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Proclamation Crisis: Cort rules Royal “inaction” organic

The Uppermost Cort has ruled on the case taken by Senator Luc da Schir in September 2015, which challenged the constitutionality of King John’s refusal to proclaim an amendment to the Organic Law, 47RZ28.

The amendment received the required double majorities in the Ziu and was approved by referendum and would have made the governor of one province ineligible to be appointed as Cunstaval, or royal representative in another. The King disagreed with the restriction on his discretion in the matter and as a “test case” utilised a hitherto little-understood provision of the Organic Law which stated that the King “may” proclaim changes to the constitution, thus giving them formal force of law. In refusing to proclaim the amendment in this fashion the King sparked what has become known as the Proclamation Crisis

In a majority decision Justices dal Nordselvă and Cjantscheir (with Justice Edwards dissenting) found that “the Organic Law puts no obligation on the King to proclaim the amendment, he has the discretion to do so or not to do so”. Reasoning that as the King is excluded from the Organic Law amendment process up to the point at which the Bill is presented for proclamation, it would be “incompatible with the Organic Law nor is in the spirit of the Organic Law” to remove the prerogative of the King at this point.

An Organic Law amendement passed by the Ziu in September that is known as the 3/4 Majority Amendment will if passed by referendum and proclaimed by the King alter the language of the Organic Law, allowing the King to issue a suspensive veto on constitutional changes unless overridden by a qualified majority of the Ziu.

BHAID fundraising closed, US$ 130 raised

Foreign Affairs Minister Breneir Itravilatx announced that the first fundraising round for the Bureau of Humanitarian Aid and International Development has come to an end. According to the latest financial disclosures by the Bureau, a total of US$130 has been raised from five individual donors. This is 26% of the US$500 target initially set at the time of the fundraising launch. [ETT: Inxheneu Crovâ contributed a $50 donation to BHAID]

The Minister further announced that Justice Owen Edwards MC would be joing the Board of Governors of BHAID as Royal Representative, replcing Socialist Party leader Gaglhen Fortaleça MC. Justice Edwards joins Ian Plätschisch MC, Dr. Prithvi Singh Ravish (who is also Administrator of the Bureau), Françal Ian Lux MC and Éovart Xhorxh MC on the Board. The Governors supervise the work of the Dr Singh, and assess funding proposals, subject to ratification by the Ziu.

BHAID projects will support “disaster and poverty relief and other forms of humanitarian assistance, emergency response and the promotion of efforts towards socioeconomic development”.

Proclamation Crisis: Uppermost Cort to proceed on da Schir petition

The fate of the petition for declarative relief submitted by former Seneschal Senator Lüc da Schir will be decided by a three-judge panel of el Cort Inalt beginning this week. This follows the receipt of a motion from counsel for the King Sir C.M. Siervicül to dismiss the case. The petition seeks to have 47RZ28 accepted as a valid Organic Law amendment despite the King’s “explicit refusal to proclaim” it.

Senator da Schir’s petition was filed in the waning days of the previous government, when Senator da Schir was acting Attorney-General as well as Seneschal. Senator da Schir requested that the Uppermost Cort declare that 47RZ28 met the requirments to amend the Organic Law, despite the King’s assertion that an “explicit refusal to proclaim” an amendment rendered it void. Senator da Schir argued that despite the wording of Article XV of the organic law in practice no prior Organic Law amendments have actually been proclaimed by the King, and thus under “well-affirmed precedent” royal proclamation of constitutional amendments should be considered symbolic, rendering the King’s refusal to proclaim 47RZ28 immaterial.

In an amicus curiae submission accepted by the Cort, Senator Magniloqueu Épiqeu da Lhiun stated that in his view that the Crown’s powers were “never meant to supersede the ultimate Sovereignty of the People”. Arguing that the Organic Law locates ultimate sovereignty with the people, Senator da Lhiun argued that no act, or inaction of the King should allow the result of a popular vote to be set aside as this would violate the fundamental principle of the Organic Law.

