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The Lobby / [Terpelaziun] For the Seneschal: What's the Plan?
« on: June 19, 2022, 11:30:23 PM »
Estimat Seneschál del Regipäts Talossán:

The Ministră dal Cúltură recently announced that her only planned event, a Twitch trivia contest, was postponed indefinitely.  Nothing else seems to be planned or happening.

The Ministreu dal Zefençù has only posted once in the past couple of months, and nothing at all has happened in that ministry as far as I can tell.  Recent applicants to the Zuavs don't seem to have gone anywhere, and are not reflected on that organization's rolls.  The entire thing seems to be defunct once more.  His lone post was in response to a terpelaziun, and said that he was busy at work -- okay, but surely after the last eight months we can't be expected to give him the benefit of the doubt, right?

The Ministră à Savanar da Talossa àls Ultra-Fiovaes Folăs and Ministră dal Tec'hnoloxhà recently announced in a lengthy speech that there are a ton of problems, but that she didn't really want these jobs and lacks the skills to fix most of those problems.  She also doesn't seem to have the time to attend to the tasks that are within her capabilities.  She has made three edits to the wiki this year, and doesn't seem to have ever worked the social media.  Those are her direct responsibilities, and she possesses all the technical knowledge necessary to attend to them -- to tweet something, put something on Facebook, to keep the bare minimum on the wiki updated.

In other words, you seem to be doing your job, and Distain Ministreu Autofíl seems to be doing his job with ID cards.  But no one else seems to be.  So I suppose my question is this: is there a plan for otherwise improving the state of affairs?  Have you, for example, given the Ministreu dal Zefençù a warning?

Wittenberg / Iac M contact info?
« on: June 08, 2022, 06:47:47 PM »
Does anyone happen to have, for whatever reason, an address for Iac?

The Hopper / Legal Repair Act
« on: May 31, 2022, 01:28:04 PM »
WHEREAS currently the entire status of much of our legal system is possibly itself illegal, since the Ziu's ennumerated powers do not include any power to write criminal laws at all, nor to regulate any aspect of the legal system, meaning that most of Titles A & J are very much in doubt if challenged in cort, and

WHEREAS this means that anyone in cort can very reasonably ask under what authority the Ziu purports to organically restrict their behavior, when all such power seems reserved to the provinces under the letter of the law, and can also ask how the Ziu gets to set any standards for the bar or other things,

THEREFORE the third section of Article VII of the 1997 Organic Law shall be amended to include these additional provisions:

20. Criminal justice designed to protect the personal and property rights of citizens.
21. Administrative matters incidental to the functioning of the justice system.

Uréu q'estadra så:
Baron Alexandreu Davinescu

The Hopper / The Unsanctified Act
« on: May 31, 2022, 08:25:27 AM »
WHEREAS there is a large legal loophole that would permit virtually any crime, including very serious crimes such as threats of sexual assault, theft, bribery, or anything else, and

WHEREAS the problem lies with the fact that we're offering unlimited and unqualified sanctuary under terms which clearly reference the medieval Christian practice of offering church protection from secular law, thereby allowing anyone to claim the right of sanctuary if accused of crimes, and

WHEREAS it's hard to find any other way to interpret this bit of the law so that it makes sense, and so therefore this reading probably is going to be a valid one, or at the very least would be an incredible complication that might make it impossible to prosecute someone, and

WHEREAS no one has yet taken advantage of it, but there's no reason to think that will last forever,

THEREFORE the tenth section of Title A of el Lexhatx, which currently reads

10. The Ziu hereby recognizes the historic right of churches and other religious organizations to offer sanctuary to individuals in dire need.

is hereby stricken in its entirety.

FURTHERMORE, the words "Except as provided in A.17," shall be struck from section 16.

FURTHERMORE, the Scribe is directed to renumber Title A in a sensible fashion.

Uréu q'estadra så:
Baron Alexandreu Davinescu

Arms in Action: Barony of Caer Anerth Mawr (SCA)

The Barony of Caer Anerth Mawr is the name for the GTA within the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA).  The SCA is a huge club mostly in the United States that devotes itself to a fun recreation of the medieval world.  They have a very active heraldry component, although that also usually comprises acting as a literal herald: making announcements and declaring things loudly at events.

Caer Anerth Mawr is one of many baronies that are part of the Kingdom of Northshield; it is currently run by Baron Abelard die Elster & Baroness Ysolt Pais de Cuer, with other officers in the club who run things like their frequent archery competitions, their poetry events, and so on.  Their current herald is a woman named Katie.  They do a great deal, really, and it's impressive when you consider that this is just one small part of one small part of the SCA -- here's a sample of a newsletter with just one month's worth of news.  Here's what their borders look like:

And the achievement for the barony as a whole is Azure, a tower between in chief three mullets one and two argent and issuant from a trimount vert.

