Lauchenoirian Political Parties

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Lauchenoirian Political Parties

Post by Lauchenoiria » Fri Feb 15, 2019 6:24 pm

At some point I'm going to make wiki pages for all these, but then I'd have to format them all correctly, and write it all in-character, so for the moment, here is a list of political parties in Lauchenoiria with elected representatives at a regional or national level, or who are polling above 10% currently.

I'm posting in bits because the full document is nearly 4000 words and that can be overwhelming.

Background on issues

Social Issues

Before the war, Lauchenoiria prided itself on its accessibility policies for disabled people, which were very thorough. The current Lauchenoirian health system is fully state run, with private healthcare being illegal. Lauchenoirian schools are also all state-funded, but the curriculum is decided on a provincial level. Smoking is forbidden throughout Lauchenoiria, but was briefly ‘legalised’ on Aeluria during the war (it is disputed whether or not this legalisation was legitimate’).

Economic Issues

Lauchenoiria is currently in the middle of a transition period from the old communist system (although Lauchenoiria hasn’t been fully communist since 1993) to a fully capitalist system. This is the result of the 2017 capitalism referendum, which officially legalised private enterprise. The results of this referendum are disputed, and it is seen as a catalyst for the 2018 civil war. Lauchenoiria currently owes a lot of debt, mostly to Sanctaria.

Security Issues

Gun control: before the war, Lauchenoirian citizens were forbidden from owning guns except if they could prove it was necessary for a specific reason (i.e. farmers). However, it was very, very rare that a license request would be approved, so for all intents and purposes, guns were almost completely banned.

Government surveillance and military spending are both contentious issues in Lauchenoiria, especially following the war. The current level of surveillance is higher in areas that were held by the Chaher regime in the war.

International Issues

Most of Lauchenoiria is in favour of international cooperation. The main point of contention is migration. There are two sides to this question: the standard immigration debate, but also a debate around emigration as many Lauchenoirians are still leaving the country in the aftermath of the war, which some see as damaging to the Lauchenoirian economy and reputation.

Constitutional Issues

As per the Haven Accords, the next parliament will have to approve a brand-new constitution, and hence this is a vitally important area. There is also a referendum on Aelurian independence on the 1st March.

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Re: Lauchenoirian Political Parties

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Main Parties

Liberal Party

The Liberal Party is the largest party in Lauchenoiria. President Leanna Walker, who was deposed during the 2018 civil war, was a Liberal, and in Parliament the Liberals were the majority partner in a coalition with the Greens until the coup. The Liberal Party is a centrist party, which has existed in its current form since the legalisation of capitalist parties in 1993, and is considered a direct successor of the pre-1952 Liberal Party.

The party is economically centre-right and socially liberal, and is currently led by Josephine Alvarez, who replaced controversial former Prime Minister Laura Moore in December 2018.

Social Issues

The party supports keeping the current state education system while also allowing private alternatives but with scrutiny. They also want to maintain the National Health Service, but also allow private providers for those who can and want to pay. They believe Lauchenoiria should be a world-leading nation in terms of disability inclusion, especially now when we need to repair our reputation.

Economic Issues

The Liberals want to continue the transition to full capitalism as per the referendum mandate. They also want to make some budget cuts in order to get the deficit down to a manageable level, and avoid taking on any more debt if at all possible.

Security Issues

The Liberals believe the security services must have some, but limited, powers to protect the country from events like coups while also maintaining individual liberty. They also want to permit citizens to own guns with a license & background checks. They also want to keep military spending at current levels, balance need for defence with need to make cuts to the budget.

International Issues

They believe Lauchenoiria needs to strengthen ties with Coalition countries that saved us from dictatorship and ensure that in the future we can be allies. They also believe in the need to encourage immigration and discourage emigration in order to build the economy and deal with the fallout from the war.

Constitutional Issues

The Liberals believe the right to individual liberty both socially and economically should be in the constitution, the parliament should be bicameral and there should be extra anti-coup measures.

In the aftermath of the war, the Liberals say: “we need to all come together after the war, respect the mandate given by the people in the capitalism referendum, and move forward from this conflict.”


Communist Party

The Communist Party is the second-largest party in Lauchenoiria, until recently the largest. Following a revolution in 1952, the Communists held unchallenged power until 1993 when they were forced to legalise capitalist political parties. The Communists remained in coalition governments, even then, until 2014. They were behind the coup attempt which started the 2018 civil war.

The party is economically far-left, authoritarian and somewhat socially liberal. It is currently led by Javier Flynn, as interim leader, before the leadership election scheduled for April.

Social Issues

The Communists want to maintain the NHS, not allow private providers, and keep the current system of all schools being state-run, state-funded and on a level with each other.

