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The Senate / 55th Cosâ (November 2020) Senäts debate and voting thread
« on: October 01, 2020, 07:46:30 AM »
The Clark is here (or will be at this writing).  When the SoS gets the Clark up later today (hopefully), it will be at www.talossa.ca

UPDATE: I thought we had a Clark in October - my bad - lol.

Thanks, all!


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The Senate / Mençei housekeeping incl. Rules Committee
« on: October 01, 2020, 07:42:13 AM »
1. Deputy Mençei: Per Standing Orders 2.4, Açafat del Val, I'd like you to continue in this role.
2. What do we need to do with the Electoral Commission appointment?
3. Who was on the Rules committee for last time?
4. Where on the wiki did Lüc put all the past Order Papers?  One is coming for this month sometime this week.

I know I should know all this, but I'm having difficulty finding stuff on this Witt or old Witt.

As for the Wiki Senäts pages, they will be updated in time, but not today.  Thanks, all!

GV, Mençei

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May I congratulate S:reu Istefan Perþonest  on the unique honor of being nominated to the Uppermost Cort. To be considered worthy of a functionally lifetime appointment to the highest judicial body of our nation is by itself humbling. I would like to acknowledge and compliment his contributions to the nation of Talossa over the many years, and I wish him well on his nomination.

As Mençei, I would like to see continue the importance and prestige of the Senate through the political process. As such, I believe, it is incumbent on this body to carry on the very novel but still monumentally crucial tradition of scrutiny of judicial nominees,  no less in the form of a public hearing.

This hearing by the Senate will be conducted in a similar - albeit slightly modified - manner as the previous one done just some months ago in January. For example, we will be using a Special Committee rather than a Committee of the Whole. I have enumerated below the actual rules, and I intend that the hearing will commence in earnest not later than Monday 12 October 2020.

I invite cordially that fellow Members of this House make their communications here in this Committee exclusively in place of any other medium, if not to each other then at least to me.

Any other Citizen of Talossa may speak here without qualification, provided that they first seek and receive confirmation of that privilege from myself or the Deputy Mençei. For this purpose, a PM is preferred.

To my esteemed colleagues of this right honorable House, greetings:

Having received of Istefan Perþonest

a nomination of S:reu Alexandreu Davinescu
to the Uppermost Cort of the Kingdom of Talossa;

and,

Seeing the necessity of a hearing on the matter,
In respect of our traditions,
By veneration for our Duties to this Nation, and
For the purpose to see due process and undertake just scrutiny;

I, as our Mençei, do hereby convene

a Special Committee
to consider and report upon the qualifications of the Nominee.


Rules of this Special Committee [REVISED per my post to that effect found later on in this thread.  You will know it when you see it. - GV]:

1. The Members of the Committee shall be exclusively the duly elected and seated Members of the Senate of the Kingdom of Talossa. None else shall have equal privileges.

2. The business of the Committee shall not preclude the Senate from conducting its normal business.

3. The Mençei shall be the Chairman of the Committee, and the Deputy Mençei the Deputy Chairman, who shall have plenary and conclusive powers upon and during all its business.

4. The sole purpose of the Committee is to realize a public hearing of the nomination of S:reuIstefan Perþonest  to the Uppermost Cort of the Kingdom of Talossa, and its powers shall extend not beyond the scope or the bona fide interests thereof.

5. The sole goal of the hearing of the Committee is to scrutinize the qualifications of the nominee and ascertain his ability or fitness to service as a Puisne Justice of the Uppermost Cort. The Committee shall report its findings on those matters to both the entire Senate and the public of Talossa at large.

6. The Committee may elect in its ultimate report whether to endorse for or to endorse against the nomination, but it shall be not requisite or binding. The Committee shall be adjourned sine die upon the deliverance of its report to the Mençei or Deputy Mençei.

7. A Quorum shall be unnecessary, but the power to make finals decisions with respect to the Committee or its business shall be reserved to the Chairman and Deputy Chairman.

8. The Chairman or Deputy Chairman shall publish and maintain a schedule for the hearing, which shall control the sequence, time, and privileges of speeches. The schedule shall be impermanent and respond accordingly to ongoing circumstances.

9. Any Member of the Committee or non-Member who may wish to speak during the hearing shall make a request for it to this Wittenberg thread at least two (2) days in advance to the Chairman or Deputy Chairman, who shall approve, modify, or deny the request publicly on this Wittenberg thread.

