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October Clark: One for the road…

The results of the final Clark of the 49th Cosa were published by the Chancery this week.

Without surprise,the government easily survived the last VoC of the term, 94 votes Për to 18 Contrâ. However due to absent coalition MCs the government did so without achieving an absolute majority of seats.

RUMP leader Sir Alexandreu Davinescu unexpectedly failed to vote on the Clark, a first for him in a number of years. Sir Alexandreu was among 5 MCs, representing 50 of the 200 seats in the Cosa, who failed to vote on the Clark.

It was a disappointing Clark for Secretary of State Marti-Pair Furxheir, who saw both of his attempts to reform the term of office of the Cosa fail. The head of the Chancery is not an MZ but may in principle Clark bills relating to electoral matters.

The twin proposals would ended the need for the King to formally dissolve the Cosa at the end of its term . They would also have closed the possibity of early dissolution by fixing the term of office of the lower house, but in the case of the first would have extended that term of office to a year, and the second would have limited the usual six-month term to five Clarks. 

A related measure that would have granted the Seneschal the authority to recess the Ziu for both July and August, proposed by ModRad Senator Epic da Lhiun, was also defeated, this time due to Senäts opposition.

It was also an unfortunate Clark for the Organic Law Standing Committee, whose second set of Organic Law amendments proposed by ModRad MC Ian Plätschisch were abandoned due to the last-minute discovery of a drafting error in the bill. The OLSC is a working group of interested MZs from different parties who seek to remove redundancies and inappropriate clauses from the constitution. 

By contrast, the Ziu looked more favourably upon reform proposals made bySeneschal Sir Cresti Siervicül and FreeDem leader Senator Dien Tresplet.

Sir Cresti successfully called on the Ziu to close the door on elections for the Túischac’h of the Cosa, a reform first introduced in 2014 and which has remained controversial in practice since. Sir Cresti’s bill, if approved by referendum, will return to the previous system of appointment by the Crown on the nomination of the Seneschal, but with the Seneschal now legally required to consult other party leaders beforehand. 

Senator Tresplet’s bill would remove an historical reference to the punishment of “anti-Talossan activities” in the Organic Law. The Senator claimed that the use of the term was reminiscent of “McCarthyism” and inappropriate in modern Talossa, with which the Ziu apparently agreed, sending the amendment to referendum.

October Clark: One for the road…

The results of the final Clark of the 49th Cosa were published by the Chancery this week.

Without surprise,the government easily survived the last VoC of the term, 94 votes Për to 18 Contrâ. However due to absent coalition MCs the government did so without achieving an absolute majority of seats.

RUMP leader Sir Alexandreu Davinescu unexpectedly failed to vote on the Clark, a first for him in a number of years. Sir Alexandreu was among 5 MCs, representing 50 of the 200 seats in the Cosa, who failed to vote on the Clark.

It was a disappointing Clark for Secretary of State Marti-Pair Furxheir, who saw both of his attempts to reform the term of office of the Cosa fail. The head of the Chancery is not an MZ but may in principle Clark bills relating to electoral matters.

The twin proposals would ended the need for the King to formally dissolve the Cosa at the end of its term . They would also have closed the possibity of early dissolution by fixing the term of office of the lower house, but in the case of the first would have extended that term of office to a year, and the second would have limited the usual six-month term to five Clarks. 

A related measure that would have granted the Seneschal the authority to recess the Ziu for both July and August, proposed by ModRad Senator Epic da Lhiun, was also defeated, this time due to Senäts opposition.

It was also an unfortunate Clark for the Organic Law Standing Committee, whose second set of Organic Law amendments proposed by ModRad MC Ian Plätschisch were abandoned due to the last-minute discovery of a drafting error in the bill. The OLSC is a working group of interested MZs from different parties who seek to remove redundancies and inappropriate clauses from the constitution. 

By contrast, the Ziu looked more favourably upon reform proposals made bySeneschal Sir Cresti Siervicül and FreeDem leader Senator Dien Tresplet.

