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People's Revolutionary Guard
|Flag of the People's Revolutionary Guard|
|Position:||Paramilitary branch of the ENCP|
|Head quaters:||Durban Complex, Office of the Central Discipline Commission|
|Date of foundation:||January 27, 2009|
|Leadership:||Colum McKenna (official)|
[[Richard Tobias (de facto)
|This article contains information pertaining to a fictional micronation, micronationalist or other fictional element of micronational society or culture.|
The People's Revolutionary Guard, officially the People's National Guard for the Defence of the Revolution and the Proletarian People of Erusia and commonly known as the PRG or as the People's Army, is the de facto armed force of the Democratic People's Republic of Erusia. Established on January 27, 2009, the PRG is officially the paramilitary branch of the Erusian National Communist Party and as such remains under the firm control of Erusia's ruling Communist faction, unlike most micronational armed forces which answer to the nation's leader or an appropriate Minister. The People's Revolutionary Guard is not mentioned anywhere in the Constitution of the Erusian National Communist Party, although it is expected to be included in possible future reform which will include the addition of the Central Advisory Committee and Central Discipline Commission as constitutional Party organisations. A parallel organisation, the People's Republican Guard, exists in the Licentian Socialist Republic as the paramilitary branch of the LSWP.
On January 24, 2009, the Central Advisory Committee submitted a classified report to the Central Committee entitled Perlimenary Recommendations to the Central Committee on the Matters of State Defence and Revolutionary Protection. The report called for the creation of a formal national defence force to protect the Democratic People's Republic that would remain under the control of the Communist Party in order to ensure it's loyalty to the revolution. On January 27 the 1st Central Committee elected to submit the report for viewing by the National Congress, who in turn authorised the establishment of the People's Revolutionary Guard. It was decided to place the PRG under the direct control of the Central Discipline Commission, the institution of the Party charged with enforcing the Constitution and promoting Party discipline. Later that day Richard Tobias, a member of the Local Party Congress of Erus City and the National Congress, became the first military commander of the PRG.
On February 22, 2009, with the potential escelation of internal security issues on the horizon, an executive order countersigned by the General Secretary and the Chairman of the National Congress placed the PRG on guard to "deal with counter-revolutionary elements of society with the full might of the People's Revolution".
The full, official name of the People's Revolutionary Guard is unusual in that it refers both to the People as a whole and the Erusian Proletariat. The term Proletarian People of Erusia has only recently been used in State propaganda and remains an unpopular phrase within the senior leadership of the Communist Party, who continue to advocate the more Populist aspects of Rennie-Gaffneyism above Proletarian Socialism. Although it is in all likelyhood designed simply as a name that conjurs traditional Socialist imagery, the inclusing of the Proletariat in the name may suggest that more worker-oriented acts will be following in future Party reforms.
The Mission of the People's National Guard for the Defence of the Revolution and the Proletarian People of Erusia was established by the Central Discipline Commission upon the establishment of the PRG. It is described through a five-point General Programme, known as the Five Stars of the Revolutionary Guard, which dictates the objectives of the PRG. The most controversial of these guiding tenets is the fifth and final one, which says that it is the mission of the PRG "To assist our Comrades abroad in their great struggle for liberation from Imperialism". Although the Communist Party itself has never formally established it's position on supporting Socialist revolutionaries in other micronational States, it could be argued that this principle of the PRG's mission means that the Party has resolved to provide full diplomatic and military support to Socialist and Communist revolutions in other nations.
- To advance the glorious revolutionary path of the Erusian National Communist Party by all necessary means.
- To faithfully serve and protect the Proletarian People of Erusia.
- To defend the integrity and strength of the Great Socialist Experiment.
- To serve and protect the State.
- To assist our Comrades abroad in their great struggle for liberation from Imperialism.
