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Political Parties of Piratini

Ruling Coalition
Parties that currently hold power.

Socialist Homeland Party (Partido da Pátria Socialista) - Ideologies: Democratic socialism, left-wing nationalism, social liberalism, environmentalism, reformist socialism
The Socialist Homeland party was founded by Cláudio Rodrigues, one of the most famous socialist writers of Piratini. After his death during the Second Piratinese-Julianian War, the party underwent reforms that transformed it from a Stalinist organization into a moderate socialist union of workers and intellectuals. The party was a supporter of the Popular Insurrection Party until the 1967 Schism between the secularists and religious people. The Socialist Homeland adopted a neutral stance towards religion, while the Insurrectionists became more and more radical, supporting the notion of an atheist state. After Flávio Cerqueira's attempted self-coup in 1979, the Homelanders initiated a rebellion against the Insurrectionists. With the support of both left-wingers and right-wingers, the Homelanders ousted Flávio in 1980. An election was held in 1981, and Socialist Homeland had its presidential candidate elected. The party supports a reformist socialist stance, a gradual transition from capitalism to socialism. The party also differentiates from the Insurrectionists because of their progressive attitudes, such as support for minorities and state secularism.

Democratic Party of the Popular Revolution (Partido Democrático da Revolução Popular) - Ideologies: Communism, Marxism-Leninism, revolutionary socialism, internationalism, anti-fascism
The DPPR was founded in 1932 by Luis Sevilla, an Uruguayan revolutionary who fought in the Spanish Civil War and the German-Soviet War. He fled from his country following the dismantlement of the Communist Party of Uruguay and lived in Piratini as a refugee. In 1949 he returned to Piratini and took over leadership of the party, which became the third-largest Piratinese party in the decade of 1950. The party supported the Insurrectionist government and remained in the support of the president Cerqueira in the 1979 self-coup. Together with the Insurrectionists, the party was the leader of the left-wing opposition until 2012, when César Delgado became the DPPR's president. Despite the party's calls for an international revolution in the Southern Cone, Delgado supports the Homelanders' reformist socialist policies. There are internal disagreements on whether the DPPR should support progressive laws or not, but the general consensus is that the DPPR should always support the Homelanders.

Social Democratic Union (União Social Democrática) - Ideologies: Social democracy, progressivism, left-wing libertarianism, environmentalism
Created by Sílvia Pimentel in 1983, the party has attracted the support of younger generations thanks to its new approach to youngsters. Out of the 6 representatives elected to the Popular Chamber, 5 are under 30 years of age. The SDU has always supported the Homelanders despite differences in economic policies, as the USD supports regulated capitalism, as opposed to the state-controlled economy backed by the Homelanders.

Party of the Worker's Revolution (Partido da Revolução do Trabalhador) - Ideologies: Classical Marxism, revolutionary socialism
Founded under the name of Anti-Fascist Front of Pelotas in 1938, the party changed its name after João Mendes was elected president of the party. The party soon became dominated by left-wing students and intellectuals who opposed Marxism-Leninism and saw it as a misinterpretation of the original Marxist theory. The party always failed to elect more than 8 candidates to the Popular Chamber, and membership barely surpasses 8,000.

Party of the Free Peasant (Partido do Camponês Livre) - Ideologies: Libertarian Marxism, anarchism, green anarchism
The PFP was founded by Gilson Medina in 1985. The party was always been a loose coalition of left-wing libertarians and anarchists. Ultimately, a number of green anarchists have joined the party. There is a joke among the right-wing that implies the PCL is dominated by anarcho-primitivists.

Alliance for the Future (Aliança Pelo Futuro) - Ideologies: Direct democracy, libertarianism, libertarian socialism
The APF is a left-libertarian party that supports direct democracy. Founded in 2005, it is known for its decentralized leadership. It is a fringe party, and since 2009 it always elected just one assemblyman, the senator Máximo Iglesias. The party ideology is classified as "libertarian socialist" by political commentators.

Party of the Radical Change (Partido da Mudança Radical) - Ideologies: Revolutionary socialism, left-wing populism, anti-fascism
Founded in 2011 by the senior member of the Rezende family, Elísio Rezende, the party has been described as the Rezende's family personal political playground. The Rezendes is known for being a socialist and populist political dynasty, and Pedro Rezende, Elísio's father, was the main person behind the rebellion against the insurrectionists. The Rezende family left the Socialist Homeland Party in 2010 following a scandal with the party's leaders, but with the ascension of Verônica Torres to the top of the PPS, the PMR established an alliance with the Homelanders.

Party of the Anti-Capitalist Resistance (Partido da Resistência Anti-Capitalista) - Ideologies: Socialism, anti-capitalism, left-wing populism
A populist party led by Miguel Medeiros, it does not follow a particular socialist theorist, but it claims to follow socialism. Instead of its support for socialism, the party is famous for its staunch anti-capitalist stances. The PRAC ideology is called "liberal totalitarianism" by political scientists, as the party supports liberal social policies but opposes any form of economic freedom.

