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Liberal Party of Craftia
克拉夫地亚自由党
Kèlāfūdìyà Zìyóudǎng
クラフティア自由党
Kurafutia Jiyutō
LPCLogo
Leader Katie Lynwood
Deputy Leader Ralph Sun
Senate Leader Kylie Lange
Founded 1 May 1995
Ideology Social liberalism
Social progressivism
Left-libertarianism
Economic liberalism
Political position Centre-left
In government Kagstron
Colour      Yellow/amber
Slogan Backing the Craftian dream
House of Representatives
32 / 150
Senate
13 / 76
State and Territory Parliaments
78 / 479
Premierships
1 / 11
Governorships
3 / 11

The Liberal Party of Craftia (LPC, commonly known as the Liberals, Zìyóudǎng in Chinese, Jiyutō in Japanese, colloquially the Libs) is a centre-left liberal political party in Craftia. It generally sits on the left of the Craftian political spectrum, with a policy emphasis on social liberalism. The party is regarded as more economically liberal and centrist than the social democratic National United Party. The Liberal Party is often considered an ideologically left-libertarian and progressive party.

Historically, the party was more centrist and classically liberal, in line with the political views of founder Steve Bergensten. The party shifted from the centre towards the centre-left starting in the 2020s, in contrast to the United Party, which moved from a left-wing to a centre-left position at around the same time. While the NUP remains more economically left-leaning, the Liberals retain their original economically centrist position, generally supporting free trade and market capitalism.

Today, the party is the main third party in Craftian politics, holding the third-highest number of seats in the Craftian House of Representatives since the 2055 election, as well as the third-highest number of seats in most state and territory parliaments. Its voting support usually remains between 15% and 25% of the popular vote, although it reached a high of 35.27% in the 2031 federal election and has formed government (as a senior coalition partner) at the federal level from 2002 to 2009, 2031, and 2040 to 2050.

On the federal level, the party is in a loose coalition with the governing United Party, providing confidence and supply. It is currently the senior government coalition partner in Kagstron (since 2068). It is the junior coalition partner with the National United Party in Jagsland and Western Craftia, and with the Mojang Democratic Party in Lumina. It is also the Official Opposition in Meyang and Wintaro. The Liberals have formed government in all states (as well as the Bankera Capital Territory) except for Addams.

The party's current leader has been Katie Lynwood since the 2074 leadership spill.

History

Origins

Craftian politics proved to highly volatile following the declaration of independence in 1987. Although the existing three major parties – the centre-left Craftia Liberty Party, centre-right National Party of Craftia and right-wing Protection of Craftia Party – had cemented themselves as the main players in Craftian politics, their internal party systems had been thrown into disarray following the rapid succession of events leading up to and following Craftian independence. All three parties struggled to form united intra-party decisions regarding West Craftia, relations with the Miners Republic, and post-independence economic and social reforms to pave the way for post-war recovery. The centre-right Craftian Conservative Party and the left-wing National United Party, founded in 1990 and 1991 respectively, had disrupted the entire three-party system by the 1992 federal election but left a large gap in the centre of the political spectrum.

Steve Bergensten, a longtime moderate politician who had been sitting in Parliament since 1981, founded the Liberal Party of Craftia in 1995 after switching between a multitude of parties as a result of the frequent policy changes and a perceived absence of liberalism represented in Craftian politics. Bergensten had previously represented the Independent Craftia Party (pre-1980), Liberty (1980–1981), National (1981–1986), Craftian Democrats (1986–1989), before moving back to Liberty (1989–1995). The decline of the Liberty Party by 1995 had convinced Bergensten to form a new party representing classical liberalism, centrism and pragmatism.

The Liberal Party was formally established on 1 May 1995, in time for the federal election later that year. In its first electoral test, the Liberals cleared the 2% threshold to enter parliament (winning 4.91% of the popular vote) and gained 4 seats. The new party, running on a platform of 'fresh liberalism', rapidly rose in popularity, ousting Liberty from its position as third-largest party in 1998, and claiming its place as the new kingmaker in an upturning of Craftian politics. The party first entered government in the 2001 election after forming a coalition agreement with the larger United Party. Bergensten became Deputy Prime Minister of Craftia under James Herbert.

