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  1. United States 2016: Playing as the Democrats, on the basis that Obama had won in 2012. I selected Andrew Cuomo as my candidate and chose Elizabeth Warren to be his running mate. My opponents were Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. The entire campaign was incredibly close, with me winning two debates, Bush winning one and Rubio absolutely obliterating Warren. Three states in particular were causing me a lot of issues - Colorado, Florida and Nevada - so I decided to focus the majority of my attention on those three. I ran a number of campaign ads against Bush and tried, where possible, to run on economic issues rather than social ones, making sure to do lots of research in Govt Spending and Tax Rates. By the time election day came along, it really could have gone either way: As you can see, the race couldn't be tighter. The only "undecided" state was Iowa, with its 6 EVs. I was predicted 269 EVs and Bush was predicted 263. In effect, we were in total deadlock. Nationally, he had a 0.1% advantage over me in the polls, with 10.3% of voters still unsure. However, going into the election, I had an advantage of 0.6 momentum points, with a lead of 2.7 momentum points in Iowa (though Bush had a 0.4% lead in the polls there, with an abnormally large 14.4% undecided voters). At worst I was expecting a 269 - 269 deadlock, though I fully expected to take Iowa at the final hurdle. Alas, the result turned against me: Iowa went to Bush (50.5% - 49.5%, after changing hands many times throughout the count) and I lost Pennsylvania and North Carolina, despite being predicted to win them. The result in North Carolina was exactly 50-50, with Bush taking 1,685,482 votes to my 1,683,063. The state was blue until the final moments. I lost Pennsylvania by a similarly irritating margin, with Bush taking 50.3% to my 49.7%. And worst of all, I actually beat him in the popular vote nationally! (Albeit with 50.1% to his 49.9%, but still...) Some of the more surprising results came in places like Florida where, despite Rubio being on the GOP ticket, I took 53.6% of the vote, and in Colorado where I took 56%, after a campaign in which Bush had been 7% ahead of me at one point. Missouri was also pretty close, with Bush failing to get 51% (he got 50.8%) Great game though! Very disheartening to come so close and miss out but never mind =)
  2. Norman, they are brilliant. Thank you very much. I was just about to start working on my own logos but I may have to steal a few of your designs as they're exactly the type of thing I was hoping to achieve, if you're sure you don't mind? Will post up a bit more info in the next few days alongside the maps and the completed logos. Have altered a few of the issues (merged the two education issues and merged welfare with unemployment, as well as including internet piracy, LGBT rights and farming / agriculture).
  3. Hi Patine, thanks for your comment, glad you are interested in the scenario. As I say, it's at the early stages at the minute but once I start getting into the more complex stuff, if I encounter any problems, any advice or help you could offer on the engine would be much appreciated =) I'll add some maps later today / early tomorrow, but for now I thought I'd just include some information about the different regions. The nation is split into 14 regions - Grenvia, Trixie Island and 12 regions of Sylvenica. The capital city is Stanway, located in the Central Mawbry region (Grenvia's capital is Pentonville. Trixie Island doesn't have a capital as it is technically just an extension of Sylvenica). In the 2011 General Election, the results in each region were as follows: GRENVIA (23 SEATS) NCC 36.3% (9 SEATS) PD 42.0% (14 SEATS) SA 12.0% (0 SEATS) GPP 2.1% (0 SEATS) NA 2.6% (0 SEATS) LEFT 1.1% (0 SEATS) LIB 0.4% (0 SEATS) SDM 1.8% (0 SEATS) OTHERS 1.7% (0 SEATS) THE BORDER (9 SEATS) NCC 54.6% (9 SEATS) PD 32.8% (0 SEATS) SA 4.0% (0 SEATS) GPP 1.2% (0 SEATS) NA 1.0% (0 SEATS) LEFT 0.0% (0 SEATS) LIB 5.2% (0 SEATS) SDM 0.5% (0 SEATS) OTHERS 0.6% (0 SEATS) THE NORTH COAST (17 SEATS) NCC 22.5% (3 SEATS) PD 37.6% (9 SEATS) SA 12.7% (2 SEATS) GPP 21.8% (3 SEATS) NA 1.1% (0 SEATS) LEFT 0.5% (0 SEATS) LIB 3.0% (0 SEATS) SDM 0.0% (0 SEATS) OTHERS 