THE CONSTITUTIONAL COMPACT of the MOST SERENE UNION

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THE CONSTITUTIONAL COMPACT of the MOST SERENE UNION

Post by House Meir » Mon Jun 27, 2016 6:17 am

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[quote]1. Amended by the MSU-Istvanistan Agreement[/quote]


THE CONSTITUTIONAL COMPACT
of the
MOST SERENE UNION OF THALASSA, NERIDIA AND ST. ANDRE


We, the people of the Natopian demesnes of Thalassa, Neridia and St. Andre, recognizing Our rights and duties as a part of the Natopian system of government, reaffirm our adherence to the Caprine Code; and in order to assure the demesnial government power to act for the good order of the state and the liberty, health, safety and welfare of the people, we do ordain and establish this CONSTITUTIONAL COMPACT -

CHAPTER I: Establishment of the Most Serene Union of Thalassa, Neridia and St. Andre.

1. The Natopian People of the Demesnes of Thalassa, Neridia and St. Andre (hereafter referred to as "the Most Serene Union"), united in their desire to build a secure, prosperous, and stable future for posterity, establish the Most Serene Union of Thalassa, Neridia and St. Andre in its belonging lands, territories and possessions.
2. Any man, woman or child which shares the bonds of blood, friendship, or law with the Most Serene Union of Thalassa, Neridia and St. Andre, and with its values and purpose has the right to claim membership in the Most Serene Union in accordance with the law.
3. The lands, territories and possession of the Most Serene Union of Thalassa, Neridia and St. Andre are inviolable, in accordance with the Treaty of Graveacre.
4. The Treaty of Graveacre is hereby considered as a constitutional document, and is recognized as law of the land in the Most Serene Union.

CHAPTER II: Jurisdiction.

1. The law, administration and jurisdiction of the Most Serene Union extend to the whole of its territory under effective control of its Government.
2. The common law, and all other law adopted before this Constitutional Compact, remains intact in as much it conforms to the present Constitution.
3. The present Constitutional Compact is the supreme law of the land. All things repugnant to it are null and void.
4. The Most Serene Union has ratified the Caprine Code and is bound by it through this Constitution.
5. The enumeration in this Constitutional Compact of specified powers and functions shall be construed neither as a grant nor as a limitation of the powers of demesnial government but the demesnial government shall have all of the powers not denied by this Constitutional Compact or by or under the Caprine Code.

CHAPTER III: Rights, Freedoms and Liberties.

1. No law shall be enacted respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
2. All persons are born equally free and independent, and have unalienable rights, among which are the enjoyment and defense of life and liberty and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.
3. No person in the Union, whether born in the country or brought over from across seas or borders, or any person in the Most Serene Union's protection, may be held, either by law, tradition or other force, to serve any person or entity whatsoever as a slave or laborer, unless bound by the affected person's own clear, objective and continuous consent or by a conviction from an impartial court of law for an act that is an offence under codified or common law in the Most Serene Union. No person may, under the same provisions, have his or her freedom, independence or liberty suspended or terminated.
4. No person may be condemned to death. The right to life of a person is inviolable.
5. No person may be subjected to any torture, whether it be corporal or psychological, or to any degrading treatment under any circumstances, for all persons own the right to security of person.
6. No person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law, nor be denied the equal protection of the laws, nor be denied the enjoyment of his or her civil rights or be discriminated against in the exercise thereof because of sex, nationality, color, creed, ethnicity, cultural or social heritage or status, economical status, sexual preference or identity.
7. All persons, being equal to one and another, have the freedom of conscience. They may believe what they will and express such views in a peaceful and considerate manner and not to express them at all. No entity of the Most Serene Union, nor any other entity, individual or power, may compel a person to reveal his or her feelings on a matter, whether it be politics, religion or personal. Courts of law may, however, compel persons to reveal facts that are relevant to a case in question.
8. Everyone within the Most Serene Union has right to, without having to purchase it, recourse to the laws for all injuries and wrongs that he or she may have received in person, property or character. The individual enjoys freedom to obtain right and justice freely in conformity with law, no person shall be compelled to give testimony which might tend to incriminate him or her.
9. Whenever a person is accused or charged in accordance with law with an offence, the person has the right to be presumed innocent until he or she is proved guilty according to law in a trial that is public and impartial.
10. All persons, who by free will reside in the Most Serene Union, have the freedom of movement in the Most Serene Union, to choose their own place of residence within the Most Serene Union, subject to the respect of law, and to emigrate to a foreign country that will receive them.
11. The government of the Most Serene Union is instituted for the advancement, protection and security of its people and not, under any circumstances, the particular advantage of any single individual, set of persons, family, or entity, whether within or without the Most Serene Union.

CHAPTER IV: The Prince of the Most Serene Union of Thalassa, Neridia and St. Andre.

1. The demesnial legislative, executive and judicial powers of the Most Serene Union are fully vested and entrusted upon His Serene Highness, the Prince of the Most Serene Union (hereafter called "the Prince"), who exercises them with the advice of His or Her Electors according to the laws and customs of the Most Serene Union.
2. There shall be a Grand Council of Electors, chosen from among the people of the Most Serene Union by the Prince, who shall advise the Prince with regularity on the affairs of the Most Serene Union.
3. The term of office for the Prince is for life, unless he or she abdicates, or is removed from office.
4. The office of Prince of the Most Serene Union is vested upon the current Prince of Neridia, Janus Eadric, now known as Prince Janus I, and inherited by men and women of his line and house, in accordance with provisions set forth by the laws and customs of the Most Serene Union. These will be written, ratified and published by the Prince of the Most Serene Union.

