Chancellor Frederick “Garlindo” Garland was instated in late 1953 as the third leader of the Provisional Republic, a temporary government established following Rocaterrania’s first revolution. Garlindo was criticized for being weak and malleable, and lasted only a month before he was overthrown and replaced with President Alberto Mikolinski.
The Provisional Republic revealed itself to be incompetent and inefficient, and the nation fell into a deep economic depression. The Rocaterranian people had no idea how to run a country; it had always been run for them. The Provisional Republic eventually fell with a second revolution in 1954.
The Provisional Republic represented the year Kuhler spent living and working in the city of Denver. In 1953, he left the security–and isolation–of the KZ Ranch to strike out on his own. Although he enjoyed urban life, his failure to find and maintain gainful employment left him unable to make ends meet. Depressed and disillusioned by his failure, Kuhler decided he would need more education if he was going to become truly independent. In 1954, he returned to the KZ Ranch, and applied for admission to the University of Colorado.
Rocaterrania’s Provisional Government was inspired by the Russian Provisional Government, which was established following the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution of 1917.