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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.

September Clark: Analysis

The government passed its third VoC comfortably. Even with the absence of Françal Lux and Vit Caçéir, the coalition was supported by 116 seats, a comfortable majority. The 69 RUMP seats voted as a bloc against confidence, but the RUMP has not yet succeeded in making a dent in the broad pro-government bloc, let alone put the coalition’s majority in danger. Barring an incredible revival of fortunes, RUMP will need coalition partners to have a hope of forming a government in the 49th Cosa, and on the face of it it has not yet managed to convince any to waver from the coalition.

That being said, the government has not had it all its own way. A telling fact is that the sole “administration” bill of the Third Clark, Breneir Itravilatx’s “Humans Helping Other Humans” Act, needed the backing of an otherwise unreconstructed RUMP conservative, former Foreign Minister Eovart Xhorxh, in order to pass the Cosa with an absolute majority. While the bill was never in any danger of defeat, since Për votes greatly outnumbered Contra, the abstention of Munditenens-Txec Patritz da Biondeu MC and the failure of Caçéir and Lux to vote meant that the absolute majority for the bill was only assured by the TSP MCs and Xhorxh. While again the defeat of the bill in the Senäts was never likely, the abstention of MRPT Senators Pinàtsch and da Lhiun also suggests a certain lack of enthusiasm for the idealistic liberalism of the bill. The transformation of the FDA into fully fledged political party may also sharpen intra-coalition competition, particularly if the baleful warnings of Senator Rôibeardescù about the radicalising impact of the ZRT influx are fulfilled.

The aforementioned S:reu Itravilatx, with his piloting of the Sustainable Development resolution in its early stages and his avowed determination to get the new Bureau of Humanitarian Aid off the ground on 1st October, has emerged as a sober but committed progressive voice in the Ziu. Much will of course depend on whether the promise of the BHAID will be fulfilled. Characterised by Sir Alexandreu Davinescu as an “embarrassing failure” in waiting during the Clark discussions, a successful launch of this flagship project is a moral imperative in advance of what is certain to be a cruel winter for many thousands of families, in Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere – and would be a powerful asset for the coalition in the 49th Cosa campaign. Indeed its success must assure S:reu Itravilatx a prominent place in that campaign.

The other outstanding MZ of the Clark is Ian Plätschisch. For all his sometimes over-enthusiastic approach, it cannot be denied that his dogged advocacy of a negotiated solution to the Proclamation Crisis has been crowned with a notable success in passing the 3/4 Majority Amendment. It remains to be seen whether the Cort will soon render this particular solution moot, and ETT has grave reservations about trusting this particular monarch with such an extensive power of nuisance, but credit where credit is due. He has also played a consistently constructive role with his other, more minor pieces of legislation, and has earned broad support in the Ziu for this “tidying up” of El Lexhatx. With S:reu Plätschisch’s very public interest in legal affairs, and with S:reu Caçéir apparently in Antarctica, is it time for a new Attorney-General?

September Clark Results: You’re All Winners

MZs managed to pull off a sweep in the third Clark of the 48th Cosa. According to the results of the September Clark published by the Chancery six Bills published in the September Clark were passed, and the Government kept the confidence of the Cosa.

The government won the Vote of Confidence (Cosa: 116P/69C/0A) with a majority of 116 seats, with only the RUMP’s 69 seats voting against. Coalition MCs Françal Ian Lux (FDA) and Eovart Caçéir (Progressive) failed to vote, which means that the latter has forfeited his seat under Article VII, sect. 4 of the Organic Law. As the Progressives are still a functioning party it will be up to their leader, Owen Edwards MC, to designate a replacement to be appointed by the King. The implications for the coalition, as S:reu Caçéir is Attorney-General, are not clear at the time of writing. A Terpelaziun to the Attorney-General submitted by RUMP Leader Alexandreu Davinescu on 27th August has as yet gone unanswered.

Based on the results of the voting, the most contentious Bill on the Clark in party political terms appears to have been the Humans Helping Other Humans Act. The Bill establishes a Bureau of Humanitarian Aid in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.The Bureau will be headed by an Administrator and supervised by a Board of Governors, and will centralise Talossan national humanitarian, disaster relief and social development efforts. The effort will be financed by private fund-raising, or by legislative appropriation.
(Proposed by Breneir Itravilatx MC. Cosa: 109P/64C/12A, Senäts: 5P/1C/2A)

Of the remaining five bills passed, two were amendments to the Organic Law and will not come into effect until after being approved by referendums to be held simultaneously with the next general election (and assuming under that circumstance that they are proclaimed by the King).

