Social Democratic Party (Caudonia)
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|Social Democratic Party|
Sozialdemokratische Partei Kaudoniens
|Leader||Robert Smith II|
|Founded||5 July 2019|
Formerly Socialist Micronational
|House of Assembly|
|Cabinet of Ministers|
The Social Democratic Party of Caudonia (German: Sozialdemokratische Partei Kaudoniens; Scots: Social Democratic Pairtie o Caudonie; also informally known as the Social Democrats or Socdems) is a centre-left party and the main party for the left in Caudonia. Formerly known as the Labour Unionist Party from August to December 2021, the party changed its name back to the SDP following the events of December 2021. Some of its main policies include balancing the powers of the monarch with the democratic institutions of Caudonia, protecting personal liberties and civil rights, developing the economy of the nation, exploring the possibility of land purchases and developments, increasing the number of active citizens, creating a new criminal code and developing a legal system for Caudonia.
On the 2nd February, 2020, the Labour Unuionist, at the time Social Democratic Party, appointed the first Female member of parliament in Caudonia.
On May 9th, 2020, the Scots Party merged into the Social Democratic Party following the signing of the Salisbury Agreement.
The party was founded by Andrew West on 19 June 2019 as the Social Democratic Party of New Albion. Following the dissolution of New Albion and the subsequent establishment of Caudonia, he re-established the party in Caudonia. On 6 July 2019, Prince William I appointed West to lead an interim government until elections could be held and gave the SDP six out of ten seats in the House of Assembly.
The interim SDP government was ended following the October 2019 general election, which saw the Populist Conservative Party win a majority in Parliament. On 7 November 2019, an MP for the PCP defected to the newly established Caudonian Front, resulting in the government losing its one seat majority in Parliamnt. News soon broke that Prime Minister Charles Swilly was in negotiations with the Front to form a new three party coalition between the Bread Party, the Populist Conservatives, and the Caudonian Front. On 9 November, West tabled a motion of no confidence against the government due to its association with the controversial new party, citing Ned Fram's comments that the opposition Social Democratic Party and the Leftist League were "treason(ous)". Following the passage of the motion, Parliament was dissolved, an election was called, and West was appointed to lead a caretaker government. The Socialist Party merged into the SDP one day before the November 2019 general election citing a lack of support.
The November election saw the SDP win eight seats in Parliament, just one shy of a majority. As a result, a coalition was formed with the Scots Party. The coalition government was relatively stable, and led to the formation of an electoral bloc known as the Democratic Alliance in February 2020. The DA took part in the March 2020 general election and won eight out of 19 seats, six for the SDP and two for Scots. This would be the last election the DA would compete in, as the Scots Party merged into the SDP following the election, until the bloc's re-establishment in June 2021.
Electoral results for the legislature of the Principality (the Parliament).
|Election year||# of votes||%||seats won||+/-||Government|
|Oct. 2019||6||30.0%||▼ 2||in opposition|
|Nov. 2019||18||47.4%||▲ 4||in government|
|March 2020||13||29.5%||▼ 2||in government|
|May 2020||11||23.4%||▼ 1||in opposition|
|Sept. 2020||10||23.5%||N/A||in opposition|
|Jan. 2021||9||22.5%||▼ 1||in opposition|
|April 2021||25||69.4%||▲ 6||in government|
|June 2021||11||29.7%||▼ 5||in opposition|
|Aug. 2021||8||22.8%||▼ 3||in government|
|Dec. 2021||8||25.0%||▲ 1||in government|