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Wittenberg / Talossan Music Top 20 2020 Results
« on: September 24, 2020, 03:57:48 PM »
Voting is still open on the final, where we rank the top 15. Instructions here: https://wittenberg.talossa.com/index.php?topic=381.msg3686#msg3686 Edit: voting has closed now
I don't think there will be a broadcast so I will just post the results here. Comments/predictions are very welcome.

Also, the results will of course be listed on the wiki as well: http://wiki.talossa.com/Talossan_Music_Top_20

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Wittenberg / Weak
« on: September 23, 2020, 12:58:42 PM »
Yeah, AD can be annoying, and an obvious troll sometimes. I wish he said what he meant more often.

You all knew that when you asked him to be a CpI judge.

More recently I've mostly seen government members explode when he voiced concerns about the government or the state of Talossa. Sometimes valid, sometimes less so, but either gets the same reaction.

The wiki edit was somewhat petty, but also rather benign. It's a very weak excuse.

What worries me most is how groupthink in Talossa has become almost as bad, if not worse, than in the pre-reunision RUMP days. Apparently only those who don't criticise the government are allowed to be judges.

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Wittenberg / Do we want fewer subforums?
« on: September 18, 2020, 07:58:06 AM »
Quoting from another thread, because that one became a bit messy.

Maybe nasty arguments could simply be drowned in a multitude of fun topics, for instance by reducing the number of subforums of subforums.  The more every particular whimsy talk has to be taken to its own rarely frequented niche, the longer it takes to find all the pearls of the everyday talk of Talossans, and the more the heart of Wittenberg is just looking like a dry boring desert where nothing interesting is ever happening unless a wild uncontrolable argument is exploding like a shell.

Good point.

I've always sort of assumed that by putting too much stuff in the main forum people, especially new/prospective citizens, would just get lost in all the threads and that dividing up the forum helps direct people to the stuff they find interesting. Of course it's possible to overdo it. For example, I still don't really see the need for a separate armed forces board.

This post made me wonder if that whole idea was wrong though. Maybe if the main board is only used for boring administrative and controversial political stuff rather than special interests and projects people are not confronted with the fun stuff.

I'd be very interested to hear especially what newer and prospective citizens think of this...


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Wittenberg / No political arguments = Happier Talossa?
« on: September 17, 2020, 02:04:07 PM »
Reading through old threads is something that all Talossans should do frequently (although please avoid the many threads where I say stupid things I now regret).

https://talossa.proboards.com/thread/7972/petition-happier-kingdom

To clarify: I'm not endorsing the original post.  I think political attacks are part of a democracy, and are fine, as long as people play the ball and not the person. I just think the thread is a very interesting read, for various reasons.

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Cézembre / Etats 55th Cosa term
« on: August 15, 2020, 05:47:19 AM »
My etats calculator sheet comes up with the following division of seats:

FreeDems - 4
LCC - 4
Balance - 4
LA CORAZIUN SîNGICîNDS - 2 (presumably these will remain vacant, because I dont think anyone has a claim to this party)
Ian Txaglh - 2
Txosuè Rôibeardescù - 2

Party leaders, please assign/claim your seats
@Miestră Schivă, UrN @Ian Plätschisch @xpb @Ián S.G. Txaglh @Txosuè Éiric Rôibeardescù

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Wittenberg / [Chancery] It is with sadness
« on: August 14, 2020, 06:21:50 PM »
that the Chancery has concluded that the following citizens have not voted in a general election or responded to a census in the two years preceding the election deadline:


#157 - Nikü
#212 - Sherry Leah Stuart-McDonald
#214 - Éovart Caçeir
#343 - Niclau Patíci
#411 - Xherált Ups Cantoûr
#448 - Mataiwos Tgagunitz Réitschar
#482 - T. A. Zilect
#488 - Alessandro Piazza
#492 - Förat Vandadour
#515 - Maxx Weiss

In accordance with Org.X.5 these citizens shall be deemed to have renounced their citizenship. Their status in the database will be changed accordingly.

Citizens who have lost their citizenship in this way can regain their citizenship by one of three options:
- Send an email to talossachancery@gmail.com from the email address that was previously on file including the following information: Name, Postal Address, Telephone Number.
- Go through the regular immgration process.
- Ask an MC or Senator to sponsor an act restoring your citizenship.

