The Federal Republic of Cossack Peoples is a government proposed by a union of Cossack hosts in 1989 that largely exists off of heavy government involvement in society, high taxes, and a large police force. It has a very large bureaucracy, which is broken up into Departments and centered around the Principle Chairman.
While it has no valid historical claims to the land it exists on, it still has created an efficient economy and society, with a ban on most privately owned automobiles, difficult to track ID chips, and certainly genial but also perpetual police and internal security forces. The government obviously suffers no corruption. There are likely no internment camps or labor camps. However, the mining and lumber industries thrive off of a large prison population of 3.4 million, who are treated fairly and are certainly paid for any labor they do in their prison complexes next to boreholes.
The Federal Republic keeps a very friendly relationship with the international community, typically drawing no condemnation nor do they start any wars nor attack civilians unnecessarily. The FRCP also maintains a high human development index, likely due to mandatory higher education, government-subsidized healthcare and an egalitarian economic approach. The FRCP practices "Heavy Socialism", which allows for some vaguely privately owned businesses to form before they're bought out by a state-owned industry. It also notably lacks any hammers and sickles. The FRCP also prides itself on its expansive national parks in the middle of nowhere and policies like maternity leave and healthcare.
Early Modern History
The Principle Chairman controls the Department Directors, the Military, the Science Directorate, the Police, relations with Foreign nations, mad uncle Dmitri's finances, the economy, the tax rate, the cultural norms, Uranium Drill Yektarin-B, the jokes told in the country, what is legal in the country, what isn't illegal, who gets elected, when it is acceptable to clap during a movie, when it is acceptable to clap for a public figure, when it is acceptable to lynch a public figure, when it is acceptable to question the government, when it is acceptable to talk about other countries, which words are allowed to be said, how many chuggas before a choo-choo, what colors denote a gender (currently, it is Jazz Cup Design for both), and what is said after one farts, burps, or has violent hemorrhoids (currently, it is "At least we're not dead!").
The Departments of Government include: The Department of Foreign Relations (chaired by Nikita Kazakov), The Department of the Interior (chaired by Anzelm Silarz), The Department of War (Chaired by Sara Lysiak), The Department of Industry (Chaired by Havel Král), The Department of Services (Chaired by Hogelun Vladov), The Department of Commerce (Chaired by Lyudmila Harecki).
The Senate, for brevity, is composed of mainly former governors, police commissioners, mayors, and self-proclaimed intellectuals gathered in a committee. The legislation they pass is readily checked over and finalized by the Principle Chairman, tying the Departments' power to the Senate's. The Senate no longer exists, as it was found with extensive state-run studies to overwhelming support prostitution rings, drug smuggling, and child molestation.
Cossack Culture is wildly eccentric compared to neighboring and more idealistic cultures. It boasts strong Eastern European and Turkic influences, as shown by liquor like Vodka, a myriad of desserts, and heavily Slavic traditional dress. Bear-wrestling has been a popular tradition and sport in the region for centuries, as well as memorization of each and every Cossack's rights by age five (it's not too difficult to remember).
Although many have rejected traditional Cossack dress and customs, a majority, approximately 72.3%, are still ethnic Cossacks. Instead, they have developed a more modern culture, with many adopting foreign or more western clothing and practices. Name-brand sports clothing has become quite popular, but it is usually reserved for those who can actually afford it.
The Federal Republic practices a command economy, where the Departments of Industry and Commerce regulate the internal economy and foreign trade, respectively. However, with the variant of Communism dubbed "Heavy Socialism", foreign service-based businesses are able to set up offices and locations so long that they comply with all regulations and laws of the FRCP.
Likewise, businesses within the FRCP are a special case. One cannot buy stocks from these countries, as they are all state-owned, and thus, not private. An example is WURCo., which functions similar to a business under the leadership of Wassily Kazakov, but is subject to the authority of the Federal Republic.