After a delay granted by the Cort due to travel and a hectic work schedule, Sir C.M. Siervicül submitted a motion to dismiss Senator da Schir’s petition. Arguing that while tacit consent on the part of the King may be presumed by his silence with respect to previous Organic Law amendments, this does not deprive the King of the right to take action (or in this case explicitly refrain from action) in the future. Sir Cresti further argued that proclamation of Organic Law amendments is plainly necessary for them to be enacted, with the approval of the Cosa and Senäts and popular referendum being preconditions to but not substitutes for this decisive step.

The case will be heard by a three-judge panel consisting of Puisne Justices Cjantscheir, Edwards, and dal Nordselvă, with Justice Edwards acting as chair. It has not yet been announced whether Attorney-General Caçeur will present the government case, or if Senator da Schir will continue as counsel for the government.

ETT’s exclusive analysis of the Coalition Agreement

The Coalition Agreement between the FreeDem, MRPT and Progressives parties has now been published. As expected, the Democratic Amendment is the first priority listed, in an Agreement that presents an ambitious liberal reform agenda.

Political Reform

  • Back the “Democratic Amendment”, and hold a review of the Organic Law under the direction of the Seneschal
  • Reform of provincial Senäts representation to make it proportional to population
  • Reduce the number of seats in the Cosa, and make candidate lists mandatory (in a “nuanced” fashion)

While there is nothing new in the proposals, the Proclamation Crisis seems to have concentrated minds in the coalition. The explicit support for the Democratic Amendment, and the commitment to a thorough review of the Organic Law demonstrates this. The sharp decrease in RUMP representation in both Cosa and Senâts may facilitate the task but the as yet unresolved question of the Royal super-veto on constitutional change leaves the prospects of major reform in doubt. This is especially true of any measure that would alter the representation of a province in the Senäts, as it would not only require the usual Ziu supermajorities and a popular majority, but a majority in each of the provinces affected by any change.

Provincial Reform

  • Complete Catchment Reform
  • Remove the “closed provinces” rule.

In keeping with the liberal federalism of the previous government, the government proposes to continue the process of rationalising the geographic regions associated with each Talosan province, with the aim of establishing a more solid basis for provincial identity. It is presumably hoped that this will ultimately lead to revitalisation of provincial activity and create opportunities for devolution of powers from the centre. It also proposes to remove the cap on the growth of individual provinces, which is imposed at the moment once they reach a certan size relative to the others, and can result in a citizen being assigned to a different province than his geographical residence would normally allow.

Administrative Reform

  • Introduce a National Census
  • Complete the transfer of the public discussion boards to civil service control
  • Complete the website project

Three longstanding aims of the coalition parties that should be implemented during the 48th Cosa. The choice to respond to the Census rather than participating in the election may have an unpredictable effect on the political system, as non-active citizens will not need to vote in order to retain their citizenship.

Economic and social affairs

  • Introduce a Humanitarian Aid bill to the Ziu
  • Push for the sale of stamps
  • Complete the coins project

A national effort to contribute to emergency relief was a key policy pledge of the Progressives in the general election campaign, as was the completion of the coinage project. The RB&P has been criticised for the meagre sales of the official stamps, and the initial hopes for revenue from the project have been disappointed.

Culture

  • Support for a government sponsored Cultural Prize
  • Continue the previous government’s language education programmes

Continuity is the watchword in linguistic policy, and the details of the Cultural Prize (how much and by whom it will be awarded) are not yet known. The (privately-sponsored) Journalism Awards have had a positive impact in promoting effective and responsible news coverage. The coalition will be hoping that a Cultural Prize will have a similar impact on broader cultural endeavours.

Foreign relations

  • Appoint social media ambassadors to reinvigorate Talossa’s presence on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube etc.
  • Review serious Talossa-like entities, and appoint active ambassadors

With the end of the “Semi-Permeable Wall”, formal relations with other Talossa-like entities (don’t call them micronations) are possible, and public diplomacy may have positive impact on both immigration and on the commercialisation of Talossan products, such as stamps.

