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|Janos (John) Papp|
|Born||19th March 1814|
|Title||Deputy of Croatia|
|Political party||All-Danubian Conservative Party|
Janos Papp is a character in the Interactive AAR A Federation of Equals.
Son of a hungarian teacher working in Split as part of the magyarization process, Janos worked as a manager in the fishing and naval transport sectors before the revolution. However, the rising tensions and nationalist movements have made him worried about the future of the Federation and the devastating effects its destruction could have on the prosperity of the region, and encouraged him to step into the political arena. An admirer of the austrian and venetian legacy, Janos believes that the future lies in unity and trade.
In Congress, Janos Papp would find himself a staunch defender of the free market against a surprisingly socialist Federation, as well as a promoter of the States' sovereignty over the federal government. After the 1848 president elections, he co-founded the All-Danubian Conservative party with Karoly Voros de Nyitra, the defeated conservative independant. He went on to become Minister of Security under Codrinaru's administration in 1852, and again under Kraus' in 1856, leading the Federation through the Civil War of 1857 with noted independance from the Presidency which had remained in Vienna.
Reliant on the vote of the italian minority in Split to keep his seat as deputy, he came closer to venetian Councillor Domenico Mocenigo, particularly during the negotiations that solved the Dalmatian Question. These ties eventually netted him a membership in the venetian Order of the Evangelist, an honourific title that he has taken to using after the fall of the Most Serene Republic and the exile of many venetian noble families to Spalato. They were also useful in establishing his activities in Crete, under the rule of Duke Alessandro Tiepolo, himself a venetian exile. However, a combination of bad weather and disease made this a much worse investment than expected, along with chronic instability on the island.
Masaryk's coup and the Civil War considerably changed the man. He even claimed to be on a mission from God, to bring peace to the Federation through a united danubian government, freedom and republicanism. This earned him as much respect from liberals as it gave him enemies in his own party.
Books and Side Stories
Capitalism is a defining feature of Papp, and is mostly developed through small side-stories.
- Mihovil in the middle of the Balkan Wars, 1854
- Mihovil and some bananas, 1856
- Mustafa's plantation and the banana blight, 1856
The Castle of My Crimes
The Castle of My Crimes, written during the Civil War of 1857 and published in February of 1858, is Papp's first book and perhaps the best witness of his transformation in that time.
- An Empire for Nothing,
On the failure of Kremvera to take up DeSanctis' mantle.
- The March South,
Never again would Papp yield!
- The camp,
In which Papp settles in lovely Carniola and embraces anti-militarism.
- The Fanatics,
On crazy jacobins and the difficulty of leading a federation-wide effort from little Freidau.
- Back Against the Waterwall,
Where all we're doing is thinking of moving again really.
- Out and About,
In which Papp travels to Piedmont and renounces nationalism.
- Uncomfortable Positions,
In which Papp arrives in France and is welcomed by the jacobins who will soon overthrow the Second Empire.
- Yellow Fervour,
Where on a dark and stormy night, Papp swears he will let no King be crowned over him. Or something.
- Shepherd of the Lost,
Wherein DeSanctis was right ?
- As the Dust Settles
The 1860 elections saw Papp run under the conservative ticket. His hopes for a coalition with the liberals were crushed by the collapse of Vertucci, and he had to accept the radical presidency, due in no small part to the Civil War that had devastated right-wing leadership while sparing left-wing elements. Yet, the A-DCP survived, albeit weakened.
- Party meeting speech,
On the A-DCP's longevity and Kraus' successful appeasement policy.
- First speech at the first meeting of the Laissez-Faire Society in Trieste,
On decentralized interventionnism, more appeasement and trade unions.
- Second speech at said meeting,
On what to do about Tunisian piracy.
- Interview for the Dalmatian Gazette,
On Vertucci's behaviour and Papp's vision for the Federation.
- Speech at an A-DCP rally,
On the fall of Vertucci, the meekness of Soukup-Valenta, his terrible economic policies and the Military Neutrality Act.
While Papp originally ran for conservative nomination in 1864, he quickly realised that his actions over the course of his 16 years of political career had earned him too many enemies for his presidential bid to be successful. Accepting the loss of influence of the euro-centric old guard, he threw his support behind Dunaren, third man of the primaries, in the hopes of containing the growing confederalism of the party.
- Excerpt from a speech in Llubjana, Carniola,
On the isolation caused by President Valenta.
- Excerpts from a speech by in Oradea, Romania,
On lazy Bohemian bureaucrats, education reform, cynical radicals and integration of partner states.
- Papp anounces he will drop out of the race and support Dunaren.