After the War of Independence, in 1949, the former underground fighters found themselves facing a new struggle – a war of everyday survival, including finding work, making a living, building a home, and integrating into society. Along with the difficulties that all citizens of the young state had to contend with (a housing shortage, security threats, the strict ration system, and more), the underground veterans also had to deal with discrimination and persecution on the part of the Labor government. Now that it controlled the official state organs and institutions, Labor's power was greater than ever, and it wielded this power unhesitatingly against its political adversaries.