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Made-up political parties appearing in fiction.

Political parties are a common occurrence to be found in just about any democracy. Individuals sharing similar ideologies and opinions band together to try and win elections and promote a political agenda that best serves the interests of people pertaining to that ideology and, if you're lucky, other people as well. Likewise, democracies in fictional works with prominent political themes will typically be comprised of such parties which reflect the issues and opinions which characterize the political climate of a story's setting.

Most often these are parties promoting only a single issue, but the Fictional Political Party can be used in a variety of ways to enrich the political environment of a fictional world.

On one hand, this trope can be played seriously as it can be a reflection of a society's or certain people's attitudes towards the events or backstory that shape a narrative's setting; such examples may be viewed as a "realistic" political ideology that may exist had the extraordinary or fantastic events in the story's world been something that occurred in our own reality (and may not be all that different from Real Life party platforms and ideologies, after all).

On the flip side of the coin, the political parties in a work may be used to show that the democratic system in this society is incredibly flawed or a huge joke. Similarly, a fake party may be a stand-in to critique a Real Life political agenda or party, at which point such a group is likely to be used as a Strawman Political for an Author Tract. In other cases, the party itself may be based on ideas or concepts that are impossible (or pointless) to politicize in the democratic process, such as disorganized chaos or voter apathy, for the sake of comedy.

Occasionally, a story taking place in a Future setting may suggest that two or more Real Life political parties from the present day will have combined into a single party, for example, "The Republocrats." For added humor, combine two modern day parties with conflicting ideologies, like the "Traditional Progressive Party." Likewise, an Alternate History story may rewrite political history, suggesting that a party developed a similar yet different platform, compared to their actual counterpart, or even suggesting that major parties fizzled out while minor ones became big players long after they had disbanded in the real world.

See Also: No Party Given, Strawman Political, and A Nazi by Any Other Name.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Interspecies Reviewers has racially backed political parties competing over votes for who will govern over the people, with three shown in the story being the orcs, demons, and succubi. The currently reigning Orc Party focuses of the stability of society, maintaining a steady supply of food, work, and sex. The Demon Party focuses on the advancement of society, with them wanting to break the world out of its Medieval Stasis and bring about great technological and scientific prosperity. The Succubus Party focuses on the... "continuation" of society, desiring to legalize sex in every way, shape, and form, with one of the proposed benefits being to give every man and woman their own personal succubus or incubus.
  • Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: The Anti-Earth Union Group started out as a pro-space rights political party. It was only after the Titans gassed a colony that they decided that political lobbying wasn't going to cut it, armed themselves, and became La Résistance. They still continue their lobbying at Earth Federation summits, though. They dissolve following the end of the First Neo-Zeon War, their objectives having been accomplished.
  • Sailor Moon: Rei Hino's father Takashi is a Democratic Liberal Party politician. The naming reverses that of the Liberal Democratic Party, Japan's dominant party of the post-war era.

    Comic Books 
  • 2000 AD:
    • In Robo-Hunter, the robots on the planet one story takes place on have built a government full of political parties. Since the robots are actually controlled by a genius dictator robot, the government robots are utterly insane and spend most of their time arguing and trying to push pointless agendas.
    • "Chronocops", an Alan Moore one-shot short, sees the main characters travel to a not-too-distant future Great Britain where a man handing out fliers encourages people to vote for "the Lab-Con Alliance" as the only way to defeat the Social Democrats, suggesting that the center-left Labour Party and the center-right Conservative Party with highly conflicting party platforms have somehow become a single party.
  • Bloom County gave us the Meadow Party, which the main characters formed each election year and seemed to rely more on political double-speak and good publicity than actually, you know, taking a stand for anything. It ran presidential candidates in 1984 and 1988 and lost both times. The 2010s revival of the strip has seen them become a monarchist party.
  • Captain America: One story features a Presidential Candidate who starts the Third Wing Party. It's all part of Red Skull's latest evil scheme.
  • Cerebus the Aardvark:
    • An election in the city-state of Iest between the Republican Party (a pseudo-theocratic, pro-democracy and nationalist faction) and the Devotionalist Party (which seeks to keep Iest economically dependent on its neighbor Palnu). Both parties are a front for Astoria and Lord Julius to gain power in Iest.
    • In New Sepra, there is mention of Cirinists (militant feminist), Kevillists (less militant feminist), theocrats, Sepran Empire loyalists and "anarcho-romantics".
  • Judge Dredd: The only democratic freedom allowed to the citizens of Mega-City One is the election of the city's Mayor, a very minor role that serves as a liaison between citizens and Justice Department.
    • When the election campaign for Dave the Orangutan was covered in the story arc, "Portrait of a Politician," every social clique was shown to have formed its own political party and running its own candidate, many of which would kill each other in mob riots leading up to the election. Named parties include the Apathetic Fringe (who don't care about any issues), the Young Norms (presumably an anti-mutant lobby), the Lib-Lab Flab Party (presumably a Liberal-Labor party amongst the Big Meg's morbidly obese population), the Uglies (just ugly people), and the All-Out-War Party (a group of Bomb-Throwing Anarchists). When the All-Out-War Party starts stirring up trouble, Dredd gives them exactly what they want.
    • The "Day of Chaos" storyline features a few new ones, including the Reactionary Progressives, Simping Party, Democracy Now!, Liberal Conservatives, and Illiberal Progressives. The leaders of the latter two later decide to marry in order to pool their support, forming the Illiberal Liberal platform.
    • The story "Sex, Lies, and Vidslugs" from Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 3.41 features the L.I.A.R. Party, a consolidation of Libertarian, Idiosyncratic, and Reactionary political parties that deliberately runs on a message of dishonesty, contradictions, and hypocrisy.
  • Howard the Duck: Howard ran for President in 1976 for the All Night Party with the slogan "Get Down, America!"
  • Superman: President Luthor represented the Tomorrow Party... well, to be precise, he founded the Tomorrow Party at a press conference where announced that he was running for President, but "not as a Democrat or a Republican, because both their ideas are too old." While the books didn't elaborate too much on the party's politics, what we saw during Lex's initial declaration of candidacy and in the months after he was elected indicated that the party's politics were probably centrist, with conservative viewpoints on fiscal issues and liberal views on social issues. Lex's platform also apparently contained a pledge to move towards renewable energy and to put technological innovation at the forefront of his platform. In the first few months of his presidency, Lex also "passed the most sweeping education reform in American history," but it was left deliberately vague as to what exactly those reforms were (which is probably for the best, seeing as how any type of education reform tends to be extremely contentious in Real Life). The Tomorrow Party seems to have dissolved after Lex's fall from power. Word of God says that in the months after Lex's fall when Vice President Pete Ross was left to run things, Pete had to deal with massive political fallout from Lex's fall. As of the DC: Decisions storyline, featuring Republican and Democratic Party candidates in danger, there was no more mention of the Tomorrow Party.
  • James Hund: The eponymous protagonist was accidentally registered as the main representative (and only member) of the "Blank" Party (It started out as a badly written complaint regarding a missing lumber shipment). This results in every blank vote going to his platform instead of being disregarded. A few weeks later James was very surprised to find he was supposed to attend parliament, or that he held a massive majority.
  • Transmetropolitan has "the reigning party" and "the opposing party", which depends on who the President is.
  • V for Vendetta: Norsefire. In the graphic novel, they come to power in the chaos following an apocalyptic nuclear war, but Alan Moore models them as a Fictional Counterpart to the British National Front. In the film, the party came to power after a democratic election that they tipped to themselves with a manufactured bioterrorism incident, and is indicated to have broken off from the Tories.

    Comic Strips 
  • Madam & Eve: In this set of strips, Mother Anderson joins the Surprise Party — their philosophies, policies, and candidates are hidden from everyone, including themselves. Their motto is "Are We Corrupt and Inefficient, or Honest and Hardworking? Vote for Us and Find Out!"

