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Wittenberg / [Finance] Designing a John Eiffler Commemorative Stamp
« on: September 12, 2021, 09:12:32 PM »
Hello all,

One of the goals of the Ministry of Finance this term is to issue a stamp to commemorate the late John Eiffler (AKA Art Verbotten). To do so we need a design, and given that I am not capable of drawing anything more complex than stick figures, I am soliciting designs from the public. Please submit your design by posting it here or by sending me a PM.

To give you some inspiration, here is a photo of Eiffler taken at a TalossaFest, reproduced with permission from the photographer.

Ian Plätschisch
Minister of Finance

The Hopper / 56th Cosa Budget
« on: September 09, 2021, 07:39:21 PM »
WHEREAS the Organic Law directs that each government submit a budget by the second Clark of their Cosa term

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 170¤6 ($255.15) for the specific purposes and subject to restrictions as outlined herein:

  • Webhosting costs: 53¤26 ($80.15)
  • Google ads: 16¤40 ($25)
  • Fees for a Registered Agent: 66¤40 ($100)
  • John Eiffler commemorative stamps: 33¤20 ($50)

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 ℓ133¤20 ($200). 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: ℓ133¤20 ($200)
    Registration fees for Cosa election: ℓ20 ($30)
    Registration fees for Senäts election: ℓ10 ($15)
    Interest on Talossa's bank accounts: ℓ3¤20 ($5)

Total: +ℓ166¤40 (+$250)

PART C: Investment Policy

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

Wittenberg / 2021 TMT20?
« on: August 23, 2021, 09:28:17 PM »
Gluc has given me his blessing to be the MC of this year's TMT20, presuming people are interested.

Are you?

Wittenberg / La S'chinteia Volume XIX
« on: May 23, 2021, 02:09:37 PM »

Volume XIX is out!

As announced previously, this will be the final volume. Thanks for reading.

All of the back issues will be posted to the La S'chinteia TalossaWiki page shortly.

Maritiimi-Maxhestic / Assembly Call for 56th Cosa
« on: May 19, 2021, 04:32:43 PM »
Per C.1.1, which allows any citizen to open the Assembly Call if the M3 does not (and I am not even sure who our M3 is right now), I hereby open the Assembly Call.

I claim my seat.

The Hopper / "Compromise on the Compromise"
« on: May 08, 2021, 09:36:33 PM »
WHEREAS blah blah blah

THEREFORE Org II.3 is replace in its entirety with:

1.   Every seven years, a Convocation shall be called composed of:
eight MCs, chosen by the parties represented in the Cosa in proportion to their Cosa seats;
all Senators;
the Seneschál;
all Justices of the UC;
all provincial heads of government;
all officers of the Royal Civil Service;
all Talossans who have been a citizen for at least ten years

2.   Every member of the Convocation shall have one vote. All the discussions of the Convocation will be open, but its votes shall be by secret ballot.
3.   The Convocation shall be chaired by the Senior Judge of the CpI, or in their absence the next available CpI judge in order of seniority, unless the Convocation decides differently.
4.   The members of the Convocation shall express by secret ballot whether they desire the King to remain on the throne.
5.   Should more than 60% of the Convocation express that they desire the King not remain on the throne, then the Convocation shall reconvene in six months; it shall be constituted as described above, but not necessarily with the same members.
6.   At this meeting of the Convocation, a new King of Talossa (who may be the current King) shall be chosen. The candidate who receives the expressed support of 2/3 of the Convocation shall immediately receive the title of "Heir Presumptive".
7.   The Heir Presumptive shall swear an oath promising to protect and uphold the Organic Law of Talossa and the rights of all its citizens, and thereupon become King of Talossa, replacing the previous King (unless both are the same person).
8.   The Convocation shall assemble immediately to select a new King at any time that there is no King. The Uppermost Cort shall be a Council of Regency until an Heir Presumptive is chosen.

Ureu q'estadra sa:
Ian Plätschisch (Sen-MM)

Wittenberg / La S’chinteia Seeks Interviewees
« on: May 03, 2021, 02:05:23 PM »
If you are a party leader and I have not reached out to you already, and you are interested in being interviewed for La S’chinteia, please get in touch.

