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Xhorxh appointed Foreign Minister; Itravilatx makes exit official

Seneschal Sir Cresti Siervicül has announced that TNC leader and former MC Breneir Itravilatx has offered his resignation “due to his extra-Talossan responsibilities”.

The announcement comes after weeks of speculation about the political future of S:reu Itravilatx, who lost his Cosa seats due to missing two Clark votes in a row. His party colleage Tariq Zubair also lost his seats in the same way, leaving a somewhat bewildered Tamás Ónodi as the sole TNC representative in the Ziu.

The Seneschal thanked S:reu Itravilatx for his service, in particular highlighting his work establishing BHAID, the Kingdom’s official humanitarian agency. S:reu Itravilatx will be replaced by Éovart Xhorxh, a low-profile RUMP MC. S:reu Xhorxh previously served in the position in 2014, and is currently Ambassador-General for Asia and Oceania.

Xhorxh appointed Foreign Minister; Itravilatx makes exit official

Seneschal Sir Cresti Siervicül has announced that TNC leader and former MC Breneir Itravilatx has offered his resignation “due to his extra-Talossan responsibilities”.

The announcement comes after weeks of speculation about the political future of S:reu Itravilatx, who lost his Cosa seats due to missing two Clark votes in a row. His party colleage Tariq Zubair also lost his seats in the same way, leaving a somewhat bewildered Tamás Ónodi as the sole TNC representative in the Ziu.

The Seneschal thanked S:reu Itravilatx for his service, in particular highlighting his work establishing BHAID, the Kingdom’s official humanitarian agency. S:reu Itravilatx will be replaced by Éovart Xhorxh, a low-profile RUMP MC. S:reu Xhorxh previously served in the position in 2014, and is currently Ambassador-General for Asia and Oceania.

Miestrâ Schivâ breaks silence, claims RUMP could win “by default”

Former FreeDem party leader Dama Miestrâ Schivâ has broken her self-imposed silence following her retirement from national politics in June.The FreeDem MC was responding to @ElTamlalt‘s latest revelations about the disarray in the TNC. 

Tamás Ónodi, the remaining TNC MC, told ETT that to his knowledge the party did not have any internal discussion forum or mailing list, and that he had no personal insight into the circumstances surrounding the exit of party leader Breneir Itravilatx from the Cosa. This deepens the mystery surrounding the fate of the upstart ModRad splinter group, which enjoyed a surprisingly strong showing in tbe 49th Cosa election before apparently fading away over the Summer.

Dama Miestrâ claimed that this revelation demonstrated that the TNC had “sold a bill of goods” to the electorate, having a “nice manifesto but no structure backing it up”. The then FreeDem leader had in fact clashed with S:reu Itravilatx when already making this point during the election campaign.

She also revealed that she would consider returning to public life if “made a good offer” and if the discourse on Wittenberg did not “anger” her. She also claimed that in contrast to the TNC the FreeDems continued to have a “structure, despite retirement and absences”. She deflected questions on the FreeDem attitude to coalition, stating that it was up to party leader Senator Dien Tresplet to respond.

Cabinet Chief of Staff and Finance Minister Sir Alexandreu Davinescu, also commenting on Twitter, called on Dama Miestrâ and other absent FreeDem leaders to return to activity, claiming that their absence was “bad for everyone” in the country, and that they should continue to play a role even if they were not in power.

Dama Schivâ described this as “hypocritical” and said that the withdrawl of FreeDem leadership was due to the what she claimed was the “win-at-all costs mendacity” of the Crown and the RUMP party. She also claimed that conservative forces could win the election for the 50th Cosa “by default, rulers of a burnt out shell”.

Despite questioning from @ElTamlalt in response to his intervention the Chief of Staff did not offer any statement on the status of S:reu Itravilatx as Foreign Minister. 

The coalition has still not publicly addressed the effective collapse of the junior partner in the alliance, despite the TNC leader nominally continuing to be a member of Cabinet. Senior coalition members have also not responded to questions on the status of the Foreign Ministry’s projects as listed in the Activities Plan issued early in the term.

Opinion: Coalition must level with the people

The three party coalition that took office after the 49th Cosa general election promised accountable and transparent government that “got things done”.It has, to an extent. 

The indefatigable Sir Alexandreu Davinescu, despite having a young baby in the house, has received over 30 identity card applications, and is steadily working through the demand. The Kingdom’s social media is back in government control, even if seems to have been rarely used. Coalition members have led the successful effort to legislate for provincial assignment and Cosa reforms, previously controversial measures that in the end passed with overwheling support in the Ziu.

However, when compared to the ambitious targets laid out in the Activity Report the results are meagre. The lack of interest displayed by most Ministers in their actual portfolios is flagrant. Important projects that would improve the Talossan experience, like Telecommuna, or just be cool, like coins, have clearly stalled. And while legal reform is worthy, it is not the stimulus the country needs, culturally, socially or politically. 

