Shaftonist-Republican Alliance

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Shaftonist-Republican Alliance
Sciavtorisēx-Kéaritax Mitannum
Secretary-GeneralSārden Ēvūrverd
Cadre ChairAdrian Endyrmaxen
WhipFíodur Ivramextin
Founded21148
HeadquartersIstrovin Building
№10, 52-ram, E-District, Kartika
NewspaperShaftonist-Republican Circular
Student wingUniversity Republican League
Membership  (21204)2.5 billion
IdeologyShaftonist democracy
Big-tent
Liberal conservatism
Conservative liberalism
Economic liberalism
Neoconservatism
Ordoliberalism
Centrism
Federalism
ColorsTeal, Royal Blue
Federal Cambrium
207 / 545

The Shaftonist-Republican Alliance is a big-tent cadre of moderate parties and independents in the Kiravian Cambrium broadly united by a shared belief in a capitalist-leaning mixed economy, economic growth and development, Shaftonist political theory, and pragmatism. Formed by a merger of three opposition cadres during Kirosocialism, the SRA and its allies defeated the Kirosocialists in 21185 and undertook a program of political and economic reform that allowed for explosive economic growth and the rise of Kiravia as an international power. The Shaftonist-Republicans have remained the governing cadre uninterrupted since 21185, and have led the pro-administration camp in support of the past four Prime Executives: Cólsylva, Rénkédar, Mérovin, and Candrin.

History

Antecedents

Opposition (211XX-21185)

Era of Dominance (21185-21206)

Contemporary (21206-present)

Beginning in 21205, a number of factors combined to undermine the SRA's long-dominant position in Kiravian politics. Structurally speaking, the trend of substantial economic growth engendered by SRA policies sustained since the 21180s began to level off, weakening the cadre's rhetorical angle as the party of growth and leading many Kiravians to question their hitherto enthusiastic embrace of market liberalism. Internally, partially as a response to the rise of the Cadre of Right's reformist wing and the CSU's centrist Christian democratic wing, the cadre's member parties became increasingly identified (and identified themselves) with economic liberalism at the expense of its historically values-grounded Shaftonist identity. As these competing factions began to offer middle-class voters suitably familiar ordoliberal fiscal policies, many state parties and politicians with prominent national profiles shifted toward a more strongly neoliberal stance.

While SRA control of state legislatures and its share of Federal Cambrium seats had been in gradual decline for about a decade, two events cemented the cadre's deposition as the nationwide ruling party. The first was the Constitutional Protection Agency leaks scandal of mid-21205 which revealed an extensive record of electoral, campaign finance, and other legal violations by SRA, CSU, and DDF officials, including members of the Cambrium, state politicians, and state party staff. This scandal precipitated the resignation of 19 SRA Cambrians, including Chancellor Sārden Ēvūrverd, and forced the cadre to enter into a coalition with the Cadre of Right and Coscivian National Alliance. The Ixnay Economic Crash of 21206 ahead of that year's federal elections proved a crippling blow to the cadre by igniting popular opposition to its internationalist and more recently pronounced neoliberal leanings, allowing other cadres to attack its historic closeness to the financial industry and multinational business, and heightening interest in distributist economics through the Authentic Living Movement.

These factors propelled CSU, CR, CNA, and even Levantian Union Party candidates upward in the polls at the SRA's expense, resulting in a CSU-CR-Agrarian "Lime coalition" minority government and ending the SRA's decades-long position as the largest and leading faction in the Cambrium. While in opposition, the SRA has opposed the minority coalition's legislative agenda, while continuing (along with elements of the CR and CNA) to lead the pro-administration camp in support of Prime Executive Andrus Candrin.

Platform

The SRA is a big-tent cadre. Many Shaftonist-Republican politicians, activists, and journalists have advanced the idea that the cadre represents an authentic ideology that draws on a variety of traditions, including Shaftonist political thought, the Kuhlfrosian liberal tradition of the Kilikas Enlightenment, Neo-Urcean democracy, neoclassical economics, and (in foreign policy) the political realist school of thought dominant among international relations scholars in Kiravia and Burgundie. In practice, however, and especially since 21200, the SRA has positioned itself as a non-ideological force of the political mainstream, and is generally perceived as such by the public. This broad-church approach has allowed the cadre to incorporate a wide range of different state parties, such as small-government pro-business parties, parties representing various ethnosocial group interests, and conservative and centrist "parties of power" holding long-term electoral dominance in their states.

