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On the Campaign Trail 7579
06-22-2018, 08:24 PM
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On the Campaign Trail 7579
This thread follows events in the run up to the Anisoran federal election of 7579, in which the incumbent prime minister Sir Alessandro Nicotera-Sarno is seeking reelection and looking to acquire a majority for the Liberal Party, while the Marquess of Toralino, leader of the National Party, is seeking to unseat the prime minister and bring a protectionist National government to Anisora.

The issue of free trade and the controversial decision to pull Anisora out of the Straits Cartel in April dominate the political debates and it remains to be seen whether the free trade supporting Liberal Party or the protectionist National Party will come out on top.

Dramatis Personae:
Sir Alessandro Nicotera-Sarno - Prime Minister of the Anisoran Empire and leader of the Liberal Party, Liberal Party Deputy.
Ermino Nizzola-Morchese, 6th Marquess of Toralino "Lord Toralino" - Leader of the National Party and leader of the Official Opposition, National Party peer.
Michele da Matrignano-Giulianetta, 7th Marquess of Valiano "Lord Valiano" - Tribune for Foreign Affairs, Liberal Party peer.
Claudio dell’Angorina - Leader of the Official Opposition in the Chamber of Deputies, Deputy Leader of the National Party, National Party Deputy.
Giuliana Nicotera-Sarno - Tribune for the Colonies, Liberal Party Deputy, daughter of the prime minister.
Giuliano Montecorva - Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies.
Martino Forgianetta - Tribune for Federal Affairs, Leader of the New Radical Party, New Radical Deputy (Junior coalition partner in the Liberal-New Radical coalition government).

Warning: This thread contains Anisoran propaganda!


Chapter 1: It's the economy, stupid

26 September 7579
Chamber of Deputies, Palazzo di Esemplare Semundo, Pena, Grand Principality of Casella, Anisoran Empire


“I think the Prime Minister needs to admit that he and his government have no plan if his current policy proves disastrous to this country - which we do not doubt it will.”

Claudio dell’Angorina, the National Party’s leader in the Chamber of Deputies, stood and addressed the assembled lower chamber of the Anisoran Parliament. Although not the leader of the National Party, he represented the official opposition in this parliamentary debate, as the leader, Lord Toralino, being a member of the Chamber of Peers, was not entitled to speak during a debate in the Chamber of Deputies. The Marquess nevertheless watched the ongoing debate from the viewing gallery above the Deputies, his eyes fixed on his spokesman dell’Angorina.

“When the Cartel powers regroup, what is to stop them from isolating Anisora still further? You could hardly blame them! The damage the Prime Minister has already inflicted on this nation’s economy and international position may only be the beginning.” Dell’Angorina sat down, relinquishing his right to speak to his opponent.

“The Prime Minister” shouted Giuliano Montecorva, the Speaker, at the front of the Chamber.

The Anisoran prime minister, the seventy-two year old Sir Alessandro Nicotera-Sarno stood up. “Signore Speaker, it took four years for the Cartel to organise Gadalhem, and besides losing two of its principal members in the process, even after that not all signatory nations have ratified the agreement. The chaos caused by Gadalhem within and without the Cartel reflects the controversy and widespread unpopularity of the agreement - and it remains to be seen whether it will be implemented at all. The entire Treaty remains in limbo. ‘Uncertain’ is becoming the adjective most closely associated with the Cartel, even if the Most Honourable Gentleman remains determined, in the face of all indications to the contrary, to describe it otherwise.” There was laughter from among the government benches as the prime minister sat down.

“Claudio dell’Angorina” shouted the Speaker.

Dell’Angorina stood up again. “Signore Speaker, the Prime Minister may well attack the Treaty all he likes - that’s all he seems to do these days - but he has still not addressed my concerns. His government’s reckless approach to international relations has exposed Anisora to potentially catastrophic uncertainty - yes, the government’s policy is the uncertain factor here - and could leave Anisora isolated and economically impotent. What does the Prime Minister propose for when the Straits Cartel unites together and leaves Anisora out in the cold? Signore Speaker, the Prime Minister has no exit strategy from the course of action he has committed Anisora to, and which may result in irreconcilable damage to this great nation.”

“The Prime Minister” shouted the Speaker.

“Must I remind the Most Honourable Gentleman that Anisora does not stand alone in Anaria? Signore Speaker, support for the Treaty diminishes everyday. My government’s decision to withdraw Anisora from the Cartel has shed light on the fragility of support for not just the Protocols but the original Treaty of Ærilar itself. Our loyal friends in Auresia have shown strength and determination in the face of aggression, and together with our non-signatory allies, and our friends campaigning fiercely against the injustices of the Cartel across the continent, we remain in a very strong position. Every day that passes we gain friends and allies while they lose them. It is the Cartel architects that should be worried, not Anisora.”

“Here here” shouted those on the government benches.

“Claudio dell’Angorina” shouted the Speaker.

“The Prime Minister’s overconfidence betrays this government’s arrogance, Signore Speaker. Here we have a man who is willing to risk not only the international standing of our great nation on nothing more than guesswork and ideological wishful thinking, but place our economy on a knife’s edge. The jobs and livelihoods of honest, hardworking Anisorans are not chess pieces for the Prime Minister to play with in this ill advised economic experiment. The Prime Minister, who professes to see all before him, is nothing more than a false prophet, Signore Speaker, bent wholey on prophesying bounty while risking Anisoran economic security and hundreds of thousands of jobs for the sake of his own vanity project.”

Cheers and jeers came from across the Chamber in equal measure.

“Signore Speaker, is it not high time that the Prime Minister show economic responsibility and stop treating Anisoran jobs as pieces in his game?”

“The Prime Minister” shouted the Speaker over the din.

“Signore Speaker, I will be judged on this government’s record - a record which clearly illustrates this government’s absolute commitment to job creation. In the last year alone we have secured major international trade contracts, including an important contract for our shipyards which will produce cruisers for our friends in the Vittmarker Federation. This contract alone will provide jobs for thousands of shipbuilders and supporting industries across Anisora for a number of years to come.