CHAPTER V: Houses of the Most Serene Union.

1. The Houses of the Most Serene Union shall be:
  • a.) House Eadric, or the Most Serene House of the Union, led by Prince Janus I;
    b.) House Meir;
    c.) House Kilynn;
    d.) House Redquill.
2. New Houses may be formed or existing ones altered only with the approval of the Prince of the Most Serene Union.
3. Houses of the Most Serene Union shall exist to increase the character and style of the Most Serene Union by culturally developing itself and any subdivisions they may administer on behalf of the Prince.
4. There shall be a Small Council, composed of all the heads of the Houses of the Most Serene Union, that will be convened by the Prince with regularity to advise him or her in the affairs of the Most Serene Union.

CHAPTER VI: The Great Cities of the Most Serene Union.

1. The Great Cities of the Most Serene Union shall be the cities of Frenzyville, Redquill, Port St. Andre, Graveacre, Eadricton, Marmont and Etampes.
2. The status of Great City is only conferred by the Prince of the Most Serene Union.
3. The Prince of the Most Serene Union shall exercise his or her power to establish in one of the Great Cities the Seat of the Government of the Most Serene Union, or decide to erect a new city and confer upon it Great City status.
4. The Great Cities of the Most Serene Union are granted special administrative powers that derive from the Prince, to administer and rule over their own affairs within the limitations established by this Constitutional Charter, and the laws and customs of the Most Serene Union.
5. The Houses of the Most Serene Union must choose a Great City as the seat of its House. No House may share a Great City as its seat.

CHAPTER VII: Final and Transitory Provisions.

1. The present Constitutional Compact repeals and replaces Presidential Decree #DT06-08242015, as well as any other contravening law or custom established by the Transitional Governments of St. Andre and Neridia.
2. The present Constitutional Compact is amended by the Prince with the advice and consent of the Grand Council of Electors.
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Re: THE CONSTITUTIONAL COMPACT of the MOST SERENE UNION

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J A N V S - P R I N C E P S
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JANUS
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Post by Janus Eadric » Sun Mar 25, 2018 5:28 am

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the First of His Name,
by the Grace of Bous,
Prince of the Most Serene Union,

Prince of Neridia, Father of the Neridian Nation, & Count of Eadricton,
and to all of those whom these presents come, GREETING


Divine Province, in recalling us to our home and estates after the Great Betrayal and the Doom of Neridia, has laid upon us great obligations.

First, a veritable need for peace and security, to which we employed many years of service in subduing the warring groups of Neridia and then in defending Saint Andre during the War of the Lost Brothers, must be our first and foremost concern in addressing a change in our constitutional arrangements to grow and nurture greater peace and stability;

Second, a need to build a government that reflects the diversity its people –Neridian, Istvanistani, Haifan, Andrino, and Alexandrian – and recognizes that maintaining unity means embracing our common destiny and future as Natopians;

Third, recognition of the great strides and developments made by the society of the Most Serene Union and a commitment to establishing good constitutional order and governance to nurture progress;

Fourth, affirming as determining factors in our life our citizenship of the Bovic Empire of the Natopian Nation and our aspiration continually to enrich our democratic heritage in the individual and collective enjoyment of its rights and privileges; our loyalty to the principles of the Caprine Code and to the Natopian Emperor; the co-existence in the Most Serene Union of the many great cultures and peoples that call the Most Serene Union their home; our fervor for education; our faith in justice; our devotion to the courageous, industrious, and peaceful way of life; our fidelity to individual human values above and beyond social position, racial differences, and economic interests;

We are bound to estimate the effects of the ever increasing progress of enlightenment, the new relations which these advances have introduced into society, the direction impressed upon opinions during our history, and the significant alterations which have resulted therefrom: We have recognized that the wish of Our subjects for a new constitutional charter was the expression of a real need; but, in yielding to this wish, We have taken every precaution that this charter should be worthy of Us and of the people over whom We are proud to rule.

While we have recognized that a free and monarchical constitution was necessary to meet the expectations, We have also been constrained to remember that Our first duty towards Our subjects was to preserve, in their own interest, the rights and prerogatives of Our Crown.

Assured of our intentions, and strengthened by our conscience, We pledge ourselves, in the presence of this Grand Council of Electors which hears Us, to be faithful to this Constitutional Charter, reserving to Ourselves to swear to maintain it with a new solemnity, before the altars of Bous, who judges all humans and nations.

For these reasons, We have voluntarily, and by the free exercise of Our Authority, accorded and do accord, grant and concede to our subjects, as well for us as for our successors forever, the Constitutional Charter which follows:
PART ONE. THE INVIOLABLE CLAUSES.


