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2045 Darmeni General Election

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Which Party do you support?

Poll ended at Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:54 pm

Republican Party (REP)
3
6%
United Left (UL)
9
19%
Liberal Party (LIB)
6
13%
Fascist & Ultranationalist Union (F&UU)
22
47%
Progressive Greens (PG)
2
4%
Royalist Party (ROY)
2
4%
People's Communist Party (PCP)
1
2%
Darmen Libertarian Party (DLP)
0
No votes
Think Tank (TT)
0
No votes
Minor Parties
2
4%
 
Total votes : 47

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2045 Darmeni General Election

Postby Darmen » Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:54 pm

OOC: Feel free to ask any questions and make any comments you might have. Please note that the results of this poll will account for only approximately 20% of the final overall vote. Please also note that votes for the Minor Parties option in the poll will be split evenly across all of the minor parties unless you specify a party in a post. Finally, thanks in advance for voting and posting questions and comments.

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Four years ago, the Darmeni electorate split its vote between the United Left and Movement for a New Darmen, resulting in Darmen's first coalition government of the Republican-era. The coalition has had its ups and downs and now the partners have separated and begun their campaigns against each other in the hopes of governing alone.

Electoral System
The current general elections will see the direct election of the nation's Members of Parliament and Municipal Councilors. Indirectly, the results will also decide the next President of the Republic, as the MP's and MC's will combine to form the Electoral College. Darmeni elections are unique in that voters receive a ballot from which they vote for their preferred party only. This means that voters are forced to choose the same party in both the Parliamentary and Municipal elections. To be eligible to vote, voters must hold Darmeni citizenship and be at least sixteen years of age.

The country is broken up into 72 municipalities, which double as electoral constituencies. Each municipality elects one Member of Parliament, plus an additional Member for every 50,000 residents. In constituencies with more than one member elected, seats are apportioned proportionately via the d'Hondt method. In single-member constituencies, the election of MP's is via first-past-the-post. Additionally, there are eight other single-member constituencies: the four "functional" constituencies of the Darmen Labour Alliance, Students Union, Chamber of Commerce and Ministry of Magic; as well as four seats representing overseas voters.

Municipal Councils are separated into three categories: Coastal, Interior and Metropolitan. There is a single Metropolitan Council, Scott City, the nation's capital and largest city. There are 44 Interior Councils and 27 Coastal Councils. Interior and Coastal Councils are identical with the exception that Coastal Councils incorporate Port Authorities.

Municipal Councilors are elected in three categories: Executive Councilors, Committee Councilors and Common Councilors. Every municipality elects three Executive Councilors. The Executive Councilors are they municipality's Mayor, Councilor for Public Safety and Municipal Attorney. Executive Councilors are elected en bloc via first-past-the-post. Municipalities elect either 18 or 21 (Coastal) Committee Councilors. Committee Councilors serve on the various sub-committees of the Municipal Councils, while also sitting and voting in the full council during plenary sessions. The committees are: the Ambulance & Hospital Trust, the Public Transportation Commission, the Public Works Commission, the Sanitation Commission, the School Board, the Welfare Commission and, in Coastal Councils, the Port Authority. Each committee has three members. The party finishing with the most votes wins two seats in each of the committees, while the party finishing second wins the remaining seat in each of the committees.

The number of seats on Municipal Councils is determined by population and the category of Council. For municipalities with less than 150,000 residents, the number of seats is 24. In non-Metropolitan Councils with greater than 150,000 population, there are seven seats for every 50,000 in population. The Metropolitan Council is limited to just three seats for every 50,000 in population, in order to limit Scott City's influence in the Electoral College. The difference between the total number of seats and the seats occupied by Executive and Committee Councilors are filled by Common Councilors. Common Councilors are elected proportionally via the d'Hondt method.

In the electoral college, MP's are entitled to five votes while MC's are entitled to two votes. An electors votes must be given to the same candidate, vote splitting is not permitted.

Parties and Candidates contesting the Election
See also: Political Parties in Darmen

There are a total of 26 parties contesting the 2045 election, ranging from the major parties who actually have a chance to form a majority and the minuscule parties who will be lucky just to get a handful of votes.