Sir Cresti successfully called on the Ziu to close the door on elections for the Túischac’h of the Cosa, a reform first introduced in 2014 and which has remained controversial in practice since. Sir Cresti’s bill, if approved by referendum, will return to the previous system of appointment by the Crown on the nomination of the Seneschal, but with the Seneschal now legally required to consult other party leaders beforehand. 

Senator Tresplet’s bill would remove an historical reference to the punishment of “anti-Talossan activities” in the Organic Law. The Senator claimed that the use of the term was reminiscent of “McCarthyism” and inappropriate in modern Talossa, with which the Ziu apparently agreed, sending the amendment to referendum.

FreeDems: Tresplet appointed acting leader, party decision “soon” on 12-month Cosa

Senator Munditenens Tresplet has been appointed Deputy Leader and acting President of the Free Democrats of Talossa. Senator Tresplet, who is also Mençéi (President) of the Senäts, revealed the appointment while speaking to ETT yesterday.

The Senator from Maricopa also stated that he would be seeking a full term of office as leader at the next party convention, “probably first of December”. He stated that he aims to “ramp up activity and put a few bills out there” for the remainder of the Cosa term.Tresplet was briefly leader of the party in 2015, before stepping aside for personal reasons.

The Senator declined to read anything more than a seasonal trend in the markedly reduced activity of his party since the Summer. He admitted that prominent MZs Txec dal Nordselvă and C. Carlüs Xheraltescu were both occupied with extra-Talossan affairs, but that the general membership was still engaged with the party, including recently retired former leader Miestrâ Schivâ.

On the “12-month Cosa” proposal currently under discussion in the Hopper, the Senator describes himself as leaning towards the views of Cezembre Senator Ian Anglatzarâ, who argued that reducing the frequency of elections would be damaging to the vitality of the community. The Senator also stated that sentiment in his party was negative on the proposal, and that he expected the party to take a formal position “soon”.

In a personal capacity, the Senator stated that he was sceptical of proposed reforms to the Royal Talossan Bar, and felt that membership should not be compulsory in order to offer legal representation. He stated however that the FreeDem membership was “evenly split” on the question. He also declared that he personally supported a return to Royal appointment of the Tuischac’h, describing the current system as having created “problem after problem”.

The Mençéi also told ETT that he took issue with our opinion piece on the 12-month Cosa, disagreeing with our suggestion that the Senäts was a more appropriate target for reform than the Cosa. He described the institution as having “an important place in the Ziu”, both as a means of representation for the provinces, and as a repository of experience and tradition.

May Clark: Tresplet breaks FreeDem ranks on Budget

FreeDem Senator Munditenens Tresplet has broken ranks with his party leadership on the 49th Cosa Budget. Declaring that he wished to judge the coalition Budget “on its merits…to see everyone has a fair chance” the Maricopa Senator and ephemeral FreeDem party leader has announced he will vote Për.

This contrasts with the forceful rejection of the Budget by FreeDem party leader Miestrâ Schivâ, who declared that in her view the duty of “HIS MAJESTY’S LOYAL OPPOSITION” was to oppose the fiscal centrepiece of the government. Speaking to ETT deputy leader Dr Txec dal Nordselvă further stated that his party will “oppose the budget and all government bills en masse as any real opposition would do in any other parliamentary system”.

However in his remarks in the Senäts voting thread, Senator Tresplet stated that he disagreed with this reasoning. Claiming not to find “anything necessarily disagreeable” in the bill, the FreeDem Senator declared that while he had “reservations” about the long-term viability of the government’s plans, that was “no reason to oppose the bill”. The Senator also claimed that the then opposition largely voted against the 48th Cosa Budget, but that despite this and the philosophy expressed by the majority of his colleagues, he intebded to vote Për  because “I’m judging this bill based primarily on merits, and my desire to see everyone have a fair chance”‘

There has yet been no public reaction from the FreeDem leadership to the Senator’s initiative, and Dr Nordselvă had not responded to a request for comment at the time of posting. Seneschal Sir Cresti Siervicül stated in the Cosa that he “appreciate[d]” the Senator’s stance on the Budget but that he disagreed with his comments on the RUMP votes on the 48th Cosa Budget, claiming that it was a constitutional issue, and not any blanket opposition to the bill, that led to the contrâ votes cast by himself and his party colleagues.

