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Democratic Party comes first in House of Deputies election, but left-leaning coalition falls short of majority
10 Liebluary 1673 will be remembered as one of those few great days in this nation's history. As Northern Klaasiyans went to the polls for the first time in a fully democratic election for a fully fleshed out legislative chamber, the Confederate States has passed its first vital test of democracy. Overall, more than 32 million Northern Klaasiyans voted in this first election.
There were 5 parties standing for election and all 5 passed the 4% threshold to guarantee them seats in the House of Deputies. The Democratic Party topped the poll with around 38% of the votes, winning 288 seats in the 750-seat chamber. Its main rival, the Republican Party, managed just above 26% of the votes, coming second with 194 deputies.
What do the results mean for Northern Klaasiyans? First, they show that the left-leaning forces of the Democratic Party and the National Bovic Party top the right-wing, represented by the Republican Party and the Loyalist League. But the former were not strong enough as to guarantee control of the chamber, as they won a combined total of 355 seats, 26 short of an overall majority.
Of course, the State of Northern Klaasiya [in which the elections were held] is the only bi-cameral place in the Confederate States. Therefore, tonight's results will be contested next month, when Northern Klaasiyans will be electing a House of Representatives. The powers of the two chambers are not yet fully defined, which makes it difficult to predict what today's winners and losers have won and lost respectively. But in any event, the incoming term will be of crucial importance. The two Houses will need to make a decision about how a Governor will be chosen, as well as likely draft a constitution for the State, if they so choose.
Elections are also upcoming in the State of Egale and the State of New Dracoheim. Stay tuned.
Northern Klaasiya's elections sorted as President confirms results for the House of Representatives
The election cycle in the State of Northern Klaasiya has officially ended today as President Llyr Angus-Moonoak issued a certificate of election, confirming the results for the 1st House of Representatives.
As a reminder, the House of Representatives has 60 districts, each sending one representative under the First Past The Post electoral system. Thus, it is not surprising that the two largest parties - the Democrats and the Republicans - won all 60 seats between them. The Democratic Party came first, securing 35 seats and a majority control of the chamber. The Republicans will be in the minority with 25 seats.
The district with the smallest majority was the 35th District, located just west of Klaasisitya, and it was won by the Republican Party. By contrast, the safest seat was of a Democratic Representative in the 21st District in Port Mills, where the Democrats secured a majority of over 25%.
At the end of this election cycle, it is clear that the Democrats have emerged as the largest of Northern Klaasiya's five parties, winning overall control of the House of Representatives. This gives them a position of power no other party has. Nevertheless, they would need to share that power as Democrats do not control the House of Deputies, which elects its members proportionally and is much more diverse in terms of political representation. Will they manage to do that?
BREAKING: Herrey Daalrin becomes Governor-Elect following election victory
The Democratic Party has scored yet another electoral victory in the most recent gubernatorial elections in Northern Klaasiya. The Democratic Party's candidate, Herrey Daalrin, won just over 11 and a half million voters, securing some 45.7% of the vote. At a close second came Broton Pen, standing for the Republicans, who obtained just above 40% of the vote. The election is won on plurality, meaning the candidate with most votes wins, irrespective of whether they get more than 50% of the votes or not.
Perhaps for that reason, we saw smaller parties squeezed and people voting tactically. The Republicans saw both their vote and vote share compared to the House of Deputies elections increase, most likely for that reason. There were about 1 million less votes for the Democratic Party compared to that election, but still not enough to cost them the result.
Who is Herrey Daalrin?
Herrey Daalrin is, as of recently, Governor-Elect of Northern Klaasiya. That means that she will head the executive branch of government. But, who is she? Mrs Daalrin previously served as Senator for the 1st District (Borders City) during the lifetime of the Senate of the Royal Tsardom. She built a reputation as a strong voice for democratic and progressive values and was unofficially seen as the de-facto leader of the then Democratic Progressives. Now, she has become the unofficially official leader of the Democratic Party, and the most powerful Democrat in Northern Klaasiya.
Confederate Congress is fully constituted as Draconians elect first State Council
The State of Dracoheim election results have just recently been confirmed by the President. The result is a surprising victory for the Reformist Party in a state that has traditionally leaned strongly Conservative. Out of 15 Councillors, the Reformists won 8, followed by 6 for the Conservative Party and 1 for the Moderate Party. By comparison, at the last election in which Draconians took part, that of the then Senate of the Royal Tsardom, Conservative forces won 7 seats against the progressive group, which won a single seat.
