Category Archives: Senäts

Chancery prepares for 50th Cosa election

Secretary of State Marti-Pair Furxheir has published the rules for the 50th Cosa election.

Parties planning to contest the election are encouraged to pre-register with the Chancery. As well as the Cosa election, four provinces will be electing a Senator, three under the auspices of the Chancery. 

Benito and Vuode’s Senators are up for election following the usual schedule, while Florencia and Fiova are holding by-elections.

Benito Senator and ModRad Lüc da Schir has already announced he intends to seek an additional term in the Senäts. No other candidate has yet announced in this contest.

In the case of Vuode Senator Grischun has publicly announced that he will not seek an additional term as Senator. No candidate to replace him has emerged since this announcement.

Florencia will be voting to permanently replace its Upper House representative after the resignation and subsequent renunciation of citizenship of Pôl d’Aurìbuérg earlier this year. Mà la Mhà was appointed as a temporary relacement and appears to be returning to activity after a series of family bereavements limited his,Talossan time.

Fiova will also elect a Senator to replace C. Carlüs Xheraltescú following his failure to vote on two consecutive Clarks. Fiova organises its own Senäts elections and so does not depend on the Chancery system.

The Chancery traditionally publishes the rules of the election well.in advance of the actual launch. At the time of writing the King has yet to dissolve the Cosa as required under the Organic Law.

Chancery prepares for 50th Cosa election

Update: Five provinces will have Senäts elections this election. Incumbent Senator Sevastáin Pinátsch will also be seeking re-election (see comment)

Secretary of State Marti-Pair Furxheir has published the rules for the 50th Cosa election.

Parties planning to contest the election are encouraged to pre-register with the Chancery. As well as the Cosa election, four provinces will be electing a Senator, three under the auspices of the Chancery.

Benito and Vuode’s Senators are up for election following the usual schedule, while Florencia and Fiova are holding by-elections.

Benito Senator and ModRad Lüc da Schir has already announced he intends to seek an additional term in the Senäts. No other candidate has yet announced in this contest.

In the case of Vuode Senator Grischun has publicly announced that he will not seek an additional term as Senator. No candidate to replace him has emerged since this announcement.

Florencia will be voting to permanently replace its Upper House representative after the resignation and subsequent renunciation of citizenship of Pôl d’Aurìbuérg earlier this year. Mà la Mhà was appointed as a temporary relacement and appears to be returning to activity after a series of family bereavements limited his Talossan time.

Fiova will also elect a Senator to replace C. Carlüs Xheraltescú following his failure to vote on two consecutive Clarks. Fiova organises its own Senäts elections and so does not depend on the Chancery system.

The Chancery traditionally publishes the rules of the election well in advance of the actual launch. At the time of writing the King has yet to dissolve the Cosa as required under the Organic Law.

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.

Opinion: Half the elections, twice the apathy

Senator Ian Anglatzarâ’s blunt rejection of the latest piece of OrgLaw tinkering to come from the fertile mind of S:reu Furxheir is the first piece of common sense to emerge from the “12-month Cosa” discussion since its debut.

The notion that partial elections for the Senäts could somehow replace a national general election is comical on the face of it. As of now Senäts elections, when contested at all, and when in conjunction with national contests, have generally pathetic turnouts. Never mind the Senäts serves no purpose as a house of review, dominated by Ministers and party leaders as it is.

I would submit that MZs of both government and opposition who are eager to reform our democracy could instead profitably meditate on the unrepresentative, poorly understood and frankly useless institution that is the Senäts. 

It takes nothing away from Ian Anglatzarâ’s bold intervention that he could just as easily speak sensibly as an MC. Provincial representation could be guaranteed equitably in the Cosa via the electoral system. If the Senäts vanished tomorrow, aside from the wounded vanity of the Senators, who would notice?

If we are to think the unthinkable, lets start with the Other Place before increasing the opportunities for government apathy. Or offering Ministers who clearly have little interest in their portfolios even more leisure to range freely over every topic but what they have been appointed to do.

