by Max Barry

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THE FOUR POLITICAL PARTIES OF ZURKIR (WIP)


ZURKIRAN NATIONALIST PARTY

The founding party of the post-Soviet era commonwealth, the Nationalist party in the early years held majority power over Zurkiran politics. Even after the rise of the Egalitarian Democrats the Nationalists managed to retain a monopoly on centrist voters and “maybe” Democrats.

Oshmi Sami’s handling of the 2012 border dispute with Iran which resulted in dozens dead eroded much of the parties’ long time hold on fringe voters and has allowed for more Egalitarian Democrats to come to power in both national and local elections. Then in 2019 and 2020 Egalitarian President Tamil’s border and immigration policies came under heavy criticism. After scattered deadly attacks by Islamic extremists - all of whom were immigrants from Iran and Armenia (and one from Georgia) - this allowed the Nationalists to double down on their before security stance.

They also accused the previous President of pandering to Iran and Russia. This combined with secret calls to Iranian and Russian officials led to further accusations and rhetoric. All this as well as the scatter-brained handling of the COVID pandemic by Tamil’s cabinet condemned him before the ballots were even cast.

Social conservatism and fiscal conservatism. The Nationalists supports lower taxes on the middle and lower income classes, free-market capitalism but with restrictive caps to avoid the nation becoming a corporate state of monopolies, very strict and selective immigration policies, increased military spending, restrictions on birth control and abortion, and maintaining a state religion and cultural identity. Though in recent years the previous has slackened somewhat.

Despite their overall social and fiscal conservatism the country does have what could be called “liberal” policies. The countries’ heavy revenue that comes from mining and the petrol industry allows room for beneficiary social policies such as state funded healthcare and universities. Both of which were installed in the early 2000’s by the nationalist administration of the time.

ZURKIRAN EGALITARIAN DEMOCRATS PARTY

The secondary party in Zurkiran politics for years, the Egalitarian Democrats have been moving up over the last decade or so. In the early years of the new Commonwealth, they were at times seen as borderline radical and traditionally and nationally insolent. Although as the years passed - especially after having their first presidential candidate in office - sentiment toward the party softened and went from tolerant to welcoming them.

Ideological social elements in the party include cultural liberalism, civil libertarianism, and less constriction on acceptance and the concept of “national identity”. Some Egalitarian Democrat social policies are immigration reform, more social welfare programs such as unemployment and increased compensatory plans, and higher social security pay and a lower retirement age from sixty-five to fifty-five.

They also stand for decreased military funding but maintaining a strong police force to guard and protect society. They heavily oppose Zurkir becoming a nuclear power or nuclear dependent nation.

After Tamil’s presidency they have lost a damaging amount of regional support - particularly in the north and south - though their party remains in a position of viable power and can look to recover in the next four years in time for the 2024 election.

ZURKIR VARDANYAN NATIONALISTS

Named for the revolutionary founder of the Commonwealth that overthrow the tired and weakened monarchy, this is debatably the radical party of Zurkir. While the Egalitarian Democrats are mostly left center and moderate left-wing idealists the Vardanyan Nationalists are a party of of more radical ideas. Made of up mostly Marxist’s, the Vardanyan’s - as they are colloquially called - are advocates for the return to the days of socialist Zurkir.

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