Annabelle Pincer

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Annabelle Pincer
Official portrait as President of Royal Beresford, May 2010
2nd Governor of Greater Ridgeway
In office
January 6, 2011 - January 6, 2014
Prime Minister Nicolò Alvisi
Alexander Reinhardt
Alexander Eastwood
Predecessor Elena Ferranti (as President of New Ridgeway)
Successor Heinrich Schneider
1st President of Royal Beresford
In office
September 12, 2011 - January 6, 2011
Prime Minister Alexander Reinhardt
Predecessor Office established
Successor Office abolished
1st Governor of Royal Beresford
In office
May 26, 2010 - September 12, 2010
Prime Minister Alexander Reinhardt
Predecessor Office established
Successor Office abolished
Personal information
Born 4 September 1993 (1993-09-04) (age 24)
Milan, Italy
Birth name Annabelle Mary Pincer
Citizenship St.Charlian
Nationality Italian
Political party National Party of St.Charlie
Residence Royal Beresford, GR, St.Charlie
Religion Catholic

Annabelle Pincer (born in Milan, 4 September 1993) is a St.Charlian politician, currently serving as President of Greater Ridgeway for the National Party of St.Charlie. She was formerly Governor and then President of Royal Beresford. Intermicronationally, she is most known for the controversy sparked when she and Barbara Ruvolo formally requested a referendum to decide whether St.Charlie should leave the GUM in July 2010.

Biography

Pincer was born in Milan to Italian parents in 1993. The families of Pincer and Minister Schneider were always good friends and the two grew up together, becoming very close friends. After both families moved to London in 2008 Schneider introduced her to St.Charlie, Prime Minister Reinhardt and Fabiana Gallo della Loggia, who she developed a close friendship with.

Political Career

After the approval of Royal Beresford's request for territorial status on May 26th, the people of Royal Beresford democratically elected her as Governor[1]. Later that day, she supported Schneider's petition to the St.Charlian Parliament to make Royal Beresford a full St. Charlian federation[2] and was elected President on September 12th, after the summer parliamentary recess. On October 17th 2010, she and Elena Ferranti, President of New Ridgeway, gave their support to Schneider's Federation Fusion Act, which united the two federations.[3]

After a successful campaign, on December 13th 2010 Pincer claimed 85% of the vote in the presidential election for the newly established federation of Greater Ridgeway[4]. She beat Elena Ferranti by a massive 70% margin, although pundits had predicted a Nationalist victory[4]. However, the turnout, only 25%, was much lower than expected and raised eyebrows within St.Charlie. Minister James Lunam in particular commented: "The Electoral Commission must put some effort in order not to have another worrying 25%"[4].

GUM Referendum

The GUM's new logo

Pincer first attracted intermicronational attention when, on July 26th, Barbara Ruvolo and she officially requested a referendum to be held in St.Charlie concerning the Republic's presence in the GUM[5]. In the press release published on the St.Charlian Observer that day, Pincer made a series of controversial statements on the election process:

"It’s absolutely unacceptable that in a serious election of a widely recognized and esteemed intermicronational institution it is possible to cast votes while hiding behind a shroud of anonymity. Furthermore, it is also unacceptable that the St.Charlian Prime Minister or any other member of the Government was not informed of the second ballot in any way, effectively impeding St.Charlie to take part in the election. It is simply unacceptable."
[5]

This request, and in particular Pincer's words, attracted a response from Robert Lethler, who criticized Pincer's stance on the anonymity of voting and insisted that it was the St.Charlian Government's own fault if they were untraceable, as they had not left any means of contact[6]. Mr. Lethler then went on to state that Pincer was questioning his "integrity" and accusing him "of creating false private ballots", even though he has never mentioned in the press release. He concluded by once again reaffirming the concept that Pincer had accused "ME (Lethler) of fraud"[6].

While Pincer chose not to reply, the comment drew a strong and resolute condemnation by the St.Charlian Government and Parliament in a joint address published by Alexander Reinhardt, Magnus De Armis and Heinrich Schneider; who were attending the District St.Charlie Expo 2010 at the time[7]. The address criticized Lethler's comment and addressed the "misconceptions, falsities and hypocrisies" in Mr. Lethler's response. The address also concluded with a request of apology from Mr. Lethler to Pincer and St.Charlie[7].

In the following week, Erusia collapsed and was shown be a one-man-state[8], and it appeared as if the GUM would either collapse or merge with the OAM. On August 3rd the referendum ended with a 66% majority in favour of leaving the GUM[9]. Pincer said she was "satisfied of the result" and also commented on Mr. Lethler's failed apology[9]; although he himself claimed there had been no such request[10]. On August 6th, after Foreign Affairs Minister James Lunam raised concerns about the legality of the referendum, St.Charlian Supreme Judge Nicolò Alvisi ruled it inconstitutional and announced St.Charlie would remain in the GUM till further notice[11].

Following James von Puchow's planned reform of the GUM, Pincer has privately stated she now supports St.Charlie's presence in the GUM and has praised the new acting-Chairman's work by stating: "The GUM had precipitated into such a mess at the time, there was really no other option but to leave. While I initially wanted St.Charlie out and concentrating on the OAM, Mr. von Puchow's plan seems feasible and I support it wholeheartedly."[12]

Preceded by: President of Greater Ridgeway Succeded by: SC-flag-Greater Ridgeway.png
Office Established 6 January 2011 - Incumbent
Preceded by: President of Royal Beresford Succeded by: Royal Beresford Flag.png
Office established 12 September 2010 - 6 January 2011 Office abolished
Preceded by: Governor of Royal Beresford Succeded by: Royal Beresford Flag.png
Office established 26 May 2010 - 12 September 2010 Office abolished

References

  1. Official St.Charlie Forums: Territory Status Request for Royal Beresford - 25 May 2010
  2. Official St.Charlie Forums: Federation Status Request for Royal Beresford - 26 May 2010
  3. Official St.Charlie Forums: Federation Fusion Act - 17 Oct 2010
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 St.Charlian Observer: Federal Elections: Nationalists gain first seat in Greater Ridgeway - 13 Dec 2010
  5. 5.0 5.1 St.Charlian Observer: GUM Elections: District and Royal Beresford ask for referendum - 26 Jul 2010
  6. 6.0 6.1 St.Charlian Observer: GUM Elections: District and Royal Beresford ask for referendum - Comments - 27 Jul 2010
  7. 7.0 7.1 Joint address of the St.Charlian Government and Parliament in response to Lethler's accusations: 27 Jul 2010
  8. Organisation of Active Micronations Forum: ERUSIAN SCANDAL UNVEILED - 2 Aug 2010
  9. 9.0 9.1 St.Charlian Observer: GUM Referendum to be validated by Supreme Court, doubts arise - 5 Aug 2010
  10. St.Charlian Observer: GUM Referendum to be validated by Supreme Court, doubts arise - Comments - 5 Aug 2010
  11. St.Charlie Observer: Justice says referendum’s invalid; St.Charlie stays - 6 Aug 2010
  12. Private conversation with Heinrich Schneider