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  1. Properly speaking it is The Azor Ministry, not d’Azor. When the ministry is held by a titleholder, it takes its name after the peerage of the holder, i.e. The Viscount Azor. Also please update the names of the office holders to reflect their peerages, i.e. The Rt Hon. The Viscount Azor, The Rt Hon. The Lord Darkwood, The Rt Hon. The Lord Draskovic etc. You must make these changes before Esterlen is awake or he will be greatly displeased.
  2. Joseph II, Holy Orenian Emperor, as painted on his death bed by The Hon. Margaux Helvets. (Credits to @UnBaed) REFLECTIONS ON STATE OR; SOME FRUITS OF SOLITUDE AS DICTATED BY JOSEPH II, by the grace of GOD Holy Orenian Emperor, forever August, King of Renatus, Curon, Kaedrin, Salvus, and Seventis, Defender of the Faith, Grand Duke of Ves, Duke of Adria, Novellen and Lorraine, Baron of Renzfeld, Protector of the Heartlanders, Highlanders, and Farfolk, etcetera. WITH DEDICATION TO HIS IMPERIAL HIGHNESS, JOHN CHARLES, THE DUKE OF HELENA. AND THE POOR ORENIAN THAT WOULD BOAST HIMSELF A STATESMAN. BEING A COLLECTION OF REFLECTIONS ON THE OFFICE OF STATE COLLECTED IN A REIGN OF TWENTY NINE YEARS, AND THE TEACHING OF EIGHTY FOUR YEARS OF LIFE. SIGISMUND'S END, 1813. /// The age of heroes which Godric of Norland wrote so fondly of whilst he terrorized the frontiers of our Empire is long extinguished. Now is the age of men. The Orenian is simple in construction. He does not need the blood of dragons to perform his duty. He needs no title of peerage to display his merit. The vast multitude of men possess a common heart. There is no great ambition in them. To these men, it is the bread of the day that is their reward. The ensign takes his pension. The merchant of Providence takes his coin. A Redenford planter reaps his harvest. Sir Frederick Armas was born to a merchant. Simon Basrid was of no greater birth. Did Sabari make distinction between greater or lesser when he was called to fill the trenches? What is the boast of Emperors, but great folly? Our ancestors worshipped their sovereigns in the Imperial cult. The very blood of Horen was taken as sacred; if sacred, infallible. Would you take Antony I as infallible in his pronouncements? Let you take heed, John Charles, that an Emperor is the sum of the men which he surrounds himself with. Your father, Joseph II, possessed a common heart; he held no greatness; it was they who reared him that were filled with the greatness of the day. It is to his councilors that he is indebted, and to benevolent Providence. An Emperor reigns; he does not rule. Do not speak. Such is the business of a councilor. Speak not in Opinion, but Judgement; therefore speak last. Make no promise. It shall be invoked unto the grave. The Emperor is all things to all men. If it should be otherwise, envy; if envy, rebellion. Your father made no vain boasts. He pretended to no great conquest. The constitution was upheld, and no great calamity befell the Empire. THE DICTATES ARE INCOMPLETE. VALE JOSEPH II (1730 – 1814) (REGNANT 1784 – 1814) 12th of Sun's Smile, 1814. Born first son of Adrian, Duke of Adria, in 1730; appointed Secretary of the Interior, 1750; wed Anne Augusta, Princess Imperial, 1753; nominated to the Circuit Court, 1783; ascended to the throne 1784; death of Anne I, 1800; death by natural causes, Augustine Palace, 1814. THE EMPEROR IS DEAD. LONG LIVE THE EMPEROR.
  3. A pair of ships moored off of Freeport. THE TREATY OF ROSEMOOR 15th of Sun's Smile, 1812 PRONOUNS AND DEFINITIONS The Holy Orenian Empire and the Admiralty of Freeport, are described as “SIGNATORY STATES” in this document. The Holy Orenian Empire and the Admiralty of Freeport, are described as “PETITIONING STATES” in this document. ON SOVEREIGNTY THE HOLY ORENIAN EMPIRE and the ADMIRALTY OF FREEPORT recognize the autonomy and sovereignty of the other, meaning: I. SIGNATORY STATES reserve an autonomous right to govern their people without influence from external powers. II. SIGNATORY STATES agree to engage in diplomatic functions with one another. ARTICLE I: NON-AGGRESSION PACT SIGNATORY STATES hereby agree to a mutual pact of non-aggression, and will refrain from taking military action on any entities affiliated with their banner. If an emergency were to occur, then a diplomatic approach will be used for resolution. ARTICLE II: TRADE SIGNATORY STATES agree to allow free and unhindered trade and commerce. Petitioning states will also compose a direct system of travel between borders (ferry). ARTICLE III: SUBJECTS SIGNATORY STATES guarantee protection under its laws to all subjects of petitioning states, including inneliable rights to life, property, freedom of worship, and due process within the borders of the aforementioned. ARTICLE IV: RENEWAL SIGNATORY STATES agree to reconvene and discuss a renewal of this treaty every THIRTY years. Joseph II, by the grace of GOD Holy Orenian Emperor, forever August, King of Renatus, Curon, Kaedrin, Salvus, and Seventis, Defender of the Faith, Grand Duke of Ves, Duke of Adria, Novellen and Lorraine, Baron of Renzfeld, Protector of the Heartlanders, Highlanders, and Farfolk, etcetera. His Grace, Darius Sare, Lord Admiral of Freeport, Marooned Duke and Lord of the Captains.
