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  1. THE IMPERIAL COURT Penned by the Lord Privy Seal, His Excellency Terrence May 18th of Horen’s Calling, 1730 Below are the transcribed notes of the Imperial Court recorded as they transpired. The First Petitioner Evan Lethes approaches the dais and asks for the dissolution of the titles of the House of Lethes. The Archchancellor asks for the reason to which Evan Lethes explains that his house is not worthy of the title. Upon the explanation, the Emperor agrees and makes official pronouncement, granting his assent in dissolving the titles in-session. The Second Petitioner Victoria d’Ciano, daughter of Catherine Windsor, petitions for an appointment to the privy council as a court mage. The Archchancellor disagrees and suggests her position be placed in the junior council instead. The Emperor expresses that there will be no new expansions to the privy council. Victoria settles for the appointment to the junior council if accepted. The Emperor tells Victoria to defer to the Archchancellor on the matter before dismissing her. The Third Petitioner Titus approaches the dais to petition to swear fealty to the Emperor. The Archchancellor vouches for Titus’ credibility to the Emperor and affirms the petitioner’s capabilities to act with diligence and service to the Empire. Upon the advice of the Archchancellor, the Emperor accepts and welcomes the petitioner at court. Titus bows and departs. The Fourth Petitioner Sergius of the House of Merentel, Duke of Vintas, approaches the dais as pleasantries are exchanged. The Duke addresses the possibility of dialogue with the orcs, being that his holding is near the Rexdom of Krugmar. The Duke informed the court of a treaty and mentioned his efforts in existing dialogue with the Rexdom. The Emperor receives it and reads the treaty proper. The Emperor declares that he will discuss the matter in council. The Duke assures that he has already earned orcish assent before he is dismissed. The Emperor delegates to the Archchancellor as he retires for the evening. The Fifth Petitioner Henri, the Baron of Guise approaches the throne to ask for pardon for any supposed crimes against the Imperial regime. Archchancellor exchanges pleasantries to the Baron of Guise and defers to the High Magistrate, Otto Sigmar, on the matter of pardons. High Magistrate agrees with pardoning Henri. Archchancellor confers the pardon. The Baron of Guise has more business for the court to consider- a lawsuit against ilicit squatters on his fief. The Archchancellor and the High Magistrate dismiss the notion, being that the squatters are enemies of war and will be removed forcefully. The Baron of Guise asks how he can serve the Empire and seeks to swear fealty and servitude to the throne. The Sixth Petitioner Halgrim approaches the dais and seeks to address the court but does not want to without the Emperor present. Halgrim wants a quest to protect the realm and serve the Crown. Archchancellor orders for the head of Lewis of Lorraine as a show of loyalty and service for Halgrim. Halgrim gleefully accepts but the High Magistrate informs the Archchancellor that Lewis of Lorraine is already deceased. The Seventh Petitioner A Rashidun Halfling approaches the throne by the name of Qaduir. Qaduir wants land near Helena to settle and offers to pay taxes as duly needed. The Archchancellor says he will speak to the Minister of the Interior and orders for a document of the request to be written and presented. Qaduir moves on to ask for a quest to be a knight like Halgrim. The Archchancellor defers to the Grand Knight for an appropriate action. The Eighth Petitioner Peter var Josip Sarkozic comes to inquire on the trial of Lorraine on behalf of Adrian, Duke of Adria. The Archchancellor and High Magistrate agree that an absentee to trial presumes guilt. The crime of treason is agreed upon by the court to levy against the Leufroy d’Amaury, Duke of Lorraine. Peter Sarkozic asks of the plight of the land the Duchy of Lorraine to which the Archchancellor affirmed its incorporation to the Duchy of Adria. The Ninth Petitioner (co-petitioners) Rahim Nasrid, Duke of Cresonia and Murad Kharadeen, Caliph of Khadarsi step forth to petition the court. They seek to make known their incorporation. The Archchancellor clarifies that any sort of inter-vassal relations without explicit purview of the Imperial government is prohibited. Archchancellor will sign off if Cresonia will consent to demotion to county. The Duke of Cresonia asks for reasoning behind the Archchancellor’s decision. The Archchancellor makes known that they have been deficient in their rallies for the Realm. The Duke of Cresonia makes a correction about the status of the political union. The Archchancellor clarifies the gravity of their request and seeks out a formal treaty to outline the future diplomatic relationship, assuring harmony between the Empire and their new protectorate. The Duke of Cresonia agrees. The Tenth Petitioner The cousin of the Archchancellor, Caius, approaches the dais. Caius asks for the Marna family records. The Empress-Mother arrives and interjects in saying she alone can provide them, dismissing John’s credibility as a Marnan and pointed out his status as a legitimized bastard. The Archchancellor retaliates and warns her not to speak out of line. The Empress-Mother threatens to burn or withhold them, despite the court having already ruled that the records be disclosed to Caius. The Lord Privy Seal, Terrence May, informs