Speaking to ETT, Senator Tresplet reiterated that “I read the budget, it seemed fine to me, and I voted how I felt”. He also stated that “I don’t believe that it is necessary to vote it down without looking at the bill for its merits..honestly, it’s not like we’re probably ever going to get around to spending this money anyway, so what’s the point?”

The Senator claimed that the FreeDems had not discussed the Budget beyond the question of the propriety of Minister of Finance Sir Alexandreu Davinescu contacting individual MCs on their views on the bill. The Senator declared that he personally had received no such message, however, and that he had not discussed the Budget privately with the RUMP leader.

Senator Tresplet also told ETT that disagreed with the Seneschal’s assessment as to the motives of the RUMP opposition to the 48th Cosa Budget. He declared that “I would wager to say that most of the RUMP-ers who voted against it did so because they were either opposed to having Republicans in government or because they were following the rest of the crowd”.

New Deputy Minister of Immigration appointed

Minister of Immigration Senator Munditenens Tresplet announced oon.5th February the appointment of a new Deputy Minister of Immigration, S:reu Bradley Higgs. The announcement has come after some concerns were expressed by opposition MZs over the effectiveness of the Immigration Bureau following recent incidents.

As noted by ETT on Twitter, S:reu Higgs became a citizen only in January of this year. When asked to comment on the appointment of a new citizen to a potentially sensitive post, Senator Tresplet explained that S:reu Higgs had expressed interest in trying to improve the technology behind the immigration application system. As the government was near the end of its term and the Deputy Ministry was vacant, Senator Tresplet thought it would be useful for S:reu Higg’s research to see the system in action directly. He also stated that while he acts on every request personally “I could use some help”.

The Minister emphasised however that “any problem applications or prospectives are handled by me personally, and all Clause 5 terminations are also handled by me personally.” Indeed “Clause 5”, a reference to El Lexhatx E.5, was actually used in connection with a problematic application in recent weeks.

A prospective citizen, whom we will refer to as “J” to preserve the confidentiality of the immigration process, gave a number of troubling responses to enquiries about his background and professional life, leading to open scepticism among commentators about the veracity of his claims.

It later transpired that J had had his application for citizenship terminated  under Clause 5 by the then Minister Baron Hooligan in 2012, following inappropriate communication with certain citizens. Under the provisions of El Lexhatx, once E.5 is invoked, the applicant is prohibited from applying again for citizenship.

Senator Tresplet therefore decided on 1st February  to apply the precedent established by Baron Hooligan and terminate the second application. He explained that he was not aware of the first application by J when granting him access to the Immigration forum.

The J termination was one of a number incidents brought to the attention of the government in recent weeks.

On 23rd January, a terpelaziun was submitted by RUMP leader Sir Alexandreu Davinescu requesting information about a complaint he had received from an applicant, who had not received a response to his request, made via the web-based immigration form some time before. The government confirmed that there had indeed been technical problems with the forum, leading to delay in receiving applications, but that these had now been resolved.

On 5th February, ModRad Senator Magniloqueu Épiqeu da Lhiun also submitted a terpelaziun, inquiring as to why a Wittenberg user, apparently a prospective citizen, had not been presented to the nation as required under the immigration law. After investigation it transpired in this case the applicant had indeed been presented, in November 2015, but had not immediately used his new access, and appears to have subsequently changed his forum display name.

