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Messages - Baron Alexandreu Davinescu

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Maritiimi-Maxhestic / Re: 19th Convocation
« on: August 23, 2021, 07:21:37 PM »
It's been like two months, so I'm going to accept the nomination and give -- what, one more week, I guess, for them?

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The Lobby / Re: A Speech to the Ziu from a Citizen
« on: August 23, 2021, 10:05:20 AM »
I know everyone's very busy, I don't want us to get lost in the shuffle, so just to re-up:

@S:reu Seneschal, I have called for the Government to begin tracking immigrants and their retention/activity levels, so we have some idea of whether we're succeeding or failing at our most important task.  Does that appeal to you?

@GV , any thoughts on what I said?  Any way I can help?

And finally, @Miestră Schivă, UrN , you are the leader of the largest party, and you also are the most visibly active person on Government (or the nation) by a long chalk.  What do you think about centralizing our civic life, both in terms of party discussions and Government discussions?  Your example could help set a new norm.

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The Hopper / Re: LEGISLATING FIX ONE: A Two-Reading system
« on: August 22, 2021, 05:13:24 PM »
First point: the Coalition Agreement states that OrgLaw amendments need to be discussed and approved by an all-party committee. This was put in because the LCC was worried that the Free Democrats would blindside them with a Republic Now Amendment or some such.

Second point: I am in two minds over that provision myself. A question that has just come to hand: the Minister of Finance hasn't Hoppered the Budget yet, which I think means technically under current rules the Budget couldn't appear on the Second Clark, as the law mandates it should. At the moment, that part of the OrgLaw means that the Seneschál can "rush" it onto the Second Clark. Absent that, the only solution is for a month of recess, which might not be granted because (apparently) the King's too busy to even formally open the Cosa. So I am minded to put the provision up for separate vote on which I would personally abstain.

Thirdly: an OrgLaw amendment wouldn't be enacted until the next election anyway, so what's a few Clarks?
I don't really see any hold-up with the all party committee if you were to propose this. I hope you will. Have you already written the text to the amendment? If not, I'll be happy to help.

I agree that the budget thing is a problem. Fortunately, it can be solved right now. But I'll also point out that there's no real consequence if a government's Seneschal, Distain, and MinFin all miss the deadline and no one hoppers a budget bill. I'm not sure if it's ever happened before, but I'm very sure that no one's going to prosecute you guys over it. It might be a good idea to make a habit of hoppering a shell bill immediately at the start of every new Government.

On the third point, I agree. There's no rush to pass this and so we can work it out without stress.

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The Hopper / Re: Talossan Criminal Law Reform Part Deux
« on: August 22, 2021, 04:53:11 PM »
Ah, I see. In that case, I would suggest giving 30 days as the initial deadline. Otherwise this looks good and I applaud your efforts.

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The Hopper / Re: LEGISLATING FIX ONE: A Two-Reading system
« on: August 22, 2021, 09:40:37 AM »
My original objection remains to the bill: I think it unacceptably centralizes power in the hands of the Government.  I would suggest you amend it to be an "act and amendment" and include a repeal of the Seneschal's pass.  Your idea was a good one and we should just commit to it.  Anything actually urgent can be a PD.

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The Hopper / Re: Talossan Criminal Law Reform Part Deux
« on: August 22, 2021, 09:30:14 AM »
How do 6.6.2 and 6.7 interact?  The proceedings begin within 20 days, but then the prosecution has 70 more days after that to submit their brief?

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The Hopper / Re: LEGISLATING FIX TWO: Separate Cosă and Senäts debates
« on: August 22, 2021, 09:25:03 AM »
Well, that seems an insuperable problem to immediate passage, then.  We'd be talking about not just overhauling this part of the system, but the whole way we do voting.

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Wittenberg / Re: 56th Cosa General Election Official Results
« on: August 21, 2021, 10:32:02 PM »
I am working to prepare a summary, based entirely on public information, to explain why I would have invalidated those ballots.  This is not meant to cast aspersions on any individual or body, and only facts that can be verified from already-existing public record will be used (i.e. nothing learned in confidence will be included).  Further, there will be no mention on whether the EC deliberated on the issues or, if so, the nature of those deliberations. My hope is that the Ziu will use this as a chance to find some ways to remedy potential issues with ballot casting and the verification process.
It would be good to hear about this, even if it's not in a formal report.  What was the deal and what needs to be fixed?