Recommendations – Appointment of a Cabinet

The Office of the Prime Minister of Talossa
__________________________
L’Óifisch dal Seneschal del Regipäts Talossa

Recommendation: Appointment of a Cabinet

Voastra Maxhestá —

I come now before the throne seeking an audience to recommend the appointment of Ministers to Your Majesty’s Government.

The Moderate Radical Party of Talossa, els Zefençadéirs del Repúblicanismeu Talossán, the Liberal Congress and the Progressive Party have agreed on the appointment of a cabinet consisting of the following ministers. We have deliberately chosen to slim down the team by having the Distáin hold a ministerial portfolio too and by merging the Home Affairs, Immigration and Defence portfolio to be held by a single Interior Minister as per 47PD01.

This is a team of ambitious and experienced people who are all eager to get things done and show Talossa that an active government is not an utopia. Allow me to add as a personal remark, Your Majesty, that I regard this as an absolute “dream team”, and that I have the maximum confidence in these citizens’ loyalty and dedication to the Kingdom.

Therefore, I, Lüc da Schir, Seneschal del Regipäts Talossan, with all duly vested authority and stuff, hereby recommend that Your Majesty appoint these fellow Talossan citizens and loyal subjects of yours to the following cabinet posts:

DistainBadgeMiestrâ Schivâ, UrN
to the position of
Distain;

HomeAffairsBadgeImmigrationBadgeDefenceBadgeCarlüs Xheraltescú
to the position of
Minister of the Interior;

FinanceBadgeOwen Edwards
to the position of
Minister of Finance;

JusticeBadgeMagniloqeu Epiqeu da Lhiun
to the position of
Attorney-General;

StuffBadgeSevastain Pinatsch
to the position of
Minister of Stuff

ForeignAffairsBadgeMunditenens Txec Patritz da Biondeu
to the position of
Minister of Foreign Affairs;

CultureBadgeMiestrâ Schivâ
to the position of
Minister of Culture;

Confident that the Crown will consent to accept these recommendations, may I be the first to congratulate each of the newly appointed Ministers. I look forward to working with you all over the upcoming term.

Lüc da Schir
Seneschal


S:reu Seneschal —

Trusting that we have all the names right now :), I thank you for these recommendations, and am pleased hereby to make these appointments. Congratulations, thanks, and best wishes to you and all who have agreed to serve in your Cabinet.

— John R

Recommendation: Appointment of a new Minister of Finance

The Office of the Prime Minister of Talossa
__________________________
L’Óifisch dal Seneschal del Regipäts Talossa

Recommendation: Appointment of a New Minister of Finance

Voastra Maxhestà,

As you may have read on the forum already, our Finance Minister has decided, after the outcome of the Senate vote on his proposal regarding monetary policy and coin design, to resign. S;reu Perthonest, who served in the previous government, has done a tremendous amount of work for our Kingdom and we are very thankful for that. His presence at the cabinet table will be missed.

Your Majesty, I would like to inform you that this government has been able to find a replacement, who is willing to take on the heavy burden of Finance minister. The previous weeks have been rough for this government, so we are very glad that we could find someone who is capable and whom we can trust.

Therefore I, Glüc da Dhi, Seneschal del Regipäts Talossan, with all duly vested authority and stuff, hereby recommend that Your Majesty appoint:

FinanceBadgeOwen Edwards
to the position of
Finance Minister

Recommendation: Appointment of a new Minister of Finance

The Office of the Prime Minister of Talossa

__________________________

L’Óifisch dal Seneschal del Regipäts Talossa

Recommendation: Appointment of a New Minister of Finance

Voastra Maxhestà,

As you may have read on the forum already, our Finance Minister has decided, after the outcome of the Senate vote on his proposal regarding monetary policy and coin design, to resign. S;reu Perthonest, who served in the previous government, has done a tremendous amount of work for our Kingdom and we are very thankful for that. His presence at the cabinet table will be missed.

Your Majesty, I would like to inform you that this government has been able to find a replacement, who is willing to take on the heavy burden of Finance minister. The previous weeks have been rough for this government, so we are very glad that we could find someone who is capable and whom we can trust.

