Political parties in Austenasia

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Political parties in the Empire of Austenasia are voluntary associations which have been formed by some politicians to help promote their collective viewpoints within Austenasian politics.

On 14 January 2012, Emperor Declan I gave Imperial Consent to the Political Parties Act 2012. This permitted the creation of officially recognised political parties, which had to be registered with and approved by the Secretary-General. Two days later, the Theodorist Party of Austenasia (TPA) was founded, followed by the Social Democratic Alliance (SDA) on 2 April.

Although the SDA was registered in Austenasia, there were no Austenasians as members, the party having been founded by James von Puchow with the intent of promoting his political views within the Empire. When it became clear that there was no interest in joining the SDA from Austenasians, the party "migrated" to the Federal Republic of Francisville in August 2012. The TPA remained the sole Austenasian party until 20 February 2014, when its leader and founder - now Emperor Jonathan I - passed an Imperial Decree dissolving the party and repealing the Political Parties Act 2012. From then on, political parties became unofficial, unregistered, and unrecognised voluntary associations.

This state of affairs lasted until April 2018, when the Political Parties Act 2018 re-established the option for political parties to be officially recognised and registered entities. All existing parties were given two weeks to register in accordance with new rules regarding their composition, and the failure of all but the Austenasian Imperial Party to do so by 25 April resulted in it becoming the sole Austenasian political party.

The Imperial Party remained the only Austenasian political party for a year, but a move to the centre-left in early 2019 resulted in the right-wing Fatherland Party being founded on 24 April 2019.

Current parties

  • Imperial Party: founded on 22 October 2016 as the effective successor of the Conservative Party, now espouses democratic socialism and social libertarianism. Currently in a coalition with the National Liberal Alliance. Based in New Richmond.
  • Fatherland Party: founded on 24 April 2019 to counter the rise of left-wing Austenasian politics. Based in Theodosiopolis.
  • Whig Party: founded on 17 May 2019 as a classical liberal party. Currently in a coalition with the Imperial Party. Based in Palasia. The first name of the party was National Liberal Alliance.

Former parties