The new Chancellor of Aussel and leader of the Peasants' Party, Lenne Alessen, saw a need to form a paramilitary wing for her party. She already had plenty of militant members, many of whom had supported the party in the toppling of the previous government, and so the decision was made to form the Peasants' Guard. The other major factions saw the move as a threat to their freedoms and formed their own paramilitary wings. As the election campaign was kicking off, the militant groups clashed with one another. All sides intimidated their opponents to stay home and rallied their own people to go and vote.