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The College of Arms / Re: Request from the Ministry of Culture
« on: Yesterday at 11:41:01 PM »
Did the Government have something like this in mind?

As a note to the above, I will add too that fine-paper versions of the Talossan grants above will be formally sealed and signed by me and sent to those individuals who indicated to my former regent that they wished for them.  Here is a picture of an example, pre-signature.



-NRH

I had forgotten this was posted, but in terms of issuing titles, that is a start, although, in the design for such a thing, perhaps also, including the coat of arms of the monarch at the top, and where appropriate, the CoA of the person getting the title, with the updated arms reflecting their title, also, the seal of the realm should be included too, to make the design feel more Talossan, authentic, and personal to the individual. Also, having a slightly different design for each rank would also be an idea.
The same could also be done with awards from the Ziu.

The Culture department is also thinking of other things that could be designed, and will post such ideas here when we have them, as i had said in an earlier post, this is intended as a collaboration project with the Min Culture and the College of Arms.

So this would be for people being granted titles?  That's an exceedingly rare circumstance!  Do you perhaps mean knighthoods?  Or possible even grants of arms?  Letters patent may be issued for just about any dignity granted by the sovereign.

Certainly slapping a couple of images on there is pretty easy to do, whichever you choose.

-NRH

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The Hopper / Re: 57th Cosa Budget
« on: Yesterday at 11:36:10 PM »
      [li$i] Creating physical items of Talossanity: 33¤20 ($50)
      [/li][/list]

      Sorry I'm only seeing this now, but a question: to what does this refer?  As far as I can tell, this could refer to just about any physical object


      Hi, the Senechal has asked myself to respond to this, with this, it refers to costs of making physical trappings of monarchy, as per the coalition agreement, and is something have approached the CoA in designs for, but yes, this is for costs pertaining to making such items. What these are and final costs are not known yet, as those plans are in early stages, so we are reserving a sum in the budget for such a time where we are in a position to make physical items that we come up with. I know this is still vague, but the concepts are still in early stages.[/list]

      That seems like a really complicated way of not answering the question.  I read that through three times, and I can't find any sort of answer beyond repeating the phrase "physical trappings of monarchy."

      What are some of the things that you might have in mind?  Are we talking about a crown or does this refer to a ream of nice paper?

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      The Hopper / Re: 57th Cosa Budget
      « on: Yesterday at 11:33:16 PM »
        [li$i] Webhosting costs: 86¤42 ($130.05)[/li][/list]

        Could you break this down, please?  It seems very high.

        The Seneschál has asked me to field this question. A yearly renewal for our webhosting on GoDaddy is due in July, which is $US64.20. The Government also decided to renew the domain names talossa.com ($15.95) and talossa.net ($18.95). We were originally going to let the other domain names expire, but firstly we were told that talossan.com would be updated, so that's another $15.95. Plus, a check of El Lexhatx D.2.9.2. suggests that we are legally required to hold onto kingdomoftalossa.net ($15.95).

        The domain names, which I seem to recall the opposition were opposed to the Government relinquishing, all add up. And this is without renewing kingdomoftalossa.com and *.org.

        Thanks!  I didn't really advocate for keeping everything, but I did point out that talossan.com had been made available to Tafi to rework and that we should probably at a minimum figure out how much inbound traffic came from those URLs before we ditched them.  And that's still true!  If it's minimal, then ditch them.  If it's substantial, it's probably worth it.

        Now that you've broken it down, though, I'm a bit surprised about the prices.  I pay $12 plus tax to Google Domains for domain name registration.  But maybe it's part of whatever deal gets us an otherwise good price on hosting (since that seems pretty good for multiple sites with this much storage)?

        Also, it seems like it was a really good thing I asked you guys to look into the details of this!

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        The Hopper / Re: CRL Committee for the 57th Cosa
        « on: Yesterday at 05:26:37 PM »
        Thanks! And I'm also okay with them both, so that's sorted.

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        Fora Talossa / Re: [NEW SERIES] Fuviala
        « on: Yesterday at 02:40:12 PM »
        I recorded a first episode, but honestly the video looked so terrible that I was embarrassed. I then got a new webcam and I'm going to try rerecording it this week :-)

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        The Hopper / Re: 57th Cosa Budget
        « on: June 25, 2022, 05:27:06 PM »
            [li$i] Creating physical items of Talossanity: 33¤20 ($50)
            [/li][/list]

            Sorry I'm only seeing this now, but a question: to what does this refer?  As far as I can tell, this could refer to just about any physical object.

              [li$i] Webhosting costs: 86¤42 ($130.05)[/li][/list]

              Could you break this down, please?  It seems very high.