    Fan Works 
  • the ADVENTURES OF ASH AND HIS BEST FRIEND JARED!!!!!: Lt. Surge ran in the U.S presidential election on the "Kanto Pokemon League Party" ticket.
  • Bait and Switch (STO):
    • From Bajor to the Black: A passage mentions a few Bajoran political parties, the Socialists, Nationalists, and the Conservative Association. In 2401 the Socialists and the Conservatives together outvote the Nationalists to shut down the Bajoran Militia Space Arm on budgetary grounds.
    • Past Continuous: The Nationalists are responsible for organizing anti-Federation, anti-Klingon protests against the use of Hathon as a temporary forward operating base against the time-shifted Jem'Hadar occupying Deep Space 9.
    • A Voice in the Wilderness: There's a very brief mention of Federation national political parties. In response to a remark that President Aennik Okeg's poll numbers have crashed, Eleia sarcastically comments having "voted straight-ticket Labor".
  • Burn Them All sees multiple factions eventually emerge in the Middle Council, the proto-legislative body that's formed to provide Westeros with stability following the Decapitation Strike that is the Desolation of King's Landing. The Party of the Crown, or Whites, are traditionalists who want the king to be the highest authority (with a subset called the Wyrms who want the king to have absolute authority); the Party of Sovereignty, or Reds, are separatists who want the Seven Kingdoms to become independent of each other again; and the Party of the Parley, or Bronzes, want the Middle Council itself to become the highest authority, with the king becoming a figurehead.
  • Chasing Dragons: Following the First Slave War, two political factions emerge in Braavos — the Sharks (who want to join the Sunset Company in crushing the slaver cities) and the Whales (who want to let the Westerosi do all the hard work while they profit from it).
  • Codex Equus: When Starlight entered politics, she was a co-founder and leader of the Equestrian Egalitarian Party, based on the ideology of "Egalism" — an improved and less extreme version of her former equalist beliefs — championing the creation of a fairer, more egalitarian and progressive Equestrian society through political, social and economic reforms.
  • Earth's Alien History:
    • The main political parties of the Lylat system are the Crown Loyalists (officially conservative, but stated to be centrist by modern real life standards), the Lylat Progressive Party (compared to a mix of the British Liberal-Democrats and American Democrats), and the Labour Party (leftist; described as more syndicalist than socialist).
    • When the Klingons become a parliamentary democracy following the Praxis War, several political parties emerge. There's the True Way Party (reactionaries who want a return to the old warrior-dominated government), the People's Coalition (an alliance of smaller communist, anarchist, and syndicalist groups), the Naturalist Party (ecologists), the Prosperity Party (centrists who believe the status quo is best for everyone) and the Freedom Party (ultra-capitalists and ultra-individualists who believe no government regulation of anything will drive people to survive and thrive on their own merits).
    • While the Asari Synod (the legislature set up by Daena T'Drak after her Military Coup and reforming the Republics into a unified Empire with a constitutional monarchy) never forms official political parties, there are some prominent voting blocs — Loyalists (the main conservative bloc), Expansionists (proponents for continued deep-space exploration and aggressive colonization), Social Democrats (advocates for increasing the Synod's power and limiting the Empress', trimming military spending, and widening welfare systems), Greens (environmentalists), Concentracionists (isolationists), Limitationists (proponents for more laissez-faire economic policies), and Republicans (advocates for ending the constitutional monarchy and restoring a purely democratic state).
  • For All Nails, a fan continuation of For Want of a Nail, continues the book's use of this trope:
    • In the Confederation of North America, the Peace and Justice Party ultimately splits apart due to a schism between its moderate and radical wings. The former becomes the Reform and Justice Party, which allies with the People's Coalition, and the latter becomes the Masonist Party (named after the PJP's founder), which becomes a fringe party.
    • The German Empire's internal politics have their own significant plot line, so we get a comprehensive look at their political parties. The biggest are the dominant Germany Party (the main drivers behind the empire's expansion) and the main opposition Democrats (who want to turn the empire into a federation), but there are numerous smaller parties — the Liberals, the Socialists, the Peasants Party, the Nationalists (right-wing), the Polonia Party (which represents the empire's Polish population), the Bohemia-Movaria Party (regional representation), and the Bloc Francais (which represents the empire's French citizens).
    • A significantly long storyline taking place in Victoria (alternate Kenya) features the country's own politics as well — the dominant Victoria United Party (center-right, mild focus on white supremacism), the Conservatives (far right, definite white supremacism), the Democrats (center-left), the Liberals (far left), and the All-Citizen's Party (left-wing, focus on equality for black citizens). There was also the Victoria National Congress, which was a radical black supremacist group, though it was eventually outlawed and became a terrorist group.
    • It's shown that after the Global War, Britain came under control of the National Renewal Party, a right-wing group determined to restore Britain's dominance on the world stage.
    • At the end of their stalemated war with the British, New Granada are made to hold free elections for a new government. The dominant party is the Pasanos, supporters of New Granada's King Ferdinand, with the only real opposition being the democratic Republicanos. There are three other parties mentioned as running — the Venezuela Libre, the Jeffersonistas, and the Partido de Granadinos Unidos — but all three are considered as jokes, due to being seen as Les Collaborateurs from the war, radicals unpopular outside rural areas, and a shill for the Pasanos, respectfully.
  • From Bajor to the Black: The second interview section mentions a few Bajoran political parties, the Socialists, Nationalists, and Conservative Association. In 2401, the Socialists and the Conservatives together outvote the Nationalists to shut down the Bajoran Militia Space Arm on budgetary grounds, which leads to Eleya transferring to Starfleet because she doesn't want to leave space.
  • Halloween Unspectacular:
    • The story "Countdown" features the Prosperity Party, which runs on a campaign of national richness, increased employment, and "a healthy dose of electoral fraud". Once in control of the Nicklands Republic, they ramp up mining of blue ectoplasm as a fuel source, despite the hazardous nature of the substance.
    • "Feeling Presidential" shows that several new parties emerge in response to Americans getting fed up with the two-party system. There's a new Progressive Party, which runs on liberal platforms (the party of Presidents Dipper Pines, Stevonnie, and Dani Phantom), the Justice Party, originally the Trap Construction Party, which is a strong law-and-order group (the party of Presidents Fred Jones and Bruce Wayne), and the Truth Party, which is dedicated to investigations of the supernatural (the party of Presidents Denzel Crocker and Dib Membrane).
  • Misadventure to a Tripolar World: Britannia has the Social Party, Royalist Party, and Purity Party alongside the Democratic and Conservative Parties.
  • Timeline-191: After the End has a lot of this going on:
    • Like in Timeline-191 itself, the United States' political spectrum is dominated by the right-wing Democrats and left-wing Socialists, with the Republicans as a minor third party only relevant initially in the Midwest. However, it later expands thanks to the new states added from Canada, the former Confederacy, and the Caribbean, eventually becoming a major centrist counter-balance to the other parties.
    • After Mexico overthrows its imperial government and (eventually) transitions to democracy, it is dominated by the (ironically conservative) Liberal Reconstruction Party. The Socialist Party of Mexico eventually emerges as serious competition, however.
    • In Britain, an alternate Labour Party runs most governments following the Second Great War, though the Progressive Liberal Party eventually gains prominence.
    • The Russian Republic's main political party post-revolution is the Socialists, with their initial only competition being the Communists, who eventually fade away to nothing. But then real competition comes from the conservative Justice and Prosperity Party, the Orthodox Church-backed Renewal Party, and the Russian Ecological Party.
    • The Democratic Party of China has autocratic control of the country for decades after its liberation from Japan, but eventually loosens control and starts facing serious competition from the Ecological Party of China.
    • Following the collapse of the Japanese Empire and chaos of the Japanese Civil War, most of the Home Islands become the Japanese Workers' Republic, run with an iron fist by the Syndicalist Party. Later on, though, the Japanese Ecological Party emerges as an underground movement opposing some of the Syndicalists' control.
  • The War of the Masters:
    • The Moab Confederacy has a dozen or so during the election arc in 2412, in which the key issue is making nice with the Federation since Moab is in disarray after Fek-Day. The Nationalist and Independence parties are anti-Federation, the Reconciliation Party (shortened to Reconciliationists or Rec) is pro-Federation (and draws support from New Optimum, which is considered ironic by the Starfleet characters considering they're human supremacists considered the next best thing to neo-Nazis by the Federation and are an anti-Federation group everywhere else). Among other parties discussed, batlh qorDu' je ("Honor and Family") is a "family values" party popular with the Confederacy's large Klingon minority, while Peri Wahlberger mentions she voted for a "good government" party led by a Romulan expat.
    • In post-Soft Reboot stories co-written by Bait and Switch (STO) author StarSword-C, Bajor again has the Conservatives and the Social Democrats (the most Federation-friendly of the major parties), but the most powerful appears to be the Bajoran Nationalist Party, which frequently accuses the Federation government of overreach and is said to win three out of every five elections. Bajor's incumbent government at the start of the Klingon War arc is Socialist, but they lose the 2406 election to the Nationalists as collateral damage from a scandal at the Federation Council level.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • The Dark Horse features the Progressive and Conservative parties facing off in a gubernatorial campaign. Oddly, the Republicans and Democrats apparently exist in some form in the movie's universe, as Progressive nominee Zachary Hicks is mentioned in one line of dialogue as having dinner with both of them.
  • Death Race 2000: Frankenstein runs over "The Deacon of the Bipartisan Party" for 50 points. Apart from both running and sponsoring the eponymous death race and having religious figures in positions of power in the party, not much is known about this party's platform or political views, but it's possibly a fusion of the Democratic and Republican Parties to judge by its name.
  • The Purge Universe: The annual "Purge Night" holiday was established after the rise of a political party calling itself "The New Founding Fathers".

