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  1. HAURUL CAEZK: THE LIVING LAW By Reza B. Gynsburg Introduction Since the adoption of the Haurul Caezk, the Haeseni Code of Law, the system of justice has solidified its independent character in the life of our society. As it serves to govern the social fabric of the kingdom, the implicit assumption is that society is a fluctuating dynamic. As such, the law is not static. It responds broadly to the changes in values and in the progression of our institutions. Moreover, it is appropriate to state that the law is “living” in that it animates before us, in all cases, to complement the circumstances of litigants who come before the Aulic Court. The Role of the Crown The authority of the Crown in the Rule of Law is paramount for the adjudication of the legal code. The Rule of Law is not merely an abstraction, but the central force that binds the structures that comprise social life and governance. The Crown must serve as the anchor of law, binding together the symbolic and actual powers that maintain the integrity of our institutions. The law then complements and reflects the dynamics of the Crown as a real and changing entity. This does not suggest that the Crown wavers in value or power. Rather, the Crown is a permanent fixture in the execution of law and rises to respond to the needs of his subjects. Thus, the Crown serves the source of all legal legitimation. Without it, the law would be baseless and contrive a dangerous ambivalence that would jeopardize equal justice for all subjects. Moreover, the Crown affirms that the law extends to all people entitled to due process. The law advances and applies itself through the Crown’s duly appointed magistrates to respond to the social forces that varyingly impact each generation. The Character of Law The character of the law is inherently dynamic because of the constancy of change in the temporalities of time and the passing generations for which it applies. As such, it is the role of the law, and more broadly by the court, to apply meaningfully and significantly to each subject by adapting to the context that one finds itself. In the last decade alone, the political and social structures of the law have been vastly reoriented. The once deemed “vassal law” was altered in two profound ways. First, the previous legal code from the reign of Koeng Andrik III was updated with the Haurul Caezk. The implications of state law, criminal law, civil law, peerage, and family were adapted once again to complement the changing social dynamics of Haeseni society. Secondly, the political separation of the Holy Orenian Empire and the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska compelled legal scholars and statesmen to once again reposition the legal code as the new standard for which jurisprudence would derive. Thus, we can assert that the very nature of evolving law is an inevitable phenomenon. Clearly, the laws of the previous two centuries, from the advent of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska to our contemporary judicial customs, have undergone a profound and virtually inevitable transformation. Even the most central laws that comprise the core of Haeseni life, namely that of the peerage and military, have been subject to new standards in their relationship to the Crown and to the broader society. The inherent timelessness of legal text necessitates that law endure through each passing era by continuously renewing itself towards accepted social attitudes. Consequently, sentences deemed unequivocally appropriate years ago for the same crime committed now would serve to diminish the public perception and character of the law. We can then argue that the law must continue to be renewed, not simply in the updating of statutes, but also in the way jovenaar should apply longstanding legislation in ever-changing circumstances. Lastly, it must be acknowledged that the law is not self-defeating. Since it is not static, the character of the law reorients itself so as to profoundly impact those it was not originally meant to affect. The law lives and organically grows in tandem with the progressions of life. It is not simply mechanical and rigid. The law seeks to be fluid and flowing through the veins of society so as to inebriate the forces of justice. Judicial Dynamism In this section, we shall discuss the role of the jovenaar within the broader judicial process. Let us return to our brief preface in the introduction concerning the dynamic and interchanging entity of society. Legislation implemented a decade or even a century ago, while still in full force, may become derelict in responding to the times it finds itself. It is important that the interpretation of law made by jovenaar apply the implicit principle in the language and text of the legislation. The idea of “dynamism” is appropriate to label such. This concept holds that the jovenaar should extend the implications of any legislation to individuals who were not conceived at the original adoption of the law, but who now comprise as a subject entitled to due process. For our purposes, let us take into consideration the statute of the Haurul Caezk as it defines those entitled to due process: 219: Legal Personality 219.01: Any person, company, guild or organization shall be deemed to have legal personality and shall be subject to the rights and obligations enshrinred herein; 219.011: A person shall be defined as any creature with a natural biological body capable of independent thought and objectively intelligent. The definition of “person” constitutes the criterion that entitles one to due process and all rights enshrined. It is possible for a society to evolve around the meaning of what can be considered independent thought and objective intelligence. Inherently, the text of the law is timeless and evolves around the context of how the legislature and the society deems independent thought and objective intelligence. The role of the jovenaar should adapt the meaning of the law with the circumstantial factors during litigation so as to apply the law with significance. Moreover, the jovenaar renews the commitment of the law to the society by interpreting statutes to maintain their relevance and necessity in every circumstance. In essence, the jovenaar must enkindle and energize the legal code so as to maintain its meaning and primacy over all social dynamics. Active Legal Review The principle of judicial dynamism asserts the role of the Aulic Court to interpret laws as they are adopted. Through active judicial review, the jovenaar should apply the standards of renewed meaning to how the law should be interpreted and enforced in their given context. The jovenaar should actively scrutinize both the language and implicit meaning of law. The language of law, as written originally, serves to show the relative meaning from its inception. As times progress, the jovenaar must measure, with prudence, the ways the law has reconfigured and reimagined itself since its adoption. Conclusion As we have discussed in this treatise, the law is a living entity. It “breathes” in that it lives and renews itself through each generation. It is thus incumbent upon the Aulic Court to maintain the relevance of law by adapting to the dynamism of its meaning to changing societal values. To best safeguard the Rule of Law and the equal administration of justice, the law must be assumed as an ever-changing body of text that continues to best reflect those it impacts. The law emerges from the legitimation of the Crown to act in congruence with active governance, complementing the legislative process and the enforcement of statutes by propagating newer understanding through the progression of time. It is the role of the jovenaar to enshrine the timeless and evolutionary nature of the law. Associate Jovenaar of the Aulic Court Published 17 Tov and Yermy 343 E.S. | 1790.
