Democratic Liberal Party
|Preceded by||Establishment Party|
|Student wing||Youth Democrats|
|Ideology||Classical Liberalism, Individual Importance, Capitalism, Free Market Economics, Economic Liberalism, Conservatism|
The Liberal Democratic Party has its roots in the Establishment Party which was founded in the early 1700's, and for a time was the only organised political party in Westland by default. It was made up of the wealthy noblemen in the parliament of the time. The party was the only party in power during the 1700's and early 1800's, however suffered crushing defeats by the Liberal Sociallist Party during the 1890's and eventually became the fourth party by the 1950's. It renamed itself the Democratic Liberal Party in 1957, and under efforts of the party leader attempted to shake the 'nasty party' name it had brought upon itself. Today however, the party are often said to be little more than a voice of the right in modern Westlandic politics as they have little prospects of actually forming a government, gaining only 5 seats in the National Council in the 2012 election, down from 9 in 2007.
The Democrats have long been the voice of the right in opposition with the far left parties in Westlandic politics. The party has shown they favour a close relationship with the United States, and entry into the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, During the Cold War era the party decidadly favoured closer ties with the west and the abandonment of socialism, capitalising on the fall of communism in the Soviet Union during the 1992 election campaign however to no avail.