  • Nineteen Eighty-Four: "Ingsoc" (English Socialism), normally referred to simply as "the Party" after they've long since gotten rid of the competition, forming a totalitarian regime. Judging from what little history we can discern, they were originally a far-left (possibly communist) party which formed in Britain or Europe, eventually succeeding in revolution. Their supposed beliefs about social equality were all just a sham, or have long since become one — the only thing the Party wants is power. There are two similar parties controlling the rest of the world, Eurasia apparently following Neo-Bolshevism whilst Eastasia follows a philosophy "called by a Chinese name usually translated as Death-worship, but perhaps better rendered as 'Obliteration of the Self'".
  • Agent Lavender: By the end of the timeline, most of the major political parties in the 1977 General Election have changed their names from OTL. The Labour Party led by Roy Jenkins and Tony Benn rename themselves the Democrats, Ted Heath leads a Conservative/Liberal coalition that is implied to become the Moderates, and Enoch Powell leads a large number of right-wing Conservatives, Monetarists and Ulstermen as a newly formed Unionist Party.
  • Alliance/Union: Union has several. The big two parties are the Centrists (named because they want to concentrate on centralized investment in the already developed systems of Union) and the Expansionists (who want to grow and expand into new systems). There are also smaller, extremist & single issue parties. Those mentioned include parties limited to a single space station, the Abolitionists (who advocate banning human cloning), and the Hawks (pro-military party who want to reclaim Alliance space).
  • Bring the Jubilee: In place of the Republican and Democratic parties, the alternate USA has the Whigs and the Populists, both of which are depicted as corrupt and uncaring towards the common man.
  • Bug Jack Barron: Jack becomes the Presidential Candidate of both the left-wing Social Justice Coalition and the Republican Party, and stands against "Teddy and his ghosts" of the Democratic Party.
  • Caliphate: The populist "Wake Up, America" Party was formed after a nuclear attack on the United States by Islamic terrorists on September 11. They gained popularity among the distraught and grieving American public due to the lack of response from the government against the perpetrators and their party candidate, Pat Buckman, building a campaign around the message, "We'll make them pay." It's because of this that they were alternatively known as the "Armageddon Party."
  • Dave Barry Slept Here pities the fact that Teddy Roosevelt and his Bull Moose party lost in 1912, because otherwise it "might have started a whole new trend of giving comical animal names to political parties, and today we might be seeing election battles between the Small Hairless Nocturnal Rodent party and the Stench-Emitting Ox party, and this country would be a lot more fun." Previous chapters mention Presidents being elected with the support of the Anal Compulsive Party, the Party to Elect Presidents with Stupid Nicknames and the Let's Elect Presidents with Comical First Names party.
  • The Dead Zone: The America Now party started by Greg Stillson, described as "superficially liberal on domestic issues and moderate to very conservative on issues of foreign policy," although, "when you peeled back the liberal veneer on domestic postions, they turned out to be pretty conservative, too."
  • The Difference Engine: The Industrial Radical Party believe in scientific endeavor, industrial progress, and meritocracy, appointing peerages to "savants". Lord Byron is Prime Minister.
  • Domina: There are two sets of political parties.
    • The primary parties of the city are mostly based on how to deal with outsiders, and are named after famous individual trees; Iluvatar (isolationists), the Great Banyan (diplomatic expansionists), Kongeegen (social Darwinists), and the Granit Oak (imperialist expansionists).
    • The parties of the Atlantean merfolk are Naiads (free traders), Nereids (isolationists), and Oceanids (unionists).
  • The Footprint of Mussolini:
    • In response to President Henry Wallace's desegregation policies and soft stance on Communism, the Dixiecrats split from the Democrats and found the Freedom Party on a platform of segregation and social conservatism. The Democrats then implode completely after Wallace is impeached for giving nuclear secrets to the Soviets, with the pro-Wallace left wing splitting off to form the Progressive Democratic Party, which collapses not long after Wallace is convicted of being a Soviet spy.
    • When the Freedom Party in turn alienates its own far-right wing by not defending the KKK from the crackdowns following Jackie Robinson's lynching, they split off to form the State's Rights Party, which advocates expanding Jim Crow to the whole country and turning the Klan into a State Sec.
  • Forest Kingdom: In the Hawk & Fisher spinoff series, the city of Haven is feuded over by Conservative and Reform blocs, with minority factions representing merchants' Free Trade, the militant/religious Brotherhood of Steel, and Lord Sinclair's personal No Tax On Liquor agenda (a.k.a. the Who's For A Party? party).
  • For Want of a Nail, an Alternate History where the American Revolution was crushed and in place of the United States of America are two rival continental powers, the United States of Mexico and the Confederacy of North America, has a smattering of fictional parties:
    • The CNA starts off with the (Unified) Liberals and the (National) Conservatives, but in the decades after the Industrial Revolution, the Conservatives are eclipsed and eventually absorbed by the social democratic People's Coalition. And then the end of the book's timeline sees the post-Global War rising of the anti-war Peace and Justice Party, with speculation in-universe that it might do the same to the Liberals.
    • The USM starts off with the small-government Liberty Party and the expansionist Continentalist Party. However, after the collapse of the Hermion dictatorship that they were part of the rise of, the Continentalists dissolve and reform as the United Mexican Party, which is basically the same product with a different wrapper. For a brief time, there was also the radically anti-Anglo/anti-big business Workers Coalition, which eventually transformed into the guerrilla terrorist organization the Moralistas. And finally, there's the Progressive Party, which is just part of the facade of democracy that Colonel Mercator eventually sets up over his own dictatorship (after banning the established parties) near the end of the book's timeline.
  • Gentleman Bastard: The council of Karthain is dominated by two parties — the Deep Roots, founded by Old Money, and the Black Iris, comprising young progressives. However, the city-state's true rulers are the Bondsmagi, who secretly mind-control the Muggles into doing whatever they want and treat the elections like a spectator sport.
  • Honor Harrington:
    • Manticore alone has the Centrists (chiefly pragmatists), the Crown Loyalists (who believe that an empowered monarch is a good thing to counter the aristocracy and currently allied with the Centrists as the Queen supports them), the Liberals (socialists), the Progressives (vaguely liberal, but chiefly opportunists), the Conservative Association (conservative and seeks to maintain the power of the aristocracy), and the New Men (opportunists, even more so than the Progressives).
    • The newly reformed Republic of Haven is also rapidly developing several, such as the Constitutional Progressives (Eloise Pritchart's Party), New Democrats, New Conservatives, and Corporate Conservatives, although the politics aren't as elaborated on.
    • The Talbott Constitutional Convention develops two political parties — the Constitutional Union Party and the Constitution Liberal Party. The only difference is that the latter (who are actually more akin to the Manticoran Conservatives) seeks to preserve the Cluster's autonomy. They claim to be preserving local customs and liberties, but what they really want is to preserve their own local power bases, without worrying about things like the Manticoran Constitution's stronger protections for civil liberties.
  • In The Red by Mark Tavener features the Reform Party, which was an actual 19th century UK party. In the book it still exists in the 1990s and is similar to the Lib-Dems at the time, claiming to exert a "moderating influence" on the main parties (when in fact it exerts no influence at all). Their slogan is "You Know Reform Government Works," but the Lemony Narrator says that no one does unless they remember 1903. By the end of the book they've become a major player, after their leader not only helps catch a murderer, but gives the most impressive speech of his career (his speechwriter accidentally left the Dictaphone on while having sex; this was dutifully typed up and handed to him).
  • Infinite Jest: The "Clean US Party" (CUSP), led by crooner Johnny Gentle, is deeply, deeply concerned with keeping the United States "clean and tight" (as President Gentle puts it), to the point of dumping ridiculous amounts of toxic waste in a part of New England so that they can give it to Canada (and thus not be in the US anymore).
  • Known Space: The Pierson's Puppeteers have two political parties: Conservatives, who are isolationist, and Experimentalists, who favor interventionist foreign policy. As a rule, the Conservatives dominate the government until crises arise, at which point the Experimentalists are brought into power due to the Puppeteers' species-wide terror of everything that might threaten their survival, and remain there until the problem is resolved and the isolationism of the Conservatives starts to look like the safer option again.
  • The Labours of Hercules: In "The Augean Stables", the Prime Minister (who is desperate to keep his predecessor from being exposed as a crook) belongs to the People's Party. Strangely, in a later story in the collection, the Labor and Tory parties are mentioned by name.
  • Lensman: In First Lensman, the party system in North America is the Cosmocrats (supporting the nascent Galactic Patrol) and the Nationalists (manipulated by Boskone).
  • Machtspiel by Andreas Schlüter features a politician of the "Freie Soziale Demokratische Union" (Free Social Democratic Union), a combination of the names of the 3 most important parties in Germany.
  • Past Master: The planet Astrobe has a bewildering array of parties, encouraged by its intricate voting system. These include the Hatrack Party, the First, Second and Third Compromise Parties, the Unreconstructeds (humans only, no robots), the Esthetics, the Anesthetics, and a splinter calling themselves "Local Anesthetics". At one point, Thomas More finds himself being interviewed by The Crank, a one-man "party" who managed to slip between the cracks.
  • Perdido Street Station: New Crobuzon's Parliament is controlled by the Fat Sun party, and also includes MPs from the anti-xenian Three Quills, pro-xenian Diverse Tendency and idealistic/eccentric Finally We Can See parties.
  • Poul Anderson: Several stories feature a "Libertarian Party", dating from long before the actual party of that name.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: The Free City of Volantis is home two big parties who compete for the three ruling chairs of the city's Triarchy. The Tigers pull for military expansionism, while Elephants are mostly merchants and moneylenders who want to build trade relationships. The latter have been consistently more popular for quite some time, as the Tigers have never elected more than one of their members as Triarchs for nearly 300 years.
  • Star Carrier: The Terran Confederation Parliament is officially non-partisan, but that doesn't stop unofficial party-like voting blocs from developing. One named early on is the Conciliationists, who hope to work out a negotiated peace with the Sh'daar who are slowly overrunning the Confederation. The fourth book focuses more on Earth politics and names several inside the United States of North America, such as the Freedomists who want the USNA to at least maintain as much autonomy from the Confederation as it can, if not secede altogether (making them something like an American version of the UK Independence Party).
