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[...]
Moderates: I met both of your supporters in the Party and they were wonderful people.
[...]
Oh, thank you very much. :)

Heey, wait a minute, I think you are making fun of us. :mad:

Well, let me tell you Sir, there are at least three of us!
 

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What Now?

As Lenin presided over the end of the Civil War he was presented with a divided country in ruins. As news trickled through to Cologne of the final defeat of Kadon in the blood soaked hills of the Bavarian Alps there was but one question on the collective minds of the people of the Republic – what now?

Lenin’s response was to publish a detailed review of the state of the Republic coupled with his plans for post war reconstruction.



On the international stage the last phase of Imperialism was gearing up. In competition with the VSVR’s large African territory France had started to expand its influence with efforts in progress to secure footholds in Gabon and at the mouth of Niger whilst at the same time the Republic’s old enemy competed with the VSVR over the Sahara. Britain was much less committed to Africa but was still invested in pushing Northwards beyond the Boer Republics and into the prosperous territories of Zimbabwe. Finally Portugal, fresh from claiming much of Oman’s African outposts, was in the process of expanding Mozambique inland.

In South America the duel powers of Brazil and Argentina had adopted authoritarianism and with that military power. During the 1850s and 60s they ruled the continent with an iron fist. However since the 70s the balance of power had decisively shifted. In Central America both the USCA and Mexico had risen to the ranks of the Great Powers on the backs of immigrant booms whilst in South America Chile, a nation that only a decade before seemed ready to finally collapse had established a strong industrial base and now had a population larger than that of Argentina.



On the world stage the Republic seemed to be second in everything. It was 2nd in military power, prestige and industrial output only to the British Empire. However in Europe it was clearly dominant. Britain’s military might was based off of two things – the Royal Navy (useless in prosecuting power on the European mainland) and the vast conscripted hordes of India (trapped in Asia). Therefore in Europe the Red Army reigned supreme. Meanwhile the VSVR’s industry was actually slightly larger than that of the Home Islands with Indian industry pushing Britain ahead. Elsewhere both Russia and the USA were basing their lofty positions on the backs of powerful industrial bases whilst the Habsburg Empire continued to flounder and stagnate – unable to catch up with the major European powers but able to keep Mexico at an arm’s length – and the Central American Powers lacked the population to compete with the most powerful states.

With such a dominant position in Europe the Red Army could, almost certainly, defeat any one opponent. Lenin proposed that as soon as possible the Army strike against France – dealing a fatal blow to French pretences of European dominance.

It is interesting to put the industries of Britain and the Republic into perspective. British industrial output was 7.75 times the size of its 1850 level (the year the Republic was founded) whilst the VSVR’s was 115 times its size in the same year.



In terms of population the Republic had recently overtaken Russia to become the world’s 3rd most populace nation. Whilst the Comintern as a whole was now equivalent to 2/3s of the British Empire or 1/3 of China. Every day the portion of the world living under Socialism grew.



By 1884 the Republic was 57% urban. Factory workers were now a powerful force with around 15% of all citizens working in factories. At the same time the artisan class of petty bourgeoisie had effectively ceased to be a major issue – slowly dying out in the face of competition from the Republic’s factories. The aim of proletarianising the Republic seemed to have been largely successful.



However in different areas of the Republic things were very different. In the incredible territory of the Ruhr 45% of all citizens were factory workers whilst 95% of people lived in urban areas. Just over 1/6 of the entire factory workforce lived in this small region. What’s more the colossal cement industry of the region employed 216,973 workers and made a daily profit of £815.79. This made it both the most valuable and largest concentration of factories of a single industry on earth. Yet, whilst no other region even came close to the Ruhr, there was a clear cut East-West divide in the Republic. Aside from major industrial concentrations around Berlin and Munich the Eastern half of the Republic was significantly less industrial and much more rural. Lenin proposed a change in focus with much more attention placed on expanding the industries of the East, most importantly in potential major industrial centre in Silesia and Bohemia (two regions with both the resources and the manpower need for industrialisation in abundance).



Africa included the Republic was almost exactly 3/4s German. This statistic is intriguing as it reinforces a widely held fear of the minorities of the Republic (Lenin himself included) that it was a largely German state. Demographics is not something that can be so easily fixed, all that can be done is to guarantee that the Republic does not go the nationalistic way of Denmark. The VSVR is a Republic for all. No matter of your origins.



The next statistic was especially worrying. Only 35% of people in the Republic were Atheists. Indeed Atheism was the 2nd largest ‘religious’ group behind Protestantism. The policies initially introduced in the days of Marx and Weitling to teach the younger generation about the truth to do with religion (ie the non-existence of God etc) had successfully converted the majority of the younger generation to Atheism. But both among the older generation and a significant number of the generation raised by the Republic religious beliefs persisted. If one thing unified the Party it was the hatred of religion. Lenin proposed a new, more aggressive, anti-religious policy.



