Political parties of Alduria-Wechua
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The political parties of the Federation of Alduria and the Wechua Nation exist in a fragmented federal multi-party system. At its most basic unit, each Region has its own set of influential regional political parties. These regional political parties then pledge their support to a federally-assembled political coalition. These political coalitions at the federal level are currently arranged along Federalist (or Aldricist) and Anti-Federalist factions.
In 1685 AN, a broad Aldricist (or Federalist) political grand coalition was assembled, called Coalition for Federal Progress. Initially an alliance between the Democratic Socialist Party of Alduria and the Social Democratic Club of the Wechua Nation to support the goals of the Committee for Alduro-Wechu Integration. Both parties were later joined by 20 independent Aldurian Assembly members. Later on, more parties and independents joined as the country grew, making them the largest political coalition and largest Federalist party in the Federal Constituent Assembly with 483 seats out of 759.
Political parties hold a great deal of power in the Alduro-Wechua system of government. The federal coalition that has the most members to the Federal Constituent Assembly forms the government. The coalition or political grouping with the second-largest number of seats forms the Loyal Opposition.
- 1 Structure
- 2 Party membership
- 3 Federal coalitions
- 4 Regional political parties
- 5 Historical parties
Political parties in Alduria-Wechua are structured in a very hierarchical fashion. There’s always a single leader at the top, who serves as an all-powerful boss of the party. The leader (and his coterie of aides, advisers, and policy experts) formulate party policy and determines where their party stands on the political issues of the day. All politicians below them, including members of the Federal Constituent Assembly, are expected to support and endorse the established political agenda. Politicians who misbehave or are embroiled in scandal can be expelled from the party by the leader. It is customary in the event of an electoral loss for party leaders to resign the leadership.
Alduria-Wechua's political parties can't quite seem to agree on how party leaders should be elected, and every regional party or federal coalition has used a variety of different systems to pick leaders. The Anti-Federalist Front is where delegated conventions are the norm, where party members elected delegates who traveled to a convention and elected the leader in person. In the Coalition for Federal Progress, one-member-one-vote elections are more common, where every single member can vote via internet or through the mail.
Party discipline in Alduria-Wechua is strong. Parliamentary votes often are considered motions of confidence in the Council of State of Alduria-Wechua, which tends to diminish the role of non-Cabinet members of the legislature.
During federal and regional elections, it is common for party leaders to debate each other during debates broadcast via TV and radio. They are produced by a consortium of the main Alduro-Wechua television networks, although other channels carry the broadcasts as well.
Party members in Alduria-Wechua are individuals who pay a yearly fee (usually WAE€5 for students, WAE€15 for adult voters, WAE€10 for seniors) to hold a card-carrying membership in a political party. These are the people who elect the party leader, select local candidates, and vote on important internal matters such as amendments to the party constitution. Different federal coalitions and different regional parties organize and provide for their affairs each in their own ways. Most notably, they all have different ways to select their party leadership. Alduro-Wechua citizens who decide to become party members tend to be people who are quite personally invested in politics, including relatives of politicians and their employees, or people who are very involved in political activism. Party membership tends to increase during high-profile party leadership elections.
3% of Alduro-Wechua citizens are registered members of regional political parties or federal coalitions.
One of the more controversial phenomena in Alduro-Wechua politics are so-called "instamembers" of political parties, who join a party briefly to vote for a single candidate then abandon it. This is a very common occurrence during internal party elections to pick a new leader or a candidate for a local office like a member of the federal legislature. A common stereotype is that "instamembers" are often recruited by candidates from ethnic or religious communities to vote as a block.
The most controversial phenomena in regards to the federalization of Alduria and the Wechua Nation's political systems (in addition to the revived Alexandrian and Caputian political structures in Keltia) is the alleged loss of regional party memberships to federal coalitions. As public attention shifts to the federal government, voters have instead started to pay for memberships to the federal coalitions, but not to the regional party that they normally support. There's no actual proof of this phenomenon, but it is widely assumed to account for some of the declines in regional party memberships while federal coalition memberships increase.
Alduria-Wechua has what is sometimes called a “federal-plus” system. This means the country is usually dominated by two well-organized federal coalitions — one of the pro-Federalist faction (broadly favoring social reform and activist government) and one of the anti-Federalist faction (broadly favoring social tradition, sovereignty, and limited government). As of 1686 AN, a third grouping, Coalition 1686, has a small political presence. However, there are many members of the interim legislature, the Federal Constituent Assembly, that are either unaligned with a federal coalition (but retain their regional party loyalties). If the unaligned legislators were all one coalition, they would become the Loyal Opposition.
|Federal Coalition||Logo||Color||Seats||Political Wing||Ideology||Regional Parties|
|Coalition for Federal Progress||Sky Blue
|Federal Liberal Alternative||Orange
|Anti-Federalist Front||Right-wing to far-right|
|Progressive Conservative Union||
|Coalition 1686/Wechupaq Huñu||Far-left|
|Unaligned / Independents|
Regional political parties
The "plus" in "federal-plus" represents the regional political parties. Each region has evolved its own unique multiparty systems that reflect the “left/right” political split in a variety of different ways.
- Democratic Socialist Party
- Liberty and Democracy Party
- Aldurian National Alliance
- Euran Destiny Party
- Wechua Nation
- Social Democratic Club
- Conservative and Royalist Coalition
- Alexandrian and Caputian Party
- Nationalist & Humanist Club
- Communist Soviet of the Wechua Nation
Federal Capital District
Isles of Caputia
|National Congress for Social Democracy||NCSD||????||????||Center-left||Merged into DFL|
|Communist Party of Alduria||CPA||????||????||Far-left||Merged into DFL|
|100px||National-Liberal Alliance||N-LA||????||1678||Right||Merged into ANA|
|Movement for Alduria||MfA||????||1678||Far-Right||Merged into ANA|
|Euran Destiny Party||EDP||1672||1681||Zurvanism, nationalism, conservatism||Revived 1688|