  • Star Trek Novel 'Verse:
    • The Parliament Andoria is split between the Visionists (who are conservative and somewhat isolationist), and the strongly pro-Federation Modern Progressive party (liberal). On planet Mestiko, meanwhile, there's the Payavist Inward Party, which objected to alien interference in the world's rebuilding following the "pulse" disaster. It eventually overthrew the Zamestaad government in a coup (see Star Trek: Mere Anarchy). Finally, on Kropasar, the two major parties are named "Agreement" and "Consensus".
    • Some of the non-canon earlier novels also mention the Revanche Party on Cardassia, who are militarists who want to restore the glory days of Cardassian power. After the Dominion War there is Alon Ghemor's Reunion Party, which seeks to restore the original foundations of the Cardassian Union.
  • Star Wars Expanded Universe:
    • In the old Star Wars Legends continuity, various materials detail a very diverse political climate with a very large number of different political organizations and movements all across the galaxy. Some are parties that involve themselves in the local affairs of a single planet; others try to make an impact in the Galactic Republic or New Republic. Among them...
      • Before the Clone Wars, the Republic had two factions in the Senate. The Core Faction was liberal, supportive of trade tariffs, and made mostly of humans. The Rim Faction was conservative, anti-tariff, and made up of non-humans. During the election alluded to in The Phantom Menace, Bail Antilles represented the Core Faction, Ainlee Teem represented the Rim Faction, Palpatine was independent, and Valorum was just fighting for his career; every faction had abandoned him.
      • During and around the time of the Clone Wars, the two main factions in the Galactic Republic are the Separatists, led by Count Dooku, who want to leave the the Republic and see it disbanded, and the Loyalists, led by Senator Palpatine, who want to remain with it.
      • The Rights of Sentience Party is a party in the New Republic that grew out of a lobbyist group with the aim of protecting the rights of sentient species.
      • The True Victory Party was a political party comprised of radical Bothans who wished to continue ar'kai (i.e. "genocidal warfare") against the Yuuzhan Vong.
      • The POWER Party (that's Preserve Our Wild Endangered Resources Party) of the planet Telos IV was an organization created in opposition to the Telosian government granting a MegaCorp control over the planet's national parks and sacred lands for the mining of resources, which the POWER Party believed should be illegal. Except it had only one member, two if you count the supporting thief.
    • In the new EU, by the time of Star Wars: Bloodline, there are two major political parties in the New Republic Senate: the Populists, who believe that individual star systems should retain their sovereignty, and the Centrists, who believe that the New Republic should have a strong, centralized government.
  • Timeline-191:
    • The Freedom Party is a counterpart to the Nazis set in Confederate America. "Freedom from blacks", that is; after a black communist uprising, they decided that slavery wasn't going far enough. Prior to the rise of the Freedom Party, the two main political parties in the Confederacy were the Whigs and the Radical Liberals.
    • The United States' two main parties are the right-wing Democrats and the left-wing Socialists, with the centrist Republicans as a minor third party that draws most of its support from the agrarian Flyover Country states. Party colours are also different (as they are Newer Than They Think in real history) with the Socialists using red, the Republicans using yellow, and the Democrats using red, white and blue together due to Patriotic Fervour.
  • To Shape a Dragon's Breath: Three are mentioned, all in conflict:
    • The Freemensthede, who wish to create a democratic society in the ways of ancient Tyklandish thought that includes and respects the will of smallfolk, along with innovation, social progress, integrating the nackies as civilized, and freethinking;
    • The Erikthedesman, who believe in maintaining social order according to traditions with rules by thanes, with strongholds, landholders and thedes' will taking precedence over any opinions of smallfolk and other lesser people;
    • The Ravens of Joden, a minority who believe Norsfolk as the superior people should return to securing their rule and spreading their empire using the ways of old—namely, violent military raids into "lesser" lands and any people indigenous to the area either slaughtered or enslaved, and never mind the violence of it.
  • Tower Of Glass: A sort of counterpart of Libertarians are called the "Witherers", because they supposedly stand for the withering away of the state. Of course, that does not keep them from fighting elections.
  • "Trample An Empire Down": Bored dolees set out to undermine the establishment by openly mounting the Subversive Party, whose slogan is "What's In It For Me?" It succeeds beyond anyone's wildest dreams (or nightmares).
  • Victoria has the right-wing populist Maine First Party that the underground Christian Marines militia launch as their public "front" group. It takes off like a rocket in response to several especially visible local and federal political abuses, and soon has counterparts/daughter chapters in other states as well. After it controls the legislature, it begins to work for Maine's unilateral declaration of independence from the United States.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Adam Ruins Everything: Adam explains how gerrymandering works using the Yellow Party and the Purple Party. In terms of their actual positions, the Yellow Party believe all gay people should be required to own guns and all people named "Trevor" should be executed by the state, while the Purple Party believes "all guns are gay" and want to pass a law requiring babies to vape.
  • Babylon 5: The Drazi have two main political parties: Purple and Green. These parties have no coherent ideology, demographics or founding ideal: All Drazi of voting age are randomly assigned to either Green or Purple at the beginning of each election cycle, by drawing a coloured sash out of a box (one sash of each colour has a leader mark on it, marking that person as the local party leader). The two parties then beat each other up until one party has had enough and concedes the election, at which point the winning party forms a government behind its leaders and the sashes are put back in their boxes, dissolving both parties. Drazi politics has managed to operate on this system for centuries and they are completely okay with it.
  • Blackadder The Third: "Dish and Dishonesty " uses these in a parody of British election conventions. Faced with a potential prime minister who could politically harm Prince George, Blackadder attempts to tip parliament back in their favour by convincing the owner of a rotten borough (a tiny electorate with a very small amount of voters that could easily be bribed) to go their way. That owner suddenly dies, so Blackadder instead decides to run Baldrick as the candidate on behalf of the "Adder Party," a name that becomes much more appropriate when it turns out that Blackadder was both the borough's Returning Officer and lone voter after both died in freak "accidents." Other fictitious parties on the ballot included "Keep Royalty White, Rat Catching And Safe Sewage Residents' Party" and the "Standing at the Back Dressed Stupidly and Looking Stupid Party" (whose party line stands for "the compulsory serving of asparagus at breakfast, free corsets for the 'under-fives,' and the abolition of slavery").
  • Borgen: All political parties are fictional. However, they are thinly veiled versions of real life Danish parties. They also seem to represent a simplified left-right "sliding scale" that's easier for the viewer to understand.
    • Nyborg's centre-left coalition consists of:
      • The Solidarity Party (hard-left with Muslims like Aicha Nagrawi, led by Anna-Sophie Linderkrone, resembling the real-life Red-Green Coalition)
      • The Greens (left-wing & green like the Socialist People's Party, led by Amir Diwan)
      • The Labour Party (centre-left, like the real-life Social Democrats, and modernising under Laugesen)
      • The Moderate Party (centre-left/centre, like the Social Liberal Party in real-life).
    • On the right, meanwhile, are:
      • The Liberals (centre-right, clearly based on the real-life Venstre)
      • The New Right Party (right-wing conservative, led by Yvonne Kjær, similar to the Conservative People's Party)
      • The Freedom Party (hard-right and stated to be descended from Glistrup's Progress, just like the real-life Danish People's Party).
    • In the third season, we get the New Democrats, another centre-left party, as the Moderates move centre-right.
  • Chief of Staff: A disclaimer at the start of this Korean Government Procedural says that it's all fictional, so the show depicts the protagonists working for the Daehan Party, and mentions their rival the Kookmin Party, both of which are fictional.
  • The Daily Show: During the coverage of the 2000 Presidential Election, host Jon Stewart claimed that the Green Party was the result of a joint rally for the Yellow and Blue Parties held during a rainstorm.
  • Ihmisten Puolue is a Finnish TV comedy series about the eponymous fictional party ("Humans' Party"). The party in question has little detectable ideology, being composed of a small group of individuals that bicker about everything.
  • Kamen Rider BLACK: One episode has Gorgom using their connections to form a political party called the "EP Party" in order to run for office.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus: "It's a Living" has an "Election Night Special" sketch, covering the 1970 UK General Election. All elections are mainly contested by two parties, the Sensible Party and the Silly Party; the Slightly Silly Party and Very Silly Party both vouch candidates in a few districts as well.
    • There was also a "Party Political Broadcast on behalf of the Wood Party", in which the Minister giving the broadcast fell through the Earth's crust.
    • They also had a Party Political Broadcast on behalf of the Norwegian Party. Reasons given to vote for them include Norway's high per-capita income, a 14% industrial re-investment rate, and girls with massive knockers.
    • There's also the National Bocialist Party, which is a bunch of thinly-disguised German Nazi leaders trying to revive their political power by contesting a by-election in Minehead.
  • Most Extreme Elimination Challenge: One episode sees Republicans vs. Democrats vs. Third Party; the majority of the "third parties" named are made-up, including the Brown Party, the S&M Party, the Wiccan Party, and GILF.
  • Round the Twist: When Mr Gribble runs for the Senate in the second series, he belongs to the fictional (in Australia at the time) "Progressive Conservative Party," who have the same party colour (blue) as the real-life Liberal Party.
  • Spooks featured the British Way Party, who were a Fictional Counterpart to the real-life British National Party.
  • Saturday Night Live: A sketch during the campaign season for the 1996 US Presidential Election was modeled as a Larry King Live broadcast giving Third Party candidates the opportunity to voice themselves in the media. Along with Ross Perot and the Libertarian nominee, opinions were also heard from the Totalitarian Dictatorship Party and the Female Circumcision Party.
  • Queenmaker: In this Korean political drama about a Seoul mayoral election, all the parties are fictional. Oh Kyung-sook, a left-wing, social-justice style Crusading Lawyer, is running for mayor on the ticket of the mildly left Reform Party.
  • Yes, Minister primarily uses No Party Given—but when the results for Jim Hacker's constituency are announced in the first episode, Hacker is wearing a white rosette, a color affiliated with no actual British party (white is normally used for Independents). Wild Mass Guessing on the part of fans variously put Hacker with a revived Liberal Party or a new Centre Party of the type proposed by several people in the late seventies. Notably in the series Hacker sometimes talks about the Conservatives and Labour as though they are both rivals to his own party.