  4. A PROCLAMATION ANNOUNCING THE FORMATION OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY 15th of Tobias' Bounty, 1811 To Our Beloved Subjects, In the month of Tobias' Bounty, 1811, Our peace was violated by a treasonous assault on the Imperial City of Providence, an uprising which sought to prevent by violence the execution of Our law by its responsible officers. The origins of this armed insurrection being traced to Sedan, in South Arentania, We Joseph II, by the grace of GOD Holy Orenian Emperor, do hereby proclaim the formation of a Committee on Public Safety, to be charged with the restoration of Our peace, and the destruction of costly insurrection in Our realm, which is to be sat by; I. His Imperial Excellency, Sir Franz Sarkozy KM; II. His Grace, The Duke of Sunholdt KCL; III. The Rt Hon. The Count of Susa. That this Committee be granted whatever Powers deemed necessary over all the departments of Our realm, civil and military, for the prosecution of its charge, including the raising of Generals, ordering of movements, et cetera. That upon affixing Our title and seal to this Proclamation, those who bear the tabard or standard of Louis de Joannes be recognized as in a state of insurrection against Our realm, and subject to death by hanging. Delivered at Augustine, Joseph II, by the grace of GOD Holy Orenian Emperor, forever August, King of Renatus, Curon, Kaedrin, Salvus, and Seventis, Defender of the Faith, Grand Duke of Ves, Duke of Adria, Novellen and Lorraine, Baron of Renzfeld, Protector of the Heartlanders, Highlanders, and Farfolk, etcetera. Tobias' Bounty, 1811
  5. A PROCLAMATION 14th of Godfrey's Triumph, 1811 To Our Beloved Subjects, We Joseph II, by the grace of GOD Holy Orenian Emperor, do hereby command Our government to confiscate the property which Louis de Joannes holds in Our tenure, named Sedan, for the diverse and felonious charges of fomenting seditions and treachery against Our Crown, government, and state; operating an unsanctioned and private military organization within Our commonwealth; failure to obey an order of cease and desist issued by Our government pursuant to the disbandment of this criminal operation; threatening the public peace; harassments of the taverns and saloons of Providence; and felony evasion of the Imperial excise for a term of two years. Our government is hereby commanded to enact this confiscation posthaste, and to uphold Our law and the peace of the Realm. Joseph II, by the grace of GOD Holy Orenian Emperor, forever August, King of Renatus, Curon, Kaedrin, Salvus, and Seventis, Defender of the Faith, Grand Duke of Ves, Duke of Adria, Novellen and Lorraine, Baron of Renzfeld, Protector of the Heartlanders, Highlanders, and Farfolk, etcetera. Godfrey's Triumph, 1811
  6. SUMMONS TO THE 23rd IMPERIAL DIET, 1810 The Summons for the 23rd Imperial Diet The twenty-third Imperial Diet shall commence in the year of Our Lord 1810. ARTICLE I: The House of Lords for the 23rd Imperial Diet His Imperial Majesty hereby summons the following seven peers or lords spiritual to comprise the House of Lords for the duration of the twenty-third Imperial Diet, until such time as the session’s dissolution. HIH The Duke of Helena HIH The Countess of Rosemoor His Grace The Duke of Sunholdt The Most Rev. The Metropolitan of Providentia The Rt Hon. The Count of Susa The Rt Hon. The Viscount Valles The Rt Hon. The Lord Helvets Those members summoned to comprise the House of Lords shall be entitled to the style of Imperial grandee, along with the postnominal IG after their name, for the duration of the twenty-third Imperial Diet. ARTICLE II: The House of Commons for the 23rd Imperial Diet His Imperial Majesty hereby summons the following members of the House of Commons to the twenty-third Imperial Diet, the house’s composition being made by the results of the national election of 1810, with these elected members comprising the chamber until such time as the session’s dissolution: ARMAS, Keaghen, of Providence District. AUBERT, William T., of Providence District. BOURDON, Robert, of Western District. D'AMATO-FALCONE, Cosmo, of Northern District. DE JOANNES, Louis, of Alpine District. DE ROSIUS, Otis, of Providence District. GALBRAITH, Charles, of Providence District. HELVETS, Margaret, of Providence District. O'ROURKE, Patrick, of Right-bank District. RAVEXI, Vivyne, of Western District. RUTLEDGE, Vivaca, of Right-bank District. VAR RUTHERN, Vincent, of Providence District. Those members summoned to comprise the House of Commons shall be entitled to the style of Representative for the duration of the twenty-third Imperial Diet. ISSUED AND PROCLAIMED, Joseph II, by the grace of GOD Holy Orenian Emperor, forever August, King of Renatus, Curon, Kaedrin, Salvus, and Seventis, Defender of the Faith, Grand Duke of Ves, Duke of Adria, Novellen and Lorraine, Baron of Renzfeld, Protector of the Heartlanders, Highlanders, and Farfolk, etcetera.
