Spanish Nationalists march through a Spanish town during the Civil War, led by young boys carrying Catholic iconography. Although the Nationalists were in many ways just as fragmented in factions as the Loyalists were - Monarchists, Falangists (Fascists), and various Conservatives - they were unified by a strong anti-Communist drive, and Catholic faith was also quite strong across factional lines - in contrast to the “Red Terror” of the Republicans which saw nearly 7,000 members of the clergy killed in the first few months of the rebellion.
National Corps, Right Sector and Svoboda signed the National Manifesto
Today, in the historical for Ukraine site where 100 years ago began the ongoing Ukrainian revolution (Teacher’s House), happened an event that will change the future course of Ukraine’s history: signing a memorandum between the nationalist forces of National Corps, Right Sector and Svoboda.
The event started with the joint performance of the OUN’s anthem (Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists). It seemed that ancestors of the present, great fighters for a united Ukraine, were also there.
Oleg Tyahnybok, the leader of Svoboda, said as follows: “Hundreds of Ukrainian generations have always been statesmen. Ukrainian state is the embodiment of the Ukrainian nation’s aspirations. It is in our hands today, to make Ukraine large and powerful.”
“This point has to be historical. For the first time nationalists unite their efforts not around elections, but around the idea,” said the leader of Right Sector Andriy Tarasenko.
According to the leader of National Corps Andriy Biletsky, “this is the manifesto of the struggle with which we start our "crusade” against the authorities, the system, for the Ukrainian Ukraine! Any document comes into force when people are willing to give away their time, their happiness, and their lives. We will fight until we implement each provision!“
The text of the Manifesto was recited by a man whose music has been upbringing the generation of modern nationalists - Andriy Sereda, the frontman of "Komu Vnyz” band. He handed the document to the leaders of Ukrainian nationalists.
Leaders of other nationalist organizations in Ukraine also signed the Manifesto. The event ended with the collective execution of the anthem of Ukraine.
But all of this is just the beginning. The great historical beginning which soon will lead to changes in Ukraine anticipated by nationalists on their way to freedom, victory and independence.
Corporal Antonio Ponte Anido (1922-1943) was a Spanish Volunteer at the Blue Division. Ponte Anido born in Galicia in 1922 and fought for the Nationalist forces in the Spanish Civil War. Later on he enlisted in the Blue Division, the Falangist Volunteer force who fought in the Eastern Front against Soviet forces. On February 10 he was part of the Spanish 250th Division composed of 5.000 men who planted an heroic defense against the masive offensive of the Soviet 55th Army who counted with 40.000 infantry soldiers, 90 tanks and 1.000 artillery pieces. Ponte Anido, who was an scout, was wounded and was lying in an first aid post along with other wounded soldiers when he catch a Russian T-34 Tank advanding against their
defenceless position. Then, the 21 years old corporal, got up and raced to put anti-tank mines under its track. The explosion stopped the tank and save his wounded comrades but also killed Ponte Anido. By this action Antonio Ponte Anido was posthumously awarded with the San Fernando Laurate Cross by his heroic action at the Battle of Krasny Bor.
March 21, 1883: Birthday of Vladimir Antonov-Ovseyenko, prominent Ukrainian Bolshevik leader.
During the Revolution of 1905, he led an uprising in Poland and Crimea. He was subsequently arrested and sentenced to twenty years’ exile in Siberia. He soon escaped and by 1910 had emigrated to Paris. In May 1917 he returned to Russia.
On November 7 (October 25), 1917, he led the revolutionary forces to storm the Winter Palace, and arrested the ministers of the Russian Provisional Government.
On December 21, 1917, Antonov-Ovseyenko was put in charge of the Red Army in Ukraine and southern Russia. The army subsequently captured Kharkov, where Soviet power in Ukraine was proclaimed. In 1918 and 1919, Antonov-Ovseyenko oversaw the defeat of Ukrainian nationalist and White Army forces in Ukraine, ensuring the creation of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.
