United Rhinoceros Party (Abelden)
|Founded||1 December 2017|
|Dissolved||2 April 2018|
|Preceded by||Rhinoceros Party|
The United Rhinoceros Party was an Abeldane political party founded in December 2017 by Thomas Merrell (at the time Vorsitzender) and Horatio Eden. The party was formed as a merger between the Rhinoceros and Federalist parties, at the time the largest right-leaning parties in the Empire. The party held a pragmatic view of political issues; while its leadership were quoted as referring to the party as conservative and broadly right-wing, its policies largely did not fit within the left-right political spectrum.
Following the resignations of Michael Thomas Brazeau and James Frisch in 2017, and in that order, as leader of the Federalist Party, Thomas Merrell took on the leadership of the party, taking over James Frisch's appointed seat in the Reichsversammlung in his absence. The Federalist Party originally nominated Mr. Merrell for the Vorsitzendership in the December federal election with the endorsement of the Rhinoceros Party following Eden's refusal to nominate himself as he had done in the previous cycle.
The Rhinoceros Party nominated deputy Rhinoceros leader, Max Pollack for the position of Stellvertreter with endorsement from the Federalist Party. This mutual endorsement eventually led to negotiations between the parties regarding a potential merger, and on the 1st of December, 2017, these negotiations came to a conclusion, with Thomas Merrell and Horatio Eden being appointed co-leaders of a new United Rhinoceros Party. The unified party ultimately nominated Thomas Merrell for Vorsitzender and Max Pollack for Stellvertreter for the December federal election.
|2017 V||Thomas Merrell||22||40%||elected|
|2017 V||Max Pollack||9||19.56%||not elected|