Shadow Coalition

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The leaders of the current government, the Shadow Coalition, though smaller than the Icarus Front, is a renowned compromiser. They support close relations with aliens, full equality for positronics, and the expansion of medical technology. Beyond that, the Shadow Coalition's agenda becomes indistinct, as the many sub-parties that compose it squabble and feud. Detractors call it purposeless, while supporters appreciate the party's moderation and focus on civil rights.

History

The Shadow Coalition formed as a coalition of some of the most important minor parties in human space, among them the Positronic Rights Group, the Multinational Movement, and the venerable Free Trade Union. The latter two parties are no longer part of the Coalition, although many of their supporters remained with the SC. Joining these parties were hundreds of smaller parties, some insignificant outside of the local level, for everything from Skrellian civil rights to agricultural subsidies to actual Communist movements. The Shadow Coalition, at its inception, promised a new world of technological expansion, and was instrumental in legalizing bioprinting and thus a greatly enhanced human lifespan. It took its name from the concept of a "shadow government" of opposition leaders to the existing status-quo.

The formation of The Sol Economic Organization disrupted the Coalition by switching the allegiance of the FTU and the Multinationals through grandiose promises of a new era of industry and excess fueled by almost unlimited technological development. Since then, the Coalition has grown unfocused, trying to fit the single issue of all of its many constituents into one comprehensive agenda and, by most accounts, failing. The Shadow Coalition is the current leader of the Colonial Assembly, with the begrudging support of the SEO. Their party leader, Speaker ISA-5, is nominally the most powerful person in SolGov but is in practice a figurehead used to gain the positronic vote.

Modern Times

Who Supports Them?

  • People from humanity's middle worlds, such as Vir
  • Positronics, aliens, and other minority groups
  • The middle class
  • Left-wing economic radicals (begrudgingly)
  • People on the Human-Skrell border

Party Structure

The central party apparatus of the SC is small and poorly funded. It is essentially a chorus of separate parties, united more by a dislike of the Icarus Front and the SEO than anything else. The party platform is decided by a micro-legislature of representatives from every minor party in the coalition, regardless of how small, and decisions are famously laborious and fraught with contention.

The SC campaigns in a more decentralized fashion than any other party, relying on word-of-mouth grassroots campaigns and strong localist sentiments to maintain their control. It is funded largely by the small donations of usually middle-class individuals