Galtean People's Union
|General Secretary||Carson Snyder|
|Chamber Leader||Carson Snyder|
|Founded||28 August 2021|
|Headquarters||Capitolium, Principality of Galte|
|Ideology||Socialism, democratic socialism, broad leftism|
|Colours||Red, white, blue, green|
|Slogan||For the many, not the few|
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The Galtean People's Union (GPU) is a current political party of the Principality of Galte, and a former political party of the Kingdom of Atiera. It was first founded on 21 October 2020, before being dissolved on 22 February 2021 for failing to provide a charter under the Party Formalization Act. It was then re-formed on 7 June 2021 with a charter. Following the dissolution of the Kingdom of Atiera, it was re-registered with the Principality of Galte on the 28 August 2021. Until Atiera's dissolution, it was the Official Opposition Party of Atiera, and the second-largest party in the country.
The GPU is a socialist and broadly leftist party. It is founded on the principles of universal equality and human rights, and it seeks to reform Galtean institutions to make them more accessible to the common person, as well as strengthening anti-discrimination legislation. Following the June, 2021 General Convention, the GPU adopted many policies, including policies banning the adoption of a national currency, strengthening ties with socialist micronations, empowering unions, and reforming the Galtean electoral system to allow for ranked-choice voting.
Per the GPU Charter, party leadership is to be vested in two roles: the Party Leader, and the Chamber Leader. The Party Leader is elected during Party General Conventions, and the Chamber Leader is appointed by the Party Leader. A third, de facto role has been added, that being the General Secretary of the Party, also known as the National Director. The National Director is responsible for administration and management of the Party. The Party conducts General Conventions every six months, in which Convention Delegates submit policy resolutions, which are then voted on by other Delegates. Conventions also are attended by a representative of the Galtean Royal Family, and a member of each other political party, all acting as observers. On the final day of the convention, Delegates conduct a leadership review of the Party Leader, voting on whether they have been satisfied by the Leader's leadership. Should the Party Leader garner the support of less than 60% of the delegates, a leadership election shall follow.
The GPU/APU has enjoyed a relatively long and somewhat troubled existence. Originally founded on 21 October 2020 as a far-left party, it garnered much attention gaining 4 members, a record still not surpassed to this day. During the Atieran General Election of January, 2021, the APU fielded 2 candidates, and won a single seat: Haliburton East with its Leader, William Cooper, serving as MP and Leader of the Official Opposition. In the second round of voting for Haliburton West, Benjamin Pickles was narrowly defeated by Atieran National Front candidate Chris Miller. Miller's victory was not without controversy however, due to the irregular nature in which he had won his seat. A third-party candidate, seeing that the vote was tied between Pickles and Miller, withdrew from the running, and their votes were transferred to Miller. This ended up resulting in limited legal action, when the APU challenged the Atieran Electoral Commission over the undemocratic nature of the election. Nevertheless, the case was never brought to trial, as it was deemed that although certain undesirable irregularities had occurred during the counting of votes, the uncodified nature of electoral procedure at the time meant that there was no legal basis to invalidate the election.
Following the dissolution of the Kingdom of Atiera in late August, 2021, the APU, now GPU, sought re-registration with Galte.