Economic Issues

They want to return the economy to a centralised communist system, ban all private enterprise, and ignore the capitalism referendum result due to suspected foreign influence.

Security Issues

They want to keep all pre-war gun restrictions in place, increase military spending in case of further foreign invasions to defend Lauchenoiria against the capitalist countries. They believe government surveillance must increase in order to ensure the safety of the population from terrorist attacks and those who would conspire with foreign forces to subvert our system of government.

International Issues

They want to cut ties with interfering capitalist countries, as well as with Kerlile for their manipulation of us, stop both immigration and emigration. They believe in the need to stabilise the country and that means stabilising the population.

Constitutional Issues

They believe the 1952 constitution should be maintained, that the part of the Haven Accords mandating a new constitution was unnecessary and they should stick to the ’52 constitution as much as possible.

In the aftermath of the war, the Communists say: “in order to prevent further conflict, we must not use the results of the fixed capitalism referendum.”

Green Party

The Green Party is a centre-left environmentalist political party, who were the junior partner in the coalition from 2014 until the coup. They believe in protecting the environment at all costs, and grew popular among people more neutral on the capitalism-communism debate that the other main parties focused on.

The party is economically centre-left and very socially liberal. They are currently led by Lucie Scott who spent the entirety of the civil war as a political prisoner in the hands of the Chaher regime.

Social Issues

The Greens want to work to make the NHS more environmentally friendly, and are opposed to private providers but open to compromise on that. They want to add environmental education to the curriculum, mandate all schools have field trips where they discuss environmental issues. They believe accessibility for disabled people is really important but only if it does not come at the expense of the environment or else everyone will die.

Economic Issues

They want to prioritise the environment even at the expense of the economy, and believe in respecting the capitalism referendum mandate.

Security Issues

They want to keep all pre-war gun restrictions in place, slash military spending, avoid further conflict, focus on the environment not destructive warfare. They also believe privacy must be respected and so government surveillance must be curtailed.

International Issues

They want to work with the international community to protect the environment, ally with anyone who shares that aim. They say it is no surprise that people are emigrating because of the war, and also no surprise people are immigrating because of the climate, open the borders.

Constitutional Issues

They believe protections for the environment should be written into the constitution to ensure climate change doesn’t kill everyone.

In the aftermath of the war, the Greens say: “we must enact extra environmental measures to make up for the destruction caused by the war.”

Conservative Party

The Conservative Party is the fourth largest party, and the most economically right-wing mainstream party. They are also the most socially conservative of the mainstream parties, and tend to be supported by older people who were opposed to the 1952 regime.

The party is economically right-wing and socially conservative. They are currently led by Thomas Averforth, a wealthy businessman who spent the civil war out of the country.

Social Issues

They want to privatise the NHS, introduce a multi-payer scheme, allow any private schools that wish to set up, bring back grammar schools. They believe any social policy which damages the economy, such as mandating businesses to renovate to make buildings accessible, should not be allowed.

Economic Issues

They want to massively slash government spending in order to eliminate the deficit by 2021. They also want to hasten the transition, make full capitalism arrive faster.

Security Issues

They want to permit gun ownership with background checks, increase military spending somewhat to defend against Kerlile and other countries that would threaten democracy, and believe surveillance powers must increase so those who would subvert our democracy are caught and their plans prevented, including surveillance on politicians.

International Issues

They want to increase trade with other countries, get rid of regulations that hamper trade, seek out free trade deals, discourage immigration, allow emigration. They believe immigrants are destroying the economy, and that we should let all the poor flee the war if they want, then they’re not our problem.

Constitutional Issues

Lauchenoiria should be constitutionally capitalist (somehow), bicameral and grant the president more powers.

In the aftermath of the war, they say: “the Liberals can’t be trusted to look out for the nation, they are weak, only the Conservatives can implement the referendum result.”

Social Democratic Party

The SDP is a centre-left political party characterised by their opposition to the 1952 communist regime but while maintaining support for poorer Lauchenoirians. While popular in the early 2000s, they have seen their support decline in recent years.

They are centre-left and socially mixed. They are led by Cassidy Laurens, who was among the political prisoners liberated from Ginsap Prison in a raid by the Lauchenoirian Resistance during the war.

Social Issues

They want to keep the NHS, allow very limited private alternatives, do not allow private schools, but allow a limited number of state-funded grammar schools, disability inclusion is important, as is ensuring disabled people can work and contribute to the economy.

Economic Issues

They want slightly increased government spending to help the economy grow and ensure people can get by, re-run the referendum in case of any foreign interference.

