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A Few Dictators and Some of the Crazy Things They Did (In 3 Parts)

GrumpyGuy_MOD_GrumpyGuy_MOD_ Moderator
edited March 7 in Culture & Fun
Taken from a city-building game called Tropico 5, which has a number of interesting tidbits about dictators in its loading screens:

Part 1


Mariano Melgarejo of Bolivia

When Mariano Melgarejo of Bolivia was presented with a white stallion as a gift from Brazil, he was so stunned by the horse that he immediately took a map of Bolivia and put one of its hooves on it... and gave the Brazilians the entire area covered by it.

Melgarejo of Bolivia, having heard the history of Caligula and his horse consul, thought the story was so cool that he made his horse, named Holofernes, General of Bolivia.



Saparmurat Niyazov of Turkmenistan

The President of Turkmenistan, Saparmurat Niyazov, wrote a book called Book of the Soul. It was made compulsory to learn in schools and to be held in the same regard as the Quran in mosques throughout the country. Also, in 2006 a copy of the book was sent to space.

Saparmurat Niyazov, self-proclaimed President and Father of Turkmenistan, had a 12 meter golden statue of himself built upon a 75 meter high arc - with the statue rotating so it always faces the sun.

Saparmurat Niyazov had all hospitals outside of Turkmenistan's capital closed as he felt it was reasonable for people needing medical care to travel to the capital.

Saparmurat Niyazov, President of Turkmenistan, took a liking to renaming things, like the days of the week or the months. He even changed the word for "bread" to be after the name of his mother - Gurbansoltan.



Nicolae Ceausescu of Romania

In 1980, Ceausescu destroyed most of the historical part of Bucharest in order to build what was lauded as the biggest building in the world after the Pentagon. After his death, Romania's Parliament moved in, only to be able to use 30% of the building.

Nicolae Ceausescu made sure that the street leading up to the palace was constructed to be exactly 1 meter wider than the Champs Elysees in Paris... just because.

Nicolae Ceausescu called himself The Genius of the Carpathians and even made a scepter for himself, prompting Salvador Dali to personally send a telegram of mocking, but having no concept of satire, Ceausescu had Dali's letter published on the front page of the newspaper.

Ceausescu proclaimed his alcoholic and womanizing son, to be a "scientist of international reputation" and allegedly had published several volumes on nuclear physics.

Ceusescu demanded that his nearly illiterate wife be made a member of the New York Academy of Sciences and the Royal Institute of Chemistry. In Romania, she been crowned "Comrade-Academician-Doctor-Engineer", and top scientists had to include her name in their research.



Rafael Trujillo, of Dominican Republic

Rafael Trujillo, President of the Dominican Republic, had streets, mountains, schools and bridges named not only in his honor, but in honor of various members of his family as well.

Rafael Trujillo, President of the Dominican Republic, appointed his 3 year old son colonel, and went on to make him General at the age of 10.

Rafael Trujilio, President of the Dominican Republic, campaigned to win a Nobel Prize for Literature for his illiterate wife, after honoring her as a writer and philosopher.

Rafael Trujillo required every license plate in the Dominican Republic to say "Viva Trujillo" and every church to say "God in Heaven, Trujillo on Earth".


People in this world look at things mistakenly, and think that what they do not understand must be the void. This is not the true void. It is bewilderment.
- Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings

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  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    Certainly some interesting characters
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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • Part 2


    Francois Duvalier, of Haiti

    After declaring himself President for Life of Haiti, Francois Duvalier banished all Catholic bishops from the country and pronounced himself the incarnation of the vengeful spirit of death - Baron Samedi.

    Believing his rival had turned into a black dog, President Francois Duvalier ordered all black dogs in Haiti hunted and killed.

    Francois Duvalier once called for early elections in Haiti, baffling everyone as his "term" wasn't over for two more years. Things become rather clear when his 100% victory was announced.

    In his later years, President of Haiti - Francois Duvalier, declared he alone was responsible for the death of JFK, after casting a curse upon him.



    Muammar Gaddafi, of Libya


    When in Rome in August 2010, Muammar Gaddafi paid a modeling agency to get 500 women to attend his lecture where he tried to get them to convert to Islam.

    Muammar Gaddafi had a fear of climbing more than 35 steps at a time and would often refuse to go to the upper floors of buildings.

    When travelling, Muammar Gaddafi slept in a Bedouin tent that he brought along with him. He sometimes brought camels and horses along as well.

    Muammar Gaddafi decreed that all his bodyguards be female virgins.



    Mobuto Sese Seko, of Zaire


    In Zaire, the evening news was always preceded with an image of autocratic ruler Mobuto Sese Seko, smiling through the clouds and looking down from the heavens. He also forbade the newscasters to mention anybody but him by name.

    Mobuto Sese Seko, former President of Zaire, and had an airport especially constructed so he could charter Concorde jets to take shopping trips in Paris with his family.

    Mobuto, dictator of Zaire, had prohibited anybody except him from wearing leopard-print hats and carried with him a wooden cane that he claimed took the strength of eight men to carry.

    Mobuto Sese Seko, ruler of Zaire, once paid Muhammad Ali and George Foreman $5 million each to fight in his country to give it more recognition in the world.