  2. GODFREY: A Theology of Virtuous Unity By Bishop Benedict, O.W.F. Table of Contents Introduction The Call to Serve The Institution of Holiness Redemptive Governance Conclusion Introduction The story of Godfrey crosses the minds of every generation since his reign. As in the story of the other prophet, this son of the spirit became hallowed for what he represented. However, there is much to revere about the person that would embody the Imperial profile. In this work, I shall draw from the events as foretold in the Scroll of Gospel. Permit me, O God, that I might recall the testament of your prophet with fullness to the truth. The importance of Exalted Godfrey demonstrates the realness of human faith and the providence of God. As such, I argue for the principle of divine historicism, or the providence of God in the real historical events of human life. As Exalted Horen pierced through the divine life, Godfrey brings the closeness of God in the temporality of time. Bless those who bear the weight of the Crown, Fill them with compassion and prudence, Justice and Truth, Strength and Resolve. Bless the nations of the world, And enkindle in them the spirit of virtue. Rebuke with the scepter all malice, And return the lost toward grace. Amen. Chapter I. The Call to Serve In the collective conscience of humanity, the ubiquity of Exalted Godfrey’s image is that of an auspicious ruler. However, I argue that this is not the possessing quality that most defines the prophet. Rather, it is his resignation to carry on the work of his lineage in full faithfulness to God (Gospel 6:15-16). The story of Godfrey inaugurates the notion of prophetic succession, or the unbreaking institution of the sacred faculty of men called by God to carry out His divine Will. In such a way, it is the ever present reminder of our own obligations in our worldly pilgrimage to serve with prudence, fidelity, and resolve to uplift our fellow man. Our profound reflection of this calling reminds us of the duty to serve one another. As we recall from the days of Horen, total rejection of God and the adoption of hubris constitute the unforgivable. In the Scroll of Gospel, it is the deterioration of fidelity to God and the patrimony of Oren, put asunder by unvirtuous men that prompts the Lord to call upon Godfrey (Gospel 6:4-6;11-14). Akin to Horen’s obedience, Godfrey devoted himself to reinstitute the dominion of man toward holiness. Chapter II. The Institution of Holiness As the Scroll of Gospel unravels the beginnings of creation and the story of faith, we see a closeness to this linear narrative to that of our own reality. In the age of emergent ideologies and the peculiar development of state institutions, the question of human welfare arises. What, then, constitutes human prosperity? The narrative of Exalted Godfrey offers the realness of this question. It compels man to reassess the prudence of authority and the role anointed monarchs and heads of state must play in the prosperous development of their subjects. In following our previous commentary on service, we must occupy ourselves with the question of how such service must be directed. The calling of Godfrey recenters the eminent dilemma of the worldly experience: a fight against good and evil. As noted by the aengul Eshtael, God names the pure and the impure (Gospel 6:20). Without equivocation, Godfrey devotes his reign in promotion of purity. However, it is not simply moralism that we must engage in this discussion. Rather, it is both what purity represents and what Godfrey intended purity to do for his people. Firstly, purity represents the fullness of God’s salvation that was first revealed in the Horenic Virtues. Moreover, in accordance with the wisdom of the Godhead, Exalted Godfrey employed purity as the driving force to unify the land and uplift them in virtue. In virtue, then, we become ensconced in the pure love and compassion to improve the welfare of creation. What is more powerful than the virtue of charity in an impoverished society? What is more powerful than faith in a hopeless society? Virtue returns the individual and collective consciousness back to God who is perfect, pure, and total compassion. Chapter III. Redemptive Governance The wisdom of Godfrey resides in his total resignation to the divine. As a model of governance, Godfrey did not seek temporal power, selfish desire, or conquest. If not these, what is the goal of rulership? Redemption. Recall that in the days after Horen, the lands of humanity were in disarray. The mandate of Godfrey’s anointing was to return the people back to holiness. Godfrey is said to have united mankind in virtue throughout all of mankind’s domain (Gospel 6:33). The role of leadership is to redeem their subjects, devoting themselves to their full realization. Exalted Godfrey united man in the wisdom of God which enabled man to prosper. What we realize in this notion of redemptive governance is a twofold principle. First, when man is separated from God, nothing can take the place of the divine creator. Nothing fulfills man’s aspirations, ideals, and destiny. The Exalted show us that mankind’s plight is interconnected with that of the providence of God. This unites us in a divine historicism, relating our experiences of moral and virtuous conscience with the material reality of existence. The way to sustain man is to continue the prolific preaching of the holy word. The Canon and its divine revelation must reserve a permanent place in the life of human civilization, in the governance of the state, and the reimagination of the human character in society. Second, the story of Exalted Godfrey teaches us that the political and secular realms are not mutually exclusive to the religious devotion that one owes to their salvation. Many thinkers of contemporary time, and even throughout history, have sought to disregard or even diminish the role of the spiritual life of the Church. As we have previously conveyed, Godfrey did not pursue the laurel and scepter with the sole intention to pursue grandeur among men and rule in the vanity of the throne. Rather, he reserved the throne for God, and for God alone (Gospel 6:36). Look in awe at those who pursue ambition for ambition’s sake, foregoing God and thus condemning oneself to eternal shame. We need not look far but to Iblees, whose sole purpose in the sacred narrative was to show that vanity and ambition result in spiritual death. Conclusion Upon the institution of holiness under one banner under God, Godfrey’s work was fulfilled in bringing virtuous unity. In the Book of Godfrey, the unfolding of providence rests in the unyielding commitment to safeguard fellow man from the vices of evil. Devotion to holiness presents the important work of the human pilgrimage, being in total service to uplift each other. Virtue stands as the highest ideal, ordained by God, and affirmed by the prophets who obediently heeded His word. In the age of a new order where the many nations of man and of all creation reside, the model of Godfrey as the epitome of prophetic obedience and of selfless resolve to unite man in the spirit of God cannot be more pertinent. The dilemma of good and evil, of selfless and selfish desire, and of the temptations of ambition serve to test the durability of our conscience. Published 1790.
