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  1. The Marsana Appointment 13th of Sun’s Smile, 103 B.A With the recent resignation of Amiratus Sir Percy de Lyons, we hereby declare a new administration of the Kingdom of Balian. We are pleased to announce that Don Kristoff Alexios Ruthern will serve as Balian’s seventh Amiratus. The Crown of Balian thanks Sir Percy for his unwavering commitment to the prosperity of Balian as a whole and now looks to the future with proud eyes for our new Amiratus. May we continue to prosper. Blessed be our Kingdom of Balian and all of its territory. Ad Gloriam Dei HER ROYAL MAJESTY, Sybille I,, by the Grace of GOD, Queen of Balian, Princess of Providence, Duchess of Helena, Reutov, Sunholdt and Lorraine, Countess of Pompourelia and Kositz, Viscountess of Eflen and Anatis, Baroness of Renzfeld, Brucca, Valens, Malenos and Ciavola, Lady of Portoregne, Atrus and Monterosa, Warden of La Costa Rubinissima, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera.
  2. On The Amiratus _______________________________________________________ Issued by the Crown of Balian, 103 B.A. _______________________________________________________ It saddens the Crown to announce the resignation of our current Amiratus, Lord Percy de Lyons. Lord de Lyons has unfortunately been bedridden within the confines of Enderoca for many weeks now as a result of an illness he took during the campaign in Veletz. It is for this reason and his inability to fulfill the duties as required for his position that he tenders his resignation as Amiratus effective immediately. The Crown thanks Lord de Lyons for his service to the Crown throughout the duration of the war and in the wake of its’ shadow and wishes him the best in his recovery. May we continue to prosper. GOD bless our Kingdom of Balian. _______________________________________________________ Ad Gloriam Dei HER ROYAL MAJESTY, Sybille I,, by the Grace of GOD, Queen of Balian, Princess of Providence, Duchess of Helena, Reutov, Sunholdt and Lorraine, Countess of Pompourelia and Kositz, Viscountess of Eflen and Anatis, Baroness of Renzfeld, Brucca, Valens, Malenos and Ciavola, Lady of Portoregne, Atrus and Monterosa, Warden of La Costa Rubinissima, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera. HIS EXCELLENCY, Lord Percy de Lyons, Amiratus of the Kingdom of Balian, Gran Creu of the Royal Orders of Chivalry
  3. _______________________________________________________ Issued by the Crown of Balian, 96 B.A. _______________________________________________________ With the death of Her Royal Highness, Elena Casimira, GOD rest her soul, the Crown sees it fit to immediately declare a new Amiratus to succeed her. We are pleased to announce that Lord Percival de Lyons ‘al Lionhearted’ will serve as Balian’s sixth Amiratus. The Princess Royal, Elena Casimira served the Crown since her birth with an unwavering determination to see Balian left better than she found it. We can say with the utmost surety that she accomplished her goal, and will observe a period of mourning over the next Saint’s days. We likewise believe Percival de Lyons shall follow diligently in his Mother’s footsteps, showing already promise in his assistance during the War for the Midlands. We believe he is the best candidate to succeed her and hope that he shares the same determination and knack for governance that she did. May the Princess Royal rest peacefully with her ancestors in the Seven Skies. The Kingdom of Balian shall march ever on, looking to the past fondly on the work that the Princess did- and the feats that she achieved. May we continue to prosper. GOD bless our Kingdom of Balian. _______________________________________________________ HER ROYAL MAJESTY, Sybille I, by the Grace of GOD, Queen of Balian, Princess of Providence, Duchess of Helena and Lorraine, Countess of Pompourelia, Viscountess of Eflen and Anatis, Baroness of Renzfield, Brucca, Valens, Malenos and Ciavola, Lady of Portoregne, Atrus and Monterosa, Warden of La Costa Rubinissima, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera.
  4. The Grand Pier of Adrian 14th of Peter's Glory of 90 B.A Near what turned out to be the twilight of his reign over the Kingdom of Balian, His Royal Majesty King Adrian I drove the effort to plan, fund, and construct the first expansion to the great city he laid down upon this new land of Aevos- a new, larger district around the city docks. Through the aid and effort of Grand Admiral Dante DeNurem and many Balianese architects, laborers, craftsmen, and citizens, this grand project is finished and opened to the public now, at the beginning of the reign of the late King’s daughter, Her Royal Majesty Queen Sybille I. The expansion contains a new apartment complex on Rev’s View containing 12 large apartments, along with two new streets, named after two late Balianese legends, to whom much honor is due - His Royal Excellency Don Ledicort Vuiller, our first Amiratus, honored with Ledicort Lane, and, fittingly considering the effort he put into its design and construction, His Royal Majesty King Adrian I “The Unwavering” Novellen, with Adrian Avenue. There are 6 new buildings for purchase on Adrian Avenue, and 7 on Ledicort Lane - some houses, some shops. Additionally, for our more commercially-minded citizens, there are 3 new warehouses - one on Anne’s Avenue and two on Adrian Avenue - which are open to rent as space for any aspiring guilds, merchants, or manufacturers. Finally, some of the buildings in the district were left unfurnished at the time of the district’s opening, and from now until they are furnished by Crown Architects, any unfurnished buildings are being offered for 15 minas less than the listed upfront charge. May this great construction forever stand as a monument to the resolve and grit of its constructors, and to the efforts of our late King Adrian, and as a beacon of the prosperity of the Kingdom of Balian going into future times and reigns. Signed, HER ROYAL MAJESTY , Sybille I by the Grace of GOD, Queen of Balian, Viscountess of Pompourelia, Eflen and Anatis, Baroness of Brucca,Valens, Malenos and Ciavola, Lady of Portoregne, Atrus and Monterosa, Warden of La Costa Rubinissima, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera. HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, Elena Casimira Novellen-de Lyons Princess Royal of Balian, Countess of Rosemoor, Baroness of Enderoca, Amiratus of the Kingdom of Balian, Lady Seneschal of the Crown and Chief Minister of the Royal Duana. HIS EXCELLENCY, Lucian Alexander d’Viuva, Royal Procurator of the Kingdom of Balian
  5. The Royal Codex of the Kingdom of Balian Addendum VI: TRACTATUS DE IUSTITIA UNIVERSALIS Table of Contents: TRACTATUS DE IUSTITIA UNIVERSALIS Principle Article I - On Criminals Wanted in Two Allied Jurisdictions Article II - On Criminals Wanted in One Allied Jurisdiction TRACTATUS DE IUSTITIA UNIVERSALIS Principle: For the furtherance of justice and cooperation for us in Balian, and for our allies, we seek to lay down principles which should allow us to assure that criminals apprehended by us or our allies may be processed fully across jurisdictions to allow them to be fully tried and punished for their crimes, and not simply tried by one ally and allowed to go free so that they must be found and apprehended again for the second trial in the other jurisdiction after further damage and trouble. We propose the following procedures, each based on the circumstances of the apprehension and the category of crime committed, with Capital Crimes being defined as a crime deemed worthy of execution, such as treason, manslaughter, murder, mayhem, kidnapping, practicing dark magics, and other serious felonies. Article I - On Criminals Wanted in Two Allied Jurisdictions Art. I.01 - Where the Criminal is Wanted for a Capital Crime: I.01A - If the criminal is apprehended in the country where they have committed a non-capital crime, but have committed a capital crime in the other, the party who arrested them may try them and punish them first for the less serious crimes, then shall extradite the criminal to the other for the more serious trial there. I.01B - If the criminal is apprehended in the country where they have committed a capital crime, and they are wanted for a non-capital crime in the other, the apprehending country informs the other that they have caught the criminal, and may carry out the trial and execution themselves. I.01C - If the criminal committed capital crimes in both nations, then the apprehending country should inform the other nation, and both nations may perform a joint trial and execution with their respective legal systems involved, or the apprehending nation may execute if given permission by the other nation or if a joint trial may not be carried out in a timely manner. Art. I.02 - Where the Criminal has only Committed Less Serious Crimes Art. I.02A - In cases where only non-capital crimes are involved, then the apprehending country may try the criminal first, then extradite to the other allied country for trial there. Art. I.03 - Where the Act is not Considered Illegal in the Arresting Jurisdiction: Art. I.03A - In cases where the act the