The Values Party was a minor party which roughly corresponded to what is sometimes called "the New Right" in some countries, meaning that it promoted a mixture of neoliberal economic policies and traditionalist social policies. It saw itself as campaigning for personal responsibility, both in terms of moral choices and economic matters, and was opposed to any governmental policy which it saw as interfering with a person's deserved end (whether positive, such as the rewards of hard work, or negative, such as poverty due to idleness).
Colour and Emblem
The Values Party's official colour was an azure blue. Its emblem was the symbol known in Lendian as a malcura, and is a traditional symbol of moral correctness in the country dating back to its use by the Ultaric Knights.
The Lendian language name of the party was "lo Partido Valuriano".
"A large moral vacuum currently exists in Lendosa, and the fabric which holds our society together is under serious strain. We must act to instill a new morality in the people before this problem destroys our country."
History of the Party
The Values Party was formed in 303 AP as an alliance of eight separate groups, two of which were political parties:
All eight groups that formed it took advantage of the rules which permit component entities to keep a separate legal status (enabling them to keep their internal organizational apparatus, and to leave the Values Party if they choose).
- the Capitalist Party (a political party then based around neoliberal - or "new right" - economic policies but with a social moralist strand)
- the Moralist Party (a small officially secular group that emerged from the old Cruisian Party, which had been prohibited from contesting elections due to its religious nature)
- the Cruisian Political Association (a remnant of the Cruisian Party that had decided not to continue the party unless the restrictions were lifted)
- the Neoliberal Association (a group of economists and academics who advocated neoliberal economic policies)
- the Association for Family Values (a moralist political pressure group focusing on "family issues")
- the Association for the Free Market (a group of neoliberal free-market supporters from the business world)
- the Association of Cruisian Moralists (a moralist pressure group trying to fight crime, drug use, and the decline of religion)
- the Association for Free Worship (a "non-partisan" group dedicated to removing the restrictions on religious participation in politics)
Of the eight groups, only the Capitalist Party held a Senate seat. This was transferred to the Values Party banner, giving the new party represenation in the government immediately. It was expected that this sole Senator, Miguel Santana, would become leader of the Values Party as a whole, but in the vote, he came second to the leader of the Moralist Party, Dominico Maleo. This caused considerable tension between those who had joined the Values Party for its free market policies and those who had joined for the moralist policies - while the moralists had superior numbers, the free market supporters believed that because they provided the only Senator, they should have the leading role. There was considerable complaint about the moralists "catching a ride on [Capitalist] electoral success without giving us anything in return", as one party official put it. The Neoliberal Association almost voted to leave the Values Party in protest, but were persuaded to remain by Santana.
In the 304 AP election, however, the Values Party lost its Senate seat, and promptly collapsed into acrimonious infighting. The Association for the Free Market, the Neoliberal Association, and the Association for Family Values all left the party within hours of each other, and others followed suit. The Capitalist Party voted to dissolve its association with the Moralist Party, and established itself as an independent party again (now renamed the Trade Party). The Moralists attempted to establish themselves as an independent party, but could not come to an agreement amongst themselves, and no independent Moralist Party emerged.
List of Leaders
- Dominico Maleo (303 - 304)