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Ardia Legislative Elections - 2014 and 2019

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(This is the big project. This won't happen for a long time yet.)

 

Ardia is a fictional country in the middle of the North Sea. It's a former British dependency that became independent in 1979. It has a system similar to a parliamentary democracy, but with an elected president as well.

 

2014 - This is one of the closest elections in decades. With the presidential election too close to call, it looks like either the Conservative Republican Party or Labour could have to form a coalition.

 

Parties!

 

Conservative Republican Party - Centre right

Labour Party - traditionally centre-left, drifting further leftwards

Liberal Party - Liberal. Based on the old UK liberal party. Divisions between moderates and full blown libertarians have damaged the party's image

New Ulster Independence Party - Centre-right party advocating for the independence of New Ulster. Willing to go into coalition for a devolved assembly and referendum.

Radical Party of New UIster - far-left unionist party

National Front of Ardia - right wing populists

Referendum Party - they just want out of the EU. centrist otherwise

Communist Party - come on

Independents

 

2019 - There is fear and anxiety among the major parties as polls indicate the two party system that has prevailed for 30 years is on the verge of collapse. Can the LNP pull off the impossible?

 

Parties stay the same, with the absence of the Referendum Party, and the addition of the Liberal National Party.

 

WHAT'S DONE

Planning

 

WHAT'S NOT DONE

Everything else

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I will also be making a Presidential Election for this. Can someone help me make a map?

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3 hours ago, LegolasRedbard said:

(This is the big project. This won't happen for a long time yet.)

 

Ardia is a fictional country in the middle of the North Sea. It's a former British dependency that became independent in 1979. It has a system similar to a parliamentary democracy, but with an elected president as well.

 

2014 - This is one of the closest elections in decades. With the presidential election too close to call, it looks like either the Conservative Republican Party or Labour could have to form a coalition.

 

Parties!

 

Conservative Republican Party - Centre right

Labour Party - traditionally centre-left, drifting further leftwards

Liberal Party - Liberal. Based on the old UK liberal party. Divisions between moderates and full blown libertarians have damaged the party's image

New Ulster Independence Party - Centre-right party advocating for the independence of New Ulster. Willing to go into coalition for a devolved assembly and referendum.

Radical Party of New UIster - far-left unionist party

National Front of Ardia - right wing populists

Referendum Party - they just want out of the EU. centrist otherwise

Communist Party - come on

Independents

 

2019 - There is fear and anxiety among the major parties as polls indicate the two party system that has prevailed for 30 years is on the verge of collapse. Can the LNP pull off the impossible?

 

Parties stay the same, with the absence of the Referendum Party, and the addition of the Liberal National Party.

 

WHAT'S DONE

Planning

 

WHAT'S NOT DONE

Everything else

Another British poster and scenario designer from quite a while ago with the handle Treasurer of the PC (I miss him on these forums) created something very similar to this in general theme with a fictitious nation with a similar backstory and geographic location (I can't remember whether his was a republic or constitutional monarchy, and if it was the former, if they had a ceremonial president or one with actual power) called Padstoddington. I believe I still have a copy (though it was made for PM4E2008) on my hard-drive. Would you like me to dig it up for possible inspiration?

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23 minutes ago, Patine said:

Another British poster and scenario designer from quite a while ago with the handle Treasurer of the PC (I miss him on these forums) created something very similar to this in general theme with a fictitious nation with a similar backstory and geographic location (I can't remember whether his was a republic or constitutional monarchy, and if it was the former, if they had a ceremonial president or one with actual power) called Padstoddington. I believe I still have a copy (though it was made for PM4E2008) on my hard-drive. Would you like me to dig it up for possible inspiration?

I have it already, it's on the campaigns website here http://campaigns.270soft.com/2012/11/14/padstoddington-2009/. That's where I got this idea from initially.

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UPDATE:

After a period of inactivity, work has begun again, but considering I have my prelims in November, it won't be top priority.

 

What's done now:

Planning (if I can find my book with everything in it again)

Party names

 

What's to be done:

EVERYTHING

 

Could someone help with a map?

