Official Parliament Portrait, 2021
|Member of the K.S. House of Commons for Sierra's 8th at-large district|
Assumed office |
May 28, 2021
|Preceded by||Kyle Stone|
|Governor of San Francisco|
August 12th, 2010 – August 13th, 2020
|Preceded by||Jackson Bradshaw|
|Succeeded by||Indira Johannesen|
|Chairman of the Progressive Coalition|
August 12th, 2011 – August 13, 2020
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Indira Johannesen|
|Leader of the San Francisco Democratic-Republican Party|
August 12th, 2010 – August 11th, 2020
|Preceded by||Jackson Bradshow|
|Succeeded by||Indira Johannesen|
May 16, 1949|
Bernheim, San Joaquin, Kingdom of Sierra
|Spouse(s)||Maranda Scott (m. 1977)|
|Residence||San Francisco City|
|Education||University of Sierra, Bernheim|
|Republicanism in Sierra|
Terry Matthew Scott (born May 16th, 1949) is a Sierran statesman and politician serving as a Member of the House of Commons for Sierra's 8th at-large district since 2021. Prior to being elected to Parliament, Scott served as Governor of San Francisco from 2010 until 2020.
Born in Bernheim, San Joaquin, Scott grew up in a very liberal and republican household which have shaped his political views and later policy positions once he entered into politics. He's been a member of the Democratic-Republican Party since he was eighteen and has been a staunch cultural republican despite having spent the latter half of his adolescence and most of his adult life in San Fransisco. He entered into politics in 1977 and joined the New Republican Caucus of the Democratic-Republican Party eventually becoming its leader in 1984. In 2010, he ran for the office of governor in San Francisco and won and was sworn in on August 10th. In the 2016 federal election, Scott would heavily campaign for the Democratic-Republicans, but due to the "Coulter effect", which was a nationwide phenomenon of decrease support in republicanism following the assassination of Prime Minister Steven Hong, he only had limited success.
Despite the Democratic-Republicans losing the election, the 2016 federal election would propel Scott and his left-wing stances in the mainstream of Sierran politics. Scott has continued to advocate for his progressive policies, both province and nation-wide, since 2016. In 2015, Scott would be re-elected as Governor of San Francisco, this time elected on a more left-wing mandate. Despite being elected by a large margin, his opponent, Benjamin Grant, would receive a surprising percentage of votes. Though seen as a reaction to Scott's progressive proposals by political observers,, Scott would deny this. Scott would not run for re-election in 2020, instead preparing to enter federal politics.
Since entering into politics, Scott has been an avid advocate for liberalism, social democracy and republicanism and has advocated for steering the Democratic-Republican Party further to the political left. He has been a staunch opponent of the Royalist Party and a vocal critic of the monarchy, the latter of which has led him into cases of controversy. Despite the controversy, Scott has high approval ratings among the general populace, even outside of the Styxie, and is widely supported by the Styxie provinces by and large, both core and satellite provinces, due to his support for cultural republicanism and his anti-establishment and pro-working class platform. His revolution has resonated among many Sierrans and has lead to a revival of political republicanism.
In March, Scott announced his candidacy for the 2021 Sierran federal election seeking to run for the House of Commons running as a left-wing populist and progressive candidate and an alternative towards current party leader Maggie Chan. Though narrowly losing his election bid, he would later be appointed to the House of Commons as a Democratic-Republican at-large member. Since 2020, Scott has been critical of Chan for her moderate views, alignment with the DRPS establishment, and believes that her moderate center-left approach costed the party is historic losses in the 2020 federal election and in 2021.
Early career and activism
Governor of San Francisco
First term (2010–2015)
Decriminalization of marijuana
Terry Scott's first act as governor was to pass the Narcotics Decriminalization Act of 2010 where he officially decriminalized the consumption and smoking of marijuana and released all citizens of the province who were imprisoned for marijuana related crimes. Scott also announced the legalization of marijuana related businesses that marijuana itself was to be taxed and the provincial government would be able to collect revenue from the narcotic. The piece saw a surge in support for Scott and his government, but also faced criticism from the San Francisco Royalist Party who accused it of promoting "indecency and opening the gates towards abuse and crime" according to party officials. Scott defended his action by saying that marijuana was harmless and that imprisoning people over using it was "immoral and unnecessary and a violation of their freedom of choice". He also stated that he would fight to protect the rights of San Franciscans to smoke marijuana and accused the Royalists of adhering to outdated values.
