March 2021 Anthean general election

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March 2021 Anthea general election

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All 12 seats in the Anthean Parliament
  First party Second party Third party
 
Ind
Iggy Hockenheim.png
CNP
Candidate N/A Iggy Hockenheim Rory McPhail
Party Independent SDP CNP
Leader since N/A 7 February 2021 6 February 2021
Leader's seat MicroWiki MicroWiki MicroWiki
Seats won 4 2 2
Percentage 33.3% 16.7% 16.7%

AntheaElection.svg
     Independent (4)
     Conservative-Nationals (2)
     Social Democrats (2)
     Anthea United (1)
     Liberal Democrats (1)
     Czechs (1)
     Labour (1)

The March 2021 Anthean general election was the first election to the Parliament of the Glorious Anthean Republic.

Background

On 1 February 2021, the Glorious Anthean Republic was officially declared. In both the declaration and the First Provisions, a provisional election to establish a constitution were planned.[1][2][3]

Shortly following the declaration, there was significant disruption on the Anthea Planning Discord server which served as a major factor in the provisional elections being cancelled by David Easterling, who following the confusion de facto took the reins of the project from founder Ives Blackwood.

In a new server, plans were made to continue the 5 March elections as normal. Established in the First Provisions, a Boundaries Commission managed by David Easterling was established to create and manage constituencies based on existing micronational divisions and communities, align with the goal of a community micronation.[2][4] Despite the commission initially providing provision for several constituencies,[4] the Czech MicroWiki constituency and several borough constituencies for communities such as TOES were eventually dropped. The only remaining constituencies were those representing MicroWiki, Fesmar and The Fun Gang, with only the latter two filling their seats.

Contesting political parties and candidates

Most candidates were representatives of a political party. In the 2021 election 13 candidates stood: 4 being independents, the rest representing a political party.

Party Party leader(s) Leader since Leader's seat Contested seats
Social Democratic Party Iggy Hockenheim February 2021 None 2 Seats in Anthea
Conservative-National Party Rory McPhail February 2021 None 3 Seats in Anthea
Labour Party Griffin Ward February 2021 None 1 Seat in Anthea
Liberal Democratic Party Cristian Dobrev February 2021 None 1 Seat in Anthea
Czech Party Jan Šťastný February 2021 None 1 Seat in Anthea
Anthea United Party Daniel Hamilton February 2021 None 1 Seat in Anthea

All parties contending in the general election were newly formed, given the formation of the national merely a month prior to the election.

The Conservative-National Party fielded the most candidates, running for seats in both the MicroWiki and Fesmar constituencies. The Social Democratic Party fielded the second most candidates, though they campaigned solely for the MicroWiki seats in Parliament. Several minor parties, namely the Labour Party, Czech Party and the Liberal Democrats all ran for seats in the aforementioned constituency. The Anthea United Party ran solely for one of The Fun Gang seats. The election was unusual in that most of the candidates served as independents, running for seats in ever single constituency.

The Raditrans party were originally to field 3 candidates, after the merger of the Social-Democrats into the group.[5] Following a scandal regarding the parties leader Beti de Quadrie, the Social-Democrats split from the party, and the ballot nomination for Beti was withdrawn.

Withdrawn or disowned candidates

The following candidates withdrew from campaigning or had support from their party withdrawn after the close of nominations. None of these candidates were elected.

Candidate Party Constituency Reason for withdrawal Date
Beti de Quadrie Raditrans MicroWiki Scandal March 2021

Campaign

Campaign background

At the beginning of the electoral period, Raditrans and the Conservative-National Party were the two largest parties, seconded only the Social Democratic Party.

The Social Democrats briefly merged under the Raditrans movement and platform, though the parties had split by the time of the election. The main reason for this defection was the scandal revolving around party leader Beti de Quadrie. Following a spate of incidents on MicroWiki@Discord, it was discovered that Beti was a sockpuppet of founder Ives Blackwood, which contributed to their removal as a MicroWiki@Discord moderator and MicroWiki administrator. Even before the scandal, the Raditrans party was the subject of international controversy, following an incident involving the head administrator of MicroWiki@Discord– resulting in the party leader being banned from the discord servers of Anthea, Austenasia, and suffering repercussions in the Unified Royal States of Australis.[6]

The collapse of the Raditrans party left a power vacuum, which contributed to the return of the Social Democrats, and the later electoral result yielding no overall control in Parliament.

Policy positions

Civil rights

Campaign poster used by Raditrans during the election

Civil rights, most notably relating to the LGBT community was a prominent policy point within the campaigning period. Raditrans described themselves as "trans-inclusive radical feminist socialists", seeking to "achieve Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, trans, queer, disabled, neurodivergent, and fat emancipation".[5]

The Social Democratic Party campaigned for full equality and democracy within Anthea.[5] Whilst the Conservative-National Party had no official policy on civil rights, party member Corinth Newton stated that they support equality. The Liberal Democratic Party believed in indivisual freedom so long as it was used in a "socially responsible way".