New population: 180 (After the previous election 185)
Excluding dandelions: 148 (After the previous election: 153)




Glüc da Dhi,
Secretary of State

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Benito / August 2020 Benito Senate election preliminary results
« on: August 08, 2020, 06:24:35 PM »
The preliminary results of the August 2020 Benito Senate election are as follows:

12 citizens voted

First round:
Eiric Börnatfiglheu - 5 votes
Mitchel Paul - 1 vote
Erschéveþ (Ely) da Schir - 1 vote
Iason Taiwos - 1 vote
Istefan Éovart Perþonest - 1 vote

total: 9

Eiric Börnatfiglheu is elected in the third round.
These results are preliminary and may be subject to change.

http://www.talossa.ca/files/election_result.php?cosa=55&sorting=Name

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Cézembre / August 2020 Cézembre Senate election preliminary results
« on: August 08, 2020, 06:21:25 PM »
The preliminary results of the August 2020 Cézembre Senate election are as follows:

16 citizens voted

First round:
Ian Tamoran - 7 votes
Sir X. Pol Briga - 5 votes
Ián da Bitoûr - 1 vote
Litz Cjantscheir - 1 vote

total: 14

No candidate receives a majority in the first round.
Two candidates are tied for last place.

Second preferences:
Ián da Bitoûr - 0 votes
Litz Cjantscheir - 0 votes

Third preferences:
Ián da Bitoûr - 1 vote
Litz Cjantscheir - 1 vote


Fourth preferences:
Ián da Bitoûr - 1 vote
Litz Cjantscheir - 0 votes

Litz Cjantscheir is eliminated in the first round.


Second round:

Ian Tamoran - 7 votes
Sir X. Pol Briga - 6 votes
Ián da Bitoûr - 1 vote

total: 14

No candidate receives a majority in the second round.
Ián da Bitoûr is eliminated in the second round.

Third round:

Ian Tamoran - 7 votes
Sir X. Pol Briga - 6 votes

total: 13

Ian Tamoran is elected in the third round.
These results are preliminary and may be subject to change.

http://www.talossa.ca/files/election_result.php?cosa=55&sorting=Name

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Turnout: 105

Cosa votes (preliminary):
FREEDEMS - 46
LCC - 34
NPW - 13
Present/invalid - 12

Cosa seats (preliminary):
FREEDEMS - 99
LCC - 73
NPW - 28

Referendum on 54RZ16:
Per - 56
Contra - 31
Abstain/present/invalid - 18
The amendment passed.

Referendum on 54RZ22:
Per - 68
Contra - 24
Abstain/present/invalid - 13
The amendment passed.

Referendum on 54RZ23:
Per - 55
Contra - 33
Abstain/present/invalid - 17
The amendment passed.

Referendum on 54RZ25:
Per - 61
Contra - 20
Abstain/present/invalid - 24
The amendment passed.

Referendum on 54RZ28:
Per - 65
Contra - 25
Abstain/present/invalid - 15
The amendment passed.

These results are preliminary and may be subject to change.

http://www.talossa.ca/files/election_result.php?cosa=55&sorting=Name

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Wittenberg / Resignation as Secretary of State
« on: August 01, 2020, 07:40:13 PM »
Fellow Talossans,

yesterday I informed the Seneschal and His Majesty of my intent to resign as Secretary of State.
I will not leave immediately, but will stay on my post until the election results have been certified by the Electoral Commission.

During my time as Secretary of State, we managed to get more comprehensive election rules, set precedents on a number of matters, including the correct enforcement of the laws surrounding write-in parties, and managed to draft a new wittiquette for the new forum.

However, there are also a number of things I had hoped to achieve, but never got around to, most notably including a further expansion of chancery staff, reform of the hopper, and a completed witt moderation guide. Perhaps a future SoS will be more succesful in these regards.

Many thanks are due to Marti-Pair Furxheir. Doing this job simply would not be possible without his continued efforts on the Talossan database.

When I became SoS I renounced my party membership, including access to party fora and discussion groups. I have also tried to refrain from making any public partisan comments, especially during election season. This has been a source of frustration at times, and I will be relieved to speak more freely from now on. Even so, I don't regret it as it is important that the referee of Talossan democracy should not be seen to have any partisan allegiance. I can only strongly advise my successor to do the same.

During the coming weeks I will try to assist my successor as much as possible with their new task.
Afterwards I will finish the Talossan Music Top 20 (which I hope many people will participate in) and then most likely take a temporary break from Talossa.

It was a priviledge serving this Kingdom as Secretary of State.

¡Sa viva el Regeu! ¡Sa viva Talossa!

