The Negeémi Populist Party was one of the two principal political parties of the Negeémi Drow from sometime circa the beginning of the 16th Century a.a.H. and into the Modern Age. The party is one of progressives and was often largely frustrated by the Negeémi Senatorial Party which was conservatively minded and usually sought to block populist reforms. The governing mechanisms of the State often seeming moribund or otherwise ill equipped to rule a nation and empire when they were meant for a city-state.
The party was the progressive arm to the Negeémi government, but there was no one description of who a "Populist" might be. The Populists were founded to expand the numbers of Acolytes and pass some needed reforms to meet the challenges of the day.
Different Categories of the PartyEdit
- The devout of the theocracy who felt that their matron goddess Negeé needed more instruments in the world
- Families from colonies or conquered territories who wanted to secure their status as acolytes
- The newly wealthy and/or ambitious who wanted to not only become an acolyte family, but to become truly powerful
Separate Wings of the PartyEdit
Specific wings have not been definitively established.
There are secular folks more interested in reforming the government to allow more participation and more citizens as well as more acolytes.
There are imperialists who want to create a unified drow state in Kazrrad, or at least reform the political and bureaucratic systems for more efficient utility in what has become a multi-cultural hegemony. One that they would like to cement into a unified empire.
What remains the SameEdit
As an official theocracy, it is important to remember that the Populists are also composed of acolytes, sorceresses and priestesses who are faithful to Negeé, but the perspective of the Senatorial Party and the Populists differ as do their various means of honoring the matron goddess and the ways that they demonize the other party, and prove hypocritical.
Ironically, much or most that might be achieved by Populists' efforts would be retained by the Senatorial politicians and the city of Negeémiliel would expand into a true empire with both parties, albeit the Senatorial Party often claiming to be more isolationist through the years, but "conservative" often seemed to mean the same as "imperialistic". Even though it was the Populists that wanted a large hegemony and a large government.
The Populists themselves achieved power, only to try and monopolize or abuse it themselves. Or engage in outright theft under the cover of making needed reforms.
In Negeémiliel, since around the 1500 a.a.H two main political parties rose in the southern drow city-state of Negeémiliel: the Senatorials and the Populists. (See: The Negeémi Senatorial Party and The Negeémi Populist Party) The "Senatorials" were a traditionalist group, that wanted to perpetuate the social structure of Negeémiel, meanwhile the "Populists" sought reform of the system, such as expanding citizenship to even more Negeémi drow.
The revolution of over a thousand years earlier that removed the State from Erehel hands had a sense of a controlled popular uprising to it, to be sure. But the supremacy of the Cult of Negeé was the primary purpose to the revolution that birthed Negeémiliel. Also, a thousand years is a long time, the families that became the first acolytes were now entrenched as the long time elites, many wanting to maintain their power by changing the State as little as possible.
The Populists, on the other hand, wanted to add acolytes into the system to at least keep pace with the expanding territories. Also, they wanted to better incorporate foreign elites into the acolyte system, and expand the system to include more of the newly wealthy. Many populists through the years would be made up of families that had become wealthy and who had managed to get a daughter through the Academy and Acolyte service so as to become citizens. Wealthy commoners were often great supporters of the Populists and their agendas.
Between the 1500s to the 2072 a.a.H, the relations between both factions will be mostly polite -but as with drow politics, with plots, conspiracies and machinations-, being alternated longer periods of governance by the Senatorial party, along with brief governments of Populist charismatic leaders: however, being fewer in numbers, they couldn't achieve significant reforms, and when they intended to do so, the power returned in the elections to the Senatorials, being perpetuated the status quo.
However, this comfortable situation began to change since the 1700s after the defeat of the dual-alliance of Ched'Nasan and Ched'Hihrin that had for long contested the power of Negeémiliel, meant a significant expansion of the territories held by the city: for this began pressing the issue to control the larger empire, and more acolytes were needed, so there were reforms to extend citizenship even more, as intended by the populists. It became more difficult each time to reach agreements, as the discussions in the Low Council became longer and longer, and while the Populists and Senatorials alternated rule continued, it began to be each time more frustrating for the Populists how slowly reforms were accomplished.