Anglatzarâ blasts “coffin nail” 12-month Cosa plan

Cezembre Senator Ian Anglatzarâ has strongly criticised the “12 month Cosa” Amendment currently under discussion in the Hopper. The Senator described the proposals as “coffin nails” for the Kingdom.

The Amendment, proposed by Secretary of State Marti-Pair Furxheir, has gone through considerable evolution since first proposed, but would eliminate one of the two Cosa elections currently held each year. Under discussion also is a related proposal to shift Senäts elections to July, with half the provinces electing a Senator each year.

Claiming that a “pattern” exists where elections are more “engaging” than government, the Senator describes reducing the number of elections as “the wrong way to go”, and that the proposals would be worse than the status quo.

The Senator, an independent who was elected last year, is a veteran Talossan and was a citizen of the Republic until Reunison. His stance contrasts with the positive interest shown by a number of senior political personalities, from both government and opposition, in the proposals.

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”.

Florencià Senator renounces, blames Reunison

Florencià Senator Pôl d’Aurìbuérg has announced that he and his wife Audradâ have decided to renounce their citizenship.

S:reu d’Aurìbuérg stated that the health issues of their two young children have reduced their free time. He also claimed that “since reunision this country taken a turn for the worse, and that is not something we wish to expose our children to.” The Chancery has acted on the declaration from the now former Senator, though D:na d’Aurìbuérg has yet to personally confirm her renunciation as required by the law.

According to TalossaWiki, Pôl d’Aurìbuérg became a Talossan in 2011, with Audradâ d’Aurìbuérg following suit a year later. Both have served as Senator for Florencià, with D:na d’Aurìbuérg serving during the 44th and 45th Cosas, before being succeeded by her husband from the 46th Cosa. D:na d’Aurìbuérg is also a long-time Governor of the province.

RUMP leader Sir Alexandreu Davinescu declared that he was “sorry” to see his party colleague renounce. The RUMP leader declared that he agreed that “things have gotten rough” politically but that he disagreed “sharply” with the former Senator’s opinion on Reunison, which he stated was “a good thing”.

Secretary of State Marti-Pair Furxheir criticised the reference to Reunison, sarcastically delivering an apology “from all of the people from the Republic of Talossa who ruined your little fantasy of having a country where everyone gets along”. Senator Magniloqueu Épiqeu da Lhiun also implied that the couple’s decision was related to the RUMP’s decline in support since Reunison.

According to the Organic Law, when a Senäts seat becomes vacant “the executive of the province shall appoint a Senator to sit until the next General Election”. If the executive, who in this case is Governor Audradâ d’Aurìbuérg,  fails to make an appointment within two weeks then the King or Cunstaval does so instead.

Florencià was not due to elect a Senator until the 51st Cosa election. The outgoing provincial legislature, the Nimlet, is controlled 11 seats to 1 by the RUMP (including the ex-officio seats held by the Governor and the Senator). In the most recent provincial election, held concurrently with the 49th Cosa election, RUMP dominance was confirmed, with the party winning 80% of the votes cast.

49th Cosa Election: New Senators settle in, Mençéi to be elected

Senator Lüc da Schir of Benito has opened the post-election session of the Senäts by welcoming the two newly elected Senators from Fiova and Cezembre, C. Carlüs Xheraltescù and Ian Anglatzarâ.

The new Senators-elect join the Senator for Maricopa, Munditenens Tresplet, who was re-elected unopposed, and the Senator for Mariitimi-Maxhestic, Magniloqueu Épiqeu da Lhiun, who returns to the Senäts after seeing off a challenge by RUMP leader Sir Alexandreu Davinescu.

Senator Xhetaltescù, the outgoing Seneschal of the Kingdom, joins the Upper House after being elected unanimously to replace FreeDem party leader Miestrâ Schivâ. In thanking his electors Senator Xheraltescù stated that he would “tirelessly protect the freedoms and privacy of each citizen until the fight is eventually over”.

