by Max Barry

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Socialism with Zitravgradian Characteristics

Technocratic Socialism (or later called Mecha-technocratic Socialism, or also called socialism with Zitravgradian characteristics by its critics) is an economic and political system which revolves around state-controlled economic system, with the qualities of controlled capitalism combined with total nationalization, as well as some qualities of a technocracy, focused upon equal distribution of means of production, as well as technological progress. This form of socialism is unique to Zitravgrad. It has been commented as 'unique but unrealistic' and 'rather revisionist'. Nonetheless, it has brought Zitravgrad up from ruins, thanks to the co-operation of the citizens, which are, frankly, invoked by dissatisfaction with the former regime, the new wave of nationalism and propaganda. The system, and within it, the government, is protected by strong law enforcement and authoritarianism.

The main idea seems simple, but with several details, one might not see upon the first glance: "The more you work, the more you earn." is still their intention, while some deduction (tax) will be needed to fund the common good. (Education, healthcare, welfare, and public security.) The profit made by the production is spread equally among workers according to their contribution (working hours and careers are major factors which decide the profit), while the co-operation system maintains that those who are incapable of working (children, elderly and their caretakers) also have their basic needs met. During the start of the Workers' Party's rule, the state was also relying upon personal donation of its better-off party members due to the state of poverty and famine in many parts of the nation. In this situation, the Party decided that it was best to relieve the difficulty by the state-controlled system.

The 'technocracy' part helps to deal with the disadvantages of socialism which are the competitive nature of humans and the discouragement of innovation often seen in a socialist system. This is also another part that seems extremely contradicting, and wouldn't have worked without the backing from the intelligentsia. With a goal fixed upon scientific and technological advancements, the state promotes competition and meritocracy within the bureaucratic system. Being 'technocratic' in nature also means that for most of the time, decision-makers and other positions are selected by ability and field of expertise, as for government deems that every problem can be solved with logical or scientific means. This might lack the emotional nature of the problem solving and go against human nature at times. Moreover, such mechanical decision making requires more brainpower and manpower to complete.

It is eventually inevitable that Zitravgradian government would start of as a totalitarian government with nearly as many AI members as human members due to the implementation of the first Five-Year Plan, which required that a major change be made in the country in the shortest amount of time. The Plan started with the creation of collective farms, which were usually upon the lands that were owned by nobility. However, a large fraction of collective farms were artificially built underground and belonged to the state since the beginning. Following up was the rapid industrialization and the use of prisoner labor, which required the state's authority to enforce efficiently. The government has also been fairly notorious with the use of propaganda to help unite the mass and compromise with the totalitarian regime, but also works on a 'reverse cult of personality' in which the leader (in this case, Chairman Miroslavsky) keeps himself silent and mysterious, though not in the extent of cryptocracy, but rather the extent of an average citizen. It serves to keep the public opinion towards the leader sound and quiet enough, though only neutral to mildly positive through the achievements, but prevents the side effect of the involuntary cult of personality. Public appearances of the leader are usually carefully planned but focused on simplicity and lack of grandiose to conceal the totalitarian rule. This proves to conflict strongly with the use of secret police and surveillance to maintain strict public order. But it is part of the plan whatsoever. Nevertheless, it is also notable that Zitravgrad does not close itself from the world, and most foreign medias enter the country with little censorship. (Admittedly, anti-Zitravgrad propaganda is still heavily censored.)

Next up in the line of Zitravgrad's strict policies are the massive recycling industry, environmental measures and parental licensing. Surprisingly, they manage to fit into their version of socialism. Recycling industry for them means the fullest utilization of resources which are shared by the community, while environmentalism also helps created the collective instinct and awareness. (However, please do note that Zitravgrad's largest industry is still it's massive mining industry.) Parental licensing, though sounding very oppressive in itself, is a policy for resource management and population control (if not, as coined by some, a form of eugenics.) Unlike as expected from other forms of socialism/communism, the Zitravgradian government does not aim either for isolation/autarky or the spread of the revolution by force. They establish fair ties with the free market and trade with them as appropriate. This might mean some regulations for products that will enter or leave the country. One of the notable regulations is the preference to co-operate with state-run companies and governments, rather than private companies. The state also maintains peaceful relations regardless of ideologies, while keeping strong defensive measures. Ideally, technocratic socialists would only focus on the problems within their own borders. This is the reason why most of the Workers' Party appear as anti-interventionist and anti-imperialist.

Socially, the state struggles to keep a balance between preserving cultures and advancing as a society, not to mention an attempt to dismantle the caste system. The two primary means to do so are by giving information and education (which hark back to an extent of propaganda). Moreover, it is known that the state has disregarded religions in politics, attempting to silence it once for a period of time (Act of Atheism 2015 - 2017 before returning to Secularism Act in December 2017). The government is also known for being (somewhat) flexible, capable of receiving and implementing the suggestions of the mass. Its willingness to install democracy by 2018 is an example of such flexibility, which is granted to them by technological advances. It leads to the goal of the "mecha-technocratic socialism" in which the proletariat class will be replaced by machines and thus allow humans to maintain equality.

OOC: This is not entirely my real life political views. It's just an exaggerated satire of my ideals and ideas. I'm more mundane than this.