Péretism

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Péretism (French language: Péretisme) is a Morivaine political ideology based on the thought and action of then First Citizen Rene Philippe Péret.

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Foreign policy

The main theme of Péret's foreign policy was a focus on national independence for Morieux, and maintaining as much control over former Morivaine colonial holdings as possible. Péret rejected the political trends of post-Intifada period, during which Morivaine political stature in Maredoratica collapsed completely. Péret's basic tenets were that Morieux should not have to rely on any foreign country or organization for its survival or protection and should reject any subservience to any foreign power. Péret believed that creating a fully independent Morieux, which was not beholden to any international order, would allow for the spread of Morivaine ideals and republicanism.

The last tenent of Péret's foreign policy was a total abhorrence of any form of totalitarianism. He viewed it as Morieux's obligation to be the champion of liberty and justice in Maredoratica, even (theoretically, as even Péret did not take the last step) the rejection of constitutional monarchies as threats to common liberty. Many point to this last tenet as the starting point for the idea of "Morivaine exceptionalism," as its proponents often cite Morieux as the only major state in Maredoratica to be fully in line with the civilized ideals of freedom, justice, and equality.

Most scholars recognize that this last tenet of Péretist foreign policy as the longest enduring influence on Morivaine politics today. Social justice and human rights became and have remained the most critical element of Morivaine foreign policy. While Péret often acted aggressively in defense of the Republic, he was open to building a peaceful and lasting relationship with other states in order to secure human rights around Maredoratica. He worked extensively with former Morivaine colonies like Rochehaut to insure that individual and groups rights were cultivated properly and defended to the utmost.

Foreign critics, particularly in neighboring Santheres and in Van Luxemberg, criticized Péret's policy for its expulsion of international peacekeepers and NGOs following his election. Péret demanded that any foreign troops on Morivaine soil be placed under the command of the Morivaine military for the duration of their stay, much to the consternation of the international community and leading to Morieux's exit from the Maredoratic League (only rejoining in the 1990s). Foreign critics in Prekonate were especially angered when Péret gave a speech in Cap-Métis declaring it Morieux's right to intervene in any country where French speakers were threatened and rejected any possibility for the reconciliation of Nouvelle-Morieux with Prekonate.

Domestic policies

Though Péretist foreign policy is often seen as right-wing, there are significant disagreements about the nature of the domestic aspects of its ideology. Social justice programs remain a top priority for Péretists, both on the left and the right. While Péret often supported and encouraged unions as a means of promoting worker's rights, he understood their limits and the negative impacts they could have on the economic development of the nation. He introduced legislation to provide for an expansion of worker and unemployment benefits, increased social security, and started various government sponsored training programs.

At the same time, Péretists have traditionally worked to ease government regulations on private enterprise. Péretists have traditionally been the ones to divest the government from its traditional holdings in key military-industrial ventures and other former national industries. Péretists have been responsible for the privatization of Morieux's railways, energy infrastructure, and natural resource sectors. However, some have often advocated greater government intervention in the name of social and economic justice, causing some confusion when attempting to summarize Péretism as a single unified ideology.

Another aspect of domestic policy is the decentralization of government powers from the National Convention to the various departments. Péret favored the establishment of small local conventions to discuss law and promote both growth and social justice. The Péretist system that was envisioned was primarily based around the establishment of local corporations that received a mix of funding from local/national government funding and private investment. Péret was a firm believer that local entities would be much more efficient in promoting economic growth and funding welfare than the national government would or could be trusted to.

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