  7. Dissolution of the 22nd Imperial Diet 11th of Owyn's Flame, 1809. His Imperial Majesty does see fit to dissolve the twenty second Imperial Diet. With this dissolution, His Imperial Majesty commands the members of the twenty second Imperial Diet to return home to their constituencies until such time as the assembly is summoned to sit again. ISSUED AND PROCLAIMED, Joseph II, by the grace of GOD Holy Orenian Emperor, forever August, King of Renatus, Curon, Kaedrin, Salvus, and Seventis, Defender of the Faith, Grand Duke of Ves, Duke of Adria, Novellen and Lorraine, Baron of Renzfeld, Protector of the Heartlanders, Highlanders, and Farfolk, etcetera.
  8. His Imperial Majesty issues a summons for Annabelle Kelmenour to pay him a house-call at Augustine Palace at earliest convenience before departure. On his desk, if one might have the pleasure of seeing, are letters for The Most Esteemed and Most Especial Imperial Order of Merit.
  9. Imperial Charter for the Corporation of the Bank of Oren 5th of Sigismund's End, 1808 KNOW YE THEREFORE that We, by virtue of our prerogative Imperial and Royal and of our especial grace, certain knowledge and mere knowledge have granted and declared and do hereby for Us, Our Heirs and Successors grant and declare as follows… WHEREAS We, being desirous to promote the wellbeing of public finances and the good benefit of our nation, shall grant a charter towards the creation of the body corporate, in deed and name, by the name of The Governor of the Bank of Oren, whose liberties shall be enumerated as follows; That We do, for our Heirs and Successors, establish that This Body of State have a common seal for the use and affairs of the corporation; That This Body of State shall be capable of holding, purchasing, receiving, keeping, possessing, enjoying or retain to themselves any lands, rents, privileges, liberties, franchises or possessions of any nature; That This Body of State be granted the right to purchase all goods where not restrained by the Act of Diet pertinent to the corporation. That This Body of State shall be capable of holding and managing fiscal assets of Our citizens, whereas the Governor of the Bank of Oren hereby is issued the right to determine interest on these assets. That the Governor of the Bank of Oren shall be able to sue and plead, and likewise may be sued or impleaded, answer and defend themselves in the courts and any other place before Our relevant authorities. That the position of the Governor of the Bank of Oren be duly placed in the administration of the Minister of the Treasury, in accordance to how He may administer it. That the issuance of loans, infrastructure spending, and fiscal spending of projects by the Governor of the Bank of Oren all be approved by the Archchancellor and Vice Chancellors Themselves; Hereby for Us, our Heirs and Successors, declare and direct and appoint that of the Governor and the Bank of Oren, which shall have its own seal, and that they may have the right by law to enjoy, purchase, possess and receive such not limited to property and rents. ISSUED AND PROCLAIMED, Joseph II, by the grace of GOD Holy Orenian Emperor, forever August, King of Renatus, Curon, Kaedrin, Salvus, and Seventis, Defender of the Faith, Grand Duke of Ves, Duke of Adria, Novellen and Lorraine, Baron of Renzfeld, Protector of the Heartlanders, Highlanders, and Farfolk, etcetera.
