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33 Provinces (Election/News Thread in Laeral, Open)

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As a fictional Laeralite, which party would you vote for? Feel free to post explaining your response

Socialist Party (Jean-Pierre Nury)
44
17%
Progressive Party (Tanvi Misra)
37
14%
New Democratic Alliance (Liu Mei-han)
27
10%
Conservative Party (Bernard Errante)
40
15%
Laeralian People's Party (Damien Vendorme)
17
6%
Laeral Unbowed! (Hsieh Pai-han)
41
15%
United Right
26
10%
Green Party/Laeralian Ecology
16
6%
Women's Alliance
6
2%
Secular Democrats
11
4%
 
Total votes : 265

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33 Provinces (Election/News Thread in Laeral, Open)

Postby Laeral » Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:25 pm

33 Provinces in 33 Days

Laeralian Presidential and Legislative Election 2018
The nominating conventions are over, and all six of Laeral’s major political parties have adopted their platforms and selected their candidates for office. In December of 2018, the Allied Provinces of Laeral will have a presidential and legislative election, in which numerous political offices in Laeral will be up for election, including the directly-elected President and both houses of the national legislature, the National Assembly. The National Assembly is composed of two houses roughly equal in importance: the proportionally-elected Assembly of Commons, composed of 386 Representatives, and the General Assembly, composed of 66 Delegates elected at the provincial level. The ruling coalition in the Commons elects a Prime Minister, who serves as the head of government.
Following two terms of rule by President Nicholas Brennan, of the center-left Progressive Party, the Progressives hope that his Prime Minister, Tanvi Misra, will be able to hold their party’s grip on power, which it has been able to maintain for eight years in coalition with the center-right Conservatives and the left-wing Socialist Party. However, the charismatic centrist candidate Liu Mei-han, a former political ally of Misra’s, recently deserted the Progressives, bringing with her several rising stars from that party. She hopes to draw votes from the Progressives, as well as centrists and independents tired of established parties and partisanship.

On the right, the moderate right-wing party, the Conservatives, are being punished by voters for entering President Brennan’s governing coalition. It now seems that the leading figure on the right is charismatic attorney and Delegate, Damien Vendorme, who has pulled his Laeralian People’s Party rightward with a platform of nationalism and free-market economics. He faces an unexpected challenge on the right, however, in the form of far-right populist firebrand Hsieh Pai-han, whose party has moved away from its racially motivated roots and now seeks to win seats in the coming election.

Only two of these candidates will advance to the second round of the presidential election, and only one will win. Yet overshadowed by the presidential race, countless other races, miniature versions of the titanic struggle for the presidency, play out, for seats in the National Assembly and control of offices on the provincial level. This news thread will follow these political struggles as the people of Laeral make their choice for the next leader of Laeralian democracy.

National Level
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President of Laeral- The President is the leader of Laeral and has the power to delay or fast-track bills in the National Assembly, as well as establishing the government’s priorities. They are also given the first chance to form a government in the National Assembly by appointing a Prime Minister and a Cabinet to be approved by the National Assembly. The President is directly elected in a two-round system. The current President is Nicholas Brennan of the Progressive Party. He is not allowed to run for reelection, having served two terms as President. Notable events of his term include major overhauls of the national transportation system, Laeral’s accession to the World Assembly following years of negotiations, and Laeralian military intervention in the Second Lauchenoirian Civil War.

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Prime Minister- The replacement for the President in the event of death or resignation, and the right hand of the President. They are responsible for working with the National Assembly to pass legislation favorable to the President’s goals. They will be chosen by the President upon assuming office, and approved by the National Assembly. They are generally the leader of the largest party in the Assembly of Commons, although this is not always the case. In some cases, the Prime Minister and the President will be of different political parties, a situation known as ‘cohabitation’. The current Prime Minister is Tanvi Misra, a Progressive and decades-long veteran of the General Assembly. She is currently running for President of Laeral.

Assembly of Commons- This house of Laeral’s National Assembly has 386 Representatives elected via nationwide proportional representation from lists of candidates submitted by the parties. The threshold for representation is set at 0.75% of the vote, meaning that fragmentation of the vote among numerous parties is likely (at present, 10 parties are represented). The makeup of this Assembly could (and likely will) shift dramatically. They are lead by a Speaker, elected from within the Assembly of Commons.

General Assembly- Each province elects two Delegates to serve in this house of the National Assembly using Ranked-Choice Voting (RCV), where the winner and the first runner-up are elected to the General Assembly. This election, 11 provinces will have elections for both of their Delegates. With 22 of 66 seats up for election, the makeup of this legislative body could shift significantly. This election, the provinces electing Delegates are:
Shaoxing, Peichen, Sendrasi, Lematre, Felliere, Harcour, Meridoc, Aumont, Meilinis, Celeste, and Arquien. These provinces will each elect two Delegates.


Sub-National Level
Provincial Governorships and Legislatures
11 of Laeral’s 33 provinces will elect a Governor in a two-round election, as well as the members of each province’s Legislature (called a Provincial Assembly, a Parliament, or some other name in some provinces). The exact details vary from province to province, including the number of representatives, how they are elected, and whether the legislature is unicameral or bicameral. In some provinces, the legislature elects the chief executive of the province (known as a First Minister, rather than a Governor) rather than the chief executive being directly elected.

Township Level
Each province is divided into between between 3 to 10 townships, which are administrative divisions for rural areas. Each township has a Township Council of 12 members. These elections are local, and as such beneath the scope of this publication.

Municipalities
Large urban areas are part of a Municipality, rather than a Township, which is run by a Mayor. In some provinces, the Mayor of the province’s capital city will have almost as much power as the Governor. As the details for Mayoral elections differ from city to city, the Municipalities with Mayoral elections this year include Lyrene, Dovasary, Marist, Gaolan, Shuiyuan, Cordeliers, Bao’an, Sinan, Goren, Adelaide, Mormount, Laonong (Minzu), and Yanqing.


What is Laeral?
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Laeral is a federal semi-presidential democracy located in the continent of Hespia in the International Democratic Union (IDU). The nation is currently the WA Delegate of that region, commanding the votes of the IDU voting bloc within the World Assembly.

Laeral has a population of 79.2 million and an area of 304,782 mile², (490,499 km²) roughly the size of Turkey. The indigenous culture is similar to traditional Chinese culture, but there is also a strong French influence, due to the nation’s colonization by France. You can find more information about Laeral here.

Why is this election important?
Laeral has been alternately ruled by four parties: the Progressive Party, the Conservative Party, the Socialist Party, and the Laeralian People’s Party. Yet in this election, other parties and candidates see a chance to win seats and influence in Laeral’s shifting political landscape. Additionally, given Laeral’s position as Delegate of the International Democratic Union, any shift in governance could have major effects on the entire region.

While reading this election thread, I recommended that you listen to either the LNBS political theme or the SNNL Politics theme to set the mood. Alternately, if you don’t like political news themes, here’s some contemporary pop music similar to what you might hear in Laeral.


I’ve been working on this project since January. I was inspired by Lynland-’s excellent election campaign. I’d love for your country to react to the election in some way, whether it’s through a statement of support, a message on social media from your leader, or something else. You can have your national leader endorse a candidate, which will have repercussions on the campaign. I find the templates provided at the Setsuzoku Social Network, an international social media site, to be a useful way to show the social media feeds of figures from my nation, and I recommend that you use the template from there, but post it into this thread.
If you want your nation to do something else, just post OOC in this thread and I’ll address it. Enjoy!
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Table of Contents

November 20, 2018: 33 Provinces in 33 Days: Major Political Issues
November 20, 2018: Political Parties of Laeral
November 20, 2018: Introduction to 33 Provinces in 33 Days
November 20, 2018: Day 1: A Fisherman in Brissac
November 20, 2018: Artifacts from the Campaign Trail: Laeralian Election Posters
November 21, 2018: Day 2: An Immigrant in Lematre
November 22, 2018: News Update: Blackout in Laeralsford
November 22, 2018: Political Responses to the Laeralsford Blackout
November 22, 2018: Day 3: A Graduate in Bethune
November 23, 2018: Day 4: A Churchgoer in Arquien
November 24, 2018: Day 5: An Engineer in Corday
November 25, 2018: Day 6: A Prostitute in Felliere
November 26, 2018: Day 7: An Attorney in Sarene
November 26, 2018: Article: "Race in Laeralian Politics"
November 27, 2018: Day 8: Madam Prime Minister
November 27, 2018: Article: "What The Candidates Need To Do At Tonight's Debate"
November 27, 2018: 2018 Laeralian Presidential Debate
November 28, 2018: Day 9: A Retiree in Celeste
November 29, 2018: Day 10: The Outspoken Delegate
November 30, 2018: Day 11: The Socialist Heir
December 1, 2018: Day 12: A Designer in Côte d'Argent
December 2, 2018: Day 13: A Textile Worker in Enara
December 3, 2018: Day 14: A Clerk in Sendrasi
December 4, 2018: Day 15: A Server in Meilun
December 5, 2018: Day 16: A Bird-Hunter in Lijiang
December 6, 2018: Day 17: A Film Worker in Jinhua
December 7, 2018: Day 18: The Political Revolutionary
December 8, 2018: Day 19: A Tattooist in Harcour
December 8, 2018: First Round Election: Live Coverage
December 9, 2018: Artifacts from the Campaign Trail: Map of First-Round Presidential Election
December 9, 2018: Day 20: A Police Officer in Aumont
December 10, 2018: Day 21: The Conscientious Conservative
December 11, 2018: Breaking News Update
December 11, 2018: Day 22: A Diplomat in Laeralsford
December 12, 2018: Day 23: A Nuclear Worker in Meilinis
December 13, 2018: Day 24: A Militant in Nanhai
December 13, 2018: Breaking News Update
December 14, 2018: Article: Tensions Continue in Cordeliers As Nation Mourns Killings
December 15, 2018: Day 25: The Agitator
December 16, 2018: Day 26: An Election Official in Jianguo
December 17, 2018: Day 27: A Doctor in Shaoxing
December 17, 2018: Article: The Electoral Calculus Driving Pre-Election Campaigning
December 18, 2018: Day 28: A Matriarch in Minsheng
December 19, 2018: Day 29: A Farmer in Minzu
December 20, 2018: Day 30: A Day Worker in Cenefort
December 21, 2018: Day 31: An Educator in Meridoc
December 22, 2018: Day 32: A Captain in Carellon
December 23, 2018: Day 33: A Daughter in Lienne
December 23, 2018: Article: "Catching Up With '33 Provinces' Voters
December 23, 2018: Second Round Election: Live Coverage
December 24, 2018: Artifacts from the Campaign Trail: Map of Second-Round Presidential Election
December 25, 2018: Artifacts from the Campaign Trail: Parliamentary Diagrams of the National Assembly

