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  • Vol. 2 · Iss. 4
    Castlemaine, Anticom's co-founder, has been labeled delete-on-sight (DOS) by NationStates moderators after posting what moderators described as "ongoing harassment of Misley and vile accusations of grossly illegal behavior" regarding Caelapes, formerly known as Misley. Delete-on-sight is the harshest level of punishment on NationStates, and is equivalent to a permanent ban: any future nations created by Castlemaine will be deleted without warning.
    Castlemaine had previously been known as Aragon and Occitania before that nation was deleted after threatening to hack The Internationale's forum to access Red Fleet data. Several other nations belonging to Castlemaine were deleted for harassment and impersonation, such as the nations "Fascist Proletaire" and "Mizlee." Moderators publicly warned Castlemaine after the last round of deleted nations that the next offense would result in a puppetsweep. Due to the nature of the latest offense, moderators launched a DOS discussion that lasted two days and was concluded March 20 with a decision to permanently disinvite Castlemaine from NationStates.
    Anticom's leaders have named an award for Castlemaine, describing him as "a true hero who fought for what he believed in and never said die."
    Vol. 2 · Iss. 4
    After Nazis and fascist sympathizers took control of Alliance Against Nazis, a former Antifa military jump point, Antifa commanders are looking to revitalize the alliance with new and more active members.
    Alliance Against Nazis was invaded by Nazi forces on March 15. It was previously the jump point for Antifa soldiers. Jump points are late-updating regions that allow military troops to move in to earlier-updating regions in defensive operations or invasions.
    Regions who are interested in taking up the anti-fascist fight are encouraged to contact Vippertooth33, administrator of the Antifa region, and to select a regional representative. Antifa does not take a political stance beyond its staunch opposition to fascism - leftist regions, right-wing opponents of fascism, and non-political antifascists alike are welcomed.
    Those interested in supporting antifascist military efforts may join existing organizations such as The Red Fleet, Korean Peoples Army, or Revolutionary Insurrectionary Army, or they may organize their own military forces.
    Vol. 2 · Iss. 3
    Months after a technical glitch prevented The Red Fleet from taking the Delegate seat in The Hyatt Islands, a botched refound attempted by former REATO commander Republic of Minerva sealed the region's fate as a Fleet protectorate.
    Founded in March 2014 by Belmaria, The Hyatt Islands joined REATO in July of that year and formed an intelligence agency designed to keep tabs on raider puppets. Belmaria ceased to exist in June 2015, and a password was established by long-time delegate Netonia. The Red Fleet acquired that password and moved into The Hyatt Islands shortly after, but due to a glitch in the endorsement count system, Netonia remained in the delegate seat.
    REATO poured reinforcements into the region, enabling Netonia to establish a new, hidden password in July. Jubilant, REATO withdrew from the region before all noncooperative nations were ejected, leaving a number of high-influence nations in the region who refused to move out and only one endorsement left on the delegate. Seven months later, the remaining nations were removed.
    Fifty minutes prior to update, Minarchist States, a puppet controlled by Republic of Minerva, left the region. Wide open, The Red Fleet scrambled ships to the region's perimeter to wait for the refound. Aided by its state-of-the-art update toolkit, the Fleet effortlessly seized the region, adding it to a collection of former REATO regions that includes Anti Authoritarian Alliance, Libertarians, and The Federal Islands.
    Vol. 2 · Iss. 3
    Shortly after agreeing to construct embassies with KAISERREICH, a notorious Nazi region whose founder pled for help in Nazi Europa and the Greater German Reich that "Jewish Bolsheviks" had overrun his region in the wake of a Red Fleet tag raid, Anticom has fallen even lower as one of its top three commanders has moved to assist the Nazi occupation of Persian Empire.
    "Truthfully, I'm not a fan of working with Nazis, but I'm not in charge of Anticom," said Anticom's second-in-charge, Castlemaine. "I'm sure I could get him to work with Nazis more discreetly, if you'd prefer."
    Castlemaine showed cracks in Anticom's armor, lashing out in his comments against Anticom's head honcho, Patvarus. "Out of Patvarus and I, I'm actually the more sensible one. But I'm just the scapegoat for everything he and Dark Commander does because The Red Fleet already hates me so much."
    Between the internal strife and readiness to work with Nazis, a plan previously demonstrated to be rife with failure by REATO, Anticom's future seems certain: total destruction at the hands of leftist militaries.

    By Kyle Joseph,

    Vol. 2 · Iss. 3
    Under capitalism, poverty can erode even the steadiest structures of our lives. When people experience poverty, financial security crumbles, health dwindles, and personal motivation can spiral into disarray. As soon as we begin mending one of these problems, the others seem to pop up with increased vigor. A vicious cycle forms, without the faintest glimmer of an exit.