“Furthermore, the tax breaks our government has introduced for small businesses have already started to take effect, creating thousands of jobs across Anisora, encouraging firms to expand and take on new staff faster than ever before. And while many nations in Anaria are closing their borders to economic development, our commitment to free trade in the wake of the economic situation in Anaria is attracting business opportunities from across the continent - with ample opportunities for Anisoran businesses to expand overseas. This government’s policies are creating opportunities at a time of great uncertainty. Far from risking jobs, this government has put job creation at the very heart of its economic plan. And we are delivering.”

“Claudio dell’Angorina” said the Speaker amongst cheers from the government benches.

“I do not doubt, Signore Speaker, that the Prime Minister has the creation of jobs at the heart of his government’s policy: Auresian jobs; Amberian jobs; even Aedelish jobs. The Prime Minister may describe the seeming boundless opportunities available in Anaria, but he fails to appreciate time and time again the clear fact that the current economic situation in Anaria prevents Anisora from exploiting these so called opportunities.

“As the rest of the continent looks to protect its own industries, many economists would say wisely, this government says Anisora is “open for business.” But all this does is open our markets and industries up to foreign business interests which we, by not protecting our crucial industries as they are, cannot compete against. The National Party cares about delivering Anisoran jobs, not providing opportunities for foreign governments and companies, the Auresian CHAIM and Aedelish Sørtarnland Companies chief among them, to syphon Anisoran money abroad. This, Signore Speaker, is the reality of the government’s economic policy. Putting foreign business interests before Anisoran jobs and Anisoran prosperity.”

The jeers from the Liberal Deputies rose to a crescendo.

“The Prime Minister.”

“Must I give yet another economics lesson to the Most Honourable Gentlemen? I shall spare you that tedium, Signore Speaker, and answer simply with the facts. The prosperity of Anisoran business has always been this government’s greatest priority. The Liberal Party has given Anisoran businesses the tools they need to expand and prosper. We have provided significant tax cuts to businesses - providing small and medium sized businesses real opportunities to expand and grow. And the leading role Anisora has taken on the international stage has made the Anisoran Empire the most desirable trading partner for thousands of businesses across the continent that view the Cartel as a threat to their interests. This is nothing but a positive opportunity for Anisoran businesses.

“The Most Honourable Gentleman might decry foreign investment, but it creates jobs and creates wealth - pure and simple. Anisoran investments abroad have opened up huge markets that Anisoran businesses can tap into with their products and services. The wine industry is thriving, our shipyards are signing major international contracts, and oil revenues are up. The opportunities are endless, and as more and more business people and national governments come round to our way of thinking, Anisora will emerge as the Anarian leader in international trade and commerce. This is the vision the Liberal Party is presenting to the public in two weeks time. It is time to seize the moment and recognise these trying times for what they are - an unparalleled opportunity for the Anisoran people.”

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06-28-2018, 12:43 PM (This post was last modified: 06-28-2018 12:45 PM by August Dux.)
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RE: On the Campaign Trail 7579
Il Messaggero is a conservative Pena based newspaper which has traditionally been a supporter of the National Party and its conservative policies. The newspaper has remained in favour of the Treaty of Ærilar, is a supporter of protectionist economic policies, and is a vocal critic of the Prime Minister Alessandro Nicotera-Sarno.

Chapter 2: The gloves are off

Il Messaggero

27 SEPTEMBER, 7579

Prime Minister “False Prophet” says dell’Angorina

In a heated debate in the Chamber of Deputies yesterday the Deputy Leader of the National Party Claudio dell’Angorina brought Nicotera-Sarno’s government to account on the trajectory of the Anisoran economy, with the Prime Minister failing to address key concerns surrounding his controversial economic policies.

With just two weeks to go before the Anisoran people go to the polls, the parliamentary debate yesterday highlighted that the debate over the Empire’s economy has reached fever pitch. In a strong performance which has undoubtedly secured his appointment as deputy leader of the National Party, Claudio dell’Angorina highlighted both gaping holes in the Prime Minister’s economic policies and his continual refusal to address them.

Challenging the Prime Minister’s commitment to job creation, dell’Angorina hit hard by claiming that rather than being committed to Anisoran jobs, the government placed the prosperity of foreign business, and the creation of Auresian and Amberian jobs, above all else. The Prime Minister seemed to view the challenge as beneath him, and not addressing the issue is as good as an admission of guilt. But he cannot skirt the issue forever - not with a federal election under two weeks away. The Anisoran people deserve better than that from their Prime Minister, which led dell’Angorina to openly call on Nicotera-Sarno to take economic responsibility and stop threatening their jobs and livelihoods for the sake of his “vanity project.” Because that is exactly what his government’s anti-Cartel policy is - a vanity project. The demise of the Treaty of Ærilar, which had such potential to bring the Anarian powers together to the benefit of all, has become the Prime Minister’s single most important mission - even if he has to destroy the Anisoran economy to do it.

When the Prime Minister failed to outline any contingency plans should his policies leave Anisora totally isolated internationally, dell’Angorina described Nicotera-Sarno as a “false prophet, bent wholey on prophesying bounty while risking Anisoran economic security and hundreds of thousands of jobs for the sake of his own vanity project.”

“False prophet”, which will undoubtedly be repeated many times during this election, aptly describes the Prime Minister and his unselfconscious prophecies that as long as the Anisoran people blindly follow his lead prosperity and wealth will be theirs. The deteriorating international situation and the forecasts of many respected economists clearly show this is not the case. The Prime Minister’s promises are indeed false. Blinded by his ideological mission, he is least qualified to make predictions for the Anisoran economy and consistently fails to appreciate the dangers into which he is plunging the Anisoran economy.

The Prime Minister’s failure to address the concerns of the National Party may prove disastrous for the Liberal Party in the imminent election. The Liberal Party cannot seriously believe that the Anisoran people will put their faith in a Prime Minister that puts foreign business interests above all else, and who is determined the see the demise of the Treaty of Ærilar at any and all costs. This nation doesn’t need a false prophet - it needs strong and responsible government.

L. Claudio Pardenne, home affairs correspondent

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06-28-2018, 08:07 PM
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RE: On the Campaign Trail 7579
Chapter 3: They’re all as bad as each other

Exemplar Ivana Farm, Martofina, Grand Principality of Casella, Anisoran Empire

“Oh here she goes again, bringing politics into everything” Mario di Vorinza said, exasperated as he sat down at the dinner table, a plate of steaming spaghetti in front of him. “Honestly, you’re just like your mother used to be!”