Katie of Caer Anerth Mawr presumably helps process their "Heraldric Device Consultation" form (PDF), in conjunction with the other heralds of Northshield.  That form governs how they help the prospective armiger, and instructs them (among other things) to pick a favorite metal, one to three favorite colors, zero to two favorite furs, some favorite charges by category, and an interesting division from a provided chart.  Many of their rules and guidelines will appear very familiar to us, like the complexity number of 8, since a lot of Talossan heraldry was drawn from SCA guidelines when it was formalized.

Another thing they have in common is that they only formally register blazons, not emblazonments.  Here are a random sample of some of the hundreds of Northshield registered blazons.  I'd provide Caer Anerth Mawr blazons specifically, but unfortunately I couldn't find a way of parsing those out, since blazons are issued by the larger "kingdom" level club.

Albrecht of Caer Anterth-Mor bears
Azure, a gryphon segreant argent and on a chief Or three fountains, overall a bordure counterchanged.
and has two badges also registered:
Or, a fountain and on a chief azure three ermine spots Or, overall a bordure counterchanged.
Per fess wavy Or and azure, a mermaid helmed and maintaining in her dexter hand a sword and in her sinister hand a round shield, a bordure counterchanged.

Ciana Scolari de Polcenigo bears
Azure, an elephant rampant maintaining in its trunk a goblet argent.

Edmond Cambell bears
Paly Or and azure, on a chief embattled sable three roundels Or.
and has two badges registered:
Or, a dragon displayed and in base two swords in saltire gules, a bordure rayonny sable.
Paly Or and azure, on a chief embattled sable three roundels Or.

Æsa Olafskona bears
Per saltire azure and sable, three swans naiant contourny and a bordure argent.

Anpliça Fiore has not been granted arms, but has two registered badges (bearing the distinctive quality of "whoops maybe this is better actually, let me try again sorry")
Per bend azure and purpure, a Great Dane dog's head couped counterchanged argent and Or.
Per bend azure and purpure, a boarhound's head couped counterchanged argent and Or.

Faolan mac Brain bears
Per pale wavy argent and sable, in pale a raven volant wings addorsed and a wolf courant counterchanged.

If you've never bothered to investigate SCA heraldry at all, you're doing yourself a disservice.  The tone is definitely different, but they work incredibly hard and it's one of the biggest group of people in the world who are interested in heraldry in any kind of serious way.'s worth checking out.


The Hopper / Second Incorporative Act
« on: April 25, 2022, 11:46:23 AM »
WHEREAS the Bureau of Corporations was in fact used by two corporations, but it never did its job, and that's not really their fault, and

WHEREAS it's actually good to have a place to officially incorporate both private and public entities, and "please put us on this public list" is a very minimal burden on the government, and

WHEREAS the Register of Talossan Enterprises does not appear to exist and has never even been promoted and I doubt that more than two or three people know it hypothetically exists, so it had its shot over the last two years and hasn't made it,

THEREFORE the ninth subsection of the eighth subsection of the second section of Title D of el Lexhatx, which currently reads as follows:

2.8.9 The Finance Minister shall create a Register of Talossan Enterprises, available to all Talossan citizens. Any Talossan who produces goods and services, whether commercially or as a hobby, may provide a description, no longer than 100 words, of their enterprise together with their contact details, for the purposes of advertisement and information. An enterprise shall be removed from the register at the request of the registrant; or by a determination by the Finance Minister that the enterprise is no longer active, or not of a character with which the Kingdom of Talossa wishes to be associated. Such determinations shall be subject to judicial review.

shall be replaced by the following subsections:

2.8.9 The Finance Minister is empowered to create the Bureau of Corporations, which body shall be responsible for the registration of all Talossan businesses, the enforcement of applicable business laws, and such further tasks as may seem fit by the Ziu. The Bureau of Corporations shall issue business licenses in a timely fashion to all those corporations and businesses that apply for one. Application is voluntary and free. An application for a business license must include the following information: The name under which the corporation will do business in Talossa. The name of the citizen that owns the business and who has applied for registration. The type of business. The status of the business, either profit or non-profit. The name and location of the business outside of Talossa, if desired. The articles of incorporation for the business, if applicable. Official articles of incorporation may be included by a corporation when applying for a license. Registered articles shall be considered binding and may be enforced through civil suits. Registration of such articles is voluntary and free. A registered corporation need not be registered in any other country. Registered articles shall be a matter of public record, and may be amended according to terms laid out within the articles.  Sample articles may be offered at the Bureau's discretion. All business licenses shall be issued by the Bureau in a standardized format, including all of the above information, and assigning each business its own official number. This number shall be composed of three digits to indicate the year of registration combined with three digits to indicate the order a business was registered, beginning with 001. For example, a business, registered in 2012/XXXIII, that was the seventh business registered in Talossa, would have the number 033007. Changes to this numbering scheme may be made at the discretion of the Bureau, but are discouraged. Business licenses shall be a matter of public record, and will be made available by the Bureau on request.  It is encouraged for the Bureau to provide a fancy certificate to any registered business.

