Mitsotakis in 1861
|Born||August 28, 1838|
|Title||President of and Councillor for Crete, Heir of the Mitsotakis Family|
|Political party||All-Danubian Conservative Party|
Vasilios Mitsotakis is the Greek President and Councillor of Crete in the Interactive AAR A Federation of Equals.
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Childhood and Pre-Councillor
Vasilios was born to the Mitsotakis family, an aristocratic family of Crete. While he was born in the family house in Heraklion, he was raised on his family's estate outside of Zakros. When Vasilios was young he was taught by a variety of teachers, but developed a deep relationship with his economics teacher Alexios Manatos, born 1830. It was Alexios who taught Vasilios about democracy, even though he had studied it in his history lessons. Many historians have speculated what Vasilios' exact relationship with Alexios was, but that has done little to Vasilios' reputation.
When Vasilios was 17 he published an essay, titled Criticism of Market Structure, that was widely popular in Crete and some parts of Croatia, Austria, and Italy. In it Vasilios argued about the dangers of Laissez-Faire economics and advocated for Interventionism. He served in the Cretan militia in the last days of Duke Tiepolo-Karykes' reign and afterwards under Gomułka's governship and presidency. He commanded militia forces during the blockade, but did not see any action against Loyalist troops. He supported the Royalist cause and was deeply saddened upon the death of Alexander Kremvera. In 1860 Vasilios sought the position of Councillor of Crete and was elected to it.
Vasilios arrived in Congress when the debate on monarchies was underway. Vasilios joined the All-Danubian Conservative Party and proposed a bill, the Referendum Requirements Act, in order to regulate how referenda regarding state government would be formed. Vasilios joined the debate on monarchies, taking a strong confederalist policy that would define his politics. Vasilios also opposed the Referendum on Monarchies. Saying that the Referendum would cause violence throughout the Federation in places like Crete, Silesia, and Slovakia. In the end Vasilios was proven correct by the Metaxas Revolt and the DRB Revolution. In 1861 Vasilios and Aetios Spiros wrote the Cretan Constitution. Later during 1861 Vasilios became the first native President of Crete. It was in 1862 when the Referendum on Monarchies occurred and showed the result of an abolition of monarchies that many monarchists rose up in Crete, taking Heraklion after mass defections from the Cretan militia. The monarchist rebels installed Feoras Metaxas as Duke of Candia. Vasilios assisted the Federal Army of the Danube in retaking Heraklion. He advised mercy to the courts regarding the leaders of the Revolt, excluding Metaxas. Vasilios fought for against the upholding of the Referendum on Monarchies, earning him the hatred of all radical republicans. After the rising of the DRB and announcement of the surrender of the rebel, Andrei Popa, Vasilios challenged him to a duel. In the gardens of Budapest, Vasilios wounded Popa in the leg, ensuring that he would never walk again. Vasilios earned a flesh wound and a healthy enjoyment of dueling.
He proposed the first bill that passed both Houses of Congress, but was blocked by a select committee, the Select Committee of Political Reform in specific.
In 1863 Vasilios announced that he would be running in the primaries for the All-Danubian Conservative Party. He ran in the primaries against Janos Papp and Gavril Dunaren. During the primaries, Vasilios was predicted to win, but Papp withdrew and threw his support behind Dunaren. Seeing the division in his party and the certainty of defeat in the general election, Vasilios did likewise.