The Minister later took to the Shoutbox to reassure the public that the Ministry always sends a guide on how to access Wittenberg as well as an explanation of Witt posting etiquette to each new user. Both MZs who submitted questions expressed their satisgaction with the responses received, with Senator da Lhiun encouraging the Minister to “keep up the good work”.

FreeDem turmoil: Tresplet resigns as leader, Schivâ accused of “blackmail”

Less than a week after the collapse of the coalition with the MRPT the Free Democrats of Talossa were rocked by the resignation of newly elected party President Senator Munditenens Tresplet, as well as allegations of “blackmail” agains Senator Miestrâ Schivâ made by FreeDem MC and Scribe of Abbavilla MT Patritz da Biondeu.

Explaining that the difficulties of a family member will “require most of my time, attention, and energy”, Senator Tresplet stated that he felt it would be thus “irresponsible” to lead the FDT into the next election with “my thoughts focused on something else”. He did however confirm that he would be seeking reelection as Senator for Maricopa.

Senator Tresplet denied that his resignation had been influenced by the recent controversies that rocked the now defunct coalition. While stating that he “understands and respects” the MRPT’s reasons for leaving the government during the final clark of the Cosa, Senator Tresplet described the timing of the decision as “unfortunate”. The Senator also declared that as FDT President he had campaigned for a “government that works for the people [and] leave the politics to the Ziu”, and urged his successor to pursue this approach.

Senator Tresplet was elected to the position by the post-merger convention of the new party, the fruit of a merger between the ZRT and the Liberal Congress. The Senator announced an ambitious agenda to lead the FDT into the next government as the largest party, even as he acknowledged that he was not in sympathy with a number of signature FDT policies on a nuber of issues, most notably on Cosa reform.

Meanwhile, in an emotive statement on Wittenberg newly appointed Minister for Finance and Stuff MT Patritz da Biondeu MC accused his party collegue and Distain Senator Miestrâ Schivâ of “blackmail”. S:reu da Biondeu claims that the Senator threatened to release private correspondence that would have revealed that S:reu da Biondeu had wanted to replace ineffective Ministers unless he remained in the FDT, a prospect that as “a rather quiet person” would “devastate him personally”.

The FreeDem MC, who is also Scribe of Abbavilla, claimed that he had advised the Senator of his “intent to leave the FreeDem party”. Sireu da Biondeu claimed that this was due to his dissatisfaction with “the tactic of incessantly attacking AD” [RUMP leader Sir Alexandreu Davinescu MC], as well as what the Scribe claimed was an unwillingness “to take action until things blow up”. He also claimed that a “double standard” operated in the party, where “[Senaor Schivâ] can attack you for voting against her bills…but you cannot do the same when your bills are voted against”. He did acknowledge that he had wished to have ineffective ministers “fired…replaced with individuals who would do the job”, and that he had “ridiculed” the Seneschal for his reluctance to do so, despite later criticising this stance. He also confirmed that he had “insulted [Senator Schivâ] privately”.

Senator Schivâ responded to the allegations by claiming S:reu da Bondeu had sent “pages and pages” of insulting messages, but she also however confirmed that “da Biondeu’s accusations are essentially correct”. Declaring that it was “hypocritical to be criticising the Seneschál for doing something that MTPdB said should have been done a long time ago”, she confirmed that she “did say I would reveal the gap between public and private in this issue if he were to walk out of the party over it”. She also claimed that da Biondeu had claimed that the FDT party leadershp elections had been fraudulent (da Biondeu had been a candidate but came third).

Senator Schivâ later declared that “the Free Democrats of Talossa are united and strong”, claiming that as “a nation addicted to politics” the public “break” of the Scribe was “funny”. She also claimed that “MTPdaB’s issues are personal ones – he still agrees with our actual political stance, I think”.

Senator Munditenens Tresplet: “A Free Democrat government would be a working one, not a political one”

ETT: Senator-congratulations on your victory. To begin, how would you characterise the record of your predecessor as Seneschal? How will your style differ from his, if at all?
MT: CCX did the best he could in keeping the coalition together and running, and the failures of the government can’t be put on him. I’m not sure how much my style would differ from his, other than to say that a government led by the Free Democrats in the next Cosa would better ensure that ministers are available when needed and are doing their job the best they can.

