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Vancouver Island Soviet Socialist Republic
|This article refers to a micronation which is defunct and no longer exists. You can help make the article reflect that or ask on the talk page for further information.|
| Vancouver Island Soviet Socialist Republic|
"Worker's of the island, unite!"
Be Free, Our Glorious Motherland
|Official religion(s)||Secular state|
|Government||Marxist-Leninist one-party republic|
|- General Secretary||Comrade Dustinov|
|- Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars||Comrade Dustinov|
|- Type||- Bicameral|
|Established||15 July 2019|
|Disestablished||23 November 2020|
|Area claimed||0.129 km2 (0.050 miles2)|
|Time zone||Pacific Standard Time|
|National sport||Ice hockey|
|National animal||Black Bear|
The Vancouver Island Soviet Socialist Republic, commonly known as the VISSR, was a North American micronation that was established in 2019. Located on Vancouver Island in the Canadian province of British Columbia, the VISSR was a small self-declared country founded by Dustin Carlson aka "Comrade Dustinov".
The VISSR claimed to be the 16th Republic of the Soviet Union, created in the form of a historically themed micronation. The country was located completely within the sovereign territory of Canada, making it an enclave similar to the Vatican City in Rome. In addition to it's claims of legitimate statehood, the VISSR was also a platform for promoting social activism such as community building and workers rights. The state maintained a highly centralized planned economy, functioning banking system, post office, and an active armed forces. The VISSR was not recognized by any sovereign nation, but established diplomatic relationships with many other micronations around the world. In late 2020 the VISSR was dissolved along with it's puppet state Nassivassa.
The history of the VISSR can be traced back to January 2019, when Dustin Calrson established the People's Republic of Courtica. The physical territory of the new nation was Carlson's property - a small parcel of farmland located on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island. Although located close to the Pacific Ocean via the Strait of Georgia, the nation was located completely within Canadian borders. As the tiny nation grew in population, it eventually developed into a larger union state with another nearby political project, the Democratic People's Republic of Lerwick (DPRL). This new unified state was renamed the Vancouver Island Soviet Socialist Republic, or VISSR in July 2019. The VISSR soon became one of the leading communist micronations, with Carlson adopting the name Comrade Dustinov and assuming the office of the nation's first General Secretary. The VISSR garnered a large social media presence on multiple platforms, specifically Twitter where it boasted thousands of followers. It was no stranger to controversy, however, with many outspoken critics voicing their disapproval of the nation's promotion of Soviet communism
On August 5th 2019, the Kingdom of Frelands declared war on the VISSR. Although no active conflict ever took place, the two nations remain in a technical state of war indefinitely due to no armistice or peace treaty ever being signed.
Collapse of DPRL
In September 2019, family and work obligations led to the leaders of the DPRL dissolving their nation and eventually leaving micronationalism altogether. They remain close friends of Dustin to this day, and the former DPRL Minister of Defense chose to remain a part of the VISSR in continuing the journey towards statehood.
Dustinov ultimately made the decision to continue without the DPRL. Despite initial setbacks, the VISSR entered a period of drastic growth and prosperity. A banking system was established and currency printed and issued for the first time. Diplomatic relations and mutual recognition treaties were signed with many other micronations during this period, as well as the expansion of the countries social media presence onto Reddit, Facebook and Youtube.
Change was soon to take place once again however, as the other former DPRL officials entered into high level negotiations with Dustinov about an offer to cede the former DPRL assets to the VISSR. A diplomatic transfer was completed, and the VISSR existed in that state until is dissolution in late 2020.
On November 23rd 2020, the ruling Party was disbanded as the result of a unanimous vote and the VISSR as a nation effectively ceased to exist. According to public statements from Comrade Dustinov via the VISSR's official Twitter account, he intends to carry on with a new independent micronational project in early 2021.
Be Free, Our Glorious Motherland was the official national anthem of the VISSR. The music was written and composed by Alexander Alexandrov in 1938, with lyrics written by Comrade Dustinov in 2019. The music was originally used for the State Anthem of the Soviet Union from 1944 to 1991.