  • GWAR: The album War Party centers around a political party (named "The War Party") that supports policies dedicated especially to the eradication of the human race through global war and hatred. The party's symbol is said to be the "Krosstika," a combination of the Christian cross and the Nazi swastika, representing "two great hates that hate great together." According to GWAR lore, the political party has since disbanded.
  • Hypnosis Mic features the Party of Words, an all-female, Matriarchy-driven political party, based on the idea that women are more capable of creating a functioning, peaceful society, while all men are inherently driven to war and violence. The Party essentially executed The Coup and had the old government of Japan overthrowned, establishing their own regime.

  • Party is all about a small, nameless, unsuccessful party run ineptly by a handful of bickering students.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Battletech:
    • The Clans developed two political factions at the beginning of the Political Century: The Wardens and the Crusaders. Both were based on interpretations of Alexander Kerensky's "Hidden Hope Doctrine", which had originally been a Rousing Speech intended to boost the SLDF exiles' morale by pointing out the faults in the Inner Sphere they had left behind. The Crusaders interpreted the Hidden Hope Doctrine as a wish that the Clans would one day return to the Inner Sphere and put an end to its Forever War by conquering the Great Houses and resurrecting Star League under Clan leadership, while the Wardens interpreted it as the Clans needing to stay apart from the Inner Sphere and develop their own society with a higher moral standard, only returning to it if an external foe threatened to overrun humanity. The Wardens quickly saw that the greatest threat to the Inner Sphere was the Crusaders, leading to an irrevocable split between the two factions. The Crusaders eventually came out on top, sparking the Clan Invasion storyline.
    • Following the Wars of Reaving, a giant Civil War (initially) fought between Clans who had participated in the Clan Invasion (mostly Crusaders) and Clans who had been forced to remain behind on the Clan homeworlds (mostly Wardens), Clan society became highly insular and began viewing the Inner Sphere as irrevocably tainted. The result was two new political parties rising from the ashes: The Bastions, who saw the Inner Sphere as a place where the Clan lifestyle went to die and wanted noting more to do with it, and the Aggressors, who saw the continued existence of the Inner Sphere as a threat to the Clan Way and wanted a second Clan Invasion with the express purpose of wiping it out.
  • Shadowrun:
    • The U.S. still has Republicans and Democrats, but they share the political stage with the Technocrat, Archconservative and New Century parties. Cross-party alliances, and campaign tickets, are common.
    • "Policlubs", essentially highly influential special interest groups, are usually divided along metatype lines with two of the largest being the human-supremacist "Humanis" and the ork-supremacist "Sons of Sauron". When it comes to activities, policlubs run the entire gamut from "peaceful advocacy group" via "vigilante mob" to "out-and-out terror network". Groups like the NRA, ACLU or NAACP would probably feel right at home among the policlubs of the Sixth World.
  • Star Trek The Next Generation Role Playing Game: The Way of D'era: The Romulan Star Empire lists four Romulan Senate political parties (called coalitions): Jaridannote , Nej'aharnote , Jol Tannote , and Sukethnote .
  • Underground by Mayfair Games (published in 1993): The U.S. in 2021 is dominated by two political parties, the Plutocrats, founded by H. Ross Perot (the movement that would become the Reform Party in the real world), which had the position that whatever is good for the rich is best for the entire country, and the Republicrats (a centrist union of the Democrats and Republicans which generally exists to oppose whatever the Plutocrats want). European politics are dominated by the ARC Party run by the Church of Happyology, which runs the European Union as a single-party dictatorship.
  • Warhammer 40,000: The fluff posits a number of political movements within the Inquisition. There are two large groupings: the Puritans, who believe that it is of the utmost importance to uphold the letter of Inquisition doctrine, and the Radicals, who are defined mainly by not adhering to Imperial orthodoxy and range from well-intentioned reformers to raving lunatics. Each group also has several sub-movements. The dominant Puritan groups are the extremely human-supremacist Monodominants; the Amalathians, who think that preserving the Imperial status quo is top priority; and the Thorians, who want to bring about the Emperor's rebirth. The Radicals include such groups as the Recongregationists, who believe that the Imperium is rotting and corrupt and needs to be torn down and rebuilt; the Istvaanians, Social Darwinists who believe that constant conflict makes humanity stronger; the Xanthists, deluded madmen who want to use Chaos to fight Chaos; the Polypsykana, devoted to making humanity into a fully psychic species; and the Xenos Hybris, who want to ally with more civilized aliens to oppose greater threats like Chaos and the Tyranids.

