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West America
Timeline: New America

OTL equivalent: Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Kansas
US flag with 9 stars by Hellerick Westamericanseal
Flag of West America Seal of West America
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West America in dark brown

Motto
Peace of Mind (English)

Anthem "Ode to America"
Capital
(and largest city)
Cheyenne
Language English
Demonym West American, Westerner
Government Republic
  legislature Congress of West America
Prime Minister Jon Huntsman
Population 21,766,249 
Established 2006
Independence from United States of America
Currency West Pound
Organizations American Union
 West America is an independent nation founded in 2006 out of the North American Treaty and is former from culturally similar and agricultural western states. The nation, while geographically large, is very similar since the founding and has became a symbol for cultural diffusion. The nation's capital is in Cheyenne, Wyoming and is currently led by the West Coalition and Prime Minister Jon Huntsman.

Politics of West America

West America is controlled by a federal body called the Congress of West America which is a unicameral body elected from a first-past-the-post system of election and is led by the majority party or coalition's leader Prime Minister which is currently Jon Huntsman. The congress is elected every five years but through a motion of no confidence can allow for a no election any time. The country also allows for unicameral legislatures for each of its nine. The political climate of West America is considered to be one of the best in the world, even with large political party diversity, the aftermath of the New American Revolution and geographical differences, has still one of the most cooperative and highly functional democracies. Some have been led to believe this is because of the many anti-corruption laws or politicians and financial donations.

Political Parties of West America

The field of political parties in West America is one of the most crowded out of all the countries in the North American continent. The main three political parties are the Working Families Party, Reform and Liberty Party, and the Christian Democrats. The WFP believes in progressivism and social democracy and has benefited from the NA Revolution's progressive change to politics. The Reform and Liberty Party, which currently is the senior party in the coalition government, is a center to center-right party which promotes economic classical liberalism, pro-cooperation between American Union members while compromising on social issues like gay marriage, while being against drug legalization. The Christian Democrats is a center-right party with centrist economic views and conservative social views. There are four minor parties which all have had successes in parts of the country are the, Walden, Libertarian Party, Native Lands Party and the Liberal Party.  Walden is a center-left party, based off the name from Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Walden", which is socially liberal while being progressive on economic issues, very pro environmentalism, but being against over regulation and soft Contisceptic. The Libertarian Party is a center-right party which promotes basic libertarian principals like social liberalism, laissez-fiare economics and is strong contisceptic. The NLP and the Liberal Party, both center to center-left, are the smallest of the parties but the NLP has had some success in protecting aboriginal rights.
Party Spectrum Leader Seats in Congress (300 in total) AU seats AU Party Seats in Montana/Idaho/Utah/Wyoming/Colorado/North Dakota/South Dakota/Kansas/Nebraska legislatures local seats
Reform and Liberty Party center, center-right, economic liberalism Jon Huntsman 102 ^24 American People's Party 34/30/16/27/20/25/26/46/50 3,500
Working Families Party center-left, progressivism Brian Schweitzer 101 7 Social Democrats and Progressives 31/30/20/16/59/18/20/24/30 2,598
Christian Democrats center-right Dave Heineman 65 ^24 American People's Party 16/20/48/16/4/7/7/14/10 1,699
Libertarian Party libertarianism, contiscepticism Jack Devorn 19 2 Group of Conservatives and Reformers 2/2/5/1/3/1/1/2/2 366
Walden center-left, environmentalism, soft contiscepticism Nicholas Devonport 7 1 Green Activists 0/0/1/1/2/1/1/0/1 398
Liberal Party center, center-left John Hickenlooper 4 0 Union of Liberals and Democrats 1/2/1/1/1/1/1/0/1 297
Native Lands Party center-left, aboriginal rights George Frankin 2 0 Native Lands Party 0/1/0/0/0/1/1/0/1 87
  • ^ When running for American Union elections the Reform and Liberty Party and the Christian Democrats run together.

