Humanist People's Alliance (Party) of Mercia
|Founder||Baron Newton and Baron Whyatt|
|Founded||March 30th, 2015|
|Dissolved||March 24th, 2016|
|Merged into||People's Democratic Party|
|Headquarters||Mercian Humanist Magazine|
The Humanist People's Alliance was a Far-Left political party in the Kingdoms and Lands Represented in the Council of the Triarchal Crowns of the Disciples also known as Mercia. The party described itself as Socialist and Secular, campaigning for changes to Mercian Legislature to ensure democratic fairness towards those who do not identify with faith. The party is also known for it's controversial ideology against the Noble Customs of Mercia, campaigning to abolish the Nobility of Mercia and instead allowing a Republican constitution to establish the parliament of Mercia. On March 24, 2016, the HPA was dissolved and a new party emerged as the People's Democratic Party.
The Humanist People's Alliance began as two very different parties. Originally the Mercian People's Humanist Party and the People's Party of Mercia. However, due to candidate numbers required to stand for Mercian Election, the parties merged to add up a good amount of candidates to be a sufficient force in parliament. This created the official Humanist People's Alliance on the 30th of March, 2015. Baron Newton was officially elected leader of the new party, with full support of all the members. However, due to inactivity, the membership halved to just the original People's Humanist Party members, and thus the unofficial name of the party was changed to Humanist People's Alliance (Party).
2015 Mercian Parliament Election
In the months leading up to the official election, on May 25, 2015, the Humanist People's Alliance ran a campaign centered on two distinctive points, Secular and Socialist reforms. The party offically highlighted these points in the Leaders Debate in April. The Secular campaign primarily focused on reforms to cabinet legislation to remove an automatic Christian Synod Delegate, as appointment cited by the leader, Newton von Uberquie, as "ludicrous" and "anti-democratic". As well as this, Newton also highlighted the socialist side of his party's campaign, arguing that reforms against the Social class were required to ensure safety for all people of Mercia, referring to the Noble Class as "oppressive". A series of advertisements were developed, highlighting Humanist policy on these matters (which were deemed by Newton as "highly important"), stating that the party was committed to "An official secular stance to ensure protection from religious authority and return power to all people!" and " The abolishion of the Noble Class to create an Equal Society!". The hard campaigning eventually lead to the two issues being raised by all parties of Mercia, especially the National Liberal Party, in defense of the christian customs, highlighting the Humanist policies as an attack on Mercian culture.
The development of the Mercian Humanist Magazine, edited by Newton, also highlights the pressure against establishment to influence these changes in Mercia.
The Party eventually won two seats in the Mercian Parliament on the 1st of June announcement, having all of it's candidates elected. Baron Newton von Uberquie achieved four votes in total, more than any other candidate in the election.
The Mercian Humanist Magazine and National Liberal Rivalry
On May 21, 2015 (just four days before the opening of the ballot boxes), the first edition of the Mercian Humanist Magazine was published on the Mercian Facebook board. The article, written and edited by Newton von Uberquie, openly attacked the National Liberal Party of Mercia, stating the party members are secretly "extensive Tories" and that the election had been "played right into their (National Liberals) hands", as the Monarchist Diarchy were primarily members and supporters of the National Liberals. The article also attacked the "strict, limiting rules" surrounding the election, such as the restrictive voting ranges which limited the Humanist People's Alliance to one voting range, citing the rules as "insanity".
In retaliation, on May 22, a response was written by the National Liberal Committee, highlighting several discrepancies in Newton's work, including the National Liberal's "Liberal" stance as being based on their economic policy and a defense of the of the voting ranges, for citizens were best represented their geographical whereabouts".
The same night, a second Humanist Magazine article was published attacking the Synod Delegate of the Cabinet, stating the appointment of such as position is "undemocratic". The article critisised the the implementation of a delegate automatically without any input from an incumbent cabinet party as well as the lack of information of the role of the delegate as "skeptical." As well as this, the article fully addressed the Humanist Policy on the matter and highlighted need for change to the system. A National Liberal response was never returned.
On the 24th of May, a final pre-election edition of the magazine was published, endorsing both the Humanist People's Alliance and the independent Liberal Democrat candidate Aaron Chahal. As well as this, the magazine firmly discouraged voting for National Liberal Candidates and Wurtige Unionist Party candidates, except for the Loringia voting range, which National Liberal Candidates were chosen as the preferred candidates due to the Humanist views completely opposing that of the Wurtige Unionists.
On June 2, 2015, the HPA officially announced it's position as the First Loyal Opposition in Mercian history, due to it's two seats and a higher vote share than other parties. Several cabinet positions were appointed to the two successful MP's, including Baron Newton taking the position as the first Leader of the Opposition.
On June 6, later that week, Newton openly condemned the Pannonian Conflict on behalf of the Humanist People's Alliance and called for a national condemnation from the other leaders of Mercia in the first parliament meeting that night.
Newton began acting as Leader of the Opposition by producing radical bills and debating changes to the religious elements of the Mercian Government. A Referendum Bill was produced to challenge the position of a Mercian Christian Church Delegate to the Cabinet, but was firmly rejected by National Liberal members of parliament.
After defeats in religious agenda, the party focused on more cultural issues to find common ground with other members of parliament, producing bills in Copyright, Marriage and Education.
The HPA filled for three candidates in November, including the returning Baron Newton and Whyatt to defend their seats.
On the 24th of January 2016, Leader Baron Newton resigned from his position as Leader of the Opposition after a series of misguided debates and radicalist bills prompted harsh criticism from parliament.
Baron Whyatt Miranda was elected leader on the 26th of January, 2016, with full support from the party.
On the 24th of March 2016, the HPA officially dismantled. The former HPA members, barring Baron Newton who left the party, reformed into the People's Democratic Party.