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24th Aug '16 6:31:13 AM hazyshade
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* Abdolhossein Teymourtash. UsefulNotes/Persia's youngest Member of Parliament and one of the top authorities on the Persian language despite not actually speaking it as a child. Was halfway through completely overhauling the Persian judicial system when the government fell and Reza Shah Pahlavi proclaimed the new state of Iran. Teymourtash became Minister of Court, a position with no actual responsibility, and turned it into the Ministry of Absolutely Everything. He set up a central bank, a bar association, a secular school system and a university, defined the border with Turkey, built the country a railroad network, centralised the collection of taxes and sent hundreds of students to Europe to pick up technical skills, while the ministers supposedly responsible watched in amazement. Foreign treaty-makers had spent a century extracting concessions from Persia in return for "aid"; Teymourtash took five years to send them all packing. All except the British, whose oil-drilling agreement caused Teymourtash's downfall at the hands of the Shah - not because Teymourtash hadn't been remarkably successful in renegotiating it, but because the [[TheCaligula capricious and ill-educated Shah]] couldn't understand why he didn't just rip the thing up.

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* Abdolhossein Teymourtash. UsefulNotes/Persia's [[UsefulNotes/{{Iran}} Persia]]'s youngest Member of Parliament and one of the top authorities on the Persian language despite not actually speaking it as a child. Was halfway through completely overhauling the Persian judicial system when the government fell and Reza Shah Pahlavi proclaimed the new state of Iran.came to power. Teymourtash became Minister of Court, a position with no actual responsibility, and turned it into the Ministry of Absolutely Everything. He set up a central bank, a bar association, a secular school system and a university, defined the border with Turkey, built the country a railroad network, centralised the collection of taxes and sent hundreds of students to Europe to pick up technical skills, while the ministers supposedly responsible watched in amazement. Foreign treaty-makers had spent a century extracting concessions from Persia in return for "aid"; Teymourtash took five years to send them all packing. All except the British, whose oil-drilling agreement caused Teymourtash's downfall at the hands of the Shah - not because Teymourtash hadn't been remarkably successful in renegotiating it, but because the [[TheCaligula capricious and ill-educated Shah]] couldn't understand why he didn't just rip the thing up.
24th Aug '16 6:23:04 AM hazyshade
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* Abdolhossein Teymourtash. The man who had been Persia's youngest Member of Parliament and was one of the top authorities on the Persian language (despite not actually speaking it as a child) was halfway through completely overhauling the Persian judicial system when the government fell and Reza Shah Pahlavi proclaimed the new state of Iran. Teymourtash talked the new Shah into making him Minister of Court, a position with no actual responsibility. Under Teymourtash, it became the Ministry of Absolutely Everything. He set up a central bank, a bar association, a secular school system and a university, defined the border with Turkey, built the country a railroad network, centralised the collection of taxes and sent hundreds of students to Europe to pick up technical skills, while the ministers supposedly responsible watched in amazement. Foreign treaty-makers had spent a century "aiding" Persia in return for economic and political control of bits of the country; Teymourtash took five years to send them all packing. All except the British, whose oil-drilling agreement brought about Teymourtash's downfall at the hands of the Shah - not because Teymourtash hadn't been remarkably successful in renegotiating it, but because the ill-educated Shah couldn't understand why he didn't just rip the thing up.