1. This Constitutional Charter is divided into Eleven Parts.
2. Part One of this Constitutional Charter may only be altered by the Prince, and only when absolutely necessary to maintain the security, integrity, and good order and governance It shall be a custom for the Prince to consult the Grand Council of Electors before making any amendments to the Inviolable Clauses, but in the end, the Prince may choose to reject the advice provided by the Council of Electors.
3. This Constitutional Charter is the highest source of authority in the Most Serene Union, binding all who exist within its jurisdiction including all persons of government. This includes the Prince, and the national authorities once this Charter is confirmed as expressed by the Caprine Code.
4. The entity of government defined in this document is the descended and legitimate heir of the First Most Serene Union, of the demesnes of Thalassa, Neridia, Istvanistan, and St. Andre, and of their individual demesnial governments; desiring to remain united in one common and united demesne, with separation or partition forbidden.
5. It shall remain the right of the people of the Most Serene Union, as the defenders of the Union, to remove any person in high office that violates the Inviolable Clauses by any means necessary.
6. The other Parts of this Constitutional Charter may be amended by the Prince, only with the advice and consent of the Grand Council of Electors.
7. The sovereign right of the Most Serene Union to determine its own affairs within the Bovic Empire of the Natopian Nation is affirmed, as is its inviolable and permanent unity and permanence in the Bovic Empire of the Natopian Nation.
8. The Most Serene Union shall not in any circumstances cede any of its territory, as represented on official Union Government records and maps. Where such territory is forcibly removed, it is incumbent upon the people of the Most Serene Union to fight to reclaim it.
9. The Most Serene Union’s population shall be interpreted as to always include Neridians, Alexandrians, Istvanistani, Andrinos, and Caputians.
10. The Most Serene Union’s primary economic heritage shall be interpreted as natural gas, agriculture, mining, technology, finance, and forestry.
11. The Houses of the Most Serene Union shall be:
  • a. House Eadric, or the House of Eadric, the Princely House, led by Prince Janus I;
    b. House Meir;
    c. House Carrillo;
    d. House Kilynn, or House Waffel-Paine;
    e. House Redquill;
    f. House Ayreon-Kalirion.
12. New Houses may be formed, or existing ones altered or dissolved, only with the approval of the Prince of the Most Serene Union.
13. The Prince may revoke any titles, honors, and offices he has bestowed at any time, for any reason. He is the fons honorum, the single fountain of honor of the Most Serene Union.
14. Houses of the Most Serene Union shall exist to increase the character and style of the Most Serene Union by culturally developing itself and any subdivisions they may administer on behalf of the Prince.
15. The Advisors of the Most Serene Union to the Imperial Conference shall always be appointed by the Prince and vote in the Imperial Conference in accordance to the wishes of the Prince.
16. The Prince of the Most Serene Union determines which political parties may operate in the Most Serene Union.
17. Whenever this Charter or any laws in the Most Serene Union refer to a masculine “Prince”, it shall also refer to the feminine “Princess”, as both genders can hold the Princely Throne.
18. All members of the Most Serene Government, before taking the powers of their office, will need to swear or affirm Loyalty, to be provided by law.

PART TWO. THE MOST SERENE UNION OF DEMESNES.


1. The Natopian People of the Demesnes of Thalassa, Neridia, Istvanistan, New Alexandria, and St. Andre (hereafter referred to as "the Most Serene Union"), united in their desire to build a secure, prosperous, and stable future for posterity, establish the Most Serene Union of Demesnes in its belonging lands, territories and possessions.
2. Its capital shall be the city of Dos Gardenias, in Thalassa. It may only be moved by order of the Prince of the Most Serene Union only due to extraordinary reasons, for a period of no longer than five (5) AN years.
3. Any man, woman or child which shares the bonds of blood, friendship, or law with the Demesnes of Thalassa, Neridia, Istvanistan, New Alexandria, and St. Andre and with its values and purpose has the right to claim membership in the Most Serene Union in accordance with the laws.
4. The lands, territories and possession of the Most Serene Union are inviolable, in accordance with the Treaty of Graveacre.
5. The Treaty of Graveacre, and the Second MSU-Istvanistani Agreement are hereby considered as constitutional documents, recognized as law of the land in the Most Serene Union, in addition to this Constitutional Charter.
6. The official languages in the Most Serene Union are the Istvanistani, Fransch, Martino, and Natspeak.
7. The Most Serene Union has the National Colors, Flag, Seal, and Coat of Arms as well as the National Anthem, determined by the Prince;
8. Motto of the Most Serene Union is “Esto Perpetua”.

PART THREE. PUBLIC LAW OF THE MOST SERENE UNION


1. All residents of the Union are equal before the law, whatever may be their titles and ranks.
2. They contribute without distinction, in proportion to their fortunes, towards the expenses of the state.
3. They are all equally admissible to civil and military employments.
4. Their personal liberty is likewise guaranteed; no one can be prosecuted nor arrested save in the cases provided by law and in the form which it prescribes.
5. Everyone may profess their religion with equal freedom and shall obtain for their worship the same protection; excepting those religions deemed to be hate groups or abominable to the security of the country, such as the Cult of the Stripping Path;
6. Nevertheless, the official religion of the Most Serene Union is Bovinism.
7. Ministers of the Dozan Bovic Church and of the Church of Caputia receive stipends from the Princely Treasury.
8. All residents of the Union have the right to publish and to have printed their opinions, while conforming with the laws, which are necessary to restrain abuses of that liberty.
9. All property is inviolable, without any exception for the called national, the law making no distinction between them.
10. The state can require the sacrifice of a property because of a legally established public interest, only with a previous indemnity.
11. The government of the Most Serene Union is instituted for the advancement, protection and security of its people and not, under any circumstances, the advantage of any single individual, set of persons, family, or entity, whether within or without the Most Serene Union.
12. No person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law, nor be denied the equal protection of the laws, nor be denied the enjoyment of his or her civil rights or be discriminated against in the exercise thereof because of sex, nationality, color, creed, ethnicity, cultural or social heritage or status, economic status, sexual preference or identity.

