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Wittenberg / Re: Ambassadors to other micronational entities?
« on: September 24, 2021, 04:30:39 PM »
Talossa had a few diplomatic exchanges with other micronations before 1998, which is when King Robert I decided all micronations except Talossa were a threat and went full "North Korea" in the micronational arena. (I flatter myself that I and the Penguinean rebels made him do that.) It has been only recently that this xenophobic legacy has started to be rolled back. The Foreign Minister could tell you more about recent interactions with other micronations.

I believe way back when KR1 wrote to the Hutt River Province Principality and they just tried to sell him stamps.

In fact the MicroWiki indicates "The Kingdom of Talossa is a small and unrecognized nation, which previously referred to itself as a micronation for many years, but this term is now officially eschewed. Its current head of state is John Woolley as King John I."

so perhaps we need to ask @King John to change this by proclamation, or put something in the hopper to "un-eschew" the term?

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Wittenberg / Re: Ambassadors to other micronational entities?
« on: September 24, 2021, 04:19:02 PM »
I have organized conferences in Las Vegas (Game Show Congress, Trivia Championships of North America) and also assisted with the 2019 TriviaNationals there.  I sent a note to the organizers of MicroCon to see if they need assistance - I have reference to contracts and contacts at the Tropicana which is a mid-size property that could work well since they have not selected a location or a timeframe as of yet.

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Wittenberg / Re: Talossan Quiz Olympiad Team?
« on: September 23, 2021, 11:26:50 PM »
Alas the original plan was to have this event in Memphis TN in November 2020 it was relocated because of several large Trivia events planned in the US that year, only one of which wound up taking place (Geek Bowl in March a few days before everything shut down - a friend recaps the event here https://www.superverbose.com/2020/03/16/geek-bowl-xiv-question-recap/) and then bumped out a year when things went the way they did.

I looked into things further and based on the merged FIFA and IOC rules they use it might be problematic to wedge into the Nations event but certainly no problem with the Aspirational - and perhaps get some "recognition" for Talossa.  I will contact the powers that be about the PR possibilities, especially if there happen to be others who have experience or history in another micronation of any type -- there then could be a head to head match in tandem with other " Nations" events.  I am assuming everyone who might want to take part already has a passport and/or is in the common Schengen area within the EU as the lag time might be too much for new docs.  I managed to find my flights with a pile of frequent flyer miles.

I have been chatting today with an Australian living in Edmonton who is going to make an effort to be there and an interesting club team could come together for that event.

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Wittenberg / Talossan Quiz Olympiad Team?
« on: September 23, 2021, 04:54:12 PM »
Talossan Quiz Olympiad Team

I will be attending the 2nd Quiz Olympiad in Krakow, Poland in November (see quizolympiad.com).  Will there be any other Talossans available?

The idea is to gain public awareness of the Kingdom by issuing various proclamations to be accepted by the International Quizzing Association [IQA] (of which I am a former board member and well connected to those currently serving) as a recognized entity within the National Teams Quiz.  I don't recall that the Kingdom has had a team officially recognized in any international competition - does anyone recall any?

The benefit to the IQA would be to get attention via a special interest news item, something that could get traction on the web in places like fark.com or others that harvest unusual news.  The key would be recognition as a nation - there is always the aspirational competition where people can name teams as they like but that would not be a referencing a squad as the national representative.  It could be pitched as a one-off (or two off, as discussed later on) such that they could implement this one time but withhold such recognition in the future, or carefully vet it.  This might have more traction if there were an odd number of recognized nations present, as they typically will let all the national entities play at least one face to face game after the initial qualifier written quiz.

While there are individual and pairs events, the Nations Teams are squads of up to 4.  Should this idea progress, and there were not enough existing Talossans available, there would need to be sufficient time (likely 3 weeks prior) such that those among the quizzing community that were not already on a national team that in turn were also interested in becoming an active citizen in Talossa would be recruited.  This would not have the purpose of creating additiona "paper" citizens only for the purpose of the competition, but to find those who would truly become participants in the realm.

A backup plan if the Nations path were blocked would be to participate in the Aspirational competition, and to also determine if there were another group of people attending that were affiliated with another micronation or other non-national subdivision.  Then there would be at least one Talossa vs something match after the initial seeding.

Thoughts?  Interest by other Talossans either who are quizzers, or those located in Europe who could attend 45 days from now?

A sweetener - I will be willing to provide the registration (€425.00) for up to 3 other Talossans who would handle their own travel and lodging should some semblance of recogntion of Talossa take place within the event.

XPB

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Wittenberg / Ambassadors to other micronational entities?
« on: September 23, 2021, 04:30:00 PM »
Has the Kingdom ever had ambassadors to various other micronational entities, such as:

http://www.molossia.org/ founded 1977

http://atlantium.org/ founded 1981

https://conchrepublic.com/ founded 1982

https://www.ladonia.org/ founded 1996 (history back to 1980)

etc.

also,

Has anyone attended a previous MicroCon (next scheduled for 2022) https://micronations.wiki/wiki/MicroCon_2022 ?

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Wittenberg / Re: The University of Talossa Reimagined
« on: September 23, 2021, 04:28:39 PM »
I would be happy to be involved in geographic studies within a University of Talossas

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The Cosa / Re: 56th Cosă -- Month of Recess Discussion Thread
« on: September 01, 2021, 08:29:07 AM »
Dear colleagues, please come to order.

This is a Month of Recess. As such, the timetable for this month is as follows:

Date DätsTopic TopicSpeakers Parleirs
1 - 30Recess
Spaßetxadă
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No debates are expected to occur this month. However, Members may use this thread to raise points of order and similar affairs.