  3. WHERE WILL THE CROW NEST? 5th of Joma and Umund 339 ES By Georg Alimar The winds of change howl as the gliding crow searches for the branch to nest her young. As this generation marks the day of independence, the unforeseeable became reality. Allegiance now is bound to no one but Godan and to ourselves to live up to the immense calling of this moment. Let us recall this destiny, forged not from miracles but from sacrifice, blood, and duty. Let us also move with conviction to make great on the promise to our posterity that a free Haeseni people will forge a future that shall see their zenith. It is in this promising future that we must continually ask—where will the crow nest? History tells us that our nest is perched on the branches of risk, knowing that our efforts we will reap are worthy of our courage and determination. When Koeng Petyr I strode through the Greyspine, marching in step with his kin through the snows of the brutal winter, the vision of proud Highlandic men seeking a future of self-determination found the fulfillment of their sacrifice in this historic independence. As Koeng Josef returned to the city, he brought with him the promise of renewal to the Bihiarist values of freedom. The young king stands above us, but yet he is also among us, sharing in the mirth and glee that affords us the opportunity to see what our potential can amount. Standing behind him are those who came before, looking down from the eternal nest to see that a new generation shall consecrate this free land into a new age. Whether it was battling our adversaries at the Siege of Kraken’s Watch to the humiliation at Vasiland, from the victory at the Greyspine, to the hardships of the War of Two Emperors, and to the casualties of the Scyfling War, Haense endures with a reminder that no one who has died shall have done so in vain. The great families of the North, whose ancient and novel roots alike bind together the fabric of Haeseni honor, have taken to great lengths to renew the cause for sovereignty. The immense sacrifice paid in sweat and blood by Houses Vyronov, Baruch, Amador, Barclay, Kortrevich, Ruthern, Ludovar, Alimar, Stafyr, Wick, Kovachev, Pasquier, Marbrand, and Vanir, that our collective national conscience draws its strength. The valor of all of our people, whose renewed sense of duty to till the fields, to forge steel for our men, who fill our coffers with gold, and heal our sick in their dire need, this day belongs to them. We are reminded of glory and valor, but never forgetting when Haense stood on the precipice of death. Our resilience is our virtue. Our unity is our power. Our history is our inspiration. Our shared past with that of the Holy Orenian Empire cannot be overlooked. Our destinies maintained a duality inseparable under oath and observance of Horenic virtue. Inasmuch as we find ourselves in the midst of this harmonious separation, the Haeseni acknowledge gratitude for the years of union that have kept humanity whole amidst the resurgence of malevolence. In the spirit of respect and mutual regard in our previous interconnected path, let this independence show nothing but our esteem and cordiality that our people seek to maintain. May the providence of Godan perpetually enjoin our affection as the unified mystical body of the human soul. Lastly, let us trace back the histories of kingship and the eras that have led this nation. We remember when Koeng Petyr I wore the crown in faithfulness to the sacrifices before him. We remember the passionate Koeng Andrik II in his quest for liberation. We remember the humility in defeat against Courland under Koeng Marus I. We remember the Greyspine when we retook our land and restored its name under Koeng Stefan I. We remember our devotion to the faith under Koeng Otto II. We remember our fight for sovereignty under Koeng Otto III. We remember our prosperity and happiness under Koeng Robert I. We remember the affliction of war and oppression under Koeng Marus II. We remember our glory and unity fostered by the great Koeng Andrik III. We remember the dutiful integrity of Koeng Andrik IV. We remember the steadfast zeal of Koeng Sigismund II. We will always remember our independence. With hope, Georg Alimar
  4. “Wave to mother moon on your way to the Skies!” Bishop Benny says upon hearing the news of Anastasiya’s death.
