Avec was born during the Great Wave of Finns on the 10th of September, 2008. Instead of moving to Norway-occupied Finland, he decided to make a living in the United Kingdom, a country renowned of it's politics, culture and society. For the first month, Avec chose not to get involved in day-to-day politics and activities of United Kingdom, but instead he chose to read and learn the basics of the game. This proved to be a good choice.
In October 2008, the Ministry of Defence published a recruitment article calling for citizens to join the reserves. Avec, keen on reading the media, noticed the article soon and decided to apply for reserves. Few days after applying, Funky44, the Minister of Defence contacted Avec and told him he was assigned to Squad A2, Malta_1990 as his squad leader. Despite joining the reserves, Avec saw very little action at that time because the wars were banned in-game. That however, was about to change.
In November Avec reached strength 5.0, which meant he was applicable to UK paratroopers, the elite of UK Armed Forces. He applied straight away and got assigned to Platoon D, this time getting Hammybear as his platoon leader. Straight away after joining the paras, Avec was transferred to Argentina, to defend the country from impending Indonesian attack. However, the wait there was short, as the paras were called back two days after to fight for Spain in a war against France. It was not long till a conflict now known as the French Toast began - the second war in the UK history.
After the war against France was over, Avec, alongside fellow paras, moved from country to country, fighting for UK and it's allies' gathered interests. There Avec fought fiercely, causing massive amounts of damage on the enemy forces and gaining a fearsome reputation amongst his foes. In February 2009, Avec was promoted as the new Platoon D leader, a position which he held till the end of June 2009.
The beginning of World War III began a long night for many paras, as Avec and many others were stationed in Romania for months. Fighting against PEACE forces day and night, the sunny days of old in the UK became but a distant memory. During the Romanian war campaign, Avec participated in several black-ops missions. From assassination attempts to sitting in negotiation tables, there was little Avec had no impact on. After the seemingly endless war ended in May, Avec was called back to UK, a place he considered home.
Role in Politics: The UK
Despite having a military life, Avec participated in day-to-day politics of UK too behind the scenes. Being a supporter of international ambassadors between countries, Avec joined the newly started ambassadorship programme in January, and got assigned as ambassador to Finland and Sweden. Keeping the position in high value, Avec kept contact to both countries and reported back events from those countries to UK regularly. He considered the role of ambassadors to be vital in the interaction between countries, and felt frustrated as the programme never reached it's full potential.
In February 2009, Avec tried to increase public awareness on the importance of ambassadors by writing extensive and media-sexy articles about life in Finland and Sweden. The articles were loved by the public in all countries, and they were top rated in the media for days. Unfortunately, the articles did not have the effect Avec had hoped for, despite initial interest to write similar articles by other ambassadors. He tried the same again in March, by writing a war reportage on the multinational exercise Anvil '09 between Finland and Norway. The article received international attention, but yet again, the potential of ambassadors was not seen by the public.United Kingdom Reform Party. First, only making contact with party actives and learning, he quickly got into making and designing party ideals. He took upon himself the role of maintaining public relations for the party, before the official role of Public Relations Director was established. Because Avec didn't have time to commit fully to politics due to his military life and other commitments, his work was done mostly behind the scenes. Writing articles, advising on manifestos, giving feedback and trying to improve party activity, his deeds remain mostly unknown to the public.
In April 2009, a shadow cabinet was founded inside the party. Avec got the role of Public Relations Director - a job consisting of maintaining party visible in the media through means of articles and forum threads. At first this was an easy job, the party had just had a surge of activity and new members and the party was in the spotlight for weeks at that time. However, later the role became hard. The activity rated in the party plummeted again, and Avec noticed there was little to nothing for him to write about. After disastrously handled CP elections in May and June, Avec decided to resign from the role of Public Relations director. He was however elected as congressman in elections of 25th May, so his contribution to the party suffered very little.
During his term in the UK Congress, Avec drove fiercely ideals of transparency and communication. For example, he did not see why topics like tax discussion, which affect the every day life of the country, were kept secret from the public for no reason. Also, he paid interest in trying to improve communication from government to congress, by proposing amendments to congressional procedures.