the Empress-Mother that she cannot harm or disobey the ruling of the court regarding the family records as they are Imperial documents afforded with the protection of the Imperial Seal of State. The Archchancellor asks the High Magistrate the appropriate sentence for subverting Imperial law. The Archchancellor then asks her if she will prostrate before the court for her contempt of court and sedition. The Archchancellor continued, exploiting her disloyalty and support for the fugitive Lorrainians. Empress-Mother affirms her actions. Archchancellor confirms her guilty plea and assures no execution is warranted, for it would be too harsh. Kyriakos Barbeas interjects that incriminating the Empress-Mother would cause a crisis. Empress-Mother states that she prefers death instead and asserts that the Archchancellor has “bewitched” the Emperor. The Archchancellor presents two sentences for the Empress-Mother to choose: nunnery or exile. Titus is instructed to escort the Empress-Mother out of the city. The Empress-Mother calls the Archchancellor a coward for not being brave enough to sentence her to die. She then asserts that John will be the downfall of the Emperor. The Empress-Mother attempts to assassinate the Archchancellor and cries out inaudibly in her contempt of him. Vespira Antonia, wife of the Archchancellor, advances and successfully stabs the Empress-Mother. The Empress-Mother is struck by the knife and killed by the blow to the chest. The pregnant corpse of the Empress-Mother lays in the center aisle as Indra Barbeas performs a Cesarina-section.* The baby cries out, indicating its survival and successful deliverance into the world. The court is dismissed by the High Magistrate. Signed, His Excellency, Terrence May, Lord Privy Seal, Imperial Auditor-General
  2. Statement from the Office of the Imperial Auditor-General Advisory Courtesy Regarding Travel Safety Issued by the Office of the Imperial Auditor-General 10 O.L. 1729 TO OUR BELOVED SUBJECTS, With the imposition of the Edict of Reprobate, we hereby publish this travel advisory notice to all Imperial subjects as a courtesy message regarding banditry, travel, and safety. We seek to emphasize those traveling between the roads and regions that extend from the Kingdom of Kaedrin and the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska and the roads and regions that extend from the crossroads of the Principality of Rubern and the Imperial capital of Helena. Recent surveys conducted by this office have found a rise in violent acts committed against civilians along the roads and near urban centers. It is our mandate to ensure that close surveillance and discretion is consistently maintained so as to inform and advise our people across the Imperial demesne. Moreover, we advise that citizens adhere to the following protocols: Traverse in groups or be accompanied by an escort Encourage all subjects to conclude their travels by sundown Adhere to all updates by the respective vassal officials and the Imperial Government regarding safety protocols during cases of armed conflict with brigands and outlaws Advise our respective vassals to increase cautious surveillance contained within the proximity of their own territory As such, we ensure that our Imperial High Marshal and Imperial Field Marshal are continuing their respective commitment to ensuring proper safety and security to all travelers against these outlaws and unlawful vigilantes. Furthermore, the Office of the Imperial Auditor-General reiterates its commitment to ensure accountability and comprehensive examination for our Imperial domain. Signed, His Excellency, Terrence May, Imperial Auditor-General
  3. IMPERIAL AUDIT REPORT, 1728 Issued by the Office of the Imperial Auditor-General, 11 S.S. 1728 Contents. Foreword Goals of the Imperial Audit Population Representation Race/Ethnicity Social Composition Occupation/Unemployment Societal Observations Relational/Familial Status Quality of Life Happiness Income Housing and Vassal State Development Security The State of the Empire Conclusion Recommendations to the Imperial Administration I. Foreword. Pursuant to the mandate of Imperial Statute that the Office of the Imperial Auditor survey and report to His Imperial Majesty’s Privy Council, this report has been compiled to summarize, review, and recommend the state of the Imperial demesne. Conducted every sixth year, the census shall facilitate His Imperial Majesty’s Administration in the surveillance and legislation of the realm, with due accord to the needs of the realm. Moreover, the Imperial Auditor shall provide an objective analysis and its recommendations to the several ministries of the Imperial Administration for the welfare of Humanity. The goals of the Imperial Audit Report include the following: Assess a comprehensive record of the denizens of the realm. Accurately record the demographics of the Empire. Ascertain representation, land development, and urban life. Accommodate the needs of Our Beloved Subjects at the municipal and Imperial level. Advise the appropriate departments and ministries within the Privy Council. II. Population. In the Imperial Census of 1728, the following areas were surveyed: The Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska, the Kingdom of Kaedrin, the Kingdom of Curon, the Caliphate of Kadarsi, the Archduchy of Suffonia, the Duchy of Cresonia, the Duchy of Westmarch, and the Crownlands. As such, population composition consists of the following: The Crownlands (15.5%) The Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska (31%) The Kingdom of Curon (8%) The Kingdom of Kaedrin (10.3%) The Caliphate of Kadarsi (8.6) The Archduchy of Suffonia (1.1%) The Duchy of Cressonia (2.9%) The Duchy of Westmarch (4.6%) The following write-ins are listed below: The Duchy of Vintas (11%) The Village of Rubern (0.6%) The Duchy of Adria (0.6%) The Duchy of Lorraine (0.6%) The remaining submissions were deemed irrelevant by the Office of the Imperial Auditor-General for being illegible or settlements not within the Holy Orenian Empire. Race and Ethnicity. Within the population surveyed, the representation of the human race was most prominent, accounting for over 90% of the Empire’s composition. The most prominent racial minority was composed of the elven race at roughly 5%. Among the ethnic statistics of this year, the census found the majority of humanity composed of Heartlanders (38.5%), followed by Highlanders (30.5%), and a significant response from Farfolk at (11.5%). The remaining ethnicities are listed below: Illatian (3.4%) Auvergnian (3.4%) Waldenian (2.3%) Non-human category accounted for the last sector of the population grid (10.3%). Social Composition. As expected in our census, over half (66.6%) of the population, attributed to higher probabilities of literacy, consists of the nobility class. The remaining third (33.3%) consisted of populations identifying as commoner class. The median age of the Empire is at forty-six years. Occupation and Unemployment. The Office of the Imperial Auditor-General stratifies three major forms of employment: civil service, martial service, and subsistent labor. We report that the diverse occupations declared on the census reflect a burgeoning expansion of urban life, military recruitment, education, literacy, and religious vocation. A small number of responses have declared unemployment (~20.1%). Our report suggests that some responses of unemployment derive from those who reside in palatial life and do not have specific roles or means of explicit employment. Societal Observations. Our report shall note that our surveys and visits across the Imperial demesne indicate several observations that include but are not limited to the following: There are significant land developments in the Crownlands. The Duchy of Adria and the Duchy of Lorraine have exhibited rapid growth in land development, military capacity, and civilian life. The Caer Bann of the Kingdom of Kaedrin prolifically remain vigilant in the patrol of the roads. The Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska has exhibited the most secure vassal-state in our Imperial demesne. Large swaths of land continue to be tilled and cultivated along the peripheries of the Kingdom of Curon, thus exhibiting much agricultural productivity. Relational and Familial Status. Our census indicates that over half of the Empire’s population has declared themselves single (54%), followed by those married (19.5%). Widows and widowers accounted for the next sector of the population (12.6%) and generally exhibit individuals over the age of forty-five. Engaged persons, mostly declared by noble arrangement, compose of the next in the population (8.6%). The last significant submission is composed of the clergy estate (4.6%). The last declared themselves dissolved from marital vows (0.6%). Among children declared in the census, the average number an Orenian family contains is approximately two per household. III. Quality of Life. In the Imperial Census of 1728, questions for livelihood and perceptions of societal conditions were surveyed. As such this report shall outline the Imperial average in relation to the scale used on the census form as developed by the Office of the Imperial Auditor-General. Individual vassal states may petition the Office of the Imperial Auditor-General to request their specific averages if they so desire. Happiness. Contentment within the Empire was surveyed to examine the attitudes of the denizens of the realm. Happiness is defined by the Office of the Imperial Auditor-General as a state of satisfaction in the participant’s general assessment of themselves, their families, and their community at-large. The scale will determine such attitudes with values up to five to show full content and one to express the lack thereof. As such, the overall Imperial averaged is placed at a value of 3.9 out of the maximum of 5 on the scale. Income. The levels of income were ascertained to show any diversity or dynamic trends in industry, geolocation, and livelihood in the respective vassal-states. Our report shows that the overall average of income are valued at 3.5 out of a maximum of 5 points. Our analysis indicates steady and incremental maintenance of income within the middle tier of our scale. We attribute an increase in steady markets as vassal states continue to sustain and provide for their merchant class. Housing. Each vassal-state citizen was required to declare a score on their individual and collective disposition regarding the status and condition of their current residency. This was a general inquiry that allowed the participant to assess their homestead and city life. The analysis of housing from this census shows that the Imperial average is at 3.5 out of 5 on the scale. A further audit on housing units will be conducted within the next saint’s week to provide a comprehensive account on the quantity and needs of residents within their respective vassal-states. Safety and Security. With the year soon reaching its closing, the