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Political Parties of Sulivannia [WIP] (unformatted)

In Sulivannian politics, there are two major parties, the Progressive Democratic party, and the Liberal Federalist party. There are five smaller major parties that hold a significant status in national and state and territorial parliaments, including the Social Democratic Alliance, Conservative, Sulivannia First, the Sulivannian Greens and National Democratic Libertarian parties, and numerous minor political parties. For simplicity, only parties that hold at least one seat in the Sulivannian Parliament are listed.

Overview of All Major Political Parties

Party Name

Full Name

Short Form

Abbreviation

Founding

Leader

Leader's Seat

House of Representatives Seats [608]

Senate Seats [272]

State and Territorial Governments [47]

State and Territorial House of Representatives Seats [3837]

State and Territorial Senate Seats [1948]

Position

Ideologies

Motto

Progressive Democratic

Progressive Democratic Party of Sulivannia

Pro Dem

PD

23 August 1928; 92 years

Grant Moulder (Prime Minister)

Cromley East, Exeter 23rd

280 (Coalition)

101 (Coalition)

28

1810

887

Centre-left (Social), Centre-left (Economic)

Progressivism, Social Democracy, Social Liberalism

For the present and future of Sulivannia

Liberal Federalist

Liberal Federalist Party of Sulivannia

Lib Fed

LF

5 February 1878; 142 years

Michael Shefton

Rothlunnd, Exeter 36th

250 (Opposition)

102 (Opposition)

14

1518

741

Centre-right (Social), Centre-right (Economic)

Liberal Conservatism, Conservative Liberalism, Economic Liberalism

The party of Sulivannia and its interests

Social Democratic Alliance

Social Democratic Alliance of Sulivannia

Soc Dem

SD

25 October 2015; 5 years

Josephine Verona (Deputy Prime Minister)

Bellarstonne, Glen Coast 17th

33 (Coalition)

14 (Coalition)

0

203

118

Centre-left (Social), Centre-left (Economic)

Progressivism, Social Democratic Populism

Progress and Justice

Sulivannia First

Sulivannia First Party

Suli First

SF

14 June 1889; 121 years

Willard Torrance

Eden, Carson 7th

10

9

2

137

80

Centre-left (Social), Centre-right (Economic)

Liberal nationalism, Economic nationalism, Big-tent

Free and United Sulivannia

Conservative

Conservative Party of Sulivannia

Tory

CON

3 September 1927; 93 years

Frederick Gerold

Ellendale, Whittington 3rd

9 (3 in Opposition)

16 (6 in Opposition)

0

123

61

Right (Social), Centre-right (Economic)

Social conservatism, Economic nationalism

For the Pride of Sulivannia

Sulivannian Greens

Sulivannian Green Party

Greens

GRN

13 March 1955; 65 years

Alvin Marl

Westmeath, Hutton 1st

6

8 (4 in Confidence and Supply)

1

112

74

Centre-left (Social), Left (Economic)

Progressivism, Eco-socialism, Social Democracy

Working for a greener Sulivannia

National Democratic Libertarian

National Democratic Libertarian Party of Sulivannia

Nat Dem

NDL

14 June 1913; 107 years

Bradley Evert

Claravel, Hotham 3rd

4

13 (4 in Confidence and Supply)

0

88

65

Centre-left (Social), Right (Economic)

Civil libertarianism, Economic liberalism

Freedom and Potential

Major Political Parties

Progressive Democratic Party of Sulivannia [PD]

