Liberal Socialist and Cooperative Party

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Liberal Socialist and Cooperative Party
Chairman Earl Finn
Abbreviation LSC
Slogan Offering a fair deal
Anthem Part of the Union
-Strawbs
Founded 26 July 2018
Headquarters Danbury, Essexia
Membership  (2019) 4
Ideology Social Democracy
Democratic socialism
Reformism
Cooperatism
Factions:
Luxemburgism
Libertarian Socialism
Political position Centre-left to Left-wing
Official colours      Red      White
Senate Seats
3 / 11
Cabinet Members
2 / 17

The Liberal Socialist and Cooperative Party , or simply Liberal Socialist, is a centre-left to left wing political party in the Commonwealth of Essexia. The party's platform programme describes its founding principle as a blend of socialist and capitalist ideals, while observers describe the Liberal Socialists as social-democratic and pragmatic in practice. The Liberal Socialists are the main opposition to Royalist Party in the Imperial Parliament, having 3 members of the 11 members of the parliament. Due to being the main opposition party the LSC are thus the Official Opposition, with Earl Finn serving as Leader of the Opposition. The Liberal Socialists have 3 main members of the party, and they are the Liberal Socialist Lords in Parliament:

After the 2019 general election the LSC won 2 seats, and the seat the Commonwealth Party won, was given to the LSC by the newly inaugurated Commonwealth Party leader, then Lord Ben, giving the LSC 3 out of 11 seats in the new parliament.

History

The Liberal Socialist and Cooperative Party was founded by Earl Finn of Hawarden due to Finn's social democratic beliefs and support of the cooperative movement and his fear that without a credible left wing party Essexia would fall into the hands of the right. The party managed to rise to form a minority government as the Earl held influence from helping create the Royal Bank of Essexia, and was tasked by Emperor Terry to create the Parliament and, in return the Emperor granted the Liberal Socialists the second largest amount of seats after the Royalist Party and the opportunity to form a minority government with the support of the Royalists.

After the Treaty of Chelmsford on September 19, 2018, the party became the ruling party of the newly-established Commonwealth of Essexia, taking over from the National Conservative Party of Essexia's ruling of the Federation of Essexia.

On December 31, 2018, the party was shaken to its core as the Royalists, whom the LibSocs were in a coalition with, voted with the opposition and passed the Monarchical Reform Act, making Emperor Terry and absolute ruler. The Liberal Socialist Prime Minister resigned in protest so, former National Conservative, Lord Chris joined the LibSocs to become the leader of the LibSocs in the Parliament and was appointed to the newly renamed role of First Minister on New Year's Day 2019. This Act was later revoked.

Later, by demand of Emperor Terry, Earl Finn was appointed to the role of First Minister again due to the Emperor's disapproval of Chris' leadership and a period of soured relations with the leader of the NatCons.

At 00:00 am Earl Finn's tenure as First Minister came to an end with the Royalists appointing their own Lord Jamie to the role.

On the 27th of May, Crown Minister Elliot joined the party becoming the only Liberal Socialist cabinet minister after Earl Finn left the role of First Minister.

June 16, 2019 saw the introduction of a new logo for the Liberal Socialists.

The July 1st 2019 election saw the LSC win 2 seats with the Commonwealth Party getting granting the sole seat they won to the LSC, making the LSC both the official opposition and only opposition to the Royalists in Parliament.

Placeholder LSC logo.png LSC logo 26 July 2018 to 16 June 2019

Hawarden Ministry

The Hawarden Ministry came about after the coup of 16 September 2018, as the libsocs was the primary party pushing for a return of Emperor Terry to power, although the libsocs demanded a significant reduction of royal power, which was achieved after the Emperor returned to power. After the Emperor's return to power and the creation of the National Parliament of Essexia, the Royalist party formed out of independent members, but the new rules lain down after the coup stated that no one who desired a return to an absolute monarchy could hold the office of Prime Minister, so the Royalists turned to the LSC to be their PM as the LSC supported the monarchy throughout the coup, even if they did have differing opinions on the level of power they should have, and the National Conservatives were the party that couped in the first place, causing much distrust of the NatCons.