The primary policy goal uniting Shaftonist-Republicans is fostering economic growth and development using market liberal and ordoliberal policies. Shaftonist-Republicans support a generally free market and believe in the ability of the capitalist economic order to increase standards of living and provide long-term prosperity, but believe that government management of the economy through targeted and nuanced policies is also important to ensure that the market performs as close to its theoretical potential as possible, especially in the context of development. The early Shaftonist-Republican platform was designed to repair the damage done to the Kiravian economy by decades of Kirosocialist rule characterised by state participation in the market (through nationalisation, state enterprises, and state interests in private firms), heavy regulation, protectionism, and high taxation to support extensive (and according to Shaftonist-Republicans, excessive) government services, spending, and subsidies.

-Development and subsidies to high-tech industry, investment- -Contemporary ordoliberalism-

Foreign Policy

Shaftonist-Republicans were responsible for ending the isolationism favoured by the Kirosocialist régime and opening diplomatic and commercial relations with the world at large. Shaftonist-Republican foreign policy is economically-focused and counts among its key goals attracting foreign investment and seeking foreign markets for Kiravian goods and services. In order to gain the favour of highly developed Western commercial powers, earlier Prime Executives of a Political Shaftonist persuasion, such as Rénkédar and Mérovin, adopted prevailing Western wp:liberal internationalist norms to some degree, such as upholding liberal democracy as an international standard, promoting neoliberal economic policies, and supporting humanitarian interventions and régime change. Midway through the Candrin administration, after...

Social Platform

In a Kiravian context, the SRA as a whole is seen as moderate on social and cultural issues, though many individual member parties position themselves as strong cultural libertarians or strong social conservatives. The cadre is less inclined towards legislating morality than the Caritist Social Union, and less inclined towards legislating culture than the Coscivian National Alliance. Nonetheless, it is socially conservative by Western standards, and rejects the Western concept of social progess on Shaftonist grounds. Because most aspects of social policy are the purview of state governments rather than the federal government, the cadre itself has few official positions on social issues. However, it has consistently supported dhiambrikorisēn or "nondistinctionism", the idea that the various Coscivian ethnosocial groups (hadawordforthisinya) and analogous minority communities should not have any official recognition before the law, and that the government should not identify or classify persons according to their ethnosocial group.

Electoral History

Election Seats Outcome of election
21160
5 / 545
Kirosocialist majority
21163
24 / 545
Kirosocialist majority
21166
173 / 545
SRA-led Coalition
21169
189 / 545
SRA-led Coalition
21172
200 / 545
SRA-led Coalition
21175
221 / 545
SRA-led Coalition
21178
237 / 545
SRA-led Coalition
21181
252 / 545
SRA majority
21184
307 / 545
SRA majority
21187
335 / 545
SRA majority
21191
362 / 545
SRA majority
21194
315 / 545
SRA majority
21197
288 / 545
SRA majority
21200
237 / 545
SRA minority government
21203
205 / 545
SRA minority government
21206
142 / 554
CSU minority government

Support Base

The SRA draws support from a wide cross-section of Kiravian society, and from the fall of Kirosocialism until the 21206 Kiravian federal election was considered by many to be Kiravia's natural governing party. However, its most consistent and enthusiastic base of support is the metropolitan white-collar workforce and business class living in the urbanised, economically-developed states of the Eastern Seaboard, the West Coast, Devalōmica, the Castalan colonies, and Avalonica. In recent years, other cadres have eroded the SRA's dominance by carving out niches of support from rural voters, the working class, and residents of more peripheral states, forcing the SRA to compete with the reformist wing of the Cadre of Right, the Christian democratic wing of the Caritist Social Union, and Coscivian Nationalists for the decisive votes of the metropolitan middle classes in many states.

SRA voters tend to have higher incomes, higher rates of educational attainment, higher property values, and longer lifespans than the national average. SRA supporters have an average rate of religious participation close to the national median (though it is worth noting that the Kiravian median is quite high), and their distribution among religious denominations is rather representative of the population as a whole. A study found that members of SRA-affiliated parties have the highest levels of access to and use of information technology of any cadre save the Direct Democratic Front.

