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  1. CONSUMPTION OF THE KING Issued and Confirmed by His Majesty, Adrian I, King of Kaedrin, 17th of Sigismund’s End, 1750. BELOVED KAEDRENI, AND FELLOW IMPERIALS, Take heed, for upon this day His Majesty, Adrian I Helvets, King of Kaedrin has perished, having succumbed to the consumption he has so long battled. Body and lungs wrecked by disease, His Majesty has passed into the arms of our Lord above where his earthly aliments may at last cease. Born in 1697 and baptised Helton Hadrian, His Majesty was the second son of Count Othodoric Aurelius (1672-1743) and Countess Ernesta née Marna (1670-1723) Helvets. As a second son, His Majesty was sent from his Aeldinic homeland to ward under Count Conrad-Baldwin Ashford de Falstaff (1680-1725) in 1711 as a measure of alliance. Within the Count’s demesne His Majesty constructed and managed the Helbruke, the Inn at the Crossing, within the County of Leuven. In the subsequent War of Two Emperors, His Majesty fought on behalf of his uncle, Holy Orenian Emperor Joseph I of Marna (1668-1728), gaining knightly spurs for his service. After the war’s conclusion, in which Leuven was ceded to a nominally neutral state, Helton immigrated to Ves with a great tow of Kaedreni followers. In the meantime, Ide would appoint Helton Hadrian Helvets the Prince-Procurator of the Republic of Ves, by virtue of a special edict that created that particular office. This time was punctuated by increased discontent, with civil unrest steadily increasing since the demise of the past ruler of the Republic, Alfred Myre. The chaos reached its zenith when Urrigon Drumm, a dwarven silversmith, undertook an attempt to seize control of government. Prince Ide fled the city in an attempt to protect himself, however, the newly appointed Prince-Procurator, Helton Helvets, remained within the city, putting down the riots and seizing control of the government for himself. In these efforts, he was supported by Richard de Reden (1695), a fearsome condotierro of Kaedreni descent, who had recently switched his employ from the King of Curon to that of the Prince-Procurator. Along with him came the Caer Bann Company, an institution of hoary Kaedreni mercenaries, who pushed Helton to consolidate his hold on the Republic and establish the Duchy of Cathalon as a dynastic institution for his family. Soon after Haraccus’ departure, the captaincy of Ves was declared to be in a state of vacancy, which enabled Helton to seize the title of Prince of Ves in proper, by virtue of election. The ascension of Emperor Alexander II in 1726 would vindicate His Majesty’s efforts years earlier to support his maternal uncle in rebellion against the Pertinaxi. The absence of all claimants to Ves allowed the Rhoswenii to elect Hadrian their king. In a great ceremony within Varoche Palace, the electors tossed their swords at his feet, proclaiming him King Adrian I of Kaedrin, the election being confirmed by the Emperor. Adrian’s election ushered in the creation of the Commonwealth of Kaedrin, a constitutional system of government which would serve as a model for later replication by Imperial reformers. Adrian was wed to Annabelle Lorin Castor (1698-1736) in 1728. Together they had eight children: Thomas Tancred (1728), Peter Owyn (1728), Arianne Renee (1729), Leopold Guy (1731), Robert Castor (1732), Margaret Antonia (1733), Henry Frederick (1734), and Richard Victor (1735). In 1732, the King oversaw the reclamation of Guise, land which had been surrendered a decade prior by the Republic of Ves to secure peace in the War of the Two Emperors. This was greeted by great fanfare among the people, and numerous baronies were established around the region. Becoming widowed in the War of Orcish Aggression, the King began a campaign of vengeance against the greenskins, culminating in the heavy bombardment and devastation of their lands in 1737. Soon after, when he had fallen ill, Adrian chaired a constitutional convention in which the royal prerogative of the Kingdom was transferred to the Governor-General Richard de Reden, who served loyally during his tenure in office. LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF KING ADRIAN I OF KAEDRIN