The Hawarden Ministry was largely uneventful, except for the night of the 31 December 2018, when the royalists pushed through the Monarchical Powers Act 2018, which returned a great deal of power to the monarch and greatly undermined Essexian democracy. Due to the passing of this act Earl Finn resigned as Prime Minister in protest. This lead to the end of what the Liberal Socialists see as the most democratic time in Essexian history, but after the Danbury Conference Earl Finn stated to FAR Network that "a golden age of freedom and democracy could very well be right around the corner".

Essexian Political Commonwealth

Essexian Political Commonwealth I

The Essexian Political Commonwealth started when the Lord Chris came to power taking over from Earl Finn as Prime Minister, which was renamed to First Minister on 1 January 2019. Lord Chris had less of an issue with the increase of monarchical power, Lord Chris' tenure as First Minister for the LSC is seen by historians as not a true LibSoc government but instead almost a NatCon government in the disguise of an LSC-Royalist Coalition. This is as Lord Chris wasn't truly seen as a liberal socialist or a cooperatist but instead a tory socialist who would be more at home in the National Conservative or the Royalist parties, but was an LSC member as he wanted to be First Minister of Essexia. Lord Chris' tenure saw the passing of the finalised version of the Essexian Constitution of 17 January 2019, but was cut short when he had a falling out with the then King Terry, who fired Chris from his role of First Minister on 12 February 2019.

Essexian Political Commonwealth II

After Lord Chris was removed, the then King Terry demanded the return of Earl Finn, who accepted after Lord Chris left the LibSocs and joined the NatCons. Earl Finn served more as a figure head FM during his second tenure with no real power being granted to him and all power being held by the Royalists, but it was though falsely by Earl Finn that he could change the government from the inside rather than in opposition. The rule stating that absolute monarchists couldn't be FM was soon revoked. Although, in Earl Finn's second tenure he did oversee Essexia FC's first participation in a competition and the May military parade in Sandon. With his second period in office being quickly coming to an end after the parade with relations between the Royalists and LSC souring, so the Royalists placed their own in the First Minister seat Lord Jamie, marking the end of the Essexian political Commonwealth.

Opposition under Mullings Ministry

Since the end of the Essexian Political Commonwealth were relegated to the 2nd opposition party after the NatCons. The Liberal Socialists have seen their greatest growth during their time in opposition. With the entrance of Crown Minister Elliot into the party, the LSC has pledged itself to expanding Essexian democracy, and not partaking in any backroom deals, and increasing transparency. Earl Finn has gone on record saying that "it was a mistake to work with the Royalists and let my guard down, and to think I trusted that they would honour our democracy". Earl Finn attended the Danbury Conference, with the second day taking place at the LSC Party HQ, and Earl Finn remarked to FAR Network that "a golden age of freedom and democracy could very well be right around the corner and together we finally might be able to give Essexians the fair deal they deserve".

The 2019 Essexian general election, although the LSC achieved their goal of winning a second seat in the Imperial Parliament, the result wasn't seen as good for Essexian democracy as the Royalists won a landslide victory, winning 8 of the 11 seats in parliament, meaning they would have no need to worry about losing a vote which would allow them to pass any law they desire. The outcome was respected by the LSC even if it wasn't ideal as the LSC had worked with the Royalists multiple times in the past and it is hoped that the Royalist Lords will make up their own minds when voting and not just vote yes or no as that is way the party leadership wants.

Ideology

The Liberal Socialist and Cooperative Party is a moderate socialist party, that advocates for a blend of capitalist and socialist ideals, there is a more moderate faction within the party that could be described as social liberals, over the social democratic party establishment. The LSC has recently renewed its promise to expand Essexian democracy and liberty and freedom, to keep inline with party values as represented by the party slogan "Offering a fair deal"

Historically Essexia's Liberal Socialists had little problem with the monarchy's power in practice, but as the Royalist Party rose the LSC's practical approach to monarchical power began to reflect their values of limiting monarchical power. With Crown Minister Elliot joining the party, he brought a determined sense of democratic desire to the party, and brought the idea of a fair democracy to the front and center of the LSC.

After the 2019 election, Lord Sam joined the LSC bringing a more radical Luxemburgist views to the party.