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Konpantzia Thought is a political ideology in the Kingdom of Sorrenia that aims to reconcile the antipathy between the republicans and monarchists. Due to the retention of monarchist institutions, Konpantzia Thought is generally seen as a form of hybrid-monarchy, albeit driven in motivation by pragmatism rather than monarchist zeal.
Konpantzia is the Basque name for Pheasant Island, an uninhabited river island which periodically changes administration between France and Spain every year. Konpantzia politically refers to the central belief that political agents should 'honour' the electoral result, centring power in the King's Council during republican periods and in the Sorrenian Monarchy during monarchist periods.
Melseeq became disillusioned both with the local New Monarchist government, who he deemed to be too uncompromising, and his own party the NDLP, who he deemed to be unpersuasive in their plans for Sorrenia.
Melseeq resigned and wrote a short treatise on the future of Sorrenian politics, titled 'Stability and Longevity in Sorrenia'.
In it, Melseeq outlined his central critiques of the status quo in Sorrenia, which he viewed as being fundamentally divided between the monarchist and republican stances. He ultimately concluded that left unchanged, the Kingdom of Sorrenia would ultimately collapse under partisan antipathy and stagnation.
Running as a candidate for representation of University Town, Melseeq lambasted the current party machinery for leaving the fundamental divisions in Sorrenia unaddressed, and centrally campaigned on his belief that 'Konpantzia Thought' - if introduced - could heal Sorrenia and lead to a long-lasting stable system of power transfer.
Winning his election with a plurality of 43%, Melseeq was propelled into his party's limelight, eventually becoming one of its core policy advisers. Although Konpantzia Thought is widely espoused within the NDLP, the party has thus far rejected calls for its official implementation, and continues to identify as a republican organisation.
Konpantzia Thought is most notably found in the NDLP. With Meleeq's popularity within the youth-wing of the party, Konpantzia Thought has became widely popular, and is officially endorsed by the NDLP branches in University Town and Newcastle.
Despite its local popularity, Konpanztia Thought it not part of the official NDLP manifesto. A motion to replace republicanism with Konpantzia Thought failed in October 2018, with the party chairman stating that the ideology would not be reconsidered in the near future.
Small elements of the Christian Alliance have also encouraged Konpantzia Thought and suggested an electoral alliance with the NDLP to more widely advertise the idea. Nonetheless, the ideology is only officially endorsed by the University Town branch, the smallest in the party.
Various figures in the New Monarchists have expressed interest at adopting Konpantzia Thought, but thus far no official consideration has been given.
The ideology is rejected outright by The Republicans and the various separatist parties.
Specific policy ideas are generally sourced from Meleeq's treatise, which gives several constitutional practices that should be adopted. Others who self-identify as adherents of the ideology may reject specific policy ideas, instead generally endorsing the idea of cooperation across republican-monarchist lines.
Meleeq identifies the following as central aims:
• Power Transfer - power should alternate between the King's Council during times in which republican parties hold a majority, and the Monarchy of Sorrenia during times in which monarchist parties hold a majority. In each instance, the opposing parties should focus upon policy innovation and electoral competition, rather than obstruction
• Policy Innovation - committees should play a central role in determining policy, with a focus upon compromise, agreement and thorough legislative practices
• Symbolic Directorate - the Papal Directorate should be urged to refrain from active rulings, instead acting primarily as a symbolic body for spiritual and moral guidance
• Grand Meetings - leaders of the largest monarchist and republican parties should regularly meet to assess the state of Sorrenia and work towards a unified legislative agenda
• Democratic Decorum - politicians should be lambasted for making divisive statements or acting in an obstructive manner, and instead norms of compromise and mutual respect should be fostered
Konpantzia Thought has been the subject of significant criticism, with treatises aimed to critique the theory being released by members of The Republicans, the New Monarchists and fellow members of the NDLP.
Konpanztia Thought is criticised for many reasons:
• De facto Monarchism - Konpanztia necessitates a continuation of monarchist institutions, relying upon 'good faith' for the Sorrenian monarch not to utilise his powers during periods of republican support
• Retained Constitution - Meleeq encourages retaining the current constitution, which is seen as being deeply flawed by many, especially due to its explicit prevention of constitutional amendment
• Unfaithful to the Constitution - conversely, some accuse Konpantzia Thought of rejecting the method of governance planned by the architects of the Constitution, who envisaged all three branches of government simultaneously enacting policies - Konpanztia Thought would create a silent Papal Directorate and an alternating silence between the Council and Monarchy
• Ineffective - Konpantzia Thought is largely predicated upon constitutional norms and values, which are hard to foster and easily lost
• Requires Unanimity - all large parties must adhere to Konpantzia values for the proposed regime style to work - if a single party rejects the ideology, the system reverts to a state of divisiveness