In 1936-37 he was a Soviet consul in Barcelona where he tried to defend the line of providing support also to anarcho-syndicalists and POUM. After that, he was recalled and purged in 1938. Rehabilitated in 1956.
The AZOV movement created a political party “National Corps”
October 14, 2016, on the traditional holiday of Ukrainian military honor, in Kyiv was held a congress of the political party of the AZOV movement - National Corps. Established on a basis of the AZOV Civil Corps, it united veterans of the AZOV regiment, patriots and activists.
Andriy Biletsky, the founder and the first commander of the AZOV regiment, MP, was unanimously elected the leader of the party by 292 delegates from all regions of Ukraine. Levko Lukyanenko and Myroslav Symchych, prisoners of Soviet camps and veterans of the struggle for independence, as well as acclaimed Ukrainian writer Vasyl Shkliar, among others, the author of the book on the glorious path of the AZOV regiment, congratulated the congress participants on the emergence of the new nationalist force. Musician Arseniy Bilodub, the vocalist of the famous band “Sokyra Peruna,” on behalf of Right Sector wished good luck to National Corps and underlined that Ukrainian nationalist organizations were comrades, not rivals. The AZOV regiment was represented on a scene by its acting commander, Mosse, who made it clear that the new party defends the interests of the state and all Ukrainian soldiers who struggled and laid down their lives for Ukraine: their goal was not capitulation almost signed by the current Ukrainian authorities.
Before the presentation of the party program, was shown the video disclosing the history of the AZOV movement. Afterwards the delegates approved the Party Program and Charter. In his salutatory speech Andriy Biletsky, the leader of National Corps, emphasized the following: “We have to become not the party of words, but deeds. Enough of words. Ukraine needs deeds.”
The first principle of the program presentation was the need to build up the Baltic-Black Sea Union (Intermarium). The West, USA in particular, betrayed the obligation to defend Ukraine’s territorial integrity under the Budapest memorandum in exchange for the renunciation of nuclear weapons by the latter. Instead of developing the geopolitical bloc comprised of Ukraine’s natural regional allies, the Ukrainian government and president literally kneel in front of an international community asking for aid. Thus Ukraine’s defense priority would be the restoration of the nuclear potential, aircraft and rocket building, as well as the creation of powerful Armed Forces consisting of a professional army based on contract principles and a defense army based on territorial principles. Moreover, will be established the professional Foreign Legion aimed at protecting Ukrainian interests on the international arena. “We have the internal knowledge of the situation on the front and thus are able to secure the victory of Ukraine,” said the party representative.
In the field of foreign policy and defense were suggested the following steps: the unilateral denunciation of the 1997 Treaty of Friendship between Ukraine and Russia; recognition of the Russian Federation an aggressor at all levels of global politics and international diplomacy; restoring diplomatic relations with Russia only after the de-occupation of the Crimea and Donbas, as well as paying reparations by Russia; legalization of the right to armed self-defense in Ukraine.
Further, were highlighted the economic reasons for Ukraine’s status of a superstate: instead of giving away the remnants of the Soviet legacy and offering to the West cheap resources and semi-manufactured products, Ukraine should implement new global projects based on its huge education and scientific potential and take advantage of its geopolitical position, transport corridors and rich soil, as well as other natural resources. The time of economic nationalism has come: Ukraine should carry out the Fourth Industrial Revolution in such domains as information technologies, biotechnologies, energetics, transport, a military-industrial complex and agriculture. Ukraine’s economy must be mixed: National Corps suggests the nationalization of strategic economy branches and at the same time maximal support for private entrepreneuring in the rest of domestic and foreign economic fields, reduction of the tax burden in particular. Fast modernization of the Ukrainian economy presupposes the establishment of the national investment foundation. Energy autarky would be based on the rapid development of nuclear and thermonuclear industry.
