The new national leader rushed to a bright future at supersonic speed, sometimes shocking others with his decisions. He is often called the Turkish Peter I ‒ just as sharply he fought with the remnants that Turkey inherited after a centuries-old period of rule of the sultans.
Having received an excellent secular education, Kemal was convinced that not fat sultans and not hungry people who call themselves dervishes would lead the country to prosperity. Only nationality and republicanism are the key to a happy future for Turkey, and this statement formed the basis of the official ideology of the Republic of Turkey.
Instead of the famous Peter the Great beard cutting, Mustafa Kemal declares war on fezs-traditional Turkish men's headdresses. In 1925, the 'Hat Act' was passed, according to which anyone who wore a fez or turban could be fined or taken into custody for up to six months.
The 'father of all Turks' himself favored European fashion and was always dressed to the nines. Expensive suits made of foreign fabrics, a taste for fine drinks (the strength of which far exceeded the traditional Turkish tea), the company of beautiful women ‒ why not? After all, one thing does not interfere with the other, as Atatürk believed.