Sorrenian General Election, November 2019
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
Growing Anger at the Government
The Republicans-CA Electoral Alliance
The Kingdom of Sorrenia utilises a first-past-the-post voting system, whereby the candidate with a plurality of votes in a constituency wins the election. This electoral method came under scrutiny, especially by the NDLP and Christian Alliance, though has not been changed.
Along with the 46 members elected from constituencies throughout the country, the monarch is granted a permanent seat in the King's Council.
Campaign and candidates
Results by constituency
Results by Party
Though The Republicans secured a resounding victory, they did not possess an outright majority, and so entered into coalition negotiations. However, several other parties, when combined, also possessed a majority in the King's Council, and so many ideas not including The Republicans were floated around. During this period (lasting over a week), The Republicans remained adamant that their status as the largest party, by precedent, necessitated their being part of the ruling majority.
Seen as a natural outcome by many, negotiations between The Republicans and the NDLP were held on three occasions. On social and economic policy, the two parties shared a great deal in common, and figures within the NDLP were reportedly willing to support greater government expenditure in line with Republican manifesto promises. Similarly, both parties supported a new settlement on religion in Sorrenia, calling for greater provisions for minority churches, and greater limitations on the Papal Directorate.
Due to this similarity, many within the NDLP remained optimistic that they would remain part of the government, though as the minority party. Opposed to the idea in previous elections, both NDLP leader Llewelyn Lawton and Internal Affairs Minister Martin Aquinas were close to agreeing to a coalition with the NDLP, but pulled out at the last minute.
With a hypothetical majority of one, figures within the New Monarchists posited the idea of maintaining the previous government coalition, largely out of fear of allowing an explicitly republican and socialist party take the reins of government. Though Foreign Minister Michael Disraeli met on two occasions with leading NDLP figures, his offer was widely rejected by the latter party. Many within the NDLP believed their loss of seats was the result of unfulfilled promises and lack of constitutional reform, and so feared that entering once again into coalition with the New Monarchists would result in greater electoral losses in the future. As a result, the NDLP never seriously considered the option.
Government of National Unity
Environmental Minister and theorist Melseeq Seetoornah of the NDLP, and Religious Minister Peter Otterson of the New Monarchists supported a government of national unity, consisting of The Republicans, the NDLP, the New Monarchists, and the HNP. They argued that this option would best allow for compromise and a generally agreed upon new political settlement in Sorrenia. This hypothetical scenario would have seen Harold Wilson becoming Prime Minister, Llewellyn Lawton Chancellor, and Michael Disraeli Minister for Internal Affairs, with other seats allocated proportionally. This idea supposedly attracted Martin Aquinas, after the proposed Republican-NDLP coalition was rejected, but did not receive widespread support from The Republicans, who feared the New Monarchists would use it to postpone and neuter political reform.
Though The Republicans and the Christian Alliance had adopted an electoral alliance in a handful of seats, both parties were explicit that this was not an electoral pact. Despite this, both parties during the election railed against the status quo, and the inefficiency in reforming Sorrenia under the New Monarchists and the NDLP. However, the two parties were perhaps the furthest apart in social and economic affairs, with The Republicans supporting secularism, progressive social policies, greatly increased government spending, and raised taxation, while the Christian Alliance are explicitly Christian, and socially and fiscally conservative.
As a result, a potential coalition was seen as untenable by most political commentators. Despite this, Harold Wanton and Richard Brooker met several times after the election, alongside Damian Billbrough. The former two officially announced a coalition government, headed by Wanton as Prime Minister and Brooker as Chancellor; The Republicans offered a postponement of social and religious legislation throughout the coalition's period, while the latter accepted most of the Republican's economic program. Both parties outlined a shared agenda for comprehensive political reform, including limitations on the king's powers, an end to conflict in Dradelia, an assessment of Hortania's legislative boundaries, and measures to bring western Sorrenia into closer alignment with the east.
This option however was only granted a majority by the inclusion of the Hortanian National Party, previously allied with the New Monarchists. The party's leader, Billbrough, was offered a comprehensive assessment of Hortania's legislative boundaries, and several specific legal bills related to Hortanian cultural autonomy.