The feeble state of the FreeDems, despite the valiant efforts of Dien Tresplet, should not suggest government strength, but merely that the rot has spread. The experience in government was not kind to the FreeDems, and life seems to be taking its historic leaders away from Talossa, which can only be regretted. For the moment it leaves the Senator from Maricopa a general without an army.

It is also a fact that of the three parties in the coalition, only the TNC actually experienced an increase in support in the 49th Cosa election. The RUMP continued their steady decline in support, and lost their position as largest party. The ModRads lost a quarter of their votes compared to the 48th Cosa election. Only the TNC, winning 14% of the vote from a standing start, can truly be said to have enjoyed popular enthusiasm.

For all these reasons, I feel it is imperative that the Seneschal make a statement to the Cosa on the state of his government and what role, if any, the TNC now play in it. At the very least, the government needs to reassess its priorities and release Ministers from the burden of titular responsibility. A clearing of the air is required.

If it transpires that this incident is a sign that the TNC has collapsed, it may be time for Sir Cresti to go to the King and request a dissolution. It may not be the most convenient timing for the parties, but electoralism is a proven shot in the arm for the country, and the TNC’s voters deserve to have their say if their champion has left the field. 

Government silent on consequences of TNC travails

The government has remained tight-lipped about the future of the TNC in the coalition. This follows the loss of Cosa seats by two of the party’s three MCs for failing to vote on two consecutive Clarks. At the time of writing it appears now ex-MC Breneir Itravilatx remains in place as Foreign Minister.

Seneschal Sir Cresti Siervicül and ModRad party leader Senator Lüc da Schir had not responded to questions from ETT at the time of writing. ETT asked about the status of the Foreign Minister, and whether any sanctions would arise from a lack of engagement in government business, should this be the case.

Cabinet Chief of Staff Sir Alexandreu Davinescu, the most senior government figure to publicly comment on the situation, asked “wonder what is going on with him [i.e., S:reu Itravilatx]”. Sir Alexandreu had not responded to a request from ETT for further comment at the time of writing. 

The RUMP leader was a fierce critic of what he claimed was the inactivity of the previous government, and during the 49th Cosa election campaign called for greater accountability for recalcitrant Ministers, including their removal from office for non-performance.

Asked by ETT if the expulsion of the TNC MCs would in his opinion effect their participation in the coalition, ModRad MC and Minister of STUFF Ian Plätschisch would only say that “it is not my place to speculate on the future of the TNC, that is for the voters to decide”.

Opposition leader Senator Dien Tresplet was philosophical about the events, telling ETT that “it’s common for Ministers to disappear, regardless of what party leads the government”. He also expressed disappointment at his party colleague C. Carlüs Xheraltescu’s loss of the Fiova Senate seat, though he claimed that “with the general level of activity we’ve seen the last few months, I’m honestly surprised more people haven’t lost seats in the Ziu”.

Attempts to contact S:reux Itravilatx, Zubair and Tamás Ónodi, who is the sole survivor of the TNC caucus, have as yet been unsuccessful. Both Itravilatx and Zubair have however been active recently on social media. Ónodi last logged on to Wittenberg in early September, according to his profile.

Distain says Sir Cresti is not “puppet”, says plans on schedule

Distain Senator Lüc da Schir has rejected allegations that Seneschal Sir Cresti Siervicül is a “puppet”. The ModRad leader told ETT that Sir Cresti is leading the government and “makes all the important decisions”.

The Distain rejected recent claims by the FreeDems that RUMP leader and government Chief of Staff Sir Alexandreu Davinescu is the de facto leader of the Cabinet. Senator da Schir told ETT that Sir Alexandreu was aiding the Seneschal with “paperwork and coordinating projects”. He also claimed that in the absence of the Seneschal the coalition agreement provides for he, the Distain, to supervise the work of the government both internally and with respects to its public actions.

The Distain also pronounced himself satisfied with the progress of the government so far. Despite a delay due to legal issues, the crowd funding campaign for the issue of coinage is “being finalised and will be launched sometime in June”. He also told ETT that he was “confident” the Census would start in June as scheduled. He also commended the progress made by the Minister of Stuff, fellow ModRad Ian Plätschisch, in the website transition process.

Sir Cresti announces Coalition Cabinet

Seneschal Sir Cresti Siervicül has announced his recommendations to the King for his Cabinet. The Cabinet nominees, as first reported on Twitter by @ElTamlalt, are as follows:

Distain: Senator Lüc da Schir (MRPT)
Minister of Finance and Chief of Staff: Sir Alexandreu Davinescu MC (RUMP)
Minister of Foreign Affairs: Breneir Itravilatx MC (TNC)
Minister of Stuff: Ian Plätschisch MC (MRPT)
Minister of Culture: Senator Éovart Grischun (RUMP)
Minister of Interior: Dame Litz Cjantscheir, UrN, MC (RUMP)

No Attorney-General has been appointed, and the function will “remain under the remit of the Prime Ministry for the time being”. No Deputy Minister appointments have been announced at the time of writing.

