For this most auspicious anniversary of the establishment of the Order
Written by Comrade Letum.
When Comrade Francos Spain proclaimed the founding of the New Pacific Order on September 1st, 2003, he held no “little red book” to instruct his fellow revolutionaries on how to embrace his vision of a brand new world. Instead, he led by example, institutionalizing many of the practices he had developed since the start of the August Revolution five days earlier.
Always a man of the people, Franco's actions established a radical and earth-shattering new order, and the personality of this single individual had a tremendous influence on the group of Pacificans which were drawn to his light. Today, seven years later, his example still shines, having provided the impetus for the formal codification of his practices into our Francoist Ideology and his spirit lives on in the burning fire of revolution that lies in the heart of each Pacifican.
Comrade Franco created a true meritocracy.
But that mere word is insufficient to fully explain the unprecedented nature of the Pacifican revolution. After all, every system will ostensibly claim to be ruled by those with “merit”. To truly see how Franco's revolution differed from the illusions of inevitable failures in other governments, we need to first see the jarring contrast from the regime he fought in those bloody August days.
Thedoc's regime was corrupt and exploitative. These simple words capture the essence of the most common abuse of false self-proclaimed meritocratic societies. Invariably, an individual or group of some skill will elevate themselves to leadership based on their “merit”, but once they have gained that power, they will do everything possible to entrench themselves and head off any challenges.
“Elites” such as the pre-revolutionary regime therefore focus on creating a system that promotes their own interests rather than fostering the skills of those under them. Elaborate oligarchic systems will often be developed to support this status-quo and incompetent yes-men are rationalized as “sharing the vision” of the leader, and thus being able to provide synergy to the team. Such thin veneers of lies are elaborately constructed to cover a corrupt system of groupthink.
By using “rule by the best” as an excuse to legitimize the status-quo, elitist governments promote social stratification and stagnation.
A Meritocratic Order
But Comrade Franco challenged that status quo, and continued to challenge it even after assuming power. In his spirit, a true Francoist society always retains a focus on eternal revolution and constant reinvention, allowing for the meritocratic fire to burn constantly rather than fizzle out. This, in turn, strengthens the adaptability and endurance of a modern state.
By embracing this concept of eternal conflict, by retaining its identity as a revolutionary Order, the New Pacific Order can thus build a Meritocracy of practice rather than words. That is not always something easy to do, as humans, in their state of nature, are often prone to greed and defending their interests. To let its meritocratic ideal survive over generations, Francoism will thus seek to lift each nation from this chaotic state of nature and bring them to a state of Order.
This, Comrade Franco would accomplish by his actions – the very actions that have now been codified into our philosophy. He was humble and sought no titles other than “Comrade” or “Delegate”, seeking input from all Pacificans, no matter their rank for his policies. This created the principle of “no man is above the order” that stands in stark contrast to Thedoc's regime and other counter-revolutionary governments that seek to set themselves apart from their people via a policy of stratification and entrenchment. Thus, Franco created the system that we now know as the Autocratic Democracy of the order – a system which retains the rigid authority and hierarchy that a military order requires, yet manages to be a government for the people, by allowing participatory decision-making as in Franco's example, and by being an entirely voluntary institution.
Indeed, such was the strength of the new system, that many of those opposed to it and those who tried to unseat it were inevitably sucked into it. Much of the second generation of leaders that succeeded Franco's initial revolutionary cadre were former opponents of the Pacific ideal, and the trend of converted rivals finding their true self in the halls of the Order is one that has persisted onto this very day. The sheer amount of individuals who initially opposed the Francoist ideal but eventually came to serve it is staggering, and a testament to the ability of Pacifica to develop those nations to their fullest potential, both materially and spiritually.
The Creation of the Pacifican Identity
But such endless struggle, both against counter-revolutionary forces and against stagnation, is not an easy thing, and it has had a tremendous influence on our Identity. The Revolution was a fire of creation, and it has taught us to live in fire ever since. It is key to our evolution as a rigidly military order – one ready to fight at a moment's notice – but also to our cohesion and brotherhood. Our shared burden and shared vision has created a community so tightly wound together that it can be mind-boggling to outsiders who cannot understand the self-sacrificing utilitarianism that characterises the spirit of our members. Pacificans truly embody the ideal of asking what they can do for the order, rather than what the order can do for them, and will give their for the Order and for their Comrades. To this very day, no man is left behind in the order, a principle which this author experienced in his very first day within Pacifica's embrace, when the Order vociferously defended his temporary senate seat on another team against external interests, despite the lack of political advantage (and the mistrust that shared history must have created).
It is in part this shared spirit, the spirit we inherited from the August revolution, that we are able to rise above the state of nature where greed and corruption stifle any attempt at a meritocracy. And it is also in part due to the denial of these baser instincts that we are are able confront a unique challenge that has faced the meritocracy construct of the order since the very first day of revolution, that of an over-abundance of talent and forceful personalities.
If a meritocracy exists to promote talent, then how would it function if all higher-level positions were already occupied with people of exceptional merit? It is no secret that much of the upper and middle ranks of the order display leadership skills far in excess of the very top brass of inferior alliances, consequently making competition for places much greater.
In this too, we have learned much from the practices developed in the revolution by Comrade Franco, who ruled with his people at heart. Franco's Spain created an extensive bureaucracy, but was always sensitive to the need for equality amongst positions and the prevention of abuse; and indeed, being an innately humble man, would not hold his own position over that of the Pacificans he interacted with. He therefore succeeded in making merit not be dependent on power, which also had the happy effect of dodging the bullet of inadvertently encouraging the sort power-mongering behaviour often visible in counter-francoist forces.
And though power is indeed wielded by the best in the Order, it does not act as a reward. Instead, the Order seeks to incentivise meritorious behaviour, not just by promotions, but also by systems of internal rewards as well as praise and public recognition. Such positive reinforcement always follows in the footsteps of Comrade Franco himself, who was always careful to give praise and credit where it was due.
Seven Years On
It is this system – authoritative and participatory, disciplined and revolutionary, cohesive and meritocratic, that saw its birth 7 years ago. While few of those who saw the light of revolution still abound, the unbroken cultural inheritance defines us to this very day. This is an important day for the Order, and no man in the world can claim to have done what Franco's Spain did in 2003.
And now, after all these years, the Order still stands as an endless revolution against chaos and disorder. We stand a bit over a year after the Armageddon War. We stand 3 months after the end of the most destructive peace in history. Despite all odds, even today, the Order's call of Peace, Strength and Prosperity rings true.
We have more infrastructure per nation than ever before. Our levels of technology per nation have recovered to pre-Karma levels. We have an absolute dominance in military wonders amongst alliances – particularly in MP's and SDI's, with Polaris and MK serving only as distant competitors. We have the largest nuclear arsenal in the world – larger than ever before.
Today, 7 years on, the New Pacific Order is still adapting. Still growing stronger. Still leading the charge of a revolution.
Long Live the New Pacific Order!