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10/04/18 - 14/01/20
30/04/18 - 14/01/20
|Born||Durham, United Kingdom|
|Political party||Socialist Party|
|Socialist League (2018) |
Communist Party of Horden (2018- 2020)
National Democratic Party (2020-2021)
|Service/branch||Bowburn Workers Council|
Adam Scargill is a Northumbrian politician and head of the October Group, an influential sub-party within the Socialist Party of Northumbria. Previously, Scargill led the Socialist League during the War of the Sorrenian Succession and was also General Secretary of the People's Republic of Horden.
It is a political norm in Northumbria to adopt an alias, utilising a pseudonym and alternative portrait. Scargill's surname and portrait are those of Arthur Scargill, a Marxist and trade unionist who famously opposed Margaret Thatcher during the miners' strike of 1984–85.
War of the Sorrenian succession
Adam, like many others, first emerged in Sorrenia during the War of the Sorrenian Succession, during which he became a leading figure of the Socialist League, who sought to restore the Sorrenian Federation.
Adam headed the Bowburn Workers Council, the largest section of the League, and so became its de facto leader.
He spearheaded an attack into Durham held by the State of Sorrenia and was successful in taking Levaria, the old capital of Sorrenia.
Despite this success, the Royal Army of Sorrenia was able to capture Levaria and force league troops back to their stronghold in Bowburn.
Retreat to Horden
League troops were ultimately defeated; Adam called for a general retreat to Horden in southern Dradelia, although this was ignored by the Sherburn Workers Council and Harold Wanton, who instead accepted an amnesty deal.
Upon arriving in Horden, League troops were beset upon by the Dradelian Revolutionary Army in the 'Horden Carnage', during which the Haswell Plough Workers Council betrayed Adam, and supported the Revolutionary Army.
League troops were almost completely defeated, however the invasion of Dradelia by the Royal Army effectively saved them.
With the pacification of Dradelia, and the Royal Army's focus on defeating Morgannwgyd troops in its south, League forces were able to reorganise, with Adam remaining the army's clear leader.
People's Republic of Horden
On the 10th of April, Adam declared the formation of the People's Republic of Horden, a communist micronation established to harbour the Socialist League and establish a working government. At no point however did the PRH declare independence; instead, it was intended to be a launch pad through which Sorrenian revolutionaries could recoup, gain strength and ultimately re-establish the Sorrenian Federation.
Upon the formation of the People's Republic, Adam was immediately declared General Secretary by remnants of the Socialist League and was given significant powers related to military organisation, leadership and general executive activities. Despite the PRH's stated objectives, its 'Revolutionary Army' never engaged in anything more than border skirmishes with the Kingdom of Sorrenia. An alliance with the Dradelian Revolutionary Front was enough however to secure its survival, and the People's Republic of Horden was only formally dissolved when Adam Scargill joined Sorrenia's successor, the Kingdom of Northumbria. Scargill did however briefly join the Kingdom of Sorrenia after the left-wing Republican Party brokered a deal with the DRF and the Socialist League which included a new constituency in the town of Horden. Scargill resurrected the Communist Party of the Sorrenian Federation and was elected as Horden's Member of Parliament in the King's Council.
Member of the NDP
Scargill was briefly a member of the National Democratic Party, a big tent nationalist party which at the time led a single-party state. He hoped that elements within the NDP would be receptive to Pitmatic thought, a far-left political ideology developed by Scargill which advocates for revolutionary struggle led by the 'old proletariat' of Northumbria. He believed that through convincing a subsection of the NDP of Pitmatic thought, he could initiate a soft coup and use the NDP to create a workers state in Northumbria. He was ultimately unsuccessful in this aim however, finding that the party's staunch monarchism and support for the Northumbrian aristocracy and clergy greatly limited any appeal Pitmatic thought might have within the party.
Member of the Socialist Party
After failing to take over the NDP, Scargill joined the Socialist Party.
Scargill and the October Group have been accused of entryism, a process whereby a smaller organisation works to join and in turn take over a larger and more influential organisation. Some moderates within the party suggest that the October Group constitutes an 'alien' organisation within the party, and have at times called for the expulsion of Scargill and other members.
Policies and views
Adam is a staunch republican who refused even to participate in the electoral method in Sorrenia. Instead, he remained supportive of an armed conflict with monarchist forces. Scargill remains a republican within the Northumbrian context, and argues in particular that the Socialist Party should curb the powers of the aristocracy and the clergy.
Scargill is known for developing Pitmatic thought, a political ideology which advocates for revolutionary struggle led by the 'old proletariat' of Northumbria. First created in Scargill's words as the "application of Marxism-Leninism to the Northumbrian context", Pitmatic thought has since evolved in an anarcho-syndicalist direction, though remains distinctly Marxian.
Scargill is firmly situated within the far-left wing of the Socialist Party; he consistently lambasts more moderate members of the party, and has called for the adoption of republicanism and Marxism into the party's constitution.