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|Imperātor anglōrum (claimed)|
|Reign||23rd of April, 2020 – present|
|Coronation||23rd of April, 2020|
|Predecessor|| Elizabeth II (as English monarch) |
Office created (as "Emperor")
|Chairman of the Organisation of British Nations|
|Reign||2017 - present|
|Newollandish Councillor for Spalding|
|Reign||2011 - 2017|
|Born|| 5 January, 1953 |
Spalding, Lincolnshire, England
|Edward John Poll|
|Religion||Church of England|
Edward John Poll (born January 1953) is an English and Newollandish politician and general who has served as chairman of the Organisation of British Nations since 2017 and since 2020 as the self-proclaimed "Emperor of the English". Under his administration, the member states of the OBN have inclined more and more towards the ideology of English nationalism and the possible unification of the successor states.
Under Poll, the OBN entered its most prosperous period, finally gaining its own army after many years of thoughtful discussion, which would help bring down separatist insurrections such as the one in Leicestershire in 2018. Poll himself would directly participate in these confrontations, personally leading the OBN troops into battle on a few occasions, further consolidating his reputation as both a charismatic leader and an excellent military strategist.
However, his outstanding reputation would enter a downward spiral in 2020, after deciding that, in order to ensure a future reunited England, he would crown himself emperor while still respecting the power of the monarchies of the member states, forming a sort of decentralised state. This would receive massive criticism from the people of many of the successor states, and during his Sports Hall Coronation many died protesting. This outrage would lead to New Britain, Cleveland, Northumberland, Southern Scotland and Lancaster forming an alliance to bring down Poll's newly proclaimed monarchy and place the pre-Doomsday dynasty of the Windsors back on the throne.
Little is known of Poll's early life, but sources say that he was born in Spalding, Lincolnshire, in January 1953.
Edward Poll began his political career joining the Conservative Party and serving as a member of the South Holland District Council in his native Lincolnshire. As a part-time job, he worked as an aircraft re-furbisher. This would be his occupation until that fateful day in September of 1983.
When the bombs hit the UK, Edward Poll was serving as a councillor in Spalding. He was evacuated alongside his colleagues to the nearest bunker. However, his family were nowhere to be seen, lost amidst the chaos. Many tend to associate his somewhat aggressive mentality with the disappearance of his family.
After the destruction, Poll's home county of Lincolnshire was an anarchic mess, most of it being cut off from Bourne. After the state of East Britain formed in 1984, Spalding would remain under the control of the radical True British Army, which Poll secretly opposed. An angry and desperate Poll wanted to help his community and find his new role in this terrifying Britain completely different from the one he loved. He would see hope in the nearby state of East Britain, which fought to protect the English values that he and many others shared.
1984-2011. Forging a reputation.
When he heard that the East British State Guardsmen had began their conquest of Spalding, Poll took advantage of the situation to switch to the East British side and help them take over his hometown of Spalding in the fight against the cruel TBA. It would be around this period when Poll met General Steve Cartwright, the famed commander of the State Guardsmen. Cartwright would become Poll's mentor and taught him the art of military strategy, and the two would become close friends during the Spaldingas-East British War. Poll's experience in strategy would begin with the Battle of Welland. His tactics, with help from his mentor General Cartwright, helped the East British win the battle. He would also participate, although to a much lesser extent, in the planning of the Battle of Tulip Flower.
After the war, Poll decided to re-enter politics, which he now felt was his duty. He joined the East Britain National Council, representing the British Party as a councillor, and according to accounts from citizens who lived in Bourne at the time, he was "the most optimistic and positive of the lot".
In the monarchy restoration vote of 2010, Poll, alongside his fellow councillors, voted in favour of proclaiming his colleague William Harrison King of East Britain.
2011-2017. Councillor for Newolland.
In 2011, Edward Poll, unlike the majority of his peers in the East British National Council, voted against the Newolland Act, which would establish the Kingdom of Newolland as a new and independent state in the British Isles.
Poll very briefly ran as the British Party's candidate for Chancellor of Newolland in the 2015 general election, though he dropped out of the race after only two weeks. He would continue to serve as a councillor in the People's Assembly until he resigned in 2017 to run for chairman of the Organisation of British Nations.
Chairman of the OBN (2017-present)
After the OBN approved a vote of no-confidence in the leadership of the chairman at the time, Michael Johnson, elections were held to nominate a new chairman. Eager to present himself as a candidate, Poll stepped down as councillor (one of the requirements is that one cannot hold elected office in the parliament of an OBN member state) and joined the organisation as a representative for Newolland before announcing his intention to run for chairman.