Hereby does his Majesty affirm this to be his final act, the execution of which shall be overseen jointly by Governor-General Henry Rovin and Premier Frederick Armas. I. The Crown of Kaedrin shall be returned as a possession of the Commonwealth until such a time as a new King of Kaedrin is chosen by the House of Electors. II. A year of mourning is hereby declared from the date of this issue, during which no coronation may take place. Upon the anniversary of my passing a Diet is to be held to determine the future course of the Commonwealth. III. The Helvets Estate, being defined as the Duchy of Cathalon, the Varoche Palace, and the assorted intellectual and material properties hereafter referred to as the ‘Helvetii Vault’, are to be familial demesne of my sons Thomas Tancred, Peter Owyn, Leopold Guy, Robert Castor, Henry Frederick, and Richard Victor. IV. Until from amongst my sons one’s feats deems him worthy, as arbitrated by the attorneys of this will or a higher power, there shall be no Duke of Cathalon. V. To my children, stricken with wanderlust and set loose upon the world, I grant my ashes, so that irregardless of where you roam you shall be accompanied by family. IN NOMINE DEI, His Majesty, Adrian I of the House of Helvets, King of Kaedrin, Grand Duke of Ves, Duke of Cathalon, Lord of the Rhoswenii, and Captain & Defender of Liberty 
  2. APPOINTMENT OF A NEW GOVERNOR-GENERAL Issued and Confirmed by His Majesty, Adrian I, King of Kaedrin, 5th of Owyn’s Light, 1749. BELOVED KAEDRENI, AND FELLOW IMPERIALS, With the resignation of Governor-General Richard de Reden, the Crown has deemed fit to appointment Henry Rovin as his successor in office. His predecessor’s accomplishments were many, thus it is that we hope Henry’s wisdom and pragmatism shall continue that legacy. IN NOMINE DEI, His Majesty, Adrian I of the House of Helvets, King of Kaedrin, Grand Duke of Ves, Duke of Cathalon, Lord of the Rhoswenii, and Captain & Defender of Liberty 
  3. **** the CT. Down with the tyranny of OOC zones, we’re only doomed to repeat the same mistakes of it using conventional, on-map designs. I would also like to remind everyone that the CT is not just the temple itself this map, but also incorporates a quarter of the map that prevents expansion, as seen in the spoiler below highlighted in blue. I know the World Team has talked about it ad nauseam using one way teleports and “racial” hubs to solve and alleviate these issues. I’d very much like to hear from them on their plans for the next map. @VonAulus @ARCHITECUS Oh yeah and remove resources, shops, and other services from CT. A little tutorial area to get food and stone tools is fine but it shouldn’t extend beyond that.
  4. “Atta boy” says King Adrian I, gargling on honey and peaches.
  5. Adrian I signs the lorraine and offers a silent prayer.
  6. DEATH IN THE FAMILY Issued and Confirmed by His Majesty, Adrian I, King of Kaedrin, 19th of Godfrey’s Triumph, 1736. BELOVED KAEDRENI, AND FELLOW IMPERIALS, Hereby does the Crown of Kaedrin grieve. Our dearest Queen Annabelle Loren, struck down and murdered by the honorless spawn of Krug. Beloved, she is survived by her husband, his Majesty, and several their children left shaken by her passing. May she find peace in the Seven Skies for the life of virtue she lived, and for the violence that was her end. IN NOMINE DOMINI In Loving Memory... Her Majesty, Queen Annabelle Lorin Helvets (1698-1736) Hereby does the Crown of Kaedrin call for this blow to all humanity be avenged. As a grieving father, as a man who has lost his beloved, this blighted race must be driven to the ends of the earth and exterminated. Let the streets be slickened with their foul blood, let this attack be returned a thousand-fold, their misbegotten kind brought out wherever they might be found and butchered as the beasts they are. The crimes of Krug and his brood shall forever be repeated if they are to survive, like a twisted, demented comedy that plays out over and over again. Let the mercy of Owyn’s Flame take them and extinguish this tragedy once and for all. IN NOMINE DEI, His Majesty, Adrian I of the House of Helvets, King of Kaedrin, Grand Duke of Ves, Duke of Cathalon, Lord of the Rhoswenii, and Captain & Defender of Liberty 