The Progressive Democratic party is the mainstream centre-left party of the country. The Pro Dems were found in its current state in 1928, and formed from the Sulivannian Labour Party (1835-1928), which itself derived from the National Labour Party (1821-1835), one of the first major parties alongside the Federalist Party (1821-1878). The party supports improved living conditions for the working and middle class, universal basic income, improving welfare for lower income earners, gender and racial equality, broader and more extensive civil rights, increased economic regulation, a cleaner and more pristine environment, increased scientific advancement, improved public education, lowered university tuition costs, an emphasis on vocational education, improved public transport, and improved public healthcare. The party's main support comes from progressive-leaning, particularly young voters from small cities to large cosmopolitan cities as well as their inner suburbs but also some support in the outer suburbs and exurbs, middle-aged residents from the more deprived working-class suburbs and towns as well as significant support among minority ethnic groups. In rural areas the party holds significant support from small farming towns and villages along the Tremond and Helden river valleys, while still retaining moderate support in some rural areas in the relatively conservative-leaning southern states. The party has factions which span from the left to the centre-right. These include Social Progressive Caucus (left), Liberty and Equality (left to centre-left), Sulivannian Democrats (left to centre), Present and Future Caucus (centre-left to centre), Central Committee (centre-left to centre), Southern Union (centre to centre-right). Currently the party is in a coalition government with the Social Democratic Alliance, has held a majority of seats in both houses in the Parliament of Sulivannia since July 2019 from its victory in the 2019 General Election under party leader Grant Moulder, has held a plurality of state and territorial legislature seats since 2017 after winning the Connolly state election in May 2017, and has held a majority of state and territorial premiers after winning the Davis state election in March 2018.

Liberal Federalist Party of Sulivannia [LF]

The Liberal Federalist party is the mainstream centre-right party of the country. The party formed in 1878, following the split of the Federalist Party into the Lib Feds and the Freedom Liberal Party (1878-1921). The party merged with the smaller Conservative party, becoming the Liberal-Conservative party (1931-1977) until the Conservatives split off again due to internal divisions leading up to the 1977 General Election, though still remained in coalition. The coalition ended when the they suffered a massive defeat to Hodge Staten's Pro Dems in the 1985 General Election. The party supports tax breaks for all income brackets, universal basic income, reduced dependence on welfare, the growth of corporations and large business as an integral part of the country, more restrictive immigration based on merit, a cleaner environment although with limited measures, reduced regulation and increasing scientific advancement, an emphasis on vocational education, and private healthcare. The party's main support comes from conservative-leaning middle-class voters, particularly in outer suburbs and exurbs, most upper-class voters from more affluent parts of cities, as well as some support from conservative-leaning working-class voters in more deprived areas. A small majority of Trennonians, the largest ethnic group in Sulivannia as well as a large majority of the rural population also support the Lib Feds, and general and rural support is evenly distributed through the country. The party has factions which span from the centre-left to the right. These include Metropolitan Caucus (centre-left to centre-right), New Federation (centre to centre-right), National Liberal (centre-right to right) and Constitutional Committee (right). Currently the party is part of the opposition in both chambers in the Parliament of Sulivannia, having controlled the Parliament from 2011 to 2019 during the prime ministerships of Marco Lance (2011-2015) and Jon Banks (2015-2019). In both houses there are certain Conservative members who caucus with the Lib Feds as part of the opposition, from three House of Representatives members and six senators. The party holds a minority of state and territorial legislature seats since May 2017, and a minority of state and territorial premiers after losing the Exeter state election in May 2017.

Other Major Political Parties

There are five smaller major political parties which hold seats in the Sulivannian Parliament, which hold power to a much smaller degree than the Pro Dems and Lib Feds, however they hold significant sway in political discourse, particularly in the Sulivannian Senate.

Social Democratic Alliance of Sulivannia [SD]

The Social Democratic Alliance, or the Soc Dems is a centre-left, social democratic, populist party.

Founding and early policies

The party was formed in 2015, by Maria Wendel, a human rights activist from the group All Voices Heard. The activist group formed the party which was initially called the Socialist Freedom Party, it adopted policies such as police and prison reform, public housing, a phase-out of fossil and nuclear fuels, gender and racial equality, and green belts to curb urban expansion.

