RUMP

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RUMP
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Leader: Alexandreu Davinescu
Dates Active: 27 September 2005 to present
Beliefs: Monarchist, conservative, derivatist.

The RUMP is a Talossan political party, officially named the Raziunavalmint Üccitour Movamaintsch da Practicalità [Reasonably Straightforward Movement of Practicality]. It was founded on 27 September 2005, six weeks after the abdication of King Robert I as a third-party alternative to the fiercely adversarial La Mhà Nheagrâ (MN) party of the former King and the ascendant Conservative Loyalist Party (CLP). The disputes between the King and the CLP had precipitated the abdication of the King, and bad feelings ran high in the Kingdom. The RUMP alternative was created with a "Talossa should be fun!" mandate, which influences the choice of a humorous party acronym.

The party name was decided during a discussion between party founders Baron Hooligan and Xhorxh Unamind, toying with potential party names having alcoholic acronyms, such as ALE and BEER. When Unamind suggested the Random Unilateral Movement (RUM), Hooligan added P for Party, and the RUMP was born. The third founder of the party was Cresti Siervicül.

Party Organisation

Party Leadership

The RUMP is currently led by Sir Alexandreu Davinescu. Hooligan led the party at its foundation, followed by Brad Holmes, Sir Iustì Canun, Sir Alexandreu Davinescu, and Dame Litz Cjantscheir, who returned the leadership position to Hooligan in early 2012. Thereafter Txec Rólbeard Nordselva became party leader, followed by Sir Alexandreu Davinescu again in June 2014.

Party Whip

The RUMP party leader appoints a RUMP Whip, who publishes to the party members any position papers and provides guidance to members of the Cosa holding RUMP seats. There is currently no whip.

Mysterious Executive Coven of the RUMP

The party leader also appoints members to the Mysterious Executive Coven of the RUMP, which is charged with creating the party platform with input from all party members and oversight by the party leader, and with maintaining the activity of the party mailing list and formalising things like the party's secret handshake and other miscellany. The current membership of the Coven is:

Party Mailing List

The RUMP maintains a mailing list that permits for distribution of information from the leadership and provides an avenue for debate and discussion, open to all party members.

Party Traditions

Change of Name

Party tradition is that the party name (but not its initials) changes with each general election. The following names have been adopted:

  • Random Unilateral Movement Party (36th Cosa)
  • Restore and Uphold the Monarchy Party (37th Cosa)
  • Revitalization Under the Monarch Party (38th Cosa)
  • Remove Useless Ministers Party (39th Cosa)
  • Really Unpopular Majority Party (40th Cosa)
  • El Raßemblamaintsch Unusual dels Misfätsilor Pareßeis [The Unusual Rally of Lazy Delinquents] (41st Cosa)
  • Restent Uçind ár Mocts Previösen [Still Using Our Previous Words] (42nd Cosa)
  • Restent Utramaßind els Muiteux Progreßíus [Still fending off the many Progressives] (43rd Cosa)
  • Rexhalistaes Unificheschti per el Monarc'h es els Popuis [Royalists for the Monarch and the People] (44th Cosa)
  • Rexhalistaes Unenuxhinds pr'iensa Monarc'hã Panincestind (45th Cosa)
  • Rexhalistaes Unificheschti pr'iensa Monarc'hà Perpetul [Royalists United for the Monarchy in Perpetuity] (46th Cosa)
  • Rexhalistaes Unificheschti pr'iensa Monarc'ha Petrechind [Royalists United for a Fun-Having Monarchy] (47th Cosa)
  • Rexhalistaes Unificheschti pr'iensa Monarc'hà Parciloqua [Royalists United for a Monarchy of Parsimonious-language] (48th Cosa)
  • Raziunavalmint Üccitour Movamaintsch da Practicalità [Reasonably Straightforward Movement of Practicality] (49th Cosa)

RUMP Day Parade

The party holds an annual parade, inviting all members to post an electronic "float" on a specific forum thread on RUMP Day (2 February). The Party Leader posts the first and final float of the parade. The first float announces the theme of the parade and the final float "carries" the newly inducted "Gun Moll of the Mysterious Executive Coven of the RUMP" (usually a celebrity chosen by a vote of the party for the popularity of his or her posterior). The Gun Molls of the Party have been:

  • Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, Queen of England (2005) [honorary]
  • Miss Vikki "the Back" Dougan (2006) [honorary]
  • Dawn French (2007) [honorary]
  • Rosalie Anderson (Andie) MacDowell (2008) [honorary]
  • Tora Sossaman (2009)
  • The Memory of the Dear Departed Tora Sossaman (2010) [honorary]
  • Sir Samuhel Tecladeir (2011) [due to a Y-chromosome-shortage in the party leadership, the Coven sported its first-ever male moll]
  • Kari Byron (2012) [honorary]
  • Jewel Staite (2013) [honorary]

RUMP Roast

On 2 August (six months between RUMP Days), the RUMP sometimes chooses a prominent citizen of the nation (never a member of the party) and roasts that person using humorous posts, always concluding with the final remark that the roastee wishes that he or she were a RUMPer.

Advocating for and Against Provincial Status for Péngöpäts

In each odd-numbered Cosa, the RUMP typically authors and sponsors legislation that would make Péngöpäts into a province, and then, when the legislation reaches the floor of the Ziu, argues against it and ensures its defeat.

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