Harry Turtledove Wiki

Unnamed Fictional Heads of State and Government

6,554pages on
this wiki

Redirected from Unnamed Fictional Heads of State and Government in In the Presence of Mine Enemies

This page lists all fictional heads of state and/or government who appear in the works of Harry Turtledove, but whose role is relegated to a few sentences, and whose names are never revealed. Most of these characters appear in works set in the future.

Curious NotionsEdit

The Emperor of Austria-HungaryEdit

Mentioned in passing; presumably in power as a consequence of his country's alliance with Germany. [1]

The Emperor of BrazilEdit

Mentioned in passing; presumably, the German Empire restored this monarchy.[2]

The Emperor of ChinaEdit

Mentioned as being the focal point of a plot to undo the German Empire and replace it with a Chinese one. [3]

The King of EnglandEdit

Mentioned in passing, it's unclear if he rules England or the United Kingdom.[4]

The Kaiser of the German EmpireEdit

In the late 21st Century, this unnamed Kaiser is the de facto ruler of the world.

The Sultan of the Ottoman EmpireEdit

Mentioned in passing; presumably still in power as a consequence of his country's alliance with Germany.[5]

The King of PortugalEdit

Mentioned in passing; presumably, the German Empire restored this monarchy.[6]


The King of West AlgarveEdit

An unnamed Algarvian nobleman agreed to serve as King of West Algarve, a position with limited real power; he was in fact a puppet of western Algarve's Unkerlanter conquerors. At least two Algarvian nobles, including Sabrino, had refused to take the office before Unkerlanter officials found a collaborator pliable enough to accept the crown on Unkerlanter terms.[7]

The Disunited States of AmericaEdit

The Prime Minister of CaliforniaEdit

Mentioned in passing. [8]

Ohio's LeaderEdit

Possibly a consul; despite a war between Ohio and Virginia, we never learn his or her name.

Prime Minister of IranEdit

In the home timeline, this person is the target of an assassination attempt.[9]

Shah of IranEdit

Mentioned in passing as ruling Iran of the home timeline.[10]

The GladiatorEdit

The General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Italian People's RepublicEdit

Mentioned several times throughout the novel.

In High PlacesEdit

The PopeEdit

Toward the end of the decades-long outbreak of the Black Plague which devastated northern Europe, an unnamed pope attempted to suppress the teachings of a heretic named Henri by having Henri killed. The day after Henri's death, the Pope himself was killed in a freak accident involving the structural collapse of a church in which he was praying.[11]

The King of FranceEdit

During the time that Henri was active, the King of France also considered him an enemy and cooperated with the above Pope in arranging for Henri's death. The next day the king shared the Pope's fate.

In the Presence of Mine EnemiesEdit

The Perón of ArgentinaEdit

In 2010, the Perón described Kurt Haldweim a model for all rulers aspiring to greatness. [12]

The King of BulgariaEdit

In 2010, the King of Bulgaria visits the Poglavnik of Croatia on an official state visit. Video footage of the two men embracing is shown on the Seven O'clock News. [13]

The Poglavnik of CroatiaEdit

See main article for information on his role in the story.

The Premier of FranceEdit

Joined with other critics of the 2011 Putsch "in principle".[14]

Duce of the Italian EmpireEdit

This unnamed person wielded the actual power in Italy.[15] He expressed his condolences upon the death of Kurt Haldweim, calling him a man of power and of peace. [16] He was initially supportive of Heinz Buckliger. [17]

Emperor of JapanEdit

The Emperor of Japan expresses sympathy for the German people upon the death of Kurt Haldweim,[18] as does the Emperor of Manchukuo.

Caudillo of SpainEdit

The Caudillo of Spain described Kurt Haldweim as a man of world-historical proportions.[19]

"Someone Is Stealing the Great Throne Rooms of the Galaxy"Edit

The Galactic Emperor and EmpressEdit

Mentioned in passing, with the implication that they are absolute monarchs. There is the further implication from the text that they are not as popular as they might like to be, but that it is not safe to express disapproval of their government.[20]

Southern VictoryEdit

The Emperor of Mexico during the Great WarEdit

The name of the emperor who ruled Mexico during the Great War is never given. It is known that Mexico was ruled by the Hapsburgs at the time.[21]

The Premier of QuebecEdit

No leader of the Republic of Quebec is ever identified by name. In The Center Cannot Hold, one unnamed Quebecois leader is briefly seen at the funeral of Theodore Roosevelt. It is from this scene that we know that the title of the highest official in the Quebecois government is Premier.[22]