Glüc da Dhi

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Wittenberg / Caution: Election results ahead!
« on: August 01, 2020, 07:03:35 PM »
In about 30 minutes, the database will reveal the preliminary results of the elections here: http://www.talossa.ca/files/election_result.php

Keep in mind that these are preliminary results. There is always a chance that the result could still change before certification.

Also, the database will only post the raw senate votes. The calculations may in some case be quite complicated. I will likely post the full senate calculations on witt somewhere in the coming days. Of course, using the information in the database anyone can theoretically figure out who won.

Somewhere in the coming days (probably tuesday) I will contact the Electoral Commission about certification. This could then still take a while. The deadline (I think) is 14 days after the election results. It is possible they will be certified earlier, but please don't assume this will be the case. Patience is key here.

As for now: enjoy election night!

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Wittenberg / Citizens without a forum account.
« on: July 27, 2020, 04:06:00 PM »
Should sent an email to talossachancery@gmail.com or pm me on oldwitt. I will try to get you the security code.

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Wittenberg / Wrong emails
« on: July 27, 2020, 04:03:06 PM »
It appears the Chancery has incorrect email addresses for

Txec Rôibeardsëfiglheu
Mximo Carbonel
Audrada Rôibeardét

tried to contact them via other means, but no luck. If anyone happens to be in contact with any of these citizens please ask them to pm me their correct email (on new or oldwitt).

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Wittenberg / [Chancery] Three Strikes Alert August 2020
« on: July 23, 2020, 05:56:06 PM »
Warning:

the following citizens have, if my information is correct, not voted on responded to a census during the past two years. That means they are at risk of losing their citizenship if they do not vote in the current election. If you are on of these citizens, and you do not wish to lose your citizenship, remember to vote in the upcoming elections. If anyone spots a mistake in the list, please let me know!

#157 - Nikü
#212 - Sherry Leah Stuart-McDonald
#214 - Éovart Caçeir
#249 - Tric'hard Carschaleir
#343 - Niclau Patíci
#411 - Xherált Ups Cantoûr
#448 - Mataiwos Tgagunitz Réitschar
#482 - T. A. Zilect
#488 - Alessandro Piazza
#492 - Förat Vandadour
#515 - Maxx Weiss


-Glüc da Dhi,
Secretary of State

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Wittenberg / August 2020 General Election - Polling Station Open
« on: July 14, 2020, 06:00:30 AM »
--Polling Station 1: Wittenberg-

NB: This is a polling place. Only use this thread for your votes! (Opinions, questions, comments can be posted elsewhere.)

NB: Your vote cannot be changed once cast. Do not edit your posts!

The August 2020 General Elections to elect the 55th Cosa, provincial assemblies and 4 senate seats* in addition to the five referenda on amendments to the Organic Law is now active.

*The provinces of Vuode and Maritiimi-Maxhestic are holding their own Senate elections. To vote and for more information please check the provincial forum on wittenberg.

You can find the election rules here.

Ballots will be sent today. If you do not receive a ballot today, please send me a pm.

If you believe there is something wrong with the ballot, please contact me ASAP.


HOW TO VOTE

As per the Organic Law, all votes are final, and cannot be retracted, modified or altered in any way: if multiple votes are sent, only the first one is counted. The only exception is that if you vote on the Cosa part, but forgot to vote on the Senate part, you may add your Senate vote before the election deadline using voting method 1, 2, or 4* (see below). The database admin will then manually insert your Senate vote into the database.

*In this case, make a new separate post, do not alter your original post.

There are five ways to vote:

1 ) You can reply to their Ballot email with your vote, provided the PSC code is in the email. Those votes will be entered manually into the Database system.

2 ) You can write a different email (to talossachancery@gmail.com), provided the PSC code is in it. Those votes will be entered manually into the Database system.

3 ) You can vote using the online form: www.talossa.ca/files/vote.php using only your citizen number (available online and in the email) and the PSC code from the email. Those votes will be entered automatically into the Database system.

4 ) Voters will be able to vote on Wittenberg publicly A single vote thread will be created for casting votes on Wittenberg. If you have received your vote code (PSC), you are requested to cast your vote in that thread WITH your PSC. A vote without PSC will be validated provided the account clearly belongs to a single eligible voter.

5 ) You can print the ballot located here at www.talossa.ca/files/votebymail.php and mail it to the address located at the bottom of the ballot. Keep in mind that votes need to arrive before the election deadline to be valid and voting by mail might take long, especially from a location outside western Europe. (NOTICE: the vote by mail ballot is not fully updated yet.  When voting by mail please keep in mind the instructions on the email ballot or here.)