If there was one success of Socialism that shone above all others it was its success in the field of education. 3 of the top 4 most literate states on earth were Comintern members whilst the most literate Great Power was the VSVR (which had only recently overtaken France). The Republic’s main problem in this field was that whilst there were only negligible numbers of illiterate Germans Czechs, Walloons, Poles, Flemings, the minorities of Republican Poland and the Africans all had significantly lower literacy rate which dragged down the average figure. Little could be done other than to properly fund education.

Finally we come to the most pressing issue of the Republic, our political future. In such an atmosphere of mutual mistrust and volatility it would be foolhardy to thrust an election and all the hatred and instability that brings upon the battered people of the VSVR. Instead Comrade Lenin is to be made temporary Chairman until the situation cools and democracy can be fully restored.

Both the Anarchist and Independent factions are hence force to be made illegal. All their members in the Constituent Assembly are to be thrown out (leaving 52 members – 27 of whom are Marxist Leninists). Now with a Leninist majority in the Assembly it is only right that Lenin become temporary Chairman during this crisis.

Kropotkin, Liebknecht and Necazian – the surviving trio that led our Republic to oblivion – are to be left under house arrest indefinitely for their crimes against the Republic. All other Anarchist and Independent politicians are to be granted an amnesty on the condition they do not continue to publically support those poisonous factions.

All Anarchist and Independent presses are to shut down.

An official request is to be sent to the Finnish Politburo for the extradition of that murderous dog Enewald.

All Trade Unions are to be shut down. An official investigation shall then be sponsored to discover the corrupt elements of the Unions and then to punish any individuals found to be acting in a corrupt way in the name of the people.
 

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Objection!
You cannot have me!

What right does Lenin have to do so?
Annihilating two major parties?

Zeal cannot be stopped!

Are anarchists not equal citizens? Do they not have rights?
Is this not a republic where political forces can express their opinions without being shot by Lenin?

New elections now!
Freedom or death!

If I return with armed militia, can I participate in the elections and get elected?

And if you destroyed two parties, can we get new parties?
Freedom Party? New Anarchist Party? Anarcho-Liberal Front?
 

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Kropotkin, Liebknecht and Necazian – the surviving trio that led our Republic to oblivion – are to be left under house arrest indefinitely for their crimes against the Republic. All other Anarchist and Independent politicians are to be granted an amnesty on the condition they do not continue to publically support those poisonous factions.


House arrest, eh? :p Interesting. Great update by the way! :D
 

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Freer consumption, freer enterprise, cash moves around unhindered, demand defines production.
No subsidizing, we should be producing what the people demand, not what the party thinks people might need.
Next scapegoat is Lenin.
Actually I think the next scapegoat is whoever Lenin says it is.

EDIT: and I think he just said its the French.
 
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Now who's a Tyrant? :)
A tyrant is someone who rules without a opposition that would be able to prevent the tyrant from doing everything the tyrant wishes to do.

My little campaign was not against the law since we apparently have no laws. And as the update says; "The VSVR is a Republic for all. No matter of your origins."
 

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I have been wounded in the fighting in Belgium and am outraged at the tyrranical acts taken by the bloodthirsty hounds who have taken this land. Someone hand me a gun and I'll fight as hard as I can against that demon Lenin!
 

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Even though extreme, I think Lenin's measures are reasonable in light of recent events. I especially like the amnesty for the members of illegal factions.

EDIT: And things like what J. Passepartout just said wont exactly make the normalization of the republic go quicker...
 

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Even though extreme, I think Lenin's measures are reasonable in light of recent events. I especially like the amnesty for the members of illegal factions.

EDIT: And things like what J. Passepartout just said wont exactly make the normalization of the republic go quicker...
Hey, being radicalised can do that to a man.
 

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Even though extreme, I think Lenin's measures are reasonable in light of recent events. I especially like the amnesty for the members of illegal factions.
I believe two of them should be shot, for I think for less Blanqui was. Also Enewald should be shot too :)
 

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Flat taxes are fair, the state should not tax more than what is needed.
Privatization? Would you prefer free economy or state capitalism, that is the question.
In small states state capitalism can succeed on some scale, but we are not small and free men should be allowed to compete and strive to make better livings.

We should have a more clear line between state-capitalistic parties and free economy-parties.
Instead of that we have anarchists and Marxists fighting civil wars.
No, no, no, no, no, no... *sigh* While you are dribbling absolute bourgeois economics and nonsense, I am going to resist the strong urge to refute it and your likening of Marxist economics to State Capitalist China. Social Anarchists, which are the Anarchists represented in this AAR, do not believe in bourgeois economics. They stand for a classless, communal society, precisely as Marxists do, the difference is in how they want to achieve it. Anarchists don't believe it can be achieve via a statist measure, Marxists do. That's it... there is no place for Anarcho-Liberals in a Socialist society. They belong on the dust heap with the rest of bourgeois economic thought.