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* Abdolhossein Teymourtash. The man who had been Persia's UsefulNotes/Persia's youngest Member of Parliament and was one of the top authorities on the Persian language (despite despite not actually speaking it as a child) was child. Was halfway through completely overhauling the Persian judicial system when the government fell and Reza Shah Pahlavi proclaimed the new state of Iran. Teymourtash talked the new Shah into making him became Minister of Court, a position with no actual responsibility. Under Teymourtash, responsibility, and turned it became into the Ministry of Absolutely Everything. He set up a central bank, a bar association, a secular school system and a university, defined the border with Turkey, built the country a railroad network, centralised the collection of taxes and sent hundreds of students to Europe to pick up technical skills, while the ministers supposedly responsible watched in amazement. Foreign treaty-makers had spent a century "aiding" extracting concessions from Persia in return for economic and political control of bits of the country; "aid"; Teymourtash took five years to send them all packing. All except the British, whose oil-drilling agreement brought about caused Teymourtash's downfall at the hands of the Shah - not because Teymourtash hadn't been remarkably successful in renegotiating it, but because the [[TheCaligula capricious and ill-educated Shah Shah]] couldn't understand why he didn't just rip the thing up.
23rd Aug '16 5:46:56 AM hazyshade
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* Abdolhossein Teymourtash. The man who had been Persia's youngest Member of Parliament and was one of the top authorities on the Persian language (despite not actually speaking it as a child) was halfway through completely overhauling the Persian judicial system when the government fell and Reza Shah Pahlavi proclaimed the new state of Iran. Teymourtash talked the new Shah into making him Minister of Court, a position with no actual responsibility. Under Teymourtash, it became the Ministry of Absolutely Everything. He set up a central bank, a bar association, a secular school system and a university, defined the border with Turkey, built the country a railroad network, centralised the collection of taxes and sent hundreds of students to Europe to pick up technical skills, while the ministers supposedly responsible watched in amazement. Foreign treaty-makers had spent a century "aiding" Persia in return for economic and political control of bits of the country; Teymourtash took five years to send them all packing. All except the British, whose oil-drilling agreement brought about Teymourtash's downfall at the hands of the Shah - not because Teymourtash hadn't been remarkably successful in renegotiating it, but because the ill-educated Shah couldn't understand why he didn't just rip the thing up.
15th Aug '16 11:14:06 PM PaulA
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* Quite possibly a fixture of the budding Barrayaran bureaucracy. In [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Captain Vorpatril's Alliance]] we get this lovely exchange:
-->'''Tej''': "And you said you were just a desk pilot."
-->'''Ivan''': "But it's a ''Barrayaran'' desk."
** To clarify they aren't talking about someone who is badass at being a Bureaucrat, their describing someone who is a bureaucrat and [[MinoredInAsskicking also badass]]. Considering ''Barrayar's'' [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy reputation]] it's safe to assume that anyone in the military is badass no matter what their role.
** Kid yourself not, though, Ivan ''is'' a major administrative genius anyway, being able to chew through the whole day workload of his boss, the frigging Chief of Naval Operations, in just three hours -- and it wasn't a particularly slow day at the HQ, as the narration kindly notes. Late on, when he's been ReassignedToAntarctica to hide him from sight in the wake of the whole hoopla, he manages to compress a whole workload of a Barrayaran Consul (himself) into just three mornings per week, so efficient he is.

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* Quite possibly a fixture of the budding Barrayaran bureaucracy. In [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Captain Vorpatril's Alliance]] we get this lovely exchange:
-->'''Tej''': "And you said you were just a desk pilot."
-->'''Ivan''': "But it's a ''Barrayaran'' desk."
** To clarify they aren't talking about someone who is badass at being a Bureaucrat, their describing someone who is a bureaucrat and [[MinoredInAsskicking also badass]]. Considering ''Barrayar's'' [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy reputation]] it's safe to assume that anyone in the military is badass no matter what their role.
** Kid yourself not, though,
''Literature/CaptainVorpatrilsAlliance'', Ivan ''is'' Vorpatril is a major administrative genius anyway, genius, being able to chew through the whole day workload of his boss, the frigging Chief of Naval Operations, in just three hours -- and it wasn't a particularly slow day at the HQ, as the narration kindly notes. Late Later on, when he's been ReassignedToAntarctica to hide him from sight in the wake of the whole hoopla, he manages to compress a whole workload of a Barrayaran Consul (himself) into just three mornings per week, so efficient he is.
13th Aug '16 4:00:13 AM Morgenthaler
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** Also the Adept class of DarkHeresy.
23rd Jun '16 6:08:41 PM SomberCaelifera
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* Donna from ''Series/DoctorWho'' is a variation: although she never made it past temp [[note]] in the main timeline, at least[[/note]], she can pretty much single-handedly run an office, work out complex calender systems, type 100 words a minute and do a SherlockScan of office file systems. She saves the day a few times over with those skills.

