Nathaniel B. Kratz

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Nathaniel Kenneth Barnes Kratz


In office
July 25, 2011 – January 20, 2017
Deputy Annalie Whitney Reed
Preceded by position created
Succeeded by Catherine Howebrucke

Executive Councillor for New Westshield
In office
July 25, 2011 – January 20, 2017
Preceded by Nathaniel B. Kratz
Succeeded by Catherine Howebrucke

Mayor of Polaris City
In office
January 3, 2011 – July 25, 2011
Preceded by Sancho Monte Captio
Succeeded by Olivia Barrett Price

Deputy Mayor of Polaris City
In office
July 17, 2004 – July 25, 2011
Preceded by Taylor Wick
Succeeded by Annalie Whitney Reed

Councillor for Polaris City's 11th municipal ward
In office
May 1, 2002 – July 17, 2004
Preceded by Flora De Guzman
Succeeded by Wilma Kubrick

Deputy Mayor of Snowville
In office
June 30, 1999 – May 1, 2002
Preceded by Joshua Sender
Succeeded by Sandra Mertery

Councillor for Snowville's 17th municipal ward
In office
February 29, 1984 – June 30, 1999
Preceded by Edmund Pendlebury
Succeeded by Lindsay Duncan Stratherd

Born April 2, 1962, Kapino Medical Centre at Snowville, Polar Islands, Water Kingdom
Died June 9, 2045, Southend General Hospital, Snowville, Harnsey, Polaris
Citizenship Polarian
Nationality Polarian
Political party Polaris Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Roberta Denise Kratz
Residence Southlane, Snowville, Snowville
Alma mater University of Snowville (B.Sc., M.A.), Hubleton University (Ph.D.),
Occupation former President of the Executive Administrative Council

Nathaniel Kenneth B. Kratz also known as Kenneth B. Kratz (born April 3, 1962 - June 9, 2045) is the 1st President of the Polarian Executive Administrative Council, the directorial head-of-state of the Federal Republic of Polaris, serving from July 25, 2011 to January 20, 2017.

During his tenure as President, Kratz had signed several bills pertaining to healthcare and housing, particularly the Federal Health Insurance Act, the National Public Housing Commission Act, and had also passed an economic stimulus of $335 billion, to decrease a slightly higher unemployment rate. Domestic policy achievements of the Kratz administration include the Marriage and Family Act, the National Agriculture Act, and the Consumer Goods and Protections Act of 2011. In foreign policy, Kratz had signed the AU Free Trade Agreement, and the Calada-Polaris Trade Accord in early 2012.

Kratz also led the nation through the tumultuous occupation of Polaris during the Frosian War, having assisted in the coordination of resistance efforts while the Polarian government was kept in exile in Puerto Elanor. The Kratz administration invested nearly $115 billion in clean-up, rebuilding and renewal efforts following the Occupation, maintaining popular support among the citizenry for his role.

Due to ongoing health complications, Kratz announced on February 2, 2016 that he would not be seeking re-election as Executive Councillor for New Westshield, and indicated that he would not seek the Polaris Democratic nomination for President that year. Kratz eventually endorsed his successor, Catherine Howebrucke for Executive Council and presidential nominee in July 2016.

While he recovered from some of his health complications by 2021, he was not eager to return to public life, but remained a staunch supporter of the Progressive Democrats. He was eventually appointed as a tenured professor in public policy and administration at the University of Snowville's Arwinter School of Public Policy.

Nathaniel B. Kratz is happily married to Roberta Denise Kratz, the former First Lady of the Federal Republic of Polaris.

Background[edit]

Early years (1961-1994)[edit]

Nathaniel B. Kratz was born on April 1st, 1961 in Snowville, Water Kingdom at Kapino Medical Center outside of the city. He was born to Andrew Matthew Kratz, a television-producer who worked at WSNO until 1999, and Pelliana "Penny" Hopp, a commercial baker. Nathaniel B. Kratz. Kratz's parents met at the University of Snowville, during their sophomore year. Kratz's parents were married on April 19,1960.

In 1969, Kratz moved to Zhou with his parents after his father was extended a position as a senior anchor on Zhou National Television's English-language television service. Kratz attended Garrison Bay International School while in Pecking. Kratz remarked that this time in Zhou was "pleasant, though slightly unnerving,", noting his experience as a foreign expatriate in Zhou. The Communist uprising in Zhou, compelled Kratz and his family to return to mainland Antarctica, citing concerns for their safety and the impending takeover of Zhou National Televisoon.

Kratz was then sent by his parents in late 1974 to live in Snowville, Water Kindgom with his maternal grandparents, Leo and Lisa Hopp, at his mother's childhood home in the city's eastern suburbs. His parents later joined him in 1975, following the expulsion of foreigners from Zhou that was instituted that year. Kratz attended Gallmeier High School, a public school, where he served as an editor of his school newspaper, and a member of the varsity golf team.

