The Democratic Liberal Party (民主自由党) (DLP) was Belka's ruling political party following the economic crisis of the 1980s. The DLP's primary aims were to stabilize the national economy and restore Belka's diminished political influence within the Osean continent.
The DLP was a populist party comprised of nationalists and warmongers, including Waldemarr Rald, leader of the party's internal Rald Faction. This extreme right-wing group exerted its influence on the DLP, which eventually culminated in the Belkan War's outbreak in early 1995.
Rise to power
During Belka's economic crisis of the 1980s, the DLP, which was a minority party at the time, spoke out against the existing majority's perceived ineptitude and mismanagement. The ruling establishment's reputation was further tarnished in 1991 after the Five Great Lakes Resource Exploration Company was discovered to have been manipulated by Osea in order to destabilize Belka's economy. The resulting political backlash allowed the DLP to win majority control of the government in the following election.
Over the next four years, the DLP reformed Belka's government and removed the separation of powers among different branches. Military spending reached new heights, including the development of V2. The Supreme Court, under the DLP, ruled that the Federal Law Review was unconstitutional. As a result, the independence of the territories formerly owned by Belka was ruled invalid. However, this was simply a ploy to justify the acquisition of natural resources, which were believed to be in Ustio.
After an abundance of resources was discovered in Ustio, the DLP authorized an invasion of Belka's neighbors, triggering the Belkan War. Despite the success of its initial blitz invasion, the Belkan Army was ultimately forced into retreat by the Allied Forces. On June 6, 1995, the DLP authorized the use of nuclear weapons on Belkan soil in an effort to prevent the Allies' advance.
Following the devastating loss of life, the DLP negotiated a peace deal with representatives of the Allied nations. Members of the DLP were likely present during the peace accords signing ceremony in Lumen on June 20. As a result of the negotiations between the DLP and the Allies, Belka ceded South Belka to Osea, but retained possession of Nord Belka.
Around this time, the Rald Faction began secretly supporting a group of ideological extremists and military ex-personnel known as "A World With No Boundaries". Waldemarr Rald's ties to the rebel organization were eventually uncovered, leading to his exile from the party and effectively ending his political career. It is likely that the DLP fell out of favor and was dissolved as a result of the war's overwhelmingly negative outcome.
- The Democratic Liberal Party shares its name with many political parties throughout history, including a historical Japanese political party.
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