The three main parties are the center-right Republican Party, centrist Liberal Party and left-wing United Left. The Republican Party is the successor to the Movement for a New Darmen, which over the past eight years has been the governing party in Darmen. For the past four years, they've been joined by the United Left in a coalition, which depending on who you ask, has either worked really well or really horribly. Meanwhile, the Liberal Party is a newly formed party combining the National Civil Liberal Democratic Union, the Pan-Rushmori Party and the Liberal Conservative Party, which up until now, was part of the Movement for a New Darmen. Except for the Liberal Conservatives, the Liberals have always been outside of the government.

The three main parties each have their candidates for the position of President of the Republic. The incumbent, Tor Tong Lee of the Republican Party, has been President for the past eight years. He's relatively popular due to his past as a professional footballer, but his popularity as President is beginning to wane. Yoram Nash, of the United Left, is considered to be a tad incompetent, but he's remained the leader of his party due to a lack of viable alternatives. The newly appointed leader of the Liberals, Joshua Rademacher, was once a member of Lee's cabinet as the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, but after having a falling out with his superior, Rademacher has become one of his most outspoken critics.

Three other parties are in the space between being a major party and a minor party. They are the Fascist & Ultranationalist Union, the Progressive Greens and the Royalist Party. While their Presidential candidates are unlikely to win and they're unlikely to win many seats in Parliament, they'll nonetheless play an important part in the electoral process.

The Issues
Unemployment
Unemployment is by far the most prominent issue of the election. Some progress has been made; four years ago, the unemployment rate was 37.14%. Today, that number has fallen to 30.78%. But patience is beginning to disappear as those who don't have full employment grow tired of living on government assistance. The unemployment welfare system has been placed under an incredible amount of pressure and grown to a size that it is beginning to take its toll on the government's budget.

The Republican Party believes that the answer actually lies in reducing the minimum wage. Currently, the national minimum wage is $9.68, but the cost of living as measured by the Department of Labor is only $8.30. According to the Republicans, that gap of $1.58 means that many workers are being over payed, and that a reduction in the minimum wage would lead to employers being able to expand their businesses and employ more people.

The United Left believes that a reduction of the minimum wage would be a grave mistake and instead is pushing for an expansion of the public works projects currently underway throughout the country. The Liberal Party believes that neither a reduction in the minimum wage or an expansion of public works projects will affect unemployment much. Their solution lies in the Common Rushmori Community, but more on that later.

Tax Reform and Bureaucracy Streamlining
With the reunification of Darmen having taken place just eight years ago, nation building has been a continuous process throughout that time. As with any nation building process, the implementation of a tax system and establishment of bureaucratic mechanism can be incredibly difficult and subject to becoming convoluted. Darmen has not been immune to that and has found itself entangled with an unnecessarily complex tax and bureaucratic system. While all three parties agree that the tax system needs reform they disagree about how exactly it should be done and only the Liberals and Republicans believe that the bureaucratic system needs to be updated.

For the Republicans, tax reform is simple. The number of tax brackets for individuals needs to be reduced, and the tax rates themselves should be changed slightly to be more rounded. Currently, several tax brackets have rates that extend to five or six decimal places which can cause miscalculations when taxes are prepared by the taxpayers themselves rather than a professional. With regards to the bureaucracy, the Republicans are looking to eliminate various agencies which they believe to be duplicates of other agencies.

For the Liberals, their proposed tax reforms are almost entirely focused on the corporate and capital gains taxes, but are otherwise similar to the Republicans plans. The Liberals also want to eliminate all tariffs imposed on goods imported into Darmen. The Liberals want to reduce the civil service to about two-thirds its current size, but also hope to achieve significant changes to the local government system.

The United Left's plan for tax reform hinges on two aspects: increasing the minimum amount of income needed before taxes are proposed, and a rise in the tax rates for wealthy individuals and multinational corporations. Unlike the Liberals and Republicans, the United Left has no plans to trim the civil service, intending instead to expand it to increase employment.

The Common Rushmori Community
Since its formation, the question of whether Darmen should join the Common Rushmori Community has been at the forefront of political debate. In the present election however, it has become one of the most prominent topics of the campaign, helped by the fact that is the singular reason for the merger that created the Liberal Party.

