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El Mundeu news blog launch

Breneir Itravilatx has formally launched his El Mundeu news organisation today. According to Talossa’s newest press magnate El Mundeu will “mostly cover current events, arts and entertainment usually with a little politics”.

Following a recent call for volunteers for an opinion panel, in an effort coordinated by MRPT MC Glüc da Dhi, El Mundeu has released its first poll, predicting a FreeDem overall majority.

S:reu Itravilatx, who is also leader of the Talossan National Congress, claimed that El Mundeu would be a “news organization which is “For No Party. For Every Citizen.” In an interview in the most recent edition of Berich’t Talossan, S:reu Itravikatx was quoted as saying “we want to be Talossa’s Rolling Stone”.

Cabinet Crisis: Reshuffle announced as tone mounts in coalition dispute

Seneschal C. Carlus Xhertaltescù has informed the King that he is reshuffling his Cabinet. Senator Miestrâ Schivâ has been appinted Distain in place of MRPT leader Lüc da Schir. M.T Patritz da Biondeu MC has been appointed as Minister for Finance and for Stuff, replacing Senator da Schir in the former and Senator Sevastáin Pinátsch in the latter.

The reshuffle was prompted by the mass resignation of MRPT Ministers at the beginning of the week. Senator Pinátsch did not publicly join his party colleagues in their resignations and it is unclear at the time of writing if he communicated his resignation privately to the Seneschal or was dismissed as a consequence of the collapse of the coalition.

Mutual dissatisfaction among the coalition partners with the underperformance of the government in general has emerged as the proximate cause of the crisis. MRPT Ministers objected to what they claimed was an unfair and partisan attempt by FreeDem leaders to ascribe the coalition’s problems to their performance, and chose the final Clark of the 48th Cosa to publicly demonstrate their rejection of this.

In his most expansive public comments on the issue yet, Seneschal Xheraltescù declared that he had “made it clear” in Cabinet discussions that he was dissatisfied, but that the MRPT had failed “to take the decision” to replace an underperforming Minister from their party. This is thought to be a reference to Senator Pinàtsch.

The Seneschal also claimed that what he described as the “inability of [MRPT] ministers to communicate what their party was up to, and to communicate our legislative agenda to their own party did [the government] in somewhat too”. Although not confirmed at the time of writing, this may refer to a level of FreeDem discomfort with MRPT MC Ian Plätschisch’s legislative initiatives on Cosa reform and on attempts to resolve the Proclamation Crisis.

Branding this statement as “weak”, outspoken former Seneschal and MRPT MC Glüc da Dhi challenged the Seneschal’s leadership record stating that “a true PM” would have explicitly requested that the minister of Stuff be replaced, something Senator da Schir denies that the Seneschal actually did.

The Seneschal responded to S:reu da Dhi by declaring that while he accepted responsibility for the overall underperformance of the government it would be “ludicrous” for him to accept what he claimed was “the blame for [da Dhi’s] party’s role in slowing things down”. The Seneschal also declared that he would not “be gagged on where fault rests…I will be honest and upfront as I always have been”.

Cabinet Crisis: Ministry of Stuff at the centre of coalition controversy

In the ongoing and increasingy testy back-and-forth between FreeDem spokeswoman Senator Miestrâ Schivâ and her various MRPT interlocutors, one striking item of contention appears to be the precise problem the Seneschal and by extenson the FreeDems had with the MRPT’s performance in cabinet: the Ministry of Stuff.

While criticising Senator Lüc da Schir for a more recent lack of activity, which has been acknowledged by the latter, Senator Schivä seems to point to the longer-term decline in the Minister of Stuff’s public activity in Talossa as the more serious problem. Stating that “if cxhn. Pinátsch, for example, had even told the Cabinet [that he was unable to continue] we could have replaced him”, but that while the Seneschal had been privately “vocal” in his criticisms of what he regarded as the MRPT ministers underperformance he had eschewed a confrontation over their replacement to avoid a coalition collapse.