The only returning Ministers are thus Lüc da Schir as Distain and Breneir Itravilatx as Foreign Minister. Like the Cabinets of the 48th Cosa, the Cabinet has one woman member, and also one serving Justice of el Cort pü Ìnalt (in the case of the Siervicül Cabinet, Dama Litz). The Cabinet does not have any Ministers based in the provinces of Fiova or Atatûrk though all other provinces are represented.

No coalition agreement has yet been published, so it is not clear at the time of writing what the government’s detailed priorities will be. The FreeDems have however promised scrutiny of the new government’s plans, with Miestrâ Schivâ already posting a Terpelaziun to the Minister of STUFF, S:reu Plätschisch. The Minister promised to reveal his plans once the Royal Commission on the Organic Law,, of which he is a member, has completed its work. Finance Minister Sir Alexandreu Davinescu has also stated, while discussing an issue with the backup of Wittenberg, that he is working on the 49th Cosa Budget.

The new title of “Chief of Staff” also elicited some questions from the opposition. Replying to a query from Senator C. Carlüs Xheraltescù, the Chief of Staff himself described his new role as “basically a management or clerical position, keeping track of projects, deadlines, and the like”. This seems to reflect the focus placed on ministerial accountability during the electoral campaign by the coalition parties.

King appoints “well-respected” Sir Cresti as Seneschal

HM King John has appointed Sir Cresti Siervicül MC as Seneschal. In a brief public statement, the King stated that he had been formally notified that a majority coalition of the RUMP, the ModRads and the TNC had been formed in the Cosa, as announced via press release on 26th March. Under the Organic Law, he would therefore appoint the nominee of that majority. Sir Cresti described himself as “truly humbled” by the appointment.

Sir Cresti Siervicül was recently described as “one of the most well-respected Talossans in the country” by RUMP party leader Sir Alexandreu Davinescu. According to TalossaWiki, Sir Cresti, an attorney by profession with a young family, became a Talossan in 2005. He was initially attracted by his interest in el ghleþ, the Talossan language, which he has continued to pursue as el Ladintsch Naziunal (leader of the country’s linguistic efforts). In this capacity he has published a number of linguistic works, notably Prüms Päçen, a guide for beginners in the language, which was published in association with the Ministry of Culture.

In 2007 he was knighted by King John as a member of the Order of the Nation in recognition of his services in the study of el ghleþ, and for his work as a jurist and lawmaker. Sir Cresti is Constable (personal representative of the King) in the province of Cezembre, and was an MC during the 35th Cosa before being appointed Puisne Justice of el Cort pü Inalt. He later returned to the Cosa, serving from the 44th Cosa to the present. He was a founder of the RUMP, of which he continues to be a senior member.

Sir Cresti recently became embroiled in the Canun Case, due to having failed to publicly disclose his discovery of the latter’s conviction for serious crimes in the United States. He did not reveal the information at the request of Iason Taiwos, a friend of Canun’s. He later described this as a “serious error of judgement”, and was removed from the proposed FreeDem “Cabinet of Talents” as a result of the controversy. Sir Cresti was critical of ETT’s coverage of the affair, describing it as politically motivated, an accusation rejected by the publication.

49th Cosa Election: FreeDems “ends” government talks, claim impasse

In a press release issued today,  FreeDem leader Miestrâ Schivâ has announced the “end” of FreeDem participation in government talks, claiming that deadlock had been reached in the party’s negotiations with both the ModRads and the RUMP.

The statement claims that a proposed pact between the FreeDems and the RUMP has been rejected by the membership of the latter within the last 24 hours. This follows what the statement claims is the breakdown of talks with the ModRads. The statement claims that the centrist party had previously told the FreeDems that they excluded any agreement that fell short of a formal coalition. The FreeDems campaigned on the basis that they would not enter a formal coalition.

The FreeDem leader complimented the “good faith” of the RUMP negotiators and described herself as “disappointed” by the outcome. She described a coalition of the RUMP, MRPT and TNC as “the only remaining option” for forming a government.

Speaking to ETT, ModRad leader Senator Lüc da Schir declared that he was “glad…that my party is in the position of negotiating by setting its own terms” and that the MRPT has been “100% following our electoral pledges and we’re very proud of that”.

He also stated that his remarks on coalition referred to in the FreeDem statement were not a condition but a suggestion, aimed at encouraging his party members to see the FreeDem offer in a more balanced light. He also confirmed that an offer of coalition had been made by the RUMP, but had not disclosed any further details at the time of writing.

RUMP leader Sir Alexandreu Davinescu could not be reached for comment at the time of writing (early morning in the United States).

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.