Political parties

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Political parties in Talossa have been a source of both strife and support for the nation. For many years, under King Ben, the monarch's political party remained in perpetual majority. Opposition parties were tolerated, but seldom permitted to attain significant political power (aside from very temporary circumstances, such as the brief Peculiar Republic brought about by People United for No King). The currently reigning sovereign of Talossa, King John, has maintained a scrupulous policy of independence from political parties, refusing to endorse, interfere with, or in any way enter into a relationship with a political party. This is intended to help a vibrant democracy continue to flourish and grow, in stark contrast to King Ben's manipulations.

Parties compete for seats in the Cosa at each General Election. Each party receives a percentage of the 200 seats in the Cosa that represents its support by the electorate. Party leaders assign members to these seats, with no single person permitted to hold more than thirty seats.

The party or parties holding a majority of the seats in the Cosa after an election is decided is empowered to instruct the King as to the appointment of a Seneschal, who forms and administers the government.

To register to compete in a General Election, a political party is required to file the name of its a party leader and a statement of no more than fifty words with the Secretary of State. Additionally, a registration fee (currently $10 USD, or 6¤40) must be remitted for those General Elections during which the Burgermeister of Inland Revenue authorises the fee (Org.6.2). Parties failing to meet these requirements before a deadline set by the Chancery will not be listed on the ballot (but may be written-in). Parties failing to meet these requirements before the end of the first Clark of the Cosa will not be eligible to assign persons to the Cosa seats won by that party in the election, and these seats will be assigned instead by the King.

Political parties also compete at the local level in many provinces, for seats in the provincial legislatures and control of the executive function in these provinces.

Political parties differ along ideological bases, such as derivativism and peculiarism or royalism and republicanism, as well as on specific policies, such as broosking or semi-permeability.

Only two Independents, viz. Nicholas Hayes and Béneditsch Ardpresteir are said to have won the Cosa seats in the recent past.

Currently active parties

As of the election for the 52nd Cosa (July 2018), the registered political parties, listed in order of formation, are:

Parties
   Rexhalistaes Unificheschti pr'iensa Monarc'ha Petrechind (RUMP)
Moderate Radical Party of Talossa (MRPT)
Free Democrats of Talossa (FreeDems)
Make Talossa Great Again (MTGA)

Additionally, the New Peculiar Way (NPW) holds seats in the Assembly of Benito, but is not a nationally registered party anymore.

Historic Parties

Parties of the Kingdom

The following parties have, in the past, contested Talossan elections. Some of these (such as the ZPT) were active, then lay dormant, then were revived at later times.

Post-Reunision

These parties held Cosa seats at some point after 2012. Some have folded, some have merged and some are now inactive. They are listed in order of dissolution.

Parties
   Republican Party of Talossa (REP) Turned into the Make Talossa Great Again party after the 51st Cosa
   Talossan National Congress (TNC) Ceased to operate after the 49th Cosa
(Common Sense) Progressive Party (PP/CSPP/PPT) Ceased to operate after the 49th Cosa
   Zefençedeirs dal Republicanismeu Talossán (ZRT) - Defenders of Talossan Republicanism Merged in the Free Democrats for the 49th Cosa elections
Congréßeu Liberál (Lib) - Liberal Congress Merged in the Free Democrats for the 49th Cosa elections
Patriotic Coalition Ceased to exist with the 47th Cosa's dissolution
Talossan Socialist Party (TSP) Ceased to exist with the 47th Cosa's dissolution
New Peculiar Way (NPW) Ceased to operate nationally after the 45th Cosa, continues operations in Benito
Independent Party (IND) Ceased to exist with the 45th Cosa's dissolution
C'hríost el Regeu (CeR) - Christ the King Ceased to exist with the 44th Cosa's dissolution
Viensità Ciumisâ Cézembre/Cézembre Reunification Organization (CRO|VCC-CRO) Changed to "The Reunision Party (TRP)" with Reunision, then ceased to exist with the 43rd Cosa's dissolution
Common Sense Party (CSP) Merged in the CSPP during the 43rd Cosa

Two independents were elected to the Cosa: Nicholas Hayes and Béneditsch Ardpresteir, although the latter did not opt to hold his seats.