ETT: How would you rate the performance of the coalition in general as we enter the last Clark of the 48th Cosa? Could you have done more, or were circumstances against you?
MT: I think the coalition government did alright. We didn’t have too many big accomplishments, but we kept Talossa running the best we could. BHAID came through, and although there wasn’t a ton of money raised via the fundraising drive, that isn’t something you can put on the Foreign Ministry, which led an amazing effort in setting everything up and trying the best they could to raise money. We didn’t get coins finished, but that just puts us in step with many previous governments.

ETT: Do you think a FreeDem single party government is a possibility, either as a majority or as a minority?
MT: The goal for the Free Democrats is to become the largest party in the Cosa, and we certainly see that as a possibility. As far as being a single party government, I think that by doing so we would be excluding individuals from other parties who may be very qualified to run particular portfolios, so while we would lead the government, it would ideally be made up by members from all sides of the spectrum–FreeDems, MRPT-ers, and even RUMP-ers. A Free Democrat government would be a working one, not a political one.

ETT: As a Senator, do you think there is any merit to the idea that the Seneschal should be an MC, and if so would you leave the Upper House and lead the FreeDem list in the Cosa?
MT: There is merit to the idea. I think it is a bit early on to speculate whether or not I would leave the Senäts, since this would assume I will win reelection, but it will certainly be a part of a larger intra-party discussion as we move forward into the next election.

ETT: While not a Cosa member, what do you think should be done about the Speakership-should the Articulate Amendment be kept or scrapped?
MT: I’m disappointed that the Cosa couldn’t come together to elect a Túischac’h, and I question why it was so difficult for them to do so. In the Senäts, we were able to discuss, debate, and elect a Mençei fairly easily; why couldn’t the Cosa do something similar, especially when the position itself is largely symbolic? I don’t think the Articulate Amendment can take all the blame, because no one at the time could have predicted how difficult it would be to run a simple majority election.

Senator Schivâ’s proposal, “The Can’t You Guys Run A Simple Election Bill”, would provide what I suppose is needed guidance to the Cosa as to how they would run an election. Provided it passes, let’s hope that the Cosa is able to abide by it and actually conduct an election next time around.

ETT: What size should the Cosa be in your personal opinion, and is there a role for mandatory party lists?
MT: My personal opinion on both is fairly well known. I’m not sure that reducing the size of the Cosa would actually make anything more democratic, since it would, by nature, increase the threshold that a party would have to hit to take seats. As to requiring parties to submit a list of MCs, I see it as being an encroachment by the government onto a party’s right to conduct their business as they see fit, and I further see it as inorganic.

As to how I will address these issues as leader of a party whose views differ from my own, I will continue to do what I have said I would in the past. As a Senator, I will vote according to the wishes of my province, and if I am an MC, I will vote according to the wishes of my party. I believe my votes on these issues in the past reflect this.

New era for FreeDems as Tresplet elected leader

Outgoing party secretary Françal Ian Lux has announced that Senator Munditenens Tresplet of Maricopa has won the leadership election of the Free Democrats of Talossa. Senator Miestrâ Schivâ of Fiovâ has been elected party secretary.

As ETT reported exclusively last night on Twitter Senator Tresplet won with four votes, with two cast for Senator Shivâ and one for M-T Patritz da Biondeu-Garcia MC. The election was the first leadership contest since the transformation of the Free Democratic Alliance into a single political party earlier this year. The contest was prompted by the announcement in a private party meeting that Seneschal C. Carlüs Xheraltescù MC would not be seeking re-election in the 49th Cosa.

Senator Tresplet, whose ETT profile can be read here, is 20 years old and is a native of Maricopa province and of the United States of America. As well as his service in the Ziu, he is also Royal Governor of Pengopâts Territory, and was National Gamesmaster until 2015.

