The Meggame, the Russian Civil War
Agenda for the Constituent Assembly
Bear in mind that we have limited time so we are going to have to rush through this. Brief speeches for and against may be all we have time for. We do not want to tire the guards....
1) The land will belong to those who work it. No one may have more land than they can work.
2) Allocation of land will be by the village commune, that is the assembly of the peasants of the village. The principle of allocation will be the number of mouths each family needs to feed.
3) No one may sell their land. If a peasant no longer wishes to be a peasant they must surrender their plot to the commune.
4) The ownership of land is social. The land will not be the property of the state. The state is excluded from ownership of the land. If a village wishes to allow the state administer their farms this must be on the basis of a voluntary agreement by the commune which the peasants will have the right to revoke.
5) The commune may make rules to develop the long term fertility of the land but beyond that the individual peasant may decide what he grows. The peasant has an absolute right to sell any surplus.
6) The commune has the obligation to provide plots for those who leave the cities or return from the army provided such people are willing and able to work the land themselves.
7) Coercive requisition squads are illegal. (Game note: this will allow the normal legitimate raising of food but bans food requisitioning as specified on page 13 of the handbook)
8) The land of Russia was originally the property of the Slav tribesmen. The Vrangian invaders enslaved the Russian people as serfs but though the serfs may have been owned by the lords the serfs retained ownership of the land. Hence the theft of a large part of the communal land at time of the liberation of the serfs so it could be given to the landlords was against natural justice. For this reason the landlords will be expropriated without compensation.
Note: Clauses 4 (Banning direct state ownership of the land) 7 (banning requisition squads) and 8 (No compensation) may be controversial and we may end up voting by parts.
Abolition of the Death Penalty
The death penalty is an act of tyranny and is abolished for all crimes.
NB The death penalty was abolished in February 1917. Kerensky restored it for the front but it was abolished by the Congress of Soviets in October 1917.
Press Laws and Free Speech
All citizens have the right to express their opinions on any matter. The state will not have the right to ban newspapers.