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UK and preventing the assimila- 36 Insurgency Online tion of Protestants by what is seen as a monolithic Catholic Ireland. The evolution of the electoral party system has also played a role in the history of the Troubles. In the period immediately after partition and creation of the Free State in 1921, the Northern Ireland electoral system was based on a proportional representation (PR) system of single transferable vote (STV). By the mid-1920s, PR led to the emergence of political parties that threatened the ruling Ulster Unionist Party (UUP). The electoral threat