Category Archives: 48th Cosa

December Clark: Coalition collapses, Rôibeardescù out of Senäts

Secretary of State Marti-Pair Furxheir has announced the results of the sixth and final Clark of the 48th Cosa. As expected, the government has lost the Vote of Confidence, by a margin of 41 seats Për to 111 Contrâ, with a total of only 152 seats out of 200 cast.

The RUMP delegation, with the exception of Sir Cresti Siervicül MC, voted Contrâ. They were joined by those MRPT MCs who voted, as well two FreeDem MCs, Ministers Françal Ian lux and MT Patritz da Bondeu also voted Contrâ, with S:reu Lux explaining in the voting thread that he was voting against confidence in order to hasten the end of the collapsed coalition.

Supporting the government were the balance of the FreeDem Cosa delegation, with Progressive leader Justice Owen Edwards MC and independent Nicholas Hayes also voting Për.

The 48 seats not voted included the 13 held by Sir Cresti as mentioned above, but this appears to have been an oversight as S:reu Furxheir has apaprently received the RUMP MC’s votes on the other items in the Clark, but under the law could not accept them without a valid VoC vote cast, and as such these may be included in the final results at a later date.

Excluding Sir cResti’s seat, the remaining 35 seats absent were those of MRPT MC Lupulüc da Fhöglha, who holds 15 seats, the 4 seats formerly held by Progressive Eovart Caçéir that have not yet been reallocated by Justice Edwards, and the 16 seats of the TSP, which have not yet been redistributed absent a party leader to decide their allocation.

S:reu Furxheir also announced that following his failure to vote in two successive Clarks controversial Senator for Cezembre Txosue Rôibeardescù has forfeited his seat. This means that there will be an additional Senäts seat to be filled in the 49th Cosa general election, along with those of Maricopa, Fiova and Maritiimi-Maxhestic.

Of the 10 bills and amendments published in the Clark, 4 were defeated, including the two amendments proposed, the Mandatory Cosa Lists Amendment and its associated statuatory legislation, as well as the People Will Enact Amendment, which were a reform of the Cosa’s election procedures and a popular initiative proposal respectively. Also failing were the Arkell vs Pressdram Bill, an attempted codification in Talossan law of a timeless lawlerly communicaton from the world of British libel law, and the Caught in the Act Act Bill, a proposal by the Scribe of Abbavilla mandating multiple printed copies of legislation passed by the Ziu.

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.

Packed December Clark ushers 48th Cosa to an end

Secretary of State Marti-Pair Furxheir has published the 6th and final Clark of the 48th Cosa. Ten proposals have been submitted by MZs, including two Organic Law amendments-a record for the 48th Cosa, topping the eight measures listed in the 5th Clark.

The Mandatory Cosa Lists Amendment (48RZ35) has been reintroduced by Ian Plätschisch MC and C. Carlüs Xheraltescù MC after its defeat in the November Clark. The measure has not been changed since its first examination by the Ziu, but in his comments on Wittenberg S:reu Plätschisch expressed confidence in its eventual passage, stating that “the only reason it failed was because some senators forgot to vote”. Senator Miesträ Schivä however declared herself “not optimistic” about the amendment’s ultimate fate, as she anticipates a better turnout from RUMP MCs who a priori should have reservations about the introduction of mandatory candidate lists.

S:reu Plätschisch has also proposed Another Reformatting Bill (48RZ36), as “I like the law to look pretty” and “if I Clark a bill next month I will have Clarked a bill in all six Clarks”. The bill would amend the procedure around terpelaziun (interpellation) of Ministers by MZs.

Senator Magniloqueu Épiqeu da Lhiun, finding time from a busy schedule that according to the preamble of his bill includes auctions, snoring pets and avoiding his studies has published his direct democracy proposal, the long-gestating People Will Enact Amendment (48RZ37), as well as its accompanying ordinary legislation. This would offer groups of at least six citizens who are not Members of the Ziu the opportunity to propose legislation (but not amend the Organic Law). The proposed decree would then be approved (or otherwise) in a plebiscite. The amendment would also permit a group of eight citizens the ability to force a Ziu vote on a constitutional amendment.