    This reality, known by millions of workers, points to an unsavory truth. Sometimes, our efforts to rise from poverty only end up worsening it. In the United States’ blossoming “fixer upper” market, as reported by the New York Times, this principle operates with ferocious abandon. This industry preys upon the most essential structure of all: our homes. It ensnares low-income families in a money trap, by selling them houses in need of renovation, and swiftly evicting them when repair costs interfere with mortgage payments.
    The choice between living in a rotten building, or dwelling in none whatsoever: such is the “freedom” capitalism offers consumers.
    To study this phenomenon more deeply, let’s take a look at Harbour, an investment firm that has purchased large numbers of derelict properties over the last five years. Harbour snatches these residences for a few thousand dollars a piece, before demanding several times that amount from potential occupants. The burden of making such homes “habitable” lands on these unwitting customers, who often enter into contracts with minimal awareness.
    Unsurprisingly, overhauling these houses places an enormous strain on their inhabitants. Debt climbs, finances implode, and they eventually face eviction.
    Harbour retakes control, places the building back on the market, and the cycle begins again. In Detroit, this process has been especially devastating, with 300 Harbour-owned properties currently falling short on their payments. For many of these families, a sordid future awaits.
    The inability to distribute resources efficiently is one of our economic system’s primary contradictions. Despite an abundance of houses, and plentiful means available to fix them, these abodes have become the cynical tools of predatory firms. In a country where peopleless homes outnumber homeless people, this injustice carries a particularly haunting tone.
    More and more, the U.S. public has warmed up towards the concept of socialism as the only way out of capitalism’s absurd brutality. To achieve this solution, an independent working class movement is needed, one that can push various progressive causes towards a revolutionary outlook.
    Only then will guaranteed housing cease to be a wistful “American Dream” and become a safe, secure reality.
    Vol. 2 · Iss. 2
    The Internationale, with the help of The Red Fleet, has successfully been cleared of all nations following the deletion of its second founder nation, Illa Passiflora.
    Illa Passiflora applied a secret password to the region before being deleted, making the region safe from any possible offensive Liberation proposal from the World Assembly.
    To secure the transfer of nations, eight nations were named as emergency transition officers as part of a contingency plan formulated by The Red Fleet's leadership, the Admiralty Board.
    "When La Pasionaria was deleted two and a half years ago, there was no game plan. The Red Fleet wasn't prepared to handle that loss, and it took months to lock down and clear the region. With that past experience and the introduction of Regional Officers, the Second Defense of The Internationale could not have gone smoother," explains retired Fleet Admiral Misley, now known as Caelapes. "This time around, we were able to lean on past Comrade WA Delegates and trusted friendly nations to help clear the region."
    These nations include World Anarchic Union, Comrade WA Delegate; Proletaire, Auhl, and Irish Peoples Republic, past Comrade WA Delegates; Fleet Admiral Timchiland; Korean Peoples Army General Godless Monkey; and long-time comrades Ratateague from the Democratic Socialist Assembly and Pangaean Peoples. All of these comrades have been nominated to receive the Hero of The Internationale, an award established in March 2014 for comrades coming to the defense of the region.
    Vol. 2 · Iss. 2
    Election season is now underway in The Internationale, as nominations are open for Comrade WA Delegate and three seats on the General Council.
    The General Council is The Internationale's administrative body consisting of Councillors for Information, External Affairs, and Activities, who are charged with secretarial duties regarding the region's legislation, embassies, and cultural activity, respectively. The Comrade WA Delegate is charged with holding votes on all legislative proposals and enacting the democratic will of the region's comrade members.
    Several comrades have been nominated for each position, making this one of the most hotly contested elections in The Internationale in recent memory.
    Nominations will close and voting will begin on March 9.

    By Walter Smolarek,

    Vol. 2 · Iss. 2
    With all the votes counted in South Carolina and Nevada, the rabid reactionary Donald Trump has solidified his position as the Republican frontrunner, while the Democratic primary remains hotly contested. The rules of conventional bourgeois politics continue to be upended by the Trump and Bernie Sanders campaigns, against the backdrop of economic stagnation and deepening social tension.
    Any illusions that Trump's support would evaporate when it came time to vote, or that he would be seriously impaired by a weak ground operation, were decisively put to rest by the Nevada and South Carolina results. Trump beat second-place Marco Rubio in South Carolina by 10 points, walking away with all 50 of the state's delegates to the Republican National Convention. In Nevada, his margin of victory was even more significant – he received slightly more votes than the second and third place finishers combined.
