Operarius, preparing his coup.
|Date of death||Two years before The Aftermath|
|Occupation||Dictator of the Marian Federation|
Julius Ivo Operarius was a Marian General, Secretary of Defense, and later Chancellor in IOT IV. He would, between IOT IV and The Aftermath, become dictator of the entire country and plot his eventual domination of the world and enslavement of all life, inadvertently setting the stage for the rise of Sombra de Mar.
He was in the military for 19 years, entering at age 22. He gradually worked his way up to General (reaching it at age 34) and was a close advisor to Lucius Infernius. At age 38, he became Supreme Commander of Marian forces in the Middle East, where he received commendation for counterinsurgency tactics that his supporters claimed were instrumental in quickly ending the war two years later. He served as a general for one more year before being appointed Secretary of Defense, age 41.
Operarius is notable for having overseen the expansion of the military's quality as much as its size. In particular, he dismissed the cruise missile program as fiscally irrational, advocating greater use of unmanned aerial vehicles as a reusable alternative that would reduce costs for pilot training as well as the number of soldiers on the front lines. Operarius stated that his dream was to bring the Federation's robotics technology up to par with countries such as Germany and Japan, and to this end consistently advocated a generous military budget.
The Federalist leadership, under Marcos de Sombra (not to be confused with Sombra de Mar), lauded Operarius as a hero for his efforts to guarantee the safety of society's finest, and for striving to reduce the risk of front-line casualty. They praised Operarius' leadership during the Arab War, which they claimed would have dragged on far longer without his innovative tactics. Operarius' promotion by the Federalists was nonetheless seen as propaganda.
Operarius became Chancellor at age 49, under the Federalist ticket. His first project was the "Lawbot" Program, which would apply UAV technology to ground-based machines, allowing police officers to stay out of harm's way while still fulfilling their duties. Lawbots replaced or supplemented police in most parts of the Federation. The move was generally hailed as progressive, and Lawbots possessed no weapons besides tasers.
Operarius was known to be very aggressive both personally and politically, and made no secret of his hatred of Communism. He would later displace Sombra with intrigue to become Federalist leader, securing dictatorial control of the party.
Later on, Operarius worked with Progressive President Emmanuel de Zorrito, though they often were at odds. Operarius' newest project, introduced on the eve of World War III, was the Praetorian, a powerful, well-armed robot, designed both as front-line troops and bodyguards for state officials. Operarius lost his left arm in an undisclosed accident when one ripped it off.
The Marians' lacklustre performance in the war led Operarius to attack de Zorrito as incompetent, and through the usual Byzantine scheming he wrested control of the Presidency, exiling de Zorrito to an unknown location. Operarius quickly instituted a wartime economy, with strict rationing, government secrecy, and suspension of various rights and freedoms in the name of "state security". Predictably, when the war finally ended with both the Federation and its enemies in ruins, Operarius refused to relinquish his control.
Unknown to anyone at the time, Lawbots and Praetorians were built with an override command that allowed Operarius to take control of the entire robotics network shortly after war's end. Soldiers in control of the robots mass produced for the war found themselves no longer able to control them. With both police and military essentially under his direct control, Operarius was able to easily arrest and/or execute anyone he pleased. The network was tied to a single fail-safe that would default connected robots to a set of pre-planned directives should it be infiltrated. In this manner, Operarius was able to rule for many years unopposed.
Downfall and deathEdit
While Operarius harbored vehemently racist attitudes toward the Neo-Incans and their descendents, he nonetheless avoided outright discriminatory policies, opting instead to conduct covert purges by arresting leader figures and framing them for offenses against the state. Marcos de Sombra, who had quickly turned on Operarius after losing the party leadership and remained a critic of the ensuing regime, was one of the first to go. The inevitable resistance that emerged brought together both human and nonhuman factions; its leadership officially comprised seven equals, but in practice was dominated by three Kaetif, who in an ironic twist of fate were the only remaining survivors of Operarius' own Black Project: Isabel, a vixen; Blitz, a porcupine; and Sombra, a wolf.
After years of hard work and countless friends lost, the Resistance developed the "Omega Signal", designed to sabotage the robotics network by short-circuiting almost all of Operarius' troops. The development arrived just in time: Operarius had completed a device dubbed the Neuromuscular Interface (Neuralyser); ostensibly designed to aid in restoring damaged motor functions, in reality it would allow physical and potentially mental control of a patient in the same manner as the robots. One week before the Neuralyser was to be deployed en masse, the Resistance launched the Omega Signal, and with several hundred troops supported by throngs of disillusioned civilians, attacked Operarius' palace in the Marian Congo.
Operarius, distrusting other people on principle, kept a limited elite guard that was quickly, if bloodily overpowered. The Resistance leaders cornered him on the rooftop; both Isabel and Blitz believed he should be tried for crimes against humanity and the state, but before they could act, Sombra launched himself on Operarius and tore him limb from limb in a savagery that stained his fur red, recalling later that he made the roof "greasy with [Operarius'] fat..." Fellow freedom fighters were shocked. The desecration ended several minutes later when Sombra tossed what remained of Operarius from the roof and howled in victory.
Julius Ivo Operarius derives from Julian Ivo Kintobor, alias Ivo Robotnik, the arch-villain in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Operarius loosely translates as "worker" in Latin, as Robotnik means the same in various Slavic languages. Operarius bears a physical resemblance to Robotnik and mirrors the latter through his political coup, cybernetic expertise, military background, hatred of non-humans, and his attempt to enslave all of humanity.