Three independents were elected to the Senate or held a Senate seat:

Additionally, the

did not contest any election and/or never held seats, or weren't active nationally.

Pre-Reunision

These parties held Cosa seats between the 35th Cosa and Reunision, and ceased to operate before the elections to the 43rd Cosa. Of particular importance is the Conservative Loyalist Party (CLP), which only held Cosa seats in the 35th and 36th Cosas and folded shortly afterwards, but was instrumental in the creation of the 2005-2012 "pre-Reunision order". The rest are listed in chronological order of last appearance in the Cosa:

  • Fair Governance Party (FGP)
  • Els Zefençadéirs del Päts Talossán (ZPT; Defenders of the Talossan Land)
  • People's Democratic Party (PDP/DPD)
  • Garrulous Rambling Uncomprehensible Monologue Party (GRUMP)
  • La Renaixença Talossan (LRT, "The Talossan Renaissance"), also known as Long Range Talossans
  • Cybercits' and Cünmilvoc'hteirs' Coalition Party (CCCP)
  • Defenders Of The Throne (DOTT)
  • King Ben Party (KBP)
  • La Mhà Nheagrâ/The Black Hand (MN)

Additionally, Catrina Þestra and Owen Edwards served as independents.

King Ben Era

These parties held Cosa seats before the 35th Cosa. Of particular importance:

  • Progressive Conservative Party (PC)
  • La Mhà Nheagrâ (MN; The Black Hand Party)
  • Els Zefençadéirs del Päts Talossán (ZPT; Defenders of the Talossan Land)

These parties dominated Talossan politics between 1990 and 2005. Other have occupied the Seneschalsqab at some point, or have been otherwise historically important:

  • Talossan Liberal Party (TLP)
  • Talossan Nationalist Party (TNP)
  • Democratic Dandipratic Party (DDP)
  • Front Uni Pour la Nation (FUN; United Front for the Nation)
  • People United for No King (PUNK)
  • Bob Fights Ticket (BFT)
  • Päts Vräts (PV; Real Country), originally known as the Christian Democrats
  • Peculiar Way (PW)
  • Un-Named Party (UNP)

Other parties were, in no particular order: (Note: this is not a complete list.)

  • Parti Liveral (Yarney)
  • Conservatives Against Liberal Laziness (CALL)
  • Peace and Freedom Party (PFP)
  • Grey Congress Party (GCP)
  • The Royal Democracy Party (RDP)
  • Noi Steçéu Parti (NSP; We Ourselves)
  • El Parti Vandadoûr, Minoritár és Revoluziunár (VMR or RCMP, The Revolutionary Conscientious Minority Party)
  • The Talossan League of Centrists/Talossa's Lone Contractor (TLC)
  • The Silver Phoenix (SP)
  • Talossan Sponge Party

Several independents held Cosa seats (not counting named parties with a single MC):

  • Evan Gallagher
  • Kenneth Oplinger
  • Ieremiac'h Ventrutx
  • Albrec'ht Stolfi
  • Ián Anglatzarâ
  • Gregory Aldous
  • Tomas Gariçeir
  • Jeff Ragsdale

Parties of the Republic

In the Talossan Republic the following parties (listed in alphabetic order) existed:

  • Blue Wave (monarchist, reunionist)
  • Cînxh (Change, an alliance of citizens who wanted to reactivate the sleepy Republic)
  • El Parti Federalista (federalist)
  • Guelph Party (conservative)
  • Movement for Republican Peculiarism (M.R.P.; later renamed MRP),
  • New Republican Peculiarists (NRP)
  • Social Democratic Party/Parti Sociál Democrätic Talossán (PSD)
  • Defencist Unity Party of Talossa (PVZT)
  • United Progressive Talossans (UPT)
  • Defenders of the Republic of Talossa (ZRT)