Full name: Riva Cicero de Silva
Faction: United States of South America
Height: 1.77 metres
Weight: 65 kilograms
Hair: Reddish-brown long hair
Skin: Bronze tan
A born leader, Riva seemed to know exactly what his followers wanted and how to make them work for him. His leadership was almost always unchallenged. People around him tend to differ to him and almost automatically appoint him as the leader should the need arise. These offers were gladly welcomed by him as he revelled in managing and guiding others.
Strengths and weaknesses
His mother's death transformed him into a totally different person from who he was. The once playful, obnoxious bully who lived lavishly became a down-to-earth, good-natured man. He retained his charisma but channelled it towards rallying support for his ideals rather than garnering lackeys for his hooligan behaviour. Riva's charismatic nature is said to be able to make dead opposition leaders rise from the dead to join his cause. His feisty streak remained as well. Oppositions were often unable to resist his verbal onslaught and many were often reduced to tears.
Being born with a silver spoon made him ignorant of many sufferings that his people were forced to endure. His family wealth made him take things for granted, despite his best attempts to experience what life was like for the poor in his country. His bad image as a youth did little to temper his reputation in the media. All these and his lack of political experience were weaknesses in his armour that his political enemies constantly attack. He was living off his father's legacy as a martyr, survived through his own wits.
Riva had a lean figure that made him appear skinny. However, he was no weakling as well-toned muscles could be found beneath the bronze skin. An athlete since high school, he was no stranger to physical exertion despite being brought up in a wealthy family. His long reddish-brown hair flowed freely from his scalp. The fiery mane matched his feisty character and the burning passion he had for his people to scale greater heights. His grey eyes appeared moody, as though he was constantly troubled by his thoughts. Yet a sparkle twinkled from them, as though it was the source of his undying enthusiasm and energy.
Branded suits with plain designs were his preferred choice of clothes. His professional image was enhanced by the simple style which fitted him like a second skin. Even if it were a casual occasion, Riva would still dress smartly, especially if it was a public event.
A birthmark on his lower back was a identifying mark.
In his younger days, Riva Cícero de Silva was a playful young man. While others of his age were busy preparing for examinations, the son of prominent politician Roberto de la Silva was often seen in clubs and pubs drinking with girls who cared more for his social status and wealth rather than his company. Even if he did see through their façade, he was not bothered by the uncomfortable fact. At that age, he yearned for attention and popularity more than anything else. He was notorious as a filthy-rich bad boy in college. The obnoxious bully made many enemies and lackeys.
However, things changed when his mother Esmeralda Lima died in a car accident. The loss of someone so dear to him jolted him out of his self-made paradise into biting reality. To compound his sorrows, the car accident was caused indirectly by him. Riva's mother was fuming mad when her son nonchalantly dismissed her reprimanding him for his lavish lifestyle. In a fit of anger, Esmeralda Lima drove off and was subsequently killed when the speeding car went out of control. He withdrew himself from the world completely, choosing to confine himself in his room. He would often look at his mother's photos and berate himself for being an unfilial son. His father was often away on business and failed to notice the change in his son. Roberto de la Silva never had the chance to witness his son's metamorphosis. Within a year after the death of his wife, Roberto was arrested and executed on charges of treason.
Riva's world became empty. Having lost both parents, inheriting the multi-million assets of the de Silva family meant nothing to him. As he sat in his room watching the news, he grew bitter as the newscaster reported on the latest political developments. The Federation invaded and conquered the States during the war. Since then, many rebellions have tried to overthrow the puppet government set up by the Federation. All were mercilessly crushed. Roberto de la Silva was the leader of the latest uprising.
Realisation that his father died in honour fighting for his ideals snapped Riva out of the limbo. He suddenly found a new direction in life. He spent the past few years wasting away precious time in gambling and drinking, among other vices. All this while, his father strived to return freedom to his people. Chiding himself for his immaturity, Riva vowed to fulfil his father's visions and make his parents proud of him.
Tapping on his family's massive treasury, Riva began contacting his father's comrades. Few survived the Federation's crack down. Those who did were more than willing to avenge their fallen brethrens. He also acquired the services of the mercenary organisations. The most important link in his plans was the aid of former military personnel. He spent two years travelling the United States of South America, seeking out retired veterans of war as well as decommissioned officers that served the USSA Army before its disbanding by the Atlantic Federation. Step by step, Riva progressed with the Freedom Movement plan.
The Atlantic Federation was busy rebuilding after the war and failed to detect the smuggling activities of the rebels. Tanks and firearms bought from the black market were smuggled into the States. Then, without any signs of warning, the rebels attacked. Important OMNI Enforcer installations were targeted. This marked the start of the South American War of Independence. The OMNI Enforcer suffered much casualty initially from the surprise attack. The tides of war changed shortly after, as they regrouped and started to press the rebels back. Reinforcements from other members of the Earth Alliance arrived, lending further weight to the Enforcer's might.
Due to the large scale of this rebellion, the international community intervened. Leaders around the world protested against the actions of the Atlantic Federation, and to a lessen extend, the Earth Alliance. Diplomatic pressure forced the Federation to stay its hand and turn to the negotiation table instead. After countless rounds of talks, the Atlantic Federation grudgingly agreed to the independence of the United States of South America, under the condition that the former retained the territories in the Caribbean and Central America.
The victory was followed by elections to vote a working government into power. Near unanimous vote made Riva the first post-war president, despite his lack of political experience. The Freedom Front was set up with Riva as the party leader.