The Prime Minister of IsraelEdit

The Prime Minister is a man. He delivers a speech promising an eye for an eye after Iran apparently launches a nuclear attack on Tel Aviv. This results in a nuclear counter-strike on Tehran and the Iranian holy city of Qom[23]

The President of the United StatesEdit

Aside from the fact that the President is a man and a Democrat in Eruption, he is not named or described.[24]

The Vice President of the United StatesEdit

An unnamed Vice President appears in All Fall Down as the commencement speaker at Marshall Ferguson's graduation. This person shares a few characteristics with current Vice President Joe Biden.[25]

"Trantor Falls"Edit

Gilmer's RivalEdit

No sooner has Gilmer returned from his negotiations with Yokim Sarns than he learns that a rival warlord is gathering a fleet of warships within ten parsecs of Trantor in preparation for an attack on the planet. While formal legal claims of sovereignty made by warlords such as Gilmer and his rival would certainly be dubious, the state of affairs in the inner galaxy at the time of the story does appear to suggest that such warlords are the highest political authorities in the region.[26]

The Two GeorgesEdit

The Tsar of RussiaEdit

The reigning Tsar of Russia is referenced throughout the novel, but never named. For much of the work, it appears Russia is the mastermind behind the theft of The Two Georges.

Videssos SeriesEdit

Maleinos II's PredecessorsEdit

It is mentioned a number of times by various characters that Rhavas's grandmother was Maleinos II's grandfather's sister and that the grandfather was an usurper the way Stylianos was. Neither the grandfather nor the Avtokrator he overthrew or his son who presumably was Maleinos II's immediate predecessor were named. While it is likely that either his father or grandfather were named Maleinos, it is possible he was named after a previous Avtokrator that one, the other, or both admired. Therefore, we have one, two or even three unnamed Avtokrators immediately preceding Maleinos II.

King(s) of Kings of MakuranEdit

Throughout the trilogy of books detailing the ascension and emperorship of Krispos, the King of Kings of Makuran has offstage involvement in various plot points. It is not known whether one King of Kings ruled Makuran throughout the period of time covered by the trilogy, or whether there were different kings at different points in the story. No names are ever provided in any of the relevant scenes. [27]


The President of PeruEdit

One of the leaders of the few remaining free countries at the time of the story, El Presidente presides over a rump state located around the Andes Mountains. United States President Harris Moffatt III spoke to El Presidente by phone on occasion.


Risson's predecessor as the Emperor of the RaceEdit

The Emperor who ruled the Race in the early 1920s, and who formally ordered Atvar to conquer Tosev 3, is mentioned in Homeward Bound, but not by name. It is said that he was more interested in form and ceremony than in the substance of policy, a marked difference from the incumbent at the time of the novel, the 37th Emperor Risson. This emperor is referred to as "His Majesty's predecessor" and is implied, though not explicitly stated, to have been Risson's immediate predecessor.[28] The Conquest Fleet celebrated this emperor's hatching day as a holiday during their war against Tosev 3. Due to the difference in the amounts of time it took Earth and Home to complete orbits of their respective suns, this holiday would occur twice in one Tosevite year, to the confusion of many human observers such as Liu Han and Nieh Ho-Ting.[29]


  1. Curious Notions, pg. 43.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid., pg. 185.
  4. Ibid., pg. 43.
  5. Ibid. pg. 43.
  6. Ibid.
  7. Out of the Darkness p 490
  8. The Disunited States of America, pg. 41.
  9. Ibid., pg. 278.
  10. Ibid.
  11. In High Places, pg. 15.
  12. In the Presence of Mine Enemies, pg. 73.
  13. Ibid. pg. 51.
  14. Ibid., pg. 422.
  15. Ibid., pg. 107.
  16. Ibid., pg. 51.
  17. Ibid., pg. 225.
  18. Ibid., pg. 72. This person could be the historical Akihito, but Turtledove does not provide enough information.
  19. Ibid. 71.
  20. Adams, John Joseph, editor. Federations. 2009: Prime Books. p 95.
  21. Walk in Hell p 304
  22. The Center Cannot Hold p 37
  23. Eruption, pg. 325-326.
  24. Ibid., e.g. pg. 54.
  25. All Fall Down, pgs. 12-14, HC.
  26. Greenberg, Martin ed. Foundation's Friends: Stories in Honor of Isaac Asimov. New York: Tor, 1989. p 91.
  27. Krispos Rising, Krispos of Videssos, Krispos the Emperor (throughout)
  28. Homeward Bound p 231 et al
  29. Upsetting the Balance pp 482, 488.

Around Wikia's network

Random Wiki