CAST OF CHARACTERS


Characters within Operation Ajax

  • Americans
  • Iranians
  • British

Foreign Secretary under Eisenhower

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Dwight Eisenhower

Foreign Secretary under Eisenhower

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Allen Dulles

Foreign Secretary under Eisenhower

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Allen Dulles

Ambassador of soviet union

Son of an heiress and a railroad baron, Harriman was born and raised in Manhattan.  His education resembles that of many highly ranked public servants, beginning with the Groton School, then Yale where he joined Skull and Bones.  He walked directly onto the board of Union Pacific Railroad upon graduation in 1913 and inherited the largest fortune in America. 

As a part of FDR’s New Deal economic recovery program, Harriman worked for the short-lived National Recovery Administration, which established labor and pricing practices to stabilize domestic industrial production.  Harriman’s allegiance to the Democratic Party solidified during this time, and he earned FDR’s lifelong trust.

Foster Dulles

Foreign Secretary under Eisenhower

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Foster Dulles

Delegate

Dulles was a regular delegate at future UN General Assemblies.  As the decade progressed, he became a trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation, chairman of the board of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace,  and took a temporary appointment to the US Senate to fill a vacant position.  Dulles served as a consultant to the Secretary of State Dean Acheson and was appointed Secretary of State under Eisenhower in 1953.

Dulles’s Foreign Service pedigree, cabinet seat, and close relationship to the current Agency director ensure ample access to executive support for the Agency’s non-military intelligence missions. Dulles’s strong position against Soviet expansion will ensure that his utmost attention will be devoted to all matters in the region.

Averell Harriman

Foreign Secretary under Eisenhower

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Averell Harriman

Ambassador of soviet union

Son of an heiress and a railroad baron, Harriman was born and raised in Manhattan.  His education resembles that of many highly ranked public servants, beginning with the Groton School, then Yale where he joined Skull and Bones.  He walked directly onto the board of Union Pacific Railroad upon graduation in 1913 and inherited the largest fortune in America. 

As a part of FDR’s New Deal economic recovery program, Harriman worked for the short-lived National Recovery Administration, which established labor and pricing practices to stabilize domestic industrial production.  Harriman’s allegiance to the Democratic Party solidified during this time, and he earned FDR’s lifelong trust.

 

In 1941, Harriman was placed in charge of negotiating the lend lease agreement with England, securing fifty billion dollars worth of American materials for British defense forces. 

FDR appointed Harriman as Ambassador to the Soviet Union in 1943.  He entered the post with optimism, but left lacking confidence in the possibility of successful negotiations between the two nations.  

 

Harriman was called to facilitate the first meeting between Churchill, Stalin, and FDR after the Soviet Union turned against its former allies.  Given his diplomatic history with Russia, his role in securing American goods to supply the British Army, and his close relationship with FDR, Harriman proved essential in bridging the difference in opinion between Churchill and Roosevelt over how to engage with the Soviet Union.

Donald Wilber

Foreign Secretary under Eisenhower

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Donald Wilber

Contact to darbyshire

Agent Donald Wilber, formerly of the OSS, is an expert in archaeology and architecture and is currently stationed in the Agency’s political action office in Tehran.  Wilber’s expertise in psychological warfare makes him a natural choice for an on-the-ground collaboration with British intelligence.  Wilber is the assigned contact to Darbyshire and the Cypress SIS office.

Kermit Roosevelt

Foreign Secretary under Eisenhower

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Zahedi

Prime minister of iran

Princess Ashraf Pahlavi is the twin sister of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi and daughter of Reza Khan.  She is known for her sharp wit and combative personality, unlike her more reserved twin.  According to Iranian custom, Ashraf received a basic education and was groomed for marriage rather than political life.

The princess first came into the public eye when her father forced the unveiling of Iranian women during a period of reforms intended to Westernize public life in Iran.  Ashraf and her sister Princess Shams were among the first women to discard their veils during this period.

A fierce royalist and an outspoken companion to her brother, Ashraf spends most of her time abroad.  She is a volatile character and is considered a wildcard in terms of her value as a source of intelligence.

