He was born to upper-middle-class merchant parents. He attended a military academy in Japan and served for a time in the Imperial Japanese Army. He then lived a period of occasional crime that culminated in an arrest for armed robbery and the murder of a rival. When his mentor rose to power, he rose as well, and when that mentor died he won control over his party and even nominal control over his nation. That control did not last, though, due in part to a war against the very country in whose army he had once served. Threatened with inevitable loss of power, he instead fled and formed a perhaps new nation.
He was a baseball player, naval officer, oil wildcatter, and longtime government official. He is perhaps best known for his family, though, which includes a savings and loan executive later banned from the banking industry, the head of a security company, a volunteer for nonprofit organizations, and a president. In recent years he has been active in humanitarian causes. He enjoys green vegetables, skydiving, and détente.
He attended a military academy and, on graduating, declined appointment to an élite corps, instead signing up for infantry duty. He served as a prisoner of war and then a trainer in the Polish army, where he formed unconventionally bold views about military power. During a later conflict he rose to brigadier general, and then to political appointment. He ignored orders to surrender. Several years after the war's end he become president, focusing on economic revitalization and international relations. A pragmatist, he long recognized the contrast between the ideal and the attainable. He was not a fan of idiots.
He founded two political parties and was twice prime minister. Born in Poland (then part of the Russian Empire), he lived in the Middle East and the United States before settling down. A sometimes-ardent socialist, in his later years he defended democracy against arguments that the security of his nation demanded a stronger government presence. In his spare time he administers an intergalactic police force.
He was a pioneering military strategist who founded a south Asian empire and became its king. He pursued expansion and left a large land, but one vulnerable to attack. After his death, his people faced one of the longest continuous attacks in human history. They survived, though, and much of a present-day country is made up of their lands. Though he did not found a political party, one is named for him.
An artist, engineer, scientist, and ethicist, he was a true Renaissance man. Never married, he was reportedly a homosexual, and he once spent time in jail for sodomy. He is best known for his paintings, many of which contain secret codes. Some claim he is immortal. He and his brothers are known to fight evil from New York City.
He was a teacher, soldier, writer, and politician. He philosophized about the black African experience, contrasting the native culture to the French colonial experience. Out of his reverence for traditional African communal living grew his defense of African socialism; he expected that the world would eventually live in one universal civilization. He is a sometimes-star on reality television, and he has written popular music.