The vote was between himself, Jane Tyson (representing Woodbridge) and John Wyatt (representing Essex):
- EDWARD POLL: 62%
- JANE TYSON: 33%
- JOHN WYATT: 5%
Winning the support of most of the representatives, Poll was elected Chairman of the Organisation of British Nations on the 10th of October, 2017.
With the naming of Poll as leader, the organisation enacted an even stronger expansionist and interventionist policy, with the creation of an OBN army the same year to strengthen the organization's already excellent peacekeeping methods and to intervene in any rebel or radical insurrections (an announcement which was praised by Essex, which of the member nations was the one that pushed the strongest for a collective military force made up of forces from member states).
Leicestershire crisis. 2018-19.
In February 2018, the radical separatist group The Sons of De Montfort instigated an armed occupation of Leicestershire and proclaimed a socialist republic in Loughborough, which would lead to a national crisis in Newolland and also worsened already existing tensions within the Organisation of British Nations.
After some time attempting to desperately contact the Organisation of British Nations, the Chancellor of Newolland Nick Boles finally reestablished contact with Poll and the rest of the OBN Supreme Council in October and proposed a reorganisation of troops and the formation of a united coalition to march into Loughborough (the proclaimed temporary capital of the Republic of Leicester) and put down the republic. Poll, in a possible attempt to strengthen his image as a military leader and to once again experience what he felt as a younger man during the East British era, personally led the military coalition into the Republic of Leicester, reaching the Loughborough Town Hall on the 5th of October and swiftly bringing down the separatist government without casualties. This was a great success which enormously boosted Poll's popularity and led to him being perceived as a "new English hero" of sorts.
The "December Coffee Meeting"
On the 17th of December 2019, Poll and Woodbridge Premier Christopher Mole were said to have met at a coffee shop in Woodbridge to discuss the aftermath of the final annexation of the whole of Leicestershire to the Kingdom of Newolland and the future of England as a whole. Mole supposedly said that he feared further instability and insurrections, of which Britain had already suffered enough for the past decade; and that the chaos would continue endlessly unless the whole of England were to reunite under one banner again, like in "the good old days". Poll was said to have agreed with Mole before explaining that he had thought about the idea for a long time and come to the conclusion that a united English republic would be the inevitable next step and a logical idea that would have widespread support among the English people. At this point, Mole apparently interrupted him, correcting him and insisting that only a traditional monarchy that would restore the aristocracy and the integral culture of pre-Doomsday English society would uplift the English people into healing the scars of Doomsday and feeling patriotic pride in their country which had been absent since that fateful day in 1983. Poll would ask in shock if he was suggesting the return of the Windsors from New Britain to restore the old British monarchy, aware of the strong opposition to such a return in the south of England. Mole responded with an unexpected answer: he wanted Edward Poll to be the new monarch.
The latter laughed, thinking Mole was simply joking. However, as he realized the Woodbridge Premier was serious about this, a heated argument between the two ensued. According to some accounts, Mole reportedly attempted to convince Poll with a metaphor about the cup of coffee he had before him: "A republican England would be like this black coffee: hot and crude, lost in violence without a unifying vision. (At this point he would start pouring milk into his coffee). However, a monarch-led England would be coffee with fresh milk: pacified, unified, civilised, clarified enough to see a future, delicious enough to drink, and especially not spoiled with age like the Windsors are". Still unconvinced, sources say Poll politely left the meeting immediately afterwards.
Throughout the following month, Mole would get secret endorsements from politicians across the southeastern half of England in order to get Poll to accept the role of monarch (including a private endorsement from the royals of Newolland, who foresaw that the reunification of England was now inevitable and that a monarchy under Edward Poll could be beneficial for them, giving them even the possibility of higher power). It is said that after much pressure, Poll would give in to Mole and the Newollanders’ arguments, now believing that after a whole life dedicated to military strategy, to politics and to fighting for Old Britain, he was destined to be king.
Imperātor anglōrum speech
On the 1st of February of 2020, in a speech before the assembly of the Organisation of British Nations, Chairman Edward Poll insisted that the OBN was the guide to a reunified England and that he as its leader was, quote-unquote, "the Imperātor anglōrum (literally “Emperor of the English”) who will lead the way". After this event, rumours of Poll’s desire to be crowned emperor started spreading like wildfire, sparking both praise and criticism amongst the English people.
With all the buzz in the media about his controversial speech, an inner conflict would start to occur within the OBN: many criticized Poll for not having consulted them about such a blunt, radical and sudden decision. Debate and infighting would ensue as Poll would continue to publicly deny wanting to be emperor. The debate would also reach other countries, becoming a heated topic worldwide. News of the speech would quickly reach New Britain and the Windsors reigning there, and it would reignite the debate about the restoration of the monarchy in Old Britain. Many would now start to feel that they had left something of their former selves behind by leaving their homeland decades ago and would start to think that maybe it was finally time to return to Great Britain and that maybe things had recovered enough to resettle.