criminal is wanted for in the allied jurisdiction is not considered a crime in the arresting jurisdiction, then the decision as to whether the criminal will be extradited or set free shall be decided by the Courts and Diplomats on a case by case basis. Article II - On Criminals Wanted in One Allied Jurisdiction Art. II.01A - In cases where a criminal is wanted in a foreign, allied jurisdiction, that nation may petition the Office of the Legate, the Magisterium, the Amitratus, or the King to request Balianese aid in apprehending the criminal. Whether or not this petition is accepted is purely up to the discretion of the aforementioned offices based on the severity of the crime, the location of the accused, the quality and quantity of evidence presented, the feasibility of providing such aid, and the ramifications of providing such aid. Art. II.01B - In cases where a Balianese Citizen (as defined in Lex Civilis) is wanted in a foreign, allied jurisdiction, that nation may petition the Office of the Legate, the Magisterium, the Amiratus, or the King to request the extradition of that citizen for Trial. Whether or not this petition is accepted is purely up to the discretion of the aforementioned offices based on the severity of the crime and the quality and quantity of evidence presented. Signed, His Excellency, Ser Robert Joseph de Lyons, Baron of Enderoca, Cavalier of the Order of the Silver Comet, Royal Magister of the Kingdom of Balian
  6. Issued by THE OFFICE OF THE LEGATE 12th of Lothar’s Gift 78 BA The Kingdom of Norland The Kingdom of Aaun The Dual Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska The Crown of Amathine The Cove of Nevaehlan The Arch-Principality of Talar’nor The Grand Kingdom of Urguan The Commonwealth of Petra The Silver State of Haelun’or The Principality of Nor’Asath The War Nation of Krugmar The Halfling State of Dunfarthing The Serene State of Lurin The United Domain of Vortice The Kingdom of Numendil The League of Veletz
  7. EDICT OF COMMUNUS CIVIS A Decree from the Crown 14th of Lothar’s Gift, 72 B.A. IT IS SO DECREED, the Supreme Assembly of Portoregne shall be abolished. This Edict shall replace The Royal Charter of Portoregne. The Legislative Powers of the Kingdom of Balian contained herein shall be extended to the citizenry of Balian as enumerated within this edict. The established body for the practice of this legislative right shall be vested in a Commune, run by, and for the citizens of Balian. The Commune shall consist of all living citizens of Balian, provided they have a primary liveable address within the Kingdom. Definitions: A Citizen of Balian is defined as a resident within the Kingdom who legally and primarily resides in any property within the jurisdiction of the Kingdom, including the Royal Family. A Commune shall henceforth be referred to the Citizens Commune, the legislative body of the Kingdom of Balian. Proposal or to Propose in this edict shall henceforth be defined as requests, drafts or petitions to the Crown which the Crown reserves the right to approve or veto. The use of the term Petition shall be used interchangeably with the former terms in this paragraph. Discretion in this edict shall henceforth be defined as the administrative freedom one shall have when conducting meetings, procedures and sessions. Article I - The Citizens Commune Art. I.01 - The Commune shall hereinafter be named the Citizens Commune. Art. I.02 - The Commune shall consist of all citizens of the Kingdom of Balian. Art. I.03 - The Commune shall meet, alternatively known as to be called into session, at least once every Saint’s Month in Ledicort’s Hall. Art. I.04 - The Commune shall reserve the right to propose, vote on, and draft legislation. Art. I.05 - The Commune shall reserve the right to propose cultural initiatives, either through a session or through the Royal Balianese Academy. Art. I.06 - The Commune shall reserve the right, in collaboration with the Royal Court, to host cultural, academic, and recreational events within Balian. Art. I.07 - The Commune shall reserve the right to propose the formation of guilds. Art. I.08 - The Commune shall reserve the right to petition the Crown and Duana at any time on matters and grievances pertaining to the governance of the Kingdom, including diplomatic relations. Art. I.09 - The Commune, with the Crown’s approval, shall reserve the right to appropriate money for matters pertaining to the city of Portoregne, including the surrounding farmhouses and farmland of the city. This fiscal right shall extend to Rosemoor’s rest but not beyond that which is enumerated in this section. Vassal lands are exempt and immune to this section. Art. I.10 - The Commune shall reserve the right to trade and organize business freely within the city of Portoregne and its surrounding rural area, extending to Rosemoor’s rest but not beyond that which is enumerated in this section. Vassal lands are exempt and immune to this section. Art. I.11 - Only the citizens present when the Commune is called into session may vote. If a citizen is not present, they cannot vote and will not be called to vote. Art. I.12 - If a citizen, when the Commune is called into session, is discovered to be a felon or traitor in breach of the statutes laid down within the Lex Criminalis, or is disruptive during the session they are to be removed from the meeting and revoked of their rights and privileges to speak or vote by authority of the Syndic, with due diligence. Art. I.13 - Any right or power that has not been defined or enumerated in this section is reserved only for the Crown and Duana. Article II - On the Powers of the Syndic Art. II.01 - The Syndic of the Commune shall be elected for a term of 8 Saint’s Weeks. The Syndic may run for re-election for a maximum of two terms, totalling 16 Saint’s Weeks. The Syndic may step down at any time, if done so, an emergency election or appointment may be held at the behest of the Crown, through delegation to the Censor. Art. II.02 - The Syndic shall act as the chief representative and speaker of the Commune. Art. II.03 - The Syndic shall act as a servant of the Commune and must answer to the Commune and to the Crown. Art. II.04 - The Syndic shall reserve the right to call the Commune into meeting and lead the meeting in how they see fit. Withstanding Art. 1.10, the Syndic must use due diligence to act on these matters. Art. II.05 - If the Syndic is found incompetent in their duties, or presumed to be abusive of their discretionary powers, they may be impeached by the Commune through petition of at least 10 signatures and via the Amiratus of Balian through their own discretion. If found guilty of incompetence in the impeachment proceedings, the Syndic shall be voted out of office by a two thirds majority of the Commune. Art. II.06 - The Syndic reserves the right to request and receive an audience with the Duana and the Crown at any time. Art. II.07 - The Syndic shall be legally considered a senior government official and thus shall receive the same protection as the members of the Duana pertaining to the Lex Nobilis. Art. II.08 - Any right or power that has not been defined or enumerated in this section is reserved only for the Crown and Duana. Article III - The Commune and the Duana Art. III.01 - All legislation that has been approved by the Crown must be delegated to their respective departments within the Duana. Art. III.02 - The approved legislation shall be interpreted and implemented by the Duana in respect to the department the legislation falls under. Art. III.03 - The Amiratus, as chief agent of the Crown, may interpret and implement the legislation through delegation to the respective department of the Duana if they see it is best to do so in a certain way. Art. III.04 - Any right or power that has not been defined or enumerated in this section is reserved only for the Crown. Article IV - The Commune and the Crown Art. IV.01 - By Divine Right from GOD, all powers flow through the Crown. The Crown may approve or veto any legislation, proposals or petitions brought forth to them. Art. IV.02 - The Crown may dissolve the Commune, fire the Syndic, or remove citizens when the Commune is called into session at any time. The Crown shall act in Bona Fide in this matter under the watchful gaze of the Almighty. Art. IV.02 - The Crown may, through delegation to the Duana, amend any part of this edict. Art. IV.03 - The Crown may call special meetings of the Commune if needed. Art. IV.04 - The Crown must respond to each proposal within a span of 1 Saint’s Week. Art. IV.05 - If the Crown is unable to fulfill any of the above mentioned powers enumerated within this edict; the Amiratus, through the Crown’s blessing may carry out these duties at their behest. HIS ROYAL MAJESTY, Adrian I, by the Grace of GOD, King of Balian, Viscount of Eflen and Anatis, Baron of Brucca,Valens, Malenos, Goza and Ciavola, Lord of Portoregne, Atrus and Monterosa, Warden of La Costa Rubinissima, Prince of the Holy Orenian Empire, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera. HIS ROYAL EXCELLENCY, Gaius var Ruthern, Viscount of Marsana, Amiratus of the Kingdom of Balian, Lord Seneschal of the Crown and Chief Minister of the Duana.