census indicated a largely positive view on safety and security within the Holy Orenian Empire. Confidence in the Imperial Throne and the reciprocation of trust and fealty among the vassal-states to levy and defend the realm are attributed to the higher average in safety. Fears of brigands and banditry continue to pervade the disposition of inter-vassal travel. However, vigilant patrols, increases in military recruitment to various martial institutions, military religious orders, and law enforcement institutions are attributed to this higher average. The State of the Empire. The confidence in the realm stands at a value of 3.7 out of 5 points from the census scale. Exacerbated tensions that have recently developed between the Caliphate of Kadarsi and the Duchy of Lorraine and with the Duchy of Adria and the Duchy of Lorraine account for some apprehensions. However, further reports are forthcoming to examine the future relationship after Imperial appropriate arbitration and adjudication have concluded. IV. Conclusion With the closing of the administration for this census, this report seeks to outline various recommendations and remarks for the furtherance of the Realm and of future legislation. The Office of the Imperial Auditor-General acknowledges that not every citizen or settlement under the jurisdiction of the Holy Orenian Empire was accounted for in this census. However, the following years prior to the next census will be used to further audit and survey lands so as to include these settlements and afford them due representation. We recommend that the Imperial Administration consider these themes with scrutiny and diligent consideration: Promoting vassal-state urban development in housing construction We project an increasing growth in population. The Imperial Administration should be compelled to prioritize major cities to proceed with the additional creation of housing as appropriate for their lands and holding and those enfeoffed by Our Throne help accommodate new laborers, soldiers, and civil servants for the furtherance of Our Realm. Incentives in creating markets and producing goods With an increase in market participation and goods, the Imperial demesne would greatly benefit from greater support to cultivate vassal-state development as hubs of growth throughout each city. Promoting safer and expedient means of travel for denizens to traverse across the Imperial domain We believe that maintaining the innovating in these endeavors will further facilitate in increasing averages in income with new labor. We also see it fit that this initiative will increase the confidence in the security of the realm. Finally, the Office of the Imperial Auditor-General welcomes any individual meetings, surveys, and appointments with the governments and councils of the various vassal-states in our Holy Orenian Empire to discuss and compile individual reports respective to their region for the augmentation and furtherance of their domain. Further statements shall be forthcoming. Signed, His Excellency, Terrence May, Imperial Auditor-General
  4. IMPERIAL CENSUS AND SURVEY ACT Issued by the Office of the Imperial Auditor and Confirmed by His Imperial Majesty, 02 H.C. 1728 TO OUR BELOVED SUBJECTS, By statute of the Holy Orenian Empire, the following decrees are to be put into immediate effect within the Imperial demesne… Be it enacted that the Office of the Imperial Auditor shall be established in the Imperial Government and charged with the following provisions: Institute protocols for the administration of a census Survey the areas, population, holdings, and land developments under the jurisdiction of Imperial law Subpoena previous census records, steward logs, finance, and tenure documents Give regular reports to the Archchancellor and advise the Privy Council The establishment of an official census shall be imposed to survey the denizens and holdings within the Holy Orenian Empire. The census shall determine the components of the vassalage in relation to allocation, representation, population, security, and quality of life within the Imperial domain. Moreover, by order of the Imperial Auditor, the following shall be instituted for the protocols of the census: The census shall be conducted every 6 years to maintain consistent surveillance and inquiry of the Empire’s domain. ALL denizens within the Imperial dominion who have attained the age of 16 years and older are mandated to register and complete the census when conducted. Appropriate litigation and the imposition of fines pursuant to the laws of the realm shall be undertaken by the Office of the Lord Justiciar if untruthful answers and or infractions of imposture are found and verified. The following vassals shall be subject to the survey to facilitate the accounting of their respective Kingdoms and Duchies: The Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska The Kingdom of Kaedrin The Kingdom of Curon The Caliphate of Kadarsi The Archduchy of Suffonia The Duchy of Cresonia The Duchy of Westmarch All other Vassal Territories and States under the jurisdiction of the Empire These protocols shall remain in effect until altered by the Imperial Auditor of the Holy Orenian Empire, or else changed by later legislation. IN NOMINE DEI, His Imperial Majesty, Alexander II, Holy Orenian Emperor, Prince of Helena His Excellency, Terrence May, Imperial Auditor [!] See below to complete the census: The Imperial Census Form of 1728
  5. “What a good man and farmer,” a certain Haenseman remembers.