  5. THE AUGUST END OF MAY 15th of the Sun’s Smile, 1779 | Wzuvar and Byvca 332 ES A northern coastal village in Haense, c. 1720 ”Humility in service” The foam of the crashing waves flooded the creaky wooden boat as the man pulled it along the shore. The small net of a dozen fish flopped about as the man hoisted it over the edge and onto a few old wooden barrels neatly placed on the pier. The sound of vulgar fishermen was drowned out by the crashing waves of the ocean hitting the shores of Valwyck. As he sat for his afternoon break in the back of the fishing guild, opening a jar of pickled sardines and watched as hire foreman gave a statement. “Brothers, we cannae keep up wit’ our quota to stay afloat. Ah’m go’on tae ‘ave to let so’om o’ ‘ye go.” As he heard this, he looked up quickly. Suddenly the names of his fellow fishermen were called, names he had known as mentors who had fished in these waters for years. The seasons in the far north had been harsh. Fishing had become a far more barren industry. Names continued to be called, piercing through the clammer of the birds squawking aloud outside of the guild hall. Suddenly, he had heard the unbelievable: “Terrensz Mau…” “No,” he thought to himself, dropping his jar of pickled sardines. The crowd all suddenly turned to the back where he had been sitting. As tears rolled down from the eyes of many of his comrades who had been laid off, he silently rolled up his nets and packed the few belongings he owned from his lodging. Without many opportunities in the far north, Terrence decided to travel south toward the capital city, Reza. The brutish wars of between the Pertinaxi and the Marnantines had progressed. The Nenzing Proclamation of 1715 was a daring move composed by a radical minority of intellectuals. He would later remember it as the defining period of his lifetime. Disgruntled insurgents continued to prowl no doubt. Safety along the roads were not guaranteed and many of his comrades cautioned against moving south. Still, without many options, Terrence spent three days until he saw the tall, colorful walls of Reza. The shock of exuberance was impactful and the smells of perfumes, oils, and exotic foods attracted him to the immense urbanity of the southern region. Reza, c. 1721 Watching fish ladies in the market square chopping the heads of tuna and salmon with large cleavers reminded him of a place he had longed. The schools were inundated with students and the atmosphere of war had been forgotten for only a slight moment. As he passed through the city hall seeking employment, he heard the rancor of the assembly above. The Duma was an immersive space where he had listened to the frivolous debates of nobility piercing through the walls. Surely, he felt resentment of their ignorance to the fishing industry as debates over abstract budgets and philosophies felt foreign. It was there that he felt change could be applied to the fringes of society. After pursuing studies in the law, philosophies, and history, the twenty-two year old found his new calling. He returned to the northern region equipped with such education and for nine years, he spoke at the guild hall that was forced to let him go. He gathered his fellow fishermen and petitioned their lord, Count Sigmar Baruch to bring these issues of the ailing fishing businesses. With surprise, the Count replied with sympathetic remarks and invited Terrence to his estate. “Terrensz Mau, ah’m going tae be cut tae tha’ poin’ ‘ere. Y’er going tae be mah representative tae tha’ Duma. Ah b’lieve ‘ye go’ a good voice and clear vision f’er tha’ people ‘ere.” Terrence had no answer, elated and equally humbled by the opportunity that befell him. In 1725, he arrived back in the capital and sat as representative for the County of Ayr, embroiled in political warfare with the centralists who had deprived the region of many of his resources to maintain the fisheries. Speech after speech, his energies slowly broadened from the concerns of his northern industries, but that of the structural deficits of policy to benefit all Haeseni. As the war had concluded, the House de Joannes emerged as the succeeding dynasty of the Holy Orenian Empire. As the new government was formed, Terrence received an unexpected missive, bearing the seal of the Emperor, Alexander II. Again, his life turned southward. Upon arriving at the Imperial capital in Helena, Terrence felt a differing degree of shock experienced upon his arrival in Reza. The roads southward were still riddled with the brigands who profited from unjust tolls and extortion. The dawn dews glistened the Heartland as the shimmering of Lake Helena made visible the scenic island that contained the tall stoney walls of the city. Imperial Heartland, c. 1724 At the entrance of the palace, he stood in the foyer as paintings of Oren’s political giants stared down unto him. There was an eerie silence that filled the rooms as he paced through the halls, staring at the banners and portrayals of humanity’s historic events. He felt belittled and humbled, reading the names of Emperors and Archchancellors. Suddenly, the clacking of elegant shoes echoed into the grand chamber as a series of Imperial courtiers greeted the young statesman. As they led him up the stairs, he was astonished at the gardens that sprawled along the palatial upper levels. A noticeably well-guarded individual was seated ensconced in a gazebo in the periphery. As Terrence waited for his turn to address the Emperor, he noticed the fine wines that the courtiers were drinking. Finally, he was called forward as a meek, young man looked to the fisherman. “Mister May, is it? With great honor I welcome you to Helena. I trust your travels from Haense were without issue?” The fisherman, unsure of how to respond, nodded carefully and replied, “Yes, your Imperial Majesty, they were. I am grateful to be here and to serve at your behest.” The Emperor then looked to his bottle of wine and fetched for a servant to get another. The mosaic of colors that comprised the young