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Pekka Tulenheimo
Timeline: Great White South

Tulenheimo
Portrait of

President of Santiago
1966 – 1969

Predecessor: Benito Zapata
Successor: Jorje Rosadilla

Ambassador to Maudland
1962 – 1966

Counterpart: Svein Larsson

58th Antarctic Tuzelmann Award Laureate
-1968 –

Predecessor: Custodia de Merlo
Successor: Donald Goat
Born: 29th January, 1922
Flag of Santiago (Great White South) Esperanza, Santiago
Died: June 3rd, 1969
Flag of Santiago (Great White South) San Martín, Santiago
Spouse: Laura Tulenheimo
Political Party: Santiago Party
Profession: Diplomat

Pekka Tulenheimo was the 8th President of Santiago from 1962 until 1969. He was the first ethnic Finnish President; the first Protestant President; and the first President from the Santigao Party.

Biography

Early Life and Career

Tulenheimo was born in 1922 to Finnish immigrants in Esperanza, in the State of Bahía, where most Finnish-Santiaganos lived. In 1940 (allegedly to avoid Conscription into the Bellinsgauzenia War), he first attended the University of San Martín, where he learned Politics. In 1945, he began working as an aide and translator for Santiago's Finnish Ambassador, and worked his way up. In 1962, he became the Santiagano Ambassador to Maudland (though it was only a semi-Autonomous Norwegian territory at the time; most of Antarctica's nations still sent Ambassadors to Maudland), which was a fairly high-profile position due the close relationship between the two countries.

Presidency

In 1966, Tulenheimo left the Embassy, and announced his intentions to run for President for the Santiago Party. His bid was criticized by many, for two principal reasons: firstly, Tulenheimo was 44 years old at the time, which would make him the country's youngest President to date (though former Presidents Bodega and Juárez had not been much older when taking office); and secondly, the Santiago Party was accused of nominating him purely because he was Finnish and Lutheran, to prove that they were not purely pro-Hispanic and pro-Catholic.

Despite this, Tulenheimo was elected on a promise to 'crack down on Organized Crime', which had become a major problem for the country since the 1950s. He tried hard to keep this promise, and rerouted government spending to focus on the Police and the Judicial System. He also tripled the funding to Santiago's small "Departamento de Inteligencia Nacional" (Department of National Intelligence), the highest law-enforcement agency in the country (similar to the United States' FBI); and worked closely with its Director, Emmanuel Peláez towards the eradication of the crime syndicates.

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