Viktor Haninge, 4764
|Minister of the Republic|
1 August 4758 – 19 December 4777
|Head of the Nation (4754-4773)||Augustin Volkhardt|
|Secretary of State of the Republic (4754-4774)||Christian Kvist|
|Counselor to the Republic (4774-4777)||Julius Callus|
|President of the Realm (4777-4777)||Wilhelm Leitz|
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Position abolished|
|Born||15 March 4717|
|Profession||Statesman, military officer|
|Allegiance|| Federation of Davostan-Kivonia|
Kivonian Socialist Republic
Third Kivonian Republic
|Years of service||4734-4777|
Viktor Ludvig Haninge (born, 15 March 4717) is a Kivonian government official and military officer. He was one of the most closest confidants to the Head of the Nation Augustin Volkhardt, and gained immense influence and power from his relationship with him. He was named Minister without Portfolio; Minister of the Republic in 4758 and used the position for over a decade to become one of the most powerful men in the Third Republic. After the battle of Fladborg and the death of Julius Callus, Haninge became the head of government through his position in July 4777, but was eventually deposed in December 4777.
Haninge enlisted in the Federation army in 4730 at age 19, and served in mostly bureaucratic roles within it, and later on the Kivonian Socialist army. He joined the Kivonian National Salvation Party in 4749, at the recommendations from his army Captain, the current General Ruprecht Brandler. Haninge was made the private secretary of Augustin Volkhardt in 4752, when the latter served as Elector-Premier and Second Consul. Later on in 4758, he was appointed as a Minister without Portfolio.
Haninge used his position as private secretary to create an extensive bureaucracy and involve himself as much as possible in the decision making. He gained acceptance into Volkhardt's inner circle, and accompanied him everywhere, providing briefings and summaries of events and requests. After 4758, being made Minister of the Republic, Volkhardt delegated some of his powers to Haninge. He gained final approval over civil service appointments, and reviewed and approved legislation, and by 4772 had de facto control over nearly all domestic matters.
After the death of Volkhardt, Haninge colluded with Counselor to the Republic Julius Callus in the formation of the Shadow Council. Because of the de facto power he had acquired he was able to reserve a place on the council for himself.
Early life and education
Born in Laugarkrókur, Hafnarlavik (now known as Kovmark) in the Republic of Davostan, Haninge was the son of Theo Haninge, a municipal employee, and his second wife, Annette Norgren. He had two half-siblings (Elsa and William Haninge) from his father's earlier marriage to Louise Gram, who died in 4715. Annette Haninge gave birth to three sons, one of whom died in infancy. Viktor and Alfred survived to adulthood. Theo died when Haninge was three, and his mother remarried soon after.
Haninge's studies at an economic trade high school were interrupted when he joined the 4th Army Division as a gunner in June 4734. He served garrison duty until February 4736. He was relocated to Langrup where he was assigned to office work for the army. Shortly after the reassignment, Haninge joined a local Kivonian nationalistic association. A few months after, the association was forcibly banned and many members prosecuted. Haninge was almost discharged from the army, but his superior, the-then Lieutenant Ruprecht Brandler (currently serving as a General), helped him get out of the situation.
On 17 March 4744 Haninge was given the job to handle military intelligence over the province of Sønderhavn together with another officer. During this time his colleagues and superiors took a notice to Haninge's ruthless methods in rooting out threats to public safety. His methods bordered the line of the invasion of privacy and civil rights, and the interrogations which he had conducted was bordered to the line of torture. When this information reached the higher ups in 4746, he was almost discharged but was saved once more by the newly promoted Captain Ruprecht Brandler. Haninge was now assigned to desk work in the city of Langrup, taking care of the employment of new military intelligence officers in the province of Sønderhavn. Haninge took a deep interest of the formation of the Kivonian National Salvation Party in 4747, and eventually joined the party in 4749 at the recommendations of Captain Brandler. Haninge was assured by Brandler that the KNSP would win in the 4749 election.
In January 4749, Haninge joined the Kivonian National Salvation Party (KNSP), he would rise quickly through the ranks and build a powerful network which he was able to use to obtain power and influence.
Haninge was given a job by the KNSP leadership, to collect information about political opponents and other undesirables for the party's security agency, known as the Frälsningsbyrån (Luthorian: Salvation Bureau, FRÄBY), the precursor to the Statens Säkerhetstjänst (Luthorian: State Security Service, STASÄ). His efficient organizational skills put Haninge in favor with the KNSP leadership. Eventually in 4752, after impressing Volkhardt - who now had become the head of government - Haninge was given the position of private secretary to Volkhardt. He used his connections with the party newspaper to make his appointment known by everyone, even exaggerating the importance of his appointment, to make it seem as if he was Volkhardt's number two. He created an extensive bureaucracy around Volkhardt to make sure he was involved in the decision making as much as possible.