Rise of the Populist AutocratsEdit
Succession of DictatorsEdit
This meant an escalation of tensions, until at the year 2072 a.a.H the Khalazza Coup occurred, when the councilwoman Haelra Khalazza seized power in a bloody coup d'etat, raising herself as a dictator. This would begin a series of Populist dictators, that ruled from the years 2072 to the 2207: Haelra Khalazza, overthrown by Felyndiira Olonrae, who was in her turn overthrown by Khalazza, and then, after Khalazza's assassination, by Miz'ri Vrinn. Under her rule, The demons of the Dark Legion sought the support of the dark elves, while the drow of the three powers -Negeémiliel, Manzarraza and Sia'Peiran- entered into diplomatic games with the dark legion for their own interests, and with the promises of each of these three nations of reunifying the Empire of Drow under their own banners.
Miz'ri Vrinn signed a secret pact with the demons at the 2169 a.a.H, as well to fulfill her own ambitions. Under the black banners of the dark legion, was formed a loose drow confederation, allied with the Dark Legion of Demons, fighting at their side in the First War of the Power (2.203-2.223) against the Humans and their allies.
During the war, and with demon support, Miz'ri Vrinn will claim herself Queen Vrinn I, Queen of Negeémiliel at the 2207 a.a.H. But her reign will be short lived, and as the tides of the war changed, she would die in the Battle of the Titanizk Mountains.
This war will be lost by the demons, and power struggles will follow it in the drow cities, but the city-state of Negeémiel will remain as the principal drow city, after fighting a series of wars and taking as vassals Ched’Hihrin, Ched’Nasan and Erehel-Sinu, becoming the largest drow city and Empire until that moment during the Middle Human Age-
After over a century of colorful Populists holding control of the city, abolishing, reestablishing, and re-abolishing government institutions in turn, and stealing from the State besides, the people had had enough. The death of Queen Vrinn, and the defeat of the Dark Legion was the last straw. Even though on the losing side of the war, the drow weren't really taken to task over it, not the least being that they lived in essentially another world as Kazrrad was removed from the surface, and even the Negeémi surface lands were small and in areas far from where the great armies moved in their war against the demon lord Bazrrods
Despite being 'conservative' minded, the Senatorial Party would preside over the Negeémi hegemony becoming ever larger, and the city growing likewise. However, their governance often was stifling, it again created more difficulties in families rising to the acolyte class, and was at odds with certain realities of ruling an empire as if it were an extended city-state. Captive States in the hegemony failed to integrate very well, the oligarchy grew ever wealthier while the numbers of the poor increased and the proportion of the enslaved grew to match the non-acolyte related commoners at 40% of the population.
The Populists grew stronger as a result, but despite growth in the Low Council, the High Council remained solidly in the hands of the Senatorial Party, including all the institutions and influence that comes with the holding of seats on the High Council. Frustration would continue to grow in the opponents of the Senatorial Party, even as the Populist gained effective control over the legislative body of the Low Council.
Cult of the FlowerEdit
By the late 2410's the Kalhari religion centered on their goddess Jabharil, known commonly as the "Cult of the Flower" had grown greatly in Negeémiliel. The Populist Party found that they could use the cult as a means to unite much of the commoner population, and use the poor and slaves, as minions for political means. Hence, the Populist Party was able to use its numerical superiority in the Low Council to protect and reward the Cult of the Flower, but would be able to use the religion for their own political benefit. The Populist leader Selene Paen'Dhirra would use the cult as a means to rise from the Low Council to the High Council by assassinating her predecessor and getting herself voted in as a replacement as the High Sorceress of the Temple of Doom.
Through most of the 2420's, Leg of the Spider Selene Paen'Dhirra was hoping to stage a coup d'état also using the cult in part, but she proved indecisive when the Senatorial led army managed to crush their Hebonnor mountain elf foes. As a result of the indecision, the Populists were beaten to the staging of a coup by oligarch Danieh'le Dahl'Arak, who succeeded in staging a 'self coup' (See: Dahl'Arak Coup). After a brief civil war, the result was a Senatorial Victory and a further crushing and frustration of Populist rule.
Current Status as of 2429 a.a.H.Edit
The Populist Party is now in retreat and disarray as a result of the civil war. The Senatorial Party achieved a 'legal' coup d'état as their intelligence revealed which members of the Low Council were involved in the Populist acts of treason. However, this allows innocent Populists to still act politically, further, populists still hold various functional positions in the city such as in the Academy or University. However, the remaining Populists are careful not to make resistance against the new authority, for whether one is a Populist or of the Senatorial Party, the general Danieh'le Dahl'Arak is now the autocrat of the State. Ironically, due to the aftermath of both war and civil war, and certain necessities, the new dictator might be doing actions more along the lines of what the Populists might have wanted than Dahl'Arak's own Senatorial Party.