PART FOUR. THE GOVERNMENT OF THE PRINCE.


1. The person of His Serene Majesty, the Prince of the Most Serene Union, is inviolable and sacred. His ministers are responsible. To the Prince alone belongs the executive power. The office of Prince of the Most Serene Union is vested upon Janus Eadric, now known as Prince Janus I, and inherited by men and women of his line and house, in accordance with provisions set forth by the laws and customs of the Most Serene Union.
2. The Prince is the supreme head of the state, commands the Union land and sea forces, appoints to all places of public administration, and makes the necessary regulations and ordinances for the execution of the laws and the security of the Most Serene Union.
3. The legislative power is exercised collectively by the Prince, the Grand Council of Electors, and the Chamber of the Deputies.
4. The Prince proposes the laws.
5. The proposition for a law is sent, at the pleasure of the Prince, to the Grand Council of Electors or to that of the Deputies, except a law for the imposition of taxes, which must be sent first to the Chamber of Deputies.
6. Proceedings of the Grand Council of Electors shall be private, while proceedings of the Chamber of Deputies shall be public.
7. The Grand Council of Electors and the Chamber of Deputies have the power to petition the Prince to propose a law upon any subject whatsoever and to indicate what seems suitable for the law to contain.
8. This request can be made by either of the two chambers, but only after having been discussed in secret committee; it shall be sent to the other chamber by that which shall have proposed it, only after an interval of one (1) AN year.
9. If the proposal is adopted by the other chamber, it shall be laid before the Prince; if it is rejected, it cannot be presented again in the same session.
10. The Prince alone sanctions and promulgates the laws of the Most Serene Union.
11. The Civil List is fixed, for the entire duration of the reign, by the first Chamber of Deputies assembled after the accession of the Prince.

PART FIVE. OF THE GRAND COUNCIL OF ELECTORS.


1. The Grand Council of Electors is an essential part of the legislative power. It is convoked by the Prince at the same time as the Chamber of the Deputies. The session of the one begins and ends at the same time as that of the other.
2. Every meeting of the Grand Council of Electors which may be held outside of the time of the session of the Chamber of Deputies, or which may not be ordered by the Prince, is unlawful and of no validity.
3. The appointment of members of the Grand Council of Electors belongs to the Prince. Their number is unlimited: he can at his pleasure alter their dignities, appoint them for life, or make them, hereditary.
4. The Grand Council of Electors is presided over by the Lord High Steward, and in his absence, by an Elector appointed by the Prince.
5. Members of the Princely Family and princes of the blood are Electors by right of their birth. They sit next to the Lord High Steward; but they have no deliberative voice until they have reached age of majority.
6. Members of the Princely Family can take their places in the Council only upon the order of the Prince, expressed for each session by a message, under penalty of invalidating everything which may have been done in their presence.
7. All the deliberations of the Grand Council of Electors are secret.
8. The Grand Council of Electors has jurisdiction over the crimes of high treason and attacks against the security of the state, which shall be defined by law.
9. No Elector can be arrested except by the authority of the Grand Council of Electors, nor tried in a criminal matter except by it.

PART SIX. OF THE CHAMBER OF DEPUTIES.


1. The Chamber of Deputies shall be composed of the deputies elected by electoral colleges, whose organization shall be determined by law.
2. Each constituent demesne shall have deputies based on their population, in accordance with the law and customs.
3. The Deputies shall be elected for five (5) AN years and in such a manner that the chamber may be renewed each year by a fifth.
4. No Deputy can be admitted to the Chamber unless they pay a direct tax of one thousand Natopos.
5. Deputies shall be elected from among the eligible who have their political domicile in the demesne.
6. The President of the Chamber of Deputies is appointed by the Prince, from a list of five members presented by the Chamber.
7. The sittings of the Chamber are public, but the request of five members suffices for it to form itself into secret committee.
8. The chamber divides itself into bureaux to discuss the propositions which have been presented to it by the Prince.
9. No amendment can be made in a law unless it has been proposed or consented to by the Prince, and unless it has been sent back to the bureaux and discussed there.
10. The Chamber of Deputies receives all proposals regarding taxes; only after these proposals have been accepted can they be carried to the Grand Council of Electors.
11. No tax can be imposed or collected, unless it has been consented to by the Chamber of Deputies, the Grand Council of Electors and sanctioned by the Prince.
12. A tax on the value of land shall be assessed throughout the Most Serene Union, determined by law, to help fund the governance of the Most Serene Union.
13. A tax on corporations and businesses shall be assessed throughout the Most Serene Union, determined by law, to help fund the governance of the Most Serene Union.
14. The Prince convokes both chambers each year: he prorogues them, and can dissolve that of the Deputies; but, in that case, he must convoke a new one within the space of three (3) AN years.
15. No bodily constraint can be exercised against a member of the Chamber of Deputies during a session.
16. No petition can be made or presented to either of the chambers except, in writing.

