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  • Vol. 1 · Iss. 20
    Elections have begun in North Korea, where comrades are voting to fill seats in that region's Central Committee. In a post to the North Korea regional message board, founder V Ming explained the political structure of the region and importance of the Central Committee.
    "North Korea is unique in that the heads of the central committee are not given offices, orders, or tasks, but instead rule in the spirit of volunteerism and accomplishing what needs done. No one nation here represents North Korea in any area of administration—there is no minister for foreign affairs, no war minister. We worth together, raising the region by concentrating on areas that need our attention, picking up what lags behind and throwing it forward once more."
    She praised the work of the outgoing central committee: Godless Munky, Communal Earth, and Comradeland, and herself, but stated her hope that the committee could have achieved more.
    At print time, Ming, Comradeland, Custadia, and Kazirstan have been nominated. Custadia and Kazirstan are relative newcomers to North Korea, having moved there from Das Kommune. Both have been involved in antifascist struggle, with Custadia active as a member of the Korean Peoples Army. Kazirstan formerly commanded the Red Army of Das Kommune.
    In her electoral platform, Ming cited the expansion of anti-fascist and anti-reactionary struggle by the Korean Peoples Army over the summer, establishment of a regional educational program, and creation of "NKTV" as her experience in leadership in the region.
    NKTV, a project developed jointly by Ming and KPA General Godless Munky, provides a platform for leftists to view synchronized videos with one another, allowing for real-time discussions about the videos being watched. Videos shown on the "network" have included a documentary about L'Internationale and Battleship Potemkin.
    Vol. 1 · Iss. 20
    Comrade Members of The Internationale unanimously voted Tuesday to repeal two articles of legislation passed earlier this year that targeted The Communist Bloc, opening up the possibility of official diplomatic communication between the two regions for the first time in nine months.
    The Internationale voted in February to block relations with TCB and condemn the region after members of its elite posted inflammatory comments about TI on other regions' off-site forums and in the wake of military operations against leftist regions that were joined by TCB's military, the People's Revolutionary Armed Forces.
    Tensions cooled over the summer, perhaps due to the prohibition on relations between the two regions. When the revolution was declared in The Communist Bloc, purportedly to remove reactionary elements from the region, the NS Left responded warily, but welcomed the prospect of changes to bring TCB towards the left.
    A Marxist critique of the revolution in TCB, posted to the regional message board of North Korea by Ming caused a brief flare in relations as members of The Internationale cited it in their votes to veto the repeals. Members of The Communist Bloc reacted negatively to the criticism, seeing it as foreign intervention in TCB's affairs. In a later RMB post, Ming clarified that her criticism was intended for domestic consumption by North Korea and was not intended to drive a wedge between TI and TCB.
    After several more days of discussion, and following the interview with Zenny Winter published in the previous edition of the Red + Black, the comrade members who had vetoed the repeals changed their votes, paving the way for consensus to be found in favor of removing the legislation.
    Vol. 1 · Iss. 20
    The Communist Bloc announced the members of the Central Committee of its Workers' Party: Josh Conure, Charli, Navbot Winter, Thomas Calloway, Phazon Winter, Zenny Winter, Comrade Hayden, Gabriel Oakenfist, and Ceres. Of these members, a majority were formerly members of the United Zennyist Front (UZF) Political Bureau.
    Charli, Comrade Hayden, Gabriel Oakenfist, and Ceres were not formerly members of the UZF.
    Charli had formerly been a member of the Democratic Action Front, the forerunner to the UZF. Comrade Hayden had been a member of the Socialist Labour Party, the pre-revolution opposition party to UZF. Gabriel Oakenfist had been a member of a party that later merged with UZF, but did not join himself. Ceres joined The Communist Bloc after the revolution was declared, when parties other than the Workers' Party had been disbanded.
    As the revolution continues, work has begun on a new constitution for the People's Republic. Observers continue to debate how much change will be enacted in The Communist Bloc.
    Vol. 1 · Iss. 20
    Troops from the REAGAN Treaty Organization have apparently ended a month-long operation in The Cannabis Communists, a left-aligned region that never quite took off, by changing the regional flag to an image of Ron Paul digitally edited to appear as if the failure of a Republican presidential candidate is smoking a marijuana cigarette.