Senator Lüc da Schir, the MRPT leader, denied that the Seneschal had asked him to replace the Minister of Stuff but that his response to such a query would have been “sure, if Sevastain is willing to step back”. The Senator also denied that proportional representation in Cabinet was a significant motivation for his party, as they had not objected to ex-MRPT member Breneir Itravilatx continuing as Foreign Minister, even though it reduced the number of MRPT ministers as a whole. The Minister’s MRPT colleague Glüc da Dhi insisted in response that the Minister had made his difficulties clear and had tried to get additional help with content, but claimed that “elections coming up is a better motivation” for the FDT.

Senator Sevastáin Pinátsch was appointed Minister of Stuff in September 2014 [ETT: Senator Pinátsch is Editor of ETT] According to the Organic Law, the Ministry of Stuff “shall prepare, at the behest of the Cosâ, the Seneschál, or on his own initiative, informative texts about the Kingdom of Talossa”. In practice this has meant being responsible for the Kingdom’s web presence. The Senator has not publicly announced his resignation from the Cabinet at the time of writing, though Senator Schivâ referred to “rumours” that the Minister may be dismissed as a result of the collapse of the coalition.

With respect to the Minister’s level of activity, a series of posts in September 2015 on Wittenberg suggest that the Minister was experiencing some turbulence in his family life. On 22rd September, he apologised for a lack of activity, and claimed that as “life has become considerably more complicated” his Talossan time had been curtailed, and that “most of my recent work to our information platforms has been technical”. In the same thread a day later, citing chldren entering adolescence, more stress at this workplace, and long days, the Minister described sleep as his “most treasured posession”.

In a more detailed post on 30th September, which was presumably a response to the criticism in the press and in the Ziu of the lack of progress on the update of talossa.com, the Minister explained that no content on talossa.com had been updated since April of this year, and that in setting up the system he had “hoped to receive much more volunteer relief than I have”, despite “repeated requests for help”. He also stated that he was “unable to do much more than ensure that the website operates properly and securely”.

The Minister also declared that “if I am over-reaching in my hope and expectation, or am simply demonstrating that I am ill-suited to the responsibility of this Ministry, you may request my resignation”. Four individuals with editing rights [ETT: including ETT contributor Inxheneu Crovâ] to the portal responded that they wished to maintain their ability to update talossa.com, but there was at the time no direct public comment from either the Seneschal or the Distain to the request, or on the Minister’s status.

The Minister, who is also Senator for Atatürk, has regularly requested feedback on each Clark of the 48th Cosa, has attempted to briefly motivate his votes, and has not missed a vote during the entire term, according to the Database. In response to encourgements from a fellow provincial, the Senator stated on 20th December that it been “a busier year for me than last year”, but that he was “budgeting time to read bills thoroughly”.

Cabinet Crisis: MRPT ministers resign, vote against confidence

MRPT party leader Senator Lüc da Schir has confirmed that his party are withdrawing their support from the goverment. Senator da Schir has resigned as Distain and Minister for Finance, following the shock announcement by MRPT MC Ian Plätschisch that he would resigning his government posts and voting against confidence earlier today.

Senator da Schir described the collapse of the coalition as “sad and unavoidable”, and “should have ended months ago” due to pressure of academic work. The Senator claimed that the break with the FDT was prompted by the “washing of dirty clothes publicly” by FDT cabinet colleagues.

MCs Glüc da Dhi and Erschéveþ da Schir joined their party colleagues in their renunciation of the alliance with the FDT and Progressives, with da Schir stating in the Cosa that voting confidence “would put a lot of us at odds with our consciences”. S:reu da Dhi, in a lengthy statement to the Cosa, claimed that “this government has not been what any of us had hoped for”, citing inactive or ineffective ministers and a “mostly invisible” Seneschal C. Carlüs Xheraltescù. He also acknowledged that while “over the top”, certain of the criticisms made of the government by RUMP leader Sir Alxeandreu Davinescu MC were “valid points”.