Senator da Lhiun has also proposed The Hopes Will Come True Bill (48RZ38), a Talossan-language translation of the text of El Lexhatx, which previously expressed the “hope” that the legal code would be available in the national language.

Newly-appointed Attorney-General Senator Miestrâ Schivâ has proposed The Can’t You Guys Run A Simple Election Bill (48RZ29), an effort to establish a clear procedure for electing the Túischac’h of the Cosa, after the recent controversy that has left the lower house without a presiding officer for the whole of the 48th Cosa.

She has also proposed The Canton Borders Sing This Song Bill (48RZ30), which reorganises the legal provisions in El Lexhatx concerning the boundries of the provincial cantons, and The Arkell v. Pressdram Bill (48RZ32), which enshrines in Talossan law the notorious response of the British satirical magazine Private Eye to what it considered a vexatious attempt to intimidate it through the use of UK libel law.

Scribe of Abbavilla Munditenens-Txec Patritz da Biondeu-Garcia MC has proposed The Caught In The Act Bill (48RZ33) that would require all future legislation prclaimed by the monarchy to be physically signed in triplicate. One copy would be retained by the King, and one other each sent to the Scribe and the National Archivist, and provides a modest budget for the purpose.

Secretary of State Marti-Pair Furxheir has proposed The Database Accessibility and Protection Bill (48RZ31), that would create the Office of Royal Data Clerk, de jure separating the ofice of Secretary of State from the technical management of the national Database. A copy of the database would be presented over to the members of the Upperost Cort and the database itself would become the property of the nation. The creation of the Royal Data Clerkship has been a long-standing request of S:reu Furxheir, who is presently the owner of the Database, which he began as a private enterprise unconnected with his legal duties as Secretary of State.

Finally The BHAID Act of 2015 (48RZ34) has been proposed by Minister of Culture (and BHAID Governor) Françal Ian Lux MC. The Bill would provide legislative authority to the Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance to send the proceeds of the recent fundraising appeal to the project chosen by the Board of Governors, UNICEF refugee assisatnce in Syria (discussed by ETT here). [ETT: Inxheneu Crovâ is Administrator of BHAID]

November Clark Results: Coalition wins VoC, 4 MCs forfeit seats

According to the November Clark results published by the Chancery, Talossan Socialist Party MCs Gaglhen Fortaleça and Daniel Candee, along with independent MC Nicholas Hayes and RUMP MC Bradley Collin Holmes have exited the Ziu after their failure to vote in two successive Clark led to the forfeiture of their seats. These MCs held between them 33 seats in the Cosa, so along with the former assignment of errant Progressive MC Vit Caçéir, 37 Cosa seats remain unasigned at the time of writing.

Despite a strident condemnation of the government’s record by opposition leader Sir Alexandreu Davinescu MC, and the recent public tensions between coalition parties, the government survived the Vote of Confidence (94 Për/58 Contrâ). The split was along party lines as the remaining RUMP MCs were alone in voting against confidence.

Eights bills and Organic Law amendements were published in the Clark, of which five passed. Notable bills included:

The Rebalancing Finances Act (Cosa:141P/0C/11A, Senäts: 5P/0C/1A) was proposed by Sir Alexandreu Davinescu MC and Senator Eovart Grischun and reduces party registration fees by 50%, to US$10. This fee is payable by each party that wishes to stand for election to the Cosa. The Bill also revises the rules by which additional voluntary fundraising for the needs of the state are conducted, and reinforces the prohibition already included in El Lexhatx against mandatory donations or compulsory taxation.

The Transparency and Protection Bill, (Cosa:60P/81C/11A, Senäts: 3P/2C/1A) proposed by Sir Alexandreu Davinescu MC, would have simplified the freedom of information procedure already included in El Lexhatx, as well as the controls on the disclosure of personal information on citizens by the government or administration. The Bill passed in the Senäts but was defeated in the Cosa.

The sole amendement voted on, the Mandatory Cosa Lists Act and Amendment (Cosa:84P/33C/35A, Senäts: 2P/3C/1A) proposed by Ian Plätschisch MC and C. Carlüs Xheraltescù MC would have provided for the mandatory publication of seat assignments by party leaders before each election. Currently seats are assigned by party leaders after the election results are known subject to an individual limit on the number of seats any MC can hold. The Amendement failed to receive a majority in the Senäts and was thus defeated.

