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30/04/18 - 02/05/18
|Predecessor||Office established |
|Born||Durham, United Kingdom|
|Political party||The Republicans|
|Residence||Sherburn Village, Sherburn|
|Service/branch||Sherburn Workers Council|
It is a political norm in Sorrenia to adopt an alias, utilising a pseudonym and alternative portrait. Harold's portrait is that of Ramsey MacDonald, the first Labour Party politician to become Prime Minister.
War of the Sorrenian Succession
Like many modern Sorrenian politicians, Harold began his career during the War of the Sorrenian Succession, during which he became a leading figure of the Socialist League, who sought to restore the Sorrenian Federation.
Harold's forces - along with other League contingents - briefly captured Levaria - the old capital of Sorrenia - from State troops, along with the surrounding city of Durham. Despite the victory, the Royal Army of Sorrenia was able to capture Levaria and force League troops back to their stronghold in Bowburn.
League troops were ultimately defeated; many remaining members fled to Horden in Dradelia, however Harold's Sherburn contingent returned home and accepted an amnesty deal. In turn, after the end of the war, Harold possessed the personal loyalty of a plurality of remaining ex-Socialist League forces.
Creation of The Republicans
By the 6th of April, Harold formed The Republicans, a left-wing political party agitating for an abolition of the Sorrenian monarchy. The party attracted widespread support, especially in Sorrenia's south and east. Upon the Great Expansion, The Republicans also naturally appealed to working-class populations, especially in urban areas such as Newcastle, Sunderland and Teesside.
As a result, The Republicans became the joint largest party. Harold displayed a form of republicanism distinctly reminiscent of the Sorrenian Federation (although he was never a citizen), and largely ignored other issues in his early chairmanship of the party.
The Return of Martin Aquinas
The return of Martin Aquinas, previously the President of Sorrenia for a total of four terms came as a blow to Harold's dominating role in the party. After just several days of Aquinas' return, Harold voluntarily resigned and Martin was elected Chairman.
Nonetheless, Harold remained a key figure in the party and worked closely with Martin, helping to create the party manifesto for the June 2018 election.
Martin Aquinas' Resignation
By 2018, Martin had largely become alienated from The Republicans; whereas Harold maintained a strictly republican stance, Martin sought to modernise the party and create some form of moderate republicanism. In the November party assembly, Harold was able to control manifesto creation, and so helped to create a far-left party platform that remained supportive of a return to the Sorrenian Federation. As a result, Martin Aquinas resigned the party leadership and joined the NDLP; Harold once again became party chairman without opposition.
Aquinas' resignation harmed the party electorally. King Ronald I called a general election, in part to make use of the weakness of The Republicans. The party lost Bowburn, South Shields and Whitley Bay, although they gained Chester-le-Street and Seaham. Nonetheless, the election was seen as a loss, with The Republicans losing previously reliable seats.
Most embarrassingly, they lost Bowburn which had never opposed a left-wing party either in the Kingdom or the Federation - this was due to Martin Aquinas' personal support in the county, but it nonetheless came as a shock to Harold and The Republicans.
Amidst some calls for resignation, Harold vowed to remain party chairman, and urged for an internal focus on reconciliation, to prevent the already developed internal factions from splitting off into new political parties.
Although the party leadership expressed confidence that the coalition would be agreed upon, the NDLP ultimately chose to enter into government with the New Monarchists, resigning The Republicans once again to opposition.
Harold is a staunch republican, seeking to depose the Sorrenian monarchy and recreate the Sorrenian Federation.
Harold is also a Northumbrianist who wishes to integrate more elements of Northumbrian culture into Sorrenia. He is often described as a 'Socialist Northumbrianist' as he places additional emphasis on Sorrenia's industrialist background, especially Durham's mining history.
Internally, Harold does not belong to a faction, and he has explicitly condemned their formation. Although his brand of Northumbrianism aligns him with the Pitmatics, a socialist faction who place great emphasis on the Durham-Tyne-Wear regions of Sorrenia, he has also supported the growth of a student-focused body of The Republicans in Hortania and the Humberside.