Soviet Socialist Union of the Wakatipu
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| Soviet Socialist Union of the Wakatipu |
Equal Rights for all in Sight
|Queenstown, New Zealand |
|Government||Marxist Leninist Single-party State|
|- General Secretary||Campbell Britton|
|- Premier||Solomon Feenstra|
|Legislature||The Central Committee|
|- Type||- Unicarmel|
|- Number of seats||- 10|
|Established||November 17th, 2014|
|Disestablished||June 28th, 2015|
|Area claimed||611.86 km² (236.24 square miles)|
|Currency||New Zealand Dollar|
|Time zone||GMT +12|
|National animal||Lakeland terrier|
Contact email: Socialistunionofwakatipu@gmail.com
The Soviet Socialist Union of the Wakatipu (SSUW) was a Socialist micronation spread out across the Wakatipu Basin. It was the successor state to the Socialist Union of the Wakatipu. The state succeeded from the Republic of Frigus and began constructing the first socialist micronation in the Wakatipu basin. It was involved in a war to bring about the destruction of the Theocratic Unitary States of Holy Gearlist prior to its disbandment. It aspired to become the most influential Socialist micronation in the micronational community, and attempted to establish relations with as many other socialist micronations to do this. The nation is no longer active, and any treaties or political relations previously established are considered to be voided.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 2.1 Pre-micronationalism
- 2.2 Secession movement in Frigus
- 2.3 Treason Trial of Campbell Britton
- 2.4 Cold war with Frigus
- 2.5 Branches expedition
- 2.6 Victory in the Cold War
- 2.7 Coup and fragmentation
- 2.8 Renaming, reformation and expansion
- 2.9 The War with Gearlist
- 2.10 Disestablishment
- 3 Government and Politics
- 3.1 The Central Committee
- 3.2 Departments of office
- 3.3 Foreign Policy
- 3.4 The Queenstown Lakes District Council
- 3.5 Unitary states
- 3.6 International Relations
- 4 Geography and Climate
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
The Soviet Socialist Union of the Wakatipu is named after lake Wakatipu and the surrounding basin where all territory of the nation resides. The nation has gone through several naem changes over its 5 month existence, first existing as the Socialist Union of the Wakatipu. Then after the coup, the Democratic Union of the Wakatpu, and finally, after the administartion overhaul, the Soviet Socialist Union of the Wakatipu. The motto, "Equal Rights for all in Sight" is attributed to Comrade Divesh Singh.
The Soviet Socialist Union of the Wakatipu is located in the wakatipu Basin, an Area within New Zealand.The Nation was originally under the Republic of Frigus before its secceded and began the construction of a Socialist Micronation in the Basin. After successfully seceding, the nation quickly went about consolidating its power. However after a coup, loyalist states transferred to serve under the new Camtorian government in the SSUW.
The area was known to Māori before Europeans arrived. The first European to see Lake Wakatipu was Nathanael Chalmers who was guided by Reko, the chief of the Tuturau, over the Waimea Plains and up the Mataura River in September 1853. Evidence of stake nets, baskets for catching eels, spears and ashes indicated the Glenorchy area was visited by Māori. It is likely Ngāi Tahu Māori visited Queenstown en route to collect Pounamu (greenstone), although no evidence of permanent settlement is known.
Explorers William Gilbert Rees and Nicholas von Tunzelmann were the first Europeans to settle the area. Rees established a high country farm in the location of Queenstown's current town centre in 1860, but the discovery of gold in the Arrow River in 1862 encouraged Rees to convert his wool shed into a hotel named the Queen's Arms, now known as Eichardt's. There are various apocryphal accounts of how the town was named, the most popular suggesting that a local gold digger exclaimed that the town was "fit for Queen Victoria". Many Queenstown streets bear names from the gold mining era (such as Camp Street) and some historic buildings remain.
Secession movement in Frigus
The secession movement began long before the trial of future leader Campbell Britton. The Republic of Frigus had come under constant scrutiny by the left wing for its increasing reliance on its intelligence service, the H.I.S., which many communist party members believed was the first stage to the establishment of a Fascist police state. The cyber-terrorist "Frigus liberator" was accused of having communist party ties, but this was dis proven. Previously, the communist party attempted to secede, but ultimately failed after a last minute pullout by Campbell Britton. But resentment grew, and the Communist party began to formulate the plan for another attempt to break away. When party leader Campbell Britton informed the communist party, an H.I.S. agent revealed this to the Frigus president. He was put on trial for treason
Treason Trial of Campbell Britton
President Hugh Taylor of the Frigus Republic attempted to convict Campbell Britton of treason and prevent the secession. The Communist party contained the entire command structure of the Frigus military and also validated Frigus as a republic, because of the fact there were no other opposition parties in the Frigus congress. Though convicted, the Communist party went ahead and created the Socialist Union at 1:15pm, , granting asylum to the General Secretary and forced the Frigus government to drop charges.
