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|Form of Government:||Technocratic Autocracy|
|Official Languages:||Norse; Cambodian; Lakotah; Kalaallisut and Zulu|
|Member States (1988)||
|Area (1988)||19,400,000 km2|
The Confoedera Unitae Platiorum (Confederacy of United Platonists) was an international organization founded in 1974 by the platonist nations of the world. Over the next decade it would grow greater in influence and power, at its peak comprising over half the countries on Earth, though less than a tenth of its landmass. It had the stated aim of uniting all humans under the freedom of platonism, where all men, women and children would be considered equal by the state, which would rule over the land with a philosophical variety of justice.
Although the tenets of platonism were the foundation of the organization, these were not entirely upheld by all, or even any, of its members. Slavery still existed in its largest member, the states wielded their power for certain personal goals and equality of personal wealth was never achieved.
However, most of these platonist nations were democratic governments, contrasting sharply with the imperial tendencies of the Foedus Terrae's member nations. Racial and religious equality were also widespread in the Confederacy and its goal was in fact to unite all the races of Earth into the same nation. This would actually make the Confederacy more similar to the Allies of WWII, the Foedus representing the Axis of course.
The Confederacy of United Platonists was however dissolved in 1991 and all of its members were put under occupation by the Alliance of Earth. The Republic of Vinland was given to the Mongols as a reward for switching to the Alliance side halfway through the war. Other nations lost substantial amounts of territory to either the Mayans, Roman or Japanese. The Khmer remain under strict military domination by the Romans, whilst the Danes were only recently given independence in 2000, nearly a decade after their organization's fall.
Platonism originates from the teachings of Socrates as related through several of his student Plato's dialogues in the IVth century BC, in particular The Republic. According to Danish rewritings, it describes it as a discussion of a world in which the state rules not for the sake of power, but in the goal of human truth and progression. These Regis Philosophus, as they become called by the Danes, were supposed to rule with a mindset favoring epistemological justice that was to be wielded absolutely by the State.
This called for the creation of what was essentially a technocratic autocracy, something which is, in reality, impossible. Many Roman philosophers over the centuries have proposed methods by which this could be pulled off, purely hypothetically of course. The Emperor Magnus the Great (Emperor Optime) formed a team of philosophers with the express purpose of finding a solution to this enigmatic dilemma. In 1267, after the good emperors death, the team was finally successful in its goal.
For their method to work however, there would have to be one initial philosopher-king to set the process going. Basically, this king would militarily force the formation of a technocratic government in another nation entirely. As a Philosopher-King, this ruler would select the most "intelligent" and "just" people of the country and set them up as a parliament of sorts. This parliament would select an individual in the Empire to be made Philosopher-King of their empire and each year this ruler would be re-elected or replaced in his, or her, position of power.
This process would then continue, steadily building steam as the collective military might of all Philosopher-King's grew stronger with each new nation added into the fold. Frighteningly, it was exactly this that would happen in the world and if not for the overwhelming force of imperialist nations, the Platonist "Utopia" envisioned two millennia ago may very well have come to fruition.
The First Revolution
Though the technocratic system for a platonist government had been decided upon in 1267, it was not for another 440 years that it would be finally put into practice. The main obstacle had always been that it relied on the chance happening of a Philosopher-King coming to power naturally, the only true one usually considered to be Emperor Magnus II himself. Still, in the Imperium of Danemarc, following their loss in the Great War, a man named Oslo Vjardk would change all this.
Known as Oslo the Clear by his successors, Vjardk was a radical monarch of a Danish Kingdom near Stakholm, in their federative monarchical system. He had built up a large following due to the foundation of a printing press company in the Danish Imperium as he was a writer of many books on philosophy, politics and psychology. He espoused the view that men were all driven primarily by their natural impulses, but that a few, great, men could rise above this. He believed it was these people who Plato was referring to in his Republic, and that it was about time they had risen to control the world's nations.
The Imperium's government nevertheless continued to function as usual and no sign of revolution was on the horizon. The Great War of 1689-1704 however threw the whole world completely off balance. Worst of all, the Danish government had shown a dishonor to the Norse tradition by surrendering prematurely and abandoning its allies in the most crucial phase of the war. Resentment became deeply rooted throughout the populace and many radical groups, such as Oslo's Platonists, began looking for an opening in the government's defenses that they could exploit.
Historians agree that the platonist revolution would have come about sooner if it were not for the general stubbornness of Oslo as a leader. Completely refusing help from those who did not follow his ideology, he prevented the formation of several tactical alliances that could have caused a swifter and more bloodless revolution. Still, his charismatic personality and shear force of will were the driving force of the movement, which would have been absolutely impossible without his character.
Republican radicals managed to kick out the Danish Grand King from the throne and established a temporary republican system, with the minor monarchs renamed as senators. At this moment of instability, Oslo had the new parliament killed in one of the first political bombings in history. His military commanders then moved in his armies to occupy Stakholm by force. Although he was ideologically one of the bravest men to ever live, Oslo was a coward when it came to his physical safety and would not enter the capital in victory until they were certain that all opposition had been dealt with.