Security Issues

They want to loosen pre-war restrictions on guns SLIGHTLY, keep military spending near current levels, perhaps some cuts to focus on infrastructure projects, there must be a balance between individual liberty and fighting terrorism, and to that end, surveillance powers must increase slightly.

International Issues

They want to work with other countries which share our values, increase trade, rebuild relations that became strained during the war.

Constitutional Issues

They believe in a bicameral parliament, limit presidential power, require explicitly all votes of no confidence to have 48 hours’ notice beforehand.

In the aftermath of the war, they say: “both the Liberals and Communists cannot be trusted, the war shows that, vote SDP for a third way.”

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Post by Lauchenoiria » Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:30 pm

Smaller National Parties

Feminist Party

The Feminist Party is rumoured to be funded by the Matriarchy of Kerlile, a totalitarian dictatorship that borders Lauchenoiria. The party officially stands for women’s rights and ensuring an end to street harassment and all forms of sexism that continue to permeate Lauchenoirian society.

The party is economically centrist, and is generally socially liberal, however supports authoritarian government. It is led by Katherine Wright, who supported Suleman Chaher’s government during the civil war.

Social Issues

They want to prioritise women’s health, maintain access to free abortions, research period pains rather than male problems such as erectile dysfunction, segregate the educational system by gender so that boys cannot mistreat the girls, provide extra funding to girls’ schools.

Economic Issues

They want to increase spending on women’s issues, cut all funding for sports, and believe in respecting the capitalism referendum mandate.

Security Issues

They want to keep all pre-war gun restrictions in place, military spending must increase to defend Lauchenoiria against Coalition forces which would seek to interfere with our internal affairs, surveillance powers must increase to ensure the safety of the population, including CCTV everywhere to catch any acts of violence against women.

International Issues

They want to cut ties with patriarchal countries, refuse to trade with anyone without women’s rights laws, reconcile with Kerlile, give immigration priority to women, discourage more men from moving here as they can’t be trusted.

Constitutional Issues

They want to explicitly write women’s rights into the constitution, require at least 50% of the parliament to be women.

In the aftermath of the war, they say: “the war is a result of male aggression and this is why further feminist policies are needed to destroy the patriarchy.”

Lauchenoiria First

Lauchenoiria First is a far-right, isolationist political party characterised by their extreme social conservatism and their anti-immigration policies. They are the only political party with any representation in Lauchenoiria in favour of withdrawing from the World Assembly.

The party is economically right wing and very socially conservative. They are led by the controversial Paul Doberman who is known for spreading conspiracy theories about other nations.

Social Issues

They want to privatise some aspects of the NHS, and ban immigrants from using health facilities to crack down on health tourism. They also want to massively cut education funding, allow private schools to fill the gap, give said private schools tax exemption, and believe if disabled people cannot function without help they should be in institutions.

Economic Issues

They want to implement extreme austerity measures to eliminate the deficit immediately and reduce reliance on foreign forces, immediately end the transition period, full capitalism now.

Security Issues

They want to allow all gun ownership, massively increase military spending to defend against the neo-imperialist forces that would threaten our sovereign borders, such as Kerlile, increase surveillance so criminal elements, many of whom are immigrants, can be caught and punished.

International Issues

They want to cut all ties with everyone, withdraw from the WA, do not give aid to other countries and refuse it if offered to us, ban immigration, discourage native-born Lauchenoirians from emigrating.

Constitutional Issues

They want to grant the president vastly more powers, state explicitly that Lauchenoiria is sovereign and state that any foreign incursion is tantamount to a declaration of war.

In the aftermath of the war, they say: “the war shows that foreigners are always out to get us, to protect ourselves we must ban them and cut ties.”

Left Alliance

The Left Alliance, founded during the communist regime, began as a haven for those who secretly opposed communism. Over the years, it has grown and faded from popularity, and has taken various shapes. It presently contains communists and socialists who are opposed to authoritarianism, as characterised by the Chaher regime during the war.

The party is economically left wing and socially liberal. It is currently led by Damian Andrés, who is a member of the regional parliament on Butterfly Island.

Social Issues

They want to keep the NHS, keep private healthcare illegal, increase NHS funding. They want to keep the current education system and ensure all buildings are fully accessible by 2025.

Economic Issues

They want to increase government spending and re-run the capitalism referendum.

Security Issues

They want to permit gun ownership with a licence & background checks, cut military spending, focus on programmes that will help the country rebuild after the war rather than threaten to start a new one, and believe in the interests of privacy and preventing authoritarian government, surveillance must be restricted.

International Issues

They want to have friendly relations with other democracies, but continue to restrict trade to ensure the rich can’t get richer. They also want to limit immigration, and give priority to those of working age and ability, no restrictions on emigration.