  10. THE EDICT OF SUNHOLDT 3rd of Sigismund's End, 1808 An edict clarifying the status of unlanded peerages. To Our Beloved Subjects, History teaches the kindly student that an excess in the Imperial peerage of unlanded nobles, i.e. those peerages that are not tied to a territorial designation, whenever present, lends itself to lethargy, jealousy, discontent, confusion, dissension, and ultimately discord. This unlanded class at one time allied itself with the machinations of Petrus against the greater whole of the Canonist church; it was this class that thronged the streets of Felsen after King Olivier's victory over the Dukes in that civil war, and was certainly among the chief causes of the collapse of that Kingdom; and after the Horen Restoration this class lent itself towards numerous rebellions, causing a break within the body politic that would end only with the destruction of Johannesburg. It therefore becomes Us to ensure that the Imperial peerage, or certain ranks of it, is tied to a designated body of land. The wisdom of this shews itself to any Reason which is applied to it. and is chiefly an object of Common Sense. Being tied to some hereditary seat grounds the nobility to some particular spot, so that it is unlike the vagrants or vagabonds or wanderers that are fair weather friends to their Fatherland. The propertied class hold the grave responsibility of providing for Our Commonwealth's agriculture and industry, via what resources are available to them. Taxation and excise, as levied by Acts of the Diet and collected for use by the Imperial Treasury, are the chief sources of money to be used for national expenditure. Reform is in order therefore that those especial cases of merit, whether by family legacy or by individual desert, but who are unpropertied, shall be uniquely designated in the Imperial peerage as Barons of the Empire, who shall be of equal rank to barons with territorial designation, but who shall not be raised to any rank above baron. Delivered at Augustine. 3rd of Sigismund's End, 1808 ARTICLE I. On unlanded peerages That peerages be required, by law, to be tied to territorial designations, i.e land, regions, areas or property, with respect to their nomenclature, that exist on the continent of Almaris. ARTICLE II. On exceptions to Article I That there be two exceptions to Article I. That the first exception be with respect to those non-hereditary peerages held by members of the Imperial family with the style of Imperial Highness, which may be tied to territorial designations on the continent of Almaris or those of former lands now defunct, i.e the Duchy of Helena. That the second exception be with respect to ‘unlanded’ peers (henceforth categorized as Barons of the Empire), who shall be limited to the rank of baron and no higher, and shall have, in place of a territorial designation, the surname of the individual for whom the letters were originally issued. ARTICLE III. On Barons of the Empire That Barons of the Empire, who employ surname designations, be of equal rank to barons with a territorial designation. That Barons of the Empire may acquire an estate or land at a time subsequent to the issue of their letters and thus become landed, but are disbarred from adopting any territorial designation and must continue to employ their surname designation, unless additional letters are issued for the acquired estate or land. ARTICLE IV. On abeyance That any peerages that are not compliant with the aforementioned articles, in respect to their original letters, go immediately into abeyance upon the promulgation of this document, and that this apply retroactively. ISSUED AND PROCLAIMED, Joseph II, by the grace of GOD Holy Orenian Emperor, forever August, King of Renatus, Curon, Kaedrin, Salvus, and Seventis, Defender of the Faith, Grand Duke of Ves, Duke of Adria, Novellen and Lorraine, Baron of Renzfeld, Protector of the Heartlanders, Highlanders, and Farfolk, etcetera.
  11. 12 Owyn's Flame 1808. BE IT KNOWN that The Crown, upon the recommendation of Its Advisers, grants assent to Civil Damages Bill 1804 and Frontier Bill 1806, and shall Enact them into Law in Our Realm. BE IT KNOWN that The Crown, upon the recommendation of Its Advisers, withholds assent to Barclay Reformation Act Amendment Bill 1804. For the furtherance of Our commonwealth, Joseph II, by the grace of GOD Holy Orenian Emperor, forever August, King of Renatus, Curon, Kaedrin, Salvus, and Seventis, Defender of the Faith, Grand Duke of Ves, Duke of Adria, Novellen and Lorraine, Baron of Renzfeld, Protector of the Heartlanders, Highlanders, and Farfolk, etcetera.