10. Members of the Committee shall have precedence in all manners over non-Members with regard to the sequence, time, and privileges of their speeches. Each Member shall have no less than one equal opportunity to speak with regard to other Members.

11. Speeches shall be germane, and shall be inquisitive of and directed to the nominee. Questions shall be asked of the nominee and answers provided by him, and the dialogue between the nominee and the speaker shall remain courteous.

12. A Member of the Committee may invite guests to use up some or all of a scheduled speech, but sufficient notice thereof shall be given in advance to the Chairman or Deputy Chairman. Guest speakers shall respect this privilege, which may be denied by the Chairman or Deputy Chairman in whichever manner they find proper.

13. The Committee shall begin its business immediately, but the first scheduled speech of the hearing shall occur not sooner than Monday 12 October 2020.

14. The first speech of the hearing shall be reserved to the nominee himself, unless he reject this privilege knowingly and willfully, so that he may make his own introduction. The Chairman or Deputy Chairman may invite that the nominee make the final speech.

15. The Committee shall finish its business and submit its report to the Senate and the public of Talossa at least before if not sooner than Thursday 29 October 2020 235959 Talossan time.

Thank you all very much!

GV, Mençei

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The Senate / Back in the saddle - Mencei needs a secretary
« on: September 25, 2020, 11:19:17 PM »
I would use a Lüc-clone if I could, but any of you will do.  Who would like to be our secretary to keep your presiding officer (me) on-point?  Many thanks in advance!

Thanks, all, for your confidence in me being our presiding officer for a second time.  Having been made such the last time was odd, and I did not think I would have the post again.

In the next few days, I will get an Senäts Order Paper together for the October 2020 Clark.

GV, Mençéi

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Wittenberg / King John, the world is waiting!
« on: September 24, 2020, 08:11:04 PM »
Copy/pasted from his memberpage:


Date Registered:
    Witt XIV 06 December 2019, 17:48:56
Local Time:
    Witt XIV 24 September 2020, 20:06:28
Last Active:
    Witt XIV 01 August 2020, 17:58:21

John, we know you are in good health, and we hope there is not a personal / family issue keeping you from being able to do your job as monarch.

If you are unable to do your job as King right now, appoint a regent.  A simple email or witt post will suffice.

Many thanks!

GV, Senator-Fiôvâ

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Wittenberg / Aug 2020 OrgLaw amendments have been scribed.
« on: August 18, 2020, 01:44:10 PM »
Secondary Scribe is directed to double-check my work, particularly in regard to the judiciary one.

Still looking for a Tertiary and Quarternary Scribe to assist me and the Secondary Scribe in our work.  Your duties are the same as the Secondary Scribe's: check, double-check, and triple-check the Principal Scribe's (me) work.

Many thanks in advance!

GV, Scribe

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Wittenberg / My short history is now on the Wiki.
« on: August 06, 2020, 08:51:27 PM »
http://wiki.talossa.com/A_very_short_history_of_Talossa

Enjoy, all!  I will update it from time to time.

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Thanks, everyone, for the great interest shown in my 'short history' of Talossa.  It was done in the course of one night over a period of about six hours and is not intended to endure as a permanent document.  It accomplishes the goal, however, of a provisional single document telling briefly the whole of Talossan history.

My vision for all of you is for all of you - every single one of you - to create your own detailed Talossan biographies with your opinions, your thoughts, your commentary, and your putting together the fine details of things I would miss here or there. 

Naturally, I am most interested in the 2002-2007 period in the Kingdom.  A history of the Republic will have to be a separate project, and I am really not the one to write that story.  The best people to write that would be Kane, Miestrâ, Mike L., Ián A., Carlüs X., and Dieter.

This is a project that cannot be done in a few weeks - the creation of multiple detailed commentaries, opinions, etc., and all of this must be done with the recognition that up to Reunision, we can be more objective about things.  Post-Reunision and in certain aspects of the 2005-2011 period, none of us can have a truly objective point of view.

I will incorporate all of the primary-source documents you all can put together from your own memories into my own work, and I hope you will find cause to be able to do the same with mine.  One of my goals for my own big, huge Talossa book is to rewrite 'A Nation Sundered' in such a way the original emotional impact can be preserved while re-telling the story of the Joint Statement and many other details far more coherently than I did the first time in 2005 when I put out the first edition.