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* Donna from ''Series/DoctorWho'' is a variation: although she never made it past temp [[note]] in the main timeline, at least[[/note]], she can pretty much single-handedly run an office, work out complex calender calendar systems, type 100 words a minute and do a SherlockScan of office file systems. She saves the day a few times over with those skills.
11th May '16 3:29:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[Main/TheKnightsTemplar The Order of Solomon's Temple]], while famous for their knights deserve mention here. Everyone has heard of the Templar Treasure, but while movies imagine this as hoard of gold or Thor's hammer, the reality is that their funding largely came from investments. By creating one of the most well established banking and cheque system in Europe, they were able to establish what was essentially a multinational corporation. By investing the pilgrim's money while they were in the holy land, they were able to receive the interest profits from these investments and amass their own personal endowment that rivaled kingdoms. In reality their eventual purge was little more than a hostile takeover to take control of these assets. All of this while they remained one Europe's most effective armies.

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* [[Main/TheKnightsTemplar [[UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar The Order of Solomon's Temple]], while famous for their knights deserve mention here. Everyone has heard of the Templar Treasure, but while movies imagine this as hoard of gold or Thor's hammer, the reality is that their funding largely came from investments. By creating one of the most well established banking and cheque system in Europe, they were able to establish what was essentially a multinational corporation. By investing the pilgrim's money while they were in the holy land, they were able to receive the interest profits from these investments and amass their own personal endowment that rivaled kingdoms. In reality their eventual purge was little more than a hostile takeover to take control of these assets. All of this while they remained one Europe's most effective armies.
2nd May '16 9:59:07 AM Snarf
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** To put this into perspective: the king of France was the one to order the Templars put out of business, because the kingdom was so far in debt to them that the order could have taken ''France itself'' in payment.
31st Mar '16 11:26:01 AM Thom_Phan
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* [[Main/theknightstemplars The Order of Solomon's Temple]], while famous for their knights deserve mention here. Everyone has heard of the Templar Treasure, but while movies imagine this as hoard of gold or Thor's hammer, the reality is that their funding largely came from investments. By creating one of the most well established banking and cheque system in Europe, they were able to establish what was essentially a multinational corporation. By investing the pilgrim's money while they were in the holy land, they were able to receive the interest profits from these investments and amass their own personal endowment that rivaled kingdoms. In reality their eventual purge was little more than a hostile takeover to take control of these assets. All of this while they remained one Europe's most effective armies.

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* [[Main/theknightstemplars [[Main/TheKnightsTemplar The Order of Solomon's Temple]], while famous for their knights deserve mention here. Everyone has heard of the Templar Treasure, but while movies imagine this as hoard of gold or Thor's hammer, the reality is that their funding largely came from investments. By creating one of the most well established banking and cheque system in Europe, they were able to establish what was essentially a multinational corporation. By investing the pilgrim's money while they were in the holy land, they were able to receive the interest profits from these investments and amass their own personal endowment that rivaled kingdoms. In reality their eventual purge was little more than a hostile takeover to take control of these assets. All of this while they remained one Europe's most effective armies.
31st Mar '16 11:23:16 AM Thom_Phan
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* The Order of Solomon's Temple, while famous for their knights deserve mention here. Everyone has heard of the Templar Treasure, but while movies imagine this as hoard of gold or Thor's hammer, the reality is that their funding largely came from investments. By creating one of the most well established banking and cheque system in Europe, they were able to establish what was essentially a multinational corporation. By investing the pilgrim's money while they were in the holy land, they were able to receive the interest profits from these investments and amass their own personal endowment that rivaled kingdoms. In reality their eventual purge was little more than a hostile takeover to take control of these assets. All of this while they remained one Europe's most effective armies.

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* [[Main/theknightstemplars The Order of Solomon's Temple, Temple]], while famous for their knights deserve mention here. Everyone has heard of the Templar Treasure, but while movies imagine this as hoard of gold or Thor's hammer, the reality is that their funding largely came from investments. By creating one of the most well established banking and cheque system in Europe, they were able to establish what was essentially a multinational corporation. By investing the pilgrim's money while they were in the holy land, they were able to receive the interest profits from these investments and amass their own personal endowment that rivaled kingdoms. In reality their eventual purge was little more than a hostile takeover to take control of these assets. All of this while they remained one Europe's most effective armies.
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