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This hasn't been updated in a long time as I've been busy with exams and such, but here's the backstory and events that lead up to the 2014 election (if you can be bothered to read it)

 

From when Ardia became a self-governing dependency of the British Empire in 1938 until the establishment of a full republic in 1979, Ardia was very much a conservative country, with their only being one 10 year period in which the Liberals, which at that time were the other dominant party in Ardia, held power. Under the leadership of Ardia's longest serving Prime Minister, Richard Benson, they were granted full independence in 1979, which is when the re-alignment in Ardian politics began. The Labour Party, formed from the Socialist Worker's and Social Democratic parties in 1969, had begun to grow in support, and in 1984 surpassed the Liberals as the main opposition to the Conservatives, who by that point had been in power for fifteen years. It would, however, take another ten for the Labour Party to shed it's reputation as a rowdy gang of socialists under the leadership of Cal Jones. Around the late 1980s, Ardia swung to the right, with Richard Benson (now a VERY elder statesman) resigning as Prime Minister and President Smith appointing Desmond Peterson as his successor. Peterson was unpopular even amongst his own party, widely seen by the Ardian public and the rest of the world as a hyper-conservative and a national embarassment. His appointment was seen as a reason why the power of the Presidency should be curtailed, as Tory leader Robert Campbell was snubbed due to President Smith's personal dislike of him. Despite winning the 1989 election with a majority of only three seats, Peterson did so on the lowest share of vote for an incumbent government in Ardian history. With the centre ground now open due to the CRP's shift to the right, Cal Jones moved Labour to the centre, whilst the Liberals reinvented themselves as the party of those on the right who didn't feel comfortable with the direction of the CRP. To make matters even worse, the Conservative parliamentary group split into two, eventually becoming two different parties - the Conservative Republicans and the Progressive Conservatives. And as if things couldn't get any worse, Peterson took a leaf out of Brian Mulroney's book and resigned as Prime Minister only four months shy of the 1994 election, leaving new leader John Rutherford to pick up the pieces of a destroyed party. This led to Labour winning a large majority in 1994, with the CRP and the Progressive Conservatives spliting the vote and allowing the Liberals to become the second largest party. The election was a bloodbath for the Tories, as all but five MPs lost their seats (in some small sense of justice for Rutherford, he was one of the five to hold their seats, whilst Peterson lost his seat which the Tories had held since 1939). Cal Jones became the first female President of Ardia, and was elected on a manifesto of which one of the central components was reducing the powers of the President. These reforms were passed, and now gave the House of Commons the power to confirm the new Prime Minister, meaning that the President would have to appoint a candidate who could receive the support of more than 50% of the House. This would mean that the largest party would have their candidate nominated, and the hope was that that there would be no repeat of the Peterson incident, where the President nominates whoever they want. The first election under this method was held in 2004, and Hugh Mannion was confirmed as Prime Minister, being the leader of the Parliamentary Labour Party.

 

The 2009 Election

 

However, the flaw in this proposal came to the fore in 2009. Alan Turnbull, who had succeeded President Jones in 2004, was running for a second term in office against the odds. The financial crisis that had unfolded over 2008 had led to a massive drop in the polls for Turnbull, who was averaging ten points behind Will Cranson, the Tory nominee, only 2 months before the election. The Conservatives were predicted to fall short of a majority in the Commons, but with the support of their regional allies in the autonomous province of New Ulster, they could form a coalition. However, things changed when in March 2009, one month before the first round of the election, Will Cranson's campaign came off the rails. It was exposed that during his term as Governor of Western Ardia, he owned a company which he granted a major public contract to build a bridge in Ardia. To make matters worse, he had covered this up and silenced journalists who had attempted to expose him. "Bridgegate" led the Conservatives to distance themselves from Cranson, with Tory leader Kelly Lewis urging people to still vote for the Conservatives in their local constituencies. The outcome was probably the worst one that could be expected - Cranson was eliminated in the first round, and Turnbull beat independent John Kershaw in the second round narrowly. However, the Conservatives won the Parliamentary election with a plurality of seats, and with the Independence Party of New Ulster formed a coalition government, leading to Kelly Lewis becoming Prime Minister under a Labour President

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Parties and Leaders in 2014

(again, quite a read)

 

Conservative Republican Party - Like their British counterparts, the Tories are the dominant party of the centre-right in Ardia. After 15 years in opposition, they won a majority of seats in the Commons in 2009 under the leadership of Kelly Lewis, the former Mayor of Ardia City who has led the party since 2004. The CRP hopes to win re-election in the face of negative prospects for Labour, but controversy over the party's pro-European stance and divisions in the party between the dominant centre-right faction and the hard right faction (led by Kyle Peterson, the son of the former Tory PM Desmond Peterson) may lead them to lose support. A self made woman, raised in a council estate in one of Ardia's "forgotten" cities, Lewis styles herself as a "progressive conservative", clearly embracing the ideology of the short lived 90s breakaway party from the CRP. Despite the populations general mistrust of their leaders, Lewis remains the most popular leader, but with the unpopularity of some of her cabinet ministers and policies, winning an outright majority may escape her for a second time.