Avec decided to apply in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in June for more important role, as ambassadors were not utilized properly. He was assigned as underminister, tasked to maintain relations with Nordic countries. The task was not easy, as the third Sweden-Germany war had just ended, and the relations between UK and Sweden were uneasy. Also, Finland had just waged a war against Latvia, which created tension between UK and Finland as UK had signed an MPP with Latvia. After successfully negotiating with all parties, Avec managed to strengthen relations between UK, Sweden and Finland. Avec saw this kind of work exactly what he had in mind for ambassadors, and felt disappointed as ambassadorship programme was canceled in June.
Modern Days: Involvement in Finnish politics
After spending a term in Congress and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Avec decided to take a step back and look at his options. He saw he had three choices: Either continue a life as a para, begin a life in politics, or start something new. After spending seven months in the military, he saw no room for advancement there. As for politics, he had seen the ins and outs of politics in the UK from all perspectives, and considered a commitment to political career at that time futile. Because of these, and some other motives, Avec decided to move to Finland and begin a new life there.
In Finland, Avec began a quick rise in the community. He joined the main party there called Liberaali Edistyspuolue (Liberal Advancement Party), and ran for congress on 25th June, 2009. Maybe because of his past articles about Finland and its adventures in world scene, Avec gained a lot of support from the Finnish community and he received 4th most votes in the country.
July 2009 marked the beginning of Avec's political career in Finland. Avec was chosen to represent the Republic of Finland in the international scene as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs. Despite being in a small country, the task of a Minister of Foreign Affairs proved not to be so easy as one might imagine. In July, Avec was tasked to create relations with Latvia, a country from which Finland had recently acquired two regions. This had created tensions, as Latvia was supported by PEACE countries, most notably Hungary. 12th of July saw a massive battle between Finland and Latvia, and it marked the beginning of a new World War. The day visualizes the job of a Minister of Foreign Affairs well, and it is fully described here.
During his stay in the office, Avec reformed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He finally had a chance to execute his plan for ambassadors, and he began the transformation of ambassadors into targeted Foreign Ministers, who are tasked to represent Finland in day-to-day tasks for their target countries, and maintain contact with local governments.
Avec's rise in Finnish politics continued in August. This time he was appointed as the Minister of Defence. During his term as the Minister of Defence Avec faced the challenge of reforming the territorial army organization, creation of a new Field Marshal Division plus of course the challenges of World War III. During the first week as the Minister of Defence, Avec had to do now what he feared he might one day have to do: Fight against his former country, the United Kingdom. The eUK had occupied five Canadian regions, and because of that Finland had become an enemy of the eUK.
Regardless of personal feelings, the campaign to liberate the eUK occupied Canadian regions was a success. The battles were used to test the new Finnish military organization and order of battle, and victories proved it to be a success. On 22nd of August the Finnish military was put in a test again, when Russia invaded Finland-controlled Nord-Norge. At the time of the attack Avec was in the first real life eRepublik meeting, so he could not organize the defence of the country, but despite that the newly reformed Finnish military triumphed. Finland, with its allies scored 150k damage within less than five minutes.
In politics, on 15th of August Avec was elected as the Party president of the Liberal Advancement Party. As Party president Avec wrote several articles about Liberal Advancement Party's ideology and statements to current events, and organized a party summit in which some decisions about the party were made. Now, after being a congressman, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Defence and Party president, Avec was chosen as the official presidential candidate of the party. The decision to support Avec was no secret, and many had anticipated Avec's lift as CP candidate weeks before. Avec won elections on 5th September with massive majority.
As President, Avec carried on mostly perfecting initiatives and programmes started on the previous month. For one, he had seen the Finnish militia had inadequate weapon supply lines during his time as MoD, and as President he improved on that by giving each militia unit its own weapon company. First part of the month saw military combat drills related to North American battles, in which several shortcomings regarding logistics and command line were found. Plans to increase redundancy and supply readiness were sketched and executed, just in time before the region swaps between Finland and Norway occurred, and the great war for Scandinavia began.
