Sabioveronese general election, 2015
Sabia and Verona held its sixth general election on 20 September 2015. It was the first election held under the new constitution, which established a new unicameral parliament, instead of the old bicameral Legislative Courts. It was also the first election held in the aftermath of the Haronos Plan, a state-sponsored program in which new territory was claimed for the Kingdom in Argentine territory, and a new capital, Alios, was formed in the new land. The Haronos Plan shifted the balance of powers in the Kingdom considerably, and much of the population found itself unable to vote in the new election due to the new constitution.
Voters in Alios only elected representatives for the eight districts of the so-called Metropolitan Municipality (the districts of Darmosari and Monesari elected two representatives each), for a total sum of 10 seats to the newly created Parliament.
Former Prime Minister and leader of the Unity Party, Bertrand Rivière resigned in the wake of the Haronos Plan, and Andrew Blackhorse took over his lead of Unity. Factions of the Left Alliance and the Convergence Party formed the National Artists' Guild, led by newcomer Shounn Virny. The Artists received a supermajority in Parliament, and formed a majority government with Virny as prime minister. The election's turnout of 100% was the highest recorded turnout in all of Sabia and Verona's history.
12 September cover of Sourg ê Mourg
, the NNS
's official newspaper actively promoting Virny's candidature.
The sixth general election took place over a year after the previous election, in which PM Bertrand Rivière was elected. Rivière served a whole year as it was indicated in the 2014 constitution, adopted during the previous administration of Léon Galieri. The election takes place amidst a period of transition and change in Sabia and Verona, nearly a month after the adoption of a new constitution, the coronation of a new king and the move of the capital to a newly established city, Alios. The statutes of the new constitution, first drafted at the Congress in Salisse and later adopted by royal decree by recently crowned King Tarek on 25 August, stated elections for national institutions were from now on to happen only in the new capital of Alios, and that only Aliosik citizens would be allowed to be nominated to the Parliament or the new Tribunal. This concession meant that the number of voters would now be considerably smaller.
Once the Haronos Plan was executed, Sabioveronese politicians in Alios assembled in ideological groups, generally with little regard for old Sabioveronese parties such as the Left Alliance and Convergence and Amity. Members of these two parties abandoned their memberships and founded the National Artists' Guild (NNS), which rapidly became the largest party in Alios. Opposition to the NNS manifested in various forms, predominantly the form of the Unity Party or independent politicians, which on 9 September 2015 became the Sabian Democratic Assembly (ASD), an evolution of the Kepren Ladom electoral alliance.
National Artists' Guild
Shounn Virny, former Auror and University of Elinore law student, is a newcomer to Sabioveronese politics. Having participated at the first National Artists' Guild congress in Alios on 27 August 2015, he rose to prominence as an eloquent and concise speaker. He was chosen as a fresh new face for the newly founded party, contrasting with other potential NNS candidates like Anton Schubert-Moss or Andreina Rossini who have already been seen in many Sabioveronese elections. Virny follows the ideals of the NNS, including public funding for the arts and a strong support for the Alios-dominant system adopted by the 2015 constitution.
Andrew Blackhorse is unlike his contender, an old face in Sabia and Verona. He's known as one of the "three kings" who led the Three King-revolt in November 2012 alongside Albert Gold and Leandro Casablanca. Blackhorse is also a former Land Army Major. Blackhorse, though technically running as a Unity Party candidate, campaigns under the banner of the Sabian Democratic Assembly (ASD), formerly known as the Kepren Ladom electoral coalition. The ASD includes both independent candidates and Unity Party candidates.