#FreeDems 2017: Our Policy Priorities for the next Ziu

A. CIVIL SOCIETY

  1. The Ministry of Culture to work with non-governmental organisations and provincial governments to build Talossa’s “civil society” – ways to be Talossan outside of the Government, including language, research, sports and leisure. Prevent government appropriation of private projects through nationalisation, but where possible provide government support for such projects which need it.
  2. By the end of the 51st Cosâ, the Ministry of Culture to broker agreement between the CÚG, the Ladîntsch Naziunál and all other Talossan-language groups and interested parties on (a) a single official spelling system accessible to all speaker communities; (b) a strategy to increase learning and use of ár glheþ naziunál in daily Talossan life.
  3. Revive the Council of Governors to promote greater interaction between our provinces.

B. LEGAL REFORMS

  1. Slim down government: cut down on the number of departments, bureaus, and even Ministries. Shift as many functions as possible to the non-political Civil Service and Chancery.
  2. Removal of Wisconsin law from El Lexhátx, and replacement of relevant sections with indigenous Talossan equivalents drafted with the input of top members of the Bar.
  3. Reform of registration fees for political participation, with the introduction of $5 for Senate candidates.
  4. Support a more accessible judicial system for simple disputes.
  5. Set an age minimum of 14 for citizenship applicants
  6. Privacy law for information used on private and public sites relating to Talossa.
  7. Anti-discrimination law to prevent discrimination against individuals on the basis of whether they voted publicly or privately. 

C. ORGANIC LAW REFORMS

  1. Thorough-going Organic Law reform on the basis of V. Marcianüs’ draft document.
  2. Reduction of Cosa seat numbers to 20
  3. The Seneschál to be appointed by the King on the advice of a majority of Cosa seats.

 

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PRESS STATEMENT: FreeDems Role In Negotiating Government Ends

From the election up until today, the Free Democrats of Talossa have been negotiating in good faith with both the RUMP and the Moderate Radicals in the hope of concluding either one or two deals to create a Government which would have the confidence of a majority of the Cosâ.

Earlier this week, we were informed by the Moderate Radical negotiators that there was no chance of concluding a deal which was not in the nature of a formal coalition. The Free Democrats, of course, specifically campaigned against this, and we feel that to go back on it now would be a slap in the face to our voters, and easy pickings for our opponents. Our record of doing what we say we will do is of top importance with us.

Today, we learned that a draft deal for Government which had been agreed by FreeDem and RUMP negotiators had been voted down by the RUMP membership. Though negotiations were carried out in good faith and ended without rancour – for which we credit the RUMP negotiators, who were prepared to present some pretty hefty concessions to their side – the FreeDems are disappointed by this outcome.

Given this, it appears that the Free Democrats are out of options on forming a Government in the 49th Cosa. The only remaining option seems to be a Monarchist Grand Coalition (RUMP-ModRads-TNC). Although it’s not impossible that either the RUMP or the ModRads might ask us to return to the table, we’re not holding our breath, either. We therefore urge the other parties to conclude their own negotiations as soon as possible and form a stable Government.

The Free Democrats will continue to campaign for active government, Civil Service/Civil Society reforms, and putting manners on the increasingly erratic and unaccountable Head of State. We look forward to an even better election result in the 50th Cosa, and to play a leading role in the Government after that. The incumbent Free Democrat Cabinet Ministers look forward to helping their successors with the transition of government.

Miestrâ A. I-figlhâ Schivâ
Free Democrats Party Leader

POLICY PAPER: Ministry of Justice

by Senator Eovart Grischün

Ministry Remit (Source: TalossaWiki)

The Ministry of Justice provides legal advice and assistance to the government as requested. The holder of the portfolio of this ministry is known as the Avocat-Xheneral (Attorney-General). He and his subordinate officers prosecutes actions brought by the government and defend the government against actions brought against it in the Kingdom’s courts.

MANIFESTO

1) Rearranging of the Justice Ministry

There is a bit of a flaw in our legal system where the government’s defense lawyer is also the government’s (and Crown’s) prosecution lawyer.

I would like to study the feasibility of implementing an actual Crown Prosecution Service.

My plan would see the Ministry of Justice rearranged to address this in the following arrangement:

– Minister of Justice
— Head of the Justice Ministry
— Sets legal policy and directs the government’s legislative agenda in regards to the Justice system

– Attorney General
— Subordinate deputy to the Minister of Justice
— This is the chief legal adviser to the government and is defense counsel on behalf of the government/Crown

– Procurator Fiscal
— Subordinate deputy to the Minster of Justice
— This is the chief prosecution attorney for the Kingdom, who shall deal with the prosecution of reported crimes

2) Separating the politics from the law and addressing the “many hats” situation

As I am not sure what can actually be done in this regard at this point in time, I simply make the manifesto pledge to have a vigorous and thorough investigative study on the problems and then issue a white paper of recommendations.