    Video Games 
  • BioShock Infinite: The sole political party in the floating city of Columbia is called the "Founders Party", promoting a far right-wing agenda rooted in American Exceptionalism, racism, and a narrow-minded view of Christianity.
  • Dragon Age: Origins: Codex notes found in the Circle Tower speak of political groups (referred to as fraternities) within the Circle of Magi. The largest ones at the time are the Loyalistsnote , the Aequitariansnote , the Libertariansnote , the Isolationistsnote , and the Lucrosiansnote .
  • Hidden Agenda (1988): The Banana Republic of Chimerica is divided between the right-wing Popular Stability, the moderate Christian Reform, and the leftist National Liberation. Each offers three nominees for your cabinet, which has four positions to fill, so you'll need to hire from at least two parties.
  • Mass Effect: The Terra Firma Party is a human political party that mainly seeks to oppose humanity's involvement and integration with the rest of the galactic community, believing that humanity needs to stand on its own if they're to remain strong. Commander Shepard (as well as their squad mates) can comment and give their opinion on what they think of such a platform, and the player can choose whether or not to have Shepard endorse the Terra Firma Party or Take a Third Option and tell them that the regs prohibit Shepard from endorsing political candidates.
  • The New Order: Last Days of Europe, an Alternate History mod for Hearts of Iron IV about the Axis victory in WWII, has the American political climate be deeply changed after the defeat of the US by Japan: The National Progressive Pact, founded after the messy 1956 elections, is a coalition of the Nationalist Party and Progressive Party alongside other smaller parties, including the Communist Party of US and Neo-Nazi ANV; the NPP is a fragile coalition solely united by their anti-Japanese sentiment and distaste of establishment parties. The Democratic and Republican parties, meanwhile, create the RDC (Republican-Democrat Coalition), to combat NPP.
  • Persona 5
    • The United Future Party. Considering how the party's founder, Masayoshi Shido, was formerly a member of the real-world Liberal Democrat Party, it's assumed that the party has a somewhat-similar, if not extremely exaggerated, ideology or platform.
    • In the confidant with former Diet member Yoshida, the Liberal Co-Prosperity Party, a possible stand-in for the Real Life Liberal Democrat Party, is mentioned as the party that an influential group of Diet members want to leave following a string of scandals.
  • Stellaris: All space-faring empires that aren't a Hive Mind will have factions that favor one of the eight ethics available in the game. In the more democratic ones that hold regular elections, these are essentially new political parties that compete in whatever legislative body runs the government, and the leaders of the largest factions have an advantage in winning elections. They each spawn with a randomly-generated name for the party reflective of the ethic they favor (e.g., "Citizens Equality Coalition" for the faction favoring egalitarianism). Currying the favor of the largest factions by adopting their favored policies (e.g., no population or migration controls for the Egalitarian party) is beneficial, as they grant more influence points to your empire. Their relative attractiveness to the population and subsequent political power can be affected by both the empire's overall situation (e.g., constantly winning wars makes Militarism more attractive, research agreements with Materialist empires increases that ethic's attractiveness) and direct actions by the player by spending influence points (embracing or promoting a faction increases its attractiveness, suppressing the faction decreases it).
  • Suzerain features a well-developed set of political parties for the Republic of Sordland:
    • You are the leader of the United Sordland Party, a republican big-tent party broadly divided between the nationalist (supporting a non-aligned, militaristic Sordland with a planned economy) and reformist (supporting democratic constitutional reforms and a more capitalist economy) factions.
    • The two opposition parties are the People's Freedom and Justice Party (a social democratic party with constitutional reform as its main policy, led by a strongly pro-capitalist and pro-Arcasia leader) and the National Front Party (supporting ethnic and religious nationalism, and closely associates with the Young Sords Black Shirt organisation).
    • Two minor parties that are not in the '53 parliament due to not meeting the 10% electoral threshold are the Worker's Party of Bludia (a democratic socialist party that represents the Bludish ethnic minority) and the Communist Party of Sordland (a decentralised party representing a range of radical left views). If you do not lower the electoral threshold, the two parties will contest the '57 election together as the People's Front.
    • Finally, the Bludish Freedom Party is a Bludish separatist group that has been banned by the start of the game due to their links to the Bludish Freedom Front. The player can choose to unban the BFP under certain circumstances.
    • Outside of Sordland, we get a small insight into the ruling parties of other neighbouring countries as well:
      • United Contana is ruled by the self-explanatory Contanan Communist Party, which evolved from the more socialist Contanan Labour Party.
      • The Republic of Arcasia is currently run by the libertarian Democracy Party. We also learn that their main opposition comes from the social-democratic Reformist Union.
      • The Republic of Lespia is run by Democrazia Lespia.
      • The Democratic Republic of Valgsland has the People’s Party of Valgsland, which has evolved from a revolutionary communist party into a more internal socialist one.
      • The Republic of Wehlen has the Wehzek Nationalist Party of Nurist Socialism, which is centred on religious nationalism and anti-capitalism.
      • The Republic of Agnolia has the centrist Nurist Democratic Union, analogous to real-world Christian Democracy parties.
  • XCOM Apocalypse: Major parties of Mega-Primus Senate are rivals Extropians and Technocrats.
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon features the Citizens' Liberal Party, which is quite transparently a stand-in for the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan. Very little is made of any actual policies, but the party's backroom shenanigans, power-brokering and shady-to-outright-illegal connections to yakuza and industrial groups (again, echoing scandals surrounding the Liberal Democratic Party) are very much front-and-center.

  • Ozy and Millie: Back in 2000, Llewelyn ran for President on the People With Nothing Better To Do ticket. Despite his deliberately absurd platform, he comes surprisingly close to winning.
  • Sarilho: Two political parties are named on the Meditan Empire: the Efficientists and the Expansionists. Not much is known about them, except that members of the Corvo House are usually Expansionists. If Franq's words are anything to go by, the Efficientists are the reason there has been a peace treaty between the Meditan Empire and Lusitania.
  • Tales of the Questor has the Open Traders (OP's) and Expansionists (XP's) , for context the Seven Villages hid themselves from the rest of the world behind a swamp and a Mistwall a century ago. Now they're running out of natural resources and there's disagreement as to what they're going to do about it. In this case, the Open Traders want to encourage open trade with humans to get the resources they need. On the other hand, the Expansionists, citing the common fears based on the unpleasant history of Racconan/Human relations and want to gradually expand the fog barrier surrounding their land and take the human lands for their own.

    Web Original 
  • A Giant Sucking Sound: The premise is Ross Perot winning the 1992 election. When his attempts at bipartisanship fail, he creates the Freedom Party, an unlikely mix of centrist and center-right politicians, political radicals, and others dissatisfied with the two-party system. Its recruits include Democrats Paul Tsongas, Jerry Brown, Joe Lieberman, and Howard Dean; former Republicans John McCain, Warren Rudman, and Arlen Specter; libertarians like Ron Paul and L. Neil Smith; independents like Bernie Sanders, Angus King, and Jesse Ventura; radicals and activists like John Hagelin, Ralph Nader, and Al Sharpton; and other celebrities like Jello Biafra, Donald Trump, and Jon Stewart.

  • Decades of Darkness: The major parties of the United States are the Democrats and the Patriots, who are later replaced by the Unionists, and the major parties of the Republic of New England are the Federalists, Radicals, and Republicans.

