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President of the Earth Alliance

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[[image:EAP_wiki.png|thumb|Seal of the President of the Earth Alliance]]
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The '''President of the Earth Alliance''' serves as the head of state, chief ambassador, commander-in-chief of Earth's military forces and head of [[Earthgov]]'s [[Earthgov#Executive Branch|executive branch]]. Elected by popular vote every 5 years, the new President takes office in February of the 3rd and 8th year of each decade.
In the event that the President is incapacitated or killed, the Vice President takes over and is sworn in for the remainder of the current term, after which the former Vice President must stand for re-election.<ref>[[Revelations]]</ref>
This took place not once, but twice in the [[2258]] - [[2262]] term when President [[Luis Santiago]], who beat challenger [[Marie Crane]] in the 2258 election, was killed when [[Earthforce One]] exploded near [[Io]] shortly after New Years [[2259]]. After Santiago's death, Vice President [[William Morgan Clark]] was sworn in and served until November 2nd, [[2261]] at which point he committed suicide rather than face trial and impeachment for arranging Santiago's assassination and the ordering of numerous war crimes. [[Susanna Luchenko]] of the [[Russian Consortium]] was then elected by the Senate to serve out the remainder of the term of Presidents Santiago and Clark until she was re-elected by popular vote in February [[2262]].
During President Clark's regime, sweeping changes were instituted across the Earth Alliance government, including increasing the judicial powers of the [[Psi Corps]] and the creation of several new organizations that shifted the balance of power dramatically in his favor, causing the Alliance to gradually slide into a totalitarian dictatorship. Among the new institutions were the [[Ministry of Peace]] and it's infamous [[Nightwatch]] Division (a volunteer paramilitary organization which became the secret police of Clark's New Order), the [[Ministry of Truth]] and the [[Ministry of Information]], which eventually became Clark's propaganda arm, fronted by [[ISN]], which had been forcibly put under government control shortly after [[Proxima III]] and [[Orion VII]]'s declarations of independence.<ref>[[Severed Dreams]]</ref><ref>[[Point of No Return]]</ref><ref>[[The Illusion of Truth]]</ref><ref>[[No Surrender, No Retreat]]</ref> This was the culmination of a string of events that began with an [[Skirmish on Ganymede|incident]] which involved John Sheridan and an [[Shadow Vessel|alien ship]] at [[Ganymede]].
Following Clark's suicide at the close of the [[Earth Alliance Civil War]], many of his changes were reversed, though some of the involved parties managed to remain in government.<ref>[[Rising Star]]</ref><ref>[[Appearances and Other Deceits]]</ref>
==Notable EA Presidents==
{| class="wikitable" border="0" align="left" style="width:100%;background-color: white"
|- align="center" style="background-color:#222;color:white;text-align:center;"
! '''President'''
! '''Entered Office'''
! '''Left Office'''
|- align="center" style="background-color:#474646;text-align:center;"
| [[image:Elizabeth Robinson.png|'''Elizabeth Robinson'''|link=Elizabeth Robinson|x125px]]<br />'''[[Elizabeth Robinson]]'''
| ''Uncertain'' <small>([[22nd Century#2148|2148]] at the latest)</small>
| February 9, [[22nd Century#2163|2163]]<ref>[[Dark Genesis - The Birth of the Psi Corps]] - Robinson was President in both '48 and '56 so must have been re-elected in '53. She stated in '61 that this was her "last term".</ref>
|- align="center" style="background-color:#4c4b4b;text-align:center;"
| [[image:Bethlevy.jpg|'''Elizabeth Levy'''|link=Elizabeth Levy|x125px]]<br />'''[[Elizabeth Levy]]'''
| ''Uncertain'' <small>([[2243]] at the latest)</small><ref>[[Across Time and Space: The Chronologies of Babylon 5]] - Cites: Conjecture from [[In the Beginning]] and [[Midnight on the Firing Line]]</ref>
| February 9, [[2253]]
|- align="center" style="background-color:#474646;text-align:center;"
| [[image:Luis Santiago.png|'''Luis Santiago'''|link=Luis Santiago|x125px]]<br />'''[[Luis Santiago]]'''†
| February 9, [[2253]]
| January 1, [[2259]]
|- align="center" style="background-color:#4c4b4b;text-align:center;"
| [[image:Morgan Clark.jpg|'''William Morgan Clark'''|link=Morgan Clark|x125px]]<br />'''[[William Morgan Clark]]'''†
| January 1, [[2259]]
| November 2, [[2261]]
|- align="center" style="background-color:#474646;text-align:center;"
| [[image:Luchenko.jpg|'''Susanna Luchenko'''|link=Susanna Luchenko|x125px]]<br />'''[[Susanna Luchenko]]'''
| November 2, [[2261]]<ref>[[Rising Star]]</ref>
| ''Incumbent'' <small>(as of [[2267]])</small><ref>[[War Zone]]</ref>
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==See Also==
* [[List of Titles and Military Ranks]]
[[Category:Titles Ranks & Honorifics]]
[[Category:Earth Alliance]]
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