  8. EDICT DE REFORMA AGRÁRIA Edict on Land Reform 70 B.A. | 1937 I.T. Table of Contents: Article I - Allocation of Vassal Lands Article II - Acceptable Usage of Vassal Lands Article III - Taxation of Vassal Lands Article I: Allocation of Vassal Lands Art. I.01: On Peer Lands I.01A - Peers shall bear the right to construct estates or holdfasts within plots granted to them by the Crown, up to the following sizes, based on their Rank: a. Baronies 75x75 (5625) b. Viscounties 100x100 (10000) c. Counties 125x125 (15625) d. Duchies 150x150 (22500) I.01B - Peers may have other shapes of plot, so long as their total area falls within the size class for their rank. I.01C - Exceptions regarding land shapes may be granted if there is unusable land within the plot granted to the peers. These exceptions however must be given consent to by the Crown. I.01D - Peers may request expansions to their land grants in proportion to their minas contribution for the land. However, this request may not exceed the size of the capital city of Portoregne. The total percentage of the requested expansion may not exceed 40 percent for baronies, 30 percent for Viscounties, 20 percent for counties and duchies. Art. I.02: On Armada and Commoner Land Grants I.02A - Soldiers of the Armada may be awarded small rural estates by the Admiralty and Crown for years of good service, falling into the following sizes based upon their rank: a. Master Gunners and Lieutenants: 20x20 (400) b. Commodores: 30x30 (900) c. Knights, Knight Commodores, and Admirals: 40x40 (1600) I.02B - Commoner families of good standing and size may appeal to the Crown for a small rural estate as well, not exceeding the size of 30x30 (900). Art. I.03: On Farmland and Beautification I.03A - Vassals are free to have farmlands, mills, orchards, gardens, and forests that extend outside of their claim, so long as they are approved by the Crown and Domus Ministri. I.03B - If these lands extend outside their claim, then they are considered free to use by citizens of the Kingdom. Article II: Acceptable Use of Vassal Lands Art. II.01: On Building Standards II.01A - The Crown and its Domus Ministri retain the responsibility to review and approve or deny building plans at their discretion, to assure a consistent standard of quality among Vassal builds. II.01B - The Domus Ministri may provide aid to Vassals to assure builds meet the standards they set out. II.01C - Vassals must present build plans to the Domus Ministri for final thoughts, approval of the build plan and location, and for the final taxation rate (as outlined in Art. III.02) Art. II.02: On Defense II.02A - All lands of the Kingdom of Balian must be kept secure via proper fortifications. These fortifications must be either built by the Peer or worked out with the Armada during settlement. II.02B - If deemed defensible enough by the Armada, the Grand Admiral may be granted access to the defensive parts of a Vassal keep. Others in the Armada may be granted access as deemed necessary by the Admiralty. II.02C - If defenses are provided by the Armada, the location of the Fort must be agreed upon ahead of time by the Peer and Armada leadership, and may not encroach upon the Peer’s claim without express permission from the Peer. II.02D - The Armada retains the right to build additional fortifications instead of using Peer holdings for defense, but cannot encroach on Peer plots without the express permission of the Peer while building additional forts. Art. II.03: On Hamlets and Outbuildings Article II.03A - Definitions A. Hamlets are defined as additional residential buildings outside of the main keep or estate, for the keeping of a Peer’s family, wards, or people to whom they provide patronage. B. Outbuildings are defined as non-residential buildings, such as smithies, stables, docks, boathouses, fisheries, workshops, chapels, mills, barns, etc. for the use of the Vassal and his people. Art II.03B - Constructions of Hamlets are reserved for Peers. Constructions of Outbuildings are reserved for Peers and Armada grants; however, permissions for outbuildings may be given to commoners through Royal assent. Art II.03C - Along with the rest of the structure per Art. II.01, Hamlets and Outbuildings must be reviewed and approved by the Domus Ministri and Crown prior to construction, and the number of residences should generally not exceed five. Art II.03D - Outbuildings cannot contain or be used as brick-and-mortar shops plot stalls. Article III: Taxation of Vassal Lands Art. III.01: On Down Payments III.01A - Peers are required to pay a downpayment of at least 1500 minas for the land upon which they plan to settle, to help cover the initial settlement costs III.01B - Donations to the Royal Coffers prior to their gaining land count towards this downpayment, and if they donated that amount or more to the Coffers, their downpayment is counted as already paid. III.01C - A greater downpayment for the land may be paid, but offers the Vassal no extra claim to the land, nor any benefit at all outside of expediting the purchase of the land upon which they hope to live. III.01D - The Down Payments for Armada Land Grants and Commoner plots are lower to mark their smaller size, and are to be worked out between the Admiralty, Procurator, and/or Crown and the Purchaser as appropriate to cover any remaining upkeep costs for the land around them. Art. III.02: On Taxation III.02A - The basic rate of the taxes are directly proportional to the square root of the area granted (e.g. a 75x75 meter plot would be 75 minas per week base tax), though all base taxes must be at least 60 minas, regardless of plot size. III.02B - Any plot expansions shall increase this rate based on the new area (e.g. a fully expanded Barony (expanded by 40%) would be 88x88 meters, and thus 88 minas per week base tax). III.02C - Any Outbuilding as defined in II.03A, with the exception of chapels, stables, animal pens, warehouses, and mills, shall incur an additional 5 minas per week in taxes per building. III.02D - Any Hamlet as defined in II.03A shall incur an additional 15 minas per week in taxes per residence. III.02E - Vassals may choose to levy taxes upon outbuildings or residences at their discretion. Signed, HIS ROYAL MAJESTY, Adrian I, by the Grace of GOD, King of Balian, Viscount of Eflen and Anatis, Baron of Brucca,Valens, Malenos, Goza and Ciavola, Lord of Portoregne, Atrus and Monterosa, Warden of La Costa Rubinissima, Prince of the Holy Orenian Empire, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera. HIS ROYAL EXCELLENCY, Gaius var Ruthern, Viscount of Marsana, Amiratus of the Kingdom of Balian, Lord Seneschal of the Crown and Chief Minister of the Duana. HIS EXCELLENCY, Robert Joseph de Lyons, Baron of Enderoca, Magister of the Kingdom of Balian HIS EXCELLENCY, Sir Ephrem Kervallen, Baron of Tuvia, Knight of the Order of Saint Lothar, Minister of Finances & Procurator of Balian, Templar of the Archangel Michael and Inquisitor of the Canonist Church. HIS EXCELLENCY, Casimir Marius Vilac, Baron of Valio, Patriarch of House Vilac, Secretary of the Interior, Camareiro of the Andromedan Court
  9. Issued by THE OFFICE OF THE LEGATE 16th of Sun's Smile 67 BA The Kingdom of Norland The Kingdom of Aaun The Dual Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska The Crown of Amathine The Cove of Nevaehlan The Arch-Principality of Talar’nor The Grand Kingdom of Urguan The Commonwealth of Petra The Silver State of Haelun’or The Principality of Nor’Asath The War Nation of Krugmar The Halfling State of Dunfarthing The Serene State of Lurin The United Domain of Vortice The Kingdom of Numendil The League of Veletz
  10. Appointment of a New Secretary of Civil Affairs 18th of Sun’s Smile, 64 B.A. To our fellow citizens of the Kingdom of Balian, After a screening and interview process with many candidates for the position of Secretary of Civil Affairs, and after much discussion amongst the Duana; a decision has now been made. It is with great pleasure to welcome Segnor Beyln Gris to the Royal Duana as the new Secretary of Civil Affairs-also known as the Censor-. We trust that he will do well and serve our citizens with utmost diligence, whilst also upholding our public image, culture and ideals. IN NOMINE DEI, HIS ROYAL MAJESTY, Adrian I, by the Grace of GOD, King of Balian, Viscount of Eflen and Anatis, Baron of Brucca,Valens, Malenos, Goza and Ciavola, Lord of Portoregne, Atrus and Monterosa, Warden of La Costa Rubinissima, Prince of the Holy Orenian Empire, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera. HIS ROYAL EXCELLENCY, Gaius var Ruthern, Baron of Marsana, Amiratus of the Kingdom of Balian, Lord Seneschal of the Crown and Chief Minister of the Duana.