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The Lobby / Re: A Speech to the Ziu from a Citizen
« on: August 21, 2021, 10:27:02 PM »

@GV , the program for this Government lists a more active Zuavs as your first priority.  I know you have a lot going on, but I'd love to hear some initial thoughts on how that will look.


To be honest, how MinDef can help the Zuaves baffles me.  Who is the person (yes, I should know this!) with whom I can best discuss things?  The last thing I want to do is to go ahead unilaterally with some weird programme no-else else really wants.

I can tell you my intentions and how I operated, if it helps.  Here was my founding speech and here is the first recruitment thread, and here is the Witt thread I was using on this Witt after we moved over here.  The Wikipedia page also has a lot of this info, plus the list of enlisted when I left office.  I was replaced by ESB, and the current Capitan is our Secretary of State, who has more than enough to do around here already.

What I think needs to happen is just for someone to directly write each of the people enlisted, letting them know where to submit their achievements, and begin visibly awarding promotions and recruiting once more.  Obviously, not a lot will happen immediately, since it's a system based around rewarding activity.  But think of it like a big wind -- not enough to lift anyone into the air, but enough to give each set of wings a boost towards the sky whenever someone gives a flutter.

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The Lobby / Re: A Speech to the Ziu from a Citizen
« on: August 21, 2021, 09:56:37 PM »
Last term, 55RZ21 passed by a significant margin: 143-37-0.  But now support in the Ziu has dropped by a surprising margin, falling from 71% support to 45% (90-77-33).  Clearly, there is no appetite for this right now.  So let's move on.

That battle being behind us, it would be great to focus on the biggest task at hand: encouraging and sustaining citizen interest.  I'd hoped to get some answers or discussion about my ideas from the Government, but it's been a week.  But I know that people are busy, so maybe it's my fault for not being more direct.

@S:reu Seneschal, I have called for the Government to begin tracking immigrants and their retention/activity levels, so we have some idea of whether we're succeeding or failing at our most important task.  Does that appeal to you?

@GV , the program for this Government lists a more active Zuavs as your first priority.  I know you have a lot going on, but I'd love to hear some initial thoughts on how that will look.

And finally, @Miestră Schivă, UrN , you are the leader of the largest party, and you also are the most visibly active person on Government (or the nation) by a long chalk.  What do you think about centralizing our civic life, both in terms of party discussions and Government discussions?  Your example could help set a new norm.

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The Lobby / Re: State Opening of the Ziu / Leader of the Opposition
« on: August 21, 2021, 09:33:10 PM »
He's had it for over a week. If he doesn't do something by Monday morning, I'll be forced to take the issue to the UC.

Gen. T. Davinescu, O.SPM
Seneschál
I am sorry that His Majesty hasn't gotten back to you more quickly.  I know he has a considerable amount of work responsibilities right now.  Did you text or call him up to deliver your legal threat?  That's often the quickest way to reach him.

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The Lobby / Re: State Opening of the Ziu / Leader of the Opposition
« on: August 21, 2021, 08:22:42 AM »
Apparently the Seneschal is on vacation and thus presumably unavailable

No, the Seneschál is available and enthusiastic for all his official duties re: the State Opening; he only delegated the legislative stuff to me.

I am still very much around. I took a few days to go on a short holiday while interviewing with a University, but I am fully on board with moving forward. The issue is getting the King and the Op Leader together with me to officially get the ball rolling.
Where are we on this? Have the issues with the speech been resolved? Is scheduling happening?

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Wittenberg / Re: Republic Records
« on: August 21, 2021, 08:19:40 AM »
@anglatzara , any thoughts?  @GV ?

The final authority on this is MPF.  I will kick this ball to him for now.
As I recall, we have pretty definitively established that MPF doesn't have anything.  I believe the Seneschal said that @Dieter Vercária had any remaining materials. Dieter?

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The Lobby / Re: A Speech to the Ziu from a Citizen
« on: August 19, 2021, 07:45:00 PM »
I think AMP had a great energy.  You already know I think some of your ideas were great, like the PDs program.

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Wittenberg / Re: Republic Records
« on: August 19, 2021, 07:32:24 PM »
@anglatzara , any thoughts?  @GV ?

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