I believe all of this work on your part and mine will take three years from today, and in the light of COVID and other things now being a permanent part of our lives, I am strongly considering jettisonning the '42 Project' and starting over from scratch with a new Archives overall plan.  That being said, I still consider the '42 Project' to have been a great success.

More to come...

GV, Royal Archivist


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https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HVv7xfw_kLFyniSIRdefoXJ_ftP-61IF/view?usp=sharing

Absolute bare-bones retelling of the whole of Talossan history from start to finish - this is my provisional work in advance of my full-blown to come (eventually) - enjoy!

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RUMP, neo-RUMP, or whatever, put up or shut up.

I defend your right to do Talossa as you please, but where are your brilliant ideas to bring more people to our country and make them want to stay?

Where are you all in the day-to-day workings of the Kingdom?  Imagine how easy it would be to have permanent secretary spots be filled constantly because *both* halves of the country do even a little bit of Talossa every day.

Too many people are 'phoning in' and look at Talossa as a fantasy-fiefdom game.  Too few are taking this beautiful thing seriously. 

Where are the RUMP Talossan speakers?  Where are the storytellers?  Where are the musicians adding to Talossan culture?  By the way, behind the scenes, I am doing my part to preserve Talossan documents.

When I was Progressive Conservative leader nigh-on two decades ago (has it been that long? - yikes), we too had our share of pocket votes.  But we also had the most active party in the land with many members active on Witt and doing even a little bit of Talossa every day.

I get the feeling the RUMP now continues to exist only to be a troll-bro party.  In its day, it *was* the activity in Talossa and contained the great part of its energy, leading the way in rebuilding the Kingdom.  But I suppose the RUMP-ghosts (and you know who you are) will come out of the woodwork to strike down every single referendum on this ballot, offering no solutions to the issues these referenda seek to address, but making very sure neo-Penguinea cannot have its way and keeping the Talossa of 2005-2011, the old Talossa, and the only real Talossa to many people, alive and well, cobwebs and dust and all.

GV

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FILLED by Txec Nordselva ca 8 July 2020: Secondary Scribe of Abbavilla
Duties: Double-check the work of the Scribe and, at the Scribe's discretion, have a go at scribing a Clark or two in each Cosâ and being someone who can step in should the Scribe need it.

Job title: Tertiary Scribe of Abbavilla
Duties: same as the Secondary, but lower in the chain of command - as Tertiary, you will provide an extra level of redundancy and will be scribing some, too.  You will also double-check the scribing work done on the Clark.

Job title: Quarternary Scribe of Abbavilla
Duties: And still more redundancy!  You, too, will double-check all scribing done each month and will, along with the other scribes, make sure the updations to El Lex and the OrgLaw are pin-point accurate.

Not a lot of work is required, but in an age of 'unprecedented' this, that, and that, we need redundancy, we need shared experience, and we need people who can mess with WikiCode easier than GV can.

PM me with my great thanks in advance!

GV, [Principal] Scribe

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Wittenberg / National Atlas of Talossa is online once more
« on: June 17, 2020, 04:58:37 PM »
An online-friendly version of Ben Madison's National Atlas now exists and is available at www.libraryoftalossa.com - enjoy!

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Wittenberg / Café Talossa: Tuesday 23 June 2020 8pm Central
« on: June 16, 2020, 08:54:14 PM »
Eiric S. Bornatfiglheu had a lovely chat just now in our first Café Talossa.

And next Tuesday, I want to see more of you, and I will do a better job at getting you all Zoom links.

If you want to chill out on Zoom for Café Talossa next Tuesday 23 June 2020 at 8pm Central, let me know on this thread as well as your preferred means of communication for the Zoom-meeting link.

Thanks, ESB, for being able to show up - we had a nice visit.  (And I'll remember to get a screenshot next time, too!)

See you all next week!

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https://drive.google.com/file/d/14_ZrAPOnLSVlFs4r17Y94Btfmqdu9pi-/view?usp=sharing

Get it at the link above - my first-ever Talossan periodical...  The Talossan Royal Archives keeps chugging along...

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The Senate / Best wishes to Lüc!
« on: June 14, 2020, 07:31:56 PM »
He was great to work with, and I hope fate brings him back to Talossa sooner rather than later.

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