With this last set of results, the Confederate Congress is fully constituted. As a reminder, it consists of the 60 House of Representatives members from Northern Klaasiya, the 25 Egalian members of the Assembly, and the 15 Councillors from New Dracoheim. Here is the political composition of the Congress:
What does the Congress do?Socialist & Communist Party (Egale) 7
Labour Party (Egale) 9
Democratic Party (Northern Klaasiya) 35
Egalian Farmers' Union (Egale) 9
Reformist Party (New Dracoheim) 8
Moderate Party (New Dracoheim) 1
Republican Party (Northern Klaasiya) 25
Conservative Party (New Dracoheim) 6
The Confederate Congress is, paradoxically, the most & the least powerful legislative chamber in the Republic. It is the only body that can make amendments to the Confederate Constitution, and thus arguably has supreme authority across the land. Yet, constitutional amendments require a 4/5ths (80 votes) majority vote to pass, which requires a broad coalition that is unlikely. Moreover, the Constitution grants state legislative power in the hands of the local state legislatures, which could mean subject to judicial review that the Confederate Congress may only legislate on a very limited range of confederate matters. The Confederate Congress has not yet convened.
In Conversation with: Herrey Daalrin, Governor-Elect of Northern Klaasiya
Interviewer: Herrey-Daalrin, Governor-Elect of Northern Klaasiya, you have just won the first election for governor in the largest and most powerful of the three states. What was your reaction:
Daalrin: Oh, dear, I am fanatically happy to have won this election. I am hugely grateful to the voters who put their trust in me. It is a beautiful victory for the Democratic Party, but at the same time I recognise my responsibility to deliver for all Northern Klaasiyans, not just those that voted for me.
Interviewer: You say this is a victory for the Democratic Party, and of course you did receive most votes in that election, but in fact a majority of people voted against you. Is that democratic?
Daalrin: Look, this process was agreed by the House of Deputies and the House of Representatives. Both chambers agreed that this is how we should conduct gubernatorial elections, and those rules apply to everyone. We have a wide spectrum of views in Northern Klaasiya, and it is always an important task to try and find somebody, one single individual, who can represent us all and work for everyone. Plurality elections are not always ideal, I fully accept that, and in fact as you know the House of Deputies is elected under different rules precisely because of that.
Interviewer: The House of Deputies voted for the Electing the Governor Act, but it was pushed through on the back of Democratic and Republican votes. Most minor parties opposed it. Is that how you build consensus and unite people?
Daalrin: First of all, I do believe in the democratic institutions that are the House of Deputies and House of Representatives. Both of them passed the Act containing the rules for the election with very, very large majorities. I am not a member of either House, and it is not for me to comment on the specifics and workings of each of them, but I do think it is important to unite rather than divide. In my term as Governor, I will seek to build that consensus and succeed on that basis.
Interviewer: Let's move to your policy agenda then. The Democratic Party has now, arguably, won three out of three elections. As its soon-to-be most powerful member, what is your priority for this first term?
Daalrin: My priority is undoubtedly building and stabilising the democratic institutions of the State, and of the Republic. As you know, I am a huge believer in democracy as our form of government. I want us to be a progressive, modern society and this is what I have worked on for many years, starting from my service as Senator back in the days of monarchyer. We now have the most advanced democracy in the Empire, and I feel it is my duty as the first Governor of Northern Klaasiya to strengthen that.
Interview: You are of course the first leader of the three States to be confirmed in that role. Are you looking forward to meeting the other two?
Daalrin: I most certainly am. I follow the developments in Egale and New Dracoheim closely. I hope to be meeting with the Governor of New Dracoheim and Prime Minister of Egale soon, whoever they might be.
Interviewer: Herrey Daalrin, Governor-Elect of Northern Klaasiya, thank you very much.
BREAKING: Former Senator Nezava Ospen becomes Prime Minister of Egale
The National Assembly of Egale has confirmed that in the last few minutes it has passed a motion of confidence in Nezava Ospen as Prime Minister. As Prime Minister, she will be responsible for overseeing the executive branch of government of the state, as well as passing legislation through the National Assembly. Due to the proportional system used for its elections, none of the three represented parties have a majority. Within these constraints, Ospen promised that as PM she would not block votes on any bills taking place in the Assembly. Having made that promise, she received the support of everyone in the Chamber. Nezava Ospen herself is a member of the Egalian Farmers' Union, which came second in the election, but received the same number of seats as the Labour Party which topped the poll.