“Papa!” said Carlotta, Mario’s seventeen year old daughter. “You should listen for once. The election is only a week away and you haven’t even decided who to vote for!”

“Carissima Carlottina, you’re young and passionate, but when you’re as old as I am you will be fed up with the lot of them. I’ve seen many elections and many governments - they’ve all done nothing for me. I’m not even sure I will vote.”

“You can’t be serious, Papa? This election is one of the most important since the end of the War - everyone is saying so. You have to vote - if not for yourself then for me. I can’t vote, you know that!”

“Eat your spaghetti, it’s getting cold” said Mario, passing his daughter some bread. “And who should I vote for then? The Liberals? All they care about is lining their own pockets and the pockets of their friends. Or what about the Nationalists? There’s not a competent politician amongst them, in the Deputies or the Peers.”

“Well one of the smaller parties then. There’s always the Orkanan Democratic Party.”

“Ha, don’t make me laugh. Even I know they’ve got no chance since they cocked all this Straits Cartel nonsense up!”

“So you want a party that’s against the Cartel?”

“I wouldn’t necessarily say that. I’m not against the Cartel exactly, only we’re out now and there’s no point in crying over spilt milk. We should be looking forwards, even if it wasn’t the best decision.”

“You sound the like Prime Minister” Carlotta said with a smile. “He’s always going on about looking forwards not backwards.”

“Don’t say that!” Mario said with a laugh. “Don’t want people thinking I’m a fanatical Nicotera-Sarno fan!”

“What about the New Radicals? They have some interesting policies, even if they are in coalition with the Liberals.”

“Hm, maybe,” said Mario, considering. “Their leader doesn’t seem like a total idiot” he conceded.

Carlotta laughed. “No, I quite like him. One of the New Radical candidates came to speak today at the town hall. Some of my friends and me went to hear him speak. I liked him. He had some good ideas about supporting the unemployed, and he wants to lower the voting age to 18.”

“Well, I must admit” answered her father, “I think that is a good idea. You youngsters know more about all this than most of the people I know my age. Honestly, when I was your age all I wanted to do was play football and chase girls.”

“Papa!”

“Before I met your mother, of course! But you and your friends, all you do is talk about politics and study!”

“I want to understand the world, Papa, and so do my friends. I would have thought you’d encourage that.”

“Well, since you put it like that, I suppose it’s not a bad thing in principle. But only when it doesn’t get in the way of more important things.”

“Like football?” Carlotta asked sarcastically.

“Well…” Mario said mischievously, teasing her.

“You’re dreadful, Papa!”

“I love you too, Carlottina” he said with a smile. They both laughed and continued to eat their meal.

“Shall I vote for the New Radicals, then? They seem to be your favourite.”

“It’s up to you, Papa. But I like them.”

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06-30-2018, 09:05 PM
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RE: On the Campaign Trail 7579
The Anisorans are not the only people in Anaria about to vote in an impending election. The Amberian election looms still closer, scheduled just a week before the Anisorans go to the polls. Although happening hundreds of miles to the east in a country very different to Anisora, the Amberian election has the potential to influence the campaigns of the main political parties in Anisora profoundly - whether to the benefit or the hindrance of the Liberal Party, one can only guess.


Chapter 4: The heir

29 September 7579
Palazzo Laterino, Pena, Grand Principality of Casella, Anisoran Empire
Official residence of the Anisoran prime minister


“Sir, it’s important we address this head on” said Liorno Favero, special advisor to the prime minister. He sat opposite the prime minister, Sir Alessandro Nicotera-Sarno, alongside a number of prominent members of the Liberal Party being briefed on the current election campaign. “It’s not a cause for concern; the traction it’s gaining in the press is isolated to the Nationalist newspapers. However, if the protectionists win in Amberia this week we don’t want something like this coming back to bite us. If they win, which is looking likely, we want to neutralise as much of the Nationalist rhetoric beforehand. I’d advise addressing the issue in your speech in Arrento tomorrow.”

The prime minister nodded. “I agree. Have my speech writers highlight the proposed pension reforms, but in vague language - nothing too committal. I want to ensure we round up as much of the elderly vote as possible should Amberia go south without committing ourselves to anything too drastic if we win. Now, is there anything else?”

Lord Morena, the Tribune for Trade and Industry, spoke up. “Sir, I’ve spoken to Lord Logorio and his set of business contacts. They have agreed to hold off their announcement until after the results from Amberia are in. That way, if our anti-protectionist friends lose we still have our trump card to play, which may detract attention away from our loss; but if they win, we will simply hammer home the message that the Anisoran business community has complete confidence in us.”

“Excellent” said the prime minister. “I should like to talk to Lord Logorio beforehand, to ensure his commitment to us should our Amberian friends lose. I want you all to put maximum pressure on him and his contacts should the Amberian vote look uncertain. His endorsement will be vital to any hopes of staying in government if our friends lose.”

“Very good, Sir” said Lord Morena.

“Now, if there isn’t any other business?” asked the prime minister, looking around the table. “No? Good. Dismissed.”

The dozen or so officials began exiting the room before Giuliana Nicotera-Sarno, the Tribune for the Colonies and the prime minister’s daughter, approached. “May I have a word, Father?”

The prime minister nodded without looking up from his papers as Giuliana sat down beside him. When they were alone in the room he asked, “what is it, Giuliana?”

“I’ve heard a rumour that you’ve promised Forgianetta the Tribunate for the Interior.” Martino Forgianetta was the leader of the New Radical Party and the prime minister’s junior coalition partner. He had served as Tribune for Federal Affairs in the coalition government since the 7574 election and the two parties had coordinated election strategies to maximise the number of seats they hoped to win respectively.

The prime minister looked up from his papers. “I have.”

Giuliana’s face contorted in anger. “You promised me the Interior, Father. You said it was mine if we win the election.”

“I did. Circumstances have changed.”

“Circumstances have changed?” Giuliana asked contemptuously. “What could possibly have changed to make you promise the Interior to that vain parasite?”

