Eniara Pol

Considered to be an up and coming, progressive politician at the time of being elected to office on New Bajor, Eniara Pol oversaw the survival of the Gamma Quadrant colony during the Consortium conflict and successfully fought a new election to retain her seat as Governor in 2388. Since then, Eniara (who does not follow traditional Bajoran naming conventions) has helped re-establish the colony alongside those in Task Force 9 of the 4th Fleet. Most recently, however, Eniara was recalled to Bajor at the behest of the Kai and was urged to stand for office in the snap election called by First Minister Asarem Wadeen following the controversy surrounding the Breloc Tejar war crimes trial. Never one to reject the calling of the Prophets, or her Kai, Eniara reluctantly agreed to stand for office.

History

The daughter of Luma and Ishaan Pol, Eniara was born on Bajor in 2345 during the Cardassian Occupation of her homeworld. She grew up in the Kendra Valley Province where her family were farmers and did their best to survive without drawing too much attention to themselves. At the time, there were rumours that the Pol family were collaborating in order to survive, but the true reason for their survival would be revealed years later.

A simple life didn’t stop Eniara from dreaming big and when she was just fifteen, she shocked her parents by revealing that she wanted to be a leader of her people; no mean feat for a young girl living under the oppression of a foreign power. Unbeknown to her parents, Eniara had made friends with a local family, the Tal family and their youngest boy, Garen. Garen was nearly eighteen and a member of the Shakaar Resistance cell. When her parents found out, they were furious but she was determined to help the Resistance with or without their help. It was then that her parents revealed that the Cardassians had left them alone because they gave up vast amounts of their crops and livestock to their Cardassian overseers, but at the same time, they had been sneaking supplies to the Resistance. By providing for the Cardassians, the Pol family had been allowed to retain their land, thus allowing them to continue to supply the Resistance. For a short while, Eniara saw her parents as hypocrites, but she realised that they had made a choice to help the Resistance but wanted a better future for their daughter; she, however, was just as determined as them. Whilst her friend Garen became an active participant in resistance movements, bombings and even assassinations of Cardassian occupiers, Eniara would provide medical care, cook and look after the members of the Cell. She had become a beautiful, resourceful young woman and exceptionally bright. By the time she was 20 (in 2365) Eniara had helped plan several Resistance operations but always refused to take part. Directly killing people, even Cardassians, was not her way – but the same could not be said for her friend. Tal had switched allegiances from the Shakaar and had joined the Kohn-Ma Terrorist Group, opposed to all outside influence on Bajor. Their actions were extreme, but helped take some of the focus off of the Shakaar for a while.

When she was 22, both her parents were discovered transporting supplies to the Resistance and were sent to Gallitep, a forced labour camp run by a tyrant named Gul Darhe’el. It was there that her parents would die and she would never again see them alive.

In mid-2369 the Cardassians finally withdrew from Bajor after over fifty years of occupation and Eniara hoped she could finally be reunited with her family. She was to be sorely disappointed. Shortly after the withdrawal, Gul Darhe’el ordered the killing of all Bajorans in Gallitep, including her parents. When the camp was eventually liberated, the air was filled with the scent of devastation, destruction and death. Her parents bodies were found among a group of twenty prisoners who had all been shot in a mass killing. But, in a true act of defiance in the face of utter hatred, the pair had died, holding hands and very much in love. Whilst most reacted to the atrocities at Gallitep with fury, Eniara found herself able to take solace in the fact that her parents had died together, unlike so many others who had been separated from their loved ones.

Upon the conclusion of the Occupation, Eniara found herself a job, her first proper job, as an administrative aide to Minister Josa Helain of the Provisional Government. Under the tutelage of the Minister, Eniara learnt all she could about politics and the strife of her people in the current climate. By 2377, she was working with senior members of the Bajoran Government, including First Minister Asarem Wadeen. By the time of the next election in 2382, Eniara was working as the First Minister’s Chief of Staff and had been instrumental in her successful re-election campaign. Eniara was also by the First Minister’s side during the final stages of the negotiation process for Bajor’s admittance into the Federation.

