Category Archives: Seneschal

Analysis: Getting to 101

With the ballots finally certified by the Election Commission, the King and the parties can now formally begin talks on the formation of the next government.

As reported by ETT, the parties have already been engaged in discussions with each other, with the ModRads support apparently courted by both the FreeDems and the RUMP. However the King has publicly stated that he would not engage in formal talks with the party leaders until the certification of the ballots has been completed.

Under the Organic Law the King must, in the absence of a single-party majority in the Cosa, engage in talks with the “objective of finding a PM who can be sustained in subsequent Votes of Confidence by a majority of seats in the Cosâ”. As no obvious parliamentary majority emerged from the 49th Cosa election, there is no clear precedent for how the King would judge the viability of a Seneschal candidate.

One uncertainty is if competing possibilities are presented, will the King seek to actively persuade the non-aligned parties to at least tolerate one of the possible alternatives, and if so how would this be received by party leaders? Would the King accept a looser pact, perhaps even limited in time, or would he instead allow new elections, if agreement cannot be reached?

What is clear is that any new majority in the Cosa will depend on at least two parties, whether in formal coalition or linked in some sort of confidence agreement. As the King will presumably want some concrete evidence of its viability, this will probably take the form of a written pact.

The possibilities, either as full coalition or as a “Cabinet of Talents” style agreement:

FreeDem-ModRad: Reform/Centrist
Pro: Ideologically compatible; slim but clear majority with potential extra support from Reps and Progs”
Con: Serious divergence on coalition issue; residual bitterness from the collapse of last govt may be insurmountable.

RUMP-ModRad-TNC: Conservative/Centrist
Pro: Large majority; no barriers to coalition; would include the fastest growing party in the Cosa (the TNC).
Con: RUMP a minority in their own coalition; ideological (and personal) differences; vulnerable to FreeDem attack as an “alliance of losers”.

FreeDem-RUMP: Grand Coalition
Pro: Large majority; could neutralise the most virulent personal conflict in Talossan politics (Schiva-Davinescu); deep bench of ministerial talent to “get things done”; convergence on the “Cabinet of Talents” concept; as both parties are roughly equal in size, a “marriage of equals”.
Con: the most virulent personal conflict in Talossan politics (Schiva-Davinescu); severe ideological differences on the monarchy; the near tie in seats could lead to Cosa deadlock.

ModRad-TNC-Prog, with outside support: Centrist
Pro: ideologically coherent, “centrist” so could try to win external support from both ends of the spectrum; “third force” opposed to FreeDem-RUMP dyarchy.
Con: Personnel issues; far from a majority on its own, so vulnerable to collapse.

BEER Affair: Rôibeardescù resignation “good enough” for Seneschal

Responding to the statment issued by the Free Democratic Alliance Executive Committee, Seneschal C. Carlüs Xheraltescù has confirmed that troubled Senator Txosuè Rôibeardescù will for the moment remain a member of the Liberal Congress party, and has called for a halt in what he claims may “become a witch-hunt”. [Note: S:reu Xheraltescù is proprietor of ETT]

According to the Seneschal, who was travelling at the outset of the BEER Affair, “as far as I am concerned, resignation from the position of Commissioner [by Rôibeardescù] is good enough for me”. The embattled Senator, implicated in an attempt to influence a Member of the Cosa to drop a bill making extravagant extraterrestial land claims, remains suspended from the Free Democratic Alliance, of which the Liberal Congress is a constituent party.

The Seneschal stated that Senator Rôibeardescù’s admission of his personal difficulties and his resignation as Civil Service Commissioner took “guts as well as honour”, and expressed concern that further sanctions against the Senator would “become a witch-hunt”. The Seneschal further stated that the Senator’s political future “is up to the people of Cezembre”.

S:reu Xheraltescù also announced his resignation as Capitan (governor) of Fiova. The Seneschal cited lack of time since his appointment as head of the government. A by-election to fill the vacant position will be held later in August, with Ian Luïc C. Baptiçistà the only announced candidate so far.