Túischac’h Vote: Cjantscheir/Hayes suit threatened with dismissal

Justice Txec dal Nordselvă has given his judicial colleague and RUMP MC Dama Litz Cjantscheir 72 hours to respond to a motion to dismiss her challenge to the results of the recent electon of Túischac’h (Cosa Speaker). Dama Litz filed a legal challenge on behalf of herself and former MC Nicholas Hayes claiming that the manner in which the election was conducted was improper.

In her complaint Dama Litz argues that the election was held in an “unjust, unlawful and invalid” manner and that allowing the vote to stand would constitute “a deadly precedence disenfranchising MCs who are not regular nor lawfully obliged visitors to Wiitenberg”. The vote, organised in a manner that even the instigator Breneir Itravilatx acknowledged was improvised, was the result of the difficulties experienced by the Chancery in implementing the necessary changes to the electronic voting system usually employed for Cosa voting.

The election was unexpectedly won by Scribe of Abbavilla and FreeDem MC MT Patritz da Bondieu despite wide endorsement from across the political spectrum for the rival candidate, RUMP party leader Sir Alexandreu Davinescu. This was due in part to the failure of a number of MCs, including Dama Litz and S:reu Hayes, to vote. In total only 125 out of 200 Cosa seats were actually cast.

Justice dal Nordselvă, declaring himself “inclined to act in favor of a dismissal” of the case also removed S:reu Hayes as a party to the complaint as his failure to vote in two successive Clarks has led to the forfeiture of his Cosa seats after November Clark.

Science Rules! (according to Plätschisch and Lux)

Science Rules! (according to Plätschisch and Lux)Ian Plätschisch MC (MRPT) has proposed a Bill that would create a Royal Society of the Arts and Sciences. According to the Science Rules! Bill, which has been co-sponsored by Françal Ian Lux MC (FDA), the Society would:

“advance scientific knowledge by conducting and promoting research and academic study in the areas of the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the arts and humanities.”

In his introduction of the Bill, S:reu Plätschisch noted that the University of Talossa (the Kingdom’s official institution of higher learning) has not been active of late. He further remarked and that the Bureau of Extraterrestrial Exploration & Research (BEER) has also been dormant for some time. The Bill proposes that these organisations would be absorbed into the new Royal Society. The latter would then become the sole research and educational organisation in the Kingdom, and would be headed by a President.

The Bill has been welcomed by a number of MZs from across the political spectrum, but was criticised by S:reu Óïn Ursüm, who questioned the principle of the Bill. S:reu Ursüm stated that in his opinion the University should remain the primary educational and research institution in the Kingdom, and that he failed to see how absorbing the University into the Royal Society would help revitalise it.

Discussion on the Bill continues in the Hopper. S:reu Plätschisch as not yet indicated if he will add the Bill to the Clark in October.

48th Cosa: August Clark Results

Secretary of State Marti-Pair Furxheir published the results of the August Clark yesterday. 16 out of 19 MCs cast votes in the Clark, with MCs Eovart Caçeir (Progressive), Daniel Candee (Socialist) and Moritz Iesu Preiria Fernaodescu (FDA) failing to vote their combined 24 seats. In the Senäts, only Txosuè Rôibeardescù of Cezembre failed to vote on the Clark. Questions have however been raised as to whether the Senator actually meant it to be understood that he wished to vote Për on all bills “unless told otherwise” by the citizens of Cezembre.

The government easily survived the Vote of Confidence with 107 votes Për, 69 Contrâ, despite the absence of S:reus Preiria and Caçeir, with four and twelve seats respectively. This was thanks to the support of Gaglhen Fotaleça (TSP) and Nicholas Hayes (Independent), whose combined eighteen seats votes easily compensated for the absence of the errant coalition MCs. The entire RUMP parliamentary group voted no confidence in the government, alone among the parties represented in the Cosa.

