Talossa.


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Kingdom capitol, aka Uni. Wis. Milwaukee Kingdom flag

flag of the Republic of Talossa Maritiimi province East Side Milwaukee

Oh, me, oh my, where I do I begin? Where, oh where should and shall I begin in describing what has been my chief non-musical hobby for the past six years? I might as well give you the same introduction to the Kingdom of Talossa as was given me back when I first got involved: an article in issue 8.03 (March 2000) of Wired magazine. The rest of this post will assume you have read same.


Talossa is the brainchild of Robert Ben Madison of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who, in a fit of rabid boredom, decided in 1979 to declare his bedroom an independent and sovereign state, complete with its own constitution, language, and newspaper. Where most child fantasies like this disappear when the founder gets bored, Ben found among his friends an audience for his endeavor, and Talossa has continued to this day, though Ben himself is no longer involved.

I visited www.talossa.com (the site as it looked back then may be had here) in May 2000, and became a “citizen” on 5 August of that year. Since that time, I have had the privilege of interacting with people from around the world, and have twice made visits to Milwaukee. The very original Kingdom’s website, maintained by Ben and as it looked in June 2000, may be had here.

Owing to certain actions of Ben Madison, a number of us in 2004 seceded from the Kingdom and began the Republic of Talossa. Though the Kingdom very much still exists and is thriving (without Madison, who renounced his citizenship completely in 2005), it is very different (in many positive ways) from what it was back when I first joined. The complete story of how all this came about is way too long to tell here.

The Republic of Talossa’s main discussion forum may be had here, whilst the Kingdom’s may be had here. I encourage you to visit both, for in each you will receive a warm welcome. Hopefully, the two Talossas will find a way to become “one Talossa” once more.

The most important things, however, I can say about my doing Talossa is that in my contacts with Chris, Gjermund, Johan, Daphne, etc. I have become more tolerant, more cosmopolitan, and better-educated. Doing Talossa for me has meant making websites and learning about computers and the internet - some of which has had a direct and positive impact on my professional life. For in the end, Talossa is all about the community, and that is what keeps me coming back.

Jeff


2 Responses to “Talossa.”  

  1. 1 Listen to Talossan being spoken at jeffrags.com
  2. 2 Talossa audio blog (no. 1 - 19 February 2007) at jeffrags.com


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