Inga Korsantia

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President
Inga Korsantia
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29th President of Varkana
In office
1 January 1964 – 24 May 1971
Prime Minister Gocha Nizharadze
Preceded by Vakhtang Jordania
Succeeded by Ioseb Jugashvili
Personal details
Born Inga Korsantia Aleksidze
3 December 1926
Klow, Varkana
Died 24 May 1971 (aged 44)
Klow, Varkana
Political party Socialist Party
Religion Atheism

Inga Korsantia Aleksidze (Varkan: ინგა ქორსანთია ალექსიძე; 3 December 1926 – 24 May 1971) was a Varkan politician who served as the 29th President of Varkana from 1 January 1964 until her assassination on 24 May 1971 during the 1971 Varkan coup d'état.

Early life and education

Inga Korsantia was born in Klow on 3 December 1926, to Tekla Korsantia, a government employee, and Eduardo Cavani, a tramway driver of Echian descent. U/C

1963 presidential election

On 7 September, 1964, Korsantia initiated her campaign for president in the Socialist presidential candidate election, that she eventually won and was officially nominated as the party's candidate. U/C

Presidency (1964–1971)

Inga Korsantia was sworn in as the 29th president at noon on 1 January 1964. U/C

First term (1964–1968)

In the 1963 election, Korsantia and her supporters won a comfortable majority in Parliament.

Korsantia brought in many of Varkana's major updated social programs, including the 40-hour work week, two weeks vacation time, and a new minimum wage. Her government abolished capital punishment and legalized abortion, with full costs covered by the State. In education, student grants were introduced, together with a university building program. The Varkan universities were reformed, made public, and consolidated into the Ten Varkan Universities System. Korsantia's domestic reform program had accomplished more than any previous program for a comparable period. Levels of social expenditure were increased, with more funds allocated towards housing, transportation, schools, and communication, and substantial federal benefits were provided for farmers. Various measures were introduced to extend the universal health care coverage, while national aid to sports organizations was increased. A number of liberal social reforms were instituted whilst the welfare state was significantly expanded (with total public spending on social programs nearly doubling between 1964 and 1978), with health, housing, and social welfare legislation bringing about welcome improvements. Substantial increases were made in social security benefits such as injury and sickness benefits, pensions, unemployment benefits, housing allowances, basic subsistence aid allowances, and family allowances and living allowances.

Korsantia's government endured significant controversy in Varkana's military services throughout the mid-1960s, following the tabling of the White Paper on Defense in June 1965. This document laid out a plan to reduce the size of the SS and major cuts to the military budget to fund social programs. High-profile projects, mostly but not always financially successful, were launched: the extension of the Port of Klow (soon ranking third in the Mesogean); the expansion of the Varkan automotive industry with state-owned Qhar at its center; and the building of the first motorways between Klow and Senaki. Aided by these projects, the Varkan economy recorded growth rates unrivaled since the 19th century and fully recovered from the Adonian Depression.

On 15 April 1965, Korsantia became the first Varkan President to make an official state visit to Burawa. She met with Kunciil Hanad in Kandadadka. During her 10-day visit, she was again keen to exchange ideas and improve relations between the two socialist nations.

Second term (1968–1971)

At the beginning of her second term, Korsantia announced Varkana would default on debts owed to international creditors and foreign governments. Korsantia also froze all prices while raising salaries. Her implementation of these policies was strongly opposed by landowners, employers, businessmen and transporters associations, and some civil servants and professional unions. The opposition was led by the Conservative Party. There were growing tensions with foreign multinational corporations and the governments of Aetolia and Breisland who were the main creditors.

In 1969, Korsantia undertook the pioneeristic Project Kibersin, a distributed decision support system for decentralized economic planning, developed by Volisan cybernetics expert DUDE. Based on the experimental viable system model and the neural network approach to organizational design, the Project consisted of four modules: a network of telex machines (Kiberbade) in all state-run enterprises that would transmit and receive information with the government in Klow. Information from the field would be fed into statistical modeling software (Kibernabiji) that would monitor production indicators, such as raw material supplies or high rates of worker absenteeism, in "almost" real time, alerting the workers in the first case and, in abnormal situations, if those parameters fell outside acceptable ranges by a very large degree, also the central government. The information would also be input into an economic simulation software which featured a Bayesian filtering and control setting that the government could use to forecast the possible outcome of economic decisions. Finally, a sophisticated operations room would provide a space where managers could see relevant economic data, formulate feaseble responses to emergencies, and transmit advice and directives to enterprises and factories in alarm situations by using the telex network. In conjunction with the system, it was also planned by the Kibersin development team the so-called Kiberkhalkhi device system, a closed television circuit connected to an interactive apparatus that would enable the citizenry to actively participate in economic and political decision-making. This would be a precursor to the modern Varkan Intranet and inspiration for aristocratic communalism.

In 1970, Korsantia re-established diplomatic relations with Daras and sought a rapprochement to Great Adonian War levels. Korsantia met with President ?? in Luanjing and U/C. Shortly afterward, DUDE made a month-long visit to Varkana. Originally the visit was supposed to be one week; however, DUDE enjoyed Varkana and one week led to another.

Korsantia's increasingly bold socialist policies (partly in response to pressure from some of the more radical members within her party), combined with her close contacts with Burawa, Daras and U/C, heightened fears in Koblenz. The very likely possibility of Korsantia winning Varkana's 1971 election and a third term in office was deemed a disaster by Breislandic Prime Minister Udo Lamprecht who wanted to protect Breislandic geopolitical interests in Illypnia by preventing the spread of communism and assert Breislandic influence in the Dinarides. He authorized the Varkan Project in 1970 with the aim of toppling Varkana's government before the 1971 election. This resulted in the Breisland-backed 1971 Varkan coup d'état and Korsantia's assassination.

Assassination

President Korsantia was assassinated at the Presidential Palace in Klow, on 24 May 1971, as part of the 1971 Varkan coup d'état. Initially announced by General Jugashvili as a suicide, it was revealed years later by an independent investigation after the return to democracy that she had been assassinated by the junta. Korsantia escaped to the roof of the Presidential Palace, but surrendered after one of the invading soldiers held a gun to her head. Hermann Gerstle, a high-ranking BND officer in Varkana who was close with the military, advised them to "shoot the bitch because she's going to come back to kill you".

According to the Gulisa Khidirbegishvili, a witness of the incident, in the style of a summary execution, Korsantia was then dragged by her hair and shot in the right side of her head "in a manner that could eventually be attributed to a suicide."

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Memorials to Korsantia include a statue on the grounds of the Presidential Palace at the location where she was assassinated.

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