; 100,000 were required for an official response. On February 2018, she nominated former Orange senator Alexander Lee and he was confirmed by the House on March 18, 2018.
2017 Tokki Studio shooting
Main article: Tokki Studio shooting
Heartwell's first national disaster as Prime Minister was the 2017 Tokki Studio shooting in which Nelson Stoley, a Gold Coast resident, shot and killed 36 people and injured 38 more at the Tokki Studio headquarters in Providencia before being killed by an armed security guard. Because the attack occurred within a ten-minute's drive from the Getty House, where Heartwell was located at the time, she was moved to a secure bunker located beneath the residence until the threat was confirmed to be neutralized. From there Heartwell tweeted her first reactions to the attack: "Just learned about what happened in Providencia. Very shocking and sad. Will be making an official statement soon. Stay safe, everyone."
Heartwell was criticized by some political pundits for politicizing the attack in her press conference speech she delivered the day after which Heartwell dismissed. The speech was well-received by her fellow represenatives. Opposition leader Margaret Chan said it was "Very genuine" and a "great statement."
Since her entry into politics, Heartwell has been involved in numerous controversies. On October 27, 2016, Heartwell was asked of her opinion on alt-right satirist and leader of the Remove Kebab Party Trevor XI and said of him "[Trevor] is a great man. He's done a lot for the movement and, well, I respect him a lot". Liberal pundit and host of talk show The Truthy Show Steven Seinfeld said it was "not surprising" Heartwell would support Trevor because "...her name is fucking 'Nemesis' for crying out loud".
In that same month, she became involved in a feud with rapper Jermaine Williams (known professionally as Q-Lo) on Twitter when Willams said "The Styxie is doomed" and asserted Heartwell's election was the fault of "Dumb white people." Although he deleted the tweet within an hour, Heartwell noticed it and responded on her own account. Williams took exception to Heartwell's response and called her a "crazy bitch" and said he was the "VOICE of the PEOPLE". Heartwell quipped "Apparently not because they voted for me!". Q-Lo then resolved to challenge Heartwell in 2020 on his Facebook page where he officially announced his "candidacy" for the House of Commons.
Nemesis Heartwell✓ via Twitter @yourarchnemesis
I saw that! Another leftie shows his true colors as a hateful bigot. Very sad!
Nov 4, 2016
When Q-Lo died in 2018, Heartwell attracted further controversy when she tweeted three crab emojis, in reference to an internet meme, which was described as being in poor taste and disrespectful.
In November 2016, celebrity chef Wendall Yamada mentioned Heartwell in an interview stating "The version of 'me' you see on television would have voted for someone like Nemesis Heartwell, no questions asked. If he would have done it, you know she's bad." In response, Heartwell commented "His attitude is as bad as his food. I mean, rat meat? Nasty man. What a jeb."
Response to Aidegate
Heartwell was criticized for her initial reaction to Aidegate, especially due to her position as the founder of Heartwell Charitable Foundation, an organization focused on sexual abuse and assault victims. She tweeted shortly after the news broke "McComb is a great man and public servant. Hard to believe the allegations are true. Innocent until proven guilty!" Some interpreted this as Heartwell defending McComb. Later, her office put out a detailed response, stating she was "Extremely saddened and disappointed by the situation" while reiterating that if McComb did commit the alleged acts, he should face justice. This was contrasted with statements Heartwell made on social media asserting the allegations against McComb were politically motivated.
Rebecca Rhinestone in a column she wrote for the Huffington Post stated "It makes you wonder why Ms. Heartwell's immediate reaction was one of disbelief of McComb's accusers. It is very concerning, indeed, that we now have a woman, who shows skepticism and doubt to victim testimony, in a position of power in this country. People like her are why rape culture thrives." Stephanie Stevenson suggested Heartwell could be a victim herself and is experiencing "Stockholm syndrome to the Nth degree."
