Conrad Tillman Jr.
Conrad Tillman Jr.
|12th President of Azania|
January 14, 1937 – January 14, 1949
|Vice President||Elie Paul|
|Preceded by||Sylvia Williams|
|Succeeded by||Elliot Johnson|
|10th Vice President of Azania|
January 14, 1931 – January 14, 1937
|Preceded by||Jean-Pierre Boyer|
|Succeeded by||Elie Paul|
|Member of the|
Azanian House of Representatives
from Harlem's Nth district
January 14, 1929 – January 14, 1931
Conrad Marion Tillman Jr.
December 20, 1902
TBD, TBD, Azania
May 8, 1979 (aged 76)|
TBD, TBD, Azania
|Resting place||Barclay Presidential Cathedral|
President of Azania
Conrad Marion Tillman Jr. (December 20, 1902 – May 8, 1979) was an Azanian politician and lawyer who served as the 12th president of Azania from 1937 to 1949. A member of the Republican Party, Tillman would serve as a major proponent of reform within his country, as well as become one of the leading political figures on the world stage in the first half 20th century. The youngest person to become the president of Azania after being elected to the office at the age of thirty-five, Tillman beat out the previous record-holder and his immediate predecessor, Sylvia Williams, who had been elected to the position at the age of thirty-seven. He remains the youngest Azanian to have held the highest-office in the land. Seeking to reform Azania's image from that of a racist and hypocritical nation that discriminated against native Africans in favor of members of the black diaspora, Tillman embarked upon a campaign of desegregation and empowerment of the various racial groups that made up Azania's multi-ethnic population. By the end of his administration, Azania would emerage as one of the most powerful and egalitarian states in the world, as well as being recognized as both the world's leading black nation and a member of the major powers in the world.
During his time as president, Tillman expected considerable effort to moderate the tone and platform of his Republican Party and refurbish its image in the public, a consequence of the party being been heavily-radicalized during the preceding Williams administration. Thought having been groomed for the role by Williams while serving as her vice president, Tillman broke with his mentor and the party as a whole over several domestic policies he deemed racist, xenophobic, and unconstitutional, and fought to bring the party back to its original grassroots message and platform. For his efforts, Tillman was marginalized by Williams, who sought to remove his from his position, only to be blocked by Congress on the grounds that her attempted to do so were unwarranted. Tillman would spend the rest of his term as vice president from that point with no public duties and excluded from all cabinet meetings in the administration. In spite of his fall from favor, Tillman successfully established himself as the leader of the moderate wing of the Republican Party throughout the Williams era of the 1930s, and was the leading voice of those within the government who wished to soften the tone of Williams' aggressive and authoritarian presidency.
Tillman would be propelled into the presidency following the refusal of the Republicans to nominate Williams for second-term, a direct result of Tillman's efforts to bolster the ranks of the moderate Republicans throughout the 1930s, as well as growing fatigue with the excesses of Williams' administration and hostility toward whites and foreigners. Though it had long been believed Tillman had been selected as a "safe" successor Williams could control following the end a potential second term and constitutional limit on a third, Tillman surprised critics in forging a path of his own separate and distinct from that of his predecessor's. He would approach the Kingdom of Sierra and the United Commonwealth with the intent of forging new and cordial relations which had been damaged under the previous administration, as well as expel members of the Nazi Party from Azania, having been welcomed into country to observe the anti-native policies that helped the black diaspora population establish dominance within the region. Racial laws were repelled, antisemitism prosecuted, and anti-miscegenation ordinances ruled unconstitutional thanks to pressure from the Tillman administration on the federal courts.