What if the U.S. had 16 political parties with representation?

The U.S. is beginning to (very slowly) shift it's perspective away from the 2-party system. The Libertarian Party reached its peak percentage of the vote in a presidential election in 2016 with 3.28% of the vote, and the Green Party candidate Ralph Nader got 2.74% of the vote in the 2000 election. It may take a while and will probably need a complete re-shaping of the electoral college or ballot access to do so, but in this crazy scenario here's how it goes:

First off:

The current system of 435 representatives is kept, however Puerto Rico gains statehood and 4 representatives. I am also using 2020 projections for the reapportionment of representatives for population changes that is scheduled to be released this year after census completion and instituted for the 2024 elections. The projected changes are shown here. It has the following happen:

Gain 3 rep.: Texas

Gain 2 rep: Florida

Gain 1 rep.: Montana, Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, and North Carolina

Total gains above: 10 representatives

Lose 1 rep: Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, West Virginia, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and ONE OF California or Minnesota

Lose 2 rep.: New York

Total losses above: 10 representatives

As one of California or Minnesota is projected to lose 1 representative, I have to make a choice on which to keep. I am choosing to take away 1 representative from Minnesota instead of California because California has a higher number of residents per representative as it is currently.

However, to account for Puerto Rican statehood and an increase of 4 representatives, we are going to take away that California representative, as well as an additional subtraction of 1 from each of Illinois, Connecticut and New York.

Also, Washington D.C. gains one representative and Wisconsin loses one.

The Parties

(DMP) Democratic Party:

  1. States of interest: MD, MA, NY, NJ, CT, RI, VT, CA, HI, DE

  2. Motto: "All for one and one for all"

  3. Advocacy: General equality laws, moderate environmental and worker regulation, unions, religious secularism

  4. PolComp: Authleft trending centrist

  5. People: Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg

  6. Headquarters: Baltimore, MD

  7. Factions: Moderate, Equality, LGBTQ, Rural, Labor, Women’s, Extreme Infrastructure

  8. What happened: Obviously, the Democratic and Republican Parties downsized to make way for the other parties to rise. The Democratic Party began to fall out of popularity in larger cities and moved their campaigning to suburbs, especially in the South, which had been trending Democratic for a while but wasn’t to the point of accepting socialism or the far left yet. However, since the South is so Christian, they had to stop being as pro-choice.

(GOP) Republican Party:

  1. States of interest: AK, WY, AZ, AR, ID, IN, IA, MS, MO, ND

  2. Motto: "Promises Made, Promises Kept"

  3. Advocacy: Freer market, keeping America mostly the same, deregulation, lower taxes, immigration restrictions, larger military, capitalism, agriculture

  4. PolComp: Authright trending libright centrist

  5. People: Paul Ryan, Carlos Curbelo, Arnold Schwarzenegger

  6. Headquarters: Indianapolis, IN

  7. Factions: Religion, Economist, Authority, NASCAR, Old people

  8. What happened: the South became less of a Republican stronghold, so they turned more to the rural and suburban areas in the midwest and northeast for votes. It’s working so far, as these areas (especially the rural midwest) are becoming more conservative but aren’t close to extremism yet. The Republican party relaxed it’s social values a bit, becoming more Secular and a bit more pro-union. Basically both the Democratic and Republican parties became more similar and centrist.

(LBP) Libertarian Party:

  1. States of interest: NV, AK, FL, MI, ME, ID, MT, ND, SD, WY

  2. Motto: "Pro Choice On Everything"

  3. Advocacy: Guns rights, free-market, drug decriminalization, military non-intervention, lower taxes, pro-choice (mostly, belief that it should be a choice)

  4. PolComp: Libcenter edging right, more culturally left than democrats and more economically right than republicans

  5. People: Justin Amash, Gary Johnson, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos

  6. Headquarters: Las Vegas, NV

  7. Factions: Anarchist, Social, Capitalist, Freedoms, Guns Rights

  8. What happened: as the third largest political party at the time of the Rise of the Parties, the Libertarians had a pretty easy time gaining votes in the beginning, especially in the Northwest, Southwest and generally far-north. However, they soon fell back into a 3rd or 4th largest party in many areas, unable to flip additional districts yellow. They are now the 6th largest party but command a bit more power than their place, with connections to many parties.

