Elwynnese Workers' Party

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The Elwynnese Workers' Party (EWP) is a democratic socialist party in Elwynn. It led a one-party communist government in Elwynn for five years (1612–1618) before its collapse initiated the restoration of an Elwynnese monarchy in 1618. Since then, it has moderated its policies. It remains nevertheless an overtly republican, patriotic and socialist party. It is a member of the Democratic Socialist Workers' Coalition.

Policies

While traditionally affiliated with communist symbolism, rhetoric and policies, it accepts today the private market albeit in a regulated fashion. It strives for an Elwynnese society where education, health care, pensions, unemployment and incapacity insurances, and welfare is available for all, funded by the public purse. The EWP also wishes to reduce the income gap between the various sectors in society. It has sizeable support from one half of the the trade-union movement – the other half is generally associated with the Nationalist and Humanist Party, and, in the South, also with Behsaz-Eluin. In terms of property rights, the EWP accepts both private and personal property (and makes a distinction between these two), but holds that land and natural resources cannot be considered property – rather it is all owned by the people acting through the Elwynnese Republic, and cannot be sold or traded, only exploited in accordance with the workers' and people's interests.

It sees the Auspicious Occasion as the workers' and patriots' revolution against monarchism, feudalism and imperialism, which was only finalized with the achievement of Elwynnese independence in 1672 after the Kalirion Fracture. With regard to the constitution of the Elwynnese Republic, the EWP supports it as the guarantee for the stability of the Republic. However, if amendments are to be made, it would support the ending of all autonomous republics and the establishment of a unitary state in order to provide for equality among all Elwynnese. As a democratic party, it wishes for an elected legislature on the all-Elwynnese (federal) level.

Although supporting the Raspur Pact for defensive and cultural purposes, the EWP is openly skeptical to the free-trade aspects of it. It opposes the perceived salary dumping across RP member states, but supports the free movement of workers, provided workers get fair working conditions and salaries.

The EWP abhors the feudal vestiges within the RP such as loyal subjecthood and community servitude.

With regard to foreign affairs, the EWP has a pragmatic view. Trade agreements should be made in the interests of Elwynnese workers.

It supports relations with Francia in order to provide for the Amokolian reunification and intra-Amokolian relations. However, the EWP is highly skeptical of the Frankish monarchism (which to the EWP mimics the worst aspects of both the Vanic and Shirerithian monarchies). As such, the EWP will not call for an alliance or free trade with Francia but would prefer a slower process of normalization and relationship building.

Factions

  • Socialist libertarian wing
  • Working-class trade-union wing
  • Middle-class idealists
  • Precariat wing
  • Association of Former Loyal Subjects and Community Servants in Elwynn (AFLOSCOS)
  • Elwynnese Socialist Youth, the youth organization
  • Elwynnese Working Women's Association (EWWA)

History

A long established communist party, the EWP reacted to its failure to win power through the ballot box in 1603 by implementing an entryist policy which saw its cadres attempt to infiltrate rival parties and the organs of state in order to expand their influence and introduce their ideas and programmes into the enemy camp. Gaining a foothold in the rank and file of the then anti-capitalist Nationalist and Humanist Party, it gradually managed to take over the security apparatus of the Coordinated State, focusing specifically on the Panopticon. This strategy culminated in the moment when Aasmund Vigeland, whose public persona had been assiduously built up by the unwitting Coordinated State's propaganda machine, was made Steward in 1613. Along with the eminent legal scholar and fellow communist, Malliki Nur Pinito, he announced the completion of the workers' revolution, and the coordinated state's guild structure was transformed, with a certain amount of aggravation and bloodshed, into that of a communist organisation of workers' councils.

During the communist era in Elwynn, the EWP, faced with stagnating productivity, a balance of trade crisis, and an increasingly apathetic and resentful Elw proletariat, slowly opened up for democratic reforms. The popular response, however, was one that the EWP had not considered, and the party was overwhelmed with popular demands, not for mere reform but for revolution. In the end, the EWP attempted to head off popular anger by setting up a constituting assembly for a new constitution. The party had ensured that it would receive most seats in the election – but a small and very diverse majority of anti-communist parties allied themselves and "hijacked" the constitutional debate.

Following this, a group of hardliners split from the EWP and founded the first Communist Party of Elwynn. This party, however, quickly faltered when a reform group broke away to form the Communist Party of Elwynn (Reformists). None of these break-away parties survived long.

In the Shirerithian Folksraad, it allied itself with other socialist parties, but withdrew from the Folksraad after Elwynnese statehood was declared in 1672.

Suffered yet another split in 1675 when the third instalment of the Communist Party of Elwynn was proclaimed.

Famous members

  • Malliki Nur Pinito (1573–1644)
  • Aasmund Vigeland (1581–1620)
  • Pekke Aloorion
  • Isa Kaliandaron Qor
  • Pedyr Mekaarveq