First part of the month was fairly quiet for Finland. There were only a few party politics related issues which caused some stir in the country, but other than that, all went on without trouble. During that time Avec initiated some domestic programmes like gathering a list of Finnish companies that can import raw materials to Finland, and published that in government newspaper to help entrepreneurs. In foreign policy Avec carried on co-operating with EDEN countries, and at the end of the month, the treaty of the Brotherhood of EDEN was finally finished. Avec got the honour of being the one to sign the treaty on behalf of eFinland. This event formalised Finland's membership in EDEN, and made EDEN a formal alliance.Scandinavian War - A Short Summary of What Happened.
After Avec's presidential term, he decided not to take active role in politics next month due to real life busies. He instead returned to his roots by applying into the military, where he got assigned into a new unit called the Northern Brigade consisting solely of Field Marshals.
Back to Square One - Or Something Totally Else?
After taking one month's leave from administrative duties, unlike many other former presidents, Avec returned to grass-level activities. He was first assigned as the Minister of Public Relations in Kuhaa's government, and soon after a Squad Leader in NTJ. However he didn't get to be long a squad leader, as he was fast promoted as the Commander of NTJ, which effectively made him the Vice-MoD of the Finnish Defence Forces. Then, after Kuhaa's term was over, there were no candidates for Minister of Defence. Avec reluctantly accepted an invite to being the Minister of Defence again, besides continuing as the Minister of Public Relations in Patekki's administration. Avec swore that'd be his last term as Minister of Defence, and he counted days when the term would end. The job of a Minister of Defence can be a daunting one, easily burning out one doing it. Despite saying he would not continue in the role, Avec was selected as the Minister of Defence yet again in January. The painstaking term began again, but Avec handled it till the end, doing minor improvements to the command structure and he devised a scheme of dropping the defence budget by employing soldiers in national weapons companies. After January's term was over, Avec resigned as Minister of Defence, to let other people gain experience in the Ministry of Defence.
In February, Avec decided to keep a vacation from any government office. He refused to take any position in the Finnish government, and only participated in military operations as a normal soldier. He used his time writing strange psychological and philosophical articles, chasing his Media Mogul medal a few subscribers at a time. Then, just 12 days after he had started his "vacation", news came that the former EDEN HQ had resigned, and Avec was asked if he wanted a seat in EDEN HQ. Avec responded that he's fine with being nominated to any seat they see fit, and the second day, Avec was told he had been elected as the Supreme Commander of EDEN.
Time in EDEN Command
February-March: Time of internal troubles
Becoming the Supreme Commander of EDEN was no easy thing to do, let alone in the stir that followed from the break up of the old HQ. The new HQ was literally new, with no knowledge of EDEN procedures, and adding to that, the member countries needed directing. In February Spain and Poland still held majority of French and German regions, and Croatia was trying to proceed with its landbridge to Asia plan. Phoenix had taken it as its objective to liberate the occupied German and French regions, and EDEN attempted to hold them, which resulted in a cat and mouse play. In the mean while the US military leadership had changed, and they had grown tired of constantly fighting in European soil defending the Spanish and Polish regions that were RW'd regularly by Phoenix. EDEN lacked a major plan and direction that would serve all the member country interests, and it was painfully apparent in its actions.
Most of Avec's time went in just the day-to-day routines of EDEN in coordinating mobile troops and talking with people around the world. After the initial HQ elections, some HQ members decided to resign and some positions were re-elected. Media was running wild with accusations of dysfunctional EDEN, Spain and Poland lost their foreign regions one-by-one in Phoenix blitz attacks, and some member countries schemed behind the doors amongst themselves. The job of trying to hold EDEN together back then felt insuperable. Slowly, Avec managed to assimilate most of what was involved in running EDEN, and started slowly to reorganize the alliance structure. But then something unexpected happened: Avec's computer's hard drive broke, and he was unable to act as SC for a period of nearly two weeks (due to harbour worker strike that jammed the new hard drive in harbour stock).