  6. Piov

    Broken Bottle

    “Bottle Wick died for us so that others might find courage to stand in the face of great adversity.” the youngest Alimar brother observes from the Skies.
  7. On the State of Affairs Issued and Confirmed by the Lord Regent Prince Georg Stanimar 7th of Owyn’s Light, 1720 Prince Georg addresses a gathered crowd at Prikaz. Va Birodeo Herzenav ag Edlervik, I seek to clarify the nature of our realm and the policies laid out regarding the current status. It is important for our kingdom to have certainty, stability, and strong leadership. Ever since I became Lord Palatine, the Royal Government has done just that. Now that we have embarked on our course, Haense continues to be defined by the strong resolve of our people and the determination to protect our sovereignty. The unity among the great houses and the strong sense of agency among all our denizens merits a nation that reflects great values and courage. My mandate comes from the unwavering conviction that we always seek the common good, to govern as good and honest as our people. In regards to our military, I have sought to oversee His Majesty’s reform along with our Inspector-Generals so that once it is completed, we will create a unified and stalwart arm to manifest the ideals of justice and the strength of the King’s will. In the present policy, I hope to clarify to our vassals that the levies created shall be provisional forces and will serve as the basis for integrating the soldiers into a force under the purview of the Crown. In this same spirit, our reforms aim to create ranks that diversify and include the many characteristics of a vassalage that is determined to uphold the will of our mission. We enjoin this trust that levies instituted will serve as a backbone in manifesting the reform of centrality. It is under this belief that the policy itself promote the unity among our ranks and guarantees a stronger realm. It is why I called a general election to ensure that the people are invigorated and express their beliefs and conviction within the kingdom and the capital. We are ardent in the belief that a stronger and more stable Haense is one that embraces the will of GOD and the confidence of our subjects to reorient a society that is right and just. The protection of our integrity and the civil discourse that occurs among our people is inherently at the core of our identity. The policies of our realm cannot and will not be shirked by the anxieties abroad, and it is my determination to keep the will of our people as the primary agent of my mandate. We must, within us, spark anew the vigor of the Highlander Spirit. In doing so, I seek to revitalize the confidence of our people and ensure that the king’s justice is maintained and preserved in the North. The years upcoming are ones that will be arduous no doubt, but I am certain and absolutely convinced that a strong, stable, and resolute chancellery will deliver what is needed to our people most. May GOD bless His Majesty and the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. IV JOVEO MAAN, His Highness, Prince Georg Stanimar of the House of Barbanov-Alimar, Lord Regent of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska, Lord Palatine of the Realm, and Protector of the Highlanders
  8. THE CHANCELLOR’S REPORT Issued and Confirmed by the Lord Regent Prince Georg Stanimar 8th of Horen’s Calling, 1720 Va Birodeo Herzenav ag Edlervik, REGARDING THE WAR With the progression of the warfront now entering within the eve of the second year, I seek to reassure the denizens of the realm that His Majesty’s Royal Government is continuing to provide and allocate the necessary resources in preparations for defenses. As such, I am issuing a decree that all noble houses shall mobilize their levymen and procure to the capital, shipments of mortar and masons. Furthermore, I hereby suspend the Royal Levy Ban of 1709 and charge that the great Haeseni Houses impose writs to draft their men to Reza to enjoin ranks with the capital forces, effective immediately. This act shall take effect and expire when His Majesty’s Royal Government issues a decree in regards to military reform. REGARDING THE GENERAL ELECTION With the close of the Haeseni General Election of 1719, I, as Lord Palatine of the Realm, do hereby certify the votes of the following candidates who shall be summoned by the Lord Speaker of the Royal Duma to sit in His Majesty’s House of Peers as Royal Aldermen. Therefore, the government affixes its seal of approval and does hereby declare that Ser Wilheim Barclay and Brog Dhoon have taken the majority of votes and will be the victors for the office aforementioned. We hereby certify the incumbent, Lord Maer Butch, to be re-elected for another term as head of the municipal government of the Royal City of Reza. He shall concurrently retain his seat in the Royal Duma. REGARDING HIS MAJESTY’S AULIC COUNCIL After a lengthy period of over half a century of devoted service to the Crown, we announce the retirement of Lord Justiciar Swithun from the Royal Cabinet. His Majesty the King and myself impart our sincere gratitude for work in the legal codex, for presiding over the judicial courts and dispensing the king’s justice for the last decade. Swithun’s work as a royal scrivener and a vital member of