Dramatis Personae


Election Schedule

November 20, 2018: Beginning of 33 Provinces in 33 Days
November 28, 2018: Presidential Debate
December 9, 2018: First Round of Election: First Round of Presidential Election, Election for General Assembly
December 23, 2018: Second Round of Election: Second Round of Presidential Election, Election for Assembly of Commons, all local/provincial elections
January 6, 2018: Presidential Inauguration
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Major Political Issues

Economic Growth and Employment
Laeral experienced several decades of economic prosperity beginning in the 1980s, based on export of manufactured goods, particularly textiles. Economic growth has slowed in the 2000s, and unemployment has risen under President Brennan. Laeral is also in great debt to various other nations, as well as private investors, notably Sanctaria. Meanwhile, the textile industry is in decline, with many jobs being lost. Laeral’s unemployment rate is currently 7.3%, and especially high among the young. President Brennan’s attempts to transition the nation’s economy to a service base have largely stalled, and economic growth remains slow.

Crisis Intervention Abroad
In early 2018, Laeralian and allied naval forces were deployed to contested areas of the Northeastern Sea, ostensibly in order to retrieve Laeralian citizens threatened by an ongoing conflict between the militaristic nation of Separatist Peoples (CDSP) and pirates operating in the vicinity. The situation was also complicated by Separatist use of chemical weapons against these pirates. The relief convoy entered a tense naval standoff with CDSP forces which was resolved by referring the matter to the International Affairs Committee (IAC), a neutral international arbiter composed of numerous member nations. The IAC brokered a deal whereby the CDSP provided transport for Laeralian citizens out of the conflict zone, although their chemical weapons stockpile was not addressed. President Brennan was a strong advocate of the deal, while it was criticized by conservative lawmakers as a defeat and embarrassment for Laeral.

In May 2018, in the nation of Lauchenoiria, democratically elected Prime Minister Laura Moore and President Leanna Walker were deposed by Home Secretary Suleman Chaher in a coup. President Brennan, who had close ties to President Walker, offered her sanctuary in Laeral. In June, following mass arrests of Laeralian citizens in the country, the Laeralian National Assembly declared war on Chaher’s government, leading an international coalition into a bloody invasion of Lauchenoiria. Although the Coalition had early gains, the entry of other nations into the war on Chaher’s side led to the conflict becoming a stalemate. Fighting continued until Sanctaria called for peace talks, threatening to recall Laeralian government debt unless President Brennan did so. Brennan agreed, and the result of peace talks was peace accords, which were signed in September. Although defenders of the war note that certain Laeralian objectives, such as restoring a democratic Lauchenoiria and freeing Laeralian civilians, were met, opponents criticize Brennan’s decision to bend to Sanctarian pressure, and claim that greater military spending would have led to victory in the conflict.

Welfare
Laeral has a tradition of generous welfare programs dating back to the 1980s. However, projections show that welfare payments will occupy an increasing proportion of the government budget in future, while some on the right criticize benefits for being allocated too freely to immigrants. Fiscal hawks claim that benefit cuts are needed, while the Socialist Party has pledged to fight to preserve existing benefits. Meanwhile, welfare programs have been accused of slowing economic growth and encouraging unchecked immigration. The issue of immigrants supposedly profiting from abuse of welfare programs has become a common theme in far-right candidate Hsieh Pai-han’s campaign.

Education
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Laeral’s system of National Open Universities is the envy of the region. However, education occupies a swelling role in the national budget, while some have criticized the alleged elitism and privilege at these elite institutions. Rising college costs weigh heavily upon the minds of the young, as does the policy of race-based admission, instituted at all public universities but heavily criticized. At the provincial level, a fierce war is in progress between supporters and opponents of school uniform requirements, with uniform laws in place in 19 of the 33 provinces. Supporters (such as LPP candidate Damien Vendorme and Conservative Bernard Errante) say that school uniforms encourage discipline and eliminate distractions, while many on the left say that the stifle freedom of expression.


Immigration
Under President Brennan, Laeral has adopted generous immigration policies, accepting over 600,000 immigrants over the past five years. These immigrants largely come from fellow developed nations within the region, but Laeral has also offered asylum to refugees fleeing conflict in Lauchenoiria and Andhra Republic. Incumbent Prime Minister Tanvi Misra, now the Progressive candidate for President, is a second-generation Andhran immigrant, and a strong advocate of increased immigration. Others, such as Liu Mei-han, take a more nuanced view, while Damien Vendorme and Hsieh Pai-han have criticized immigration for allegedly depriving Laeralites of jobs, overwhelming the welfare system, and introducing people and ideas contrary to Laeralian values.

Voting Rights
All Laeralites over 18 who have not been convicted of certain crimes enjoy the right to vote. However, voter registration has become a flashpoint within Laeralian politics, as some on the right have warned of voter fraud. Proposed measures, such as new laws to require greater identification at voting places, have been condemned as discriminatory by the left. Certain leftist groups hope to expand the franchise to other groups, through proposals such as lowering the voting age to 16 or allowing immigrants to vote after a shortened period of residency.

Racial and Gender Quotas
For centuries, Rén (Laeralian Chinese) were an oppressed group, subject to legal discrimination in virtually all areas of public life. While decades of activism and effort have made great strides against racial discrimination, Rén and other ethnic groups of Asian origin, such as the Gao, still have on average lower incomes, shorter lifespans, and less education than Arrivée (White Laeralites). To combat this inequity, the Laeralian government has for decades instituted strict quota systems in business and government, along ethnic lines. These programs are, as might be expected, extremely popular with non-mixed-race Rén, the primary beneficiaries, and for that reason, few politicians have dared to propose major reforms to the system.

Multilingualism
Under the Laeralian Constitution, Laeral is a multilingual state, with the primary languages of French and Min Chinese being treated equally under the law. At present, however, French remains the de facto language of government and the law. On the provincial level, the prevalent language remains a volatile political issue. Eight provinces have passed laws mandating an official language for their province, with Laeral’s highest court, the Constitutional Court, poised to decide whether these laws are constitutional. Proponents of these laws argue that provinces with the majority population speaking a single language shouldn’t be required to offer government materials in multiple languages.

Tobacco Use
Although smoking rates have declined over the past decade, 34% of men and 27% of women are daily smokers. The health and economic effects of Laeral’s collective smoking habit has emerged as a major concern, as estimated productivity losses due to tobacco use is valued in the billions of Marks. Some politicians, notably the New Democrats’ Liu Mei-han have proposed major anti-smoking laws on a national level, including taxation of tobacco products, banning smoking in restaurants and public areas, and other policies designed to crack down on tobacco. Others have said that the focus of efforts against lung cancer and other smoking-related illnesses should be on providing resources to those smokers who wish to quit, rather than imposing laws on those who have decided to pursue smoking despite the consequences.

Energy
Roughly three-quarters of Laeral’s energy needs are met by the country’s aging system of nuclear power plants, with other renewable energy, as well as fossil fuel-burning plants, providing the rest. Although Laeral hasn’t experienced a nuclear accident in three decades, many Laeralites are concerned by the possibility, and nuclear waste disposal is also a concern. President Brennan’s Minister of Energy has focused on shifting Laeral away from nuclear energy and towards other renewables. Critics say that alternatives, such as wind and solar energy, are unreliable, and a waste of money compared to Laeral’s existing nuclear-based system.
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Political Parties


Socialist Party
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Position: Left-wing
Ideology: Democratic Socialism
Progressivism
Urbanism

Campaign Focus: Increased economic equality; worker’s rights

Policies:
-Taxes: Cut taxes on the poor, institute higher taxes on large businesses, the wealthy, and businesses leaving Laeral. Repeal sales taxes which disproportionately affect the poor.
-Healthcare: Fully incorporate all hospitals and doctors into the Ministry of Public Health. Offer free healthcare to all, while working with medical unions to improve conditions for doctors. Legalize recreational marijuana use.
-Education: Fund free college education to all students at a public university, regardless of income or grades. Oppose efforts to institute school uniforms or strengthen racial/gender/religious quota policies.
-Foreign Policy: Cut diplomatic staff, but stay in IDU, WA, UN, etc. Do not join any new free trade agreements, and work to renegotiate existing ones, because of the negative effects on the environment, labor rights, and Laeralian workers. The party is divided on the issue of foreign intervention, with a vocal minority arguing against foreign military intervention, while party leadership endorsed Laeralian involvement in the Second Lauchenoirian Civil War.
-Energy: Promote renewable energy, while ensuring that jobs are not lost during this transition. Move away from nuclear power gradually.
-Military and Justice: Retain current policies regarding the military, while eradicating inefficiency and ensuring that all Laeralian military equipment is built domestically. Reduce penalties for petty crimes while increasing penalties for white-collar crime so that “justice comes to all Laeralites, including those at the top”. Reduce the cap on campaign donations and prohibit foreign campaign financing.
-Immigration: Lower immigration while introducing stricter vetting for incoming immigrants to ensure that incoming immigrants understand Laeralian values, as well as a Laeralian language (French or Min Chinese).
-Infrastructure: Invest in Laeralian railroad transportation infrastructure, as well as international airports. Safeguard benefits and pensions for transportation workers.