End of conversion therapy
In 2011, Scott had heard news of the news of Rachael Heartwell, a Plumas-born child that ran away to her relatives in San Francisco in response to news of her parents wanting to send her to gay conversion therapy. Scott, an ardent supporter of LGBT rights, announced his plan to criminalize gay conversion therapy on March 27th, 2011 and justified it by stating that it was "harmful, disgusting, immoral and unscientific and has no place in San Francisco nor any other province in Sierra". This resulted in the Conversion Therapy Abolition Act of 2011 where the practice was made illegal, organizations that carried it out forcibly disbanded and anyone still carrying it out was eligible for being arrested. Parents in the province who were reported as attempting to send their kids to conversion therapy centers were also made eligible for arrest under the charges of child abuse and Scott also permitted the creation of centers commonly referred to as "gay refugee centers" where children running from conversion therapy centers or parents trying to send them there were allowed to reside in even if they ran away from another province. This act was controversial and caused outrage with accusations that Scott was incentivizing children to run away from home, but Scott denied such claims and the policy remained in place despite protests from conservative politicians.
Forming the Progressive Coalition
On March 18th, 2011 Scott met with the leaders of the provincial chapters of the Social Democratic and Green parties and convinced them to join the Democratic-Republicans in a left-wing coalition government with the purpose of protecting the interests of the left-wing culture of San Francisco along with the major strives and achievements made in terms of social, economic, political and cultural reforms and changes made throughout the latter half fo the 20th century and to represent the people of the province. This coalition government was formed and resulted in the creation of the Progressive Coalition of San Francisco on March 20th. This coalition gave Scott a monopoly of influence on provincial politics and the coalition immediately achieved a supermajority in the provincial assembly. Scott was elected leader of the coalition and promised that under his leadership, he would have the coalition implement progressive leftwing policies and make San Francisco a model for how leftist policies can lead to an equal and more fair society in Sierra. The coalition was met with applause, though the Jacobite and conservative minority denounced the move as a power grab.
Boycott of Israeli settlements
During the 2014 Gaza-Israeli War, reports of high Palestinian civilian casualties were reported in Sierra and Scott denounced the actions of the Israeli government as immoral due to the IDF's tactics killing high numbers of Palestinian civilians. In response, Scott announced that he would pass a bill imposing restrictions on Israeli goods entering into San Francisco and did this by imposing a boycott on all Israeli goods coming in from settlements and other occupied territories in the West Bank. The bill, later known as the Settlement Boycott Act, was passed in the provincial assembly with a total of 68% support from the assembly. The bill stated that the province won't accept goods that were from the Israeli settlements in occupied territories in the West Bank and denounced such areas as illegal and the province also imposed tariffs on Israeli goods entering into the province. Israeli goods from internationally recognized borders were and still are accepted, but the tariffs were imposed in response towards what Scott called "illegal Israeli offensive terror" on Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip. The bill was met with mixed responses with the most vocal critic being Benjamin Grant who ran against the bill and was eventually elected head of the SF Royalist Party and lead a charge to end the tariffs and restrictions on Israeli goods. The bill remained in tact, but the tariffs on Israeli goods were eventually lifted, though goods from the settlements were still blocked from arriving in San Francisco.
2015 re-election campaign
In July of 2015, Scott had announced his intention to run for re-election as governor of the province and announced his campaign. That same day, he had also announced that for legislative and gubernatorial elections, the Progressive Coalition would run said candidates in both elections on a single ticket for the coalition in order to form a unified front and maintain the alliance. As a result, Scott ran on the Progressive Coalition ticket and was endorsed by the Social Democrats and Greens along with other left-wing organizations and groups affiliated with the coalition. Scott's primarily opponent in the race was Benjamin Grant, Leader of the Royalist Party of San Francisco and soon to replace Jackson Albert Lee as the Minority Leader in the Provincial Assembly. Scott consistently maintained the highest approval ratings of any of the major candidates and was heavily involved in grass-routs activism and online advertisements to promote his campaign, a tactic that was also used by Grant as well. In the ensuing debates, Scott spared with Grant and George Corolla, candidate of the Libertarian Party of San Francisco, and the rivalry and contrast between Scott and Grant caught attention from the RBS and other networks outside of San Francisco. Scott ultimately won with over 60% of the vote and was sworn in for a second term as Governor of San Francisco.
