Mottos “God is dead, now let us build heaven on earth!” “Workers of the world unite!”
Capital Catalonia
Official Languages English, Spanish
Demonyn Elvesive, Comrade
Government Anarchism
Established Civcraft 1.0 Launch
Population ~60
Abbreviation LSIF
Preceded by LibSocs
Subreddit http://www.reddit.com/r/libsocmc OR http://www.reddit.com/r/libsocmc_Talk (public)

Libertarian Socialist International Federation (LSIF)

The LSIF is a loose federation of independent communes scattered across the map. Their binding similarity is adherence to generally Left-Anarchist philosophies in their governance and internal economy. The LSIF was the first faction formed spanning more than a single city, and the longest lasting faction on the server.

History

The LSIF was proposed and guided to creation by members of the LibSoc Guild as an outreach to other anarcho-leftist settlements that had been discovered in the early phases of the map. The LibSoc Guild was a group on the prior map who had originally settled within the Anarcho-Capitalist city of Chxville, operating as a flat firm within the AnCap city. After suffering a string of terrorist attacks, the members moved to form a new city, Proleteria, some ways away from Chxville.

Since the formation of the LSIF, the LibSoc Guild has ceased to function actively, giving way to commune-by-commune munipical governance. Most communes within the LSIF still follow the general LibSoc model to this day.

Symbology

The colors of the LSIF are red and black. There is no constant flag design, and members as well as member-communes are encouraged to devise their own, unique designs incorporating the LSIF colors.

The anthem of the LSIF is the classic Communist ballad, “The Internationale”.

Mottos and mantras of the LSIF include, “Every citizen, a King. Every worker, a Captain of Industry.” and “God is Dead. Now, together, let us build Heaven!”

Political Organization

Individual LSIF communes must have a democratic assembly, either direct or with temporary, revokable representatives. These assemblies typically vote on issues like approving a census or new members, demolishing or redeveloping communal property, modifying KOS lists, policies of secrecy or openness, and similar internal matters.

LSIF-wide votes occur only occasionally. In the past, inter-commune votes would be held mostly for matters of international politics with other factions or cities, and even then deferment to individual communes was common. Today such votes are a part of the process for new membership and other collaborative decision-making.

Internal Economy

LSIF communes, with the exception of Mutualist ones, general operate with an internal gift economy – having neither currency nor official trade between members. Shared, group-reinforced, communal chests are used for common items while more valuable items are kept in secure vaults or distributed in private, off-site caches.

In general, members are entitled to 100% of the fruits of their labor, and contribute surpluses to community chests voluntarily. Surpluses in those chests are then usable by all members, with democratic oversight occuring only for massive allocations. This model leads to rapid allocation between motivated producers and motivated builders.

Similar allocations occur inter-commune as well as intra-commune, with most communes regularly exporting and importing materials between each other.

Property Rights

In addition to the item-based property system described in “Internal Economy”, LSIF communes also generally adhere to certain models of property ownership. As a rule, productive machinery, buildings, and land resources are owned communally, operatable by all members. While specifics change commune-to-commune, common practice has developed, that any individual can

  • Claim a reasonably sized parcel of land, or empty rooms within a commune, for use as a private home, storage and work space.
  • Claim unused space not already allocated, for the purpose of constructing a new public or communal work.
  • Own any amount of personal property, including but not limited to: tools, armor, and any material or mass building supplies for prompt use.

When members leave a commune, their property within the commune is thus forfeit to the remaining democratic collective. This collective may then vote on the fate of the property or simply declare it open for redevelopment by interested members.

City Planning

Each LSIF commune is unique, but the nature of communal property lends itself well to certain modes of city planning and organization. Some communes contain productive capacity in a single area, surrounded by a ring of personal residences. This arrangement sometimes extends another level above, with a central hub commune servicing an array of secondary settlements in a 1-2km radius.

Outside of communal property, general homesteading rules tend to apply, but without bedrock-to-heighlimit ownership. This quality, somewhat exceptional within Civcraft, lends itself to Tower or Hive-type designs, as exemplified in the closed commune of Panneton.

International Politics

LSIF holds generally neutral or favorable relations with all cities and groups that do not demonstrate tendencies towards injustice or the harboring of griefers. Despite drastic differences, LSIF operates peacefully with both Capitalists and Imperialists, though with some admitted degree of mutual suspicion.

In the case of International summits, treaties, organizations, and agreements, participation by default defers to individual communes, with rare exceptions for which LSIF will act as a unified body. In cases of defense or war, member-communes are expected but not required to provide mutual defense.

LSIF Foreign Exchange (ForEx)

ForEx is a general brand for LSIF shops generally attached to embassy communes, which sell surpluses at market prices and often sport free services such as Wool Exchanges and food boxes. In general, goods are only allocated to a ForEx if there is a demonstrated surplus at their host commune, and there is no interest by surrounding communes to allocate those surpluses. ForEx proceeds go directly into commune coffers.

Commune Formation

Communes that are formed by current members, and later incorporated into the LSIF, are generally off-shoots of existing communes. Often times, these off-shoot communes will either develop into fully-fledged autonomous ones, or serve as periphery/secondary communes to a main one that comprises the central hub of an LSIF region.

It is common for LSIF embassies to pop up in cities, and over time these embassies may “evolve” into communes in and of themselves, such as in the case of Goldmayne, a fully independent commune existing within the Columbian city boundaries and legal system. These communes serve as vital for recruiting, spreading LSIF literature, and ultimately as a soft form of force-projection, making the LSIF name and colors known in all areas of the map.

These embassies and embassy-communes serve also as the public face of the LSIF. In addition to significantly contributing to the security of their host city, they also provide charity services, the ForEx market, and recruit for the LSIF from within these cities. Once new members are propertly vetted at these communes and become trusted, they are often exposed to the more secretive communes hidden outside of cities.

Membership

There is no LSIF membership in and of itself. Those interested in joining the LSIF must choose and apply to member-communes, or start their own member-commune and apply for inclusion in the Federation. LSIF members enjoy generally free travel between communes as well as a swift reputation network for fast inter-commune membership transfers. Members are not barred from holding multiple commune citizenships, although individual communes may limit their members to a single citizenship.

Permissable Ideologies

The LSIF usually accepts for inclusion any commune demonstrating Libertarian-Socialist, Anarcho-Communist, Syndicalist, and Mutualist leanings. The primary requirements are democratic assemblies, communal ownership of the means of production (farms, grinders, factories, etc), and some degree of shared chest storage.

List of Known Communes 1.0

  • Ataraxia (Mt. Augusta, public)
  • Black Cat Commune (private, abandoned)
  • Chiapas (semi-public)
  • Connolly (semi-public)
  • Duckville (private, abandoned)
  • Engels (private)
  • Goldmayne (Columbia, public, declared as lost to capitalist scum had brief recolonization during DWRC, still used off and on)
  • Homestead (private)
  • Karlton (private)
  • Nebtown (private, abandoned)
  • Panneton (private)
  • Red Exodus (private)
  • SCoM Forward Base (private, abandoned)
  • Trotskya (private)
  • Zizek (semi-public, Jack's Hold)

List of Known Affiliates 1.0

* C.I.T. Augusta
* Alpha Sierra Mutualist Co-op
* Communist Party of Mt Augusta
* Chiapas City and Territories (to an extent) 

List of Communes 2.0

Lisf of Known Affiliates 2.0

  • Commintern Comrades/CSC
  • Prosperity
  • 42
  • Blackcrown
  • Lehmdorf Socialist Party
  • CivLeft/Internationale
factions/lsif.txt · Last modified: 2014/04/04 21:41 by bodhi
 
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