The Loyalist Party was a broad alliance of five nationalist factions - the Nationalist Party, the Fascist Party, the Militarist Party, the Patriotic Association, and remnants of the Radical Party. It was formed as a "united front" against the various movements which sought to dissolve the Empire and establish a republic - while many of the Loyalist Party's supporters were not necessarily strong in their support of the monarchy, they saw the Empire's fall as a precursor to "rampant separatism" in the outer provinces. By forming the Loyalist Party, these groups hoped to avoid the independence of countries such as Caboteniasa and Neoliliana, which they saw as forming an integral part of the greater Lendian dominion. The Loyalists failed in their goal, however, and the party eventually collapsed into its various factions again.
Colour and Emblem
The official colour of the Loyalist Party was a greyish blue. Its symbol was the shape of an open hand, generally white. This represented the traditional imperial salute, consisting of a raised open hand.
The party's official name in Lendian was "lo Partido Fidelisto", although "lo Partido Lendiano" (the Lendian Party) was a very common name used by the party's supporters.
"Individually, we are weak and vulnerable. It is only when we are united as a nation that we are strong. If our loyalty to our nation endures, we can survive any challenge, and thwart any attack. No treason can bring us down."
History of the Party
The Loyalist Party was originally conceived of by Tavo Irigo, the leader of the Fascist Party. Irigo was concerned that his party remained barred from electoral participation in one of the most politically turbulent points in the country's history, and believed that getting his party's views into the public arena was worth compromising with other parties. After considerable controversy, Irigo persuaded his party to seek an alliance with more moderate groups, such as the Nationalist Party and the Patriotic Association. Both were hesitant, however - the Nationalists considered the Fascist Party's patriotism to be too extreme, while the Patriotic Association disliked the Fascist Party's authoritarianism. Eventually, however, the memberships of both groups voted to accept the proposal. The leader of the Nationalist Party, Mico Toranano, insisted that the alliance be as broad as possible, saying that it should also include the Militarist Party and what remained of the Radical Party. The purpose of this demand was to dilute the Fascist Party's influence on the new organisation, and hopefully make it more moderate.
The Loyalist Party was officially launched in 294. In the 295 elections, the highly polarised political climate meant that most voters gravitated either to the pro-reform Democracy Party or the anti-reform Imperial Party - minor parties suffered considerable lossees, and the Loyalists picked up only two seats. The Nationalist Party, the only group to hold seats before the election, had possessed four. The drop created tensions within the Loyalist Party, with some of the Nationalists accusing the other parties of "dragging [them] down", but most agreed that the loss was part of a general trend, and that unity might have been the only reason that the "patriotic parties" won any seats at all.
In the election, the anti-reform Imperial Party had won the largest number of seats, but the pro-reform Democracy Party was able to gain a majority by allying with several smaller parties, most notably the Communists. The gradual transition from Empire to Free Confederacy therefore began. The Loyalists strongly protested the changes, but focused most of their attention on the calls for independence that accompanied them. Despite only having two seats, the Loyalists were highly active in rallying opposition to the various demands, although a number of territories eventually did secede. In the first elections under the new Free Confederacy of Lendian Repulics (FCLR), the Loyalists campaigned strongly against the independence movements, and won six seats.
The drift towards separatism could not be halted, however, and in 299, a referendum was held to split the FCLR up into its component parts. The Loyalist Party denounced this as treason, and campaigned for a "no" vote. In the end, however, 55% of the population approved dissolution.
In the first elections of the Lendosan Confederation, formed out of the core of the old Empire/FCLR, the Loyalists won five seats, campaigning on a platform of reversing the dissolution. In the 300 elections, they won eight seats.
Quickly, however, the party began to experience internal tensions. The primary point of contention was the party's reaction to General Bonoduro, a rogue general who waged his own personal "patriotic" war in the jungle, rejecting the governments of the newly independent territories. The new Lendosan Confederation condemned Bonoduro, and eventually entered into the military conflict against his forces. The leader of the Loyalist Party, Mico Toranano (formerly leader of the Nationalists) distanced the party from Bonoduro, saying that while the Loyalists opposed the dissolution of the FCLR, they could never support military action against the people's democratic will. Some members of the Loyalist Party disagreed with this stance, particularly those who had been members of the Patriotic Association - while the Patriotic Association's leadership stopped short of supporting Bonoduro, they saw his actions as "understandable", and objected to Toranano's criticism of Bonoduro. The former members of the Militarist Party took a similar stance, saying that Bonoduro, as a military man, had a duty to defend his country to the best of his ability, and that although he was misguided, he was not disloyal or treasonous. Toranano and the Nationalists became increasingly frustrated with the Patriotic and Militarist positions, with one prominent Nationalist even accusing the Patriots of "professing loyalty to traitors and renegades". The only faction leader who remained committed to the Loyalist Party's unity was Tavo Irigo of the Fascists, who took no particular position on General Bonoduro.
In 301, the Loyalist Party finally collapsed. The Nationalist Party and the Fascist Party re-established their independence, while the Patriotic Association re-launched itself as the Patriotic Party. The former members of the Militarist Party attempted to re-establish their party's independence, but no longer had sufficient numbers to register, while the former members of the long-defunct Radical Party no longer had any real organisation, and faded away.
List of Leaders
- Mico Toranano (294 - 301)