In domestic policy and the structure of government was stressed the role of a strong national leader who would be both the commander-in-chief and the head of executive power. Simultaneously, his personal responsibility is secured by the strict procedure of impeachment. The same goes for the officials who must be ready for the resumption of the death penalty as an exceptional measure of punishment for treason and embezzlement of public funds. Judges and law enforcement should be elected on a regional basis. Moreover, the majority of social issues should be discussed at the local referendums. Decentralization, debureaucratization and liquidation of corruption would be achieved, among others, by means of electronic government. Strength, Prosperity and Order are the main principles which summarize the party program.
The congress was attended by foreign delegates from Eastern, Central and Western Europe (Poland, Latvia, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Germany).
Celebration of the party congress and Ukraine’s Defender Day by National Corps ended with the massive “March of the Nation” with the participation of Right Sector, C14 and other nationalist formations that joined the procession.
The Nationalists generally garnered the support of the more heavily Catholic population in Spain, as illustrated by the large cross carried by the soldier here. In a fight portrayed as being against the godless communists and anarchists, the Church in Spain put its full support behind Franco and the Fascists. In return, many loyalist groups took their revenge on Church property within their territory, burning them down, and imprisoning or even executing priests on suspicion of spying, with or without proof.
Saburo Shindo (1911-2000) was a Japanese Naval fighter pilot. He distinguished himself in China as a member of the 12th AG. While in China he led 13 A6M2s to attack 27 Soviet-built Polikarpov I-15s and I-16s of the Chinese Nationalist Air Force, shooting down all the fighters without loss to themselves on 13 September 1940 which were the first victories for the Zero. He flew from the Akagi as one of the squadron leaders in the initial attack on Pearl harbor on December 7, 1941, and is credited with sending the infamous “Tora,
Tora, Tora” message, indicating that the surprise attack was a success. Shindo survived the war, and appears to have died in relative obscurity.
How surprised am I that the Exalted March against Rivain isn’t even listed as an ‘official’ march in canon- they treat the theoretical March against Orzammar after the Blight as more official than the one against Rivain
Given the use of the phrase 'nationalistic forces’ when describing the Rivaini who apparently sided with the Chantry, the fact that the dead were buried in mass graves in direct contradiction to Chantry funereal practices, and the fact that there’s this weird dichotomy between the way in which Rivain is simultaneously ruled by both a Queen/ruler AND the Council of Seers leads me to suspect that calling it a March was just a cover for the fact that the Chantry saw an opportunity to wipe out Rivaini religious practices in the wake of the qunari retreat.
Given how likely it is that the noble houses would’ve been the first to flee the approach of the Qun, leaving the rest of the population to face them, it’s entirely probable in my mind that we have a generation of Rivaini nobles who grew up alienated from their homeland and their culture (the occupation and war lasted nearly 150 years after all) who would probably have adopted a number of mannerisms and opinions from the more pro-Chantry southern lands they took refuge in, including systems of political management and religion, and a noble class returning en masse to a population who have spent the better part of two centuries fighting defiantly to hold onto their identity and their culture and expecting them to smile and accept the same yoke under a different master…
I mean I don’t want to write off an entire section of the Rivaini population as tyrannical assholes, but the phrase 'nationalistic forces’ in conjuction with a religiously mandated genocide really doesn’t sit right with me. And it clearly wasn’t about religion and bringing the Chant to the peninsula, because no regard was taken for the rights of the Dead, they weren’t burned in the traditional Andrastian fashion, nor were they treated with any sort of respect at all. Mass graves, it was literally just a massacre march across the country.
And I think that’s where it’s possible that you see this weird duality in their culture- how Andrastianism has taken root a little more firmly amongst the noble classes, but how collectivism and community focused economy is still so strong amongst the people.
I’m not even sure where I’m going with this, I was just frustrated with the lack of acknowledgement in canon that this happened as recently as a hundred and fifty years ago, and how much of a breach of trust and sovereignty for the Seekers and the Antivan arm of the Templars to annul the Circle in Dairsmuid against the will of the Knight Commander of Dairsmuid, knowing that history.
tl:dr Bioware really doesn’t give a shit about Rivain and wow does it show and it’s not at all subtle that it’s the country of brown people