 

Ardian Labour Party - Like the Tories, Labour also find themselves divided coming into this election campaign. Following the loss of their parliamentary majority in 2009 but their victory in the presidential election, former Labour PM Hugh Mannion was ousted as party leader due to his failure to secure a majority. Faced with choosing his successor as the party became more polarised between the hard left faction and the centre right "Jonesite" faction that had dominated during the presidency of Cal Jones, the party picked the uninspiring and widely mocked in the media Bob Hart, former Agriculture Minister and a leading figure in the social democratic faction of the party. With President Turnbull facing a stiff re-election battle, including competition from within his own party, Bob Hart hopes to prevent a total collapse in the Labour vote and potentially deprive the Tories of a majority. 

 

Liberal Party of Ardia - The Liberal Party had entered into a major decline during the 2000s after their two spells as the Official Opposition from 1994 to 2004. The right-libertarian stance that the party had held during the 90s was popular then, leading them to gain over 100 seats in both 1994 and 1999, but by 2004 had gone out of fashion, leading them to reverse their gains and by 2009 were in a worse situation than they were in the late 80s, where Labour had overtaken them as one of the two major parties. Veteran leader Marcus Anderson was ousted after the disaster of 2009, and the party went through four leaders in as many years, as infighting dogged the party. However, in 2013, former Ardian Telegraph journalist and commentator Julian Green was elected on a platform of reconciliation, and has held office for twelve and a half months by the time the election campaign starts, making him the longest serving Liberal leader since the last election. There is no expectation that Green will achieve a major breakthrough, but with the polls as close as they are, perhaps Green may follow in the path of his British counterpart and play a part in a coalition government. If he even manages to win his seat, that is.

 

New Ulster Independence Party - As recent as 30 years ago, the thought that the New Ulster Independence Party would have a single MP in the House of Commons, let alone be supporting a national government. The NUIP is the dominant party in the eastern province of New Ulster, and like old Ulster, it is proving to be a contentious issue for central government. From 1939 until the establishment of a republic, New Ulster wasn't treated any differently from the rest of Ardia's four provinces, despite their unique cultural identity (settled by Northern Irish and Scottish settlers when Ardia aquired the island from Germany,) However, in 1979, the New Ulster Assembly was given significant powers compared to the other provincial parliaments. The regional Conservative Republicans were the dominant force in New Ulster for many years as the province was much more conservative than the rest of the island. However, throughout the 1990s, the winds of change swept through New Ulster. David Jones, the former folk singer and Mayor of Bismarck, led the centre-right NUIP to become the largest party in the NUA in three consecutive elections from 1993 to 2008, however it took until this third election for them to form their first government. Their federal MPs support the national government in return for more powers for New Ulster, with the First Minister hoping to secure a referendum on secession "within ten years".

 

Radical Party of New Ulster - With the New Ulster Labour Party offering their support to the NUIP in their coalition government, many hard left members and those generally opposed to NU autonomy, the Radicals are a small but vocal party. They hope to elect their first federal MP in 2014, following their success at the New Ulster elections in 2013. 

 

The National Front - As controversial as ever, veteran leader William Howard-Lewis hopes to bring his far right, anti-immigration views into the mainstream. The NF's only MP, Rebecca Gallagher, has decided to stand down after 20 years in office, which have been mostly been based on her performance as a constituency MP for Spey Central, and the National Front may struggle to hold her seat.

 

The Referendum Party - Former Governor of Western Ardia and Foreign Secretary in the early years of the Lewis Ministry, Owen McGuire was controversially sacked in early 2011 by becoming the first Tory MP to echo the Eurosceptic views of some of his mainland colleagues. He responded by leaving the Tories and, with the support of five Tories and three Labour MPs formed the Referendum Party, advocating for a referendum on Ardia's membership of the European Union. Although this is the main policy of the party, they also have published a full manifesto, which has proved surprisingly popular, especially amongst younger people who otherwise would not have supported them. They are currently polling around 5%, but all but one of their 8 MPs are expected to lose re-election (McGuire himself)

 

Ardian People's Revolutionary Communist Alliance - Known most commonly as the Communist Party, the APRCA has existed in one form or another since the formation of the modern Ardian state. APRCA isn't actually a political party, it is only a political association as under the Security Act 1939, explicitly communist and fascist parties are banned. (hence, the National Front in Ardia has never embraced fascist tendencies and has never focused on race, instead on nationality) The APRCA instead provides funding and organisational structure for independent communists, who tend to do very, very poorly. The one exception is Adrian Wallace, who has held the seat of Whiteham in the nation's capital since 1989, and is expected to retain his seat.

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