This is a question that is asked of me fairly often. Usually it's framed as something like, "You guys aren't really X or Y, are you?" But the PM I received today put it quite simply:
"What is Nordreich's Ideology?"
There are, of course, both IC and OOC answers to this question.
A completely sufficient OOC answer would require me to ask every member what they believe on a host of issues, and I'm not prepared to do that because, well, it sounds like work. So I thought that I would poll the Triumvirate about their political beliefs.
First, this is me. From that, you may (rightly) infer that I'm a libertarian, and have been since about 1982. Specifically I would define myself as a paleolibertarian. I believe that people are free to do whatever they want -- provided they don't infringe on my right to do the same -- but in my personal life I am fairly conservative. I genuinely believe that a healthy family is the foundation of a healthy society. I go to church. (Some of you know that I studied at a seminary for a couple of years and actually lived in a monastery in New Mexico for a while.) I believe in being a good neighbor and, as far as I can tell, it's appreciated.
It turns out that the two North American-based Triumvirs are libertarians as well. They are even more permissive than yours truly when it comes to social policy.
This leaves our lone European Triumvir, who happens to be a Scandinavian. The political spectrum there is rather different from North America's. For one thing, damn near everyone is a socialist to some degree. (This is also true in Canada, I should add.) Anyway, by local standards, our EuroTriumvir believes that he would be called a libertarian as well, although by North American standards he would probably be classed as either a moderate liberal or moderate conservative. In other words, a centrist.
There you have it, folks. The four leaders of this autocratic alliance called Nordreich are, in fact, libertarians of one kind or another. We had a pretty good laugh about that, and I thank the person who asked for setting us up for that joke.
So what is Nordreich's "IC" ideology then?
Nordreich is a surprisingly diverse group, so it always makes me scratch my head just a little bit when someone accuses us of supporting extreme ideologies. We speak of "the Folk" a lot, but in practical terms this refers to our members, regardless of where they come from.
I guess if I were to boil it down to its essence, Nordreich's ideology is: "We Rock"