The Automatic Voting Amendment allows for the advance validation of the electronic voting system, avoiding the delays that have been associated with the present system of post-election ballot validation. The Electoral Commission will examine the operation of the voting system before the election and must unanimously validate it.
(Proposed by Sir Alexandreu Davinescu MC. Cosa: 157P/28C/0A, Senäts: 7P/0C/1A)

The 3/4 Majority Amendment removes the language that allowed the King to claim the discretion as to whether to proclaim amendments to the Organic Law, but gives the Crown the right to return an amendment to the Ziu that passed it, and increases the override threshold in that case to a three-quarters majority (instead of 2/3) of the Cosa, and an absolute (rather than a simple) majority of the Senäts. The same bill may however be passed by the next Cosa with the usual thresholds, and must be proclaimed.
(Proposed by Ian Plätschisch MC. Cosa: 136P/28C/21A, Senäts: 4P/0C/4A)

The last three bills were technical in nature and faced little opposition, with the lonely dissent of RUMP MC Eovart Xhorxh preventing their unanimous approval.

The Chronological Days of Observance Act altered the order in which the national holidays are listed in El Lexhatx to appear in order of the dates they fall on in the calendar.
(Proposed by Ian Plätschisch MC. Cosa: 174P/11C/0A, Senäts: 8P/0C/0A)

The No More Inorganic Budgets Act allows Ministers other than the Seneschal to present the Budget to the Cosa, where the Seneschal is not an MC. It had been noticed during the presentation of the 48th Cosa Budget that the previous Seneschal, Senator Lüc da Schir, had inorganically failed to present his budget to the Cosa-not being a member of that house.
(Proposed by Ian Plätschisch MC. Cosa: 174P/11C/0A, Senäts: 8P/0C/0A)

Finally, the I Pity the Phoole Act grants citizenship of the Kingdom to immigrant Ann-Elisabeth Shapera, whose application for citizenship had become ensnarled in a controversy over her other ambition, which was to be appointed Royal Phoole (or Jester) of the Kingdom. The defeat of the bill establishing this office, that would have also simultaneously granted her citizenship, thus left her application in limbo, until rectified by the passage of the Act.
(Proposed by Litz Cjantscheir MC. Cosa: 174P/0C/11A, Senäts: 8P/0C/0A)

Tensions at LibCon convention: Rôibeardescù opposed to merger

As voting continues on the proposed merger of the Liberal Congress and ZRT parties, dissensions have emerged within LibCon. Senator Txosuè Éiric Rôibeardescù of Cezembre has denounced the proposal on the floor of the convention, claiming that his concerns about the character of the new party were not adequately addressed by the party’s leadership.

The Senator was expelled from the FreeDem alliance as a result of the controversy over the BEER Affair, but remains a member of the LIberal Congress party. Claiming that the party would “be flooded anti-monarchy, republican sympathisers” as a result of the merger and that the party was “not the one we founded less than a year ago”, the Senator further stated that he would under those circumstances abandon his membership. He urged fellow party members to halt the merger vote “instead of rushing into things we could actually make sure what we are doing is in the interest of the party”.

Seneschal C. Carlüs Xheraltescù responded to the Senator’s allegations by stating that it was too late under party rules to change votes on a motion once they had been cast. The Seneschal also accused Senator Rôibeardescù, who had claimed that his ability to challenge the proposal was reued by the party constitution of “pointlessly whin[ing] about something you could have changed if you cared enough about it”.

The Senator’s motion to halt the open vote on the convention floor and proceed to a secret ballot did not receive a second, and was thus not taken up by the convention. At the time of writing 5 votes have been cast in favour of the merger, with only Senator Rôibeardescù voting against.

Party conventions vote on FDA merger

The Liberal Congress and ZRT party conventions were welcomed to Maricopa by Premier Txec dal Nordselvă on 10th September.The two constituent parties of the Free Democratic Alliance are discussing the transformation of the alliance into a single political party. The alliance is currently the second largest political force in the 48th Cosa, and is the leading component of the coalition government.

LibCon party secretary Françal Ian Lux MC opened the discussion at the LibCon convention by proposing that the party would be renamed the “Free Democrats of Talossa”, and that it would invite ZRT members to join the new organisation.

Senator Miestrâ Schivâ opened the ZRT convention by proposing that the ZRT would cease to be a political party, and would instead become a republican think tank and campaigning group independent of party politics. Its members would be encouraged, but not required, to join the new FreeDem party, and its membership would be open to any citizen who subscribed to its principles.