Cold war with Frigus
Frigus and the SUW remained on high tension, but neither have the logistical ability to conduct a war (the SUW lacked soldiers and the Frigus army no longer had an experienced officer corps). Many agree that the SUW would be the one to cause the war, but winning it would be up to debate. The Cold war flared in several occasions, most notably at during the East Branches crisis.
In November 2014, the Wakatipu communist party accompanied the year 10 Wakatipu High School student group into branches camp. The camp lasted 12 days and involved a multitude of outdoor activities. The plan for the communist party was to annex the region, but Frigus personnel were also there and prevented full take over, and it became a very tense situation from day 1-3, the tensest it had been since independence. East Branches became another state within union, and for 12 days was the most active and profitable. On December 9, 2014 the camp ended, but wakatipu claims to east branches remain and the 2015 camp will have to deal with SSUW customs.
Victory in the Cold War
On the 12th February, 2015, the Republic of Frigus officially "collapsed". General Secretary announced the news to the Communist party with much joy, declaring it a "Great victory for the forces of socialism, this time its the west that collapses, not the east". With the Frigus disillusion, the SUW became the sole micronation in the Wakatipu basin. This set in motion a variety of events, including the proposition of a democracy. This lead the Church of Gearlist to turn against the SUW government. In the meantime, Frigus had in fact not dissolved, and ironically, the SUW did.
Coup and fragmentation
An attempted coup by the Church of Gear list to remove the communist party of the Wakatipu in its position of power, Lead by the former minister of Foreign affairs Patrick Sanford the coup planned to remove General Secretary Campbell Britton from his position as head of state and establish a fundamentalist state. This is considered low tide of Wakatipu. But at this time, the Socialist Union was renamed the Democratic Union and the state divided power to ensure no one minister had the power to form a coup like it did.
Renaming, reformation and expansion
The SUW, suffering from the coup, split in half, some went to serve the new Junta which soon formed into the holy state of Gearlist, while other CPW members followed General Secretary Campbell Britton to the Democratic Union of the Wakatipu. This state took all CPW assets, which because of the communist parties control, was the entire legislative, judiciary and military structure. The Camtoria Government decided that the Union should expand into one contiguous territory. The Central Committee voted and the borders extended to include the entirety of the Wakatipu basin. This move was controversial as the Holy state of Gearlist and the Republic of Frigus both resided in the new borders, but Campbell declared "They claim our territory, hell we'll take all the territory around them". Soon after wards, after extensive administration overhauls, the nation was renamed again to Soviet Socialist Union of the Wakatipu
The War with Gearlist
The Theocratic Unitary States of Holy Gearlist became enemy number one for the SSUW. The Theocratic Union split left wing micronationalists in the Wakatipu basin since the state promoted socialist ideals in a similar way to the SSUW, preventing the united front that had so effectively countered the Republic of Frigus. Thus, Campbell Britton attempted to host a summit which would establish a mutual recognition between the two states. However, Patrick refused the generous offer, and thus Campbell declared unrestricted war upon the Theocratic state. This lead to the formation of the red army and its red battalions, and the red army partisans which were to infiltrate Gearlist and destroy it from the inside. The war has yet to begin in open confrontation but the cold war is certainly there.
The SSUW officially disbanded mid 2015, citing the unnecessary divisions that its existence has created as a primary concern. "Many have been affected by our petty politics here, dividing friends along political lines which ultimately lead to a fracture, especially in the case of the Former President of Frigus and the General Secretary". This was part of a mutual agreement with the HSG, and lead to the end of micronationalism in the Wakatipu.