ruler’s attire was uniquely woven. Terrence’s glimpse of the Heartland was a stark contrast to the reality he had lived in his entire life. After much discussion and an exchange of pleasantries, the Emperor handed Terrence another sealed parchment. “Mister May, the Imperial heartland and our realms beyond are an immense scape of God’s good creation. I am entrusting you to chair the Office of the Auditor General, overseeing our surveying and census.” The northern fisherman looked overwhelmed and without so much as a verbal confirmation, the Emperor sent him off to speak to Sir John d’Arkent, Imperial Archchancellor. The servant returned bearing a bottle of Alexander’s Vigor, a fine, sweet red wine that he had taken a liking. Terrence embarked again on a tour across Oren, visiting the provincial centers north of the Heartland. It was an experience that had informed him for the rest of his life. The Caer Bann of Kaedrin had been an overwhelming experience as he saw the proud martial nature of the Kaedreni. The men of Lorraine had kept their concerns on the roads, battling banditry and rivalring their immediate neighbor Adria. The Curonians were much more distant with a cultural livelihood of their own. He would forever remember his tours as a mosaic of humanity. Terrence grew tired of the controversy and the imperial machinations of reform. He opted to return home with his Haeseni colleague, Prince Otto Sigmar, a man with whom he held high regard for much of his career. Upon returning back to Ayr, Speaker Stafyr arrived with haste and defined another period of Terrence’s career. “Terrence! I hope you are doing well. I do hope I am not intruding. I’ve come with a specific request for the life of our government and in our Duma. I believe you should serve as Leader of the Opposition.” It did not take Terrence much to think on the offer, believing it to be his chance to finally hold accountable the lords and politicians responsible for the fisheries neglect. As Leader, Terrence did not hesitate with his questions for then Palatine Lerald Vyronov, whom he had reservations after his questionable rise to power! After a year of opposition questions, King Andrik III summoned him and colleagues to the palace council chamber. Vyronov had died. The time was nigh to appoint a new Palatine. Terrence quickly jumped on the opportunity, believing that his rapport with the feudalists and knowledge with Imperial affairs made a crucial candidate. The king agreed. The fisherman who was fired from shortages in wages had now become the head of the government in the Kingdom of Haense. The Feudalist Conference in 1733 in Ayr was a crucial moment to solidify his role among the lords. An ambitious omnibus funding bill was part of his agenda that called for a far more ambitious dispersal of Crown funds to the sectors of the kingdom. However, much to the new Palatine’s frustration, the new Opposition, poised to keep ideological control of policy, disagreed. Feudalist Conference, 1733 Political gridlock had defined much of the May years, failed votes that resulted in closures and unfulfilled promises about a railroad junction with the Imperial project. In a secluded meeting later that year, Imperial Chancellor Cardinal Peter of Helena arrived with a proposal that Terrence believed would revitalize Haeseni infrastructure: the canal. However, the insurmountable duty of convincing the Duma of such a project was far from feasible. Opposition members were vehemently against the project and cited concerns that manpower and funding could not be allocated. Again, Terrence faced another unsuccessful vote on his own government. Without getting his agenda passed, he sought appeal from the Crown, with whom he got assent without the consultation of the Duma. With unpopular sentiment surrounding him, Terrence was compelled to resign in order to bring more integrity in the Crown’s government. In his parting words to King Andrik III, he stated: “Your Majesty, it is with my most profound intentions to resign as your Palatine, with the hope that my successor may bring progress and credibility to your government.” The three years out of power were a mixture of regret and liberation. No longer was the scrutiny of government and the ill-will of the Duma members present in his daily encounters. However, he knew that there was still much work to be done. It was a day like no longer when courtiers from Helena emerged. The then Lord Protector Adrian de Sarkozy and his ministers made a new declaration: THE EDICT OF ESTABLISHMENT of 1736. The institution of the Imperial Diet was a moment of great uncertainty. King Andrik III had then summoned Terrence once more. As per the decree of the Edict of Establishment, the Imperial Senate is to be composed of delegates from the four provinces, initially appointed by their respective heads to meet in the city of Helena in the Varoche Hall for legislative sessions. After an uneventful three years, the former disgraced Palatine would be called upon once again. Terrence returned to Helena in 1736 to take his oath. As he approached the glistening waters of Lake Helena, towering stone walls that stood there a decade before were no more. Instead, a colorful arch greeted him as his carriage entered the city. The urban landscape had changed as well. The Senator-designate from Haense was no stranger to this atmosphere. His education, experience in the hall of the Duma, and exposure to the bureaucratic climate of the Heartland had prepared him for a task he would occupy for the next thirty-three years. Helena, c. 1750 Upon his arrival, he met many senators from the lands he once surveyed. One fiery yet sly man, a one Frederick Armas, greeted him upon his arrival. As President pro tempore of the Imperial Senate, Armas was an exasperating yet equally diligent figure, whose drive for legislation dominated the senatorial culture of the first six years. Terrence began his career in the Senate with a notion for government accountability in authoring the first Imperial law of