The Reformist Faction(改革派派閥) is a faction in the Erebonian Government.
The Reformist Faction was founded under the guidance of Imperial Chancellor Giliath Osborne and Heimdallr Governor Carl Regnitz. According to Marcel Nielsen, the rise of the faction can largely be attributed to the influence of the post-War of the Lions renaissance inspired by emperor Dreichels Reise Arnor.
It primarily consists of high-ranking Erebonians who are either commoners by birth or nobles who share the same progressive values as them. It focused on throwing away Erebonian Traditions in order to bring Erebonia into the modern age, and as a result came into conflict with the other major faction, the Noble Faction. Under the the Reformist Faction, Erebonia has annexed many of the poorer nations and has gotten even more connected through the Railway system.
After heightening tension from the nobility who saw them as a threat, the Noble Alliance was formed and they plotted to eliminate Osborne using the Imperial Liberation Front (ILF). Things came to a head when Giliath Osborne was assassinated and the Erebonian Civil War began. Without their figurehead, Those loyal to the reformist faction quickly found themselves on the defensive against the apparent power of the Noble Alliance and many key figures, Carl Regnitz included were imprisoned.
After the War, Giliath Osborne, who was revealed to be alive, used clever manoeuvring to decrease the power of the Noble Alliance. As a result, he and his Reformist Faction have effectively taken over the country and have practically removed the Royal Family from power.
A group of the reformist faction led by Carl grew especially concerned over the increasingly warlike tendencies of the Empire and strove to oppose the national Mobilization law and brewing conflict with Calvard. However, due to the influence of the Erebonian Curse, Many politicians suddenly had sudden and inexplicable changes of heart or met with tragic accidents that always furthered the path towards war. Despite Carl Regnitz's efforts, he is eventually sent out of the central government to govern Ordis, where he is out of the way and cannot hinder the pro-war agenda. Nevertheless, Regnitz is able to gather some like-minded politicians and strove to do his best to avoid the war.
The Reformist Faction mainly believes that Erebonia must change in order to coincide with the growing enlargement and industrialization of the country. While they publicly respect Erebonian traditions and values overall, the Reformist Faction also believes that they must tear down and rebuild the ruling aristocratic system in favor of one that allows commoners to get better opportunities. It appears that a majority of the faction share antagonistic views with the Republic of Calvard, something they have in common with the Noble faction.
As a result of their beliefs, the Reformist Faction has enacted several hard-line economic and expansionist policies and have encouraged better relations between nations.These include:
- The annexation of smaller border nations like Jurai;
- Expansion of the Railway system throughout the Empire;
- Lowering trade tariffs and custom duties to allow more imports into Erebonia;
- Passing the Imperial Transportation Act to codify all rules of the road;
- Establishing a unified tax system;
- The signing of the Non-Agression Pact between Erebonia, Calvard and Liberl.
- The increase of Military funding;
- The establishment of the Imperial Intelligence Agency and the Railway Military Police;
- The establishment of the Ironbloods;
- The annexation of Crossbell and North Ambria into Erebonia;