S:reu da Dhi however defended the legislative record of the MRPT, singling out Ian Plätschisch’s work on the 3/4 Majority Amendment in particular. While stating that it was “not wrong to discuss some of the weak points”, he criticised the Seneschal, in what he claimed was “election mode”, for unfairly singling out MRPT ministers. S:reu da Dhi also declared that while today’s events meant the “end” of the present FDT-MRPT, he would not personally rule out coalition with the FreeDems or any other party in the future, and that his party “should always be willing to take its responsibility”.

Seneschal Xheraltescù stated that he was “saddened though not surprised” by the resignations, but questioned whether “pressure from the wider party” explained the announcements, rather than the will of the individuals involved.

FreeDem Senator Miestrâ Schivâ accused Senator da Schir of having “pretty much disappeared for the past month or two” and that FreeDem ministers “have done virtually everything for at least the last two months”. The Senator also claimed that Sir Alexandreu Davinescu wished to “destroy” the government, and being “unbelievably dishonest” in accepting the support of “of the very people who caused the failure” of that government. She also stated that she would personally not accept a coalition with the MRPT in the next Cosa, but would consider indivdual ModRad participation “if not tainted by the serial ball-dropping” of the present government.

Speaking to ETT, Foreign Minister and former MRPT MC Breneir Itravilatx stated that “I have no comment on the current back-and-forth but I am saddened by the demise of the coalition. The actions of the MRPT are an understandable response to recent public statements by some FreeDem members. Hopefully there will not be irreparable damage to future potential for policy collaboration”. S:reu Itravilatx has registered a new centre-left political party, the Talossan National Congress, which will be launched in the coming weeks.

MRPT Conference: leadership contest exposes coalition doubts

As the Fifth Congress of the MRPT gets underway, two contenders for the leadership have announced themselves. Outgoing party leader, Distain and Finance Minister Senator Lüc da Schir has announced that he will seek another term as leader, with Deputy Interior Minister Ian Plâtschisch MC also stepping forward.

Senator da Schir stated that if re-elected he will not “enter in coalition deals with any other party”. S:reu da Schir further stated that in his opinion that a “lay-low crossbench term” would be healthy for the ModRads, and that “sometimes supporting a minority cabinet from the outside can get us more than being inside it (and faring very badly anyway)”.

The latter remark seems to be an implicit acknowledgement of the criticism that MRPT Ministers have underperformed during the 48th Cosa. According to the Senator, a term outside of government would allow the MRPT to renew itself and “get to the 50th Cosa with a strong team of active members”. The Senator also declared that he favoured promoting more active MCs over “putting our best people in the Senate”.

S:reu Plätschisch wished to emphasise that his decision to contest the leadership was not a reflection of a lack of confidence in the Senator. He stated however that while he had no objection to remaining outside of government in principle, he felt his approach was different enough from his party leader’s that he “wanted to give the party an alternative”.

S:reu Plätschisch stressed that he did not think the party should pursue a coalition “to the point of being trampled on”, but he did not agree that Talossa would benefit from a minority government, and that the party should “keep its options open, depending on election results and negotiations turn out”. He further stated that despite the negative perception some party members had of Sir Alexandreu Davinescu MC the RUMP should not be excluded from coalition consideration. He also declared that he felt a coalition with the FDT was “unlikley”, though not objectionable to him.

Other senior party members weighed in on the topic, which was moved to the Congress Hall for a broader discussion of the party’s strategy.

Former party leader and Seneschal Glüc da Dhi declared that in his opinion the party “should take our responsibility in cabinet” and influence policy directly. He also stated that he did not support a minority government of either RUMP of FDT, and “could support a coalition” with either.

Senator Magniloqueu Épiqeu da Lhiun expressed support for Senator da Schir’s policy, stating that “I think we have been too government-driven” and that the party “should take some time to come to its senses”.

Asmourescu Poll: Large majority for reform of the monarchy?

According to the latest results of a public poll on Wittenberg created by Admiral T.M. Asmourescu, a large majority of participants wish to reform the monarchy in some form. Of 42 participants at the time of writing, 29 support some measure of reform, with 6 participants supporting a republic, 15 supporting a non-hereditary monarchy, and 8 supporting a reduction in the powers of the hereditary monarchy. 13 participants, just over 30% the total have chosen the option “Everything is fine the way it is”.

