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Obed A. Wayland
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===Political Career=== Wayland began his life as a Whig, due to the upbringing of his Whig parents. When he was 19 he was conscripted into the New Cambrian Provincial Army, and served during the [[War of 1894]], early into the war he was gravely wounded and awarded the Republic Medal for Heroism after being shot in the thigh. His time witnessing the horrors of war led him into a decidedly anti-war stance, and while wounded and unable to serve in combat he took up writing, largely horror fiction inspired by his experiences in the war. He remained in hospital until the end of the war later in 1894. As a result of the New Cambrian Recession, which occured due to economic collapse after the war, Wayland reexamined his political views. Initially, he thought in the immediate postwar period that affluent people would take on the characteristics of his ideal aristocracy and solve New Cambria's problems. When this did not occur, he became a socialist and began to associate with the then fledgling New Cambrian Labour Party. Despite calling himself a socialist, Wayland opposed the Ostrovic marxism that was developing in Stasnov and Gorbatov, as he thought that a such a revolution would bring about the destruction of New Cambrian civilization. Wayland believed in an intellectual aristocracy which would unite New Cambria as an autonomous country, divorced from its past as the head of the United Provinces of East Antigonia. For his 1924 campaign, he aligned with the Federalists, due to their commitment to an independent New Cambria, as opposed to the revanchism of the Unionist party, which sought to reunite the southern provinces of Estheria by force. In his 1924 campaign, he advocated governmental control of resource distribution, fewer working hours and a higher wage, and unemployment insurance and old age pensions. He also expressed his belief in the necessity for an oligarchy of intellectuals. He believed that power must be restricted to those who are sufficiently intelligent and educated. Despite his ardent support of an intellectual oligarchy, this never truly was realised, as his "Grand Education Scheme" which was intended to produce a new generation of intellectuals was interrupted by the [[East Antigonian War]] and subsequent economic damage made the Education scheme unrealistic and was ultimately cancelled in 1928. Wayland remains a controversial figure to this day. His reforms were some of the most progressive policies in Atlas at the time, however many have criticised his foreign policy positions, including maintaining apartheid in Estheria and expressing support for Granzerian Vezér [[Istvan Huszar]], although supporters claim that many New Cambrians supported Huszar, and Wayland died before the Second Great War and before many of the atrocities committed by Granzery were uncovered.
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