KEEP IN MIND WHEN VOTING

Especially when voting using a different method than the database, keep in mind the following:

* Specify which part you are voting for. Unspecified party votes will only count towards the Cosa election.

* Write-in parties for the Cosa elections cannot receive votes. A write-in vote has the same effect as Present/Invalid.

* For the Senate part, rank as many eligible candidates as you want in order of preference. Do not include one candidate multiple times. Please include a candidate’s full name or citizen number. Ambiguous votes may be rejected. Write-In votes for eligible citizens are allowed.

* Party votes do not count in any way for Senate elections.

* As per the Organic Law, all votes are final, and cannot be retracted, modified or altered in any way: if multiple votes are sent, only the first one is counted. The only exception is that if you vote on the Cosa part, but forgot to vote on the Senate part, you may add your Senate vote before the election deadline using voting method 1, 2, or 4* (see above). The database admin will then manually insert your Senate vote into the database.

* *In this case, make a new separate post, do not alter your original post.

WHAT TO VOTE ON

If you vote on witt, please include the following parts:
(On witt your vote will always be public.)


Part 3: Cosa Election
For the Cosa, please vote for the party you want to vote for.

Three parties have registered:
FREEDEMS - Free Democrats of Talossa
NPW - New Peculiar Way
LCC - League of Centre Conservatives

More information about these parties (50 word statements, leaders, link to party platform, etc) can be found on your ballot, on the online voting form and on the election rules page.

If you do not wish to vote for a party you can also indicate "PRESENT" for the Party Vote. This counts as vote in regards to keeping your citizenship.
(You risk losing your citizenship if you did not vote or take part in a census during the last two years.)


Part 5: Referendum
There are five referenda this year:

* 54RZ16 - The There's No Such Thing As A Free Senäts Seat Amendment
* 54RZ22 - The Amada Mertgedes Martyrdom Memorial Act
* 54RZ23 - The Uniform Seneschál Election Act
* 54RZ25 - Judiciary Amendment of 2020
* 54RZ28 - The Non-Hereditary Monarchy Amendment
You may vote Për (in favour), Contrâ (against), or Abstain on these amendments.
The full texts can be found by clicking the links.


Part 6: Senate Election
Please include your vote for Senator if you are a citizen of any of the following provinces:

- Benito
- Cézembre

In addition, the provinces of Vuode and Maritiimi-Maxhestic are holding their own Senate elections. To vote and for more information please check the provincial forum on wittenberg.

To vote for Senate, list 1 or more (the database ballot accepts up to 5) eligible citizens of your province in order of preference!

If you leave this empty your vote will count as abstain and your vote for the other parts will still be valid.
Important: votes for a party do NOT count here. You will need to vote for an individual candidate.

The following candidates have registered for senate seats:
Benito: #330 - Eiric Börnatfiglheu
Cézembre: #152 - Sir X. Pol Briga
Cézembre: #284 - Ian Tamoran

Write-in votes for Senate are also allowed


Part 7: Provincial Election
Here you can vote for whichever party you wish to represent you in your provincial assembly. The provincial assembly elections of the following provinces are conducted by the chancery:

- Atatürk

- Benito
(For the Benito Legislative Assembly, please vote for a party, or PRESENT if you wish to cast a null ballot.)

- Cézembre

- Florencia
(Vote for a party or vote "present")

If you leave this empty your vote will count as abstain and your vote for the other parts will still be valid.

WHEN TO VOTE

Any time between 15 July 07:00 TST and 1 August 19:30 TST (UTC-5) (This corresponds to 19:30 in Milwaukee (WI), USA and 02:30 on the 2nd of December in St. Malo, France)


HAPPY VOTING EVERYONE!


Glüc da Dhi,
Secretary of State



PS for those interested: here you can find who have and have not voted yet.
Current turnout: 0

Also,  here(TBD) is a list of citizen numbers of citizens who are at risk of losing their citizenship at the end of the election.

Lastly, please just use this thread for voting. For questions, concerns, etc you can use this thread. Additionally, this thread should be treated as a polling station. This is not the place for campaigning or political arguments.

Many thanks to @mpf whose amazing work on the database makes this election possible.

EMAIL DATABASE FOR ALL CITIZENS
53RZ23 established a database of name, province and email address of all citizens who opt-in, available to every citizen. This has not been automated yet. If you wish to be included in this database please contact the Secretary of State on Witt or send an email to talossachancery@gmail.com stating that you wish to be included in the database for all citizens.

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