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Parliamentary elections were announced today in the Italian Federation. After a few months to allow candidates and parties to register, the elections had been pushed back due to the war in Spain. However, with peace now reigning once again over Europe, Tom Dobbs made good on his promise to hold Parliamentary elections for the people.

The Italian Parliament would be devised into two houses: The Senate, and the People’s House. The Senate would hold sixty seats, five for every province. The People’s House would currently hold 350 seats, one representative for every 100,000 people. The Prime Minister would preside over the Senate, casting the deciding vote if needed. As there were no Italian civilians on Guam, and the only people there were members of the Italian military, Guam would not be afforded a Senate or House vote. Dirt did not need to vote.

As Tom Dobbs is not affiliated with any party, he would need to form a coalition among whomever is elected to continue to rule effectively. There are no National Socialist, Socialist, or Communist party candidates on the ballot, as those parties have been banned within the Federation. Parties and a quick outline of their core values and beliefs are listed below.

Independents – The Independents open their doors to anyone from any side of the political spectrum, giving their candidates a wide variety of opinions instead of any one core belief. A common trend among independents is to be a social liberal but a fiscal conservative, or a social conservative but a fiscal liberal.

Liberals – Advocate bigger government, more regulation on businesses, higher taxes on businesses, more spending, greater personal freedoms, less religious influence on the state. Pro homosexual marriage, pro abortion, pro universal health care.

Conservatives – Smaller government, less business regulation, tax breaks for the wealthy, fiscally responsible government. Anti homosexual marriage, anti abortion, anti universal health care. Believes personal freedoms can be sacrificed for the good of the state, believes religion can have a place in government.

Hawks – Large amounts of government spending on the military, favors a police state, favors a draft, compulsory military service. Believes that the Federations precarious position in Europe is necessary for these changes. Supports the research and use of biological, chemical, hydrogen, and bigger nuclear weapons.

Isolationists – Closed borders, removal of signature from the Diamonds Pact, removal of military from Guam, turn Italy into a self-sufficient state with little to no contact with the outside world.

Moderates – Made of up a group of those who seek compromise between all parties. Usually fall just to the right or just to the left of center, instead of the opposite sides with the Independents. Seeks a middle ground on most situations.

One Italy – A group of politicians who wants the Sicilian League off the peninsula, to reunite all of Italy under one banner. Beyond this belief, very little is known about them. Upstart group.

If any media organization has questions for any of the candidates, please ask them here. However, we ask that you limit your question to only two of the groups at a time.

Edited by Pravus Ingruo
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Sicilian News Corp:

This question is for the Hawks and Isolationists:

While we know where the One Italy party stands in regards to the Sicilian League, what are your positions regarding relations with the Sicilian League. If elected would you continue to uphold the Italian Stability Agreement or would you seek to redefine relations?

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Sicilian News Corp:

This question is for the Hawks and Isolationists:

While we know where the One Italy party stands in regards to the Sicilian League, what are your positions regarding relations with the Sicilian League. If elected would you continue to uphold the Italian Stability Agreement or would you seek to redefine relations?

Hawks Party Spokesman: Good relations with the Sicilian League are key to our defense and survival on the Italian Peninsula. If anything, we would seek to further our relationship and strengthen the Italian Stability Agreement.

Isolationist Party Spokesperson: We would need to meet and discuss further relations with the Sicilian League. While we are not wholly convinced that removing our signature from the Italian Stability agreement would be the right thing to do, it is something that we would have to very carefully consider.

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"To the Holy See.

If elected, will the Pope persue a personal fighting force of his own, independent of the Regular Italian military, like a previous Holiness?"

Holy See Spokesperson: The Italian Military would still be the military arm of Italy if the Pope were elected Presidente. However, let's not get ahead of ourselves. Elections for the position of the Presidente have not been announced as of yet. This is merely to decide who will run the legislature of our nation.

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"I'm disappointed to see rightist and self-righteous religious right parties gain power in this new republic. The Progressive Party of the Pacific shall support the Liberal opposition in parliament."

Secretary of the National Assembly,

Roman Delemonsky, Vice-Chair of the Progressive Party

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With the elections closed, the breakdown of seats in the Senate and People's House stands as follows:

Senate

Independents – 11

Liberals – 12

Conservatives – 14

Hawks – 7

Isolationists – 4

Moderates – 7

One Italy – 5

People's House

Independents – 55

Liberals – 67

Conservatives – 94

Hawks – 40

Isolationists – 27

Moderates – 40

One Italy – 27

Presidente Tom Dobbs has announced that Presidential elections will take place soon, allowing the sides to begin to form their coalitions for each house.

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