Moderate Party (Partido Moderado) - Ideologies: Big tent, centrism
One of the oldest Piratinese parties still active, the Moderados never held control of Piratini. During the 2005 elections, the party joined the coalition led by the Socialist Homeland, and in 2009 it managed to elect 46 assemblymen among senators and representatives, becoming the second-largest party in the country. The party is known as a catch-all, although it has been dominated by the left-wing in the last years. Before the 1993 convention, the party was center-right, but since then it has been slowly moving to the left.

Pacifist League (Liga Pacifista) - Ideologies: Pacifism, democratic republicanism, social democracy
Initially a Catholic party founded by priest Luiz Silva in 1968 as a leading organization against the atheist Popular Insurrection Party, the Pacifist League slowly became a party more focused on pacifist and non-interventionist policies, and nowadays it is far from being a religious party. The party used to be in favor of distributism, but nowadays it supports social democracy. Socially, the party is a bit more centrist than the Social Democratic Union.

Opposition
Parties that currently are part of parliamentary opposition

National Republican Party (Partido Republicano Nacional) - Ideologies: Social and fiscal conservatism, anti-communism, federalism, Christian democracy
The oldest party still active in the country, the PRN has been the biggest opposition party for the last 80 years. Staunchly conservative and anti-socialist, the party has opposed every single law and policy of the ruling coalition. The party led the Christian faction during the atheist years of Piratini politics, and the party still wants to turn Piratini into a confessional state professing the Christian faith - in the past, the party would advocate for a Catholic state, but with the growth of the Protestant community, the party changed such stance. The party opposes abortion and pro-LGBT policies while supporting gun rights and capitalism. The party was pretty racist before the 1940s, but the growth of the black Piratinese population forced them to adapt to a new age, and nowadays the PRN rejects racialism.

Developmentalist Party (Partido Desenvolvimentista) - Ideologies: Liberal conservatism, developmentalism, nationalism, anti-communism
A liberal-conservative party founded in 2005, it seeks to develop Piratini through all possible means. It supports conservative social stances with liberal economic policies. It quickly became the second most popular opposition party, and despite their different economic views, the party has a strong relationship with the PRN. Unlike the PRN, the Desenvolvimentistas are openly nationalist, and supports a policy of "Piratini first".

Gaucho Party (Partido Gaúcho) - Ideologies: Ultranationalism, assimilationism, clerical fascism, anti-communism
The oldest fascist party in Piratini, the PG was different from other Piratinese fascist organizations, as it rejected the membership of European immigrants and descendants of immigrants - only people of Iberian and mixed ancestry were accepted into the party. The party has fanatically supported the forced assimilation of German and Italian communities, as 40% of the population speaks non-Iberian languages as first languages. The party supports a union between the "Gaucho Countries", that is, Piratini, Uruguay, and Argentina. The party supports the idea of a confessional state.

Civic Liberal Party (Partido Cívico Liberal) - Ideologies: Classical liberalism, libertarianism
Founded in 1993 by Lutz Bauschinger, one of the most successful real estate magnates in Piratini, the party supports liberal economic policies, especially laissez-faire capitalism. The party also has opposed conservative parties and supports abortion and LGBT rights. While being officially part of the opposition, the party many times voted in favor of laws from the Socialist Homeland Party. These laws usually gave more social and political liberties to Piratini.

Monarchist Solution (Solução Monárquica) - Ideologies: Constitutional monarchism, national conservatism
Founded by Marcos Falcão in 1985, the Monarchist Solution supports the idea of the return of monarchy to Piratini. According to Mr. Falcão himself, once elected the party will establish the only Christian monarchy in South America (there is already a monarchy in South America, the Sultanate of Bahia). The dynasty that would rule Piratini is the House of Braganza, the ruling dynasty of the former Empire of Brazil.

National Front (Frente Nacional) - Ideologies: Right-wing populism, national conservatism, Gaucho traditionalism
Founded in 1980, it was the only capitalist and nationalist party to take part in the 1981 elections. The party supports traditionalism and the maintenance of Piratinese culture in the fight against what the FN calls "foreignness". Despite its national conservative stance, the National Front does not support a confessional state, although it supports a law that will grant Christianity special status in the country. The FN has received attention for its extremist support of traditionalism, going as far as supporting the establishment of mandatory participation in CTGs (Gaucho Tradition Centers, organizations that seek to spread and revive Piratinese traditions and folklore).

Cavalheirista Party (Partido Cavalheirista) - Ideologies: Traditionalist conservatism, economic liberalism
Founded by senator Aurélio de Souza, the Cavalheiristas support several traditionalists laws and stances, but without the extremism of the National Front. They also oppose state intervention in the economy, although certain members of the party are skeptical towards the free market. The party has very low support and only has 2,000 members.