  11. __ The following document has been declassified by the Office of the Principal Secretary of Balian on the 18th of the Grand Harvest, 133 SA. A proposal sent to King Alexander by Amiratus Gaius var Ruthern after the retirement of Amiratus Ledicort Vuiller, the Ruthern Framework is a document that highlights proposals to continue reform and advancement in Balianese society. It contains a list of national aspirations that made up many of Amiratus Ruthern's ambitions and policy goals at the start of his chancellorship, with some items addressed, and others still withstanding. The missive also notes the Amiratus intent to have the document refined and published post-haste, pending the King's approval. However, given King Alexander's ailing health at the end of his reign and the anarchies of the Mori Invasion, such refinement and official assent could not be reached. The framework was kept in government stasis for a considerable period of time, before the original draft was finally published under the purview of the Principal Secretary as a declassified item. It is believed to have arrived in the late King Alexander's hand in the year 1920, or 124 SA, and has been declassified roughly nine years later. __ Whilst Balian enters into another era of prosperity and success, a new Amiratus now steers the helm of our nation on behalf of the Crown. As a servant of both His Majesty and my fellow Balianese citizens, it is imperative that I address the objectives of my administration to you all. Transparency is a cherished principle, one which can never be completely hidden for the truth prevails sooner or later. The Ruthern Duana shall strive to hold government transparency at all levels. Thus, in compliance with the custom my predecessors before me have set, I, Gaius var Ruthern send this missive to your review. With the assent of His Majesty Alexander I, we may publish this document for the good of the Balianese peoples. This contents of this massive shall provide the framework for the main objectives of the Ruthern Duana, as of the year 124 SA | 53 BA. Fe, Stat, i Prosperitat (Faith, State, and Prosperity) 1. Further growth of our nation and transparency between the citizens of the nation and with the Crown and Duana. Biannual Duana Meeting, Minutes Declassified at Discretion of Principal Sec. [Censure] State of the Kingdom Address every four years. [Censure] Goal of Land Survey, Map out the Haciendas of Balian and Promote Noble Identities. [Interior] Goal to grow our activity, mercantile guilds discussed in Assembly. [Treasury] Balianese Civil Service, headed by our Interior department, to train newcomers in all affairs of state and be leaders in their communities. [Interior, Censure] Wisdoms of Tetsugawa 2. Balian shall be a center of science and alchemy. An alchemist society, centered around the progress and advancement of humanity shall be situated here in Balian. Inspired by Tetsugawa, the Oyashimi of the Iron River, who have used alchemy and holy magic to build a model society among wartorn North. Have the Alchemists in the royal family lead us towards greater use of alchemical engineering and medicine. Donate a building in Balian towards this society. [Royal Family, Censure] Expand the Novellen Collection 3. Encourage our own citizens to take up penmanship, playwriting, music and poetry. A cultural Renaissance of the arts should begin in Balian. Encouragement of more scholars. Offer mina to those who expand the Novellen Collection. Give a house in the city to house the Novellen Collection to someone eager to maintain it. Invite citizens to borrow books from it to learn about the wider world. Make a goal to have the largest collection of literature among the human nations, and perhaps even the Descendents. Offer tests and degrees to those who master a component of the Novellen Collection. Bard’s guild making visits, willing to teach any and all. Encourage bardmancy in Balian, continue Balian’s path as a hub for arts and culture. Continue the Renovatio! 4. We are still going through a cultural movement within Balian. I aim to make sure we continue that under the King’s blessing. This time we shall display our culture proudly and actively as we continue our presence on the international stage. Spreading and funding the Royal Balianese Academy for new cultural documents. More priests, more efforts into building Balianese spiritual life. More effort put into recovering and understanding the Lothar Stones, led by former Amiratus Ledicort. Devote religious scholarship into understanding the legend of the Supernals, the holy wives of the Exalted, favored among the Balianese pecheros. Propagation of Balianese language and identity. Viameza: The Middle Way 5. Now, as for foreign policy. Under the King’s guidance I hope to make sure we stay prominent in international matters. The Atrus Covenant has so far been a success. The Canonist League and the Sol Entente are other great examples of us establishing our presence on the global stage. We will continue to be the peacekeepers of this world even in face of the Mori invasions. Viameza: Balianese word meaning middle way, our diplomatic goals work toward the peace and dignity of the Descendent races. Focus on the Mori as our priority. Continue to balance our relationships in the north and south. Fund grants to those who wish to coordinate international events in our lands or in our allies lands. The Balianese Armada 6. Reform and expand the military, the Company of Balian, into a much more robust and well organized force. Given our role as a bridge between north and south, and our coastal areas that we plan to charter a new territories in, we are modernizing our army to be a marine amphibious force, to be able to cross waters and fight naval battles. We will put Ruthern expertise to build a Balianese Armada and great artillery battery. Ensure this Armada is one designed to protect us and our way of life. Encourage culture and national identity with their drill. The Consulier 7. Reorganize our legal code to one that can be easily accessed. We will begin a recruitment drive for lawyers and Kritai (Judges). Make sure the people have a voice every year at the assembly, make sure the body is held at a constant interval. Start having our lawyers and Kritai enforce the laws legislated by the assembly such as tariffs or property rights. Write up a lawsuit format and guide so citizens can easily negotiate their disputes in court. Yours, HIS ROYAL EXCELLENCY, Gaius var Ruthern, Baron of Marsana, Amiratus of the Kingdom of Balian, Lord Seneschal of the Crown and Chief Minister of the Royal Duana.
