Dundorfian nameSolidarität
ChairwomanKlara Lichtenfels
FoundedAugust 4575
Merged intoDie Mitte
HeadquartersHaldor, Kordusia
Political positionCenter-Left
Colors     Rose
Bundesrat (4622)
37 / 525
Election symbol
Solidarität was a centre-left, reformist political party in Dorvik that served as a fixture of the political scene since its founding in August 4575. While relatively unsuccessful at winning the office of Head of State, Solidarität has a rich history of serving in governing cabinets and generally advocating for its position of social democracy within government.

In 4622, Solidarität merged with its longtime ally the Sozial-Liberale Liste into Die Mitte and ceased functioning as an independent entity.


Early History


Solidarität was founded in August 4575 as a wing of the only authorized political party - the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) by Natalie Pruefer, an elected member of the Trade Union Congress, and Ingolf Gansz, a Westmarkian union member. The faction would soon thereafter be joined by two new splinter factions of the ruling RSP - the Sozialdemokratische Liste and the Hosianische Demokratische Partei. These three movements shared the common goal of repealing the repressive "Defense of Democracy Bill," which had been in effect since 4548.

In the wake of the 4582 elections, the pro-democracy factions saw a landslide combined victory over the RSP (by a total legislative composition of 243-107). Soon after the elections, the Protection of Democracy Act passed and the republic was restored.

Democratic Restoration


Following the restoration of democracy, Solidarität's leadership agreed to make Ingolf Gansz the new face of the party (rather than Natalie Pruefer, who was seen by many as a vestige of the socialist single-party state). Gansz, however, failed to ever win an election as Head of State. In fact, Gansz only made it to a single run-off, in 455.

Despite the losses at the top of the ballot, Solidarität continued to perform well in legislative elections. Notably, the party was a member of every single governing coalition for 19 years. This included the Schaab cabinet, which marked the end of the era of explicit cooperation between Solidarität, Sozial-Liberale Liste, and the HDP.

The details behind the Schaab cabinet were closely intertwined with the ascent of Florian Kautz as leader of Solidarität. Kautz, who had served in both the Meidner and Schopenhauer cabinets, led a move to the left which saw Solidarität work with the newer Grüne Zentrumspartei and even a communist party, the MKP (later known simply as the KP).

Presidential System and Merger


Following the 4601 elections, in which Solidarität came in 3rd, the Dorvish Konservative Partei oversaw a transition to a presidential system of government. Solidarität's leader, Florian Kautz, was initially unwilling to back this change but ultimately agreed to the Presidential system. According to future Party-leader Stephen Mandel, this mistake "cost us over a decade in the political wilderness," which proved to be correct as Solidarität fell in number of seats in 4604, 4608, and 4612 elections - despite the fact that the overall size of the parliament had increased during that period.

During the period following the 4612 elections, an event known by political historians as the "Party Crisis" took place, with four general election in as many years. This political crisis was marked by the disbanding of first the Dorvish Konservative Partei (which was to become the DSNVP) and then the GZ, followed by the election of hardline communist Edmund Fassling as President.

Amid the political instability, the political fortunes of Solidarität appeared to turn around. First, an electoral alliance known as Die Mitte ("The Center") was formed by Solidarität (under Stephen Mandel) and leadership from SLL and the LP. In the 4615 elections, Mandel was elected President on a combined Die Mitte ticket. This created an interesting situation, where Solidarität was the smallest party in the Bundesrat and Die Mitte fell short of a full majority (despite having a large plurality). Mandel's proposal for a Die Mitte cabinet was provided confidence and supply by the Communists.

Following the unexpected 4619 snap elections, where Die Mitte failed to propose a candidate to replace Stephen Mandel and the LP was rolled back into the SLL, it was decided by new Sol chairwoman Klara Lichtenfels and SLL chairman Helmut Parker that Die Mitte would unite to form a single, centrist party of the same name.

