Major Pavel Stoychanev
Place of Birth: Yakutsk, UoRF
Date of Birth: July 23, 2714
Occupation: XO: UN 1st Battalion
Height: 6'10" (208cm)
Weight: 229 lbs (104kg)
Born in Yakutsk, centre of the Union of Russian Federations' Siberian region, Stoychanev was born into a simple peasant family. However, only two years after Stoychanev's birth, the Russo-Chinese War? broke out and both of his parents were called up to the Russian military as the war quickly thundered through Siberia and threatened Yakutsk itself. The Stoychanevs each joined separate infantry formations but each were rapidly killed in action, and the infant Stoychanev was one of tens of thousands of new orphans.
With no living immediate family, Stoychanev went into state custody, grewing up in a St. Petersburg state orphanage. Short on friends and out of relatives, the young man had little choice but to immerse himself in his studies: he was an excellent student and, thanks to his large if gangly physique, also a superior athlete. He graduated with honours from each level of school he entered into, and in university he graduated with a degree in astrophysics.
A scientific career was not Stoychanev's fate, however. The day after his graduation he signed on for officer training with the Russian military, with the goal of becoming a cosmonaut in their fledgling space force. By 2736, Stoychanev had been commissioned as a lieutenant.
Young, ambitious, and talented, Stoychanev rose fast. The birthplace of space travel had less than a hundred fully qualified cosmonauts when Stoychanev began his career, and his skills ensured that he was in high demand. He was a part of the Persephone colonisation effort from while he was in training, and there was never any other real candidate for command of the SV Yuri Gagarin, the Russian vessel which would carry a third of the initial colonists.
In 2738, fate intervened. Lieutenant-Colonel Jean Valliere had recently been appointed commander of the United Nations Security Force and a search was on for his second. For political reasons, it could not be another European, and for strategic reasons an astronaut was considered ideal. But no qualified candidates fitting the bill were both available and interested. After a meeting in September between Valliere and Stoychanev to discuss the progress of the Yuri Gagarin, Valliere went away impressed and suggested that Stoychanev be made his deputy.
The colonel got his way. Stoychanev received a hasty promotion to Major, was elevated to overall command of the three vessels instead of just the Russian one, and was appointed executive officer of the Security Force.
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