Communist Party of Sierra

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Communist Party of Sierra
Chairperson Kenneth Morrison
Spokesperson Matthew Scott
Slogan Workers of the world, unite!
Founded October 11th, 1928
Headquarters 1877 31st Street, People's Suite, Antioch, San Joaquin
Newspaper People's Daily
Student wing College Communists
Youth wing Young Communists of Sierra
Membership 58,000+
Ideology Communism
Landonism
Anti-monarchism
Political position Red flag waving.png Far-left
International affiliation Landonist International
American affiliation United Alliance of the Left
Official colors      Dark Reddish-Orange
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House of Commons
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Election symbol
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Party flag
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Politics of the Kingdom of Sierra
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The Communist Party of Sierra, commonly known as COMPARS, the Sierran Communist Party the Communist Party, or the Reds in a derogatory sense, is a far-left communist political party in the Kingdom of Sierra. Formed in 1928, the Communist Party was established by former members of the Labor Party of Sierra, and positioned itself as an alternative to the more Continental-aligned Continentalist Party of Sierra. The Communist Party describes itself as a revolutionary organization that adheres to the principles of Landonism as espoused by Isaiah Landon, serving as the "vanguard party" for revolution in Sierra. The party also advocates for the abolition of the monarchy and the creation of a republic as outlined by Landon's model.

The Communist Party historically struggled to gain relevance in Sierran politics during the Cold War, facing suppression from government forces due to the Party's association with the Eastern Bloc. It remained one of only a few organizations that officially called for the abolition of the monarchy, denouncing it as an unequal and illegitimate institution. In the modern era, the Communist Party is considered a minor fourth party. Although it has no current seats in the Parliament of Sierra, the party runs candidates in elections for the office of prime minister. The Communist Party has elected a number of officials to various seats in local and provincial governments and legislatures, especially in the Styxie, which is attributed to the rise of dissident republicanism in recent decades. The party has been lead by Kenneth Morrison since 2012, with Matthew Scott being its most notable spokesman.

History[edit | edit source]

The socialist movement has been present in Sierra since at least the 1870s, through the work of Marxist theoretician Isaiah Landon. The leader of the Sierran Civil War, Landon formulated his own contribution to Marxism, calling for a strong democratic tradition and the creation of a vanguard to direct the proletariat revolution. This would become known as Landonism, and after his death this ideology became a major influence on the Continentalist Party of the United Commonwealth and the subsequent development of Continentalism. Proponents of Landonism formed a significant faction within the Democratic-Republican Party of Sierra, but dissatisfaction at the Party's shift away from radical republicanism and toward cooperation with the Sierran monarchy caused a number of splits in the party. After the failure of several ephemeral parties in the 1880s, in 1886 the Labor Party of Sierra was formed under the leadership of Clayton Yoder. Landon was invited to the party's inaugural convention, but due to sickness was unable to attend. Upon Landon's death in 1888 Yoder helped organize funds for his funeral service. The Labor Party initially struggled to gain acceptance, but found its footing among radical republicans in the Styxie region and within the more heavily industrialized cities of the country. The party's platform was based on the writings of Isaiah Landon, styling itself as the vanguard party imagined by Landon. After the Democratic-Republicans dropped the mission of political republicanism from their platform in 1903, a number of former members joined the Labor Party. However, most went on to form the less radical Reformed Republican Party. Other notable socialist parties at this time included the Farmer Union Party. At the party's height in the early 1900s they successfully elected a number of candidates to the Parliament of the Kingdom of Sierra, achieving about 7% of the vote nationally in 1912. The Labor Party was one of several that participated in the Second International from Sierra.

Despite their growing success, the Labor Party began to fracture due to internal divisions, and likewise socialists faced discrimination from the Sierran establishment, especially during the Continental Revolutionary War. Extrajudicial violence paired with a number of laws meant to limit socialists in government hampered the Labor Party's efforts, in what is collectively known as the Sierran Red Scare. Along with the rest of the Second International, the Labor Party was pledged to pacifism and anti-interventionalism, however, upon the outbreak of wars in the 1910s the party became fractured, with many in the Party's leadership reneging on this vow and supporting Sierran military interests. However, the largest schism occurred in response to the rise of the Continentalist movement. The majority of the Party's leadership favored a more moderate, reformist-oriented approach, leading to the growth of a separate faction within the Labor Party that called for an armed revolution along the lines espoused by Continental leaders Aeneas Warren and Zhou Xinyue. After trying to steer the Labor Party toward the Continental school of thought for a number of years unsuccessfully, in 1919 a delegation led by Stephen Nygard broke from the Labor Party to form the Continentalist Party of Sierra. This party explicitly modeled itself after the Continentalist movement, adopting the writings of Warren and the official party line from Chicago as part of the Landonist International. The Continentalist Party grew rapidly, but suffered from attacks from the Sierran government and the Royal Intelligence Agency, especially when Sierra launched a punitive expedition against the provisional Continentalist States after 1920. In the aftermath of the Continental Revolution, the Continentalist Party saw its greatest public support, drawing away support from the Labor Party. The Labor Party would later disband in 1924, the majority of its members joining the Democratic Socialist Party of Sierra, which later evolved into the Social Democrats of Sierra.

