Parliamentary Assembly of the Pourpre Islands

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Parliamentary Assembly of the Pourpre Islands

Post by RedAurora » October 17th 2013, 2:31 am

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The Parliamentary Assembly of the Pourpre Islands represents the five largest political parties in the archipelago. These are, in decreasing order by amount of seats held:

1. PSO-IP - Parti socialiste ouvrier d'Îles Pourpre: The Socialist Workers' Party of the Pourpre Islands is the largest political party in the territory. Its leader, Emre Gökkuşağı, has been the Prime Minister of the Pourpre Islands since the 2010 general elections, and its deputy leader, Duloucce de Trieste, has been the Minister Plenipotentiary representing the territory in the Council of Ministers of the Grand Duchy since 2008. The party has members from all parts of the left-wing, including social liberals, social democrats, Christian leftists, left libertarians, and revolutionary socialists. Its ideology is based on democratic socialism and progressivism, defending workers' and minorities' rights, and maintaining the social safety net.

2. PLD - Parti libéral-démocrate: The Liberal Democratic Party is the second largest party, currently holding more than a quarter of the assembly seats. Pourprean Deputy Prime Minister Xavier London, elected in 2012, is the leader of the Liberal Democrats. The ideology of the party is modern liberalism, similar to the liberal movement in the United States and unlike the Liberal Democratic Party of Metropolitan Sainte-Croix, which is based on classical liberalism. Like the PSO-IP, PLD advocates civil rights and a more transparent government, however it doesn't emphasize the social safety net as much as the former does, and instead advocates a Third Way ideology with a more pro-market government.

3. PC - Parti conservateur: The Conservative Party or the Tory Union is the third largest party in the parliamentary assembly; the largest party in the opposition. The leader of the party is Marlene Franco, the first female leader of a Pourprean party & the Leader of the Opposition since 2010. As its name, the party is based on social and fiscal conservatism as well as the promotion of a laissez-faire policy in the government. The party is divided on same-sex marriage and abortion, with some Conservatives supporting both while others opposing them. Franco has been the first leader of the party since its founding to be in favour of allowing both of the measures.

4. PVIP - Parti vert d'Îles Pourpre: The Green Party of the Pourpre Islands is the fourth largest party in the assembly and the smallest party to be part of the Progressive Coalition. Deputy Minister Plenipotentiary Maximillian Baenk has been the leader of the party since the 2012 elections. The goal of the party is to prevent the further exacerbation of climate change through government action, implementing & maintaining strict tax codes and regulations on polluting industries to reduce CO2 emissions. Due to its appeal for farmers and agricultural workers, who make up a large percentage of the population of the archipelago, the party has been very popular and has been represented in the assembly every year since its founding.

5. PPP - Parti populaire pourpreen: The Pourprean People's Party is the smallest party in both the National Coalition and the parliamentary assembly. Shadow Minister of Finance Kendall Sinclair has been the leader of the party since 2007, holding the position longer than the current leader of any other party in the assembly. The party has a national conservative and populist platform, calling for the reduction of immigration into the Croisian Realm and the tightening of border control. The PPP has been labelled by other parties and by the media as anti-Islamic & anti-Semitic due to its opposition to the presence of mosques and synagogues in the territory as well as demanding full assimilation for non-natives.

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Progressive Coalition: The Progressive Coalition has dominated the assembly since 1980s, being the government coalition for 26 of the past 33 years. Currently, it holds almost three times the amount of seats that the National Coalition holds. It is a coalition of the three left-wing parties in the assembly: Socialist Workers' Party, Liberal Democratic Party, and Green Party. Hence the name, it promotes progressive and socialist ideas. Parties under the coalition have had numerous accomplishments in the recent decades, such as the introduction of abortion and contraceptive rights in 1977, universal healthcare in 1981, full legalisation of same-sex marriage in 2000, and decriminalisation of most psychoactive drugs in 2005.

National Coalition: The National Coalition, while currently not as influential as the Progressive Coalition, has historically been the most successful coalition in the assembly. With the exception of 1947 and 1955, it has been the government coalition every year between 1913 and 1969, predating the Progressive Coalition by eighteen years. It is a coalition of the two right-wing parties in the assembly: Conservative Party and People's Party. The coalition promotes nationalist, religious, and conservative ideas. Parties under the coalition have had several important accomplishments in the 20th century, such as promoting the reconstruction of Pourprean cities in 1929 after an earthquake & tsunami, sending 220 troops to Britain in 1940 to become special forces & aid the Allies, and persuading the Croisian Government to permit the construction of a U.S. air base on the islands in 1948.
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Re: Parliamentary Assembly of the Pourpre Islands

Post by Will » November 16th 2013, 1:25 am

The Croisian political system confuses me, I thought coalitions were formed by the parties following the election, here they seem to be set out already. :P
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Re: Parliamentary Assembly of the Pourpre Islands

Post by RedAurora » November 16th 2013, 1:34 am

Will wrote:The Croisian political system confuses me, I thought coalitions were formed by the parties following the election, here they seem to be set out already. :P
Pourpre Islands is a bit different. :P It's a very small territory, so there aren't many changes, and coalitions end up surviving for decades. One year, socialists rule, the next year, conservatives. While mainland Sainte-Croix can always look for change & reform, Pourpre Islands is doomed to an eternity under the same system. :(
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Re: Parliamentary Assembly of the Pourpre Islands

Post by Fox » November 16th 2013, 1:41 am

Am I wrong assuming that Pourpre Islands have a population of 83k? If so then 306 politicians seems a little excessive, I'd imagine to be a lot smaller.
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Re: Parliamentary Assembly of the Pourpre Islands

Post by Will » November 16th 2013, 1:57 am

Indeed, I agree with Fox, New Zealand only has 120. :lol:
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Re: Parliamentary Assembly of the Pourpre Islands

Post by RedAurora » November 16th 2013, 2:04 am

Fox wrote:Am I wrong assuming that Pourpre Islands have a population of 83k? If so then 306 politicians seems a little excessive, I'd imagine to be a lot smaller.
There is a lot of representation in the Pourpre Islands. :P One representative per 272 citizens. The territory being so small allows it to have a less bureaucratic government; requirements for citizens to get gov't jobs are less exhausting, thus more citizens can participate in government affairs and represent their districts. The districts themselves are very small and some constituencies are the size of city neighbourhoods. I hope this excuse is good enough. :lol:
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Re: Parliamentary Assembly of the Pourpre Islands

Post by Fox » November 16th 2013, 2:29 am

How do they pay for all these politicians?
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Re: Parliamentary Assembly of the Pourpre Islands

Post by Thomas » November 16th 2013, 12:29 pm

I think this is hugely excessive. I suggest taking a look at other island regions and seeing what they do. You don't need such a vast legislature.
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Re: Parliamentary Assembly of the Pourpre Islands

Post by RedAurora » November 16th 2013, 4:20 pm

Thomas wrote:I think this is hugely excessive. I suggest taking a look at other island regions and seeing what they do. You don't need such a vast legislature.
It's proportional to the legislatures of microstates such as San Marino and the Vatican. It's not hugely excessive.
Fox wrote:How do they pay for all these politicians?
Pourprean MPs have much lower salaries than the MFPs (Members of the Federal Parliament) in Metropolitan Sainte-Croix. Pourprean MPs get around 40,000 francs per year.
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