March 2020 Caudonian general election
All 19 seats of the Caudonian Parliament
10 seats needed for a majority
The March 2020 Caudonian General Election was held on 7 March 2020, four months after the previous elections as per the Caudonian Constitution. The election was the first Caudonian election of the 2020s.
Political changes in Caudonia
Since the last general election in Caudonia. there has been many changes in the political landscape of the country. The only thing remaining the same is that Socdems and the Front remain the largest parties in Caudonia in terms of political power and members.
Since the last election, secondary parties have started to rise in the form of the Co-operative Party, the Christian Union and the Scots Party.As well as this, there have been several formations of new parties, like the Texan Heritage Party and the Triskelist Party (which split from the main Caudonian Front). Parties have also dissolved in Caudonia, most notably the Leftist League and the Populist Conservative Party. The Bread Party changed hands in order to become a left-wing party led by Yákov Szydłowski, which soon after founding merged to create the left-wing faction of the Scots Party. This short time period between the last election has made a massive change for the Political Climate of Caudonia.
Social changes in Caudonia
Caudonia now has a rise in people of different backgrounds joining the country as citizens, some of these have even taken on very important roles in Caudonian Society. People in Caudonia are no longer coming from English-speaking countries but from the world.
Scots Speakers in Caudonia
Caudonia's Scots speaking population has experienced a boom in recent weeks. This is due on part because of a citizenship campaign by Scots Party leader Malcolm Conner to attract more Scots-speaking citizens into the country.
The role of women in Caudonian Society
The Social Democratic Party has also hosted the first female MP in Caudonia, Joy Baldacchino, she is the first female Member of Parliament in a nation reigned by William I. As well as this, Krystool has been employed as Caudonia's Clerk of the Assembly. Even though women have been treated equally from the start of Caudonia. This has shown that Caudonian women are taking on important roles within the country.
The Caudonian Broadcasting Corporation held a debate on 15 February.
Campaigning for the Caudonian General election started on Monday, February 24th. The day after campaigning began, a controversy started over William I's direct involvement in campaigning for the Co-operative Party, and his use of "mudslinging" tactics against the Scots and the Socdems. Politicians from both the Democratic Alliance and the Coalition for Caudonia denounced his actions, noting that the monarch is supposed to act as a neutral force in the government. The event culminated in an official apology from the Prince and the announcement that he would no longer campaign directly. Ned Fram stated to the Prince that he should not have apologized because the Scots did actually cause some offense to Christians, because of a statement made regarding pedophilia in the Catholic Church.
Gibson announced that the next day that they would not hesitate for a unilateral declaration of independence should an extremist party take control of Caudonia. They stated however they would remain loyal to the House of Denton.
On February 27th, Ned Fram announced the withdrawal of the Caudonian Front from the Coalition for Caudonia, and thus, its effective dissolution. He apologized for joining the Coalition in the first place, stating that he now believed it to be a "betray(al)" of his party's core values. He also cited discussions with leaders from both the Democratic Alliance and the Alternative for Caudonia in his official statement given to the Caudonian Broadcasting Corporation.
There has been opinion polls carried out to predict who may win in the next Caudonian General election. There has also been polling on the three referenda that are scheduled to be held alongside this election.
- = Member of the DA
§ = Member of the CfC until 27th of February
|Bismarck Statistics Bureau||13-2-2020||50%||17%||17%||-||17%||33%|
|Bismarck Statistics Bureau||23-2-2020||50%||-||-||17%||34%||33%|
|Bismarck Statistics Bureau||26-2-2020||67%||-||-||17%||17%||50%|
|Bismarck Statistics Bureau||2-3-2020||67%||-||17%||-||17%||50%|
- †: Party polling percentages may not equal 100% due to rounding.
- ††: Member of the CfC until 27th February
|Caudonian Broadcasting Corporation||15-2-2020||100%|
|Caudonian Broadcasting Corporation||13-2-2020||80%||20%||60%|
GUM Accession Referendum
Question: Should Caudonia begin efforts to join the Grand Unified Micronational (commonly known as GUM)?
|Caudonian Broadcasting Corporation||1-3-2020||41.7%||16.7%||41.7%||25%|
USOV Accession Referendum
Question: Should Caudonia begin efforts to join the reformed United Sovereignties (commonly known as USov)?
|Caudonian Broadcasting Corporation||1-3-2020||25%||25%||50%||Tie|
State Secularism Referendum
Question: Should the Constitution be amended to ban the Government from favoring one religion or religious group over another?
|Caudonian Broadcasting Corporation||1-3-2020||66.7%||8.3%||25%||58.4%|
In this election, the Social Democratic Party saw its vote share fall by more than 17%, though it still finished in first place amongst all parties in terms of the popular vote. These losses were partially offset by the success of their partner in the Democratic Alliance, the Scots Party, which increased its vote share by just over 6%, finishing in third place among all political parties. The Caudonian Front saw similar gains, and finished only one vote behind the Social Democrats, largely due to their successes in the counties of Caudonia, which had been won by the Social Democrats in the previous election.
|Democratic Alliance (SDP/Scots)||Andrew West||18||40.9%||8||▼1|
|Social Democratic Party||Andrew West||13||29.5%||6||▼2|
|Caudonian Front||Ned Fram||12||27.3%||6||▲2|
|Scots Party||Malcom Conner||5||11.4%||2||▲1|
|Christian Union||Archibald Sinclair||4||9.1%||2||▲1|
|Alternative for Caudonia||Gabriel Sebastian||4||9.1%||2||▲2|
|Co-operative Party||William Smish||4||9.1%||1|
|Libertarian Party||Caleb Wilson||2||4.5%||0|
Results by County
|Social Democratic Party||1||20.0%|
|Caudonian Front Gain|
|Social Democratic Party||5||83.3%|
|Social Democratic Hold|
|Caudonian Front Gain|
|Alternative for Caudonia||1||20.0%|
|Caudonian Front Gain|
|Social Democratic Party||2||50.0%|
|Social Democratic Hold|
Citizens Abroad/Online Voters
|Social Democratic Party||4||19.0%|
|Alternative for Caudonia||3||14.3%|
|Scots Party Gain|
Aftermath and Government Formation
The government formation process after this election was the most hectic and strained to date, with multiple delays, arguments, and even the dissolution of the Co-operative Party taking place. The Prince first tasked the Caudonian Front with trying to form a Government, but they ultimately failed in their attempt to form a coalition between their party, the Co-operative Party, and the Alternative for Caudonia, as it would fall one seat short of a majority. This was only one of a multitude of proposed coalitions, with others including a coalition between the Christian Union, the Caudonian Front, and the Alternative for Caudonia, or another between the Social Democratic Party, the Caudonian Front, and the Alternative for Caudonia. Ultimately, however, after the dissolution of the Co-operative Party (its sole MP now sits with the Democratic Alliance), the Alliance, a group consisting of the Social Democrats and the Scots, was only one seat short of a majority in the 19 seat Parliament. Accordingly, they made a confidence and supply arrangement with the Christian Union, giving them a total of 11 seats, and a majority in Parliament.