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Do we still think it is right for an unelected Monarch or Regent to be wielding a legislative veto or to even be wading around in the Hopper? 

Er, to butt in here: the Hopper is free to all citizens. And I would honestly prefer that - as long as the Regent wields a legislative veto - he informs us of any issues he has with legislation in plenty of time.

In any case: if we're agreed that a Head of State elected to a defined term, rather than for life, can still be called a "King", we're still within the realms of Option 4. We are only debating titles.

Prüm Citaxhien was the title we used for the President of the Talossan Republic, so of course I'd like that, though it might set others' teeth on edge.

Wittenberg / Re: ANNOUNCING: the Campaign for an Elected Head of State
« on: November 28, 2020, 09:54:47 PM »
Any thoughts on how a Regent/First Citizen should be elected? Free popular vote? Irish-style popular vote (where candidates need to be nominated by legislators or local government)? German-style electoral college? Supermajority of the Ziu?

Wittenberg / ANNOUNCING: the Campaign for an Elected Head of State
« on: November 27, 2020, 12:52:05 PM »
With the Regent taking the democratically-correct option of not exercising his veto, the Ranked-Choice Referendum on Talossa's Constitutional Future will take place at the time of the 3rd Clark, i.e. January (unless we go for a month of recess, which I don't think we will).

Neither the Free Democrats nor the Government will be taking an official "side" in this referendum, since there are supporters of all four options within those bodies (taken together). It is therefore appropriate to launch a stand-alone campaign for supporters of the option "the King of Talossa shall be replaced by an elected Head of State.".

Note that the details of this option will be fleshed out (by Cabinet) only if it wins. It might mean a "New Talossan Republic", at one end of the scale; at the other end, it might mean a minimalist solution, that Talossa remains a Kingdom a permanently-empty Throne and a periodically-elected Regent. But this is the campaign for you if you think Talossans should choose their Head of State - for a shorter or longer term of office, renewable or not, via popular vote, legislature or Electoral College, with sizeable powers or none, whatever their title.

This is a thread for you to post your vision of an Elected Head of State, and to make suggestions for the campaign. Thank you.

Wittenberg / Re: Calling Council of Governors
« on: November 26, 2020, 02:14:19 PM »
I certainly hope that something does come from it and I oppose the suggestion from Maritiimi-Maxhestic. I have an allergy to "legal box-ticking exercises". That said, I wonder whether the Minister has any conception of what might come from it? Are we going to discuss mergers again, or anything like that?

The Lobby / [FINANCE] Voluntary Donations / Coins and Stamps Campaign
« on: November 25, 2020, 10:52:06 PM »
So if you've read the upcoming Budget, you'll know that the Government proposes to raise up to 325 louise (just under $500 US currency) to fund our programmes for the coming term, either by selling Talossan coins and stamps, or simply through "voluntary taxation" (i.e. donations from citizens, given freely).

I should note that, if these campaigns are successful, they will offer evidence in favour of cutting back on other costs or fees, including the current fees for Cosa and Senäts campaigns. I've never been a great fan of these because they're "pay-to-play democracy", but an alternative has not been successfully established yet.

So my vague plans for how this will run will be to run a kind of self-reported League Table. I.e., every time a citizen buys coins/stamps or pays voluntary taxes, they pass their receipt on to the Ministry of Finance. We'll keep a running table updated, and whoever is at the top when the 55th Cosa is dissolved gets some kind of Royal or Seneschál's honour.

What do others think?

The Lobby / Re: [SENESCHAL'S OFFICE] The Seneschál's List
« on: November 25, 2020, 03:23:19 PM »
The bills passed on the First Clark have enabled us to cut down on the vacant, sometimes long-vacant, positions on the Seneschál's list. The only ones outstanding right now are President of the Council of Governors, and head of BHAID. (Although since the Foreign Minister didn't ask for an allocation to BHAID in the budget, it's tough to figure out what such a head would do anyway.)

The Lobby / Re: 55th Cosa 1st Clark - November 2020 Results
« on: November 24, 2020, 10:25:23 PM »
Thank you, Sir Alexandreu. One of the issues I had with King John's use of the legislative veto is that he would just use it against things he didn't like. If my Talossan language skills aren't deceiving me, you are not going to assent to 55RZ12 but not veto it either, so it will come into law automatically at the end of the month. Thank you very much for exercising your duties responsibly in that regard.

Wittenberg / Re: L'Chronica 11.20
« on: November 23, 2020, 07:36:34 PM »
If it's going to win, then yes

Wittenberg / Re: L'Chronica 11.20
« on: November 23, 2020, 03:15:41 PM »
... I have no idea how that happened. As you can see I've been working too hard for the people of Talossa and my brain is melting.  :-[

Wittenberg / Re: L'Chronica 11.20
« on: November 22, 2020, 03:00:55 PM »
Hello, yes. Please to be clarking The 55th Cosa Budget.

The Lobby / The 55th Cosa Budget
« on: November 22, 2020, 03:00:04 PM »
WHEREAS the Organic Law directs that each government submit a budget by the second Clark of their Cosa term,

AND WHEREAS this bill has been approved by all members of the Cabinet; so

PART A: Appropriations Request

His Majesty's Government hereby submits to the Ziu a request for the appropriation of funds from the Royal Treasury totaling 356¤46 ($535.15) for the specific purposes and subject to restrictions as outlined herein:

  • Webhosting costs for nine months with DoRoyal: 53¤26 ($80.15)
  • Promoting Talossa's social media posts,  ℓ20 ($30)

for fees for a Registered Agent to represent Talossa as an Unincorporated Association under the laws of the State of Wisconsin, to enable us to formally hold property, 66¤40 ($100)

  • Prizes for cultural contests, 66¤40 ($100)
  • Honoraria for writers of articles for a new Talossan cultural magazine,  ℓ150 ($225)

FURTHERMORE, notwithstanding the above allocations, no funds shall be disbursed without a notice of disbursement having first been transmitted to the Ziu at least fourteen days prior to the disbursement, except that disbursements solely for the purpose of postage may be made with no less than 24 hours notice. Notices shall contain details of the purchase and a cost estimate for the purchase, or the total amount paid if seeking funds for reimbursement. Copies of receipts and/or invoices will be provided upon request to Members of the Ziu.

