Politics of Brutland and Norden
This article pertains to the politics of the United Kingdom of Brutland and Norden. It is divided into the following sections:
Present Political Parties
|Party||Leader||Description||Seats in Parliament|
|Marianna Cortanella||The Popular Party was formed in 1977 with the fusion of six small conservative-to-libertarian parties. It has three main factions: the libertarian wing; the conservative wing, and the centrists. This big and diverse party has members of widely varying opinions, often leading to fractious intraparty arguments. It is also known to be a center-right party. The Popular Party had lost power for only three years since its inception, and it currently holds a majority of seats in Parliament.||115|
|Cestre Staracina||The Social Democratic Party is a homogenous party consisting of socialists and social liberals. It is Brutland and Norden's second major party and is currently the oldest of the five. Their power base are the true leftists, radical feminists, workers' unions, and urbanized cities. They have only held power for three out of the last thirty years, and their policies are usually unpopular in Brutland. The PDS is currently trying to attract more Brutish and Dennish voters without compromising their stances on issues.||32|
|Lúella Carbonella||The Green Party is a party for the environmentally-conscious Nord-Brutlandese. It had broken off from the PDS in 1990 and has enjoyed some successes in recent times, including the election of an MP and the control of the grant council of Tonzivibbia. The still-small Green Party still had not extended their platform much into other areas such as foreign policy and the social issues, and many Nord-Brutlandese still regard them as a single-issue party, an image they are trying to shed off.||1|
|Roberta Saccamolense||The Communist Party is the second oldest party in Brutland and Norden, yet from its inception it remained a small party catering to true-blue communists. Its platform is openly republican and opposes the monarchy, making the party unpopular with most Nord-Brutlandese. They have their strongholds, though - the areas of Normark that were fiercely republican during the Nordener Revolution in the 18th century. They have recently elected one MP to Parliament.||1|
|Danico di Padanica||The Nationalist Party was once a major party after the Christian Democratic Party became defunct, becoming the leading opposition party to the governing PDS-Populist coalition. When the PDS-Populist Coalition was defeated in 1978 by the new Popular Party, many of their supporters drifted to the PP. The reason was that many found the party too rightist in their stances but they had no other choice back then. It has since been reduced to a fringe party, with isolated strongholds throughout Brutland. It is generally considered to be a party of the radical right.||1|
The first free Parliamentary elections were held in 1900, after the promulgation of the Constitution by King Chester II. Both provinces already have stable parties, and many united to form federal parties.
The first party to be formed was the Christian Democratic Party (Partide Democraziellía C'hristiana, PDC) with the fusion of Brutland's Social Party (Partide Scaglia Brutelliense), Democratic Party (Partide Democraziellia), Catholic Action Party (Partide Acte Cattolica), and Norden's Conservative Party (Partide Cosservellía). The Social Democratic Party was founded soon after, and the Communist Party was also formed. Monarchists also formed their own party, the Royal Party (Partide Stresa), though the monarchy overty distanced themselves from it.
In the 1900 elections, the PDC gained the most number of seats, and PDC leader Adam Borgòlambio became the first Prime Minister. The PDC dominated most elections, except that of 1916, 1924, and 1956, when the PDS won. During that time, the monarchists renamed their party Nationalist Party.
A scandal broke out in 1955, shaking the governing PDC to its core. PDC fell out of the public's favor, and it soon collapsed into smaller parties. At that time, another party was rising, the Populist Party (Partide Populossúa, PPop). It absorbed many of the disenchanted voters with promises of social reform. In the succeeding election, no single party gained a majority in the Parliament, but for the next 20 years, a coalition of PDS and PPop governed the country stably. This was the time when Brutland and Norden's mini-welfare state was instituted.
The only remaining major party, the PN, became the refuge of voters who did not like the PDS-PPop's liberal leanings. These voters propelled PN to the status of a major party.
However, in 1972, just after the PPop Prime Minister Jarn Spocchio won their coalition's fourth term, an economic crisis hit Brutland and Norden. Compounding the problem was their coalition's desire to imitate other socially liberal steps taken in other countries, such as the legalization of divorce, euthanasia, marijuana, and abortion. In 1973, six small parties, the Refounded Christian Democratic Party (Partide Democraziellía C'hristiana Rifundecca); the Libertarian Party (Partide Liberteddíssúa); the Conservative Party (Partide Cosservellía); the Catholic Social Party (Partide Scaglia Cattolica, PSC); the Centrist Party (Partide Settressúa); and the List D19, all joined together and formed a new party, the Popular Party, with PSC's Christian Monelli as the party chair and PL's Tyler Stubblefield as his deputy. PP campaigned for change and had an innovative platform.
With tension mounting and frequent strikes and protests paralyzing the already fragile economy for a year, King Simon IV, using his reserve powers and with the consent of the House of Lords, dismissed the Spocchio government and called for an election in 1974. The PP won the 1974 election with a landslide, showing that people wanted change.
The PP dominated most of the elections thereafter, except in 2001, when scandal in the PP forced the government to resign and a PDS government of Borio Drasella was elected. However, their desire to promote a socially liberal agenda on a mostly conservative populace brought down the government in 2004, when a reformed PP under Marianna Cortanella was elected.
The province of Brutland is solidly for the PP, with a significant minority voting for the PN and PDS. Many of the Brutish grants are held by the PP. The most PDS-leaning grant is Brutland City, an urbanized grant, and Micchiolli. Even then, Micchiolli is almost evenly divided, with the city of Salfredonia voting solidly PDS, while Patrica votes solidly PP. The remainder of the grant determines the tilt of the result. Other grants where the PDS has considerable power are Piadana, Tonzifiatto, Esolu di Pecadi, Rivero, Saotivalles, and Seppa.
The PDS does poorly in areas with a large military population, such as the grant of Marivenna and Calabruzzi, primarily due to their efforts to downsize the military.
The PN wields some power in the "Loyal" grants of Trascara and Padania.
Despite the PP controlling many grants, the grants are not homogenous themselves. The grant of Marchòcchiese/Timberland is known to be libertarian; while the neighboring grant of Capitanata is conservative. Pannondrio is liberal in political issues and conservative on social ones; while the reverse is true in Piadana. However, many of the Brutes still vote for the PP as they think the PDS is too liberal for their tastes.
Norden is principally divided into two: Normark and Dennland. Normark is a fairly urbanized region with a liberal attitude. As in Brutland, places with a large concentration of military personnel are PP strongholds, such as Valtemmira and Troia. The urban conurbation of Nordville, the provincial capital, is typically PDS, with pockets of Communist and PP support.
Dennland is more evenly balanced. Again, as in Normark, the urban areas tend to vote PDS, while the rural areas votes PP. Two exceptions are the Dennland Plateau and the Upper Valley areas, which are evenly balanced.
Attitudes vary from island to island. The grant of Union Island is predominantly PDS because of Kingsville. Union Island outside Kingsville is PP-leaning. Santelleria is evenly split, though trending to the PDS; while the military populations of Campedusa, Brugnatella, Berríalva, Stampione, and Santobricco markedly shift elections there to the PP.
One grant had recently made history: the grant of Tonzivibbia, south of Union Island, which trended to the Greens for the past years. The Greens had made a local issue, such as the presence of the international airport and the garbage disposal facilities in the island, their winning formulas in the grant. Tonzivibbia is the only grant held by the Greens.