(PGP) Progressive-Green Party:

  1. States of interest: NY, CO, OR, HI, IL, MA, PA, PR, MN, DC

  2. Motto: Green like the trees, progressive like a sneeze

  3. Advocacy: general democratic socialism, 

  4. PolComp: LibLeft near center, slight Auth curve

  5. People: Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren

  6. Headquarters: Portland, OR

  7. Factions: Democratic Socialist, Environmental, Butt Stuff, Urban, Health

  8. What happened: this party grew quite strong but most dropped the “Socialist” nickname as a multitude of parties pulled the consensus closer to the center. 

(IMP) Immigration Party:

  1. CA, NY, MA, FL, NV, TX, IL, AZ, NM, WA

  2. "Open Borders, Open Minds"

  3. Freer immigration, language rights (adding Spanish/other to signs)

  4. Libleft edging center-auth

  5. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar

  6. Headquarters: San Diego, CA

  7. Factions: Latin, African, European, Asian, Middle-East, anarchist, 

  8. What happened: this party started strong with many immigrants supporting it, and is growing steadily as their movements reduce restrictions on immigration, especially from Latin America.

(GVP) God's Values Party:

  1. TN, AL, MS, GA, TX, VA, SC, KY, NC, AR

  2. Motto: "Spreading the will of God"

  3. Advocacy: Protestant, Baptist, Pentecostal, Evangelical, family values, Christian education, religious laws such as bans on pornography, sex work, gay marriage and abortion

  4. PolComp: Central Authright

  5. People: Ted Cruz, Richard Shelby, Mitch McConnell

  6. Headquarters: Knoxville, TN

  7. Factions: Southern, Protestant. Baptist, Pentecostal, extreme assimilationists

  8. What happened: Trump brought out the Evangelical crowd during his presidency, and after many parties were created, they decided to form their own tight-knit group. The GVP are not very compromising on their beliefs which diminishes their popularity slightly but gets their message through. 

(AGP) Agriculture Party:

  1. States of interest: IA, IL, IN, OH, KS, NE, OK, MN, ND, SD

  2. Motto: “Feeding American Voters, Voting American Food” (lol)

  3. Advocacy: farm subsidies, lower taxes and tariffs, regulation-free market, generally anti-immigrant (so they can pay them less?), anti-animal rights, pro-fast food and ranches

  4. PolComp: Authright trending Libright

  5. People: Chuck Grassley, Joel Salatin, Tim Huelskamp

  6. Headquarters: Des Moines, IA

  7. Factions: corn, ranchers, fruit, wheat, landowners, winery

  8. What happened: farmers made a party. That’s what happened. Somehow, a bunch of stoners and growers joined the party so now they’re suddenly extremely pro-legalization of recreational marijuana as well. Otherwise pretty conservative-leaning.

(TCA) Technology Alliance:

  1. States of interest: CA, MA, WA, OR, MI, MD, TX, DC, FL, UT

  2. Motto: "The future is at your fingertips" or something else really lame

  3. Advocacy: Economically slight left, investment in tech, update government to tech, basically Democratic Party with a redesign, infrastructural development in tech

  4. PolComp: Libleft edging centrist

  5. People: Andrew Yang, Elon Musk, Mark Alan Walker

  6. Headquarters: San Francisco, CA

  7. Factions: Silicon, Apple, Android, Microsoft, h4x0r, transhumanist, science, thepiratebay boiz

  8. What happened: this party is popular in areas with many technology jobs such as the Silicon Valley, Denver, Seattle, Detroit and the D.C. suburbs. It is growing quick as Andrew Yang and Elon Musk became extremely popular around 2019. It  is popular among millennials, and to a lesser extent Generation Z. Critics say that the party leaders have too much conflict of interest, as most of them are involved in the tech economy themselves.

