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2018 Akarusian General Elections

With the passage of reforms to the Akarusian constitution, campaigns have now begun for elections to fill Akarus' broken government. 

With the passage of the reforms, the Akarusian monarchy has been abolished. In its place, a largely ceremonial role of President has been created as head of state. Most executive powers have been transferred to the position of Prime Minister. Rokus Altink has returned to the role of Prime Minister after being deposed by Adelaide. After his brutal imprisonment Altink has announced he will not seek re-election, and intends to retire from politics. The election is set to mark a massive shift in Akarusian politics, with many parties surging or collapsing in the polls while new parties begin to emerge.

The Democratic Union holds a precarious position. Its failure during the rise of Adelaide has left a dark cloud over its reputation, with groups on both sides of the political spectrum questioning its ability to defend Akarus. Adelaide's crackdowns have also lead to the resignation of many members of the old Cabinet in addition to Prime Minister Altink, leaving the parties leadership in a questionable state.

Support for the Conservative Party has collapsed in the polls. Its support of Adelaide's regime as the dominant party of the Rump Parliament has lead them to be viewed as collaborators by many. A number of its former leaders now stand on trial for their actions. The remainder of the party struggles to rebrand itself, purging all traces of Adeladist support and pushing a traditional social conservative agenda.

The Progress Party has been the largest beneficiary of the collapse of the Conservative Party. The party was only lightly impacted by Adelaide's rule, while largely avoiding appearances of collaboration. It's capitalist economic agenda has attracted many from the Conservatives, while its more progressive social policy has also helped it draw some support from the Democrats.

The Socialist Party has seen a massive surge. Though highly suppressed by Adelaide, socialist figures were a major presence in the opposition to Adelaide and the subsequent military junta. Its supporters held influence over much of the underground movement, while Socialist leaders were at the head of the General Strike which crippled the Junta economically. 

Once a fringe group, the National Revival Party has grown significantly in the post-Adelaide era. It has made significant gains from the Conservative party, absorbing support from the growing far-right. Many of its members openly express pro-Adelaide and/or anti-democratic views, leaving many concerned about its rise. There are whispers its electoral status may be at risk, with suggestions that the party be banned for its Adeladist agenda. The party is also accused of having ties to the military junta in Nolvik.

Of the new post-Adelaide political parties, the Liberal Democrats represent the largest. Formed as a splinter group from the Democratic Union, the Liberal Democrats take a similar but more progressive agenda. The similarities in Agenda and lack of negative associations have allowed the new party to make significant gains from their parent party.

The Green Party has remained somewhat steady between elections. The party has made some games from the collapse of the Democrats, but is not expected to make significant gains in the elections.

Current polls show a major lead by the Socialist party, which is expected to form a coalition with the other progressive parties.

The Social-Liberal Democrat coalition continues to hold strong in the polls, which most projections holding the two parties alone in near majority territory.

The National Revival Party has continued to surge as well, threatening to overtake the others as the dominant right-wing party in the election.

Akarus has become engulfed in partisan conflict over the past several weeks. Tensions between far left and far right groups have escalated to political violence on numerous occassions.

In the latest of these incidents, a member of the NRP attempted to assassinate Socialist Party leader Lennart Strand. Seven people were injured in the attack, including Strand, while four more victims are dead. The suspect was killed during a confrontation with police.

In response to the recent attacks, Akarusian police have arrested several members of the NRP on varying charges. Police raids have also been conducted on two NRP campaign offices. The NRP has accused the government of attempting to suppress them, with several protests across the nation.

The NRP is conducting a large right-wing rally in a town near the capital of Andr9pen. The event is expected to be tense, with tens of thousands expected to attend the rally and its left-wing counter-rally. Akarus is mobilizing riot police into the area as a precaution.

With the partisan conflict continuing to grow, the recently-crowned King Erik III of Nolvik has offered to supply aid to Akarus. Nolvik remains a de facto dictatorship following the military coup last December.

As the political violence continues to escalate the Akarusian government has banned the National Revival Party, officially dissolving it.

In a late night raid many prominent NRP members were arrested. Charges faced vary but include: murder, inciting violence, conspiracy to commit treason, and treason. Some of those charged face criminal accusations regarding their alleged actions in support of the Adeladist regime. The remaining NRP leaders remain wanted by the police, with active warrants for their arrest

In response to the crackdown, the NRP has declared it will not recognize any result in the election. Open armed violence has broken out in the streets. Pro-NRP and anti-NRP militias have begun patrolling the streets in several cities.

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