The Alaskan Revolution of 1906-07 was a major turning point in Alaskan history. It marked the end of the absolutist regime that had existed since the creation of an independent Alaska and the beginning of the new democratic age of Alaska. The Emperor lost most of his powers, which were transferred to the new democratically government. The Alaskan Revolution also inspired the later Pacifican Revolution. The Revolution started on 24 February 1906, a day that is today celebrated as Freedom Day in Alaska. Fighting began in the south, specifically in Suvorovgrad, and spread to Vladimirgrad and Kirilgrad with a month. In March, the Alaskan Liberation Army was formed, uniting the rebel forces. Many men from the Imperial Alaskan Army (the Blueshirts) deserted to the ALA (the Goldcoats), especially in the south. The ALA was supported by the United States and the Dominion of Keewatin. By 1907, the six southern provinces and began to move towards New Archangel. The Goldcoats laid siege to the capital on 17 July and the siege lasted until 7 September of the same year, when the city was surrendered. For thirty days after the fall of New Archangel, there was technically no one ruling Alaska at the highest level other than the Goldcoats. However, the interim government was declared on 8 October, with Sergei Rachmaninoff as Acting Prime Minister. Rachmaninoff later became the first democratically elected Prime Minister after the nationwide election on 9 January (today the date for every election in Alaska).