“He may been a vain parasite, but we need his party behind us, Giuliana. I need his seats in the Deputies and his peers. There are already a number of independent peers who are considering crossing the floor to sit on the New Radical benches if they do well in the election.”

“If they do well in the election,” continued Giuliana, “it means we’ve done even better. Once we win the election throw him under the bus. If we win a majority outright we won’t need the Radicals anymore. I’m fine with you offering him a tribunate before the election as insurance, but you promised me I could have the Interior.”

“I know Giuliana, but I need to ensure his party’s loyalty. With the Amberian election still very uncertain, we need to face the real possibility of losing seats, and we need to plan around that possibility. If we don’t increase our seat margin we need the New Radicals if we want to remain in government. The sort of assurances I need from the them come at a price. He won’t accept anything less than Tribune for the Interior.”

“You don’t seriously think we could lose seats?” asked Giuliana, slightly taken aback by this admission, her anger subsiding somewhat.

“I’m not ruling it out. My sources in Amberia say it is looking more and more likely that the Queen-elect’s government will win. We’ve prefaced so much of our campaign on the outcome of this foreign election that it will be extremely hard for us to come back from if our friends lose.” He paused, his brow furrowed. “I’m starting to regret putting all our eggs in one unpredictable basket.”

Giuliana shifted in her seat uncomfortably, her father’s uncertainty unnerving her. He had been adamant that attacking the Treaty of Ærilar was the way to win the election - that forecasting the Treaty’s inevitable failure would win them the election. He had shouted down any appeal for a more cautious strategy from within the Cabinet. While had always been a risky strategy, her father’s unyielding certainty had suppressed most vocal opposition to such a strategy within the Party. But it remained a huge gamble. If the protectionists won in the Amberian Reiksþingi, the Liberal Party’s entire narrative of a doomed international Treaty could collapse - which would almost certainly prove disastrous for the Party since Claudio dell’Angorina started describing the prime minister as a “false prophet”. The Nationalists had set themselves up very well, Giuliana thought, for what they believed would be the inevitable victory of the Queen-elect’s government. But if her father’s sources in Amberia were predicting a loss for the anti-protectionists, Giuliana did not know what her party could do to ward off the National Party.

Giuliana composed herself, her cold air returning. “Regret serves no purpose, especially when the results of our gamble have yet to be revealed. What I want to be hearing is a solution, Father. A way forward - with me at the centre.”

“If our narrative backfires the New Radicals will be the only way we could cling to government, whether with a majority in the Deputies or not. I need to secure Forgianetta’s loyalty.”

“I understand that, Father, but I will not be served up as a sacrifice. Carve someone else up. If we seriously want me to have a chance at running for leader in 7584 I cannot do that as Tribune for the Colonies, you know that.”

“I am fully aware of our plan, thank you Giuliana. But you know full well that we need to keep all those in positions above Tribune for the Interior where they are. Torviano* has said he will retire at the end of the next parliament if we win, but until then my options are limited.”

Giuliana was about to speak but her father put his hand up to stop her.

“I know what you’re going to say. But I cannot demote Lingario.** Demoting her would do more damage to you than good - she will run against you for the leadership regardless of which tribunate she holds after the election. But she will see any demotion as evidence of nepotism and a justification to attack not just you but me. You know she isn’t afraid to use that. She’s popular, Giuliana. Far more popular within the party than you are. She has experience. She has support in the Senate. Once I announce my resignation, we cannot compete against that if she makes this personal. We have a lot of work to do regardless.”

“How can we expect the Party to get behind me if I remain as Tribune for the Colonies? I need to take high office, there’s no way around it. I don’t have the luxury of waiting until the next election. If Lingario does win the leadership after you resign, she’ll put me out to pasture for half of her term and then remove me from government.”

“I’m not going to leave you to pasture in the Tribunate for the Colonies, Giuliana. Torviano has already said he wants to resign. All we have to do is push him to exit earlier. A year after the election I think he will be susceptible to bowing out. The Chairmanship of the Moreva Petroleum Corporation will be up for appointment and I know he wants the job. It won’t be a hard sell.”

“And where does that leave me?”

“You’ll stay initially at the Tribunate for the Colonies after the election - that will play well with the Party and downplay any charges of nepotism for a while. Then, after a year, Torviano will resign and I’ll reshuffle the cabinet. Depending on the lay of the land, Forgianetta will stay as Tribune for the Interior, which leaves you open to take Foreign Affairs.”

Giuliana was silent for a while, trying to process her thoughts and suppress her growing excitement. “Would the Party accept that?”

“A year after the election, yes. We’ll be in a stronger position by then and should have secured the support of about half the cabinet for your succession as leader when the time comes for me to announce my resignation.”

Giuliana began nodding slowly, taking in her father’s plan. She would settle for staying at the Tribunate for the Colonies for a year if it meant she could have Foreign Affairs for the rest of the parliament. She would have plenty of opportunity for her to build her support base within the Liberal Party and establish herself as her father’s successor. She would even be able to lay the groundwork for her foreign policies earlier than she had expected.

“This could work” she said after a long silence.

“Yes, it could” answered the prime minister. “But we have to win the election first.”


* Emanuele de Torviano, is the serving Federal Chancellor.
** A. Tiberia Lingario, Viscountess of Ladara, is the serving Lord Tribune of the Treasury.

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07-03-2018, 02:32 PM
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RE: On the Campaign Trail 7579
The Grand Principality of Lusava and Vascano is an autonomous constituent state of the Anisoran Empire, which has a majority ethnic Lusavanic and Izhaic religious population.


Chapter 5: Black gold and minority politics

30 September 7579
Moreva Petroleum Corporation (SMP) facility
Northern Moreva, Grand Principality of Lusava and Vascano, Anisoran Empire


Aram looked up from his work, shouts coming from the other end of the large room. The boiler and other machinery he was attending to were roaring loudly in the confined space of the room, and he wiped his forehead with the back of his hand, wiping away the sweat of several hours hard work in the sweltering heat.

He put down the tools he was using and carefully stowed them away as he walked out of the room. He followed a number of his workmates down the corridor that led through this part of the installation, pipework covering the windowless walls. The heat began to dissipate as he walked further from the boiler room and he turned the corner to enter the break room, a small set of windows letting in the first bit of natural sunlight he had seen in hours.

