Zeitgeist Magazine, for the story behind the news
Issue 18,
Volume 7,
25 September 300 AP

The Story behind the news.
Edition
Cover-story
Has Utanian Democracy failed?!
Editorial: The UNV's lack of faith!

Economics
Argent buys-out Gorlandrin
Utania's new elite?


Election 300
Has Utanian Democracy failed?!
The Uncertainty Principle (poll)
Where to vote?


Politics
Power-brokers standing by


International The rising star of Auroro Unuigxo

Sport
Utania's Vexgames bid
Football: Is Luka Central unbeatable?


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The Uncertainty Principle

The nation is likely to hang in the balance in this week's inaugural election prompting the question what will happen if there is no clear winner?

Utania will, this Wednesday until Saturday, go to the polls in the country's first democratic election. If that test of democratic principles isn't enough, the country will have a second test in the formation of a stable and complete, democratically-elected government. At this stage neither coalition appears to have a sufficient lead over the other.

The latest Kapur-Zeitgeist poll shows that neither the Conservative-lead coalition of six parties can hold power, nor the Utani
The Kapur-Zeitgeist poll, based on over 2500 voters
Sædaj-Peoples coalition. This leaves the country in an interesting position, one that has the UNV watching nervously. According to a secret communiqué within the UNV mission in Utania, acquired by this magazine, the UNV are asking themselves what will Utania do if there is no clear winner?

"If Utania fails to elect a government with a clear majority, and without a President to just call another election, will political chaos ensue?" asks the communiqué. (See Has Utanian Democracy failed?.)

Date FGC Yan DSP Rep USP PPP Lib UBM UPP Dem LNP CDP Con UNP
Sep25
-
3
-
4
24
39
-
6
12
19
6
7
20
-
Sep18
-
2
-
4
24
38
1
7
12
21
6
9
16
-
Sep11
-
2
-
3
30
37
1
3
10
22
2
8
22
-
Sep4
-
2
1
4
29
43
-
1
7
18
6
8
21
-
Aug28
-
2
1
2
30
40
1
-
6
17
5
6
30
-
Aug7
-
2
-
1
29
44
1
-
2
18
9
7
27
-
July1*
*
2
*
5
30
39
-
*
1
23
-
15
22
*
Total: 140
* July 1 poll conducted by Luka Herald newspaper based on 137 MP's and excluding many minor parties.


The USP-PPP coalition, with the help of the Republicans, will, according to the Kapur-Zeitgeist poll, hold 67 seats, four short of a majority. A Conservative-lead coalition made up of six parties would hold a collective 70 seats, one short of a majority. This leaves neither coalition clearly in front in the 140-seat parliament.

But, there is hope, for six seats have been classified marginal by Professor Kapur because they have less than a one percent lead over another party that didn't win a seat. If they had run an alternative course, then the six-party coalition would gain another three seats, giving them a three seat majority in the Parliament.

SeatMarginal winnerMarginal loser(s)
Ujam, LasannePeoples Party
LNPUPPCon
U'jama, NystoniaLiberal NationalistsPeoples Party
Utan-Nystos, Nyst'Peoples PartyDemocratic Party
Shecker, Utani B'yanUtani Sædaj PartyDemocratic Party
Koltij, Utani B'yanUtani Sædaj PartyDemocratic Party
Bathenne, Utani B'yDemocratic PartyConservative Party

Regardless, big gains have been posted since the last poll by the Conservative Party, and the Liberal Nationalists, at the expense of the Burovians, Progressive Party and Democrats. It appears that the swing to the smaller parties are ended, and the counter-swing has begun. Boornal, Angorit and Campden will each be hoping there is little more swing left to go against them.

A six party government?
What, then, would be the consequences of a six-party coalition government? Zeitgeist Magazine asked several politicians and political commentators and analysts to comment. The overall consensus appears to be that such a coalition would be weaker, though politicians from the six parties, obviously, deny this.

"A coalition of six disparate parties, all pulling the course of Government in six different directions could have serious implications for the stability of such a government", says Professor Omara of Nystonia State University's Politics department. "Choosing the caretaker President will be the indicator for the government's stability, with the CDP and Conservatives choosing Hope, with 27 votes, the Democrats and LNP siding with (Democratic Party Leader, Louis) Campden, holding 25 votes. Does anyone know how the Progressives or Burovians would vote? This could stump the coalition before it even begins."

President Hope claims otherwise. He says that the coalition will have differences of opinion and no voter should believe it will be a completely trouble-free government. Yet, when the President is selected, he said, the the Parliament will not determine policy so much as "moderate it", lessening the impact of the disparate coalition differences.

Max Boornal, leader of the Burovians, is amused by the assumption that his party will simply join the other five parties in coalition. "We have never stated that we will automatically be part of a Conservative-lead coalition. We will make our vote count whereever it is most effective for the people of Utania." The Burovians, or Boornalists as some are starting to say, actually have quite liberal social policies that would be in complete opposition to the Cruis-Democrats, precluding them from such a coalition, says Mr Boornal.

Professor Kapur, of Luka University, maintains that the only stable government will be the Utani Sædaj-Peoples coalition joined by the Democrats. "They would hold a very stable 86-seat coalition, effectively ending all considerations of alternatives." He says he also has concerns about the Liberal Nationalists and the Conservatives in the same coalition, as they are the "antithesis of eachother", one supporting free-trade, the other total protectionism.

Either way, the polling booths will open on Wednesday morning at 9am, and thousands of voters are expected to charge into the booths to be "the first" Utanian to ever vote in a federal election. Like the race for the polling booth, the race for the "Crown of Government" is likely to be very hotly contested, very close and very, very interesting.
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Readers should be aware that the link between the polls and the actual number of seats won is calculated based on an excel spreadsheet. The poll results for each of the parties for each electorate, based on one polled voter per 10,000 voters, are entered into the spreadsheet and added up for each state then nationally, providing the pie graph of percentage support for each party. This spreadsheet can be made available to other political bodies after this election simply by sending an email to the author: david.kapur@zeitgeist.com.ut

Each electorate's MP seat winners is calculated using the method laid out at the UEC site.

In short, calculating winners is based on largest number of votes: In three MP Virana, the USP won 38%, the Peoples won 22%, Progressives won 20% and the Democrats 4%. Provided the top winner doesn't have double the support of the third place-party, the top three parties get to send one MP each. If the USP had won 41%, or the Progressives only won 18%, then, because the USP has double the support of the Progressives, it gets to send a second MP to Parliament, before the Progressives get to send any.

This then demonstrates how marginal the winning of seats can be.

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