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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 / Re: 2021 TMT20?
« on: September 07, 2021, 10:06:11 PM »
There are still 27 songs left to be nominated FYI

The Hopper / Re: Combined Compromise
« on: September 07, 2021, 05:08:39 PM »
Substantive differences:
Longer term (10 years)
Slightly different composition of the Conclave
Shorter period of reflection
Addition of language concerning the oath of office to be taken in a live session similar to the state opening ceremony

Minor differences:
Name of heir changed from "heir presumptive" to "King-Elect"

Additional comment:
The recent changes suggested by Distain Schiva on the "Compromise on the Compromise" would also be changes supported for this "Combined Compromise."
Any particular reasons why you propose these changes?

Wittenberg / Re: 2021 TMT20?
« on: September 01, 2021, 09:27:12 PM »
See the chat room for the official thread. Songs nominated here will be added, don't worry

Wittenberg / Re: 2021 TMT20?
« on: August 31, 2021, 06:32:30 PM »
Of course, one of your songs has even been nominated before

Wittenberg / Re: 2021 TMT20?
« on: August 29, 2021, 11:23:32 AM »
Alright, I’ll get it set up then

The Cosa / Re: Terp - Minister of Finance - Budget
« on: August 26, 2021, 07:21:13 PM »

The Cosa / Re: Terp - Minister of Finance - Budget
« on: August 26, 2021, 06:32:48 PM »
Honorable members,

The budget is being prepared in consultation with the other Ministers and Burgermeister of Inland Revenue. The Government is currently planning to call for a month of recess, partly so the budget will be ready for the second Clark.

I admit that there is a delay. Outside of Talossa, I started a new job and moved into a new apartment this month. That being said, I could have done a better job delegating.

Wittenberg / Re: 2021 TMT20?
« on: August 26, 2021, 06:17:31 PM »

Wittenberg / Re: A Joint Statement on 55RZ21
« on: August 24, 2021, 04:32:19 PM »

It is a mammoth task to get anything to change if the King or conservative forces think it diminishes their power. And those conservative forces will die in a ditch over preserving a Cosa which encourages party splintering and no-one can ever be voted out because they make obstruction of the political majority into a positive good.
I really don't see how one connects to the other here. If a party splinters and thereby loses support in the next election, then sure, they might not lose every last one of their seats, but they should lose a considerable number of them, right?

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?


The Lobby / Re: A Speech to the Ziu from a Citizen
« on: August 16, 2021, 09:32:15 PM »
So, what should we be doing instead?  I don't think we can mandate fun or bribe people into it.  If Talossa isn't interesting to someone, we lack the force or funds to change their mind.  Instead, we should concentrate on making our soil ready for the seeds that will come.  Make our nation receptive to new growth.
Maybe I was on to something with AMP after all...

Wittenberg / Re: Reviving the TalossAssistant Programme
« on: August 01, 2021, 04:27:08 PM »
I can help

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