    The Cannabis Communists once held embassies with The Internationale, Das Kommune, and other leftist regions, but changes in regional policy in these regions mean that it would be unlikely for embassies to be constructed if requested by TCC natives today.
    The Cannabis Communists Regional Profile:
    Founded: December 2013
    Largest Native Size: 3 nations
    Native RMB Posts: 44
    The raid had been detected early by The Red Fleet Intelligence Directorate, but the decision not to liberate the region was made by the Admiralty Board in favor of executing the high-profile tag raid on Glorious Nations of Iwaku and making preparations for the successful and ongoing invasion of The Greater German Reich.
    "We had already begun the execution of Operation Red Dragon in Iwaku when they hit TCC, and it would've set us back at least a week if we had called off that operation to organize a liberation. In looking at the region's activity levels and number of natives—only one native was left, who actually ceased to exist before REATO concluded their operation—we made a decision to move forward in Iwaku instead. REATO tried to make it seem like a leftist defensive lockdown operation, but it was patently obvious to any observer that it wasn't us," explains Fleet Admiral Misley. "They even had one of their soldiers admit that it was a REATO operation on the regional message board. It's babytown frolics."
    Libertatem's military manager claimed that "through a mix of child labour, environmental destruction and good ol'-fashioned wage slavery, REATO managed to overpower the struggling forces of the left with dozens of endorsers in The Cannabis Communists."
    Libertatem's former allies in the Greater German Reich, with whom they shared embassies for seven months, might disagree with the characterization of leftist forces as "struggling," as antifascist forces are close to concluding their third week of that region's occupation.
    Vol. 1 · Iss. 19
    On September 26, 2015, the Republic of The Communist Bloc was overthrown in a revolution by longtime region member Zenny Winter. In an announcement proclaiming the formation of the "People's Republic of The Communist Bloc," Zenny set the vision for the future of the region that has come to define her career in NationStates.
    Zenny sat down with the Red + Black to talk about the revolution and the response she and her Revolutionary Command have received.
    Red + Black: Thank you for sitting down with us.
    Zenny Winter: It's my pleasure. I'm very flattered you would have me.
    R+B: First things first - what was the impetus behind the revolution? It has been alleged that until very recently, you were opposed to applying Marxism to NationStates. What changed?
    ZW: It wasn't that I was opposed to it. It was a combination of me thinking that Marxist theory was not applicable to NationStates and a severe lack of understanding of what it was. I'm certainly no expert, but over the last six to eight months, I've been learning not only in my real life studies but also through a lot of communication with other leftists on NationStates through regions like The Internationale and Union of Socialist Soviet Republics.
    I was not fully aware that I was a very strong revisionist of Marxist theory myself and in near direct contradiction of my beliefs on the establishment of the workers' state.
    R+B: The Left has responded somewhat favorably to the idea of the revolution, but some are still not convinced that it is genuine. What do you say to those who point out TCB's alliances with monarchist regions and refusal to remove anti-leftist members from the region?
    ZW: Diplomacy should never be reserved for a clique or only those you agree with. As the only leftist region with active forum embassies across the world, we have the opportunity to spread leftist education across NationStates. Cutting regional ties and exclusion from diplomacy is only for the worst kind of regions, like fascists and Nazis.
    The issue of anti-leftist members is one that will have to be determined internally. Even in The Internationale, there are plenty of nations with anti-leftist classifications such as Capitalist Paradise, and we could say that this disqualifies The Internationale as a leftist region. You and I know that this is not true, because people should be free to decide their in-game issues however they please, since the classification system is not accurate and may not reflect the individuals and how they conduct themselves in real life.
    R+B: But the issue of anti-leftist members is not restricted to nation categories. There are members of TCB who have actively worked to bring down leftist projects. Conservative Idealism, for example, was a leader in REATO during the raid on Congress of Armed Proletarian States and several other leftist regions while holding citizenship in The Communist Bloc.
    ZW: Condealism has never been politically involved in our region. For what I've seen, he is here socially to meet people. He has never injected himself into any internal policy discussion in all his time in TCB. If he were to advocate such things within our borders, there would be issues.
    R+B: He nominated himself for the Vice Presidency under Brunhilde's term prior to the revolution.
    ZW: I was not made aware. In any case, he has never caused any issues with our members or brought harm to us. He has always been polite and respectful to all our members no matter their political position.
