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A Citizen's Proposal of Honors I occasionally have email correspondence with citizen J.K. Kelley, who, coincidentally, is an active member on the coin forum on which I advertised our five louis coins and kindly vouched that it was legit. I recently received this message from him and he asked that I post it.

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How many Talossans have received orders of knighthood? According to the wiki, the number is twelve for the Order of the Nation. The text:

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The Crown recognises worthy citizens, offering them admission into the order for long and dedicated service to the nation, or for particular acts of valour in the defence of the realm.

I submit that Royal Archivist @GV is extraordinarily deserving of this honor. So much so in fact that, if he doesn't qualify for it, I can't think of who might.

For years, and with only modest assistance, GV been gathering up every Talossan archive he could find, putting them into some semblance of order, and making the information available to all. You probably saw his recent publication of the texts of the Big History and Ar Pats, complete with Talossan name repair so as to protect the public anonymity of those who might desire it. I'm a professional editor, and I can tell you that this must have required enormous amounts of work and dedication. You certainly didn't see me stepping up to do any of it.

He has done this work without embroilment in the political mudflinging that so pollutes the Talossan political environment, for no compensation, on his own time and initiative. Without his efforts, much would have been lost or mislaid, and far less would likely be available to the public. That meets any rational standard for dedicated service. As for length of service, he showed up not long after my original involvement in Talossa. How long ago? He first appears on the scene, according to Ar Pats which he just republished, in 2002.

He's been at this for seventeen years. That's almost long enough for a Dandelion to be born, grow up, and attain adult citizenship. That's "long" by any reasonable definition of the term. All this time, he has done his best for reconciliation, historical preservation, and cultural progress. So far as I'm aware, he doesn't have an enemy in Talossa. I am confident that you, and a majority of any segment of the population one might select, would agree that GV has been one of the best things ever to happen to the Kingdom, the Republic, and again the Kingdom. I have a difficult time imagining any grounds on which even a small minority could dissent from that statement.

January 06, 2020, 01:54:02 PM
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Re: Council of Governors - Meeting Room I'm going to throw a completely wild suggestion in here which might not only help revive our various local governments, but also solve an issue which has plagued post-Reunision Talossa; how to get new immigrants involved in a way that kept them around.

Time was that a new citizen would be given Cosă seats right off the bat to "get them involved"; however, in practice this meant that the ruling parties just tended to "assimilate" new citizens, leading to self-perpetuating dominance of a single party.

But what if we expected all new citizens to get involved in their local Governments? And what if this Council decided that every Provincial leadership would go away and draw up a Getting New Ctiizens Involved In the Provinces plan over the next month or two?

March 28, 2020, 07:28:10 PM
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Re: The Importance of the Upcoming Election (my views)
There has been a lot of criticism of the King recently for not acting more like Monarchs of other countries. Talossa is not like other countries.

If Talossa was a country in which people essentially had to live (ie, if we exerted any real control over Milwaukee), then I would of course be advocating for a figurehead Monarchy. Talossa is not like that, though; we are for all practical purposes a voluntary association. There is no possible way for the Monarchy to actually infringe on the rights of citizens, because a citizen can, with a single post, leave and no longer be the King's subject. So the question is really how we want our voluntary association to be set up, which is why it is not anti-democratic to be in favor of a Monarchy with the capability of temporarily vetoing bills (and I will take this opportunity to remind everyone that the reason the King's veto over legislation is now temporary is an amendment that I passed). The claim that a Monarch's political activity devalues the Monarchy only makes sense if you already believe the Monarch should not get involved in politics.

Can anyone provide an example of how the Talossan Monarchy has actually curtailed anyone's rights? How it converts Talossa into a plaything of the King's allies? Makes it a relic of the past? Talossa is wide open for any citizen; go out there and make it yours! The King is not standing in your way (the bureaucracy sometimes does though, which is why I am still committed to AMP as a think tank...).

Talossa, like all other vibrant societies, must continually change! On that I agree. But there are more changes available than an ever-more anti-Monarchy programme of Organic amendments. Change comes via the citizens engaging with each other. The Monarchy doesn't hinder that, and I would argue can encourage it, if operating at its best.

Accusations that Monarchists are "politically stagnant" take an extremely narrow view of what constitutes freshness, and how Talossa can be taken into the future

Finally, the King very rarely vetoes anything that is not related to reducing his own prerogatives. So, for all of the (quite understandable) bellyaching about the King's antics, what does it matter if the King protects his power if he never does anything else with it? It's a self-licking ice cream cone.

Like that time I had to get a court order to fulfill my role as a Senator because the King, in a Talossan way, essentially locked me out of the Ziu ? Seriously, he can't curtail rights because than we can just leave Talossa? For this one post I'm stepping out of my apolitical retirement to say, Ian, your post is utter nonsense and an insult to your intelligence. With that, I'm back to being apolitical.

July 18, 2020, 12:30:06 AM
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Re: The Importance of the Upcoming Election (my views)
There is no possible way for the Monarchy to actually infringe on the rights of citizens, because a citizen can, with a single post, leave and no longer be the King's subject.

Holy motorscootin' crap, no Talossan who lived through the days of King Robert I could say that. It's actually quite reprehensible to say that there is no way Ben could have been an abusive, gaslighting tyrant because we could have quit at any time. (Of course, many of us did - and his abuse didn't stop then.)

John I Lupúl is of course no R. Ben Madison, but he can easily ruin our Talossan fun for us. That's only a problem if we're patriotic Talossans and don't think quitting the nation is something to be taken lightly if we feel offended.

July 18, 2020, 02:19:24 AM
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Re: The Importance of the Upcoming Election (my views)
If the position of most FreeDems is and will continue to be that Talossa should be a Republic (or that the Monarch should only have ceremonial power), what is the point of the referendum?

To see which (if either) of those options is accepted by the general public, before going to the trouble of writing the appropriate OrgLaw amendment. What exactly are you scared of? If the broad masses like the status quo, then the Free Democrats will not seek to change the status quo.

It's almost like you're afraid there is a majority out there for an end to a powerful Monarchy...

July 19, 2020, 10:14:23 PM
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Re: House Of Commons, 55th Ziu Largest remainder method gives:

FreeDems: 9
LCC: 9
NPW: 2

August 02, 2020, 11:43:03 AM
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Re: The Fleecing Act Also, so long as we're memeing, I can't resist this one

August 05, 2020, 09:05:36 PM
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Re: Placeholder Act to Remind Me to Write an Act I like the smoke idea, but make it simpler: AD and I just go into a room and smoke bowl after bowl of weed (listening to Pink Floyd and Yes on repeat) until we agree on a King. Problem is that if the weed is good enough it'll be Mickey Mouse.

Nah, seriously, ESB has a good idea.

August 07, 2020, 08:29:38 PM
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Re: Placeholder Act to Remind Me to Write an Act
I like the smoke idea, but make it simpler: AD and I just go into a room and smoke bowl after bowl of weed (listening to Pink Floyd and Yes on repeat) until we agree on a King. Problem is that if the weed is good enough it'll be Mickey Mouse.

O, to be a fly on that wall.

August 07, 2020, 09:34:44 PM
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Re: Placeholder Act to Remind Me to Write an Act
Problem is that if the weed is good enough it'll be Mickey Mouse.
Now that’s what I call a Magic Kingdom.

August 07, 2020, 10:33:02 PM
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