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Halendian General Election 2018

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Who do you support for the prime ministry?

Poll ended at Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:40 am

Toshi Funaki [Reformed Socialist Party]
1
6%
Sosa Yoshida [Centrists]
8
50%
Manabu Muso [Communist Party]
5
31%
Kiyumi Kuramoto [Minority Front]
2
13%
 
Total votes : 16

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Halendian General Election 2018

Postby Halend » Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:15 am

Since 1998, when the people overthrew the Stalinist government of old and installed a democracy of true socialism, the United Socialist States of Halend has held an election every five years. The elections of 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013 have all gone ahead freely and fairly, even as the country rebuilt from the civil war.

But this election is set to be the most contentious to date. The economy, while growing, is increasingly being funneled into the military, leaving less and less for the people. The conservative citizenry is growing tired of being brushed off, and seeks someone who will take socialism out of the government once and for all. At the same time, many of the candidates fail to excite the people, many even sparking fear.

Halend is about to have only the fifth election in its entire history. It will now be seen just how strong the democracy is.

How the Halendian Electoral System Works

Halend runs on a parliamentary system, for the most part. The parties running for the House of Representatives each nominate a candidate for the presidency and the prime ministry, and the party that gains the most seats gets to send their candidates to those positions. The presidency is not up for grabs in this election, due to an ongoing debate on whether the presidency and prime ministry should be merged into one entity.

Citizens vote on a first-past-the-post system. Many have suggested changing this to a fairer system, but this will require legislation to be passed by the incoming government.

The Parties and Candidates

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Prime Minister Toshi Funaki of the Reformed Socialist Party (Incumbent)

Though many disagree with his current policies, few disparage Funaki's deeds. He was a hero of the civil war, a charismatic figure that spurred the people into action and kept morale up through his rousing speeches and connection to the people. He was a shoe-in for the first leader of the nation when election time came.

He has been the incumbent for the last twenty years, and the people have grown increasingly fatigued with him. What's more, he has evolved into a major interventionist, which many see as imperialism and warmongering. Still, he has the backing of the most popular party, and the benefit of experience and proven success.

Main Issues: Interventionism, power projection, the role of the prime ministry, domestic status quo

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Manager Sosa Yoshida of the Centrists

Each of the nationalized industries have a Manager that oversees them. Yoshida is the Manager of Natural Resource Production--oil, ores, etc. are in his domain. He is also one of the few truly right-wing members of government. The Centrists run on a simple platform--denationalization, devolution and phasing in capitalism.

This year, Yoshida has also allowed them to excite the conservatives with a further plank on their platform--reeling in social policy to be more restrictive. LGBT+ rights, especially, have been a target, as they are the primary minority of the largely homogeneous island nation. This turns off some, but is only a further appeal to others. It is also combined with an isolationist foreign policy, in a contrast to the RSP that many see as refreshing.

Main Issues: Capitalism, isolationism, family values

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Mayor Manabu Muso of the Communist Party

The Communist Party is the last refuge of loyalists to the old system, and they long for its return. They see the old Stalinism as a grounding, strong force that kept Halend stable for decades. They point to the rise of the Centrists as proof of the dangers inherent in democratic socialism, and call for a full dictatorship of the proletariat to stop the right from attaining power.

As Yoshida has grown more extreme, the Communist Party has soared in popularity. Muso in particular has also downplayed the phasing out of democracy and emphasized the nicer-sounding parts of the platform--'truer' socialism, equality and holding back the right.

Main Issues: Centralization, locking the right-wing out of power, realignment to original Marxist-Leninist ideals

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Representative Kiyomi Kuramoto of the Minority Front

The Minority Front, just as it sounds, seeks to advance the interests of the nations minorities. They advance social rights, freedom of religion and quality of life improvement. They have used Yoshida's rhetoric against LGBT+ rights as a chance to catapult into real running for the prime ministry, advocating as an alternative to the RSP.

Kuramato, herself, is lesbian, and proud of it. She is also the youngest of the candidates, and thus hopes to ride the youth base to victory. She is perhaps the oddest candidate that actually has a shot.

Main issues: Minority advocacy, LGBT+ rights, alternative to the RSP
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An island nation in the East Pacific mainly inspired by Japan, the US, China, Scandinavia and the Tropico games. Large military and likes to project power, but domestically mediocre. The current prime minister is Toshi Funaki--if in doubt on who to address, go with him. RP population is 51 million.

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Postby Halend » Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:52 pm

POLLS UPDATE
5 days to election day


The Centrists are currently leading in the polls, riding momentum they have spent the last month building up. Trailing close behind, the Minority Front is having a surprisingly strong surge, and it would not take much to put them in the lead.

In news that may affect the election, the House of Representatives is to vote today on the merge of the presidency and prime ministry. If passed, it will take effect once signed by the Overseer of the Parliment.
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The United Socialist States of Halend

An island nation in the East Pacific mainly inspired by Japan, the US, China, Scandinavia and the Tropico games. Large military and likes to project power, but domestically mediocre. The current prime minister is Toshi Funaki--if in doubt on who to address, go with him. RP population is 51 million.

NEWSWIRE--2018 ELECTION

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Postby Halend » Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:14 pm

POLLS UPDATE
4 days to Election Day


The Centrists are well ahead in the polls, far more than anyone expected by this point. Trailing far behind are the Minority Front and the Communist Party. The RSP has thus far failed to gain any significant numbers in the polls, a very bad sign for them.

Multiple admirals sent a surprise press release on the election today, officially endorsing the Communist Party. This move has shocked many, and there are questions being posed of the legality of the military endorsing a candidate in an election. Whether this is a boost or hinderence to Muso's campaign remains to be seen.
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The United Socialist States of Halend

An island nation in the East Pacific mainly inspired by Japan, the US, China, Scandinavia and the Tropico games. Large military and likes to project power, but domestically mediocre. The current prime minister is Toshi Funaki--if in doubt on who to address, go with him. RP population is 51 million.

NEWSWIRE--2018 ELECTION

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What is the role of religion in Halendian society? What are church-state relations like? And what are the policies of the different parties with regard to religion?
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Postby Tinhampton » Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:35 am

Meanwhile, in some mildly dispopulated conference room somewhere in the multiverse...

"Good evening, this is Esther Howard from the Tinhampton Sentinel. It appears that no results from this election appear to have been officially divulged - to what extent are there any plans to do so?"
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