Christian Democratic Party of Sierra
|Christian Democratic Party of Sierra|
|Founded||April 17, 2000|
|Split from||Royalist and Federalist Party|
|Headquarters||214 Phoenix Lane, San Jacinto, Inland Empire|
|Student wing||Student Social Democrats|
|Youth wing||Young Christian Democrats|
|LGBT wing||LGBT+ Christian Democrats|
|Membership||▲302,184 (December 2019)|
|Political position||Big tent to Center-right|
International Democrat Union|
Centrist Democrat International
|American affiliation||American Coalition for Liberty|
|Governing body||Christian Democratic National Committee|
|House of Commons|
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The Christian Democratic Party of Sierra, also known as the Christian Democrats and more commonly as the Christ Dems, is a national political party in the Kingdom of Sierra. Founded on April 17th, 2000, the party was formed after members of the Royalist Party broke off to form their own party centered around Christian democracy, liberal conservatism and fiscal conservatism. The party is one of the youngest political parties in Sierra and up until 2020, it had lacked a notable presence in Parliament, but continues to maintain a strong presence on a provincial and local level, especially in the provinces of the Inland Empire and Kings. The party's headquarters is based in San Jacinto and is currently lead by Maximilien Lavallée as of 2018 who has helped increase the party's presence, media attention and electoral performance since taking over as party leader.
The Christian Democrats have largely marketed themselves as a new conservative alternate to the Royalist Party differentiating themselves from the Royalists by pointing to their commitment to fiscal conservatism, support for partial social liberalism, and a greater focus on electoral reform and minority interests, specially Sierra's Tondolese and indigenous populations. The party maintains a strong presence in the Inland Empire and maintains a strong presence in its provincial legislature. The Christian Democrats are also present in Kings, mainly the rural countryside in the center of the province, as well as large parts of the Styxie such as San Joaquin and parts of central Santa Clara. The party has a membership of over 300,000 registered members and continues to rise with many analysts predicting that the Christian Democrats will reach over a million members by 2023 and may become a formidable force in Sierran politics in the near future, especially as dissatisfaction with the Royalists continues to grow in modern times and the party chips away at traditionally Royalist voters.
Following the 2020 Sierran federal election, the Christian Democrats had made major gains winning 32 seats and gaining ground in Crown Country, areas in Eastern Sierra that traditionally support the Royalist Party, and are the third largest party in the House of Commons outnumbering the Libertarian Party who has historically been the third largest party in the House. The Christian Democrats also currently have nine seats in the Senate and one Member of the American Parliament, former party leader Carmelo Murphy. In the Conference of American States, the Christian Democrats are part of the American Coalition for Liberty, an alliance of center-right and Christian Democratic parties in Anglo-America.
The Christian Democratic Party of Sierra was founded on April 17, 2000 by Carmelo Murphy, a Member of Parliament from Orange and its 17th district, who broke off to form the party in response to what he perceived as a "de-facto abandonment of traditional Judeo-Christian values and policies" in favor of policies favoring big business, corporations and major financial donors and contributors to the Royalist Party. He managed to convince other members of the Royalist Party who agreed with his vision of christian democracy and garnered many paternalistic conservatives to join the party as well. In the 2004 federal election, Murphy and the Christian Democrats campaigned as an alternative to the Royalist Party and to represent a "forgotten minority" within Sierra's conservative voters. While the party only won 1% of the vote, Murphy kept his seat and would hold it until he was defeated by a Royalist in the 2008 federal election thanks in party due to a major scandal. Afterwards he resigned as party leader and was succeeded by Edgar Walker who served as Deputy Leader of the Christian Democrats under Murphy's leadership and helped real the party from the scandal.
Early electoral success (2009-14)
Newfound success (2018-Present)
The Christian Democratic Party is overseen by the Christian Democratic National Committee, the primary governing body of the party, which oversees the party's internal administration, functions and activities. The CDND is responsible for organization campaign events for party candidates, connections with the party's provincial affiliates, gathering donations and financial support, and nominating candidates for local, provincial, and federal elections. The committee also oversees and hosts leadership debates during party leadership elections as well to determine the party's leader. While the party hasn't held a seat in parliament since 2008, they do have a parliamentary party division which will oversee the party's activities in the event they are elected to the Sierran parliament.
The party's membership has steadily risen over the years from around 12-18,000 at the time of its foundation to 100,000 by 2016. The party's membership would steadily rise and would reach over 300,000 members by December 2019 thanks in part to many campaigns to raise the party's presence, awareness and membership on a multi-level basis called the "Community Mobilization Effort" by the party itself. The party relies off of online campaigning, grass-roots efforts and charity to raise its membership. The party's membership is mostly from former Royalists and Libertarians who joined the Christina Democrats either due to being convened by the party's various recruitment campaigns and/or being disillusioned with their previous parties that they later abandoned.
The Leader of the Christian Democratic Party is the highest-ranking and most senior figure within the party and is supported by the Deputy Leader of the Christian Democratic Party of Sierra. The party's leader is chosen in two ways; either through an official leadership election which is hosted and overseen by the national committee or through the deputy leader succeeding the party leader in the event that the latter resigns as party leader or is voted out.
Ideology and platform
- Support same-sex civil unions over marriage.
- Oppose unregulated access to abortion.
- Limit the size of the welfare state.
- Invest in mental health treatment and research.
- Ban conversion therapy.
- Support only partial regulations in the economy.
- Support for low tax rates for all Sierran citizens.
- Oppose bailouts for major corporations and banks.
- Crack down on outsourcing and unfair trade deals.
- Oppose laws increasing the minimum wage beyond $10.
- Support and expand the Conference of American States.
- End all Sierran aid to oppressive regimes worldwide.
- Withdrawal Sierran troops from Pashtunistan and Iraq.
- Establish friendly relations with the United Commonwealth.
- Commit to Sierra's allies in the CAS, Anglo-America, and beyond.
- Establish a non-interventionist foreign policy.