With regards to representation, the Czech Party campaigned to represent Czech interests from the Czech MicroWiki community.

Governance

The Social Democratic Party and Czech Party campaigned in favour of social democracy. Social Democrats party leader Iggy Hockenheim argued in favour of market socialism.[5] The Labour Party described itself as a centre-left to left-wing party.

Raditrans promoted a broad range of beliefs, namely materialism, anarchism and socialist feminism.[5]

The Conservative-National Party and the Liberal Democratic Party advocated for right-wing politics.

The Anthea United Party opted to promote centrism.

Results

Summary

4 2 2 1 1 1 1
Independent Conservative-National Social Democrats AUP LDP CP Labour
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A summarised results of the parties that won seats at the election is as follows:

Party Leader MPs Votes[a]
Of total Of total
Independent N/A 4 &1000000000000003329999933.3%
4 / 12
64 31.84%
Conservative-National Rory McPhail 2 &1000000000000001669999916.7%
2 / 12
31 15.42%
Social Democrats Iggy Hockenheim 2 &1000000000000001669999916.7%
2 / 12
19 9.45%
Anthea United Daniel Hamilton 1 &100000000000000083000008.3%
1 / 12
31 15.42%
Liberal Democrats Cristian Dobrev 1 &100000000000000083000008.3%
1 / 12
26 12.94%
Czechs Jan Šťastný 1 &100000000000000083000008.3%
1 / 12
26 12.94%
Labour Griffin Ward 1 &100000000000000083000008.3%
1 / 12
4 1.99%
Vote share
Independent
  
31.84%
Conservative-Nationals
  
15.42%
Anthea United Party
  
15.42%
Liberal Democratic Party
  
12.94%
Czech Party
  
12.94%
Social Democratic Party
  
9.45%
Labour Party
  
1.99%
Parliamentary seats
Independent
  
33.3%
Conservative-Nationals
  
16.7%
Social Democratic Party
  
16.7%
Anthea United Party
  
8.3%
Liberal Democratic Party
  
8.3%
Czech Party
  
8.3%
Labour Party
  
8.3%

Constituencies

Fesmar and Belgica

Overall[a]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Mats Baumans 6 40.0 40.0
Independent Katherine Fydtroust 5 33.3 33.3
CNP John of Penzancia 4 26.7 26.7
Turnout 1 33.3 33.3
Independent win
Independent win

MicroWiki

Overall[a]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Daniel Lee 27 20.9 20.9
LDP Cristian Dobrev 26 20.2 20.2
CP Jan Šťastný 26 20.2 20.2
CNP Rory McPhail 14 10.9 10.9
CNP Corinth Newton 13 10.1 10.1
SDP David Easterling 12 9.3 9.3
SDP Iggy Hockenheim 7 5.4 5.4
LP Griffin Ward 4 3.1 3.1
Turnout 6 20.7 20.7
Independent win
LDP win
CP win
CNP win
CNP win
SDP win
SDP win
LP win

The Fun Gang

Overall[a]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
AUP Daniel Hamilton 31 54.4 +54.4
Independent Sertor Valentinus 26 45.6 +45.6
Turnout 5 50 +50
AUP win
Independent win

Aftermath

In the wake of the election, de facto leader David Easterling resigned as head moderator of the Anthea server, handing control over to Sertor Valentinus.

Screenshot from the Anthea discord server of Easterling's resignation.

With the lack of overall control in the house, three days were granted for the Political parties in Anthea to form a coalition in order to establish a majority to break the hung parliament.

Despite the Conservative-Nationals, Czechs, Liberal Democrats and an Independent politician seemingly near-formalising a coalition, negotiations eventually fell through by the time of the deadline

A vote was called amongst the sitting members on how to proceed, with the resulting overwhelming consensus dictating that the house open despite the lack of any overall control.

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Due to difficulty in calculating the vote count with the Single-Transferable Vote system, the presiding officer opted to release the vote tallies in an unorthodox fashion to gauge votes. First preferences were counted as as 6 votes, second preference as 5 votes... et cetera. As such, the amount of votes exceeds that of turnout.

References

  1. Blackwood, Ives (1 February 2021). "Declaration of the Glorious Anthean Republic". Google Documents. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Blackwood, Ives (27 January 2021). "First Provisions of the Underlaw of the Glorious Anthean Republic". Google Documents. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  3. Blackwood, Ives (1 February 2021). "Seventeen micronationalists launch first community micronation". Home-made Crown Journal. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Blackwood, Ives (28 January 2021). "Anthean Constituencies". Google Documents. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Quadrie, Beti de (24 February 2021). "Iggy and Ouija join Raditrans movement". Radical Anthea. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  6. Quadrie, Beti de (1 March 2021). "Microwiki Discord mods use soft power to purge Anthean radical". Radical Anthea. Retrieved 28 March 2021.

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