Previously, Ospen served in the first Senate, representing the marginal 14th district. She was voted out in the second election by Conservative Waan Haas.
BREAKING: Former Senator Flamela Ogan defeated in Governorship race. Drake Olaf elected instead.
The State of New Dracoheim was the last to elect its leader. The State Council voted today, with a majority of 53%, to elect the reformist Drake Olaf. His party won an overall majority in the State Council elections earlier this year. His main political opponent, former Senator Flamela Ogan, was defeated in the vote held within strict party lines.
Drake Olaf has advocated many reforms in the traditionally more conservative part of Klaasiya that is New Dracoheim. But the insurgence of pro-democratic support across the Republic allowed even Draconians a more liberal government.
BREAKING: House of Representatives blocks Deputies' bill allowing gubernatorial impeachments
The House of Representatives has voted 35-23 to accept amendments to the Executive Accountability Bill that remove the impeachment clauses from the legislation. Two days ago, on 8 Dankember 1673, the House of Deputies passed narrowly a comprehensive bill to give the legislature far-reaching scrutiny powers over the Governor and her officers. The vote on the bill in the originating chamber showed divisions early on, with the Democratic Party split down the middle (114 in favour and 102 against, with further 72 abstaining). To a lesser extent, the Republican Party was also divided with 24 supporting the legislation and 165 opposing it. But, thanks to huge support from smaller parties, the bill cleared the House of Deputies with 356 yeses and 302 noes.
Today, the legislation was reviewed by the House of Representatives, which only includes Democrats and Republicans. Speculations emerged during the day that the bill may be thrown out altogether, given the considerable opposition of the Republicans and divisions within the Democratic ranks. That did not materialise, however the House inflicted some serious wrecking amendments, striking down the impeachment sections from the bill. The bill will now return to the House of Deputies, where there will likely be an attempt to undo the amendments. To overcome a majority of 12 out of 60 Representatives, however, will be a difficult task and we have already heard from deputies urging for compromise and consensus.
BREAKING: House of Deputies insists on impeachment rights in Executive Accountability bill
The House of Deputies has today voted on the amended version of the Executive Accountability Bill, which was returned from the House of Representatives with impeachement and conviction rights for the chambers stripped off. The Deputies have also requested a right to overrule executive privilege (the right of the Governor to refuse to supply information to the legislature), subject to a two-thirds majority vote in both Houses.
During the crunch vote today, they re-inserted impeachment rights with slight alternations for the procedure of selecting an Acting Governor in the event of the removal from office of the elected Governor. The measures passed with a reduced majority of 13, which is a marginal win considering the chamber consists of 750 members. At this latest vote, there were both more Democrats and Republicans opposing the measure, perhaps giving leverage to the House of Representatives to insist on its amendments. Time will show if they will.
House of Representatives passed Executive Accountability Act amid concerns bill would fail if returned with amendments
The House of Representatives has today "reluctantly" passed the Executive Accountability Act, according to a Democratic representative. The Bill bounced back and forth between Nothern Klaasiya's two legislative chambers, primarily over the issue of impeaching the Governor. The last time it was in the House of Deputies, the amended version barely passed with 335 votes for and 322 votes against. "If we had returned it again, it could have failed altogether. That way, there wouldn't be any scrutiny on any Governor, ever" the Democratic representative said.
The passage also comes just days before the State's very first Governor - Democrat Herrey Daalrin - takes office. It must be a chilling thought for her to note that among the first bills ever passed in the state is a measure that could potentially see her ousted from office, if impeached by the Deputies and convicted by the Representatives.
The New Reporter wrote:BREAKING: Emperor and President unveil Confederate Congress building
The Emperor and Faro of Flaventia has made a most splendid gift to Klaasiyans by presenting us with a new capitol building. The building was unveiled by the Faro and the President at the capital city of Llŷr, located just between the common border of the three states of Northern Klaasiya, Egale and New Dracoheim.
Nathan II and President Llyr Angus-Moonoak gave short speeches before unveiling the monumental building that is to house the Confederate Congress. Also in attendance were the Governors of Northern Klaasiya Herrey Daalrin and of New Dracoheim Drake Olaf as well as the Prime Minister of Egale Nezava Ospen. There were around 50 delegates from the state legislatures that actually form the Confederate Congress. In addition to serving as the seat of the Republic's law-making body, the building will be the official residence and home of the President of the Republic.
The New Reporter wrote:BREAKING: Groundbreaking research in AI and medicine by KlaasSoft Corp. could save millions of lives across the Empire. Politicians must act NOW!
