by Max Barry

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The Full Fields guides the people to a new and prosperous height

The Full Fields is the name of the regime that currently rules the Soensur Peoples' Republic. Effectively a one-party state, the SPR is dominated in nearly all aspects by the Full Fields, to such an extent that the nation itself is commonly referred to as just "the Full Fields." After a bloody civil war, the Full Fields assumed control of Soensurtahn, installing an agrarian socialist regime. In the years following the war, the SPR became an isolationist nation that stridently pursued autarky. The Full Fields still strives for economic self-sufficiency, though a recent change in position has led the regime to establish diplomatic relations with other nations, in an attempt to cement itself as the legitimate government of Soensurtahn. The regime's ideology is a blend of agrarianism and socialism, officially dubbed "Soensur Socialism."

The Full Fields organization began as the Democratic Soesnur Peasants' Party (DSPP), an agrarian political party which claimed to represent the farmers and peasants of Soensurtahn, the nation in which it was based in. Initially dedicated only to the rights of farmers, under the leadership of Lars Kanova, the party would adopt socialism as party of its ideology. The party's teachings had to be simplified for its peasant base, with it eventually coming to be known by the moniker of "Full Fields," a phrase taken out from DSPP propaganda. Kanova sought to gain control of the nation through non-violent means at first, but his views changed when the Soensur government banned the DSPP, like it did with most parties that were not the government-controlled Patriot's Party of Soensur. Now viewing an armed revolution as necessary to bring the Full Fields into power, Kanova began preparing his farmer and peasant supporters for a revolt against the government, though they were unenthusiastic about their chances and refused to rebel. Things changed when the government was toppled during pro-democracy protests and riots in the nation's cities. The Full Field's supporters now wished to launch a revolution of their own, and Kanova's militias began seizing control of the countryside.

As Lars Kanova proved himself to be a charismatic and popular leader, much of the nation's rural populace joined his Full Fields movement. In time, as more people joined the organization and rivals were outcompeted, the Full Fields assumed control over much of the territory of Soensurtahn. Yet where most of the population was concentrated, the cities, proved hostile to the Full Field's agrarianism, and the new government declared the Full Fields to be an insurrectionist terrorist group. It did not take long for a full-fledged civil war to begin. Members of the Soensur military fought on both sides, and soon the fighting had ravaged the whole of the nation. The two factions, both claiming to be revolutionary, were ever-dedicated toward defeating the other and liberating the Soensur people, according to their own distinct beliefs.

A Full Fields artillery barrage destroys a chemical plant during the 2008 Offensive
The Full Fields having taken control over much of the country land-wise, it was only opposed by cities and towns throughout the nation, as well as ones situated on the coast. A majority of the Soensur military defected to the rebels, being persuaded by Full Fields propaganda. During the spring of 2008, the rebels launched an offensive that pushed back government forces and conquered a huge swath of land. As a result of this offensive, most of Soensurtahn's inland cities were surrounded by rebel forces, while the coastal towns managed to hold off the Full Fields' advance. After repeated failed assaults, the Full Fields decided to starve the inland cities into submission, yet this at first proved to be ineffective. Controversially, Lars Kanova ordered aerial units under his command to bomb the defiant cities, in order to intimidate them into surrendering. So too did he command an artillery barrage to crush the enemy's resolve. These moves caused many to abandon the Full Fields and rejoin the government's forces. The government army, bolstered by foreign aid, launched a major offensive from the coast that penetrated deep into rebel territory. The Full Fields were rapidly pushed back, and the government soldiers were celebrated as liberators. The rebels were now the ones who were starving, as they could only eat home-grown crops, which proved insufficient to feed a large army and dependent population. Many of their supporters starved to death as a result, as all food was prioritized for soldiers as opposed to civilians. Kanova's popularity began to dwindle, yet he remained undeterred. After some time of the Full Fields being pushed back, the front lines stabilized as government forces could not push through hostile rural areas filled with guerillas and traps.

As the Soensur civil war turned into a war of attrition, the undersupplied Full Fields was under threat of gradually being defeated. The organization thus sought to conduct negations with the government, though because it was considered to be an illegitimate terrorist group, the government refused to enter into talks with the Full Fields. Many of those in government-controlled territory wanted to avenge those who had been killed during the Full Fields invasion, and would be satisfied with nothing more than the complete destruction of the rebel faction. His attempts at a negotiated peace having failed, Lars Kanova revised his plans for the war. He would ultimately decide that instead of prolonging the inevitable defeat of the Full Fields, the movement would attempt to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, or instead go out in a blaze of glory. With the remaining rebel soldiers being fanatically loyal to Kanova and the party, they were more than eager to launch a near-suicidal offensive into government-held territory.