by Max Barry

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by The People's Federation of South Reinkalistan. . 310 reads.

le obligatory funny compass factbook (shamelessly copied from more original people 😎)


Edgy flavour text is one of my favourite things. Also, thanks to Federal Remnants, CBG-Palisade, Synne Industries, and Khoronzon for inspiring this. love you all, full homo

SR's future is obviously a subject of interest to me. And as you'd imagine, these all deal with timescales beyond what can be considered reasonable in terms of RL NS timeframes. I like keeping SR in the current date most of the time, and so everything kind of just... trundles along. Speculating on the future is a pretty nice prospect.

What are all these funny axes?

Revolution -- the People's Federation maintains a staunchly anti-capitalist, anti-NATO stance. In one way or another, they will resist the influence of the imperialists by all means necessary. Tensions with the North remain at an all-time high, and there is an active dedication to realise the "new world", as Turaniski envisions it or through some other interpretation.

Reaction -- opposition to socialism in general and favour for liberal democracy or an alternative form of governance finds itself triumphant; or at the very least, the Federation ends up completely unable to pose a threat to US influence. In any case, it marks at least a relative victory - in some form - for the forces of capitalism.

Heroic -- no matter what happens, the efforts and intentions of all involved are genuinely noble and concerned with the long-term prosperity of all mankind. Things might not be perfect, but there'll always be a bright side to look up to. It could, at the very least, be going worse. And at the end of the day, that's the best the people of the subcontinent can ask for.

Misanthropic -- things are going south whatever happens, and it's not going to be pretty. Good people are going to die, families will be torn apart, and lives will be ruined in the name of ideology, national survival, or just for the damned sake of it. The world could get better with enough courage and dedication, but these virtues seem to be lacking.

Top Right: Utopia?
Abundance and glory as the people's state carries forth a "true" revolution and manages to secure - at least what seems to be - prosperity.

"A New Frontier" -- over time, the P.F.R.'s regime slowly starts to change. Its obsession with war, conquest, and violent expansion of the revolution begins to ebb, and, eventually, subside. Instead, a new fascination grips the party: space. Seeking prestige in the stars, funds once directed to the army and nuclear stockpile now build fantastic spacecraft, adorned with a socialist vision of a grand, stellar future. Many satellites spring into orbit, and soon even a space elevator begins to be constructed, along with other massive scientific projects. The USA, seeing this and not wanting to be left out, quickly moves to advance NASA. China soon follows. Now, humankind is in a three-way race to the far reaches of the solar system. Bittersweet competition drives human ingenuity to its limits, and now the sky's long ceased to be the limit.

"One Long Road to Infinity" -- years pass. The constant conflict between the P.F.R. and USA remains the same, but the former undergoes fundamental changes in its governance. Rather than any change within the establishment's politics, the establishment itself gradually shifts towards a more futurist, technocratic position. The cult of personality starts to be dismantled after Turaniski's death, and over time the P.F.R. produces a society worth emulating. With these successes ostensible, and the capitalist powers starting to struggle in the maintenance of their societies, global revolution rocks all established powers. Out of this crucible emerges the foundations of a truly communist system. Things are still shaky, but one united humanity nonetheless looks to the future with hope. Good times are ahead, and everyone's starting to kick back and relax.

"It's Time for Some Change Around Here" -- Turaniski's grip on the People's Congress and state structure in general, as he ages, begins to loosen enough for the reformists in the party to have a shot at leadership. In a surprise stab-in-the-back, a reform candidate runs for the position of General Secretary, and wins. There's pushback in all aspects of government as the shocked conservatives try to react, but nonetheless government authority starts to concentrate in the hands of those who would opt for a more open kind of socialism, a la the Prague Spring. As time moves on, and the memories of the old regime begin to fade into history, this new South Reinkalistan looks north. After a long while of contemplation, they resolve to remain separate from what they see as soulless neoliberals, and direct themselves in the only way they see fit: forwards.

"It Feels Like October Again" -- the Party isn't totally conformant to Turaniski's plans. While many support him, some have seen the P.F.R. as going on a course that is antithetical to Marxist thought. In the shadows, yet another plot to kill Turaniski begins to form, and this time succeeds. The Party's membership is purged once more, and in its place stands an orthodox Marxist-Leninist state, embodying the ideals of Marx, Engels, and Lenin. It's still vehemently anti-US, and geopolitically not much changes. But your average Joe in Reinkalistan perhaps sees society begin to shift in the direction of a Soviet Democracy, and there's a sense of hope for the future in the air. Life goes on, but the burden on everyone's shoulders is somewhat lighter now. Who knows? Maybe this time, revolution might just go as planned. Maybe.