During the two week period of absence, Avec still tried to hold meetings and set up priorities for the alliance - from which ever place he got Internet access. One such priority was the Croatian land bridge plan, and for that, Slovenia needed to be wiped out. The plan was agreed to be the priority by all EDEN countries, and it was put in action. The last battle of Prekmurje is history - during which Phoenix-aligned people DDoSed eRep servers, and the US JCS decided to prioritize a battle in Sindh over the battle to erase the last Slovenian region. The incident caused wipe-spread arguing everywhere. Eventually, after the Sindh incident, the continued conflicting battle orders, and because of mostly personal grudges, USA voted for leaving EDEN in March 2010.South Africa and Western Australia via series of RWs and direct attacks. The meetings held with member countries to discuss the future and structure of EDEN had their effect, and slowly all countries started to get their act together. EDEN had superior numbers compared to Phoenix, but still, the lack of joint effort led to Phoenix having the upper hand in battles.
One night, Avec had an idea. For weeks he had listened to member country officials telling him their wishes, needs, dreams and objectives for their countries, and at the same time, he had been thinking how to give the entire alliance a direction that would be meaningful, would touch every member country and yet be conceivable. The Croatian land bridge had become a no-go, so something else had to be conceived. Every country wanted to either attack something, or give their contribution to the EDEN effort. So, why not let every country attack the country they want, while the main military effort goes to the strategically meaningful targets? After days of fine-tuning and discussing, the plan was eventually agreed upon by massive majority of member countries, and even cheered upon by some. So started a campaign that was later to be known as the World in Flames.
Operation World in Flames: Beginning of the 4th World War
The World in Flames plan was initially planned to start already at the beginning of March, but at first it involved US participation in Asian front, which they refused in spite of considerable push by several people. The next US president also refused to participate in the plan, which delayed the start of the plan by weeks. Then, Phoenix started their own miniature version of the plan by attacking several EDEN countries at once. At this point, something flipped in the collective minds of EDEN, and the World in Flames was initiated, albeit in an altered and unorganized form. This led to the start of the fourth World War, which brought unity and cause to EDEN once again.
The attacks in Hungary resulted in the liberation of Heilongjiang and several other Chinese regions. Direct attacks against several Phoenix countries raised civilian activity and economy boomed all-across the world. The ultimate objective of unifying EDEN and creating interest for the populations in member countries had been achieved, while the pinnacle of the campaign to liberate Liaoning from Serbian occupation was not achieved. Later, after the invasion of Hungary was over, Phoenix refrained from launching a counterattack against Romania and Croatia. Instead they PTO'd Switzerland and used Austria and Switzerland to get Hungary to attack Rhone Alps - which EDEN could not stop by any mean available.
June started silently, both Phoenix and EDEN playing cat and mouse by commencing blocking attacks against each other daily, and planning for what to do tomorrow. In June, it was time for the last major EDEN campaign in V1 era - invasion of Scotland by Poland, and renting of high regions in North America. The attacks and counter-attacks launched by EDEN and Phoenix countries during earlier campaigns had opened a window for Poland to get in Norway and get a border with Scotland, and the other attacks launched by Croatia and Romania offered useful drains for the invasion of Scotland to succeed. The campaign to get Poland in North America was eventually put in motion after days of planning, and it resulted in victory, despite the game bugging severely along the process. Poland received several high regions in North America, and Spain managed to invade Mexico successfully with the help of Italy.
In June, Avec started to have no more time to be online as much as required, and he decided that he'd resign as SC after finding a suitable replacement for himself. EDEN was organized, it had no internal troubles it had in the beginning of his term and the next steps for EDEN were clear. The only thing left now was to pursue those goals and to prepare for the coming of V2. July started with Croatia being invaded by Hungary, Slovenia and Serbia, and ultimately the country was wiped out.
Avec had slowly transferred his tasks to the other HQ personnel at the start of July to make the transition easy for the next SC, and when the elections finally came, Avec faded into the background silently, but stayed as an advisor for HQ.
An Outside View - Avec's personal newspaper
MoFA Reform - Avec's MoFA reform outline (in Finnish)
CP manifesto for September elections (in Finnish)