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FOLK Fever, sometimes referred as Folkish Geatland or Afzelian Geatland, refers to 1970s to 1990s in Geatland when FOLK, then a broadly populist national conservative political party, was the majority party in the Riksdag and the lead governing party in the Geatish government. FOLK Fever is characterized by the resurgence of national conservatism, green conservatism, monarchism, Geatish romanticism, agrarianism, and light economic liberalism.
Although the beginning and end of FOLK Fever is hotly debated, it is generally thought to have been innagurated after the 1972 Geatish constitutional crisis and the landslide defeat of incumbent Labour Premier Ravel Paulsson to FOLK leader Ebbe Afzelius. The rise of FOLK Fever is attributed to a long period of economic downturn until strained Labour rule, as well as rapid social reforms that alienated social conservatives. Afzelius's landslide win marked an end to over thirty five years of continuous Labour rule of Geatland and the end of longstanding political feuds within Labour governments. Riding off his electoral surge, Afzelius embarked on various privatization schemes and loosened regulations to open the country up to foreign investors.
Afzelius's victory over Caldia in not!Cod War cemented his popularity, giving him continuous electoral mandates until his resignation in 1984. FOLK Fever was continued under Afzelius's successors Isak Östberg and Oscar Ekman Frisk until the latter's defeat in the 1996 Geatish Riksdag elections to Lucas Forslund. Into the 2000s, FOLK would transition away from nationalism, but Afzelian Folkism remains a popular force in Geatish conservative politics.
Along with the rise of conservatism on the Geatish Islands, FOLK Fever is characterized by the development of Geatish exceptionalism, or the idea that Geatland was a uniquely different nation from the nations of continental Euclea. The acme of FOLK Fever saw Geatish rejection of Euclean Community in the 1986 Geatish Euclean Community membership referendum. The effects of FOLK Fever are still pronounced in modern Geatish politics. In particularly, problems in Tsabara and growing ethnodiversity on the Geatish Islands have spurred a mini second wave of FOLK Fever sentiment. Current Geatish Premier Karl Nilsson Jung sympathizes with FOLK Fever, but is not Afzelian Folkist.
- 1 Background
- 2 Characteristics
- 3 Later years and decline
- 4 FOLK Fever revival
- 5 Criticism
- 6 Prominent Afzelian Folkists