Uréu q'estadra så:
Baron Alexandreu Davinescu

The Hopper / CRL Committee for the 57th Cosa
« on: April 25, 2022, 11:06:21 AM »
El Lexhatx provides for a legislative advisory committee, el Comità da Redacziun Legislatïu.  Most meaningful bills must be submitted to this committee before they may be added to the Clark.
Quote from: Lexh.H
6.4. After a legislative proposal has spent at least 10 days in the Hopper, its proposer may request that it “move to committee”. No bill may be Clarked without being "moved to committee", except as provided by Lex.H.6.2 or Lex.H.6.3.
6.5. A Legislative Advisory Committee of Talossa (in Talossan, el Comità da Redacziun Legislatïu; and hereinafter, "the CRL") shall review or revise all legislative items from the Hopper once they have moved to committee; and may recommend acceptance or rejection, or suggest amendments in their best judgment.
6.5.1 The CRL shall conduct all its deliberations openly in the Hopper.
6.5.2 The CRL shall consist of the incumbent Mençéi, Túischac'h, and Avocat-Xheneral.
6.5.3. The CRL may create further committees to which their functions may be delegated, as concerns any bill or category of bills. Such a committee must have at least 3 members, including at least 1 MC and at least 1 Senator.
6.6. After the CRL has given its recommendation, or if it gives no recommendation within 30 days of the bill having passed to committee, the bill has passed the hopper and the sponsor of the bill may ask for it to be Clarked, with or without amendments.

Current members: @Baron Alexandreu Davinescu , @Eiric S. Bornatfiglheu , @Miestră Schivă, UrN .

Submitting your bill to the CRL is as simple as posting in this thread and requesting that we take a look.

Maritiimi-Maxhestic / 20th Assembly
« on: April 20, 2022, 11:32:46 AM »
Convocation of the
Provincial Assembly of

To commemorate today, the holiday of Maritiimi-Maxhestic Istuporaziua, I hereby act as Grand General Secretary to convene this 19th convocation of the Provincial Assembly of Maritiimi-Maxhestic.  The Assembly is constituted of those citizens who acted to claim their seats during the latest assembly call, and closes with the end of the national balloting (CBLA.C.1).

The Assemblypersons for this term shall be as follows, listed in alphabetical order:
  • Alexandreu Davinescu
  • Ian Plätschisch

With the new convocation, my term as GGS ends.  I wish to suggest the following initial agenda, however.

1. Nominations for Grand General Secretary.
2. GGS vote.
3. Consideration of the election laws and the brief Assembly Call period.
4. Consideration of the vacant post of M3.
5. Consideration of the vacant post of GSU.
6. Names for parishes.

The College of Arms / Arms in Action: the Royal Order of the Seraphim
« on: April 17, 2022, 07:29:40 PM »
Arms in Action: the Royal Order of the Seraphim

The Serafimerorden, or Royal Order of the Seraphim of the Kingdom of Sweden, is that country's foremost order of chivalry.  At this time, it is only awarded to the royal family or heads of state.  It also has an unusual memorial method: at the time of awarding it is given directly to the recipient in medal form (if given twice, also with a chain), and a heraldic artist is formally contracted to emblazon a beautiful version of an achievement with the award included.  But the resulting painting is put into storage, and it is only eventually hung up in sacred Riddarholm Church after the recipient's death, like so:

Here is a selection of some recent grants, as recreated by artists on Wikimedia and Wappenwiki.  I have chosen some of my favorites as well as some of my least favorite (Aníbal Cavaco Silva is pretty bold to pale the national arms of his country, Portugal, quartered with the badge of the presidential award the Sash of the Three Orders, on his own achievement -- but maybe it was emblazoned that way to show he's there on behalf of his country?).  Notice the seraphim heads on the chain -- a head weirdly surrounded by a ton of wings, per the Biblical description.


Wittenberg / New Citizen Seat Debate
« on: April 14, 2022, 06:22:47 PM »
Is there any sort of "grandfather" clause for those of us who became citizens just before the last election?

According to my reading and interpretation of Section 4.1 of the Organic Law, you would have had to become eligible to vote after the most recent election deadline. You became eligible to vote on May of 2021. Unfortunately you don't qualify for this new provision of law. A political party may give you seats if they so chose, however. There is provision in law for that.