Popular Insurrection Party (Partido da Insurreição Popular) - Ideologies: Marxism-Leninism, revolutionary socialism, atheism, militarism
Founded in 1931 during the constitutional assembly that created the current Piratinese constitution, the party hold power in the country for almost 50 years, from the 1932 election to the 1980 revolution. The party is famous for being the first Marxist-Leninist organization in the Americas to achieve control of a country. Despite the PIP's revolutionary leaders, the party rarely performed revolutionary deeds. The party was more focused on economic reforms than social liberties, which led to the rise of authoritarianism in the early 1960s. The party began manipulating election results, and by 1970 the country was de facto a dictatorship. After the fiasco of the 1979 self-coup, the party went into decline, and now it plays a marginal role in politics.

National Socialist Party of Piratinese Workers (Partido Nacional Socialista dos Trabalhadores Piratineses) - Ideologies: National socialism, white nationalism, segregationism, Germanophilia, Teuto-Piratinese community interests
Founded by German immigrant Brandt Schweiger, the party initially only accepted Germans, but it began accepting people from other ethnic backgrounds during the 60s. For many years it was the strongest party among the German community, which made them alienated from the rest of Piratinese society. The Piratinese Nazi party is the largest national socialist organization in Latin America, and it even had a paramilitary wing, which was disestablished following the 1981 elections. The party used to control small cities in Northern Piratini, but nowadays its influence is practically non-existent outside the Bells' Valley.

Extra-parliamentary Parties
Parties that didn't manage to elect members to the National Assembly.

Indigenous Congress (Congresso Indígena) - Ideologies: Federalism, minority rights, Amerindian interests
Founded by Vicente Soares, a retired teacher of Amerindian tribes, the party supports the interests of the Amerindian minority. It has never elected a member of the National Assembly. Since 2015 the party has also supported the implementation of a federal government in Piratini, similar to the American federal system. Supports the ruling coalition.

Agrarian Left Party (Partido da Esquerda Agrária) - Ideologies: Agrarianism, land reform, socialism
A minuscule party that seeks to protect the interests of small farmers and landless workers. It was created in 1991 as part of the opposition to the land reform of the Socialist Homeland Party, which protected state farms over small farms. The party is labeled as socialist, although it opposes both the PSP and the PIP (the Popular Insurrection Party).

Gamers Wake Up! (Acordem Gamers!) - Ideologies: Gaming community interests, alt-right, economic libertarianism
Founded by Caio Rocha, the Gamers Wake Up! party claims to support the interests of the fairly young gamer community. Caio included neoliberal ideas and some of his followers are extremists, with a certain follower claiming they "will send blacks back to Africa". The party supports Gamergate and constantly jokes about Piratinese president Verônica Torres because of her socialist tendency, although this also is due to her name (Veronica is a character on many "gamer Joker" memes). The party's motto is "We live in a society".

Gamers of Piratini (Gamers de Piratini) - Ideologies: Gaming community interests, progressivism, social democracy
Founded by Clarice Cabral as a reaction to the Gamers Wake Up!, the GdP opposes the discriminatory views of the Gamers Wake Up! and also opposes the pay2win feature so recurrent in modern games. The Gamers of Piratini seeks to combat inequality, discrimination and also proposes regulation of video games, so that "games cease to be casinos and return to being games again". The party supports a ban on microtransactions that grants advantages or in-game money but does not oppose it if the microtransaction is just for a cosmetic change.

Heritage Party (Partido do Patrimônio) - Ideologies: Masculinism, incelism, anti-female sentiment
Founded in 2018 by a group of Piratinese Redditors that opposed the election of Verônica Torres, the party aims to establish a patriarchal state in Piratini. The first step, according to one of those Redditors, is to revoke the female right to vote. Although there have been many attempts to ban the party, hate speech is protected by the constitution, and therefore misogynistic organizations are allowed to operate. The party also seeks to ban females from universities and from holding important roles.

National Feminist Party (Partido Nacional Feminista) - Ideologies: Radical feminism, national feminism, anti-male sentiment
The National Feminists, unlike most Piratinese feminists, do not comes from the left-wing; it is a supremacist, far-right movement. It is basically national socialism for females except the racial stuff is changed to fit genders, so the "Aryans" are women and the "Untermensch" are men. The party supports "gender struggle" and "gender war", in which females would win and they would avenge years of male oppression against women.

National Capitalist Party (Partido Nacional Capitalista) - Ideologies: National capitalism, white nationalism
The National Capitalist Party was founded in 2019 by André Benassi, the party blends laissez-faire capitalism with white nationalism. The party is extremely conservative, going as far as supporting "free helicopter rides" for homosexuals and socialists. The party supports a complete ban on abortion and desires to allow the purchase of WMDs by civilians. The party also supports segregation based on the Jim Crow laws.

Exalted Ragamuffin Party (Partido Farroupilha Exaltado) - Ideologies: Liberal nationalism, anti-Western sentiment, Ragamuffinism
Founded in 2020 by then-unknown political scientist Henrique Fervença, it is a syncretic party that supports a "revanchist stance against colonialists and imperialists", "regulated capitalism with assistance for the disadvantaged and free trade with the world", and anti-theism. The party supports science funding, unrestricted scientific testing, the death penalty, same-sex marriage, open borders, euthanasia, and the right to bear weapons. The party does not have a consensus on drug legalization or abortion.

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