    R+B: How does The Communist Bloc reconcile the contradiction of allowing people who have actually had a hand in anti-leftist activities to remain in the region while removing others as "reactionaries" for disapproving of the current revolution? How is this a meaningful change in policy aligned with Marxism and not simply a purge of opponents?
    ZW: First off, we have not removed anyone. All the people who left self-exiled themselves and have resigned their citizenship, only to then have seven former citizens claim to be a government-in-exile. No group has been purged whatsoever. Many opponents remain and are vocal in their opposition.
    R+B: Right, there is still domestic opposition, but many of the former major players in the Socialist Labour Party or Socialist Party of The Communist Bloc have left the region. Even in the absence of government action, you have the same result.
    ZW: I offered all of them complete immunity for their past crimes and even offered all the SLP ministers to keep their positions under the transitional government. They refused and decided to stage the event publicly as a form of protest.
    R+B: The question, from the perspective of the NS Left, is how TCB reconciles its problem, stated as its "toleration of reactionary and treasonous ideas," with the unimpeded existence of real reactionary elements in the region.
    ZW: It is a very delicate issue. These are things that the community has a whole needs to discuss as to how we can balance our incorrect toleration of reactionaries with how we remain relevant in the world community and remain competitive in terms of population and talent pool. Something absolutely has to be done, I agree with the NS Left.
    I also do not want TCB to become a place where people have to constantly be on their toes or face ejection for the slightest of deviation from leftist thought. It has to be balanced, how we do this is still a question we are working to answer. Any immediate condemnation by the NS Left will only further alienate people from even consideration of these ideas. We need their support to do this.
    R+B: Speaking of condemnations, The Internationale is currently voting to repeal its condemnation of TCB and is discussing the possibility of repealing its prohibition of relations. What are TCB's thoughts?
    ZW: I'm becoming rather fond of TI lately. All of them have made me feel pretty welcomed in their community and seem very understanding of my cause and the difficulties that come with it. As far as TCB-TI relations I know that everyone who knows about it in the Bloc has said that its a promising development and we look forward to hopefully someday being able to finally establish formal diplomatic ties between the regions.
    There is a long way to go, but this is a really solid move after a few close operations between The Red Fleet and the Peoples' Revolutionary Armed Forces.
    R+B: Relations between members of The Internationale and TCB have warmed considerably in recent months. Teksi, who founded the Congress of Armed Proletarian States, was even one of the members to welcome you to TI when you moved. What do you credit with this thaw?
    ZW: A lot of things can be solved just by communication. I guess I've in effect served as an unofficial ambassador to TI and hopefully I've changed a few minds on us that there is hope for a leftist TCB. I was surprised by Teksi's welcome considering my poor history with him that I regret massively, but I think he's a good representative of the changing thoughts on TCB within the NS Left, and I hope that more turn out to be like him and are open minded to change. If he can change his mind on me and TCB after our horrid choice in the case of CAPS, I'm very confident we can do the same elsewhere.
    R+B: As TCB remains steadfast in its support of diplomacy with monarchist and imperialist regions, how will its leaders continue to build bridges with the NS Left and prevent participation in operations like CAPS, Eastern Europe, or Lazarus in the future?
    ZW: Not only will be not participate in such operations, but I feel we can strongly influence and persuade our allies and partners to not take part in operations against leftist targets. In many cases these targets are at complete random as apart of general raiding in NS, but if the NS left had a much stronger and active voice in interregional diplomacy I feel many of these raids and occupations could be avoided.
    R+B: Let's hope so. Any final words?
    ZW: I'd just like to thank you for your time and interest in speaking with me. The more discussion and interaction we have, the closer that we can all come to an agreeable outcome for all sides and move forward united in solidarity.
    R+B: Solidarity forever! Thanks for your time.
    Vol. 1 · Iss. 19
    Antifascist comrades are still piling into the Greater German Reich a week after the initial invasion. While the endorsement count at one point rose over 100 nations, the Europeian Republican Navy and Royal Navy of The Kingdom of Great Britain have pulled their forces out to pursue other operations. Taking their place are comrades from The Internationale, Libcom, the Democratic Socialist Union, The Mafia, and even REATO member International Republican Union, who provided troops while their allies in Libertatem continue a concurrent operation to lock down an inconsequential leftist region. With the addition of these reservists, the numbers in GGR remain over seventy nations on the lead endorsee, Seditia, with co-endorsees The Greater Qing, Jugandaria, and Pavlichenko each holding nearly fifty endorsements.