Three bills, The Nobody Feels Like Writing Acts Just to Fix Typos Act (48RZ5), the 48th Cosa Budget Act (48RZ7), and the National Census Act (48RZ10) all passed both houses of the Ziu. By contrast, the controversial Office of Dynamic Data Records Bill (48RZ9) was defeated in both houses. The We Need A Phoole Bill (48RZ6) was narrowly passed in the Senäts but heavily defeated in the Cosa. The Electoral Commission Reform Amendment (48RZ8), an Organic Law amendment, was passed in the Senäts but failed in the Cosa, where it did not attain a two-thirds majority.

Proposed by Ian Plätsisch MC (MRPT), 48RZ5 gives the Scribe the authority to correct any grammatical or orthographic errors he identifies in any laws passed by the Ziu, subject to there being no objections from MZs to the revision. The Act was approved in both houses of the Ziu, with 87 votes Për, 62 seats Conträ, and 23 abstentions in the Cosa, and 4 votes Për, 2 Conträ and 1 abstention in the Senäts.

48RZ7, outlining the government’s spending priorities for the 48th Cosa was proposed by the Distain, Senator Lüc da Schir. The Act was not notably controversial, and passed the Cosa with 111 votes Për, 50 Contrâ, and 11 abstentions, even if RUMP leader Sir Alexander Davinescu MC expressed some scepticism about the determination of the government to see their plans through to completion. In the Senäts, the Act passed with 6 votes Për, and 1 Contrâ. (Read ETT’s analysis of the budget announcement here).

48RZ10 also won a high level of cross-party consensus. The Act establishes a National Census process as an alternative path to retaining citizenship, which at the moment is subject to a compulsory voting requirement. The Bill was proposed by Senator Schivâ of the FDA. Sir Alexandreu Davinescu was officially listed as a co-sponsor, despite his demurral of any such intention and his prominent role in the Hopper in arriving at the final language of the Bill.

48RZ9 was proposed by the Secretary of State Marti-Pair Furxheir. The bill would have established a new office of the Royal Household, that of Royal Data Clerk. This official, who would have been none other than the Secretary himself, would be head of the Office of Dynamic Data Records, and would be responsible for the maintenance of the official state database. This database was created by S:reu Furxheir and is presently managed by him as a private venture. On passage of the Bill, S:reu Furxheir would have transferred ownership of the records to the newly created office, and thus they would become property of the Kingdom. Concern was expressed by some MZs at the strict terms by which the Royal Data Clerk could be removed from office, and more generally at the perception that the Secretary was attempting to legislate an office and title for his personal benefit. These criticisms were met with open dismay by the Secretary, who insisted that he was attempting to create the conditions for an orderly nationalisation of the database, which has been unsuccessfuly proposed by several governments. Ultimately the bill failed to win the support of either house of the Ziu. In the Cosa the bill was heavily defeated, with 31 votes Për, 108 Contrâ and 33 abstentions. In the Senäts the bill received 2 votes Për, 3 Contrâ and 3 abstentions.

48RZ8 was also proposed by the Secretary of State. The amendment proposed to clarify the procedure surrounding the validation of the election results calculated by the elections database, which is currently the responsibility of an Electoral Commission made up of Justices of the Uppermost Cort. Criticised for increasing what was claimed to be an already high level of complexity in the Organic Law, the amendment failed to convince the Cosa. It failed to reach a two-thirds majority in the house, with 89 votes Për, 72 Contrâ and 11 abstentions. The amendment found more favour with the Senäts, where it passed with 5 votes Për, 1 Contrâ and 1 abstention.

48RZ6 was the second bill on the Clark proposed by S:reu Plästisch. The primary aim of the bill was to grant citizenship to prospective citizen Ann Elisabeth Shapera, a professional entertainer (a “Phoole”) who has been Milwaukee’s Official Jester since 2004, and who has expressed the ambition to become official Royal Jester of the Kingdom. S:reu Plätsisch’s bill attempted to simultaneously grant D:na Shapera citizenship, a move uniformly welcomed, and to create a new post in the Royal Household, that of Phoole, which generated far less consensus. S:reu Plätsisch has himself publicly acknowledged that he may have been guilty of overconfidence in attempting to marry these conflicting aims. The widespread unease about the creation of the post of Phoole led to the defeat of the bill in the Cosa, with 52 votes Për, 90 Contrâ and 30 abstentions. The bill actually passed in the Senäts, with 3 votes Për, 1 Contrâ, and 3 abstentions.

