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The Laudeans


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Current Laudean Politics are strongly influenced by the Revolution and Civil War of Til'ahn. The current system of government is parliamentary, where a coalition cabinet is present.

Status

  • In the last election, Zeon Zrong’s Neo-Modernist party won a majority by attracting votes from the masses whilst also attracting supporters away from Royalist and Traditionalist trends.
  • With Zeon’s brother Paetra Zrong having broken away from the Neo-Modernist party and founding the Popularist party for the masses, Zeon Zrong’s Neo-Modernist party is weakened. Polls indicate that Zeon Zrong has also lost his right wing support back to the Royalists and Traditionalist.

Political Parties

There are five main political parties:

  • The Neo-Modernists: The center, and currently ruling party founded post-election. Succeeded in attracting support from the masses and from traditional ruling classes. Credited with uniting Duronis II democratically, the party looks to the future and believes in modernization of the Laudean way of life. Their success is partially rooted in succeeding in attracting voters away from parties that were wearier of change and more conservative in preserving the Laudean way of life.
    • Leader: Zeon Zrong
    • Status: Major Party
  • The Popularists: Slightly left of the center ground. Durionis II’s newest political party, founded by Paetra Zrong as an alternative to the Neo-Modernists. The party’s policies are actually somewhat unclear but they have a great media drive and large popularity and following amongst the voting masses who find their charm and power to the people attitudes appealing.
    • Leader: Paetra Zrong
    • Status: Major Party
  • The Naturalists: Extreme Left of center. The naturalists are almost anti-technology and modernization. In touch with their environment and the elements they are often powerful fielders and very down to earth people. Not overly politically active but a lot of support in more rural areas of Duronis II. Strong attachment to their space of nature and sharing many of the early beliefs that set up the fielding league but much more part of the people and a way of life. Refusal to acknowledge the modern world makes them a smaller party.
  • The Royalists: Right of center, the Royalists are staunch supporters of the former ruling classes and aristocracy. If elected they would disband the democracy and reinstate the Royal families, wanting a pre-revolution way of life. Of course, because of this, their support is weak and this is a small party.
    • Leader: Oluwa Dela O’Kande
    • Status: Minor Party
  • The Traditionalists: Extreme Right of center, this is the party who lends its full support to the Fielding League and belief the Elders and the Feldlesser should be more than just the moral leaders of the people. Believing in Fielding and the traditional ways of Laudean life the Traditionalists ironically share many similarities with the extreme left naturalists, however, the traditionalists are much more rooted in their support for propriety, traditions and ceremony. Of course, because of this, their support is weak and this is a small party.
    • Leader: Benu Hashiwa
    • Status: Minor Party

Forming a Government

Duronis II is divided into provinces. Each province is divided into electoral areas. Each electoral area = 1 seat in Parliament. (There are 700 electoral areas)

The Laudean with the most votes in a political area will win that seat in parliament. It is therefore possible for a party to have 50% of the planetwide vote but only 10% of the parliamentary seats –either because all their voters may live in one area or because their voters are spread too thinly across the planet!

The Laudean Parliament has 700 seats in it. To form a government you must win 301 seats. If you form a government with 301 seats you will be a minority government (as the opposition have more seats) and it will be hard to pass any legislation. Political parties may form coalitions. The coalition with the most seat will form the government. The leader of the political party with the most seats is the Planetwide leader. Prime Minister.

NB: Provincial governments still wield a lot of power.

((Ambassador’s office))

Rocar took the padd over to the sofa in the corner and started to read the padd as Shartara left him alone.::

//With 50% of the vote now in, its a near neck and neck race to the finish. If something doesn't break lose soon, none of the parties will have the 246 seats out of 501 in parliament to have a majority and form a government. WE urge you to get out and vote or the parties may have to form coalitions after elections to form a government.

