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Sorrenian general election, January 2014
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This article is about the Sorrenian General Election of January 2014. For the Presidential Election of January 2014, see Sorrenian Presidential Election, January 2014.
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4/5 seats to the National Assembly
3 seats needed for a majority
• Secularism - with both the Socialist and Liberty Parties announcing that they would attempt to ban all religious icons in government, as well as religious political parties, secularism became a hotly contested issue, with those in favour arguing it was to protect all Sorrenians, and those against arguing it was a way to limit the Centrist Anglican Party.
• Culture - some Sorrenians were unhappy with the rate of cultural growth in the nation, arguing that it was being held back by this lack of cultural growth. Although all three of the political parties supported cultural advancements, the Liberty Party in specific argued that efforts should be furthered, primarily blaming the Socialist Party.
Socialist Party of Sorrenia
The Socialist Party promised a larger push on secularism, in order to create a "fairer and unbiased society". Due to the influx of left-wing immigrants to Sorrenia, the Socialist Party's campaign was somewhat relaxed, expecting an easy victory.
The Liberty Party focused on the lack of cultural development in Sorrenia, stressing that it needed to be drastically improved, blaming the Socialists for their focus on politics. As a result, they promised to continue the egalitarian reforms of Sorrenia (including secularism) and also promised a focus on culture.
Centrist Anglican Party
Due to the threat of secularism, the Centrist Anglican Party spent the majority of their campaign on said issue, providing the counterbalance to the other two parties, stating that an attempt to ban their party was an attack on democracy. Along with this, they stated their anger that Sorrenia remained a left-wing country, and reaffirmed their stance on radical centrism.
The result of Sorrenia's second election was - unlike the first one - very predictable. Due to the left-wing influx of immigrants, the Socialist Party fared well, increasing their vote by 17%.
The Centrist Anglican Party did not fare so well - due to their fragile position, many abandoned the party in favour of the Liberty Party (as the two parties were similar in many aspects); this left the party without enough votes to get a single seat.
Both the Socialist and Liberty Parties went on to play a big role in Sorrenia, however shortly after the election, the infamous secularism bill was introduced, giving the Centrist Anglican Party 24 hours to remove all religious symbolism and any religious elements in their political platform (this decision has remained controversial to this day). Llewelyn Lawton, leader of the party and Presidential candidate left Sorrenia in protest, however later rejoined the Federation.