  12. THE FOURTH CONVOCATION OF THE IMPERIAL ASSOCIATION OF SAINT PONTIFF EVERARD IV Letters are dispatched throughout the realm, delivered by couriers of the Imperial Post. ”TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, You are hereby cordially invited to the fourth convocation of the Imperial Association of Saint Everard IV. With due pomp and ceremony, tokens of office will be distributed to all members. Let us pray to the Lord our God for an evening of edification and fraternity. The object of this our first dinner shall be the governing constitution of our association. To be held on the 15th of Tobias' Bounty in the year of Our Lord 1807 within the dining room of Augustine Palace. Wine and spirits provided. YOUR BROTHER, JOSEPH II”
  13. EDICT OF ROSEMOOR 14th of Owyn's Flame, 1807 To Our Beloved Subjects, The Edict of Establishment, 1736 granted to Our Diet the impeachment power, by which a tenured officer of Our realm could be found in contempt of his office and removed from it by Writ. Since this power's grant, it has never been exercised to its fullest extent, owing to the vagueness of its clauses. Disputes over the definition and use of the power have, on necessary occasions, arisen; namely whether the mere passage of a Writ of Impeachment suffices to remove an officer for his crimes, or whether he must be found guilty by some further body. The Crown follows with the sentiments expressed by Justice John Huss, of the D'Arkent Court, who expressed in a judicial opinion that he "[did] not believe that the act of accusing an individual should be combined with meting out a verdict within the same Writ." We do hereby define the powers of impeachment and trial in Our edict. Delivered at Rosemoor. 14th of Owyn's Flame, 1807. SECTION I: IMPEACHMENT PROCESS That the impeachment of a member of the Council of State or any officer of Our realm for high crimes and felonies of a categorically serious extent, such as ‘improperly exceeding or abusing the powers of their office’, or ‘using their office for an improper purpose or for personal gain,' be defined as a Writ of Impeachment. That the House of Commons, upon a vote of simple majority, shall hold Power to introduce Writs of Impeachment against an officer. That the House of Lords shall have the Power to try all impeachments, over which the Lord Speaker shall preside, and that guilt and conviction shall be determined by concurrence of two-thirds of voting Members. That upon a judgement of guilty by the House of Lords the Writ of Impeachment shall proceed to the Crown, which shall give Its assent, in which case the officer is latae sententiae removed from office, or withhold assent. That Writs of Impeachment shall be concerned only with removal of a person from tenured office, but that the convicted person may be liable to further prosecution in accordance with Our law. ISSUED AND PROCLAIMED, Joseph II, by the grace of GOD Holy Orenian Emperor, forever August, King of Renatus, Curon, Kaedrin, Salvus, and Seventis, Defender of the Faith, Grand Duke of Ves, Duke of Adria, Novellen and Lorraine, Baron of Renzfeld, Protector of the Heartlanders, Highlanders, and Farfolk, etcetera.
  14. His Imperial Majesty, being fortunate enough to have avoided the calamity, partakes in a survey of the damages with the Surveyor-General. "Lo, an omen from High Heaven! We ourselves know, George, what a cabal of decadence and pomp the Court of Augustine contains within her. "But this was our favored seat... austere in furnishings, and absent those ugly bleachers which majesty is so inclined with which to surround itself, that its onlookers may not only have a chance to gawk, but have the comfort to sit while doing so. "Could these violent sorcerers, conspiring magicians, not have chosen that marble chamber not one-hundred yards hence? Truly, we'd have had the greatest of causes to reason with our anti-clerical architects, that its centerpiece were designed for use by altar, and not for occupation by a mighty throne!" The septuagenarian's harangue completed, he placed his hands to his head. Thereafter he was seen snapping his fingers at Lieutenant Sergei Othaman, commanding that the Sarkozy Ministry be assembled and President Aubert be recalled.
  15. SUMMONS TO THE 22nd IMPERIAL DIET, 1804 The Summons for the 22nd Imperial Diet The twenty-second Imperial Diet shall commence in the year of Our Lord 1804. ARTICLE I: The House of Lords for the 22nd Imperial Diet His Imperial Majesty hereby summons the following seven peers or lords spiritual to comprise the House of Lords for the duration of the twenty-second Imperial Diet, until such time as the session’s dissolution. HIH The Duke of Helena The Most Rev. The Archbishop of Providentia The Rt Hon. The Count of Leuven The Rt Hon. The Count of Mordskov The Rt Hon. The Count of Susa The Rt Hon. The Viscount Valles The Rt Hon. The Lord Stahl-Elendil Those members summoned to comprise the House of Lords shall be entitled to the style of Imperial grandee, along with the postnominal IG after their name, for the duration of the twenty-second Imperial Diet. ARTICLE II: The House of Commons for the 22nd Imperial Diet His Imperial Majesty hereby summons the following members of the House of Commons to the twenty-second Imperial Diet, the house’s composition being made by the results of the national election of 1804, with these elected members comprising the chamber until such time as the session’s dissolution: ARMAS, Keaghen. AUBERT, William T. CARRION, Dima. D'AZOR, Ledicort. DE AURDAN, Godwin E. GALBRAITH, George. IRULAN, Idries. KELMENOUR, Annabelle. MARSHALL, Henry. RAVEN, Soloman. SARKOZY, Franz. YL'ASATH, Alyndel. Those members summoned to comprise the House of Commons shall be entitled to the style of Representative for the duration of the twenty-second Imperial Diet. ISSUED AND PROCLAIMED, Joseph II, by the grace of GOD Holy Orenian Emperor, forever August, King of Renatus, Curon, Kaedrin, Salvus, and Seventis, Defender of the Faith, Grand Duke of Ves, Duke of Adria, Novellen and Lorraine, Baron of Renzfeld, Protector of the Heartlanders, Highlanders, and Farfolk, etcetera.