The break room was medium sized and full of tables and chairs, with dozens of workmen milling around, in conversation with one another, sipping cups of coffee and glasses of water.

“Aram” said a tall man across the room, ushering Aram to join him.

“Alright Narek” said Aram as he sat down heavily in the chair next to his friend, his limbs weary. Like most of the men in the room Narek’s face and arms were black from soot and oil, which also covered most of the furniture in the room. Aram took a glass of water from the table and gulped it down in one, the tepid warm liquid soothing him.

“Have you seen this?” asked Narek, gesturing to a poster that hung on the wall. The large poster sported a monochrome etching of the Anisoran prime minister shaking hands with a Lusavanic oil worker. Underneath the image in large letters, in Lusavanic, was the caption “Lusavanic oil keeps the Empire moving. Vote for the Liberal Party, the true champion of the oil industry.”

Narek stared at Aram with a look of expectation. When Aram did not reply, Narek said excitedly, “bloody ridiculous, innit? I mean, like any of us would vote for that lot! You know who put that there, don’t you? That bloody Casellan Dontarenno. Trust us to get a bleeding Liberal overseer! It’s bad enough he’s Anisoran!”

“Yeah” said Aram vaguely, pouring himself another glass of water.

“I mean, just look around. He’s bleeding deluded if he thinks he can persuade any of us, true Lusavans the lot of us, to vote for an Anisoran!”

Aram sipped his water, not saying anything. He had known Narek for over ten years, since he started working at the Moreva Petroleum Corporation, and in those ten years his political beliefs had not moved an inch. He came from a strongly nationalist family, and was a loud voice in the local nationalist party, arguing passionately for Lusavanic independence.

Aram, on the other hand, had never described himself as a nationalist. He was a simple sort of man, who just wanted to get home after a hard day’s work to spend time with his wife and children; he wanted what was best for them and his elderly father. And while he was sympathetic to Narek’s cause, the cause of many of his countrymen and women, if he was honest with himself, he didn’t believe that the horrors his country would inevitably need to go through to gain independence would be worth bearing: bloodshed, chaos, and misery. No, his main concerns were keeping his job, supporting his family, and trying to do the best for his children.

“The Liberals are typical Anisorans - typical Orkanans” continued Narek, Aram’s silence not lessening the zeal with which Narek spoke. “They’re all out for themselves and have no sense of perspective.”

“The Liberals have done more than most Anisorans to help Lusavan.” Aram said, feeling brave enough to voice his own opinion to his argumentative friend. “The founder of the party, what was his name? Dorniello-Marello? Something like that. He did a lot for us, for the Grand Principality. Restored our autonomy, for one thing.”

Narek didn’t respond with anger, as many nationalists would have done against a Lusavan defending an Anisoran political party, but with an energy that only came to him when engaged in political debate with a friend. “But who took it from us in the first place? The Anisorans think our freedom is something they can bestow and take away whenever they want. They disregarded the constitution more than once - I don’t see why we should trust any of them.”

“That was during the War, Narek. All the constitutions were ignored - including the Anisoran one! I don’t think you can argue that all Anisorans can’t be trusted because of what a corrupt government did years ago. And they weren’t even the Liberals - the Liberals were the ones that brought the military government down, if you remember.”

“No, the emperor’s assassin did that” answered Narek with a smirk.

“You know what I mean - they modernised the Empire and put a stop to a lot of the corruption after the emperor died.”

“OK, I’ll concede that the Liberals were the lesser of several evils back then. But that was over fifty years ago. What’s changed since then? The Anisorans don’t care about Lusavan, beyond the wealth they can extract from our land and the honest Izhaic people they can exploit. You can’t argue against that, Aram.”

“The wealth they extract keeps us in jobs, Narek. I’m just glad I can put food on the table. My cousins have had to move to Tenevelan to try and find work.”

“That’s not the point. This is Lusavanic oil we’re toiling to extract. And what happens to this oil when we dig it up? It gets shipped off to Casella where it’s sold as Anisoran black gold! All this wealth and we don’t see a penny of it.”

“There are plenty of Lusavans who have been made rich by oil; and plenty who sit on the company’s board who happily take a share of the profits.”

“Anisoran puppets, the lot of them. They’re not true Izhaics. Not true Lusavans. We shouldn’t be working for them.”

Aram sighed. “It’s easy to be idealistic like that when you don’t have a family. I’ve got four daughters to feed and clothe. I wish it were otherwise, but I need this job, Narek.”

Narek’s tone softened slightly, “I know mate,” and gave a self-conscious grin. “You know how I can get sometimes.” Aram smiled as a loud whistle sounded which told them that their break was over.

“Anyway,” said Narek as the pair of them got back up, “I know we’ll be voting for the Lusavan League - always have and always will.”

Aram patted him on the back as the two friends bisected and Aram walked back to the boiler room. He would never admit to his friend that he had voted Liberal his entire life.

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07-05-2018, 06:00 PM (This post was last modified: 07-06-2018 11:12 AM by August Dux.)
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RE: On the Campaign Trail 7579
Chapter 6: Our Amberian friends

1 October 7579
Palazzo Laterino, Pena, Grand Principality of Casella, Anisoran Empire
Official residence of the Anisoran prime minister


The Anisoran prime minister sat at his desk staring at the oak wood door directly in front of him, willing it to open with the intensity of his gaze. On his right sat his daughter Giuliana, Tribune for the Colonies, and on his left his wife Giovanna, both women sitting in silence. Alongside his wife and daughter, Benedetto Abravetto, the Chairman of the Anisoran Liberal Party, and Tiberia Lingario, the Viscountess of Ladara and Lord Tribune of the Treasury, sat in two chairs by the wall. They too sat in silence, their eyes passing over the door with increased frequency.

The silence was broken by a knock at the door.

“Come” said the prime minister, his voice steady and loud.

Lord Valiano, the Tribune for Foreign Affairs, entered the room, his moustached face betraying nothing. He walked straight up to the prime minister’s desk and said in a clear voice, “They won, Sir. The Amberian protectionists have a majority.” He broke into a wide grin.

