Questarian Communist Party
|Chief Secretary||Brian Foster|
|Newspaper||The Morning Star|
Young Questarians Together!|
Young Communists and Pioneers
5 million (1991)|
9.8 million (2015)
|Colors||Red, yellow, white|
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The Questarian Communist Party (Danish: Kestyke Kommunistiske Parti) usually initialised in both English and Dansk as KCP, is a political party in Questers. Under the 1991 Constitution, it is the ruling party of Questers and exists in a power-sharing agreement with the Trades Union Congress (TUC), both a federation of trade unions and the country's legislature. The ruling ideology of the KCP, Sorelism-Powellism, emphasises close co-operation between a vanguard political party and a mass union movement. As such, the two elements rule the country jointly, coming together every two years in a Peoples Conference in order to choose a government. The Communist Party itself has administrative control of certain political or security agencies independent of the government.
The Questarian Communist Party was formed on 25th April 1921 and formally took power in Questers after the 1991 Peoples Conference in February of 1991. It co-wrote the 1991 Questarian Constitution with the Trades Union Congress and formally outlawed all other political parties. The Constitution describes Questers as being a socialist state and society. The Communist Party was banned in 1922 and the need to work underground kept the party small, with as few as 5,000 members in its first decade. The Party was sponsored by Communist parties around the world and for many years, large parts of the Questarian party lived in exile overseas. During the 1980s membership grew to approximately 50-60,000 and membership today is 11.2 million.
The Communist Party is organised by the principle of democratic centralism, that decisions are democratically made but also in which total unity in decisions is enforced. A Party Congress meets every five years in order to select posts in the Party and discuss ideological concepts. A Central Committee, chosen at Congress, meets yearly in order to put forwards the Party's view at Peoples Conferences, and is headed by the Chairman. Ordinary administration of the Party between these times is carried out by the Secretariat, headed by the Chief Secretary.
The Communist Party took power in the 1991 Questarian Revolution. After consolidating its power-sharing agreement with the TUC, it instituted rapid change. The economy was rebuilt from a capitalist system to a syndicalist system, in which industries are owned and managed by workers, but directed by a strong central planning agency. The Communist central planners centred the economy on capital accumulation, intending to increase the productive forces in order to eventually create a classless society. Housing, food provisions, child-care and other home-making services were communalised. Healthcare and transport were nationalised and made universally available. The Communist government rapidly increased investment into education as part of its goal to increase the productive forces, and made both technical and academic education both totally free. Heavy subsidies were provided for the arts and culture and strict censorship enforced in order to create a "new Socialist person".
Oliver Powell died in 1974. His position as Chairman of the Party's Central Committee was passed to Stephen Maltby, and then in 1980 to Richard Elliot after Maltby was killed by a government death squad.
Between 1980 and 1990, an estimated 20,000 communist party members were killed or disappeared, with a further estimated 100,000 who became victims of the anti-communist campaign. Communist forces killed approximately 7,700 members of the Horse Police and Blue Hand and approximately 2,900 civilians in bombings and targeted murders.