Kusch Niedlich, the candidate of the Grey Area, officially launched his new political movement and his political platform for the 5 August presidential election. He provoked a political earthquake this week when top figures of the United Revolutionary Front joined his movement. Niedlich’s platform focuses on the role of the poorer co-operatives and has a strong anti-establishment theme.

In the first part of the conference, Niedlich formally announced the creation of the Grey Area, a new anti-establishment political movement that gathered 30 members so far, surpassing the Democratic Renewal Front as the country’s third biggest political party. Niedlich managed to convince all members of two co-operatives, Libra Spiti and Etekler, to join his new movement in the Great National Assembly, Juclandia’s parliament.

In his speech about the reforms he plans to push forward as President, Niedlich focused on the issue of political representation and the shortcoming of the current consensus-based model. Niedlich rejected the existing political agreements, as well as the consensual cabinet of Gori Jucărescu – he claims that the Council of Minister is not representative of Juclandia as a whole, as its members mostly come from the country’s richest co-operatives, made up of the oldest families and clans of Juclandia.

On the other hand, Niedlich announced his full support for the Digital Revolution of Prime Minister Gori Jucărescu, insisting that a small country like Juclandia could not possibly function with strong reliance on automatisation and artificial intelligence, as a result of the lack of labour resources.

Niedlich also criticised the political institutions of Juclandia and promised he would push for a better relationship between the Pragma, the plush part of Juclandia, and the Republic is a whole, which includes the Free State of Lenia, the human-based autonomous republic.

Niedlich furthermore called for reforms to the law system for Juclandia, arguing that the system currently involves too many useless laws and does not rely as much on custom and convention as preferable in such a small country. He questioned the current Law System Statute, which cites European law as a source for Juclandian law in cases where there is no Juclandian law, as the current law gives precedence to the European law over Juclandian custom.

The anti-establishment candidate took a stance at the end of the conference on the controversial issue of the role of the Church in national politics, and announced that he would support an eventual initiative to prevent the Patriarch and the bishops of the Church from being party members. Niedlich argued that the Church, while it should be involved in political debate, should not have links to any party or movement, essentially supporting a non-involvement model for Church bishops similar to that of judges and prosecutors. This move is supported by the Popular Unity Front of Ovia Bogi, but has not found so far support in the other parties. The Democratic Renewal Front leadership, influenced by Patriarch Bartholomeos, is strongly opposed to this initiative.

Niedlich’s Grey Area provoked a political earthquake at the beginning of the week, when important figures from the United Revolutionary Front left the party to join Niedlich’s movement. Adam Banici, the president of the FRU, was one of the first to switch sides, leaving the Revolutionaries without a party president. Gori Jucărescu, the Prime Minister and leader of the Revolutionaries, refused to comment on Banici’s decision.