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Vuode and M-M consider federation

Leaders of the provinces of Vuode and Maritiimi-Maxhestic have affirmed their wish to push ahead with a proposal to fuse the governments of their provinces into one federated entity.

The plan as discussed earlier this year would merge the legislative organs of the two provinces, without actually fusing the two territories. This would allow each province to maintain its current Senäts representation, as each province is guaranteed one Senator under the Organic Law.

Vuode is Talossa’s oldest province and was the fief of former King Robert I. The province even briefly declared independence in 1992 as a result of a constitutional dispute. However it is also the smallest province by population and recently has had difficulty in sustaining consistent political activity. 

In contrast with the current torpor in Vuode, Maritiimi-Maxhestic, which has twice the population, has a consistently functioning legislative assembly and Senäts elections that closely contested. Sitting Senator Epic da Lhiun narrowly defeated RUMP leader Sir Alexandreu Davinescu in the most recent election in 2016.

Provincial mergers are not unknown in Talossa, and indeed Maritiimi-Maxhestic is the product of an earlier provincial merger, with Maritiimi absorbing Port Maxhestic. However in that case the provinces completely amalgamated, fusing territorially as well as administratively, and no inter-provincial federation of this kind has been attempted before in the Kingdom.

The proposal has been broadly welcomed by the leading citizens of the provinces concerned. It did however suffer sustained criticism by Üc Tärfâ. S:reu Tarfa criticised the ambiguous nature of the union arguing that it should instead be a straightforward merger.He also objected to the understanding behind the proposal that provinces are sufficiently autonomous Organically to engage in this type of compact. This was denied by supporters of the plan, who insist that a shated administration woyld not alter the unique character of each province.

All-party Debate: Leaders debate the future of the provinces

Responding to the second question posed by moderator Marti-Pair Furxheir, ModRad leader Senator Lüc da Schir stated that the “Moderate Radicals have historically been a very active party when provinces are concerned”.

He cited the party’s successful proposal of the Open Sesame Act in the 48th Cosa, as well as their efforts at catchment area reform. He also highlighted the leading role played by ModRad activists in a number of provinces.

The Senator reaffirmed ModRad policy on the question of assignment, stating that “geography and geography alone” should determine one’s provincial citizenship.  He suggested that this could facilitate offline interaction among citizens.  He denied that the resulting population imbalances would be an issue, and stated that his party would support moves to weigh Senate representation by province.

The Senator also suggested that a possible reduction in the number of provinces could be studied, while respecting provincial autonomy in the matter.

The Senator took issue with the questioner’s suggestion of organising provinces by interest group, stating that it was not pertinent to Senate representation and that a “unique [provincial culture] doesn’t have to be mean homogeneous”.

FreeDem leader Miestrâ Schivâ stated that her party would “100% endorse” the ModRad leader’s proposals on exclusive geographic assignment, and on weighted Senate voting. She declared that she “completely rejected” organising provinces as “clubs of interest”.

She cautioned however that historically the provinces have “never, ever been powerhouses of activity”, aside from when opposition groups have used them to “troll the King/national government”. She thus described herself as “quite relaxed” about low provincial activity.

However, she declared that her party was committed to provincial autonomy, and that as part of its “Civil Service and Civil Society” policy, it saw the provinces as part of the “non-political” space to built by the Culture Ministry. She also cited her party’s project for the creation of a “Council of Governors” as “a forum for the provincial governments to hobnob”.

RUMP leader Sir Alexandreu Davinescu declared that “I strongly disagree that provinces have been a “failure.””, citing his own province of Maritiimi-Maxhestic as an example. Claiming M-M is “one of the more active provinces, a radically democratic province, and a province particularly proud of the ability of its citizens to work with each other across party lines”, he also praised the unique traditions of the other provinces.

He suggested the perception of provincial apathy as “a game of numbers”, with the relatively low proportion citizens who are active participants on Wittenberg is spread too thinly among the eight provinces to sustain consistent activity.

