I never promised you a rose garden – a TILAW by Analytical Engine

Hello, what’s this then?

It’s a TILAW.

Oh God, not another one. How many does the board have now?

Never you mind. I just wanted to try my hand at one.

But you’ll suck. You’re not Thande or Meadow – you’ve never done one before.

I’m going to do it anyway.

<looks at title> What – another election night special? Hasn’t this theme been done to death already?

Probably, but I need the practice for when I do more election night specials in my Reds vs. Blues TL.

Better get practicing, then. You’ll still suck, though.

Whatever, man. Anyway, I’m putting my own spin on things.

Ok, I’ll bite – how different is this one going to be?

This is for the 2015 Federal Election night special.

Wait, did you say Federal election?

Yes. Yes I did. ;)

Anyway, Analytical Engine proudly presents:

Friday 8th May, 2015

“Good evening, and welcome to the 2015 BBC election night special. I’m David Dimbleby, we will be presenting the results live as they happen. With me is Nicolette Picard of La Monde, Hans-Friedrich Brod of Der Speigel, Neil Jackson of the Observer, and, of course, our political editor, Nick Robinson, who will be with for the next few hours.”

The camera pans to Dimbleby’s right showing the assembled journalists.

“The polls have now closed across the entire United Kingdom. It is now 10pm in British Honduras, so we can now give you our exit poll prediction for the federal election. Seven hundred seats are up for grabs, and the country has made its choice – to maintain the current coalition, or to elect a new government in its place. The polls have, of course, been closed for six hours here, and for between fifteen hours and nineteen hours in the Pacific territories, so we should expect the results from there and the Far East to be released almost immediately. The Electoral Commission requires that the polls be closed throughout the country before the results can be announced, though the counting can begin as soon as the polls close in the respective region. In fact, a voice in my ear says that we already have the first few results. Emily…”

The camera pans over to a woman standing by the mother of all touchscreens, displaying a complex graphic of all parts of the federation. Pressing a button, she changes the result from the 2010 federal election to show a mostly unfilled map, but with several areas flashing.

“Yes, David. We have the results from the Pacific regions and from Singapore. Let’s start with the Pacific…”

The screen changes to show a stylised map of the Pacific Ocean – the larger islands such as Fiji are clear, whilst the rest are a smattering of points. The island groups are surrounded by grey outlines, representing the constituencies, with little boxes next to them, representing the seats.

“There are four constituencies in this area, with a total of five seats between them. We’ll go to Fiji first…” the screen zooms in on the Fijian islands and its two seats “…the Fijian Labour party have retained their seat, coming in first once again, whilst the Democratic Party has lost its seat to the Fijian National Party.”

“So this represents the first loss, for the Conservative grouping, and the first gain, for the Autonomists.” said the voice of Dimbleby.

“Yes, David. All of the other seats in the Pacific remain unchanged from 2010, with the New Hebrides and the British Pacific voting for their respective Socialist Parties, whilst in the French Pacific, the unaligned United Democratic Rally has retained its seat.”

Emily fiddles with the touchscreen, and another map pops up.

“Moving on to Singapore and Labuan, where there are eleven seats up for grabs. The Labour Party has won 2 seats, losing 1, whilst the centre-right Progressive Party and the Liberal Party have held on to all their seats, with 4 and 2 respectively. The autonomist-aligned National Democratic Rally has also held both of its seats, whilst the Greens have made a surprising gain.


At the bottom of the screen, the banner for the political groups reads like so:

Socialist: 5 (-1)
Liberal: 2 (-)
Conservative: 4 (-1)
Green: 1 (+1)
Autonomist: 3 (+1)
Other: 1 (+1)

16 out of 700 seats declared. 5 out of 87 constituencies declared.
Ooh, a federalised Empire? I am on board. I particularly like the foreign commentators, there should be more of those. Though, of course, they are often used on European elections - I detect from the 'party blocs' in the FK parliament that tonight will look more like one of those than a UK GE.
Not just a federalised empire, but by the look of it, one involving the French as well or at least the French Pacific. Singapore and Labuan is an interesting combination as the remnant of the old Straits Settlements.
Sorry for taking so long to reply, chaps. Anyway:

@Meadow - you are mostly correct.
@zeppelinair - unfortunately, it doesn't. The PoD is too late for that.
@iainbhx - glad you like it.