  16. Dissolution of the 21st Imperial Diet 15th of Horen's Calling, 1804. His Imperial Majesty does see fit to dissolve the twenty-first Imperial Diet. With this dissolution, His Imperial Majesty commands the members of the twenty-first Imperial Diet to return home to their constituencies until such time as the assembly is summoned to sit again. ISSUED AND PROCLAIMED, Joseph II, by the grace of GOD Holy Orenian Emperor, forever August, King of Renatus, Curon, Salvus, and Seventis, Defender of the Faith, Duke of Adria, Novellen and Lorraine, Baron of Renzfeld, Protector of the Heartlanders, Highlanders, and Farfolk, etcetera.
  17. 14 Sigismund's End 1803. BE IT KNOWN that THE CROWN, upon the recommendation of Its advisors, has deemed fit to grant Its assent to the BILL FOR AMENDMENT OF THE LEGAL PROCEDURE ACT 1803, DOMESTIC PRIORITY BILL 1803, EXCISE BILL 1803, JUDICIAL REFORM BILL 1800, and YOUTH JUSTICE BILL 1799 passed in the 21st Imperial Diet, and shall enact the aforementioned Bills as Law throughout the Realm. Delivered at Augustine, Joseph II, by the grace of GOD Holy Orenian Emperor, forever August, King of Renatus, Curon, Salvus, and Seventis, Defender of the Faith, Duke of Adria, Novellen and Lorraine, Baron of Renzfeld, Protector of the Heartlanders, Highlanders, and Farfolk, etcetera.
  18. 16 Harren's Folly 1802. BE IT KNOWN that THE CROWN, in Its prerogative as defender of the constitution, finds clause IV.IB of JUDICIAL REFORM BILL 1800, passed by both HOUSES OF THE IMPERIAL DIET, to be unconstitutional in its implications and excessively damaging to the liberties of Its legislature, the IMPERIAL DIET. Therefore THE CROWN formally withholds Its assent from aforementioned Bill until such named clause is struck and removed from the text of JUDICIAL REFORM BILL 1800. Delivered at Novellen, Joseph II, by the grace of GOD Holy Orenian Emperor, forever August, King of Renatus, Curon, Salvus, and Seventis, Defender of the Faith, Duke of Adria, Novellen and Lorraine, Baron of Renzfeld, Protector of the Heartlanders, Highlanders, and Farfolk, etcetera.
  19. SUMMONS TO THE 21st IMPERIAL DIET, 1799 The Summons for the 21st Imperial Diet The twenty-first Imperial Diet shall commence in the year of Our Lord 1799. ARTICLE I: The House of Lords for the 21st Imperial Diet Their Imperial Majesties hereby summon the following seven peers or lords spiritual to comprise the House of Lords for the duration of the twenty-first Imperial Diet, until such time as the session’s dissolution. HIH The Duke of Helena His Grace The Duke of Cathalon The Rt Hon. The Count of Leuven The Rt Hon. The Count of Mordskov The Rt Hon. The Viscount Valles The Rt Hon. The Lord Artois The Rt Hon. The Lord Stahl-Elendil Those members summoned to comprise the House of Lords shall be entitled to the style of Imperial grandee, along with the postnominal IG after their name, for the duration of the twenty-first Imperial Diet. ARTICLE II: The House of Commons for the 21st Imperial Diet Their Imperial Majesties hereby summon the following members of the House of Commons to the twenty-first Imperial Diet, the house’s composition being made by the results of the national election of 1799, with these elected members comprising the chamber until such time as the session’s dissolution: ARMAS, Keaghen. AUBERT, William T. BARROW, Vladislaus. D'ARKENT, Alexander. D'AZOR, Ledicort. GALBRAITH, George. KOVACHEV, George. NAPIER, Edward. ORLOV, Dimitri. SARKOZY, Franz. VAN WICK, Ophelia E. YL'ASATH, Alyndel. Those members summoned to comprise the House of Commons shall be entitled to the style of Representative for the duration of the twentieth Imperial Diet. ISSUED AND PROCLAIMED, Anne I, by the grace of GOD Holy Orenian Empress, forever August, Queen of Renatus, Curon, Salvus and Seventis, Defender of the Faith, Duchess of Adria, Novellen and Lorraine, Baroness of Renzfeld, Protector of the Heartlanders, Highlanders, and Farfolk, etcetera. Joseph II, by the grace of GOD Holy Orenian Emperor, forever August, King of Renatus, Curon, Salvus, and Seventis, Defender of the Faith, Duke of Adria, Novellen and Lorraine, Baron of Renzfeld, Protector of the Heartlanders, Highlanders, and Farfolk, etcetera.
