Conservative Party (Tarasovka)
|Economic ideology||Classical Liberal|
|Political ideology||Semi-Constitutional Monarchism|
|Party leaders||Duke Anatoly Orlov, High Duke Karth Tal-Nash|
|Imperial Senate Seats|
|Imperial Duma Seats|
The Conservative Party (Russian: Консервативная Партия) is the leading force in Taraskovyan politics, currently holding by itself simple majorities in both chambers of the Imperial Parliament. The Conservative Party or its allies also hold the majority in Realm and Dominion legislative Assemblies, as well as in most Provincial assemblies. It is part of the Loyalist Coalition with the Democratic Conservative Party and other regional parties of conservative ideology.
The Conservative Party was born after the merger of the two major political parties that existed under the Grand Duke Mikhail I. These parties were:
- “Kshas-Keinarekh” of High Duke Karth Tal-Nash - a middle-sized party that stood for the preservation of ancestral Taraskath values in face of various modernizations introduced by Mikhail I
- Loyalist Party of Duke Anatoly Orlov - a major party supporting the Grand Duke’s desire to modernize the country
It is interesting to note that the two parties often led a fierce battle in the Council of Duchy, the consultative legislative body created on the initiative of the then Crown Archduke Mikhail. Nowadays, the Conservative Party presents a rather monolithic bloc, with the main differences arising over religious tendencies.
The Conservative Party is seen as largely moderate in a bit all important issues, attracting voters from a wide array of political views.
National and Cultural Politics
- Semi-Constitutional Monarchism: the Conservative Party supports a balance between a strong Monarch and a strong popular participation in the politics. The current political system which is a balance between Absolute and Constitutional Monarchy is, as such, perfect in the eyes of the Conservative Party.
- Federalism: the ancestral Taraskovyan federalism, in one form or the other, is to be continued. Any notion of a Unitary State is rejected immediately.
- Secularism: the Conservative Party tends towards a secular state, even if it insists of an important cooperation between the Taraskovyan State and Taraskovya’s two ancestral churches, the Vigvar Patriarchate and the Church of the Seven Deities.
- Multi-culturalism: the complex fabric of Taraskovya’s population, especially in light of the colonial expansionism led by the Grand Duchy, is recognized as an asset.
- Taraskovyan Nationalism: the Conservative Party promotes an ideology called Taraskovyan Nationalism, under which all Taraskovyan citizens are seen as a single entity facing numerous challenges posed by the outside world and, thus, have to show a united and decisive front to prove their superiority.
- Free Market: the Conservative Party is largely capitalist. However, several limitations apply:
- Necessary Government Intervention: the State has the obligation to intervene whenever the economy goes bad to rectify the situation and ensure the prosperity of the Taraskovyan People.
- Reasonable Welfare: in accordance with the politics of Taraskovyan Nationalism, no Taraskovyan citizen must suffer while his compatriots live in luxury. As such, a reasonable welfare is to be provided by the State in order to ensure collective prosperity.
- Limited Free Trade: whilst not denying the benefits of Free Trade, the Conservatives insist that key Taraskovyan industries are to be protected from foreign competition to ensure the viability and prosperity of Taraskovya. As such, the Grand Duchy has always reserved rights to protect its industries when concluding free trade agreements with other countries.
- Sustainable Development: the Conservatives view nature as one of the most important components of the economy. To guarantee the future prosperity of Taraskovyans, the environment must be protected and exploited with care.
- Collective Security Alliances: cautious approach and entry into an alliance only if it serves Taraskovyan interests. A bilateral approach to collective defence is encouraged. Relations with Der Angst, the oldest Taraskovyan allies, are deemed as vitally important.
- Sisgardian Protectionism: Taraskovya sees any unwanted foreign intervention into Sisgardia as an aggression against itself, liable to be responded with the full specter of the Taraskovyan National Defence Forces. This policy is, in fact, an old Taraskovyan policy which has been in place even before the Federal Period.
- International Law: Taraskovya shall only respect the limitations imposed by treaties it has chosen to ratify. As is, international law has no supremacy over Grand Ducal law.