Elections 2020: each party’s main platform
13th April 2020
On Sunday, Lauchenoirians will go to the polls again for the second time in twelve months: and for the first time since the passage of the new constitution. Lauchenoirians will be voting in the first round of the presidential elections on Sunday, which will be followed by the second round alongside parliamentary elections on the 26th. This election will see the number of members of parliament increase, and will mark the end for many Lauchenoirians of what has been a difficult process of recovery following the civil war in 2018.
The political landscape in Lauchenoiria has changed massively since the 2017 capitalism referendum, and this is reflected in the policies of the major political parties – and, indeed, in which parties are now considered major. Opinion polls have fluctuated greatly over the course of the last ten months, being influenced by such varied matters as the extradition crisis, adenovirus outbreak and Aurora affair. It is impossible to predict who will win this election. To provide voters with information on the policy platforms of the main parties, we have produced this handy guide to all major national parties.
The Liberal Party is, at present, the largest party at a national level. They are currently the majority party within the governing coalition, led by Prime Minister Josephine Alvarez. They were also the party which held the capitalism referendum in 2017, under the leadership of Laura Moore and Leanna Walker. The party generally supports free market policies but with a social security net, and socially liberal policies.
In this election, the Liberal Party has pledged to cut tax rates for small and medium businesses, while increasing taxes on fossil fuel companies to make up for the harm to the environment. They have emphasised their intention to support the remaining post-war rebuilding efforts with tax breaks for construction companies and those seeking to help individuals affected by the war. They’ve also pledged to support new businesses, especially in a number of sectors including food production and pharmaceuticals. They also would seek greater ties with other nations, to improve our trade relationships, and work closer on international matters such as climate change.
The second party in the coalition, the Conservative Party is known for its free-market economics and social conservatism. Their leader is Thomas Averforth, a wealthy businessman from Butterfly Island. The party has grown in popularity in recent years, and is popular among religious groups and middle class Lauchenoirians. The party is known for its opposition to large social welfare programmes, support for business and opposition to abortion and drugs.
In this election, the Conservatives have pledged to increase funding for the police department, and enforce the legal drinking age of 21 to a greater extent. They have also promised tax cuts for all businesses, and increased funding for new enterprises, to be paid for with cuts to social welfare programmes and the privatisation of certain health services, including optical services and dental services. On foreign policy, they have pledged to increase Lauchenoiria’s trade with Shuell and LOM, and have agreed to legalise private gun ownership – which many see as a result of Shuellian influence.
Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance (LDA)
The LDA, a new party at the 2019 elections, place themselves as an alternative to the Liberal Party for those who disagreed with that party’s approach to the war. Current President Alex Marwick is the founder of the LDA – however, he is not running for re-election, and the LDA has put up no presidential candidate. Over the lifetime of this parliament, a number of LDA representatives defected to the Liberal Party, after the extradition crisis which saw their poll numbers plummet. The remaining members of the LDA are standing in only a few provinces, and it is unlikely, given current numbers, that they will retain representatives.
The Pacifist Party has remained part of the coalition to, in their own words, “ensure the stability of post-war Lauchenoiria”, however in January, they agreed to form an electoral alliance with the Green Party. More information on this alliance is below.
In January, the Green Party and the Pacifist Party agreed to form an electoral alliance, on the grounds that both parties had very similar policies. The Alliance is led by Lucie Scott, the leader of the Green Party. The Alliance would prioritise environmental and pacifist issues, but they also want to increase funding to social programmes and reshape the economy to make sure that economic fluctuations do not harm too many people.
They would provide grants to renewable energy companies, paid for by large taxes on the fossil fuel industry, and other polluting industries in order to hasten the transition to 100% renewable energy. They would also cut military spending in half and halt all new weapons research. This money would be used to fund social programs, especially those to help people with PTSD. They also would give funding to construction companies using environmentally-friendly materials. On foreign policy, they would seek to cooperate with any other willing nation on international matters, such as the climate or women’s liberation – including controversial suggestions such as Kerlile.
The Communist Party dominated Lauchenoirian politics from 1952 until very recently, though their numbers have been slipping in recent years, to the point where the party had their worst-ever result in 2019. After that election, they elected their new leader Élia Agramunt, who has managed to stabilise the party’s numbers and improve their reputation by clearly severing the party’s links with the Chaher regime and the past. It remains to be seen whether this will be enough to save them.
The Communists aim to undo the 2017 capitalism referendum, if elected. They would nationalise all private business, and increase funding to the construction sector and social welfare programmes. They would nationalise the pharmaceutical industry and ensure that production of drugs used in the treatment of PTSD was increased to deal with the post-war epidemic of trauma disorders. On foreign relations, they would cancel the trade deal with Shuell and increase tariffs on imports to prevent overreliance on foreign industry.
A long-standing alliance of socialists, communists and other left-wing ideologies, the Left Alliance has become increasingly popular post-war, with their poll numbers continuing to climb. Previously, LA had a poor relationship with the Communist Party, but since Agramunt became leader of that party, the two have had a better working relationship, and it is expected that the two will work closely in the future.
The Left Alliance would re-run the capitalism referendum, rather than overturning the result without consultation, which is one of their main policy differences with the Communists. The other major difference is that the LA would not increase tariffs on imports, and would continue to have positive trade relations with other nations. The LA would also cut military spending, while the Communists aim to keep military spending at present levels.
The Feminist Party has long been rumoured to be a Kerlian front, and following the war, the party lost both their seats in the federal parliament after a wave of anti-Kerlian sentiment. However, their numbers have bounced back slightly in the wake of the Aurora scandal, after many Lauchenoirians felt that the government was instituting an unfair ‘witch hunt’ against women and feminists under the guise of trying to catch Kerlian sleeper agents. The former leader of the Social Democratic Party, which has chosen not to run in this election, Cassidy Laurens defected to the Feminist Party in January.
The Feminists aim to create compulsory training courses for law enforcement officers, teachers, health professionals and others who deal with members of the public on diversity and inclusion. They would also ban ‘sexist’ advertising, and charging different prices for similar items labelled by gender. They would also provide free sanitary products in schools, universities, libraries and other public buildings. They would increase funding for social programmes and give tax cuts to businesses helping with the post-war rebuilding efforts.
Lauchenoiria First is a far-right party led by the controversial, well-known figure Paul Doberman. Doberman is known to court controversy on social media and in his media appearance, and has often been criticised as sexist. LF wants to end immigration to Lauchenoiria, ban Kerlians from entering the country and get rid of anti-discrimination legislation that the party calls harmful to free speech.
They would increase military spending, cut back on social welfare programmes, and deport all Kerlian citizens living in the country. They would employ 10,000 more border patrol agents, and institute stricter visa regulations for all visitors to the country. They would also require politicians and public officials to undergo full background checks, and ban individuals born outside of Lauchenoiria from holding public office.