  20. AMENDMENT TO THE EDICT OF REFORM, 1799 12th of Sun's Smile, 1799 An edict to amend the Edict of Reform (1763), pertinent to jurisdictions. SECTION I: THE IMPERIAL DIET The Imperial Diet shall be a bicameral legislature concerned with matters of active governance when called to sit by the Crown. This shall primarily be exercised by enactment of legislative bills into law after passage by both houses (barring those limited in Section IV of this edict.) SECTION II: THE HOUSE OF LORDS The House of Lords, as the upper house of the Imperial Diet, shall be an appointed chamber of sober review for legislation. It shall comprise seven seats, each appointed by the Crown as an Imperial Diet is called to sit. Those who sit upon the House of Lords are, for the duration of that session, styled as imperial grandees, entitled to the postnominal IG. (i.e. John Smith IG) Imperial grandees must be either peers recognized with imperial letters, or lords spiritual who are placed with a diocese (bishop or archbishop) within the Empire’s jurisdiction. The House of Lords is populated by the Emperor’s personal discretion, and may pass bills into law, provided concurrence by the lower house. Likewise they shall review legislation passed by the House of Commons, and must concur before the legislation proceeds to the Crown for review. The House of Lords may consider ennoblement and settle inheritance disputes and legitimization (barring those limited by Section VII of the Edict of Reform 1763). SECTION III: JURISDICTIONS The following matters, as the topic of bills, must be passed formally through the House of Commons and House of Lords. Bills of Taxation, concerning all matters of taxation and excise within the Empire. Bills of Appropriation, also known as budgets, concerning all matters of income and expenditure. Bills of Law, concerning the passage of both civil and criminal law, including but not limited to legislation concerning offenses and penalties. Bills of Regulation, concerning the regulation of other matters of import to the realm not aforementioned. The following matters, as the topic of bills, are reserved to the House of Commons. Writs of Confirmation, concerning the confirmation by the House of Commons of the Crown’s appointments on the Council of State or the Judiciary, in conjunction with their role as a body to provide advice and consent for these appointments. The following matters, as the topic of bills, may be passed by either the House of Commons or the House of Lords independently of the other chamber. Writs of Summons, defined as bills summoning a member of the Council of State to issue a report or testify before a House. Writs of Impeachment, concerning the impeachment of a member of the Council of State for offenses of a categorically serious extent, such as ‘improperly exceeding or abusing the powers of their office’, or ‘using their office for an improper purpose or for personal gain’. These must be passed with a two-thirds majority. SECTION IV: LEGISLATIVE PROCESS A summary of the legislative procedure for the Imperial Diet shall be as follows: A bill (a draft of a law) or a writ (a special bill compelling an action) is initiated in the chamber concerned with the subject matter, by a member. The chamber debates the content of the bill, with neither fear nor favor being given to any particular member of the chamber, and all being given a chance to make their case. The necessary amendments are made, or not made. The presiding officer calls for a division, or a vote, and the votes are tallied. The bill passes. The bill is sent to the other chamber for its consideration (unless a writ of summons or impeachment), at which time amendments may be made, or not made, or the bill may be rejected. If differences arise between the chambers pertaining to the subject of a bill, a conference committee may be formed by joint resolution to resolve disagreements. When passed by both chambers, the bill proceeds to the Crown, which either grants, withholds or withholds conditionally imperial assent. If imperial assent is withheld, the bill is declared void. If imperial assent is withheld conditionally, the process is repeated from the first step until the process is complete. If imperial assent is granted, the bill becomes an Act of the Imperial Diet, and hence formal law, to be published in the legislative gazette. ISSUED AND PROCLAIMED, Anne I, by the grace of GOD Holy Orenian Empress, forever August, Queen of Renatus, Curon, Salvus and Seventis, Defender of the Faith, Duchess of Adria, Novellen and Lorraine, Baroness of Renzfeld, Protector of the Heartlanders, Highlanders, and Farfolk, etcetera. Joseph II, by the grace of GOD Holy Orenian Emperor, forever August, King of Renatus, Curon, Salvus, and Seventis, Defender of the Faith, Duke of Adria, Novellen and Lorraine, Baron of Renzfeld, Protector of the Heartlanders, Highlanders, and Farfolk, etcetera.