Admiral Asmourescu is a former Justice of the Uppermost Cort and a controversial figure whose allegations of attempted bribery led to the Mha la Mha case. He has described the option “Abolish the hereditary monarchy/retain the monarchy” as close to his thinking. S:reu Asmourescu stated that with “pretty significant support for ending the hereditary monarchy…these are changes we can enact”.

Leading MRPT figur Glûc da Dhi expressed concerns about the representativity of the poll, but stated light-heartedly that he saw “plenty of potential MRPT voters here”. He also confirmed that he personally chose the third option, to retain the hereditary monarchy but reduce its power.

While describing the strong support expressed for some form of monarchy as “good to see”, RUMP leder Sir Alexandreu Davinescu MC criticised the format of the poll, describing the “Everything is fine the way it is” option as tending to “lean people a little into choosing other options if they think the status quo is anything short of perfect”. He echoed the comments of S:reu da Dhi on taking the results of the poll with caution stating that “it is a plain fact that the most active Wittenberg users just aren’t anything like representative of the Talossan people”.

Senator Miestrâ Schivâ stated that “increasingly I think the question is not so much monarchy in the abstract, but is this King still a fit and proper person.” She also stated that she would be raising the issue in the Royal Commission on the Organic Law. She criticised the current system for offering “cronies” of an unfit monarch the possibility to block any attempts to remove him.

Eiric S. Bornatfiglheu, a Progressive activist, stated that “I think it is telling that a full 2/3 of those polled would like to see some sort of change in the monarchy, ranging from abolition to curtailing of power”. Echoing Senator Schivâ’s analysis, S:reu Bornatfiglheu asked “if this were a different king, would the numbers here look different?”

The poll will remain open until 31st January 2016, and any registered Wittenberg user may participate.

LibCon Controversy: MRPT reactions

In apparent response to Senator Rôibeardescù’s statement that he “would rather fight for a party that knows what it wants, instead of one that doesn’t”, Ian Plätschisch MC published a copy of the MRPT manifesto for the former’s attention. In extending an invitation to the Senator to consider the MRPT as a new political home, S:reu Plätschisch stated that “a vote’s a vote”, clarifying later that he intended this formula to mean that the support of any individual voter is welcome, but that he did not intend to recruit the Senator as a party member.

Senator Magniloqueu Épiqeu da Lhiun of Maritimi-Maxhestic criticised S.reu Plätschisch’s initiative, stating that his party colleague did “not represent the MRPT that I know”. He further remarked, in response to criticism from Senator Miestrâ Schivâ of Distain da Schir’s silence on the issue at that point, that “(the party leader) is just one voice among many”. He also noted what he claimed was the ZRT leader’s “alacrity to criticise the MRPT at the first chance you get. I am accustomed to your vitriolic remarks towards the RUMP, but I expected more amity towards us”.

Former MRPT leader Glüc da Dhi noted that “it’s not like the FDA had a problem having him as a member untill he left…now…he’s suddenly a ‘sleazoid'”. He also called on other parties “to not get involved immediately but give Txosue and his former party some time to sort things out for themselves first”, stating that he understood S:reu Plätschisch’s personal initiative as a response to the RUMP’s first move in publishing their manifesto.

Recommendation: Appointment of a Scribe of Abbavilla

The Office of the Prime Minister of Talossa
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L’Óifisch dal Seneschal del Regipäts Talossa

Recommendation: Appointment of a Scribe of Abbavilla

Voastra Maxhestà,

I realise this is a bit last minute, since my term as caretaker Seneschal is almost over, but since the election results require the formation of a coalition, which may take a while, and since this is not a very political decision, and one that probably is not too controversial either, I do not think it will be a problem.

Your Majesty, it sadly seems that the current Scribe of Abbavilla has gone AWOL, and thankfully we found someone prepared to take over from him. I have the fullest confidence that S;reu Da Biondeu is both capable and active enough to take over this job.

