João Rebelo

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João Rebelo (799 UC (1 NIC / 490 IC / 3599 CE))
Gender: Male
Affiliation: Free Planets Alliance
Occupation: Supreme Council Chairman (former
Secretary of the Treasury (former)
Status: Deceased (murder)
Died: 800 UC (2 NIC / 491 IC / 3600 CE)
Played by: Kayumi Iemasa (deceased)

João Rebelo (Japanese: ジョアン・レベロ) was an Alliance politician who served as finance secretary and its final Chairman of the Supreme Council, succeeding Job Trunicht after the defeat of the Alliance in Operation Ragnarok. Unlike most of his peers, he had a reputation for being an honest and reasonable man for much of his career. However, when he took on the office of head of state in 799 UC (1 NIC / 490 IC / 3599 CE) as the leader of the pro-Imperial administration, the people's view of him changed. The final blow to his reputation and power was his attempt to have Fleet Admiral Yang Wen-li executed, which ended up causing a series of events that led to an intervention by the Empire and the annexation of the Alliance.

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Early political career

João Rebelo served as the Secretary of the Treasury in the Free Planets Alliance High Council under Royal Sanford's administration. After the Alliance capture of Iserlohn Fortress, he opposed further continuation or escalation of the war and wanted to negotiate a peace treaty with the Galactic Empire on terms favorable to the Alliance. He also opposed Royal Sanford's suggestion to expand the fiat money supply in order to fund the war due to the risk of triggering hyperinflation.

Although most of the Sanford Administration was voted out of office due to the disastrous invasion of the Galactic Empire, Rebelo was able to maintain his career in public office, thanks in no small part to his having voted against the invasion.

After the Alliance Civil War was resolved, Rebelo returned to government duty, this time serving as Secretary of the Treasury under the administration of Job Trunicht.

Rebelo was also one of the few political allies (and a friend) of Yang Wen-li within the government. They frequently discussed politics whenever Yang visited Heinnesen.

On occupied Heinessen

After the Free Planets Alliance was defeated in the first Alliance–Imperial War and the subsequent Treaty of Ba‘alat was signed, João Rebelo decided to take on the challenge of being the Chairman of the High Council. From the onset it was apparent to many of those closest to Rebelo that his strategy of preserving the Free Planets Alliance at any and all costs would lead to his downfall, as well as his nation's.

Breakdown

After the Treaty of Ba‘alat was signed, Fleet Admiral Yang, along with his subordinates that were not in hiding, were placed under non-stop surveillance by the newly appointed Imperial High Commissioner, High Admiral Helmut Lennenkampf. Lennenkampf was convinced that Yang Wen-li was secretly plotting to defy the Treaty of Ba‘alat's terms and remove the Free Planets Alliance from the yoke of Imperial control. Upon conferring with Chairman Rebelo about Yang and his possible involvement in certain issues, notably the supposed death of High Admiral Willibald Joachim von Merkatz and the suspicious raids on Alliance battleships and carriers that were set to be decommissioned, Lennekampf "suggested" that the Alliance detain and question Yang to prevent whatever he was planning. Rebelo had little room to manoeuvre and in an attempt to show the Imperials that the Alliance was still in control of its own affairs he ordered the arrest of its greatest hero, with the intent to sacrifice his life to appease the Empire for his apparent violation of the treaty.

The events of 17 July 799 UC (1 NIC / 490 IC / 3599 CE), and the following week would prove to be some of the most critical in the history of the Alliance, and would set the government on a certain path to Imperial intervention and internal collapse. Merkatz, in command of the hidden elements of the Yang Fleet, raided and captured numerous battleships and carriers destined to be decommissioned under the Treaty of Ba‘alat. Just after the raid Yang was imprisoned by the Alliance government and in response, the Rosen Ritter kidnapped Chairman Rebelo and forcefully freed Yang before capturing Commissioner Lennenkampf five days later to hold as a hostage during their eventual escape from Heinessen. Lennenkampf and Rebelo were briefly put in each others' presence, pushing Lennenkampf to commit suicide out of shame for his total failure. Rebelo too was taken aback at the sight of Lennenkampf, as his number one goal was to keep the Imperials out of internal Alliance affairs and the top ranking Imperial was now in the hands of rebels he could not subdue. Yang and his party left to join Merkatz soon after.

Once the events surrounding Yang's imprisonment and the subsequent rebellion and departure had concluded and Imperial intervention was all but assured, Rebelo became more erratic and delirious. Upon hearing Kaiser Reinhard's declaration that the Alliance had violated the Treaty of Ba‘alat with acts of conspiracy, piracy, terrorism, kidnapping, and murder, Rebelo broke mentally as so many close to him had foreseen. Forced to make unbearable decisions to preserve his nation, even if only in name, his short time as the head of a broken and corrupt system took its irreparable toll. Barely speaking as he gave out his orders, he began ranting of past wrongs and how Yang and others like him weren't willing to sacrifice for democracy and were forming a military clique, and that he was left alone to bear the burden. Bordering on insanity for his remaining days in office, he was surprisingly like his former self, well-spoken and resolute, when the chief officers of the planet-side military stormed in his office and executed him in the hopes of appeasing the Kaiser.

Legacy

Ultimately João Rebelo was a well meaning and honest but ineffectual politician in the rampant corruption of the waning years of the Free Planets Alliance. He lacked enough influence and power to be more than a token voice of opposition to the poor decisions of the Sanford Administration and subsequent Trunicht Administration. With Alliance society exhausted from the long war, and tense suspicion between the civilian government and the military, João Rebelo had few options open to him when he finally became Supreme Chairman. In his desire to preserve the Alliance at all costs, even if only in name, he was willing to sell out and sacrifice the same people that had helped defend the Alliance in the past. His actions to do so would ironically precipitate the final demise of the Alliance and his own death.

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Memorable quotes

"Until Rudolph von Goldenbaum got his hands on power, even if he was rather self-righteous, perhaps he was no more than a reformer burning with ideals and conviction. That changed completely once he had authority. He travelled the road from simple self-affirmation to self-deification." (LOGH: 'War Without Weapons')

Background information

The name João is a common Portuguese given name which is equivalent to the Spanish Juan or English John; accordingly, it has a similar pronunciation (approximately zhu-WOWN). This is the source of the mistranslation Joanne. Rebelo is also of Portuguese origin (both names are common in Brazil as well.)

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