Competition is largely stimulated by the government; instead of companies fighting each other to the death in the civilian market, they typically fight for government grants for producing shoes for the CPA, supplying so-and-so with relief supplies, et cetera. WURCo. owns most of the military-industrial complex, through a series of mergers and buyouts with steel, aircraft, naval, and military and several food producers. Closely monitored by the FRCP, WURCo. has stated that it will not operate entirely independently from the Federal Republic and that its loyalties lie ultimately in the government and not Wassily Kazakov, founder of WURCo.
Sectors not under control of WURCo. are services, consumer goods, and countless other far reaches of the private sector.
The rich are taxed heavily while everyone less than that is paid a relatively equal income, give or take.
The FRCP's external economy is rigged on the pillars of resource (i.e. Mining and Lumber) and arms exportation.
Cossack history is an unnecessarily long and confusingly bloody one. It began with a Cossack host in the middle of the modern age (that is, the time period between 1492 and 1789) that broke off of its original feudal relations and journeyed into the steppes and tundras that now make up our homeland.
As a small realm, border conflicts and territorial excursions were commonly performed on neighbors as well as received. Soon, empires waned and plenty of land was finally loosed to the tribe; of which the name was the Cossack Peoples, as the government changed frequently but without any repercussions.
As the industrial revolution rolled around the world and education reform was the norm, Cossacks became more self-aware of their political systems and thus revolted and caused more civil wars. When more civil wars occurred, accounts and histories became more muddled and less reliable, though Cossacks are perpetually known for their quality of news and information.
Modern Cossack history began as the global web was slowly integrated into our country, and accounts, thus history, became more clear and not as apocalyptically complicated and biased. Bias was also eliminated due to the establishment of the First Federal Republic of Cossack Peoples; a government all could agree upon, led by our first Principle Chairman, his Glorious Principle Chairman.
However, before the Federal Republic was formed, the Cossacks were divided across the land we inhabit now. The Sialianskaja Host, a large traditional Cossack society with its territory based in Pavylov, the Republic of Korf, a merchant city-state rife with crime and corruption and political and social upheaval, The Directorate of Cossacks, a heavily militaristic and certainly terrible place to live under based on the evidence of mass starvations based in Nizhny Basan, now a neighborhood of Nova Basan. To the north were mostly just smaller individual stanitsas of Cossacks.
This broken and fragmented states left large unclaimed and supposedly demilitarized zones between them, to support the balance of power and self-preservation of each individual state. Nonetheless, these zones were repeatedly infringed upon by almost every state for the purpose of resource accumulation or provocation of another state. Small skirmishes and conflicts were common for decades until technology brought up the standard of living as well as the death rate in wars. Bolt-action rifles and machine guns were introduced in the early twentieth century and replaced musket carbines and large cavalry formations, leading to wars that would devastate the population and landscapes of the Cossacks.
The Korf Expedition, an attempt by the foreign-backed Republic of Korf to expand and develop on par with contemporary parties, claimed near 800,000 Cossack lives, on both sides of the conflict against independent Cossacks as well as the Directorate of Cossacks. The Maksima intervention, when the fiercely traditional Sialianskaja Host attempted to capture the independent hub of Maksima and surrounding lands was met with a third of their force (near 135,000 men) failed to take into account the detriment of dug-in machine gun fortifications and was subsequently slaughtered; the rest of the army was defeated by expeditionary forces from the Directorate of Cossacks who succeeded in capturing Maksima, leading to an additional 431,000 dead Cossacks, from Maksima's defenders to the Sialianskaja Host. The Cossack War, arguably the most controversial topic even for the modern Cossack, was a large-scale conflict involving all major powers in the Cossack realm, including newly formed Khozyain Rancho Army, based in the north in the village-post of Chorn (Now Chornaya). The ensuing conflict lasted nine years, and claimed well over 43 million dead, of independents, Korf-dwellers, Directorate, and Sialianskajan; men, women, children.
