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Libertas
Timeline: New America

OTL equivalent: North Ontario, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Iowa
Libertasflagna Libertassealna
Flag of Libertas Seal of Libertas
NorthAmericanDemocracy
Libertas in beige

Motto
The torch of freedom (English)

Anthem "Song of Liberty"
Capital
(and largest city)
Halifax
Language
  official
 
English
  others (de facto) french
Demonym Libertasian
Government Parliamentary democracy
  legislature Parliament of Libertas
Prime Minister Jim Doyle
Population 66,436,812 
Established 2006
Independence from Canada, United States
Currency Liberty Dollar
Organizations American Union

Libertas (liberty) is a country located in the center of the North American continent consisting of several states and part of a former province from the nations of the United States and Canada. The nation's border, existence and entrance to the American Union came from the North American Treaty signed in 2006. The nation is currently led by a coalition government between the Liberal Democrats and the Progressive Party, led by Jim Doyle.

Politics of Libertas

Libertas is a parliamentary republic founded in 2006, and elects its national body the Parliament of Libertas every five years, the last election occurring in 2011. The nation is led by the majority government leader, and head of state the Prime Minister of Libertas. The powers of the Parliament and government are set out in the Constitution of Libertas, which was passed three months after the nation's founding. The nation also has devolved assemblies to all of the states, all are unicameral except Ohio and Iowa.

Political Parties

The main three political parties in Libertas are the Liberal Democrats, Conservative Party and the Progressive Party. The Liberal Party has a fusion of centrist and center-left elements on economic issues while being socially liberal. The party had a majority government but due to slightly decreasing popularity they former a coalition with the center-left/left Progressive Party in the 2011 election. The Conservative Party has also had some success including being the official opposition, controlling devolved assemblies and many local councils. The CP has also taken up those who are Contisceptic and those on the right, while the party is mostly center-right. The Green Party, Christian Alliance and Socialist Alternative have had very minor success in local elections.
Party Spectrum Leader

Seats in Parliament (450 in total)

Seats in AU AU Party Seats in North Ontario/Michigan/Minnesota/Wisconsin/Indiana/Illinois/Missouri Seats in Ohio lower house/upper house/Iowa lower house/upper house local seats
Liberal Democrats center, center-left Jim Doyle 216 69 Union of Liberals and Democrats 39/39/48/37/29/50/34 68/30/37/19 4,997
Conservative Party center-right, Euroscepticism (minor) Scott Walker 210 57 American People's Party 39/50/42/37/46/33/49 58/30/38/18 4,877
Progressive Party center-left, progressivism Dick Durbin 24 17 Social Democrats and Progressives 10/4/8/6/2/10/3 5/1/2/1 1,299
Green Party environmentalism, progressivism Mary Marks 0 1 Green Activists 0/0/1/0/0/1/0 0/0/1/0 370
Socialist Alternative socialism Xavier Thems 0 0 Group of Socialists and Leftists 0/1/0/0/0/1/0 0/0/1/0 408
Christian Alliance christian democracy, right Pastor Hartman 0 0 American Conservatives and Reformers 1/0/1/0/1/0/0 0/0/1/0 212

2006 General election

In the first election the main parties, the Liberal Democrats, Conservative Party and the Progressive Party, were trying to form the government to set the shape for the country. The country's constitution was set out before hand by the Liberty Committee which wrote out a free, liberal constitution which the CP campaigned on changing. With strong, viable candidates from the former countries, the LibDems were able to win a majority while the CP was able to use former candidates as well to win a great number of seats. The Progressive Party led by Dick Durbin was able to win a good amount of seats to make themselves a respectable third party. The LibDems, once elected, enacted some regulation, minor progressive taxation from 20% on those making 25,500 to 40% on those making 500,000 or more, and social liberal protections added in the constitution. During the global recession the country's unemployment rate rose to 9.9%, higher then it was during the New American Revolution and growing worries about a early failed state led to panic but with new spending and corporate tax cuts, and some new regulation, by the time of the 2011 election the country's unemployment rate dropped to 7.9%.

Party Seats in Pariament (450 in total)
Liberal Democrats 243
Conservative Party 189
Progressive Party 18

2011 General election

In the 2011 General election the government faced a heavy opposition from the Conservative Party due to its policies failing to help the economy grow. The CP campaigned on a message of fiscal conservatism with leader Scott Walker at the front. They claimed that the Liberal government had set the nation on a path of early destruction and that they wouldn't recover without change. A strong showing in the just recent AU elections, the Progressive Party campaigned on more regulation on public spending, but fiscal responsibility and were able to gain six more seats. But the LibDems took the biggest hit losing 27 seats and not being able to form the government decided to set out a coalition government with the Progressives. Since the election the unemployment rate has lowered slowly to about 7.7% while public debt has risen 5%. A new set of jobs was set in action through the New Country Plan Act which was able to create 5500 jobs in the public sector economy and by giving tax breaks to small businesses about 2000 jobs in the private sector.

Party Seats in Parliament (450 in total) seat changes
Liberal Democrats 216 - 27
Conservative Party 210 + 21
Progressive Party 24 + 6

2006 AU elections

In the first AU elections, Libertas was able to elect the second most amount of MAPs, 144 members. The Liberal Democrats, a member of the Union of Liberals and Democrats, was able to capitalize on the early success of the party. In the elections the Conservative Party accused the Liberals would give away too much power to the AU and that a party that would be against giving away powers would be better. The tactic paid off with the Liberal Democrats taking home 79 of the 144 seats, the Conservative Party taking home 55 seats.

Party AU Party Seats
Liberal Democrats Union of Liberals and Democrats 79
Conservative Party American People's Party 55
Progressive Party Social Democrats and Progressives 9
Green Party Green Activists 1

2011 American Union elections

With the President of the AU, Barack Obama, being from Libertas, his strong campaigning and leadership during an economic crisis, allowed a Progressive Party already with strong momentum to win eight more seats. In contrast a very weak, an unknown Christian Alliance, an ACaR Party, didn't win a single seat. Still the more moderate on AU power, Conservative Party won two seats at the expense of the Liberal Democrats which won 69 of the 144 seats. The Green Party held on to their one seat.

Party AU Party Seats Seat changes
Liberal Democrats Union of Liberals and Democrats 69 - 10
Conservative Party American People's Party 57 + 2
Progressive Party Social Democrats and Progressives 17 + 8
Green Party Green Activists 1 -

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