Therefore I, Glüc da Dhi, Seneschal del Regipäts Talossan, with all duly vested authority and stuff, hereby recommend that Your Majesty appoint:

FinanceBadgeOwen Edwards

to the position of

Finance Minister

Magistrate Edwards delivers judgement over da Lhiun v Ardpresteir

Earlier today, Magistrate Owen Edwards delivered a much awaited sentence on the case between Magniloqueu E da Lhiun (plaintiff) and Beneditsch Ardpresteir (defendant, represented by his attorney Alexandreu Davinescu).
Magistrate Edwards convicted Ardpresteir of a I-Class felony (thrown out with prejudice) and punished with a four weeks ban on national executive offices (suspended).
Davinescu has already announced that the defendant will file an appeal before the Uppermost Cort.

the Talossan Observer 2013-04-16 17:57:00

Elections are up, gentlemen! Let's have a look at the results.

RUMP - Rexhalistaes Unenuxhinds pr'iensa Monarc'hà Panincestind
The RUMP has won 98 seats (49,19%). This is the first time since April 2007 that the RUMP does not gain an absolute majority of seats (at least 101/200) in the Cosâ.
The party leader, S:r Pôl d'Auribuérg, hasn't announced the list of MCs yet.

ZRT - Zefençadéirs del Republicánismeu Talossán
The ZRT gained 29 seats in the Cosâ (14,52%). Party Leader Cauvesc Carlüs Xheraltescu has announced the list of MCs:
5 seats to Cauvesc Carlüs Xheraltescu (party whip?)
5 seats to Óïn Ursüm
5 seats to Miestrâ Schivâ
5 seats to Gödafrïeu Válcadác'h
4 seats to Erschéveþ Üchescu


MRPT - the Moderate-Radical Party of Talossa
The MRPT gained 21 seats in the Cosâ (10,48%), three more than last election. Party Leader Glüc da Dhi hasn't announced the official list of MCs yet, but as long as this party has previously issued a mandatory candidates list, we have this almost-official-but-still-not-confirmed list:
7 seats to Alexandreu Bisquinc (party whip)
7 seats to Lüc da Schir
7 seats to Ben Putnam

CSPP - the Common-Sense Progressive Party
The CSPP gained 21 seats in the Cosâ (10,48%), two more than last election. Curiously enough, CSPP and MRPT have taken the same amount of votes again.
Party Leader Owen Edwards has announced the list of MCs:
4 seats to Owen Edwards (party whip?)
4 seats to Eðo Grischun
4 seats to Eiric Biançeu
3 seats to Flip Molinar
3 seats to Vit Caçeir
3 seats to Daviu Lundescu


IND - the Indipendents's Party
The INDs gained 13 seats in the Cosâ. Party Leader Erschéveþ Cjantscheir hasn't announced any MCs list yet.

NPW - the New Peculiar Way
The NPW gained 11 seats in the Cosâ (5,65%). Party Leader Dieter Nanoc'hfiglhëu Vercariâ has announced the list of MCs, but not their seats, as he assigned 2,75 seats each:
? seats to Vitxalmour Conductour (party whip?)
? seats to Andreas Lorentz
? seats to Ián Txáglh
? seats to Dieter N. Vercariâ

Vitxalmour Conductour explained later, "Article VII section 3 of the Organic Law states that "Seats won by each party shall be divided by that party among its own members and supporters as it sees fit [...]". The NPW feels that all MC's should be equals, and while we cannot force our belief on other parties, within the NPW, we "see fit" to assure that our MC's are equal to each other."
The Secretary of State sir Iustí Canun hasn't answered yet, but he'll hardly accept this assignment.


LPR - le Parti Republicain
The LPR gained 7 seats in the Cosâ (3,23%). Party Leader Mximo Carbonél has assigned all the seven seats to himself, but "Any person who want a seat send me an MP.
Only condition: to have voted LPR in the last election."



More updates + Senäts and Provincial results soon!

Lüc