the regency during the succession crisis of 1668 merits profound accolades from the entire nation. We wish him godspeed in his retirement and continue to draw from his experience to counsel the Royal Administration. Furthermore, I hereby appoint Ser Gerard of House Stafyr to the Office of Lord Justiciar. He shall be given the confidence of this government to dispense the king’s justice and preside over the courts of law in the name of His Majesty. We hereby affix our seal of approval and entrust in his diligence as a guardian of Haeseni law. May GOD bless His Majesty and the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. IV JOVEO MAAN, His Highness, Prince Georg Stanimar of the House of Barbanov-Alimar, Lord Regent of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska, Lord Palatine of the Realm, and Protector of the Highlanders
  9. @Emenzi An Uncle’s Letter 10th of Sigismund’s End, 1719 To my nephew, Andrik, I write to you with my mind on the great burdens that you will soon inherit. For when the time comes that I must pass this full responsibility to your hands, I look at you with a deep sense of empathy, for the times will test your will and strength unceasingly. However, I know in my heart that you possess a unique strength that will soon command the confidence of men and the people whom bound by oath and trust in you, shall see that you a resolute leader. I teach you our history so that you do not ever forget the legacy that you have been tasked to protect and pass on. Generations of kings who sat in your place, who mourned the problems of their time, have all been tested in each and every way. Some were victorious champions of humanity like Petyr I. Some were ambitious but allowed their voracious appetite to treachery like Andrik II, your namesake. Some were humbled by crippling defeat like Marius I, which tempered the determination for Highlander unity. Some were adamant protectors of the faith in the midst of odds like Otto II. Some did whatever they could to protect the sovereignty of our kingdom from threats across like that of Otto III, Sigmar I, and Robert I. Your father did what he could in the years that GOD bore witness to his life and I know fully that he would want you to stand brave and strong in the midst of all adversity. I am confident as ever that despite whatever plagues our time, GOD puts good and honest men to rise above the times and dispense what is right and just for all of our people. You, my nephew, have been given this extraordinary call to lead your people when it needs stability and certainty the most. I have and kept my promise to your father to raise you and teach you what it means to rule. However, I have accepted the fact that I cannot do that until you learn on your own what it means to be a good man. Never look at your enemies with malice, but let prudent judgment and a steady hand in the battlefield and in the court be the arm with which you act against all who your people are harmed by. Seek the advice of those who love you, pray to the saints whose eyes watch over you, and seek inner strength from the generations of men who have stood in your place. I seek only to be candid, Andrik, in telling you that the crown of kings is not unlike a crown of thorns which will inflict many wounds upon you, but it is out of love for your subjects and our duty to your ancestral roots that you wear it with honor and dignity. As you grow and when you read this letter one year from now, or five years from now, or fifty years from now, may you look at this as the words of a loving uncle who has always wanted what is best for you and for the family name of the great House of Barbanov. With sincerity, Uncle Georg
  10. THE GENERAL ELECTION OF 1719 Issued and Confirmed by the Lord Palatine Prince Georg Stanimar 10th of Owyn’s Light, 1719 Va Birodeo Herzenav ag Edlervik, By decree of the Lord Palatine, His Majesty’s Royal Government shall be dissolved for a general election. The office of Alderman of the Duma and the Office of the Lord Maer of Reza shall be subject to this decree. The incumbents shall be called upon to relinquish their respect powers as the Haeseni people come to vote during the election period. FOR Candidates Those incumbents seeking re-election shall immediately be placed on the ballots unless otherwise stated that they either are unfit to stand for re-election or do not intend to run for office once more. Alderman Martin Kortrevich (serving since 1708) Alderman Fabius Bracchus (Serving since 1708) Lord Maer Butch (Serving since 1710) Those aspirants who seek to run for the respective offices shall be called to register their name, age, residence, and occupation upon the publication of this announcement. Furthermore, they shall indicate which office they seek to run for. All prospective candidates are required to adhere to the bylaws and decrees as noted in the Royal Duma charter: Voters and candidates MUST have reached the age of fourteen by the time of the election, MUST be a resident of Reza or any of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska’s settlements and territories for at least 5 years, and must have no outstanding criminal infractions within the last 7 years. Candidate Registration Form Sample: NAME: AGE: RESIDENCE: OCCUPATION: POSITION INTERESTED: Alderman or Maer OOC Information: The top 2 vote-recipients for the candidates of Alderman shall be the winners. The top vote-recipient for the Office of Lord Maer shall be the winner. The Aulic Council shall certify all ballots and declare the victors who shall take office upon the new IC year (Thursday, June 13th) Candidate Registration will close on Sunday, June 9th at 3pm EST. The General Election shall be held from Monday, June 10th beginning at 3pm EST and will close on Wednesday, June 13th at 3pm EST. Signed, His Highness, Prince Georg Stanimar of the House of Barbanov-Alimar, Lord Speaker and Herzen of the Royal Duma, Lord Palatine of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska
  11. An Address from the Lord Palatine Issued and Confirmed by His Highness Prince Georg Stanimar 9th of Owyn’s Light, 1719 Va Birodeo Herzenav e Edlerik, Shortly preceding my address to you, my beloved brethren of the North, I took the time to remember my predecessor, Lord Leopold Stafyr, whose service in this place, to the Crown and to the welfare of the realm is immense. May the saints and prophets in the Seven Skies duly grant him repose and welcome him among their heavenly dominion. In this place, I address the kingdom with sincerity and resolve. The Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska is a realm that has stood unwavering in the face of great odds, united in the cause for humanity, and remains true to the values of holy virtue and the liberties of men. Here again, in the midst of these arduous moments, we are tested once more as we have been in the days of our fathers, judged by our measure and capacity to carry out these values. We are reminded of the sacrifices that those who came before us have made, that in this same spirit, we persist in protecting our sovereignty. The sovereignty and integrity of the Highlanders is placed at the crosshairs of human conflict. Our identity is again challenged by the external affairs of malicious intentions combined with the struggling confidence within our land. However, I remain ever more confident that the strength of our people can never be weakened by any power or dominion. We are a steadfast nation, full of bountiful grace and strength to carry on the duties and responsibilities of maintaining a free and just people. After being conferred this responsibility by the king, I will now form a government that is as good and honest as our people. As Head of His Majesty’s Royal Government, we will commit to giving back to the populace, strengthening the authority and sanctity of the Crown, and ensuring the needs of our realm are properly met. Under my administration, we will swiftly enact reforms to reinvigorate the fabric of our society: We will build a stronger defense and reform within our Royal Armed Forces Develop our city’s infrastructure to create a safe and beautiful urban life Keep our promise to the hinterlands and invest more heavily in rural Haeseni life Reduce excess and decadence at court and within the Royal Administration Ensure greater unity among our vassals In doing so, our kingdom will be ever more poised to stand up to the challenges of our times. It is in this effort that I know we can truly honor Lord Leopold’s vision for Haense and that of the sacrifices our fathers have made to the prosperity of our hearth. THE CHANCELLOR’S REPORT, 1719 In the transition that we have just completed, I seek to inform the realm of the intentions of the Royal Government for the upcoming years. Firstly, I am appointing Prince Otto Sigmar of the House of Barbanov-Alimar and Mister Thomas Raleigh to serve in the newly and temporarily created post of Inspector General of the Royal Army of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. They shall be charged with counseling His Majesty’s Government in reforms and strengthening the organizational structure of the army, to work in an advisory capacity with the Lord Marshal and the Knight Paramount to carry out all marshal necessities in reinforcing strong defense and discipline. This office shall serve at the pleasure of the Lord Palatine and will be dismissed when their purpose is fulfilled. Secondly, the Royal Government will be focusing on the infrastructure of the Capital City of Reza. It has come to my attention and that of the Lord Seneschal of greater need for labor and supplies to adequately support the structures, both military and civilian, within the kingdom. A saint’s daily wage will be provided to those who contribute to the projects prioritized by the Office of the Lord Seneschal. In this regard, this government shall seek to readily train and appoint new city stewards to assist the Lord Seneschal. Thirdly, this government will look to the interior. I am hereby creating the office of the Lord Castellan to the Aulic Council, whose role shall be the oversight of vassal estates and landed noble holdings. His duties shall also extend toward overseeing and reporting to His Majesty’s government of the development of all civilian and military settlements within the interior lands of the North and all places subject to our jurisdiction outside of the capital city of Reza and the County of Leuven. An appointment shall be made in the upcoming saint’s days. Lastly, I have decided that I will call a general election for the Aldermen