Kratz completed a B.Sc. in Economics & Mathematics at the University of Snowville in 1984, followed by an M.A. in Economics from the same institution in 1987, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy at Hubleston University at South Pole City in 1993. Kratz held several internship positions with the Colonial government as a result.

Municipal politics (1984-2011)[edit]

Snowville[edit]

Kratz was first elected to public office at the age of twenty-three through a municipal by-election, shortly after graduating college. At the time, Kratz was working at a regional office for the Department of Taxation & Revenue as a Benefits Officer, which he resigned from upon election to Snowville City Council. Representing Ward 17, Kratz initally won his seat with 36% of the vote, but was subsequently re-elected three times before his resignation in 2002. During his mandate, Kratz was responsible for introducing the Harbor Redevelopment Initiative and the Food Security Fund. Kratz served as Chair of the Public Works Committee from 1987 to 1995, and subsequently as Chair of the Tourism & Economic Development Committee from 1995 to 1999. Kratz was then appointed by then-Mayor Samuel Rudi as Deputy Mayor following Joshua Sender's resignation.

Polaris City[edit]

In 2003, Kratz took an enormous gamble to resign as Deputy Mayor of Snowville to pursue municipal politics in Polaris City. With a vacant nomination for the Polaris Democrats in Ward 23 (Snowy Point-West Alton), Kratz settled in Polaris to campaign, eventually winning the seat with 45% of the vote. Nathaniel Kratz later garnered much respect from his Polarian colleagues,during the Polaris Democratic Party convention at Crown Harbor Stadium on January 18, 2003, where he had given a moving keynote speech, was soon deemed to be a rising star within Polarian politics according to various media outlets. As a Councillor, Kratz served on the Parks & Recreation Committee and was Deputy Chair of the Tourism & Culture Committee. In 2004, his success translated to his appointment as Deputy Mayor of Polaris by Mayor Monte Captio as a result of Taylor Wick's resignation. During his tenure as Deputy Mayor, Kratz advocated to direct more funding towards arts and culture within the city, and undertook a bold plan to improve Polaris Metro service.

Following Mayor Monte Captio's resignation in early 2011, Kratz succeeded as Mayor of Polaris, holding the position largely as a caretaker until the Polaris mayoral by-elections in June 2011. Refusing to seek election, he was succeeded by Ward 9 Councillor Olivia Barrett Price as Mayor of Polaris.

As President (2011-2017)[edit]

Social policy[edit]

Under the Kratz administration, Polaris underwent a period of renewed social progress with the introduction of new legislation to advance equality and civil rights. One of the hallmark legacies of the Kratz era was the Polarian Declaration of Civil Rights and Freedoms that provided a constitutionally-enshrined document to protect the political, civil and equality rights of Polarians, which also augmented the role of the courts in intervening in instances of fundamental injustice committed by the government against its citizens. While its effects were palpable in a legal sense, impacting the nature of Polarian jurisprudence and legislation, it had a significant cultural impact as well, instilling a greater embrace of civil rights across Polarian society, emboldening many social movements to champion their causes through marches, rallies, and online campaigns.

The Kratz administration was also responsible for the passage of the Marriage and Family Act, 2012, that sought to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. While the locus of some feverish debate, especially among more traditional segments of Polarian society, the legislation would go on to be approved resoundingly by both houses of Congress, and approved by 89.6% of the electorate when put to a referendum. Many Polarians welcomed marriage equality with great fanfare. This effectively repealed Amendment VI to the Polaris SAD Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of Antarctica.

In addition, the Kratz administration pursued a variety of programs to reduce poverty and improve educational standards throughout Polaris, through the National Housing Act that expanded the number of social housing units and introduced the Rent Assistance Benefit, to help more Polarian families afford rent. Following the passage of this legislation, Polaris underwent a monumental construction boom, that saw the creation of new housing complexes and the subsequent reduction of homelessness.

Economic policy[edit]

Foreign policy[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Kratz is married to Roberta Denise Kratz, a modern art scholar and curator at the Hojko Institute for Contemporary Art in Snowville. During her tenure as First Lady, she worked as the Associate Director of Acquisitions, Contemporary Art at the Gateway Institute in Polaris City. The two met while Kratz was completing his Ph.D. in Public Policy at Hubleton University in South Pole City. The couple does not have any children, and currently lives in a nine-bedroom home in the upscale Southend neighbourhood in Snowville, Harnsey.

Kratz is an avid golfer, and has often completed tense trade negotiations through a round of golf. In high school, Kratz placed second in the Eastshield Secondary School Golf Championships.

Kratz has also taken an interest in visual art, in particular paintings, having accumulated a varied and highly sought-after collection as President, which is currently display at the Monte Captio Art Gallery in Polaris City. He is presently taking painting classes under the supervision of the Snowville Museum of Contemporary Art.