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|Motto: Solidarity and Mutual Aid|
|Official Language(s)||Freielund Pidgin, Celdonian, Galdagan, Caselonian, Rigan|
|Population||~ 75 million|
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The Anarchist Federation of Free Soviets is a nation located in the southeastern corner of the Aperin Subcontinent. It describes itself as a federation of collectives and communities based on the principles of free association and mutual aid.
The political structure of the AFoFS is based on decentralization and local autonomy, with most decisions – and almost all day-to-day operations - handled at the local level by the local soviets, the neighborhood assemblies, and the collectives involved in those operations. Generally speaking, these basic units of political power are connected to each other through the regional soviets and the Federation Soviet, where delegates from the locals coordinate their decisions and activities together. However, there are also other types of connections and organizations between various local bodies, created and rearranged as the people involved see fit. It is important to note that the Federation Soviet has no decision-making or policy-creating power itself, but merely serves to help coordinate activities and policy initiatives originating in the local soviets and assemblies.
All bodies that are part of the federation operate on a directly democratic basis. There is no required structure for the exact processes used by the assemblies and soviets, those decisions themselves being left to those bodies. Both consensus and a modified majoritarian system are common - and even overlapping depending on the type of decision being made. Above the local level, a system of instantly recallable delegates who are either randomly selected or otherwise chosen is used. Their job is to serve as a sort of negotiator for the locals. These negotiated ideas then go back to the locals for debate until an agreeable compromise is produced. No soviet may force another soviet to do anything against the wills of its people.
The economy of the AFoFS is a combination of communist and mutualist arrangements. Most of the large-scale means of production are socially owned, with everyday management left to the workers’ collectives that run them. There are also a large number of smaller-scale collectives that operate within the communist economy. The products of all of these are freely distributed within the communist section of the federation in a modern approximation of a large-scale gift economy. The communist economy also engages in trade outside of itself, both with the mutualist economy within the federation and IFTA trading bloc. In addition to the communist economy there is also a mutualist one, based on workers' collectives competeing with each other to sell products on the free market. The line between these two economies is very fuzzy, with many individuals and collectives and communities operating partially in both at any one time and others switching back and forth between them as they wish.
Most of the collectives in the federation, including all of the collectives that participate mostly in the communist economy, are linked together through a number of production confederations and regional associations. These are used to coordinate production and distribution (mostly through a system of stock replacement and multiple feedback mechanisms), as well as to make recommendations about investing resources in new facilities and services.
The culture of AFoFS is very laid back. With hundreds of kilometers of beautiful sandy beaches and a subtropical climate, it would be surprising if it wasn't. This laid back atmosphere is aided by the economy based on workers' self-management, which has led to an average working week of 20 to 25 hours. On the water, surfing, sailing, and scuba diving are popular activities, while fishing is both a major industry and a favored pastime. All of the cities of AFoFS are known for both their nightlife and their cultural and social institutions and events. Several times a year there are major street parties/festivals in all of the regions of the federation.
Internationally, the AFoFS is a member of the Coalition of Anti-Capitalist Economies and the International Fair Trade Agreement and is known for being the main force behind two important leftwing UN resolutions - The Rights of Labor Unions and The 40 Hour Workweek, the latter of which has survived attempted repeal.
AFoFS is also the home of the Not Bored! Economists and Accountants Collective.