Social Democratic Party of the Northeast Union

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Social Democratic Party
Leader Eliezer Steinberg
Chairperson Maria Collins
Spokesperson Aron Davidson
Founded April 21, 1903
Headquarters 420 Lexington Ave
New York City, NN
Student wing Social Democratic Student Association
Youth wing Young Social Democrats
Women's Wing National Alliance of Social Democratic Women
Overseas wing Global Social Democrats
Membership 3.8 million (2019 estimates)
Ideology Social democracy
Democratic socialism
American unionism
Political position Yellow flag waving.png Center-left
International affiliation Socialist International
Social Democrats of America
Official colors      Red
11 / 36
House of Representatives
42 / 135
American Parliament
12 / 27
6 / 18
Election symbol
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Elections in the Northeast Union
Political parties in the Northeast Union
Liberalism in the Northeast Union

The Social Democratic Party of the Northeast Union, commonly referred to as the SDP or the Social Democrats is a center-left political party in the Northeast Union. The party is a social democratic political party that is also considered a big tent with many members of the part espousing democratic socialism, Syndicalism among other left-wing positions. The party has been called the leading force in left-wing politics in the Northeast Union and has helped make such positions mainstream in the NU.

The party was founded in 1903 by Benjamin Miller, a trade unionist and labour rights activist, who formed the party as a means of consolidating the NU political left by forming an alliance of social democrats, democratic socialists, socialists and trade unionists into one broader coalition. The party ran in the 1912 midterm elections and managed to win its first seats in Congress along with various state legislative seats. Miller himself became the Minority Leader in the Senate and and unsucccessfullyran for president in 1918 and 1922. The SDP became the dominant party during the Great Depression, and one of its most prominent members, New York City mayor Ezio Fiorentino De Gregoriis, became president. It remained one of the two largest parties in the Northeast Union, ultimately seating 8 presidents. Most prominent amongst these presidents was Edward Quentin Hildreth, who lead the Hildreth Revolution and changed the country culturally.

In the contemporary era, the SDP is the leading social democratic and center-left party in Northeastern politics and has a broad coalition of diverse voters with much of its voter base being comprised of young caucasians, women, working-class citizens, racial and ethnic minorities and the LGBT community. Following the 2016 midterm elections and 2018 election, the SDP holds 55 seats in the House of Representatives and 15 seats in the Senate. The current President, Eliezer Steinberg, is a social democrat and SDP members make up most of the current government along with five out of thirteen state governorships. Four out of the nine justices on the Supreme Court where chosen by Social Democratic presidents as of 2019 and is the governing party in the country. The SDP also holds 12 out of the Northeast Union's 27 seats in the American Parliament having won them during the 2019 American Parliament election. This is a rebound after two decades of poor results and slow decline due to poor leadership, in which the party managed to restructure and become relevant and exciting once more.

History[edit | edit source]

Foundation[edit | edit source]

The party was officially created on April 21, 1903 by Benjamin Miller, a trade unionist from New York City who was known for his activism and vocal criticism of the Northeastern government. At the turn of the 20th century, the NU was become a heavily industrialized nation with over seventy percent of the total population living in cities and urban areas. As the country became more urban, working conditions were improving at a low rate and wages were stagnant and becoming some of the lowest in Anglo-America for working-class citizens as a result of policies from the Whig Party which prioritized big business over labor rights. Seeking to change the status-quo and bring what he called working-class representation into politics, Miller would form his own political party modeled after the social democratic parties in Europe such as the Labour Party in the United Kingdom. Miller ran in the 1904 general election and while he had lost, his campaign was heavily covered in various newspapers, especially left-leaning papers, and he became more and more well known throughout the 1900s and well into the 1910s. In 1915, the Social Democratic Party had risen to over 10,000 members and an ever increasing voter base amongst the working class and soon began to gain more influence in the heavily urban areas and working-class communities in the north and center of the country. In August 1915 Miller announced that he would run for president again in 1918 on a working-class, pro-labor social democratic platform against the incumbent Liberal-Republican administration under Robert Lansing.

In 1916, the Northeast Union had officially entered into World War I on the side of the Entente and declared war on the Central Powers in response to the sinking of Northeastern ships going to the United Kingdom and France. Miller was opposed to joining the war saying that it was against the will of the working class and that Northeastern citizens would be dying for a "corrupt bloated elite concerned with its own protection and privileges". He ran again in the midterms of 1916 and was the leading anti-war candidate, but was arrested on charges of inciting violence after he had lead an anti-war demonstration in January 1916 in Portland against the war. He was barred from running for election, but his arrest and anti-war stance saw the SDP get more media coverage and grow further and further. By 1917, other Anglo-American states had entered the war and the NU had assigned its forces to join the American Expeditionary Forces. During the war, the Northeastern government passed laws under pressure from Anglo-American governments to suppress anti-war movements and Miller remained imprisoned until the war's end in November 1918. As such, they couldn't win the 1918 election. After his release, he returned to leading the SDP and the party now had over 100,000 registered members and announced his candidacy for the 1922 presidential election, an election he lost.

