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Re: Luthori

Postby Roman » Thu Jul 23, 2020 8:30 pm

Civic Party Leader, James Kirkland, Denies 'Enabling' the Right

James Kirkland has received criticism from the left of politics for what they describe as enabling the hard right of Luthori politics. The Civic Party has allowed the conservative coalition to continue in office despite being short of a majority. Kirkland denied the allegations stating that even without the alleged backing from his party, the coalition would still be in office due to support from the Holy Party of Luthori.

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"The accusation is rubbish, the left have displayed their lacking ability in basic maths. We are one of the most liberal political party's in this nation, and regularly oppose the coalition on civil issues.


Deputy leader Annabelle Swinson waded into the argument claiming that the rumours circulating the internent were based on 'bitterness' and 'envy' that the Civic Party had managed a good election campaign and had already shown to be actively trying to liberalise Luthori's social policies and society as a whole. She claimed that the last left-leaning Government was a 'qausi-dictatorship' and was completely 'illegitmate'.
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Re: Luthori

Postby bholley55 » Sat Jul 25, 2020 1:50 pm

John Detmer of the Workers' Party elected by MP's as the new Speaker of the Imperial Diet; makes first statement to the assembly!

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In a surprising turn of events, the right-wing majority government has selected Workers' Party MP John Detmer to be the new Speaker of the Imperial Diet. In his first speech to the assembly as the voice of logic and impartial reason between parliamentary debates and crucial votes, Speaker Detmer appeared to be as surprised as other members of his party, and appeared to be very humble.

Friends and colleagues, I want to thank you all for this amazing opportunity that you have bestowed upon me. Over the years, our party has taken on different names and ideologies, along with many senior leaders in government. From former fellow Speakers of the House Daniel Santiago and Thomas Mack, Ambassador to World Congress Jason Andrews, to former Imperator Jonathan Martin. They all served with nobility in their roles, and always placed the needs of our people well ahead of their own and I hope and pray that I will be able to continue that tradition. As Speaker, I am expected to act as the apolitical voice of reason in our hallowed chambers, and that is certainly an expectation that I will strive to meet every single day. I am not just the Speaker of our legislative branch, or even the Speaker of the Workers' Party, I will serve as a Speaker to the downtrodden, the forgotten, and the voiceless. During my service to the country, no stone will go unturned and no bill or act will go unnoticed. Again, I thank you all for this glorious opportunity and I look forward to serving with you all. God bless.
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Re: Luthori

Postby Cirith » Mon Jul 27, 2020 6:11 pm

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Government Get to Work in the Diet!

The new Conservative Government have begun presenting their legislative agenda, started by making gender reassignment surgery illegal and lifting regulations on IVF; a stark bill which prompts 2 different responses.

On the one hand, the Government are going far-right once more by banning all gender re-assignment surgery, all those on waiting lists have been told they will no longer receive the surgery. Whilst on the other hand, the Government are lifting all the restrictions on IVF which had been imposed relating to the applicant's condition and procedural circumstances, which the Government classified as ‘arbitrary.’

The Socialists said, ‘We strongly oppose these regressive policies with the four democratic parties in this parliaments. Freedom should be one of the core principles of this cabinet.’ The Government followed this up with the Blasphemy Act 4788, once more making public blasphemy a criminal offence, and not a minor one, an offence which carries punishment upto imprisonment.

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The new Government not only started their own agenda, they defeated much of the Oppositions. Although the 2 Parties; White Rose and Luthorian Conservative, found themselves at odds over the Modern Infrastructure Act 4788 which privatised mass industries, a move the White Rose supported but the LCP joined the majority in opposing it, it was defeated 239 to 111.

The Government came together to beat the Labour Act 4788 which would have demanded 2/3rds employee representation on corporate boards and ban the firing of striking workers without reasonable reasons, currently a firm needs Government approval to fire workers who have gone on strike. The bill was defeated 228 to 122.

They also defeated the Civil Liberties Act 4788 which would have allowed cross-dressing and removed regulations on use of the national flag. The Imperial Seal Bearer, Duke Weston, said ‘Crossdressing is abhorrent and desecrating the flag is disgracefully unpatriotic. Not a surprise from the Socialists.’ The bill was defeated 190 to 160.
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Re: Luthori

Postby Cirith » Mon Jul 27, 2020 6:18 pm

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VAT on Essentials Abolished!!

The Government have abolished the VAT on essential goods, which was imposed by the left-wing Government previously at a rate of 3%, whilst also increasing the luxury goods tax from 15% to 25%.

