Matthew Wallace

From Constructed Worlds
Jump to navigation Jump to search
 This article was formerly part of Altverse or Altverse II and is no longer considered canon.
Matthew Wallace
Matthew Wallace.jpg
Photograph of Wallace in 1915
2nd Secretary General of the World Continental Congress
In office
September 21st, 1920 – December 18th, 1936
Preceded by Philip Martin Gates
Succeeded by Jason Ronson
1st Vice Secretary General of the World Continental Congress
In office
August 4th, 1912 – September 20th, 1920
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Jason Ronson
Personal details
Born December 18th, 1889
Miami, United Commonwealth
Died September 22nd, 1938
Terra Alta, Catalonia, Second Spanish Republic (aged 38)
Nationality Sierran (after 1917)
Political party Communist Party of Sierra.svg Communist Party of Sierra
Spouse(s) Emily Lain (w. 1938)
Children 3
Military service
Allegiance Second Spanish Republic Flag.png Spanish Republic
Years of service 1936-1938
Rank Major
Commands XV International Brigade

Spanish Civil War

Matthew James Wallace (December 18th, 1889-September 22nd, 1938) was a Commonwealth-born Sierran political activist who became the first Vice Secretary General and later the second Secretary General of the World Continental Congress. Born into a working class family, Matthew Wallace became a notable communist activist at a young age and his support for Marxist causes persisted throughout his entire life. He became a supporter of Continentalism in his youth and would become responsible for the creation of Communist Continentalism as a result. After the World Continental Congress was created in August of 1912, Wallace traveled to Juno, Plumas in the Kingdom of Sierra to attend the conference.

There, he organized socialist, communist and marxist continentalists into the Socialist Bloc and was chosen as Vice Secretary General by Philip Martin Gates, the founder of the congress, in a coalition government. This coalition was fragile and the two were bitter political rivals by 1918. In 1919, Wallace staged and lead continentalist labor strikes and used that to remove Gates from power and was sworn in on September 21st, 1920 as the new Secretary General. As head of the congress, Wallace pushed his agenda hard and was a heavy advocate for continentalist ideals. He held the office of Secretary General until December 18th, 1936 where he resigned to enlist in the International Brigades to fight in the Spanish Civil War to support the left-leaning Second Spanish Republic.

He was succeeded by Jason Ronson, a life-long friend and political partner of Wallace, and he used the war to promote his cause world wide. He became a political commissar in the XV International Brigade in 1937 and fought in many battles until his death on September 22nd, 1938 during the Battle of the Ebro. He was mourned after his death and surviving followers that volunteered in the war came home and were welcomed as heroes by the congress. His legacy is complicated as many praise his efforts to promote continentalism and gain support from common people in the working class, but many claim Wallace was a power-hungry individual who used continentalism to gain a large following to push his communist agenda and only used working-class grievances to remove his opponents from power.

Early life and career[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary activist[edit | edit source]

World Continental Congress[edit | edit source]

Volunteer in Spain[edit | edit source]

Legacy[edit | edit source]