Second term (2015–2020)
Provnicial healthcare program
Scott's first major legislative and electoral action after being re-elected governor was in September 2015 when he announced that the Progressive Coalition would be working to implement a provincial single-payer healthcare system modeled after the Health Assistance Program in Astoria. Scott announced that the coalition sought to make healthcare available to all citizens of San Francisco and argued that healthcare as a public service should be available to the public and not dependent on private insurance, the latter of which he denounced as a legalized mafia middleman. The program was announced on September 8th, 2015 and Scott had pushed Resolution 401 to the Provincial Assembly in order to pass the program into law. The bill was passed on September 9th and was formally established the next day having won the support of all members of the Progressive Coalition and got around opposition from the Royalists.
Boycott of Hashemite Arabia
Scott's second major legislative action during his second term as governor was to impose a provincial-wide boycott against Hashemite Arabia on August 28th, 2017 in response to the Arabian-led intervention in the Yemeni Civil War. The act was passed with 72% support from the provincial assembly, even among some members of the Royalist opposition, which imposed a boycott on all goods from Saudi Arabia and other goods from nations that were participating in the Saudi-led coalition. The act was passed in response to high Yemeni civilian casualties, a nation-wide famine, and a blocked imposed by the Saudi Navy. The bill was also passed as a protest against Minister of Defense Kenneth O'Conner for his continued support to the Saudi intervention believing it to be a necessity for Sierran and Anglo-American interests in the Middle East. Grant was absent for the vote on the bill and Conner condemned the bill as counterproductive towards Sierran interests in the Middle East and accused Scott of promoting "unjust anti-Saudi bigotry", a claim Scott has dismissed as "nonsense". The bill had won the support of Grant who cited Saudi Arabia's violent stance and persecution of Christians and other religious minorities as reason for supporting the bill.
Member of Parliament
Terry Scott has consistently ran as a progressive social democratic republican throughout his political career. Scott has been a staunch cultural republican since his youth and has often stated that his goal in life was to spread what he calls the "Spirit of Styxie" to the rest of Sierra to promote republican ideals. He has spoken highly of Isaiah Landon and has given speeches at multiple events hosted by Landonist and republican organizations and friendly societies such as the United Farmers' Front. Scott has advocated for an economic system based off of the Nordic model and called for the abolition of the monarchy or to "further rescind its powers" as a compromise.
Scott has described himself as pro-choice and has a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood of Sierra and a 0% rating from the Sierran National Right to Life Foundation. The PPS has described Scott as "a strong advocate for women's rights and a leading figure in the fight for reproductive freedom" while the SNFL has called him "the most infamous pro-abortion advocate. Scott has denied the right to life for countless unborn children and has no care for those who have denied the right to live" in his profile. He's consistently fought against efforts to restrict access to birth control and contraceptives by Royalist party officials in the province and has stated that he will "defend reproductive rights til the end". In 2018, Scott and the Provincial Assembly passed the Reproductive Rights Restoration Act which in effect eliminated any pre-existing restrictions on abortion. The only restrictions that were kept were those restricting late-term abortion with the bill only permitting it if the health of the mother is in dire state.
Scott is a staunch supporter of same-sex marriage and has participated in multiple gay rights rallies since the 1960s. Scott has advocated for increased legalization of same-sex marriage and said "it's a great day to see that many Sierrans in San Joaquin now have the right to marry" after same-sex marriage was legalized in his home province. He has opposed allowing businesses to refuse service to LGBT couples citing that "establishes barriers that further prevent LGBT citizens from fully integrating into society and further politicizes their identities". Scott has criticized the socially conservative stance towards LGBT rights by the Royalist Party and has called on more Democratic-Republicans to oppose such policies at all costs. He's also been a frequently attendant of San Francisco City's yearly Pride Parade since 2001.