    Despite orders from Nazi Europa's military commanders to leave their nations in the Greater German Reich, many fascist members of the Greater German Reich have moved out of the region, which could prove disastrous to the fascist defensive tactic of waiting for Leather Clad Germany to return to the game.
    As the operation continues, The Red Fleet Admiralty Board has ordered the issuance of the first decoration inspired by the historic operation after a suggestion by comrade Sailor Transemilia.
    The Red Fleet "Wound Stripe" ribbon is based on the Soviet equivalent of the well-known "Purple Heart" US military decoration, which was awarded in two variants to wounded soldiers. Minor injuries were denoted by a red stripe of fabric worn on the soldier's chest, while more severe wounds requiring emergency battlefield treatment earned the survivor a yellow wound stripe. The Red Fleet ribbon combines these into a single ribbon over an olive drab background.
    This ribbon will be awarded to all Red Fleet sailors who are ejected by an enemy delegate between the order to move into the region and the actual region update. In GGR, six comrades were ejected by Verborgenen Herrn, making them the first recipients of what will almost assuredly be one of the rarest and most prized Red Fleet decorations:
    Comradeland (Korean Peoples Army) Godless Monkey (Korean Peoples Army) Gulliver (Taijitu Citizens' Militia) Sasten (North Pacific Army) We Are Not The NSA (DEN) Ivo (The Black Hawks) As the operation continues, further decorations are being planned for participants.

    By The Red and Black, in Editorial,

    Vol. 1 · Iss. 19
    By TI Comrade Member @Auhl
    Socialism. That ideology where cause and consequence are regularly mistaken, both voluntarily and involuntarily. What is the aim of socialism? It appears to be that of empowering the working classes and establishing a centralised society. That is generally understood. Socialism aims to empower the poorer spectrum of the society and create a nation based on the egalitarian development of social services and human experience. This is where the misunderstanding begins.
    Let's clarify that the proletariat, the working classes that support the revolution are initially in a situation of poverty and decadence in many countries. However, socialism does not aim to maintain that condition. Instead, it strives to develop a strong, national industry to provide the basis for the economy to succeed at all levels.
    It is wrong to assume that socialism, according to how it targets the working classes to pursue the revolution, is actually seeking the establishment of an authoritarian system where, apart from the bureaucrats, the people are subdued – effectively continuing their historically unfortunate situation while making them support that system. What I have just described is fascism.
    It may seem wrong, and it should, to be able to extract a fascist view from a socialist premise, only because of an apparently unimportant mistake: mixing up cause and consequence. Was that confusion really that transcendent? Apparently, yes. The capitalistic notion that socialism means equality in poverty instead of equality in wealth comes from that specific reasoning, although, of course, when capitalist politicians state this, it is safe to assume that it was on purpose. Furthermore, this satisfies the important feat of associating fascism and socialism to prevent the latter from succeeding in a capitalist environment.
    The reality, however, is quite different. The government, controlled directly by the proletariat, defends the development of industry and primary resources from a genuinely economic point of view. The main difference is that the state itself has the responsibility to control the economy to develop society, and particularly to have the sufficient tools to control technology. This is the main reason why, in a capitalist country, if oil is discovered (and the country does not own a nationalised oil company), the only way to generate wealth and employment would be to grant the area to private enterprises. This, of course, results in lower benefits for the working classes and, in fact, for everyone apart from the select few that own or organise the business. In a socialist country, natural resources would be exploited by state-owned enterprises. This generates just as much total wealth as it would in a capitalist country.
    However, there is a fundamental difference: the wealth will be distributed according to government plans. This does not mean that the administrator and the CEO will earn nothing. That is nonsense. Their job is necessary, as much as that of a technician that operates the machinery. They'll earn money, probably even more than most of the workers (their work does require preparation). Two main differences: they will definitely earn much less than in a capitalist country and the working classes will nonetheless have a fabulous social backup in terms of education, health, insurance and overall welfare.
    Socialism targets the working class to significantly improve their situation, not to fetishise poverty and to impetuously worsen their condition.

