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"Venceremos!" This cry rang throughout the Plaza de Iberia in Valencia as the election results were announced. After a long, well-debated campaign, the ballots for the National Assembly of the Federacion Iberiana had been tallied and seats apportioned. The Partido Progresivo (PP) had won a plurality of the 65 seats with 35% of the national vote, earning them 23 seats; joining them in a governing coalition were the Partido Central de Iberia (PCI, 29%, 19 seats) and the Confederacion de la Fe (CF, 23%, 15 seats), a religious centrist political party. The two Opposition parties, the Partido Nacionalistico de Valencia (PNV, 8%, 5 seats) and the Partido Comunistico (PC, 5%, 3 seats), refused to join any coalition, even with each other.

Following this announcement and the installation of National Assembly delegates, the deliberative body then turned to its first constitutional task: Electing one of its members to the seat of President. Juan Esparrago, the incumbent, was a member of the PCI, and had close ties with the CF, but Benito Juarez, a PP member from Malaga, had the united support of his party and stood a good chance to secure an upset if he could get the support of both the PNV and the PC... And if there were dissent within either the CF or the PCI.

Three intense rounds of voting later, the Assembly officially adjourned, having re-elected Juan Esparrago as the President of the Federacion Iberiana. Speculation abounds that it was the speech given by the leader of the Communist Party which tipped the scales; References to Juarez as the "Paragon of socialism, worthy of association with such great names as Marcs and Engeles [some of the foremost authors of revolutionary socialism within the Federacion]" which doomed the Progressive candidate's aspirations.

This has been viewed in most analytical environments as a strong indication among the population of the Federacion for a more centrist government, perhaps a touch to the figurative left, but certainly maintaining a largely "laissez-faire" capitalist economic policy. Time will tell whether the decision to retain the incumbent leader is a victory or a death toll for the Federacion.

OOC: Wow. That ending sounds very "dun dun dun...", but it's not.

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The newly elected government has turned its attention first to the reformulation of Iberian foreign policy, and the guiding hand of President Esparrago's constructivist leanings show clearly in the new strategy. As one theorist has said, "Anarchy is what states make of it." In an international order with no overarching authority, the scholar's article continues, national governments are essentially free to construct that order as best befits their ideas. Form and function are equally valid, and ideas are as important as weapons.

Using this first imperative, Esparrago has authorized his Foreign Minister, Sir Luis Donado, to establish diplomatic relations with any nation the Federacion is not officially at war with, including the United Kingdom of Byzantium, Greece, Georgia, and Transcaucasia as well as the Promised Land. Minister Sir Luis Donado wishes to inquire as to these nations' interest in exchanging diplomatic missions or perhaps even formalizing a negotiated agreement?

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