Ian Plätschisch: 3/4 Majority Amendment “is the best compromise available”

Ian Plätschisch is a Member of the Cosa for the MRPT, and joined Talossa in March of 2015. The 48th Cosa is his debut as an MC, and he has personally proposed three bills published in the Clark so far and was a co-sponsor of the Democratic Amendment. He has also made a number of proposals still being studied in the Hopper.

ETT: You became Talossan early this year. What encouraged you to join Talossa? And when you wanted to get involved in politics, what prompted you to join in the MRPT?
IP: I am a buff for politics and parliamentary procedure, that it why I joined. I joined the MRPT because I agreed with most of their manifesto. No other parties (except the RUMP) had such a detailed manifesto, and, while the Monarchy is appealing, I am not so conservative as to fully support everything about it. Also, the RUMP has so many tenured citizens that I was afraid of being left behind.

ETT: How would you rate the government’s performance so far? What do you think they should do differently? What are they getting right?
IP: The Government has done okay, but failed to pass the Democratic Amendment, the keystone of the agreement. CCX, I’m afraid, is too optimistic about the terms to which the RUMP will agree. He repeatedly asked the RUMP to indicate what changes they wanted made to the DA, but, since June 21st, I have been the only one to translate those concerns into legislative proposals.
I don’t mean to call anyone out, CCX has been a superb Seneschal, but we need to be more serious about listening to our opposition if the coalition wants to pass any amendments. The census bill will pass I’m sure, as will the Humanitarian Aid Bill that is currently Hoppered. I think the battle to institute Cosa Lists and a smaller number of seats will be much harder.
I think to some coalition members I appear as if I am constantly trying to appease the RUMP at the expense of the government, but I assure you I am just trying to find the common ground I am certain must exist. It is a matter of nuance.

ETT: Which of your bills are you most proud of, just as a piece of legislation?
IP: While 48RZ5 is the only bill of mine that has actually passed, my favorite would have to be the Cort-Ordered Pontification Amendment. While I’ve had to abandon it for being impractical, it drew enough attention that hopefully another compromise bill can pass.

ETT: And finally, if you were Dictator of Talossa for one day, what would be the first thing you would change?
IP: I would institute the 3/4 Majority Amendment immediately. In my opinion it is the best compromise currently available.

48th Cosa: Seneschal calls for cut in Cosa seats

Seneschal C. Carlüs Xheraltescù has introduced a bill in the Hopper that would reduce the size of the Cosa to 10% of its present size. The bill, entitled the “Please Be Seated Amendment”, would amend the Organic Law to reduce the total number of seats in the lower house of the Ziu to twenty. At the moment the Cosa has two hundred seats, which is a ratio of 1 seat to 1.17 adult citizens.

The Bill’s preamble states that “political office should be more of a challenge to acquire” and that “competition can only result in a higher quality of public debates”. The reduced number of seats would be distributed according to the parties’ share of the vote as now, and the allocation of those seats would remain at the parties’ discretion. The coalition has however also committed to addressing the question of mandatory candidate lists during the 48th Cosa, and the Seneschal reiterated this pledge in the Ziu recently. Individual Members of the Cosa would also still be able to hold multiple seats, subject to the legal cap on the number of seats any one Member can hold.

The Bill addresses a Talossan peculiarity, known as the “one-man party”. At present there are more seats available in the Cosa than there are actual voters. Individual citizens may thus bypass not only the political parties but the need for any actual popular support whatsoever, and can become a member of the lower house of the Ziu merely on the basis of their own individual vote. Indeed, depending on the actual turnout one popular vote may actually entitle the MC-elect to two or more Cosa seats.

The Bill may also be an indirect attempt to reduce the extent to which party leaders can widely distribute seats in the Cosa, particularly to new citizens, an aspect which is underlined by some of the contributions made by coalition MZs to the debate in the Ziu. Critics of the practice claim this is a form of political patronage facilitated by the “EM200″ system, so named for its originators, Wes Erni and Robert Ben Madison. At the time of its introduction the latter reigned as King Robert I.

