Karl van Gessel
1st Governor-General of Greater Hulstria
Term Apr. 2647 - Apr. 2650
Preceded by None Office Created
Succeeded by Nicolaas van der Burgh
2nd Chairman of the HSP
Term Feb. 2644 - Sept. 2650
Preceded by Zhou Peng
Succeeded by James Buchanan
Date of Birth December 2, 2576

Kien, Hulstria, Hulstria

Date of Death September 24, 2650 (age 74)
Kien, Hulstria, Hulstria
Parents Jonathan van Gessel (father)
Margarethe Fleetwood (mother)
Spouse Beatrix Solberg
Children Geoffrey (b. 2603), Segolene (b. 2605)
Ethnicity Hulstrian
Political Party Hulsterreich Sozialdemokratische Party
Religion Episcopalian

Karl van Gessel (b. December 2, 2576 - d. September 24, 2650) was the first Governor-General of Greater Hullstria and the second Chairman of the Hulsterreich Sozialdemokratische Partei (later known as the New Komeito Party). He was married to Beatrix Solberg and had a son and daughter; Geoffrey and Segolene.

Gessel was elected in 2647 as the first Governor-General of Greater Hulstria following several years of debate; the office was created to allow for an elected Head of State but to maintain the status of the monarchy and power of the Kaiser. He defeated Spenzer Roderick to capture the position where he would hold onto it for the next three years.

Early Life Edit

Karl van Gessel was born in Kien, Hulstria to Jonathan van Gessel and Margarethe Fleetwood. His father was an owner of a small business in the region and his mother was an accountant. Van Gessel had three other siblings; Franklin, Tobias, and Beverly. He attended the public school system from start to finish and went on to attend college obtaining a degree in accounting in 2600.

Accounting Career Edit

Upon obtaining his degree to become a certified public accountant, van Gessel took up a job in Kien. He worked for the same business for over thirty years, amassing a good amount of money. A few years after the formation of the Sekkyoku Demokuratikku Rengou, van Gessel registered with them politically and moved to do accounting for their finances. Shortly before the reforms of the party, van Gessel became the candidate for the Ministry of Finance.

Entrance into Politics Edit

When the reforms of the Sekkyoku Demokuratikku Rengou occurred, the party elected van Gessel as Chairman, despite his lack of political experience. Not long after this occurrence, he obtained a seat in the Diet as a replacement for the death of another SDR politician. He was then reelected in 2644. In the elections of 2647, as Chairman of his party, he was placed as the candidate for Governor-General, elected representative of the Kaiser. In the past year, the Hulsterreich Sozialdemokratische Partei had been pushing for political reforms and as a result, royalist parties created a compromise in which the people would elect a Head of State who would act as a representative for the Kaiser. The 2647 election was the first Governor-General election. Karl van Gessel placed second in the first round of the election, being beaten by two percent by the Fascist Authority Party candidate, Spenzer Roderick. In the second round of voting, van Gessel received 59% of the vote over Spenzer Roderick, who won only 40%. Van Gessel then became the first Governor-General of Greater Hulstria. During Kaiser Rudolph V's speech regarding van Gessel's victory, the Kaiser was assassinated by a person(s) who remains unknown to this day. The events that occurred at the beginning of the van Gessel Administration are considered to have led to his large defeat in the 2650 elections. Only a few months following that election, van Gessel died of natural causes.

