Association for International Socialism

Association for International Socialism
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Map of member states of the Association for International Socialism.
Map of member states of the Association for International Socialism.
HeadquartersHarimisaareke, Kirenia
Working languages
TypeIntergovernmental organisation
Membership
Leaders
Establishment
• Treaty of Harimisaareke
15 March 1980 (41 years ago) (1980-03-15)
• Treaty entered into force
15 May 1980 (41 years ago) (1980-05-15)
Website
ais.int

The Association for International Socialism (AIS) is an intergovernmental organisation comprised of states with the aim of promoting and strengthening socialism around the world. It has 9 members located across three continents and has its headquarters in Harimisaareke, Kirenia. AIS ties are broad in nature, encompassing military, scientific, diplomatic, cultural, economic and other elements. The organisation also has relationships with a number of other international organisations and bodies, such as the Congress of the Workers' International. It was founded in 1980, in response to events and trends such as the apparent longevity of de facto nation-state-like structures even after revolution, the decline of the Association of Emerging Socialist Economies, and the Irvadistan War.

Today, most countries that claim to be socialist are part of the AIS; it may be considered one of the primary political blocs in global politics. Around 550 million people and about 10%-15% of world GDP as well as military spending are in AIS states.

Name

The Association for International Socialism is usually referred to by that name in the Estmerish language, and abbreviated as AIS. Its members are highly diverse linguistically, with a few major languages which the organisation operates in, being Gaullican, Kirenian, Ziba and Soravian. Different names and abbreviations exist in all of these.

Members

State Joined Capital Languages Population Area
 Arthasthan 1980 Nadipatnam Samundrese 107,281,772 625,945 km²
 Champania 1988 Brigançon Aurengian 12,294,952 139,991 km²
 Chistovodia 1980 Volosovo Soravian 73,491,200 2,399,981 km²
 Dezevau 1980 Bazadavo Ziba 190,902,213 2,000,000 km²
 East Miersa 1980 East Żobrodź Miersan 21,740,000 197,568 km²
 Kirenia 1980 Harimisaareke Kirenian 52,853,207 459,800 km²
 Lavana 1980 Pers Lavanan 86,842,742 713,879 km²
 Lemovicia 1992 Topagunea Lemovician 1,014,866 13,548 km²
 South Kabu 1980 Ayukarta Kabuese 7,841,984 44,154 km²
Former members
 North Vinalia 1980-1992 Orlavo Soravian 10,500,000 -
 Piraea 1982-1994 Alikianos Piraese 7,484,889 86,679 km²

History

Background

The Association of Emerging Socialist Economies (AESE) was an organisation of pro-socialist countries all across Coius and the Asterias, sponsored by countries in Euclea. It had gained particular momentum in the wake of decolonisation, and was particularly strong in central and northern Coius. Around the world, a great deal of socialist thought and attention was on the subject of decolonisation, and the new and unique structures and systems that came with it.

However, as the decolonial process came to an end, its internal contradictions came to the fore. Many of its members pursued heterodox forms of socialism, or were in fact not at all socialist but in name; the AESE and its members were very catholic about what constituted socialism in the developing world. The geopolitical turmoil of the Satrian Wars, the Dezevauni-Zorasani War, the unification of Zorasan (including the Irvadistan War), the fall of Equalism in Amathia and more combined with the effects of the 1980 recession to produce widespread regime change and realignment.

Socialism in the developing world was one of the big losers from these changes, which would later produce the conditions for globalised neoliberalism to come to the fore. Many regimes abandoned the trappings of socialist ideology as it was no longer useful for shoring their popularity up, while in others, changes in voting patterns, internal conflict, or even civil war dispossessed the socialists. In many countries, socialism was taken as having failed to produce progress, and as the ideology of the ruling classes (whether fairly or unfairly). Groupings opposed to socialism such as ROSPO, COMSED and the Euclean Community supported these changes.

With the existence of socialists in the global order under threat, the Association for International Socialism was formed in 1980 when it was clear that the AESE would soon cease to function. While there were fundamental and long-term issues with various socialist regimes and factions around the world, the AIS' priorities were on reactive, defensive, often military measures to guard against further losses. Its early development reflected this function, but wider links were rapidly developed as countries which remained socialist sought to find their new places in the global order. Insofar as the AESE was centred on Coius, where the greatest number of socialist regimes collapsed, Euclean socialism became proportionally stronger in the global context.

