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The Economic Revolution
Celdonia's recent history stretches back three quarters of a century to the end of the Great War, a conflict that left the nation devastated yet filled with a new sense of optimism for the future. The conflicts that had raged throughout time, eventually culminating in this latest catastrophe, left the populace disillusioned with the ruling classes constant quest for profit, a desire that had ultimately lead to the conflicts that had marred the nation’s past.
With the war over and the right to vote being given, for the first time, to all citizens aged eighteen and above the mood of the returning soldiers, and their desire for a future that would see no rerun of the slaughter they had participated in, led to a landslide victory for the Socialist Labour Party (SLP) in the ensuing general election. Inspired by the seminal political tract of T.A. Simpson, a popular Celdonian author and political thinker of the previous century, A Future For Society (pub 1908), which remains the best selling book in Celdonian publishing history and is the foundation of Celdonian socialist thinking, the SLP won an historic landslide victory that has seen them retain power, although sometimes shared, to this day.
During their first two terms the government set about dismantling the capitalist institutions of the nation, and within 10 years had successfully transformed the nation into one in which all major enterprises were state owned. During this period, a system of universal free healthcare was instituted, increased funding of education lead to a greater take-up of higher education opportunities amongst the populace, and a comprehensive welfare system was created to protect the less fortunate.
In the ensuing years, and armed with the greatest electoral mandate of any government in Celdonia’s history, the economy underwent a transformation that, although not entirely successful at first, eventually delivered one of the world’s strongest and most successful economies. The policies paid off, and Celdonia assumed its place as an economic power of note. During this time the government had carefully ensured that the nation could not arbitrarily slip back into its previous capitalist ways by rewriting the nations constitution to make sure that only huge majorities in the state legislature combined with popular referenda could undo many of the changes. The Socialist Labour Party still rules Celdonia and, due to an unprecedented increase in the quality of life experienced by almost all citizens, they do not look like loosing power any time soon.
Celdonia on the World Stage
Though never one to force its agenda on the rest of the international community, Celdonia has however played its part in international events.
Valuing diplomacy above war, the nation’s first significant contribution out with the Anticapitalist Alliance probably its peacekeeping role in Spear Chuckas, a nation torn apart by civil war. Although this incident should probably be regarded as being less than entirely successful it is believed that Celdonia’s intervention and the actions of SeOCC – a nation that would in the future become a close ally in The Coalition of Anti-Capitalist Economies (CACE), and arguably the greatest foreign influence on Celdonian foreign policy – did manage to save many lives and help restore some order.
However, Celdonia’s proudest moment involved no armies. Filled with the desire to pass on the benefits of its anti-capitalist economic miracle Celdonia instigated and hosted the first Conference of Anti-Capitalist Economies. It was from this conference that the CACE, the worlds most important anti-capitalist economic alliance, was born. Celdonia is proud to host its headquarters in a purpose built building designed by the architects of First Outside.
Celdonia’s next major involvement on the world stage was in the liberation of Ienotheisa from the invading forces of Iesus Christi, where it joined the alliance gathered by Lavenrunz. In the wake of this Celdonia was a founding member of The South Atlantic Treaty Organization (SATO), an organization from which it resigned not long after in protest at its alignment with the newly formed World Business Organization (WBO).
More recent years have seen greater activity on the world stage, with Celdonia becoming involved in such incidents as the Jigoku Civil War, and others involving the WBO.
Whatever future historians will write about Celdonia, it is sure that when they refer to what we call its recent history they will note that it played its part in the shaping of events and in the furtherance of anticapitalism.
Celdonia is a huge nation, and home to over one billion people. Its climate is predominantly temperate, but climactic variation occurs between the colder north, wher most of Celdonia's mountains are located, and the warmer south.
The nation is also split into 23 regional districts.
The aims of the Ministry of Defence:
"Celdonia shall maintain a military force adequate to the defensive needs of Celdonia and its allies.
We shall maintain a well disciplined, well trained and well organized force, equipped with the most modern equipment available, and able to respond as rapidly as possible.
When on domestic service all members of the military will be reminded that they are the servants of the people; when serving overseas they shall be reminded that they are ambassadors for their country.
The military shall offer the same opportunities to all personnel irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs."
Celdonia retains a naval presence throughout much of the seaways surrounding western Aperin and maintains a large naval base on Frederick's Island which is leased from SeOCC and is located approximately 15km from SeOCC off the west coast of Aperin.
Further information on Celdonia's military capabilities will appear here when available.