Seats held:
75/386 Assembly of Commons
14/66 General Assembly

Candidate:
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Representative
Former Deputy Mayor of Althea, Loiraine



Progressive Party
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Position: Center-left
Ideology: Social Democracy, Progressivism

Campaign Focus: Stability and a continuation of current governance.

Policies:
-Taxes: Retain current tax code.
-Healthcare: Increase healthcare spending, while continuing to subsidize insurance industry “for a healthier future”. Legalize recreational marijuana use.
-Education: Increase budget to public schools and reduce charter school permits. Centralize school curriculums so that the Ministry of Education has greater control over teaching. Expand scholarships for women and the working class, but resist universal free college. Oppose nationwide school uniform policies.
-Foreign Policy: Remain in current alliances, and support military intervention abroad in defense of democracy and Laeralian interests. Work within the IDU and the WA to promote Laeralian values abroad.
-Energy: Promote renewable energy, specifically solar, nuclear and hydroelectric energy. Work to transition away from nuclear power. Support at-home power generation with tax cuts.
-Military and Justice: Decrease budget for military, but retain compulsory government/military service. Research improved naval designs. Retain current justice system, while working to reduce sentencing periods and improve rehabilitative programs.
-Immigration: Maintain immigration at current levels, work on integrating immigrants into society. Create a “pathway to citizenship” for undocumented immigrants.
-Infrastructure: Promote railroad infrastructure as well as affordable housing.

Seats held:
98/386 Assembly of Commons
18/66 General Assembly

Candidate:
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Prime Minister of Laeral
Delegate from Fuxing province



New Democratic Alliance known as the New Democrats, NDA, or the Alliance
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Position: Center?
Ideology: Social Liberalism, Economic Centrism. Possibly Futurism, Internationalism, Populism

Campaign Focus: ‘Compassionate Politics’

Policies:
-Taxes: Cut most sales taxes, clamp down on tax evasion, and create a new tobacco tax to generate revenue while reducing tobacco use.
-Healthcare: Retain current system of multi-payer health care with strict government regulation of insurance companies. Provide greater funding for rural hospitals, specifically in western Laeral. Increase anti-tobacco efforts.
-Education: Offer government scholarships and loans for college, offer more child care. Continue funding of certain extracurricular activities. Give control over teacher hiring to provincial governments, while creating a national licensing system to certify all teachers for nationwide teaching. Continue affirmative action programs.
-Foreign Policy: Increase diplomatic staff, promote ties with allies as well as free trade. Work to promote Laeralian values abroad, even if it comes at the expense of economic growth. Continue a policy of military intervention when necessary.
-Energy: Promote renewable energy, fix energy infrastructure, continue use of nuclear power. Additionally, provide tax credits for energy-efficient buildings.
-Military and Justice: Work to increase Laeralian national defense spending. Fast-track judicial appointments in order to ensure that there is not a shortage of judges. Support increased campaign financing transparency.
-Immigration: Make it easier to become a Laeralian citizen, increase number of incoming refugees. Promote multiculturalism in order to promote acceptance.
-Infrastructure: Work to fix energy infrastructure. Meanwhile, promote affordable housing by constructing new mixed-use affordable developments intended to be part of the community.

Seats held:
19/386 Assembly of Commons
1/66 General Assembly

Candidate:
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Former Governor of Neidong
Former Ambassador to the World Assembly



Conservative Party
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Position: Center-right
Ideology: Agrarianism, Liberal Conservatism

Campaign Focus: Experienced, trustworthy leadership

Policies:
-Taxes: Cut income taxes and small business taxes; enact more ‘sin taxes’, or sales taxes on behaviors considered negative.
-Healthcare: Retain current healthcare system, while moving away from state-run hospitals as well as providing more funding for rural medical facilities. Limit opportunities for medical workers to strike. Eliminate mandatory vaccination.
-Education: Make it easier to create charter schools, work to integrate religious and private schools with the wider educational system. Implement nationwide school uniform policy to promote discipline.
-Foreign policy: Participate in diplomatic programs as a way of promoting Laeralian economic influence. Participate in international incidents when necessary to ensure Laeralian security and support democracy worldwide.
-Energy: Retain nuclear power, while ensuring that there is a plan for disposing of nuclear waste. Continue to promote Laeralian energy self-sufficiency.
-Military and Justice: Increase military spending while working to improve naval and transportation capabilities. Increase punishments for petty crimes to discourage future lawbreaking. Create more support mechanisms for veterans.
-Immigration: Introduce stricter background checks for incoming immigrants, while promoting programs to assimilate immigrants into Laeral society.
-Infrastructure: Work to promote rural infrastructure, as well as supporting the Corday-Bethune cross-strait tunnel.

Seats held:
72/386 Assembly of Commons
18/66 General Assembly

Candidate:
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Delegate from Choisel
Former Representative
Former Mayor of Marist, Choisel



Laeralian People’s Party
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Position: Right-wing
Ideology: National Conservatism
Social Conservatism
Campaign Focus: Economic prosperity through free-market economics paired with a focus on traditional values.

Policies:
-Taxes: Lower income taxes especially on the wealthy, cut corporate tax in order to spur economic development. Increase tariffs slightly to protect domestic industry.
-Healthcare: Improve medical schools in Laeral, while removing restrictions on health insurance companies. Welcome immigrants with medical training. Prevent medical workers and paramedics from striking. Promote religious and non-profit care providers as an alternative to government health care.
-Education: Make it easier to create charter schools while giving more control of the educational system to provincial government. Promote the use of school uniforms. Cut the role of race as a factor for university admission, while expanding the number of National Open Universities to prevent elitism.
-Foreign policy: Cut foreign aid spending and funding for Laeralian diplomats abroad. Stay in UN, WA, and IDU, but cut funding to the missions in those nations. End certain free trade agreements to promote domestic industry.
-Energy: Retain largely as current, including continuing to use nuclear power. End subsidies for alternative fuels and energy to focus on “tried and tested means of energy production”.
-Military and Justice: Increase military spending and research. Create more military bases overseas in strategic locations. Increase number of police officers while increasing punishments for attacking police. Enact strict anti-gang legislation.
-Immigration: Switch from offering immigrants citizenship to offering temporary work visas. Decrease the number of incoming immigrants.
-Infrastructure: Increase spending on rural infrastructure.

Seats held:
63/386 Assembly of Commons
15/66 General Assembly

Candidate:
Delegate from Therese
Former Representative
Former Mayor of Jinyu, Therese



Laeral Unbowed!
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Position: Far-right
Ideology: Nationalism
Right-wing populism
Campaign Focus: Economic prosperity achieved by cleansing the nation of foreign and leftist influences.

Policies:
-Taxes: Lower taxes on Laeralites while enacting some tariffs. Lower taxes on the wealthy and corporate taxes, in order to promote economic development.
-Healthcare: Limit the ability of medical workers to strike. Promote traditional medicine, and eliminate mandatory vaccination policies. Prevent immigrants from “overwhelming” medical system.
-Education: Reduce federal control of education, while allowing charter and private schools to receive government funding. Enact school uniform policies within K-12 education. Support the Ministry of Culture in promoting Laeralian culture domestically and overseas.
-Foreign Policy: Slash funding, reduce the ‘bloated’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Withdraw from “corrupt” UN, WA, IDU in order to put “Laeral first”.
-Energy: Retain nuclear plants while shutting down funding for alternative energy.
-Military and Justice: Massively increase military spending in order to protect Laeral. Remove the laws regulating the powers of the military and police force. Begin an immense crackdown on crime by increasing punishments and reintroducing the death penalty for crimes such as treason, murder, and rape. Criminalize prostitution.
-Immigration: Create strict immigration restrictions to protect Laeralian national identity, including a complete halt to admission of refugees which may pose a threat to national security.
-Infrastructure: Use unspecified methods to improve Laeralian infrastructure.

Seats Held:
17/386 Assembly of Commons
0/66 General Assembly

Candidate:
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Representative
Former radio commentator

Minor Parties
Certain minor parties play a part in the upcoming election. Listed below are all parties intending to contest seats in the Assembly of Commons.
United Right, a far-right Rén-nationalist political party which will merge with Laeral Unbowed! following the election.
Green Party/Laeralian Ecology, an environmentalist party in favor of green policies, which caucuses with the Assembly of Commons left wing.
Women's Alliance, an explicitly feminist political party, accused of having ties to the brutal Women’s Party regime in Kerlile.
Radical Party of the Left, a far-left party favoring direct democracy, international disarmament, aggressive net neutrality, and other policies associated with the “pirate party” movement.
Secular Democrats, a center-right political party supporting secular governance and free-market economics.
Laeralian Communist Party, a far-left party supporting strict Marxist principles, notable for refusing to moderate it’s political views.
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33 Provinces in 33 Days

33 Provinces in 33 Days is a groundbreaking new initiative intended to give Laeralites and visitors from abroad an unprecedented inside look at Laeral on the eve of a major election. A team of journalists, reporters, and TV camera crews from over 20 news outlets will travel Laeral onboard the high-speed train Republique, interviewing a Laeralite in each of Laeral’s 33 provinces on their priorities, political opinions, and hopes for the future. These interviews will be broadcast and covered in dozens of TV station, radio channels, and newspapers. Come with our team to explore the people of Laeral and Laeralian democracy!