The Royalist Party itself was criticized for electing Heartwell. Lucas McNamara of Kotaku called it a "Lame attempt to pander to women" and, more controversially, stated "I don't feel sorry for any woman who gets [sexually] assaulted and remains a Royalist voter. You know what you're supporting." He later apologized for this.
Promotion of white genocide conspiracy theory
In February 2020, Heartwell was accused of promoting the white genocide conspiracy theory. After a joint speech with Astorian first minister Baishan Wallace Heartwell was asked by the press if she believed the killing of Ahmaud Arbery was murder to which she replied "White people, Hispanics included, are getting murdered every day. And you know who's doing it? I can't say or I'll get in trouble, but you know? Right? I don't see you asking me about them. It's a coordinated attack. It's terrible."
On September 24, 2019, Heartwell was involved in a physical altercation with a 16-year old girl later identified as Stephanie McCloud. Heartwell was en route to the Porciúncula Dialogue on Climate Change Conference at the Staples Center while a demonstration of climate action activists was held outside the conference. Heartwell began exchanging words with McCloud who shouted within earshot. McCloud accused Heartwell of being "heartless" and unconcerned with the long-term impact of the increase of global temperatures. McCloud said "You sold out my generation and my children's generation." In response, the Prime Minister reportedly said "I haven't sold out anything. You don't know what you're talking about. What are you, like 16?" The situation escalated, resulting in the demonstrator chanting "Heartless Heartwell", which led to Heartwell responding, "Shut the fuck up you fucking child." McCloud then swung at Heartwell and was immediately brought down by members of the Secret Service. The arrest prompted boos and condemnation from the crowd, who demanded the demonstrator's release and took up the "Heartless Heartwell" chant. The Porciúncula Police Department decided not to charge McCloud after Heartwell stated she would not pursue the case, however federal law enforcement did charge McCloud with assaulting a member of parliament. McCloud pled guilty and was sentenced to three years probation and fined $1,000. Heartwell was not seriously injured and continued with her speech.
Red Rock Crisis
2020 federal election
Heartwell's positions on politics have evolved from generally centrist to moderately conservative. She has been described as an alt-right politician, an assertion she rejects. She has been accused racist views, especially after her feud with rapper Q-Lo, where on Twitter she referred to him as a "Gangsta wannabe". In 2016, when asked if Sierra should attempt to expand eastward, Heartwell responded "If it can be done peacefully, absolutely," after which she was accused of being an imperialist. "If it's imperialist to expand the only functioning state in North America then hell yes I'm an imperialist!" she said further.
Heartwell has described herself as "Absolutely pro-life". She holds a 100% rating from the Sierran National Right to Life Foundation and a 0% from Planned Parenthood Sierra. During her campaign, she promised to introduce legislation that would increase the "Transparency and oversight" of clinics that perform abortions and remarked that "The left loves regulations except when it comes to abortion." She supports "fact-based" sexual education but believes such education ought to be done by parents. She is opposed to abstinence-only education and has said "Keeping students in the dark only allows them to make dangerous mistakes".
Heartwell supports same-sex marriage and said she would "Strongly resist" attempts to overturn legalization in San Joaquin. However, she opposed to legislation that would prohibit employers from terminating employees on the basis of sexual orientation. Regarding several publicized lawsuits where small businesses refused service to gay and lesbian customers, Heartwell stated that "All businesses have a right to decide who they will and will not serve."
She supports the decriminalization of marijuana as a step forward to full legalization and has promised to press for lesser sentencing in drug offenses. She wishes to re-orient the justice system to focus on rehabilitation of drug offenders rather than incarceration while conceding "For some of them, the drugs are just the excuse to commit violence." Heartwell supports having schools adopt curriculum aimed at teaching students the actual effects of both illegal drugs and legal, but commonly abused, drugs, instead of "Fearmongering campaigns that teach kids nothing."