The VAT Act 4788 passed by 249 to 101, but has raised eyebrows as the parties in opposition were the Socialist and Worker parties. The bill drew the support of the Civic Party, Holy Party, Green & Farmers Union and the LDL. The opposition parties did not show up to the debate, they merely voted against the bill.

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Duke Leighton said, ‘And here we have it, the old comrades, Socialists and Workers party voting to retain a tax on food, clothes and hygiene products whilst rejecting an increase in tax on jewels, planes and branded bags. The mind boggles as they stand in ideological opposition to us, with no substance, going against their own values.’

Supermarkets, restaurants and clothes stores across the country have spent millions on reworking their signage and changing their pricing to remove the VAT on essentials such as food, non-alcoholic drinks and clothes, whilst also increasing it on what the Government classes as luxuries, including branded clothes.
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Re: Luthori

Postby Cirith » Mon Jul 27, 2020 6:33 pm

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Government and Imperator Clash!

The Government have clashed with the Imperator of the Empire, both in public and in the Imperial Diet. It started when the Socialist Imperator, Tom Jones, called on the White Rose to work with him, an invite they wasted no time in refusing.

Since then, the Diet have censured and condemned the Socialist Party by a vote of 282 to 68. The official censure reads;
That this Diet does hereby censure the Socialist Party for its actions in the last 2 years.

-Recognising that the Socialist Party used the dissolving of the Purple Guard by the Courts to seize control of the Diet with a shadow majority;
-Recognising their refusal to allow for early elections 3 times, and using said majority to pass laws and budgets without accountability or scrutiny;

This Diet does condemn the actions of the Socialist Party of Luthori. It does hereby invite the Imperator Tom Jones and former Imperial Seal Bearer Calvetta Franck, to address the Imperial Diet in relation to this censure.


Ms Franck responded, ‘This debate brought by the party who refuses to start negotiations with Imperator Jones makes me slightly laugh to say the least… We refused early elections because we knew this would be used by the far-right to try and take over this country, causing a new poltiical crisis. Luthori needed stability and we put the country back on track. The budget deficit has been reduced, social security has been strengthened and human rights were preserved.’ She also announced her resignation as President of the Socialists, saying ‘I believe after all those years, I'll step down as leader of the SP and leave the post to Jessica Sprout who'll run it the next leadership election.’

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The Imperator, Tom Jones, decided he would not attend the Diet to respond, but did so on national television. In his address, he said ‘9 months after the election, we have now a new cabinet. I could be happy about that but I'm worried by the state of democracy in this country. This is why I'm making this address. The Imperatorial election saw a very clear victory of the values I represent while the parliamentary election saw the opposite. Those two realities do not need to be opposed, but they rather need to cooperate because this country can only thrive in unity. Mr. Weston chose to lead a weak minority government. Supported alternatively by the two smallest parties in this Diet. We don't really know if the Holy Party or the Luthorian Democratic League supports it. Does that sound link a stable majority?’

The White Rose refused to respond, but other Parties in the Diet did. The Green & Farmers Union said ‘Your party raped democracy as 71% of voters were sacrificed at the alter of power and communism. You call the WR-LCP Govt as undemocratic.’ The Holy Party said, ‘The government of White Rose and the Conservatives is supported by the Holy Party. We would rather live without a government than support the government of power hungry authoritarian parties willing to abolish democracy for the sake of their own values.’

The Diet voted 236 to 101 to reject the address by the Imperator and note their opposition to it. The Workers Party remained silent but sided with the Socialists in the vote, despite being the party they abandoned to take sole control after the dissolution of the Purple Guard.
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Re: Luthori

Postby Cirith » Mon Jul 27, 2020 6:47 pm

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Government Present Packed Programme!

The Government has presented their agenda for this term, which includes no less than 35 proposals, most of which would reverse all the work of the recent left-wing Governments if they pass. We have to remember the Government do not hold a majority between them, they require 1 party to support them or abstain to pass their bills.

This was the case with the State Religion Act 4789, which was defeated 174 to 176 as the Holy Party surprised the Government and opposed the bill. The bill would have strengthened the Holy Luthori Church by placing restrictions on foreign missionaries, restricted religious advertising and put the Government at the heart of appointments to the Holy Church leadership.

They did manage to pass the Marriage Act 4789 which banned gay marriage, although it does not dissolve or end recognition for those who are already married, the bill passed 190 to 160. They also passed the Trains Act 4789, which abolished the nationalised train service, which passed 187 to 163. The Transport Department announced the immediate sale of the assets to the private companies already operating within the Network, at a cost expected to be around £24 million as the national service was relatively new anyway after the last privatisation.