A smile crossed the prime minister’s face as those around him exclaimed in equal measure joy and relief.

“Congratulations, Sir” said Lord Valiano, his smile broadening even wider.

The others echoed the call. “Congratulations, Prime Minister.”

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07-06-2018, 11:11 AM
Post: #7
RE: On the Campaign Trail 7579
The Pena Gazette is a liberal Pena based newspaper which broadly holds to liberal economic policies and a progressive social programme. Although not affiliated with the Anisoran Liberal Party, the Gazette has shown support for the Party's policies, but does not shy away from criticising Nicotera-Sarno's radical policies at times.

Chapter 7: News from Abroad

Pena Gazzetta

2 OCTOBER, 7579

Amberian election: Anti-protectionists win mandate in Reiksþingi

The much anticipated Amberian election, the results of which are being felt across the continent of Anaria, ended in a surprise victory for the anti-protectionist block led by the war hero Gudrún Chihsel. In a fierce campaign which has in many ways mirrored the ongoing federal election in Anisora, the issue of free trade and the Treaty of Ærilar has divided the Republic, but saw the anti-protectionist block win an unexpected majority in the Amberian National Assembly, the Reiksþingi.

The surprising defeat for the Queen-Elect’s government represents the most significant blow to the Straits Cartel since Anisora and Auresia withdrew from the Treaty of Ærilar in April and brings into question the survival of the Treaty itself.

Since the Anisoran and Auresian withdrawal in the aftermath of the signing of the controversial Protocols of Gadelhem, Amberia has been viewed by many commentators as the crucial link in the Cartel’s increasingly shaky chain of nations. Anisora’s and particularly Auresia’s withdrawal, which together deprived the Cartel of control of the Medio Sea, routes from the Sol to the Sinean, and the all important route from the Stolvic to the Shangti, has already been described by most sceptics as a death sentence for the Cartel. However, Amberia’s continued support of the Cartel has been seen as vital to the continuation of the Treaty in any form.

However, the historic victory for the anti-protectionists has made the survival of the Treaty even more uncertain. With the power to ratify the Protocols remaining with the Reiksþingi, when the Gadalhem Protocols are put to a formal vote in the National Assembly it is highly unlikely they will pass - effectively rendering the international agreement null and void in the process.

However, sources from within the Amberian government, which remain vocal supporters of the Treaty, have hinted that the ratification of the Protocols will be postponed still further until the next election in 7582, where the government hopes to return a protectionist majority to the Reiksþingi.

If this delaying tactic is indeed employed by the Amberian government, the legitimacy of the Treaty would take a severe hit on the international stage. It would only fuel the anti-Cartel narratives of politicians in Amberia and on the international stage, such as the Anisoran Prime Minister Nicotera-Sarno, who has described the Treaty as a shambles of international proportions, and the ex-First Chancellor of Vittmark Ödebo, who famously described the Treaty as a “work of fiction.”

Such delaying tactics would no doubt ruffle the feathers of the newly elected legislature, with anti-Cartel activists such as Æve Vake-Drakau, described as a “free trade firebrand” and long-standing opponent of the Treaty, expected to openly challenge such a move by the government. Combined with growing international pressure it remains to be seen whether the Amberian government would be able to resist pressure to table the vote. Nevertheless, for anti-Cartelists everywhere the situation appears to be a win-win: with Amberia either voting against the Protocols’ ratification or delaying its implementation and drawing out the as yet unenforceable Treaty for three more years. Either way, this result is highly likely to precipitate a total collapse of authority for the Cartel on the international stage.

The passing of the wide ranging People’s Representation Act by the Reiksþingi in April undoubtedly played a major part in the shock result this month. Greatly increasing the number of eligible voters, all men are of course forbidden from voting under the Amberian system, the injection of thousands of voters with uncertain political views was always a risk in the first subsequent election. However, the enfranchisement appears to have backfired for the Queen-elect and has the potential to greatly destabilise her governing coalition.

Far from being an isolated Amberian phenomenon, commentators and politicians alike have been analysing the election result as part of a general shift in public opinion across Anaria away from protectionism and towards anti-Cartelism (a term coined by the Anisoran academic Carlotta Dartini). The Marquess of Valiano, Anisoran Tribune for Foreign Affairs, with a clear eye on the impending Anisoran election, commented this morning:

“This historic vote undoubtedly reflects a wider movement across the continent - one which illustrates how Anarians everywhere are tired of being dictated to, and tired of the intimidation of the Cartel architects. The Anisoran government and I congratulate Gudrún Chihsel and her allies on their victory and look forward to constructive discussions of these issues with the Queen-Elect’s Government.”

In a subtle change of vocabulary in recent weeks, Anisoran officials have begun referring to the ‘Cartel architects’ in their criticism of the Treaty rather than the ‘Cartel nations.’ Part of a strategy to avoid alienating sympathetic anti-Cartelists within other signatory countries, the Amberian victory will undoubtedly, should the Liberals return to government next week, mark the beginning of major diplomatic efforts to court sceptics of the Treaty within numerous Cartel nations. Some cynical commentators have, however, dismissed such a gesture as too little too late. Claudio dell’Angorina, Deputy Leader of the National Party, said “the damage is already done - no amount of vocabulary change can undo what the Liberal Party has done to [Anisora’s] international standing.”

However, critics of the Cartel have viewed the Amberian result as breathing fresh life into the Anisoran government’s anti-Cartel position abroad, and are expecting a major diplomatic push by the Liberal-New Radical coalition if they return to government next week. Commenting in the aftermath of the vote, Lord Morena, Tribune for Trade and Industry, said “this is the final nail in the Straits Cartel coffin. The Treaty is dead - let’s put it to rest at long last.”

With attacks coming from multiple fronts, the Cartel is undoubtedly on the defensive. The combined withdrawal of Anisora and Auresia and this crucial victory for the anti-protectionists in Amberia mean the Cartel faces its greatest existential threat yet, with its very survival looking increasingly unlikely. With the Anisoran federal election just a week away, this result from the Amberian Reiksþingi will undoubtedly be seen as a coup for Prime Minister Alessandro Nicotera-Sarno and his anti-Cartel stance. While there is still uncertainty as to which way the election will go next week, the news from Amberia can only benefit the incumbent Prime Minister and the Liberal Party.