0.8% (0 SEATS) NORTH WEST (26 SEATS) NCC 56.3% (26 SEATS) PD 29.1% (0 SEATS) SA 4.2% (0 SEATS) GPP 2.4% (0 SEATS) NA 3.3% (0 SEATS) LEFT 0.0% (0 SEATS) LIB 3.0% (0 SEATS) SDM 0.0% (0 SEATS) OTHERS 1.7% (0 SEATS) WESTERN VIEW (14 SEATS) NCC 32.5% (9 SEATS) PD 27.9% (4 SEATS) SA 16.4% (0 SEATS) GPP 4.4% (0 SEATS) NA 5.4% (0 SEATS) LEFT 0.2% (0 SEATS) LIB 12.7% (1 SEAT) SDM 0.0% (0 SEATS) OTHERS 0.5% (0 SEATS) MIDLANDS (21 SEATS) NCC 27.7% (6 SEATS) PD 32.3% (12 SEATS) SA 24.1% (1 SEAT) GPP 1.3% (0 SEATS) NA 8.8% (1 SEAT) LEFT 4.2% (1 SEAT) LIB 0.5% (0 SEATS) SDM 0.1% (0 SEATS) OTHERS 0.9% (0 SEATS) EAST & SALBECK (13 SEATS) NCC 42.5% (9 SEATS) PD 29.8% (3 SEATS) SA 12.3% (0 SEATS) GPP 10.8% (1 SEAT) NA 3.0% (0 SEATS) LEFT 0.0% (0 SEATS) LIB 0.3% (0 SEATS) SDM 0.0% (0 SEATS) OTHERS 1.3% (0 SEATS) EASTERN POINT (19 SEATS) NCC 16.6% (0 SEATS) PD 24.7% (9 SEATS) SA 29.0% (3 SEATS) GPP 22.6% (5 SEATS) NA 0.9% (0 SEATS) LEFT 5.7% (2 SEATS) LIB 0.3% (0 SEATS) SDM 0.0% (0 SEATS) OTHERS 0.3% (0 SEATS) SOUTH EAST (17 SEATS) NCC 48.2% (10 SEATS) PD 31.1% (7 SEATS) SA 8.2% (0 SEATS) GPP 1.1% (0 SEATS) NA 4.9% (0 SEATS) LEFT 1.0% (0 SEATS) LIB 0.0% (0 SEATS) SDM 3.8% (0 SEATS) OTHERS 1.7% (0 SEATS) THE SOUTH COAST (9 SEATS) NCC 49.3% (8 SEATS) PD 26.4% (0 SEATS) SA 7.4% (0 SEATS) GPP 1.5% (0 SEATS) NA 12.6% (1 SEAT) LEFT 0.0% (0 SEATS) LIB 2.7% (0 SEATS) SDM 0.0% (0 SEATS) OTHERS 0.1% (0 SEATS) SOUTH WEST (12 SEATS) NCC 36.9% (8 SEATS) PD 31.4% (3 SEATS) SA 20.2% (0 SEATS) GPP 8.1% (1 SEAT) NA 1.8% (0 SEATS) LEFT 0.0% (0 SEATS) LIB 1.3% (0 SEATS) SDM 0.0% (0 SEATS) OTHERS 0.3% (0 SEATS) CENTRAL MAWBRY (21 SEATS) NCC 16.9% (4 SEATS) PD 33.8% (10 SEATS) SA 28.3% (5 SEATS) GPP 9.2% (2 SEATS) NA 4.2% (0 SEATS) LEFT 7.3% (0 SEATS) LIB 0.1% (0 SEATS) SDM 0.0% (0 SEATS) OTHERS 0.2% (0 SEATS) OUTER MAWBRY (19 SEATS) NCC 32.1% (7 SEATS) PD 36.8% (12 SEATS) SA 20.0% (0 SEATS) GPP 5.2% (0 SEATS) NA 3.1% (0 SEATS) LEFT 0.8% (0 SEATS) LIB 1.5% (0 SEATS) SDM 0.0% (0 SEATS) OTHERS 0.5% (0 SEATS) TRIXIE ISLAND (11 SEATS) NCC 36.7% (10 SEATS) PD 29.0% (1 SEAT) SA 8.9% (0 SEATS) GPP 0.5% (0 SEATS) NA 0.7% (0 SEATS) LEFT 0.1% (0 SEATS) LIB 10.9% (0 SEATS) SDM 12.8% (0 SEATS) OTHERS 0.4% (0 SEATS) As you can see, I'm trying to create a scenario in which the nation is clearly very divided, with each party suffering from patchy levels of support. The NCC is very strong in the rural North West and Southern regions whilst the PD have support in the urban Midlands and East, along with the SA and the GPP. I shall post some maps, including constituency lists, very soon. I've created a very detailed list of results on Excel, that chronicles the 2006, 2007 and 2011 elections (in order to show how each different region / constituency has changed over recent years) which has helped me to put together the constituency data for this particular scenario as effectively as I can. I'll upload that to the internet at some point for anyone who wants a look, but will probably leave it until after the scenario is completed and ready for testing.
  4. Thanks Prometheus =) Thought I'd add a little bit more information, namely electoral history, the issues that this election will be fought on and the positions each party takes on these issues. The wording of the issues is still under review but this should give a basic idea of what the nation is like as a whole and what the parties are like. Election Results, 1945 - 2011 ISSUES ABORTION We must abolish the archaic abortion laws. Legalise abortion for all women and make it free. Women must have the right to an abortion if they wish. Set a legal week limit and make first procedure free. Legalise abortion for women in the first trimester. Regulate medical market practices. Abortion should be made legal for those women who have been raped or if the pregnancy poses a risk to the woman’s health. Abortion is murder and should be illegal in ALL circumstances. BUDGET National debt is nothing but capitalist exploitation. Increase taxes on the wealthiest, increase spending and ignore all debt repayments. We must increase spending to get out of recession. Invest in the nation’s services and introduce a transactions tax. Maintain current spending levels. Increase tax on the wealthiest 10%. The government is still spending too much