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The Red Front is a big tent Socialist Party, and the current ruling party of the United Socialist States of Katyunon. The party has been the only party to rule the country since the creation of the United Socialist States of Katyunon and is the biggest party in every major legislative body in the country.
The Red Front formed in 1898 as an anti-capitalist, anti-monarchist revolutionary organisation which operated in the four nations that made up the Katyunon Region. First operating out of Kyravnia as an secret Miners Revolutionary Movement, their ideas spread via trade with Trudatsya, Katystan and Alasemo, soon developing into a regional wide revolutionary movement among the working classes of these nations.
The Great War (1904-1917)
During the War, the Red Front spread anti-war messages and propaganda. The disastrous handling of the war also played into the Red Fronts hands, as food, fuel and clothing shortages cause social strife amongst the working class, while the wealthy aristocrats and capitalists didn't suffer at all. The Soldiers at the front also felt that their commanders didn't care for their lives and didn't really see the point of their involvement in the war. The Red Front's support soared as they declared that the war was only to enrich the privileged classes of the world, and their leaders were no different to the ones they were fighting in the war.
The Katyunon Revolution (1917)
Following the war, the Soldiers returning home were bitter about the conduct of the war and the attitudes of those in government, and the people were now poorer then than they had been before the war. This discontent triggered demonstrations in Katystan organised by the Red Front. These demonstrations were supported by other Red Front supporters in Trudatsya, Alasemo and Kyravnia who began demonstrations of their own in solidarity. The Protests in Katystan were then attacked by the Police, and the Army was called in to suppress them, however, the Army mutinied and supported the protesters. They fought the police before storming the Queen's Palace and arresting her and her government. The Red Front then declared the Socialist Republic of Katystan, and began to coordinate the other protests from the new revolutionary council in Katystan. The other Red Front parties, Inspired by the success of the Katystan revolution, began revolutions of their own. In the nations the old governments fell one by one, Trudatsya's government resigned after the Red Front stormed the parliament and force their resignation, Kyravnia's mining corporations fled after the miners took over several mining town and pits although they left much of their wealth behind and Alasemo's peasants killed their aristocrats and stormed the Palace and killed king Ivan, paving the ways for new socialist governments.
The Treaty of Katyunite (1918)
The Red Front Parties had increasingly began to favour closer cooperation after the revolution, and most leading figures began to call for a Union of the Katyunon region. The leading figures of the parties branches meet in Katesval, the old capital of Katystan, to sign the Treaty of Katyunite. This Treaty renamed Katesval to Katyunite, which would become the Capital of a New federation, The United Socialist States of Katyunon. This federation would have a new constitution, codifying the principles of the revolution into the guiding principles of each nation.
Rise of Factionalism
The Red Front was a broad coalition and eventually the different Ideas within the movement would lead to divides. It all came to a head in 1923 in the 25th annual Red Front congress. the other parties had begun to gain seats in local soviets and the national and federal congresses. most of the socialists and social democrats were not worried, they held relatively few seats and the electoral struggle kept the true to their ideas and reduced incompetence however, a few delegates, mostly from Alasemo, called on the congress to change the constitution to banned parties "not loyal to the working class". This group formed the first faction in the movement since its creation in 1898, calling themselves the Marxist vanguard, believing that the allowance of non-socialist parties on the ballot endangered the revolution. The next split came over the economy, both the marxist vanguard and the socialists supported the planned economy in some way, the social democrats however felt that this was unnecessary, and wanted the planning boards removed from the constitution and the institution of market socialism. this faction called themselves The Progress Alliance. the remaining Socialists formed the solidarity faction, the largest faction in the movement
The Red front is socialist and democratic, however, the different interpretation of these principles lead to varied beliefs within the wider movement. beliefs from market socialism to a command economy, or multi-party democracy to proletarian democracy.
Often being the middle ground between the other factions, Solidarity is the biggest faction in the movement, holding 136 seats in the Katyunon Congress of Soviets. They mainly support the Constitution as it is. They are proponents of decentralised planning, state ownership of the commanding heights of the economy and multi-party democracy. In domestic policy they support free speech and freedom of expression. In foreign policy they support the current Defence Force Act, preventing the Katyunion Defence Force from invading foreign soil. Their leader is the current premier of the federation, Aino Jokinen, an Ademarist and ardent pacifist. Their position in the centre of the party makes them the leading figures in most coalitions.
The Marxist Vanguard are the extreme left of the party. being the second biggest faction with 79 seats, with their main power base being in Alasemo. They are strong proponents of the command economy and are vocal about the need to defend the revolution at home and abroad through the centralisation of power in the federal government. They are in favour of 'free speech' but heavily suppress opposition media. They treat religion as the "opiate of the masses" and heavily suppress and discourage religious worship through propaganda, media and education. they are also ardent interventionists, believing it is their duty to support the overthrow of global capitalism and wish to repeal the Defence Force Act and see the build-up of a 'Liberation Army' to liberate the international proletariat and the build-up of a nuclear arsenal as an anti-fascist deterrent. Their Leader is Elliusha Helena, an Alasemonion in the Federal Congress and the current Federal Foreign Minister.
The Progress Alliance is the right of the Red Front. being the smallest faction with 48 seats. They are opponents of a planned economy and public ownership of the commanding heights of the economy, seeing it as unnecessary, and wish to transfer their ownership to worker co-operatives. the support public ownership of public services but believe that the nations should run them not the federal government. They are socially progressive, supporting free speech and expression. In foreign policy they are still pacifists but support the creation of a nuclear arsenal to act as a deterrent. their leader is a Trudatsyain named Magdal Baudin.