Partner Media Outlets:
TV stations:
Service de Nouvelles Nationales Laeralien (SNNL, or LNNS as it is known in English, is a 24-hour state-run news network, in French and Min Chinese. Leans centrist and pro- whatever administration is in power. It’s reach extends throughout Laeral.)
LNBS News (A 24-hour news network run privately in French and Min Chinese. Leans left, and typically endorses Progressive candidates.)
Laeral 24 (A major, privately-run, news channel in French and Min. Leans rightward, and generally pro-LPP).
Western Broadcasting (Rural, agrarian, Min-language TV news service. Leans right and anti-immigrant.)
Le Monde (A minor TV channel in French. Leans slightly left, but is generally unbiased).
Silver Harvest Channel (French and Min-language TV channel which is generally centrist or right-leaning in its outlook.)
Pan-Laeral Media (A minor French TV news channel, which leans toward the LPP.)
Diard News (A TV channel focusing on business news, named after its’ founder, Alain Diard.)

Newspapers:
Le Laeralien (The largest newspaper in Laeral. It is generally unbiased, and publishes weekly. Copies can be found throughout Laeral in French, Min Chinese, and English.)
La Sentinelle (The second-largest Laeralian newspaper, it is generally centrist or center-left but has a globalist slant. It publishes daily in French and Min Chinese, and in English once a week.)
Le Pays (The third-largest Laeralian newspaper, publishing daily in French and Min Chinese, and English on Sundays. Generally center-right).
Laeralsford Chronicle (A daily, French language, newspaper focusing on news within Laeralsford. Leans left.)
Aujourd’hui (A weekly French-language magazine focused on lifestyle and culture news, which leans right.)
Les Couloirs (‘The Corridors’: A French, Min Chinese, and English-language political journalism magazine focusing on the federal government, leaning slightly left)
Le Auvergnat (A French-language daily newspaper produced in the city of Auvergne, with a generally right-wing, pro-market slant on local news).
Le Journal Féminin (A French-language magazine catering to upper-class and urban women).
New Hanshui Times (A successful Min Chinese and English-language daily newspaper published in Hanshui, with a slightly liberal tilt and a largely-undeserved reputation for low journalistic standards).
Le Diplomate/The Diplomat (A weekly English and French-language news magazine, focusing on political and economic issues in great detail. Generally unbiased, but opinion columns lean neoliberal).
L'Indépendant (A proudly independent multilingual news source, with a readership composed largely of young adults. Leans left).
Le Stylo (A right-wing tabloid newspaper with extraordinarily low journalistic standards).

Radio Stations:
Radio Laeral International (A mixed-language radio station which generally leans slightly-left; favored among expats living in Laeral for its award-winning coverage of international events).
Laeralian Popular Radio (A Min-language, right-leaning radio station, where Laeral Unbowed!’s presidential candidate, Representative Hsieh Pai-han, once worked as a popular commentator).
Voice of the Riverlands (A French and Min Chinese-language radio station operating in the densely populated Riverlands region, with a wide variety of views represented).

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Day One: A Fisherman in Brissac
At any of the numerous small fishing ports that dot the coast of the Peninsular region of Laeral, near sunrise every morning, dozens of independent fishing boats pass out of the harbor, in search of fish and shrimp from Laeral’s abundant fishing grounds. Christophe Motin, a resident of the small fishing village of Montravers, tends to those vessels from his boat repair workshop, which he runs with his son Antoine. Salt water is in the family’s blood- his father and grandfather were fishermen in the Gulf of Laeral, and he is grooming his second son to take over the business.
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When asked about his views on the upcoming presidential and legislative elections, Motin grew animated in his support for the Laeralian People’s Party and their candidate for president, Damien Vendorme. “Damien has a vision for Laeral, which I don’t think all the other candidates have,” he said. “He’s the kind of leader we need for the future.” Motin, an Arrivée (white Laeralite) working-class man, is the type of voter who could once be counted on to vote for the center-right Conservative Party. Although Motin voted Conservative in the presidential elections of 2010 and 2014, he dislikes their role in the current governing coalition and intends to cast his ballot for the LPP. “They’ve gotten too used to being in power in Laeralsford, and they’re entirely too cozy with the Progressives and Socialists, if you ask me”.

What issues do you worry about?
“My biggest concern right now is the economy. I run a small business, with two employees, not counting my boy and I. It’s been hard enough for me to get by since the recession, and I don’t need government regulation or an increased minimum wage. I’m all right if they regulate the big companies more, but it’s hard enough for me to deal with permits and paperwork as it is. Times are hard overall, but it seems to be hitting independent fishermen the hardest, and they make up most of my customers.”

What do you think the government should do about this?
“Well, I think that we need a pro-business government that loosens up on business owners, and they should do something to improve the economy as a whole. I’m no economist, but it seems to me that a tax cut for people who need it could help boost spending. If they could also cut into foreign seafood imports to protect our own local fishermen, that would be good. Whatever happens, the government needs to do something and show that it hasn’t forgotten about the peninsula. If the government could do that, I think I’d be able to make a good profit from my shop here.”

Which candidate do you support for President?
“I support Damien Vendorme. That man’s someone who can turn Laeral around. Just looking at his background, he’s the one who can fix our economy. I feel as if our economy is at rock bottom, and we’re falling behind our foreign competition. The solution isn’t more trade, or more taxes. It’s protecting us from foreign competitors.”

What is it about Delegate Vendorme’s background that appeals to you?
“He turned Jinyu [a Laeralian city; capital of Therese province] around. They had high crime, high unemployment, gangs, drugs, everything. And he went in there, he cracked some heads, and he got things done. He fixed Jinyu, and he can do the same with the whole country if we give him a chance.”


Brissac is a largely rural and poor province, with a population of 700,000, which leans strongly rightward. Brissac will not be electing Delegates or a Governor, but will elect their provincial Senate. The Brissac Senate is governed by the Conservatives in coalition with the Laeralian People’s Party. Brissac is an extremely tough environment for leftists, and is traditionally Conservative. Their electorate is largely working-class Arrivée and tends to be devout Catholics. Primary issues in Brissac are expanding healthcare in rural areas, promoting the fishing industry, national security, and immigration, due to Brissac’s border with Malabra. Naval bases located in Brissac provide many jobs to the region, and their proposed closure has led to alarm among Brissac citizens. The vote in Brissac is expected to be largely split between the Conservatives and the LPP, although the New Democratic Alliance, Progressives, Laeral Unbowed! will likely draw votes as well.


Campaign Trail Update

Le Laeralien: Who is Liu Mei-han, New Democratic Alliance?

La Sentinelle: Hsieh, Vendorme, Call For Immigration Restrictions

Le Pays: Misra’s Campaign Battles Record-High Distaste Among Right, Independents

Les Couloirs: Conservatives Face Unfavorable Map, Brace for Losses

Le Stylo: Tourist Dies After Bite From Rabid Cat


Latest Polling, from Le Laeralien
Prime Minister Tanvi Misra: 27%
Delegate Damien Vendorme: 22%
Governor Liu Mei-han: 15%
Delegate Bernard Errante: 11%
Representative Jean-Pierre Nury: 10%
Representative Hsieh Pai-han: 6%
Undecided/Other: 9%
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Polling Analysis:
Prime Minister Tanvi Misra is doing well early on, despite her record high unpopularity ratings among self-identified conservatives. She is a hugely controversial figure, with Progressives giving her a 72% approval rating, while Conservatives give her a 22% approval, LPP supporters give her 11% and only 4% of Laeral Unbowed! supporters approve of her candidacy. She is extremely popular among second and third-generation immigrants (73%), but has performed worse than expected among women (59%). She is also embroiled in one of Laeral’s famous political feuds with both Representative Jean-Pierre Nury, who has called her a ‘liar’, and Governor Liu Mei-han, who broke with the Progressives in what became an intense personal feud between her and Misra.

Delegate Damien Vendorme is hoping to establish himself as the leading opponent to Tanvi Misra through attacking her, as well as promoting his own economic plans. He is currently doing well among the Arrivée* (approval rating of 62%) although he lags among Rén** as well as self-identified Atheists and other traditionally liberal constituencies.

*Laeralites of European descent
**Laeralites of Asian descent

Governor Liu Mei-han represents a relatively new face in Laeralian national politics, and her party has little existing political network. Although few polls have been collected on public opinion of her, the percentage of Laeralites who have considered voting for her has been increasing. Although she is now being called ‘Laeral’s Macron’ in reference to the French President, her party, the New Democrats, has few visible down-ballot candidates, and no established donors, volunteers, or voter base. Nevertheless, she is doing extremely well in the polls, surprising many. Many attribute her popularity to liberal voters who dislike Misra and Nury, as well as political centrists dissatisfied with politics as usual.

Delegate Bernard Errante has seen a dip in his polls recently. Many attribute this to a lack of charisma, although it has not helped that he is often viewed as out-of-touch, especially in light of a recent comment about contraceptives.

Representative Jean-Pierre Nury, son of former President Edmond-Alain Nury, has not been living up to the expectations his party has placed upon him. He was a compromise choice between two more charismatic, better known Socialists, and he is embroiled in a well known-feud with Prime Minister Tanvi Misra, whom he has called a ‘liar’. Ultimately, voter enthusiasm among Socialists is lower than expected, hampering his poll results.

Representative Hsieh Pai-han has received a relatively lukewarm reception thus far from the Laeralian electorate. While his campaign had hoped to draw voters based on their anti-WA, anti-immigrant, economic populist stance, it seems that many of their potential voter base has been drawn off by Delegate Damien Vendorme’s adoption (some say theft) of some of their signature policies, leading Laeral Unbowed! to move further right in response.
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Artifacts From the Campaign Trail: Laeralian Election Posters

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A city street in Meilun province. The large poster shows a New Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate for the provincial Legislature, posing alongside the party’s presidential candidate, Liu Mei-han.
Campaign posters have historically played a major role in the Laeralian election cycle. For decades, posters were one of the only ways to reach voters without television or radio in Laeral’s western provinces. Laeralian campaign law, meanwhile, sets strict limits on advertising time on radio and TV- but few restrictions on campaign posters and billboards. As a result, streets in major cities are often covered in campaign posters as election day approaches. A commonly held belief is that while campaign posters are useful in western (Rén-majority) areas, TV and online advertisements are a more effective means of reaching Arrivée voters. Below is a sampling of the campaign posters of this election cycle.