Heartwell describes herself as an "ardent" defender of free speech and believes hate speech laws infringe on this right. She openly took the side of Walter Havez, a man in San Francisco who had been charged under that province's hate speech statute for alleged disparaging remarks he made on social media towards LGBT people. Havez was convicted in 2017 which he immediately appealed, arguing San Francisco's hate speech laws are unconstitutional.
When asked if she was a feminist, Heartwell replied "No, I am a women's rights activist."
Heartwell, like most of her fellow Royalists, supports free-market economics. She believes excessive regulation has reduced the amount of jobs in San Joaquin and elsewhere in the Styxie and supports reforms to simplify regulation codes to make it easier for business owners to comply. On taxation, she supports tax plans that do not "Directly hurt" the middle class. She has proposed lowering the personal income tax while increasing the sales tax in San Joaquin.
On trade, Heartwell supports "fair" trade agreements and has criticized the national government for not taking blue-collar workers into account when negotiating trade deals.
On healthcare, Heartwell supports the current single-payer plan in place in Sierra. She supports the existence of private healthcare insurance providers as an "alternative" to the publicly funded option but believes the state should provide "Some baseline" of insurance to all citizens.
Heartwell supported giving $1,900 in COVID-19 stimulus money to most adult Sierrans.
Heartwell supports 'sensible reform' of the Sierran education system. She is opposed to privatizing the education system but supports existing private alternatives to public schooling and believes the government needs to do more to provide parents with the opportunity to send their children to private institution. She also supports homeschooling and supports relaxing regulations regarding homeschooling: "I believe it is every parent's right to simply say 'I will teach my child myself'." She argues the current standards are too strict and are intentionally designed to discourage parents from homeschooling.
Heartwell is opposed to affirmative action when considering applications at higher education institutions.
Heartwell has stated she believes in the existence of anthroprogenic climate change but has criticized what she perceives as "incessant fearmongering" surrounding it. She is skeptical of what she refers to as "doomsday prophecies" such as the flooding of coastal cities due to rising sea levels. She is also opposed to "mindless" regulations meant to combat ACC and believes regulations currently in place are effective in reducing greenhouse emissions. Heartwell is opposed to any taxes on carbon emissions, arguing that the cost would be passed onto consumers, especially to the poor, and that advances in electric vehicles will soon make such a tax obsolete. "Electric cars will be the standard soon enough, but in the meantime, we need to make sure gasoline vehicles remain affordable," she said.
Heartwell supports fracking.
At the time Heartwell entered politics, she stated she did not have a comprehensive foreign policy in place and would support the McComb administration in "All of his foreign policy actions." However, after being made Prime Minister following McComb's resignation, Heartwell has formulated a foreign policy consistent with most of her predecessors. She supports open and bilateral relations with Sierra's neighbors in the Anglosphere and with Hani. She supports eventually normalizing relations with Mexico and has expressed interest in signing an accord of friendship at some point, in contrast to an opinion she wrote in 2016 in which she stated Mexicans in Sierra should be registered.
Conference of American States
Heartwell is opposed to Sierra leaving the Conference of American States, a possibility known as "Sierrexit." She believes that Sierra is economically and politically better remaining a member of the CAS; "Isolating ourselves from our neighbors will do neither any service" she said. This position has garnered criticism from many within her base of support. Emil Alexandrescu, who strongly supported her House run, wrote in an opinion piece that Heartwell has "...a globalist streak that is common of politicians. Disappointing? Yes. But her election to high office is only the start."
Heartwell is opposed to Sierra adopting the amero, a proposed common currency among CAS members.
Heartwell is opposed to republicanism. According to Heartwell the greater ideology that republicans in Sierra represent is "anti-authority jebbery whose futile attempts at rebellion are being legitimized in our political sphere" and she holds disdain for their "Relentless attacks on our country's traditions." Furthermore Heartwell believes abolishing the monarchy would "de-legitimize the state and encourage lawlessness and disorder."
