Þistoria dal Monarc’hà
El Röin da Róibeard Pirmalaiset (The Reign of King Robert I)
On 26 December 1979 Robert Ben Madison, a 14-year old high school student in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, declared his bedroom to be an independent sovereign state: the Kingdom of Talossa. He took the Throne as King Robert I.
Beginning in 1981, other people were admitted to the RT (Regipäts Talossan; Kingdom of Talossa) as citizens. Democratic elections began in 1981 and the nation became a constitutional monarchy in 1985.
Robert Dobberpuhl was created King Robert II and served a 47 day reign in early 1987. His predecessor had abdicated in favour of the second King Robert while the nation was experiencing a strong feeling for abolition of the monarchy. In a referendum, however, the installation of Robert II as King passed with just over half of the vote, and the monarchy was continued. The new King failed to endear himself to the people, however, and the People United for No King (PUNK) party swept the next election, and legislatively terminated King Robert II’s reign.
The nation was in a period of crisis from 29 March until 24 August 1987, as a royal personage for the nation was sought. King Robert I, at this time, chose not to heed the calls from various quarters for him to reassume the Throne. During this interregnum, the nation was known as “The Peculiar Republic of Talossa.”
The search for a suitable monarch ended when Florence I (Florence Yarney) was acclaimed Sovereign and crowned on 24 August 1987. She reigned until renouncing the Crown in favour of the restoration of King Robert I on 27 February 1988.
Her brief reign saw great strides in the political life of the nation, including the creation of the legislative journal, The Clark. During her reign, she was referred to as “King Florence.”
King Robert I was returned to the throne in early 1988, and led the effort to establish a new constitution, which was adopted late in that year.
In 1997, the Organic Law was approved by a public referendum, replacing the 1988 constitution. The OrgLaw further develops the democratic nature of Talossa.
King Robert I was always a leading light in various political parties. However, the Organic Law now prohibits the King from holding the chief offices of political power in Talossa, and in 2003 he left the Ziu for good.
King Robert I reigned until his abdication in favour of King Louis, on 16 August 2005.
King Louis ascended to the throne coïncident with the ascension of the star Canopus (Alpha Carinae) on 16 August 2005. This is significant because our mythical Berber forebears on the Canary Islands marked the beginning of their lunar year with the ascension of Canopus. His Majesty being a minor, the business of state was conducted by an appointed Regent, G. Rajala, who held the royal powers. King Louis abdicated the throne on 29 November 2006, by the act of his legal guardian (the two Houses of the Ziu, together with the Uppermost Cort).
From 29 November 2006 until 14 March 2007 Talossa was without a King. The Uppermost Cort acted as the Council of Regency, until the Ziu, in accordance with its Organic responsibility, elected a King, and the choice was ratified by the people.
After the interregnum caused by the end of the House of Rouergue, His Majesty King John ascended to the throne on 14 March 2007. King John was elected by the Ziu on 21 February 2007, and the election was ratified by the people of Talossa in a special referendum. King John was chosen by the Ziu and the people for his selfless devotion to the nation, in such positions of high responsibility as Secretary of State, Chancellor of the Royal Talossan Bar, Senator, and Herald in the College of Arms. His Majesty maintains an active interest in the national language and heritage, and will be coronated on Talossan soil.