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Fortschrittspolitik: A Santo-Dominian Quirk

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A Santo-Dominian Political Quirk

Since the founding of the Federal Republic of Santos-Dominius, its politics have enjoyed a remarkable progression unlike that of other countries. Years of four-party dominance and ultra-progressivism have led to the state of the current Santo-Dominian political scene today: Fortschrittspolitik (Dominish for "progressive politics"). Here's a detailed explanation of what that means.

Conservatism and progressivism have been dominant in Santo-Dominian politics as the two main clashing ideological forces. However, unlike other countries, the politics of which formed and came into shape a few years after their foundations, Santos-Dominius was founded and long ruled by progressives, namely founding President Bill Mulberry and the Country Liberal Party. Under their rule, Santo-Dominian progressivism blossomed, and the Federal Republic grew so rapidly that it the first twenty years of the nation was called the "Little Golden Age". Progressive policies, such as LGBTQIA+ rights, universal healthcare, open immigration and abortion rights, were enshrined and considered normal in Santos-Dominius while this was not the case in some other countries. Santo-Dominian politics was practically synonymous with ultra-progressivism in its early years.

Another factor that created Fortschrittspolitik was the uninterrupted nature of the Country Liberals' rule. Unlike other countries, where right-wing conservatism and left-wing progressivism regularly alternated governance and opposition, the progressive Country Liberal Party enjoyed substantial and extreme popularity and governed the country uninterrupted for 20 years, under Presidents Mulberry, Lovings and Klein. Such was the shift leftwards that conservatism no longer meant conservatism and progressivism no longer meant progressivism.

This phenomenon is best explained by political commentator Wilhelm Meier, who wrote in an article: "The modern definition of Santo-Dominian conservatism is no longer that of right-wing, anti-immigration and fiscal conservative populism. It is that of keeping the current, already progressive status quo. Santo-Dominian conservatism can be considered social democracy in other countries, and Santo-Dominian progressivism considered democratic socialism." Meier was the first to coin and popularise the term "Fortschrittspolitik".

Though Santos-Dominius has recently re-elected centrist Paul Goldberg of the "conservative" Democratic Congress Party, Goldberg has promised to expand welfare and increase taxes, placing him in the DCB's far-left wing and comfortably in the good graces of most voters. The only true conservative political party is the Split Conservative Union(SCU), led by Dennis Ford. In a normal country, the SCU would be considered centre-right, though such is the leftward tilt in Santos-Dominius that SCU is regarded as a fringe party in most circumstances, with this reputation of theirs practically making winning impossible for them. With the DCB and CLP alternating control of the presidency and progressive values penetrating the Santo-Dominian electorate, it looks like Fortschrittspolitik is here to stay in the Federal Republic in the foreseeable future.

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