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The Cosa / Re: 56th Cosă -- October Clark Discussion Thread
« on: October 17, 2021, 03:56:22 PM »
On to the final and perhaps most controversial bill of the Clark.

The Council of Governors does nothing at the moment. The Interior Minister is required by law to name a Governor-General and nothing else happens. Some MZs have put together quite good arguments for the Council to be maintained in some other format. But I consulted with the Interior Minister and he supported a total deletion. So here we are.

I thank the Member for her question. The short version of the answer is: I have no idea what's happening.

The longer version of the answer is this. It has been my goal as A-Xh to help revive the Talossan Bar. Following the example of my party colleague, C. Nouacastra, I applied directly to the Uppermost Cort. Judge V. Marcianüs was kind enough to provide a written Bar exam - the details of which are confidential - which I completed on the 28th of August this year.

After that? Silence, at least officially. From what I can gather from unofficial sources, the issue is that my examination needs to be confirmed by a majority of the CpI - i.e. 3 of the current 4 justices - and only 2 of them have responded.

I must say that I am massively disappointed by this. The Uppermost Cort has always been something of a "retirement" position in Talossa, but this is ridiculous. There are of course procedures to remove a CpI Judge for inactivity, but my reading of the Organic Law and El Lex G.11 convinces me that that only applies to active cases - even though administering the Bar is also the role of the Uppermost Cort (by El Lex G.2).

Given that, my application for the Bar seems stuck in limbo until such point as one of the 2 absent Judges approves it, one of the 2 absent Judges is present enough to retire so that they may be replaced, or their terms expire in -oh, let me just calculate this - July 2025.

So we've got problems with the CpI. Sorry to not have better news.

The Cosa / Re: 56th Cosă -- October Clark Discussion Thread
« on: October 06, 2021, 03:51:09 PM »
Okay. On to the next bill, and I hope my learned colleague from the KLüP will also offer his three bence.

Talossan legislation has historically been of low quality, mainly because no-one reads it properly, including its proponent. The Hopper helps somewhat, but we've had the terrible issue where a bill can be Clarked just a day or three before it's voted on without any requirement for a thorough-going "proofreading". This bill requires either approval from the three-person committee of the Attorney-General and the Chairs of both Houses, or 30 days, before a bill goes on the Clark. It will mean slower, but higher quality, law making.

Wittenberg / Re: Republic Records
« on: October 03, 2021, 07:59:41 PM »
You might want to reconsider your project of writing it all on your own, then. I am struggling for a way to put this gently, but here goes: you have spent your Talossan political career accusing prominent Talossans of theft; betrayal; corruption; telling them that Talossa would be better off if they resigned and became inactive; etc. Surely you understand that such people are not going to be co-operative sources for your project; that such people will naturally assume that anything you write will be by turns dismissive, condescending, prurient and scolding of the people whom you have targeted throughout your Talossan political career. Why would anyone co-operate with someone who has made their Talossan lives a misery? Why would former citizens of the Republic be happy with having our story written by someone who disagreed with our various existence and characterised us as criminals? I sometimes despair that you show so little insight as to why, to be blunt, you will never be on friendly terms with people who you've spent your Talossan career characterising negatively.

A real Talossan history has to be written - if not by a completely neutral, dispassionate historian - then collectively to make sure of a balanced authorial voice. For this reason I implore you to rejoin, and help restart, the New Talossan History Project.

The Cosa / Re: 56th Cosă -- October Clark Discussion Thread
« on: October 01, 2021, 04:49:33 PM »
All right, est. Túischac'h, let's start this ball rolling.

The reasons for Criminal Law Reform #2 Electric Boogaloo are pretty much well canvassed. This bill does two things: 1) it makes it possible for us to sanction Talossans for doing a horrible crime outside Talossa, but properly and through a legal process, not just an administrative "throwing them down the memory hole". 2) it adds an extra step to trials for serious crimes, just in case a political biased prosecutor decides to go on a vendetta. Please vote PER with gusto.

Questions? Comments?