  • Fear, Loathing and Gumbo on the Campaign Trail '72: A more turbulent, polarized, and economically depressed 1970s results in the splintering of America's two party system. New political parties emerge.
    • We the People, a far-left urban party whose name is taken from the first line in the preamble to the Constitution, is formed by Shirley Chisholm, Ron Dellums and others who were dissatisfied with the ineptitude of President George Wallace.
    • Christian Values, a far-right party of Christian fundamentalists who quickly absorb the old Dixiecrat vote. By 1990, after the fall of Rumsfeldia, they take control of much of the country, and turn it into an oppressive theocracy.
    • The Libertarian Party becomes the dominant party of the American West, even building communes that resist Rumsfeldia and the Christian States of America.
    • The emergence of influential third parties has bizarre effects on US politics. Many third parties end up as spoilers, leading to unexpected victories. [ Spiro Agnew becomes the mayor of New York in 1981, due to the division of liberal votes, and Harvey Johnson, a liberal African American becomes a Senator from Mississippi. More seriously, however, the extreme liberalism of WTP, weakens the Democratic Party, and divides the liberal and center-left vote allowing Donald Rumsfeld to be elected to the presidency twice, without even winning a majority of popular votes.

  • The Fire Never Dies: The post-SACW American political system has political parties which either only exists because of the revolution, or had existed before as in Real Life but had been radically altered by the revolution. Chief among them include (as of the 1920 Elections):
    • The Socialist Labour Party (SLP) is the leading party of the revolution and the nation, and at the start included leading Socialists such as Eugene Debs, Billy Haywood, Mother Jones and William Trautmann. They have a more moderate and pragmatic platform for socialist America among the mainstream socialist parties.
    • The Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), headed by the likes of Leon Bronstein, Vincent St. John and Emma Goldman, is much less unified but much more revolutionary/radical than the SLP, calling for an openly confrontational foreign policy, the complete restructuring of American government, and more extensive series of postwar trials.
    • The Progressive Party is headed by the likes of Hiram Johnson and Sam Rayburn, consisting of politicians who are not originally socialist or still refrained from socialism, but had made their peace with the new socialist america they had found themselves in. They represents small cooperatives against big unions and favours the continued existence of a free market with within a market socialist economic framework.
    • The Federalist Party, consisting of non-socialist figures from pre-revolution who remained like Clarence Edward McCartney and Calvin Coolidge, is the most openly reactionary and hostile to the socialist revolution (though not to the point of sedition), condemning the 'excesses' of the revolution and calling for restoration of the old flag, capital and traditions of old America.

  • Kentucky Fried Politics:
    • During the 1964 election, Farris Bryant's third party Dixiecrat campaign coalesces as the Heritage Independence Party. This results in his right-wing supporters being the ones who become known as hippies (or rather, "H.I.P.ies") in this timeline. In the 1972 election, this party suffers ideological schisms, with social conservatives staying under the HIP banner, fiscal conservatives and isolationists forming the Defense Party, and populists and segregationists forming the Country Party.
    • In 1966, Timothy Leary founds the Natural Mind Party as a political extension of his philosophical beliefs.
    • Post-Communist Cuba has the Stability Party (left-leaning centrist), Conservative Party (pro-American hard-right), Nationalist Party (anti-American and anti-Communist right-leaning centrist, which collapses within a decade), and the New Authority Party (officially listed as "third position" and which also eventually collapses). By the turn of the 21st century, a Progressive Party emerges as a new left-wing group.
    • When Vietnam finally transitions to democracy after the period of military dictatorship following the defeat of the communists, the country's politics are dominated by the Peaceful Today and Tomorrow Party and the Heal and Rebuild Together Party.
    • During the 1980 election, liberal Democrats and Republicans disgruntled by their parties picking conservative or right-leaning moderate candidates band together as a new Progressive Party (which appears to dissolve by the midpoint of the decade).
    • During the late 60s/early 70s in Canada, the New Democratic and Social Credit parties merge to form the Progressive Tomorrow Party. And during the 90s, several small populist parties (Action, Alberta, and Frontier) merge into the Action Alliance.
    • The post-Gaddafi parties of Libya are Libyan Movement (sympathetic but skeptical of the West), Independent Pathway (pro-West but anti-US), and National Identity (conservative "third way").
    • The Liberty Union is a Vermont-only far-left party that appears in the 90s and gains nationwide significance when it manages to elect a federal Senator.
    • In disgust at the Republicans going with a moderate candidate in the 2008 election, Bernie Goetz runs a right-wing populist campaign under the banner of the Boulder Party, which is used by like-minded individuals in later elections.
    • A Boulder Party splinter group called the Strong Party forms for the 2012 election, collapses afterwards, and reforms by the 2016 election as the Bigfoot Party (Truth Party in some states), running on a platform demanding full government transparency in regards to various conspiracy theories and fringe beliefs.

  • Look to the West: Many examples, due to having the point of divergence at around the time modern political parties were developing. The timeline even has its own terminology for the political axis: a metallic spectrum where left-wing is "cobrist" (copper), right-wing is "doradist" (gold), and centre is "argentist" (silver). As well as Britain and America having OTL Whigs, Tories and Liberals, there are:
    • The Empire of North America has the Patriots (initially just pro-royalist, become doradist as party lines are drawn, but shift during the Great American War), the Constitutionalists (argentist, trying to be both the party of the Western frontiersmen and the party of the Southern rich) who split into the Whigs (pro-slavery) and the Neutral Party (argentist), the American Radical Party (cobrist), and the Supremacists (anti-slavery racists).
    • Post-Restoration France has the Liberty Party or Rouges (cobrist), the Royalist Party or Blancs (doradist), and the Moderate Party or Bleus (argentist). The Rouges split into the Adamantine Party and the Revolution Party or Noirs (neo-Jacobins), while the Blancs and Bleus merge into the National Party or Verts.
    • The United Provinces of South America has the Solidarity (later Colorado) Party (cobrist), the Amarillo (later Unionist) Party (doradist), the Adamantine Party (argentist). A later addition is the Mentian Party (deep-cobrist [what we'd call socialist], combined with German ethnic solidarity).
    • The Kingdom of Great Britain has the Phoenix Party (whose only real policy is keeping Joshua Churchill in power), the Scottish Party (Scot Nats), the Regressives (doradist) and the Radicals (cobrist) who split into the Green Radicals (cobro-argentist) and the Populist Party (cobrist but prone to infighting).

  • Magic, Metahumans, Martians and Mushroom Clouds: An Alternate Cold War has the American Values Party, formed in 1960 by Joe McCarthy, the Dixiecrats, and other reactionary figures in response to both the government's occult research and the black unrest in the South that it's allegedly fueling.

  • New Deal Coalition Retained has a new Progressive Party founded by Eugene McCarthy in 1968, on a platform of progressivism, pacifism, and libertarianism. While it successfully becomes the main opposition in Vermont, it stays small on the national scale until the 80s, when the Democrats and Republicans evolve into differing types of conservatism and their respective liberal wings begin defecting to the Progressives. They may still be lagging behind the two big parties nationally at that point, but many states follow Vermont's example in the Progs taking the number two spot, thereby fully ensuring an American three-party system.
    • Germany and Japan become ruled by Gerhard Frey's Freiheitspartei and Yukio Mishima's Rikken Minseito, respectfully. Both political parties adhere to Freyism, which mixes nationalism with a focus on individual freedom while at the same time setting up a ceremonial figurehead as a unifying figure to prevent the state from failing like their nationalist predecessors.
    • Back in the US, an alternate version of the Natural Law Party emerges in the 90s. Unlike its OTL counterpart, it is socially conservative and libertarian, and is highly popular in Idaho (where it was founded) and other Western states.
    • The Chinese Democratic Revolutionary Party is formed in China in the mid 90s in order to replace the overthrown Communist Party.
    • The three major parties in post-Soviet Russia are the Constitutional Democratic Party (conservative), Social Democratic Labour (democratic socialist), and the National Union (nationalist).

  • No W: By late 2007, President Santorum's administration has grown so hardline and fundamentalist that more mainstream conservatives (led by Mitt Romney and Colin Powell) break away from the Republicans and form the Heartland Party, to provide an alternative.