2006 General election

In the 2006 general election the many different political parties came out in full force to change and shape the new nation. With a constitution already and place, with even some broader laws relating to stronger regulation and the small, allowed input from corporations and the rich to the political system. All parties vowed to uphold the constitution put in place by the nation's early leaders and the new regulations and the new format of the political system. After two months of campaigning the party with the largest plurality was the Reform and Liberty Party, led by Jon Huntsman with 105 seats. Very short of a majority the party was forced to form a coalition and with in a week had an agreement with two other parties, the center-left Liberal Party, and the second place Christian Democrats which was able to win 68 seats. The new larger government was able to enact some centrist financial system reforms and other center-right ideas. They instituted the Social Issues and Reforms Act which set out the process for social laws in the nation. It devolved all social powers to legalize drugs, change marriage laws, or other social laws to the respective states and were recognized as long as they didn't contradict American Union treaties, laws or Federal government laws. It also prohibited the states from changing any election processes like the way people register to vote or prohibiting the right to vote, and changing the campaign finance laws now called the Defense of People Act. The new government also promised to the other two nations, Dixie and Texas, that there coalition of troops to the middle east would only last ten years at the maximum which became an issue in the next election. The government set progressive tax rates on 23% on those making 30,000 to 32.5% on those making 750,000 or more, but allowed for no tax deductions or loopholes. The government became popular and with low unemployment rates at around 7.0% the coalition was able to win another majority.

Party Seats in Congress (300 in total)
Reform and Liberty Party 105
Working Families Party 102
Christian Democrats 68
Libertarian Party 15
Walden 5
Liberal Party 4
Native Lands Party 1
Faction Seat in Congress (300 in total)
West Coalition - Government 177
Opposition 123

2011 General election

In the 2011 general election the Coalition government was able to continue there collective reign over the new nation. The new country, mainly unphased from the global recession, was able to continue the idea of a relaxed economy with small government intervention. Since the election corporate tax rates have been reduced across the board 3%, while income tax rates have a new bracket of those making five million or more are taxed at 35%. The government's promise of no deductions or loopholes has continued and with continuing regulation of the economy. In early 2012, the government's Financial Minister set out a new plan called the Building Bridges to the Future which used public money to hire 200 new teachers, construct a new bridge in Colorado, and create and repave new highway and roads across the country. The plan passed with some government congressmen voting no but received opposition support for public spending, 280-100. The plan was able to meet budget without going over into a deficit and is expected to create 8,500 jobs until 2017. The plan was met with public approval around 67%. Since the plan, the opposition has tried pushing for universal healthcare claiming that there approval of stimulus spending should give way to more spending to public health care, although the government has given no leeway on this issue.

Party Seats in Congress (300 in total) seat changes
Reform and Liberty Party 102 - 3
Working Families Party 101 - 1
Christian Democrats 65 - 3
Libertarian Party 19 + 4
Walden 7 + 2
Liberal Party 4 -
Native Lands Party 2 + 1
Party Seats in Congress (300 in total) seat changes
West Coalition - Government 171 - 6
Opposition 129 + 6

2006 AU elections

With two of the three major parties aligned to the American People's Party, the Reform and Liberty Party and the Christian Democrats, the APP was expected to take home huge amounts of seats. Without the strong sense of contiscpeticism in West America, the Libertarian Party didn't take home a single seat. Instead the Working Families Party and Walden took home some few seats.

Party AU Party Seats
Reform and Liberty Party/Christian Democrats American People's Party 29
Working Families Party Social Democrats and Progressives 4
Walden Green Activists 1

2011 American Union elections

The huge AU electoral alliance of the Reform and Liberty Party and the Christian Democrats, both American People's Party members, they were able to retain their majority coalition government in an election a few month prior. The alliance was still able to win a huge amount of seats, but lost five to the Working Families Party and the Libertarian Party which was able to win seats on the promise of contiscepticism.

Party AU Party Seats Seat changes
Reform and Liberty Party/Christian Democrats American People's Party 24 - 5
Working Families Party Social Democrats and Progressives 7 + 3
Libertarian Party American Conservatives and Reformers 2 + 2
Walden Green Activists 1 -

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