Functions

There is a high level of cooperation between the states of the Association for International Socialism on a wide range of matters, including science, diplomacy, defence, culture and economy. Many institutions or bodies are part of or linked to the AIS, operating with relation to those topics; many institutions were adopted by the AIS after having previously been independent or affiliated with the AESE or other defunct socialist organisations, while many others were founded by and as part of the AIS itself.

The document which formally creates the AIS is the Treaty of Harimisaareke (1980); its provisions provide for mutual defence, renunciation of claims on other members' territory, declaration of friendship, avoidance of protectionism and sharing of certain intel and technology, and further cooperation to be elaborated upon by subsequent AIS action. In practice, ties within AIS are tight, and also given the lack of emphasis on adjudication or enforcement of treaty terms, actions are generally taken executively, and consensually.

Secretariat

The Secretariat is the executive arm of the AIS. Its main role is the implementation of decisions made by the committees of the organisation. It is led by the General Secretary who serves as the organisation's leader as its chief administrator.

Military Committee

The Military Committee coordinates military activity between AIS members, though in practice, planning is mostly done at a regional level, for instance between members of the Brown Sea Community or Mutual Assistance Organisation.

Diplomatic Committee

The Diplomatic Committee coordinates diplomatic stances of members globally, and is in some ways the mouthpiece for the organisation internationally. As a result, the Chairperson of this committee has major influence in international politics.

AIS Intelligence Council

The AIS Intelligence Council coordinates on matters of intelligence, espionage and other special operations. Its activities, compared to others of AIS, are opaque, and not widely publicised.

AIS Energy Commission

The AIS Energy Commission helps member states in matters of energy, in terms of encouraging renewable and clean energy, coordinating sales and gifts of energy or equipment, making recommendations on power generation and consumption policy and infrastructure, and so on.

Common Space Agency

The Common Space Agency, also sometimes referred to metonymously as the Red Star (not to be confused with the Games of the Red Star), is the space agency of the AIS. It is one of the largest space agencies in the world, and is considered the successor to xxx xxx xxx in the 1960s.

AIS Council for Nuclear Research

The AIS Council for Nuclear Research is considered a spiritual successor to the Atomic Foundation for Emerging Socialism, which was founded by the Association of Emerging Socialist Economies. It is a centre that deals with nuclear research in all its forms, ranging from weapons to power generation to imaging.

AIS Development Fund

The AIS Development Fund is a body formed to promote development in AIS member states. Its main recipients are Arthasthan and Lavana.

AIS Commission on Migration

The AIS Commission on Migration deals with migration issues; it helps coordinate and harmonise requirements and criteria for migration from state to state within the AIS, and also helps migrants themselves, who may sometimes be stateless. A long term goal of the Commission on Migration is to achieve full freedom of movement within the AIS by solving domestic obstacles to such a scheme.

Cultural and Media Foundation

The Cultural and Media Foundation deals with matters including heritage, publishing, art, news media and the Internet within the AIS. It provides platforms for promoting, documenting and developing culture, as well as promoting cultural interchange and understanding within the AIS. The Cultural and Media Foundation has interactions with commissions of the Community of Nations.

AIS Legal and Judicial Commission

The AIS Legal and Judicial Commission makes recommendations, conducts research and helps member states in matters relating to their legal systems or systems of law in which they partake. Its priorities are issues such as the rule of law, anti-corruption, process, and international harmonisation. The Legal and Judicial Commission is somewhat associated with the growing trend of regard for the separation of powers in socialist countries which traditionally rejected the notion.

AIS Facility for Industry

The AIS Facility for Industry is a largely formalistic institution which coordinates the sharing and dispersion of scientific, technological and industrial knowhow within the AIS. In some ways, it functions in the same way that agreements about intellectual property might between capitalist countries; some of its functions have been taken over by other AIS bodies due to the growing importance of notions such as R&D and flexibility, and the high levels of accessibility to information provided by other transparent institutions as well as innovations such as the Internet.

International Institute for Social Healthcare

The International Institute for Social Healthcare is an institution founded by the Association of Emerging Socialist Economies, and centred in Gagaga, Dezevau. It is a think tank whose work is on the socialisation of and maintenance of robust, public, socialised healthcare systems.