Abeldane federal election, July 2020
The 22nd Abeldane federal election took place from 28 to 29 July 2020; 12 out of 14 seats in the Reichsversammlung, were up for election. It was the 10th legislative election in the Empire since the introduction of direct elections to the Reichsversammlung.
12 of 14 seats in the Reichsversammlung
8 seats needed for a majority
|Registered||59 (▬ 0.0%)|
|Turnout||64.4% (▼ 30.6 pp)|
The election came only a month after the June election, 5 month ahead of schedule, due to the Concordiagate scandal which rocked the Empire and led to the dissolution of the 13th Reichsversammlung by Emperor Nicholas only a week after its opening.
The National Royalists (NRGU) sought to gain a majority in the Reichsversammlung after having held only 3 seats following the previous election. The Confederals (C) also sought to gain a majority after having emerged from the collapse of its predecessor, the Pirate League and Concordia during Concordiagate. Liberty Front stood to defend their 3 seats.
The election resulted in major gains for the National Royalists, who won 52.6% of the popular vote and 6 seats. The Confederals came second in the vote, with 31.6% and winning 4 seats. The Liberty Front suffered heavy losses, and won only 2 seats with 15.8% of the popular vote.
In the aftermath of the June 2020 election, which saw the Concordia Alliance, consisting of the Pirate League and Liberty Front, skyrocket in the results with a combined 65% of the vote, the Empire fell into a period without a government, as Vorsitzender Patrick Renwick immediately resigned.
Shortly thereafter, a deep-rooted conspiracy against Renwick and other prominent National Royalists, perpetrated by Stephen Freayth, Emperor Nicholas and the leadership of the Concordia Alliance came to light, known as Concordiagate. It became clear Freayth, who was head of the Reichswahlkommission, the federal electoral body, had rigged the election in favour of Concordia. These revelations plunged the empire into deep crisis, with the Concordia Alliance and Pirate League disintegrating, and prompting the Emperor to dissolve the newly constituted 13th Reichsversammlung and call new elections.
Members of the Reichsversammlung are divided into two: elected members and directly appointed members. Under the constitution, it provides two appointed seats in the Reichsversammlung. One seat is held ex officio by the Ervecysarich, at the time of the election Newton von Uberquie, and one seat is directly appointed by the Monarch and is called the Imperial Representative. The rest of the seats are directly elected through the election.
Party-list proportional representation system is used for the electable seats and the D'Hondt method is used for allocating seats to parties. Each parties get to submit a list of members who wish to be elected in the Reichsversammlung and must not exceed the total number of elected seats. Members under the party list are ordered accordingly at the discretion of the party and they have to belong to the same party as their party list.
Prior to the election, there were eleven electable seats, and the constitution allows the Monarch to reduce or increase the number of seats. Seats were last increased or diminished in July 2020, where the current 12+2 seats were implemented. Shortly following the results of the election, the 12th seat was retroactively added by imperial decree to be allocated by recounting the same results.
The table below lists parties currently represented in the Reichsversammlung.
|Name||Ideologies||Leader||July 2020 result||Seats as of|
|NRGU||National Royalists - The Green Union
Nationale Königstreue - Die Grüne
7 / 14
7 / 14
4 / 14
4 / 14
Front für Freiheit
2 / 14
2 / 14
|National Royalists||20||52,6||+17,5||6||▲ 3|
|Liberty Front||6||15,8||-8,79||2||▼ 1|
|Source: Reichswahlkommission Official Report|
|Reichswahlkommission||26 July 2020||14||28.6||21.4||50||21.4|
|Reichswahlkommission||24-25 July 2020||10||30||30||40||10|
- The percentage points shown here are the combined results of Green Royalists and National Union last election prior to their merger.