  12. The Royal Codex of the Kingdom of Balian Addendum V: Lex Maritima Table of Contents: LEX MARITIMA Article I - On Docking Article II - On Trade Article III - On Maritime Crimes LEX MARITIMA Article I - On Docking Art. I.01 - Definitions of Docks and Waters I.01A - All Docks and Mooring points within the lands of Balian fall under the National Laws of Balian, and are subject to any rules, inspections, and regulations laid out in this codex. I.01B - Docks within Vassal Lands may have additional restrictions placed upon them by the Vassals, and Docks within the City of Portoregne may have additional restrictions placed upon them by the City Government of Portoregne. I.01C - Balianese Waters are defined as any body of water lying within or adjacent to Balianese clay and all those to which Balian bears territorial claim. These waters, and all ships, cargo, and people within them, shall be subject to the entirety of Balianese Law. Art. I.02 - On the Docking Process I.02A - All ships not directly owned by the Balianese Government or Military must receive approval to dock, in the form of an edict from the Crown or his Duana, a clause in a treaty approved by the Legate and Duana to allow docking rights, an approved docking permit from the Magisterium, or an approved legal Charter from the Balianese government to operate the ship from Balianese waters. I.02B - The Monarch may at any time unilaterally provide permission for a specific ship or the ships of a nation or group to dock in Balianese ports, on one occasion through an order, and for a set period of time or indefinitely through an edict. I.02C - The Duana, with approval from the Crown, may also provide docking rights, with treaty-based rights for other nations being handled primarily through the Office of the Legate, and short-term permits and private charters being handled primarily through the Magisterium, though both should cooperate in such measures. I.02D - Requests for a Docking Permit through the Magisterium must utilize the following format. If they do not, the Magister has the right to throw them out without consideration. Docking Permits must be approved by the Magisterium to be considered valid, and must be refiled and reapproved once the period of the permit is passed. Ships with a docking permit must be subjected to and pass a full inspection of crew and cargo by the Magisterium or Company upon docking and upon departure. Permits may last for a maximum of one year before they must be refiled. I. Name of Ship II. Owner/Nationality of Ship III. Captain of Ship IV. Date of Request V. Dates the ship shall be docked VI. Purpose for Docking VII. Cargo on Ship VIII. Additional Notes or Considerations I.02E - Requests for a Charter must follow the following format. If they do not, the Magister has the right to throw them out without consideration. I. Name of Ship II. Owner of Ship III. Captain of Ship IV. Date of Request V. Purpose of Ship VI. Expected Cargo VII. Operations the Ship shall Operate in VIII. Additional Notes or Considerations I.02F - The Magister, Amiratus, and Crown retain the right to revoke permits and charters at will, though they are expected to inform the affected party with their reasoning verbally or in writing, and, in cases where a major law is not breached, give the affected ship(s) 3 Saint’s days to be inspected and depart the harbor before taking any of the actions described in Article III of this addendum. Art. I.03 - On Charters I.03A - Charters are filed to the state with the format noted in 1.02E through the Magisterium, and approved by the Duana and the Crown. I.03B - Charters are to be granted primarily to citizens of Balian, and to independent shipping or trading companies seeking to operate out of the city; as if a ship is chartered under Balian, it is marked as a Balianese-affiliated ship. I.03C - Chartered ships are expected to abide by Balianese foreign policy, as noted in the Travel Guide and elsewhere, and charters shall be revoked if Balianese ships are found operating in hostile foreign waters without prior permission. I.03D - As they are charted by Balian, these ships are to be protected by the Balianese Admiralty, and actions against them could, depending on the circumstances, be considered a crime against Balian or an act of war. I.03E - Ships chartered by Balian are expected to primarily be based in Balianese ports, serve Balian with trade (imports or exports), and be staffed by Balianese sailors, unless specific exceptions are made within the charter. I.03F - Captains or Companies who charter under the Balianese Government are allowed (and expected) to work with the Office of the Interior Minister on matters of trade. I.03G - Ships chartered under Balian are expected to be able to provide aid to the Balianese Admiralty in combat or non-combat roles if called upon during times of war. I.03H - Charters may be amended with the consultation and approval of the Crown and his Duana, and shall be reviewed every 10 years regardless of any changes, to be renewed or revoked. Article II - On Trade Art. II.01 - On Company Charters and Permits II.01A - In order to legally export Balianese goods to foreign lands, or to operate a permanent or semi-permanent shop within Balian, one must obtain a permit or charter to do so. II.01B - Trade Permits may be acquired by Edict from the Crown, by a clause in a treaty approved by the Crown and Legate, or by filing for permit through the Magisterium. Trade Charters may be acquired through the Crown and his Magisterium, and must be approved by the Duana. II.01C - Trade Permits are meant for foreign nations as a whole, private citizens of foreign nations, and independent trade companies seeking to set up a shop or regularly buy and sell goods within Balian. For foreign nations, they may be acquired via a clause in a treaty. For private citizens and independent companies, they may be awarded by the Crown or the Magisterium on a case by case basis if appealed for in the following format: I. Name of Applicant II. Affiliation/Nationality of Applicant (if applicable) III. Date of Request IV. Categories of Goods Being Traded V. Dates the Permit is Valid VI. Desired Address for Shop or Stall (if applicable) VII. Additional Notes or Considerations I.01D - Trade Charters are meant for Balianese citizens who wish to organize businesses to trade goods from Balian to other nations. These companies can grow or manufacture the goods themselves, or work to trade Balianese national production. Charters must be filed with the following format through the Magisterium, and approved by the Crown and Duana. Chartered Trade Companies are expected to follow Balianese foreign policy and work with the Balianese government to assure smooth trade and so imports and exports may be monitored. In turn, the Companies will gain protection from the Balianese military and support in their endeavors from the government of Balian, and the right to operate freely in Balian and foreign lands, within the bounds of their charter. I. Name of Company II. Proprietor of Company III. Date of Request IV. Categories of Goods Being Exported V. Categories of Goods Being Imported VI. Desired Address for Shop, Stall, Ship, and/or Manufacturing Facility (if applicable) VII. Likely Nations in which the Company shall operate VIII. Additional Notes or Considerations II.01E - Charters may be amended with approval and review by the Crown and Duana, and must always be reviewed and either renewed or revoked every 10 years. II.01F - Permits and Charters may be revoked by the Magisterium or Crown if the Company is found to be breaking Balianese Law. II.01G - The Crown has the right to revoke Permits and Charters unilaterally and at will. Article III - On Maritime Law Art. III.01 - On Breaches of Balianese Waters III.01A - Where a ship is found to be sailing or operating within Balianese Waters without proper permission, this shall be Trespassing on Balianese Waters, an Infraction. III.01B - Where a ship is found to be performing Military Operations within Balianese Waters without permits, this shall be Violent Trespassing on Balianese Waters, a Misdemeanor. III.01C - Where a ship affiliated with a hostile foreign power is found operating in Balianese Waters, this shall be Breach of Balianese Waters by a Hostile Power, a Felony. III.01D - In addition to any punishments associated with their category, ships found in breach of Balianese Waters will be asked to leave. If they have not done so within 3 Saint’s Days, or are acting in a hostile manner, the Admiralty of Balian is free to capture or sink the vessel, and the ship may be impounded, auctioned, or appropriated by the Balianese Government as deemed appropriate. Art. III.01 - On Illegal Docking III.01A - Where a ship is found to be docking with an expired Docking Permit, this shall be Docking with an Expired Permit, an Infraction. III.01B - Where a ship is found to be docking without ever having applied for a permit, or after having been denied a permit, or failing an inspection, this shall be Docking without a Permit, a Misdemeanor. III.01C - Where a ship affiliated with a hostile foreign power is found docking in Balianese Ports, this shall be Docking by a Hostile Power, a Felony. III.01D - If a ship docking in breach of permits is considered a threat or has been sitting derelict despite the owner being notified to move it, the ship may be impounded by the Balianese Government, and if not claimed legally within one Saint’s Week of impoundment, it and its cargo may be appropriated by the Balianese Government to be used or auctioned as seen fit. Art. III.02 - On Smuggling III.02A - Where a ship permitted to dock in Balian, by Permit or Charter, or an individual or company permitted to trade in Balian, by Permit or Charter is found to be carrying or trading Contraband in or out of Balian without the proper permits as laid out in Addendum IV, this shall be Smuggling, which shall be a Crime of Contraband as defined in Lex Criminalis Art. IV.02. III.02A - Where an individual or company is found trading goods within Balian without prior permit, or a ship without permissions to dock or operate is found trading within Balian or carrying goods in or out of