Other people are welcome to comment as well. ;)
Friday 8th May, 2015

“Moving on from the Far East now to the Indian Ocean, where it is just after 5AM.” continued Dimbleby, the camera now pointing at himself. “The voice in my ear says that we also have results for these areas also. Emily.”

Panning back to the epic touchscreen, she continues. The map flips to the area around the mouth of the Red Sea, and to the islands around Madagascar.

“Yes David. There are 26 seats, divided between six constituencies. Réunion has no change from last time, with the Socialists and the independent Monique Bello re-elected. Similarly, French Somaliland sees no change, with the Socialist Party and the Progressive Democratic Rally holding their seats, though the Autonomists are now first rather than second.
“The Socialists have lost their seats in both Mauritius and Seychelles, and the Comoros. The liberal-aligned Centre party has held its seat in Mauritius and Seychelles, going from third place to second, with the Left Worker’s Party now in first, and the Green Party making a gain. In the Comoros, the Comoro Democratic Front has held their seat, moving to first place, whilst the Democratic Socialist Party has gained one. In both constituencies, there are swings away from the Socialists towards other left-leaning parties.
“British Somaliland sees the Socialist Party, People’s Party and United Worker’s Party losing one seat each, with each holding one seat. The Somali National Union has also held its single seat. The centrist Progressive Democratic Movement, the Green Party and the unaligned Justice, Peace and Equality Group gain one seat each.
“Finally, in Aden, we see no change for the Liberal Union, the Progressive Party, both of which are in coalition in the assembly in Aden itself, the Yemeni Unity Party, and for the Worker’s Party, with the Labour Party losing one seat, gained by the local Green Party. So that’s 3 seats for the centre-right, one each for the centre, the left and the autonomists, two for the Socialists and one for the Greens, continuing the trend from points further east.”

“Indeed.” said Dimbleby. “We’ll be joined shortly by members from some of the major political groupings, but first, a reaction from our panel to these first results. First, Nicolette…”
“Yes, I agree. The last six polls suggested large losses for the Socialists, and a few for the Liberals, in favour of other parties. Five losses in the first few constituencies is not good news for them.”
“The Greens appear to be the biggest beneficiary of this,” added Hans-Friedrich Brod, “despite the factor of incumbency.”
“Quite, with a gain for the Liberals as well.” said Dimbleby. “Most European coalitions tend to have the minor parties punished more harshly than the major party, but here the opposite appears to be true.”
“Of course, the opinion polls have been wrong before.” added the bespectacled Nick Robinson. “The most recent ones from the Times and La Monde have the Socialist grouping making smaller losses than previous ones. The Green surge was predicted, but not on this scale. The hard left tends to gain most when the Socialists do badly, but not so in Somaliland, it appears.”
“I understand that a few more results are ready. Emily, what do we have for Central Africa?”

Going over once again to the big-arse touchscreen, we see that it’s changed to French Equatorial Africa.

“There are a total of 61 seats here, across eight constituencies, with both Cameroon and Chad being divided into three constituencies of 7 seats each. We have the results for Gabon in already, and we’re expecting the rest of the results within the hour.”

The screen zooms in onto Gabon, showing its three seats.

“The Republican Party has held onto its seat, moving up into first place from second, whilst both the Socialist and the Communist parties have lost theirs. Both the Progressive Liberal Party and the Parti Nationale Gabonaise have gained seats, and are in second and third place respectively.”

“It should be mentioned that the Socialists and Communists are in coalition in Libreville, with the Republicans as the main opposition.” added Robinson. “The Regional government there has dipped in popularity due to it being in the middle of the political term. Gabon has proven to be something of a bellwether in the past for its neighbours, so the Socialists could be in for more losses.”


At the bottom of the screen, the banner for the political groups reads like so:

Socialist: 10 (-6)
Liberal: 6 (+2)
Conservative: 9 (-2)
Green: 4 (+4)
Left: 4 (-1)
Autonomist: 9 (+2)
Other: 3 (+1)

45 out of 700 seats declared. 12 out of 87 constituencies declared.
Interesting this. It could almost be a less dystopian present day from my own timeline - although rather than taking a week that is developing so slowly it is almost taking place in real time...