P. Benedetta Conte, political correspondent

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07-09-2018, 08:07 PM
Post: #8
RE: On the Campaign Trail 7579
Chapter 8: Port and politics

3 October 7579
Dettoro College, Peradotto University, Peradotto, Grand Principality of Casella, Anisoran Empire


“Lord Toralino’s gone about this all wrong” said Emanuele. “Whether you are pro or anti-protectionist is beside the point - this is about political survival. The National Party should have recognised that the debate had shifted away from the economics of protectionism and towards basic principles of sovereignty.”

“No, no” interjected Luisa, “I disagree. Obviously sovereignty has played a major role in the debate - Nicotera-Sarno utilised the uncertainty over sovereignty very effectively when he pulled us out of the Treaty. But the matter of sovereignty is not what will cost the National Party this election. The debate moved, as you say, away from the economics, but rather towards the realisation that the Treaty is fundamentally unenforceable and entirely lacking in political authority. The Treaty has been on its deathbed since ‘74. It’s dead now. The National Party should never have established itself as the pro-Treaty party. They should have faced facts and realised it was always going to fail and shift policy accordingly.”

“Easy to say in hindsight, Luisa” added Luca with a smile, sipping his glass of port.

“Not even hindsight” said Emanuele. “The Treaty isn’t dead yet.”

“No, it just refuses to die with dignity” said Luisa with a smirk.

“You’re such a cynical bitch” Emanuele said good humouredly, to which Luisa laughed.

“Cynicism. Hm, that’s what delusional people call realism, isn’t it?”

The three students laughed.

“You can call it delusion if you like” said Emanuele, “but even you have to admit that if the Treaty had been organised differently it would have stood a chance.”

“Maybe” conceded Luisa, “but thank Vind it wasn’t! In all seriousness the Treaty would have been utterly disastrous for Anarian trade.”

“You would say that” said Luca. “Your father stands to make a lot of money if Nicotera-Sarno’s economic policies work.”

Luisa gave a sly grin. “All I’m saying is the wine industry is thriving and my father is looking forward to exploiting new Anarian markets. And all this publicity is making Anarians even more thirsty for Anisoran wine.” She raised her port glass in a mock toast and downed the dark liquid.

Emanuele laughed. “You’re shameless!”

“If you want to stand for the Chamber of Deputies, you better get used to it, Em” said Luisa. “That’s politics!”

“It didn’t used to be” mused Emanuele, switching to Pastanan as he recited a well known line from the Anisiad. “For once, when the golden fields sprang that immortal race - when gods and men did build that ship of state…”

“You’re so pretentious” laughed Luisa, interrupting his recitation and pouring herself some more port.

“Hey!” said Emanuele, his lips betraying a smile. “The Anisiad is immortal, and don’t let me hear you mocking it.”

“I wasn’t mocking the poem, I was mocking you.”

“Anyway!” said Luca laughing, “to get back to the point. Do you think Lord Toralino will survive if the Liberals gain a majority?”

“Vind no!” said Emanuele. “It saddens me, but he’s overcommitted himself. With the results of the Amberian election, the Liberals are looking very strong. Toralino can’t survive this. I reckon dell’Angorina will get the leadership of the National Party if they lose the election.”

“Most likely” said Luisa, “although he’s committed himself pretty strongly to the Treaty as well. If things go south, he might be out too.”

“Well,” said Luca, “I suppose that depends on whether the Treaty really is finished or not.”

“It has to be” said Luisa. “Even if the Amberians put off ratification of the Protocols of Gadalhem, it just puts off the inevitable. Do you seriously think that even after four years of dithering the Treaty would survive? After another three years everyone will have had enough - and protectionists will have to abandon the Treaty as it becomes a liability to their cause.”

“You’re right there,” said Emanuele. “As you know I have my sympathies for protectionist economics.”

Luisa laughed, “that’s an understatement.”

“The Treaty,” continued Emanuele, rolling his eyes, “might well do some serious damage to the credibility of protectionist economics in the long term. If they’re not careful, the slow motion death of the Treaty, with politicians across Anaria refusing to admit its death is inevitable, will only fuel uncertainty, hit confidence in the stock markets, and undermine protectionism as a serious economic policy. Just look at Amberia. Public opinion is seriously shifting away from the Treaty, and protectionists everywhere need to put the Treaty to bed before it utterly destroys the public’s, and more importantly businesses’, faith in protectionist economics.”

“You’ve got a point there,” said Luca. “If this matter is drawn out even further than it needs to be, the backlash from the failure of the Treaty might see the rise of free trade parties coming to power across the continent.”

“Excellent” said Luisa, raising her glass, “fingers crossed!”

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07-10-2018, 02:26 PM
Post: #9
RE: On the Campaign Trail 7579
The Häverist Star (La Stella Haverista) is the official newspaper of the Anisoran United Häverist Party (PUH), currently the fifth largest party in the Chamber of Deputies. As such it holds to the philosophies and economic theories formulated by the Hellish intellectual Peter Häver, and is staunchly anti-capitalist.

Chapter 9: A rising star

La Stella Haverista

4 OCTOBER, 7579

Capitalists unite under the Liberal banner

This morning a group of 30 leading Anisoran capitalists and industrialists signed a joint statement backing the prime minister Alessandro Nicotera-Sarno and his Liberal Party, just days before the federal election. In unequivocal language, the statement threw the support of some of Anisora’s wealthiest business leaders behind the prime minister’s push for further economic liberalisation and the destruction of protectionist economics, in effect endorsing his manifesto for the looming election.

As if we didn’t need further confirmation, this statement merely underlines how the Liberal Party is now the undisputed big-business party, whose sole concern is filling the pockets of party donors and the prime minister’s capitalist chums - all at the expense of hardworking Anisorans everywhere.

This statement from the capitalist block, led by the infamous Lord Logorio, owner of the Logorio Mining Corporation, is not altogether surprising. Lord Logorio and most of the signatories have been long standing supporters of the prime minister and his draconian economic policies, and stand to gain vast wealth under his premiership.