money. Reduce taxes on the least well off and reduce outgoings by 25% over 5 years. Introduce a flat tax and drastically reduce spending by a further 50% CENSORSHIP Censorship and regulation laws are a further example of the Government exercising too much power. Abolish all censorship. Maintain censorship for children’s entertainment but abolish all other censorship laws. We must strike a balance between freedom and security. Set up an independent censorship body, free of government intervention. The current censorship laws are essential to prevent people using art to fire up extremism and to maintain moral standards. Censor all media. The arts must not be used to interfere with democracy and therefore all anti-government art must be regulated. CRIME & PUNISHMENT We need a greater emphasis on rehabilitation and education. Slash the police force and abolish many of the laws relating to piracy and drugs. Focus on rehabilitation. Maintain life sentencing but reduce sentences for first offences. The balance between crime and rehabilitation is essential. Maintain spending on prisons and look into opening more low security alternatives. We must be tough on crime. Immediate life sentences for murder, rape and paedophilia. Ensure prisons focus on punishment. Bring back the death penalty and ensure that criminals have to do hard labour whilst in prison. Give victims more of a say. DEFENCE We must slash the defence budget and stop getting involved in the affairs of other nations. Disband our armed forces. Defence does not amount to interventionism. Maintain spending on defending our nation but stop spending money on wars. We have a duty to intervene when backed by NATO and UN. Our country must lead the way in liberating the Middle East. Increase defence spending and begin making preparations for Iranian War. Quadruple defence spending and ensure we have a presence in every Middle Eastern dictatorship. The West must win. DEVOLUTION Grant independence to Grenvia and autonomy to Trixie Island. Massively increase the powers of councils. Offer the Grenvian people an independence referendum. Allow councils more powers to raise funds. Devolve some powers to Grenvian councils that Sylvenican councils don’t have. Reform the Upper Chamber. Resist all attempts to break up the nation of Polaria. Councils have the right level of power compared to central government. Reduce the power of these Marxist councils to run budget deficits. Abolish the Upper Chamber altogether. EDUCATION Private influence must be removed from the education system. Invest in a complete overhaul of State education. Re-nationalise the nurseries and reduce private influence in schools. The right level of public and private funding has been reached. Resist any more plans to privatise the education system. Private schooling is a success. Continue to work towards 75-25 target between private and public funding. Privatise education. Enable the poorest in society to use school voucher schemes. The State should have no say in education. ELECTORAL REFORM First past the post is archaic and useless in our modern democracy. Introduce PR for all general and council elections. Offer the public a referendum on changing the voting system. Introduce PR for council elections. Offer a referendum on changing the voting system to AV+. Oppose the introduction of PR as it removes the constituency link. FPTP has served us well for decades. Maintain the system and refuse calls for a referendum on such a pointless topic. Maintain FPTP and look to introduce top—up seats to grant winning party a majority. Abolish Upper Chamber’s PR system with FPTP. ENVIRONMENT We have pillaged our planet's natural resources for far too long. Invest solely in green energy and protect all green belt areas. Work to reduce our Carbon Footprint by investing in solar and tidal power. Set up a commission to investigate the pros and cons of nuclear. Governments, businesses and the public have a duty to protect the environment. Offer incentives to those who reduce their CF. No Government subsidies for green energy, but work to reduce CF across all Government departments. Climate change is a myth. The economy is much more important than this fairytale. EUROPEAN UNION The European Union is a wonderful institution and