Moderate Party (Ebenthal)
|President||The Duke of Sternachten|
|Founded||4 September 2014|
|House of Aristocrats|
6 / 21
|House of Councillors|
5 / 14
The Moderate Party (Portuguese: Partido Moderado), also known by its Portuguese initials as PM and sometimes referred to as Liberal Party, is an Ebenthali centrist political party. Founded in 2014, it was Ebenthal's first political party, defending the implementation of both conservative and liberal policies, based on absolute respect for individual rights. The Moderate Party has since its inception been the most popular party in Ebenthal politics and among the civilian population, having been in power twice through successive cabinets, and successfully participating in governing coalitions with all Ebenthal parties.
Soon after Ebenthal's proclamation of independence, during the Ebenthali Independence War, the Moderate Party was founded by the former Austenasian and Karno-Ruthenian citizen Rubens I, Duke of Axvalley, during his brief period of activity as a politician in Ebenthal. The party's ideological table was established and has always been clear and unchanged, preaching conservative and liberal political syncretism, arguing that all sides of the political spectrum have something relevant to offer. Immediately after its founding, the party gained a large number of members, surpassing the Conservative Party, its main opponent. Despite this, as in that period Ebenthal operated in a strictly aristocratic state organization in which the monarch had the power to appoint all members of parliament, the Moderate Party did not form a cabinet until 2017, when the Conservative Party fell out of favor for its part in Ebenthali Civil War.
The first Moderate cabinet was formed by the Count of Balten, in an extraordinary situation in which he also occupied the office of Lord Speaker. During this period at alternate times the Moderate Party formed a coalition with both the Conservative Party and the Worker's Party and even with the Progressive Article, passing laws that served the ideological interests of all the parties involved. Three other cabinets succeeded until June 2019 when the Moderate Party became opposition in the context of the Mateusian Crisis, returning to power as early as September with the appointment of Raphael Sousa, The Duke of Sternachten as Regent of Ebenthal and his subsequent appointment as Prime Minister. Minister once the monarchy was fatefully restored under a new King.
In March 2021, with the democratization of Ebenthal, the Moderate Party entered into an agreement with the Worker's Party to support a Worker's cabinet, this party having a majority in parliament (although moderates have a majority in the House of Councillors). Through this agreement, Worker's and Moderates divide the government, which is headed by the Worker's. The House of Councillors, however, is headed by the Moderate Party which has a majority of seats and, together with the Worker's, has an absolute majority. In addition, members of the Moderate Party also hold ministerial positions in the Worker's Party cabinet.