Winning its first legislative seat in a state legislature

The party won its first state legislative seat in the inner-city seat of Riverside Welton, in the Exeter House of Representatives in a by-election in September 2016, barely a year after the party's founding. In April, in the 2017 Exeter state election the party won 18 of 256 seats in the House of Representatives and 13 of 128 seats in the House of Councillors. Since the Pro Dems did not win an outright majority, of 120 seats, the Soc Dems became the confidence and supply component of the newly-elected government in the lower house. Subsequently, similar circumstances occurred in the Sulivannian Capital District, Connolly, and Newlandia state elections, where coalition governments were enabled, as all three legislatures were won from the Lib Feds in previous elections.

Conflict with the Pro Dems

After the 2017 state elections, it has aligned its policies more with the Progressive Democratic party, albeit with a higher emphasis on progressivism, changing its abbreviation from 'SDA' to 'SD', and supporting the use of nuclear power. This caused some members to defect, creating the Green Socialists party in 2017. In the 2019 Sulivannian general election campaign the Soc Dems repeatedly criticised the Pro Dems for allowing corporate donors to fund campaigns as well as its authoritative stance on drug possession. From opinion polls, however, many pointed to signs of a hung parliament, creating an opportunity for a governing coalition. Subsequently one of both parties' candidates agreed to not stand in eleven seats, to increase the share of first-preference votes for either party.

Coalition with the Pro Dems in the federal level and future prospects

In the 2019 Sulivannian general election, the party won 33 seats in the House of Representatives and 14 seats in the Senate, the third-largest combined number of seats in both houses in the general election. This influx was mainly from voters who previously voted for the Pro Dems and the Greens, but the party enabled a majority coalition government between the Pro Dems and Soc Dems of 313 seats in the Sulivannian House of Representatives, defying polls and ending prospects of a hung parliament. The party also won the third highest share of first preference votes, winning 15.88%, mainly from inner suburbs of cosmopolitan cities. The party aims to further coordinate relationships with the Pro Dems in pursuing more progressive policies and to capture high-profile mayoral positions such as Exeter, Glendale, Brighton, Thomasburg and other cities in future years.

Current policies

The Soc Dems policies often follow those from the Pro Dems, but with more emphasis on progressive and socialist policies. Like the Pro Dems, they support improved living conditions, universal basic income, improving welfare, equality, broader civil rights, increased economic regulation, a cleaner environment, increased scientific advancement, improved public education, improved vocational education, improved public transport, and improved public healthcare. However, the Soc Dems differ concerning university tuition costs, as the party aims to drastically reduce if not abolish these expenses. The party supports a faster transition to clean energy than the Pro Dems and support a carbon tax or similar carbon cap-and-trade schemes. It opposes any fracking and supports the closing of certain oil and gas offshore platforms, aiming to reduce its dependence by emphasising the reusage and recycling of goods and cancelling petroleum imports. The party supports nuclear power but believes that solar and wind power should play a major part in energy generation. It supports a free, socialised healthcare system.

Voter strength

The party's main support comes from voters from city centres and working to middle-class inner suburbs of cities, often those with a population of more than one million. Moreover a large majority of voters identify as progressive and left-wing who demand better living conditions and a cleaner environment.
However one notable exception is in the semi-rural to urban industrial Tremond River valley in the state of Colnnear where the Soc Dems gained, in the 2019 general election, significant support from voters from towns between 10,000 and 100,000 in population as well as some rural voters. The party won 26.23% of the first preference vote in the state, behind the Pro Dem's 27.45% and the Lib Fed's 32.33%, a significant improvement from 4.38% in the 2017 Colnnear state election. In the instant-runoff voting system a majority of voters selected the Pro Dems in their lower preferences, allowing them to win several seats in the 2019 general election.

Legislative strength

The Soc Dems have made significant inroads in most states, winning at least one legislative seat in 42 out of 47 states and territories since its founding in 2015. Currently the party is in a coalition government with the Progressive Democratic party in the both the Sulivannian House of Representatives and in the Sulivannian Senate. In state legislatures they have won 203 Lower House seats and 118 Upper House seats and is in a coalition government with the Pro Dems in 14 states.