Can't work out the POD yet. No India, but incorporating some former French colonial possessions, yet Europe seems pretty much an analogue of our own in this TL.

Definitely subscribing.
Friday 8th May, 2015

“We now turn to our tame psephologist, John Curtice, professor of politics at Strathclyde University for an assessment of the most recent result.” said Dimbleby, the camera panning over to another part of the studio. “Whilst the polls have suggested losses for the Socialists and gains for the Greens, it appears that the opposition grouping is also experiencing some losses.”
“Yes, but this isn’t entirely surprising. The assemblies in Fiji and Cameroon are currently run by centre-right coalitions in the middle of their terms, admittedly with backing from other parties, so it is natural to see incumbents being hit in this way. British Somaliland is currently run by a grand coalition of centre-left and centre-right, which also helps to explain why both of those parties are being hit, with the opposition centrists being the biggest beneficiary here.”

“Now, back to Emily for a few more results from the African constituencies.” said Dimbleby’s voice.

Panning over again, we see the massive screen running through French Equatorial Africa one constituency at a time.

“First, let’s have a look at France’s Congo province with its 9 seats. The Socialists have lost two of their four seats, with gains by the Republicans and the non-aligned Freedom Party, who are now at two seats and one seat respectively. No change for the Liberal Centre Party, the Green Party, the National Autonomy Movement and the Radical Worker’s Movement, at one seat each.
“Moving on to Ubangi-Chari, the only other province in the region which is a single constituency, this time with 10 seats. The Socialists continue their slide, losing one of their three seats from 2010, this time with a Green gain. No change for the Republicans, with three seats, and one each for the Liberal Centre Party, the Radical Worker’s Movement and the National Renewal Party, with the independent René Kolinga also holding onto his seat.
“Moving further north, the three constituencies of Cameroon, each of which has seven seats, and also identical results in terms of seats won by party, if not all in the same order. The Socialists and Republicans have both lost one seat in each constituency, now at six and three seats between them, whilst the unaligned One Cameroon have kept all three of their seats. The first and third districts have seen one gain each by the Worker’s Party, and the second district by the Liberal Centre Party. Therefore, the centrists, greens, left and un-aligned groups all now have three seats each across Cameroon.
“Finally, we have the three constituencies of Chad, which also have seven seats each. The second district sees no change from 2010, with 3 seats for the Socialists, one for the Liberal Centre Party, one for the Democratic Workers’ Party, one for the right-leaning Islamic Solidarity, and one for the un-aligned Freedom and Justice Party. The other two districts have identical results, with losses for the Socialists, now down from 6 seats in total to 4 seats, and the FJP losing both their seats. The Republicans, Democratic Workers’ Party and Islamic Solidarity have held their two seats apiece, whilst the Greens and the Movement for Chad have both gained two seats.”

“We now have some new guests, who will be joining us for the next hour or so.” said Dimbleby. “We have Geneviève Arnaud, a Socialist MP for the Rhône région, James Alexander, one of the two Conservative MPs for Grampian, and Lord Edward Langford, a Liberal peer in the House of Lords. Firstly, Geneviève, this is a terrible night for the mainstream left…”
“Yes, but not as much as many claimed. We are still aiming to remain in government, and work to regain as much support as possible.”
“Once again, the Socialists have proved that they are out of touch with the electorate and with reality.” interjected Alexander. “These are the worst results for the centre-left in a generation, and they are still desperately trying to cling on to government.”
“Yes, but the centre-right parties aren’t gaining much support either.” added Dimbleby, trying to marshal the assembled politicians as best as possible.
“They’ve barely gained more seats than they have lost.” said Lord Langford. “The opposition hasn’t demonstrated to the electorate that they are a suitable alternative.”
“Indeed, whilst your grouping seems to be defying convention and making gains.” said Dimbleby.
“It is somewhat surprising that the traditional recipients of support as its swings away from the centre-left, the centre-right and the hard left, aren’t gaining as much as they have in the past.” added Nick Robinson. “The small parties have made gains, but by far the biggest are the Green parties. The polls, whilst indicating a ‘Green Surge’, seem to have underestimated it.”
“Indeed, and we’ll see by just how when we have all of the results.” said Dimbleby. “Now we’ll go back to Emily for some more results.”

