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  1. The Royal Duma of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska 11th of Wzyvar and Byvca, 286 ES | 1742 [!] Pieces of parchment are pinned on every door, bulletin board, and street corner the city of Reza reading: HELP WANTED! The Royal Duma of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska seeks out the future scholars and politician of Haense! The Herzen of the Duma is looking for any young man or woman who wishes to serve the Crown by working and studying inside the halls of the oldest and longest serving body in humanity, The Royal Duma! The qualifications are as follows: Must be able to read and write. Must be at least the age of 11 Must be a citizen of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska Job Description: Scribes and pages are needed in order to help His Majesty’s Royal Duma flow better. In this job, you will assist The Herzen of the Duma by writing down the minutes, taking roll, counting the votes, and helping maintain the duma hall and it’s members. In return for your service, you receive an education in the nature of politics, Haeseni history, grammar and writing, and philosophies. You get first hand experience in His Majesty’s Royal Administration, you create personal relations with important people, and get to learn from the Herzen and other members of the August Body. you also receive a payment every other session of 100 minae This job sets you up for the future! Who knows, you may be the next Herzen! Signed, Sigmar Baruch, Count of Ayr, Baron of Laval, Riveryn, and Voron, Lord Speaker of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska OOC: Application: IGN: Mc Name: Roleplay name: Discord: Alternatively, find the Lord speaker and talk to him in person about it!
  2. A HISTORY OF THE ROYAL DUMA OF THE KINGDOM OF HANSETI-RUSKA Est. 234 ES | 1681 AH Or, A STUDY INTO THE ROYAL DUMA OF HAENSE BY OTTO, ARCHBISHOP OF JORENUS & GEORG II ALIMAR, PRINCE OF HAENSE Published on 12th of Joma and Umund, 294 ES | 1741 The ROYAL DUMA of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska is the principal legislative assembly of the realm comprising of the noble peerage and elected representatives, known as aldermen. The Duma scrutinizes bills that are introduced among its members or by His Majesty’s Royal Government. The primary responsibility of the Duma is to debate and provide consensus on legislative matters, revenues, and resolutions of state. Structure of the Royal Duma The HERZEN of the ROYAL DUMA, or colloquially known as the Speaker of the Duma, is the presiding officer of the Duma. The Herzen is typically chosen from among the lords of Haense or a sitting member of the Duma and confirmed by the Crown. They are responsible for calling forth sessions during each term and facilitates in the deliberation of the Duma, and for delivering legislation to the Crown of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska to receive royal assent. Unlike the rest of their peers in the assembly, the Herzen is forbidden to adopt any formal political stance and must be ideologically neutral during their tenure in office (though exceptions have existed). As of 292, all Herzens have come from nobility or gentry and three officeholders have ascended to the Palatinate or held the title in conjunction with being Lord Palatine (II, II, and IV). The HERZENAV, or Lord Peers, are members who sit in the Royal Duma by right of their birth as vassals under the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. The patriarch of each noble family is afforded a seat on the Royal Duma, and in addition may appoint a designated representative of their fiefdom (as well as being a Haeseni citizen) to sit in their stead. The ALDERMEN, or Elected Peers, are members of the Duma, who by virtue of election, sit to represent the commoner populace. Two are elected for a term of four years, and may elect to run for re-election without limitation. The following officials of the Royal Administration are ex officio, members of the Royal Duma: The Lord Palatine (representing one of the Crown’s two seats) The High Steward (representing one of the Crown’s two seats) The Lord Maer The 285 (1732) COMMITTEE is the primary rules committee that governs the processes and structures of the Royal Duma. It is chaired by the Herzen and comprised of appointed members of the by the Herzen to govern the legislative procedures (or standing rules) of the chambers. The BLACK BULAVA is the ceremonial mace of the Royal Duma, which is required to be present in all sittings of the Duma. The bulava represents the Duma as a constituent branch under the legitimacy of the Crown and is carried by the Lord Handler of the Bulava during the opening sessions of the Duma term. Sittings of the Duma in the absence of the bulava are considered legally unconstitutional. The Benches of the Duma The Royal Duma is divided into three main factions, or