Hulstria and Gao-Soto articles
History Empire of Gao-Soto, Christopher Dove, War of Hulstrian Successsion, Congress of Kien, War of Luthori Succession, Welsh Genocide, New Englian Crisis, Great Sekowian War, Operation Steel Impetus, South Majatran Wars, South Ocean War, War of the Two Kaisers, September Revolution, War for the Emperor's Protection, Hulstro-Kazulian War, Hulstrian Civil War (4304)
Geography Dovani, Great North Dovani Plain, Schnee-Berge Mountains
Demographics Gao-Showa, Gao-Showa Clans, Hulstrian, Kunihito, Kunikata, Hulstro-Showans, Hulstro-Mikun, Draddwyr
Culture National Anthems: Land of our Fathers, The Call of Hulstria, For all eternity, For the Monarchy, The Revolution ne'er can yield, Golden Empire
Religion Daenism, Hosianism, Jienism, Orinco Polytheism, Kamism
Administrative Divisions Empire of Hulstria: Budenlar: Labsburg | Hulstria: Kien | Kuratha: Marchau
Empire of Gao-Soto: Hilgar: Miyako, Veilchen | Mitrania: Graaffsberg, Mitrania Highlands National Park | Ostland
Politics Historically Important Parties: Anarchitarians, Aneist Unionist Party, Christian Communist Party, Hosianisch-Demokratisches Verbund, Fascist Authority Party, Gao-Showa Peoples' Party, Hulstrian National Party, Imperial Hulstrian Party, Progressive Liberal Party of Hulstria, Refuge Pressure Party | List of Former Parties of Greater Hulstria
Presently Active Parties: Hosianisch-Demokratisches Verbund, Vereinigte Bund
Monarchy Monarchs: Alexander I, Franz I, Franz VI, Ferdinand I, Ferdinand II, Godric I, Godric II, Godric III, Heinrich I, Heinrich II, Karl III, Klaus Gustav III, Klaus Gustav IV, Klemens II, Leopold I, Maximilian V, Maximilian VII, Rainer IV, Rainer V, Rudolph I of Hulstria, Rudolph III, Rudolph IV, Rudolph V, Klaus Gustav VI, Okatori Takahiro, Okatori Kurosawa
Other Royalty: Heinrich, Crown Prince of Hulstria, Archduke Otto of Hulstria, Archduke Franz of Hulstria, Archduke Maximilian, Archduke Albert of Hulstria, Archduchess Harriet of Hulstria, Archduke Heinrich, Archduchess Aleksandra, Queen of Rutania, Archduke Leopold, Archduchess Charlotte, Adela I of Vorona, Hikaru I of Dolgaria, Archduchess Josephine, Archduchess Martha, Idda, Countess of Savonia, Wilhelm, Duke of Thague, Roberta Lusk, Princess Harriet of Talmoria, Henrietta, Queen of Endralon, Janne II of Vorona, Matilda, Queen of Rilandor, Karl, Crown Prince of Hulstria, Henry, King of Tukarali, Henry I of Tukarali, Constantine I of Tukarali, Archduchess Cristyne, Archduke Rudolph, Archduke Paul, Emmanuel, 4th Duke of Heidelberg
Primary Noble Houses: House of Flieder, Okatori Clan, House of Strauss, House of Rothingren
Palaces: Fliederbrunn Palace, Phönixstein Castle
People Gao Showa: Meiji Hideaki, Meiji Takara, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Tokuro Tanemoto, Naoki Tsukuda, Akemi Tanemoto-Katsutoshi, Tokugawa Jiang, Gao-Ri Juro, Haruhi Suzumiya, Hayato Tarou, Okatori Takahiro, Okatori Kurosawa
Hulstrian: Kyril von Flieder, Lanzo Henning, Konrad Labsburg, Otto von Labsburg, Rudolph Labsburg, Rebekka Liese, Heindrich Strauss, Konsort Strauss, Philip Strauss, Rosaline Strauss, Karl van Gessel, Spenzer Roderick, Erwin Zilberschlag, Wolfgang Reinhardt, Hildegard Klay, Edmund von Greifstein, Martin Valle, Gregory Kleinman, Anders Raske, David Thorsten, Lukas Adenauer, Friedrich Ewald II, Ambrose Bauer, Constantin Birnbacher, Maggie Bauer-Chamberlain, Erik Chamberlain, Charles Fuerstien, Waldemar von Treuburg, Wenzeslaus von Hortensiengau, Erik Bauer-Chamberlain II, Sieuwerd Cuijpers, Adam Hammond, Frederick von Labsburg, Gereon von Thannhausenand, Julius von Anderinch, Joseph Karcher, Edward Roderick III, Isolde von Smaragdwald, Anthony Bauer-Chamberlain, Kasimir Hoefler, Hieronymus von Büren, Joseph Roderick II, Jurgen Marquering, Arnold Bauer-Chamberlain, Erik Bauer-Chamberlain III Gisela von Hortensiengau, August Kratzenberg, Theresia von Maringhelm, Walburga von Strauss, Maximilian Berleburg, Walter von der Hyde, Vitus von der Mar, Eduard von Strauss, Russell von Korneuschlag, Thomas Michels
Other: Charlotte Church, George Huws, Katherine Jenkins, Wali Thomas
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