In 4753 Haninge set up the Partiets Hjälpfond (Auxiliary Fund of the Party), a benefits and relief fund directly administered by the party. Each party member was required to pay premiums and might receive compensation for injuries sustained while conducting party business. Payments out of the fund were made solely at Haninge's discretion. He began to gain a reputation as a financial expert, and many party members felt personally indebted to him after receiving benefits from the fund. In addition to its stated purpose, the fund was used as a last-resort source of funding for the KNSP, which was chronically short of money at the time. After the opposition to the KNSP dissolved in the 4753, party membership grew dramatically. By 4754 the fund was collecting 3 million DEV per year.
With the foundation of the Third Kivonian Republic in 4754, Haninge was ordered by Volkhardt to oversee the organizational creation of the State Security Service. He fully committed himself to this for four years. He used his information collection from the FRÄBY, to get the new agency up and running. He also began an assimilation of FRÄBY into the STASÄ, with the formers employees, funds and hierarchy. He used the agency to form an even greater network in all around the country, garnering even greater influence and power. In the year 4758, the STASÄ was fully operational and had already conducted nationwide intelligence operations and had even begun secret mission in Hutori and Telamon. For this accomplishment he was appointed Minister without Portfolio, with the title Minister of the Republic.
Minister of the Republic and de facto head of the military police
In 4763 the Head of the Nation, Augustin Volkhardt, delegated the powers for the head of the military police to Haninge. With these powers, Haninge quickly began setting the stages for a de facto military dictatorship. During this period, Haninge's closest confidant was the elusive Counselor to the Republic Julius Callus. The two had a close confidential relationship, this had lead to speculations that Haninge - since probably 4757 - has been manipulated and used by Julius Callus for the latter's goals.
Haninge ordered the construction of internment camps in 4764, and began mass arrests against enemies of the state and people of Telamonese decent, even going after hundreds of the Skjöld minority in Davostan. In the year 4765, there were up to 3,000 who had been apprehended and put in internment camps. This was achieved with the help from both the military police who did the physical work, while the STASÄ provided the intelligence Haninge had gathered about undesirables around the country. He ordered the high ranking military police officers personally that the Skjöld and Telamonic people who refused to migrate to Telamon or Hutori would need to be put into the camps. Which resulted that hundreds of the Skjöld minority began their migrations to other two Macon nations.
In 4771, when the war with Telamon started, Haninge - from the influence of Julius Callus - ordered that all Telamonic citizens be put into the camps, in order to ensure they would not commit terrorist acts or sabotage against the Kivonian military. Since becoming the de facto head of the military police, Haninge increased the surveillance of the supporters of Annalise I Ashé-Rivières, and when the war started he ordered an arrest against every support of her in the nation and put them in the camps as well.
Death of Volkhardt and member of the Shadow Council
Upon witnessing the collapse of Augustin Volkhardt in 4773 during his Speech to the Republic, Haninge quickly hurried to help him, and followed him to the nearby hospital. Witnesses claims that Haninge was extremely stressed and was on the phone constantly. It is well accepted that Haninge actually used his influence and network at the time he was at the hospital waiting room to protect his power he had acquired. Haninge was the first to receive the news from the doctors that Volkhardt had died. He then quickly organized a press conference at the hospital explaining the news.
It was reported that he didn't sleep for one minute during the coming days, and during that time, the one he met with the most was Julius Callus. Both of them understood that the time was short, and that the other prominent and ambitious people in the government and military might use the opportunity to seize power. The two of them worked for day and nights to organize a meeting with General Ruprecht Brandler, who was the Chairman of the National Salvation Military Council, Minister of Defense Thorsten Morgentaler, Minister of Internal Affairs Daniela Hjertsson, State Officer of the Republic Isabella Cederstam and the Secretary of State of the Republic Christian Kvist who was the de jure head of government. These seven came to the conclusion on the 8th July 4773, two days after Volkhardt's death, that the formation of a collective head of state was necessary to keep the internal peace in the Third Republic. This council widely known as the Shadow Council, was composed of these seven people. Haninge was able to become a member of it because of his immense control over the STASÄ, the military police and his influence over domestic affairs.