Therefore I, Glüc da Dhi, outgoing caretaker Seneschal del Regipäts Talossan, with all duly vested authority and stuff, hereby recommend that Your Majesty appoint:

100px-ScriberyBadgeM.T. Patritz da Biondeu
to the position of
Scribe of Abbavilla


I’m pleased to make this appointment. Hereby, S:reu da Biondeu is appointed to the exalted office of Scribe of Abbavilla, with all incomes and honours thereto appertaining.

— John R.

Writ of Dissolution of the 46th Cosa

We, JOHN, by the Grace of God King of Talossa and of all its Realms and Regions, King of Cézembre, Sovereign Lord and Protector of Pengöpäts and the New Falklands, Defender of the Faith, Leader of the Armed Forces, Viceroy of Hoxha and Vicar of Atatürk, having thought fit to dissolve this present forty-sixth Cosa of the Kingdom of Talossa, do to that end publish this Our proclamation royal, hereby dissolving the said Cosa accordingly; and do discharge and excuse the Members of that Cosa from their meeting and attendance thereat from Tuesday the twenty-second day of this July instant. And We being desirous and resolved for the better governance of these Our realms to have the advice of Our people in the Ziu assembled, do hereby make known to all Our loyal commons, knights, and nobles Our royal will and pleasure to call and assemble a new Cosa, and do hereby further declare that We have given order that Our Chancery and Secretary of State do forthwith issue out writs and ballots in due form, and according to law, for the election of a new forty-seventh Cosa as well as Senators for the provinces of Maritiimi-Maxhestic, Vuode, and Benito.

Further, We desire at this time most heartily to thank and congratulate, on Our own behalf and that of the entire Talossan nation, the many citizens who served in this now-dissolved forty-sixth Cosa, especially thanking S:reu Glüc da Dhi for his service as Seneschal, Dame Miestra Schiva for hers as Distain and acting Seneschal, and all the other members of the Government. Further thanks are due to Sir Mick Preston, Sir Trotxa Betiñeir, and S:reu Tric’hard Carschaleir, whose present terms in the Senäts will end with the upcoming election.

Done under Our hand Royal at the city of Centennial in Colorado this twenty-second day of July being the Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene, Penitent, in the year of salvation 2014, of the independence of Talossa the thirty-fifth, and of Our reign the eighth.

— John Regeu

Writ of Dissolution of the 46th Cosa

We, JOHN, by the Grace of God King of Talossa and of all its Realms and Regions, King of Cézembre, Sovereign Lord and Protector of Pengöpäts and the New Falklands, Defender of the Faith, Leader of the Armed Forces, Viceroy of Hoxha and Vicar of Atatürk, having thought fit to dissolve this present forty-sixth Cosa of the Kingdom of Talossa, do to that end publish this Our proclamation royal, hereby dissolving the said Cosa accordingly; and do discharge and excuse the Members of that Cosa from their meeting and attendance thereat from Tuesday the twenty-second day of this July instant. And We being desirous and resolved for the better governance of these Our realms to have the advice of Our people in the Ziu assembled, do hereby make known to all Our loyal commons, knights, and nobles Our royal will and pleasure to call and assemble a new Cosa, and do hereby further declare that We have given order that Our Chancery and Secretary of State do forthwith issue out writs and ballots in due form, and according to law, for the election of a new forty-seventh Cosa as well as Senators for the provinces of Maritiimi-Maxhestic, Vuode, and Benito.

Further, We desire at this time most heartily to thank and congratulate, on Our own behalf and that of the entire Talossan nation, the many citizens who served in this now-dissolved forty-sixth Cosa, especially thanking S:reu Glüc da Dhi for his service as Seneschal, Dame Miestra Schiva for hers as Distain and acting Seneschal, and all the other members of the Government. Further thanks are due to Sir Mick Preston, Sir Trotxa Betiñeir, and S:reu Tric’hard Carschaleir, whose present terms in the Senäts will end with the upcoming election.

Done under Our hand Royal at the city of Centennial in Colorado this twenty-second day of July being the Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene, Penitent, in the year of salvation 2014, of the independence of Talossa the thirty-fifth, and of Our reign the eighth.

— John Regeu