Scott is has been an avid advocate for gun control throughout his entire political career. He's a supporter of the Sierran Civil Safety Commission, a gun control organization, and has an F grade from the Sierran Rifle Association and has been accused of being a future tyrant by Sierran gun rights advocates. Scott has cited the high levels of gun violence in Sierra as reasoning behind his decision to support gun control saying that "Sierra as a whole cannot have a stable and peaceful society if citizens must be armed at any place at any time because one crazy person might try and kill them" in a 2016 speech during the prime ministerial election. In 2012 in response to the Modesto High School shooting, Scott passed the Automatic Rifle Restriction Act in San Francisco and banned the sale of all automatic weapons in the province. In the 2016 election, Scott ran on federal gun control and used his opponent, Daniel McComb's inaction on gun violence as an argument against him.
Republicanism and Landonism
Terry Scott has been an avid republican throughout his entire political career. According to records and interviews with Scott, he has been an advocate for cultural and political republicanism since he started entering into Sierran politics. In an interview in 2009, he said that The Disturbances had no effect on his views saying "I will not let such a noble cause that I've supported for my entire life all over some fringe radicals". When reports of the rise of dissident republicanism were released in 2013 from the New School of Sierra, Scott said that the dissident movement was "a violent fringe movement that remains a minority, but must be carefully felt with to protect the cause". When asked about Isaiah Landon and his philosophy of Landonism, Scott identifies as a supporter of him and as a "devout" Landonist and admits that Landonist thought dictates his economic and social policies. He also stated that Landonism is pivotal towards achieving the end goal of the republican movement. Despite denouncing the dissident republican movement, Scott endorsed Jeremiah Goldberg in 2016, leader of the New Sierran Republicans and a dissident politician. Scott defended his endorsement by saying that Goldberg hadn't engaged nor called for violence and that he was "a representation of the moderate faction of the dissident movement and how people like him should take over the entire movement instead of these violent gangs". Scott has spoken at events hosted by political dissidents and has defended the political wing of the dissident movement. Scott had taken the citizen's oath from Republic and has made it mandatory for Progressive Coalition members to take as well.
Views on the monarchy
Terry Scott has been a historic and vocal critic of the monarchy and stated in a 2016 interview "the monarchy is an outdated, corrupt, and inept institution where a family is given a life and near-endless privilege and luxury, and is proof that Sierran society is plagued with inequality". in 2015 during the abdication of Charles II, Scott said that he was "satisfied" with his abdication and only wished that "he was the last monarch and his abdication brought an end to an unequal relic of a system". When asked about Elizabeth II, he said that he had no problem of her wanting to govern Sierra, but said that he would only accept her as a leader if she was democratically elected. When asked about the idea of divine right to rule Scott said that the notion was ridiculous and said "the divine right to rule is a dated concept that not only worsens inequality within politics and society by assuming that God wants this one person to rule a whole kingdom, but also lacks any justification in the Bible. No verse or anything is cited to justify ruling and it makes the institution ludicrous". When Elizabeth II was sworn in as the new Queen of Sierra, Scott refused to attend the event as part of the Citizen Oath to boycott any even sponsored by the monarchy.
Terry Scott has been a notable critic of the Sierran economic structure and of the capitalist system of the country as a whole. He's condemned the high levels of income inequality in Sierra and claimed that it was "proof of a long-term decline and painful death for Sierran society if not solved" in a 2016 campaign speech. Scott echoed the same sentiment in a 2017 interview, Scott said that he supported an income tax on the richest citizens in Sierra and stated that he supported the crown tax, a tax policy proposal that would see the monarchy be taxed at a rate of 75%. Scott defended his position by citing the high levels of wealth the monarchy has and claimed that its tax exempt status supported by the Royalist Party perpetuated the income inequality levels and was evidence of "the unequal nature of the monarchy and how it actually contributes to Sierra's societal ills". Scott has advocated for raising taxes on Sierra's upper class and nobility while also cutting taxes for the middle class and has supported a Nordic-style distribution of wealth to the Sierran people.
