Porfiri Bogolyubov

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Official State Portrait of Porfiri Bogolyubov.

Porfiri Illich Bogolyubov (Russian:Порфирий Ильи́ч Боголюбов) was born in Voronezh, Muscovy, Russia. While his mother wished to send him to be schooled in the Orthodox Church, Bogolyubov's father wished to send him to school in order to become a business manager and an engineer. While his father remained alive, Bogolyubov received training in management-track classes, but with his father's passing he was taken by his mother to the Seminaries of the Orthodox Church, where he was enrolled to become a priest from the age of 14 until his graduation.

Church Service

Bogolyubov began his service for the church as a junior priest serving in the backwater of Yakutsk, but was quickly seen as an asset with his charismatic personality, and was transferred from struggling congregation to struggling congregation, gaining popularity and increasing faithfulness of the Orthodox wherever he had served. He actively campaigned in his sermons on behalf of the SNOR, citing the threats from without that would undermine the Church and the Russian way of life.

Eventually Bogolyubov rose to prominence as the Metropolitan of Petrograd. As Spiridonov's failing health became more and more apparent Bogolyubov's campaign to be instated as Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church came to the attention of the military and industrial members of the White Council, and his bid to become leader of the Church and all of Russia were backed by the Military, and he was elevated upon Spiridonov's death.

Rule of Russia

Bogolyubov's open militarism served to gain the support of the military and narrowly allowed the Church to maintain its tenuous grasp on the reins of power. His elevation to the Patriarchy and Supreme Leadership was a compromise that the military and industrial leaders could agree to, and which would also give them time to groom, they hoped, a successor that was more appealing than the leadership of the backward looking church.

In the first years of his rule, Bogolyubov did a bang-up job of it. From the beginning, his policy had been inspired by religious convictions; he claimed God gave him advices directly about how to run the affairs of state. He fought corruption - successfully to some degree - and under the banner "Men are my children, all created equal" he introduced "equality in front of the law" and a certain amount of freedom of speech. Unlike his predecessors, who had always claimed czar Aleksei was still alive but "temporarily indisposed due to a cold", he immediately revealed that the czar had been dead since 1934, and announced that he would be looking out for a legitimate successor. He even contemplated the possibility of free elections, although it never came that far. Simultaneously, he tried to impose a strict religious and moral law reform: no fornication, no booze, etc. Since they are "morally superior", he started appointing clerics to key posts instead of civil servants and military.

A photo of Porfiri Bogolyubov, toward the end of his rule. He had shaved his mustache to distance himself from the memory of Vissarionov.

But the longer he ruled, the odder his behaviour became. He came to believe that he was an illegitimate son of Grigori Rasputin, and declared him a saint by decree in 1979; in 1980 he did the same to admiral Kolchak. Subsequently, he became convinced that he was a living saint himself, and had himself sanctified as well. He had millions of golden icons made of himself, and they could be found in every church. He forcefully converted entire non-Orthodox populations to Russian Orthodoxy, and under his rule, thousands of musea, libraries, sports halls etc. were turned into churches. Books of non-Russian authors were burned, cafés and restaurants were closed, and musical instruments were forbidden. He created a special police force with the sole purpose of checking the church-going habits of the population. The commands God gave him became stranger and stranger as well: in 1983 he had Russia's entire population of cows slaughtered, because he claimed God had told him: "Thou shalt not eat the flesh of the holy cow, nor shalt thou drink its milk". Bogolyubov had himself crowned czar in 1981.

The last straw was his crusade against all "heathen" nations, non-Orthodox Christian countries included. In 1980 Russia invaded the Moghul National Realm, and in December 1981 it nearly came to a war with the Republic of the Two Crowns. No matter how fanatical, most members of the White Council recognised the folly of all this. His maniacal antics culminated in the brief but deadly war between the CSDS and its Borneian ally in 1983, where Russia and the CSDS each detonated an atomic weapon in the Filipinas. When Marcos of Bornei-Filipinas was deposed, he tried to help the fledgling SNORist state of Tendaya, but with little success. This caused unrest within the SNORist military, as they considered Filipinas and Tendaya a "lost cause".

In January 1984, he suddenly vanished without a trace. His followers claimed they had seen him spreading his angel's wings and flying up to heaven. Only nine years later, he was found in a monastery near Novgorod, raving all kinds of religious nonsense and his memory completely erased. It was never proven that this man, who died shortly afterwards, was indeed Bogolyubov.

The truth is that Bogolyubov had been removed in a coup. The country was now near bankruptcy, the church had lost all the credibility it had ever had, and a popular uprising seemed at hand.

Preceded by:
Dmitri Spiridonov
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Supreme Leader of the Russian People
Succeeded by:
Vitali Zeleznev
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