FURTHERMORE, any funds allocated by this section shall be retained in the central fund by the Burgermeister of Inland Revenue until such time as they are disbursed. Funds not disbursed prior to the end of the government term shall remain in the central fund.

PART B. Fundraiser, Minting, and Other Authorizations

FURTHERMORE, the Minister of Finance, or her appointed deputy shall undertake to create manage and promote a voluntary fundraising campaign,  to the citizens of Talossa and other interested parties over the course of the term,. The targeted amount for the campaign shall be ℓ325 ($487.50). The proceeds of seignorage, sales of stamps, TalossaWare proceeds, and other voluntary contributions shall be included in this total except as provided elsewhere. The expected income for the term is as follows:

    Proceedings of sales (Coins/Stamps/Talossaware) + Donations to the Kingdom: ℓ325 ($487.50)
    Registration fees for Cosa election: ℓ20 ($30)
    Registration fees for Senäts election: ℓ10 ($15)
    Interest on Talossa's bank accounts: ℓ5 ($7.5)

Total: +ℓ360 (+$540)

PART C: Investment Policy

FURTHERMORE, His Majesty’s Government hereby directs the Burgermeister of Inland Revenue to invest all held funds into an interest-bearing savings account unless or until otherwise directed or advised by act of the Ziu.

The Lobby / Re: [FINANCE] Draft Budget coming November 1
« on: November 17, 2020, 10:02:54 PM »
This means that there is another budget that is implied that has a total expenditure of $200, since "certain appropriations" won't be spent.  I'm asking for an itemization of that $200 budget.  Out of the optimistic $585.15, what makes the cut at $200

Oh, got you now. The answer is as follows:

Projected (minimum) income:

    Registration fees for Cosa election: $30-40
    Registration fees for Senäts election (assuming the Fleecing Bill passes): $15
    Interest on Talossa's bank accounts: $8

Total: $63

Projected essential spending:
  • for webhosting for the next 9 months, $80.15;
  • for promoting Talossa's social media posts, $30
  • for fees for a Registered Agent to represent Talossa as an Unincorporated Association under the laws of the State of Wisconsin, to enable us to formally hold property, $100
  • Culture Ministry appropriations, $50

Total: $260.15

I should also note that the Registered Agent expenditure is contingent on a report on the costs/benefits of this scheme which the Cabinet has yet to see. So we may not decide to go ahead with that, but best to make the appropriation in any case.

Wittenberg / Re: Please Take Part in the Second National Survey
« on: November 17, 2020, 05:17:00 PM »

Raw results available on the National Webspace.

Summary of Recommendations

The Office of the Seneschál, based on the input of the Talossan people as provided by this survey, will recommend the following to Cabinet and the Ziu:
  • Promoting non Wittenberg ways for Talossans to meet up. The Ministry of STUFF will accelerate and prioritise plans for a Talossan social media system and promote live video and Instant Messaging interactions between Talossans. The Ministry of the Interior will also investigate ways of encouraging real life meet ups between Talossans , perhaps based in the Greater Talossan Area itself or based on provinces.
  • Reforms/tweaks to the current Immigration system. The Ministry of STUFF will investigate technological ways to alert existing citizens to new prospectives. The Ministry of the Interior will examine possible non technological improvements to the Immigration system, including ways to encourage prospectives to introduce themselves in a way which improves citizen engagement. This may involve the Seneschál's previously stated interest in restoring the requirement for citizens to read up on Talossan history and perhaps answer questions on it.
  • The Bureu del Ghleþ will discuss with SIGN the best ways to produce new Talossan language learner materials, as well as literature both originally written in and translated into the national language.
  • The Culture Ministry will recommit to prioritising the promotion and/or organisation of Talossan games, competitions and quizzes.
  • The previous survey raised the ideas of “exit interviews for departing citizens” and “a week/month in review thread". These suggestions were not repeated this time, but those who are still interested in those ideas might want to raise them again.

The Lobby / Re: [FINANCE] Draft Budget coming November 1
« on: November 17, 2020, 03:33:22 PM »
I will note, however, that it is extremely unwise for a legislature to authorize a budget that isn't actually itemized. If the amount that the Government plans to raise doesn't materialize, then it's good that they are saying that they won't actually spend most of the treasury. But it's not good that they're not seeing exactly how much they would spend, or on what.

You appear to be saying that you don't think there's sufficient detail in the appropriations requests. Can I ask exactly how much more detail you would like for each of the proposed expenditures?

  • for webhosting for the next 9 months, $80.15;
  • for promoting Talossa's social media posts, $30
  • for prizes for cultural contests, $100;
  • for honoraria for writers of articles for a new Talossan cultural magazine, $225
  • for fees for a Registered Agent to represent Talossa as an Unincorporated Association under the laws of the State of Wisconsin, to enable us to formally hold property, $100

The Culture Minister, above, has explained how he has arrived at the figure for honoraria for a magazine. As to the fees for a Registered Agent, I am still awaiting a report from citizen Tresplett on precisely which option he recommends for this; $100 is a maximum fee, based on a very cursory Google. What other details would you like?

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