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The Most Serene Eco-Republic of Middle Barael

“Knowledge, Nature, Peace, and Order make a Golden Age”

Category: Democratic Socialists
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All-Consuming
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Political Parties

Middle Barael has a parliamentary government with proportional representation. There are 120 seats in the parliament. The prime minister is chosen by the leadership of whichever party or coalition manages to control parliament. If there is no majority party/coalition, I.e. it is a plurality, then the King or Queen gets to choose the prime minister, but the prime minister must in these cases must give at least one of their cabinet positions to members of other parties. The King is like a president in many other parliamentary states. He handles the foreign policy and diplomacy areas, and it is his job to maintain relations with foreign entities. He also is the deciding vote whenever there are ties, or in the case of pluralities in the prime minister elections. The King is an elected position, but unlike the Parliament and prime minister, which have regular elections every 3 years, the King is king for 13 year terms. Prime Ministers can have up to 3 terms, a total of 9 years, while the King can only have 2 terms, a total of 26 years, though only one King has ever been in power for 26 years; he reigned from 1947 to 1973. The current Prime Minister is Marc Nuya a Liberal, while King Solomon is from the USD, the current Speaker of Parliament, Carrie Bat-Ijlana Çospeaos, is the only Pax Unio member in Parliament, while the largest and therefore controlling party in the Parliament is the Greens, led by Chloë Arborn. The Greens-USD-Liberal coalition was formed in 2007, and Pax Unio later joined in 2013. In 2014 in an upset the Conservatives gained power with support from the New Right, the Centrist Union, and the now-defunct Rationalist Party. However, in 2017, Martin Oromo and the Liberal Party won back power, and in 2020 Marc Nuya became Prime Minister after Oromo’s retirement. As it stands currently, there are two coalitions of different parties within Middle Barael: the ruling “Alliance for Progress” coalition, made up of the Greens, the USD, the Liberal Party, and Pax Unio; and the opposition Conservative-New Right coalition.

Parliament Diagram:
https://imgur.com/a/zCq0fsr

The Greens (de Greyanx)
* Party abbreviation: G
* Party color: Green
* Party symbol: A green flower
* Party views: Environmentalism, pacifism, progressivism, alter-globalism
* Party Alignment: Centre-Left
* Provinces/Communities where they are most popular: Cothon City, Northern Coast, Italian Community
* Number of Seats: 43
* Party leader: Chloë Arborn

The Greens are an environmentalist party. They believe in eco-friendliness, pacifism, education, social democracy and/or liberal democracy, and otherwise green politics. Economically, they range from Democratic Socialists to Social Liberals, with most Greens being economically close to social democracy. Their most important social issues are protecting the environment, pacifism, and democracy. They won big in the 2018 elections in what is known as the Green Wave, and they currently are the largest party in Parliament. They currently have 43 seats in the parliament, but there are many more other representatives who also often vote for many of their bills, giving them a lot of control and sway over Parliament.

Union of Social Democrats (Yunayun uv Suzayal Democrats)
* Party abbreviation: USD
* Party color: Dark blue
* Party symbol: An arrow pointing leftwards, a blue rose
* Party views: Social democracy, progressivism, environmentalism, pacifism
* Party Alignment: Centre-Left to Left
* Provinces/Communities where they are most popular: Northern Coast, Franco-German community, Catalan Community
* Number of Seats: 29
* Party leader: Nancy Lefebvre

Founded in the late 50s, they gained a large following among young people in the 60s, and have been dominating politics ever since. The Social Democrats believe in social democracy, including universal single-payer healthcare (which they established back in 1969), and they support a market economy with stronger regulations so as to keep it from becoming harmful. They are also big proponents of welfare and social security, labour unions, income equality, and other left-wing views. Socially, they support LGBTQ rights, egalitarianism, feminism, the right to an abortion, the right to a full education, an end to racism and xenophobia, multilateralism and diplomacy, pacifism, and high political freedom and civil rights.

