Abeldane Liberal Alliance
|Deputy Leader||Silvia Paysais|
|Founded||1 March 2018|
|Dissolved||2 April 2018|
|Ideology||• Classical liberalism|
• Radical centrism
|Slogan||"We are the new face of liberty."|
"Das neue Gesicht des Freiheit" (DE)
"La nouvelle face de la liberté" (FR)
The Abeldane Liberal Alliance, collectively referred to as 'the Liberals' or known more simply by its acronym ALA, was a short-lived radical centrist political party in the Abeldane Empire. The party, which was founded in March 2018, sought to unite the liberal centre in Abeldane society in order to promote classical liberal ideals in government on both a federal and state level. The party was founded and lead by Hugh McFarlane and Silvia Paysais, although internally the organisation was highly democratic, with leadership elections held halfway through regular parliamentary terms. The ALA sought to contest upcoming by-elections, as well as the general elections, scheduled for April, though it merged into ALNA-PF. Before this.
From founding in early March til its dissolution in early April, the ALA gained two seats in the Reichsversammlung.
The Abeldane Liberal Alliance was primarily founded on the values of classical liberalism, although it supported a radical interpretation of this ideology; calling for large scale institutional reform of the government. The ALA generally advocated for freedom of opportunity, greater civic participation, liberal economics, an increased immigration intake and a limited government with power safely distributed between the three branches.
Civil and individual liberties
The party sought to gain seats in the Reichsversammlung so as to influence negotiations on a new Abeldane constitution. A key priority for the Liberal Alliance was to ensure that this constitution adequately guarantees civil and individual liberties, while also protecting the individual from what the party considered potential government 'tyranny'. Additionally, there were discussions within the party in favour of criminal justice reform, especially with regards to the creation of a simple penal code.
Another priority of the party was addressing the wave of inactivity affecting Abelden. The Liberal Alliance proposed a two-pronged solution to the issue, seeking to introduce new citizens to the nation while also developing initiatives to foster a sense of community and encourage activity. To achieve this, the party supported an intense citizenship drive, targeting other members of the micronational community as well as those with no past micronational experience. In addition to this, it supported an initiative to create a national video game tournament, while also proposing nationwide design competitions and televised debates. Finally, the party supported a general rejuvenation of Abeldane culture and the protection of minority language rights.
As part of its classical liberal platform, the ALA desired a more decentralised system of governance in Abelden. Practically speaking, this involved some of the powers of the Emperor and Vorsitzender being divulged to the Reichsversammlung, while a portion of the Reichsversammlung's powers be transferred to the states. The party supported state democratisation efforts, however, it sought a system in which the legislatures of the various states held the majority of governmental power, as opposed to the state monarchs. The ALA hoped to use potential seats in parliament to influence constitutional negotiations in order to achieve these goals.
The Liberal Alliance supported efforts to create a proper economy for Abelden, however, it did not believe that direct government intervention in a potential economic system was necessary to achieve this and instead viewed such intervention as a mortal threat to any developing economy. The party put forth a policy whereby the government was to create and strengthen the system through which transactions were to be made (by establishing an online payment system, further developing the Trimole and formalising economic interactions), while avoiding subsidisation programmes, market controls and excessive regulation. In principle, the party believed in free market economics with the role of government being to ensure that a proper system exists in which the market can operate independently.
The ALA was a strong supporter of the 'Greater Abelden' policy, with party Leader, Hugh McFarlane having working extensively in the foreign office prior to the Alliance's foundation.
Internally, the party was highly democratic, with elections held for every leadership position as well as to determine the candidate list order. The party Leader, Deputy Leader and Secretary were all elected by a general majority halfway through each parliamentary term. The party Leader was expected to set policy direction, represent the party as a whole externally and respect/listen to the views of all members. In addition to this, he or she had to approve new members, and was also responsible for initiating partywide votes to eject members for misconduct, if necessary.
The Deputy Leader had no specific powers, however, if the Leader was incapacitated, deemed inactive, or resigned, the Deputy was then required to replace the Leader. In this event, a new Deputy was to be elected, with the old Deputy serving as the party Leader until the next schedueled party elections. The party also created the framework for a Secretary position, though this role was only briefly used. The Secretary was responsible for organising intra-party discussion, membership, party activities, intra-party polling and elections, as well as carrying out the directives of the Leader if they relate to intra-party affairs.