Royal Decrees (Steeria and Highfield)

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Royal Decrees (Steeria and Highfield)

Postby Max II » Mon Apr 18, 2016 3:01 pm

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ROYAL DECREE Nº 1

TO ALL AND SINGULAR to whom these Presents shall come, Their Majesties the King and Queen of Steeria and Highfield send greeting!

WHEREAS it has been proposed to unify the Empire of Sangun and South Cibola with the Kingdom of Minarboria;

LET IT THEREFORE BE KNOWN that we, Max the Second, King of Steeria and Highfield, and Octavia, Queen of Steeria and Highfield, do hereby ratify the Treaty of Sansabury as contained in the Schedule to this Decree.

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SCHEDULE: THE TREATY OF SANSABURY

THE TREATY OF SANSABURY

FOR THE UNIFICATION OF

THE KINGDOM OF MINARBORIA

AND

THE EMPIRE OF SANGUN AND SOUTH CIBOLA


TO ALL AND SINGULAR to whom these Presents shall come, Lyssansa, Queen of Minarboria and of Lichbrook, Reigning Empress of Sangun, Empress of South Cibola, Grand Princess of Treisenberg, &c., and the members of the Council of Princes of the Empire, send greeting!

WHEREAS it has become evident that the mode of governance originally devised for the Empire of Sangun and South Cibola is no longer adequate;

AND WHEREAS the duly elected Empress Lyssansa has offered a model of greater and more stable union with her realm of Minarboria;

AND WHEREAS the faith of that realm has begun to take root in the rest, and we are desirous of maintaining peace and amity between the believers of our various realms and those who follow the Shrub-God;

LET IT THEREFORE BE KNOWN that the following Articles have been negotiated and agreed upon by the Empress and the Council of Princes, in good faith and without effort of evasion:

Article I.
The Imperial Charter of the Empire of Sangun and South Cibola is hereby rescinded by the provisions of Article 17 of that document.

Article II.
The Empire of Sangun and South Cibola is hereby dissolved.

Article III.
The Kingdom of Minarboria, the Empire of Greater Sangun, the Grand Principality of Treisenberg and the Common Bailiwicks, the Kingdom of Leichenberg, the United Kingdom of Steeria and Highfield, the Kingdom of Riskai and the Idunn Isles, the Kingdom of Tiěyá, and the Khanate of Karalakh do hereby establish a new union by the name of the Empire of Minarboria, to be constituted in accordance with the Imperial Root Law contained in the Schedule to this treaty.

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SCHEDULE: THE IMPERIAL ROOT LAW OF THE EMPIRE OF MINARBORIA

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THE IMPERIAL ROOT LAW OF THE EMPIRE OF MINARBORIA

Chapter 1: The Nature of the Empire

Article 1
The Empire of Minarboria is the greater garden of the Shrub-God Minarbor. It comprises:

(i) The original Minarborian territories situated on the continent of Benacia, which are known as the Imperial Shrublands;

(ii) The Empire of Greater Sangun (大三郡帝国 (Dai Sangun Teikoku);

(iii) The Grand Principality of Treisenberg and the Common Bailiwicks (Grossfürstentum Treisenberg und die Gemeinen Vogteien);

(iv) The Kingdom of Leichenberg (Königreich Leichenberg);

(v) The United Kingdom of Steeria and Highfield (Vereinigtes Königreich Stiermark und Hochfeld);

(vi) The Kingdom of Riskai and the Idunn Isles (Riskaiar og Iðunnareyja Konungsríki);

(vii) The Kingdom of Tiěyá (Königreich Tiěyá; 鐵崖王國 Tetsugai Ōkoku/Tiěyá Wángguó);

(viii) The Khanate of Karalakh (Karalax Xanliki).

Article 1.1
The Imperial Shrublands, the Empire of Greater Sangun and the Grand Principality of Treisenberg and the Common Bailiwicks are known collectively as the Lands of the Imperial Crown.

Article 1.2
The Kingdom of Leichenberg, United Kingdom of Steeria and Highfield, Kingdom of Riskai and the Idunn Isles, Kingdom of Tiěyá and Khanate of Karalakh are known collectively as the Imperial Realms.

Article 2
The capital of the Empire is the city of Sansabury.

Article 3
Overdolor English is the language of the Imperial Administration. Laqi, Lywind English, High Saxon and Sangunese are official languages of the Empire.