3) Creating Statutes for Court issued warrants

Our current legal system does not provide legal protection in the form of Court issued warrants. I would like to see our system include statutes that would require investigators, etc, to seek and obtain court issued warrants before prying into citizens’ business and lives for the purposes of gathering evidence.

4) Streamlining and centralization of Services

I would like to visit the possibility of the Talossan legal system being hosted within its own online domain. A dedicated web service just for the legal systems of Talossa. Including links to law libraries, the business of the Corts, the legally mandated complaints system, the office of the Clerk of Cort, et al.

5) Assisting any other Ministry in a “root and branch” clear out of the Organic and Statutory Laws

Our Laws are bulky. Our laws are clunky. Some stuff from the OrgLaw needs to be cleared out and put into Statute. Some stuff from the Statutes needs to be taken out of law and put into governmental policy briefs. I will assist fellow Ministers with this task.

6) Continuing with current Court cases

I am up to date with the current cases and would work towards the resolution of each.

POLICY PAPER: Interior Ministry

Dr. Txec dal Nordselva, Shadow Minister
Ministry of the Interior – Policy Report 49th Cosa

El Regipäts Talossán

Introduction – Relevant Sections of El Lexhatx

D.2.3 The Interior Minister, who shall combine the roles of Defence and Immigration Minister as set forth in Organic Law XII.4 and XII.5, and shall head the following Bureaus. The Minister may appoint Deputy Ministers to be in charge of each Büreu, and the Civil Service Commission may appoint Permanent Secretaries to each Büreu, to work under the direction of the Minister and any Deputy Ministries. (47RZ8)

  1. a) El Büreu dels Afáes Înphätseschti (Bureau of Home Affairs) which shall be responsible for the order and well-being of the homeland and its environs. This Bureau shall provide a public presence in or near the Greater Talossan Area, shall assist in the organization of Living Cosâs, shall provide governmental assistance to the organizers of an annual TalossaFest celebration, and to all citizens making the Haxh, and shall take care to guide the Seneschal and other ministers in ever maintaining the connection and bond of Talossans worldwide to their homeland. (47RZ8)
  2. b) The Büreu dels Afáes Cestoûreschti (Bureau of Cestour Affairs), led by the ‘Piaçatéir Naziunál’ and assisted by bureaucrats known as C’huescoûrs (or “Binkies”), who shall see to it that the interests of Cestours within the homeland receive the proper attention of the government. (47RZ8)
  3. c) El Büreu dal Zefençù (Ministry of Defence), which shall marshal and provide the Invincible Moral Support of the nation to the good and right side of any international conflict, as determined by the government, conveying to the combatants our proud “we would stand with you, but it’s safer to stand behind you” stance. (47RZ8)
  4. c) i) No action of the Minister or the Bureau of Defence shall infringe on the King’s organic role as Leader of the Armed Forces. (47RZ8)
  5. d) El Büreu dàl Înmigraziun (the Bureau of Immigration), which shall be responsible for the execution of the nation’s laws appertaining to immigration of new citizens into the realm. This Ministry shall work closely with the Chancery and its Bureau of the Census to ensure that all incoming citizens are properly processed through immigration as provided by law. (47RZ8)

D.2.3.1. The Interior Minister shall also be the liaison between the Kingdom Government and the provincial governments. (47RZ8)

D.2.4. The Interior Minister, heading the Ministry of Interior, who shall command the armed forces of the Kingdom during peacetime and during times of declared war, subservient in these duties only to the King in his majesty’s organic role as Leader of the Armed Forces. During periods of war, the Interior Minister is to be referred to as “War Minister.” The Ministrà dal Interior (Ministry of Interior) shall also marshal and provide the Invincible Moral Support of the nation to the good and right side of any international conflict, as determined by the government, conveying to the combatants our proud “we would stand with you, but it’s safer to stand behind you” stance.

Policies

Keeping What Works

  • Our national immigration policy has worked reasonably well but there have been lapses. The Ministry will, however, work with all stakeholders to tighten up our immigration policies and verification of the identities of new immigrants

Fixing What Is Not Working

  • Refine El Lexhatx as the statutes are confusing as to Interior Minister roles. A more plain-language approach to the statutes would be more effective and enable better accountability.
  • Look into continuing to fine tune provincial assignments.
  • Work to get the New CItizens Committee functional and able to be maintained!
  • Fix the Immigration sign-up process so immigrants don’t get lost in the shuffle or suffer through website errors.
  • Work with the Ziu to update El Büreu dal Zefençù.
  • Work with the Cosa to get our Civil Service functioning.

