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This is a list of important political terms used when discussing possibilities for Cascadian government and politics. Many of these terms are included due to connotation in modern American and Canadian politics that may neither be intended nor accurate when talking about Cascadian politics, or because of differences in Canadian and American usage of terms.

  • republican - advocating the absence of hereditary monarchy
  • democrat - advocating legislation through direct democracy
  • monarchist - advocating the integration of a monarch into the Cascadian government, either the current British (Canadian) royal family, or a distinct Cascadian royal line.
  • liberal(ism) - avoid using this term: it can mean promoting government intervention in markets, or laissez-faire market capitalism, depending on context.
  • libertarian - used in isolation, advocating market-based laissez- faire capitalism and the right to act in any way that does not harm others (individual freedom). Also used, such as in "left-libertarian", to indicate only the preference towards individual freedom in personal matters.
  • left-libertarian - advocating government regulation of economic activity and individual freedom in personal matters.
  • authoritarian - advocating government control of personal matters, often including the legal imposition of traditional morals and political orthodoxy.
  • left-authoritarian - advocating state control of economic activity and imposition of morality and political orthodoxy. Communist dictatorships have generally taken left-authoritarian forms, especially in the Soviet bloc.
  • communist - advocating the state control of economic resources and activity.
  • socialist - advocating government direction or control of critical services, possibly including health care, housing, pensions, or utilities.
  • conservative - advocating government promotion of traditional morals in personal matters and often deregulation of economic activity.
  • progressive - advocating individual freedom in personal matters and democratic responsiveness of government and business.

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