Polaria should have signed up years ago. Offer the public a referendum on whether or not we should join the EU. Support the yes campaign. Continue to examine the benefits and downsides of whether we should join the EU. Potentially hold a neutral referendum. Until the EU can offer us a better deal, we should continue to trade with them but refuse to sign up. The EU is a fascist, socialist mess. We are Polarians, not Europeans, and we must never sign over our national sovereignty to Brussels. HEALTH Healthcare is a universal right and nobody should profit from it. Introduce a fully nationalised health service immediately. A voucher system, in which the State reimburses all essential operations, procedures and treatments, should be put in place. We must strike a balance between public and private care. Abolish the unregulated market and introduce more restrictions. The current system works well. The State should offer subsidies for the poorest in society. The Government must keep out of healthcare. Privatise the State-owned insurance providers and free the market up properly. HIGHER EDUCATION The taxpayer should fund all University education. The unfettered market has created a two-tier society and needs abolishing. The State should nationalise the universities and raise the money through a mixture of repayable loans and tax rises. A steady mix of loans, grants and bursaries should be put in place. Maximum fee limits should be introduced University should only be for the brightest and the best. Continue to offer loans but insist on excellence. Fee caps will only hinder our acclaimed HE institutions. Continue to support bank loans and the Student-Work Scheme. IMMIGRATION Immigration is what made this nation great and regulations are openly racist. Abolish all immigration controls. Immigrants can be hugely beneficial to this nation and we should allow the brightest and the best to come here. Abolish the racist immigration block and introduce a proper, effective points-based system. The immigration block was necessary at the time but it is no longer needed. Restrict immigration to 10000 people a year. Maintain the complete block on immigration into Polaria for the duration of the next parliament. MANUFACTURING The only way to get us out of recession is to invest in manufacturing. Re-open and nationalise failing / failed industries. Pump £50million into the manufacturing industry to help kick start the ecomony. Invest in green energy and building projects. Allow those business that are failing to do so but invest in those that aren't in order to establish a World class manufacturing base. The State shouldn't interfere in the failure of such businesses, but many of the archaic regulations could be abolished. The manufacturing industry should be left to fail. There is no money in it anymore. No subsidies for failures. PENSIONS Double the State Pension package to £77.70 a week and steadily phase out private pensions in favour of State funded ones. We have a duty of care to our pensioners. Increase the State pension and offer grants to those with low Private schemes. Maintain the current State pension rate but ensure that the least well off continue to receive bursaries. Phase out the Pension Bursary Act and reduce the Private Pensions Regulation Act's powers. Abolish the State Pension by putting all of the money into the Private schemes and letting the private sector take control. RELIGION The link between Church and State should never have been allowed to develop. Officially become a secular nation. Religion can teach us a lot but the Catholic Church has far too much power. Reduce its role substantially. We should embrace our Catholic history and work with Muslim, Jewish and other religious figures to help quell the divisions. We are a Catholic nation and this should be recognised with increased State funding for churches and religious activities. The State will only fund Catholic institutions and projects. Mosques and Synagogues must find funding from the private sector. UNEMPLOYMENT The State has a moral and civic duty to ensure everyone has a job. Invest in schemes and apprenticeships to get everyone into work. Invest in schemes to reduce unemployment and offer incentives to those companies that can offer apprenticeships. There