  21. THE IMPERIAL CENSUS, 1798-1808 Correspondent to the reforms of the Edict of Providence (1798), as well as the Imperial colonization of the newfound continent of Almaris, Their Imperial Majesties have ordered that a new census be taken throughout Our Commonwealth. This being so, the Department of Civil Affairs follows in the edicts of the Crown, clearing the rolls, and reissuing the census. This census shall last from the years 1798-1808. SECTION I: THE IMPERIAL CENSUS The following matters shall define the purpose and extent of the Imperial Census. The Imperial Census shall be administered throughout the Empire for a duration of ten years. Upon the completion of a census period, the rolls of citizenship shall be cleared, and a new census administered to which subjects are obligated to take. All subjects of the Imperial Crown are obligated by law to take the census, and sworn under oath to the truth of their responses. All magistrates are duty-bound to further the administration of the census within their jurisdictions. SECTION II: NATIONAL ELECTIONS The following matters particularly pertain to elections. If the Imperial citizen so chooses, he may be registered to vote in the district of his residential address. The Imperial citizen may not be hindered from registering to vote in the district of his residential address. If fraud is to be discovered in the registration of voting addresses, the accused may be prosecuted by the full extent of the law, up to and including felony impersonation. Hereafter is the Imperial Census of the Year 1798, extending until 1808: CLICK HERE FOR CENSUS
  22. EDICT OF PROVIDENCE 10th of Owyn’s Flame, 1798 An edict to amend the Edict of Reform (1763), providing for districting in national elections. SECTION I: THE HOUSE OF COMMONS The House of Commons shall comprise twelve seats. Seats will be apportioned on the basis of organic districts. The borders of these districts, and the number of seats out of twelve to be apportioned to each, shall be amended once every ten years, coinciding with a national census. Seats in the House of Commons will be filled by virtue of a national election called by the Crown. The nomenclature of a member of the House of Commons shall be, upon election, “Representative-elect.” Before taking his seat, a Representative-elect shall take the oath of office as administered by a judicial officer, or an officer determined by the House, after which he shall be known as “Representative,” with “The Honorable” as a prefix. SECTION II: ELECTIONS The twelve seats of the House of Commons shall be apportioned on a district basis. Election districts may be added and subtracted at the discretion of the Department of Civil Affairs, and subject to redistricting once every ten years. The amount of seats per district shall be reapportioned once every ten years, calculated by the proportional number of valid votes cast by a district in a ten-year cycle. Candidates for election must be valid residents of a district as determined by the Department of Civil Affairs in accordance with census records. Electors must reside in the district which they are voting in, as validly ascertained by the national census. National elections shall be conducted by single transferable vote, whereby the electorate signals its preference for all candidates on a ballot in number order. If endorsed by a faction, caucus, or party deemed sufficiently legitimate by the Department of Civil Affairs, a candidate shall be permitted to list their affiliation on an election ballot. National elections shall be conducted by the Department of Civil Affairs in all districts. Any part of the Edict of Reform (1763) not explicitly amended by this amendment edict or another amendment edict shall be construed as remaining in effect. ISSUED AND PROCLAIMED, Anne I, by the grace of GOD Holy Orenian Empress, forever August, Queen of Renatus, Curon, Salvus and Seventis, Defender of the Faith, Duchess of Adria, Novellen and Lorraine, Baroness of Renzfeld, Protector of the Heartlanders, Highlanders, and Farfolk, etcetera. Joseph II, by the grace of GOD Holy Orenian Emperor, forever August, King of Renatus, Curon, Salvus, and Seventis, Defender of the Faith, Duke of Adria, Novellen and Lorraine, Baron of Renzfeld, Protector of the Heartlanders, Highlanders, and Farfolk, etcetera.
  23. AMENDMENTS TO THE EDICT OF POMPOURELIA, 1798 To Our Beloved Subjects, The status of the offices of Civil Affairs Secretary and War Secretary require, chief among all, that they firstly be apolitical in their dealings, and secondly that they be free from the vicissitudes of political election. Therefore it becomes the Crown to rename these offices, and to render them subject to Crown investiture alone and free from partisan appointment, so that they be perfectly equitable in their dealings and offer support to any ruling Government of the day regardless of partisan affiliation. As such, these offices will no longer be considered 'ministers of the Crown' in the sense of being responsible to the Imperial Diet. Delivered at Augustine Palace. 10th of Horen's Calling, 1798. AMENDMENTS TO SECTION II: THE GOVERNMENT That the Director of the Department of Civil Affairs be appointed and dismissed solely at the prerogative of the Crown, subject to no confirmation or responsibility to the Imperial Diet, and be invested with tenure in their office. That the Chief of the War Office be appointed and dismissed solely at the prerogative of the Crown, subject to no confirmation or responsibility to the Imperial Diet, and be invested with tenure in their office. That Our Edict of Pompourelia issued in the year of Our Lord GOD 1787 be unconstrued as altered in any way by this Our Edict except in the explicit amendments aforewritten. ISSUED AND PROCLAIMED, Anne I, by the grace of GOD Holy Orenian Empress, forever August, Queen of Renatus, Curon, Salvus and Seventis, Defender of the Faith, Duchess of Adria, Novellen and Lorraine, Baroness of Renzfeld, Protector of the Heartlanders, Highlanders, and Farfolk, etcetera. Joseph II, by the grace of GOD Holy Orenian Emperor, forever August, King of Renatus, Curon, Salvus, and Seventis, Defender of the Faith, Duke of Adria, Novellen and Lorraine, Baron of Renzfeld, Protector of the Heartlanders, Highlanders, and Farfolk, etcetera.
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