Conservative People’s Party (Ghunserpativ Peyopelz Parda)
* Party abbreviation: C, Con.
* Party color: Red
* Party symbol: A red stylized Puma
* Party views: Neo-Conservatism, Neo-Liberalism, National Conservatism
* Party Alignment: Centre-Right (with Right-Wing factions)
* Provinces/Communities where they are most popular: Southern Cothon, Garydos and the Isles
* Number of Seats: 26
* Party leader: Former PM Ronald DuPont Drumpfery

The CPP is a Conservative party, historically more moderate but lately there have been some more right-wing members. They want to roll back regulations on businesses. They also believe in an increase in military spending, as well as tax cuts and a smaller government. Socially, they support restrictions on abortions, and while in recent years they’ve been okay with LGB people, they are still generally against rights for Transgender and Non-Binary people. It was further right-wing in the 50s through the 80s, but once the Liberals and the USD gained popularity again in the 2000s and 2010s respectively, they’ve become more Centre-right, more akin to the Conservative Party of Canada than to the Republican Party in the US. Their leader, Ronald DuPont Drumpfery, was briefly PM between 2014-17, but the the at-the-time leader of the Liberals, Martin Oromo, won the 2017 election, and since then there has been a bit of a split between the more moderate members led by the MP Bill Frémont, and the more right-wing members led by Drumpfery.

Liberal Party (Lifaral Parda)
* Party abbreviation: L, Lib.
* Party color: Lighter blue
* Party symbols: Torch, Scale of Justice
* Party views: Social Liberalism, Third Way, democracy, pacifism
* Party Alignment: Centre to Centre Left
* Provinces/Communities where they are most popular: Central Barael, Israeli Community
* Number of Seats: 9
* Party leader: Prime Minister Marc Nuya

The Liberal Party is the main Social Liberal party in Middle Barael. They are usually considered Centre-left, and they will partner very often with the USD, the Greens, and the Centrists on legislation. Although originally they were against universal healthcare, in time they came to accept it. Socially, they believe in LGBTQ rights, the right to an abortion, fighting climate change, diplomacy, and other liberal views. They were the dominant left-of-Centre party from the 1947 until the mid-60s, and again from the 1980s through much of the 2010s.

Centrist Union (Sendrajd Yunayun)
* Party abbreviation: CU
* Party color: Yellow
* Party symbol: Caduceus, Winged Torch
* Party views: Classical Liberalism, Pacifism
* Party Alignment: Centre
* Provinces/Communities where they are most popular: Central Barael, Arab Community
* Number of Seats: 7
* Party Leaders: Wilhelm Gallon (Head of Party, not in parliament) & Winifred Henin-Gallon (Party leader in parliament)

The Centrist Union is a centrist, classical liberal party. They are pro-business but also generally social liberal, and they are also well known for their pacifism. Socially, they support LGBTQ rights and marriage, and they are for protecting the environment, but all in moderation. They often tend go with the flow in politics, and they don’t have too many official views, meaning the members are more free to have their own views that don’t match the party’s official views. They tend to vote with the Liberal party when it comes to political freedoms or certain civil rights issues, but with the Conservative party for the economy, and the Greens with the environment, but they are willing to compromise often, and they are well known for being the Hufflepuffs of Baraelan politics.

Independents United (Intapentanj Yanidat)
Party abbreviation: IU
Party color: Grey
Party symbol: A greyscale rainbow, a plus symbol
Party views: N/A (They are a Tactical Group)
Party Alignment: N/A
Provinces/Communities where they are most popular: Garydos and the Islands, Israeli Community
Number of Seats: 1
Party leader: N/A (Hāndoni Riki Rizhazan is their de facto leader, as he is the only Independent MP)

Due to the proportional representation system of Middle Barael, it is virtually impossible for independents to win unless they run with a party, as citizens vote for their favorite party, not the candidate, and then party members vote for which party politicians will get selected to fill the allotted seats. This party is therefore a Tactical Group, meaning it simply exists to help independents to run. If you dislike the other parties or if you are an big follower of an independent candidate, you join and vote for this party, and then in its internal elections, you vote for your candidate. This party has no official party views whatsoever except for political pluralism, the inclusion of independents in the political system, and easier ways for independents to run. Other than this, it is a blank canvas party, with its de facto views being the views of whichever the candidates’ views are, whilst having almost no official party views.