Structure and Associated Organisations

Like the other cadres, the Shaftonist-Republican Alliance does not, strictly speaking, exist outside of the Cambrium Hall or have any legal identity beyond its recognition as a cadre for the purposes of Cambrial procedure. Like other cadres, it does not enjoy corporate personality and cannot hold money, own property, or employ staff in its own right; nor can it fund or participate in electoral campaigns. In order to approximate the usual functions of a national-level political party, the SRA relies upon an associated network of other organisations that are themselves subject to strict regulations regarding which activities they can undertake, how they can be funded, and how they can coordinate with one another.

Cadre Governance

At the beginning of each legislative term, all Delegates sitting in the SRA group elect a Chairman to serve as its leader and primary spokesman.

  • Steering Committee - Chaired by the Chairman, responsible for legislative management, day-to-day administration of the cadre, liaising with supportive groups outside of the Cambrium and with interparliamentary organisations, relations with other cadres and with the Cambrial leadership, and selecting the Whip. Comprises the Chairman, Secretary-General, Whip, and...
  • Policy Committee (Politburo) Chaired by the Secretary-General, the Policy Committee develops the cadre's platform, charts its legislative priorities, and nominates Delegates for assignment to Cambrial committees. Also responsible for liaising with the SRA Interstate Conference, state affiliate leaders, and SRA-aligned policy think-tanks; as well as for party-to-party relations with foreign parties and political internationals. Comprises the Secretary-General, Chairman, ranking SRA members of standing Cambrial committees, and three members chosen by the Steering Committee.
Istrovin Building in Kartika, headquarters of the SRA
  • Shaftonist-Republican Interstate Conference - Annual meeting of state-level parties supportive of the cadre, including those that do not have any elected Delegates sitting with the cadre during the given legislative term, as well as independent state-level politicians that sympathise with the SRA platform. Member parties of the SRIC are often referred to as the SRA's "state chapters" or "state affiliates".
  • Stesixorus R.V.D. Istrovin Foundation - Independent foundation endowed by Valēka shipwright Stesixorus Istrovin to build and maintain a headquarters for "the cadre or faction of our federal Legislature best representing the ideals of Shaftonist democracy." The foundation provides office space for the cadre's loaned staff, policy advisors, and the SRIC at its building in downtown Kartika. It finances itself through its initial endowment, private donations, and renting out parts of the building for conferences and events (usually with some relation to politics).

Membership

State Party RCs
Teal Ensign.png Alavora Moderate Party
1 / 3
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Argévia
New Republic Party
2 / 3
Teal Ensign.png Aventurine Bay Republican Party
1 / 3
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Cascada
Republican Alliance
5 / 5
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Devalōmara
Continental Party
3 / 5
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Fariva
First Farivan Party
2 / 3
HanoramFlag.png Hanoram Reform Party
0 / 3
Teal Ensign.png Hiterna Neoconservative Party
1 / 3
Teal Ensign.png Idana Shaftonist Democratic Party
1 / 3
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Irovasdra
Fine Iruibheasdra
1 / 3
Celtic Tiger Party
0 / 3
Teal Ensign.png Iscavia Iscavian People's Coalition
3 / 3
IlfenóraFlag.png Ilfenóra Independent Republican Union
2 / 3
Union of Democrats & Independents
0 / 3
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Kastera
Great Kastera Party
2 / 5
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Kiygrava
Excelsior Party
2 / 7
Civic Institutional Party
1 / 7
Justice & Development Party
1 / 7
Enterprise Party
1 / 7
Renewal Party
0 / 7
Unified Development Party
0 / 7
MetreaFlag.png Metrea Metrea Republic - People's Platform
1 / 3
Civic Renewal Party
0 / 3
New Party of the Republic
0 / 3
Republican United Party
1 / 3
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Korlēdan
Korlēdan Star Party
2 / 3
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Niyaska
Urbane Republican Party
2 / 3
Niyaskan Whig Party
0 / 3
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Porfíria
Angus MacKeldin (independent)
1 / 2
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Tryhstian Littoral
Partido da Libertá
2 / 2
Teal Ensign.png Varisavia Republican Party
Shaftonist Democratic Party
Reform Party
3 / 4
VôtaskaFlag.png Vôtaska Vôtaskan People's Party
Conservative Republican Party
Progressive Conservative Party
Enterprise Party
2 / 3