As the first elections to the Vorsitzendership, Stellvertretership and Reichsversammlung of the Abeldane Empire make their inexorable approach, the partisan field is beginning to take shape.
Per L’Sydunche, the frontrunner for Vorsitzender is current incumbent and former Emperor, Stephen Freayth, of Die Rechte. Former Attorney General Horatio Eden, who fronts the Liberty Union, was a distant second, while his apparent running mate, Edward Daniels, is the favourite to become Stellvertreter. Former Vorsitzender Artemis Langford is an even more distant third, and is largely considered an also-ran from the formerly powerful Abeldane Social Ecology party.
Horatio Eden has announced he will not be running for Vorsitzender this cycle.
Freayth is the only candidate to formally announce his candidacy, though there are rumours – unsubstantiated – that Anthony Clark, current Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, may be considering a run himself. What will make alarming reading for Eden in terms of his other political aspirations is how small a proportion of the Reichsversammlung his party are slated to win – a mere 7.7%, according to one poll from L’Sydunche. This, of course, as he faces criminal charges in Aenderia for voter intimidation and sedition, which is unlikely to help his public image.
Michael Brazeau, ever the campaigner, has publicly stated he intends to sit the Vorsitzender campaign out this time around, though we can be sure he’ll make his return when the next election rolls on.
This is all taking place over the backdrop of the new Abeldane economy, an effort fronted by Hugh McFarlane’s Abeldane Prosperity Institute and Anthony Clark, the new Minister of Commerce. The high-profile effort has raised speculation that both men have aspirations to higher office, though neither have commented publicly on the race.
This election is highly consequential; whoever wins will have to lead Abelden out of its activity lull that it has experienced since the end of the Merrell administration in March of this year. So far, outside of vague ideological statements, neither of the two main parties, Die Rechte or the Liberty Union, have submitted a formal manifesto for government.
The elections to the Reichsversammlung commence on the 29th of September, while Vorsitzender and Stellvertreter elections take place the day after, on the 30th – the government will be appointed by Emperor Newton von Uberquie on October 1st.
Update: this article was updated on the 29th of September at 00:18 AM, BST, to reflect Horatio Eden announcing he was not planning to run.