But it can't be denied that levels of corruption, greed, and inefficiency in this Empire have reached new heights since Nicotera-Sarno and his lackeys came to power in 7574. Under his leadership, the wealth gap in this country has expanded to unprecedented levels, with big business taking food out of the poor’s mouths faster than ever before, and luxuriating in despicable wealth while hundreds of thousands linger in unemployment, unable to support their families.

Is it not time for the Anisoran people to reject capitalist greed and say no to bureaucratic waste and ceaseless profit hunting? Ermino D’Antonio, leader of the United Häverist Party, seems to think so:

“This statement shows exactly where the true loyalties of the Liberal Party lie - not with the hardworking Anisoran people as the prime minister claims - but with corporate interests, capitalist indulgence, and economic exploitation. With allies like this, the prime minister cannot be expected to govern in the interests of the people at large - the people that keep this Empire’s factories and manufactories running, the people that toil in the mines and the oilfields that keep our homes warm, and the people who till the fields and keep us all fed.

“Millions of man-hours are wasted every day, energy which is expended solely to line the pockets of Nicotera-Sarno and his friends. With such waste and greed, Anisora can never reach its full potential: this cannot be allowed to continue any longer. It is up to the Anisoran people to forge a new path - to seize the opportunity presented to them at the federal election this week and choose a bright, Häverist future. Only the United Häverist Party can bring the change that the Anisoran people desperately need and end their relentless exploitation.”

With this joint statement by some of the wealthiest industrialists in Anisora, the time has never been more ripe to challenge them openly at the polls later this week. As the Liberals sow fear and confusion around the free trade debate, as the Nationalists dither among themselves, and as the Orkanan Democratic Party continue to become irrelevant, the United Häverist Party is bringing clarity to the Anisoran people. A message of hope and progress that will put the education of the children of Anisora first, and present a future of fairness and civilisation for them to grow up in.

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But we need your help! If you’re passionate about forging a future of fairness and efficiency for your children, then contact your local PUH Party office to volunteer today. With the election only days away, the PUH needs hardworking Anisorans to help send the capitalists that rule this Empire an unequivocal message. Volunteer today for a brighter, Häverist future!

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07-12-2018, 11:30 AM
Post: #10
RE: On the Campaign Trail 7579
The Imperial Senate, also known as the Chamber of Peers, is the middle chamber in the tricameral Anisoran parliament. The Chamber is made up of unelected peers drawn from the aristocracy of the Anisoran Empire.

Chapter 10: A matter of principle

5 October 7579
Senato Imperiale, Pena, Grand Principality of Casella, Anisoran Empire


“But why, my dear Morenta, would you throw away your independence?”

The Count of Lagorina sat opposite his friend and fellow peer Lord Morenta, the Baron of Ex Frode Morenta. The two men sat in the lounge that adjoins the Imperial Senate, the middle chamber of the tricameral Anisoran parliament. Other peers of the realm were milling around, drinking and talking, having come to the Chamber to participate in the final debate before the federal election took place later that week.

Lord Morenta, a small man with greying hair and a jet black moustache, answered, swirling his wine glass as he spoke. “The New Radicals have been courting me for a while now. I understand your reservations, but in all reality their policies align closely with my own.”

“I may be wrong,” answered Count Lagorina, “but I would have thought the idea of being beholden to a party whip would be ahorrent to an independent thinker such as yourself. I, for one, have no intention of ever being subservient to a party whip. I vote with my conscience, not because the Party says I must.”

“You, of course, make a good point,” said Lord Morenta. “But times are changing, and a resurgent Radical Party could be just what this country needs.” He lowered his tone somewhat, looking around to make sure nobody was listening. “You know my family were big supporters of the Radicals during the War, and while these “New” Radicals are trying to forge a new image, a lot of the ideology is traditionally strong. Forgianetta* can come across as an arrogant sod, but he won’t be leader for long. If the Radicals do well in the election, I think it's time for me to cross the floor.”

Count Lagorina looked back at his friend seriously. “I understand that, but this is a matter of principle. As a reasonable, pragmatic chap you owe it to the Chamber to stay independent. It is in the interests of the whole Empire to maintain a large independent block in the Senate. It keeps the wayward and careerist party politicians in check, both within the Senate itself, as well as the lower chamber. You must see Forgianetta for what he is. I’ve met him - he really is a self-righteous prig.”

“Again, all good points my friend. But I’ve given this a lot of thought. I will only cross the floor if they do well in the election. And besides, if the Party starts to operate in a way I find distasteful I will simply cross the floor again. This isn’t the Chamber of Deputies - the whips aren’t so powerful that they could force my hand.”

“Don’t underestimate the party whips. I know a number of National Party peers that want to abandon the Party but are being strong-armed into staying put. Looking at the state of the party and the strength of the Liberals, who could blame them?”

“True. But the Radicals are a small party. If they really are in the ascendency, I could carve out a position within the Party and wield some real influence.”

Count Lagorina looked somewhat taken aback.

“I know what you’re thinking” said Lord Morenta. “I’ve never expressed any desire to hold office - but I’m reaching a time in my life when I want to say I’ve made a difference - even in a small way. I’ve voted with my conscience since I took my seat over twenty years ago. I have no intention of stopping now, even if I sit on the Radical benches.”

“I know you don’t - I do not doubt it for a second. I just regret losing such a principled peer to the party machine.”

Lord Morenta laughed. “Well, we shall see. But I appreciate your concern.”

A moment of silence elapsed as Count Lagorina realised he could not persuade him. “Anyway, the debate will begin in a few minutes.” He gestured to the small throng of peers making their way through the grand portal into the corridor that led to the main Senate Chamber.

“Indeed” said Lord Morenta, getting up. “I have no idea how the Nationalists will counter all this. They really are on the ropes, as it were. The projections really aren’t looking good for them. And Countess Bonaldo** is on the warpath. It should be entertaining at least - even if it will be lacking in meaningful debate.”

“That’s party politics” said Count Lagorina, giving Morenta a knowing look. “The bickering, posturing and backstabbing - that will be your new life, Vittorio.”

Lord Morenta replied with a smile. “I’d better take some notes, then.”


* Martino Forgianetta is the leader of the New Radical Party
** Giuliana Terranova, Countess of Bonaldo, is the President of the Imperial Senate and a senior member of the governing Liberal Party

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