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New Democratic-Liberty Party of Sorrenia
|New Democratic-Liberty Party of Sorrenia|
Democrataidd-Ryddid Newydd Parti o Sorrenia
|Newspaper||'New Democratic Times'|
|Ideology|| • Republicanism|
• Social Democracy
• Big tent
|National affiliation||Other Opposition|
|International affiliation||Party of the International Left|
|Official colours||Golden Yellow|
|New Democratic Times |
Party of the International Left
The New Democratic-Liberty Party is a centre-left Sorrenian political party, originally founded as the "Liberty Party" by Lewis Wild, it was set up within a few days of Sorrenian independence in 2013. The remnants of the LP were reorganized by Andrew Janiszewski, who renamed the party and restored its image; eventually, the NDLP was able to become the joint largest party and a junior member in the ruling coalition.
The original incarnation of the NDLP was the Liberty Party, a centre-left political organisation. Created by Lewis Wild, the LP became very popular, becoming the joint largest political party in Sorrenia, along with the Socialist Party. However, after the leaving of Lewis Wild in early 2014, the party became stagnant. Eventually, the LP only had one remaining member who has been described by some as politically apathetic.
New Democratic Party
To replace the lacklustre leadership, Alexei Janiszewski was chosen; an active politician in Sorrenia, as well as a dedicated Social Democrat. Janiszewski quickly transformed the party and removed the stagnant elements. The party was renamed the "New Democratic Party", and officially adopted Social Democracy as a core tenant. The revitalisation of the party caused Llewelyn Lawton to rejoin, as well as initial leader Lewis Wild. This in turn allowed the NDP to gain their first seat in the National Assembly, and they were finally able to participate in national political affairs.
On the 18th of October, 2014, the Ministry of Religious and Ethical Affairs banned the NDP logo, due to "religious and satanical connotations". Party chairman Janiszewski was quick to react, releasing a response in the party newspaper, the "New Democratic Times".
The government however, did not relent, and as Janiszewski was due to replace President Pressland, he accepted the ban, and created a new logo. The new logo however included "in formal protest to government censorship", to show that they still opposed the government's actions. Ironically, the NDP went on to join the government in the "People's Coalition", as Janiszewski needed to ensure that he obtained a majority government.
Eventually, Minister for Religious and Ethical Affairs Trystan Cline lifted the ban, however the NDP never used the logo again, preferring to use the Norwegian Labour Party rose.
After politician Eren Lewis was re-allowed into Sorrenia, he formed the Sorrenian Union of Fascists. Janiszewski, who had previously come to odds with Eren declared a 'Crusade' against the SUF, and attempted to have them banned for making 'anti-Semitic statements'. The move however was unpopular in Sorrenia, and the NDLP failed to have the party banned. They did however continue to publicly denounce the party in statements and debates.
Kingdom of Sorrenia
The party became defunct upon the formation of the State of Sorrenia, but was never officially disbanded. Upon the ascension of King Ronald I after the War of the Sorrenian Succession, several minor members of the party reformed it.
The NDLP were able to win one seat in the King's Council, representing the primarily student state of University Town.
The appointment of an NDLP member to the Papal Directorate was met with some internal dispute, as the party does not have an official stance on the question of secularism in Sorrenia; some members saw the appointment as a tacit endorsement of Catholicism in Sorrenia.
Upon the expansion to Greater Sorrenia, the NDLP were able to win a significant victory of seven seats, making them the joint third largest party. This was largely thanks to the various university towns present in Greater Sorrenia.
• Republicanism - The party opposes the rule of King Ronald, and instead calls for the re-institution of some local monarchs under a presidential federation
• Social Democracy - Social Democracy still guides the party, who wish to implement a 'Scandinavian style economy'
• Liberalism - The NDLP is one of the most liberal parties in Sorrenia
• Big Tent - To fulfil its desire of becoming Sorrenia's largest and most inclusive party, the NDLP accepts wider socioeconomic differences internally than other parties