The Coalition Agreement called for a reduction of the size of the Cosa, but did not specify a target for this reduction. The MRPT manifesto proposed a reduction to sixty seats, would would impose a de facto threshold of approximately two votes in order to win representation in the Cosa. The FDA manifesto also committed the alliance to reducing the size of the Cosa, but did not specify a numerical target.

Reactions in the Ziu have been charged, with RUMP MZs criticising the bill for what they claim is its undermining of representativity. Both Sir Alexandreu Davinescu and Sir Cresti Siervicül, who are the most vocal RUMP MCs, have ruled out supporting any change in the size of the Cosa. Sir Alexandreu described the proposals as making the Cosa “less representative of the voter’s wishes”. He also urged the smaller parties in the Cosa to oppose the bill, stating that “the price we’d pay for this bill is too high, especially when all we’d get in return is making ourselves seem more elite and making our country less representative”.

In response to Sir Alexandreu’s statements, as well as the assertions by Sir Cresti that a reduction in the number of Cosa seats would have unpredictable and potentially unjust effects on the representation of smaller parties, TSP leader Gaglhen Fortaleça stated that “this bill walks in EXACTLY the wrong direction. Keep the Cosa as it is!”

Vocal MRPT MC Ian Plätschisch also criticised the bill, stating that the “drastic” reduction in the size of the Cosa would “eliminate the party dynamics that everyone knows and loves”, and that “20 [seats] is too small to allow even representation for smaller (not even necessarily 1 person) parties”.

Senator Miestrâ Schivâ defended the bill on the grounds that “I heartily support this bill, although I could be persuaded by any other electoral reforms which would make an effective threshold of 2 or 3 votes for winning a Cosa seat”. Arguing that the provincial assemblies were moribund due to the ease with which Cosa seats could be had, the Senator further accused the RUMP of fearing “this bill because it will mean they won’t be able to bring whoever they like into the Cosa using 0.5% of the legislature as a bribe.”

Françal Ian Lux MC stated that “the whole point of this bill is to allow the Cosa to be more effective and efficient with its work”, and claimed that the two hundred-seat Cosa led to “complacency”. He also stated that “if you only have 20 seats, only those who are truly involved AND worthy are the only ones who’ll get a seat. Even if it seems elitist and exclusive, I’d much rather have such an arraignment if it would benefit the government and the kingdom as a whole.”

The Seneschal indicated that he is open to compromise on the final seat total, and called upon the opposition to propose changes to the Bill that would achieve its aim of improving the quality of representation while addressing some of the concerns about the future of the smaller parties.

48th Cosa: BenArd seats redistributed; Hayes stays in the Cosa

According to an announcement by Secretary of State Marti-Pair Furxheir, MC-elect Béneditsch (BenArd) Ardpresteir hs not paid the US$20 seat registration fee, nor provided the Chancery with a seat alloction. This means that under Article VII, section 9 of the Organic Law, the seats are considered vacant and, in the absence of a party leader to re-allocate them, a replacement will have to be appointed by the King “using his best judgement”. The King has therefore filled the vacant seats based on the final proposal published by the Chancery.

S:reu Furxheir also revealed that he had finally received the seat allcoation from the other independent MC-elect, Nicholas Hayes. S:reu Hayes, who has maintained a low public profile since his election, was thought to have forfeited his seats in the same way as S:reu Ardpresteir as he had failed to supply a seat allocation to Chancery. This was apparently rectified on 21st July, leaving only the four seats abandoned by S:reu Ardpresteir to be redistributed.

According to the final calculations published by the Chancery for the King’s guidance, the vacant seats are to be allocated as follows:

RUMP 2 seats (allocated to Sir Alexandreu Davinescu)
MRPT 1 seat (to Lupuluc da Fhoglha)
FDA 1 seat (to C. Carlüs Xheraltescù)

This leaves the now 200 seat Cosa with the following composition:

RUMP 69 seats
FDA 48 seats
MRPT 47 seats
TSP 16 seats
PP 14 seats
Hayes 6 seats

The government parties improve their relative position slightly, due to the (apparent) renaissance of S:reu Hayes and the non-arrival of the historically RUMP-aligned BenArd. (Hayes is not formally a supporter of the coalition but was appointed a Deputy Minister of the Interior by the present government). However the RUMP have strengthened their position in constitutional matters by extending their blocking minority position.