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Wittenberg / John of Colorado, prove me wrong.
« on: August 25, 2021, 07:30:44 PM »
I stand by what I said below...with one caveat: I want to be proven wrong.

I want to be proven wrong on all of this, and I will not hear it from an interlocuter.  The country needs to hear this from the King himself.  If he is truly swamped at work, that's fine.  I can wait.

I also want everyone to know I am not making any indictment on the King outside of Talossa.  By all accounts in the sixteen years he has been with us, outside the Talossan nation, I truly believe him to be an upstanding human being I am sorry to have not known better.  It is only his behavior within Talossa I'm concerned with.

Additionally, I never expected John to be buddy-buddy with everyone.  That's not possible with anyone in this world.  Do I currently believe he engaged in 'Machiavellian' actions to gain the Throne?  Within the bounds of legality and propriety, right now the answer is 'yes', but in his defence, We Down South were not around to oppose him, and he truly was the most popular person in Talossa second only to Fritz of blessed memory.

I am still of the opinion had something happened in back-channels, I would have heard about it, even through back-channels.  I never got even a whiff in all the years of the National Schism John had made even one genuine move to woo us back.

Which begs the question: what would that have looked like?  The answer: I don't know, but had it happened, I would have known it.

Kane would have been moved.  There would have been Kingdom people spontaneously showing up on our Witt (AD in 2008 notwithstanding).  There would have been more people than just me (and Ian A., I think) showing up in the Kingdom forum for a sustained period of time.

And certainly, there would have been a movement to forestall John's being made monarch, but that point is definitely gray.

Two things would have happened from this: We Down South would have called the separation permanent, in which case I hope I would have had the sense to return to the Kingdom had the Republic continued to call itself 'Talossa'.  Or there would have been a Reunision-style reunion, but without the new province.

Either way, I was plugged in enough to the movers and shakers in the Republic to where I would have heard something about it, whatever had come. 

Yet, I never heard anyone discuss any overture from John.  Yes, the indictment against us still stood after Ben and Amy left, but I think we can overlook that as an honest oversight.  What is far more disturbing is the mantra of 'Betrayed, Stolen, Kept' never stopped (mostly) until we 'capitulated' in 2011.

Over the years, the mistrust of the Talossan Left toward the House of Lupul has only increased, with that House (and by that, I mean John exclusively) doing nothing to make things better.

Conversely, the Talossa Right sees the Left as a boatload of betrayers, thieves, and losers.  Does the Right really see us that way?  Not individually, of course, but as a group?  Probably yes when no-one else is looking...

What I want is something I will never get in this world: for John Woolley in August 2005 to welcome us home not in deference to us, but as equals with a heartfelt understanding we had no other choice but to commit treason and found the Republic of Talossa.

What this does not include in my world is a forgetting about talossa.com and Wittenberg X.  And I reiterate this point: what we did in those two instances was shameful and did not endear any fence-sitters in the Kingdom to our 'cause'.

Then again, it was so easy to hide behind 'Betrayed, Stolen, Kept...'  (This is very cathartic, folks!)

Glad I didn't annoy you!  All is well with me, there.  As I recall, I believe I did call you on a weekday afternoon.

My longstanding gripe with you, @King John , should be known to you, but I'll reiterate somewhat succinctly:

With a single email, a single Witt post, or some other sort of communcation, even through back-channels (which might worked better anyway) during the years 2005-2011, you could have nipped 'Betrayed, Stolen, Kept' in the bud and surgically cut that cancer out of Talossan society.

Such a move on your part would have reveberated a thousand times over in Republic society.

You had the popularity, political power, and influence to singlehandedly bring the two Talossas back together.

You could have made this happen. 

You could have caused Kingdom society to accept the fact what we did in founding the 2004-2012 Republic may have been inorganic and traitorous (which it was), but it was also done under duress and under the most sordid set of circumstances in Talossan history.