  7. “We shall see to it that all ceremony and provision is given in the wake of Father Lochlan’s passing to celebrate his contributions in life.” Commands King Adrian I
  8. RECLAMATION OF GUISE Issued and Confirmed by His Majesty, Adrian I, King of Kaedrin, 15th of Horen’s Calling, 1732. BELOVED KAEDRENI, AND FELLOW IMPERIALS, Hereby does the King of Kaedrin declare a period of festivities for the summer of the Year of 1732 in honor of the restoration of Guise to our patrimony. Let thanks be given to our Right Honorable Count Richard de Reden and Prince Otto Tuvyic for dispatching the brigands from our rightful lands. Let the denizens of Ves rejoice with a period free from taxation this year. Let one and all drink and be merry for there shall be festival stalls, jousting, sword pulling, and pie eating galore to adorn our fair Golden City. In addition to these festivities, the King of Kaedrin invites the lords and ladies of the realm to join us in this time of celebration. The following are invited by name to attend; Lord-Protector Adrian Sarkozic, Duke of Adria and his consort; @Icarnus Daniel VI, High Pontiff of the Faith and the Cardinals of the Curia; @Hunwald Andrew III, King of Haense and his consort; @Emenzi Peter I, King of Curon and his consort; @Sporan Prince Edward Suffolk, Archduke of Suffonia and his consort; @Sheczar Prince Charles Alstion, Prince of Alstion and his consort; @LithiumSedai Prince Vladrick Alimar, Prince of Rubern and his consort; @MongolKhan Prince Otto Tuvyic, Prince of Haense and his consort; @Milenkhov Lord Sergius Merentel, Duke of Vintas and his consort; @sergisala IN NOMINE DEI, His Majesty, Adrian I of the House of Helvets, King of Kaedrin, Grand Duke of Ves, Duke of Cathalon, Lord of the Rhoswenii, and Captain & Defender of Liberty OOC: Saturday 5 PM EST
  9. When Odrin comes marching home again, Hurrah! Hurrah! We'll give him a hearty welcome then Hurrah! Hurrah! The men will cheer and the boys will shout The ladies they will all turn out And we'll all feel proud when Odrin comes marching home. The old church bell will peal with joy Hurrah! Hurrah! To welcome home our darling boys, Hurrah! Hurrah! The village lads and lassies say With roses they will strew the way, And we'll all feel proud when Odrin comes marching home. Get ready for the Jubilee, Hurrah! Hurrah! We'll give the heroes three times three, Hurrah! Hurrah! The pike is sharp and ready now To stick into a big Orc’s brow And we'll all feel proud when Odrin comes marching home. Let’s slaughter the Orcs and all the filth, Hurrah! Hurrah! Their green gross blood we sure will spilth, Hurrah! Hurrah! And let each man perform some part, To fill the joy in the warrior’s heart, And we'll all feel proud when Odrin comes marching home. KAEDRIN CALLS Issued and Confirmed by His Majesty, Adrian I, King of Kaedrin, 8th of Horen’s Calling, 1732. BELOVED KAEDRENI, AND FELLOW IMPERIALS, The black, bestial rage of the Krug spawn has compelled them to make war upon the realms of men. As such the duty falls to us to cull their numbers to appropriate levels once again. It must be expected, however, as the orcish horde will fail to meet us in pitched battle that they will instead take to marauding our lands, unleashing their warwolves and hellboars to poach our cattle and trample our fields. Hereby does the Kingdom of Kaedrin issue forth a call to arms to all able-bodied men for the defense of mankind’s patrimony. All men are to report to their local army officers for enlistment into militia brigades and training to protect the peace of the Golden City. Farmers are to straighten their scythes into suitable weapons of war until the next harvest season as all men must bare arms for not only their own defense, but that of their fellows in this time of war. IN NOMINE DEI, His Majesty, Adrian I of the House of Helvets, King of Kaedrin, Grand Duke of Ves, Duke of Cathalon, Lord of the Rhoswenii, and Captain & Defender of Liberty 
  10. With submission of his Grace, Duke Sergius Merentel to the orcish warlord, this betrothal is no longer a fit match for a Prince of Kaedrin and is therefore null and void by the will of his Majesty, King Adrian I of Kaedrin.