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              The Hopper / Re: CRL Committee for the 57th Cosa
              « on: June 23, 2022, 08:40:49 PM »
              Also this:

              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

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              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

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              The Hopper / Re: CRL Committee for the 57th Cosa
              « on: June 23, 2022, 08:40:33 PM »
              Submitting this to the committee:

              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:

              Quote
              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

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              Wittenberg / Re: Presenting Vol. 1 of the Talossan Book of Cuisine!
              « on: June 23, 2022, 08:34:47 PM »

              Subak Kimchi (수박 김치)
              Ingredients
              • Four cups of watermelon rind
              • Half-cup of kosher salt
              • Six tablespoons red pepper powder
              • Three tablespoons toasted sesame seed oil
              • Two tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
              • Two large garlic scapes, thinly sliced, or two cloves of garlic, minced, as preferred or available


              Directions
              • What do you do when you finish with your watermelon?  You eat the rind!  Four cups of watermelon rind is typically something like the rind of between 1/4 and 1/5 of a medium watermelon.  To prepare, first trim off any red flesh that you still see, and then use a knife or vegetable peeler to remove the waxy green outside.  You should be left with curved strips of white rind.  Slice these into very thin strips with a sharp knife or a mandolin.
              • Add your thin strips of rind to a large bowl, and then use your hand to stir them around while covering them in the salt.  You want each strip to get a liberal coating of salt.  If you need more salt, go nuts with it.  Don't worry -- most of that's going to be washed away!  Set this mixture aside.
              • In another large bowl, mix together all of the other ingredients.  You want to end up with a thick paste.  Add more or less sesame oil, as necessary to achieve this.
              • Once fifteen minutes have elapsed, begin squeezing out the watermelon rind.  It should already be sweating its juices, but you want to squeeze it tightly and wring out the rest of the liquid.  You can do this by the handful or use a cheesecloth, but don't use a mechanical press, since you want to keep the strips physically intact.  This process eliminates most of the salt, as it is carried away by the juice.  Try to wring out as much juice as you can, transferring the completed strips over to the bowl with your prepared sauce.  Discard the juice.
              • Thoroughly mix, making sure to coat each strip in sauce.  If you have disposable gloves, you might want to wear them at this point.
              • You're done!  While your subak kimchi is ready immediately, it will continue to ferment and become more delicious over the next few days.  Store in the fridge in a tightly sealed container.
              • One common way to serve subak kimchi is putting a small pile on the side of a bowl of sticky rice, topped with a sunny-side egg.  If you're feeling masochistic, have a glass of soju (소주) with it!

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              The Lobby / Re: [Terpelaziun] For the Seneschal: What's the Plan?
              « on: June 23, 2022, 05:09:18 PM »
              ... I hesitate to step on the Seneschal's toes, but in fact social media posting resumed two days ago. It's thought provoking that neither the Seneschál nor the Opposition noticed!

              That post was made two days after my initial question. I have many skills, but time travel is not among them. I am glad you were so responsive, though.

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              The Lobby / Re: [Terpelaziun] For the Seneschal: What's the Plan?
              « on: June 22, 2022, 09:56:47 PM »
              Thank you for your prompt reply, estimat Seneschal.

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              The Lobby / Re: [Terpelaziun] For the Seneschal: What's the Plan?
              « on: June 22, 2022, 09:45:54 PM »
              Thank you for your reply.

              In February of last year, your predecessor as Seneschal promised that -- after a brief period of being busy -- he would be "returning to daily activity here on Witt" and getting to work.

              Needless to say, this did not happen.  Despite repeated assurances from the Government that he was definitely on top of things and actively managing matters behind the scenes, the Seneschal remained effectively absent the entire term.  The people of Talossa have still not received an apology from those who covered for him.

              After such treatment, I think it is not out-of-order to request specifics.  The people received vague assurances last time, and it did not serve them well.  Accordingly, I have several further inquiries along this same line.  I believe they are all topical issues of your management of the Government and related to your reply, estimat Seneschal, but I am happy to lodge individual terpelaziuns to the ministers in question if you think this is venturing too far afield.

              Accordingly:

              At what specific date can we expect that the Ministreu dal Zefençù will begin his duties?  And what will that entail?

              At what specific date can we expect the first MinCult event?

              At what specific date will social media posts and updating of the wiki's most basic information resume, and with what frequency?

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              The College of Arms / Re: Request from the Ministry of Culture
              « on: June 22, 2022, 07:10:32 PM »
              Did the Government have something like this in mind?

              As a note to the above, I will add too that fine-paper versions of the Talossan grants above will be formally sealed and signed by me and sent to those individuals who indicated to my former regent that they wished for them.  Here is a picture of an example, pre-signature.



              -NRH

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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?

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              The Hopper / Re: CRL Committee for the 57th Cosa
              « on: June 17, 2022, 07:27:40 PM »
              Very simple bill, and I see no problems. I mean, obviously, since I'm a co-sponsor!

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