Balian, this shall be Smuggling, a Misdemeanor. III.02B - In addition to the standard punishments for Contraband as defined in Lex Criminalis Art. IV.02, in cases of smuggling the permit or charter of the individual or company in question shall be put under review and may be revoked unilaterally as part of the sentencing, and they may be put on probation and denied future permit requests. Art. III.03 - On Piracy III.03A - Where an individual or group of individuals is found to be performing any crime as defined in Lex Criminalis within Balianese Waters against any Balianese, Allied, or Neutral ship, or against a Balianese Ship (government or chartered) regardless of location, this shall be the crime of Piracy, a Felony. III.03B - Where Piracy is performed against ships of the Admiralty or ships directly owned by the Balianese Government, the Royal Family, a Peer, the City Government of Portoregne, or a sitting member of the Duana, this shall be the crime of Piracy Against the Crown, and shall be a crime of Treason. Art. III.04 - On Harming Oceanic Wildlife or the Harbor III.04A - Where an individual is found doing accidental or negligent harm against the dolphins, turtles, and/or corals in Balianese Waters, this shall be Negligent Harm of Oceanic Wildlife, an infraction. III.04B - Where an individual is found intentionally and deliberately killing or destroying dolphins, turtles, and/or corals in Balianese Waters, this shall be Deliberate Harm of Oceanic Wildlife, a misdemeanor. III.04C - Where an individual causes damage to the docks, jetties, lighthouses, or any other man-made or natural part of Balianese Harbors or Ports, this shall be Damage to the Harbour, a misdemeanor. Signed, HIS EXCELLENCY, Robert Joseph de Lyons, Magister of the Kingdom of Balian
  13. Carta Regia Portoregne ‘The Royal Charter of Portoregne’ In the Year of Our Lord 61 B.A. Table of Contents: Preamble Carta Regia Portoregne Article I - On the Rights of the People Article II - On the Powers of the Syndic Article III - On the Powers of the Concio Article IV - On the Powers of the Duana Article V - On the Powers of the Crown PREAMBLE By the Grace of GOD, and under the stewardship of His Royal Majesty, Adrian I, we have come now to a new Land, as our ancestors before us. Hence we have, as humanity has many times before, back to time immemorial, laid down for ourselves a new home, a new city, for our people. And as in the past, this new City, henceforth named Portoregne - ‘The Royal Port’ - must have protections for its citizenry, and powers defined for those to whom the Citizenry, Crown, and GOD himself entrust its governance. Thus, we, the Crown and his Royal Duana, in order to form a stable and efficient City Government, to establish justice and ensure domestic tranquility, and to preserve and promote the general welfare, liberty, and self-governance of the people of Portoregne, do ordain and establish this Royal Charter for the City of Portoregne. CARTA REGIA PORTOREGNE Article I - On the Rights of the People Art. I.01 - Definition of Citizenship within Portoregne I.01A - Citizens of Portoregne shall be defined as those people of any class whose primary residence or that of their family resides within the City of Porotregne. I.01B - Citizens of Portoregne are also citizens of the Kingdom of Balian, and thus are granted all the rights, duties, and privileges pertaining thereto. I.01C - Thus, Citizens of the City of Portoregne are granted these rights and privileges in addition to their rights and privileges as Balianese Citizens, and are subject to and may participate in the City Government in addition to the National Government. Art. I.02 - On the Rights and Privileges of Citizens of Portoregne I.02A - Citizens of Portoregne maintain the sole right to run for City Office and vote in city elections, so that city leaders are selected by the citizens of the city alone, and only from among their number. I.02B - Citizens of Portoregne maintain the right to speak in General Assemblies and vote in General Votes called by the Syndic or the Concio on matters and laws pertaining to the governance of the City of Portoregne. I.02C - The Citizens of Portoregne maintain the right to levy taxes, tolls, or fees separate from Royal Taxes, and otherwise raise and store money for city projects. I.02D - The Citizens of Portoregne maintain the right to trade and organize businesses freely within the city, and to charter and govern businesses that operate solely within the city under city oversight. I.02E - The Citizens of Portoregne maintain the right to petition the Syndic and Concios at any time on matters and grievances pertaining to the governance of the City of Portoregne. Article II - On the Powers of the Syndic Art. II.01 - The Syndic shall be a single Citizen of Portoregne, over the age of 16 and of any social class or standing, excluding Peers of the realm or the Heirs of Peers, elected from amongst his or her peers to preside over the Concio of the City of Portoregne and to serve as the primary voice for and mediator between the Citizens of Portoregne and the Duana and the Crown. Art. II.02 - The Syndic shall be elected every 8 years in a general election among the citizens of Portoregne, with each citizen granted a single vote. These elections shall be overseen by the Censory. A single citizen may serve as Syndic for at most 2 terms, for a total of 16 years. These terms may be consecutive or non-consecutive. Art. II.03 - The Syndic shall have a seat on the Segnoria to be a voice for the city and its residents on National Matters. Art. II.04 - The Syndic shall be permitted to call the Concio into session and shall preside over their sessions - mediating arguments, assuring order, moving through the agenda, and breaking ties. In the event that the Syndic cannot be present at a Concio meeting, then the Crown or a member of the Duana may preside over the meeting in their stead. Art. II.05 - The Syndic shall be permitted to call a General Assembly of the Citizens of Portoregne to discuss proposed City matters, laws, and projects. Art. II.06 - The Syndic may call for a General Vote, in person or by secret paper ballot, of the citizenry on proposals of the Concio, in order to pass them into city law. Art. II.07 - The Syndic reserves the right to veto proposals passed by the Concio before they reach the general vote. Art. II.08 - The Syndic may, with the approval of the Concio, Crown, or Duana, instate and withdraw edicts governing the City of Portoregne. Art. II.09 - The Syndic may meet freely with the Monarch and the members of the Duana to advise or petition them on city matters. Art. II.010 - The Syndic may be impeached and removed from office via a vote of no confidence among the Citizens of Portoregne which must be called for by majority vote of the Concio, or may be removed from office directly by vote of the Duana and Crown. Art. II.011 - The Syndic is considered sacrosanct along with members of the Duana and Royal House, and thus any harm against them shall be considered a greater category of crime, as defined in the Royal Codex. Article III - On the Powers of the Concio Art. III.01 - The Concio shall be a body made up of 4 Citizens of Portoregne, over the age of 14 and of any social class or standing, elected from among their peers to work with the Syndic to discuss, develop, and write legislation and projects pertaining to the City of Portoregne. Art. III.02 - The Concios shall be elected every 4 years in a general election among the citizens of Portoregne, with each citizen granted two votes, which must be given to two different candidates. These elections shall be overseen by the Censory. A single citizen may serve as a Concio for at most 6 terms, for a total of 24 years. These terms may be consecutive or non-consecutive. Art. III.03 - The Concio shall be permitted to pen proposals and legislation to be presented to and discussed at their own sessions and at sessions of the General Assembly of the Citizens of Protoregne, and to collaborate in their development and amendment. Art. III.04 - The Concio shall, by a majority vote, be permitted to call a General Assembly of the Citizens of Portoregne independent of the Syndic to discuss proposed City matters, laws, and projects. Art. III.05 - The Concio may, by a majority vote, call for a general vote, in person or by secret paper ballot, of the citizenry on the proposals and legislation they pen, in order to pass them into city law. Art. III.06 - The Concio may, by majority vote, veto edicts suggested by the Syndic. Art. III.07 - The Concio may, by unanimous vote, override a veto by the Syndic and force a general vote on a proposal they have drafted. Art. III.08 - The Concio may, by majority vote, call a general vote of no confidence in the Syndic of the City of Portoregne. Art. III.09 - A Concio may be removed from office by order of the Crown, a vote of the Duana, or by the majority of a general vote among the Citizens of Portoregne. Art. III.010 - The members of the Concio are considered sacrosanct along with members of the Duana and Royal House, and thus any harm against them shall be considered a greater category of crime, as defined in the Royal Codex. Article IV - On the Powers of the Duana Art. IV.01 - The Duana of the Crown have entrusted the Concio and Syndic with the right to determine city-level legislation, taxation, and construction projects, however they reserve the right to provide oversight and input into matters pertaining to their chamber. Art. IV.02 - The City Government may petition the Chambers of the Duana for help in executing or enforcing their provisions, which the heads of the Chambers may accept or deny at their discretion. Art. IV.03 - The City Government may petition the Procurator for funds from the Royal Treasury to fund their projects, which may be accepted or denied via a vote of the whole Duana. Art. IV.04 - The Magister shall have the right to unilaterally overturn City Legislation if it directly contradicts National Law or curtails the rights held by Citizens of Portoregne as Citizens of Balian. Art. IV.05 - The Minister of the Interior and Chief Architect maintain the right to edit or take over the construction and oversight