Terry Scott has been very critical of both Sierran and Anglo-American foreign policy as a whole historically and well into the modern era. He's condemned the Anglo-American intervention in Vietnam during the Vietnam War and protested it in his youth. In the modern era, he views his protests as justified and remains critical of foreign policy and military intervention in the Middl East such as the invasion of Iraq in 2003. When asked if the Iraq War made the conditions for the rise of ISIS possible, Scott said "absolutely without a shred of doubt". During the 2016 campaign, Scott ran on a platform of non-interventionism and pledged that he would only deploy Sierran troops if the country or Anglo-America was ever truly threatened. On the issue of Russia, Scott condemned the 2014 annexation of Crimea, but said that there was nothing Sierra could do to make Russia give it up beyond military force, something Scott has stated he will never consider as prime minister and supports strengthening foreign relations with Russia to maintain security in Europe and beyond. Scott holds the same stance towards China where he stated the willingness to use diplomacy to settle the South China Sea dispute as well as make peace with China. When asked if he would allow Japan to rearm itself, Scott said yes as long as it was for purely defensive purposes. He elaborated that if such an action as taken, he would withdraw Sierran troops from Japan knowing that they wouldn't have to go back, though stated he'd pursue the decision regardless.
On the issue of the Middle East and Africa, Scott has opposed continued Anglo-American intervention in both regions claiming that it's brought increased instability and violence as a result. When the Islamic States first emerged in 2014 and took advantage of a weakened Iraqi Army, Scott cited that the Iraq War paved a way for the rise of ISIS saying "Saddam was a horrible ruler, but he maintained stability within his country and at least made sure that groups like ISIS would never emerge". Scott has also opposed intervention in Africa both in terms of supporting governments and militias against terrorists citing how war crimes such as violence against civilians has been carried out by government troops in Nigeria, Chad, and Niger and how Sierra shouldn't get involved. The Anglo-American-Saudi relationship has been a source of intense criticism from Scott who's denounced it as a "cesspool of continued suffering in the Middle East and beyond". During the 2016 Democratic-Republican primaries, Scott said that if he was elected, he would impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia and boycott their goods until they stop their intervention in Yemen citing thousands of civilian deaths due to Saudi-led coalition airstrikes and the blockade around Yemen.
On the issue of the El Norte dispute, Scott has voiced opposition towards Sierra's continued presence in the contested regions and in 2016 denounced the 1956 annexation as an act of "unjust and politically motivated imperialist aggression against a sovereign nation". He's sided with Mexico over the dispute and in a 2019 interview with the RBS he said that if elected prime minister, he would negotiate with the Mexican government to settle the dispute. In the same interview he criticized continued sanctions on Mexico and said that it would only intensify calls for militarism in the country. After Nemesis Heartwell accused Scott of being an "unpatriotic authoritarian sympathizer" on twitter, he fired back saying "supporting the freedoms and right to self-determination for the Mexican people is not supporting authoritarianism. Your support towards the Saudi regime is proof of you and the Royalists' hypocrisy on the issue of freedom". On May 28th, 2019, Scott also voiced support for the Cuban independence movement and said he supported any potential sovereign Cuban state if the Cuban people voted for independence in a referendum.
Views on the royalists
Scott has been a vocal critic of the Royalist Party calling them "useful tools of the monarchy" and has been labeled one of the most notable opponents of the monarchist movement. Scott has consistently opposed the Royalist Party and has pushed to pressure members of the Democratic-Republican Party to reject compromise with the Royalists if they "infringe on the cause of the party and of the republican movement". Scott took the "republican oath" as asked by Republic and has convinced other politicians to take the oath as well. He has opposed Royalist policies in the realm of social issues, mainly in terms of abortion restrictions and resistance towards advancing LGBT rights, and has called the party a "over-aged relic of an unequal and unnecessary institution" in 2016. During an interview, he responded to Nemesis Heartwell's claims that republicanism is inherently violent by saying "the violence aspect is nonsense as Sierran republicans have pushed for abolition peacefully both before and after the civil war". When asked if he would disband the Royalist Party if the monarchy was abolished he said no, but also said that it would "be nullified and fall out of politics" if the monarchy was gone since it would've "lost its purpose".