As another new era dawned for her people, Eniara began a new journey of her own. She travelled to New Bajor in the Gamma Quadrant where she stood for election in their elections. Whilst she was unsuccessful in getting enough votes to assume any of the leadership roles in the government, she was made Secretary of Trade and Commerce by her predecessor, Governor Trialus Ren of Betazed. Upon the Governors death in late 2387, the Council of Mayors appointed an Acting Governor to see out the rest of Ren’s tenure in office until the scheduled election in 2388. Eniara, who had again worked closely with the Governor until his death, took the oath of office and ruled as Acting Governor.

Prior to the Consortium attack on the planet, the Government of New Bajor had been a tri-partisan system that was made up of three councils. The Executive Council had been made up of the Governor and each Commonwealth Supervisor. The Council of Mayors was made up of the mayors of each city serving as part of it in order to vote on legislative matters chaired by the Lieutenant Governor. The Council of Advisors was the third and final branch of the government serving as an advisory board for both councils if so requested. The Council of Advisors served at the pleasure of the Governor and were in charge of an Executive Agency or Department.

During her time in office, New Bajor was decimated by the Consortium uprising against Starfleet. But, to her great credit and with her reputation going from strength to strength, Eniara Pol guided the populace to survival with promises of hope and reform.

As New Bajor rose from the ashes of the old once again, Governor Eniara Pol announced the formation of a new government structured similarly to the Federation Council. Officials from five parties would stand for election to the new government as Delegates (or Junior Delegates if newly elected to a position) with the leader of the political party to hold the majority announced as Governor and leader of the ruling Quorum. Each settlement, whether a major city or a fledgling village, would elect a Delegate to government to ensure every citizens views were heard.

Elections for the new government took place in late 2388 and 179 Delegates were elected to office. The UFP Federalist Party. which Eniara Pol led into the election, won 79 seats and became the majority seat holder in the government. Governor Pol had won but her party had not won enough seats to command an overall majority. Eniara was faced with two prospects, neither of which she had wanted. Her first choice was to call a second election for later in the year, whilst her second option was to form a coalition government with another party to assist her. She opted not to plunge the planet into further turmoil with a second election and instead formed a coalition with the Populist People’s Party.

Governor Eniara Pol retained her position as leader of the Quorum and therefore, the government. She had shown herself to be a progressive leader in the Coalition talks, opting to join with Broitt Khora, leader of the Populist People’s Party. Khora was, as many noted, a Cardassian. Years of hatred and distrust had been put aside and he was appointed Lieutenant Governor. This agreement allowed the Governor the chance to seek the reform she had wanted for the planet, but the Prophet’s seemed to have another path for Governor to take.

Back on Bajor, a crisis was developing. First Minister Asarem Wadeen, who had won her third and final term in office in Bajor’s 2388 elections, was facing rebellion from her Ministers over her handling of the Breloc Tejar war crimes trial. Breloc, a Cardassian suspected of many crimes against the Bajoran people, had been apprehended in Federation space. Whilst many had wanted his trial to take place on Bajor, the Federation Council had ruled that it take place on a more neutral world, Trill. The First Minister had agreed with the ruling of the Council and had refused to debate it further. Asarem even had the backing of the Kai, the religious leader of Bajor, but uncharacteristically for their people, the populace were in uproar, with many calling for new leadership and some even seeking a way to withdraw the planets membership to the Federation. Asarem was old and had been First Minister for more than ten years by this point. Riots had broken out across Bajor and were only halted when, at the suggestion of the Kai, Asarem announced her resignation as First Minister and called a new election. Parties from across Bajor rushed to field candidates in the new election, hoping to bring about change that many desired. Considered to be a far more progressive politician than most, not to mention younger than most candidates who were expected to stand for the role of First Minister, Eniara was recalled to Bajor at the behest of Kai Lishan and was urged to stand for the highest political office on Bajor. The Kai, along with many in the influential Vedek Assembly and many of the ruling Federalist party’s ministers, saw Eniara as the only person who could bring stability to the planet whilst maintaining the path that Asarem had set them on over ten years ago, a path that they all agreed was the right one. She was also seen to have the strength of character and resolve necessary to push for what she felt was right and stop at nothing to achieve it. Never one to reject the calling of the Prophets, or her Kai, Eniara agreed to stand for election as First Minister.