of city building projects, to assure their quality is up to National Standards. Art. IV.06 - The Duana may, by majority vote and with Crown approval, remove the Syndic or a Concio from office, and oversee a special election for their replacement immediately following this removal if needed. Art. IV.07 - The Duana may, by majority vote, and with Crown approval grant or remove powers which they have placed upon the City Government. Art. IV.08 - The Duana may, by unanimous vote and with the approval of the Monarch, dissolve the City Government as defined in this charter, in order to create a new charter that better serves the needs of the City and its Citizens. Art. IV.09 - The Duana may, by majority vote and with Crown support, veto or approve edicts of the Syndic. Art. IV.010 - The Duana may, by majority vote and with Crown approval, veto city legislation passed by the Grand Assembly. Art. IV.011 - The Duana may call upon the Syndic at any time to speak to and advise them on city matters. Article V - On the Powers of the Crown Art. V.01 - As all law flows from GOD through the Monarch, the Crown reserves the right to veto city legislation. Art. V.02 - The City Government may petition the Crown for the use of the Royal Properties to host events, which he reserves the right to approve or deny. Art. V.03 - The City Government may petition the Crown for financial support for city projects from his personal coffers, which he reserves the right to approve or deny. Art. V.04 - The Crown may call special meetings of the Concio as needed. Art. V.05 - The Crown may call upon the Syndic at any time to advise him on city matters. Signed: HIS ROYAL MAJESTY, Adrian I, by the Grace of GOD, King of Balian, Viscount of Eflen and Anatis, Baron of Brucca,Valens, Malenos, Goza and Ciavola, Lord of Portoregne, Atrus and Monterosa, Warden of La Costa Rubinissima, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera. HER ROYAL MAJESTY, Andromeda Ester of Ba’as, Queen-consort of Balian, Countess of Monteres, Viscountess of Eflen and Anatis, Baroness of Brucca, Valens, Malenos, Goza and Ciavola, Lady of Portoregne, Atrus and Monterosa, Warden of La Costa Rubinissima, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera. HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, Princess Lydia Antheia, Countess of Caluzzo, Censor of the Crown, 1st Syndic of Portoregne HIS EXCELLENCY, Robert Joseph de Lyons, Magister of the Kingdom of Balian
  14. Issued by THE OFFICE OF THE LEGATE 10th of Lothar’s Gift 60 BA The Kingdom of Norland The Kingdom of Aaun The Dual Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska The Crown of Amaethea The Vale of Nevaehlan The Arch-Principality of Celia’nor The Grand Kingdom of Urguan The Commonwealth of Petra The Silver State of Haelun’or The Principality of Nor’Asath The War Nation of Krugmar The Halfling State of Bywater The Most Serene State of Lurin The United Domain of Vortice The Republic of Vikela The Duchy of Helious The Kingdom of Barrowton The Duchy of Adria
  15. THE ROYAL DUANA OF BALIAN THE GREAT ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES OF THE BALIANESE The Royal Duana is the administrative council of the Crown. Each member of the Duana-besides the Amiratus-heads a specific office within the government. The members of the Duana are also considered the closest advisors to the Crown. Founded by King Alexander and his council, the Royal Duana is the petrine perversion of the eastern Diwan that was known to rule in states such as Ba’as. The Diwan and the Petrine council of the Holy Orenian Empire were considered one of the most advanced, efficient and effective systems of government known throughout the modern world. The Royal Duana is considered the spiritual successor to those great government systems. The Royal Duana’s success in efficiently governing the Kingdom’s realm, established the council as the final institution of authority within Balian. Under the blessing of His Majesty King Adrian, the Royal Duana continues to govern Balian on behalf of the Crown. Like the Petrine governments of old, the body is made up of various secretaries that head government offices. However, the Duana itself maintains some cultural distinction by utilizing eastern titles such as Duana, Amiratus, Procurator, Legate, and more, along with adding a ministry devoted to maintaining positive relationships with the clergy. AMIRATUS OF THE ROYAL DUANA The Mesa of the Crownlands, 109 SA Heading the Duana is Balian’s Amiratus, who serves as penultimate authority in the realm. They can appoint a Vice-Amiratus to serve as their deputy, and are in charge of staffing the Duana as well as leading the executive government of the country. The title of Amiratus is notably found in the east, filling the role of Chancellor often found in the Wilvenland human kingdoms. However, it is also tied to the history of the Balthalites, or the people of Old Balian. The first recorded Amiratus in history was Edgar of Jrent, a priest who served as chief minister to the mythic hero Balthier, founder of Old Balian. Their legend can be found in the Second Tablet of the Lothar Stones. The office of Amiratus is the most prestigious and influential political position in the Kingdom of Balian. They are responsible for the maintenance and governance of the realm, wielding penultimate authority and tasked with the preservation of the Balianese Crown, including in matters of succession. Colloquially, the Amiratus can be addressed as Chief Minister of Balian, and he or she also maintains the honorary title Seneschal of the Crown. The current Amiratus is Gaius var Ruthern, who presides over the 1st Ruthern Duana. THE FIRST RUTHERN DUANA —-Lord Amiratus Gaius var Ruthern—- "The shoes of the Amiratus are no small shoes to fill, yet we are certain Lord Gaius will fill them well." - King Alexander I on the appointment of Gaius var Ruthern as Amiratus. "Gaius is a trustworthy worker, who will involve himself in all necessary aspects of the King's government to work for a better Balian." - Ser Ledicort Vuiller Much akin to his mentor Ser Ledicort Vuiller, Lord Gaius Ruthern’s presence in the Duana was as constant and prominent as his predecessor. Gaius began his service to the Kingdom of Balian at the age of eleven, when he began his squireship under Lord Commander Peter of Arkent who inducted him into the Company of Balian, the standing military of the Kingdom. Whilst in the Company, Ledicort took him in as his ward in which the young Ruthern-under the guidance of both Ledicort and Peter-honed his political aptitude and his military prowess. Ledicort appointed Gaius Ruthern to the Secretary of the Interior at the age of sixteen, subsequently followed by his promotion to Corporal by Peter at the age of seventeen. As Corporal of the Company of Balian, Gaius followed in the footsteps of his Ruthern ancestors, where he continues to serve diligently in the defense of the Kingdom. His stalwart defense of the city of Atrus during the siege of Cloudbreaker and the undead, and his commitment to battling the Mori’Quessir in Norland and throughout Almaris displayed his bravery and loyalty to Balian, and his comradery to his fellow descendant-kind. As Minister of the Interior, Gaius oversaw an influx of new immigrants into Balian soil whilst also overseeing and contributing to the beautification of the Balianese Crownlands. Gaius was also known as the right hand to his predecessor Ledicort Vuiller, assisting him in his duties as Amiratus. As the youngest Amiratus in the history of Balian, Gaius has dedicated himself to the betterment and expansion of Balian’s culture, education, economy, and military whilst using wisdom from the empire of old and through expanding the ideas of the new age . With Gaius Ruthern at the helm of the Duana, the Kingdom of Balian hopes to be led to a new age of prosperity and influence in the known world. “I take pride in the fact that I am the first Amiratus who was born on the soils of Balian. My roots are not in the old Petrine Empire, yet, I still take wisdom from my elders to help advise me as I navigate the waters of politics and foreign policy. It is without a doubt, however, that Balian’s future does not rely on copying the old, but rather focusing on the new and solely on the new. As Amiratus I aim to rediscover what it means to be Balianese; and focus on the new age whilst guiding my generation and the generation after me to take the lead as we shape this great nation into an era of prosperity and hegemony.” - Lord Amiratus Gaius var Ruthern OFFICES OF THE DUANA LEGATE SECRETARY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS The Secretary of Foreign Affairs is responsible for the world view of Balian as well as the pacts and treaties that the nation holds. It is their job to foster goodwill and relations with any other nation or settlement. They accomplish this namely by appointing ambassadors, organizing events, and attending diplomatic meetings. They maintain the title of ‘Legate of the Crown’ in their styling from the old chamber. The current Secretary of Foreign Affairs is Princess Royal Elena Casimira “As a young girl I have always been fascinated with different lands and cultures and traditions. Growing up I had the opportunity to travel and experience these cultures that once seemed strange to me. Through an open mind and understanding I grew my network of acquaintances into unforgettable friendships that will surely last me a lifetime. Warding under the previous Legate, I was given the freedom to explore and create connections and contacts which would eventually lead me to becoming the youngest ever ambassador in Balianese history. Through this opportunity I focused on creating peace and encouraging treaties which I will continue to implement as the Royal Legate.” - Princess Royal Elena Casimira, on her process of becoming Legate of the Crown. To those interested in aiding the Duana in matters of Foreign Affairs, reach out to Princess Royal Elena Casimira or the Legate’s Office. The Office of the Legate CONSTABLE SECRETARY OF WAR The Secretary of War, foremost among the officers, is responsible for the maintenance and command of the national army. They