Sorry if this isn't the answer you were hoping for.

It is the answer I expected. Honestly I'm probably not smart enough to hold a seat anyway LOL
If you would like to hold a seat, I bet the TNC can arrange that. Not like... a ton of seats. But everyone who wants to should get to participate in government. Are you interested?

The Webspace / SMF update
« on: April 03, 2022, 10:52:47 PM »
We're currently running SMF 2.0.17 from three years ago.  SMF 2.1.1 is the current version, and it has a bunch of desirable features -- including things like 2FA, better BBCode, better mentions (ever try to tag the Seneschal in a post?), better mobile support, and the ability to write drafts of a message.  Maybe it would be a good idea to schedule an update at some point soon?

The College of Arms / Tafsut Imazighen Honours
« on: April 03, 2022, 06:41:09 PM »
It's been a very long time since the College put together significant honours all at once with any pomp, probably because it's usually been just one or two people acting as heralds for years.  In my continuing effort to bust energy loose throughout Talossa, I think we should have more pomp and possibly even more circumstance.  So this isn't done with any authority, but it's just an idea and a list.

I believe this is a complete list of the current awaiting achievements.  I also propose that we ask His Majesty to begin officially issuing letters patent to members of the College.  This wouldn't be anything physical, but just official proclamation.

Tafsut Imazighen Honours (20 Apr)

Grant of achievement for @Caleb Frenibuerg : Per chevron Vert and Argent, in chief a hand couped and lion of the second, and in base a heart of the first.
Grant of achievement for @Mic’haglh Autófil : Per bend sinister Or and Azure, a bend sinister Sable and Argent, between a bear rampant of the third armed of the fourth and a demi-cogwheel of thirteen teeth of the first.
Grant of achievement for @Tric'hard Lenxheir : Azure, a dragon sejant affronty upon a spoked wheel all Argent.
Enhancement of achievement for @Baron Alexandreu Davinescu : Upon a helm with a mural crown a corbie, and the motto "COMPASSIONEM AUDENTIAM VERUMQUE QUAERAMUS."

Possibly also congratulations to new Fellow(s) and Heralds, with issue of letters patent to:
@Mic’haglh Autófil  as the Long Fellow.
@Dr. Txec Róibeard dal Nordselvă, Esq., O.SPM, SMM  as the Rouge Eagle Herald
@Baron Alexandreu Davinescu  as the Noir Raven Herald


Wittenberg / Talossan Board Names
« on: March 31, 2022, 01:08:42 PM »
Would it be possible to put the Talossan names for the different boards, and put the English name at the start of the description in quotes?  It might be a little way to sneak in some more glheþ into our daily lives.

The College of Arms / Badges
« on: March 24, 2022, 07:25:55 PM »
I was thinking about the heraldric tradition of badges recently.

Quote from: Arthur Fox-Davies' A Complete Guide to Heraldry
There was never any fixed form for the badge; there was never any fixed manner of usage. I can find no fixed laws of inheritance, no common method of assumption. In fact the use of a badge, in the days when everybody who was anybody possessed arms, was quite subsidiary to the arms, and very much akin to the manner in which nowadays monograms are made use of. ...  [The badge] was worn by the servants and retainers, and was used right and left on the belongings of the owner as a sign of his ownership. So great and extensive at one period was the use of these badges, that they were far more generally employed than either arms or crest

Fox-Davies illustrates his discussion of the badge by providing the badges of the Earl of Stafford, who had eighteen badges in his house in some capacity (unknown precisely, although perhaps for eighteen members of his extended family?), Edward the Black Prince, who used his badge of an ostrich feather piercing parchment on more occasions than his formal arms, and the rival houses of the War of the Roses which were both members of the Plantagenets (Gules, three lions passant guardant Or) but were identified by their badges (among other examples).

The whole thing has me thinking about how badges should be used in Talossa.  I believe that we should treat them the same way they were treated in England: unregulated, ungranted, and borne by individuals rather than by families.  So while my daughters would bear my family arms, they could each adopt their own badges.

Thoughts from the College?


Wittenberg / MRPT Forums - still around?
« on: February 13, 2022, 07:39:29 PM »
In 2019, our current Seneschal closed up the MRPT before joining the Free Democrats.  I just want to speak up, asking if that forum is still live, and -- if so -- if we can archive it for posterity at this point.  Can any of the former members who had access check if it's still around?  @Cresti da Ion Nouacastra-Läxhirescu, MSC , @Sevastáin Pinátsch  , @Tariqzubair , @Glüc da Dhi S.H. ?  I'd tag the Seneschal but I've discovered that it seems impossible to actually do so in this forum without switching over my keyboard layout to print a thorn symbol or manually scrolling through to look up his ID number.

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