Six months after the coup, the platonists had firm control over all the minor monarchies of the Imperium of Danemarc. A firm supporter of the Roman political system as "having been the closest the world" ever got to a platonist nation, he adopted Latin as a court language and brought many of the Roman titles into his new political system, which was of course modeled after the ideal described by Magnus' think tank.
As the possibility of war across the Baltic, or even with Rome, was impossible following the Great War. The Danes found themselves in a prime position to confirm themselves as a true platonist nation. The ideal council was formed after two years in power and of course Oslo was elected as the Consul-Rex (an oxymoron ignored by the Danes) of the Free Imperium of Danemarc. Pleading to the Romans that they were no longer the same nation that the restrictions after the Great War had been imposed on, the Danes managed to have their military restrictions repealed entirely, a surprisingly generous act by the Romans, and one which would lead to increased tensions with the Muscovites later.
In 1750 the Imperium was considered secure and sufficient efforts had been put into the military to make it a fighting force rivaling their antebellum military. These reforms had been performed gradually, even after Oslo's death in 1732, and all areas of Danish society were feeling the benefits. Unfortunately, it was a fallacy to consider platonism the cause of the resultant flourishing. Although the state of being platonist increased many of the benefits, the main cause was a general economic boom caused by fighting in a war, but not being devastated therein. In normal conditions, platonism is not particularly beneficial in practice, though working perfectly in theory.
Not so epistemologically adept leaders in the latter quarter of the XVIIIth century would put them in a week position economically and militarily. A war started by the Muscovites in 1792 would place the Imperium in economic debt to their new overlords, a state from which they would emerge from shortly in 1808 as the People's Imperium of Danemarc once again. Unrelated to this, the Imperium underwent significant hardships for the rest of the century, possibly only exacerbated by their socialist-like economy. This made Platonism in no way appear favorable to the rest of the world, and so for another one hundred years, the "World Revolution" was put on hold.
After the victory of the Viris Mundi in the Global War, and their formation of the international Alliance of Earth to further tighten the grip of the winning powers on the world, all minor powers were under the constant threat of the "Imperial hammer" coming down upon them. To combat this, many turned to the one ideology that would be affected by neither religion nor race, platonism. Political and radical groups supporting the platonist ideal popped up around the world, occasionally gaining significant power in their respective nations, largely through support from the Danes who were considered the fifth greatest military and economic power of the time.
The Khmer Empire was the second to fall victim, after the basically colonial Vinland Republic, and a successful revolution was pulled off on the 21 December 1940 CE. As the sixth most populous nation at the time, the Khmer addition was a prime asset to the Platonist movement, and from thereon in the World Revolution appeared to be picking up pace. The year 1948 would see the first moderately successful platonist revolution in a Roman province, that of Swahilium. Even though the Romans came out victorious with few military casualties only a year later, this was an ideological success for platonists as it proved that their imperialist enemy was not totally invulnerable.
The first joint platonist military force would go to battle in the mid to late 50's against the Mongol Empire, this was not the last example of this occurrence.
The 1960's were a troubled period for the Alliance and for once they appeared to be legitimately at a disadvantage in war. Civil unrest was ripe, even within the Empire of Rome itself. Platonists had staged successful revolt in West Hispaniola under the pretense of liberating the former nation and the Zulu Empire would eventually be taken over in what gradually became a coup in the name of platonism.
Also at this time, the Danes had begun an ambitious project which they believed would ensure their survival for at least the next century. They commissioned the construction of an Electromagnetic Artillery Installation in Greenland that could fire large shells to nearly any location in their hemisphere. Though on its own an almost useless weapon, the development of the first Platonist particle bomb made possible its use as a Nuclear Artillery Station, the greatest weapon the world had yet seen.
It was from this that the primary conflict of the late XXth century would emerge.
With the Khmer Republic at war with the Mongols during the 70's, the platonist nations around the world needed an easier way to aid their ally in its defense. Therefore, in February 1974, the Confederation of United Platonists, or the Populum Liberum Mundum, was founded. As a form of unified government, not too far from being one nation in its own right, the CUP was exactly the kind of organization the platonists had been looking for. The UCC, which had been an observing member since its foundation, finally joined when the Mongols moved their war into the New World. With a large power base on every single world continent, the Confederacy had become a power with an almost identical size as the Roman Empire itself.
The remainder of the 70's and the early 80's saw a continued growth in power of the Confederacy. A Constitution was written out, and an official federal capital was decided upon, built on the eastern most island of Danish Columbia. Although the capital was equally as vulnerable to Alliance satellite attack as any other city was, its location as a mostly floating city on the ocean made it more difficult for laser targeting systems used by the Romans to lock on to it, reducing the effectiveness of a coordinated strike against it. This was mostly just a political excuse by the Danes to keep it within their own territory, especially considering placing it in Europe, close to the Roman capital, was unthinkable.