A few years ago, an ad campaign run by the Chancellor Her Majesty Clara des Vinandy - Sundara Waffel-Paine, KlaasSoft Corporation has been working on a groundbreaking technology rooted in artificial intelligence and medicine to help save people's lives. The project, officially called Diagnos 2.0, aims to vastly increase the accuracy of medical diagnoses which will allow early treatment that is vital for saving a life from a huge lot of diseases. According to Sarah Smith, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of KlaasSoft, the program has now passed initial testing and is ready for a Beta release to the public - meaning that the team of experts at the tech giant now needs to perform testing in real-life conditions with real individuals to carry forward.
This, however, needs to be approved by the House of Representatives and House of Deputies in the form of a law. Ms Smith confirmed for the New Reporter that the company has now written officially to members of the legislature to ask them to consider passing such bill. The New Reporter is fully behind this initiative and we urge everyone to write to their Representative, and to as many Deputies as possible, to ensure that we can save lives sooner rather than later.
1675 election: how are parties preparing and polling?
Hard to believe, but the term of all 750 members of the House of Deputies and a third of Representatives will soon be over. The Governor, Herrey Daalrin will soon announce the date of the 1675 election, which can re-shape the political landscape. So far, the Democratic Party has dominated most of politics, enjoying a majority in the House of Representatives, holding the gubernatorial office and having the largest number of seats in the House of Deputies of any party. With that in mind, it will be quite the achievement for the Democratic Party if their power remains unchallenged post-election. So how are the parties doing? We asked 1,000 Northern Klaasiyan residents and here's what they said:
The New Reporter State of Politics Poll, Butterary 1674
- Do you approve or disapprove of the work of the House of Deputies so far?
Approve - 54%
Disapprove - 41%
Do not know/unsure - 5%
- Do you approve or disapprove of the work of the House of Representatives so far?
Approve - 48%
Disapprove - 43%
Do not know/unsure - 9%
- Do you approve or disapprove of the work of the Governor Herrey Daalrin?
Approve - 50%
Disapprove - 44%
Do not know/unsure - 6%
- Do you agree that the State of Northern Klaasiya has performed well since Democratisation?
Agree - 77%
Disagree - 21%
Do not know/unsure - 2%
- Do you see the future in an optimistic or a pessimistic way?
Optimistic - 45%
Pessimistic - 47%
Do not know/unsure - 8%
Overall, Northern Klaasiyans seem satisfied with the way have been going in the past two years, which is good news for Democrats. But will they cede power to others, or retain it to themselves? Time will show.
Democratic Party triumphs in Northern Klaasiya state elections
The State of Northern Klaasiya has held its second elections for all of the 750-member legislative chamber known as the House of Deputies. The elections were held on 10 Liebluary 1675, as decreed by Governor Herrey Daalrin, and under proportional representation rules.
The Democratic Party saw its vote share increase, winning over one million more votes compared to the last election. In total, they won 28 more seats compared to 1673, remaining the largest party in the House. At a distant second came the opposition Republican Party, which received around half a million less votes than last time, dropping from 194 to 182 seats.
The only party other than the Democratic Party to gain seats was the Loyalist League with a gain of 1.
Overall, the election did not result in a chamber unrecognisibly different than the one that preceded it. This is mixed news for Democrats - yes they gained seats which gives them more leverage, especially if they manage to hold the House of Representatives as looks increasingly likely. However, the left-leaning bloc overall still falls 11 seats short of a majority. There were bills such as the Local Governance Bill which passed the House despite Democratic opposition in the 1st House of Deputies.
Now, everyone's eyes are on the, arguably, more cruial elections next week, in which Democrats and Republicans will fight for control of the House of Representatives. The election is held in some pretty strong Democratic territory, so if the Republicans are to stand a chance of winning, they'd need a big boost compared to today's result.
Democrats keep control of the entire government for at least two years following House of Representatives election victory
The Democratic Party has secured its dominance over Northern Klaasiyan politics for at least two years after winning re-election in the House of Representatives with an increased majority. The vote, held days after the party increased its number of seats in the House of Deputies, was held to elect 20 of the 60-member upper chamber. At this election, the Democrats defended 16 incumbent seats against the Republicans' 4.
As the results began arriving, it was clear that the Republican Party had not achieved the boost in support needed to win control of the chamber. To the contrary, they lost grounds to the Democrats in the 1st, 2nd and 14th Districts which they lost to their political opponents. Traditionally, all three of these are considered Republican-leaning districts, especially the 2nd District, which the Republicans lost by just 0.73% of the votes.