In response to the 2017 Pawnee earthquake, Heartwell issued a formal statement from her senate office saying the disaster was "immensely tragic" and that she was "grief stricken."
Energy and climate
While serving in the K.S. House, Heartwell was a member of the following committees prior to being promoted Prime Minister:
- Committee on Finance, Monetary Policy, and Community Development (chairwoman)
- Subcommittee on Economic and Monetary Policy
- Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth
- Subcommittee on Taxation
- Select Committee on Mental Health and Policy
Heartwell resigned from her post as Leader of the Opposition and leader of the Royalist Party on May 7, 2020, three days after the 2020 federal election, and transferred her responsibilities to her former deputy prime minister, Alexander Lee, who served both positions in an acting capacity, until Kenneth O'Conner was elected. She also resigned as MP for South Greater Bernheim and was succeeded by Wilbur Mason, who was appointed by Governor Allison Perry to serve the remainder of Heartwell's term. Her announcement triggered the 2020 Royalist Party leadership election, the annual Royalist National Convention meeting, and the 2020 South Greater Bernheim by-election. She stated her intent to depart from politics and any future political involvement would only be endorsements, fundraising and campaigning.
Heartwell attended the 2020 Royalist National Convention and was a keynote speaker where she spoke on the fourth and final day where she gave her farewell address, mentioned the accomplishments of the Royalist Party under her premiership, and gave her endorsement of Kenneth O'Conner and said that he would be "an excellent and perfect leader for turbulent times like these". She would endorse Wilbur Mason in the South Greater Bernheim by-election and met with him on December 7 to congratulate him one day after he won the election.
Heartwell has returned to her family business after leaving politics. As of February 2021, she is listed as a member on the board of directors for HPI, serving a mostly advisory role within the company.
|2016||South Greater Bernheim (San Joaquin's 3rd district)||Am Nguyen||45.8%||Nemesis Heartwell||50.8%|
Heartwell has lived with longtime partner Josh Colder since 2012 and they were married in 2015. The two met while attending the University of Sierra, Bernheim. Colder was studying accounting and took an interest in Heartwell's business savvy. Colder is the regional manager of Moreland Fashion's Southern Sierra division.
Heartwell has described herself as a 'lapsed Presbyterian'; she elaborates: "I believe in God, of course. I just don't see the point of prayer and all that, you know? I think if you're a good person, God will notice. He doesn't need to be reminded."
Heartwell is involved in many athletic pursuits including golf, tennis, and soccer. She abstains from alcohol because of a family history of alcoholism. In 2015, she revealed that she suffers from depression and has been taking medication for it since adolescence.
2020 COVID-19 diagnosis
On March 24, 2020, Heartwell announced that she had tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 amid the ongoing pandemic in Sierra. She was the first non-royal head of government in the world to test positive. She experienced mild symptoms and self-quarantined and was closely monitored by the Getty House Medical Office. Several other lawmakers including Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Lee also self-isolated themselves due to possible exposure from Heartwell. Lee and Malcolm Siegel were confirmed to have COVID-19 several days later.
On April 3, 2020, Heartwell was admitted to the hospital due to experiencing persistent symptoms to receive further testing and monitoring. Heartwell stated that she was still managing well and was strong enough to remain in charge of the government. On April 7, Heartwell was discharged from the hospital to return to the Getty House to recuperate. During her hospitalization, her roles were delegated to Deputy Prime Minister Lee who had COVID-19 as well but was only experiencing minor symptoms. On April 12, she announced that she had fully recovered and stated that her ordeal was "humbling". In her first post-recovery speech, she expressed her commitment to follow the advice of the leading health care professionals in the country, acknowledging the economic hardship Sierrans faced and their eagerness to reopen business. She stated in her online speech, "the economy is important, but a healthy economy needs healthy people too!"
Heartwell was granted a coat of arms on January 1, 2018.