The Liberal Party views Darmeni membership in the Common Rushmori Community as a sort of "cure-all" for all of Darmen's problems. They claim that Darmeni membership in the CRC will secure Darmen's national security, boost trade and increase foreign investment, therefore greatly reducing Darmen's unemployment.

Meanwhile, the Republicans and United Left are almost evenly split on the issue. While they acknowledge that membership in the CRC would have some benefits, the believe there are also some serious drawbacks. For instance, they point out that the CRC's freedom of movement would lead to a large number of unemployed Darmeni's simply leaving Darmen for other more prosperous Rushmori nations, particularly Eura. They also believe that Darmen would lose a significant portion of its sovereignty to the institutions of the CRC, particularly its Parliament.
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I've voted for 'Minor Parties,' but rather than having that vote split among them, I would like it all to go towards the Death Eaters, please
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Postby Darmen » Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:39 am

Rademacher and Liberals launch aggressive pro-Rushmori campaign

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Joshua Rademacher points towards a future with Darmen a member of the CRC
BLOOMER - Joshua Rademacher and his newly formed Liberal Party have officially launched their election campaign today with a tour of the recently finished road works located south of Bloomer. The road works were constructed following an acceptance of Euran financial aid by Darmen, which Rademacher was quick to point to as evidence Darmen should join the Common Rushmori Community.

"We've seen a major rejuvenation of the local economy here in the Bloomer area following the much needed upgrades to the local roads," stated Rademacher. "This construction couldn't have happened without the aid of the Euran government. If Darmen hopes to become stronger as we progress into the future, we must become more connected with our regional neighbors, Eura being one of those nations."

Rademacher continued by criticizing the current government's policy of pursuing bilateral agreements, "Joining the CRC is the single most efficient way of building regional connections and Darmen can not afford to remain separate. Multilateral agreements are by far stronger and more effective than bilateral agreements."

Liberal Party strategists have hinted that their campaign will focus almost solely on CRC membership, stating that most of the other campaign issues (deflation, national security, unemployment, etc.) can be single-handedly solved by Darmen's joining the CRC.

Compared to the other major parties: the newly formed center-right Republican Party and left-wing United Left coalition; the Liberal's campaign is massive in its total cost and scope. TV, internet and radio ad-time is overwhelmingly dominated by the Liberals compared to the other parties. The Liberals also have the largest number of official campaign events scheduled, with Rademacher expected to speak at 26 engagements in total. Meanwhile, Yoram Nash, leader of the United Left, will speak at nine, and current President of the Republic, Tor Tong Lee, leader of the Republican Party, will make only a single speech a week prior to the election.

Additionally, door-to-door campaigning involving not just the candidates themselves but hundreds of volunteers as well, will make their campaign one of face-to-face intimacy as they try to convince the Darmeni people that CRC membership is the right choice. Polls suggest that the Darmeni population is still largely skeptical of the CRC, with only 35% of the population supporting Darmeni membership and 45% against it. When asked, the primary concern given has been the loss of national sovereignty to an outside body.

Rademacher's next campaign stop will occur over the weekend as he visits Rogerton. He will purportedly attempt to reassure the local population that removing border controls on the border with Valladares will not lead to a repeat of a situation similar to Riotgate.
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Fear of Fascist "Wave" propelled by Polls

Party                            Polling Change*
United Left 27.9% -9.3%
Republican Party 26.4% -1.3%
Liberal Party 16.1% +2.2%
Fascist & Ultranationalist Union 14.6% +7.7%
Progressive Greens 4.8% -0.5%
Royalist Party 2.5% -2.0%
Other Parties 7.7% +3.2%
*Change from 2041 results
The newest polling figures.
SCOTT CITY - The latest polling figures released by the Darmen Times/Darmeni Broadcasting Corporation show a massive increase in support for the far-right Fascist & Ultranationalist Union ahead of next months general election. The Liberal Party also appears to be headed for an increase in support. However, the Liberal's gains appear to be less than what would be expected considering that party's massive campaign.

Coalition partners United Left and Republican Party look likely to experience large losses, especially the United Left, who are polling nine percentage points lower than their percentage of the votes in the 2041 election. However, both parties combined are polling above 50%, pointing towards the possibility that the current governing coalition will continue for another four years.

