Thai Sho Kimota Kasei, MSN, Supreme Human Commander, Honoured Amongst Martians
Kimota Kasei is the Supreme Human Commander, replacing Thai Sho Aiashi Hojo in 3209. Prior to this, he served with distinction as MSN fleet commander in Quadrant 5, winning the Steel Helix for his actions at the Battle of Z'Ha'Dum, and the words 'Honoured Amongst Martians' after his name, when he ordered his flagship, the battleship MSS Musashi, to ram and board an Exterminator Super-Battleship at the height of the battle, turning the tide of the fight. He is one of the few living recipients of the Steel Helix, which brings him benefits such as being exempt from all Martian taxation and requiring all Martians to stand when he enters a room.
However, in contrast to his apparently heroic actions at Z'Ha'Dum, Kasei himself has a reputation for undertaking meticulous analyses of tactical and strategic situations prior to making his move. As a result, whilst his solutions to situations are often novel, they are rarely spontaneous. He is therefore in many ways atypical of the MSN, and certainly not in the tradition of futile stands and suicidal charges - the Martians of galactic legend. At times, such as his decision not to attempt a rescue of the inhabitants of Peroxide in 3198 during the Exterminator War (estimated chance of success < 5%), for which he is still reviled in some quarters of the Venerian Republic, Kasei is said to be cold and calculating. The truth is he holds the men and women of the armed forces, who have chosen to offer their lives in defence of humanity, to be a resource not to be squandered but rather spent carefully when the chance of success has been maximised. The Admiral strongly supports the need for keeping a fleet in being.
As well as his service during the Exterminator War, Kasei is also celebrated in the MAFC for drawing up the military plans for the defeat of the Artificial Intelligence 'Cerebro' in Quadrant 5 in 3199, and he took charge of the capture of Governor (now president) Potato's personal yacht during the operation. Senator Banderas, who authorised that operation and personally led the parallel ground action on Over, is known to greatly admire Kasei from their time together during the Exterminator War in Quadrant 5 and has been an outspoken champion of him at an international political level and a prime mover behind his selection as Supreme Human Commander.
Kimota Kasei was born on Tokugawa and entered the Martian Star Navy in Quadrant 2. His progress through the ranks saw him attend staff college at New Mars. He later returned to New Mars for his political training when he was identified as the next Commander in Q5. Admiral Kasei, if he can be said to have any politics (and can any Martian admiral?), is a traditional libertarian Martian, believing in personal responsibility coupled with letting the other guy get on with his own way of living.