PART SEVEN. OF THE SECRETARIES.


1. Secretaries can be members of the Grand Council of Electors or of the Chamber of Deputies. They have their entrance into either chamber, and they must be heard when they demand it.
2. The Chamber of Deputies has the right to accuse the Secretaries and to arraign them before the Grand Council of Electors, which alone has that of trying them.
3. Secretaries can be accused only for acts of treason, incompetence or corruption. Special laws shall determine the nature of these offences and shall fix the method of prosecution.
4. Laws and regulations pertaining to the Secretaries shall be made by the Prince, with the consent of the Grand Council of Electors, and the Chamber of Deputies.

PART EIGHT. OF THE JUDICIARY.


1. All justice emanates from the Prince. It is administered in his name by judges whom he appoints and whom he invests.
2. The judges appointed by the Prince are irremovable, except for acts of treason, incompetence or corruption. Special laws shall determine the nature of these offences and shall fix the method of prosecution.
3. The courts and regular tribunals existing are continued. They shall not be in any wise changed except by a law.
4. The existing commercial court is retained.
5. The justice of the peace, likewise, is retained. Justices of the peace, although appointed by the Prince, are not irremovable.
6. No one can be deprived of the jurisdiction of their natural judges.
7. In consequence, extraordinary commissions and tribunals cannot be created.
8. Criminal trials shall be public, unless such publicity should be dangerous to order and morality; and in that case, the tribunal shall declare it by a judicial order.
9. The Prince has the right of pardon, and that of commuting penalties.
10. Laws actually existing which are not in conflict with the present charter, remain in force until legally abrogated.

PART NINE. SPECIAL RIGHTS GUARANTEED BY THE STATE.


1. Persons in active military service, retired officers and soldiers, pensioned widows officers and soldiers, retain their ranks, honors and pensions.
2. The public debt is guaranteed. Every form of engagement made by the state with its creditors is inviolable.
3. The old nobility resume their titles. The new retain theirs. The Prince makes nobles at will, but he grants to them only ranks and honors, without any exemption from the burdens and duties of society.
4. The Prince, his Heirs, and successors shall swear, at the solemnizing of their coronation, to observe faithfully the present Constitutional Charter.

PART TEN. GREAT CITIES OF THE MOST SERENE UNION.

1. The Great Cities of the Most Serene Union shall be the cities of Frenzyville, Redquill, Port St. Andre, Graveacre, Eadricton, Marmont, Dos Gardenias, Tiamat, and Etampes.
2. The status of Great City is only conferred by the Prince of the Most Serene Union.
3. The Prince of the Most Serene Union shall exercise his or her power to establish in one of the Great Cities the Seat of the Government of the Most Serene Union or decide to erect a new city and confer upon it Great City status.
4. The Great Cities of the Most Serene Union are granted special administrative powers that derive from the Prince, to administer and rule over their own affairs within the limitations established by this Constitutional Charter, and the laws and customs of the Most Serene Union.
5. The Houses of the Most Serene Union must choose a Great City as the seat of its House. No House may share a Great City as its seat.

PART ELEVEN. TEMPORARY ARTICLES.

1. The first Chamber of Deputies shall meet by Writ of Summons of the Prince at the city of Dos Gardenias.
2. The Prince shall provide for further regulations and rules to ensure the enforcement and disburse funding for the acquisition of lands and properties in Dos Gardenias for the construction of government administration buildings needful buildings, such as but not limited to housing, forts, ports, roads, railways, airports, military and security facilities, and water supply infrastructure.
AND WE DESIRE that these Presents become effective immediately; that what is decreed by these Presents be scrupulously observed by those whom they concern and that these Presents attain the purpose for which they are issued:

AND THAT THE EFFICACY of these Presents may not be obstructed by contrary prescriptions of any kind, We herewith abrogate all such prescriptions:

THEREFORE, if anyone, no matter what his authority, shall either knowingly or unknowingly act contrary to what We have by these Presents ordained and decreed, We command that such acts be considered entirely null and void. Moreover, no one may lawfully efface or destroy these documents of Our will; indeed, to copies of these Presents and extracts therefrom, which bear the seal of an Officer of the Prince and the signature of a public notary, there is to be accorded the very same credence that would be given to these Presents themselves if they were exhibited:

AND SHOULD ANYONE CONDEMN or in any manner whatsoever detract from these Presents, let him know that he thereby subjects himself to the penalties established by law for those who do not fulfill the commands of the Prince.

IN WITNESS whereof We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patent at Redquill, in the year of grace 1658.

