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The Loyal Republicans were a political party in the early days of the NAL, who favored the legislative power of Parliament over that of the General Moderator (as opposed to the Confederationalists, who looked to a strong executive). Only one General Moderator, Martin van Lustbader, was of this party. Indeed, it was his personal prestige that allowed the Loyal Republicans to exist as long as they did. Soon after he left office, the party was absorbed by the large Whigs whose ideology was virtually identical.