Democratic Party (Erishland)
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|Headquarters||Roulvs Building, Serdstad, Erishland|
|Youth wing||Young Democrats|
|Slogan||"Dis't is onser't lott"|
("This is our destiny")
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The Democratic Party (Erish: Demokratisch Parti), or simply the Democrats, is a center-left political party in Erishland. The party's platform advocates for curbing economic inequality, strengthening labor rights, and social justice, and is commonly described as social democratic. Alongside the Liberal Party, it is one of Erishland's two major political parties.
The modern Democratic Party arose out of the Republican factions of the Erish independence movements during the late 1800s and early 1900s. After an ideological split with the Shraderist movements, the then-Democratic League aligned itself with the Royalists that ultimately took charge following independence in 1937. During the early years of the modern democratic state, the Democrats were the dominant party, with five of the first six Presidents having been Democrats. In 2020, Democratic President Eirik Geiralkson took office, holding a coalition with the Labor Party.
Ideology and policies
The Democratic Party's modern ideology is rooted in a synthesis between the "democratic opposition", socialist trade union, and liberal movements of the late 1800s and early 1900s, all of which had coalesced into the Democratic League by the time Erishland regained independence in 1937. Since 1942, the Party's platform has been committed to the establishment of a Waldemokratie ("well-democracy"), a liberal democracy which provides strong mechanisms of social welfare and protection against concentration of economic power to all. Major cornerstones of Democratic policy have included progressive taxation, a strong welfare state with public healthcare and education, regulation of political campaigning, and provision of foreign aid to developing countries. Between the 1980s and early 2000s, Democrats moved towards a more neoliberal policy approach, moving towards privatization and reduction of taxes, but the late 2010s have seen the party shift leftwards once more.