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Re: THE CONSTITUTIONAL COMPACT of the MOST SERENE UNION

Post by Janus Eadric » Sat Jun 22, 2019 3:47 am

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the First of His Name,
by the Grace of Bous,
Prince of the Most Serene Union,

Prince of Neridia, Father of the Neridian Nation, & Count of Eadricton,
and to all of those whom these presents come, GREETING


WHEREAS after consultation with the Electors of the Most Serene Union, We have determined that it is time to amend the Constitutional Charter to reflect the changes that Our Beloved Demesne has undergone over the years, in order to reflect the wishes, values, and aspirations of the people of this Demesne;

WHEREAS to ensure that we secure the blessings of good governance, order, and prosperity, further enhance and enjoy the fruits and responsibilities that our citizenship of the Bovic Empire of the Natopian Nation brings, and guarantee the peaceful and loving coexistence of the many cultures and peoples that have built their homes and livelihoods in this Most Serene Union - We hereby ordain and ratify the following amended Constitutional Charter of the Most Serene Union; -
CONSTITUTIONAL CHARTER OF THE MOST SERENE UNION
1673


PART ONE. THE INVIOLABLE CLAUSES.


1. This Constitutional Charter is divided into Eleven Parts.
2. Part One of this Constitutional Charter may only be altered by the Prince, and only when absolutely necessary to maintain the security, integrity, and good order and governance It shall be a custom for the Prince to consult the Grand Council of Electors before making any amendments to the Inviolable Clauses, but in the end, the Prince may choose to reject the advice provided by the Council of Electors.
3. This Constitutional Charter is the highest source of authority in the Most Serene Union, binding all who exist within its jurisdiction including all persons of government. This includes the Prince, and the national authorities once this Charter is confirmed as expressed by the Caprine Code.
4. The entity of government defined in this document is descended from and the legitimate heir of the First Most Serene Union, of the demesnes of Thalassa, Neridia, Istvanistan, New Alexandria and St. Andre, and of their individual demesnial governments; desiring to remain united in one common and united demesne, with separation or partition forbidden.
5. It shall remain the right of the people of the Most Serene Union, as the defenders of the Union, to remove any person in high office that violates the Inviolable Clauses by any means necessary.
6. The other Parts of this Constitutional Charter may be amended by the Prince, only with the advice and consent of the Grand Council of Electors.
7. The sovereign right of the Most Serene Union to determine its own affairs within the Bovic Empire of the Natopian Nation is affirmed, as is its inviolable and permanent unity and permanence in the Bovic Empire of the Natopian Nation.
8. The Most Serene Union shall not in any circumstances cede any of its territories, as represented on official Union Government records and maps. Where such territory is forcibly removed, it is incumbent upon the people of the Most Serene Union to fight to reclaim it.
9. The Most Serene Union’s population shall be interpreted as to always include Neridians, Alexandrians, Istvanistani, Andrinos, Wechua, and Caputians.
10. The Most Serene Union’s primary economic heritage shall be interpreted as natural gas, agriculture, mining, technology, finance, and forestry; with other sectors and heritages included by future economic and social development as well
11. The Houses of the Most Serene Union shall be:
  • House Eadric, or the House of Eadric, the Princely House, led by Prince Janus I;
  • House Meir;
  • House Carrillo;
  • House Kilynn, or House Waffel-Paine;
  • House Redquill;
  • House Ayreon-Kalirion.
12. New Houses may be formed, or existing ones altered or dissolved, only with the approval of the Prince of the Most Serene Union.
13. The Prince may revoke any titles, honors, and offices he has bestowed at any time, for any reason. He is the fons honorum, the single fountain of honor of the Most Serene Union.
14. Houses of the Most Serene Union shall exist to increase the character and style of the Most Serene Union by culturally developing itself and any subdivisions they may administer on behalf of the Prince.
15. The Advisors of the Most Serene Union to the Imperial Conference shall always be appointed by the Prince and vote in the Imperial Conference in accordance with the wishes of the Prince.
16. The Prince of the Most Serene Union determines which political parties may operate in the Most Serene Union.
17. Whenever this Charter or any laws in the Most Serene Union refer to a masculine “Prince”, it shall also refer to the feminine “Princess”, as both genders can hold the Princely Throne.
18. All members of the Most Serene Government, before taking the powers of their office, will need to swear or affirm Loyalty, to be provided by law.

PART TWO. THE MOST SERENE UNION OF DOS GARDENIAS.


1. The Natopian People of the Demesnes of Thalassa, Neridia, Istvanistan, New Alexandria, and St. Andre (hereafter referred to as "the Most Serene Union of Dos Gardenias" or “the Most Serene Union”), united in their desire to build a secure, prosperous, and stable future for posterity, establish the Most Serene Union of Dos Gardenias in its belonging lands, territories and possessions.
2. Its capital shall be the city of Dos Gardenias, in Thalassa. It may only be moved by order of the Prince of the Most Serene Union only due to extraordinary reasons, for a period of no longer than five (5) AN years.
3. Any man, woman or child which shares the bonds of blood, friendship, or law with the Demesnes of Thalassa, Neridia, Istvanistan, New Alexandria, and St. Andre and with its values and purpose has the right to claim membership in the Most Serene Union in accordance with the laws.
4. The lands, territories, and possessions of the Most Serene Union are inviolable, in accordance with the Treaty of Graveacre.
5. The Treaty of Graveacre and the Second MSU-Istvanistani Agreement are hereby considered as constitutional documents, recognized as law of the land in the Most Serene Union, in addition to this Constitutional Charter.
6. The official languages in the Most Serene Union are the Istvanistani, Alexandrian, Martino, Wechu, and Natspeak.
7. The Most Serene Union has the National Colors, Flag, Seal, and Coat of Arms as well as the National Anthem, determined by the Prince;
8. The motto of the Most Serene Union is “Esto Perpetua”.