Today's result means that the Democratic Party will continue to have full control over the Governorship and one half of the legislature, as well as being the largest party by far in the other. In her address following the final results, Democratic Governor Herrey Daalrin praised the "bravery, determination and skill" of those candidates who won their elections "beautifully". She said she is now hoping that "the entire team, in whatever position they find themselves in" will focus on delivering progressive policies and taking Northern Klaasiya forward.
Poll finds Democrats likely to lose next election to the Republicans in the House
A recent poll produced for the New Reporter shows the Democratic Party behind the Republicans for the first time since the Confederate States were formed. Since their electoral success earlier this year, the party has failed to pass any meaningful legislation or enact purposeful policies in the State of Northern Klaasiya. "The lack of a sense of purpose and enthusiasm are key to the Democrats' misfortunes" said pollster Daveen Reis, who conducted the poll. "The party won the election mainly due to satisfaction with the past, rather than a clear vision for the future. This year, not a single act has passed the legislature, and just one has even been debated."
The way elections work in Norther Klaasiya is, somewhat, favourable towards the incumbent party in office. Even if the Republicans manage to win most seats in the entirely elected House of Deputies, they will most likely struggle to gain an overall majority. To flip the House of Representatives would be an even tougher challenge, since only a third of members are up for election every two years - and the Democrats already have a very strong electoral performance for districts that will not face election until 1677 and beyond.
Klaasiyan "purists" demand constitutionally promised autonomy in the Princely Isle
A new movement initially started through online media has gained momentum with the idea of converting the Princely Isle into a protected habitat for "Pure Klaasiyans". The group states that "the Constitution grants the Princely Isle the right to a sub-autonomous governance, and we demand that our language, culture and autonomy be preserved on the Princely Isle".
So far neither of the main political parties have seriously considered the idea of turning the Princely Isle into an oasis of traditional Klaasiyan culture, however they may face increasing pressure from those who favour the idea. Although a minority, the groups' supporters have unofficially suggested d they could take the government to court, because it has not so far ensured the sub-autonomy of the Princely Isle.
"We'll pass the Diagnos 2.0 law" say Republicans in pre-election bid. Governor announces election dates.
Democratic Governor Herrey Daalrin has announced 19 Novaber 1677 as the date for electing the House of Deputies, and 22 Novaber 1677 for electing the second class Representatives in the upper House. With only a few weeks to go until the election, parties have already started campaigning.
The Republicans, who are hoping to overtake the Democraits in the House of Deputies, have announced that, if elected, they will put forward a bill to clear the path forward for the Diagnos 2.0 project. The Democrats have so far resisted implementing the bill out of concerns that "testing" software projects concerning people's health may backfire.
Currently, the Democratic Party controls the House of Representatives, the Governorship, and has the largest number of seats in the House of Deputies. The second largest party, the Republicans, are hoping to take the lead on the Democraits in the House of Deputies. Insofar as the House of Representatives is concerned, their chances there are much reduced. Only a third of members are elected in this cycle, and the Democrats currently have a majority of 16. "Their best hopes are to reduce that majority to as little as possible, with the aim of overturning it in 1679" the New Reporter political correspondent said.
Opinion polling for the 1977 House of Deputies Election
Democratic Party 33% (-9%)
National Bovic Party 5% (-2%)
Centre Party 14% (-1%)
Liberal Party 5% (+0%)
Republican Party 38% (+14%)
Loyalist League 5% (+0%)
Republican Party triumphant in elections, winning both legislative chambers
The Republican Party has achieved its best electoral performance since the establishment of the Republic in this year's elections for the House of Deputies and the House of Representatives in the State of Northern Klaasiya.
In the entirely elected House of Deputies, the Republicans increased their seats by almost 100, from 182 to 273, overtaking the Democrats are the largest group in the chamber. In the House of Representatives, where only 20 of 60 districts were contested, the Republicans managed to flip just enough seats - 9 - to take control over the chamber. The new party strengths there are 31 Republicans and 29 Democrats.
Analysing the results, it is clear that the outcome was largely based on a severely decreased turnover on the centre-left of the political spectrum. "Republicans, and the Loyalist League too, did not benefit so much from winning over the votes of people they had not reached before. The real reason for their triumph is the lack of enthusiasm of Democratic and National Bovic Party supporters who simply did not bother voting" says the New Reporter political analyst.