Demeter Ursalia (born in 214 UC) is an Isarnareyksk politician who is the current Haukmarscal of Isarnareykk. She has served this position since 255 UC, as well as from 247 to 251 UC; she was also Faurasitand from 251-255 UC.
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Demeter Ursalia was born on Kasr Kassck to her parents Ioakhym and Athena Ursalia; Ioakhym was descended from members of the Bureaucrats' (Magisteran) caste of the Fulkreyksk Authoritariat, and Athena was descended from the Enforcers' (Politzimenn) caste. Demeter also inherited a dependency on lekarcet-171, normally a trait of the Warriors' (Gadrochtan) caste, from Athena.
Ursalia studied computer security at Praethoris Khorr University, graduating in 230. She worked as an Internumssekuriheyd intelligence officer for 16 years with a focus on breaking into computer networks, rising to the rank of Gamma-Plus, before retiring in 247 to begin a political career under Svar Quesrinn.
With the fall of Fulkreykk, many of the former Authoritariat's technological properties were seized by oligarchic tech barons. Ursalia worked quickly to prevent one technology from facing the same fate: the production of lekarcet-171, which both Demeter Ursalia and her mother are dependent on to stay alive. Using military security codes which she claims to have overheard in a cafeteria, Ursalia seized the lekarcet factories and placed them under control of the new Isarnareyksk government.
Ursalia convinced then-Faurasitand Svar Quesrinn to appoint her to the office of Haukmarscal. When Quesrinn died of alcohol poisoning, Deputy Faurasitand Alaric Vytunn inherited the presidential office. Vytunn, however, was weak-willed, reluctant to lead, and uncommitted to anything in particular, making it easy for Ursalia to take all of the real power and reduce Vytunn to just her puppet. The two would alternate seats between Faurasitand and Haukmarscal every four years.
During her leadership, the Isarnareyksk economy grew continuously, with GDP measured by purchasing power increasing by 64%, real wages more than quadrupled, and unemployment and poverty were cut in half; this economic growth was a result of an increase in the price of high-technology, computer parts, and cloud computing power, the main exports of Isarnareykk, as well as Ursalia's policies assisting in the recovery from the post-Fulkreyksk depression and financial crises, in addition to encouraging foreign investment.
During Isarnareykk's military occupation of part of Theudareykk, Mechyrdian and other politicians of the galactic southern bloc denounced Ursalia, though this denunciation did nothing to halt or even slow Isarnareykk's economic growth.
Ursalia's leadership of Isarnareykk has seen erosion of democracy, widespread ballot-stuffing, and repression of political opponents, as well as the regressing of social progress, though her deregulation of the Federation's economy has seen support from the Mechyrdian right-wing liberal think tank known as the Midas Institute.