Talossan citizens are free to affiliate themselves with any of the existing
parties, or even to create a brand-new party. These parties contest the
scheduled elections, held to fill the legislative seats in the Ziu.
At each election, all 200 seats in the
(the lower house of the national Ziu) are contested, as are three of the eight
seats in the Senäts.
Talossan citizens who fail to vote in an election are assessed "strikes."
Three consecutive failures to vote result in the termination of citizenship.
It is legal and valid to vote "present" without expressing a party preference.
Casting such a ballot does not earn the voter a "strike."
Seats in the Cosa are awarded to
each political party according to its percentage of the popular vote.
So, in electing the Cosa,
Talossans vote for a party, not for individuals, and the party leadership
assigns members to vote the awarded seats. In contrast,
seats in the Senate are filled by individuals, who
campaign on their own merits.
Each election installs Cosa
members for a single session (consisting of six monthly legislative
meetings, known as Clarks), and Senators for two- and three-session terms.
The political party or coalition that claims a majority in an
election assembles a government during the remainder of the calendar
month at the conclusion of the election, and the Ziu convenes on the
first of the next month.
||Senate Seats Contested|
|14 July 2012||44||Fiova, Maritiimi-Maxhestic, Benito|
|14 March 2013*||45||Vuode, Atatürk, Cézembre|
|14 November 2013*||46||Florencia, Maricopa, Fiova|
|14 July 2014*||47||Maritiimi-Maxhestic, Benito, Vuode|
|14 March 2015*||48||Atatürk, Cézembre, Florencia|
|14 November 2015*||49||Maricopa, Fiova, Maritiimi-Maxhestic|
|14 July 2016*||50||Benito, Vuode, Atatürk|
|14 March 2017*||50||Cézembre, Florencia, Maricopa|
|(The Election Cycle Then Repeats)|
|* Tentative (see below).
Each election begins on the 15th day of the month after dissolution of the
Cosa and runs to the 14th day of the next month.
By convention, an election is referred to by the month in which it ends.
Election dates are tentative, since a loss of a Vote of Confidence or a
Royal Proclamation dissolving the Ziu may result in an election being held
before the conclusion of the sixth Clark.
Additionally, the Prime Minister has the option
of inserting one "no-business month" into each electoral cycle, between any
two Clarks or after the final Clark, and doing so has the effect of postponing the next election by one month.
The Prime Minister may also choose to
skip the first Clark of a Cosa session, and begin legislative business
with the subsequent Clark. If this is done, though, one of the Clarks of the elected government is forfeit. That is, the skipped-first-Clark
counts against the six, and there are only
five before the next election must take place.
Southern Talossa from the Air, looking southwest.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA is visible in the distance.