The Shah

Foreign Secretary under Eisenhower

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Harry Truman

Prime minister of iran

En route to Tehran, the residents of Fars province offered Mossadegh the governorship.  Mossadegh accepted, but later resigned after a few months to protest the ousting of Ahmad Shah Qajar by Reza Khan.  He accepted positions in the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the new Shah, then was elected to the Majlis where he waged a fierce political campaign against the new monarch.  In 1928, Mossadegh retreated into self-imposed exile until the Shah’s militia arrested him in 1940.

Reza Khan proved to be an inconsistent ruler and was forced out by Allied forces when the Soviet Union changed sides during WWII.  A nationwide pardon for all political prisoners ended Mossadegh’s exile and he rejoined the political scene with vast popular approval.  Mossadegh won another seat in the Majlis in 1944, where he continued to pursue a nationalist agenda.  Mossadegh eventually formed the National Front.

Mossadegh’s nationalist agenda has created an unstable political climate in the region.  As a Soviet border state with massive oil resources, Iran is particularly vulnerable to being overtaken by Soviet expansionism. Given the American investment in British reconstruction, it is in the interest of the United States to ensure the continued access to oil revenues for our British allies.  The greatest objective for the US and her allies, however, is to establish a firm line of defense against Soviet occupation of Iran.

Mossadegh

Foreign Secretary under Eisenhower

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Mohammad Mossadegh

Prime minister of iran

En route to Tehran, the residents of Fars province offered Mossadegh the governorship.  Mossadegh accepted, but later resigned after a few months to protest the ousting of Ahmad Shah Qajar by Reza Khan.  He accepted positions in the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the new Shah, then was elected to the Majlis where he waged a fierce political campaign against the new monarch.  In 1928, Mossadegh retreated into self-imposed exile until the Shah’s militia arrested him in 1940.

Reza Khan proved to be an inconsistent ruler and was forced out by Allied forces when the Soviet Union changed sides during WWII.  A nationwide pardon for all political prisoners ended Mossadegh’s exile and he rejoined the political scene with vast popular approval.  Mossadegh won another seat in the Majlis in 1944, where he continued to pursue a nationalist agenda.  Mossadegh eventually formed the National Front.

Mossadegh’s nationalist agenda has created an unstable political climate in the region.  As a Soviet border state with massive oil resources, Iran is particularly vulnerable to being overtaken by Soviet expansionism. Given the American investment in British reconstruction, it is in the interest of the United States to ensure the continued access to oil revenues for our British allies.  The greatest objective for the US and her allies, however, is to establish a firm line of defense against Soviet occupation of Iran.

Kashani

Foreign Secretary under Eisenhower

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Kashani

Ambassador of soviet union

Son of an heiress and a railroad baron, Harriman was born and raised in Manhattan.  His education resembles that of many highly ranked public servants, beginning with the Groton School, then Yale where he joined Skull and Bones.  He walked directly onto the board of Union Pacific Railroad upon graduation in 1913 and inherited the largest fortune in America. 

As a part of FDR’s New Deal economic recovery program, Harriman worked for the short-lived National Recovery Administration, which established labor and pricing practices to stabilize domestic industrial production.  Harriman’s allegiance to the Democratic Party solidified during this time, and he earned FDR’s lifelong trust.

Ashraf

Foreign Secretary under Eisenhower

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Harry Truman

Prime minister of iran

En route to Tehran, the residents of Fars province offered Mossadegh the governorship.  Mossadegh accepted, but later resigned after a few months to protest the ousting of Ahmad Shah Qajar by Reza Khan.  He accepted positions in the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the new Shah, then was elected to the Majlis where he waged a fierce political campaign against the new monarch.  In 1928, Mossadegh retreated into self-imposed exile until the Shah’s militia arrested him in 1940.

Reza Khan proved to be an inconsistent ruler and was forced out by Allied forces when the Soviet Union changed sides during WWII.  A nationwide pardon for all political prisoners ended Mossadegh’s exile and he rejoined the political scene with vast popular approval.  Mossadegh won another seat in the Majlis in 1944, where he continued to pursue a nationalist agenda.  Mossadegh eventually formed the National Front.

Mossadegh’s nationalist agenda has created an unstable political climate in the region.  As a Soviet border state with massive oil resources, Iran is particularly vulnerable to being overtaken by Soviet expansionism. Given the American investment in British reconstruction, it is in the interest of the United States to ensure the continued access to oil revenues for our British allies.  The greatest objective for the US and her allies, however, is to establish a firm line of defense against Soviet occupation of Iran.