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This poster, supporting Delegate Damien Vendorme of the right-wing Laeralian People’s Party, shows a genial-looking Vendorme smiling at the camera. He is on the right side of the poster, indicating his ideological orientation. The slogan “A will for Laeral”, printed in LPP blue, advertises his willingness to make difficult decisions and show leadership. Beneath is the web address for his campaign website, his account on the social media site Setsuzoku, and his campaign hashtag.

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Historically, the left-wing Socialist Party has focused more on ideology than individual candidates, and this poster is no different. This poster doesn’t promote the party’s presidential candidate, Representative Jean-Pierre Nury, likely due to his unpopularity. Instead, the poster focuses on the issue of gender pay differences, with the slogan “I deserve equal pay for equal work. I vote Socialist”. The smiling Arrivée worker represents, in fact, the core Socialist constituencies of industrial workers and white voters, while her orange work gloves mirror the party’s color. The party’s simple logo appears in the bottom right.

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In a town in Minzu province, a large poster over a city street advertises the Conservative Party’s candidate for Governor, Céline Tang. A portrait of her appears before a field of the center-right party’s light blue, while the slogan advertises her willingness to “listen to your concerns”. Slogans advertising the candidate’s personal qualities, such as devotion or honesty, are common in the west, but less so in the east. Her name is printed in the bottom right, while the name of the party is consigned to the small characters in the upper left.

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Prime Minister Tanvi Misra, of the center-left Progressive Party is gazing past the viewer into the future in this simple campaign poster. The slogan at top reads “ready to lead Laeral”, therefore reminding the reader of Misra’s extensive government experience. The slogan, as well as Misra’s name and the name of her party, are printed in Progressive red, with a modernist sans serif font. Misra herself often appears in elaborate traditional Andhran jewelry, and this poster is no exception. The jewelry and clothing would make Misra recognizable even if she weren’t such a well known public figure, while her pensive expression conveys thoughtfulness. The decision to convey Misra so prominently is unusual, given her unpopularity among right-wing and independent voters.

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The Socialist Party’s candidate for Mayor of Lyrene Municipality, Zhao Guo, faces an easy reelection campaign thanks to her immense popularity. Zhao’s reputation for being determined and incorruptible is reinforced with her picture and expression, while the slogan reads “A bold vision for Lyrene’s future”. The Socialist party orange is set against black and white text, making the poster’s message stand out, while Zhao herself wears casual clothing rather than the more formal attire commonly favored by candidates of more ‘establishment’ parties. Ironically, after five years in Municipal Hall, Zhao is by no means a political outsider.

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This poster for the far-right nationalist party Laeral Unbowed! shows the party’s presidential candidate, representative Hsieh Pai-han, pointing dramatically at the viewer capturing his passion and fervor. The message on the right is no less impassioned, shouting at the viewer “Protect our traditions! Reject neo-imperialism!”. Beneath is the name of the party. It is interesting to note that, like Prime Minister Misra’s poster above, no contact information is given, it being assumed that the viewer is familiar already with the candidate.

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Governor Liu Mei-han, of the newfounded New Democratic Alliance beams at the viewer from her campaign poster. Her smile is the main focus of the poster, with the jade necklace around her neck a subtle nod to both her Rén heritage and her religion, the Minjian Faith. Her campaign slogan, “Not left. Not right. Forward.” is printed in a script meant to evoke the brush-strokes of calligraphy. Beneath, the poster reads “Liu Mei-han for President” and then her campaign website and Setsuzoku account.
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Day Two: An Immigrant in Lematre
Ebru Aydın arrived in Laeral from Serriel several years ago, under an immigration program sponsored by President Brennan. Her husband, an academic, had come to Laeral in search of work before then, and had sent remittances to Ebru and her three children in Serriel for several years. Aydın herself, a former English teacher, had lost her job in the global financial recession, and had been left behind in the developing nation to take care of the children while her husband sought a way to bring the rest of the family to join him. It was almost one year ago when Ebru learned that she had received a ‘blue badge’, a type of admittance document allowing her and her young children to come to Laeral. Now reunited with her husband, Ebru lives in Legrange, the capital city of Lematre province.

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As an immigrant, what reception have you received from other Laeralites?
“I would say my reception has been quite positive so far. When I came to Laeral, government workers and local groups helped my family and I settle in. I was able to take free French classes at the community center, for example, and local volunteers helped me get my business off the ground. I won’t say that it’s been easy, though. I have had some cultural misunderstandings, that kind of thing, but people have generally been forgiving. I still haven’t been able to master chopsticks, though. My children have picked them up like a fish to water, but I still need a fork.”

You mentioned that you started a business. What sort of business is this?
“I bake and sell Serrielan desserts and coffee, out of my apartment. My business is called Sweet, Sweet Serriel. We sell them to local people and some local teahouses, and it helps to supplement my husband’s income.”

Have you faced any negative treatment because of your status as an immigrant?
“My family and I have had people say things to us once or twice, but it's no more than you would expect in any foreign country. I once put my chopsticks straight upright in my rice when I was at a restaurant, like in incense sticks, and three separate people were almost tripping over each other to tell me about the death in my future. I do not wear the hijab, so I have had fewer problems than other Muslim women in this country. I’ve heard a few unpleasant or off-color things in the background, but they’ve never been addressed towards me. It’s true that there are some people who are hateful toward immigrants, especially Muslims, but there will always be hateful people. I just try to focus on the many people who have been nothing but welcoming to my husband and I.”

Do you intend to vote in the upcoming election?
“I wish I could, but I won’t be able to vote until I receive citizenship. My husband can vote, though, and he listens to me on who to vote for, since I’m the one in the family who keeps up with the news. On election night, I plan to invite some friends to our house to watch the results and celebrate together.”

Which candidate for President do you support?
“I will vote for Tanvi Misra. I’ve been listening to her speak and watching her on TV, and she’s the candidate who will do the most good for families like ours. I’ve heard what the conservative candidates have said- Hsieh, Vendorme, and their supporters- and I can’t believe what they’re saying. There are good people and bad people in every country in the world, and for them to say that people from other countries are all bad people… that makes me very angry. How could I vote for them? If they would try to make their appeals less biased against immigrants, maybe I would consider them. But they haven’t, and so I will be voting for Misra.”


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Lematre province (0.8 million residents) is primarily rural, and very Catholic, making it controversial location for refugee resettlement. While moderate Progressives were able to be elected in Lematre by appealing to religious values, the leftward movement of the Progressives on social issues has made it difficult for Progressives to win election outside the provincial capital of Legrange. The Council of State, Lematre’s provincial legislature, is governed by a Conservative-LPP coalition. At present, Lematre’s Delegates are a Conservative and an LPP. Both are expected to win reelection easily.


Campaign Trail Update
Le Laeralien: National Assembly Adjourns For Campaigning

La Sentinelle: Socialists Uneasy At Nury’s Polling Numbers

Le Pays: Hsieh: Protestors At Rally “Tools”

Les Couloirs: New Poll: Rén Voter Enthusiasm High

Le Stylo: Expert Analysis Reveals Signs Of Frailness In PM Misra’s Body Language


Latest Polling, from Le Laeralien
Prime Minister Tanvi Misra: 26% (-1)
Delegate Damien Vendorme: 22% (+0)
Governor Liu Mei-han: 17% (+2)
Delegate Bernard Errante: 11% (+0)
Representative Jean-Pierre Nury: 10% (+0)
Representative Hsieh Pai-han: 7% (+1)
Undecided/Other: 8%

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Governor Liu Mei-han has made the most significant gains in today’s voting, mostly from the ‘undecided’ category. Controversial candidate Hsieh Pai-han has also gained ground, likely due to his increasing momentum on the campaign trail.

On provincial and local elections, however, the poll results are substantially different. Governor Liu Mei-han has made significant ground on the national level, advancing to a solid third-place position in the polls ahead of candidates Bernard Errante and Jean-Pierre Nury, both candidates of major, historically well-performing parties in Laeralian politics. This is noteworthy, but Governor Liu’s success has not been replicated by New Democratic candidates at the local level, where they are generally polling below candidates of establishment parties.
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Just now from Gaolan, Neidong

我們的媒體經常以偏見或黨派的方式報導時事。所以我很高興看到絕大多數Laeral的媒體提供商聚集在一起製作“33天33個省”,這是對我們國家即將舉行的選舉的公正探索,每日更新。為那些參加的記者,接受采訪的人以及所有閱讀的人們歡呼!
Trop souvent, nos médias couvrent l'actualité d'une manière partiale ou partiale. Je suis donc très heureux de constater que la grande majorité des fournisseurs de médias de Laeral se sont réunis pour créer "33 provinces en 33 Jours", une exploration impartiale des prochaines élections de notre pays, avec des mises à jour quotidiennes. Bravo aux journalistes qui participent, aux personnes interviewées et à tous ceux qui lisent!
All too often, our media outlets cover current events in a biased or partisan way. And so I'm very happy to see that the vast majority of Laeral's media providers have come together to make "33 Provinces in 33 Days", an unbiased exploration of our nation's upcoming elections, with daily updates. Cheers to those reporters taking part, those being interviewed, and all those reading!
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Wrote a shout out just a while ago:



“When an entire nation shares its story of democracy, we from beyond the International Incidents can see the story through their eyes. To all of Laeral’s diplomats as well as their families in the Nineteen Countries and those involved with our trading partners: thank you.

To our friends in the Allied Provinces — there are no words to adequately express my gratitude and appreciation for your commitment to seeing the continuation of the friendship, commerce and trading relationship which Laeral has long enjoyed with the Nineteen Countries.

I am hopeful for the willingness of the next generation of Laeral’s leaders — the new politicians who are creative, idealistic and open-minded; doing the work to create a relationship built on peaceful commerce and trade between two independent, strong sovereign nations. Who understand that dreams require action plans.