The Lobby / Farewell Statement from the Leader of the Opposition
« on: May 01, 2021, 09:30:52 PM »
To the esteemed members of the Cosa and Senate,

First, let me congratulate the outgoing Seneschal on her service. There are no two ways about it; she and her cabinet this term managed to accomplish a great deal. May she find some well-deserved rest, and may the next Seneschal be just as tireless.

The main issue of the upcoming election is, of course, the "Historic Compromise" which will subject the King to election every seven years. Voters will have their choice of a wide variety of parties, each with a different take on the proposal and the overall role of the King. My own view, which is to oppose the proposal in principle, but support it in practice out of concern that even more of the Monarchy will be lost if Monarchists oppose it and lose, but still disapprove of King John's overall performance, is so muddled that it does not deserve its own party. In any case, I have words of caution to both the compromise-opponents and the compromise-extollers.

To the compromise-opponents: Fight the good fight, but realize that seven years is a very long time in Talossa. Don't let a fixation on an extremely infrequent election compel you to hang on to the bitter end if doing so jeopardizes the Monarchy in its entirety.

To the compromise-extollers: Everyone who calls the proposal "Historic" is making an promise that it is not just another proposal to incrementally reduce the King's power, and that there will not be another proposal to reduce it again in a year's time. Otherwise, there would be nothing Historic about it. Break this promise, and you will do serious damage to your relationships with everyone who believed you.

To everyone: "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you." - Luke 6:27-28

Wittenberg / Last La S'chinteia Coming May 23rd
« on: April 28, 2021, 01:50:48 PM »
I should have enough time between now and then to get one out. Please let me know if you have any material you would like included.

Wittenberg / Apologies
« on: April 10, 2021, 08:04:23 AM »
As outgoing party leader I am probably mostly responsible for the debacle which has accompanied my departure from the LCC leadership. I didn't want to reveal too many details, but I left too much out and allowed imaginations to run wild, so I'm correcting the record now.

Some members of the LCC disagreed with my assessment that supporting the compromise is the best way to protect the Monarchy. I was not going to change my mind on this, but I also wanted to respect that the only other "active" members of the party wanted to take it in a different direction. As I was thinking of reducing my activity in politics anyway, I thought the best course of action would be step down in favor of someone who would be more passionate.

Unfortunately, this whole process was a bit rushed because, of course, the term is almost over. Therefore some things were not made clear to various people:
- Unfortunately MC Itravilatx never saw the discussion at all, so he would be understandably blindsided when the first thing he sees is messaging that, shall we say, was rather different than mine.
-That leads me to MC Roibeardescu, who after our conversation where I encouraged to run for party leader, I may have left with the impression that being “more passionate” meant maximizing showboating and bellicosity over everything else. I've talked with him privately and I think that he is more than capable of making the necessary adjustments and being a great party leader.

Hopefully this clears things up.

Wittenberg / Resigning as LCC Leader
« on: April 07, 2021, 06:37:39 PM »
From the Senate voting thread:


I stand by my support of [the Talossa Shall Choose its King Amendment], perhaps because I take a more pessimistic view of future support for the Monarchy than my conservative peers, from whom I have received some pushback. They didn't change my mind, but they did make me recognize that I cannot really claim to vigorously represent conservatives while at the same time supporting this amendment. I am also encouraged by my partymates' vision and do not want the LCC to become the "Ian Plätschisch Party." Finally, four consecutive Cosas as a party leader does make a person a bit tired of partisan politics, and I was already thinking of somewhat reducing my political involvement for the time being.

Therefore, I will be resigning as LCC party leader effective at the conclusion of the sixth Clark (I am remaining a member of it though, and I am definitely not resigning as MM Senator).

Wittenberg / LCC Leadership Election (+ Recruitment Thread)
« on: April 07, 2021, 06:32:41 PM »
Do you like the fact that Talossa is a Monarchy? Do you support a bicameral legislature? Do you think the FreeDems needs some opposition to keep them in check? If so, the League of Centre Conservatives is the party for you.

The LCC will be holding an election April 12-19 to determine who will be leading the LCC into the 56th Cosa election (spoiler alert: it won't be me), so now is a great time to get involved. To do so, send me a message.

Wittenberg / No March La S'chinteia :(
« on: February 26, 2021, 09:07:17 PM »
Who would have thought that being in your last semester of college is time consuming?