    The ruler of Zaire had his name changed to Mobutu Sese Seko Nkuku Ngbendu Wa Za Banga ("The all-powerful warrior who, because of his endurance and inflexible will to win, goes from conquest to conquest, leaving fire in his wake").



    Francisco Nguema, of Equatorial Guinea


    When Francisco Nguema was President of The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, he banned the world "intellectual", shut down schools, drove educated people out of his country and declared himself the Grandmaster of Education, Science and Culture.

    Francisco Nguema shut down several hospitals in Equatorial Guinea in favor of his witch doctor ancestry.

    Francisco Nguema changed The Republic of Equatorial Guinea's national motto to "There is no other God than Macias Nguema."

    Once while in power, Francisco Nguema banned the use of lubricants in power plants, claiming that he had the magical capacity to keep them operational - he could not - and caused major power outages throughout Equatorial Guinea.

    In a stroke of genius, Nguema - President of Equatorial Guinea - had the the governor of the public bank killed and hid all the money in his jungle shed.


    People in this world look at things mistakenly, and think that what they do not understand must be the void. This is not the true void. It is bewilderment.
    - Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings
  • Part 3



    Kim Jong-Il, of North Korea


    A former chef for Kim Jong II revealed the North Korean leader employed staff to make sure the grains of rice served to him were absolutely uniform in size and color.

    According to his official biography, Kim Jong II's birth in Baekdu Mountain was prophesied by a swallow and heralded with a double rainbow and a new star in the heavens.

    Apart from claiming that he is the greatest golfer in the history of existence, Kim Jong II also apparently composed six operas and enjoyed staging musicals.

    Kim Jong II had a town called Kijong-Dong built right in the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea and had a small crew work around the clock to preserve the illusion that people actually live there - as a farce to try to trick South Koreans into defecting.

    Kim Jong II told his people that he invented the hamburger, after which he built a hamburger factory, saying "I've made up my mind to feed quality bread and french-fries to university students, professors and researchers even if we are in (economic) hardship".

    Kim Jong II is rumored to have had spent $350,000 a year on brandy and to always had traveled with a pack of beautiful women he referred to as his "Pleasure Squad."

    Bonus about his dad:   Kim II Sung claimed that he could turn sand into rice, and that he could cross rivers on leaves



    Idi Amin Dada, of Uganda


    Idi Amin Dada called himself "His Excellency, President for Life Field Marshall Al Hadj Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC. Lord of all the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular".

    An African despot, Idi Amin Dada laid claim to the Scottish throne and offered to marry Queen Elizabeth to lead the Commonwealth.

    To mock the people who pointed out Uganda's crippling famine, Idi Amin Dada created the "Save Britain Fund" by taking a truckload of food from starving peasants and offering it to the U.K.

    Mad at the Queen of Britain for her refusal to marry him, Idi Amin Dada had four local British businessmen to carry him around in a sedan chair at a diplomatic conference in Uganda.



    Abdala Bucaram, of Ecuador

    Bucaram, elected President of Ecuador in 1996, was known as "El Loco" ("The Madman"), a nickname he championed himself.

    While President, Bucaram recorded a pop album called A Madman in Love ... which he released while still in office and also took advantage of his president side job to circulate his demo to other presidents at an Ibero-American conference in Chile.

    One of the first things Bucaram did after taking office was to place his business associates in high government positions and fill the rest of the cabinet with his own family. He even put his 18-year-old son in charge of the Ecuadorian customs office.

    While head of state of an economically struggling Ecuador, Bucaram offered professional coach Diego Maradona $1 million to play one soccer game with him.



    Enver Hoxha, of Albania


    Enver Hoxha banned beards, typewriters and color TVs in Albania.

    Enver Hoxha famously built 750,000 bunkers across Albania, to protect its meager 3 million inhabitants from a hypothetic Soviet invasion.

    Visitors to Albania were forced to go through a disinfectant bath, by decree of Enver Hoxha.

    Comrade, Chairman, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, Minister of War, Commander-in-Chief of the People's Army Enver Hoxha, was the dictator of Albania. He got that title because he rewarded all cabinet positions to himself.

    Enver Hoxha kidnapped a dentist in rural Albania who looked like him, then forced plastic surgery on him to make the resemblance even more so - leaving the poor fellow no choice but to leave his life behind and live on pretending to be the prime minister.
    People in this world look at things mistakenly, and think that what they do not understand must be the void. This is not the true void. It is bewilderment.
    - Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings
  • Quite possibly one of the best portraits of anyone I've ever seen:


    People in this world look at things mistakenly, and think that what they do not understand must be the void. This is not the true void. It is bewilderment.
    - Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings
  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    I've noticed that history always seems to focus on the eccentricities of leaders (especially those who challenge the West), instead of the good sides in many cases, which is a shame because some of these people were truly nation-transformers.









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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • mrpops09_CMOD_mrpops09_CMOD_ Chief Moderator
    These examples are why the american people are allowed to have guns...a right which "Shall Not Be Infringed" 
    Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
  • mrpops09_CMOD_mrpops09_CMOD_ Chief Moderator
    PS OP was very entertaining 
    Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
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