Federal party leaders

No. Name Term Time in office Term as Prime Minister
Term began Term ended
1 Steve Bergensten 1 May 1995 31 August 2009 14 years, 3 months, 31 days (5237 days) 2002–2009
2 Joe Bergensten 1 September 2009 12 September 2010 1 year, 12 days (377 days)
3 Tim Bergensten 13 September 2010 4 March 2017 6 years, 5 months, 20 days (2365 days)
(2) Joe Bergensten 5 March 2017 18 September 2022 5 years, 6 months, 14 days (2024 days)
4 Ted Holmstrom 19 September 2022 9 September 2028 5 years, 11 months, 22 days (2183 days)
5 Ryan Nguyen 10 September 2028 4 October 2031 3 years, 25 days (1120 days) 2031
6 Kevin Abbott 5 October 2031 7 October 2050 19 years, 3 days (6943 days) 2040–2050
7 Louise Johnston 8 October 2050 17 April 2054 3 years, 6 months, 10 days (1288 days)
8 Howard Truman 18 April 2054 27 December 2056 2 years, 8 months, 10 days (985 days)
9 Bob Howard 28 December 2056 26 January 2059 2 years, 30 days (760 days)
10 Margaret Strong 27 January 2059 1 November 2067 8 years, 9 months, 6 days (3201 days)
11 Dylan Chen 2 November 2067 13 April 2074 6 years, 7 months, 11 days (2415 days)
12 Katie Lynwood 14 April 2074 Incumbent 1 month, 18 days (48 days)

Deputy party leaders

1. Bob Kay (1 May 1995 – 14 September 1998, S. Bergensten)
2. Joe Bergensten (15 September 1998 – 27 July 2005, S. Bergensten)
3. Jackie Solomon (28 July 2005 – 9 December 2007, S. Bergensten)
4. Tim Bergensten (10 December 2007 – 16 October 2008, S. Bergensten)
(2) Joe Bergensten (17 October 2008 – 31 August 2009, S. Bergensten)
(4) Tim Bergensten (1 September 2009 – 28 September 2009, J. Bergensten)
5. Christine Lester (29 September 2009 – 2 June 2012, J. Bergensten/T. Bergensten)
6. Bob Green (3 June 2012 – 19 September 2013, T. Bergensten)
7. Miles Dewar (20 September 2013 – 4 March 2017, T. Bergensten)
(5) Christine Lester (5 March 2017 – 24 May 2020, J. Bergensten)
(4) Tim Bergensten (25 May 2020 – 10 July 2020, J. Bergensten)
8. Ted Holmstrom (11 July 2020 – 18 September 2022, J. Bergensten)
9. Harrison Lake (19 September 2022 – 25 February 2029, Holmstrom/Nguyen)
10. Kevin Abbott (26 February 2029 – 4 October 2031, Nguyen)
11. George Whisky (5 October 2031 – 3 January 2032, Abbott)
12. Petra Bergensten (4 January 2032 – 2 September 2040, Abbott)
13. Louise Johnston (3 September 2040 – 17 September 2049, Abbott)
14. Anthony Rudd (18 September 2049 – 7 October 2050, Abbott)
15. Bob Howard (8 October 2050 – 8 September 2052, Johnston)
16. Howard Truman (9 September 2052 – 20 July 2053, Johnston)
(15) Bob Howard (21 July 2053 – 20 September 2055, Johnston/Truman)
17. Nicola Rhee (21 September 2055 – 17 September 2058, Truman/Howard)
18. Margaret Strong (18 September 2058 – 26 January 2059, Howard)
19. Neleh Bergensten (27 January 2059 – 11 May 2065, Strong)
20. Kelly Ding (12 May 2065 – 15 August 2072, Strong/Chen)
21. Ralph Sun (16 August 2072 – present, Chen/Lynwood)

State and territory parliamentary leaders

Katie LynwoodDylan ChenMargaret StrongBob HowardHoward TrumanLouise JohnstonKevin AbbottRyan NguyenTed HolmstromJoe BergenstenTim BergenstenJoe BergenstenSteve Bergensten
State and Territory Assembly Seats
JS Parliament
12 / 75
AD Parliament
3 / 67
MY Parliament
12 / 55
BE Parliament
6 / 48
JL Parliament
5 / 30
WT Parliament
7 / 37
WC Parliament
8 / 45
KT Parliament
12 / 36
LM Parliament
4 / 30
BCT Parliament
9 / 42
CIT Parliament
0 / 21

Current

Past premiers and chief ministers

Jebsten

Meyang

Berhardsson

Jagsland

  • Jason Vien (2012–15, first Asian Craftian premier of Jagsland)

Wintaro

Western Crafia

Kagstron

Lumina

Bankera Capital Territory

Timeline of state and territory governments

Federal (2002–2009), Jagsland (2012–2015), BCT (2019–2022), Western Craftia (2030–2036), Wintaro (2035–2038), Lumina (2039–2045), Federal (2040–2050), Berhardsson (2046–2049), BCT (2046–2055), Kagstron (2049–2058), Meyang (2053–2056), Jebsten (2055–2061), Kagstron (2064–).