  • Reds!: A Revolutionary Timeline: As the TL develops, new political parties form, but usually out of existing political parties. And the parties that have the same name tend to have diverged in radically different ways to become In Name Only versions of their OTL counterparts.
    • In the present day, the American major parties, from the political right to left, are:
      • True Democrats: the designated traitor party. The drain trap that catches everything that won't accomodate to the revolution, becoming the mirror image of Western communist parties in our world.
      • The Democratic-Republican Party: The resident mainstream right-wing party, although mostly center-left in Real Life. It's a catchall for the progressive political center- they approach socialism from a mutualist note  perspective. They favor markets and limited property relations. Ron Paul serves Secretary-General (chief of staff and second-in-command). Think a communist American version of IRL libertarians.
      • Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party: the former left-wing of the Democratic Party, they approach socialism from a christian perspective, and are largely left-wing nationalists.
      • Communist Labor Party: the former center and right-wing of the Workers' Party, they place a greater emphasis on Marxism, support a more statist economy and are largely centrist on social issues.
      • Liberation Party: the left-wing splinter from the Workers' Party, founded as Liberation Communist Party. They're Left Communists note  who want to push foward the world revolution and have a strong libertine streak.
      • Social Ecological Union: Greens, with libertarian marxist and social anarchist wings. The Champions of environmental diversity and stability, the SEU qualifies as far-left by any standard and generally supports full worker control over the economy. Party leader Alix Olson is the current Premier of the US.
    • In the present day, the major parties of the Franco-British Union, from the political right to left, are:
      • People's Alliance/Alliance Populaire: the party of perpetual government in the post-WW2 era, formed in 1949 from the ad hoc alliance between the British Conservative Party and the French Rally of Popular Republicans. The People's Alliance has constructed the economy along corporatist lines, establishing pro-business "patriotic unions" and doling out patronage through a sophisticated system of state capitalism to ensure social stability. On social issues, they've hold back women, minority and LGBT movements and only making reforms opportunistically.
      • Liberty/Liberté;: the predominant right-wing opposition in the FBU, it does not style itself as a political party in spite of electing representatives to local and national government. It's mostly composed of an armed paramilitary wing and Venture Capitalists, Liberty styles itself as an ideologically liberal organization but is willing to support authoritarian measures to battle communism.
      • Labour Party/Parti d'Ouvriers: the merger between the UK's Labour Party and the French Section to the Workers' International (SFIO), it is a big tent left-wing party that suffered from the flight of the right-wing to the People's Alliance, the party leadership was taken over by Marxists and the center dwindled. It's under constant attack from the corporate media and the State Sec.
      • Communist Party: officially known as Entente Section of the Communist International, has remained unified under a general program of revolutionary socialism. Since the seventies, the Communists are the hotbed of identity politics including feminist, LGBT liberation and multicultural thought.
    • In the Republic of Palestine, the nation is dominated by the Democratic Liberation Front (DLF), which is a coalition of six parties that are largely similar except for minor points, with the only legal opposition being the Palestine Communist Party which believes that the DLF is not radical enough and moderate parties like the Islamic Democrats and General Zionists. You can see the greater detail of the parties here.

  • The Ruins of an American Party System: The basic premise is the breakdown of the American two-party system in the 1920s due to the collapse of the Democrats, so of course quite a few of these show up. In addition to the Republicans sticking around as moderate-conservatives and the real life Socialists growing to significant strength on the left, there're:
    • The Progressive Party (officially Progressive-Farmer-Labor), a merger of several real groups that never organized on a national level in OTL, emerges as the main center-left/left wing party.
    • The Conservative Coalition, an alliance of the rump Democrats and the various state-level parties that splintered off from it in the early/mid-20s. It serves as the main Southern regional party until collapsing in the late 30s.
    • The Commonwealth Party, a populist social conservative/fiscal liberal group founded by Huey Long. Initially just a state party of Louisiana, it grows to be the dominant party of the South through the 30s, and basically the only real part of consequence in the region by the 40s. However, the rise of the AP and internal ideological divisions cause the Commonwealth to start to fall apart, with the final nail being Long being indicted for corruption, which causes the party to collapse.
    • The American Party. Not to be confused with several OTL parties of the same name, it's the successor to the Conservatives that emerges in the 40s, due to a combination of the faltering CC factions totally unifying to regain power in the South, and a Red Scare swinging a lot of the rest of the country back to the right wing. While initially just a challenge to the Commonwealth's power base in the South, it grows to nationwide strength on the support of those who don't think the Republicans are conservative enough.
    • The People's Coalition, aka the "New Populists". After the Commonwealth collapses, Lyndon Johnson and other members of its left wing found this new organization, which is designed as an umbrella for various state-level populist parties, like the Mississippi Free Labor Party, the Arkansas Farmers League, and Texas' Liberty, Bravery, and Justice Party.

  • Something Awful: The 2012 election results for the fictional American city of Shaggy Butte are filled to the brim with these. A truncated list of some of the more absurd (funny) ones:
    • Atheist String Theorist Party
    • Christian Prayer Warriors for Israel
    • Coot Reform
    • Crime Island Syndicate
    • Eye of Ra Party
    • God's Freedom Riders
    • Libertine
    • Mommy Bloggers United
    • Proud Bedwetters
    • Titanic Survivors

  • Washington Burns has multiple examples:
    • Due to a more clear-cut British victory in the War of 1812, the Federalists gain support and don't dissolve, becoming the main regional party of New England and the main anti-slavery group. However, after the Civil War and abolition of slavery, they drift more towards centrist policies. Most prominently, they stick to traditional interpretations of the Constitution, namely on a central government that's strong but not so strong it intrudes on state level policies (women's suffrage, workers' rights, etc), so it ignores those issues. This disgruntles many left-leaning Federalists, who eventually split off and form the American Liberal Party, which grows to become the nation's main center-left party.
    • With the Federalists staying in place as opposition, the Democratic-Republicans don't become a huge tent party, and without Andrew Jackson rising to prominence, their eventual split isn't based around support or opposition to him. Instead, it comes from division between the more conservative members (mostly found in the South), who start to call themselves just Republicans, and more liberal-moderates (mostly found in the West), who just call themselves Democrats. Eventually, however, both parties diminish in power, especially in light of the growth of the Liberals and Federalists. When the Democrats shift to the right, they eventually decide to merge with the Republicans, forming the Democratic-Nationalists (later just the Nationalists), who become the main right-wing party. Though they later shift to center-right after the more radical right-wingers are purged following a second American Civil War, which they started.
    • The Freedman Party is, as the name suggests, a party for former slaves formed after the Civil War. While very prominent on a state level in the South, nationally speaking they are generally just an affiliate of the Federalists.
    • The early 1900's see several state level parties come together to form the Communalist Party, a group based on populism and democratic socialism. And incidentally, they take the "democratic" part very seriously, denouncing the radical revolutions of Europe.
    • Outside America, there's the British People's Party, a social democratic party that appears to be in the place of OTL's Labor Party. They also have an Irish counterpart, the Irish People's Party, though it quickly transforms into a socialist/nationalist revolutionary group.
    • The Texas Federation's main three parties are the Federation, Labor, and Republican parties.
    • Borelia, this timeline's version of Canada, also has a Federation Party, as well as the Royalist Labor Party and minor Liberal Party.
    • Mexico has the Imperial Reform and New Labor parties.

  • Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye: Connor Creek has three local parties: the Conservative Conservation Party, the Liberal Use of Federal Filibuster Party, and the EggCeptional Independent Party (which includes exactly one delegate)

    Western Animation 
  • Futurama: The one world government on Earth is run by a slew of these, most of which are puns based on the names of real parties and lobbyist groups in American politics. The establishment parties are the Fingerlicans and the Tastycrats, who are utterly indistiguishable in their noncommital policies. Richard Nixon and his 20th century staff remain Republicans, however. There is also an assortement of third parties, which include (but are not limited to) the Antisocialists, the National Raygun Association, Voter Apathy Party, the Rainbow Whigs, the Brain Slug Party, and the Green Party (whose members are literally green). Later on, Chris Travers runs against Nixon on the Thundercratic ticket.
  • Pinky and the Brain: Pinky ran on the P.I.N.K. Party's ticket. The party predated Pinky himself, although its only resource was a bus and its only staff member was the hapless engineer of every major political gaffe in the past 40 years, such as telling Nixon to sweat to win the nervous man's vote.


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