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|Headquarters||№21, 03-ram, 12-kontruv, D District, Kartika|
|Newspaper||The Social Text|
|Student wing||Kiro-Socialist Student Union|
|Federal Cambrium 21169|
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Kirosocialism or Kiro-Socialism (Kiravic: Kiroascolatimoniúrisēn) refers to an economic ideology that became popular in Kiravia in the years following the Big Bad War and also to the period of time (21XXX to 21185) during which it was the ruling ideology of Kiravia promoted by the Kiro-Socialist Cadre. The Kiro-Socialist Cadre was a Kiravian political cadre that held power over the Federal government from 21XXX to 21185. During that time it presided over a large-scale economic and administrative transformation process, establishing a classic developmental state and attempting social engineering projects, while pursuing a strongly isolationist foreign policy.
Following its Pyrrhic victory in the Tropical Sea War, Kiravia fell into an economic depression. The Kiravian political class, which outside of South Kirav had become firmly rooted in Western capitalist thought on economic policy, found themselves unable to mitigate the effects of the depression using conventional capitalist methods. Economic desperation and popular outrage at the ruling [X CADRE] for its failure to address the crisis translated into widespread demands for the overthrow of the political establishment, and opened space in public discourse for a number of socialist-oriented activists and parties to present alternative solutions. Some of these socialists traced their ideological and organisational heritage back to the modernising, liberal Rose Factions of the Colour Wars. Others were Shaftosocialists and Christian or Rurican socialists who believed that social control of the means of production was necessary to create humane, just, and edifying conditions for human life. Still others adhered to Western socialist currents, both democratic and revolutionary, or were corporate nationalists who called for massive state intervention to fix the economy and ensure Kiravia's national survival.
-They met at some hôtel in Xūrosar, Castera and resolved to form the Conference of Kiravian Socialists. A few months later they hammered out a manifesto and a road map for socialist economic reforms.
-Then the socialist parties went on to sweep the next Cambrial election and btfo Netanèn Grancanon from the Prime Executure.
-Describe the reforms: Nationalisation, protectionism, the erection of massive welfare states, public works, etc. Also affirmative action n' shit. -Kirosocialism worked for a while -Some social changes occured as a result.
-Establishment of a party-line orthodoxy among the Central Committee -Heavy investments in scientific and technical education -Consolidation of an isolationist, nonaligned FoPo -Régime sponsors the formulation of Analytical Shaftonism and revives interest in Shaftosocialism. -Unprecedented growth of government bureaucracy, the beginning of more dramatic constitutional/governmental reforms that greatly expanded the centralisation of power in Kartika, the reach and powers of the federal government, and the Kirosocialist Cadre's monopoly on power. This is where the constitutional violations begin. -Economic growth and development becomes more uneven, with some states transforming into mere resource pools.
-Massive military buildup and WMDs, but at the same time tensions build with the military.
-Security apparatus starts getting totalitarian.
-Corruption over cash leave 'im leakin' in the cask'.
-Both armed (Publicans, Green Militias) and political (Andrus Candrin) opposition movements become more active.
-Everything goes to shit.
-Bankrupt government, sagging and woefully inefficient basket case economy
-Government bloating, mismanagement, waste, fraud, and abuse reaches critical mass. Already shit currency rapidly devalues into toilet paper. Kiravians forced to homebrew in order to get drunk, get arrested by tax enforcers, everyone gets mad and starts burning shit in the streets. Cops also mad because they want to drink too, join protestors.
-Candrin's success in Kiygrava inspires National Renewal Movement, but Kirosocialists dig in and begin crackdowns.
-Economy nosedives, Ástukéter mounts a last-ditch effort to save it by enacting reforms, but is too late. Gets shrekterino in election by Kólsylvar.
-On the eve of the electoral college vote, Kirosocialists in the security establishment and Constitutionalists in the military prepare for a civil war. Ástukéter, believing that a war to save the régime would be needlessly destructive and achieve nothing, capitulates in a televised address, orders the security establishment to stand down, and discharges his duties to Second Executive Michael Vick for the remainder of his term to handle the transition.
-Mike Vick turns over the nuclear launch codes to Ivardus Kólsylvar. Kirosocialist flag is lowered from the Cabinet Secretariat and replaced with the Saltire.