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Right Coalition Programme for Government

The salaries of members of parliament and/or government. - Members of parliament and/or government are entitled to a comparatively average salary.
The nation reserves the right to use chemical or biological weapons in warfare for any reason.
Homosexuality is not tolerated in the military. The military actively seeks to remove homosexuals from it.
All abortions are illegal.
Regulation of advertising of substances classified - Advertising is legal and unregulated.
Government policy on subsidising contraception - The government does not supply free or discounted contraceptives.
Food and beverage labelling regulations. - Companies are encouraged by the government to label food and beverage products.
Food safety policy. - The government recommends food safety standards, but they are not enforced upon businesses.
The funding of sports clubs. - The government does not fund sports clubs; only private ones are allowed.
Health and safety legislation for industry. - The government recommends health and safety legislation, but they are not actively enforced on industry.
The government's policy on advertising- All advertising is permitted.
The right for a person to prostitute himself or herself. - Prostitution is illegal.
The salaries of members of parliament and/or government. - Members of parliament and/or government are entitled to a comparatively average salary.
Food and beverage labeling regulations. - Companies are encouraged by the government to label food and beverage products.
Food safety policy. - The government recommends food safety standards, but they are not enforced upon businesses.
Health and safety legislation for industry. - The government recommends health and safety legislation, but they are not actively enforced on industry.
The funding of sports clubs. - The government does not fund sports clubs; only private ones are allowed.
Closed Shops etc - Only open shops are legal.
The government's policy towards daily working hours. - The government has no policy concerning daily working hours.
The government's policy regarding foreign investments. - Foreign investors may invest in national companies, but may not get a majority share.
Policy on profit sharing - A fiscally beneficial system encourages companies to share profits with employees.
Government funding for private schools.- Private schools are given funding on a case-by-case basis.
Government policy on selective schools - Selective schools are allowed.
The use of animals in cosmetics research. - The use of animals to test cosmetic products is unregulated.
Forest management. - All forestry is performed by private companies.
Government regulation of hunting. - Hunting and fishing activities are restricted to designated areas and periods.
Government policy regarding a national park system. - The government designates ecological preservation zones but does not fund their oversight.
Government regulation of pollution in industry. - The government provides pollution prevention guidelines, but does not enforce them.
The government's policy on tree plantation. - The government requires tree plantation at replacement level for all logging or clearance operations.
Policy on climate change - The official government position is that climate change is a problem. However we have to balance environmental protection with economic interests.
Government policy on animal welfare in livestock farming. - The government enforces religious codes for livestock farming.
Government policy concerning the ability to change the legal definition of one's gender - Individuals are not allowed to change their legal gender identity.
Government policy toward marriage.- The government only recognises civil marriages between a man and a woman
Government policy on the nation's power grid. - Multiple private companies each own and maintain sections of the national power grid
Train Operating Companies (TOC). - Private companies operate TOCs throughout the country.
The government's policy concerning the pension system. - The state operates a compulsory public system combined with an optional private pension.
The state's intervention in the appointment of ministers of religion. - The state appoints the head and ministers of the state religion, but does not intervene otherwise.
Government policy concerning the visitation of foreign missionaries. - The government requires foreign missionaries to register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Government policy towards evangelism and religious advertising. - Religious organizations are not permitted to actively promote themselves or advertise, however evangelism is permitted by individuals.
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Re: Luthori

Postby Cirith » Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:03 pm

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Government Reject Wave of Opposition Bills!

The Government have rejected a string of opposition bills, and despite no majority, managed to defeat them every time, as they continue with their own packed programme. They have presented their Ecological Reform Act, Pensions Act, Conservative Act and Schools Act to the Diet which would fulfil a further 12 points in their programme.

The Concealed Carry Act 4790 would have required a permit for concealment, it was rejected 105 to 229. The Protest Act 4790 would have allowed the police to only disperse a crown in a state of emergency, it was rejected 105 to 229. The Pharmaceutical Subsidization Act 4790 would have introduce partial payments on all drugs, as well as full payments to low income citizens, it was rejected 101 to 233.

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The Parliamentary Renaming Act 4790 would have created a National Assembly instead of Imperial Diet and the Prime Minister Act 4790 would have renamed the Imperial Seal Bearer. They were rejected 160 to 174 and 163 to 174 respectively, not even achieving a majority, let alone a constitutional one.

The Imperator presented the Abortion Act 4790, which would fund abortions for the first trimester. In the proposal, he called for ‘union of all parties opposing the Leighton Weston Cabinet" and expects to receive "the support of all those who oppose Mr. Weston policies.’ The bill was rejected 160 to 174 and the Government refused to address the Imperator.
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Re: Luthori

Postby Cirith » Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:11 pm

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Regional Election Success for Government Parties!