must be no lay-offs in the public sector. Reduce unemployment by reducing Employer's Tax. Unemployment is a sorry but essential part of capitalism. Ensure that those who are out of work are offered help to find a new job. Lay off 80% of public sector workers and allow the private sector to flourish and employ them. WELFARE Increase all benefits by 50% and scrap the Work Contributions Scheme. Benefits should be universal. We must maintain all benefits for those thrown out of work. Increase Childcare Benefits for single parents/ Maintain the current level of benefit payments. Change the law so that those who have worked for 12 months or more can claim, rather than the current 24 months. Reduce benefits and introduce a sliding scale scheme. Invest money in the Benefit Fraud Department. Welfare should not be the job of the State. Allow charities to take the slack.
  5. Have been slowly but surely working on a fictional scenario for quite a while now. Still a long way to go but thought I'd get the ball rolling by introducing some of the ideas. Polaria is an English speaking, European nation that - as of yet - has not joined the European Union. Ruled by a 231-seat Parliament and a 119-seat, fully elected Upper Chamber (a chamber that has the power to veto bills but little else these days), Polaria consists of the small nation of Grenvia, the much larger nation of Sylvenica and Trixie Island, where the Upper Chamber is located. Its currency is the Polarian Pound (worth about 60 British pence) and its current Prime Minister is Mr. Richard Donnelly of the National Conservative Coalition. Scenario Introdcution With a flat-lining economy, rising unemployment and distrust of politicians and the political system at an all-time high, the governing NCC (National Conservative Coalition) has decided to call an early election to prove that their strategy has the backing of the Polarian people. With the opposition Progressive Democrats in turmoil and the rapid rise of the left wing split between numerous factions, the Prime Minister is confident that his party can regain both the trust and support necessary to win an increased majority in six weeks’ time. However, with both of the major parties languishing below 30% in the opinion polls, most commentators are predicting a hung parliament in which either Socialist Alternative or the GPP (Green Party of Polaria) will hold the balance of power. Can Prime Minister Richard Donnelly turn his party’s fortunes around and win himself a second term? Can the Progressive Democrats win a majority of seats for the first time in almost 30 years? Or will Socialist Alternative, who have spent decades fighting for decent representation in parliament, finally find themselves in a position of great influence? It’s all to play for in what could well be Polaria’s most important general election since the Second World War. Parties NATIONAL CONSERVATIVE COALITION (NCC) – LEADER: RICHARD DONNELLY The NCC was formed in 1923 from the remains of the Christian Conservative Alliance and the newly formed Conservative Trust. Years of infighting and a lack of real purpose meant that the party didn’t form the Government until 1951 but ever since they have cemented themselves as a powerful force in Polarian politics, winning more general elections than any other party in the country’s history. Never really straying from the centre-right of the political spectrum, the party stands for traditional Christian social values and a staunchly free market economy. Though riddled with scandal over the years, the party has always been seen – even by supporters of the Progressive Democrats – as competent and determined. In recent years, they’ve enjoyed unprecedented success, leading the country with huge majorities from 1988 to 2006 and polling almost 55% of the vote in the 1995 election. Though they briefly lost power in 2006, their core support has always been strong and they were returned to government in 2011 to deal with the economic collapse that many voters blamed the Progressive Democrats for. PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS (PD) – LEADER: ARTHUR LEWIS In the last thirty years, the Progressive Democrats have suffered from a terrible case of ‘wrong time, wrong place’ syndrome. Formed in 1883 to