Movement for Democratic Unity
Movement for Democratic Unity was the 5th biggest political party in the United Kingdom, and the 77th biggest in the New World. The party was slightly abandoned during July of 2009 and membership slowly decreased; RyanMcCulloch continued his role as Party President for two and a half more terms when it ended and was succeeded by The Right Choice Party.
Formation of the Movement for Democratic Unity
The original party was founded June 30th, 2008 and in the following 3 months was known as the 'Great Britain Party', the 'Labour Party' and finally 'The People's Zeteticist Party'. Between June and September 2008 the Party remained only on the fringe in UK politics.
CV James was elected Party president on October 14th, 2008 and announced his intention to reform the party once again into an "alternative, viable political force for the new UK". The Movement for Democratic Unity was declared and a new manifesto and look unveiled on October 15th, 2008. Soon after, the party began to emerge from the outskirts of UK politics, following support and membership from experienced citizens such as Json and Big Boy Bulley.
Under CV James, the party saw increases in party membership, and the party was given its first ever seat in the UK House of Commons, which was taken up by Big Boy Bulley. CV James restructured the party and created spokespersons for each area of life in eRepublik in order to promote the party's views on the matters and give more citizens the chance to get involved in politics. Under this structure, a new citizen Tommy Tommasino was appointed Press Liaison and Membership Officer; his role in the job helped the party substantially increase in membership and popularity within UK. The MDU announced in a that it was in the process of writing a new manifesto in November 2008. In the same month, the party proposed a law giving smaller parties voting rights in the UK House of Commons, which was passed with a one month trial period. The brand new was released to the public on November 15th 2008, with mostly positive reviews.
Re-election and continued growth
CV James was re-elected Party President on November 15th, 2008, and the following day, the party became the 7th biggest party by membership, increasing its membership to 22, from just 13 at the initial reformation. The party went on to overtake The Right Party as 6th biggest party on November 24th, 2008.
On December 5th, 2008 the MDU fielded its first candidate in the Presidential Elections, Tommy Tommasino. The MDU was the only party in the elections to match votes with party membership numbers, gaining approximately 7% of the popular vote.
On December 7th, CV James announced he would not be seeking re-election as Party President, meaning the party was set to get a new leader on December 15th, 2008. The successor was confirmed as Tommy Tommasino on 15th December 2008.
Bremer, a senior member of the People's Communist Party defected to the party in December, meaning the party (officially) had one in-game congressman - it's first officially elected seat. Due to this, it had 2 seats in the House of Commons, and at the time a total of 42 members (as of 8th December 2008).
On December 14th 2008, just a day before CV James stepped down as Party President, the party gained its 47th member and rose to become the United Kingdom's 5th biggest political party, meaning it would be able to field candidates for the forthcoming Congress elections on December 25th 2008.
Tommy Tommasino won the Party Presidential elections and replaced CV James as the leader on 16th December 2008. The next day, the party constitution was passed with 100% support in an MDU-referendum and was published to the general public.
Break into "Top-5" Politics
Following its ascension to 5th place in terms of party members, the MDU was able to field candidates for election to Congress on December 25th 2008. 9 party members stood as candidates, and after the polls had closed, the party had won its first ever congressmen, CV James (South East of England), Richard York (South West of England), and Patrick Reckitt (Yorkshire & Humberside).
Following the MDU's success in congressional elections, a new logo and look designed by thehorseltd was unveiled on 1st January 2009.
On the 15th January 2009, Membership Officer Oexis was elected the Party President of the MDU, appointing his opponent Patrick Reckitt as Vice Party President. On 25th January the Party achieved great success in congress elections, getting 8 members elected as Congress (21% of the overall number). This was a huge success for a party placed 4th in terms of membership numbers.
Following the congress elections the party went on to announce Big Boy Bulley as its Country President candidate for February 2009, however a deal struck with the People's Communist Party, The Unity Party, The Right Party and the Free-Thinking Party formed the Coalition of Destiny in which Final Destiny became the presidential candidate after a close second-stage poll against Big Boy Bulley, who then became the vice presidential candidate and vice president after the Coalition's victory.
CV James, the party's founder, was reelected Party President on the 15th March 2008 after a closely fought campaign against Party Chairman, thehorseltd. Previous party president Tommy Tommasino returned to the party, and work began on a new manifesto. A competition to select a party motto was initiated and "One United Kingdom, One United Movement" was selected. On 28th March, it was announced that Tommy Tommasino would be standing as the party's candidate for the April Presidential elections.
In April 2009, the party made a sudden leap to the far-right authoritarian side of British politics. Along with this, there was a rebranding of the party and a change of name for the April 2009 congressional elections from MDU to Forward Britain.
The move proved costly, with the party only holding two of its four seats in Congress. Tommy Tommasino returned to take up the Party Presidential position in May 2009 to lead the party onwards, quickly getting the membership back over 100 and several active campaigns going. Forward Britain! once again came to the forefront of British politics.
