The Arbeiter Sozialistisch Partei (Workers Socialist Party or ASP) is a left-wing party composed of most trade unions in Dorvik. It was preceded by the Arbeiter Anarchistische Föderation (Workers Anarchist Federation or AAF). It advocates for a worker-led economy and nationalization of Dorvik's industry, while also fighting for social equality and focusing on progressivism more than other left parties.
Purposes and Principles Edit
The ASP defines itself as a Left Unity party, uniting Metzists, Socialists and Anarchists, and advocates for a worker-led Dorvik, the emancipation of wage labour, a worker-led and a fair economy, egalitarianism for women and upholding the values of liberty and solidarity.
Its own political agenda is based on the materialist conception of society and scientific socialism developed by Karlstein Metz, and Reinhardt Frei, among other Metzists and progressive thinkers of Terra.
It defines itself as internationalist, therefore it seeks the constant collaboration with other progressive and revolutionary parties or movements of the world.
Structure and Factions Edit
The ASP is the union of most of Dorvik's trade unions and syndicates, where every single guild elects a President which represents said syndicate in the Syndikatskongress (Trade Union Congress) to decide and vote on decisions proposed in the party. The party itself is led by the Präsident des Syndikats (President of the Syndicates), which acts as the main representative of the party and is elected through voting by the representatives of each syndicate. Said delegates are also elected by every worker from a guild. All elected officials stay in power as long as members of the party do not call for elections.
The Workers Socialist Party allows sectarianism (contrary to Rottmann's period as President) and three main factions exist. These are:
- Arbeiters Zweig: The Workers Branch is considered to be the centre of the party. They advocate for Metzism and Communism, using the party as the vanguard for a revolution, nationalization of Dorvik's primary industries and the transition to a socialist economy. Its representative is Sebastian Sonnenfeld.
- Gemäßigt Zweig: The Moderate Branch represents the less radical group of the party. They advocate for Socialism and Social Democracy, and also decentralization of the State and that a violent revolution is not necessary to establish a socialist system in Dorvik. Its representative is Niko Wach
- Autonomist Zweig: The Autonomist Branch (getting its name from the old Autonomist Branch led by Reinhardt Frei in the Workers Anarchist Federation) unites the most radical part of the party and is also the most numerous one. They advocate for Anarchism and total civil and political liberties and a worker-led economy, while also fighting for the destruction of the State. Its representative is Destina Ruhr.
Foundation and Reformation Edit
The Workers Socialist Party was founded in 4420 by Kuno Rottmann, previous Vice-Representative of the Workers Anarchist Federation. After the death of Reinhardt Frei, Representative of this party, Rottmann was elected as the new leader for the Federation, leading to the reformation of the old anarcho-syndicalist party into the newly formed and established socialist party. Kuno Rottmann, a National-Syndicalist, believed in a much more authoritarian and centralized party and Trade Union Congress, and after the election he created the new position of Präsident der Syndikate (President of the Syndicates) which merged the previous positions of Representative and Vice-Representative, giving immense power to the leader of the party. To replace the old Vice-Representative, the Vice-President was created. Accommodation was sought immediately with the Dorvish Communist Party.
The Ruhr Takeover and the return of Anarchism Edit
10 years after its conception, the Workers Socialist Party was once again completely reformed by another member, this time Destina Ruhr, previous Vice-President of the Syndicates. Kuno Rottmann, founder and only leader of the party, held little support even before Frei's death, and with the arrival of Destina Ruhr, a charismatic and powerful leader, the Trade Union Congress demanded a referendum on the continuation of Rottmann's presidency.
Losing with only 17% of the votes, Kuno Rottmann decided to leave politics altogether, although it is suspected he joined the Dorvish Communist Party soon after. Being the obvious successor, Destina Ruhr became the second Präsident der Syndikate and a process of libertarianization began.
