| The Lotus Party|
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The Lotus Party (Yingdalan: 莲花党, Transliteration: Liánhuā dǎng) is a progressive, left-of-center political party in Indrala. The party was founded near Mount Siji in Jiaozhi Province by a gathering of Jienist scholars, progressives, and community leaders in February of 4252, in the midst of wide-scale student protests against the Pua Regime. In 4258, the party was swept to power and worked to dismantle the authoritarian state and bring stability to the Fourth Republic.
The Lotus Party's founding also effectively merged the Jiaozhi Alliance and the Progressive Alliance. Wu Hán was selected by the founding council as the first party leader on 15 February 4252. The Party is currently lead by Dai Jinhao.
The Lotus Party's ideology is officially "Lotisianism" which is described as a merger between left-wing politics and Jienist traditional values. The party's supporters are typically students, educated professionals, small business owners, artists and seniors.
In 4249, President of Indrala Tony Pua declared himself "Emperor of the Land" with the support of Nationalist Party of Yingdala, the People's Justice Party and the Communist Party. This declaration was met with massive demonstrations against the government. In 4251, the Nationalist Party collapsed, along with the Communist Party. Thus, the Republic's Conservatives won a majority over the People's Justice Party. This victory caused the PJP to collapse as well, effectively leaving Indrala as a one-party state. Though initially the Republic's Conservatives opposed Tony Pua, they came around and supported his claim. Subsequently, this era has come to be known as the RC/Pua Regime.
As student-led pro-democratic protests continued to gain traction across the country, a group of intellectuals gathered in Kaizhou worked in secret to form a political opposition to the RC/Pua Regime. The work of this group, or the "Committee for a Fresh Alternative," would culminate in 4252, with the official launch of the Lotus Party at the foot of Mount Siji. Wu Hán was selected by this committee to become the first leader.
RC/Pua Regime (4249-4258) Edit
Seeing the new party as a threat, the Republic's Conservatives called a snap election in 4252. This election saw the Lotus Party win just 5 of the 125 seats in the Parliament. Following the election, the Republic's Conservatives moved to consolidate power very quickly after winning a constitutional majority, extending their term from 4 to 8 years and, notably, legalizing torture.
The constitutional reforms put forward by the Republic's Conservatives were met by vigorous opposition from the Lotus Party, under Wu Hán. Wu would spend the next 6 years travelling the country and motivating students to take to the streets in resistance. Despite the non-violent nature of these protests, the regime came down on the protesters with brutality. Utilizing the new torture legislation, thousands of students across the nation were tortured by the regime and hundreds remain missing. This response from the government, however, only served to augment the pro-democratic movement.
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Party Governance Edit
The Party has two officials who are elected by convention delegates during the Party Conference, the Party Leader and the Party President. The Party President is responsible for appointing staff to manage the internal affairs of the party. The Leader is the Party's candidate for the Chancellory. The Party's constitution requires that a Party Conference be held every four years. At the conference, there is always a 'leadership review' wherein delegates vote on the question "Should the party conduct an election to select a new Leader?" If the "yes" vote achieves more than 60% a leadership election is triggered.
Party Presidents Edit
|1||Huang Zitao||4252-4258||Resigned after the 4258 General Election, served in Cabinet as Finance Minister, 4258-4269.|
|2||Wei Cheng||4258-4270||Served as Party Secretary prior to her election as Party President. Wei was a labour activist before becoming active within the Party.|
|3||Yin Xiuying||4270-4276||President of the Indrala Students' Federation, 4260-4266|
|4||Yan Zhelan||4276-4298||Dean of Tian'an National University, 4263-4274|
Party Leaders Edit
|1||Wu Hán||4252-4269||Was appointed Leader by the founding committee. Was confirmed by a leadership review in 4266. Served as Chancellor of Indrala from 4258-4269.|
|2||Sun Luhan||4269- 4270||Interim Leader of the Lotus Party following Wu Hán's resignation. Previously served as Party Secretary.|
|3||Huang Zitao||4270- 4298||Elected Leader at the third ballot with 51.38% during the 4270 Hangzhou Convention.|
|4||Kwan Zhiyong||4298-4330||Elected Leader with 61.8% at the 4298 Kaizhou Leadership Convention. Stepped down after serving as Grand Chancellor for 15 years.|
|5||Yi Junkai||4330-4337||Elected Leader with 51.3% at the second ballot during the 4330 Lotus Party Leadership Election. Yi lost his leadership review on 4336, but remained leader until his replacement was chosen.|
|6||Dai Jinhao||4337-present||Elected Leader with 50.9% on the first ballot during the 4337 Lotus Party Leadership Election.|
Electoral results Edit
|Year||Total Votes||Votes Recieved||% Votes||Seats||+/-||Position||Status|
|4258||60,362,568||24,104,796||39.93%||261||1st||Coalition with the Nationalist Party|
|4264||59,847,856||22,375,478||37.39%||14||1st||Coalition with the Nationalist Party|
|4274||48,888,401||16,406,695||33.56%||90||1st||Providing Confidence and Supply to Nationalist Party Minority|
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