From the Maréchal-Le Men family and the Yohannesian nation-state to yours — Happy Democracy Day.”



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Proud Socialist President of Socialist Nation Endorses...Social Democrats...?
Why? Uh, because immigration? Because hypercapitalists and fascists?
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You would expect President Kristen Brown, 7th President of the Cascadian Socialist Republic, and poster child of the Democratic Socialists, to endorse the Laeralian Socialist Party. That seems like pretty basic common sense, no matter what party you happen to vote for. But in her brief statement during an interview this morning--and I mean brief, gotta get to the important topics, like Nevada and whatnot--she endorsed the Progressive Party.

For reference, the Progressive Party supports subsidizing the insurance industry (AKA corporations deciding whether people get treatment), opposes free college, supports capitalist imperialism, supports compulsory military service, and is generally just not all that friendly towards the working class, especially towards the young working class. Some really progressive forward thinkers, eh? What rationale could President Brown possibly have for endorsing a party that seems so openly counter to her interests?

As far as I can ascertain, because immigration, because of the NDA and because of Laeral Unbowed! (Exclamation point not mine. Protip, if your party has an exclamation point in its name, its probably for assholes. But I digress.)

Here is her full response to the interview question, in the interview with CNN:

So, I wanted to ask about the election in Laurel, which is looking to be somewhat contentious. Do you have any thoughts on it? Do you align yourself with their Socialist Party?

Well, actually, no, and I'll tell you why. First, while we share many views with them, I can't fully support any party that calls for forcing incoming immigrants to understand 'Laeralian values', whatever that means. It's a very troubling nationalist sentiment. It's telling when this comes from a party with a mostly white base. Socialism without intersectionality isn't really socialism at all.

I also find the rise of the hypercapitalists in the NDA and the very threat of the 'Unbowed' fascists to be reason enough for a tactical vote. That is why I endorse the Laeralian Progressive Party. Their positions, while capitalist, are a good step forward, and I feel they are more likely to defeat the NDA and Unbowed. Tanvi Misra is a wonderful woman and I look forward to working with her.


So Brown considers everything I mentioned a good step forward? Good, good to know. And that whole tangent about intersectionality feels very "socialists and white nationalists are the same". Interesting, coming from, again, the supposed socialist. Also, why is she favoring a tactical vote against Unbowed when they've been a near non-factor all the respectable polls thus far?

But leave it to Brown to cave to neoliberals because fascism or whatever. Starting to feel like she's throwing that around as a scapegoat for anything that goes wrong. Very capitalist of her.

Go back to the Democrats, Brown, you're drunk. Stone out.
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I'm very pleased to hear that Emperor Marion Maréchal-Le Men of the Nineteen Countries of Yohannes has endorsed the Conservative Party in the coming election. Her Majesty is a wise and capable leader, and I look forward to working with her when in office to promote mutual trade and security cooperation. Yohannes is a valuable trade partner and a proud fellow democracy, and I am happy that Her Majesty recognizes the merits of our election platform. #PartiConservateur #Élection2018 #LaeralYohannesFriendship

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President Brown of the Cascadian Socialist Republic endorsed the Progressive campaign yesterday, rejecting both the inflexibility of the Socialist platform and the neoliberalism of the NDA. Kristen Brown has evaluated my campaign on it's own merits, a testament to her investigative skill and willingness to take bold action. I look forward to working with her once in office in order to strengthen the bonds between our two great nations.

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Postby Laeral » Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:26 am

News Update: Blackout in Laeralsford
Adopted from a piece by Le Pays

Last night, Laeralsford, the capital of Laeral and home to over 8.4 million people, was plunged into darkness during a massive blackout. Many of Laeralsford’s famous skyscrapers went dark, as did streetlights, leaving car headlights as the only source of light. Hundreds of people were trapped in elevators round the city, while emergency workers struggled to rescue those trapped and restore power. This blackout, which affected the entire city of Laeralsford as well as various suburbs and sections of neighboring Harcour province, is the country’s largest since 2009. 6 deaths and numerous injuries were reported, as a car plunged into the Laer River and several others crashed into buildings and streetlights. An estimated 9 million Laeralites lost power, over ten percent of the nation's population. While power has been restored, several hours after the blackout, the event has led many to question President Brennan’s moves to reduce the nation’s reliance on nuclear power.
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Streets went dark in Laeralsford, prompting confusion for evening pedestrians
such as these at a night market in the Hualien neighborhood.


Nuclear power makes up 27.04% of Laeral’s electricity production, more than any other source of electricity. Many of these plants were constructed several decades ago, as a way to reduce Laeral’s dependence on electricity imports and fossil fuels. Upon taking office eight years ago, President Brennan pledged to lead a transition towards renewable energy. Highly publicized nuclear accidents in the following years, including the meltdown at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, only increased public willingness to transition, with a 2016 poll showing that 61% of Laeralites supported abolishing nuclear power. The Brennan Administration has subsidized renewable energy sources, notably hydroelectric energy (against the wishes of the fish lobby) and solar, which combined produce nearly 35% of Laeral's electricity.

While the cause of the blackout is still under investigation, preliminary reports indicate that a recently-constructed hydroelectric plant in the Laer River failed, resulting in a huge lack of electricity. The government continues to investigate, and has reactivated a nuclear power plant in order to provide power before the hydroelectric plant can be brought back online.

President Brennan has urged Laeralites to remain calm, and has assured the nation that the government will investigate this and prevent future accidents. Some left-wing leaders who had supported Brennan’s attempts to move away from nuclear power have come under criticism since the blackout, largely by commentators who note that power would not have been restored without nuclear and natural gas-based power plants. Brennan, on his part, has urged the public not to politicize the accident. Further details are expected shortly.
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Political Responses to the Laeralsford Blackout
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Over nine million residents of the capital city lost power in last night's blackout.
Representative Jean-Pierre Nury has urged Laeralites to remain calm, indicating in a statement that “my hopes and prayers are with the people of Laeralsford, and those affected by the blackout”. He also applauded the efforts of Laeralian emergency responders, thanking them for their efforts to restore order and electricity and to save lives in the wake of the blackout. His policy platform has not stated an exact goal for the transition to renewable energy, only noting that his administration would provide job training for workers at fossil fuel/nuclear power plants to ensure that they do not become unemployed during the transition to renewables.

As the second-ranking member of the current government, Prime Minister Tanvi Misra came under fire from reporters regarding the government’s role in the blackout. While Prime Minister Misra initially echoed the statement of President Brennan for Laeralsford residents to remain calm during the blackout, multiple reporters asked her whether she still believed that Laeral should transition to renewable energy, as well as grilling her regarding the government’s response. Misra indicated that she still believed in promoting renewable energy, adding that it is “too early to begin assigning blame” following the disaster. Her campaign platform indicates that she wishes to have 75% renewable energy and 25% nuclear energy by 2025. She also said that the government was “working extremely diligently” to restore order and to prevent future blackouts. She then exited the stage, ignoring shouted questions from reporters. She has since indicated that she will be returning to Laeralsford in order to coordinate relief following the blackout, as well as the government’s plan for a response.

Governor Liu Mei-han has been vindicated. A supporter of nuclear power as well as renewable energy, her previous support of improving the electricity grid has been well received by voters. She took the step of deciding to visit Laeralsford last night, and is currently traveling there by train. She also took the step of clarifying her views regarding electricity, stating that although nuclear power has numerous environmental drawbacks, it is a necessary stopgap solution in order to transition away from fossil fuels, which are even more destructive to the environment. She stated also that she supports renewable energy technologies as an eventual goal for the nation, and proposed that Laeral reach 70% of power provided by renewable energy (not including nuclear) by 2035.

Delegate Bernard Errante highlighted his “Double Zero” plan for Laeral’s electrical grid in a speech to supporters and the press, which states that he would ensure that 0% of Laeral’s electricity comes from coal-fired power plants and that 0% of Laeral’s electricity is imported. Errante has described his plan as a way to address national security concerns by promoting electrical self-sufficiency. The plan, although lampooned by Socialist candidate Jean-Pierre Nury as having “a title descriptive of its percentage of actual content” has been generally popular among voters, although it has received little publicity besides Errante himself’s promotion of it.

Delegate Damien Vendorme issued a statement expressing his condolences to those who died and their families, as well as criticizing the government’s failure to prevent the blackout. He took the opportunity to promote his own plan, which centers around protecting the nuclear and coal-fired power plants. He urged Laeralites to “recall the Brennan administration’s failure to keep the lights on” as well as vote for him in order to “get to the bottom of why this happened, and what we can do to prevent it from happening again”. He has also called for Minister of Energy Paul Chou, a Progressive, to resign.

Representative Hsieh Pai-han responded using the popular social media app Setsuzoku, where he wrote:
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Just now from Jinhua, Laeral

Brennan and Tanvi can’t even keep the lights on in Laeralsford, how will they run the country well? They and @Minister_Paul_Chou have failed the people of Laeralsford. Minister Chou should resign. Laeral needs a big change- I will get things done in Laeralsford to stop this from happening again. #LaeralUnbowed! #TakeBackOurNation

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Polling following the Laeralsford Blackout, from Le Laeralien
Delegate Damien Vendorme: 25% (+3)
Prime Minister Tanvi Misra: 23% (-3)
Governor Liu Mei-han: 16% (-1)
Delegate Bernard Errante: 12% (+1)
Representative Hsieh Pai-han: 9% (+2)
Representative Jean-Pierre Nury: 8% (-2)
Undecided/Other: 7%
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Day Three: A Graduate in Bethune
Liliane Cellier is several months away from graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, with a minor in Gender Studies, from the University of Bethune, in the city of Lyrene. This university is one of the more prestigious colleges in the Laeralian national higher education system, although not as elite as the National Open Universities. Although her education was almost entirely paid for by the government due to her family’s low-income status, she worries that she’ll be unable to find a job. Unemployment in Laeral has reached 7.3%, below the high levels hit during the global economic recession, but recovery is still slow. Cellier is the Chair of the Bethune Socialist Youth (BSY), the province’s youth wing of the Socialist Party- an impressive achievement for someone still attending college.
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What types of campaigning have the Bethune Socialist Youth been doing?
“The polls show the Socialists neck-and-neck with the Progressives in most provincial elections, so we’re campaigning hard for both provincial positions and for Jean-Pierre Nury. We held a fundraiser several days back which raised M18000 for Socialist campaigns across the country. We’ve also been hanging up posters around Lyrene in preparation for the Socialist Candidates’ Rally next week.”

