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California
Timeline: New America

OTL equivalent: (state of) California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada
Flag of California (no words) CaliforniasealNA
Flag of California Seal of California
NorthAmericanDemocracy
California in pink

Motto
Eureka (English)

Anthem "Eureka"
Capital
(and largest city)
Sacramento
Language
  official
 
English
  others Spanish
Demonym Californian
Government Republic
  legislature California Congress
Prime Minister Jerry Brown
Population 48,545,810 
Established 2006
Independence from United States of America
Currency Californian Dollar
Organizations American Union

California is a federal republic located on the Pacific coast and the southwest United States that separated from the United States after the 2005/2006 New American Revolution and the North American Treaty. Most of the country's population is located in the formerly most populated state of California which still is operating as a state, but without the northern part which became a part of Oregon and Pacifica. The country is currently led by Jerry Brown of the Progressive Democrats.

Politics of California

The country is run through a unicameral Congress of California which is elected every three years by first-past-the-post across all four states. The position of Prime Minister of California is elected with the Congress and leads the majority party in Congress and the country. The current Prime Minister is Jerry Brown who is currently in his third term. Devolved assemblies are bicameral across all four states and are elected together every four years.

Political Parties

The main five political parties in the nation are the Progressive Democrats, Unity Party, Green Party, and the Socialist Native Lands Party. The most successful party is the Progressive Democrats which has controlled the Congress and Executive branch since the country's founding in 2006. The "big tent" of the right, the Unity Party is a conservative, contisceptic party which has had some success at more local levels. The Green Party and the Socialist Native Lands Party have also had some success being represented at the national, statewide, and local levels.
Party Spectrum Leader Seats in Congress (400 in total) Seats in the AU AU Party Seats in California/Arizona/Nevada/New Mexico lower houses Seats in California/Arizona/Nevada/New Mexico higher houses Local seats
Progressive Democrats center-left, progressivism Jerry Brown 210 - Social Democrats and Progressives 120/36/38/43 88/26/26/30 2,577
Unity Party center-right, conservatism, contiscepticism Darell Issa 164 - American Conservatives and Reformers 69/58/30/23 20/29/20/16 1,289
Green Party progressivism, environmentalism Bebe Reynolds 20 - Green Activists 16/1/2/1 3/0/3/1 499
Socialist Native Lands Party native lands rights (minor), socialism ThomasYung 6 - Native Lands Party 1/2/1/2 0/1/1/3 197

2006 General election

After the widespread California Unemployment Protests, push for a new nation, and traditionally left leaning the newly founded Progressive Democrats were on track to gain a majority in the new Congress. The main issues of the election were Unemployment, Taxes, and regulation which the PDs were able to set out a clear path for. The leader at the time, Arnold Schwarzenegger couldn't set out a message for the country because of his past handling as governor of California. The new Green and Socialist Native Lands Party were able to capture major sections of unemployed and disenfranchized people. From 2006 to 2009 the new government passed major social and economic reforms like devolved powers like social laws to the states, which allowed California state to pass a Gay marriage law and Cannibis legalization. The new constitution was approved with 100% approval which outlined a clear way for the country. The government passed progressive taxation (highest rates on the richest at 50%, corporate tax at 20%), bi-partisan welfare reform, regulations, and the creation of a new nationalized Health care service caled the National Healthcare Service (NHS).

Party Seats in Congress (400 in total)
Progressive Democrats 251
Unity Party 126
Green Party 20
Socialist Native Lands Party 3

2009 General election

With the nation coming back from a deep depression, new social programs and new trades with other nations through the American Union. The Progressive Democrats put forward a great message of what they had done in the first term in government, they touted a recovering Private sector which took away some of the business credibility of the Unity Party. The PD also spoke about the new NHS, which received a 89.4% approval rating, and the national average Unemployment rate decreasing to 22.7% down from the 38/39% average across California. The PD lost a few seats do to the UP claiming that debt would only come out of a "socialist recovery". The Socialist-NLP was able to win six more seats on their promise of a NHS expansion. At the time of the next election Unemployment rates decreased to 16.8% through more public spending.

Party Seats in Congress (400 in total) seat changes
Progessive Democrats 240 - 11
Unity Party 140 + 14
Green Party 11 - 9
Socialist Native Lands Party 9 + 6

2012 General election

Although in the past six years unemployment dropped 20% plus, the Unity Party campaigned on privatization (not of the NHS), reduction of the debt through public spending cuts and reduction of regulations. The Unity Party claimed the recession was still continuing and not going to end with the Progressive government. The Unity Party won a great swing of 24 seats, at the expense of there main rival the Progressive Democrats. The Green Party also won some seats on the promise of a different approach to the fiscal and unemployment problems.

Since the March elections, the smaller majority government has ended some welfare plans and cut back some funding of the NHS. Still the government raised taxes on the richest to 51% to generate some minor revenue. The Unemployment rate has dropped still to 15.5% nationwide.

Party Seats in Congress (400 in total) seat changes
Progressive Democrats 210 - 30
Unity Party 164 + 24
Green Party 20 + 9
Socialist Native Lands Party 6 - 3

2006 American Union elections

With an early victory for the Progressive Democrats, representing the AU Party the Social Democrats and Progressives, in the general elections the PD was set to win a large amount of seats due to its great field of support. The PD was able to run up support in areas that would otherwise not go for them like in Arizona and north Nevada. The PD won an impressive 82 out of 105 seats, with the Unity Party, representing the APP, finishing in second with 12 seats.

Party AU Party Seats won
Progressive Democrats Social Democrats and Progressives 82
Unity Party American Conservatives and Reformers 12
Green Party Green Activists 8
Socialist Native Lands Party Native Lands Party 3

2011 American Union elections

The levels of contiscepticism rose after the foreign funding of debt in the AUB Foreign Fund but the Unity Party, an ACaR Party could not gain seats with a popular Progressive Democratic Party and the want of a stronger AU. The Progressive Democrats, a SDaP, gained a seat, a total of 83, while the Green Party was the only party to loose seats. 

Party AU Party Seats seat changes
Progressive Democrats Social Democrats and Progressives 83 + 1 
Unity Party American Conservatives and Reformers 12 -
Green Party Green Activists 6 - 2
Socialist Native Lands Party Native Lands Party 4 + 1

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