Have you played Chuhou Joutai? If you have, you should be familiar with the term Crimsonite. It is a term in western languages to describe militants associated with the terrorist group SPASDOT. It is perceived as military movements and many countries consider it threatening. It is the only definition of the term and it first appeared in East Asian media since the late 1970s, and western journalists coined the term “Crimsonite” during the Soviet occupation of Kozan until after the Kozanese Revolution concluded in 1984.
The Soviet invasion of Kozan and the founding of SPASDOT in the 1970s was the first rise of the Crimsonites, and developed into communist ideologies during the time. It has been propagated in many battles SPASDOT has fought throughout the 1980s and the ongoing Kozanese Civil War. It has since applied to various Shinto militant groups whose ideology is based on a concept found in the book The Grimoire of Flandre.
The term Crimsonite was coined in 1976 by Frederic Sam Fawkes as a way to describe members of his then newly-founded SPASDOT. It was first used in Kozanese and Japanese media, before western countries coined the English term. The word for Crimsonite in Japanese is Shinku-jin (真紅人), which literally translates to “Crimson person”. In a senior essay written by Kisumi Torisawa in 1983, the term was used to refer to the most violent persons in Shinto. Many Shintoists do not use the term, as SPASDOT’s adherence to Shinto promotes religious violence.
Many Crimsonites copy phrases found in The Grimoire of Flandre, a book that all Crimsonites must read, which details all the rules that Crimsonites must follow. Founder Frederic Sam Fawkes did just that. After being influenced by the communist ideologies of the Soviet Union, Fawkes wanted to see what Kozan would be if it became a socialist republic. When the Soviet invasion of Kozan began in the summer of 1975, the ideology began being propagated.
The invasion helped amplify the tendencies for SPASDOT to become a major force in the world of East Asian culture. They served to produce foot soldiers and leadership for the organization. Fawkes’ wife, Hanayo Katsuragi, was a key person that helped provide propaganda for their cause. After the Kozanese Revolution concluded with the death of Soviet leader Yuri Andropov, many Soviet soldiers returned to the Soviet Union to disperse other sites of conflict.
The reason for Crimsonites to kill civilians on the grounds is because of the reduced influence for the influence to become either a kannushi (males) or shrine maiden (females). They were salaried employees and their leader encouraged their employees to serve SPASDOT’s interests. Crimsonites usually donate tens of thousands of ingots to the leader of SPASDOT. Propaganda billed itself as a way to interpret law in a straight path.
During the Kozan-Soviet conflict, Crimsonites received many calls from Frederic Sam Fawkes to overthrow the Monarchy of Kozan by assassinating every member in the Kozanese Royal Family. This was seen as danmaku that gradually turned from one occupation to another. During the conflict, five members fell victim to the hands of Soviet soldiers:
- April 21, 1982:
- King Kenjirou, the sovereign
- Crown Prince Keishi
- Princess Reina of Kozan
- Prince Shinji of Kozan
- October 31, 1983:
- Queen Consort Kanata, the wife of the sovereign
Foreign Crimsonites are not always required to learn Japanese to be a member of the group. During the Kozanese Civil War, there are thousands of foreign Crimsonites who hail from countries such as Japan and South Korea, as well as China, North Korea and Vietnam. Western Crimsonites usually hail from the United States and Canada, as well as some countries in Europe. Non-Kozanese Crimsonites are usually referred to as “outsider Crimsonites” in English and “Gaishinku-jin” (外真紅人) in Japanese. Many see this more dominant than other Shinto extremist groups.
The Battles and Wars SPASDOT Has Been Involved In
- Soviet-Kozan War (1975 – 1984)
- Kozanese Revolution (1982 – 1984)
- Kozan-SPASDOT conflict (1975 – 1988)
- El Kadsre-Foldunk conflict (1991 – 2002)
- Western Kozan Offensive (2002)
- Kozanese Civil War (2002 – present)