As the camera pans over, we see the screen showing West Africa and the western Mediterranean.

“Thank you David. We have the first result from Europe, for Gibraltar and Malta. Only one seat up for grabs here, held on by the Labour Party, though with a small swing to the Liberals of 1.7%. Next we have Gambia, which has no change – one seat each for Labour, Liberal, Conservative and Democratic Socialist parties.
“Moving on to French West Africa, firstly we have Dahomey, which is divided into three constituencies of seven seats each. The first district sees a loss for the Republicans this time, now down to one seat from two, gained by the Greens. The Socialists hold on to both of their seats, and the Radical Liberal Party, Worker’s Party and the unaligned Independent Left have holds, with one each.
“The second and third districts have identical seat results, but with different gains. The Socialists have lost one of their two seats in both, gained by the Radical Liberal Party in the second district, and by the Greens in the third. The Republicans hold on to all their seats – with two each – and one seat each per district for Radical Liberals, Greens, Worker’s Party and Independent Left.
“Finally, we move on to French Guinea. There are two constituencies of 9 seats each. The Socialists have lost one seat in both, in both cases gained by the Greens. No change elsewhere, with the same results in both districts for the Republicans with 3 each; and the Radical Liberals, Greens and Worker’s Party with 1 each. The Socialists now have two seats in the first district, and three in the second, with the Guinean National Party having the final seat in the first district.”

“As we digest these results, we’ll turn to Jeremy for some background to the results of this election.”

The camera pans away from the main desk, with its red trim and transparent top festooned with laptops, towards the big green-screen cubicle containing Jeremy Vine. He is standing on top of a map of the world – the Federation itself is in white, carved into regions by black lines, whilst the rest of the land is in a dark grey. Suddenly, the white areas all turn different colours.

“Thank you David. You’ll notice the map I’m standing on is highlighted in different colours, representing the party groupings that gained most votes in the 2010 Federal elections in the respective constituencies. Red for the Socialists, blue for the Conservatives, dark red for the Left and orange for the Right.”

We see several areas are now red and blue, with British Guiana in dark red and Northern Ireland in orange.

“Of course, we’re not even a quarter of the way through the declarations yet, but there are a few changes already apparent. If we zoom in to the Indian Ocean, you can see that the Comoros has now changed from bright red to dark red, as has Mauritius and Seychelles. Also if we move on to central Africa, Gabon has gone from red to blue, as has Ubangi-Chari.
“Finally, as we move north, to western Africa, we can see that the Gambia is now mustard coloured, indicating that the Liberals are now in first place here, whilst the second and third districts of Dahomey have turned from red to blue, the first district holding onto its red colour. Expect this map to have several more colour changes as the night progresses.”

“Thank you Jeremy. Now back to Emily for the next set of results.”

Once again, the screen shows West Africa, but a little further westwards.

“First we have Sierra Leone, which is a single constituency of 13 seats. The Labour Party now has 5 seats, having lost one seat to the Greens, now on 1. No change for the other parties; the Conservatives have 3, the Leonese National Movement has 2 and the Liberals and Socialist Worker’s Party both have 1 each.
“Next we have Senegal, divided into three districts, one with 10 seats, and two with 9. The Socialist Party has lost one seat in each constituency, down now to 3 for each district from 4; the Greens once again the recipients here, now on one seat per district. No change for the other parties, with the Republicans on 2 seats per district, the Radical Liberals, Worker’s Party and Senegalese National Unity having 1 each per district, and the unaligned Independent Senegalese Party holding the final seat in the first district.
“Upper Volta is divided into three districts, two having 12 seats, and the third having 11. The Socialists have lost one seat in the first and second district, down to 3 each, whilst holding all 3 of their seats in the third district. The Republicans have gained one seat in the second district, bringing their total to 4 each. No change for the Radical Liberals, Socialist Democratic Party, the Volta People’s Union or the United Independent Front, with 1 seat each per district. The Greens succeeded in gaining one seat in the second district, bringing them to 1 seat per district.
“Finally we have Togo, which is a single constituency of 15 seats. The Socialists have lost two seats, bringing them down to 4. No change for the Republicans or the Liberal Centre Party, at 4 and 1 respectively. Similarly, no change for the Togolese National Party, with 2 seats, and the independent El-Hadj Abbass holding his seat. Both the Greens and Worker’s Union have gained one seat each, bringing them to 1 and 2 respectively.”


