The Isolationist Party was a small but persistent party which advocated a policy of minimising foreign connections to this country. The Isolationists were strong supporters of neutrality, trade barriers, economic self-sufficiency, and zero immigration. The party never met with much electoral success, but was remarkably consistent in its ability to retain representation - since they first entered the Imperial Council, the Isolationists never dropped, retaining at least one seat for nearly eighty years. Finally, however, the Isolationists decided that they would only achieve their goals by merging with a larger party. The Isolationists currently exist as a sub-party within the Nationalists.
Colour and Emblem
The official colour of the Isolationist Party was a greyish green. Its symbol was the outline of a shield, representing protection and defence. Sometimes, three shields, overlapping each other, were used - this symbolised unity in defence.
The party's official name in Lendian was "lo Partido Isolazionisto".
"The affairs of the world are no concern of ours, and nor are the affairs of this country the concern of the world. Each country must look to its own welfare, and not seek to meddle beyond its borders. We should ignore the world and allow the world to ignore us."
History of the Party
The Isolationist Party was founded in 219, being only the sixth officially-recognised party to be established. Its two co-founders were Eltiro Oro and Pedro Calivano. Oro was an army officer, and was deeply concerned not about foreign invasion but by the prospect that his own government would itself mount an invasion. Oro was convinced that any major military operation abroad was bound to lead to disaster, absorbing resources and leaving the nation vulnerable. Pedro Calivano was a farmer who was an active lobbyist for the rural sector, but who was also concerned at the influx of "foreign ideas which challenge our traditional values". The two believed that the Isolationist Party would address both their concerns.
In the 220 elections, the party was led by Calivano. It failed to win any seats, and Calivano's claims about "foreign interests waging a secret but determined war against out entire way of life" were widely dismissed as ridiculous paranoia. After the elections, Calivano and Oro argued over the party's policy, with Oro accusing Calivano of "irrationality" and extremism. Oro did not believe in the conspiracy theories that Calivano was increasingly turning to, instead promoting isolationism as merely a practical means of ensuring the country's safety. Calivano eventually left the party, leaving Oro to assume the leadership.
In the 225 elections, Oro won a seat in the Imperial Council, making the Isolationists the fifth party to enter the Council. As one vote among one hundred and fifty, the Isolationists had little influence, but their success provided them with a certain amount of publicity and attention. The party did not, however, gain enough support to increase its representation - in the next four elections, Oro was re-elected, but no other Isolationist councillors joined him. In the 250 elections, however, the Isolationists narrowly won enough votes for Quio Mise, the party's deputy leader, to enter the Council as well. Oro chose this as the time of his retirement, handing the leadership to Mise. Oro left the Council at the next elections, but the Isolationists did not receive enough votes to replace him - Mise became their only representative.
With the exception of the 265 elections, when deputy leader Carla Leona was elected to the Council, the Isolationists did not win more than one seat until the 286 elections. Albio Tantorezico, the new councillor, did not have a good relationship with Quio Mise, however, and made no secret of the fact that he wished to replace Mise as leader. When the party did not agree, Tantorezico made loud threats to start a new party (allegedly to be called the Neoisolationist Party). Tantorezico did not gain sufficient interest for a new party to be viable, however, and remained attached to the Isolationists. He did not always accept Mise's leadership, however, and was threatened with expulsion several times. In the following elections, the Isolationist Party's vote fell far enough that Tantorezico was not returned to the Council. Shortly afterwards, Mise retired, with his seat (and the leadership) being taken by Quinto Turilaste.
When, in the 290s, proposals were made to abolish the Empire and establish a republic, the Isolationists opposed the move, believing that it would lead to a weakening of the government. In the first elections held under the FCLR, the Isolationists won two seats, with Turilaste being joined by Gianio Tiro. The principle platform on which they campaigned was "maintaining the integrity of our nation". After the collapse of the FCLR, however, the Isolationists failed to retain their second seat. At the 300 elections, Turilaste stepped down in favour of Delono Esmo.
In 303, the Isolationist Party finally decided that it was not practical to continue as an independent party. While the Isolationist Party had survived far longer than many parties, and had been represented in the country's highest elected body for nearly eighty years, the actual impact of the party on the country's direction had been minimal. The party's membership narrowly decided to merge into the Nationalist Party, a larger group which was deemed "compatible" with Isolationist objectives. The Isolationists did, however, choose to keep a separate identity within the Nationalists, allowing for the possibility of leaving again. Later, when subparties were first officially recognised, the Isolationists were registered as one of three subparties within the Nationalists. Some members of the Isolationist Subparty still advocate an independent Isolationist Party.
List of Leaders
- Pedro Calivano (219 - 223)
- Eltiro Oro (223 - 251)
- Quio Mise (251 - 290)
- Quinto Turilaste (290 - 300)
- Delono Esmo (300 - 303)