Federal election results

Election Seats won ± Total votes  % Swing Position Government Leader
1995
4 / 80
Increase 4 33,760 4.91% Increase 4.91% Increase 4th Fourth party Steve Bergensten
1998
10 / 80
Increase 6 99,048 11.89% Increase 6.98% Increase 3rd Third party Steve Bergensten
2001
12 / 80
Increase 2 144,904 14.58% Increase 2.69% Steady 3rd Coalition
(NUP-BEP)
Steve Bergensten
2004
27 / 90
Increase 15 342,066 29.23% Increase 14.65% Increase 2nd Government
(BEP-NUP)
Steve Bergensten
2007
24 / 90
Decrease 3 343,055 26.13% Decrease 3.10% Steady 2nd Government
(BEP-NUP-CLP)
Steve Bergensten
2010
19 / 90
Decrease 5 295,577 20.77% Decrease 5.36% Decrease 3rd Coalition
(CLP-BEP-NUP)
Joe Bergensten
2013
5 / 90
Decrease 14 90,607 5.51% Decrease 15.26% Decrease 5th Coalition
(MIP-NUP-BEP)
Tim Bergensten
2016
8 / 90
Increase 3 167,237 8.94% Increase 3.43% Steady 5th Coalition
(HIP-CCP-BEP)
Tim Bergensten
2019
5 / 90
Decrease 3 126,697 5.96% Decrease 2.98% Steady 5th Fifth party Joe Bergensten
2022
9 / 100
Increase 4 227,122 9.12% Increase 3.16% Increase 4th Fourth party Joe Bergensten
2025
10 / 100
Increase 1 327,404 10.38% Increase 1.26% Steady 4th Fourth party Ted Holmstrom
2028
7 / 100
Decrease 3 243,804 7.32% Decrease 3.04% Steady 4th Fourth party Ted Holmstrom
2031
42 / 120
Increase 35 1,352,819 35.27% Increase 27.95% Increase 1st Government
(BEP-NUP)
Ryan Nguyen
2034
13 / 120
Decrease 29 481,997 10.90% Decrease 24.37% Decrease 4th Fourth party Kevin Abbott
2037
15 / 120
Increase 2 661,199 12.71% Increase 1.81% Steady 4th Fourth party Kevin Abbott
2040
29 / 120
Increase 14 1,342,442 23.78% Increase 11.07% Increase 2nd Government
(BEP-NUP-GPC-
MIP-LDP-SPC)
Kevin Abbott
2043
38 / 125
Increase 9 1,812,391 30.16% Increase 6.38% Increase 1st Government
(BLP-NUP)
Kevin Abbott
2046
35 / 125
Decrease 3 1,896,364 27.63% Decrease 2.53% Steady 1st Government
(BLP-NUP)
Kevin Abbott
2049
35 / 140
Steady 0 1,925,389 25.28% Decrease 2.35% Decrease 2nd Government
(BLP-NUP-
GPC-SPC)
Kevin Abbott
2052
34 / 140
Decrease 1 2,047,824 24.39% Decrease 0.89% Steady 2nd Opposition Louise Johnston
2055
10 / 140
Decrease 23 648,191 7.21% Decrease 16.61% Decrease 3rd Third party Howard Truman
2058
17 / 145
Increase 7 1,202,347 11.82% Increase 4.61% Steady 3rd Third party Bob Howard
2061
20 / 145
Increase 3 1,549,930 13.46% Increase 1.64% Steady 3rd Coalition
(NUP-BEP)
Margaret Strong
2064
26 / 150
Increase 6 2,122,833 17.25% Increase 3.79% Steady 3rd Third party Margaret Strong
2067
30 / 150
Increase 4 2,581,449 19.69% Increase 2.44% Steady 3rd Coalition
(NUP-BLP)
Margaret Strong
2070
30 / 150
Steady 0 2,964,365 19.84% Increase 0.15% Steady 3rd Coalition
(NUP-BLP)
Dylan Chen

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