Bottom Right: Buckle up!
The Party doubles - or perhaps triples - down on the Doctrine of Enlightenment, and everything goes just about as you'd expect.

"The Fight Continues" -- Perhaps the most realistic outcome. Nothing of significance actually happens to fundamentally change the structure of the Federation. Everything just kind of... goes on. The Ideological Office continues its rapid consumption of all state powers, and Turaniski lives to proclaim a successor. For God knows how long, history is defined by the constant struggle between Reinkalistan and any adversaries it can find. The continued proxy conflicts, diplomatic tension, and ever-looming threat of nuclear obliteration is maddening. Centuries pass, and the storm just won't let up. Dreams turn to nightmares as the winds of history blow to no avail against a system it just can't seem to unroot. Fists are beaten against the unyielding walls of the narrative in utter futility, as the Doctrine of Enlightenment grows more and more dangerously esoteric through the ages. Perhaps one day it'll all come tumbling down, or the Federation might even succeed in its uphill struggle. But right now, and as far as the foreseeable future's concerned, everything's here to stay.

"The New World Victorious" -- Turaniski's policies are successful. With the help of the Red Army and Ideological Office, revolutionaries across Africa and Latin America do battle with the imperialists, and win. With their pipelines to the resources of the third world crippled, the USA and EU start to decline and fall to pieces. With the geopolitical power of the capitalists weakening, North Reinkalistan is invaded and seized with little resistance, the whole subcontinent finally united. The Doctrine of Enlightenment stands triumphant in a world reeling from such a shocking and unprecedented success. Decades of global strife pass, and at the end of it all the flag of the People's Federation waves over Washington DC, next to the smouldering ruins of the white house. From this, with much struggle, the world is united under one socialist world-republic, and with the P.F.R.'s model at its head. Humanity is unified as one polity, and there's no end in sight. As ships are built to export socialism to the far reaches of the galaxy, there is finally and decisively not a single option for escape.

"Victory At All Costs" -- Over time, the economic success of the P.F.R. and its ability to project military power both start to wane. But the administration remains hardline and set in stone as ever, and as the US begins to corner them, depriving them of what little allies they still have, the nation is turned into a hyper-militarised fortress-state. The Doctrine of Enlightenment is moulded into a sort of apocalyptic death cult as the population is prepared for the final struggle against the atheist-reactionary scourge. Anyone even remotely critical of the course the nation is taking find themselves loaded in vans and transported to Democratic Kampuchea-esque killing fields. All frivolous notions of "utopia" are discarded as the siege of the Federation begins, and only one objective is held by the ruling clique: survival, no matter the price.

"No Mercy for the Damned" -- Wars of anti-imperialism are waged to little gain. Every time the Red Army crosses the northern border, the troops are repelled by the entrenched NATO forces there. It appears that a different attitude needs to be taken with regards to revolutionary tactics. At this point, the Party turns towards the relatively small but growing "Progress" Faction within its own ranks. Within this group, there are a few ideologues who suggest that by taking apt preparation for thermonuclear war, building their stockpiles, and launching their ICBMs at locations around the world, a "revolution" could be successful simply by virtue of being the last nation standing after the nuclear winter clears. And so, the plan is put into motion. Vast amounts of resources are poured into bunkers and nuclear weapons, with the economy being rendered a secondary concern. After all, it won't matter once everyone's underground. One fateful day, the nuclear switch will be pulled, and the world will disappear under the mushroom clouds. Reinkalistan can only hope that once it emerges again it will all have been worth it.

Top Left: What has the Party ever done for us?
The Federation's mode of governance becomes irreconcilable with encroaching western influence. The matter of reform now approaches the table.

"Snuffing Out the Light" -- The Federation has been weighed and measured, and found wanting. After years of slow and steady decline, a clique of liberally-minded individuals ascend to the leadership and decide to unilaterally reform South Reinkalistan into a more palatable social democracy. However, the Party and state structure is not really equipped for such a change, and enters a sort of shock with institutional opposition to the reforms paralyzing the state structure. Eventually, locked in a seemingly unescapably political crisis, the constituent republics of the Federation begin to do the unimaginable: declare independence, and ratify membership with the North instead. The hardliners can only watch as socialism is deconstructed and the entire subcontinent falls under the leadership of the Northern government. But at the end of the day, the Federation has collapsed not with violence or malice, but out of a heartfelt desire for betterment and harmony. Now, it falls to the people to pick up the pieces and build their lives anew.