At the time of writing, members of both parties have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the proposals. The precise details of the constitution and principles of the new party are not yet available, but will likely be similar to the political position of the FDA.

48th Cosa: July Clark published, seat allocations begin

Secretary of State Marti-Pair Furxheir has announced the publication of the July 2015 Clark. The SoS decided to proceed with the publication on the basis that while the Election Commission is still studying the results of the referenda held alongside the 48th Cosa election, they have validated the votes cast for elections to the Ziu.

The Clark is published each month during the term of each Cosa. Each Clark at minimum must contain a Vote of Confidence. The July Clark contains four bills for consideration, as well as the VoC. The bills include the Democratic Amendment  that would if passed eliminate the right claimed by the King to effectively veto amendments to the Organic Law (sparking the so-called “Proclamation Crisis“).

In order to vote on bills in the Clark, political parties must provide the allocation of their seats to the Chancery. At the time of writing the MRPT FreeDem and TSP seats have been allocated, according to the Database. Thus far TSP leader Galen Zaval-Sherby has announced his support for three of the four bills, abstaining on the “We Had a Short Amendment Buried in a Larger One Bill” as well as voting confidence in the government.

Statement from Seneschal: “A Nation Healed?”

Original post on Wittenberg

A few years ago now, two wonderful states looked past their differences and instead focussed on the things which united them. They saw that they shared one nation; they shared a culture and a language, they shared a history as well. Sure, its constitutions varied as did their use of diacritics, but there was an underlying Talossanity which brought us together. Thanks to the hard work of a handful of negotiators, our Talossas became One Talossa. It became a politically different Talossa, with some culture clashes, not to mention personality clashes.

I’m not going to stand here and tell you that all of these things have gone away. There’s a significant amount of enmity between some people in Talossa. Heck, we still have some rebelliousness over the language as well, but I figure that’s more of a good thing than the former. But, things have changed for the better. Reviensadeirs can be found all over Talossa, contributing to the development of our language and the government’s education programmes, contributing to our literature, serving as legislators or ministers.

Reviensadeirs can now claim to have fully integrated. For the very first time, a Reviensadeir has been appointed as Seneschal of the Kingdom of Talossa. A (sort of – I prefer an elective monarchy m’self) republican, for the first time in quite some time is our head of government. But I don’t want to be Seneschal of Republicans. I’ve done that already, believe it or not, when I was a wee bit younger, and the political competition wasn’t quite so stiff. No, I want to be el Seneschal of all Talossans: whether republican, monarchist, or somewhere in between like me.

Our first challenge once votes have been validated, will be to tackle the Proclamation Crisis. My government will resolutely stand by the Democratic Amendment which is currently floating in the Hopper. I urge our future legislators to do the same, whether you’re sitting as a Socialist or a RUMP conservative; whether you’re a Progressive, a Moderate Radical, or a liberal Free Democrat – the Democratic Amendment will see us fix some of the problems with a monarchical system. And, I believe it will strengthen the monarchy: it will be a more democratic monarchy, a more constitutionally limited monarchy, and a better monarchy. It is a monarchy we will all be able to tolerably live under, which is important, because Talossa is a home to a very diverse family of settlers now.

Later today, I will be making my recommendations to the King as to whom I will be including in my Cabinet. I’ll be drawing on talent from the Free Democrats, from the Moderate Radicals, and the Progressives. It is my hope to invite talented Talossans from outside of this coalition to join us as junior ministers too, so that this government can effectively serve all Talossans.

Thank you!


48th Cosâ Election: Record number of votes cast

One hundred and thirty six voters cast a ballot in the general election for the 48th Cosâ, which ran from 15th May to 1st June 2015. Additionally, the citizens of Atatûrk, Cezembre and Florenciâ voted to elect their Senators. Citizenss in all provinces also voted to elect provincial assemblies, with the exception of Fiovâ, where only the governor of the province was elected.

The national turnout was over 58%. More than 78% of citizens voted in Florenciâ, thanks in part to an unexpectedly close Senäts race. The province with the lowest turnout was Vuode, where just over 41% of voters participated.

percent turnout by province bar FINAL-2

According to Article 18, section 10 of the Organic Law, any citizen who has not voted in the last two years is considered to have automatically renounced his or her citizenship. The Chancery is working to produce a list of those citizens who may end up losing their civic rights as a result of non-voting in this election.

Concern has been expressed that more than sixty citizens may be struck from the citizen rolls after the next election if current trends continue. This has been dubbed  the “Red Election“. Implementing the national census provision of article 18.10 has been proposed as a solution.