After the cataclysmic event, leaders had sobered. By 1957, a full exclusion of the outside world was established, peace agreements and non-aggression pacts were signed, and the formation of the modern state began.
In 1964, the preliminary and largely experimental government of the Cossack Commonwealth was established; weak and flimsy, wanting to establish a new, centralized, capital in formerly independent areas rather than in Korf or Maksima, thus inciting political movements to create a firmer government. Most importantly were the movements in Korf; the city in which industrial workers were aplenty and socialist ideals were praised. In 1983, nearly twenty years of weak, corrupt, and uncaring government, that was the setting that the man who took upon the ethos of the unions and strikers and called for a new government of his own design; that man was and still is called the Most Glorious Principle Chairman. His name was never really of much importance to the workers; his title gave him elevation and an ascended quality to his base, and so the name was never needed for his movement to form.
By 1984, the Most Glorious Principle Chairman's movement gained traction in nearly every urban city for his utopian ideas and effective messaging. The Commonwealth, fearing a bloody coup, negotiated with the Most Glorious Principle Chairman's party for their establishment. In 1989, The Federal Republic of Cossack Peoples was formed, with the departments of the Interior, War, Commerce, Foreign Relations, and Services.
First Civil War
However, just as beautiful as it started, it gorgeously descended into civil war when the Most Heinous Principle Chairman, the one who was a candidate for Principle Chairman but was discarded over the Most Glorious Principle Chairman, used his Department of Distillation to raise militias of angry drunks and overthrow the government across the country. This is known as the First Civil War, and although certainly not the first, it was the only civil war in Cossack History with less than seven opposing sides. And in that respect, it is indeed a first.
The war was devastating, as the secessionists held most of the liquor and caused many a cold-turkey soldier to fall under our Most Heinous Leader's storm troops.
The war came to a close at the Battle of Vyazma Point, where the spiking of the enemy camp's liquor led the Department of Distillation soldiers to surrender companies at a time; sometimes to themselves. Our Most Heinous Leader was then captured, tortured, beaten, forced to sign articles of surrender, beaten again, forced to have a malt with the Police Commissioner of New Krasnoyarsk, forced to enter in a drinking competition with the entire New Krasnoyarsk Police Force, tortured after winning, and then finally summarily executed.
End of the First Federal Republic
The First Federal Republic was too heavily damaged to continue under the same frameworks as before (as many politicians had died), especially with the grievous loss of Our Most Glorious Leader in battle, which specifically occurred somewhere in the bustle of the police drinking competition after his most glorious liver failed, so the period known as the Second Federal Republic began.
Prior to autumn of 2019, the Federal Republic was in self-imposed isolation to ward off imperialist advances, as well as to foster a more mature and capable government. Then, when active pursuit of foreign relations began, it led to a series of events that led to an increase in power of the FRCP.
By mandate of the Principle Chairman Vadimir Bezukhov, the FRCP underwent 15 years of development and growth, both by more efficient bureaucracy and handling of affairs, as well as loosened restraints on scientific ideas. Notable milestones of this period include the adoption of a heavy socialistic state instead of full communism, the complete embracement of public transport, and forays into space exploration which concluded in the results of Operation Grozny.
Space exploration was halted after the completion of the Operation, however, and more resources were taken from the FRCPAC (Aerospace Command) and put to the military for research and development. The effects in other fields of this Enlightenment were massive, leading to safer more efficient factories, a refurnished military, and more monitored connected populace.
Conflict with New Vedan
On November 20th, 2019, an international fiasco occurred over perceived threats from the nation of Danwaria and the Cossack Peoples towards the aluminum-harvesting nation of Mussoliniburg and the island nation of New Vedan. The disagreement eventually led to threats of war, and tensions percolated for many months, and it is generally agreed upon that they ended on January 5th, the election of Vedanian President Alice Dragargon.
The FRCPN Uncle Yakov's Houseboat made a covert extraction operation and retrieved the survivor and ferried them to the safer waters of the Glorious Society. After election, agent was returned to the FRCP.