An invincible nation, build by our hands
Under a flowing red banner, united we stand
Forward comrades! March on towards victory
The day of our great revolution has come!
Workers and peasants together in the suns golden light
Join soldiers and sailors in unbreakable might
From the Strait of Georgia to the vast Pacific
Our crimson flag flies in the west's endless skies!
Be free, our glorious motherland
Our great nation was welded forever to stand
Party of Dustin, strength of the people
Leads us to the triumph of communism!
Our people's paradise, to glory it leads
Through selfless labor and heroic deeds
Long live our great Soviet socialist republic
Workers of the island, unite!
The territorial land claim of the VISSR was approximately 0.129 km2 (0.050 miles2) of land on central Vancouver Island. The nation was located within, and completely surrounded by, Canadian territory. This small enclave was mainly semi-rural farmland, which contributed to the agrarian nature of the VISSR and it's people. 2 large fields, a sizable forested area and a small creek made up the geography of the nation while Dustingrad, the nation's capital, was comprised of Dustinov's home and surrounding small structures.
The culture of the VISSR reflected it's ethnically diverse population and featured an eclectic assortment of art, music and cuisine. As the de facto 16th Republic of the Soviet Union, the VISSR invested significant time and public resources into carrying on the traditions and legacy of the USSR. Lenin's vision of a Soviet society was adapted to suit the modern age in terms of human rights, tolerance and diversity. Like it's host nation Canada, English and French were the two official languages. There was no official religion at the national level, and the VISSR guaranteed universal equal rights to citizens and visitors of all faiths. Animal welfare was an important aspect of the country, with several dogs, birds, and fish making the VISSR their home. Bird conservation was a major priority, with a high level of dedication put into protecting the various species of wild birds whose habitats were found within the nation's borders
Politics and Government
The Vancouver Island Soviet Socialist Republic functioned as a Marxist-Leninist one-party republic. The Communist Party of the VISSR (CPVR) was the founding and ruling political party, and the only legal political organization in the nation. Led by General Secretary Dustinov, the CPVR was the ultimate governing authority over all matters of state. Under the party's leadership and guidance, the Council of People's Commissars acted as the executive branch of government, while the legislative branch was called the Supreme Soviet. The Supreme Court of the VISSR served as the country's judicial system.
The VISSR did not interfere with, or express opinions on, "macronational" affairs. The VISSR peacefully coexisted with its host nation of Canada, and its entire population was comprised of tax paying duel citizens who obeyed all Canadian provincial and federal laws at all times. The foreign policy of the VISSR focused exclusively on fellow micronations, and generally followed a protocol of friendly diplomatic relations and mutual recognition agreements. The VISSR maintained diplomatic relations with several other well established micronations worldwide, however it later enacted increasingly strict requirements on foreign relations treaties due to instability within many emerging micronations. While the VISSR unofficially recognized all nations sovereignty, it tended to mainly interact within the communist and wider left-wing political circles.
The Island Liberation Army and Island Liberation Navy made up the national armed forces of the VISSR, founded on August 5th 2019, in response to a declaration of war from the Kingdom of Frelands. There was no active air force. Both the army and naval force had a standing troop strength of 7. All citizens of the VISSR, including the General Secretary, were citizen soldiers who proudly wore the uniform of the armed forces in times of peril. The primary responsibilities of both branches were emergency response, disaster relief, environmental protection and national defence.
The VISSR had a highly centralized, command economy with full state control over property and the means of production being 100% owned and controlled by the proletariat. Canada was the nations largest trading partner, with the United States and China coming in second and third respectively. The VISSR was largely an import economy, obtaining most goods and services from nearby Canada. The national currency was the VISSR Dollar, with the Canadian Dollar being used as well. The VISSR Dollar was printed and issued by the State Bank of the VISSR, and issued in standard denominations of $1-$100, with commemorative coins designed as well. The VISSR Dollar was not backed by hard assets, but simply a promise to pay the bearer upon the prospect of the nation obtaining diplomatic recognition by the United Nations Security Council.