In 1928 members from the former Labor Party, as well as defectors from the Continentalist Party, joined together to form the Communist Party of Sierra. According to the Communists, the Continentalist Party was too deeply aligned with the Continentalist Party of the United Commonwealth, having adopting elements of Callahanism as per decrees from Chicago, and was tainted in the eyes of the public by its association with Sierra's historical enemy the United Commonwealth. They considered the Continentalists as having devolved away from Marxist theory and toward a degenerated bureaucratic state, and the Communists instead adopted the writings of left communists who were critical of the Continental regime, including the polemics of Zhou Xinyue, William Z. Foster, and the National Democratic Labor Association. The Communist Party would elect Charles Seeger as its first leader.

During Great War I both parties faltered, due to their association with the United Commonwealth and Sierra's war-time measures of censorship and political suppression. However, the Communist Party managed to distance itself from the Continentalists better than their contemporaries, as under Seeger the Communists wrote critiques of the Continental government, labeling them as authoritarian and revisionist. The Party nonetheless struggled to elect members to parliament after the Great War, routinely only receiving 0.1-0.3% of the popular vote nation-wide.

Symbol[edit | edit source]

The symbol of the Communist Party of Sierra is two flags; the iconic red banner in the back and the civil flag of Sierra in the front with the purple star removed. Both flags are seen being hoisted by different poles behind each other with the tops being a green star representing the cause of republicanism and the party's support towards abolishing the monarchy. The green star is also a reference towards the Styxie province of San Joaquin where the party's headquarters is currently at. On the red flag is the date of 1848 written on the top, the latter of which is referring to the Revolutions of 1848, a continental-wide revolutionary wave of anti-monarchist, anti-autocratic liberal revolutions that called for change in Europe's political systems. On the Sierran civil flag, the date 1877 is written on the top and is referencing the year that the Sierran Civil War ended with the collapse of the Second California Republic and the capitulation of Isaiah Landon. Below that the party's name is written as COMPARS as a shortened stylized version.

Ideology and positions[edit | edit source]

Although the ideology of the Communist Party of Sierra has shifted over the years, in its modern form it officially adheres to the principals of communism as formulated by Karl Marx, and Landonism as formulated by Isaiah Landon, but rejects the supposed syncretic ideology of Marxism–Landonism that guides the United Commonwealth and most other current socialist nations. The Party considers itself the vanguard party described by Landon, tasked with guiding the dictatorship of the proletariat by forming an order of professional revolutionaries to best implement the desires of the working class. The party is opposed to the ruling House of Columbia and the Monarchy of Sierra, and calls for the the monarchy to be abolished, with the wealth and property of the Sierran monarchs seized by the state and properly distributed among the general populace. The party seeks to bring back the public property system under Landon and for royal land to be seized by the state for collective farms and other state programs. The party also calls for the "social liberation" of the Sierran people, seeking to abolish all traditional, cultural, and social systems that impede the progress and rights for the Sierran people, mainly the working classes.

Platform[edit | edit source]

Overview[edit | edit source]

  • Establishment of a "Socialist Bill of Rights", including freedom "from poverty, illiteracy, discrimination, and oppression"
  • The abolition of the Sierran monarchy and rule of the House of Columbia

Political issues[edit | edit source]

  • Campaign finance reform, including public financing of campaigns
  • Election law reform, including the implementation of fairer districts and instant runoff voting

Foreign policy[edit | edit source]

  • Opposition to foreign wars of intervention; withdraw from all the Middle East
  • The dismantling of the military industrial complex and reduced military budget
  • Mutual nuclear disarmament between nuclear-armed states
  • Withdrawal from the Conference of American States
  • Membership into the OMEAD

Economic issues[edit | edit source]

  • Raising the minimum wage nationally to $15/hour
  • National universal health care and the abolishment of private social security
  • Increased taxation on the rich and corporations
  • Strong regulation of the financial sector
  • Public ownership of utilities
  • Widespread efforts to reduce carbon emissions and promote renewable energy
  • Opposing new oil drilling and fracking

Social issues[edit | edit source]

  • Equal rights for women, including equal pay for equal work
  • Constitutional protection of reproductive rights; legal access to abortion
  • Opposition to racial profiling and discriminatory policing
  • Greater transparency and accountability in the police force
  • The legalization of same-sex marriage
  • Cooperation with religious institutions to promote peace and respect; ending unequal religious protections in Deseret

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Factions[edit | edit source]

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