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Edward Janacek joined the Royal Manticoran Navy early in the 19th Century PD, and had reached the rank of Captain in 1844 PD, serving as Second Space Lord Bethany Havinghurst's deputy chief of staff for Intelligence. (infodump)
Admiral Janacek disliked Admiral Hamish Alexander both personally and politically. As the First Lord of Admiralty (since 1897 PD), he sent Admiral Alexander to half pay for four years. (HH4ch.11) He also held a grudge against Honor Harrington, who he referred to as a lunatic, largely because her successes were often an embarrassment to him. Janacek was against the annexation of the Basilisk Terminus because he feared that would antagonize their neighbors. He had the picket assigned to Basilisk reduced to only a few vessels, hoping the system would eventually be abandoned. (HH1)
He would not regain his position until the assassination of Prime Minister Allen Summervale and the fall of the Centrist government. Once he did regain his position, he began a massive series of naval cutbacks, as well as politically motivated promotions and replacements of officers. One of those removed was Admiral Patricia Givens from the Office of Naval Intelligence, causing estimates of Haven's naval strength to be massively inaccurate. (HH9)
When Operation Thunderbolt nearly destroyed the Royal Manticoran Navy, he was correctly blamed for overstating the Manticoran edge in technology and placing incompetents in charge of ONI. He shot himself after the extent of his failures was revealed, and despite speculation that his death was very "convenient", the Landing City Police later confirmed his death as a suicide. (HH10)
Service Record Edit
- Captain (before 1844 PD)
- Admiral (before about 1890 PD)
- Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Office of Naval Intelligence