Liberal Democratic Party of Kalșeri

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Liberal Democratic Party
Hișeaton-Gifoiuséaton Eri
Chairperson Élena Kunar (KL)
Spokesperson Anne-Marie Gosselin, Esq. (CI; Senate)
Hon. Ashley Moriarty (LN; House)
Slogan For a sensible country
Founded June 27, 1959 (1959-06-27)
Preceded by Liberal Republican Party
Christian Democratic Party
Headquarters 15 Sellers-Casey Avenue, Tașarél, Evalria
Newspaper The Liberal
Student wing Liberal Democratic Students' Union
Youth wing ldp 2.0
Membership  (2018) 403,000
Ideology Classical liberalism
Federalism
Fiscal conservatism
Liberal conservatism
International affiliation Centrist Democrat International
Liberal International
Official colors Blue (official)
Gold (additional)
Senate
11 / 42
House of Reps
69 / 200
Governorships
9 / 14
a
Cantonal seats
149 / 531
Election symbol
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LDP Kalseri Fox.svg
A blue fox, traditional mascot of the party.
Website
libdems.kl

a Does not count alliances with other parties.

The Liberal Democratic Party (Kalhan: Hișeaton-Gifoiuséaton Eri, commonly known as the LibDems or Blues) is a centrist political party in Kalșeri. It currently holds a relative majority of seats in the Senate, and has the highest number of Representatives.

Founded in 1783 as the Liberal Republican Party (also known as the Kalhanseri Party), itself derived from the Hișon Vionia movement that brought Kalșeri to its independence, it was one of the two main political forces in Kalșeri, with the other one being the social democratic Kalhan Front. The current incarnation of the Party was born on June 27, 1959, with the merger of the Christian Democrats and the Liberal Republicans. From independence to 1977, the alternation between the Social Cooperation Party and the Liberal Democratic Party (and its past incarnations) regularly took place; this changed when the SCP was ousted from power, as part of the investigations around the Lockheed scandal; this started a twenty-seven year period where the Liberal Democrats regularly bested the SCP in many elections and won five out of the six presidential elections between 1979 and 1999.

The party advocates classical liberalism, fiscal conservatism, federalism and a smaller role of the state in the national economy. Some LibDems are ideologically closer to conservatism, whereas others embrace social liberalism.

History[edit | edit source]

As the Liberal Republican Party[edit | edit source]

Collaboration with the Christian Democrats[edit | edit source]

Formation of the Liberal Democratic Party[edit | edit source]

Present[edit | edit source]

Party positions[edit | edit source]

Economic policy[edit | edit source]

  • Support the free market and gradually withdraw unnecessary government interference
  • Establish a "sensible taxing" program
  • Streamline economic regulation laws
  • Allow private alternatives to offer the same services offered by the state
  • Offer "sensible ideas for environmental regulations"

Social policy[edit | edit source]

  • Allow individual cantons to pass their own legislation regarding LGBT rights
  • Introduce legislation that penalizes online hate crimes
  • Establish a nationwide recycling program
  • Let cantons keep their own school curricula
  • Let cantons decide whether to have religion as a mandatory subject in schools

Foreign policy[edit | edit source]

  • Support Kalșerian membership in the NATO

Factions[edit | edit source]

The Liberal Democratic Party is divided into unofficial factions, which are generally named after their most prominent representative. The nuances in the values adopted by each group, as well as the presence of sub-factions, make identification of exact ideologies difficult.

Berschleider faction[edit | edit source]

Named after President John Berschleider, the Berschleider faction is a proponent of Christian democratic and economically moderate policies, with an emphasis on achieving a higher accessibility to public services.

Political scientist Vince Mundell argues that until the formation of the Republican Party, this faction was further divided into the "Pure Berschleiderists" and the "Berschleider-Ríos Soriano subfaction", the latter of which was more openly socially conservative.

Garner faction[edit | edit source]

The Garner faction, named after President Phil Garner, upholds cantonal rights in face of intervention of the central government in local policies, and advocates for privatization of publicly-owned companies and avoiding the increase in taxes as much as possible. In regards to social issues, this faction is closer to the Social Cooperation Party.

