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Pavel Pištora
Pištora at age 60 (1863)
Born August 3, 1803
Prague, Bohemia
Title Deputy for Bohemia 1857-Present

Ambassador to France 1861

Minister President of Bohemia 1864-Present

Political party Radical Union of the Federation
Religion Hussite Church
Spouse Sophia Pištora
Children Jana Pištora, Anna Pištora, Bedřich Pištora (nephew)
Notable works Neither White Nor Black, Under God, Allah, and Yahweh
Pavel Pištora is a Czech Deputy and Radical in the Interactive AAR A Federation of Equals.



Raised by a simple middle-class working family in the outskirts of Prague, Pavel was a rather simple, humble man best described as a bleeding heart liberal and unfaltering Radical. A patriotic Czech, with Italian routes far down the line, he opposed the Hapsburg monarchy, but upon the birth of the Federation he quickly came to strongly support it and its ideals. For many years he was a simple lawyer in the Prague as well as a 


political activist. He would often walk the streets talking with everyone, rich or poor, Christian or Jew. Thus he had gained a large amount of popularity with the people.

Deputy Pištora 

After having been elected Pištora vowed to be cooperative with all sides of the political spectrum. The time he arrived in Congress was a dire one for the Federation, it was in early 1857 during the Civil War against

Alexander Kremvera 's Monarchists. He was stood strongly opposed to the Monarchists, but would be a background figure during the war. Upon the war's end he would see his first major political experience as he firmly debated against calls to forcibly purge the Hungarian people from the Federation in retribution for Hungarian involvement in the Civil War and several revolts. Around the same time Pištora proposed his first bill, a bill creating an outline for committees to be put in place in the event of a national emergency or crisis. This bill would not would not succeed, being voted down by a large majority of Congress. From the start of his Congressional Career he became firmly loyal to the Radical Union, the leading leftist party founded by fellow Czech Petr Šik. When the election of 1860 began he quickly offered his aid to then candidate Gabriel Soukup-Valenta. During the election season he would give campaign speeches for Valenta in Budapest and Zagreb and thus was elated to hear of Valenta's victory. Upon the announcement of Valenta's Cabinet and Diplomatic Corps Pištora was given the post of Ambassador to France. His time in France would be cut short quickly as disagreements between the Danube and France ended their popular alliance leading Pavel to resign from his post and return to Federal Politics. Upon returning he would quickly become affiliated with the rising political group, the Progressive Society. Upon a major meeting of the Society Pištora would give a major speech highlighting a his belief and hope that all humans would be viewed as equal as well as calling on the Federation to aide the people of Africa and the Middle East and ally with them rather than to colonize them and essentially become their enemies. The Speech was titled  "Neither White nor Black, Under God, Allah, and Yahweh" would quote the July 4th Speech of Frederick Douglas as well as the Bible, his title being rooted in a quote from Galatians. His view although still a rare one at the time was a leading voice against racial injustice and colonialism. The speech would have little chance to have effect as at the same moment Monarchist Revolts raged in Crete and the Danubian Revolutionary Brigades rose in arms against the government. The revolts had occurred as a result to the failure of a referendum abolishing monarchies that had large public support, but was not upheld by Congress.

Edward Bellamy - photograph c.1889

Bedřich Pištora, nephew of Pavel Pištora shortly after his first time in Congress.

Upon the news of the DRB Revolution Pištora rushed home to Prague to urge the people to oppose revolt. Walking home after a rather successful speech on the matter he would be shot by an independently acting Sudetan German who was strongly opposed to his views given at his Progressive Society Speech. The bullet impacted in Pištora's chest, but was not fatal. He would remain in recovery for the remainder of the DRB Revolution, with his nephew Bedřich serving in his stead. Upon on an early recovery and return to Congress, the DRB leader Lukas Schmidt was sentenced to death by the Federation's courts. Upon this note, Pištora took this time to announce a bill abolishing the death penalty in the nations courts. As the primaries for the 1864 election were announced Pištora declared himself a candidate for Minister-President of Bohemia, his opposition being fellow Deputy Bohumir Cizek. Upon giving his first campaign speech, Cizek suffered a tragic and fatal heart attack thus making Pištora the only major candidate for the Minister-President. Upon the announcement of the end of the elections and President Valenta's re-election, the first in Danubian history, Pištora was officially inaugurated as MP. 



Pištora giving one of his many victory speeches after being elected

Upon being elected Pavel Pištora's first action was the proposal for a new flag for the Bohemian state. It was arranged with a wedge on the left hand side and with the rest divided into horizontal halves. The wedge was blue to represent national brotherhood and the Vltava River. The upper half was red representing the state's Radical nature and the old Bohemian flag. The lower half was green to represent the hills of the Sudetenland, forests of Bohemia, and fields of Moravia. This flag would gain overall support from the legislature, but had strong concerns on its lack of aesthetics. Thus a new flag, featuring Pan-Slavic colors and a new Coat of Arms was proposed instead. Not long after proposing the first flag, he announced his cabinet as MP. The two most notable members being fellow Federal Politicians Radek Dvořák as Minister of Finance and Edvard Masarzk, Sr as Minister of State Affairs. Later on as debates began on whether or not to educate the native population of Tunisia, Pištora came out with a new Bill the "Squanto Initiative" aimed at aiding and teaching the people's of Africa to make a more friendly and cooperative ally out of the African people 


The original proposed flag

rather than make them resent the Danube. The bill saw strong opposition initially from Conservative politicians with no reaction from the left. Not long after the Bill was released, the Federation was thrown into war. Issues with the Egyptians over the Suez Canal lit the fuse for a massive battle for supremacy in the Middle East, on one side the Danubian Federation, on the other Egypt, the Ottoman Empire, and the British Empire. Thus, Pištora decided not to pursue support for his bill until the end of the conflict. Upon the start of the war, Edvard Masaryk Sr., noted his strong concern on the topic of Prussia, believing that now was the best time to strike and eliminate the threat. Despite opposition from Pištora and the Federal Ministry of War,
Alternate Czech Flag 2 by rubberduck3y6

The Second Flag

Pištora did realize there were viable concerns that Prussia would act in violence against the Federation and therefore issued orders to the State Militia to take strictly defensive positions in the Erzebirge or Ore Mountains along the Bohemian-Prussian Border.


Pištora has proposed three bills:

Emergency Committee Act (Established Procedure for Committees in the event of a national crisis). The vote for this bill failed.

Bill on the Establishment of the Expeditionary Corps (Established a Special Branch of Military for fighting in foreign climates). It was put into action by the military.

Bill on the Choice on the Death Penalty (Offers those sentenced to death to take life/life house imprisonment). To be voted on.

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