BEER Affair: Rôibeardescù resignation “good enough” for Seneschal

Responding to the statment issued by the Free Democratic Alliance Executive Committee, Seneschal C. Carlüs Xheraltescù has confirmed that troubled Senator Txosuè Rôibeardescù will for the moment remain a member of the Liberal Congress party, and has called for a halt in what he claims may “become a witch-hunt”. [Note: S:reu Xheraltescù is proprietor of ETT]

According to the Seneschal, who was travelling at the outset of the BEER Affair, “as far as I am concerned, resignation from the position of Commissioner [by Rôibeardescù] is good enough for me”. The embattled Senator, implicated in an attempt to influence a Member of the Cosa to drop a bill making extravagant extraterrestial land claims, remains suspended from the Free Democratic Alliance, of which the Liberal Congress is a constituent party.

The Seneschal stated that Senator Rôibeardescù’s admission of his personal difficulties and his resignation as Civil Service Commissioner took “guts as well as honour”, and expressed concern that further sanctions against the Senator would “become a witch-hunt”. The Seneschal further stated that the Senator’s political future “is up to the people of Cezembre”.

S:reu Xheraltescù also announced his resignation as Capitan (governor) of Fiova. The Seneschal cited lack of time since his appointment as head of the government. A by-election to fill the vacant position will be held later in August, with Ian Luïc C. Baptiçistà the only announced candidate so far.

48th Cosâ election: Xheraltescù appointed Seneschal, backs “Democratic Amendement”

His Majesty King John has announced that following discussions with the party leaders, he has appointed C. Carlüs Xheraltescù as Seneschal of the 48th Cosa. Details of the composition of the government and the objectives for the next term have yet to be announced.

In a short statement to ETT, the new Seneschal stated that:

We will be publishing the Coalition Agreement in full in the next few days. This government will be making use of a range of talents from all of the coalition parties, and will hopefully be making some appointments from outside the coalition.

When asked about the government’s policy with respect to the resoltion of the Proclamation Crisis, the Seneschl told ETT that:

…we will be confirming in our agreement that the government is resolutely backing the Democratic Amendment.

48th Cosâ Election: Forming a government

According to the Organic Law (Article XI, section 2), the King appoints the Seneschal. If a single party controls a majority of the seats in the Cosa, then they designate the person to be appointed, and the King must appoint that person. It is however certain that once the 48th Cosa election has been validated by the Election Commission, no single party will control a majority.

In that case, the King must engage in talks with the party leaders in order to appoint a Seneschál who is capable of keeping the confidence of the Cosâ. This is of crucial importance as there is a Vote of Confidence each month the Cosâ is in session. If no new Seneschál can be appointed (or the incumbent cannot be re-appointed) who can command a majority within one month of the end of the election then the King must dissolve the Cosâ and new elections are held.

At the time of writing the most probable outcome is a renewed FreeDem-MRPT-Progressive coalition. The (unvalidated) 107-seat total of the coalition parties gives them a clear majority, two seats down from their combined total at the dissolution of the 47th Cosâ.

The RUMP, which as the largest single party in the Cosâ would anchor any alternative coalition, lost eleven seats and would need either the FreeDems or the MRPT to abandon the coalition in their favour. The probability of this at the time of writing would appear to be low. The alternative, to assemble a coalition ranging from the Socialist Party to the Progressives, and including either independents Hayes or Ardpresteir, would also appear ambitious at this point and would only have between a one and three seat majority.

The election has shifted the balance of power within the outgoing government parties. The FreeDems managed to remain the largest single component of the outgoing coalition despite a loss of five seats from the combined ZRT-LibCon total at dissolution, and sources close to the alliance state that the mooted fusion between the component parties is still planned.

This will probably result in a change of Seneschál, as the FreeDem candidate C. Carlüs Xheraltescù staked an early claim to the position during the campaign, and neither MRPT’s outgoing Seneschál Lüc da Schir nor the Progressives publicly demurred from the logic that the candidate of the largest party in the coalition should be the Seneschál nominee.