    The Trump campaign has sucked up the oxygen in the Republican field, forcing several candidates out of the race. After Trump's big win in New Hampshire, Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina dropped out. With a fourth-place finish in South Carolina, Jeb Bush withdrew as well.
    Bush's humiliating demise is particularly significant. He began the race as the clear favorite and by far the best financed. Along with his SuperPac, he raised an eye-popping $100 million in the first half of 2015 – under the old rules, that kind of money would be more than enough to paper over Bush's less-than-inspiring personality. But he is now walking away with just four out of 2,472 delegates.
    The conservative wing of the ruling class is reaping what they have sown. For decades, they have whipped up racist and xenophobic bigotry to justify wars and occupation abroad and divert attention at home from the real cause of the economic crisis, capitalism itself. As the living standards of the population become more precarious, the right-wing establishment has lost control of its traditional base in the political realm. The Tea Party arose in the wake of this dissatisfaction. This year, a large group of reactionary demagogues has engaged in a shocking rant of racist, anti-worker and anti-women proposals.
    But without the capitalist media, Trump could never have achieved the level of success he has gained. CNN, MSNBC, Fox and other networks have given an unprecedented level of coverage to the most rabid of capitalist politicians.
    Trump has boasted that he has had to spend virtually no money on publicity because the media does it for him. The New York Times wrote on January 4, 2016, that "After running his campaign on a shoestring for months, thanks to the news media's obsessive attention," Trump spent his first money on an ad against immigration and Muslims.
    Exit polling found that 74 percent of Republican voters in South Carolina supported a ban on Muslims entering the United States. That specific demand came from Trump's mouth on national television, over and over. And he first shocked millions when he shouted vile accusations against Mexicans, calling for all 11 million undocumented workers to be expelled.
    Nationally, 20 percent of Trump supporters disapprove of the Emancipation Proclamation (yes, seriously). This is far more extreme than the consensus view among the Republican elite, but it is a monster of their own creation.
    Much of the establishment is now going all-out for Rubio in a last-ditch effort to avoid a Trump candidacy – or Cruz, who is viewed with similar disdain. However, others are grudgingly coming to terms with the likelihood of a Trump victory.
    Chris Christie, whose potential centrist appeal made him the early favorite of the Republican Party leadership before the "Bridge-gate" scandal, announced a surprise endorsement of Donald Trump on Feb. 26. They both employ a bombastic style for public consumption, but at the summit of bourgeois politics decisions are rarely made on the basis of personality. In his endorsement speech, Christie said that Trump is "Rewriting the playbook of American politics." This is the era of Trump, Christie is arguing, and we just have to get used to it.
    Fierce fight for Democratic nomination
    The narrative of the corporate media is that Nevada and South Carolina restored Hillary Clinton as the presumptive nominee, and her tie and loss in Iowa and New Hampshire were just outliers. This is not true – national polls show her in a dead heat with Sanders, and some with her trailing. However, the Sanders campaign did suffer a serious blow with Clinton's landslide win in South Carolina.
    In Nevada, Sanders rapidly overcame a huge Clinton lead and institutional support to put the state into serious contention. In the end, he narrowly lost by about 5 percent.
    While this was a welcome relief to the Clinton campaign, which feared a surprise loss, the results also contained some positive indicators for Sanders. Most importantly, he won the Latino vote. A key deficiency of the Sanders campaign has been the overwhelmingly white composition of its supporters. Nevada showed that he is making progress towards addressing this weakness.
    Clinton won big in South Carolina with 74 percent of the vote. This convincing victory (as well as her narrow win in Nevada) is mainly the result of her enormous lead over Sanders among Black voters. African Americans compose 61 percent of the Democratic electorate in South Carolina, and they favored Clinton by an 87-13 margin.
    Whenever the Clinton machine has occupied a position of power, it has waged unrelenting war on Black people. Hillary Clinton supported her husband's successful efforts to gut the welfare system, justified in large part by the racist "welfare queen" myth. She is a long-time supporter of mass incarceration and piled on to the hysteria about teenage "super predators" at the zenith of the racist war on drugs – as Back Lives Matter protesters have pointed out in recent days. As Secretary of State, she was the main voice in the Obama administration for the U.S./NATO war that destroyed Libya, and committed massive violations of Haitian sovereignty. How could Clinton have such overwhelming support in this constituency?