At the bottom of the screen, the banner for the political groups reads like so:

Socialist: 65 (-26)
Liberal: 26 (+5)
Conservative: 56 (-4)
Green: 24 (+21)
Left: 27 (+1)
Right: 3 (-)
Autonomist: 24 (+4)
Other: 17 (-)

242 out of 700 seats declared. 35 out of 87 constituencies declared.
Singapore still in the Neo-Angevin Empire? And stuck in there with Labuan?! David Marshall and LKY didn't die for this! :mad:

Needless nationalist fervour aside, interesting premise. I do hope we get more glimpses into the past of this confederative empire. :)
Singapore still in the Neo-Angevin Empire? And stuck in there with Labuan?! David Marshall and LKY didn't die for this! :mad:


Labuan is too small population-wise to be its own constituency. However, this is only the Federal Parliament. There are different constituencies in the UK parliament, for example.

Needless nationalist fervour aside, interesting premise. I do hope we get more glimpses into the past of this confederative empire. :)

There will be some of this in forthcoming updates, along with a glimpse of the "present" world as well.
This is fascinating.

If the POD is too late for India to be included in this federal empire, suggests it's not the 1940 Anglo-French union, though suppose that could have happened and India still chosen independence. It seems that at least Nigeria, Ghana, the ex-Rhodesias and former British East African colonies haven't come along either. No sign of 'Old White (British) Empire' dominions either, so none of those have chosen to join? Hong Kong has gone back to China as OTL?

All the small islands seeing benefit in federalisation I can understand (was there no New Caledonia?), and the French always liked to keep close ties with their former colonies wherever possible. Agreed Gambia and Sierra Leone are probably likeliest of the ex-British African ones, remember when the UK got involved in ending the Sierra Leone civil war, one of the older residents being interviewed and saying 'Wish you'd come back and run the place, it was much better then' or something like that :)

...but Aden? The Somalilands? Did they rejoin after disasterous internal conflicts?

...so many questions, I'll have to subscribe ;)
@DaveB: British Somaliland and Aden were integrated into the UK part of the Federation rather than made independent ITTL - the UK of TTL was more down with that sort of thing. New Caledonia is part of the big-ass French Pacific constituency for Federal elections, but it has its own seat for the French parliament.

The only reason the New Hebrides (OTL Vanuatu) has its own constituency is due to the Anglo-French condominium status. It also elects MPs to both the UK and French parliaments.
Friday 8th May, 2015

“Now back to Jeremy Vine, to see how these results compare to previous elections.”

Panning back to the green screen cubicle, Jeremy Vine is surrounded by a circle of monuments. Above him are multi-coloured streamers – red for the Socialists, blue for the Conservatives, yellow for the Liberals, cyan for the nationalists and autonomists, and white for the other minor parties and independents. They are gathered in rosettes every so often, marked with election years.

“Thank you David. What you see around me are the election results of the different parties following the first Federal Election in 1946. We can see the Socialist Grouping winning here, a minority Socialist government backed by the French liberals. This reflects the end of the all-party war governments of Britain and France, and the massive victories for Labour and the Socialist parties in 1945. Moving on, the government alternates between Socialist and Conservative with each successive election, here in 1951, in 1955 and again in 1959. We see the Liberal grouping included in coalition first with the Socialists in ’55, and then with the Conservatives in ’59.
“The white colour in 1959 reflects the accession of the British and French colonies into the Federation the previous year. At this time, the parties from the overseas provinces hadn’t joined the groupings, though they would coalesce over the course of the parliament. 1965 sees several Autonomist parties back the shaky Socialist-Liberal coalition. 1970 is interesting, as we have the first Grand Coalition of Socialist and Conservative, which stayed for a full parliament, defying expectation. 1970 sees the Liberals gaining considerably, as many small constituencies are merged together into larger ones. It also saw the Left and Right groupings established, as both of those parties started to make gains.
“This trend stays stable for the next four parliaments, until we reach 2001, when the Green party gained its first seats. In 2006 and again in 2010, the Greens’ gains were moderate. Now it seems to have turned into an avalanche. Back to you David.”