supervise all military personnel, auxiliaries, and mercenaries in the country. They also are tasked with protecting the lands from invasions, raids and rebellions in times of peace and war. They maintain the title of ‘Constable of the Crown’ in their styling from the old chamber. The current Secretary of War is Dante DeNurem “My experience sums up to constantly defending the Crown of Balian. In my time I’ve been sent on missions all over Almaris to further the objectives of Balian, my most notable mission being involved in the assault on Vienne, in which alongside our former Comrades in Acre, we ended the reign of King Frederick of Oren. But now we’re in a time of peace. The Kingdom of Balian works to continue building itself up, and towards a proper military force if necessary. Our people have suffered many hardships. But through our perseverance, we will succeed.” - Peter d’Arkent, on his tenure as Constable of Balian. “Forever Golden” - Dante De Nurem To those interested in aiding the Duana in matters of its national army, reach out to Dante DeNurem or the Company of Balian. [Maur#1123] The Company of Balian DOMUS MINISTRI SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR The Secretary of Interior manages the various holdings of Balian. They are responsible for the Ecumene, or land survey of Balian, ensure that the land as a whole is held to royal architectural standards, and approve new constructions made by the private efforts of noble and commoners alike. They also control the immigration into Balian, and are expected to maintain an immigration office and organize events and programs to help recruit new subjects into the kingdom. The current Secretary of the Interior is Franz Sarkozic To those interested in aiding the Duana in matters of land management, traffic, and immigration, reach out to Franz Sarkozic or the Office of the Interior. The Office of the Interior PROCURATOR SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY The Secretary of the Treasury is the chief financial minister, entrusted with all of Balian’s financial matters, procuring more money for the Kingdom and looking over any spending of the nation. They ensure any debts paid, taxes collected and that all ministries are funded accordingly, along with organizing civil servants known as clerks that help them in these endeavors. They maintain the title of ‘Procurator of the Crown’ in their styling from the old chamber. The current Secretary of the Treasury is Sir Ephrem Kervallen, Baron of Tuvia; “Sir Ephrem became Secretary of the Treasury after having served in some other ways for the Kingdom. His office is one of great importance, the one in charge of the economic well-being of the Kingdom and the proper taxating and use of said money. Sir Ephrem’s office is one of mixes, introducing new ways of generating income while established on the base built by the previous Procurator, the Kingdom is eager to flourish once more like a flower on Spring.” “I was tasked with one of the most important jobs in the Kingdom; Balian’s economy was left at a good state by the former Procurator yet I am a firm believer that things can always be better. My wish is to establish fair taxation, to generate events that will increase not only the name Balian has formed for itself during the years but also the economy; auctions, fairs and guilds. ” - The Procurator’s Office, on the character of its captain, Baron Ephrem Kervallen. To those interested in aiding the Duana in matters of its trade and finances, reach out to Baron Ephrem or the Procurator’s Office. Recruitment from the Procurator Office CENSOR SECRETARY OF CIVIL AFFAIRS The Secretary of Civil Affairs is tasked with the matters of government documentation. They take minutes of important meetings, organize the government press and the Royal Balianese Academy, push initiatives on government literacy and transparency, and maintain the census in order to administer effective elections. Their goal is chiefly in documenting and relying the efforts of the government outward, and ensuring that the Balianese are regarded as a literate and educated people. They maintain the title of ‘Censor of the Crown’ in their styling from the old chamber. The current Secretary of Civil Affairs is Princess Lydia Novellen To those interested in aiding the Duana in matters of improving national literacy and census-keeping, reach out to Princess Lydia Novellen or the Department of Civil Affairs. The Censor’s Office: Department of Civil Affairs MAGISTER SECRETARY OF JUSTICE The Magister is the head of the Magisterium, the Balianese Judicial system. They shall organize the Lawyers - both prosecution and defense, Legal Scribes, and Investigators (or Qaestors) of the Magisterium of the Crown. They shall administer and help oversee any legal cases and investigations that may come up, oversee and judge trials, cooperate with and advise the other Chambers of the Duana on legal adjacent affairs, and advise the Crown on the appointment of judges and on legal matters. The current Magister is Robert Joseph de Lyons “From my youth in the Petran Civil War to today, I have sought to apply myself to ensure the greater stability of the realm and the victory of impartial and fair justice over the corruption and violence within the world. To ensure the circumstances that claimed my father’s life and drove me from my old home to my new one do not happen to another generation. Through the office with which I was entrusted, I seek to foster vigilance against crime within our Kingdom, to assure it is tried and punished swiftly and properly when it occurs, with a firm but thoughtful hand. To amend the laws as needed, to take on and train Lawyers, Scribes, Investigators, and Wards, and to work with the Crown and Duana to foster cooperation between chambers and to ensure the law is considered in our governance. The Magisterium grew small and ineffective in the time when the position of Magister was vacant, and I hope to do my best to regrow it and ensure its continued stable and effective operation in the years to come.” - Robyn de Lyons, on his goals for the Magisterium To those interested in aiding with Balian’s legal system, as a lawyer, scribe, or investigator, contact Robyn de Lyons or inquire about the Magisterium. The Office of the Magister: The Magisterium PRINCIPAL SECRETARY The Principal Secretary is tasked with collecting intelligence and making internal reports within the Duana on potential improvements that may be made within the Kingdom of Balian. Regarded often as the left-hand of the Duana, they follow up on particular departments for the Amiratus to ensure that the administrative offices are hard at work and initiatives are being adjusted and met. They also drive innovation within the kingdom by brainstorming new and novel ideas across departments, and hold the responsibility of declassifying government documents for public consumption. The current Principal Secretary is Sarson Halgrim. “I’ve spent decades in the east hunting plots, treasures, and beasts for a living. Besides the wretched paperwork, this isn’t so different yet. Anyone who’s got the guts to make a nation out of this little finger of God in the wretched desert - join me, and learn what it takes to be the sort of professional the world needs.” - Sarson Halgrim, on his new station in the Duana. To those interested in learning about the organization of the Duana, or the various plots and initiatives the Duana is to pursue as a whole, reach out to Sarson Halgrim or the Office of the Principal Secretary. AGENT-GENERAL OF THE CLERGY The Agent-General of the Clergy is tasked with promoting religious and cultural institutions within the realm. They help ensure that the Kingdom of Balian acts with the interest of the state faith of Canonism, as well as maintaining relationships with the High Pontiff’s Curia. They also help build relations with religious minorities and religious communities within the realm, ensuring their rights are protected. The current Agent-General of the Clergy is Teodosio Cardinal Tyria. “While having no formal government experience, I have experience within the church and hold positions of Cardinal Tyria, Bishop Tyria and Interim Auditor of the Tribunal. My goal is to make a more robust church within Balian that is not confined to the existing Highlander and Heartlander traditions, and is instead able to make its own traditions that better reflect the piety of our people” - Cardinal Tyria, on his appointment to the Royal Duana. To those interested in supporting faith and culture in Balian, reach out to Cardinal Tyria or his agents of the clergy. PALATIODORA OF THE ANDROMEDAN COURT GOVERNESS OF THE QUEEN’S COURT The Palatiodora of the Andromedan Court is charged with the management of the Palatio Arancione. The Palatiodora and their staff tend to the private matters of the Crown and Royal Family. They are also the executive of the Andromedan Courts of the Palatio Arancione, overseeing all revelries, publications of the Andromedan Court and maintaining the Court’s Public image. Unlike the other positions of the Duana, the Palatiodora may only be appointed or dismissed by the Sovereign or Consort and answers directly to the Crown. The current Palatiodora of the Andromedan Court is Serena Viviana d’Arkent. To those interested in helping manage the Palatio Arancione and tend to its events, reach out to Lady Serena Viviana d’Arkent or the Palatiodora’s Staff. The Andromedan Court HIS ROYAL MAJESTY, Adrian I, by the Grace of GOD, King of Balian, Count of Monteres, Viscount of Eflen and Anatis, Baron of Brucca and Valens, Lord of Portoregne, Ruby Coast, Lord of Atrus and Monterosa, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera. HER ROYAL MAJESTY, Andromeda Ester of Ba’as, Queen-consort of Balian, Viscountess of Eflen and Anatis, Baroness of Brucca, Valens, Malenos, Goza and Ciavola, Lady of Portoregne, Ruby Coast, Lady of Atrus and Monterosa, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera HIS ROYAL EXCELLENCY, Gaius var Ruthern, Baron of Marsana, Amiratus of the Kingdom of Balian, Lord Seneschal of the Crown and Chief Minister of the Royal Duana.
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