Sulivannia First Party [SF]

The Sulivannia First party or Suli First, formerly the Sulivannian Nationalist Party before 2000, is a centrist, big-tent, nationalist party.

Founding and libertarianism

The party was founded in 1889 by Marc Alcona, a former Lib Fed MP, philanthropist and businessman. It initially adopted libertarian policies and principles, while supporting the subsidisation of large businesses and low taxes.

A shift towards conservatism and state legislative control

However in the 1950s it began to support much more conservative and authoritarian positions, such as anti-immigration and strict isolationism from the 1970s to the 2010s, had between 2 and 30 seats in this period, and controlled a maximum of five state legislatures from 1965 to 1971. In 2015 the party won control of the Beaumont state legislature and won Carson in the 2017 state election. The party more than tripled their lower house seat count from 3 members to 10 seats in the 2015 general election, mostly from disaffected Lib Fed, Pro Dem and Tory voters, winning 4.08% of the first preference vote.

A new identity, becoming a big-tent, centrist party

Since then it has adopted more progressive stances, particularly on social issues, following the leadership of Willard Torrance in 2017. In recent years it has supported a transition away from fossil fuels to nuclear, solar, and wind energy, the nationalisation of transport networks, merit-based immigration, electoral reform and lowering the voting age to 16. This shift from aligning with the Lib Feds and Tories in the late 20th century towards the Nat Dems, Pro Dems and Soc Dems in the 21st century suggests the party's expansion of influence towards city voters as well as more progressive voters who support nationalism and the free-market.

Current policies

Voter strength

Legislative strength

Conservative Party of Sulivannia [CON]

The Conservative party also known as the Tories, is a right-wing conservative, traditionalist, pro-small government party.

Founding and traditionalism

The party was founded in 1927 by businessman Peter Merton. The party supported the subsidisation of corporations, segregation, particularly between Trenonnian ethnic groups that comprised a majority and the smaller ethnic groups, and opposed universal suffrage, proclaiming that only land-owning Trenonnian men were allowed to vote. However the party moderated its stances, and permitted a poll tax as well the eased the restriction employment of women in the workplace.

Joining forces with the Lib Feds, subsequent conflicts

In order to promote their policies they joined the Liberal Federalist party in 1931, becoming the Liberal-Conservative party in 1931 to 1977. Initially enjoying success with the support of many large businesses and having similar economic policies, the Tories faction clashed and disagreed with the Lib Fed faction particularly on social issues such as discrimination against women and minority groups, conversion therapy and. Moreover the Tories were much more isolationist, and this factor resulted in the split of the Liberal Conservative party in 1977 but still remaining as a coalition government.

Two state and territorial legislatures won and lost, Liberal-Conservative split

In this period the Tories won the Arthur Lakes state election in 1977 and captured Fulman Island in 1980. However this ended with a blowout defeat in the 1985 general election under the coalition leadership of Scott Carlberg. Subsequently the party lost Fulman Island to the Lib Feds in 1986 and Arthur Lakes to the Pro Dems in 1989. The party split from the Lib Feds before the 1989 general election and lost significant support.

Resurgence and collapse

The Tories gained back Arthur Lakes in the 2012 state election, Fulman Island in 2014, and in the 2015 general election the party tripled their delegation from 10 seats to 36 seats in the 2015 general election and gained support among disaffected Lib Fed voters, winning 18.45% of the first preference vote. However they lost Fulman Island in 2018 and lost both state legislatures in 2019. In the 2019 general election, the party lost almost three-quarters of their 34 lower house seats, down to 9 members, winning only 4.66% of the first preference vote.

Current policies

Voter strength

Legislative strength

Sulivannian Green Party of Sulivannia [GRN]

The Sulivannian Greens, formerly The Sulivannian Green Party before 1984, is a social democratic, left-wing environmentalist party.