tackle the then dominant Liberal Party, the Progressive Democrats enjoyed unfettered success from the end of the First World War through to 1951, when they were finally defeated by the NCC. Originally starting out as a socially liberal but economically conservative party, the Progressive Democrats moved to the centre-left in the early 1960s and offered a nice contrast to the centre-right NCC. Elected in 1984 with a majority of 28 (bringing 11 years of NCC rule to an end), the party offered a radical programme of nationalisation, regulation, social liberalism and democratic reform. Unfortunately for them, the Polarian economy collapsed in early 1985 and trust in the party fell through the floor. Defeated, demoralised and utterly deflated, the party very nearly imploded in the 90s, with their support in the 1995 election dropping to just 11%. Miraculously, they managed to recover lost ground over the next decade and finally returned to power (albeit with a coalition administration, followed by a minority one) in 2006 with a new, centre-right agenda that was far removed from the values of the party in 1984. Unfortunately, the global economy collapsed in 2008 and the Progressive Democrats found themselves blamed for the mess once again. SOCIALIST ALTERNATIVE (SA) – LEADER: BRENDAN MORAN Founded in 1944, just one year before the end of WW2, Socialist Alternative spent the first fifty years of its existence acting as little more than a protest party and a party for the slums of the capital city. For years, the party meandered on with minimal representation in parliament, often pushed into fourth place by either the Liberal Party (later the Libertarian Party) or the much more moderate Social Democratic Movement. However, capitalising on the collapse of the Progressive Democrats in the early 90s, the party found itself as the official opposition on two occasions, from 1991-1995 and from 1998-2002. Beleaguered by the re-emergence of the Progressive Democrats, the party almost slipped into total irrelevance again. However, thanks to an indecisive result in 2006, the party found itself as the junior partner in a coalition with the PD for a year. Capitalising on the ever-growing discontent with the two main parties, Socialist Alternative have seen their poll ratings soar to consistently above 20% in recent months and are expected to perform very well in the upcoming general election. GREEN PARTY OF POLARIA (GPP) – LEADER: LYNDA WALLIS Formed in 1970, the Green Party was originally set up as a single issue party to tackle the felling of forestry along the North Coast but over the years, the party has tried to position itself as a left-wing alternative to the Progressive Democrats. Gaining their first seat in parliament in 1991, the party has slowly but surely grown in strength over the years and now acts as a socially liberal version of Socialist Alternative. Though their representation in parliament has never been huge, they have a presence on every single council in the country and are in control of almost 10% of them. NATIONALIST ALLIANCE (NA) – LEADER: ALAN O’CONNOR Formed in 1950 as a far-right party with Nazi sympathies, the Nationalist Alliance (known as the Polarian Supremacist Front until 1984) spent their first fifty years as an openly racist and anti-Semitic fringe party. However, since winning their first seat in parliament in the 1998 election, on a platform of compulsory repatriation for all first and second generation immigrants and a staunchly conservative stance on social issues in particular, the party has tried to broaden its appeal amongst the working class by advocating a centre-left approach on the economy and a multi-billion pound investment programme in the nation’s failing manufacturing industry. Stealing votes from the mostly pro-Europe NCC and the neoliberal Progressive Democrats, the Nationalist Alliance have slowly but surely seen their popularity increasing in recent years and, even though their flagship policy of halting all immigration to the country was recently adopted by the governing NCC, the party continues to see its membership and vote shares increase. With most opinion polls pointing to the party winning a historic three seats in the next parliament, it looks as if the party’s influence won’t