Chapter 2: The Empress

Article 4
The Empire is a federated necrarchy under the leadership of the Bride of Minarbor, Lyssansa of the House of Rossheim, who is styled Empress of Minarboria with the qualification of Imperial Jolliness.

Article 5
As the Bride of Minarbor, the Empress of Minarboria possesses supreme executive, legislative and administrative authority over the Lands of the Imperial Crown. Within these territories, submission to her will is politely requested by the Shrub-God himself.

Article 5.1
Within the Imperial Shrublands, the Empress:

(i) possesses supreme legislative authority: no law can come into force without her personal approval.

(ii) possesses supreme administrative authority: on the highest level of administration her authority is direct and on subordinate levels of administration, she determines the degree of authority of the officials who act in her name and in accordance with her orders;

(iii) appoints and dismisses all state officials whose appointment or dismissal has not been otherwise determined by law;

(iv) issues Royal Decrees for the organisation and functioning of state administration, as well as directives essential for the execution of the law;

(v) has the right to pardon the accused, to mitigate the sentence and even to completely forgive transgressions, including the right to terminate court actions against the guilty and to free them from trial and punishment;

(vi) has the right to act freely in all matters that are not otherwise subject to existing law.

Article 5.2
Within the of Greater Sangun and the Grand Principality of Treisenberg and the Common Bailiwicks, the Empress exercises supreme authority in accordance with local law.

Article 6
The Empress has the sole right to bestow and revoke citizenship.

Article 7
The Empress is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the Empire.

Chapter 3: The Regent Interdum

Article 8
The Empress may appoint a Regent Interdum to maintain the basic functions of government during her absence.

Article 9
The Regent Interdum has the authority to:

(i) Enforce the law of the Empire, including the Root Law;

(ii) Undertake defensive military action within the borders of the Empire;

(iii) Receive representatives of foreign states;

(iv) Maintain the administration of the Lands of the Crown.

Article 10
The Regent Interdum is prohibited from:

(i) Amending the Root Law;

(ii) Entering into treaties with foreign states or organisations;

(iii) Undertaking military action beyond the borders of the Empire;

(iv) Interfering in the administration of the Imperial Realms.

Article 11
Any decrees or decisions of the Regent Interdum not expressly confirmed by the Empress upon her return are to be deemed invalid.

Chapter 4: The Council of Necrarchs

Article 12
The Council of Necrarchs is the supreme legislative body of the Empire. It comprises:

(i) the Empress of Minarboria, or the Regent Interdum in her absence;

(ii) the King and Queen of Leichenberg;

(iii) the King and Queen of Steeria and Highfield;

(iv) the King of Riskai and the Idunn Isles;

(v) the Queen of Tiěyá;

(vi) the Khan of Karalakh.

Article 13
The Council of Necrarchs is presided over by the Empress.

Article 14
The Council of Necrarchs issues Imperial Decrees for the organisation and administration of the Empire as a whole.

Chapter 5: The State Arbors

Article 15
The First State Arbor is reserved for the Empress and other necrarchs. It is here that the Council of Necrarchs meets and from here that Imperial and Royal Decrees are proclaimed.

Article 16
The Second State Arbor is reserved for citizens and it is from here that the internal affairs of the Empire are conducted.

Article 17
The Third State Arbor is reserved for the subjects of foreign states and their representatives and it is from here that the external affairs of the Empire are conducted.

Chapter 6: The Imperial Shrublands

Article 18
That portion of the Imperial Shrublands under direct Imperial lordship is known as the Lichnina.

Article 18.1
The Lichnina comprises:

(i) The Lichgraviate of Lywall, which has its seat of administration in the city of Lynik;

(ii) The Lichgraviate of Lachmeren, which has its seat of administration in the city of Merensk;

(iii) The Lichgraviate of Novodolor, which has its seat of administration in the city of Novodolorsk;

(iv) The Royal Forest of Litel, which has its seat of administration in the settlement of Swainmote Lodge.

Article 18.2
The three lichgraviates are each administered by a governor appointed by the Empress.

Article 18.3
The Royal Forest of Litel is administered by a Deep Singer appointed by the Empress, who is styled Verderer of Litel.

Article 19
The remaining territory of the Imperial Shrublands is divided between five autonomous jurisdictions:

(i) The Garden of Whisperwood;

(ii) The Marquessate of &zeter;

(iii) The Jollity of Toastytop;

(iv) The County of Gloomvale;

(v) The Principality of Highbloom.