    By Liberation News Staff, for Liberation News,

    By Liberation News Staff,

    Vol. 1 · Iss. 19
    The refugee crisis has led to sharp political polarization across Europe. On one hand, there have been massive demonstrations of international solidarity—demanding that their governments allow in the refugees and provide for their basic needs. On the other side, fascist and semi-fascist forces across the continent has exploited this crisis to gain strength. They have been helped by a range of ruling-class political parties that have scapegoated Muslims and immigrants for their country’s social problems.
    In Italy, the government announced last year that it would be ending its search-and-rescue mission for refugees in the Mediterranean Sea. This is a criminal policy, given that many refugees attempt to reach Europe across the Mediterranean in a perilous crossing that has already led to the tragic death of thousands. Italy receives many refugees from Libya, which has fallen into civil war between rival militias since the 2011 NATO bombing. Roberto Maroni, a leader of Italy’s anti-immigrant Northern League and governor of Lombardy, announced in June that his province would stop admitting refugees altogether.
    Closer to Syria is Greece, a main entry point for refugees into Europe. Greece’s economy has been crippled by U.S. and EU-imposed austerity and soaring unemployment. Hate crimes have been on the rise, and the powerful neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn has risen to become a national political force. Pro-immigrant, socialist and anarchist groups have organized community defense squads to defend areas of immigrants and refugees. Although its top leadership is under house arrest for running a criminal organization, Golden Dawn still increased its level of support in September’s election to 7 percent.
    This dangerous phenomenon is present to varying degrees across the European Union. In Finland, fascists threw rocks and petrol bombs at vehicles carrying refugees. In France, the far-right anti-immigrant National Front is polling at or near first place for the next presidential election. France’s prime minister, from the misnamed Socialist Party, insists that the country will not admit more than 30,000 refugees, a tiny figure. In Britain, the anti-immigrant UK Independence Party has grown dramatically in recent years and the ruling Conservative Party is moving to the right to compensate.
    Even in countries like Germany, whose government has advocated a comparatively more accepting policy, there have been manifestations of far-right anti-immigrant violence. Hundreds of rioters attacked refugees in the German city of Dresden multiple times in August.
    But in other states of the European Union, the government sets the tone for the right-wing attack. Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary has been perhaps the most outspokenly anti-refugee head of government in the EU. Meeting refugees on his border with brutal military force, Orban is blatantly bigoted against Muslims, saying, “We don’t want to [live with a large number of Muslims] and I think we have a right to decide that we do not want a large number of Muslim people in our country.”
    Progressive forces across Europe have been mobilizing opposition to this right-wing trend and proclaiming “refugees are welcome here!” As imperialist-fueled civil conflicts have combined with rapid shifts in the global capitalist order, human displacement is higher than ever.
    In this global context, it is vital to strengthen working-class internationalism to counter the fascists and semi-fascists. This is underway in the form of large demonstrations, a resurgent immigrant and refugee rights movement, and important breakthroughs such as the one in Barcelona, where the Mayor Ada Colau announced the city would be a safe haven for refugees. The same is needed in the United States to not only assist the refugees of the Middle East, but to defeat dangerous, well-funded bigots like Donald Trump.
    Vol. 1 · Iss. GGR Special
    At major update on September 24, 2015, the Greater German Reich fell to a united coalition of soldiers united against fascism following founder Leather-Clad Germany's deletion by inactivity at major update on Wednesday.

    In an operation conceived and executed by The Red Fleet, soldiers and sailors from Danger Zone, DEN, Eastern Pacific Sovereign Army, Europeian Republican Navy, Federation of Anarchist Communes, Fort Chernyi, Korean Peoples Army (North Korea), the North Pacific Army, People's Revolutionary Armed Forces (The Communist Bloc), Royal Navy (The Kingdom of Great Britain),Taijitu Citizens' Militia, and The Black Hawks stormed into the region under flag and took the delegate seat from Verborgenen Herrn after the veteran fash lead had been there for only one update.
    Organization began six hours before update, when Herrn had only twenty-five endorsements. Twelve sailors from The Red Fleet and two soldiers from the Korean Peoples Army were the first to respond to the call to arms, with other militaries signing on as the evening progressed. The operation brought together regions and militaries that have historically been at odds, including soldiers from Fort Chernyi, the successor to the TRF/KPA-raided Anti Authoritarian Alliance; and soldiers from TCB's People's Revolutionary Armed Forces, proving that antifascist action bridges even deep divides.