  11. Colorized, Duke Merentel’s act of submission to the orcish warlord, 1731.
  12. Adrian frowns, ashamed of the sad fate that had befallen his kith and kin.
  13. INSTRUMENT OF GOVERNMENT FOR THE COMMONWEALTH OF KAEDRIN Proclaimed upon 10th of Horen’s Calling, in the year of our Lord, 1730. PREAMBLE Writ by the hand of Frederick S. Armas, Esq. The modern-day Commonwealth of Kaedrin is the historical successor to a number of previous entities, the governmental systems of all having been drawn upon and refined in order to provide the content for this document. The first Kingdom of Kaedrin, proclaimed at Ard Kerrack in 1414, serves as the genesis point of centuries of Kaedreni culture. Widely understood as ‘not a state with an army, but an army with a state’, the first kingdom was inextricably linked to the Order of the White Rose, from which the sovereign and Grand Master was elected in a pseudo-democratic system among the order’s membership. The first kingdom was dissolved with the Exodus of 1420, along with the knightly chapter. The Chivays later refocused their efforts towards Imperial ambitions, with the crown of Kaedrin becoming a subsidiary title to successive Orenian monarchs. In the early 16th century under the rule of King Olivier, the Commonwealth of Kaedrin was established on the frontier of the realm. Drawing on the democratic prototype (Though with no military order to speak of), the first Commonwealth was chiefed by a vassal magnate, elected in a ‘free election’ by members of the Kaedreni gentry. This entity persisted until the death of the last magnate, Cantonus Chivay, in 1543 and the absorption of Kaedreni land into the Duchy of Lorraine with the Act of Merger issued by Emperor John I. The current Commonwealth of Kaedrin has risen from the ashes of the old Republic of Ves, promoted by the House of Helvets who emigrated to the free city, bringing Kaedreni culture and philosophy with them all the while. Technically, the realm is in a state of legal personal union between Kaedrin and Ves, and while the latter does take a secondary role to the former on paper, a great many democratic processes are drawn from both systems in order to form the government of the new Commonwealth - an elective monarchy and quasi-military state unique in its role within the Holy Orenian Empire. Accordingly, this document, known in the long form as the Instrument of Government for the Commonwealth of Kaedrin (1730), and in the short form simply as the Constitution of Kaedrin, serves as a grounding basis for the governmental structure of the Commonwealth of Kaedrin, establishing executive and legislative authority in addition to systems of succession. THEREFORE, WE DO AFFIRM, ARTICLE I. On nomenclature, I. That the formal nomenclature of this entity be, in the long form, the Crown of the Kingdom of Kaedrin and the Grand Duchy of Ves, and that the same in the short form be known as the Commonwealth of Kaedrin. ARTICLE II. On the King, I. That the head of state of the Commonwealth of Kaedrin be formally styled as King of Kaedrin and Grand Duke of Ves, in addition to the subsidiary titles of Duke of Cathalon and Lord of the Rhoswenii. II. That this role be known, in short form, as the King of Kaedrin, entitled to the address of such rank, including that of Your Majesty and sire. III. That His Majesty be sworn, in his coronation oath, as the protector and defender of the Constitution. IV. That His Majesty be selected by the House of Electors upon the death or abdication of his predecessor, through the calling to session of the Diet of Kaedrin. V. That His Majesty’s sons, daughters, and patrilineal grandsons be permitted to carry, throughout the term of his reign, the style of Prince or Princess of Kaedrin, entitled to the address of such rank, including that of Your Highness and sir. VI. That His Majesty’s royal person be immune from civil suit throughout his reign. VII. That His Majesty’s rights and privileges, and role in governance, be known as the royal prerogative, and that this royal prerogative serve as the realm’s executive. VIII. That His Majesty appoint a deputy in his governance of the realm, with such a position styled as Governor-General of Kaedrin, entitled to the address of such rank, including that of Your Excellency and sir. IX. That His Majesty’s Governor-General serve as his lieutenant and proxy in the exercise of royal prerogative. X. That His Majesty’s personal property remain separate from that public property he holds in trust to the office, the latter of which referring to property or finance gained through taxation or state enterprise. XI. That His Majesty be empowered to enact executive orders known as ‘edicts’, should they remain compatible with the text of the Constitution and concern those matters that do not require passage through the Diet. XII. That the command of the Kaedreni armed forces be confined to the royal prerogative. XIII. That the summons or proroguing of the Diet of Kaedrin