The RUMP leader concluded by declaring that his party’s “government activity plan”, as well as its “many more” ideas for change, would “attract new active citizens and revive the old”.

Concluding the discussion, TNC leader Breneir Itravilatx  declared that his party does not consider provincial revival “the most urgent issue”, and stated that the TNC would be “largely in agreement” with the ModRad proposals out lined by Senator da Schir.

He did however suggest that his party would support ongoing discussions about the merger of some provinces, citing the discussions between Vuode and M-M as an example.

He also suggested that the provincial forums could replace the national immigration forum as a “landing pier” for prospective citizens, on the model of the “Landing Pier” forum used by the Republic.

News of the Day November 25th-26th 2013

Secretary of State Sir Iustì Canun takes a break from Talossa due to external matters and won't conduct the oncoming Election. Canun also pulls himself off from his province's Senatorial race (where he was seeking another term as Senator for Maricopa), substituted by Munditenens Tresplet of his same party (RUMP).

Adm. Asmourescu appears to have requested to rejoin Talossa after the PM issues a PD to put him back onto the citizen rolls. Seneschal Txec Nordselva, with "The Admiral is Back Prime Dictate(APCRMN)", declared that "Tim Asmourescu is hereby officially restored to citizenship [...] ". Later, doubts were raised about the legality and legitimity of the PD was questioned, but no official further action has been taken since.

The now former Senator for Fiovâ Ián Anglatzarâ moves back to his pre-Reunification province of Cézembre. The title of the thread Anglatzarâ posted on Wittenberg to announce his decision, "I'm quitting" (http://talossa.proboards.com/thread/8993/quitting?page=1) has confused many Talossans that have initially thought that Anglatzarâ, former President of the Talossan Republic, was going to quit his citizenship.

Elections of the provincial Prime Minister: Fiôvâ, Vuode-Dandenburg and Cézembre

With the provincial elections in Fiôvâ, Vuode-Dandenburg and Cézembre underway, let's have a look at the situation.
FIÔVÂ
The second Capitán election from the creation of Fiôvâ sees the outcoming ZRTer Carlüs Xheraltescu facing the NPWer Dieter Vercariâ.
Fi flag.pngXheraltescu, fresh of his nomination as Tuischac'h of the Cosâ, aims to create a League of Provinces to aggregate ideas over best practice and receiving support from the national government. Maintaining provincial autonomy, having a Cunstaval who has been approved by the provincial population first are some of the main objectives of Xheraltescu's candidacy.
Vercariâ, MC for the NPW, is the first Peculiarist since the reunision to candidate himself as provincial leader. He ran as Senator in the 44th Cosâ, being defeated by Ián Anglatzarâ and tooking the same number of votes as Miestrâ Schivâ. The sustainability of the provinces in Talossa, cooperation and eventually a merger between provinces are some of the ideas Vercariâ throws into the ring.
The election is being conducted by the Tuischac'h of the GA, Miestrâ Schivâ, by secret ballot. All the Fiovans are entitled to vote. An interview is planned to be conducted with the new Capitan.

CEZEMBRE
We have the current Whip of the MRPT Alexandreu Soleiglhfred againist the RUMPer Ián da Bitour. The outcoming Sénéchal Niclau Patici has decided not to run again. Elections are currently conducted by Glüc da Dhi with public ballot on Cézembre's section of Wittenberg.

THE UNITED PROVINCES
Two candidates for two roles: the Vuodean councillors are electing the Premier and the Presiding officer of the United Provinces. The only nomination for Premier is the one of the Scottish-Talossan Eovart Grischun, MC for the CSPP, while the Senator for Vuode-Dandenburg Marcianüs is the only one running for the post of Presiding Officer. Voting will close May 21st, with only one of five votes cast so far.

Lüc

Update #3: Provincial Results!

