Background: The Industrial Party

Gramatian politics, though taking place within the context of a parliamentary democracy, is hardly comparable to European or North American politics. For instance the role of the monarch in daily politics is far greater than, say, in the UK, as the concept of “ministerial responsibility” is alien to Gramatian constitutional law. But more importantly the country’s party system would seem outlandish to people in Europe and North America.

The Industrial Party is essentially the only national party which exists in Gramatia and has been in power since 1777, uninterruptedly, with the opposition confined to regional parties and independent MPs. However, the party is far from a monolithic bloc and much political struggle revolves around internal conflicts.

We cannot compare the Industrial Party with either the US Democratic or Republican Party, nor can we fit this entity within the political families of continental Europe. If we look at the party’s most recent electoral program, we would be puzzled, as if it were that Donald Trump had chosen Elizabeth Warren as his running mate. The main mystery is why the party has not been split up over its long history.

Actually several people have tried to split off the Industrial Party, only without much success. The most recent attempt to establish a competing national party, was the Nationalist Party by former prime-minister Atiko – after he was expelled from the Industrial Party. Currently the NP has only fifteen members in the Supreme Council, out of 450, including said Atiko.

In general the Industrial Party attracts most votes from the religious, traditional secularists, the working class and civil servants. The most consistent part of the ideology of its members are support for the monarchy and the continuation of the current constitutional institutions in general. Further the party endorse traditional Gramatian values, while supporting an activist economic policy. On all other issues there is much, very much variations and many internal factions have differing views on specific issues.


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