be confined to the royal prerogative. XIV. That the granting of peerages within the Commonwealth of Kaedrin be confined to the royal prerogative, and that this process be known as the issue of royal letters. XV. That the granting of royal assent be confined to the royal prerogative. ARTICLE III. On the Diet, I. That the legislature of the Commonwealth of Kaedrin be known as the Diet of Kaedrin, comprised of two chambers, the upper House of Electors and the lower House of Commons. II. That the character of the Diet of Kaedrin be that of the representatives of various interests to the King, when called to session. III. That the House of Electors be comprised of those holders of peerages within the Commonwealth of Kaedrin, a seat for which they shall hold until their death or abdication, in which case such seats are inherited by their legitimate heir, or attainder, in which case such seats are revoked. IV. That the House of Commons be comprised of those elected as members by the citizenry, a seat for which they shall hold until the next election. V. That no person shall hold a seat in both houses simultaneously, and that these houses must sit in two separate chambers. VI. That the Diet of Kaedrin be empowered to enact laws known as ‘acts’, should they pass through both chambers, remain compatible with the text of Constitution and attain royal assent. VII. That all laws concerning matters of taxation, spending or public land be required to pass through both chambers of the Diet of Kaedrin. ARTICLE IV. On status, I. That the Commonwealth does recognise the important roles of the nobility, clergy, gentry and commons in the composition of the state. II. That the term ‘Rhoswenii’ refer to those of any class patrilineally descended from an oathed member of the historical Order of the White Rose. III. That the term ‘ancient nobility’ refers to those belonging to a noble family ennobled, or in the case of a cadet branch with its patrilineal, legitimate parent family ennobled, at a time prior to the fall of the Third Empire in 1467, with therefore the highest pedigree. IV. That the term ‘lettered nobility’ refers to those belonging to a noble family ennobled at a time subsequent to 1467 through letters patent, with therefore lesser pedigree. V. That only nobility, either ancient or lettered, may bear arms and heraldry within the Commonwealth of Kaedrin. ARTICLE V. On royal elections, I. That upon the death or abdication of His Majesty the King, his successor to the throne be selected through majority vote by the House of Electors, through the calling to session of the Diet of Kaedrin, and that this event be known as a royal election. II. That none shall hold blood claim to the throne of Kaedrin, it being an elective rather than hereditary station. III. That any candidate for the throne, to be chosen by the House of Electors be confined purely to those of the status of ancient nobility, the criteria therein enumerated in Article IV of this document. IV. That the chosen candidate of the House of Electors be a pure-blooded male human. V. That the chosen candidate, upon his accession to the throne, must be coronated post-haste with an oath to defend the Constitution. VI. That the chosen candidate must select a regnal name consistent with the Low Imperial language. ARTICLE VI. On the Cabinet, I. That the executive council of the Commonwealth be known as the Council of State, referred to in shorthand as the Cabinet. II. That the Cabinet be appointed by His Majesty or the Governor-General in the exercise of the royal prerogative, with the advice and consent of the House of Electors. III. That the Cabinet be entitled to the style of Secretary of State, entitled to the address of such rank, including that of Your Excellency and sir. IV. That the senior Secretaries of State be designated in perpetual roles as: A.The Secretary of State for Internal Affairs. B.The Secretary of State for External Affairs. C. The Solicitor-General. V. That the junior Secretaries of State, in nomenclature, be designated further by their respective and specific jurisdictions. VI. That the number of junior Secretaries of State and their associated jurisdictions remain fluid based on need and demand, also known as on an ad hoc basis. VII. That the Secretaries of State retain wide-reaching executive powers compatible with the Constitution in their respective jurisdictions. ARTICLE VII. On the judiciary, I. That the judiciary be embodied by the office of Magistrate of the Commonwealth of Kaedrin, entitled to the style of Your Honour and sir. II. That this office be independently nominated and elected by the House of Electors. III. That the judiciary’s jurisdiction include the entirety of the Commonwealth, and that this entity be empowered to interpret and apply law both royal and imperial within this jurisdiction. IV. That the judiciary, in matters of ambiguity, be empowered to interpret the Constitution in the course of hearing a case of dispute.