The results of the elections for each of the Provincial Assemblies:

the House of Commons (Atatürk)

RUMP: 10 seats, 5 to Bradley Holmes and 5 to Danihél Forestal
ZRT: 6 seats; 2 to Öin Ursüm, 2 to Evan Cuntainça, 1 to Megan Keirle, 1 to Erschéveþ Üchescu
MRPT: 1 seat to Evan Cuntainça

Benitian Legislative Chancellery (Benito)

RUMP: 4 seats, none assigned so far.
MRPT: 2 seats to Lüc da Schir
NPW: 2 seats to Vitxalmour Conductour
IND: 2 seats both unassigned.
CSPP: 1 seat unassigned.

l'Etats (Cézembre)

MRPT: 9 seats, 5 to Glüc da Dhi and 4 to Alexandreu Bisquinc
RUMP: 6 seats, none assigned so far.
IND: 3 seats, none assigned so far.
ZRT: 1 seat to Moritz Fernaodescu
CSPP: 1 seat not assigned.

Nimlet (Florencia)
RUMP: 10 seats, none assigned so far.
LPR: 1 seat not assigned.
MRPT: 1 seat to Adam Simons


General Assembly (Maritiimi - Maxhestic)
RUMP: 5 seats; two to Alexandreu Davinescu and M.T.P. da Biondeu, one to Mark Sidahl.
CSPP: 2 seats to Daviu Lundescu

So let’s have a look at the elections.

Fellow readers,
today, March 27th, it's the twelvth day of elections. Let's see how things are going.

Cosâ.
So far, 82 people out of 184 have voted.
The monarchist RUMP is leading the election, with 33 (44,00%) votes.  There are, anyway, a lot of RUMPers that haven't voted yet.
The second place is held by the ZRT, with 13 (17,33%) votes.
Third is the CSPP, with 9 (12,00%) votes. Just one vote less, the MRPT is fourth, with 8 (10,67%). Fifth, the NPW, with six (8,00%) votes. Four votes, and the sixth place, for the IND (5,33%); seventh and last, the LPR, with two votes (2,67%).

Seven people chosen to not cast their vote, voting PRESENT.
The turnout is 44,57%.

Senäts.
Four provinces out of eight are voting to elect a new Senator.
Atatürk 
The ZRTer Öin Ursüm is leading with seven votes out of thirteen; while the RUMPer Bradley Holmes has received six. Eleven votes still to be cast.
Cézembre
Initially the sole candidate, Glüc da Dhi (MRPT) is leading with five votes out of six cast over the RUMPer write-in Ian da Bitour. Da Bitour announced his candidacy after the beginning of the election, with a short post on Cézembre's board.
Florencia
Audrada d'Auribuérg, RUMP, has received four votes, while her opponent, former ZRTer and argumentative founder of the Republican Party (LPR) Mximo Carbonél has two.
Vuode
The only candidate, Viteu Marcianüs, RUMP, has received all the three votes cast so far.

Provincial assemblies.
Atatürk, House of Commons
Twentyfour Atatürkeys have to vote for the House of Commons election. With twelve votes cast, the current situation is:
RUMP 5
ZRT 4

CSPP 1
MRPT 1

Benito, Legislative Chancellery
Twentyfive Benitians are called to vote for the Chancellorial election. With seven votes cast, the current situation is:
RUMP 2NPW 2
MRPT 2
IND 1

Cézembre, L'Etats
Twentyfour Cézembreans are called to vote for l'Etats election. With eight votes cast, the current situation is:
MRPT 4
RUMP 2
CSPP 1

IND 1

Fiovâ has a provincial assembly (National Assembly), but her citizens are free to join it without an election

Florencia, Nimlet
Twentyone Florencians are called to vote for the Nimlet's election. With just four votes cast, the current situation is:
RUMP 2MRPT 1
LPR 1

Maricopa has a provincial assembly (Cabana), but her citizens are free to join it without an election.

Maritiimi-Maxhestic's election is conducted by the province.

Vuode doesn't elect her assembly.