    Few things terrify the ruling class as much as independent Black political organization, and so it has been a top priority for the Democratic Party elite to co-opt organizations and leaders, including many that used to be enemies of white supremacy and capitalism. The party establishment has developed a stranglehold on the Black vote, and Clinton is their clear favorite. In addition, Clinton has opportunistically cast herself as a committed supporter of President Obama, defending him from the racist obstructionism of the Republican Party.
    But she backed Bill Clinton's presidency and neo-liberal policies that were devastating to the Black community and other working-class communities. Accelerating the death penalty and virtually abolishing Habeas Corpus, greatly expanding mass incarceration, signing regressive legislation against undocumented workers as well as permanent residents, abolishing essential social programs and throwing millions of Black and other poor women off general assistance, lifting restrictions on the banks, maintaining the genocidal sanctions on the Iraqi people for years, waging war on Yugoslavia: this was just part of Bill Clinton's anti-worker legacy.
    Only now, in the wake of mass protests against police murders of Black youth and rising consciousness in the population against mass imprisonment, as well as Sanders' demands that have captured an overwhelming majority of youth, is Hillary Clinton now giving lip service to some of those issues.
    Coming up is by far the biggest contest yet – the "Super Tuesday" votes taking place in 14 states and the U.S. colony Samoa on March 1. Clinton is poised to continue her winning streak, but Sanders is expected to do well in states that vote later in the process. On the Republican side, Trump is ahead in most polls in almost all the states.
    It appears to only be a matter of time before the campaigns of John Kasich and Ben Carson come to an end. Kasich has campaigned as a mild-mannered anti-Trump, and his votes would likely go to Rubio. The longer he stays in the race, the more remote a Rubio nomination becomes.
    "The media and the right wing keep pumping up the Trump campaign and the wave of violent bigotry it has provoked. The Democratic Party is incapable of leading the militant fight back we need," said Gloria La Riva, 2016 presidential candidate of the Party for Socialism and Liberation. "I'm committed to building that movement and the movement for a whole new system – socialism – where workers and oppressed people, not the billionaires, are in charge."
    Vol. 2 · Iss. 1
    The Red Fleet, together with their comrades-in-arms, the Korean Peoples Army of North Korea, have launched twin attacks on vulnerable enemy regions. Durruti and Ironclad Squadrons of The Red Fleet together with the Korean Peoples Army are currently occupying League of Northern European Nations, a member region of Third Rome's Gold-level member The Steel Imperivm. At the same time, Ibárurri Squadron is occupying Hayek Islands, a member of the shrinking REAGAN Treaty Organization (REATO).
    Following a successful tag raid by The Red Fleet late last year, Conservative League voted to withdraw from REATO after realizing that they were under the Fleet's crosshairs due to their affiliation with the destructive alliance that is responsible for destroying regions unrelated to their conflict with the NS Left. At publication, a vote is ongoing in The Greater Empire to withdraw from REATO with four votes in favor and no votes against.
    With the withdrawal of IRU, Conservative League, and the Greater Empire, only Libertatem andThe Hyatt Islands/Hayek Islands pair remain in REATO. The Hyatt Islands has been locked and slowly draining for months after its founder ceased to exist, and Hayek Islands never regained the activity that its predecessor had.
    The twin occupations are proof that The Red Fleet and their allies continue to be a formidable military power in NationStates.
    Vol. 2 · Iss. 1
    Marxist Aequalitatem, a former Squadron Admiral of The Red Fleet, has been outed as Delete-On-Sight player Lipno.
    Lipno was formerly the First Secretary and Minister of Defence of The Communist Region and led The Leftist Union's Red Army in their aggressive campaign against REATO this time last year. He was labeled Delete-On-Sight, the harshest punishment available in NationStates, a year ago Sunday for unknown reasons.
    Marxist Aequalitatem joined The Internationale and The Red Fleet in June 2015, but gave no indications that he was Lipno returned. His Red Fleet rate application and account details showed that he lived in California, which did not match the last known location of Lipno.
    His position on the Admiralty Board was suspended following The Red Fleet's tag raid of Conservative League, when other admirals questioned his failure to move a nation into the region. The answer to their question was found when Christian Democratic Republic, the former President of Conservative League, was swept with MA's other puppets, revealing that MA had been infiltrating the REATO region without the Fleet's sanction or knowledge.
    After Marxist Aequalitatem was deleted, The Red Fleet expelled him from the Fleet with extreme prejudice. "We do not, have not, and will never cooperate with Delete-On-Sight players. We are victims of Lipno's deceit just as much as Conservative League was," explained Fleet Admiral Misley.
    In the wake of the revelation, procedures have been established to heighten security of the Fleet's officer corps to ensure that a similar mistake is not repeated.