Zahedi

Foreign Secretary under Eisenhower

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Zahedi

Prime minister of iran

Princess Ashraf Pahlavi is the twin sister of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi and daughter of Reza Khan.  She is known for her sharp wit and combative personality, unlike her more reserved twin.  According to Iranian custom, Ashraf received a basic education and was groomed for marriage rather than political life.

The princess first came into the public eye when her father forced the unveiling of Iranian women during a period of reforms intended to Westernize public life in Iran.  Ashraf and her sister Princess Shams were among the first women to discard their veils during this period.

A fierce royalist and an outspoken companion to her brother, Ashraf spends most of her time abroad.  She is a volatile character and is considered a wildcard in terms of her value as a source of intelligence.

Fatemi

Foreign Secretary under Eisenhower

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Harry Truman

Prime minister of iran

En route to Tehran, the residents of Fars province offered Mossadegh the governorship.  Mossadegh accepted, but later resigned after a few months to protest the ousting of Ahmad Shah Qajar by Reza Khan.  He accepted positions in the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the new Shah, then was elected to the Majlis where he waged a fierce political campaign against the new monarch.  In 1928, Mossadegh retreated into self-imposed exile until the Shah’s militia arrested him in 1940.

Reza Khan proved to be an inconsistent ruler and was forced out by Allied forces when the Soviet Union changed sides during WWII.  A nationwide pardon for all political prisoners ended Mossadegh’s exile and he rejoined the political scene with vast popular approval.  Mossadegh won another seat in the Majlis in 1944, where he continued to pursue a nationalist agenda.  Mossadegh eventually formed the National Front.

Mossadegh’s nationalist agenda has created an unstable political climate in the region.  As a Soviet border state with massive oil resources, Iran is particularly vulnerable to being overtaken by Soviet expansionism. Given the American investment in British reconstruction, it is in the interest of the United States to ensure the continued access to oil revenues for our British allies.  The greatest objective for the US and her allies, however, is to establish a firm line of defense against Soviet occupation of Iran.

Razmara

Foreign Secretary under Eisenhower

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Harry Truman

Prime minister of iran

En route to Tehran, the residents of Fars province offered Mossadegh the governorship.  Mossadegh accepted, but later resigned after a few months to protest the ousting of Ahmad Shah Qajar by Reza Khan.  He accepted positions in the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the new Shah, then was elected to the Majlis where he waged a fierce political campaign against the new monarch.  In 1928, Mossadegh retreated into self-imposed exile until the Shah’s militia arrested him in 1940.

Reza Khan proved to be an inconsistent ruler and was forced out by Allied forces when the Soviet Union changed sides during WWII.  A nationwide pardon for all political prisoners ended Mossadegh’s exile and he rejoined the political scene with vast popular approval.  Mossadegh won another seat in the Majlis in 1944, where he continued to pursue a nationalist agenda.  Mossadegh eventually formed the National Front.

Mossadegh’s nationalist agenda has created an unstable political climate in the region.  As a Soviet border state with massive oil resources, Iran is particularly vulnerable to being overtaken by Soviet expansionism. Given the American investment in British reconstruction, it is in the interest of the United States to ensure the continued access to oil revenues for our British allies.  The greatest objective for the US and her allies, however, is to establish a firm line of defense against Soviet occupation of Iran.

Nassiri

Foreign Secretary under Eisenhower

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Harry Truman

Prime minister of iran

En route to Tehran, the residents of Fars province offered Mossadegh the governorship.  Mossadegh accepted, but later resigned after a few months to protest the ousting of Ahmad Shah Qajar by Reza Khan.  He accepted positions in the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the new Shah, then was elected to the Majlis where he waged a fierce political campaign against the new monarch.  In 1928, Mossadegh retreated into self-imposed exile until the Shah’s militia arrested him in 1940.

Reza Khan proved to be an inconsistent ruler and was forced out by Allied forces when the Soviet Union changed sides during WWII.  A nationwide pardon for all political prisoners ended Mossadegh’s exile and he rejoined the political scene with vast popular approval.  Mossadegh won another seat in the Majlis in 1944, where he continued to pursue a nationalist agenda.  Mossadegh eventually formed the National Front.