New Right (No official Scanian name, but it would be Nev Rit)
* Party abbreviation: NR
* Party color: Black or Dark Gray
* Party symbol: Fist, guns, skull
* Party views: Conservatism, Nationalism, Militarism, Anti-LGBTQ, Anti-Abortions
* Party Alignment: Far-Right
* Provinces/Communities where they are most popular: N/A
* Number of Seats: 4
* Party Leader: Clovis Alemand (he is only the Acting Party Leader, since their previous party leader, Felix Ivanhoe, was arrested)

The New Right is a far-right, often even alt-right party. They are militaristic, conservative, religious, and xenophobic. Socially, they are anti-LGBTQ in all ways, they are pro-life and anti-abortion, they are very pro-military and war-hawkish, they think climate change is a hoax, they hate immigration, they want to officially make Middle Barael a theocracy (though they haven’t actually decided which religion would reign supreme), and they are altogether incredibly right-wing and nationalistic. They represent only a very small contingent of Middle Barael, and so you’d think they would not be considered a major party, but they are incredibly vocal, and they have historically been able to count on getting a couple seats. Their longtime party leader, Felix Ivanhoe, was arrested in late 2020 for multiple charges of murder, kidnapping, conspiracy, treason, theft, black market trading, all part of a massive international scheme with the government of Mowte to undermine the governments of Middle Barael, Freiden-und Freudenland, Turbeaux, and Love and Nature. As such, it is expected that they will take a large hit next election cycle, and it is unclear if they will even manage to get a single seat.

Pax Unio (Yunayun fur Peyaj)
* Party abbreviation: PU, Pax
* Party color: Light pink
* Party symbol: Dove, WA Logo in the colors of the Baraelan flag
* Party views: Pacifism, Diplomacy, Minority Rights, Foreign Aid, Pro-WA
* Party Alignment: Centre-Left
* Provinces/Communities where they are most popular: Cothon City, Northern Cothon, Central Barael
* Number of Seats: 1
* Party leader: Parliamentary Speaker Carrie Bat-Ijlana Çospeaos

Pax Unio is the smallest of the parties represented in Parliament at the moment. Their main issues are pacifism, non-violence, neutrality, and diplomacy, and they also are big supporters of minority rights, foreign aid, the WA, grassroots democracy, environmental sustainability, immigration, and openness to refugees. The name “Pax Unio” is Latin for “Union of Peace”, and although nobody really speaks Latin in Middle Barael, they still insist on keeping their name in Latin. They had a big following in the 60s, and although then currently have only one seat, their involvement in the ruling Alliance for Progress coalition is expected to earn them more seats next election cycle. Although many of the other parties are also pacifist and pro-diplomacy, none are nearly as much as Pax Unio.

Extra-Parliamentary Parties:
Libertarian Party
The Marxist-Leninist Party of Middle Barael
Communist Party of Middle Barael (Stalinist
Communist Party of Middle Barael (Reformist)
The Communist Maoist Party of Middle Barael
Coalition of Economically-Right Socially-Liberal Voters (aka the Rationalists)
Democratic Socialists of Middle Barael
The War-Hawks
The Trumpian Business Party
Supporters of the UBI
The Spartacus League (Anarcho-Socialism, mainly AnCom and AnSynd)
Eco-Fascism ForEver

Regional Parties
Cothon Coalition
Mainland People’s Group
Islander’s Federation and the Garydoi United
Separatist Front (De-Unification)

Ethnic Parties
Hellenistic People’s Union
Phoenician Descended Group
Catalan Party
Franco-Germanic Party
Italianate Party
Ottoman Coalition
Arab Desert Party
Edat HaYisraelim MeBarael (Group of the Israelis from [Middle] Barael)

Religious Parties
Edah HaYehudi (The Jewish Group)
Friends of the Archdiocese of Scania (Catholic)
The Party of God (Evangelical Protestant)
The Protestant’s Party of Middle Barael (Normal Protestant)
Independent Atheist Union (Atheists and Anti-Theists)
The Agnostic’s Group (Agnostics)
Grecian Theistic Party (Ancient Greek religion)
Phoenician People’s Party
Cult of Baal political wings (including the political wings of the cults of Yam and Inanna) (Phoenician religion)
the Political Wing of the Violetist Order (Order og Violet)
Yellow Rights First, Inc. (Tranquility of Yellow)

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