seats in the Royal Duma and the Lord Maer of the Capital City of Reza to be held within the coming saint’s days. It is needed to ensure that our political institutions are refreshed and open to aspiring citizens to run for these respective offices. Therefore, the seats of Lord Maer Butch, Alderman Fabius Bracchus, and Alderman Martin Kortrevich shall be subject of these elections. As we look toward the future of our kingdom, let us entrust our hopes and prayers to the Seven Skies, in whose name we pledge our virtues and strengthen our determination to create a kingdom stronger for our people. In this new capacity, I offer a prayer for the prosperity of our citizenry and the harmonious reign of His Majesty the King: GOD, in whose mercy and power we depend, Look kindly on the afflicted, Look mercifully on those who have sinned, Look justly at those who have wronged, Look benevolently at those who seek peace, And may the unity of men be brought to you, To consecrate with our love and joy, That we as a kingdom be brought to fulfillment. HONOR AND HONESTY IN HAENSE! Signed, His Highness, Prince Georg Stanimar of the House of Barbanov-Alimar, Lord Speaker and Herzen of the Royal Duma, Lord Palatine of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska
  12. “Truly a great loss to humanity. He will be remembered as a great servant to the realm, a father, and a friend to our people,” Prince Georg laments as he commemorated his colleague upon hearing Leopold’s death.
  13. @Caranthir_ @_Stigwig Regarding the Integrity of the North: A Response to John Alexander 10th of Tobias’ Bounty, 1717 To Mr. John Alexander, I write to you in the spirit of your recent publication regarding your charges that the House of Barbanov has “forfeited its claim in treason,” for this is mischaracterized and falsely stated. Before even addressing this matter at hand, it is quite clear that the circumstances of your words seem to be conceived out of personal avarice and most opportune to take advantage of the current state of affairs. If you had cared even remotely about the denizens whom you call your kin, you would have addressed the issues that the Pertinaxi Dynasty had committed long before this whole conflict had ensued. Peace is our objective here. Unity is the resolve. Sowing dissent within the family name and that of North only affords you greater detriment, counterintuitive to the goal you had espoused in preserving the integrity of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Returning to your assertion that the House of Barbanov as it currently stands is jeopardizing itself if it does not cease its efforts against Renatus. The statement you make is inherently a form of treachery to the family and kingdom to which you claim to seek to save. Your statement regarding the treasonous acts that the Royal family has committed by fighting is wrongly stated. The Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska was bound by oath and fealty to the Empire of Man when its declaration of loyalty was made under Emperor Aurelius Canonius in 1678. If you do not recall, these oaths were duly dissolved by Emperor Anthony Pertinaxi: “So I shall leave, this time on a permanent pilgrimage. To return to continue past my fathers grave in search for my grandfather. However, I shall not carry the weight of the failed promise to my father to his grave. I shall not see him once more with an empire which is not equal to the one I promised. So I shall release all my lawful vassals, signers of the reign of Antonius from there fealty to the Empire. I shall be the last Emperor of Man, with me the title shall destroyed alongside the Empire” A RETURN TO DUST, 1715 Thusly, all obligations of fealty have been negated by the Empire of Man, releasing Haense and that of the other vassal states who were once pledged by GOD to serve any empire. We stand unequivocally with the judgment of our liege, King Marius II of the House of Barbanov, in whose name GOD has bestowed the protection and welfare of the Highlanders. You insult the very titles and ancestral roots of this realm, slandering your kin and turning your back against the people of the North in exchange for political expediency bribed to you by Renatus, a people who do not hold the best interest of Haense. I address to you personally, as a man of character. I do not write against Renatus, in whose struggle for unity among men is of a different caliber. I direct this to you personally, for you to see your erroneous words. I pray you see the wronging of this regard, and I speak from my personal opinion, and in the spirit of the Highlanders that we do not take your absurdity with any regard. May GOD keep you from committing further such transgressions to our hallowed people. Source: https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/181607-a-return-to-dust/ IV JOVEO MAAN, His Highness, Prince Georg Stanimar of the House of Barbanov-Alimar, Lord Speaker and Herzen of the Royal Duma of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska
  14. Prince Georg receives the letter, startled as he saw the Imperial seal attached. He eagerly opened the letter, taking heed of the depth and eloquence of Emperor Joseph before placing the letter prominent in his study!
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