Entry into politics[edit | edit source]

Despite having lost his two presidential campaigns, Miller ran in the 1924 midterm elections to become the Senator for New Netherlands. Miller was already well-known nationwide and had a strong base of support, but his strongest support was in his home city of New York and in the home state of New Netherlands. Miller ran for the Senate and won becoming the first Social Democrat to represent the state. Other social democrats ran and at least ten won their respective elections allowing the SDP to hold a small but sizable number of seats in the Northeastern Congress. In January 1925, Miller ran to become the Speaker of the Congress, but lost to his Liberal Republican opponent John McConnell. Miller did become the Senate Opposition Leader and pushed for legislation such as the Workplace Reform Act of 1928 meant to improve working conditions in factories and other industrial cities on the eastern coasts of the Northeast Union. The SDP also pushed for the Underage Worker Reparations Act of 1926 which passed due to support from the progressive-leaning members of the Whig Party. The bill called for the families whose children both worked in factories and suffered horrific injuries to be compensated with reparations of around $240 per family, eventually rising to $420 in 1930. The SDP's second major legislative achievement was the Workplace Reformation Act of 1929 which banned child labor in the Northeast Union, established an age limit for factory workers to the age of 20 (later decreased to the age of 18), mandated health inspections, and established a minimum wage.

Once the Great Depression had broken out, the Social Democrats made gains in the rural counties in the western states and those affected the most by the depression and dust storms that ravaged much of rural New England. This caused the creation of the Agrarian Protection Party which formed in response to the lack of action taken by the Liberal Republican and Whig Parties. The Agrarian Party joined the SDP in a coalition known as the Agrarian Labor Coalition and formed a united front in Congress. This alliance held significant political sway in the Northeast Congress throughout the 1930s and managed to chip away at more progressive voters and factions of the Whig Party reducing their size in the Congress leaving the Liberal Republicans as the ALC's primary electoral opponent. Miller himself would ultimately retire by the early 1930s, but his last act as the Senate Opposition Leader was to campaign for Ezio Fiorentino De Gregoriis who was running in for president in the 1930 election. Ezio ultimately won the election and was sworn in on January 20, 1931 becoming the first Social Democrat to be elected president.

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New Century Initiative[edit | edit source]

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Organization[edit | edit source]

National Committee[edit | edit source]

The Social Democratic National Committee is the highest ranking organization and primary governing body of the entire Social Democratic Party. The party is lead by a chair who serves as the strategic leader and a political advisor to the leader of the SDP. The SDNC is responsible for coordinating the party's electoral strategy, supporting candidates in federal, state, county and local elections, and hosts the Social Democratic National Convention every four years during presidential elections to nominate a candidate for the presidency and write the party's platform. The SDNC also finances and supports the various state and territorial branches and affiliates of the party. While the National Committee aids in the election of candidates, they hold no formal authority or sway over them and allow them to act independently. The SDNC is lead by a chairperson who is assisted by a Board of Delegates made up of high-ranking members of the committee and oversee the various affairs and functions of the committee and the party.

State and territorial party branches[edit | edit source]

The Social Democratic Party has branches and affiliates in all thirteen states and all overseas territories of the Northeast Union. State branches are semi-autonomous and are allowed to elect their own leaders, oversee their own elections, nominate their own candidates and determine their own state party's platform, though the SDP is more strict in such matters and is opposed to state affiliates' platforms veering off the national party's ideology. State branches are financed in two ways; through donations from the SDNC and through donations from registered members within the given state. The Social Democrats are known for being committed to grassroots support for their candidates more so than any other national party, though the Green Movement also uses this system of supporting their candidates and state branches. Each state branch sends delegates to the committee as representatives and can get the support of Social Democratic Party institutions and organizations for their elections and affiliated party groups. Territorial affiliates and parties have a greater degree of autonomy as they have their own committees, organizations and institutions. Territorial branches are autonomous and have little oversight from their homeland counterparts beyond sending delegates to the Northeastern Congress and the committee, both of which are non-voting members outside of territorial affairs. Territorial affiliates nominate their own candidates, leaders and oversee their own elections and function similar to other political parties in sovereign countries.

Notable territorial parties and affiliates include;

Party Territory Seats/Total Leader Status
Democratic Labor Party Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Puerto Rico
88 / 150
Mariangel Cambeiro Majority government
Social Democratic Labour Party Flag of Bermuda2.png Bermuda
40 / 140
Aryanna Harra Opposition
Liberal Socialist Party Flag of NU Virgin Islands.png Northeast Virgin Islands
15 / 25
Tamati Naea Majority government
Progressive Democratic Party Conch Flag.jpg Florida Keys
15 / 50
Khalil Reyes Coalition government

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