PART THREE. PUBLIC LAW OF THE MOST SERENE UNION


1. All residents of the Union are equal before the law, whatever may be their titles and ranks.
2. They contribute without distinction, in proportion to their fortunes, towards the expenses of the state.
3. They are all equally admissible to civil and military employments.
4. Their personal liberty is likewise guaranteed; no one can be prosecuted nor arrested save in the cases provided by law and in the form which it prescribes.
5. Everyone may profess their religion with equal freedom and shall obtain for their worship the same protection; excepting those religions deemed to be hate groups or abominable to the security of the country, such as the Cult of the Stripping Path;
6. Nevertheless, the official religion of the Most Serene Union is Bovinism.
7. Ministers of the Dozan Bovic Church, the Church of Alexandria, and of the Church of Caputia receive stipends from the Princely Treasury.
8. All residents of the Union have the right to publish and to have printed their opinions while conforming with the laws, which are necessary to restrain abuses of that liberty.
9. All property is inviolable, without any exception for the called national, the law making no distinction between them.
10. The state can require the sacrifice of a property because of a legally established public interest, only with a previous indemnity.
11. The government of the Most Serene Union is instituted for the advancement, protection, and security of its people and not, under any circumstances, the advantage of any single individual, set of persons, family, or entity, whether within or without the Most Serene Union.
12. No person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law, nor be denied the equal protection of the laws, nor be denied the enjoyment of his or her civil rights or be discriminated against in the exercise thereof because of sex, nationality, color, creed, ethnicity, cultural or social heritage or status, economic status, sexual preference or identity.

PART FOUR. THE GOVERNMENT OF THE PRINCE.


1. The person of His Serene Majesty, the Prince of the Most Serene Union, is inviolable and sacred. His ministers are responsible.
2. To the Prince alone belongs the executive power. The office of Prince of the Most Serene Union is vested upon Janus Eadric, now known as Prince Janus I, and inherited by men and women of his line and house, in accordance with provisions set forth by the laws and customs of the Most Serene Union.
2. The Prince is the supreme head of the state, commands the Union land and sea forces, appoints to all places of public administration, and makes the necessary regulations and ordinances for the execution of the laws and the security of the Most Serene Union.
3. The legislative power is exercised collectively by the Prince, the Grand Council of Electors, and the Chamber of the Deputies.
4. The Prince proposes the laws.
5. The proposition for law is sent, at the pleasure of the Prince, to the Grand Council of Electors or to that of the Deputies, except a law for the imposition of taxes, which must be sent first to the Chamber of Deputies.
6. Proceedings of the Grand Council of Electors shall be private, while proceedings of the Chamber of Deputies shall be public.
7. The Grand Council of Electors and the Chamber of Deputies have the power to petition the Prince to propose a law upon any subject whatsoever and to indicate what seems suitable for the law to contain.
8. This request can be made by either of the two chambers, but only after having been discussed in secret committee; it shall be sent to the other chamber by that which shall have proposed it, only after an interval of one (1) AN year.
9. If the proposal is adopted by the other chamber, it shall be laid before the Prince; if it is rejected, it cannot be presented again in the same session.
10. The Prince alone sanctions and promulgates the laws of the Most Serene Union.
11. The Civil List is fixed, for the entire duration of the reign, by the first Chamber of Deputies assembled after the accession of the Prince.

PART FIVE. OF THE GRAND COUNCIL OF ELECTORS.


1. The Grand Council of Electors is an essential part of the legislative power. It is convoked by the Prince at the same time as the Chamber of the Deputies. The session of the one begins and ends at the same time as that of the other.
2. Every meeting of the Grand Council of Electors which may be held outside of the time of the session of the Chamber of Deputies, or which may not be ordered by the Prince, is unlawful and of no validity.
3. The appointment of members of the Grand Council of Electors belongs to the Prince. Their number is unlimited: he can at his pleasure alter their dignities, appoint them for life, or make them, hereditary.
4. The Grand Council of Electors is presided over by the Lord High Steward, and in his absence, by an Elector appointed by the Prince.
5. Members of the Princely Family and princes of the blood are Electors by right of their birth. They sit next to the Lord High Steward, but they have no deliberative voice until they have reached the age of majority.
6. Members of the Princely Family can take their places in the Council only upon the order of the Prince, expressed for each session by a message, under penalty of invalidating everything which may have been done in their presence.
7. All the deliberations of the Grand Council of Electors are secret.
8. The Grand Council of Electors has jurisdiction over the crimes of high treason and attacks against the security of the state, which shall be defined by law.
9. No Elector can be arrested except by the authority of the Grand Council of Electors, nor tried in a criminal matter except by it.

PART SIX. OF THE CHAMBER OF DEPUTIES.