Mossadegh’s nationalist agenda has created an unstable political climate in the region.  As a Soviet border state with massive oil resources, Iran is particularly vulnerable to being overtaken by Soviet expansionism. Given the American investment in British reconstruction, it is in the interest of the United States to ensure the continued access to oil revenues for our British allies.  The greatest objective for the US and her allies, however, is to establish a firm line of defense against Soviet occupation of Iran.

Shaban

Foreign Secretary under Eisenhower

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Shaban

Prime minister of iran

Princess Ashraf Pahlavi is the twin sister of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi and daughter of Reza Khan.  She is known for her sharp wit and combative personality, unlike her more reserved twin.  According to Iranian custom, Ashraf received a basic education and was groomed for marriage rather than political life.

The princess first came into the public eye when her father forced the unveiling of Iranian women during a period of reforms intended to Westernize public life in Iran.  Ashraf and her sister Princess Shams were among the first women to discard their veils during this period.

A fierce royalist and an outspoken companion to her brother, Ashraf spends most of her time abroad.  She is a volatile character and is considered a wildcard in terms of her value as a source of intelligence.

Reza Khan

Foreign Secretary under Eisenhower

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Reza Khan

Prime minister of iran

Princess Ashraf Pahlavi is the twin sister of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi and daughter of Reza Khan.  She is known for her sharp wit and combative personality, unlike her more reserved twin.  According to Iranian custom, Ashraf received a basic education and was groomed for marriage rather than political life.

The princess first came into the public eye when her father forced the unveiling of Iranian women during a period of reforms intended to Westernize public life in Iran.  Ashraf and her sister Princess Shams were among the first women to discard their veils during this period.

A fierce royalist and an outspoken companion to her brother, Ashraf spends most of her time abroad.  She is a volatile character and is considered a wildcard in terms of her value as a source of intelligence.

Winston Churchill

Foreign Secretary under Eisenhower

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Winston Churchill

Prime minister of britain

At the outset of WWI, Churchill was appointed First Lord of the Admiralty, the highest rank in the British navy.  He was demoted after Gallipoli and continued to serve as an officer in the trenches.  In 1917, Churchill returned to London and politics, receiving multiple wartime cabinet appointments including Secretary of State for War.  In 1921, Churchill was appointed Secretary of State for the Colonies where he signed the Anglo-Irish Treaty, granting limited Irish independence.

 

In the interwar years, Churchill’s political popularity declined.  As Chancellor of the Exchequer he executed the British return to the Gold Standard, causing a rapid rise in unemployment and inflation.  The public blamed him for the economic shift and he withdrew from political life.

At the outset of WWI, Churchill was appointed First Lord of the Admiralty, the highest rank in the British navy.  He was demoted after Gallipoli and continued to serve as an officer in the trenches.  In 1917, Churchill returned to London and politics, receiving multiple wartime cabinet appointments including Secretary of State for War.  In 1921, Churchill was appointed Secretary of State for the Colonies where he signed the Anglo-Irish Treaty, granting limited Irish independence.

 

After the Allied victory in 1945, Churchill developed a plan to attack the Soviet Allied troops before they left Western Europe.  The plan was rejected by Parliament, but Churchill’s animosity towards the former British ally lingered. 

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Clement Attlee

Foreign Secretary under Eisenhower

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Clement Attlee

Prime minister of iran

Attlee was born in London, and studied modern history Oxford University. He spent his time addressing social issues in the political sector, joining the Labor Party to pursue an agenda of wealth redistribution in local government and Parliament. In 1912 he began lecturing at the London School of Economics, and in 1914 enlisted in WWI. While engaged in Gallipoli Attlee developed an appreciation for Churchill’s military strategy, despite the campaign’s overall failure. 

After WWII, he became the first Labor Prime Minister to serve a full term, executing an expansion of social services, nationalizing the railway system, banks and major commodities, and establishing national health care. Under this administration, colonial India and Jordan were granted independence from the British Empire.

 

In 1951 Churchill returned to the post of Prime Minister, and the Conservative party regained its majority control. Attlee continued to represent the Labor opposition, but Herbert Morrison contested Attlee’s party leadership, deepening the rift within the party and weakening their political strength against the Conservative agenda.

As political opponents, Churchill and Attlee addressed foreign policy issues in distinctly different ways. Whereas Attlee facilitated a dismantling of British colonial control, Churchill favored direct action and sought to maintain Britain’s military force against colonial rebellion. Attlee’s ability to facilitate a successful mediation between the Iranian nationalist and the AIOC are limited due to his past political objectives.