“And now back to Emily, with some results from the Continent.”

“Thank you David. Most of the French results have come in – there are some delays with those from the other regions, but we expect those fairly soon. We’ll start with Burgundy-France-Comté, which has 6 seats. The Democratic Republicans are still in first place, though with a slightly smaller share of the vote, now gaining one more seat, giving them three. The Socialists have lost one seat, leaving them with one, whereas the Radical Party and Greens have both held onto their respective seats.
“Moving on to Central France, with its 10 seats. The Socialists have lost one seat, leaving them with two, whilst the Radical Liberals have lost one, leaving them with one. The joint-ticket of the Republican People’s Party and Popular Republican movement has held onto all 4 of their seats. Meanwhile, the National Front has held its seat, and the Greens and the Left Front have both gained one seat each.
“Next is the Meuse region and its 6 seats. The Socialists have lost one, leaving them with just one, whilst the Democratic Republicans have held both of their seats. The National Liberal Party has held onto its seat, as has the Meuse German Party, with the Greens gaining the last seat.
“In Northeast France, there are 11 seats up for grabs. Here, the Democratic Republicans have gained one seat, giving them 4, whilst the Socialists have lost 1, leaving them with 2. No change for the National Liberals, the Greens, the Left Front and the unaligned Advance! Party, all of which hold onto one seat each.
“Moving now onto Normandy and its 7 seats. The Socialists have lost one seat to the Democratic Republicans, putting them at 2 and 3 respectively. Normandy is also one of these bellwether constituencies. The National Liberals and Greens both hold onto their respective seats.
“Next up is Southeast France, with its 11 seats. Both the Socialists and National Liberals have lost one seat each, leaving them with 2 and 1 respectively. The
Democratic Republican-Republican People’s Party joint ticket has gained one seat, putting them at 5. The National Front and the Free Corsican Union have both held their single seats, and the Greens have gained their first ever seat in this constituency.
“Finally, we have Southwest France, with 10 seats. Again, the Socialists have lost a seat, leaving them with 2. The Democratic Republican-unaligned Right joint ticket has held onto all 4 of their seats. The Radical Party, National Front and Greens hold onto their one seat each, with the Left Front gaining the last seat.”

“Thank you Emily. Now that we’ve reached the halfway point, we’re going to have some reactions from our guests. Touching on the point Jeremy Vine made, it does look like something of a Green avalanche.”
“It does, until you consider the results from last year’s parliamentary elections in Westminster, and the 2013 elections in France where the Greens made significant gains as well.” said Nick Robinson. “This is only now being reflected in the Federal elections.”
“The Greens are in government with the Socialists and centrists in Paris, and with the Tories and Liberals in Westminster.” said Neil Jackson of the Observer. “The polls suggest they will do well in the devolved elections next year, especially in places like Scotland, Brittany and Provence, where they’ve been doing well in local elections. The Green Avalanche seems to be here to stay.”
“Now we go back to Emily, with some results from the British Isles.”