In his speech to the FreeDem convention announcing his candidacy, Senator Tresplet declared that “first and foremost, I am a liberal[…]I believe in ensuring that we have a limited, efficient government that protects the individual rights of its citizens”.

Senator Tresplet promised changes to “the current system of dividing up the ministry among the parties who performed the best”, which he stated “doesn’t always turn out to be the most efficient way to run a government”. He also declared that would set “the goal of becoming the largest party in the Kingdom as our number one priority”.

The Senator also addressed his public reservations about FreeDem policy in relation to the reduction in the size of the Cosa, and the imposition of mandatory party lists. He stated that he would “work with party and coalition members in any way that I can” to advance legislation in line with party and coalition policy.

July Clark: Democratic Amendment fails, three out of four bills defeated

As predicted by ETT, 48RZ2 (the Democratic Amendment) failed to overcome determined RUMP opposition in the Cosa. The Amendment was supported by 123 seats, with the coalition parties and the Socialists voting për. The 67 seats held by the RUMP voted contrâ. This meant that the Amendment failed to reach the required two-thirds majority in the Cosa. No MCs abstained, but neither Nicholas Hayes nor Béneditsch Ardpresteir participated in the vote, and thus would seem to have exited the Ziu. As reported by ETT, since since neither has completed the formalities necessary to claim their seats, according to the Chancery, the seats they won the general election will be re-allocated. In the Senäts, the Amendment actually passed, with a majority of 6 Senators voting për, and two abstaining.

In fact three of the four bills clarked failed to pass the Ziu. As well as the Democratic Amendment, two other bills, an Organic Law amendement and an ordinary statute, were defeated.

48RZ1, the Automatic Votes Validation Amendment, clarked by the Secretary of State Marti-Pair Furxheir, would have revised the electoral provisions of the Organic Law. It would have moved the point at which election were validated from the level of each individual vote cast to a verification of the electronic voting system itself. The Amendment failed in the Cosa, as it was unable to reach a two-thirds majority. In the Cosa 100 seats voted për, 79 contrâ, with 11 abstentions. In the Senäts, 4 Senators voted për, 3 contrâ, with 1 abstention.

48RZ4, the Easy Conversions Bill was a statute proposed by Ian Plätschisch MC and would have changed the official system of measurement of the Kingdom to the metric system. In the Cosa, the bill received majority support, but the Senäts deadlocked, leading to its defeat. In the Cosa, 111 seats voted për, 56 contrâ, with 23 abstentions. In the Senäts 4 Senators voted për, 4 contrâ.

The fourth and only successful measure in the July Clark was 48RZ3, the We Had a Short Amendment Buried in a Larger One Act. This Organic Law amendement was proposed by Senator Munditenens Tresplet. Its corrects an anomaly that had been created by a previous constitutional reform relating to the right of Members of the Cosa to declare themselves the nominal representative of a particular geographic constituency, despite MCs actually being elected from one national constituency. The amendment received the required majorities in each house of the Ziu. In the Cosa, 152 seats voted për, 11 seats contrâ, with 27 abstentions. In the Senäts, 7 Senators voted për, with one Senator voting contrâ.

Minister of the Interior: Munditenens Tresplet

Munditens (Dien) Tresplet is 20 years old and is a resdient of the United States. He has been a Talossan since 2012 and is a citizen of the province of Maricopa.

He is Royal Governor of Pengopâts Territory (the Talossan Antartctic Territory), and editor of the PengoTimes newspaper, currently on hiatus. He is also the organier of the United for Pengpats charity. S:reu Tresplet was also National Gamesmaster until 2015, and was proprietor of a now inactive national poker league.

S:reu Tresplet has been a member of the Ziu since the 43rd Cosa. He was a Member of the Cosa representing the RUMP from the 43rd to 45th Cosa. He was later elected as Senator for Maricopa from the 46th Cosa. He is a currently a member of the FDA.