Paetra Zrong representing the Popularist Party - 37,249 votes Zeon Zrong representing the Neo-Modernist Party - 36,438 votes Ahishma Chandra representing the Naturalists - 35,143 votes Oluwa Dela OKande representing the Royalists - 35,101 votes Benu Hashiwa representing the Traditionalists - 34,928 votes//

Rocar: oO Of course if the votes were spread out over the planet and the seats come from each province that means very little. The traditionalists could have 20% of the vote but still only hold 10% of the seats in parliament as they would not of won any electoral areas outright Oo

Rocar: Computer convert votes per location and tell me the number of seats each party has in the new parliament on Duronis II

Computer:

Popularist Party 261 Neo-Modernist Party 256 Naturalists 92 Royalists 36 seats Traditionalists 55 seats I Rocar: oO You need 301 seats in parliament to form a government and even then if you had only 301 seats you’d still be a minority government…. Either Zrong can still form a government if they get the other parties to join them in coalition –or perhaps they will form a coalition together. Oo

Rocar frowned and went back to reading his padd.::


First Laudean Planetwide Election

This was the first planetwide election falling the Laudean Revolution. It is widely recognized as establishing peace following the chaos that followed the collapse of Royalist rule.

With the masses having the vote for the first time, Zeon Zrong’s Neo-Modernist party won a majority by attracting votes from the masses whilst also attracting supporters away from Royalist and Tradionalist trends.

Results

(301 Seats needed to form a government)

Zeon Zrong's Neo-Modernists: 349 Seats

Ahishma Chandra's Naturalists: 194 Seats

Oluwa Dela O’Kande' Royalists: 62 Seats

Benu Hashiwa's Traditionalists: 95 Seats

The Naturalists, Royalists and Traditionalists could not agree with one another, therefore no coalition formed.

Majority Party: The Neo-Modernists Prime Minister: Zeon Zrong

Election 2383

In early 2383 the Laudean parliament voted no confidence in Zeon Zrong and the Planetwide parliament. As can be seen above, this was possible due to a united opposition (and a few party dissidents) having a larger number of seats in parliament to the government.

Zeon Zrong's brother Paetra Zrong breaks away from the Neo-Modernist party. Declaring the formation of a new party: The Popularist Party.

With similar ideals the popularist party attracts half of the Neo-Modernist's popular vote. The masses are split between these two major parties. In the fight to hold the masses support, both Zrongs fail to maintain the voters they had stolen from the Royalist, Naturalist and Tradionalist parties.

Results

(301 Seats needed to form a government)

Zeon Zrong's Neo-Modernists: 261 Seats

Paetra Zrong's Popularist Party: 256 Seats

Ahishma Chandra's Naturalists: 92 Seats

Oluwa Dela O’Kande' Royalists: 36 Seats

Benu Hashiwa's Traditionalists: 55 Seats


Repercussions

No Party has a clear majority. Both Zrongs scramble to secure Ahishma Chandra's support to form a coalition government. It looks like either popularist or Neo-Modernist could form government, however, with a slight return to a Naturalist way of life.

Mass disidence, protests and violence follows. Duronis II falls into days of chaos -almost a return to revolutionary days, gradually state authority crumbles.

Unlikely that the Zrongs would set aside their differences. Zeon Zrong asks the Romulans to kidnap Ahishma Chandra, but his plan fails when she is rescued by the Federation. The Romulans, however, quickly inform the Laudean press that Chandra is being held by the Federation.

A mob gathers in protests outside the Federation Embassy. see: http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/sb118-embassy/message/2731

Paetra Zrong realizes his mistake and concedes the election, offering his seat to the Neo Modernist party. See: http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/sb118-embassy/message/2734

With a coaltion majority of 517 this makes it likely that a neo-modernist/ popularist coalition would form the next government and that Zeon Zrong will remain Prime Minister for another term. Or will ther?

tbc...

See Also

The Great Revolution of Til'ahn was an event which occurred in 2380, and was sparked by first contact with a sentient alien species (the United Federation of Planets).

The current government of Duronis II, at the time when the Federation has build their Embassy on the planet, is in its infantile stages after a massive coup the Til'ahn Great Revolution, and is lead by non-aristocratic civilian leaders.

Because the reformation was so recent, it is important to understand both the pre-Revolution and post-Revolution environments to comprehend the social atmosphere of Duronis.

Independent planet

Duronis II is currently a Political Sovereignty, with its own independent government. While there are three political powers (UFoP, Romulans, Zalkonians) vying to induct the Laudeans into their own confederations, the current planetary government remains neutral towards all suitors.

System

The current government of the planet was modeled on a coalition parliament.

The leader of the Laudeans is their Premier or Prime-Minister (currently, Zeon Zrong). He is the leader of the ruling political party (party with the most seats in the Laudean Parliament).

Elections take place planetwide. 246 seats out of 501 in parliament are needed for a party to have a majority and form a government. Parties may form coalitions after elections so as to form the government.