Government and Politics
The Central Committee
The Central Committee is the legislature for the union. The Central committee has every member of the SUP on it, and all power in the state is centered on it. All laws are passed through the Central Committee, which with a majority vote new laws, amendments and clauses to the constitution are passed into law. A violation of procedure (such as attacking the speaker during an address) is the immediate demotion from the Central Committee, and a immediate inquiry into the members legitimacy within the party leading to a possible dismissal. The government is held firmly by the Communist party of the Wakatipu. All Party members are issued party cards, required for all party events. The nation has banned opposition parties to ensure that socialism is un-hindered by multi-party elections.
|Party Name||Emblem||Leader||Position||Seats in Central committee|
Communist Party of the Wakatipu
|Campbell Britton||Far left|
Departments of office
In General, there is one paramount leader of the SSUW, the General Secretary, who serves as head of state. However, the separation of power in late February as given rise to four separate offices, each separating the various ministries into four separate categories.
Department of the Executive
The executive office is held by the General Secretary, and performs all executive decisions.The department of the Executive manages most of the vital decisions in the state, almost everything passes through this department. Though the office cannot vote on or create new laws, all laws can be vetoed and put back through the Central Committee if the office holder deams the new bill destructive to socialism or to the people of the Wakatipu. The Commissariat of State Security and Commissariat of Foreign Affairs are directly tied to this department.
Department of the Legislature
The Legislative department directly oversees the Central Committee. the office is held by the premier, and has complete control over the law making process. The Premier is normally obliged to represent the General Secretary in the Central Committee, presenting laws and bills the General Secretary has suggested. The Legislature is mostly administrative, and the Commissariat of Commerce and Trade, Commissariat of Science and Technology, Commissariat of Transportation, Commissariat of the Treasury, Commissariat of Labor and Industry, Commissariat of Education, Commissariat of Agriculture and Commissariat of Conservation fall under its direct control.
Department of Justice
The Judiciary is the main law keeping department of the SSUW, ensuring that the Constitution is upheld and that law is maintained. The office is held by the Supreme Judge and decides whether a drafted law or bill is constitutional, if it is not then the Justice department will veto it as a contradiction. This happens before a vote, and unlike the Executive it cannot veto a bill that doesn't directly contradict the constitution. The Judiciary also controls law keeping services and internal security departments. The Commissariat of Justice, Commissariat of Immigration and the Commissariat of Internal Affairs are directly controlled by the judiciary as well as the Domestic Intelligence Bureau, a subsection of the Commissariat of State Security.
Department of the Military
The Department of the Military (also referred to as the Commissariat) is the political machine behind the Red Army, the armed forces of the SSUW. The office is held by the Grand Marshall and unlike the other departments has absolutely nothing to do with the law making and passing process. Its soul purpose is to protect the SSUW and to fight its enemies wherever they may be. This aggressive stance has been described by some as expansionist and imperialist, but to the SSUW government, the Department of the Military is a necessary evil in order to propagate the revolution and to protect the Wakatipu People. The Commissariat of Defense is the only Commissariat controlled by the Department of the Military, but the Foreign Espionage Service is involved greatly in aiding the war effort of the Department. In addition, many sub services aid their support (e.g. Commissariat of Propaganda's war section, Commissariat of Science and Technologies Military research section and the Commissariat of Internal Affairs Interrogation Section).
The Soviet Socialist Union of the Wakatipu has a foreign policy akin to the People's Republic of China, in the way that it will immediately severe ties with any micronation that recognizes the Theocratic Unitary States of Holy Gearlist, similar to the Chinese policy with Taiwan. The SSUW has declared war upon Gearlist, and thus the foreign policy towards said state and any of its allies is of total aggression. The SSUW also considers any other micronations within the basin as aggressor states that must be eliminated in order to secure the development of socialism within the Union. Though this policy has been denounced as expansionism and imperialism, Campbell has simply stated "It is a Class war, we are protecting the rights of the workers that have been oppressed by theocracy, plutocracy and monarchy for too long"
The Queenstown Lakes District Council
The Soviet Socialist Union of the Wakatipu claims territory administered by the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) on behalf of the New Zealand government. The SSUW has accepted that the QLDC may act as the primary government of the area, and may enforce its policies upon people within the Union. The SSUW promotes cooperation with the QLDC and the NZ government among its citizens unless said government descended into reactionary and fascist control (i.e. if any of the extreme right parties like NZ Act or NZ Conservative got in power), at which point the SSUW would begin resistance against the government and proclaim its independence.
