Not the circle, though, which might seem the ultimately democratic design, and got a kick-start with Iceland's 10th century Althing
, but never became seriously fashionable.
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Technical information: ALTHING
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In many of the European languages, the word 'thing' has a link with ancient words for an assembly or a gathering, such as the Icelandic term for Parliament, Althing
Incidentally, the Norse 'thing' is still seen in the names of the Parliaments of Iceland (Althing
), Norway (Storting) and Denmark (Folkesting).
Just days after sacking Bjarni Gudjonsson after a three-match losing streak, KR summoned former player Willum Thorsson, who doubles as a member of the Icelandic parliament and was able to help out his old club because the Althing
is in its summer recess.
One longs to join them out in the fields at the Althing
(gathering) at Dexter Farm or Ricksmansworth; but as Pollen reports, even the dressed-up rituals there could have their longueurs.
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In 930 AD, this government took shape as the Althing
, or assembly.
Apart from a vivid picture of love, intrigue, raids, and the social mores of an early medieval society, the sagas describe the legal disputes that were often settled at the annual Althing
, the all-island gathering in June when laws were revisited and lawyers argued cases The Icelanders paid no taxes, and the absence of an executive police force meant that judgments had little finality; the involved parties still had room to maneuver post-judgment, resulting in either monetary compensations or revenge killings with feuds to follow.
Fifteen parties will be vying for the 63 seats in the Althing
, or parliament.
While the Icelandic government tried to censor the document, procuring a court injunction to block discussion of the report on the Iceland state press, the report was widely distributed through the Internet anyway and the government was so thoroughly discredited that the Icelandic Althing
(parliament) passed a sweeping free press haven law to prevent government censorship in the future.