Tortoise: ”But this Pirate Party thing is just a phase by naïve Swedish teens! This will pass shortly.”

Achilles: ”Oh yeah? Pirate parties are currently officially registered in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, the United States of America and Uruguay.”

Tortoise: ”That few?”

Achilles: ”Active but not registered parties also exist in Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Chile, Cyprus, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Tunisia, Ukraine, and Uruguay. Oh, and there are discussions of forming a group in China, Colombia, Norway, Peru, South Korea and Venezuela.”

Tortoise: ”Yeah, but… it still is just a bunch of teen jerks. It’s not like they cold enter parliament or have an effect on society or something!”

Achilles: (Looks down shamefully.) ”Yeah, I guess you’re right. The only group having an effect, really, is the Hungarian one, which is a group within the LMP party, which has 16 MP’s in parliament.”

Tortoise: ”Yeah, sure, like that’s gonna have an effect.” (Expresses a derogatory smile)

Achilles: ”Well, then again ofcourse there are some parties that could be considered as having at least a minor effect.”

Tortoise: (Laughs.) ”Whatever do you mean?”

Achilles: ”Well, apparantly the Czech Republic has three municipal councilors from their Pirate Party, and the Spanish has two. The Swedish party made 9 % in the last EU election and has two MEPs, while Switzerland has a city council seat.”

Tortoise: (Befuddled.) ”Is that all then?”

Achilles: ”Well ofcourse the German party did a success year 2011.”

Tortoise: (Even more befuddled than before.) ”Really?”

Achilles: ”Well ofcourse. 195 municipal council seats and 15 state parliament seats in Berlin.”

Tortoise: (Is quiet for a moment as he ponders the implications of what Achilles has told him.)

Achilles: ”Happy?”

Tortoise: ”What is it you stand for again?”

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