  14. BETROTHAL OF HELVETS AND MERENTEL Issued and Confirmed by his Majesty, Adrian I, King of Kaedrin, 7th of Sun’s Smile, 1729. Issued and Confirmed by his Grace, Sergius, Duke of Vintas, 7th of Sun’s Smile, 1729. BELOVED KAEDRENI, VINTASIANS, AND FELLOW IMPERIALS, Hereby does the Kingdom of Kaedrin and the Duchy of Vintas pledge that our support of one another in fealty to our mutual liege, His Imperial Majesty, shall be affirmed through holy matrimony. A son of House Helvets shall come to wed a daughter of House Merentel, where upon both reach the age of majority. IN NOMINE DEI, His Majesty, Adrian I of the House of Helvets, King of Kaedrin, Grand Duke of Ves, Duke of Cathalon, Lord of the Rhoswenii, and Captain & Defender of Liberty His Grace, Sergius of the House of Merentel, Duke of Vintas and Baron of Hallowfell 
  15. THE BIRTH OF TWIN PRINCES Issued and Confirmed by his Majesty, Adrian I, King of Kaedrin, 18th of Godfrey’s Triumph, 1728. BELOVED KAEDRENI AND FELLOW IMPERIALS, This morn the prayers of our country have been answered! Two healthy sons have been born to his Majesty, King Adrian I of House Helvets, King of Kaedrin and the Rhoswenii, and her Majesty, Queen-Consort Annabelle Lorin. The auspicious nature of their birth brings together the Houses of Helvets and Chivay, the bat and sparrow, into a singular bloodline. Hereby the Crown of Kaedrin shall bestow upon our princes the names of the Saintly Brothers, whose blood runs in their veins, so that they might be worthy of their blessing; The elder shall be his Highness, Prince Thomas Tancred of House Helvets, Prince of Kaedrin and the Rhoswenii, The younger shall be his Highness, Prince Peter Owyn of House Helvets, Prince of Kaedrin and the Rhoswenii. Hereby does the Crown of Kaedrin declare a holiday to celebrate the coming of our Princes Thomas Tancred and Peter Owyn. With this holiday it is hereby decreed that taxes for the year of 1728 shall be waived. In the coming month let all rejoice with a feast in the Golden City of Ves to honor our Princes and the forthcoming Imperial Procession. The following are hereby expressly invited to attend; His Imperial Majesty Alexander II and the House of Johannes, and the Nobility of the Empire; His Holiness, High Pontiff Daniel VI and his Cardinals; The Rhoswenii Houses of Kaedrin and the Citizens of Ves; The House of Devereux, and the Nobility of Curonia; The House of Barbanov, and the Nobility of Haense; The House of Merentel, and the Nobility of Vintas; The House of d’Amaury, and the Nobility of Lorraine; The House of Staunton, and the Nobility of Westmarch; The House of Suffolk, and the Nobility of Suffonia; The House of Nasrid, and the Nobility of Cresonia; The House of Kharadeen, and the Nobility of the Caliphate. IN NOMINE DEI, His Majesty, Adrian I of House Helvets, King of Kaedrin, Grand Duke of Ves, Duke of Cathalon, Lord of the Rhoswenii, and Captain & Defender of Liberty  OOC: Saturday, 7 PM EST
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