Congress of the Workers' International

A Congress of the Workers' International, also widely and informally known as an InterCon, is a large, plenary meeting held by the Workers' International. Typically, they are organised annually, and hosted in different cities from year to year; figures and organisations with relevance to the socialist movement internationally are invited to attend, for the purpose of making statements, corresponding on policy, setting out tactics and such. The first Congress was held in 1901, at the founding of the Workers' International.

InterCon has great significance for the socialist parties and states of the world because of its wide ambit and prestigious history. While earlier in its history, it was often the scene of turbulent events, today it tends to be more organised, and controversial motions worked out beforehand. Negotiations which take place behind the scenes at InterCon, though not officially part of its proceedings, are also important; it is a convenient venue for such talks because of the wide range of simultaneous attendees.

Structure

At each conference, there is a large plenary session, where all delegates assemble for ceremonies (such as the singing of the International) and statements and resolutions of a more general nature. Voting is conducted on what delegates will be recognised next conference, while a Secretary is also elected, who is responsible for administering the next conference with their team; they typically have some discretion in the running of the conference. Early in the history of InterCon, these procedural matters were more contentious, but are now largely technically handled.

While not formally part of the Congress, an indispensable part of its contemporary function is in the private negotiations or smaller groups which gather to talk after the plenary events, with more substantive disputes and agreements made out here. Time is usually allotted for such processes before the closing of the conference, where the plenum regathers, often summarising important results of the unofficial recess talks, and formally concludes. Frequently, discussions between smaller groups continue even after this, however.

Attendees

The following states, organisations and individuals were invited to and did send at least one delegate to InterCon. Some have no legal status or are banned in the places in which they operate, while others do not recognise each others' legitimacy, which can cause issues, but the InterCon itself ultimately decides who it will recognise as an attendee.

Sender Type Years
Alslandic Section of the Workers' International Political party 1920-present
Amathian Council Republic State 1935-1959
Amathian Section of the Workers' International Political party 1902-1959
Aucurian Section of the Workers' International Political party 1915-tbd
Azmaran Section of the Workers' International Political party 1901–2003
Belmontese Section of the Workers' International Political party 1903-present
Bitagronian Section of the Workers' International Political party 1901-present
Caldish Section of the Workers' International Political party 1901-1931
Champanian Section of the Workers' International Political party 1935-1981
Chistovodian Workers' State State 1931-present
Dezevauni Section of the Workers' International Political party 1914–1980
Eldmarsk Section of the Workers' International Political party 1941–present
Estmerish Section of the Workers' International Political party 1901-present
Etrurian Section of the Workers' International Political party 1900-1924
Gaullican Section of the Workers' International Political party 1901-present
Gulbistani Section of the Worker's International Political party 1946-1959
Gulbistan Revolutionary Party Political party 1997-2010
Imaguan Section of the Workers' International Political party 1901-present
Kirenian Council Republic State 1921–present
Kirenian Section of the Workers' International Political party 1901-1920
Lemovician Section of the Workers' International Political party 1980-present
The Magadi Workers' Party Political party 1992-present
Miersan Section of the Workers' International Political party 1901-1967
Miersan Socialist Republic State 1968-present
Obergondan Section of the Workers' International Political party 1939-1953
Paretian Section of the Workers' International Political party 1913-present
Piraese Section of the Workers' International Political party 1901–Present
Rajyani Section of the Workers' International Political Party 1943-1964
Ravnian Socalist Front Political Party 1952-present
Reformed Amathian Section of the Workers' International Political party 1979-present
Republic of Dezevau State 1981–Present
Revolutionary Liberation Front Political party 1933-present
Lavanan Section of the Workers' International Political party 1902-present
Satrian Section of the Workers' International Political party 1920-1934
Satrian Section of the Workers' International (Ramprasadist) Political party 1934-Present
Senrian Masses Party Political party 1905-1908
Senrian Section of the Workers' International Political party 1912-present
Socialist Republic of Champania State 1981-Present
Socialist Republic of Kabu State 1941-present
Soravian Section of the Workers' International Political party 1901-1928
Tengarian Section of the Workers' International Political party 1901-1957
United Rahelian People's Republic State 1968-1977
United Rahelian Section of the Workers' International Political party 1968-1977
United Socialist Republic of Arthasthan State 1953-Present
Vinalian Section of the Workers' International Political party 1902-present
Weranic Section of the Workers' International Political party 1901-present
Working People's Party (Eldmark) Political party 1901–1941
Xiaodongese Section of the Workers' International Revolutionary militia/political party 1901-1942
Federation of Free Xiaodongese Workers Underground trade union 1976-1994