Demokratisk Sosialistselskap av Nord Norge
The Demokratisk Sosialistselskap av Nord Norge, or Democratic Socialist Party of Northern Norway (DSPN-N), was a previous incarnation of the Ny Demokratisk Sosialistselskap av Kjonnigland, the political body that has governed the People's Socialist Republic of Kjonnigland since 1951. The party played a major role in the separation of Kjonnigland from Norway in 1913. Today's incarnation of the party is led by Jens Stoltenborg.
The Party was founded in 1854 by Bjorn Taanekksen as the Nord Norge Kommunistisk Selskap (North Norway Communist Party), shortly after Karl Marx published his Communist Manifesto in 1848. The party was revamped in 1861, and became the Democratic Socialist Party of Northern Norway. The DSPN-N was never able to secure an election victory in Norway before the 1913 separation. In 1912, the Democratic Socialist Party lost an election by a narrow margin, and controversy ensued. Several government officials were accused of rigging the election, and the monarchy was accused of ignoring the needs of the north. These tensions were really a continuation of nearly 600 years of muted conflict. In 1913, Kjonnig Province held a referendum to decide on the question of seperation from Norway. On April 24, 1913, the people of Kjonnig Province voted 82-18 in favour of separation. The monarchy, sensing imminent public unrest in the north, relented. On May 17, 1913 (ironically, Norway's independence day), Kjonnig Province declared it's independence from Norway, and assumed the name Kjonnigland. In 1951, the DSPN-N would finally win election, nearly 100 years after being founded, as the Ny Demokratisk Sosialistselskap av Kjonnigland.
The DSPN-N's platform has remained stable throughout it's existence, focusing mainly on maintaining state control of resources and a large portfolio of social welfare programs. The party has always expressed concern for the environment, and has advocated environmental protection as one of it's top priorities. Much of government funds have been filtered to education, healthcare, and the military under the party's 56 year regime in Kjonnigland. Under today's incarnation of the party, Kjonnigland maintains the largest standing army per-capita of any Arctic nation. It's foreign policy includes an open-border with Norway, as well as an interest in developing the strength and unity of the Arctic region as a whole under the leadership of the Kjonnig people. The party, and Kjonnigland as whole, does not try to spread socialism to other nations, but is considered a world-wide advocate for the ideology.