President of St. Thomas
Robert Dark was appointed President of the nation of St. Thomas by that nation’s Department of Executive Affairs. He took office on December 23, 5626. Dark was the head of the Militants party and an outspoken critic of the former Defensist administration of Andrew Collins. The Militants favor a more forward-acting foreign policy and alliance more toward Foster while the Defensists wish to maintain defense of Jeferson and ally more with Eagle.
After years of scathing political attacks between Collins and Dark, the two had just reached a rapport of sorts when Collins was assassinated in 5620. Dark was thoroughly investigated and was prevented from seeking his own appointment for six years until it was decisively proven that Collins was assassinated by factions within his own party that had intentionally framed Dark. The Defensists were pushed out of power and all opposition to the Militants has disappeared.
Upon taking office, Dark announced that he intended to take delivery of a million ton Juggernaut warship from The Consortium. This had been a heavily debated issue for the last few years as the cost of that vessel exceeds an entire year’s naval budget, but the measure passed without opposition.