Aster Thierry Pickles, former Supreme Councillor of the Martian Union and President of the MAFC Interstellar Coordination Committee
A. T. Pickles rose to prominence in the Martian Union in the period 3180 to 3190 and by 3196 had been elected Supreme Councillor for Quadrant 0 and therefore inevitably Chairman of the ICC. He was born on New Mars to a wealthy country family with a history of public service. He graduated from the University if New Mars with a degree in Politics and Power and immediately applied for entry into the MSN, much to the disappointment of his mother. However Aster stayed in the MSN for the minimum time necessary as an officer, spending much of the years following his commission in various staff and administrative posts. By the time of his leaving of active service, Aster Pickles was deputy Public Affairs Officer for the MSN in Quadrant 8.
Pickles moved into politics as soon as he could and worked his way up through the levels in Quadrant 0 before finally being elected Supreme Councillor of the Martian Union and therefore Chairman of the Interstellar Co-ordination Committee at the end of 3196. Almost immediately the new administration, under the leadership of Supreme Councillor Pickles, tried to insulate the Martian Union from external events. That it almost immediately became apparent that this was just not something that could be done, the Pickles administration went into a form of paralysis. The Navy and other institutions saw cuts, ostensibly to fund investment but the resources mobilised were left unused. The ICC ceased to meet on a regular basis and individual senators with ministerial responsibility were left to do their own thing. In time this proved fortunate as the galvanisation of key Senators saw the removal of Pickles in late 3199.
A. T. Pickles has since left politics and is an occasional host on tri-vid chatshows.