Article 19.1
The Garden of Whisperwood is a palatine jurisdiction held by Fleurette de Taniere-Gaudin of the Deep Singers and her lawful successors, who are styled Warden of Whisperwood.

Article 19.2
The Marquessate of &zeter is a palatine jurisdiction held by Clarence Etzeterra, who is styled Marquess of &zeter.

Article 19.3
The Jollity of Toastytop is a palatine jurisdiction held by Lord Toastypops.

Article 19.4
The County of Gloomvale is a palatine jurisdiction held by the Von Schatten Company.

Article 19.5
The Principality of Highbloom is a palatine jurisdiction held by the Princess Royal Octavia, who is styled Princess of Highbloom.

Article 19.6
The designated holder of each jurisdiction possesses regalian rights over and within that territory.

Chapter 7: The Imperial Realms

Article 20
The Imperial Realms are sovereign necrarchies within the Empire.

Article 20.1
The Kingdom of Leichenberg is the realm of Max I and Mira Raynora the Younger of the House of Rossheim.

Article 20.2
The United ingdom of Steeria and Highfield is the realm of Max II and Octavia of the House of Rossheim.

Article 20.3
The Kingdom of Riskai and the Idunn Isles is the realm of Sadamara Aptrgangr of the House of Rossheim-Nidaros-Riskai.

Article 20.4
The Kingdom of Tiěyá is the realm of the Gǔ Dynasty.

Article 2.5
The Khanate of Karalakh is the realm of Nela Khan Karalakhli.

Article 21
The necrarch of each Imperial Realm exercises supreme authority over his or her own territory in accordance with local law.

Chapter 8: The Church of Minarbor

Article 22
The Church of Minarbor is the established church of the Empire.

Article 23
As the Bride of Minarbor, the Empress is supreme head of the church.

Article 24
As the first children of his garden, the Deep Singers are entrusted by the Shrub-God with the running of his church.

Article 25
The highest cleric of the church shall be the Resector of Sansabury, who is appointed by the Queen to minister to her capital and serve as the attendant of Minarbor. From the Resector will stem all other consecrations and appointments of the clerics of the church.

Article 26
The everyday governance of the church shall be in the hands of the Holy Synod, comprised of the Resector of Sansabury, the Cultor of Toastytop, the resector and two seniormost cultors of each of the jurisdictions of Lywall and Lachmeren, Novodolor, Whisperwood, &zeter, Gloomvale and Highbloom, and the seniormost cultor of the realms of Greater Sangun, Treisenberg and the Common Bailiwicks, Leichenberg, Steeria and Highfield, Riskai and the Idunn Isles, Tiěyá, and Karalakh.

Article 27
The Resector of Sansabury shall preside over the Holy Synod as the representative of the Shrub-God Minarbor and his Bride, and shall be empowered to veto or repeal the acts the Synod.

Chapter 9: The Symbols of the Empire

Article 28
The flag of the Empire consists of a black field edged with two narrow stripes, the upper stripe of Lywind Blue and the lower stripe of maroon. In the centre, there is a representation of the Shrub-God Minarbor surrounded by a wreath or torse of alternating twists of Lywind Blue and maroon.

Article 29
The great seal of the Empire consists of a representation of the Shrub-God Minarbor surrounded by a wreath or torse of alternating twists of Lywind Blue and maroon. Beneath the torse, a pair of green leafy tendrils extend from a scroll bearing the motto "Pro virgulto omnia".

Chapter 10: Amendments to the Imperial Root Law

Article 30
The Imperial Root Law may be changed or amended only by the Council of Necrarchs.


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Given by us on the Eighteenth of April in the year 2016,

For the Kingdom of Minarboria:
Lyssansa

For the Empire of Greater Sangun:
Lyssansa

For the Grand Principality of Treisenberg and the Common Bailiwicks:
Lyssansa

For the Kingdom of Leichenberg:
Max (I) and Mira

For the United Kingdom of Steeria and Highfield:
Max (II) and Octavia

For the Kingdom of Riskai and the Idunn Isles:
Sadamara Aptrgangr

For the Kingdom of Tiěyá:
Sàohuáng

For the Khanate of Karalakh
Nela Khan Karalakhli


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Given by us at Steerwick on the Eighteenth Day of April in the Year Two Thousand and Sixteen,

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