You could have caused Talossan society to afford us at least a measure of grace, forgiveness, and 'slack'.

You could have societally and culturally forced the restoration of Wittenberg X and talossa.com to all Talossans.  (a shameful part of our leaving, I grant you).

It is no secret when the opportunity to take the Throne for yourself came about in the cultural and power vacuum that came about when Ben and Amy left in August 2005, you took full advantage as any good Diplomacy player would.  To have had us make our return to the Kingdom at that time, however, would have jeopardized that plan. 

You could have reached out to us in late-August 2005.  You could have reached out to us in 2006.  You could have reached out to us in a way such we would have been compelled to come back in 2007.  I imagine with a little campaign work on your side, John, you could have gotten quite a few of us Down South to actually vote or put pressure on the electors of the time to confirm you as King!

In protecting the way you wanted to do Talossa, you shirked your responsibility as a unifying symbol of the nation.  You failed to be the King you should have been.

John, for fourteen years, you have in your interpersonal dealings with many Talossans both publicly and privately refused to make Talossa whole - not de jure (which you countenanced), but what I call 'Reunision of the heart'. 


Wittenberg / Royal Archives milestone: 'Pandemic Projects' done.
« on: August 23, 2021, 03:50:48 PM »
The 2020-2021 COVID-19 'quarantine' gave me that which I desperately needed to get a whole bunch of Talossa finished: unfettered gobs of unbroken free hobby-time which I devoted to getting the unparalleledly-tedious list of giant archival projects finished to the point were I to be abducted by aliens, Talossans could 'take up where I left of', so-to-speak and be able to reconstruct some semblance of Talossan history.

The fruits of these labors can be found at www.libraryoftalossa.com - learn about Talossa.  Love Talossa.  Live Talossa.

No small part of this work has been the intricate putting-together of an online-friendly edition of Ben Madison's L'Anuntizia dels Legeux (is it 'dels'?).  That book represents the absolute record of every bill on every Clark from its beginnings through October 1996 at which point Clark records began to be kept online.

Online Clark records were kept by Ián Anglatzara from October 1996 through December 1999, and its those records which have been archived from their Wayback Machine captures to (for now) the Talossan Secret Archives.  Online-friendly editions of those records will be made available in time, but for now, these archived web pages have been sent to the Talossan Secret Archives.

My next project will be the putting together of my extant archives for the Republic of Talossa, with which other Talossans have been most helpful so far.

Additionally, I've discovered a smattering of ancient Witt records on the Wayback Machine, and I will work to get those archived properly in time.  Not much there, however...

My musical life gets going this coming weekend per 'normal', and it is fitting to mark the end of my 'quarantine free-time' with cause for an announcement such as this.

Profound gratitude as always to those in my Royal Archives think-tank group.  You know who you are.

GV, RArchivist

Sorry, Mencei, but I'm impatient and paranoid about forgetting to vote.

Për to all bills.

GV, Fiova

Wittenberg / Talossan fantasy sports 2021 interest survey (MinCulture)
« on: August 01, 2021, 06:16:21 AM »
Check it out at the Chat Room at http://wittenberg.talossa.com/index.php?topic=980.new#new

Thanks, all!

GV, MinCulture

Wittenberg / Café Talossa videoconference dates in Chat Room
« on: July 26, 2021, 09:58:55 AM »
Permanent Café Talossa thread with all upcoming dates: https://wittenberg.talossa.com/index.php?topic=967.0

Come and join us!

Sticky this thread, please - Thx!

Wittenberg / 55RZ21 does not mean we have to or should dethrone John.
« on: July 21, 2021, 11:45:54 PM »
(Personal statement by GV and not a FreeDems party statement)

John Lupul's conduct from August 2020 through March 2021 continues to be apalling, and it is true that situation has been the direct catalyst for 55RZ21 having legs. 

But the day is inevitable when Talossa will have a future rogue monarch. 

On that day, we will be very glad 55RZ21 or something like is around.

