Darth Vader wanted to bring order to the galaxy, but I guess he’ll settle for bringing order to the Ukraine instead. In the midst of the ultra-serious and unstable political situation in the Ukraine, comes a bit of political theater as the Dark Lord of the Sith has thrown his hat in the ring to run the struggling Eastern European republic. Of course, Vader’s track records with running republics is spotty at best, but believe it or not, Vader has been a fixture in Ukrainian politics for the last couple of years, and this run for the nation’s highest office is just another entry in the character’s political saga.
Russia Today, which has been the subject of much controversy itself with accusations of being a propaganda arm of the Russian government, covered the Saturday announcement by Vader that he had won the primaries for the Ukrainian Internet Party, and would be on the ballot for the May presidential election. “I am prepared to take responsibility for the fate of this country, if fellow citizens do me this high honor,” said the Dark Lord of the Sith. “I alone can make an empire out of a republic, to restore former glory, to return lost territories and pride for this country.”
That may be an idle boast, but Vader is serious about being a political player in the Ukraine. During the 2012 national election, Vader won three per cent of the vote via write-in, and later fought for the legitimacy of the Ukrainian Internet Party when the Ministry of Justice declared it an illegitimate political party. Last November, Vader declared himself the mayor of Odessa after Aleksey Kostusev resigned from the office. But if that isn’t serious enough for you, keep in mind that anyone wanting to run for president in Ukraine has to pay a $236,000 fee, so barring any rebel interference, Vader will be on the ballot when Ukrainians go to the polls.
As for why the Sith are interested in ruling Ukraine, Vader’s previously said in interviews that “the Force is strong here.”
Here’s Russia Today’s video of Vader’s campaign launch:
Ukrainians go to the polls on May 25 to elect a new president to replace Viktor Yanukovych, who fled to Russia after a series of violent demonstrations in the Ukraine capital Kiev following his refusal to negotiate for Ukraine’s entry to the European Union and instead pursue closer political and financial ties to Russia.