Renaissance Party (Überstadt)
|Leader||Prince Aaron of Überstadt|
|Dissolved||2 September 2013|
|Ideology||Nationalism, monarchism, cultural development|
|Seats in Parliament|
The Renaissance Party was an Überstadti political party whose platform focused on the development of Überstadti culture. It was formerly a leading party, and one of the two parties most popular with voters. It was founded in September 2012 after the dissolution of the Centrist Party and was dissolved on 2 September 2013 with the foundation of the Theodorist Party of Überstadt.
Prince Aaron first entered Überstadti politics in January 2012, founding the Centrist Party. His party took part in the first governmental coalition but was relegated to the opposition in May following a conservative victory at the second election. The national political center was very poorly-defined, and the party lacked direction and concrete policies.
As the term of the Second Parliament drew to a close, Prince Aaron dissolved his party and founded the Renaissance Party, with the goal of using political authority to promote the further development of Überstadti culture. In the October election, Renaissance received one-third of all votes and formed a coalition with the large center-right Cat Party, with the Fascist Party filling the opposition seat.
When Parliament was diminished in size to one member, Prince Aaron was reelected, and the whole legislature was thus filled by the Renaissance Party for many months. It dissolved when Aaron co-founded Überstadt's Theodorist Party.
The main goal of the Renaissance Party was to achieve an Überstadti renaissance. Its central principles were distilling national identity and developing national culture. To carry this out, the party believed in government programs that encourage and facilitate the natural development of these principles. Policies that have been proposed include commissioning artists and writers to create native art and literature, promoting existing native cuisine through the celebration of a festival focused on sandwiches, and formally recognizing national holidays. The monarchy is supported as an important part of Überstadti identity.
The Renaissance Party never published official positions on economic matters. In coalition with the Cat Party, however, they co-sponsored legislation designed to facilitate trade while protecting economic liberty. Despite this apparent state of support for a capitalist market, the party advocated higher taxation of companies that profit off of natural resources, as well as environmental protection legislation. The measures it had proposed with regard to the environment make it the most green-oriented of Überstadt's parties.
In the October 2012 election, the Renaissance Party received one-third of all votes. Its predecessor, the Centrist Party, routinely received a similar proportion of ballots cast. In the March/April 2013 election, Prince Aaron was the only candidate for the single seat in Parliament, and the Renaissance Party accordingly took total control of the legislature at that time.