establishing Committees to delegate oversight. In 1740, the first round of elections was nearing as Terrence would be judged by his performance in representing the Haeseni people. Leaving office in shame seven years before was a persistent trauma of his career. His challenger, Konstanz Barclay, was an ill-mannered demagogue who made dubious claims about Terrence’s ties and integrity. However, much to the Senator’s surprise, the Haeseni people overwhelmingly re-elected him. For the next five elections, the senator ran unopposed. Authoring more bills than any of his colleagues then, he sought to find common ground on Imperial Law, employment, funding for clinics, schools, and public safety. He had collaborated on many occasions with colleagues who also became dear friends: Lauritz Christiansen, Charles Napier, Arthur Callahan, Vivaca Rutledge, Cyrus Basrid, Siegmund Corbish, Konrad Stafyr, Eirik Baruch and others. By 1746, he succeeded Charles Napier to chair the Imperial Senate as its next President pro tempore. There, he encountered the challenging bureaucratic culture of Helena and the increasing need to quell the demands of his constituents, who grew increasingly weary of the state of politics. In 1750, Terrence was honored to be given the moniker as the “Father of the Imperial Diet,” seeking to promote the discourse of representation and well-being of the people. The Order of the Lily was another great distinction that carried him with humility and grace in the service of the Haeseni people. A convocation of the Imperial Diet at Varoche Hall, c. 1767 By 1763, the Imperial Diet was reformed and the establishment of the Josephites and Everardines. All of his life, he understood his role as guardian of humanity’s dignity. The promise of the Nenzing Proclamation dominated the discourse of the state. It was the ideals of moving beyond the oppression of ill-minded rulers and the brutality of arbitrary justice that steered his vision and the direction of the Empire. In taking leadership of the Josephites, he sought to cultivate the movement that fought for humanity’s advancement. That mosaic of humanity he saw in his younger years was one that would initiate his lifelong crusade for a just society, compassionate, and guided by the Rule of Law. Meeting new and idealistic statesmen filled his heart with joy. The new Josephites that he had inspired gave him hope that Oren will emerge far greater and stronger than ever. After one term as President of the new House of Commons, Terrence was ready for retirement. The promise of Jonah Stahl-Elendil, Angelika Bykov, and Konstantin Wick give him optimism of a greater civility and progress in politics. After serving two emperors, three kings, and generations of citizens who have entrusted him the public duty of their future, he was content with his life fulfilled in the service of others. The old fisherman sat near the shores of Valwyck where the waves that had once crashed in the ears of his youth. He went to the old pier and took his oars to row out. Braving through stormy winds and the merciless waves of the ocean that would be the journey of his public service, he returned to land and laid down the oars for the final time. A final word to humanity: “The greatest crisis of our time, or any time in the history of our humanity, is a crisis of confidence in ourselves to do what is just. For centuries, we have fought the indomitable struggle to forge a nation worthy of God’s providence. Let not the temptations of vice and power consume you, but find the humanity in each other to work for the prosperity of the future.” Sir Terrence May GCM, VKML 1692 - 1779 Duma Representative, 1725 - 1732 Lord Palatine of Haense, 1732-1733 Imperial Senator of Haense, 1736 - 1763 Member of the Imperial House of Commons, 1765-1769 Leader of the Josephites, 1764 - 1768
  6. A courier arrives from Sir Terrence May’s hermitage to the local press. FULL STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF SIR KONRAD STAFYR KM 14th of the Sun’s Smile, 1779 I am deeply aggrieved by the loss of my good friend Konrad, a paragon of public service and a champion of political civility. Over fifty five years ago, I came to the Haeseni Duma as a freshman member representing our northernmost fief. It was there that I met then Speaker Stafyr, an idealist and diligent man whom the entirety of humanity has had the privilege of having in government. As Lord Palatine, I did not agree with him on many issues related to budgetary discretion, spending, and the role of the government in its relation to our nobility. Indeed, Speaker Stafyr had an ambition to assume my role, and I thank the grace of our late King Andrik III for granting Konrad the opportunity to be our head of government following my departure. The pleasure of serving with Konrad lasted in our next chapter in the Imperial Diet. His election in 1754 was well-deserved as we embarked on initiatives that tackled education, the state of our clinics, and protecting the imperial federalism that has shaped the character of the government. His tenacity and long-winded speeches were an indelible mark of his personality, showing his commitment and persistence to advocate on behalf of his constituents. He has always been an innovator and guardian of integrity. I send my sympathy for the House of Stafyr for losing a great man. May he keep the saints in good company. Sir Terrence May GCM, VKML
  7. “They die too soon..” Terry May shakes his head as he learns of Petyr’s death before yelling at his caretaker to replace the spokes on his wheelchair. “All are welcome... Mother Moon is here now..” Bishop Benny says sadly as he learns of his friend’s death.
  8. Bishop Benedict mourns the loss of his most cherished friend and marriage advisee, quietly singing “All are Welcome” to help guide her soul to the Seven Skies.
  9. “A very well-written work on the life of an admirable figure whose life was defined by chivalry, duty, and integrity,” Sir Terrence comments as he gets a hold of this new edition!