Place in the Party Bureaucracy
The People's Revolutionary Guard, despite it's de facto status as Erusia's army, is officially an organ of the Communist Party and as such forms part of the State-Party bureaucracy. As it is enjoys no constitutional recognition and is not directly subordinate to the National Congress in the Party hierarchy, the PRG is regarded as a Minor Organ of National Party Authority by the National Congress. A direct subordinate of the Central Discipline Commission, the PRG reports directly to the offices of the CDC on all it's affairs and duties, with the CDC in turn reporting to the National Congress and/or Central Committee. Like any national organ of the Party the PRG must adhere to strict Party discipline, answer to it's immediate subordinate (the CDC) and support a Work Report to the National Congress once every six months. The National Congress has the power to change the PRG like any other organisation and, should the Party find evidence of a breach of discipline committed by the institution itself, the Chief Political Officer is required to investigate and recommend changes to the PRG itself.
As the only organisation of the Erusian National Communist Party that operates it's own internal ranking system outside of that practised by the Central Committee, the PRG's rank and organisational systems are considered to take precedence over standard Party regulations with regards to institutional organisation and chain of command. As this is itself grounds for breach of Party discipline, the Central Discipline Commission has issued a white paper that exempts the Guard from standard organisational regulations.
At the height of the Chain of Command is the National Executive Command of the People's National Guard for the Defence of the Revolution and the Proletarian People of Erusia, commonly known by the abbreviation NEXCOMM within military communications. NEXCOMM is made up exclusively of members in the top three ranks of the Guard and is charged with organising and directing the operations of the People's Revolutionary Guard at a national level. NEXCOMM answers only to the Central Discipline Commission and receives it's operational directives from that institution, converting them to orders for military action to be taken by lower institutions and units of the PRG. The head of NEXCOMM is styled as Comrade Party Secretary and Executive Commander of the People's National Guard for the Defence of the Revolution and the Proletarian People of Erusia, reflecting their role as both a political Commissioner and as a military commander. In addition to their military role the Executive Commander prepares the Work Report to the National Congress and attends as the PRG delegate. The standing Executive Commander is Richard Tobias, who holds the rank of Comrade General.
Due to it's young age, the PRG only has one established standing army with no divisional or similar divisions. Command of various personnel is assigned as required by the situation rather than by standing division, batallion or regiment. The current standing army group is known as 1st Revolutionary People's Army "Red October" and falls under the direct command of Comrade General Tobias.
As part of the Fifth Star of the Revolutionary Guard, the PRG operates a special army group known as the People's Revolutionary Workers' and Peasants Army that is akin to the French Foreign Legion and similar institutions. Any foreign micronationalist may become a member of the PRWPA, although the purpose of the PRWPA is generally seen as being to allow Erusia to directly support their so-called "Comrades abroad in their great struggle for liberation from Imperialism" without involving the Revolutionary Guard itself. As the name implies, the PRWPA supports the advancement of Marxism and Socialism rather than the People's Revolution popularised in Erusia by the ruling Communist Party.
Rank in the People's Revolutionary Guard is not as clearly defined as it is in other micronational armies. Although a formal rank structure exists within the Guard, it is entirely possible for the lowest rank to be placed in command of the highest rank if the situation requires it. Officers are awarded commands by their own individual abilities and capabilities rather than their rank, although the promotion criteria system generally means that an officer's rank matches their relative capability. All advances in rank are reviewed by the Central Advisory Committee, who then defer the final judgement to the Central Discipline Commission following their official and impartial recommendation. The ranks of the PRG are:
- Comrade Marshall - this rank is reserved for the highest, most capable military officers and is typically awarded as a national honour rather than a practical command. It is approximately equal to the ranks of General and Field Marshall in most military systems.
- Comrade General - most officers will never be promoted beyond the rank of Comrade General, making it the uppermost practical rank in the PRG. It is approximately equal to the ranks of General-Colonel and General-Lieutenant.
- Comrade Commander - approximately equal to the rank of General-Major and/or Brigadier.
- Comrade Lieutenant - approximately equal to the ranks of Colonel and Lieutenant Colonel.
- Comrade Major - approximately equal to the ranks of Major and Captain.
- Comrade Captain - approximately equal to the ranks of Lieutenant and Second Lieutenant.
- Comrade Guardsman - not listed in insignia, equal to any non-Officer rank.