There are currently twelve political parties operating at the highest level of Lendosan politics. All such parties must be officially registered with the Senate Secretariat, the office which coordinates the functioning of the Senate. Among the requirements for registration are:
All political parties must nominate an individual to serve as Leader. The party's Leader has certain obligations under the law, additionally to whatever responsibilities they might be given by the party's own charter. Most parties also nominate a Deputy Leader (or, by Lendosan terminology, a Subleader), but this position is not mentioned in Confederate law. Each party will also nominate spokespeople on certain issues, generally corresponding to the twenty-five Sections (government departments).
- A membership of at least ten thousand voters.
- A policy platform which is significantly distinct from any pre-existing party.
- A name and emblem which does not mislead or confuse voters as to a party's nature or goals.
- A committment to restrict itself to peaceful and lawful forms of political activity.
Since mid-304, parties have been able to define and register official "subparties" within themselves. These are officially recognised factions within a larger party, and gain certain privileges. One such privilege is a guaranteed right to speak in the Senate without needing to go through the official channels of their party - previously, it was possible for a party's leadership to block dissident members of their party from speaking. Some parties (particularly smaller ones) do not have subparties.
Below is a list of the twelve political parties currently operating at the confederate level. Each party's entry contains a logo, a description, and a link to a page with more information. There is also a page listing various historic parties, and a page giving a summary of each party's views on major issues.
The Balance Party is a centrist egalitarian party. It believes strongly in equality, diversity, and tolerance, and says that the state should be used to promote these things. The party believes that persuing extreme policies of any form will usually have bad results. It is currently the largest party in the Lendosan Senate, holding twenty-six seats. (more)
Founded to promote the ideology known as Burovianism, the Burovian Party supports the establishment of a meritocratic (rather than democratic) system of government. It also supports a neutral foreign policy and the establishment of a so-called "partisan free market". It currently has four seats in the Senate. (more)
The Communist Party is the most left-wing of the Confederation's registered political parties, working towards the eventual creation of a communist society. In preparation for this gradual transformation, it supports heavy state involvement in the economy and in people's lives. It has twenty-one seats. (more)
A merger of the environmentalist Ecological Party and the pacifist Utopian Party, the Ecotopian Party persues a pro-environment, anti-war, anti-globalization platform. Its economic policies are generally left-wing, based around local-level planning and opposition to "big business". The party has eight seats. (more)
The Fascist Party campaigns on policies of strong leadership, political unity, and nationalism. It claims that Lendosa is in "desperate need of leadership and discipline", and believes that the country is being held back by the "weak and sentimental" ideas of liberalism and socialism. The party currently has two seats in the Lendosan Senate. (more)
The oldest (and, for many years, the most powerful) party in Lendosan politics, the Imperial Party believes in caution, pragmatism, stability, and hostility to "unthinking ideologism". It is generally supportive of traditional Lendosan values such as rationalism, secularity, and the six Virtues. It has eighteen seats in the Senate. (more)
The Libertarian Party is dedicated to extending and protecting personal freedom, whether it be political, economic, or social. It believes that the state should have as little role as possible in people's lives, leaving them to make their own choices. The Libertarians currently have two seats in the Senate. (more)
The Nationalist Party is dedicated to the protection and advancement of the Lendosan nation (defined by the party simply as "all those who are integrated into Lendosa", rather than as a race or ethnic group). It supports a strong central government and a proactive foreign policy. In the Senate, it has seven seats. (more)
The Progressives are a centrist group which promotes social reform, tolerance, and social freedom. It believes that in terms of government business, issues such as health and education should always take precedence over economic concerns. The Progressive Party currently has three seats in the Senate. (more)
The Reform Party is a centre-right party that advocates free enterprise and limited deregulation of most industries. It believes that the government should still provide basic services such as health and education, but that these can be made less wasteful. Its social policies are usually mildly progressive. It has twenty seats in the Senate. (more)
A moderate left-wing party, the Socialist Party supports state regulation of commercial activity, but not state ownership or control. It is strongly progressive in its social policies, and it strongly supports extensive social welfare, free hospitals, and free schooling. The Socialists currently have twenty seats in the Senate. (more)
The Values Party is based around the extensive promotion of "morality", "social integrity", and "community standards". It believes in the need to protect institutions such as marriage and the traditional family, and opposes what it sees as the decay of morality in modern society. It has one seat in the Lendosan Senate. (more)