Support for many of the minor parties also appears to be increasing, as voters look for alternatives to the major parties ahead of the election. Other polls seem to indicate that voter apathy is on the rise and election officials are worried that overall turnout will be down compared to four years ago.

The surge in polling figures of the Fascist & Ultranationalist Union has many worried, on both the left and right. An area of particularly heightened concern is Darmen's southeast, as tensions between Darmeni nationalists and ethnic-Valladars appear to be on the rise again. Currently the Fascists do not have a seat on any of the southeastern Municipal Councils, but the polls suggest that that will change following the election.

Kailyn Durand, United Left Mayor of Rogerton, stated, "There's no way of knowing what the Fascists will do if they gain seats on the municipal councils in the area. We've seen the type of obstruction and havoc they've brought to councils elsewhere and the hatred they've spread in what is supposed to be a democratic forum and frankly we don't want that here."

Local Valladar community leaders also expressed their worries. "We've made so much progress over the past years, reconciling the differences we have. There's been a significant drop in racist activity locally and its a shame some want to return to the days when those events occurred daily," commented Nico Périgord, spokesperson for the Communities in Common organization which seeks to bring the various local ethnic groups together.

Périgord has termed the prospect of the Fascists playing a larger role in government the "Fascist Wave" and has urged all voters across Darmen to oppose the far-right. "We just can't afford to let them win. Lets all be a breakwater against this Fascist Wave."
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The Monarchical Republic of Revived Rhodesia lends its support to the fascist and Ultranationalist Union (F&UU).

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This is a "voting ends in 24.5 hours" alert.
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The Confederate States of America will be lending its support to the Fascist and Ultranationalist Union.
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Postby Darmen » Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:12 am

Future Decided Now
Election Day Arrives

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LIVERPOOL - Queues to enter polling stations began forming around 6am as early morning voters hoped to cast their ballots before heading to work for the day. Election Commission workers opened the doors at polling stations across the country at 7am, and will keep them open until 10pm tonight.

Voters will be electing the 219 Members of Parliament (+53 from 2041) and 2,084 Municipal Councilors (+1,459 from 2041) which will govern Darmen at the national and municipal levels respectively for the next four years. The 2,303 politicians elected will also double as members of the Electoral College that will elect the next President of the Republic.

Incumbent President, Tor Tong Lee, attempted to boost his, and his Republican Party's, chances with a last minute campaign pledge in a speech delivered to Republican supporters at the Scott City Civic Center. Lee's pledge, to not seek reelection to a fourth term if he fails to slash unemployment to below 12% by Christmas 2048, came as a shock to the general public and political commentators alike. It was Lee's only official appearance of the campaign, as he has otherwise kept quiet and allowed the local branches of his party to conduct campaigning.

With Lee and his Republican Party likely to fall well short of a majority in Parliament, a continuation of the present coalition with the United Left looks probable. Opposition will mainly come from the Liberal Party and Fascist and Ultranationalist Union, although cooperation with the Liberal Party on particular issues could be common place as the three major parties join forces to oppose the Fascists. The Progressive Greens and Royalist Party are expected to lose voters, but those losses won't necessarily translate into lost seats. Meanwhile, the Islamic Union, Lista de Valladar and People's Party appear set to repeat their results from four years ago in their traditional areas of support.

One constituency in particular will be watched very closely, New Istria. The newly formed municipality is home to a Banijan immigrant community numbering 36,916, and a unique mix of Darmeni and Banijan political parties are running electoral lists in the municipality. While the Liberal Party is absent, the Republican Party and United Left are operating locally, as is the smaller People's Communist Party and the Islamic Union. Two local parties have ties to parties in Banija; the Mormon affiliated Christian Patriot's League and the Defiance Coalition, which is the party of Banija's ill-fated former Katikkiro, Matthias Mutebi. Mutebi is currently returning to the news in his home country, as he appears headed to trial for crimes against humanity and war crimes and could face the death penalty. Support for any of the parties is incredibly splintered in New Istria, with poll after poll suggesting a different winner each time.

Coverage of the election results will begin at 10pm tonight, with the DBC's General Election 2045 broadcast expected to draw millions of viewers both domestically and abroad.
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