be showing any signs of waning in the near future. THE LEFT (LEFT) – LEADER: VANESSA TORRENCE When veteran Progressive Democrat MP Jacob Gardiner had the whip withdrawn in 1989, following his refusal to support the party’s decision to support the measures in the NCC’s emergency budget, most pundits and commentators expected him to join Socialist Alternative. However, finding himself increasingly disillusioned with what any of the established parties had to offer, he instead decided to form his own party, originally called The Workers Trust. Against all the odds, Gardiner managed to get himself re-elected under this new label in 1991 and his party, which advocated the nationalisation of all major banks and services, the abolition of the link between Church and State, and a massive programme of tax and spend, quickly grew in popularity. By 1998, the party had 3 MPs and the death of Gardiner in 1999 led to the appointment of the party’s most successful leader, Harold Leighton, who helped the party gain almost 10% of the vote and 11 seats in the 2002 election. Though the party has lost a lot of support in recent years, due to the resurgence of the Progressive Democrats and the popularity of Socialist Alternative, The Left is still a powerful influence on a number of councils in Polaria and still looks set to maintain some representation in Parliament. LIBERTARIAN PARTY (LIB) – LEADER: DR. GORDON OLIVIER Founded in 1844 as a buffer to the long-defunct Monarchist Alliance and, later, as the rivals of both the Christian Conservative Alliance and the Marxist Party of Polaria, the Libertarian Party (then known as the Liberal Party) is the oldest party in Polaria. Once the most popular party in the country, the Libertarian Party hasn’t – with the exception of a three month stint as coalition partners to the NCC in 1981 – been in Government since losing the 1894 general election. Advocating an unregulated market economy, alongside social liberalism and a lack of Government intervention in issues such as sexuality, religion and foreign affairs, the Libertarian Party appeals to left and right alike. Though their representation in Parliament has never been great, in the 1995-98 Parliament, the party found itself as the official opposition, albeit with just 19 seats. Though their popularity plunged along with all of the other parties, they’ve recently seen an increase in support – particularly in Grenvia and Trixie Island, due to their support for Grenvian independence and the right of Trixie Island to have complete financial autonomy – and are presenting themselves as the only alternative to almost 70 years of post-war governmental failure. SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT (SDM) – LEADER: LUCAS HILL Originally formed as a protest movement in the early 1950s by Grenvian nationalists who felt betrayed by the Progressive Democrats’ failure to support their cause, the SDM first stood for election in 1963, offering much the same policy ideas as the Progressive Democrats but with a much greater emphasis on regional autonomy and devolution. Throughout the 60s and 70s, the party came third in a number of elections, always staying true to their centre-left values and support for devolution. However, when Brendan Shaughnessy (now the NCC MP for the safe seat of Anderson South East) became the party’s leader in 1979, the party’s economic policies began to shift and they became much more reluctant to embrace social democracy, despite retaining it in their name. The party’s support crumbled and by 1991 they didn’t have a single MP left. In recent years, as with the Libertarian Party, the SDM have found themselves doing well in the opinion polls and look set to take at least three seats in the next general election. RESULTS OF THE 2011 ELECTION NCC 34.93% (118 SEATS) PD 32.34% (84 SEATS) SA 15.94% (11 SEATS) GPP 7.03% (12 SEATS) NA 3.77% (2 SEATS) LEFT 1.9% (3 SEATS) LIB 2.34% (1 SEAT) SDM 0.88% (0 SEATS) OTHERS 0.87% (0 SEATS) NCC MAJORITY OF 5 Will post some more information - such as issues, electoral history and some constituency data later in the week - but as I'm awake at this godforsaken hour, I thought I'd set the ball rolling now. Let me know what you think =)
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