Vote with the long eye to a post-John future. 

Votez 55RZ21

GV, Senator for Fiova

Wittenberg / ESB is the new Mençei.
« on: June 23, 2021, 11:20:37 PM »

El Glheþ Talossan / What is SIGN's overall roadmap?
« on: June 19, 2021, 01:18:39 PM »
As MinCulture (assuming appointment), one of my portfolio items is thus: "We will work with SIGN to create new Talossan language learning materials and to create both translated and original literature."

In the context of what SIGN needs as well as my conversation with Tafial in last week's Europe/Africa videoconference, I now know the above is moot.  SIGN is already taking the lead on all of this.

That being said, I can think of one thing I could do: make non-SIGN / "in cooperation with SIGN" videos, and that I will do.  I can also bring together a basic wordlist, and one of my goals for this week is to find one and run with it.

Anyway, what is SIGN's overall roadmap for, say, the next two years?

Many thanks for all you do!

GV, presumed incoming MinCulture

No more 'Kafetegia Talossa' name for Europe/Africa...unless having that different name for Europe/Africa works well.

28 June 2021:
1400 Central / 1900 UTC Café Talossa (Europe-Africa)
1900 Central / Café Talossa (Americas)

Zoom links for each to be posted no earlier than one hour to the Chat Room (this forum).

This past Tuesday was wonderful, and I look forward to more fun on Monday the 28th!

GV, presumed incoming MinCulture/Defence

Voting for the new Mençei has begun tonight Wednesday 16 June 2021 at 2000 CDT and concludes on Wednesday 23 June 2021 at 2000 CDT.  This per https://wittenberg.talossa.com/index.php?topic=920.0

This is the one place where you can cast your vote (unless I've got the standing orders wrong).  Yes, all, you may change your vote as often as you like until the deadline next Wecnesday evening (Talossan time).

Nominations received: Eiric S. Bornatfiglheu and Béneditsch Ardpresteir

Let the games...begin.


[Invite link on Chat Room forum]

At last, a video meetup for Talossans across the Pond.  For Asia-Pacific, if I can get some interest there, I'll set up a third separate Zoom meetup.

I will eventually want permanent undersecretaries (MinCulture) for Kafetegia Talossa (café in Basque) and Kawhe Talossa (café in Maori) who can handle all things about those events including platform, time, frequency, and whatever else.

For now, my next Tuesday will be spent doing Talossa with friends over videoconferencing with my horrible camera and mic.

For Kafetegia Talossa, I will post a Zoom link to Witt and the Chat Room at Noon Central for the 1pm Central meetup. 

The hope is for a 1900 Greenwich meetup.  If someone could let me know if my timezone calculations are working... 

Can't wait, all!

GV, presumed incoming MinCulture

Wittenberg / Café Talossa Zoom Meetup Tuesday 15 June 2021 1900 CDT
« on: June 12, 2021, 02:55:10 PM »
As I am not yet MinCulture (if I am to be), I am doing this through Oraclâ magazine.

Yes, indeed, peeps, a one-hour (or longer!) time to shoot the breeze and be Talossans together, voice-to-voice, and actually see each other speak.  I am glad to get this going.

Tuesdays at 1900 is not good for Euro-Kiwi Talossans. It may be we will need a separate Café Talossa for 'odd' timezones.

Café Talossa: an apolitical meet-and-greet - can't wait to get this going.  Zoom link will go up no later than 1700 CDT on the day of the event.  Thanks, all!

GV, E-i-C Oraclâ magazine

Wittenberg / All my Glhetg materials are now on libraryoftalossa.com
« on: June 12, 2021, 02:41:55 PM »

I realized today just how little I put onto the Talossan Public Archives aka the Library of Talossa - This includes the gigantic 2nd edition Treisour from 1997-1998


Not until today did I realize my stuff was not available.  Now, it's up to SIGN to make sense of it all.  :-)

GV, presumed incoming MinCulture

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