The Flat Earth Society
a political and religious science and romantic fiction novel by Rolf A. F. Witzsche
Volume 4B of the 12-volume series, The Lodging for the Rose

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Chapter 7 - Party on the Rooftop

      Ironically, the bringing down of the Berlin Wall, which was brought down because the communist system didn't allow people to travel to the West, didn't make travel easier. Once the barrier was torn down the economic repression that surged in became so deep cutting that many people were forced to migrate away to survive. In one instance the people of Germany were told by its new government to pack up and leave the country if they don't like the freedom of poverty.

      The Soviet Union started to disintegrate the year after the collapse of Communist Germany. This event too had happened almost as Steve had predicted. The year after Tiananmen Square and the collapse of the communist system in East Germany, the Soviet Union itself began to disintegrate. Perhaps it was Moscow's response to Tiananmen Square that caused it to repudiate the old Brezhnev Doctrine in favor of non-intervention in the internal affairs of its Eastern European allies. Thus, with the heavy hand removed, each of the Warsaw Pact nations saw their communist governments fall. They were brought down in a whirlwind of 'revolution' that swept Eastern Europe. Before the Soviet Union itself disintegrated the communist governments of Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland and Romania all fell, which had been imposed in the wake of the Russian 'liberation' of these countries in World War II. The rise of nationalism in the Eastern World also reawakened the simmering ethnic tensions in various Soviet republics, as the Soviet Union disintegrated. The imposed ideal of a unified Soviet people became discredited. Unfortunately the 'freedom' movement became merely an opposition movement, rather than a renaissance movement that might have built a New World in the Principle of Universal Love. For many people in Russia the new freedom became the transition from the old frying pan to a hell they never dreamed possible. The resulting starvation would force a biological breakdown in the country that collapsed the population by a million people a year with all the new births factored in.

      The independence movement within the Soviet Union started quite small. It started in Lithuania. It started barely two months after the Berlin Wall fell. We, in our remote beach paradise said: 'so what?' Steve had predicted something like that. He predicted it, since the Soviet Union hadn't been held together on a productive basis that created a renaissance platform. There was talk of sovereignty within the Union, but universal sovereignty without universal love is an empty shell. Consequently the Soviet Union fractured. In January 1990, the year after Tiananmen Square and the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Soviet President Gorbachev came for a state visit to the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius. An independence rally of 250,000 people met the President of the Soviet Union. That rally roused a new wind in the East. Three months later the Chairman of the Supreme Council of Lithuania declared Lithuania's independence. He announced that the nation was pulling out of the Soviet Union. The Red Army, of course, wasn't pulled out of Lithuania. However, this small factor didn't change the new wind in the East. Nineteen days later the Estonian Supreme Council took the same action and declared Soviet power in Estonia, which had been established in 1940, to have been illegal. This declaration started the process to reestablish Estonia as an independent state. It took a whole year with clashes brewing in the background, between Soviet troops and the populations, leaving a few dead and many injured, before a full Union-wide referendum was held on the question of independence. The vast majority, some 78% of all people voted to retain the Soviet Union, though in a reformed form.

      It became evident to us in our beach paradise, as Steve had pointed out, that the growing upheaval in the world wasn't a question of democracy at all, but of universal sovereignty. That's what Steve had told us. He said that democracy without sovereignty is but an empty shell, and he had added that universal sovereignty is meaningless without the Principle of Universal Love for its foundation. It was clear to him that the Soviet State had become a more democratic state but lacked the principle of universal love. Indeed in response to the referendum President Gorbachev had attempted to restructure the Soviet Union into a less centralized state with a lot more sovereignty. But that itself seemed not enough. The sovereignty issue lingered in the background. Nothing ever came of it. In August of that year, when the republics were to sign the new union treaty that would make them fully independent republics in a federation with a common President and a common foreign policy and military, the whole thing exploded. The new union treaty had been strongly accepted by the Central Asian republics. The Asian republics needed the economic advantages of the open markets in the Soviet Union for them to prosper. However, the synarchist elements of the West wanted a rapid transition of the Soviet Union to a free market economy that was required by them for the looting of Russia. That's when the stooges of Empire working in the background began to contemplate the disintegration of the USSR, to achieve their aims. The day before the signing of the new union treaty, four of the synarchists' stooges launched coop against the President to prevent the new union treaty from being enacted.

      The rebel stooges put President Gorbachev under house arrest, who had been vacationing in the Crimea at the time. With the President out of the way, the stooges attempted to restore the union state on a platform of absolute power under their control, ruled by emergency decrees. The new power was enforced by suspending of all political activities and by the banning of newspapers. Except the rebel stooges didn't get the support in Moscow that they expected. The public in the streets was largely against them. Thousands of people came out to defend the "White House," the legislative palace that was Prime Minister Yeltsin's office at the time. The stooges failed to arrest Yeltsin. Yeltsin in turn rallied a mass opposition to the coup. The coup collapsed three days later. Gorbachev returned as President of the Soviet Union, but his powers were now fatally broken. The Soviet republics accelerated their process towards independence. One by one, they declared their sovereignty. Two weeks after the coup the Soviet government formally recognized the independence of the three Baltic states. Then, three months later, on the first of December, the leaders of the Ukraine declared the Republic of the Ukraine independent from the Soviet Union, backed by a referendum supported by 90% of the country's voters. A week later the leaders of the Ukrainian, and Belarusian republics met in Belavezhskaya Pushcha to issue a declaration that the Soviet Union was effectively dissolved and replaced by 'The Commonwealth of Independent States.' Gorbachev protested against this 'treason.' He called the declaration an "illegal and dangerous constitutional coup." But who was he? He was a president without a country? Eleven days later, twelve of the Soviet Union's fifteen republics signed the European Energy Charter in the Hague alongside of twenty-eight other European countries, as if they were completely sovereign states. A week later Gorbachev resigned his post as president of the USSR. The next day, the Supreme Soviet voted to repeal the 1922 declaration that had officially established the Soviet Union. The Supreme Soviet thereby dissolved itself, and with it the Soviet Union. On December 31, 1991 all Soviet institutions officially ceased operations. With the Soviet flag coming down, an era ended. A new era was beginning. The looting of the Soviet Union began. Under the Western Austerity Doctrine, Russia lost vast segments of its industries. The economy collapsed. Poverty and starvation set in on such a horrendous scale that Russia lost a million people a year in spite of all the new births. But Russia itself was lucky. The Ukraine suffered more horribly. It lost more than two million people per year under the yoke of western austerity impositions, and it lost those from a much smaller population base than Russia's. The Ukrain's cultural devastation was probably even greater than that, since the Ukraine had developed the most highly educated industrial workforce in the world under the Soviet System. This force of educated workers, egineers, and scientists, suddenly became beggars.

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