Senator Anglatzarâ, who replaces Txosuè Rôibeardsecù after the latter’s resignation, was elected with 84.2% of the vote, with the rest being cast for write-in candidates. Declaring that he was “humbled” by the result, he pledged to keep his office open to all citizens and to maintain a well-stocked drinks Cabinet.

The Senäts, which remains in session during Cosa elections, was recently at the forefront of the legislative response to the Canun Case. The Senators passed a motion of condemnation of their former colleague, who is currently serving a lengthy prison sentence in the United States for sexual offences.

The first order of business of the new term is the election of the Senäts’ presiding officer, the Mençéi. The incumbent, Senator Pôl d’Aurìbuérg of Florencia, has announced his resignation, nominating Senator Tresplet for election as his successor. Senator Lüc da Schir was also nominated for the post by his ModRad colleague Senator da Lhiun.

49th Cosa Election: FreeDems launch campaign, say no to coalition deals

Free Democrats of Talossa leader Senator Miestrâ Schivâ has issued a statement on the party’s electoral strategy for the 49th Cosa election, and revelaed its endorsements for the four Senate seats up for election this term. As reported by ETT, the actual start date of the election is still a subject of confusion, due to the timing of the royal Writ of Dissolution.

The statement announces that a FreeDem Shadow Cabinet will be announced “before the election”. The choice of spokerspersons will be made by the party leader “in consultation” with the party, and will not be based on party affiliation, but on the “best active government team”. The Cosa candidate list and Shadow Cabinet will be announced “within a week”, after the list agreed by party leaders will be put to a vote of the party members.

The statement also revealed that the FreeDems will “not join a coalition government after the election”. If not in a position to form a government, either majority or as a minority, the FreeDems will support “someone else”, voting confidence on the basis of their “performance and programme”.

The FreeDem campaign website, which prominently displays an “endorsement” from historic Talossan leader Danihél Lauriér, also lists the party’s endorsements for Senate. S:reu Ian Anglatzara has been endorsed for the vacant Senate seat for Cezembre, with outgoing Seneschal C. Carlüs Xheráltescù has been endorsed for the seat from Fiovâ, where the incumbent Senator Miestrâ Schivâ is leaving the Senäts to return to the Cosa. The party has also endorsed incumbents Munditenens Tresplet and Magniloqeu da Lhiun, Senators for Maricopa and Maritiimi-Maxhestic respectively.

A Day at the Ziu

In the new Secretary of State's first Clark, there has been a considerable division amongst legislators over several of its bills.

41RZ2, proposing the How Did They Vote Act, introduced by Senator Viteu Toctviac'hteir of Vuode, has been relatively controversial. The bill, which explicitly mandates the regular archival of the Clark legislative journal has been condemned by many, including the former Secretary of State, Mick Preston, for being unnecessary.

The The Petty Tyrant Eradication Amendment, proposed by Seneschal Alexander Davis, would change the Organic Law so that those läpsilor or others who wish to regain citizenship of the Kingdom of Talossa need not bring their case before the Uppermost Cort, but simply go through the ordinary channels as a new prospective would. Supporters of the amendment argue that nobody should be humiliated or made to grovel in order to attain citizenship, while opponents — including Chancellor of the Royal Talossan Bar, Litz Cjantscheir — claim that the bill would not prevent humiliation and would not be an appropriate change. MC Cjantscheir has proposed that the present system be retained, but that the Ziu would be capable of overturning the Cort's decision by a two-thirds resolution.

The third bill where there has been obvious difference of opinion is the Protecting the Honour of the Senäts Amendment, from Senator Toctviac'hteir, which proposes that the Senäts may vote to nominate one of its own members for removal from the body, effective upon an affirmative vote in a plebiscite of that Senators constituency province. The vote on the bill is currently 115 per to 17 contra.