|Maxwell Christopher Douglas|
|10th Mayor of Adustelan|
|July 26, 1951 - February 18, 1955|
|Vice mayor||Joe "Spats" Canton (1951-1954)
Alois Dexonharzleman (1954-1955)
|Preceded by||William Huxley|
|Succeeded by||Alois Dexonharzleman|
|Born||Maxwell Christopher Douglas |
September 11, 1913
|Died||February 18, 1955 (aged 41) |
|Education||West Lakes Central High School (GED)|
Maxwell Christopher Douglas (11 September 1913 - 18 February 1955) was a Carrawayan politician who served as the 10th mayor of Adustelan between 1951 and his death.
A highly divisive figure during his time, he is now today considered one of the worst political figures in the history of Carraway Island.
Political history (fictional)
Douglas ran for Mayor of Adustelan unopposed in the 1951 Adustelan mayoral election with no prior experience in an elected office. He was sworn in on July 26, 1951.
His campaign ran largely on the promise of keeping Carraway Island independent economically, an ideal that would later spawn the 1976 Carrawayan Corporate Enterprise Embargo. He was also an advocate for modernizing infrastructure, and got initial legislation passed in 1953 to begin the development of the Carraway Island Intercounty Limited Access Highway System, which would open its first freeways in 1967. He also had large stakes in the Alpha del Fuego contracting company, a fact that led to a large amount of controversy regarding conflicts of interest. Alpha del Fuego was involved in the building of Bruckheimer Plaza, a large public plaza in Regency Hollow, an accomplishment that Douglas took immense credit for, as he expedited changes in regulations in order to have the project go through.
After the Soviet Union offered Carraway Island an alliance in 1954, during the Cold War, Douglas advocated for accepting the invitation and argued to the Federal Government of Carraway Island about establishing a military alliance. Carraway Island ultimately rejected, however, citing that the offer, while enticing, was merely a ploy to give the Soviet Union a better vantage point for surveillance and potential attacks on the United States (as the island is only 200 miles from the US West Coast), and there was little benefit on Carraway Island's end. The government then turned to Douglas, citing that his stance on establishing strong relations with such a large and powerful country directly contradicted his previous beliefs on developing an independent economic and political landscape. This would later result in the Federal Government scrutinizing Douglas for the remainder of his term. They would also begin to investigate for potential evidence that would authorize his removal from office, but no such evidence was ultimately found.
Suffering from paranoia, Douglas' last year as mayor was a highly self-destructive one; the vice-mayor Alois Dexonharzleman took the role of acting mayor. Douglas became addicted to opiates and began participating in a prostitution ring based out of the Guilford Hostel. Witness reports during press conferences indicated that he often looked extremely unkempt during his public appearances. In once infamous case on February 17, 1955, he audibly cursed the Federal Government for not trusting the Soviet Union, threw several obscene gestures to the audience, and left.
He died on a park bench in Bruckheimer Plaza the next day, and Dexonharzleman was sworn in as mayor. The cause of death was ruled a heroin overdose.
Legacy (or lack thereof)
Bruckheimer Plaza was demolished in 1956. It is currently the site of the Regency Experimental Media Performing Arts Center.
There are no monuments immortalizing his legacy, though the owner of the Guilford Hostel renamed one of the basement rooms the "Maxwell C. Douglas Memorial Bedroom" in a tongue-and-cheek manner.