President Tristan on USSR 31st Congress
[[THE FOLLOWING IS AN ADDRESS FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION]]
My fellow Europeans,
I address you directly from my office tonight in order to announce the European Union's official stance on the 31st Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. As of 6:00 PM, Moscow Time, the 31st Congress has been underway. Normally, the European Executive Office would not concern itself so heavily with the opening of an internal legislature, but a specific topic of discussion underway in the Soviet Congress is of great concern to all member states in the European Union.
The topic of which I speak is one party rule within the Soviet Union.
Since the creation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, all parties other than the C.P.S.U. have been illegal. As far as I am concerned, there is no justification for the banning of any kind of thought, and for all intensive purposes, political parties are an extension of that belief. Members of the Soviet leadership, including Gennadyi Zyuganov, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, wishes to continue on the path of the mighty Soviet Empire.
However, influential voices in the C.P.S.U. disagree with this long tradition. Second Secretary of the C.P.S.U. Irina Nevskaya leads the courageous faction inside this single party system to break the monopoly on political thought in the Soviet Union. She has faced criticism from hardliners, and has beaten back great adversity to her opinions. But she has done so with grace, and continues to do so in this 31st Congress.
It is in the vein of these valiant efforts, and because that freedom of thought is a founding tenant of this new Constitution for our European Union, that I, European President Marcus Tristan, stand firmly with Second Secretary Irina Nevskaya in her fight to legalize political parties other than the C.P.S.U. in the Soviet Union.
To bar any train of thought, be it communist, capitalist, socialist, moderate, hardliner, reformer, conservative, liberal, or even fascist or authoritarian, is simply in going against our founding principals as a regional entity in freedom, liberty, and democracy. How can a nation claim to be democratic if all political parties but one are illegal? If communism is truly the voice of the Soviet people, then it need not restrict the other trains of economic or social thought.
In closing, my administration makes it the hope that if the 31st Congress can only accomplish one thing this session, it is that the Soviet Union can, for the first time in it's history, make true democracy and freedom attainable to it's people.
Thank you for your time.
[[THIS HAS BEEN AN ADDRESS FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION]]