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30/04/18 - 10/11/18
|Born||Durham, United Kingdom|
|Political party||Christian Alliance|
|Allegiance||Sorrenian Royal Army|
|In service||2018 -|
It is a political norm in Sorrenia to adopt an alias, utilising a pseudonym and alternative portrait. Richard's portrait is that of John Lambton, 1st Earl of Durham, related to the legendary slayer of the Lambton Worm.
Unlike most current citizens of Sorrenia, Richard began his career in the Sorrenian Federation, becoming a party researcher for the Commonwealth Party. Although he remained a minor figure, his time in the Federation has impacted his current political style, with Richard often expressing greater willingness to compromise with other parties.
War of the Sorrenian Succession
After several years of Sorrenia existing only in an official capacity, the formation of the Socialist League sparked the War of the Sorrenian Succession, during which left-wing forces seized much of the south and east of Sorrenia with the intention of reforming the Sorrenian Federation.
After the League seized the old capital of Sorrenia, Levaria, as well as the surrounding city of Durham, those opposed to the League began to organise. Quickly, King Ronald I emerged as a leading figure who sought to install himself as the king of Sorrenia. Richard embraced this claim and extended royalist control into his influential home county of Ertawa.
After successive battles, the Royal Army of Sorrenia successfully defeated League troops, forcing their retreat to Horden; Richard convinced Ronald to deliver an amnesty deal to League forces, causing the Sherburn Workers Council and Harold Wanton to abandon the League.
Formation of the Old Monarchists
After the triumph of royalist forces, King Ronald announced elections to take place within weeks. Surprisingly to many, Richard did not join Ronald's own political party, the New Monarchists, instead creating the Old Monarchists; the party was similarly supportive of monarchy and Ronald's claim to the throne, but was made up of ex-Sorrenian Federation citizens and so placed greater emphasis on cooperation and compromise. The party also spearheaded the emergence of Northumbrianism which was quickly adopted by King Ronald.
Richard secured an electoral alliance with the New Monarchists, and entered into coalition government after winning 3 of the 12 seats, making them the second largest party.
Richard was appointed Minister for Internal Affairs by King Ronald, and made sweeping changes.
Most importantly, he popularised Northumbrianism, declared and oversaw the Great Expansion, passed religious toleration laws and continued a policy of amnesty for Socialist League and Dradelian dissidents.
His personal support for Northumbrianism was immediately absorbed by other leading government officials, including Michael Disraeli, Peter Otterson and the King; the ideology was also adopted and adapted by others, including Harold Wanton, Martin Aquinas and Rilgar Ompastre.
The Great Expansion, during which Sorrenia extended its territorial claim across all of Northern England was a personal project for Richard; he oversaw boundary creation, the formation of the many counties and the integration of Hortania through the Treaty of Hortanian Unity.
Reformation into the Christian Alliance
Turning to internal party politics, Richard rebranded his party as the 'Christian Alliance', in an attempt to distinguish them from the larger New Monarchists.
Subsequently, the party developed a greater emphasis on pushing for religiously tolerant legislation, aiming to appease the many non-Catholic Christian sects in Sorrenia. Richard had previously secured the independence of the Amon Lasgalen Church and supported a government policy of support for the small Methodist Mezerizeb sect.
Richard continued to lead the party into the November 2018 election. Confident in the party's rebranding, Richard sought to win seats in patriotic, working-class areas of Sorrenia.
Despite this confidence, the Christian Alliance was unable to win any additional seats, although it retained its number of seats in the Council, while all other parties bar the NDLP lost seats.
The specific focus on winning seats in working class areas however was seemingly successful, as the Christian Alliance delivered MPs in South Shields and Whitley Bay, however the party lost seats in Amon Lasgalen and the Lake District.
Although Richard branded the election a 'minor success', external pundits saw the election as a loss, and pondered that had the Alliance maintained its support for electoral reform, it would have fared better in the west and south.
After the election, the Christian Alliance lost its position in government and so Richard Brooker lost his position as Interior Minister. He continued however to closely advise the King, especially on cultural issues.
Richard also returned the Christian Alliance to its prior High Tory aesthetic, hoping to win seats in rural Sorrenia.
Internally, Richard works with the various factions within the party. Although most Anglicans coalesce into a Protestant Bloc, Richard has appointed several Catholics and Anglo-Catholics into his inner circle.
Richard has generally been ambivalent in relation to electoral reform; although Millomism has received some support within the Christian Alliance, Richard has refused to take a stance on the issue.