Founding and authoritarian ecologism

The party was formed in 1955 by conservationalist and environmentalist Daniel Peyton. Initially the party supported the encouragement of the population to live in rural areas, a total ban on tall skyscrapers, a ban on airports and the application of strict family values. However, in the aftermath of the 1962 Port Tremond oil spill, Peyton began to write petitions to the Sulivannian Parliament.

First legislative wins and green activism

His views and those of the Green Party had become more progressive and significant, but still supported the prohibition of nuclear power, a stance the party still holds to this day. After winning their first state legislature seat in 1970, following the Moloney state election and gaining their first seat in the Sulivannian parliament in the 1974 general election, new leader Charles Sutton formed several non-governmental organisations and action groups for stricter regulations of tap water, air, and vehicles.

Ideas becoming mainstream

After controversially denouncing the Lib Fed Carlsberg government which lasted from 1977-1985, he rallied protesters to multiple state governments. Upon Hodge Staten's win in the 1985 General Election he initially received backlash for his positions. However Staten eventually applied much of his positions, much to the dismay of Greens members for taking credit, nevertheless improving environmental conditions in Sulivannia.

Current policies

Voter strength

The party garners most of its support in the city centres and inner suburbs of cities.

Legislative strength

The party has consistently held between two and six lower house members since 1974. The party controls the Haven Bay Territorial Legislature since 2016 and allies with the Pro Dems to form the Progressive Green Union in Hutton since 2016 and with independents and the Nat Dems in forming the Green Democratic Union in Fulman Island since 2019.

National Democratic Libertarian Party of Sulivannia [NDL]

The National Democratic Libertarian party, or the Nat Dems is a centrist, libertarian, pro-small government party.

Founding and a party of compromise

The party was formed in 1913 between members of the then Freedom Liberal Party and then Sulivannian Labour Party. Moreover the party had essentially a mix of policies from the two major parties, however sharing more in common in terms of economic policy, with the Freedom Liberal Party and subsequently the Liberal-Conservative party.

Legislative gains and rise

Despite its lackluster performance in the Sulivannian Parliament following the 1931 general election, often winning less than a dozen seats in the House of Representatives, the party won up to six state legislatures between 1935 and 1961. The party's libertarian identity is principally stemmed from the authoritarian policies among the Conservative faction in the Liberal-Conservative party and the Nat Dems opposed these policies to distance themselves, instead emphasising low taxes and civil libertarianism.

Decline into increasing irrelevance and national libertarianism

The Nat Dems are well known for holding the Hotham State Legislature for a continuous 56 years, from 1945 to 2001, the longest standing tenure for any party in the state and territorial legislatures. In 2001 there was a Lib Fed wave election year, winning nine legislatures, from the Pro Dems and the only Nat Dems controlled legislature.

Current policies

Voter strength

Primary support is in the southern states.

Legislative strength

The party is in Coalition with the Pro Dems in most state legislatures in the southern states.

Minor Political Parties

There are numerous minor parties, most of which do not hold seats in the Sulivannian Parliament. The list below states the parties which hold at least one seat in Parliament.

The Restoration Party [RP], a right-wing, traditionalist, anti-LGBT, conservative, family-oriented party established in 1836.
West Coast Union [WCU], a centre-left, pro-worker, pro-union party which contests seats located in the western states.
United We Stand [UWS], named after the nation's motto, a centre-right, nationalist party formed in 1963.
Conservative Sulivannian Union [CU], a right-wing conservative, moderately nationalist party created in 1950, from members originally from the Liberal-Conservative party.
Green Socialists [GS], a left-wing, socialist, pro-LGBT party formed in 2017, in response to austerity measures from the Liberal Federalist government, split off from the Social Democratic Alliance due to its stance on nuclear power and its relatively moderate views on taxation.
Jarvis Pelton's Team [JPT], a centre-right, pro-family party established by Jarvis Pelton himself in 1992.
New North West Independence Movement [NWI], a centre-left, pro-independence party for the northwestern states, and contests seats from exclusively there, formed in 1942.

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