  10. Statement from the Office of Sir Terrence May GCM A Servant’s Reflection and Farewell 14th of Tobias’ Bounty, 1768 A convocation of the Imperial Diet at Varoche Hall, c. 1767 To the Orenian people, For over three decades, it has been my highest honor in holding your trust of electing me to serve as your representative in the Imperial Senate. In my time in Helena, I have worked tirelessly for the benefit of our Empire and for the voices of the Northern frontier. To all of my supporters in the entirety of our land, I owe you equal gratitude and respect for the chance to be your senator and as leader in the House of Commons. I began my journey as a fisherman seeking employment after the end of the War of Two Emperors. I moved to the Duchy of Valwyck where I labored along the coasts. It was there that I was given the opportunity to embark for Reza where I represented Northern communities for the Baruch fiefdom. Shortly thereafter, I was appointed to the Imperial government as a junior minister in the capacity of the Auditor-General and Chairman of the Board of Notaries for which I served until my return to Haense in 1731. For a brief year, I served as Lord Palatine before my call to serve in the Imperial Senate by the late King Andrik III. Terrence May in his office, Helena, c. 1730 When I came to Helena as Senator-designate in 1736, it was an atmosphere filled with optimism; our chance of renewal was at hand. I swiftly got to work and introduced the Senate Committees Act of 1737, the very first bill ever passed in the Imperial Senate that created permanent committees to ensure that we, as the voices of our constituents, have the authority to oversee actions of the executive. I firmly believed it is important that the Senate assert its power to oversee the actions of our Imperial State and its officials, with the primary goal in mind to foster transparency and trust after nearly a century of uncertainty and instability. In 1740, I stood for re-election for the first time, with greater hope in our nation. With an overwhelming majority, you all gave me the chance to return to Helena to represent our values. We have promoted working opportunities to give businesses and laborers visibility and accessibility to promote our market growth in the Imperial Employment Opportunities Act of 1743. I also introduced legislation that creates standards for our education, ensuring that provincial schools and Imperial academies prepare our future generations with the knowledge and skills to take on the challenges of their time with the Scholastic Organization Act of 1745. I introduced legislation, the Criminal Justice Reform Act of 1746, to reform our law enforcement, the courts, and our treatment of those convicted so that our actions always reflect the values of an enlightened and modern society. In 1746, I was elected President pro tempore of the Imperial Senate, an office that I assumed with great diligence and responsibility. My mandate was to ensure that the supreme legislature maintained its integrity in the eyes of the Orenian people. Together, we continued the business of the nation to ensure that every voice in the Senate was heard and respected. When we faced a budget issue that spanned nearly three years, we got to work and passed the Imperial Budget Procedure of 1751. Together with Senator Callahan of Kaedrin, I co-sponsored the Public Records Act of 1751 to maintain the transparency of the Senate’s work, a principle I held since my first day in this office. We confirmed many judges, Imperial councillors, and officials throughout our time here, promoting the dialogue that a just and balanced system requires of us. Surely, compromise is easier said than done. However, it is what is necessary for us. In 1750, His Imperial Majesty gave me the honorific as the ‘Father of the Senate’ to commemorate my service to the Empire by installing me as Grand Commander of the Order of Merit, the highest honor in the Imperial Order of Merit. However, it would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the support, hope, and strength that my constituents have given me in this place to work on their behalf. My successes are not merely mine, but that of the Haeseni people and of the entirety of the Orenian public, in whose name I legislate and serve. In 1759, I authored the Amyas Act after learning that our clinics and hospitals were lacking in necessary utilities to adequately care for patients. I also authored the Civil Unions Act of 1760, permitting the ability of the courts to institute unions recognized by the state for those hard-working subjects who do not adhere to the Canonist Faith. However, I would be remiss if I did not also convey the challenging times that tested my resolve as I served in public service. Clashes with bureaucrats who saw their personal gain over the welfare of the State, malicious actors seeking to silence our deliberative body from acting in the best interest, or radicals who sought to undermine our security by bombing Varoche Hall, I am proud that our resilience has withstood the times. I remind you that it is the legislative’s prerogative to hold to account all who wield power over men, crusading for the truth, and standing in the face of corruption. Without the collective strength of good colleagues, impassioned voters, and the providence of God to uphold us, we would not have prevailed. As we now embark on a new legislative journey brought forward by the Edict of Reform, the chance to renew our commitment and to make firm the equitable values of a great society is still a task for us. After winning an election with a clear mandate from you, I was struck with great joy and hope that we could forge a future fitting for the many generations who will come after. After being in public life for so long, I have learned that the greatest dignity one can achieve is in the unconditional service for others, especially those who struggle to prosper. It is their cause that must keep us fixated on what matters most. I address you all now as a man who has sought to keep your sacred trust with my entire being, knowing that there is still work that needs to be fulfilled. With many rapid questions facing our society, I have come to the conclusion that I no longer hold the strength to make these important decisions and legislate with all the means required of me. For over thirty years, I have been your Senator and Member of the House, working to achieve this vision; for this, I am truly grateful. Therefore, I am announcing that I shall step down as Leader of the Josephites and shall be retiring from the House of Commons. I do so freely and with great consciousness to the gravity of my decision for the life of the Imperial legislature and of my voters, to whom I am eternally grateful. It has been the greatest joy of my life to serve. To all of my staff, I am pleased with the work we have done together throughout the years. In consultation with the Josephite Committee and the convention at-large, I am happy to announce my successor, Jonah Stahl Elendil, who shall lead the Josephites into the future with great vigor. I may be retiring from public office, but I assure you that our cause continues to burn bright. I will continue to serve you all as I have done throughout my entire career. However, I must warn that as legislators sworn to the public interest, it is our duty to be cognizant of our words and actions. The spirit of factionalism is one that has increased the turnout of participation in our electoral politics, but we must not let the temptation of rancor, avarice, and malicious untruths tarnish and degrade our institutions. For if we allow this to fester, I fear that we need not look at the outside for a threat to our prosperity, but from within ourselves. President pro tempore Terrence May during the Eighth Session of the Imperial Senate, c. 1751 To my colleagues, both past and present, there have been a great many names and personalities that I have come to cherish over this long career here in the legislature. To colleagues such as Sir Frederick Armas, Sir Charles Napier, Senator Vivaca Rutledge, Senator Siegmund Corbish, Senator Cyrus Basrid, Senator Arthur Callahan, Sir Konrad Stafyr, Senator Urrigon Drumm, Senator Lauritz Christiansen, and many others throughout these years have made this a fulfilling and honorable institution. To my new members who have joined me on this fight for dignity on the Josephite benches, I commend your work and strength. Many names have emerged like that of Jonah Elendil and Angelika Bykov with whom I had the pleasure to learn and work with. I also extend my greatest admiration for Leader Amadeus d’Aryn and the Everardine members, who continue to share in the work of a great future and who are so deeply invested in the welfare of our fellow citizens which we all love. Some have dubbed me the ‘Father of the Imperial Diet’ or some other accolade far beyond my credentials, but in truth, the greatest satisfaction is knowing that I leave behind a generation of leaders poised to see that our country succeeds and our rights preserved. I know they will make the people proud and I will be with them on the campaign trail and as their counsel for as long as I am here. May God continue to bless us in these times as we look ahead to strengthen the Tapestry of Man. May the saints intercede for us and may the Frontier State prosper forever. Totally yours, Terry
  11. “We should’ve sang ‘All are Welcome’ instead,” Bishop Benedict says to his nephew Josef as he reads the Scrolls to him.
