|13th President of Zamastan|
|Assumed office |
January 23rd, 2019
|Preceded by||Zacharias Castovia|
|Zian District 3|
September 22nd, 2014 – January 23rd, 2019
|Born||June 2, 1984 (Age:34)|
Nanaimo, Zian, Zamastan
|Political party||Blue Conservative Party (Zamastan)|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)|
|Residence||Zian Presidential Mansion|
|Education||Zamastan Southwest Univeristy|
|Service/branch||Zamastanian Air Force|
|Years of service||2003-2014|
|Battles/wars||Second War in Vulkaria|
Anya Bishop is the 13th and current President of Zamastan, succeeding Zacharias Castovia following his resignation on January 23rd, 2019. She was elected in an emergency election, in which she won 53% of the vote and secured her position. She did not remove any members of the Presidential cabinet following the transfer of power. Before the presidency, she was a congresswoman from Zian's 3rd District, prior to which she served in the Zamastanian Armed Forces in the Zamastanian Air Force for 11 years, becoming the force's youngest ever female pilot.
Bishop is the second female President of Zamastan, the first being Elene Abotsford.
Early Life and Education
Anya Gianna Bishop was born in Nanaimo, Zian, Zamastan on June 2nd, 1984. Her parents were Timothy Anderson Bishop, a prominent lawyer in the Tofino-metro area, and Martha Perisha Bishop was one of Zamastan's most prominent criminologists. Being raised in a "law-and-order" family, Anya attended primary school in the Tofino school districts in campuses popular with policemen's and politician's children. In 1998, when Anya was 14, her mother was killed in one of Tofino's most crime-ridden neighborhoods while assisting police on an investigation. This event shook Timothy's professional career, and he descended into heavy drinking and eventually became destraught in his relationship with Anya. Anya left her home to attend Zamastan Southwest Univeristy, where she studied Criminal Justice and Political Science, as well as history and psychology.
She graduated in 2003, after only two years, and joined the air force. At this time, Zamastan was embroiled in the Second War in Vulkaria, and Anya became the Zamastanian Air Force's youngest pilot at the age of 19. She flew 34 recorded sorties and provided air cover for ground forces in the cities of Amstelveen and Barneveld. At one point, her plane took damage from a surface to air missile, and the glass covering of her jet was ripped apart in mid-air. She was able to land the plane and survive to complete another 8 sortie missions before the Zamastanian forces withdrew. She continued to serve in the air force until her father's passing in 2014, at which point she was honorably discharged.
Following her absence from the air force, Anya ran for congress in the 3rd District of Zian, which includes the city of Nanaimo. She won her office seat on Election Day, September 22nd, 2014, running primarily on criminal justice reform and improvements to the state of policing in her district. She won consecutive terms in 2016 and in 2018.
Foreign Relations Committee
President Cassious Castovia appointed Bishop to the Foreign Relations Committee in late 2014. In 2015, she was part of a special envoy to Laeral, where she was one of several Zamastanian diplomats to meet with President Nicholas Brennan. She was also one of the first Zamastanian politicians to visit United New England during a state visit in 2017.
Other Political Action
She was one of the few members of the Conservative Party who stood against President Castovia's decision to use military force against Gladysynthia during the Gladysynthia Crisis in October and November of 2018, but she became a vocal supporter of the signing of the Treaty of Mönusÿnthys 2018-9B, which she attended as part of Castovia's diplomatic envoy.
2019 Emergency Election
Following the Delavian Bribery Scandal and the resignation of President Zacharias Castovia, she noticed her opportunity and announced her candidacy in the emergency election. Bishop was facing off against many candidates, four prominent candidates being Maisey Mcvey of the Conservative Capitalist Party (CCP) and Cain Blackwater of the Green Liberal Party (GLP). Individual candidates running independent campaigns were billionaire and Mayor of Providence Lonnie Obotsman, and oil tycoon Jacob Gregotsman. Bishop won the election on January 23rd, 2019, receiving nearly 53% of the popular vote across the several dozen candidates who were running.
Anya Bishop assumed the presidency and became the second woman to hold the office since Elene Abotsford in 1972. One of her first acts as President was to attend a meeting in Mönusÿnthys with Premiere Seswitch LaFlaunce following the promise for a second summit a month earlier by President Castovia. The meeting attributed to the thawing of relations with Gladysynthia following the 2018 crisis.
January 31st saw her first week as President end with humiliation in the political spectrum, as her education increase proposal was shut down by members of her own party due to worries regarding hiked taxes for middle-class families who were already enrolled in public education. The complete and sudden reversal by the Conservatives on their incumbent president was marked by The Tofino Times as a "betraying failure not seen by a President in the nation in fifty years".
Bishop organised the 2019 Tofino Leaders Summit for February 22nd, 2019, which saw leaders from across the International Democratic Union visiting Tofino for a conference based around energy and economic policy. During the conference, she publicly supported the independence movement of the island of Aeluria, had the first discussion between a Zamastanian politician and a Kerlilian President (Joanna Greenwood), and also created a trade deal that spanned connections with businesses in Laeral and Libertas Omnium Maximus.
On March 15th, 2019, Bishop marked her first legislative victory in the Congressional Hall, passing her proposed 2.6% increase for the defense budget. The budget diverted money from the Gladysynthian border defense - which was undergoing the process of demilitarization anyways - and put it towards a new aircraft carrier to operate as Zamastan's third, alongside the ZMS Upham and the ZMS Redeemer.
On March 23rd, 2019, record flooding hit the district of Pahl, devastating communities and leaving over 7 million people displaced along nearly every moving body of water (rivers and streams). On the 24th, the human toll was calculated at over 102 dead, with more than 3,000 unaccounted for . This led to Bishop's first ever declaration of a national emergency, and she was hailed for her response and leadership during the crisis, but was criticized for her failure to visit the disaster zones in the hardest hit suburbs of Abagene and Emerald.
Many protests against her presidency and its economic policies occurred during the first months of her administration, specifically the "PoverTea" Protests, which often resulted in clashes between demonstrators and police.
Anya Bishop has been quoted as "having changed (my) views as I've experienced life and circumstances in my nation." She is a member of the BCP but is ranked as slightly left leaning, because of her social views regarding women's reproductive and gay rights. She, however, remains economically conservative enough in most aspects to stay well-liked among most conservative voters. She has described herself as a "social libertarian", "fiscally conservative", but being "progressively open for change dependent on how the world forms around me." Critics describe her as indecisive, and too open to shifting her views when pressure mounts or, as her former congressional aide quoted to the Tofino Times, "when something doesn't work immediately, she will conform to whatever works."
On social issues, Bishop has come out in favor of same-sex marriage and believes abortion should remain legalized, but only at the local levels and not past second-term in the trimester of a pregnancy. She is opposed to criminalizing people who use cannabis and has pledged to hold a referendum on whether or not to legalize cannabis in her first term as President. She has, however, vowed to crack down on drug use that specifically includes substances known to cause death or significant health problems.
She advocates a lower rate of immigration, suggesting a drop of around 20,000–30,000. Calling it an "infrastructure issue", she argues, "there hasn't been enough planning about population growth, we haven't necessarily targeted our skill shortages properly". However, she wants to increase the intake of refugees in the coming years.
Bishop is the second President to enter the Presidency without a spouse, though she has been confirmed to have been in a relationship. She is a member of the Church of Zian, but has been known to identify as agnostic. She owns a golden retriever named "Lorrie", which resides with her in the Zian Presidential Mansion and is immensely popular with guests to the residence.