Pantocratorian Socialist Alliance
|Established||2004 (Pantocratorian Socialist Society founded 1908)|
|Economic ideology||Democratic Socialist|
|Social ideology||Democratic Socialist|
|Parliamentary Leader||Dr Thibault Drapeur|
|General Secretary||Philippe Maison|
The Pantocratorian Socialist Alliance is the largest of Pantocratoria's two governing parties, occupying 269 seats in the Imperial Parliament. It is a moderate socialist party. It is affiliated to its junior branch in Pantocratorian Ambara, the Ambaran Socialist Alliance.
The Founding of the Pantocratorian Socialist Alliance
The Pantocratorian Socialist Alliance was formally formed in late 2004, although its structure and composition had long been previously arranged by the Pantocratorian Socialist Society, so that when the laws restricting the founding of political parties to the establishment were repealed, the party was quickly welded together from lesser organisations, such as trade unions and regional socialist lobby groups, so that it seemed to appear out of almost nowhere.
Election of the 107th Imperial Parliament
The Pantocratorian Socialist Alliance dominated the second election campaign of 2004, making the Loyal Christian Front and Pantocratoria First Party look so similar to each other by contrast with their own agenda that voters who had been dissatisfied with some element of either party, or with the United Christian Front before them, naturally turned to the Pantocratorian Socialist Alliance as the first breath of fresh air in Pantocratorian politics in decades. It is interesting to note that much of the Pantocratorian Socialist Alliance's election platform polled rather poorly, but the numbers for the party itself were almost unassailable with the conservatives so divided. The Socialists ran a dynamic election campaign, combining grass-roots campaigning via local socialist parties and trade unions with a well-polished nation-wide campaign (whose unofficial anthem was the long-censored hit song Je Veux me Casser Librement by the Pantocratorian band Basilissa). The Socialists promised real change and secularising, modernising reform for the first time since the end of the Second World War, when the Pantocratorian National Democratic Party established a fledgling secular welfare state. With the conservatives divided, the Socialists almost won a majority in their own right.
The Drapeur Government
List of Ministers
- Imperial Chancellor, Dr Thibault Drapeur
- Deputy Chancellor and Minister for Cultural Development and Bilingual Affairs, Spiro Bolkus (Constantinople Party)
- Treasurer, Isabelle Folquet
- Minister for Foreign Affairs, Demetrios Raoul
- Minister for Education, Marie-Anne Trabzondi
- Minister for Health, Pierre Gastinois
- Minister for Defence, Gregory Nikomedes (Constantinople Party)
- Attorney General, Sébastien Jambart
- Minister for Public Safety, Manuel Sebasto (Constantinople Party)
- Minister for Finance, Kostas Pelospoulos (Constantinople Party)
- Minister for the Environment, Henri Santiago
- Minister for Trade, Jacqueline Catala
- Minister for Immigration, Maria Dedonis (Constantinople Party)
- Minister for Mines and Energy, Jacques Clyneville
- Minister for Agriculture and Primary Industries, Petros Hellenic (Constantinople Party)
- Minister for Municipal Governments, Philippe Martin
- Minister for Administrative Affairs, Genviève Vaspin
Repeal and Reform
The first two sessions of the 107th Imperial Parliament were excited explosions of legislative energy, in which many of the most oppressive of the policies of the United Christian Front and previous governments were overthrown. Greek became an official language of the Empire once again, alongside French. The Ministry of Cultural Development was essentially abolished in the sense in which it used to exist. A secular public education system was established. Profound changes occured in Pantocratoria on a greater scale and more quickly than had been seen since the reign of Manuel le Franc.
Coalition Tensions and Contentious Reform
Drapeur's early reforms had near consensus support, but in mid-2005 the Government began to push for more contentious reforms which bitterly divided public opinion in Pantocratoria. Roman Catholicism lost its favoured position as the established religion of the Empire. The Greek rite was imposed on dioceses with a majority Greek speaking population at the request of the Constantinople Party, which demanded Socialist support for the Greek Rite Act in exchange for support on other key reforms. The Socialist backbench almost revolted when despite their support of the Greek Rite Act, the Constantinople Party refused to support several bills, most notably the Marriage Act, which would've established secular, state marriages in Pantocratoria (and consequently, allowed gay marriage under the terms of various United Nations resolutions). The majority of the reform act was passed, although the Government had to use a parliamentary committee of inquiry into the Emperor's spending to force Emperor Andreus I to grant his assent (necessary for an act of parliament to become law, see What lies beneath the surface). Despite the apparent unpopularity of many of the reforms, the Government had seemed to weather the storm of public opinion when the people of Pantocratorian Ambara elected an Ambaran Socialist Alliance minority government.
Leaders of the Pantocratorian Socialist Alliance
- Dr Thibault Drapeur (2004 to Present)