Starkism refers to the practice of accusing one's political opponents of disloyalty or treason. The word comes from Fritz Stark, a Grand Council member from the Southern Confederation who accused Governor-General Ezra Gallivan of being in the pay of Kramer Associates in July 1899. Stark's accusation set off a wave of political violence directed against Gallivan and his supporters, resulting in hundreds of deaths, thousands of injuries, and nearly NA£1 billion in property damage.
Given the violence that accompanied Stark's accusation, Starkism may also be said to include political violence itself, or the threat of political violence. It was with this in mind that James Kilroy of the New York Herald wrote on 23 June 1922, "The faint aroma of Starkism has made its appearance, and both the opponents of our civilization and its supporters seem pleased by the possibility of its return." When the Confederation Bureau of Investigation announced the discovery of the Michigan City spy ring in January 1969, the leaders of the Peace and Justice Party claimed that the spy ring was a fabrication, and warned of the dawn of a new era of Starkism in the C.N.A.