  12. WORD ON OWYN’S FIRE Presents: SACRED STUDY WITH ARCHBISHOP BENEDICT, O.W.F. ☨ A series on Canonist Theology Dear faithful, In a time of great growth and progress, it is necessary to delve deeper into our spiritual conscience. The developments of the last few decades have presented the Canonist Church an opportunity to renew its commitment to the flock to shepherd faith, morality, and virtue into society. With the dissemination of our most hallowed words of the Exalted Prophets by the Holy Father James II, I find that it is the obligation of the Holy Church is to guide the wisdom of the verbum with unconditional fervor to all our baptized brethren and to the unbelieving. I devote these upcoming themes and works so that you might find God in your own search for the truth. May the words that flow from my pen become a humble guide for your reflections in your faith life. I pray that God shall grant me the strength to faithfully speak and write. Grant that He shall help me discern the truth and hear His words. Within the next few saint’s week, I shall be publishing personal reflections on the story of the Scrolls and their value to us today. In this two part series, we will delve into the great mysteries of faith. Join me as we begin covering important topics that characterize the faith and life of a Canonist. The Exalted: A Series Horen of Gamesh: A Theology of Prophetic Obedience Godfrey: A Theology of Virtuous Unity Owyn: A Theology of Spiritual Vigilance Sigismund: A Theology of Clairvoyance Essays on Living through the Scrolls “Finding God in Charity” “Loving with Tenderness” “Searching for Fulfillment” With fidelity and love, Friar Benedict of Reza, O.W.F., Archbishop of Caeruleum
  13. Bishop Benedict takes the missive and holds it up to his candle, reading it before his nightly prayers. He solemnly nods, looking out to great sky and pondering the future ahead, “Gratias tibi frater..”
  14. A HEART OF GOLD 14th of Owyn’s Flame, 1765 To the Orenian people, It is no mere coincidence that we celebrate a feat of Orenian popular sovereignty and unity in the golden anniversary from the signing of the Nenzing Proclamation to the soldiers in the battlefield who rose their banners for the Josephite cause in 1715. None could imagine the inspirational character that those who sacrificed their lives then have garnered for us today. Half a century onward, in an unprecedented way, we have demonstrated great change for this Empire. All across our land, the people have casted their ballots to determine the future and the direction of this great Empire. I address all today, not as the Leader of the Josephites, nor as a Member of the House of Commons, but as a citizen with the hopes of strengthening the social contract and the vision of those who sacrificed their lives for the sake of our liberties. Today, your voices have been heard and we in the House of Commons shall now fulfill our obligation. I am humbled in achieving this mandate to govern in your name. This campaign has shown an unprecedented turnout in a country energized and ready to take on the challenges before us. I want to extend a hand of camaraderie to those on the other side, namely to Leader Pruvia and his deputies for waging a movement that brought many people to the fore of public discourse. We recognize that not everyone is content and not everyone is satisfied. Now, laying down the fervor of this contest, we now solemnly process to manifest our vision. I pledge that we will work closely on the many matters at hand. As we inaugurate this House and the many members who will partake in the important debates that will shape our Empire, I want to reiterate that before any loyalty to a faction or otherwise, this is a body sworn to better the welfare and union of our fellow citizens. After having nearly served for thirty years in these halls, I have learned that above all, Oren deserves legislators who will maintain principle, integrity, virtue, and an unwavering commitment to what is right. Anything less is unbecoming of the mandate we have been so graciously endowed. To those who supported this campaign from its inception up until now, I owe you my debt, not as your leader, but as a steward of your prosperity. We have embarked on a campaign that sought to uplift every sector of our country. Energized by your resolve, we obtained a mandate that cannot be put asunder. We now have a sacred duty to maintain our promises and to realize the shared vision of a bright future. To those who did not agree with us, I pledge myself to the campaign you have ran for the benefit of all. Even though the election has concluded, our work still continues to promote the Empire we seek to build. God save the Emperor! For the dignity of all, Sir Terrence May GCM, MHC Chairman of the Josephite Union
  15. Bishop Benedict nods approvingly upon reading the thesis, “A very well-written work by the one Anseld. Quite a promising theologian, I sense!”
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