Green Youth Organization
GYO (Green Youth Organization|
GY (Green Youth)
|Type||Political youth organization|
|Purpose||Execution of the Green Fever|
|Affiliations||Revolutionary Liberationist Youth Brigades|
The Green Youth Organization (Лусе Чаннинтан) was a paramilitary youth wing that existed in mainland Namor during the Green Fever from NMR 2305 to NMR 2315. Its proclaimed goal was to carry forth the Green Fever and promote the ideology of the Paramount Leader, Yunglang Antelope, and the Liberationist Party. In only a few months of mobilization the GYO grew to become the largest paramilitary force in Liberationist Namor at the time.
The Green Youth was notorious for its firebrand interpretation of Liberationist ideas, its advocacy of "merciless revolution" and its exercise of political violence against suspected enemies of the Green Fever, the Liberationist Party or Yunglang. The GYO attacked buildings, raided historical and religious relics, and destroyed objects considered incompatible with Liberationist ideology such as "counter-revolutionary" literature and art. Moreover, the Green Fever held regular struggle sessions against suspected political enemies, humiliating them in public and forcing them to admit any supposed crimes committed against the ideology. Many of the ones held in struggle sessions organized by the GYO were "traditionalists," religious leaders, intellectuals and even party members who fought alongside the Liberationists in the Namorese Civil War. In the countryside, the Green Youth often conducted "village-to-village inspections," raiding villages and purging them of "anti-revolutionary material." There were numerous cases of looting by the GYO whenever it sprang into action - food, jewelry, books and money were "confiscated" by GYO soldiers. Historians believe that food shortages and economic difficulties at the time provoked the GYO's vigorous looting. Contemporary Namorese historian Zhen Sang wrote in Fever Papers that "because many of the Green Youth recruits came out of poor and impoverished backgrounds, they were eager to get their hands on anything they come across. They were looters with a mandate from the government to loot, all in the name of waging revolution."
Besides engaging in violent activities meant to execute the Green Fever, the GYO also participated in community service (such was what Yunglang said the GYO existed for). In the cities, the GYO led efforts in cleaning the roads and beaches, and promoted personal hygiene and campaigns against spitting in some cases. The GYO held "ideology classes" in schools, where students convened to read Yunglang Antelope's writings, pro-Liberationist works and then enter discussions on how to use Yunglang's thought to further the revolution. These "ideology classes" were meant to uphold the Liberationist belief in academic freedom, although in practice there was little freedom in that field because advocating ideas that ran contrary to revolutionary ideology was punishable by struggle session. One of the major principles of the GYO was youth empowerment - the GYO ran hundreds of youth camps across the country (many of them replaced actual schools and even universities). In these youth camps, GYO members were trained to use weapons and perform athletic activities. It was seen as a substitute to military service; the purpose behind the youth camps was to prepare the Namorese youth for a global ideological conflict.
The Green Youth was suppressed following the NMR 2315 Namorese political crisis, when moderates took over the party and Acting President-General Gelai Antelope ordered its dissolution. Hundreds of GYO members renounced their membership in the organization, some who were involved in the political crisis were arrested but later granted amnesty by the government. By the NMR 2320s the Green Youth was considered a defunct organization although memories of it were carried down by the generation of Namorese who lived through the Green Fever.
It does not have a positive legacy today; many Namorese view the group as a catalyst for social unrest. But some institutions originated from the GYO exist to this day; for example, some say the existence of summer and extracurricular camps in Namor come from the GYO's youth camps. Athletic events sponsored by the GYO evolved into the present-day Namorese Youth Games, held every five years.