(CNP) Constitution Party:

  1. States of interest: KY, VA, WV, TN, TX, MO, OK, GA, AL, NC

  2. Motto: "America First"

  3. Advocacy: Extreme-interventionist, want military action, against immigration, mainly against free international trade, borderline white-nationalist, free gun laws, completely free speech, luv tha constitution, support our troops!!

  4. PolComp: Extreme Authright

  5. People: George H.W. Bush, Bill Lee

  6. Headquarters: Richmond, VA

  7. Factions: Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force, Constitution-is-the-bible boiz, Neo-nazi, biker gang, Neo-confederate, closeted commies

  8. What happened: as the libertarian party had a bit of a head start, the CNP decided to shift their views a bit to accommodate the Neo-conservative crowd by advocating more military intervention, etc, instead of their traditionally conservative views on these subjects. In doing this, they attracted a lot of white nationalists, but they can’t exactly speak out against them for fear of losing votes.

(CCC) Catholic Coalition:

  1. States of interest: RI, MA, NJ, NM, CT, NY, CA, IL, NH, FL

  2. Motto: "Ad majorem dei gloriam"

  3. Advocacy: they’re basically just the Democratic party with a different name, and they don’t take a stance on abortion. 

  4. PolComp: Libleft/Authleft line trending centrist

  5. People: Marco Rubio, Jack Reed, Bob Casey Jr

  6. Headquarters: Providence, RI

  7. Factions: Puerto Rican, Roman Orthodox, Greek Orthodox, Protestant Orthodox, Boston Celtics, Nuns, grandmas

  8. What happened: Catholics were like “hol’ up” after the God’s Values Party started up, and made their own party. Possibly the most centrist party overall, no extreme stances on anything really.

(BDA) Black Defense Affiliation

  1. States of interest: MS, AL, GA, NC, SC, VA, MD, CA, LA, TN

  2. Motto: 

  3. Advocacy: pro-labor, generally Christian, pro-gun, pro-welfare, for jail reduction and police training NOT to shoot innocent people, some want hate speech laws

  4. PolComp: Libleft trending auth slightly

  5. People: Bennie Thompson, John Lewis, Tim Scott

  6. Headquarters: Atlanta, GA

  7. Factions: sorta black, average black, really black, extremely black, way black, gun owners

  8. What happened: black people made a party. It does well in the places with a lot of black people. 

Small/Single-Cause Parties

Smaller parties, absolutely no chance of winning an entire election (although a few above have next to nothing odds as well) but may flip a few counties.

(JAC) Jewish Advocacy Coalition:

  1. States of interest: NY, NJ, DC, CT, MD, MA, CA, PA, FL, NV

  2. Motto: "Never Again"

  3. Advocacy: Protecting Jews against antisemitism, supporting Israel

  4. PolComp: Authcenter lower middle

  5. People: Chuck Schumer (co-sponsored the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, Senate Bill 720, which made it a federal crime, punishable by a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment, for Americans to encourage or participate in boycotts against Israel and Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories if protesting actions by the Israeli government), Lee Zeldin, Nita Lowey

  6. Headquarters: New York, NY

  7. Factions: Orthodox, Israelite, Democratic, Conservative, Libertarian

  8. What happened: The couple of counties in New York with majority-Jewish populations managed to gain a representative in the house, although many Jews vote Democratic. The ones that vote for the JAC are usually much more pro-Israel. They advocate for good relations with Israel and stopping anti-semitism and many support a ban on swastikas in public as well as certain hate speech laws. Israeli immigrants have boosted the party. 