It was however a narrow margin: forty-seven seats to forty-six in favour of the FreeDems. Indeed the MRPT, alone among the established parties in the Cosa, managed to improve on its seat total at dissolution with a gain of four seats, and will be disappointed at losing the leadership of the government due to such a close result. The third coalition partner, the Progressives, lost one seat.

These seat totals however assume no change in the distribution to each party after the validation of the results. The invalidation of even one popular vote could effect the distribution of one to two seats in the Cosâ-and with it the leadership of the government.

Appointment of new A-G: Adm. T.M. Asmourescu



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

Recommendation: Appointment a new Attorney General



Voastra Maxhestà,

I bring you bad news and good news.
The bad news is that our Attorney General has informed me that his life outsife Talossa keeps him busy to such an extent that it interferes with his work as Attorney General. He therefore wishes to resign. It seems to me that we have little choice but to accept his resignation. I would like to thank S:reu Ursüm for his willingness to serve as AG these last few weeks and for all the work he has done in his role and I wish him all the best with the rest of his life, both in Talossa and in the UK. 

The good news is that we have been able to find a very good replacement; Someone with consirable experience in Talossa's legal world already, who also happens to be a former Justice on the Uppermost Court.

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



to the position of
Attorney-General 

A Letter of Thanks and Clarification: Dismissal of All Deputies



The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of Talossa
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L'Óifisch del Distain del Regipäts Talossa

Announcement: A Letter of Thanks and Clarification from the Government


On behalf of His Majesty's Government, I would like to offer my sincerest thanks to all the Deputy Ministers who served under the previous government. The work you put in was exceptional and you are all a credit to the Talossan nation as a result of the work you have poured into the last government. But, as I'm sure you've noticed, times are in fact changing. The challenges of coalition government are manifold and it requires the politicisation of Deputy Ministers in the sense that they are now required to be as this government understands, 'political understudies' as Minister Schiva put it.

Deputy Ministers for Stuff, Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Justice, this government would like to thank you for your time and effort. You are, as of the 25th of January 2014, relieved of your duties. Take a well deserved rest, and once again: I thank you.

Cabinet Appointments



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

Recommendation: Appointment of the Cabinet and the Túischac'h


Voastra Maxhestà,

the coalition parties, MRPT, ZRT and LPR/RPT have agreed on the appointment of a cabinet consisting of the following ministers. The result is a strong team, consisting of members of all three parties and independents, both young, ambitious politicians and experienced Talossans, including two former Prime Ministers and also a former President and two former PMs of the Republic. All these Talossans have shown to be active, loyal and dedicated, so I am confident they will serve Talossa well.

Therefore I, Glüc da Dhi, Seneschal del Regipäts Talossan, with all duly vested authority and stuff, hereby recommend that Your Majesty appoint these Talossan citizens to the following cabinet posts:



to the position of
Distain





to the position of
Foreign Minister


to the position of
Defence Minister


to the position of
Minister of Immigration


to the position of
Minister of Stuff


to the position of
Home Minister


to the position of
Finance Minister


to the position of
Minister of Culture


to the position of
Attorney-General


Furthermore, a functioning government needs control and opposition coming from a functioning parliament and such a parliament needs an active speaker. Last term this speaker was a member of the opposition and it seems like a good idea to continue this tradition

Therefore I would further recommend that Your Majesty appoint:



to the position of
Túischac'h

Declaration of a Month of Recess



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

Declaration of a Month of Recess


According to Article XIII Section 3 of the Organic Law, the Seneschál may insert between any two Clarks, or after the final Clark, a "month of recess" in which no Clark is published and no Cosâ or Senäts business is conducted. No more than one "month of recess" may be declared during any one term of office.

I hereby declare that the month of August, 2013, shall be a month of recess.


Done under my hand and seal, as from Kenwood House, this day the 24th day of July, in the Year of Our Lord 2013, of the independence of Talossa the thirty-fourth, and the seventh in the reign of our gracious Sovereign John.

Txec Róibeard dal Nordselva, MC
Seneschal