Decline and Death
At its height, Forward Britain was ranked 5th in UK politics with 120 members. However poor leadership and bad press saw a decline in numbers to less than 100. At the same time of this decline, Forward Britain saw a competitor rise out of the smaller parties; a centre-right group called the British Empire Party gained members very quickly and soon overtook Forward Britain, knocking them down to 6th place.
The June 2009 leadership election saw thehorseltd, an old member running against Marcus Wyclif, a relatively new member. Both citizens advocated a return to the MDU, and in a surprise result, Marcus Wyclif won the vote with 62.5% of the vote, against thehorseltd's 25%. The party was reformed with a new logo once again, but just a few days later Marcus resigned, making thehorseltd the party's president after numerous failed leadership attempts.
Despite the attempts to restore the party to its former glory, the rise of the British Empire Party saw its decline ever further and it dropped to 7th place. A fierce PP election began in July (with RyanMcCulloch winning over one of the founding member Robalbinio, long-time member Nile Frater and Bonnie Prince Charles by over two, eleven and sixteen votes respectively) but its decline continued and eventually saw it "die" and be reborn later as The Right Choice Party, which still remains low in the rankings.
On 14th December 2010 after his return to the UK, Tommy Tommasino put his name down to run for Party President of the shell of what MDU had eventually become (named 'The Liberal Socialist Party'). Party numbers had withered to just 3. The return was not successful as eventually, MDU disappeared completely from the scene.
On 19th October 2008, the MDU Press Office was established to help expand the party and publicize its actions.
The party newspaper, thewas set up to publish party press releases. There has been no confirmed party newspaper for Forward Britain!
This is the short review of the Party presidents of the Party from December 2007.
|30/06/2008||NexA - 1st mandate||Great Britain Party created|
|10/07/2008||NexA - 2nd mandate|
|10/08/2008||NexA - 3rd mandate|
|10/09/2008||Chrissetti - 1st mandate||Reformed as "People's Zeteticist Party"|
|15/10/2008||CV James - 1st mandate||Reformed as "Movement for Democratic Unity"|
|15/11/2008||CV James - 2nd mandate||Became 5th biggest party in UK|
|15/12/2008||Tommy Tommasino - 1st mandate||Became 4th biggest party in UK|
|15/01/2009||Oexis - 1st mandate||MDU Gained 21% of Congress|
|15/02/2009||Oexis - 2nd mandate|
|15/03/2009||CV James - 3rd mandate|
|15/04/2009||Robalbinio - 1st mandate||Reformed as "Forward Britain!"|
|15/05/2009||Tommy Tommasino - 2nd mandate||A New Era.|
|15/06/2009||Marcus Wyclif - 1st mandate||Resigned and replaced by thehorseltd|
|21/06/2009||thehorseltd - 1st mandate|
|15/07/2009||RyanMcCulloch - 1st mandate|
|15/08/2009||RyanMcCulloch - 2nd mandate|
|15/09/2009||RyanMcCulloch - 3rd mandate||Half-way through this term, Ryan resigned and the party was transformed into The Right Choice Party|
Detailed party elections
- Total votes:6
- Total votes:29
- Total votes:42
- Total votes:48
- Total votes:33
- Total votes:37
- Total votes:18
- Total votes:40
- Total votes:39
|Bonnie Prince Charles||1||2.56%|
- Total votes:6
- Total votes:4
There were several directorial positions within the MDU and this is the list of some of them with known directors listed.
Foreign Affairs Director
Foreign Affairs Director was one of the senior positions within the MDU and was created by CV James after his reformation of the party in October 2008.
|27th November 2008 - January 2009 (est)||Richard York|
|15th January 2009 - March 2009 (est)||thehorseltd|
Health and Education Director
Health and Education Director (originally referred as Health and Education Spokesperson) was one of the senior positions within the MDU and was created by CV James after his reformation of the party in October 2008. However, the position was never filled under his leadership.
|19th December 2008 - 15th January 2009||Primeminister Keogh|
|15th January 2009 - March 2009 (est)||Tommy Tommasino|
Membership Director was one of the senior positions within the MDU and was created by CV James, as the Press Liason and Membership Officer after his reformation of the party in October 2008.
|8 November 2008 - 15th December 2008||Tommy Tommasino||Press Liason and Membership Officer|
|16th December 2008 - 15th January 2009||Oexis||Membership Officer|
|15th January 2009 - March 2009 (est)||Horice P Fossil and IndieKid||Membership Directors|
Society, Economics and Trade Director
Society, Economics and Trade Director is one of the senior positions within the Movement for Democratic Unity and was created by CV James after his reformation of the party in October 2008.
Previously called the Economics and Trade Spokesperson, the position was merged with the position of Social Spokesperson in November 2008.
|31 October 2008 - 15 January 2009||Json|
|15 January 2009 - March 2009 (est)||Primeminister Keogh|