I promise that there will be at least one more volume before I retire the project, but I can't say for certain when it will come out.

Wittenberg / La S'chinteia Volume XVIII
« on: February 04, 2021, 03:13:29 PM »

Volume XVIII is out!

Do you want to have the next volume of La S'chinteia sent straight to your inbox a day early? Click here to subscribe!


In response to various other campaigns being launched in recent days, it is now a fine time to launch The Campaign For Keeping The Monarchy The Way It Is.

Remember that The Way It Is already severely limits the power of the King, compared to the powers he enjoyed five years ago. Over this period, the King lost his absolute veto over Organic Law amendments, his veto over other legislation became much weaker, and the hereditary aspect of the Monarchy was removed.

Contrary to what you might think at first, the people who are now part of the Campaign for an Elected Head of State were not the ones who principally pushed the above reforms. The main sponsor of all three amendments (48RZ14, 50RZ19, and 54RZ28) was in fact me, the very person who stands before you now leading the campaign to protect the remaining powers of the Monarch. It does not take a crusted-on reactionary to believe that the needed reforms have been made and that making further changes would do more harm than good.

Below is part of an article I wrote for La S'chinteia in September outlining why I support the Monarchy and you should as well.
1.   For Talossa, Democracy is Not the End-All-Be-All

For good reason, powerful Monarchies in “real” nations are largely a thing of the past. When citizens do not really have a choice but to the be subject to the laws of their home country, it is only fair that the People have the ultimate sovereignty over those laws, which clearly rules out the possibility of a Monarchy. Talossa is in a different situation though. To start, citizenship is completely voluntary; no one would become stateless if they were no longer Talossan. Also, let’s be honest, being subject to Talossan law has basically no relevance to a Talossan’s everyday life, which is lived almost exclusively outside Talossa. Because of this, options for government which would not be palatable to other nations are open to us.

Talossa is a country, sure, but it is also a voluntary association with the goal of letting everyone have a good time (Article I, Section 1 of the Organic Law). Therefore, if we decide that a Monarchy is the form of government best suited to having a good time (and I will later argue that it is), calling the Monarchy undemocratic misses the point. As I said earlier, the typical reasons why a Monarchy with power would be bad don’t apply to us, and we have much more to gain from an “enjoyable” government than other countries.

2.   It’s Unique and Fun

As I pointed out above, non-figurehead Monarchies are not particularly common anymore. However, the idea of Monarchy still clearly captures the public imagination (I still can’t believe how closely Americans follow the drama with the British royal family, for example, and they have almost no power). It is just different from what most people experience in their regular lives, and Talossa is well-positioned to deliver the benefits of a Monarchy (coats of arms, knighthoods, other accoutrements, and overall pomposity) without the obvious downsides that usually accompany it. I thus find it very likely that many immigrants are attracted to the Monarchy, and Talossa would be wasting an opportunity to provide a unique experience to new and existing citizens if it dispensed with that institution.

It is often claimed that a figurehead Monarchy is more than capable of providing the desired pomposity, but there is just something hollow about being awarded a coat of arms from someone whose only job is to award coats of arms. It works better if the Monarch is also responsible, in some small capacity, for the governance of the Kingdom.

3.   Talossa Needs Someone for the Long Term

Talossa currently has only 181 citizens, all of whom must balance Talossa with all of the other things they do in their life, and all of whom can lose interest for various reasons. They drift in and out of activity (but recently, usually just out), and Talossa itself has undeniable semi-comatose periods. This is a problem no “real” country ever faces (that wouldn’t even make sense), so we cannot look to other countries for solutions.

The institution of the Monarchy, however, is a Talossan solution to a Talossan problem. If we are searching for the best form of government to ensure Talossa’s continued existence, we should give some power to a position whose incentives are long-term rather than short-term. This is what the King is; he can withstand short-term changes in sentiment, but the value of his domain will deteriorate significantly if he does not act properly over the long term. The Cosa, on the other hand, is elected every six months. Its strength is its quick response to the people, but it can be susceptible to enacting politically convenient policies that, rather than fix problems, simply mask them until they are someone else’s problems. The King cannot dodge responsibility this way because the problems will always be his problems.

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