Little Anarchy
Date October - December 1989
Location Great Britain
Result Fall of the British Soviet Republic, Formation of Leftist Alliance, Elections to Constituent Assembly, Formation of the British Republic
  • Provisional Government of Great Britain
    • British Army
  • British Soviet Republic
    • Worker's Party
    • Worker's Army

Estimated to be around 20

78 (Workers Party estimates in excess of 100)


The causes of the Little Anarchy lay in the British Liberal Revolution of 1989 which had seen the toppling over the British Union and the assuming of power by the Provisional Government of Great Britain. This government's main aim was to regain control over the country in order to enable elections to the Constituent Assembly to be held. However as time progressed the Provisional Government found itself coming under increase criticism for having not announced a date for the elections yet this criticism was especially vocal from the Communist Worker's Party, who began to call for revolution if the date of the election was not announced immediately.

Communist Coup

On the 23rd October the Worker's Party shocked everyone by attempting a coup against the Provisional Government, whilst they failed to seize control of Somerset House, where the Provisional Government met, they managed to seize control of significant portions of Central London as well as much of the North of England. The Provisional Government was forced to flee to the nearby city of Canterbury, where they met in the historic Cathedral, in order to escape the violence.

The Worker's Party followed this coup attempt with the establishment of the British Soviet Republic the following day in the Tower of London, where the Central Committee of the Worker's Party also formed the Politburo of Great Britain to run the newly declared state.


Tensions remained high through much of November with troops loyal to the Provisional Government facing off against soldiers of the Worker's Army, a paramilitary force loyal to the Worker's Party which had staged the coup. All attempts to resolve the crisis through diplomacy were rejected by the Soviet Republic.

Crushing of the Soviet Republic

Knowing that the elections to the Constituent Assembly could not be held whilst the Soviet Republic continued to exist the Provisional Government finally authorized the use of military force to crush the uprising at the end of November.

On the 7th December British special forces launched a surprise attack on the Tower of London, seizing the Politburo of Great Britain, whilst British ground forces regained control of Central London. With the Soviet under their control the Provisional Government was able to force the Soviet Republic to dissolve itself and allow elections to the Constituent Assembly to be held in January.


After the fall of the Soviet Republic the Provisional Government was able to hold British Constituent Assembly Election (Fascist Coup Britain) in January of 1990. Another result of the Little Anarchy was that the various left wing parties of Britain decided to form an electoral alliance, known as the Leftist Alliance, in order to strengthen the divided left wing within Britain. Whilst the Workers did not contest the Constituent Assembly elections with the Alliance they would later join in the General Election which would follow.