The Coalition Agreement between the FreeDem, MRPT and Progressives parties has now been published. As expected, the Democratic Amendment is the first priority listed, in an Agreement that presents an ambitious liberal reform agenda.
- Back the “Democratic Amendment”, and hold a review of the Organic Law under the direction of the Seneschal
- Reform of provincial Senäts representation to make it proportional to population
- Reduce the number of seats in the Cosa, and make candidate lists mandatory (in a “nuanced” fashion)
While there is nothing new in the proposals, the Proclamation Crisis seems to have concentrated minds in the coalition. The explicit support for the Democratic Amendment, and the commitment to a thorough review of the Organic Law demonstrates this. The sharp decrease in RUMP representation in both Cosa and Senâts may facilitate the task but the as yet unresolved question of the Royal super-veto on constitutional change leaves the prospects of major reform in doubt. This is especially true of any measure that would alter the representation of a province in the Senäts, as it would not only require the usual Ziu supermajorities and a popular majority, but a majority in each of the provinces affected by any change.
- Complete Catchment Reform
- Remove the “closed provinces” rule.
In keeping with the liberal federalism of the previous government, the government proposes to continue the process of rationalising the geographic regions associated with each Talosan province, with the aim of establishing a more solid basis for provincial identity. It is presumably hoped that this will ultimately lead to revitalisation of provincial activity and create opportunities for devolution of powers from the centre. It also proposes to remove the cap on the growth of individual provinces, which is imposed at the moment once they reach a certan size relative to the others, and can result in a citizen being assigned to a different province than his geographical residence would normally allow.
- Introduce a National Census
- Complete the transfer of the public discussion boards to civil service control
- Complete the website project
Three longstanding aims of the coalition parties that should be implemented during the 48th Cosa. The choice to respond to the Census rather than participating in the election may have an unpredictable effect on the political system, as non-active citizens will not need to vote in order to retain their citizenship.
Economic and social affairs
- Introduce a Humanitarian Aid bill to the Ziu
- Push for the sale of stamps
- Complete the coins project
A national effort to contribute to emergency relief was a key policy pledge of the Progressives in the general election campaign, as was the completion of the coinage project. The RB&P has been criticised for the meagre sales of the official stamps, and the initial hopes for revenue from the project have been disappointed.
- Support for a government sponsored Cultural Prize
- Continue the previous government’s language education programmes
Continuity is the watchword in linguistic policy, and the details of the Cultural Prize (how much and by whom it will be awarded) are not yet known. The (privately-sponsored) Journalism Awards have had a positive impact in promoting effective and responsible news coverage. The coalition will be hoping that a Cultural Prize will have a similar impact on broader cultural endeavours.
- Appoint social media ambassadors to reinvigorate Talossa’s presence on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube etc.
- Review serious Talossa-like entities, and appoint active ambassadors
With the end of the “Semi-Permeable Wall”, formal relations with other Talossa-like entities (don’t call them micronations) are possible, and public diplomacy may have positive impact on both immigration and on the commercialisation of Talossan products, such as stamps.