William Wallace Somers (1591-1657) was a Sednyanese politican, writer, orator and social activist who served as the Governor of Alto from 1626 to 1648. He was an advocate of Expansionism and an ardent anti-constitutionalist activist who believed that the Sednyanese system of government separated the common man from power and kept anything from ever being accomplished. Disillusioned by the increased political gridlock in the first half of the seventeenth century, Somers wrote over fifty articles and gave over a hundred speeches in which he outlined a revolutionary and frequently contradictory vision for a "dictatorship of the people" that would eliminate political gridlock and allow the common, working man to rule.
Somers began his political career as a Liberalist, but grew interested in the growing Expansionist movement, and became one of the strongest proponents of Liberalist Expansionism. He considered James Haddick to be his primary role model, and felt that George Ross's ideas on the structure of government had failed. In his speeches and writing, he was known for his bold and frequently graphic language used to describe the governmental system, including his description Congress as a "sickening orgy of villains and idiots," and the president as "the powerless King of Fools." Even after losing the gubernatorial election of 1648, Somers continued to be an even more active political figure until 1657, at the end of the War of Trade. He gave a particularly impassioned and angry speech about how, by signing the Treaty of Correfuscidia and not pressing its advantage, Sednyana was giving up on achieving a role of power in the world and failing its duty to the world; toward the end of his speech, the crowd broke into a riot, and, in the chaos, Somers was shot eight times. The furious mob overtook the city, beginning of the Crisis of 1657.
Even though his political theories and writings came to naught, Somers has been one of the most studied and quoted figures in the history of the early Sednyanese republic. He has been frequently portrayed as a villainous figure who sought to unravel the Sednyanese political system, compared to Filipe de Gezias in Eqota and Zanden Morallo in Ziunia. However, the confusing, elusive, and often contradictory ideas of Somers have served to make him one of the most enigmatic figures in Sednyanese history, and made his ideas open to being used by a number of different political movements who sought to rebel against the current system, including socialism, anarchism, fascism, and neo-monarchism. Amyik von Haast, Georgy Goenskov, Hiroknara Marvaputhram, and César Antov were all admirers of Somers' work, and quoted him extensively. Followers of Somers' philosophy are known as Somerites.