From this military and political alliance came an economic one as well. Trade between member nations prospered and thanks to the Confederacy's status as a single nation, by the Alliance's rules anyway, they were guaranteed free movement of goods throughout their borders by Alliance inspectors. This also facilitated the flow of information, bringing the group's less advanced members further up to modern standards. This was nowhere near the kind of technology the Alliance members, or even the Mongols, had access to, but for state's such as the UCC, or Vinland, it was an enormous improvement.
Unfortunately for them, the 80's was also a time for unprecedented growth of the Roman economy and infrastructure. Due to the Roman space mining program, the Empire now had access to virtually unlimited resources, and once they learned how to implement them to their full capacity, the Roman Empire would be invincible. It was this that made it imperative for the Confederacy to act as soon as possible, lest they have any chances they had of completing the World Revolution be completely stamped out by the "Imperial Hammer".
Government and Organization
With the creation of a Confederate Constitution in 1976, the CUP was molded into a unified political entity, with its own laws and its own available resources. Funded by payments from its member nations, the Confederacy was as much shaped by its macrostructure as from the individual participation of its constituents. The Confederate Military for instance, was made up of the combined armies of all the platonist countries. Though a unified and linear command structure was developed, their functioning was largely left up to the armies themselves.
The government itself was led by the Great Leader, elected each year by the Confederate Parliament. This organ was comprised of officials who were themselves selected from each member nation by their country's "Philosopher-King". Though the officials amounted to little more than high-ranking politicians of each state, the fact of the matter was that most of the platonist nations actually did have the most intelligent members of society as political leaders. Nevertheless, power corrupts, regardless of how smart one is, and so this did little to change the standard power mongering present in politics of any kind.
Still, the Great Leader did in fact rule with incredible skill, or at least most of them did, and the general functioning of the Confederacy was extremely efficient for the entire 25 years of its existence. Even more surprisingly, one person did not hold the position for an extended amount of time. A different ruler was elected almost every other year, with a total of about 14 people having ever held the position of Great Leader. One of the most impressive facts about this is that the Confederacy was the largest organization to ever elect a woman as its head.
From 1975 to 1991, the Confederacy of United Platonists was made up of 5 independent nations. Though when compared to the 3 member Alliance of Earth this is not particularly incredible, both become rather impressive when one considers that there were only 12, then 11, countries existing over that period. Every continent, except for the marginally separate South Columbia, was occupied by at least one member state of the Confederacy. Although this gave them a worldwide power base, it was nowhere near as impressive as the widespread nature of the Roman Empire.
Member states, with the year of their own Platonist Revolution, are:
- People's Imperium of Danemarc (1707)
- Republic of Vinland (1931)
- First Republic of Khmer (1940)
- Grand Zulu Republic (1965)
- United Chiefdoms of Columbia (1973)
Other platonist revolutions that have occurred throughout history are:
- The Caelum Plot - 1941
- Chinese Uprising - 1947
- Swahilium Civil War - 1948
- Anti-Nuclear Demonstrations (Ottoman, Inca) - 1954
- Inca Civil War - 1955
- Cubagua Civil War - 1960
- Hispaniolan Insurgency - 1963
- Thai Uprising - 1972
- Confederation Wars (Roman, Mayan) - 1974
- The Papuan Maneuver - 1976
- Genetic Modification Protests (Roman, Inca) - 1979
- Second Confederation Wars (Roman, Ottoman, Mayan) - 1982
Every nation in the world, excepting the Empire of Japan, faced at least one platonist revolution in the second half of the XXth century. Following the Confederacy's foundation, these events grew in frequency, culminating in the Third World War, a battle between the forces of Platonism and Imperialism.
Created near the climax of platonist influence, the Confederacy primary goal was to complete the "World Revolution", an event that would have brought the entire world under the banner of Platonism. To accomplish this, it had one major obstacle to overcome, the Alliance of Earth. In essence, the Alliance was the Confederacy's primary rival, and the two have come into conflict over issues several times during the XXth century. In essence, Platonism and Imperialism were two directly opposing ideologies and it was almost impossible for the two to coexist on the world stage. Decades of having to deal with internal revolutions, as well as rebellions in other friendly nations, left the Alliance rather displeased with the growing platonist threat.
When the current Emperor Cicero came to power in the Roman Empire, he noticed a rather disturbing fact. The events that were originally described by the Emperor Magnus II's analysts were occurring exactly as predicted, giving credence to the idea that the "World Revolution" was already underway. Though previous emperors had regarded it all as unfounded prophecy, and were fully confident in the power of the Roman state, Cicero was more weary of the coming threat. For good reason too, the Confederacy was now the second largest nation in the world, and one of the top five most populated. Though it lacked the military technology of even the Mongols, should they convert even one more nation, say the Inca for example, there would be an unthinkable cost in stopping them.
This was in fact exactly the Confederacy's plan, to convert the Inca people to their cause, and then to begin the last leg of their plan. The Romans, the Mayans and the Japanese were seen as a lost cause and so total war was the only option at that point. All of this was a long shot of course and generally regarded as one of the least likely, but most favorable, possibilities for the late 80's and 90's. If they succeeded, then the plan was to form a single one world government, using the resources from conquered Mayan and Roman empires to wipe out the remaining Mongols.