The Cosă will properly reconvene on the First of October.

One minor point of order is that the proxy I granted has expired for my votes thought to have been for the potential of leading opposition.  That also needed to be based in addition on a vote of confidence which was not exercised in the negative by the grantee, thus did not come to fruition.

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The Lobby / Re: State Opening of the Ziu / Leader of the Opposition
« on: August 27, 2021, 10:16:50 PM »
And, to check, with XPB's proxy for the purpose, Dien is the Opposition Leader?

I granted proxy for the month of August. If Dien is still available I will honor that proxy. 

If not then I could strive to take part now that I have returned from travel.

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Wittenberg / Re: 2021 TMT20?
« on: August 27, 2021, 09:59:03 PM »
In -- Burn baby burn!
https://youtu.be/u5lSeYd_riw

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Wittenberg / Re: Is Talossa boring and annoying?
« on: August 25, 2021, 12:20:47 AM »
I'm starting to wonder what we need the Ziu for at all.

For elections, which are the only thing which many Talossans will do any more, and that's partly only because it's compulsory. We've tried a direct democracy system in Fiova and... well, you can see how enthusiastic people are about it.

I would be actually enthusiastic about watching you take over a provincial government and setting it up in the way you think Talossa should work. So much about what we do in this country, we do because of traditions. The Secretary of State sending out Clarks as opposed to two actual legislative chambers debating is the way it has worked since 1985, and the inbuilt conservative bias of our system means that's the way it'll stay indefinitely barring a real social movement.

Indeed, operation of concepts at the provincial level would be an excellent precursor to proposals for the scope of the realm.

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The Lobby / Re: 56th Cosa 1st Clark - August 2021
« on: August 16, 2021, 12:54:18 PM »
X. Pol Briga, representing 17 seats via Balançeu / Balance votes as follows

CONTRA on RZ1 - The Talossa Shall Choose Its King Amendment

AUSTANÉU on RZ2 - The Talossan Criminal Law Reform Bill #1

YES on Vote of Confidence

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It appears our Lord Warden may have current limitations on participation in l'Etats, just as I have within the Cosa.  Ian has not responded to email or board postings thus even with his support during the draft phase I cannot in good concience move this forward with only my Per votes and all others Auseneu.  This matter will now be tabled to perhaps be reintroduced at a yet to be scheduled time (apologies for any typos/formatting only have phone access currently)

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The Cosa / Re: Order of Business for the August 2021 Clark
« on: August 02, 2021, 05:55:57 PM »
as discussed in https://wittenberg.talossa.com/index.php?topic=975.msg7913#msg7913

As per the stated division at https://wittenberg.talossa.com/index.php?topic=908.msg7292#msg7292 B - Balançeu/Balance has a total of 33 seats in the Cosa.
I represent 17 seats, and @Dixhet Fira represents 16 seats.

For the month of August, for the specific purpose of establishing a leader of the opposition and for no other purpose, I provide proxy for the 17 seats in the Cosa that I personally represent to @Munditenens Tresplet, thus bringing the total for DIEN to 31 to become the primary representative of the opposition.

The casting of votes on specific legislation will remain within the purview of B - Balançeu/Balance.  To reiterate, this proxy is only for the purpose of establishing an opposition leader for the formal activities of opening of the Ziu.

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The Lobby / Re: State Opening of the Ziu / Leader of the Opposition
« on: August 02, 2021, 05:54:39 PM »
As per the stated division at https://wittenberg.talossa.com/index.php?topic=908.msg7292#msg7292 B - Balançeu/Balance has a total of 33 seats in the Cosa.
I represent 17 seats, and @Dixhet Fira represents 16 seats.

For the month of August, for the specific purpose of establishing a leader of the opposition and for no other purpose, I provide proxy for the 17 seats in the Cosa that I personally represent to @Munditenens Tresplet, thus bringing the total for DIEN to 31 to become the primary representative of the opposition.

The casting of votes on specific legislation will remain within the purview of B - Balançeu/Balance.  To reiterate, this proxy is only for the purpose of establishing an opposition leader for the formal activities of opening of the Ziu.

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The Cosa / Re: Order of Business for the August 2021 Clark
« on: August 02, 2021, 10:07:12 AM »
Terps really should be the responsibility of the Opposition parties to organise. There is a regrettable tradition in Talossan politics of the Opposition just not playing a role between elections - it's much easier to complain about the Government than to actually hold the Government to account through this constitutional measure.

Back in KR1's day, the main opposition parties had a notorious tendency to act as "do-nothing vote sponges" - collect anti-Government votes in the elections but not act as an opposition between times. I must say I was gobsmacked to hear the (presumptive) Leader of the Opposition saying that he had no idea of his role in the State Opening of the Ziu and was otherwise engaged. I would heartily encourage the Opposition Parties (including that party which joined and then deserted the Government for no adequately arranged reason) to get their act together, choose a leader who will actually hold my/our feet to the fire, and act like you want to be the Government next time.

Anyway, what was I saying? In other countries there's a weekly slot for Question Time in Parliament. Seeing as we're all in different time zones, we could declare (for example) Wednesday to be the day that Terps should be submitted, and that they should be answered the following Wednesday unless the Túischac'h/Mençéi (as applicable) gives leave otherwise.

My apologies for your being gobsmacked.  I will be happy to support the other parties in providing opposition.  The month of August 2021 is a very significant one for our family, where first I take my son to an international robotics competition, then take him to start college.  In September 2021 I will become more available, with the understanding that the march of events within the (now) Kingdom is at a critical juncture.

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