“Thank you David. Only five of the fourteen constituencies from the British Isles have made their declarations, we understand that some recounts are underway in the rest. We are expecting those results shortly.
“We’ll start in Northeast England, with its 5 seats. Labour has lost one seat to the Conservative Party, giving them 2 apiece, though Labour is still ahead in terms of popular vote. The Liberal Party has held its single seat.
“Moving south into Yorkshire and its 11 seats. Labour has again lost one seat to the Conservatives, leaving them with 3 and 4 respectively, a reversal of 2010. The Liberals, Greens, Radical Socialist Party and Nationalist Party have held each of their seats.
“Next is the West Midlands, which has 12 seats. Labour has lost one seat, leaving them with 3, whilst the Liberals have also lost one, leaving them with one. The Tories are up 1 with 5. The Greens and Radical Socialists have held their seats, whilst the Nationalist Party has gained one.
“Following them is the East Midlands, which has 7 seats. Once again, Labour has lost one seat, leaving them with one. The Tories and Liberals have no change, with 3 and 1 respectively. The Nationalist Party has also held its seat, whilst the Greens grab the final seat.
“And lastly is Wales, which has 6 seats. No change from last time, with Labour and the Tories with 2 each, while the Liberals and Plaid Cymru with 1 each.”

“And now we go back to Jeremy Vine, for some more discussions on the election thus far.”

Once again, Jeremy is standing above his massive zoomable map of the Federation. A lot more of the 2015 map has been filled in, but there are still a lot of white spaces.

“Thank you David. You can see from the map that there are a lot of flashing blue tiles, indicating where the Conservative grouping have made gains, coming in first, and pushing the Socialists into second. Many of these changes are with only small swings. For example, if we zoom in onto Yorkshire, the swing from Labour to the Tories is only 2.6%, smaller than in previous elections.
“The Conservative group has made a few gains despite losing vote share from last time. The biggest example so far is in Northeast France, where the centre-right parties gained a seat, despite their vote dropping by 1.3%. A lot of people have decided not to vote for the traditional bigger groupings, voting instead for smaller parties, which are traditionally parties of protest. Back to you David.”

“Thank you, Jeremy. We go back now to Emily, with the results from Algeria.”

“Thank you David. All seven Algerian constituencies have declared now. We’ll go through them in alphabetical order.
“First up is Algiers, with its 13 seats. The Democratic Socialist Rally has lost 2 seats, leaving them with 4, but still in first place. The Popular Republican Front has gained one seat, giving them 4. The Radical Centre Party, the Greens, the Islamic Patriotic Front and the Kabylie Berber Union have held their respective seats, whilst the Workers’ Union has its first seat of the night.
“Next is Batna, again with 13 seats. The results are the same as for Algiers, except for the last seat, which has a gain for the unaligned Movement for Peace.
“Moving on to Chlef, with its 11 seats. The joint ticket of the PRF, Republican Alliance and Islamic Democrats has held all 4 of their seats, leaving them in first place. The Democratic Socialist Rally has lost 1 seat, leaving them with 3. The Radical Centre Party has held its seat, whilst the Islamic Patriotic Front has lost 1 seat, leaving it with just 1. The Greens and Workers’ Union have both gained 1 seat each.
“Next is Constantine, with 10 seats. The DSR is down 1 at 2. No change for the RCP and PRF, with 1 and 3. The Greens and Workers’ Union have both made a gain, and are at 1 each. The Islamic Patriotic Front has lost 1 seat, leaving it with just 1.
“Next is Oran, with 9 seats. Both the DSR and PRF have lost one seat each, leaving them with 2 each. The Radical Centre Party has held its seat, as has the Worker’s Union and the Movement for Peace. The Islamic Patriotic Front has gained a seat this time, giving it 1, and the Greens have also gained 1 seat.
“Next is the Sahara, with 6 seats. No change here, with 2 seats for the PRF, and one each for the DSR, IPF and the Berber National League and Movement for Peace.
“Finally, we have Sétif, with 9 seats. Both the DSR and PRF have lost one seat each, leaving them with 2 and 3 respectively. The Radical Centre Party has held its seat, as has the Islamic Patriotic Front. Both the Greens and Workers’ Union have gained 1 seat each.”


At the bottom of the screen, the banner for the political groups reads like so:

Socialist: 106 (-45)
Liberal: 44 (+2)
Conservative: 118 (+2)
Green: 40 (+29)
Left: 38 (+7)
Right: 17 (-)
Autonomist: 29 (+4)
Other: 21 (-)

414 out of 700 seats declared. 54 out of 87 constituencies declared.

(Slight retcon in order, as I’d miscounted :eek:. Upper Volta third district should actually have 1 fewer centre-right seats than it says in the above update, so it is a net loss of 1 seat for them.)