Sorrenian General Election, November 2019

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Sorrenian general election, November 2019

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← April 2019 11/11/19 January 2020 →
Turnout 77%
Party Leader % Seats ±
The Republicans Harold Wanton 35 17 +5
NDLP Llewelyn Lawton 26 12 -4
New Monarchists King Ronald I 18 9 -4
Christian Alliance Richard Brooker 16 5 +3
Hortanian National Party Damian Billbrough 4 3 0
Dradelian Revolutionary Front Rilgar Ompastre 1 1 0
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
Prime Minister before Prime Minister after
Llewelyn Lawton
NDLP
Harold Wanton
The Republicans

Background

Previous Election

Growing Anger at the Government

The Republicans-CA Electoral Alliance

Electoral System

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

Posters

Opinion Polls

National

Hortania

Dradelia

Amon Lasgalen

Full Results

Popular Vote
The Republicans
  
35%
NDLP
  
26%
New Monarchists
  
18%
Christian Alliance
  
16%
Hortanian National Party
  
4%
DRF
  
1%
Seat share in the King's Council
The Republicans
  
36%
NDLP
  
26%
New Monarchists
  
20%
Christian Alliance
  
10%
Hortanian National Party
  
6%
DRF
  
2%

Results by constituency

Constituency Party before election Party after election
Kielder New Monarchists New Monarchists
Morpeth New Monarchists New Monarchists
Hexham New Monarchists New Monarchists
Outer Newcastle NDLP NDLP
Jesmond NDLP The Republicans
Central Newcastle NDLP NDLP
Ouseburn NDLP The Republicans
West Newcastle The Republicans The Republicans
Gateshead The Republicans The Republicans
Jarrow The Republicans The Republicans
Whitley Bay The Republicans The Republicans
South Shields The Republicans The Republicans
Sunderland City The Republicans The Republicans
Seaham The Republicans The Republicans
Washington New Monarchists The Republicans
Birtley Christian Alliance Christian Alliance
Chester-le-Street The Republicans The Republicans
Sacriston New Monarchists New Monarchists
Lanchester New Monarchists The Republicans
Eastern Pennines New Monarchists New Monarchists
Dunelm New Monarchists New Monarchists
University Town NDLP NDLP
Bowburn NDLP NDLP
Sherburn The Republicans The Republicans
Ertawa Christian Alliance Christian Alliance
Dradelia Dradelian Revolutionary Front Dradelian Revolutionary Front
Bishop Auckland New Monarchists New Monarchists
Newton Aycliffe NDLP NDLP
Darlington New Monarchists The Republicans
Middlesbrough The Republicans The Republicans
Amon Lasgalen NDLP NDLP
West Yorkshire New Monarchists NDLP
York NDLP NDLP
East Yorkshire New Monarchists New Monarchists
Humberside The Republicans The Republicans
North Hortania Hortanian National Party Hortanian National Party
North Leeds NDLP NDLP
Leeds Dockland NDLP NDLP
South Leeds Hortanian National Party Hortanian National Party
South Hortania Hortanian National Party Hortanian National Party
Bradford The Republicans The Republicans
Carlisle NDLP NDLP
Lake District NDLP Christian Alliance
Millom and Haverigg NDLP Christian Alliance
Lonsdale NDLP Christian Alliance
Lancaster NDLP NDLP

Results by Party

The Republicans

NDLP

New Monarchists

Christian Alliance

HNP

DRF

Government Formation

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.

Republican-NDLP Coalition

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.

NDLP-NM-HNP Coalition

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.

Republican-CA-HNP Coalition

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.