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Compatriotism (Russian America)

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Compatriotism (Russian: Соотечественничество, Sootyechyestvyennichyestvo) is a political movement within the Alaskan Democratic Federative Republic which advocates closer ties with the Russian Federation and Russian-influenced Eurasia. The movement began in the early 20th Century and comprised of those who opposed giving Russian America (then an integral part of the Russian Empire) greater autonomy and regional rule. These "compatriots" (соотечественники, sootyechstvyenniki) viewed themselves similarly to the Tories of the American Revolution and valued the continued unity of the Russian Empire.

Following the Russian Revolution in 1917, the Compatriot Movement evolved into various splinter movements based around the Reds on one side and the Whites on the other. The movement gradually collapsed by World War II and the beginning of the Cold War. By the 1980s, a movement known as Neocompatriotism began to emerge, gaining wider popularity following the collapse of the USSR in 1991. Neocompatriots simply favor stronger ties with the Russian Federation and (to a lesser extent) Russian-dominated Eurasia).

The movement has seen several successful projects being implemented since the 1940s. The first of which was the creation of a single telephone numbering plan between Alaska and the Soviet Union (which continues to exist following the collapse of the USSR). In 1997, the Russian language-based Russkoslovie was established. In 2009, several major Alaskan ice hockey teams joined the Kontinental Hockey League, helping to establish the KHL as the largest ice hockey organization (surpassing the National Hockey League).

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