The Soviet Socialist Union is not a continuous block of land that abides by Wakatipuan law alone, it is a scattered and fragmented nation that incorporates many distant and close states, along with the majority of the territory administered by the QLDC. Each state is governed by a Central Committee member who command their own contingent of the party commissariat. these states may have alterations and amendments to national law that better apply to their own state.
|Anarchic Conglomerate of Lake Hayes Estate||Solomon Feenstra|
Wakatipu recognises most member states of the United Nations, but is not recognized by any UN member states. The Soviet Socialist Union is de facto at war with the Theocratic Unitary State of Holy Gearlist, since much of the SSUW's territory is claimed by the Holy State of Gearlist. Wakatipu is currently seeking out diplomatic relations with various micronations.
|Soviet Union||The SSUW believes the Soviet Union to be the bedrock of all socialist states, the teachings of Lenin and Trotsky post revolution doing much to form the SSUW political system. As such, the SSUW considers the Soviet Union its patron state.|
|United Nations||All but one of the member states of the UN are recognized as sovereign states by the Central Committee|
|Democratic People's Republic of Korea||The Central Committee does not recognize the Kim Regime to be the legitimate government of North Korea|
|Theocratic Unitary States of Holy Gearlist||Stand off situation, effectively war|
|Federated Union of Socalist Republics||Mutual formal recognition, Strong Diplomatic ties, mutual defense agreements|
|Federation of Bosmansk||Mutual formal recognition, Strong diplomatic ties, history of fighting together|
|Republic of the Kingdom of Loquntia||Mutual formal recognition, Strong diplomatic ties, signed written treaty|
|Soviet Socialist Republic of Nadiria||Mutual formal recognition, treaty in negotiation|
|Independent State of Merit||Mutual formal recognition|
|Kingdom of Doland||Mutual formal recognition|
|Unironia||Mutual formal recognition|
|Great Empire of Dikameppra|
|Principality of Hashima||Mutual formal recognition|
|Belyansk||Mutual formal recognition|
|Federation of Westland||Mutual formal recognition|
|F.A.R.T.||Mutual formal recognition|
|Meowian Empire||Mutual formal recognition|
|Great Socialist People's Sangheili Union||Mutual formal recognition|
|Republic of Hortania||Mutual formal recognition|
|Republic of Esterlyn||Mutual formal recognition|
|Kingdom of Foria||Mutual formal recognition|
Geography and Climate
The Soviet Socialist Union of the Wakatipu is located in the alpine resort town of Queenstown. Queenstown is situated on the shore line of Lake Wakatipu, the third largest lake by surface area in New Zealand. It is at a relatively high altitude nestled among mountains, and there are close-by gorges and some plains suitable for agriculture. Despite its relatively high altitude and mountain surroundings, it has an oceanic climate. Summer has long warm days with temperatures that can reach 30 °C while winters are cold with temperatures often in single digits with frequent snowfall, although there is no permanent snow cover during the year. As with the rest of Central Otago, Queenstown lies within the rain shadow of the Southern Alps, but being closer to the west coast the town is more susceptible to rain-bearing fronts compared to nearby Cromwell, Wanaka and Alexandra. The hottest recorded temperature in Queenstown is 34.1 °C (93 °F), while the coldest is −8.4 °C (17 °F).
The Soviet Socialist Union of the Wakatipu has adopted Socialist-oriented market economy as their main policy relating to the economy. The bank, arms industry and infrastructure like power and transportation is state owned while other, smaller business' may be privately owned. However the government retains tight control on imports and exports which limits many entrepreneurial business opportunities.
Outside Direct D.U.W. control, the Queenstown economy is service oriented, and the economy is driven by the strong tourism industry in the area. Queenstown receives over 50,000 visitors a year, attracted by such attractions like the Ski Fields, Nearby Fiordland and the natural beauty of the basin itself. Queenstown is known as the Adventure Capitol of New Zealand, and with Bungy Jumping, Ski Diving, Skiing, Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Rafting and more, it is rightfully deserved.
The Population of the SSUW can be taken two ways. One way of interpreting it is by counting all who reside in the Unions claimed territory, which are deemed citizens by invitation by the Central Committee and can join the Unions government Organs and party at request. If one was to ignore this number, then the number would stand at 11
The nation is made up of mostly New Zealand Europeans (Pakeha) and Maori (New Zealand natives) with European, Asian, and Pacifica peoples making up the largest minorities.
English is the only recognized language in Wakatipu, but many citizens speak other languages like Maori, German, French, Mandarin, Japanese, Latin, Russian and Hindi.
The SSUW is officially secular, and religion is barred from having any place in the political atmosphere of the SSUW. Though religions are permitted so long as they do not challenge the state. Prominent religious groups include Anglicanism, Judaism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam.
The SSUW claims 100% literacy, with all members receiving New Zealand state education, hailed by the Central Committee as one of the most effective in the OECD