Reactions of the successor states
Many in the governments of Old Britain started to pick sides on the issue, with many in Newolland, Southern England and Woodbridge making announcements stating that they would openly support Poll as King if he were to reunite England, accompanied by anti-Windsor propaganda labelling King Andrew as a traitor and a coward that gave up on his country. On the contrary, Cleveland, Northumbria and Lancaster had quite the opposite opinion, calling on Poll to cease his power game for the greater good of England. Many discussions would occur within the Windsor royal family as this directly concerned them, wondering whether England should be ruled by the Windsors once more. King Andrew hesitated to answer calls to war of reunification as such act of attack would have been against his and his country's values of democratic dignity and anti-warmongering stance (it is worth pointing out that he also quite deeply regretted the expansionist wars he waged in South Africa during the 2000s). Northumbria and Cleveland’s united royal family agreed to drop their Kingdom of Albion unification project and back Andrew if he ever decided to reunify England under the Windsor banner.
Imperātor anglōrum. Emperor of the English.
April 2020 OBN emergency session
According to various witnesses, during an emergency council session in the OBN, Poll stood up to his critics on the “Windsorist” side and officially declared that he would indeed be the new monarch of a united England, explaining that it was a “logical choice for a logical step forward” and criticizing (albeit hypocritically) the representatives of Cleveland, Northumbria and Lancaster for favoring their monarchs’ “dynastic little privileges of the Middle Ages" over "the proud English people". When one representative of Woodbridge, Alan Little, stood up to angrily denounce Poll for having made a coup d'état against the British nation herself and her democratic dignity, other pro-Poll representatives shoved him back into his seat, and were heard to have harassed him and called him a “baboon lover” (a racist slur against the africanized New Britain and its supporters). A Lancastrian representative, Anne Duffell, decided that enough was enough and boycotted the session, to which Poll’s loyalists responded by blocking the exits. He demanded official recognition as monarch from the member states, who he promised would subsequently be rewarded with great wealth and power over a decentralized English Kingdom. Southern England, Newolland, Essex and Woodbridge praised Poll and immediately endorsed Edward Poll as their Emperor, while the rest announced that they would cut ties with the OBN and the Pro-Poll countries on the spot. The representatives were then allowed to leave the chamber. This marked the beginning of the end of the Organization of British Nations, with many states officially abandoning the union that very day.
Later that afternoon, Poll made a radio announcement to all OBN citizens in which he asked them to gather together the following day at the Loughborough Sports Hall, where the new monarch of a reunited England would be revealed, with big televisions and radio channels being there to transmit the event. The media and people, completely unaware of the official unethical backing Poll had received from certain countries, joyfully celebrated and speculated about who the monarch would be, wondering whether the Windsors were back or if it was the monarch of one of the successor states, like Linda Harrison; with a large vocal group in the south hoping that it would be Edward Poll.
The Sports Hall Coronation
On the 23rd of April, Saint George’s Day, everyone gathered round the sports hall, and Poll made a shocking speech: he had been chosen to be Emperor of the English people, and he would unite the country in a “confederate fashion” against the Celtic Union. As soon as he was crowned and received the cries of “God save the King”, while he was expecting generous applauding and approval, he instead received ominous oppressive silence from the crowd. Then, clashing voices of celebration and hostility rose in a cacophony. The passions rose up, two sides formed and verbal disputes erupted between them until the unavoidable violence followed. A large-scale mass riot erupted within the stadium, as people fled the scene screaming while others fell down the steps to their deaths, were killed by force or stomped to death by the people. A group of people peacefully marched towards Edward Poll, pleading with him to retract his decision and ask his men to stop fighting, followed by another citizen who wanted to attack him. Fearing for his life, the newly crowned Emperor ordered his soldiers to shoot on sight. The world was left with the shocking sight of the brutal massacre of peaceful protesters live on television.
Poll fled the scene as the supportive governments declared their full sovereignty to be over (with the exception of Essex who made an agreement to help Poll in exchange of independence) and that they would apply wartime measures, temporarily controlling all the media (censuring the bloodshed of the stadium declaration right on time) and abolishing their Parliaments as police patrolled the streets under the orders of Poll’s men. Cleveland, Southern Scotland, Northumbria, Lancaster and Westmorland declared war on the Emperor and on the countries that supported him (Newolland, Woodbridge and Southern England), as popular support for all-out war exploded under the disgust of the new Emperor’s actions. King Andrew, in an emergency session of Parliament, backed by popular support from politicians and civilians in New Britain and across many other countries, declared war on Edward Poll for violating human dignity and democracy. The Fourth English Civil War began on the 26th of April, 2020.
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