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Sir William Fraser

Foreign Secretary under Eisenhower

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Harry Truman

Prime minister of iran

En route to Tehran, the residents of Fars province offered Mossadegh the governorship.  Mossadegh accepted, but later resigned after a few months to protest the ousting of Ahmad Shah Qajar by Reza Khan.  He accepted positions in the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the new Shah, then was elected to the Majlis where he waged a fierce political campaign against the new monarch.  In 1928, Mossadegh retreated into self-imposed exile until the Shah’s militia arrested him in 1940.

Reza Khan proved to be an inconsistent ruler and was forced out by Allied forces when the Soviet Union changed sides during WWII.  A nationwide pardon for all political prisoners ended Mossadegh’s exile and he rejoined the political scene with vast popular approval.  Mossadegh won another seat in the Majlis in 1944, where he continued to pursue a nationalist agenda.  Mossadegh eventually formed the National Front.

Mossadegh’s nationalist agenda has created an unstable political climate in the region.  As a Soviet border state with massive oil resources, Iran is particularly vulnerable to being overtaken by Soviet expansionism. Given the American investment in British reconstruction, it is in the interest of the United States to ensure the continued access to oil revenues for our British allies.  The greatest objective for the US and her allies, however, is to establish a firm line of defense against Soviet occupation of Iran.
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Norman Darbyshire

Foreign Secretary under Eisenhower

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Norman Darbyshire

Prime minister of iran

Princess Ashraf Pahlavi is the twin sister of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi and daughter of Reza Khan.  She is known for her sharp wit and combative personality, unlike her more reserved twin.  According to Iranian custom, Ashraf received a basic education and was groomed for marriage rather than political life.

The princess first came into the public eye when her father forced the unveiling of Iranian women during a period of reforms intended to Westernize public life in Iran.  Ashraf and her sister Princess Shams were among the first women to discard their veils during this period.

A fierce royalist and an outspoken companion to her brother, Ashraf spends most of her time abroad.  She is a volatile character and is considered a wildcard in terms of her value as a source of intelligence.

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Herbert Morrison

Foreign Secretary under Eisenhower

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Herbert Morrison

Ambassador of soviet union

A police constable’s son from South London, Morrison ended his formal education at age 14.  Elected to local government as a member of the Labor party in 1919, and Parliament in 1923, he unsuccessfully fought to replace Clement Attlee as party leader in 1935.


Morrison organized the 1945 election campaign in which the Labor Party, lead by Attlee, won a landslide majority over the Conservatives. Churchill remained on as minority leader, and Morrison was named Deputy Prime Minister, despite significant discord with Attlee. When the appointed Foreign Secretary resigned, Morrison took the post, but he was too inexperienced to perform well. 


From his first day in office, Morrison took an antagonistic position against Iran, publicly announcing his intention to mobilize troops in preparation to intervene in Abadan.  Under his guidance, a team was assembled to execute various studies of Iran and its citizens. The reports described the culture as self interested, easily manipulated and dishonest. 


Despite Attlee’s position that military force should not be used to preserve British oil investments in Iran, Morrison’s direction in the foreign office, and the similarly aggressive stance taken by Ambassador Shepherd in the British Embassy, has exacerbated the conflict to the point that a diplomatic resolution is no longer considered by the Agency to be a possible outcome.

As a part of FDR’s New Deal economic recovery program, Harriman worked for the short-lived National Recovery Administration, which established labor and pricing practices to stabilize domestic industrial production.  Harriman’s allegiance to the Democratic Party solidified during this time, and he earned FDR’s lifelong trust.

 

In 1941, Harriman was placed in charge of negotiating the lend lease agreement with England, securing fifty billion dollars worth of American materials for British defense forces. 

FDR appointed Harriman as Ambassador to the Soviet Union in 1943.  He entered the post with optimism, but left lacking confidence in the possibility of successful negotiations between the two nations.  

 

Harriman was called to facilitate the first meeting between Churchill, Stalin, and FDR after the Soviet Union turned against its former allies.  Given his diplomatic history with Russia, his role in securing American goods to supply the British Army, and his close relationship with FDR, Harriman proved essential in bridging the difference in opinion between Churchill and Roosevelt over how to engage with the Soviet Union.

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