Ideas

  • Making sure new citizens and prospectives get a copy of PRÜMS PÄÇEN (work with STUFF and Culture on this).

POLICY PAPER: Foreign Ministry

by Iustì Tíçhern Corneirsource

Foreign Ministry

The Talossan Foreign Ministry under a Free Democratic government will reflect the Party’s commitment to an “active and competent” administration. It is no secret that the Free Democrats are largely satisfied with the current administration of the Foreign Ministry; indeed, the Party formally requested the current Foreign Minister to continue on in this role under a Free Democratic government. While that offer was refused, it does not alter our belief that the administration of the Foreign Ministry under Minister Itravilatx can and should serve as a model for the Ministry under a Free Democratic government. Indeed, while the Free Democrats of Talossa have a detailed policy program of 16 priorities that will drive the work of a Free Democratic government, none of these priorities directly pertain to the operations or direction of the Foreign Ministry.

Accordingly, the Free Democratic approach to the administration of the Foreign Ministry can best be summed up as “More of the same, with a little more of the same, please.”

The overarching spirit of a Free Democratic Foreign Ministry will reflect a passionate belief in the strength of the Talossan nation, the ingenuity of the Talossan people, and the profound contributions of Talossan culture. We will be confident in our stability, open in our hearts, and committed to the values of individual freedom, nonviolence, and democracy.

In that spirit, please find below the approach to the Foreign Ministry you should expect from a Free Democratic government:

• An honest, arms-wide-open posture in the transition to a Free Democratic government. Expect clear and open communication, and comradely cooperation, between myself and Minister Itravilatx.

• We will retain all current Ambassadors-General.

• We will retain the current Administrator for the Bureau of Humanitarian Aid and International Development and the BHAID Board of Governors. A Free Democratic Government will work closely with the BHAID Administrator and the Board of Governors to implement their funding program and push to make that program a defining feature of Talossa’s standing in the international community

• A Free Democratic Foreign Ministry will release monthly summaries of its work program and the status of its administrative responsibilities. These will be included within a Free Democratic Government’s regular governmental updates or produced directly by the Ministry.

• A Free Democratic Foreign Ministry will update Talossa Wiki with a list of the entities with which Talossa has official diplomatic relations, as well as the status of ongoing negotiations with other entities.

• A Free Democratic Foreign Ministry will create an official list of third-party micronation-related information sources and directories. The Foreign Ministry will then maintain updated information about Talossa on all sources on the list

POLICY PAPER: The Ministry of Stuff

by Timoþi Asmourescù – source

Years ago, Stuff was one of those forgotten ministries. Initiatives were often fun but didn’t have a huge impact. Since reunison, Stuff really stepped up to the plate. We have a Wiki. We have a sleek new web presence. That’s something that everyone, from all party affiliations, can be proud of.

So what’s next?

A nationalized Witt.

Let’s set aside the discussion of the fact that the apolitical King controls Witt. Let’s not discuss how, in the past, the King has exercised his Witt admin authority alternatively with and without court authority. We can have a lovely chat about the future of the monarchy in one of the numerous threads I’ve started on that topic. No, let’s discuss why moving Witt from Proboards to be hosted with our website and Wiki is the next step in our technological future.

  1. A Streamlined look – Nice website, nice wiki but our website still sits on Proboards with ads urging me to be a better father, self-publish my book or earn a Masters degree. A self-hosted Witt means that we, the citizens, will control its content. Rather than paying an external host we can explore the possibility of hosting ads ourselves to help defray the cost of web hosting. Or, we can go ad-free for a nice clean interface.
  2. Long-term archival solutions – Right now, if Proboards had a server hiccup, we are at their mercy in terms of what was backed up and when. We could lose years worth of discussions, election results and links to funny cat videos. Self-hosted, we can implement a regular backup schedule. For the historical record, we would work closely with the Secretary of State and the Scribe’s office to ensure that the historical discussions here are preserved.
  3. Continuity – Right now, if King John simply decided we would all be banned, that could happen. The boards do not pass between governments. There is no government oversight. We are guests on a private web forum. Administrator rights would be assigned based on civil service guidelines and control would pass through democratically appointed governments just as the rest of our hosted websites.
But what else?

One thing that would be interesting to explore would be obtaining no-cost group benefits for citizens of our nation. We would want to implement discounts that would be useful and practical for as many citizens as possible. Our citizens are all over the world. But we could likely secure discounts that would reward dedicated citizens while helping to raise the profile of our nation beyond our borders.