-Acting Kirsoc chairman Mike Tyson convenes the Politburo or whatever and suspends all party operations, turns over party archives to the Federal Consistory, and flees the country. The party's corporate personality and financial assets are confiscated by the State of Castera. Most Kirosocialist delegates resign or abandon their posts. -Cambrium passes Recovery of Truth & Justice Act 21185 creating the Special Tribunal for Governmental Accountability, establishing a roadmap and procedures for the investigation of constitutional violations, and granting immunity to Ástukéter and other régime officials who cooperated in the transition. -Kólsylvar and Rénkédar slash the federal bureaucracy by like 2/3, privatise privatise privatise, bring Clarendon on board to oversee economic restructuring. Fired bureaucrats and Kirosocialist loyalists riot in Kartika. Kólsylvar locks down gov't buildings but orders federal troops to exercise restraint in order to avoid escalating matters. Kirosocialist loyalists also riot in Valēka, but Candrin just tells the State Defence Force to shoot the bastards. These folks mostly relocate to the Béyasar metro area in Farina and become the Progressive Castes. -
Kirosocialism is a fundamentally modernist ideology opposed to the oppressive and restrictive power structures of traditional society based on class and ethnosocial group and to traditional Coscivian views of human nature seen as being at odds with economic progress. It advocates replacing these with new forms of social organisation based on efficiency, merit, utility, and equality, as well as the notion of social or positive rights to employment, housing, healthcare, and education.
To this end, the Kirosocialist government adopted dirigist economic policies that made extensive use of state planning through incentive manipulation, heavy regulation of labour and distribution, subsidies to promote development, redistributive taxation, and a high degree of state involvement in the market through a large network of state-owned corporations. Economic nationalist and protectionist policies were introduced in order to protect nascent domestic industries and workers and to keep profits from flowing overseas.
The Kirosocialist government invested heavily in science and technology, establishing many institutes and programmes for scientific, engineering, and technical training and creating strong incentives (in the form of stipends, tax deductions, and relocation assistance)for students to enter these fields. This investment in human capital helped lay the foundation for the post-Kirosocialist information technology boom, but also began to backfire during Mid-Kirosocialism when the glut of scientific, medical, and technical professionals in the labour market prompted the cuaĥyrvryĥtor (literally “flight of the owls”), a major brain-drain of these professionals to countries such as Ganosia, Monavia, Axionnes, and the Levantian states.
Kirosocialism departs ideologically from Western iterations and implementations of socialism in several major ways, though it is ultimately descended from Western socialist thought. While Kiro-Socialism began as a left-populist, anti-élite movement, class struggle was quickly de-emphasised as the movement began to gain electoral traction and sought to appeal to landowning farmers, the lower middle class, and urban technical professionals, before being eventually removed from the cadre’s platform altogether in 21XXX. From the beginning, the stated goal of Kirosocialism was to establish a modernised, democratically-managed socialist society in one country, rather than the orthodox Marxist goal of establishing a classless, moneyless, stateless global society. As such, Kirosocialism is considered a prime example of non-Marxist socialism.
Additionally, the policy focus of Kirosocialism was strongly economic, and although its leading theorists and political proponents generally held secular modernist worldviews, the movement made few efforts towards social revolution and in many ways continued to uphold conservative Coscivian social mores. There was a small Christian and Rurican contingent in the movement during its early years, and once established, the Kirosocialist régime adopted a rather indifferent attitude towards public religion until Late Kirosocialism, when it began placing restrictions on religious organisations and other civil society actors that threatened the primacy of the state.
After the Kiro-Socialist Cadre’s electoral defeat in 21185, Kirosocialism embarked on a rapid political decline. The KSC and its major constituent parties had all been dissolved by 21192, and organised Kirosocialist political acitivity was continued by the New Kiro-Socialist Party (later the Kiravian Socialist Party) and a number of smaller splinter groups. One faction within the NKSP dispensed with any pretensions to socialism while remaining true to the statist, dirigist, and centralist policies of mid- and late Kirosocialism, and spun off as the authoritarian, civic-nationalist Nation-State Party.
Today, nearly all electorally active Kirosocialist parties are associated with the New Deal Alliance cadre, which also includes Western-inspired democratic socialists and social democrats, subnationalist communitarians, and left-populists such as the Kiravia First Party. The NDA has consistently lost seats in every federal election since 21196, and its strongest base of support lies with colonial and Norinsular fishermen’s parties rather than with the traditional Kirosocialist parties.
Most contemporary Kiravians have a negative impression of Kirosocialism, and the general consensus nationwide is that Kirsocialism was a mistake best left in the past. However, some aspects of Kirosocialist policy retain a significant measure of popular appeal. There remains a strong nostalgia for meritocratic norms applied across the civil service and executive branch agencies up to an including cabinet-level positions under Kirosocialism, with many (especially Gentaric Coscivians) lamenting the revival of arbitrary and politically-motivated executive appointments. The Coscivian National Alliance Cadre, which vocally rejects Kirosocialism as an invasive Western ideology, nonetheless supports a return to Kirosocialist energy policy, which encouraged national self-sufficiency through state-directed nuclear and hydropower projects and a state oil company.