"Perhaps We Just Need to Close Our Eyes" -- Quite similar to Snuffing Out the Light, except perhaps less melancholic. Instead of collapsing, the reform is more measured and gradual, with the hardliners slowly declining in influence and a proper social democracy being achieved where none thought it could. After a while, the question of subcontinental unity once again comes into the question, and a compromise government is achieved between the North and South, with a new constitution proclaimed. The new Reinkalistani state is one that is on unsteady footing, and sewing together the two parts will be a gargantuan effort, but regardless the world trundles on. It's a brave new world for this brand new country, and the future holds boundless new discoveries to be made.

"It's a Long Way Back Home" -- In a period of political turmoil and following a coup of the Federation by the Ideological Office, the army is left in disarray and there is a swift and clean conquest of the nation on behalf of an emboldened and decisive NATO force. Turaniskidak falls nigh-bloodlessly and, in a surprisingly abrupt state of affairs, South Reinkalistan simply ceases to exist. NATO forces now stand as peacekeepers in an uneasily quiet state of affairs, counting down the days until they rotate home. Meanwhile, the remnants of the old regime hide in the country, consolidating their resources and preparing to take back what is theirs; but their power is waning and their relevance is slowly starting to drain away into the sands of time. The new regime is quite ostensibly here to stay.

"We're All Human, After All" -- Reform once again succeeds, but in a more neutral direction. The new government is not necessarily inclined towards becoming subject to US influence, and finds itself at fundamental odds with the way the North Reinkalistani state exists. In the end, what joins the countries together anymore? They've been apart for so long, developed entirely different linguistic dialects, and have practically separate national cultures. Both states come to terms with each others' existence, and ultimately recognise the need to co-exist and head separate ways. It's a pretty regular and even boring end to this dramatic performance, but at the same time it probably makes the most sense. In a world dominated by competing ideas and systems, there's nothing more harmonic than two states just deciding to be rid of all that nonsense and just get along for once.

Bottom Left: What goes up, must come down.
Everything breaks to pieces. Anti-Communist regimes who persecute and rule just as fiercely as the "New World" begin to seize power.

"The Clock Resets" -- Duke Sarkos, leader of the "Rekkutomel" resistance organisation and self-proclaimed candidate for the "throne" of Reinkalistan, begins to garner more support in the years to come. With the central authorities rapidly losing control of the rural regions, decades of violent civil war begins to ravage the nation, with monarchic restorationists pitted against the forces of the New World. After untold suffering and an immense amount of death, the Kingdom is re-established and Sarkos transforms the nation into a reactionary monarchy. Communists are harshly persecuted, and the state is swiftly secured with help of the Rekkutomel, now reorganised as a secret police. With the conditions of the early 20th Century practically re-created, people can only wonder as to when violence will start again.

"Blood and Honour" -- A reasonably well-prepared P.F.R. finds itself on the receiving end of a multi-pronged NATO invasion, with the full force of the western world crashing at its borders and coasts. The war is intense, and lasts much longer than anyone was hoping for. The horrors of warfare in the desert, mountains, and cities are amplified tenfold by the dogged determination of the regime to survive. Regardless, however, the South does fall, and the nation is yet again reunified under the northern administration. But they are the inheritors of a broken legacy. Entire cities lie wasted, the population is decimated; there is no-one to govern the vast swathes of territory annexed, and power is left to what are in effect regional feudal warlords. This economic strain and corruption leads to a weight dragging the North down, and soon Reinkalistan descends to the status of a failed state. All anyone can ask is: "was that really worth it?"

"The Saints are Calling" -- As in "The New World Victorious", the Doctrine of Enlightenment finds itself engulfing the whole world once more, and the shadow of Turaniski's legacy is cast over the entire globe. But this time, the various peoples of the world are not content to go quietly into the totalitarian twilight, with the resolve of brave souls determined to stand for their rights and liberties no matter the cost. Across the dominion of the People's Federation, hundreds of millions take up arms, gearing for a legendary fight, and... the entire state authority collapses as if it were not even there. Greatly overextending the peacekeeping faculties of the state, the P.F.R. proves itself to be a paper tiger indeed. With a global power vacuum, the sudden collapse has practically the entire world descend into petty warlordism. The future will be marked and remembered by not much more than extraordinary violence and suffering.

"Out of Time and Out of Will" -- Turaniski keeps aging, but slowly becomes convinced of his own divinity. His mental state - not particularly stable at the best of times - collapses into raving lunacy, and he refuses to come to terms with his own mortality. Without picking a successor, his advanced age starts to concern the cabinet about the future of the nation. When he does eventually kick the bucket, people generally aren't sure what to do and chaos ensues. With the personality cult having stressed the General Secretary's immortality, he expressly forbade any provisions to be made for his death. This doesn't mean that others haven't been planning for it, though, and the various members of his cabinet divide the Federation among themselves and begin to wage an incredibly brutal civil war for control of the country. The rest of the world can only watch in horror at the maelstrom of violence to consume the nation.