Electoral Results

Head of State
Election Candidate Round 1 Round 2 Win
 %  %
4577 Natalie Pruefer 1.67 N/A No
4582 24.17 N/A No
4586 Ingolf Gansz 12.58 N/A No
4589 11.59 N/A No
4592 20.24 N/A No
4595 25.40 47.72 No
4598 Marie von Limben (SLL) 26.01 N/A No
4601 Florian Kautz 16.13 N/A No
4604 7.71 N/A No
4608 Fritz Altermann (GZ) 41.71 60.28 Yes
4612 29.96 43.75 No
March 4614 20.91 75.41 Yes
Nov. 4614 Stephen Mandel 14.32 N/A No
4615 31.42 61.20 Yes
4619 No Candidate N/A N/A No
Year Votes Seats Status Position
 % # # +/–
4577 1.35% 725,693
6 / 350
Increase 6 Opposition 3rd
4582 23.28% 14,284,339
80 / 350
Increase 74 Grand Coalition Steady 3rd
4586 12.78% 8,109,325
44 / 350
Decrease 36 Grand Coalition Decrease 4th
4589 12.21% 7,091,822
42 / 350
Decrease 2 Grand Coalition Steady 4th
4592 19.94% 12,741,000
69 / 350
Increase 27 Grand Coalition Steady 4th
4595 25.23% 16,739,099
89 / 350
Increase 20 Grand Coalition Increase 2nd
4598 17.30% 10,819,873
61 / 350
Decrease 28 Coalition Member Decrease 3rd
4601 15.80% 10,304,409
57 / 350
Decrease 4 Opposition Steady 3rd
4604 8.15 5,238,826
42 / 525
Decrease 15 Grand Coalition Decrease 6th
4608 5.84 3,744,800
30 / 525
Decrease 12 Grand Coalition Decrease 7th
4612 5.84 3,622,419
29 / 525
Decrease 1 No Government Steady 7th
March 4614 6.67 4,342,252
34 / 525
Increase 5 Snap Elections Steady 7th
Nov. 4614 7.66 5,003,102
39 / 525
Increase 5 Snap Elections Steady 7th
4615 7.55 4,521,800
38 / 525
Decrease 1 Coalition Leader Steady 7th
4619 7.17 3,977,236
37 / 525
Decrease 1 Opposition Steady 7th

Political Positions

As of the 4622, when Sol merged with the SLL into Die Mitte, the party maintained the following political positions.

Ideology Position
Centralization unitarist-leaning
Civil Rights moderate permissive
Ecology moderate environmentalist
Foreign Relations moderate internationalist
Government Responsibilities moderate big government
Market convinced regulator
Military moderate militarist
Morality conservative-leaning
Religion moderate secular

Party Leaders

# Portrait Name Lifespan Leadership Cabinets
Natalie Pruefer (Sol-Dorvik)
Natalie Pruefer LIFESPAN 4575-4583 Meidner; Schopenhauer
The co-founder of Solidarität, Pruefer was a professor of biology at the Haldor Institute of Technology (part of the State University of Kordusia). She began her political career as the associate secretary-general of the largest academic faculty union of Dorvik, where she first gained a seat in the Syndikatskongress (Trade Union Congress) for the Revolutionary Socialist Party in the 4565 elections. She left the RSP to create Solidarität in protest of the Defense of Democracy Act. While never elected head of state, Natalie Pruefer did serve for many years as Minister of Science and Technology.
Ingolf Gansz (Dorvik-Sol)
Ingolf Gansz 4542-4598 4583-4598 None
born in Westmark, and served in the Dorvish military as an enlisted sailor. He then worked as an electrician in Westmark before being elected in 4577 as a member of the Syndikatskongress. He served as Parliamentary leader under Natalie Pruefer's leadership of the party, and eventually took over from her after the democratic restoration. He would contest a four elections as the candidate for head of state, and would be a fixture in national politics until his unexepcted death at the age of 56.
Florian Kautz (Dorvik-Sol)
Florian Kautz - Present 4598-4605 Meidner; Schopenhauer; Schaab
served a relatively brief stint as leader of Solidarität, taking over after the death of Gansz and ending his term after losing an intra-party referendum. Before becoming party leader, he had previously served as Minister for Internal Affairs in the Meidner and Schopenhauer cabinets, before resigning and moving the party further to the left. Kautz also served as Minister of Finance in the Schaab Cabinet.
Stephen Mandel (Dorvik)
Stephen Mandel - Present 4605-4619 Reinmann II; Altermann; Mandel

Klara Lichtenfels (DM-Dorvik)
Klara Lichtenfels - Present 4619-Present Mandel
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