    With a precise trigger set by The Red Fleet, soldiers and sailors poured into the Nazi region twenty seconds before it updated, leaving the fash delegate only enough time to eject six soldiers before losing the seat. Sleepers in the region withdrew their endorsements from the fash delegate, dropping Herrn below point Seditia's 40 endorsements at update. Immediately following update, reservists from participating militaries and antifa regions began pouring into GGR to bolster the antifascist foothold.
    "I'm incredibly pleased with our success tonight," said Red Fleet Admiral Misley, who served as trigger and pointman for the operation. "When we started around 6pm, we weren't sure if we would have enough troops to take the delegate seat after ejection attrition, but after all was said and done, we sailed past the fash—and that's something that was only possible because so many people came out, so a big thanks goes to all of the commanders and people who recruited soldiers to tonight's operation."
    Antifascists involved in the operation only had six hours to get troops together while the fascists had a full 24 hours to get their soldiers into the region. The failure of the fascists to hold GGR for longer than a single update speaks to the state of Third Rome.
    Vol. 1 · Iss. 18
    Red + Black, begun in 2014 as a news service for The Internationale, has reorganized as a news service for the entire NationStates Left. The restructuring comes as the NationStates Left is reviving strong interregional ties and expanding unity through new interregional projects and events, as we saw this summer with the return of LeftExpo. North Korea's Central Committee has begun a series of educational essays on real-life left topics, and the cooperation of their KPA with The Red Fleet and other leftist militaries has led to overwhelming success.
    Red + Black sat down with Proletaire, lead organizer of the NSLeft project, to talk about his vision for the future of the left on NationStates.
    Red + Black: Let's address the elephant in the room: What makes NSLeft different from the ill-fated Congress of Armed Proletarian States?
    Proletaire: It's a continuation of the idea of CAPS, but NSLeft is not a democratic project made up of regional representatives like CAPS was. It's still being developed, so regional delegates might become a part of the project in the future, in some limited fashion. The purpose of NSLeft is still to bring comrades closer together by improving interregional communication and to promote left-wing causes within the NationStates World.
    R+B: How will NSLeft work to promote left-wing movements on NationStates?
    P: I've been entertaining the idea of holding a permanent exhibition of NSLeft member regions in a dispatch, like LeftExpo. NSLeft also promotes affiliated projects, like the Marxist Scholars Circle and Antifa, in the NSLeft World Factbook Entry. The goal of NSLeft is to promote activity on these fronts, and the first step toward that is getting comrades to communicate with one another across regional lines.
    The first step toward this is to allow open embassy posting and use interregional IRC. The second step is to make comrades aware of regional and organizational matters in NS Gameplay, which is really the purpose of the Red + Black. It's my hope that by bringing comrades closer together and making them aware of what's going on around them, we can strengthen NSLeft as a whole.
    R+B: IRC is relatively new to the NationStates Left, despite its long-time widespread adoption (or use of alternatives, like Skype) by much of the NationStates community. The Internationale, the largest region on the revolutionary left, only this month adopted an off-site forum. Do you think that the adoption of these off-site projects and games (such as TI's GTA5 crew or roleplaying area) will help build camaraderie, or do you think they will instead distract leftists from combating fascists and reactionaries?
    P: Let's face it: there's not much to do on NationStates. The most important parts of gameplay occur within the two scheduled update times. As long as we are active during those times, our struggle against our enemies will continue.
    We all know that the regional message board is largely inefficient, particularly in larger regions. Conversations are disorganized and eventually fizzle out because it's too difficult to keep up with them. The forum solves these problems. IRC makes communication even easier, because it's direct and instant. It's especially useful for military operations, because orders can be given and acted upon immediately.
    Finally, the forum and IRC channel give us the freedom to discuss whatever we would like without interference from NationStates moderators.
    R+B: Where do you see NSLeft as an interregional project one year from now?
    P: As the alliance of leftist regions, assisting their political development and strengthening ties between comrades on the gameplay front.
    R+B: Thanks for your time, comrade.
    P: My pleasure.