(NSP) Native American Support Party:

  1. States of interest: OK, AK, NM, SD, MT, ND, AZ, WY, ID, WA

  2. Motto: "First Nations United"

  3. Advocacy: Infrastructure on reservations, reparations, ending of derogatory sports team names

  4. PolComp: Extreme left, below auth line

  5. People: Winona LaDuke, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Elizabeth Warren

  6. Headquarters: Oklahoma City, OK

  7. Factions: various geographic, traditional, secessionist, modern

  8. What happened: nothing much. This party is not very organized, without a common goal and many distinct factions that often disagree. They still has large popularity on Native American reservations, winning the vote in nearly all of them and gaining a representative in each of Oklahoma and Arizona. The party has close ties with both the Democratic Party and the Fragmentation Party. They generally are against government intrusion on their reservations that doesn’t directly benefit their people, and for bi/multilingualism and pursue apology and even reparations for the Indian wars.

(FRP) Fragmentation Party:

  1. States of interest: PR, TX, HI, CA, OR, WA, AK, LA

  2. Motto: "Divided We Stand"

  3. Advocacy: Dividing the US into separate countries, states rights

  4. PolComp: Libcenter edging anarchist, but the main belief is that all sides should be supported by allowing countries to thrive on their own terms

  5. People: Richard Lance McLaren, Louis J. Marinelli, Chuck Baldwin, Mark Baird

  6. Headquarters: El Paso, TX

  7. Factions: revolutionary, democratic, nationalist (of their own area), anarchist

  8. What happened: Before Puerto Rico gained statehood, the Partido Independentista Puertorrique?o, which has long advocated independence instead of commonwealth or state status, mobilized to stop this from happening, fearing that statehood would effectively kill their movement forever. The Party started the Fragmentation Party in an attempt to gain traction in the 50 states for smaller independent nations, and the Party was most popular at this time. When Puerto Rico became the 51st state, much of the movement died in Puerto Rico, but it has stayed somewhat strong in Texas, Alaska, and some on the west coast who support Cascadia or another confederation on the Pacific.

(LDS) Conference of Latter-Day Saints:

  1. States of interest: UT, ID, WY, NV, AZ, HI, MT, AK, WA, OR

  2. Motto: "Choose the Right"

  3. Advocacy: Mormon values, alcohol restrictions, proliferation, abortion restrictions, tradition, no-PDA!, charity, ancestry

  4. Polcomp: Authright slight edging authleft

  5. People: Mitt Romney, Chris Stewart, Mike Lee

  6. Headquarters: Salt Lake City, UT

  7. Factions: Conservative, Liberal, Orthodox, Mtn Dew drinkers, snowboarders

  8. What happened: Mormonism stayed strong in Utah even as the state’s population grew with migration, however their reach is still limited mainly to Utah and parts of Idaho, with a few other party enclaves in California, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Nevada and Nebraska.

(SCP) Socialist Party:

  1. States of interest: WI, NJ, CA, PA, HI, GA, CO

  2. Motto: “We have been fucked by capitalism, and it was not consensual!”

  3. Advocacy: socialism. Duh. 

  4. PolComp: Authleft center edging left

  5. People: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jared Huffman, Mark Pocan

  6. Headquarters: Philadelphia, PA

  7. Factions: Communist, AnCom, Stalinist, Marxist, Trotskyist, Guevara weebs

  8. What happened: While the popularity of socialism peaked in the time of Trump, this party got ahead of itself and became too extreme, leading most potential voters to the Progressive-Green Party. The Bronx is the largest area with SCP voters, followed by Madison, WI and the north coast of California.

States of Interest

These are the states said party could perform well in. I put up to ten states that a party has a representative in, and if they don’t have 10 representatives then I put anywhere they have support.

Motto

What’s your motto?

Advocacy

What does this party believe in?

PolComp

Where (roughly) does this party place on the political compass?

People

Who are some potential leaders of the party, or prominent supporters?

Headquarters

Where does this party base their operations, since the 2029 Location Party Bill was passed forcing them to spread out away from Washington D.C.? It is probably in a state they are strong in.

Factions

Like parties today, there would still be factions. One example of this would be the anarchist faction of the libertarian party or the full-communist faction of the socialist party.