The Socialist Party had one of its most grueling primary battles in decades this election season. How have you and your group been reacting to this?
“Well, I think it’s important to remember that many of the news stories you’ve read about the Socialists being fragmented are just exaggerations. Every political party has disagreements, not everyone’s going to agree on every issue. Since the Socialists are one of only two major parties where candidates are chosen via primary, our internal debates are going to be noisier and easier to spot than those in other parties.

I’ll admit, I voted for Gao in the primaries. So did a number of people in BSY. And there were a lot of us who were rather outraged about what went down at the convention. But I feel that those debates overall were a sign of higher participation, higher voter engagement. In the long run, this will be good for us. But in the meantime, we’ll be campaigning as hard as we can for Representative Nury, and all the down-ballot Socialist candidates as well.”

What lessons do you think the government should take from the recent Laeralsford blackout?
“I personally think that it’s just embarrassing, for both Brennan and the entire country. We’re trying to show the world that Laeralsford is a developed city, that we can compete with the First World now. Instead, we’ve just embarrassed ourselves. Does this mean that we need to bring back all our nuclear plants? I don’t think so. We need to focus on moving forward with renewables, instead of going backward. Nuclear power is a danger to the environment, and we need to move past it.”


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Bethune has different demographics than its three fellow peninsular provinces. The capital of Lyrene is the fifth-largest city in Laeral, with a diverse and cosmopolitan character. It was a center of the LGBT equality movement and has a large population of students at its prestigious universities. As such, Lyrene leans heavily leftward, with a Socialist Mayor and a member of the Laeralian Communist Party elected to the Municipal Council. Although the Municipal Council of Lyrene Municipality will be up for election, incumbent Mayor Zhao Guo is widely expected to be reelected by the Council once it reconvenes. The remainder of Bethune province is more centrist, and a major point of contention is Lyrene’s status as a relocation point for incoming immigrants. Lyrene and its suburbs make up 40% of the province’s population, however, and Lyrene’s Delegates are a Socialist and a Progressive. The Governor of Bethune is also a Socialist. While the province’s Delegates are safely in Socialist/Progressive hands, the New Democrats, the Radical Party of the Left, and the Women’s Alliance have all been campaigning in Lyrene in hopes of winning votes for their party in the Assembly of Commons.


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All power has been restored to Laeralsford and surrounding areas, but the government continues to investigate the causes of the blackout. The Vercemer Hydroelectric Plant, whose failure caused the blackout, is expected to be back online tomorrow evening.

Le Laeralien: Laeralsford Residents Left In Dark

La Sentinelle: Opposition Calls For Energy Minister Chou To Resign

Le Pays: Report Warning Of Vercemer Plant Failure Was Ignored By Energy Ministry

Les Couloirs: Brennan, Chou Weather Firestorm of Criticism

Le Stylo: Brennan Begs Energy Minister: “Don’t Leave Us In the Dark Again”

Latest Polling, fromLe Laeralien
Delegate Damien Vendorme: 25% (+0)
Prime Minister Tanvi Misra: 23% (+0)
Governor Liu Mei-han: 16% (+0)
Delegate Bernard Errante: 11% (-1)
Representative Hsieh Pai-han: 9% (+0)
Representative Jean-Pierre Nury: 9% (+1)
Undecided/Other: 7%

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Polls remained largely unchanged following the blackout, although Representative Nury’s campaign appears to have stabilized and Delegate Errante has slumped somewhat.
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Prince Anselm of Bienenhalde endorses the Conservative Party and the Greens and supports Bernard Errante for President of Laeral.
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Day Four: A Churchgoer in Arquien
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On the night of March 18th, 2014, Bruno Hetzel, 23 years old with a pack-a-day tobacco habit, held up a corner convenience store with a switchblade knife, stealing around 200 Marks from the cash register. He was caught by police the next morning, and later sentenced to three months in prison and mandatory participation in a program intended to help him recover from his nicotine addiction, as well as help him find a worthwhile job. The crime took place in Feyssine, a coastal town of about 2,000 people located in remote Arquien province. In this small setting, locals are slow to forget past misdeeds. We caught up with Hetzel as he was sweeping the front steps of the town’s sole Catholic church, as part of the string of odd jobs he’s taken up since he was released.

If you don’t mind, would you tell us about your life after the robbery?
“I don’t mind telling you. After my time in jail was up, I was enrolled in a six-month job training and counseling program. They’ve helped me shape up. I’ve been cigarette-free for the past two months now, and I’ve landed a job at the St. Paul Church of Feyssine doing odd jobs. It’s not what I had in mind for myself, but I always remember that it could be a lot worse.”

How do you feel the criminal justice system has treated you?
“As I said, I feel it could be a lot worse. My time in jail wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. It gave me a chance to look over my life and what I was doing with it, and I thank God for that opportunity. I’ve been trying to go around and explain and apologize to the people that I’ve hurt, and I’m just glad that most people have found it in themselves to forgive me.”

What are your thoughts on the upcoming election?
“Well, this election will be the first one I’ve voted in. I haven’t had the chance to follow the election as much as I’d like, but I know enough to keep up when people discuss politics. Most people here in Feyssine are pulling for Errante or Vendorme. I honestly don’t know, although my family has always voted Conservative. I do agree with a lot of what Errante has been saying, at least on social issues. He doesn’t seem terribly flashy, but he’s got experience and knows what he’s doing. I suppose I’ll see when the election date gets closer.”


Arquien, a rural and sparsely inhabited maritime province, leans rightward. It’s Delegates are from the Conservative Party and the LPP (both up for reelection this year), and its Governor is a Conservative. Primary issues in the province include plans to build an offshore wind farm and the province’s declining shipbuilding sector. No surprises are expected from Arquien when it elects its new Delegates, although Laeral Unbowed!, the Progressives, and the New Democrats are all mounting candidates to challenge the sitting Delegates.

Campaign Trail Update

Energy Minister Paul Chou, of the incumbent Misra Cabinet, has ignored calls to resign over his handling of the Laeralsford Blackout, saying that he intends to cooperate fully with any future investigation of the incident. Deputy Energy Minister for Hydroelectric Power Fabien Guan, however, has resigned, saying in a statement that “I have failed my colleagues, my family, and the Laeralian people, and so it is my duty to remove myself from office”. Guan joins the Manager of the Vercemer Hydroelectric Plant in resignation following the blackout.

The Laeralsford Blackout has also made international news, as the respected publication the Sanctarian National Times has released a news article regarding the blackout. This prominent news coverage within the SNT, one of the foremost newspapers in Hespia, indicates a heightened degree of foreign interest in Laeralian affairs prior to the election.

Representative Hsieh Pai-han has dominated today’s news cycle with a controversial comment regarding immigration. At a rally in sparsely-populated Jinhua province, which was attended by roughly 800 supporters, a woman asked Representative Hsieh whether stories she’d seen online, claiming that immigrants had raped and murdered a Laeralian teenager and that the police had not acted because of the perpetrators’ immigrant status, was true. This story has not been verified by any reputable news source and has been making the rounds on far-right websites. Representative Hsieh Pai-han replied that “it wouldn’t surprise me” if the story was true, sparking outrage among many Laeralites and the immigrant community, as well as among law enforcement.

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Just now from Jinhua, Laeral

I stand by today's statement, and reject the notion that I must perform some kind of 'penance' for saying the wrong phrase. All too often, our nation's police officers are tools of changing political priorities, possibly including letting immigrants get away free with what Laeralites wouldn't. As President, I will restore the independence of our police force nationwide.
我支持今天的陳述,並拒絕接受這樣一種觀念,即我必須為說錯話而進行某種“懺悔”。我們國家的警察往往是改變政治優先事項的工具,可能包括讓移民隨著Laeralites不會自由逃脫。作為總統,我將恢復全國警察部隊的獨立性。


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@HsiehPai-han - 你似乎喜歡在你的Setsuzoku帳戶中貶低我們的警察。我們的警察的工作很難,重複仇恨的謊言和城市傳說,並沒有使它變得更容易。
@HsiehPai-han - vous semblez apprécier de dénigrer notre police dans le confort de votre compte Setsuzoku. Le travail de nos policiers est déjà assez difficile, et répéter des mensonges odieux et des légendes urbaines ne facilite pas les choses.
@HsiehPai-han - you seem to enjoy disparaging our police from the comfort of your Setsuzoku account. The job of our police officers is hard enough, and repeating hateful falsehoods and urban legends doesn't make it any easier.


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Just now from Jinyu, Therese, Laeral

Hate is not a Laeralian value. The immigration debate requires conscientious, reasoned discussion, not inflammatory rumors. I would love to talk with you in person about immigration once you've read up a little on the subject.

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Prime Minister Tanvi Misra (@MisraCampaignEnglish)
Just now from St. Clair, Aumont, Laeral

I join my colleagues from across the political spectrum in condemning Representative Hsieh's deplorable comment painting immigrants as rapists and murderers. Were Rep. Hsieh in the Assembly of Commons floor, I would give him an official reprimand, and suspend his speaking privileges. Instead, the combined scorn of the political community, and the Laeralian people, will have to suffice.
#BoldImmigrants


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Additionally, a debate between the six major candidates will take place at Althea City University, an elite university in the nation’s second largest city of Althea, in five days. The debate will be divided into three segments: an introduction, the economy and employment, and social issues. Voter interest is expected to be high, and virtually all major news outlets will cover the debate, the only all-party debate this election cycle.