The Right Coalition of the White Rose and LCP are celebrating this evening as they have topped the polls of the nationwide Duchal elections, winning enough seats to govern in 4 out of 5 Duchies, and winning 4 out of 5 Gubernatorial elections too. Where they fell short, in Orange, 4 Opposition parties have had to band together to form a majority of 2 against the Government parties.

The White Rose won in Erneshire and Northriding, even winning an outreight majority of 52 seats in Erneshire, but entering a coalition with the LCP anyway. The LCP won in Shipleyriding and Middenriding. The Workers Party managed to win in Orange with the White Rose and LCP in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

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One Socialist MD said, ‘These are not results our party expected, but with Imperator Jones, we're going to fight to finally beat you in the next parliamentary election. Your rule will come to an end!’

The Imperial Seal Bearer, Duke Weston, said ‘These are very good results, but we cannot be complacent. There is more opposition and more publicity for parties at the next general election. We expect to lose seats as the share of the vote on the right spreads more to the Holy Party, and we expect to see the Green & Farmers Union enter the Diet. We are confident we can do well, that we can beat the left and even topple the incumbent Imperator, so let us celebrate tonight, and plan for 4792.’
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Re: Luthori

Postby Cirith » Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:18 pm

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White Rose and LCP Form Official Coalition!

The Conservative -Rose Coalition has been officially formed at a ceremony in Youk this evening, as Duke Leighton Weston and John Clay cemented their long standing electoral alliance into a political alliance as well.

The Duke said, ‘This alliance, long held unofficially, has presented stability, confidence and reform for Luthori in tradition and ambition. We have stemmed the tide of the left-wing, even when they cease power and try to abandon our Empire for their people’s republic; we stand firm, together, united in our faith, our strength, our patriotism and our believe that Luthori is better off with us.’

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LCP Leader, John Clay said "After over 40 years in government between the White Rose and the Luthorian Conservative Party over the last 75 years. We have now entered into an official Coalition. I believe the way things are have been great for our nation. We have a fair tax system, and a balanced budget paying down the debt. We have passed the most pro life legislation in decades and we will keep the social issues strong. I'm a firm believer if we are not returned to power with a majority government we will face high taxes and more debt. We have a choice in this election, we can move forward as a nation.”
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Re: Luthori

Postby bholley55 » Sat Aug 22, 2020 6:30 pm

Labour Party wins four out of five duchies; Detmer wins Imperator election!

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John Detmer addresses supporters in Fort William

In a surely shocking turn of events, the Labour Party becomes the leading party in government after years of remaining a consistent opposition party. On election night, the newly elected Imperator of Luthori John Detmer addressed the enthusiastic crowd in the capitol city of Fort William, Orange:

Ladies and Gentleman, fellow Laborers, and fellow Luthorians. The events that took place tonight will forever be etched in our nations' history and the history of the world. For almost centuries, our party and it's members were always placed on the back burner. The national media, opposition parties, and even like-minded parties never took us seriously. We were silenced, and even forced to find solace inside the dangerous ideologies of Socialism and Communism. Well friends, let me tell you, the entire nation has heard our call, and Luthorians from far and wide went to the ballot boxes and chose to be a part of history rather than fall in line with the same old back door politics. Never in our parties history have we had such a margin of victory, with winning almost over half of the vote in four out of five duchies. Granted, I will admit that this is due in part of the Socialist and Civic parties dissolving and leaving their members high and dry with no hope for a candidate, and to all of those voters I say welcome home!

We can finally get to work for all Luthorians, as that task has always been at the forefront of our agenda. While the party name, colors, manifesto and leadership has changed almost like clockwork over the years, one thing has remained the same. We have always and will continue to put the best interests of the citizens of our great nation above the best interests of our political system. We work for you, and no one else. We must turn away from the politics of old, from suggesting fascism as an alternative to full on social revolution. The Labour Party will always stand for a free and fair democracy, and extensive bipartisanship. We only work well if we all work together.

In the coming weeks and months, we will be adding proposals into the Diet with the extensive vetting and consultation of the White Rose and the Conservatives. While I thank both of their parties and their leaders for their service to this nation, it is time for some new blood to lead this country into the future. We will be gathering their opinions and taking them into consideration, but to close this out I want to make one thing very, very clear:

We, the Labour Party, will fight until our very last breath for Progress. Progress, for all!

Thank you all, may god bless you, and may god bless the Holy Luthorian Empire!
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