|San Francisco gubernatorial election, 2010|
|Social Democrats||Jessica Veletta||213,243||24.5%||-1.43%|
|Royalist||Jackson Albert Lee||102,322||13.7%||-14.8%|
|Democratic-Republican gain from Royalist||Swing|
|San Francisco gubernatorial election, 2015|
|Democratic-Republican gain from Royalist||Swing|
Comments on Jacobite persecutions
In 2004, Scott was at an event discussing possible anti-republican bias in the Sierran education system, especially on subjects such as the civil war. Scott agreed that such bias existed and claimed that one example of bias was that the death tolls from the persecution of Sierran Jacobites during the war by radical republicans had been exaggerated and claimed that the death toll from incidents like the Danville massacre were exaggerated for an anti-republican agenda. The clip of him saying it wasn't brought up again until 2010 when he was elected governor and later in 2016 during the prime ministerial election where his primary opponent, Steven Hong brought it up as an argument against him. In an interview, Scott said that he never meant to promote anti-Jacobite sentiment, but cited that incomplete records from the time make it difficult to determine the actual death toll from the Jacobite persecutions and how events like the Danville massacre had only 104 known deaths, though recognized the possibility of there being a higher body count. During the controversy, a spokesman for the Styxie Education Association, a republican educational organization, defended Scott by saying that monarchists have exaggerated the atrocities committed by radical republicans while downplaying monarchist war crimes such as Bernheim prison massacre.
Relationship with dissident republicanism
Scott's views and relationship with dissident republicanism have been a constant source of controversy throughout his entire political career as opponents in both the Democratic-Republican and Royalist Parties have used his ties to dissident organizations as arguments against him. Scott has repeatedly denounced dissident groups such as the Provisional SRA and the New Bear Flaggers for their usage of violent tactics and blamed them for worsening the situation in the Styxie, but has supported and advocated for politicians and organizations that are part of the dissident movement. Scott has endorsed and receives support from the New Sierran Republicans and the United Syndicates of Sierra, two Landonist political parties active within the Styxie and part of the political wing of the dissident movement, and continues to support them. He defends his actions by stating that both parties have not engaged in violent tactics and have condemned them, though critics say both the NRPS and USS have done little to stop the violence committed by dissident gangs and some of their own members have either participated in such crimes or supported them.
In 2014, Scott passed the Israeli Settlement Boycott Act of 2014 in response to the mounting Palestinian civilian casualties during the Gaza-Israeli War of that year. Scott's decision saw restrictions on Israeli goods into San Francisco and announced a provincial-wide boycott of Israeli goods from the West Bank settlements. The reactions to the bill received mixed reactions nationwide and was widely condemned by the San Francisco Royalist Party and accused him of anti-semitism. Scott denied such claims and stated that the act was made against the Israeli government and not the Israeli nor Jewish peoples. In the 2016 election, his primary opponent, Steven Hong, and later electoral opponent, Daniel McComb, went after Scott due to his legislative bill with Hong saying that it was "going too far" while McComb accused it of blatant anti-semitism.
Scott himself married Maranda Scott in 1977 and have been married since then. He has three children, but only one of them is publicly known and that's his eldest daughter, Rachel Scott (born 1986). Terry Scott identifies as a Christian, but has stated that he is lapsed due to the secular nature of the Styxie and of San Francisco as a whole. In interviews, Scott admitted that he had spent time with the late Prime Minister Steven Hong and he had gotten to know him. When Hong was assassinated, Scott attended his funeral and gave a obituary in his honor. In a 2018 interview with The Bunker Hill Journal, Scott talked about how he had personally met with Susan Kwon, Leader of the Social Democrats of Sierra, and says that he and Kwon are personally good friends and talked about how she appreciates how Scott embraces populist-left policies and how she jokingly asks why he doesn't just join the Social Democrats. When asked if she was serious, Scott said "it's half serious and half joking" and pointed out how she recognizes Scott's dedication to moving the Democratic-Republican Party further to the left.