Category Archives: The Hopper

BHAID: 118$ for UNICEF, Administrator steps down

Françal Ian Lux MC has publised the BHAID Act of 2015, which if passed by the Ziu will authorise the Kingdom’s Bureau of Humanitarian Aid and International Development to donate the proceeds of the recently concluded BHAID appeal to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). As reported in ETT this weekend, US$130 was raised in donations. After processing fees the amount available for the donation is US$118.17. [ETT: Inxheneu Crovâ donated $50 to the appeal]

According to its official website UNICEF was founded in December 1946 to provide aid to children displaced by the Second World War. In 1953 its mission was made perpetual, and in 1965 it was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The organsation is active in 192 countries working to promote the health, nutrition and education of children.

S:reu Lux’s legislation states that the Governors of BHAID decided to support UNICEF due to its work with refugees from the civil war in Syria. UNICEF is seeking to raise US$624 million in funding for 2015 alone to support its efforts to help children and their families displaced by the conflict.

The proposal was welcomed by RUMP leader Sir Alexandreu Davinescu MC, who described the organisation as “highly-rated by most charity auditors” and that it “seems like a good choice”. He also congratulated BHAID on “a good job”. Ian Plätschisch MC, a Governor of BHAID along with S:reu Lux, has requested to be added as a co-sponsor of the Bill.

BHAID is supervised by a Board of Governors, including an Administrator. It was announced yesterday that the incumbent Administrator Dr. Prithi Singh Ravish would no be continuing in the role. The reasons for the resignation are not clear but Foreign Minister Breneir Itravilatx stated that Dr Ravish’s resignation had “something to do with Talossans not being recognized in the international arena”. The Minister further announced that he would be assuming the role of Administrator temporarily until a replacement can be found.

Will Talossa switch to the metric system (again?)

MC-elect Ian Plätschisch has proposed a bill to repeal Title F, section 29 of el Lexhatx, which makes the “American or English” systems of weights and measures the official system of the Kingdom. Plätschisch proposes instead to switch to the Metric system, as “the whole world uses the Metric system for the exception of the USA, Liberia, and Myanmar”, and it is in his opinion easier to use. He would however keep the Farenheit system of temprature as it “has a larger range of values that describe temperatures experienced in everyday life”.

Fellow MC-elect A. Davinescu reminded Plätschisch that this “would be the fifth change back and forth” (A. Davinescu, MC-elect). Endorsing the change, Senator M. Schivâ commented in response “how many times did we endorse and disavow Gloria Estefan?”.

Plätschisch recommended viewing the YouTube video “Are Imperial Measurements outdated?” for further information on this historically ambivalent topic. Interestingly, the current law has a slight ambiguity, as the Imperial system in use in the UK and the Us customary weights measures are very similar but not exactly the same.

Proclamation Crisis: It’s Raining Amendments

A summary of the six separate reform proposals currently in the Hopper, or in dicussion on Wittenberg:

The Democratic Amendment, proposed by Senator-elect Sevastáin Pinátsch, amends Article XV, section 1 of the Organic Law. The amendment changes the phrase “an amendment to the organic law may be made by proclamation” to “shall be made”, which would remove the King’s discretion on proclamation. It also inserts a new provision that organic law amendments would come into effect within two weeks of their authorisation, if no action is taken by the King to proclaim them in that time.

The Provincial Cunstavál Amendment, proposed by Secretary of State Marti-Pair Furxheir, would add a new section to Article XVII of the Organic Law. This would permit provinces to establish their own particular rules as to the qualifications and method of nomination of their Cunstaváls, and would permit them to officially rename the post.

The Consent of the People and Balanced Government Amendment, proposed by Sir Alexandreu Davinescu, MC-elect, would add a new section to Article XV of the Organic Law. This would make explicit the King’s right to decline to proclaim an amendment to the Organic Law unless, after the following general election, the identical amendment by a two-thirds majority, and two-thirds of the voters in a second referendum during the next general election after also agree. The latter threshold is increased to three-quarters if the referendum concerns an amendment to the Covenant of Rights and Freedoms. The proposal would also amend Article XX of the Organic Law so that the possibility of holding referenda outside of the general election period is removed.

The Time Bomb Amendment, proposed by King John I, would amend Article XV, Section 1 of the Organic Law to require the King to act, or to announce that he refrains from acting, on amendments to the Organic Law within fifteen days of the referendum authorising them, or they would be deemed to have been proclaimed. This would remove the possibility that a monarch could block an amendment by simply not acting, but would require some positive action on his part.

The Massive Reform Amendment, part 1, part 2 & part 3, proposed by Galen Zavala-Sherby, MC-elect. This would amend diverse sections of the Organic Law to remove the King from the government formation and legislative process. It would also appear to introduce the direct election of the Seneschal, as well as shifting much of the existing Royal prerogative powers to the Seneschal. The Speaker of the Cosa is substituted for the monarch with respect to the dissolution of the Cosa.

The Root of the Problem – A Compromise, proposed by T.M. Asmourescu. This would amend diverse articles of the Organic Law to replace the principle of hereditary succession with an that of an elective monarchy. The monarch would serve a term of twelve Clarks (i.e., one year). While not explicitly mentioned it would appear that two terms cannot be served consecutively.