The Lobby / Re: 56th Cosa - 2nd Clark Call for Bills
« on: September 29, 2021, 11:03:40 PM »
I *am* the original proposer. The bill is finished. The promised amendments from someone else never arrived and I decided to force the issue.

Wittenberg / Re: Ambassadors to other micronational entities?
« on: September 28, 2021, 11:41:15 PM »
I would absolutely be in favor of re-adopting the "micronation" tag! I think it is important to the micronational community.

This would be rolling back more than 20 years of Talossan precedent!.... But sure, why not, if the Foreign Minister agrees, take it to Cabinet. It would require an amendment of El Lexhatx A.9.1.4 which specifically defines "micronations" to exclude this Kingdom.

The Hopper / Re: 56th Cosa Budget
« on: September 24, 2021, 09:41:04 PM »
D:na Schiva has taken point on this so she would be the best person to ask for more details.

... the person who has taken point on this is Munditenens Tresplet, who is deputy Minister of Finance with this particular portfolio. I haven't had active involvement in this issue since I stepped aside as Seneschál (though I support it in principle).

Wittenberg / Re: Ambassadors to other micronational entities?
« on: September 23, 2021, 11:51:37 PM »
Talossa had a few diplomatic exchanges with other micronations before 1998, which is when King Robert I decided all micronations except Talossa were a threat and went full "North Korea" in the micronational arena. (I flatter myself that I and the Penguinean rebels made him do that.) It has been only recently that this xenophobic legacy has started to be rolled back. The Foreign Minister could tell you more about recent interactions with other micronations.

I believe way back when KR1 wrote to the Hutt River Province Principality and they just tried to sell him stamps.

Wittenberg / Re: The University of Talossa Reimagined
« on: September 23, 2021, 01:15:14 AM »
Me, I want to see the revival of the New Talossan History Project.

The Hopper / Re: Standing Committee on the Organic Law
« on: September 22, 2021, 05:53:53 PM »
Writing the Túischac'h into the OrgLaw: move the first clause of El Lexhatx H.21, namely:

The Cosa shall elect one of its members to serve as Speaker of the Cosa (Talossan: el Túischac'h) for the upcoming term. The Speaker shall preside, direct and maintain order during Living Cosas and in the Hopper, in an unbiased fashion. Otherwise, his function will be to advise Members of the Cosa of appropriate decorum. He is considered the honourable President of the Cosâ and shall be awarded all due veneration when serving as such. In the absence of the Túischac'h from the Hopper, the Mençéi shall perform these duties.

to become OrgLaw IV.12. Do we need to do anything other than that?

The Lobby / Re: 56th Cosa - 2nd Clark Call for Bills
« on: September 22, 2021, 04:39:05 PM »
Hello, yes. Please to be Clarking The Talossan Criminal Law Reform Bill #2, The Legislative Process Improvement Bill #1 (that's the version with Glüc's amendments), and The Big Chocolate Covered Waste of Time Bill. Please note that I reserve the right to make slight amendments to the text up to deadline in response to Ziu feedback.

The Hopper / Re: CRL Committee
« on: September 21, 2021, 07:53:58 PM »
Well, mine, because that's what I linked to

The Hopper / Re: Talossan Criminal Law Reform Part Deux
« on: September 21, 2021, 07:53:16 PM »
I've been leaving responding here to give me time to think. I also hoped that The Baron would have popped in to defend his concept of why preliminary hearings as necessary on top of the process involved in 6.3. Of course The Baron doesn't get a vote, but nor does Judge V. And no-one who does get a vote has commented.

My answer to V's first point 6.3 is a test of "if all these facts were true, would the defendant be guilty?" 6.6 is a test of whether there is probable cause" to believe that the facts are true. I'm no legal genius, but that's a different question, surely?

V's second and third points refer to provisions (and clause order) which were copy-pasted directly out of the Wisconsin Statute. Honestly, he makes a good argument, but not good enough for me to actually change the language. If any actual MC agrees with him before Clarking time, I'll make the amendment.

The Hopper / Re: CRL Committee
« on: September 21, 2021, 04:24:05 PM »
Probably not much to chew on here, but I should submit this pro-forma anyway!

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