Constitutional Issues

They believe in a bicameral parliament, extra anti-coup protections, require each branch of government to check each other quite excessively.

In the aftermath of the war, they say: “the communists are authoritarians, and only the Left Alliance can provide economic equality without a dictatorship.”

Pacifist Party

The Pacifist Party is a new political party, founded in November 2018 in the aftermath of the civil war, with a mission to prevent Lauchenoiria ever being involved in a war again. They have no representation, however are currently polling at 12% and look likely to gain several seats in the next national elections, hence their inclusion on this list.

The party is economically centrist and socially liberal, and is led by Samantha Clavell, a lifelong peace activist.

Social Issues

They want to keep the NHS fully funded, allow private alternatives, keep the current school system, ban military recruitment in schools, and believe we need to divert funds to ensure disabled people can fully access everything.

Economic Issues

They want to cut defence spending, keep all other things at the same level, and re-run the capitalism referendum.

Security Issues

They want to ban all guns completely, cut military spending to almost zero, remove any chance of further conflict and rely on diplomacy in any future situation, government surveillance should be very limited, as privacy is important, but so is stopping any group who might start violence.

International Issues

They want to maintain friendly diplomatic relations at all costs, no restrictions either way, unless the immigrants are from a country that bans emigration, then send them back to avoid conflict (this refers mainly to Kerlile, which currently frequently demands Lauchenoiria returns their runaway citizens).

Constitutional Issues

Lauchenoiria should become constitutionally neutral, like Sanctaria, and forbidden from starting a war.

In response to the war, they say: “we must slash military spending, get rid of all guns, and make it so that having another war is quite impossible.”

Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance

The LDA is a new political party, set up as an alternative for centrists to the Liberals, for those who did not agree with Leanna Walker and Laura Moore’s actions in the war, and prefer a centrist party that does not put lives in jeopardy in that way.

More information on the LDA to follow. Possibly. For... spoilery reasons.

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Post by Lauchenoiria » Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:34 pm

Significant Regional Parties

There are two political parties which only stand in a single province, however are important to mention because they either have had representation in the national parliament, or are likely to in the future.

Aelurian Independence Party

The AIP is a centre-left political party dedicated to achieving independence for the people of Aeluria. While Aeluria is part of the Federation of Lauchenoiria, the AIP will aim to ensure that Aelurian interests are respected and represented.

The party is economically centre-left but somewhat socially conservative. It is currently led by Nazario Macías, though current interim Prime Minister Keitha Noguera is a member.

Social Issues

They want to massively increase health spending to deal with the fallout of the war, introduce programmes to help drug addicts, provide extra subsidies to native Aelurians for higher education to tackle historic discrimination, make sure all curriculum is set at a provincial level.

Economic Issues

They want to increase funding to devolved authorities, and believe the capitalism referendum is a question for the mainland parties.

Security Issues

They want to allow limited gun ownership, would vote to cut military spending, but sees it as a question for the mainland parties, wants guarantees the military won’t be used on the Lauchenoirian population, surveillance should be restricted in the interests of privacy and individual liberty, only suspected criminals can be watched.

International Issues

They want to ensure Aeluria has the power to interact with the wider international community in its own right, restrict immigration resettlement on Aeluria, as it is damaging the native population and culture, have programmes to discourage native emigration.

Constitutional Issues

Aeluria should be independent but will respect the referendum result as per the Haven Accords.

After the war, the party says: “this is why we need independence.”

Anarchist Party of Yervia

Known by its Spanish-language acronym PAY (Partido Anarquista de Yervia), PAY is an alliance of various anarchists who decided they would attempt to ‘play the game’ of electoral politics. The party is disorganised and has had historically low support due to it, however recently has surged as high as 26% in Yervia. (You'll find out why when I get around to our elections).

The party’s registered official leader is Cory Scott; however, the party has stated that this is only for ‘legal purposes’ and that they have no leader.

Social issues

They want to keep state-funded health, but run it on a local level, scrap centralised education in favour of community-run schools, and make Spanish the only official language of Yervia.

Economic issues

They would give almost all the money to local communities to decide how to use it, scrap the whole centralised system, replace with local collectives.

Security issues

They would allow all gun ownership, cut all centralised military spending, let each province be in charge of its own defence to reduce likelihood of authoritarian central government, and believe all government surveillance should be banned.

International issues

They want to focus more on the local level, but do not intentionally antagonise or block international relations, open the borders completely, allow everything.

Constitutional issues

Yervia should be granted an independence referendum like Aeluria, almost everything should be devolved to local communities.

In the aftermath of the war, they say: “this is the natural result of centralised government.”

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