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Le Laeralien: Hsieh: Police May Turn Blind Eye To Immigrant Murderers

La Sentinelle: Hsieh’s “Wouldn’t Surprise Me” Sparks Widespread Condemnation

Le Pays: Is Civility Being Lost In Our Political Discourse?

Les Couloirs: Law Enforcement Unions Condemn Hsieh Rape/Murder Comment

Le Stylo: Fact-Checking Hsieh’s Rape Comment


Latest Polling, from Le Laeralien
Delegate Damien Vendorme: 25% (+0)
Prime Minister Tanvi Misra: 24% (+1)
Governor Liu Mei-han: 17% (+1)
Delegate Bernard Errante: 10% (-1)
Representative Jean-Pierre Nury: 9% (+0)
Representative Hsieh Pai-han: 7% (-2)
Undecided/Other: 8%

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Postby Greater Miami Shores » Fri Nov 23, 2018 9:36 pm

"As a fictional Laeralite, which party would you vote for? Feel free to post explaining your response"

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According to a Poll by our Center of National Statistics Cen
Christina White of USA Birth and descent.
Ministra of Information and Statistics.
Conservative Republican Nationalist Party.
Miami Shores Council of Ministers.
President Lincoln Diaz-Balart.
Vice President Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
Democratic Republic of Greater Miami Shores.

45 % - 75.00 % - Laeral Unbowed! (Hsieh Pai-han) their is strong support for Laeral Unbowed!, even from the Laeralian People's Party of (Damien Vendorme), the Conservative party of (Bernard Errante) and the United Right.
10 % - 16.67 % - Conservative Party (Bernard Errante)
05 % - 08.33 % - Laeralian People's Party (Damien Vendorme) People's Party, gulp very hard to swallow lol, might have gained more votes in our nation without that name, but their is very strong opposition in the right to stay in IDU, WA, UN, etc, or in any international organizations and treaty's
60 % Total votes on the Right.

30 % - 75.00 % - Progressive Party (Tanvi Misra)
07 % - 17.50 % - Socialists (Jean-Pierre Nury)
03 % - 07.50 % - Greens Party/Laeralian Ecology
40 % Total votes on the Left.

In our nation we don't use NS stats, we hate NS stats and we don't use + or - percent % margins of error.
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Vienna put his phone in his jacket breast pocket as he neared the hotel doors. He smiled at the doorman — "N'tsir almorien! Salcheh." — and held the grin as he strolled into the lobby. His phone vibrated, indicating that his schedule had him arriving now, and he checked his watch to remind himself of the room number. In the elevator, he pulled his phone out and finished, then sent, his post:

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Thrilled to be doing business in #Althea this month, and pumped for #OrgCon2018 this weekend at @LeDiplomateAlthea! And while I'm here, s/o to @EdwardAndersSIR, my alma mater!

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The elevator bell chimed and the doors slid open. "Floor 35!" Vienna stepped off. Eyeing the sign on the wall, it became evident that his room was one of four on the floor. He pivoted, and there it was. 3502. Door slightly ajar. Faint rap music coming from behind it. He nudged the door open cautiously.

Joyce, Clint, and Marco were all sitting in the lounge, living room area, on their phones, and it was immediately clear to Vienna that he had spent an obscene amount of money on this room. Not that it should matter. He was obscenely wealthy, now, too. But he wasn't, not too long ago, and occasionally he had to remind himself that 20k for a hotel room wasn't all that much in the grand scheme of things.

Joyce looked up first at Vienna, then got up and hugged him. "How was your trip?" she asked.

"Fine," Vienna said, a little offput by the casual atmosphere in the room. He wasn't sure what he'd expected. An ongoing business meeting? Maybe. "You've all read the report I sent?" Clint nodded, then put his phone down. Marco's eyes darted up and he picked himself up off the loveseat.

"Vienna," he said, stretching out his arm for a handshake, then moving into more of an awkward embrace. "How was your trip?"

Vienna furrowed his eyebrows. Then he looked at Clint, who was still staring at him. Then he looked at Joyce, who had collapsed on the floor. Then he smelled the weed.

"You know what?" he said. "Everybody go to sleep. We'll talk in the morning."

"I hate — hate — the LPP. I can't stress that enough." Clint took a sip of his orange juice and looked down at his laptop. "I just don't see how we can justify the tariff increases to our partners. That's going to hit the whole region, you know. I would rather our tobacco clients suffer than our logistics partners."
Vienna put the tip of his pen in his mouth, and Joyce retorted. "But an Alliance government doesn't just hurt our tobacco clients. It hurts charter schools, it hurts our energy clients in the long run. It wouldn't be a loss, but I wouldn't call it a win if Liu Mei-han is president-election on election night."
"But she'd just be president," said Clint. "There's not going to be an alliance government. I think the People's Party is going to emerge with a governing coalition. That's enough to keep down tariffs but put an NDA president in check. Then we get the economic development without the tariffs."
Vienna spoke up. "I'm not convinced about that. Even if it happened I think we'd get bad results. What happens when Mei-han takes isolationism in exchange for domestic regulation? That's not the best of both worlds. It's the worst of both worlds."
It was quiet for a moment, and the intern spoke. "Could a progressive government happen?" she asked.
Vienna dismissed the idea quickly. "A party rarely holds office for more than two terms. In fact, a wing, left or right, rarely holds on to the presidency for more than eight years, if you look at the history. I think progressives are going to be in opposition at the end of this."
"So it's just a question of who's going to be in government."
"Right. And the options aren't great."
"Conservatives would be nice. Not going to happen, of course," said Joyce.
"Think about this," said Clint. "The president is going to be controlling foreign policy. I really don't think we need to worry about the People's Party pushing that agenda from the assembly. But we'll get the economic liberalization nonetheless, since that's what they'll focus on."
"Okay, I can buy that," said Vienna. Joyce nodded as well. "But we need to start influencing them now."

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TO: Damien Vendorme, Laeralian People's Party
FROM: Joyce Wu, Vienna Consulting

Dear Mr. Vendorme,
My colleagues and I happen to visiting Laeral this week on business, and I would love to sit down with you this week to talk about potential ways we could contribute to your campaign. Your work in the General Assembly is so important, and I'd love to see you and your party continue working toward economic prosperity in Laeral as the government after this election.

Looking forward to hearing back from you!
Joyce Wu
Vienna Consulting
Chief Operating Officer

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TO: Lui Mei-han, New Democratic Alliance
FROM: Vienna Eliot, Vienna Consulting

Dear Gov. Mei-han,
Please accept the attached check for $2,000,000. Your vision for Laeral is so important, and I'd love to see you and your party continue working toward economic prosperity in the region from the presidency after this election.

Good luck!
Vienna Eliot
Vienna Consulting
Chief Executive Officer

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Cascadian Socialist Republic
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Founded: Nov 15, 2018
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Postby Cascadian Socialist Republic » Sat Nov 24, 2018 2:24 am

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William Ford (@PeoplesCourthouseOffical)
Just now from Seattle, Washington, Cascadia

I would like to make it clear that the endorsement of the Laeralian Progressive Party still stands under the interregnum government. That is Cascadia's official position on the Laeralian election, especially after Hsieh Pai-han's frankly disgusting comments. The iron grip of fascism must not be allowed to spread to yet another free and open democracy. All the best to Tanvi Misra.

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Founded: Aug 01, 2016
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby Ru- » Sat Nov 24, 2018 4:52 am

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King Yoshio (@realkingyoshio)
Just now from New Ru City, Ru

I'm not sure how much my opinion on this would be worth, but if I had a vote in the Lareal elections, I would be casting it for Liu Mei-Han. Experienced, hard working, inspiring, and with an excellent common sense platform. Ya know, you may as well mark this down as an official endorsement. All that said, Tanvi Misra has done a very fine job as prime minister...there are alot of good candidates running, honestly. Good for the Laeralians.

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Postby Laeral » Sat Nov 24, 2018 9:04 am

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To: Joyce Wu, Vienna Consulting
From: Alexis Ma, Deputy Campaign Manager, Damien Vendorme Presidential Campaign

Dear Ms. Wu:
Thank you for your kind offer regarding Del. Vendorme's campaign for president. Del. Vendorme is indeed interested in discussing his economic policies for Laeral post-election, and his campaigning schedule takes him through Althea on Wednesday the 28th, and he would be pleased to discuss with you then. I trust that 14:00 at the Hôtel Noblesse will work for your needs?

Regards,
Alexis Ma
Deputy Campaign Manager
Damien Vendorme Presidential Campaign


New Democratic Alliance

To: Vienna Eliot, Vienna Consulting
From: Aurélie Zhao, NDA Electoral Victory Fund

Dear Mr. Eliot:
Thank you for your organization's contribution to the campaign of Governor Liu. We're pleased that our work has attracted your favorable attention, and your funds will aid greatly in our efforts towards creating a more just and prosperous Laeral. However, under current Laeralian election law, the cap on donations to a campaign from a foreign organization is M30,000, or NSD 23,400 under current exchange rates. That said, we will be glad to accept a donation of up to 23,400 NSD. Additionally, should you wish to support a cause dear to Governor Liu's heart, either the think-tank Foreign Affairs and Diplomacy Council, which she served as the Chair of for several years, or the non-profit organization Dignité, which works for better affordable housing, are causes that Candidate Liu supports strongly. There is no cap on donations to either of those organizations, and Governor Liu is always willing to meet with those who support these causes generously.

Best,

Aurélie Zhao
Executive Director
NDA Electoral Victory Fund
Allied Provinces of Laeral: A left-leaning East Asian nation, where French culture meets Chinese traditions and values.
Author of Issue #808, Big Trouble in Little Dàguó, and Issue #971, Ambassadors Inextraordinary

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