Illegalization and Exile Edit
Nearing March 4433, the Dorvish society had become incredibly polarized and no chances of reconciliation could be made between the All-Dorvischer Verband, representing the extreme-right and the Arbeiters Sozialistisch Partei and the Dorvish Kommunistische Partei, representing the extreme-left. Nearing elections, the socialist parties began having doubts and saw a very possible victory for the All-Dorvish League or, if Ruhr's campaign victorious, a coup attempt. Fearing the worst, the left coalition quickly passed a law stating that all officials must be elected by their soldiers, in an attempt to stop any possible coup supporters gaining enough power. What the left saw as a way to stop the army from intervention in civilian matters, the right saw as a blatant attack to the neutrality of the armed forces and claimed that this was only done to recruit members from the army in case of a civil war planned out by the Workers Socialist Party and the Dorvish Communist Party.
In the end, elections came, and the Right-Wing alliance won. After a small period of discontent from the leftist parties, the All-Dorvischer Verband used emergency powers to illegalize and exile members from the Workers Socialist Party and the Dorvish Communist Party alike, and an exile that lasted 20 years began.
Although a group of members from each party stayed in Dorvik, militancy became almost non-existent under the All-Dorvischer Verband's rule.
The Return of Socialism Edit
20 years after being exiled from Dorvik, Destina Ruhr, currently living in the Dundorf Demokratische Republik, was called back by old members and intellectuals in Dorvik in order to bring back the Workers Socialist Party and socialism as a whole to the country. After returning and declaring the reformation of the party in the then abandoned Trade Union Congress, members from all around Terra came back in order to celebrate the return of libertarian and socialist ideas to Dorvish society.
After organizing the first rallies and projects, a proposal was given to the Neue Grüne Kommunistische Partei, a new leftist party, in order to recreate the Volksfront and solidify the left in Dorvik. After discussion in the historical Trade Union Congress, the Volkseinheit (Popular Unity) coalition was formed.
Not long after, other branches of communists in Dorvik brought back once again the Dorvish Communist Party in February 4455, marking the return of two vanguards of socialism in Dorvik.
In December 4459, with the support of the new Pioniere der Menschen party, the Volkseinheit managed to obtain an absolute majority in Congress with 364 seats in total and so the first leftist government in Dorvik since the return of democracy was established.
Rise of the Moderate Branch Edit
Although the elections of December 4459 were a complete success for the Workers Socialist Party and the Volkseinheit, lack of votes in favour of the ASP meant that over 180 seats were lost, leaving the party with only 29 out of 450 possible seats in the State Council. This terrible downgrade meant that the leading branch in the party, the Autonomist Zweig (Autonomist Branch), lost their absolute majority in the Trade Union Congress and, surprisingly, the Gemäßigt Zweig (Moderate Branch) gained a majority with 146 seats. This support for the non-violent branch came from the elections themselves, proving to many doubtful workers that a democratic way to socialism was much more efficient than a violent revolution. Nevertheless, the charismatic figure of Destina Ruhr was not changed for Niko Wach, the Moderate Branch's president, but some reforms to the Workers Socialist Party were made, especially regarding methods of direct action and in October 4462, almost one year before the elections, the Workers Socialist Party became essentially social democratic
*From March 4433 to March 4453, illegalization and persecution meant the ASP was not able to re-elect or choose a new cabinet.
|Präsident der Syndikate||Vizepräsident der Syndikate||Generalsekretär||Tenure|
|Kuno Rottmann||Destina Ruhr||Sebastian Sonnenfeld||November 4420-November 4430|
|Destina Ruhr||Niko Wach||Sebastian Sonnenfeld||November 4430-March 4433|
|None||None||None||March 4433-March 4453*|
|Destina Ruhr||Niko Wach||Sebastian Sonnenfeld||March 4453-Present Day|
The Trade Union Congress is composed of 300 seats divided between each faction.
|Arbeiters Zweig||Gemäßigt Zweig||Autonomist Zweig||Period|
|November 4430-March 4433|
|March 4453-December 4453|
|December 4453-December 4459|
|December 4459-Present Day|