Gert Geens

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Gert Geens' bust in the Ivory Tower

Gert Geens is considered to be the founder of the Dutch sector, ever since he declared the independence of Flanders on November 29th, 1997, although at that time, English was the country's official language. However, it gradually became 'Dutch-ified'. He became the country's first President, as well as founder of the Dutch sector's first political party, the conservative Flemish National Democrats (VND).

First Republic

He remained president untill the end of 1998, when he was succeeded by his VND colleague Jan Van Eynde. However, when Van Eynde was deposed at the end of the following year due to his inactivity, he regained the leadership of the country. However, this office gradually decreased in power, while the Chancellor became more powerful.

In 2000 opposition to his leadership grew sharply. However, during that year's presidential elections, both main opponents, Iris Vanstraelen and Diederik Demuynck, withdrew their candidacy, leaving Secretary of Justice Fran Cooman as his only opponent. She was originally not allowed to participate in these elections, having failed to file her candidacy to the right person at the right moment, but was eventually allowed to participate after heavy protests from both her as well as from the opposition. According to unofficial results, Geens would have beaten Cooman; however, due to institutional problems, the results could not be made public, and Geens in the end decided to withdraw, allowing Cooman to be sworn in.

When Cooman was deposed due to her involvement in electoral fraud and was succeeded by Chancellor Steven Burvenich in 2001, Geens became Chancellor and, therefore, head of government. However, this period saw the decline of the First Republic, resulting in Geens' retiring from politics in 2002, stating that he did not want to preside over the disolution of the country. In the end, the country continued to remain somewhat active untill early 2003.

Second Republic

When Flanders was revived in October 2004, Geens became active as chairman of the Social Conservative Union (SCU), of which he became the prime incarnation. He quickly became a government minister, serving under Evert De Smet (Foreign Affairs and Finances, January-July 2005), Erwin V.H. (Interior and Justice, October 2005-September 2006) and Bert P. (Interior and Justice, November 2006 till November 2007, then Justice, Finance and Culture until April 2008). He was beaten during the 2006 presidential elections by the socialist Erwin V.H., but won them in April and December 2008 from Hieronymus Erasmus. However, in february 2009, he announced his retirement from Flemish politics, claiming that he was unable to solve the inactivity crisis which at that time threatened the nation. He subsequently became a judge and a diplomat in his native country, moving his political activity to Batavia, where he is now a member of the Lower House for the Conservative Monarchist Party (CMP).