Representatives

This is based on the new county map of support for each party and is a rough guess. The new system would move more to pure democracy, so you have to take into account the 2nd and 3rd place votes in any given county as well.

Alabama (6): GVP 2, BDA 2, DEM 1, GOP 1

Alaska (1): LBP 1

Arizona (10): IMP 6, GOP 3, NSP 1

Arkansas (4): GVP 2, GOP 1, DEM 1

California (52): IMP 21, TCA 11, DEM 8, PGP 5, AGP 3, LBP 2, BDA 2

Colorado (8): PGP 3, TCA 2, DEM 2, LBP 1

Connecticut (4): DEM 3, CCC 1

Delaware (1): DEM 1

Florida (29): IMP 10, GOP 8, DEM 7, LBP 4

Georgia (14): GOP 4, BDA 4, GVP 3, DEM 2, CNP 1

Hawaii (2): PGP 1, DEM 1

Idaho (2): LBP 1, LDS 1

Illinois (16):  PGP 6, AGP 5, DEM 4, GOP 1

Indiana (9): AGP 4, GOP 3, DEM 2

Iowa (4): AGP 3, GVP 1

Kansas (4): AGP 3, DEM 1

Kentucky (6): GVP 2, DEM 2, GOP 1, CNP 1

Louisiana (6): DEM 2, GOP 2, GVP 1, CCC 1

Maine (2): PGP 1, LBP 1

Maryland (8): DEM 3, BDA 2, GOP 2, TCA

Massachusetts (9): PGP 4, IMP 2, CCC 2, DEM 1

Michigan (13): GOP 4, TCA 4, DEM 3, LBP 2

Minnesota (7): PGP 3, GOP 2, DEM 1, AGP 1

Mississippi (4): BDA 2, GVP 2

Missouri (8): DEM 3, GOP 3, AGP 1, CNP 1

Montana (2): LBP 2

Nebraska (3): AGP 2, GOP 1

Nevada (4): IMP 2, LBP 1, DEM 1

New Hampshire (2): DEM 2

New Jersey (12): DEM 7, GOP 2, IMP 1, SCP 1, LBP 1

New Mexico (3): CCC 1, IMP 1, DEM 1

New York (24): PGP 6, GOP 4, DEM 4, IMP 3, CCC 3, SCP 2, LBP 1, JAC 1

North Carolina (14): DEM 5, GOP 4, BDA 3, GVP 2

North Dakota (1): AGP 1

Ohio (15): GOP 6, DEM 5, AGP 3, CCC 1

Oklahoma (5): GOP 2, NSP 1, AGP 1, LBP 1

Oregon (6): PGP 2, DEM 1, AGP 1, GOP 1, LBP 1

Pennsylvania (17): GOP 7, DEM 6, PGP 2, CCC 1, CNP 1

Puerto Rico (4): CCC 2, PGP 1, FRP 1

Rhode Island (1): CCC 1

South Carolina (7): DEM 2, GOP 2, GVP 1, BDA 1, LBP 1

South Dakota (1): LBP 1

Tennessee (9): GVP 4, GOP 2, DEM 2, BDA 1

Texas (39): DEM 7, GOP 7, IMP 6, GVP 5, LBP 5, PGP 3, CNP 2, CCC 2, FRP 2

Utah (4): LDS 4

Vermont (1): DEM 1

Virginia (11): DEM 4, GOP 4, TCA 2, CNP 1

Washington (10): TCA 4, GOP 3, DEM 2, IMP 1

Washington D.C. (1): PGP 1

West Virginia (2): GOP 1, CNP 1

Wisconsin (7): DEM 3, GOP 3, CCC 1

Wyoming (1): LBP 1

TOTALS:

DEM: 101 

GOP: 84 

IMP: 53

PGP: 38 

AGP: 28

LBP: 27 

GVP: 25 

TCA: 24 

BDA: 17 

CCC: 16 

CNP: 8  

 

LDS: 5  

SCP: 3 

FRP: 3

NSP: 2

JAC: 1 

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