1. The Chamber of Deputies shall be composed of the deputies elected by electoral colleges, whose organization shall be determined by law.
2. Each constituent demesne shall have deputies based on their population, in accordance with the law and customs.
3. The Deputies shall be elected for five (5) AN years.
. Deputies shall be elected from among the eligible who have their political domicile in the demesne.
5. The President of the Chamber of Deputies is appointed by the Prince, from a list of five members presented by the Chamber.
6. The sittings of the Chamber are public, but the request of five members suffices for it to form itself into secret committee.
7. The chamber divides itself into bureaux to discuss the propositions which have been presented to it by the Prince.
8. No amendment can be made in law unless it has been proposed or consented to by the Prince, and unless it has been sent back to the bureaux and discussed there.
9. The Chamber of Deputies receives all proposals regarding taxes; only after these proposals have been accepted can they be carried to the Grand Council of Electors.
10. No tax can be imposed or collected, unless it has been consented to by the Chamber of Deputies, the Grand Council of Electors and sanctioned by the Prince.
11. A tax on the value of the land shall be assessed throughout the Most Serene Union, determined by law, to help fund the governance of the Most Serene Union.
12. A tax on corporations and businesses shall be assessed throughout the Most Serene Union, determined by law, to help fund the governance of the Most Serene Union.
13. The Prince convokes both chambers each year: he prorogues them, and can dissolve that of the Deputies; but, in that case, he must convoke a new one within the space of three (3) AN years.
14. No bodily constraint can be exercised against a member of the Chamber of Deputies during a session.
15. No petition can be made or presented to either of the chambers except, in writing.

PART SEVEN. OF THE SECRETARIES.


1. Secretaries can be members of the Grand Council of Electors or of the Chamber of Deputies. They have their entrance into either chamber, and they must be heard when they demand it.
2. The Chamber of Deputies has the right to accuse the Secretaries and to arraign them before the Grand Council of Electors, which alone has that of trying them.
3. Secretaries can be accused only for acts of treason, incompetence or corruption. Special laws shall determine the nature of these offenses and shall fix the method of prosecution.
4. Laws and regulations pertaining to the Secretaries shall be made by the Prince, with the consent of the Grand Council of Electors, and the Chamber of Deputies.

PART EIGHT. OF THE JUDICIARY.


1. All justice emanates from the Prince. It is administered in his name by judges whom he appoints and whom he invests.
2. The judges appointed by the Prince are irremovable, except for acts of treason, incompetence or corruption. Special laws shall determine the nature of these offenses and shall fix the method of prosecution.
3. The courts and regular tribunals existing are continued. They shall not be in any wise changed except by a law.
4. The existing commercial court is retained.
5. The justice of the peace, likewise, is retained. Justices of the peace, although appointed by the Prince, are not irremovable.
6. No one can be deprived of the jurisdiction of their natural judges.
7. In consequence, extraordinary commissions and tribunals cannot be created.
8. Criminal trials shall be public unless such publicity should be dangerous to order and morality; and in that case, the tribunal shall declare it by judicial order.
9. The Prince has the right of pardon and that of commuting penalties, as long as they are in the context of the Most Serene Union and its judicial bodies.
10. Laws actually existing which are not in conflict with the present charter, remain in force until legally abrogated.

PART NINE. SPECIAL RIGHTS GUARANTEED BY THE STATE.


1. Persons in active military service retired officers and soldiers, pensioned widows officers and soldiers, retain their ranks, honors and pensions.
2. The public debt is guaranteed. Every form of engagement made by the state with its creditors is inviolable.
3. The old nobility resumes their titles. The new retain theirs. The Prince makes nobles at will, but he grants to them only ranks and honors, without any exemption from the burdens and duties of society.
4. The Prince, his Heirs, and successors shall swear, at the solemnizing of their coronation, to observe faithfully the present Constitutional Charter.

PART TEN. GREAT CITIES OF THE MOST SERENE UNION.


1. The Great Cities of the Most Serene Union shall be the cities of Frenzyville, Redquill, Port St. Andre, Graveacre, Eadricton, Marmont, Dos Gardenias, Tiamat, and Etampes.
2. The status of Great City is only conferred by the Prince of the Most Serene Union.
3. The Prince of the Most Serene Union shall exercise his or her power to establish in one of the Great Cities the Seat of the Government of the Most Serene Union or decide to erect a new city and confer upon it Great City status.
4. The Great Cities of the Most Serene Union are granted special administrative powers that derive from the Prince, to administer and rule over their own affairs within the limitations established by this Constitutional Charter and the laws and customs of the Most Serene Union.
5. The Houses of the Most Serene Union must choose a Great City as the seat of its House. No House may share a Great City as its seat.

PART ELEVEN. TEMPORARY ARTICLES.


1. The first Chamber of Deputies shall meet by Writ of Summons of the Prince at the city of Dos Gardenias.
2. The Prince shall provide for further regulations and rules to ensure the enforcement and disburse funding for the acquisition of lands and properties in Dos Gardenias for the construction of government administration buildings needful buildings, such as but not limited to housing, forts, ports, roads, railways, airports, military and security facilities, and water supply infrastructure.
AND Regard these orders as Our Own, of Our Wise and Benevolent Desire for good government, order, and progress signed and proclaimed at Fort Ranhold, on the 12th day of the month of Bulltober, in the year 1673.

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J A N V S - P R I N C E P S
His Serene Highness
JANUS
Prince of the Most Serene Union of Thalassa, Neridia, Istvanistan, and St. Andre
Member of the Central Committee of Edgards

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