This group is sometimes called "Garner-Babich", after prominent Senator and current President Jim Babich.

Lorenzetti-Wilson faction[edit | edit source]

Often described as communitarian, the Lorenzetti-Wilson faction advocates for greater state intervention in economy and the promotion of social rights in a socially moderate agenda.

It is named after Representatives Penny Lorenzetti and Al Wilson.

Chairpeople[edit | edit source]

Name Born Died (if applicable) Nomination End of term
Michael Chalmers (1915-07-09)July 9, 1915
Treetoor, NK
June 6, 1976(1976-06-06) (aged 60)
Percy, KL
July 20, 1959 May 9, 1976
Eberardus Rigi (1921-10-21)October 21, 1921
Evalria
August 29, 1992(1992-08-29) (aged 70)
Evalria
May 16, 1976 March 7, 1984
Richard Molyneux (1942-03-14)March 14, 1942
Land's End, KL
February 24, 2013(2013-02-24) (aged 70)
Percy, KL
March 7, 1984 September 13, 1989
Iolanda Barbarino (1944-07-23) July 23, 1944 (age 78)
Calvera, Italy
living September 13, 1989 March 7, 1996
Roderick E. Carver (1949-10-02) October 2, 1949 (age 73)
Cape Scorpion, TG
living March 7, 1996 March 7, 2008
Edwin Lenders (1951-05-19) May 19, 1951 (age 71)
Evalria
living March 7, 2008 November 1, 2009
Alan Parr (1959-09-13) September 13, 1959 (age 63)
Cape Sundervale
living November 5, 2009 October 1, 2019
Simon Harris (1973-11-09) November 9, 1973 (age 49)
New Smyrna, TK
living October 1, 2019 July 9, 2021
Élena Kunar (1959-03-11) March 11, 1959 (age 63)
Westphalia, LG
living July 18, 2021 incumbent

Election results[edit | edit source]

Presidential elections[edit | edit source]

Election Candidate Percentage of votes (%) Votes cast Opponent Outcome
1979 John Berschleider 54% 3,307,500 Ludvik Nínfongi Victory
1984 Ionas Miagi 52% 4,563,000 Edward R. Schindler Victory
1989 Phil Garner 55.7% 5,375,050 Edward R. Schindler Victory
1994 Phil Garner 53.9% 7,141,750 Roger Kirk Victory
1999 Alejandra Ríos Soriano 50.7% 7,213,358 Domingo Cardo Victory
2004 George Wellington 48.4% 8,203,800 Robert Havlichek Loss
2009 Sebastianus Linș 47.7% 8,347,500 Aleksandrus Șáșnegi (SCP)
Cassandra Newell (K4C)
Victory
2014 Élena Kunar 39.3% 7,123,125 Maksimilianus Ureska (SCP)
Damian Feynman (Libertarian)
Cassandra Newell (K4C)
Loss
2019 Alejandra Ríos Soriano 24.11% 4,715,814 Maksimilianus Ureska (SCP)
Damian Feynman (Libertarian)
Cassandra Newell (K4C)
Matthew Chandler (M4A)
Loss

House of Representatives elections[edit | edit source]

Election Percentage of votes (%) Votes cast HoR seats Seat change Secretary Majority?
1977 59% 3,215,500
114 / 194
Eberardus Rigi Yes
1982 53.2% 3,990,000
106 / 200
8 Eberardus Rigi Yes
1987 48.3% 4,322,850
96 / 200
10 Richard Molyneux No
1992 52.5% 5,433,750
105 / 200
9 Iolanda Barbarino Yes
1997 54.7% 6,290,500
109 / 200
4 Roderick E. Carver Yes
2002 47.1% 6,193,650
94 / 200
15 Roderick E. Carver No
2007 48.3% 7,619,325
93 / 200
1 Roderick E. Carver No
2012 39.3% 6,877,500
79 / 200
14 Alan Parr No
2017 32.5% 5,963,750
65 / 200
14 Alan Parr No
2022 TBD TBD
69 / 200
4 Elena Kunar Relative

Notes[edit | edit source]