2021 New Virginian general election
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All 13 seats in the House of Burgesses
Initially commanding a majority over the House of Burgesses under the Free Democratic Party (New Virginia) and a short-lived coalition with the New Virginian Patriotic League, the rise of the newly reformed National Party and the emergence of the Commonwealth Whigs diminished this and produced a hung parliament. Eryn Lewis resigned in December, leading to the House voting on a new Prime Minister. Due to the abstention of Leon Montan and the absence of Bainbridge, the vote resulted in an even tie. A re-vote ensued shortly, confirming Dame Sophia Albina as the new Prime Minister. The Free Democrats also formed a new coalition with the Whigs, installing Thomas Bainbridge as Deputy Prime Minister.
The governments majority however would remain at stake. Following the vacancy of a seat in New Franklin, a by-election was called in New Franklin. In a run-up to the by-election however, a series of events would rock the Commonwealth. After a series of scandals, Bainbridge retired from politics and dissolved the Commonwealth Whigs, once again producing a hung parliament. A vote was called in the House of Burgesses to call an early general election, which passed unanimously.
Date of the election
President of New Virginia Brooke Kennedy issued a proclamation confirming the dissolution of parliament, and setting the date of election on 7 February. A period of political campaigning would ensue between 26 January and 6 February. On the day of election, polls were open from midnight to 8pm Eastern Standard Time.
|Saturday 16 January||Passage of the motion to dissolved parliament in the House of Burgesses.|
|Sunday 17 January||Parliament dissolved by President of New Virginia. Opening of nominations.|
|Saturday 23 January||Nomination period closes.|
|Sunday 24 January||Campaigning period begins.|
|Saturday 6 February||Campaigning period ends.|
|Sunday 7 February||Polling day – polls open 12am to 8pm.|
|Monday 8 February||Results announced for all constituencies. First meeting of the House of Burgesses.|
Contesting political parties and candidates
Most candidates were representatives of a political party. In the 2021 election, 21 candidates stood: 1 being an independent, the rest representing a political party.
|Party||Party leader(s)||Leader since||Leader's seat||2020 election||Seats at
|Free Democratic Party||Dame Sophia Albina||December 2020||New Franklin at-large||55%||6||4||9 Seats|
|National Party||Sir Bradley van Dullahan||October 2020||Helinium||21.2%||2||4||8 Seats|
|Alliance 21/The Greens||James Frisch||January 2021||None||New party||0||3 Seats|
2020-2021 BPs standing under a different political affiliation
During the 1st Parliament, the burgess for the town of Augusta, Sir Riley Kennedy switched his political affiliation to that of the National Party, shortly after its reformation from the New Virginian Patriotic League. Sir Riley Kennedy was the only BP to switch political affiliation.
Christina Nowell, an independent non-burgess similarly switched affiliation over to the National Party, contesting for a New Franklin seat as opposed to Roanoke. She however failed to be elected, similarly to the 2020 election. Another non-burgess John Gordon switched affiliation from the Nationals to the Free Democrats a single day prior to the election.
|Outgoing BP||2020 party||2020 constituency||2021 party||2021 constituency|
|Sir Riley Kennedy||Independent||Augusta||Nationals||Augusta|
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|
|James Bornstein||Alliance 21/The Greens||Roanoke at-large||Unknown||February 2021|
The Free Democratic Party and the National Party have been the two biggest political parties, with the Free Democrats having governed since the 2020 election, briefly holding a coalition with the New Virginian Patriotic League and later the Commonwealth Whig Party up until shortly prior to the dissolution of parliament.
During the 2020-2021 parliament, there were defections on all sides of the political spectrum. Independent burgess Sir Riley Kennedy would go to join the National Party in late-2020. Bainbridge would defect from the Free Democrats to form the Commonwealth Whig party, taking on two non-burgesses with him. In January, the Whig party would split, with members joining the Nationals,, the Free Democrats and the newly formed Greens. John Gordon would defect from the Nationals to the Free Democrats shortly before the election.
The Free Democrats supported the preservation and promotion of local cultures. The Greens took a similar position, promoting multiculturalism on the basis of it being a founding principle of the commonwealth.
In contrast, the Nationals wished to bind local cultures into a single unifying national culture, intending to create and appoint a dedicated Minister of Culture. The policies of the nationals were criticised by the Free Democrats in a campaign statement, stating that "They want to strip our diverse cantons of their cultural autonomy. The Nationals even call our thriving local cultures a source of weakness". Similarly, the greens stated their strict opposition to the notion of "cultural imperialism".
The Free Democrats supported initiatives to help citizens start up businesses and circulate the uncia through a national currency exchange in order to build a "dynamic economy".
The National Party supported the independence of the bank from the government. Additionally, they sought to remove restrictions that would "hurt economic growth".
The Greens opted for a simple policy, promising to keep the structure of the bank the same unless necessary. They also promised to support worker co-operatives, except those involved in damaging the environment.
The Nationals supported electoral reform, decrying the first past the post system used in the nation. The party supported the implementation of proportional representation within the at-large cantonal seats. The Greens took a similar stance, promising to pass a bill to revamp the electoral system, alongside supporting direct democratic initiatives and referendi to give the citizenry an increased voice in New Virginia politics.
|Free Democratic Party||7||▲ 3|
|National Party||6||▲ 2|
|Alliance 21/The Greens||0||New party|
|Free Democrat 1 seat majority|
A summarised results of the parties that competed in the election is as follows:
|Of total||Of total|
|Free Democratic Party||Dame Sophia Albina||7||53.8%||122||49.59%|
|National Party||Sir Bradley van Dullahan||6||46.2%||78||31.71%|
|Alliance 21/The Greens||James Frisch||0||0.0%||41||16.67%|
|Dame Sophia Albina||9||7||2||1||▲1||53.8||122||49.59||-5.41|
|National Party||Sir Bradley van Dullahan||8||6||2||0||▲2||42.2||78||31.71||+10.51|
Cities and towns
|NP||Sir Riley Kennedy||3||100.0||0|
|NP||Sir Bradley van Dullahan||2||100.0||N/A|
|FDP||Sir Charles Kitchen||13||100.0||0|
|NP||Sir Edward Jacobs||4||100.0||0|
|FDP||Dame Eryn Lewis||11||100.0||0|
|FDP||Dame Sophia Albina||19||16.8||-47.2|
|FDP||Sir James Stewart||17||15||-12.4|
|FDP||Sir Simon White||15||13.3||—|
|21/G||Newton von Uberquie||12||11||—|
|NP gain from Free Democrats|
Seats changing hands
During the general election, a single seat changed hands from the Free Democratic Party to the National Party.
Seats which changed allegiance