I prefer the economy not to be in the hands of the wealthy few; it should be in the hands of the democratically elected. At this point in the evolution of the Republic, that means the state. Also, I think it's fair that those who can pay more taxes should do so, while the poor should pay less; that those taxes should then go towards helping those who need it the most. It's the classic Marxist principle of "From each according to ability, to each according to need".
Social Anarchists don't disagree with Blanc's famous philosophy. They simply believe that it should be up to the communes/syndicates to ensure the equitable distribution of wealth and resources, not for some omnipresent state to do so.

In this timeline though, most Conservatives would be Protectionists and most Liberals (Left = Liberal back in the 19th century) would support Free Trade. If we assume that the Socialists are the Ultra-Left on the 19th century political spectrum then the Anarchists would be right of the socialists but still far left by 19th century political standards.
But socialists aren't the Ultra Left, even in the 19th Century. Marxists have always occupied the position of Far Left. Social Anarchists are Ultra Left. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it's only the limitations of the game engine that have forced Tommy4Ever to use Free Trade as an in game policy. They don't actually stand for anything of the kind of bourgeois free trade policies that we know of. They stand for non-statist methods of redistribution and oversight; free trade is the closest thing to that.

Even though extreme, I think Lenin's measures are reasonable in light of recent events. I especially like the amnesty for the members of illegal factions.

EDIT: And things like what J. Passepartout just said wont exactly make the normalization of the republic go quicker...
In light of what events? A democratically elected government had a crisis and before it was even given a chance to deal with it, Lenin paraded in with an army and seized control. It's not the first crisis the Republic has had to deal with... or have you already forgotten about Blanqui? We have started on the path to tyranny now, mark my words. Orthodox Marxism is as blind as it is brilliant and well meaning. It can't see the forest from the trees, and it thinks that the ends always justify the means. The only ends to orthodox Marxism are tyranny, State Capitalism and the end of the worker's republic.

As in favour as I am of pacifism and Left unity, Lenin has crossed the rubicon. The die is now cast. All Anarchists and those who wish to save what is left of the Republic should rise up against this menace!
 

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Social anarchists are dead.
But other anarchists still breathe.
Economy must be free from state control. State is a necessary evil for now, but if it is too contaminated with Marxist impurity, it must purged and washed clean with blood.
 

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I believe two of them should be shot, for I think for less Blanqui was. Also Enewald should be shot too :)
Blanqui was shot for making war on the government of the republic. Who did that in this example? Agreed about Enewald though.

Even though extreme, I think Lenin's measures are reasonable in light of recent events. I especially like the amnesty for the members of illegal factions.
You think banning an entire section of political and economic opinion is "reasonable"? You think making war on the republic's government and workers is "reasonable"? You think the destruction and betrayal of the freedoms we fought and died for is "reasonable"?

Yes, 'cause Lenin's such a Fascist. :rolleyes:
If he bans views opposing his narrow political ideas then he is no Socialist.


Let all tyrants know that the march of history is on our side. The workers of the world will be truly free. They have the guns, they have the power, but we have righteousness on our side. This is but a blip in the historical imperative. The same principles that brought us to power all those years ago will now once again work in our favour. The workers are many. They are few.
 

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A tyrant is someone who rules without a opposition that would be able to prevent the tyrant from doing everything the tyrant wishes to do.
That's not the definition of tyrant. ;)

And so Socialism end and Fascism begin.
Do you say that because the lack of nationalism in Lenin's policies or because the fact he specifically wants to avoid fascism?
 

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Blanqui was shot for making war on the government of the republic. Who did that in this example? Agreed about Enewald though.
Blanqui was a hero who strengthened the VSVR and was tricked into rebellion by his political opponents. Kropotkin and Liebknecht led our VSVR down the path of ruin and Civil War. They should be shot, if not hung, drawn and quartered.

They don't actually stand for anything of the kind of bourgeois free trade policies that we know of. They stand for non-statist methods of redistribution and oversight; free trade is the closest thing to that.
Judging from their policies I would most definitely say they do (remembering this is the 19th Century), as any form of non-state redistribution can only be described as Capitalism. (again, 19th century)
 

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Blanqui was a hero who strengthened the VSVR and was tricked into rebellion by his political opponents. Kropotkin and Liebknecht led our VSVR down the path of ruin and Civil War. They should be shot, if not hung, drawn and quartered.


Judging from their policies I would most definitely say they do (remembering this is the 19th Century), as any form of non-state redistribution can only be described as Capitalism. (again, 19th century)
+1

I can only agree with you.
 
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