According to Ben Madison’s History of the Kingdom of Talossa (the big one (aka the “Big History”), not the reader’s-digest-esque “Ar Päts”, but the detailed history covering prehistory (literally) through ca. 1990), the “Kingdom of Talossa” wasn’t always a Kingdom (pp. 32-). For a short time during 1980,
Talossa went through its People’s Republic (Enver Hoxha-style communism) phase. This, of course, was when the country was still Ben’s one-man fantasy country, the culture and political climate of the nation being identical to that that was going through his mind at the moment. Ben very soon went back to his original monarchist model, and the Kingdom has been the kingdom ever since.

“In February of 1980, “Høyeste Formann” Robert decided that Communism–even Enverism–had very little to do with Talossa. Talossa had traditions, like the Monarchy, even if they were only a month and half old, and those traditions should be lived up to.” - “Big History”, page 33

To digress a little, it must be said that Talossa’s monarchial and heraldic traditions before the early 2000s were entirely based upon a dictator-big-huge-birds-Hoxha aesthetic. Medieval heraldry is, in Talossa, a relatively new thing: Ben did not make his own device until sometime between 2000 and 2002, and the full-flowering of not only the heraldric side, but the whole Chancery, College, and chivarly is something completely foreign to Old Talossa, whose monarchial aesthetic, even as late
as 1 June 2004, was still based very much on European dictatorships, the aesthetics and “romance” of which (though not the ideals) fascinated Ben and one other Old-Growther to no end.

This flowering began with the spate of honours granted by then-Regent Rajala in late 2005 and early 2006 and again in early 2006. Up to that time, honours of nobility could have been doled out liberally (the OrgLaw allowed it), but the former Robert I did not, saving titles for the few times he awarded someone the nation’s highest honour, Për La Naziun.

In awarding Për La Naziun, Ben used a very limiting and very high standard of duty served/achievement/deed as his critera. Pretty much, one had to have, in his eyes, saved the country from some calamity or outright destruction to get this award or, in the case of Tomás G., to have served to better Talossan culture
in a profound, profound way.

A prime example is Josh Macht, whose shirt became a tourniquet to stifle Ben’s sever bleeding when the King was badly cut whilst they were at the beach at Vuode in 1982. Another is, of course, Tomás, who became only the second person in history to learn the Talossan language well-enough to hold his own in a half-hour conversation with Ben back in 1998.

Later Përs La Naziun, if not all, came with a knighthood, though not, if memory serves, with a grant of arms. And, in Tomás case, Ben gave him entry into the Order of the Purple Tongue. Thus, we have Sir Chris Gruber, Sir Josh Macht (maybe), etc. The big difference between that part of Old Talossa and what is going on now is that no-one lorded about his titles. There was no “Sir [blank] needs to talk with Baron [who] and Lord [whatnot]. I like that.

And Ben’s criteria for awards and honours was spot-on, I think. He worked to avoid Talossa’s becoming like stereotypical SCA where so much revolves around what title (or how many titles) one has, which is something a lot of micronations get way too deep in. It was a way of doing things everyone was cool with, and it was so sucessful that for most of the time, Talossan knights had to be reminded of their awards! Even Ben only signed his name, “KRI” or whatever when he needed to. Most of the time, he would just sign his name “Ben”. I liked that, and I, speaking not as a politico, wish Talossan culture in the Kingdom would be more like that now: when you had to really do something special to get a fancy monarchial trapping.

But I digress, but only a little.

Why monarchy? Because, if for no other reason, it’s tradition, and we in Talossa need to hold onto the best of Talossan tradition and to chuck out the chaff of Talossan tradition. Traditional Royal Powers need to go. No more Royal Veto. No more royal appointments to the high court. Not even any more royal dissolutions, where loopholes inherent in the dissolution process could be abused by an unelected and hereditary monarch who the OrgLaw makes almost impossible to get rid of by legal means other than voluntary on h/er part.

Why tradition, then? Because tradition is connection and connecting to and with the past, and because, in the case of the monarchy, it is a direct connection to Gary, Harry, Harriet, Jennifer, and Ben standing around a dining room table in 1979…

Why then does the Blue Wave want to buck tradition and have Talossa become a republic? This is because while monarchy is a Talossan tradition,
politics, political thought, and the drive for “a more perfect” government, is even more a part of Talossan tradition than the monarchy itself. Ben Madison started Talossa because
he was tired of American politics and American culture in general. A republic is in the very best tradition of Talossa because it is a natural stage of evolution after monarchy/dictatorship/oligarchy. Such was the case with the United States, and such will eventually be the case, I think, with New Zealand, Australia, etc. Rome did very well as a Republic. Then, the Roman people decided a monarchy was cooler. And look at them today.

If a republic is so good, why then is the Blue Wave willing to compromise on republic vs. monarchy? Because there is too much grass-roots support in Talossa for a continuance of the monarchy, and the Blue Wave believes that a monarchy devoid of all political and legislative power can be a force for institutional continuity and can be a force for positive continuity, leaving the elected Chancellor/President as well as the Ziu free to be servants of politics while the monarch represents the nation as a whole. The Blue Wave believes this can work very well.

Blue Wave Party
29 July 2007