benches, in which the peers congregate in. These are as followed, CENTRALISM, or Centralist-Biharism, is a centrist philosophy which supports greater powers of the royal state over that of the feudal estates, though in respect to Biharist rights and freedoms. Typically, a Centralist supports the royal army over that of noble levies, and greater focus on central institutions. FEUDALISM, or Feudalist-Biharism, is a centrist philosophy which supports greater rights of the estates over that of the central government, though in respect to Biharist views of authority and national loyalty. Typically, a Feudalist supports noble levies over the royal army, and a greater focus on feudal institutions. CROSSBENCHERS, or independents, are members who do not affiliate with either side typically vary in their positions in the Duma debates. They espoused elements of various political ideologies. BIHARISM is a center-right nationalist philosophy founded and formulated by Saint Henry of Bihar, which has become the leading national philosophy in terms of stewardship and government policy. Biharist, or Haeseni, thought can roughly be boiled down to the following tenets: Agrarianism, or a focus on the maintenance of the farm-based agriculture and peasant economy of the northern rural country. Sponsorship of agricultural development through veteran pensions or noble estates is typically the most pronounced form of this. Loyalty, or the utmost loyalty to the Crown of Haense and the ancient royal family of the Barbanovs. For centuries have the Barbanovs ruled Haense, and to the Biharist, their rule falls hand-in-hand with the well-being of the nation. This also includes loyalty to the state and the fellow citizenry, maintaining a concept of Haeseni honor. Pan-Highlanderism, or Haesenification, which is the concept of uniting all Highlanders, the Sons and Daughters of Joren, under one flag and one state. This includes both Raev, Hansetian, and other highlander peoples. Scholarism, or the support of literacy and scholasticism amongst the people. This includes support for schools and historical recording, and the patronage of such organizations such as the Church of the Canon and independent artists and writers. Expansionism, or a focus on enlarging the borders and influence of the Haeseni state and people. This includes both directly and indirectly, as well as cultural expansionism through use of assimilation. Traditionalism, or a focus on maintaining the specific customs and traditions of the Highlander people, as well as the noble and monarchical hierarchy of Haense. A Biharist does not deny meritocracy and in fact most endorse it, however the ancient customs and traditions of the nobility and religion are typically left untouched and unmolested. Haeseni Liberty, or the concept of the Haeseni citizen as protected under the government. Biharism holds the Jeremic Rights as its standard, which are as follows, “To each freeman is his own life, to take it is to be a thief, To each freeman his own time, to take it is to be a slaver, To each freeman his own sword, to take it is to blind him, To each freeman his own wife, to take it is to injure him, And to each freeman his own farm, to take is to make him no man.” Members of the Duma (as of 292): Alimar Seat: Kazimar Alimar, Prince of Muldav Barclay Seat: Wilheim Barclay, Baron of Freising Baruch Seat: Sigmar Baruch, Count of Ayr Gant Seat: Joren Gant, Baron of Gant Jorenus (Archbishop) Seat: Otto Barrow, Archbishop of Jorenus Kortrevich Seat: Markus Kortrevich, Baron of Koravia Ludovar Seat: Aleksandr Ludovar, Duke of Kvasz Ruthern Seat: Konstantin II Ruthern, Count of Metterden Stafyr Seat: Erich Stafyr, Count of Nenzing Vanir Seat: Henrik Vanir, Baron of Vasiland Vyronov Seat: Jan II Vyronov, Duke of Carnatia Senior Alderman: Marcella Barclay Junior Alderman: Princess Adryana of Reza --- History of the Royal Duma The Royal Duma traces its origins to the traditional dumas of the Raevir and Raev-influenced cultures, carried over by the nascent Barbanov dynasty as heritage of their Carrion roots. Historically, a duma was an assembly of citizens, or more specifically, the ancient Raev peasantry known as streltzy, who would congregate in order to pass common law, pass judgement on peers in cases of trial, and represent their family’s interests to the village. Over time, this evolved alongside the Raevir’s growing nobility, soon to be dominated by aristocratic landowners and powerful gentry. By the time of Karl Barbanov’s ascent as the first ‘Duke of Haense’, the duma had already taken a modern approach of an assembly of knights, and in the early history of Haense it came to be considered a body of knights and veteran soldiery, or in some cases, a war council. Come the coronation of Petyr I in Ottostadt, this body of commanders would have amassed mass lands, becoming powerful landowners in their own rights, and with their military commands they would establish themselves as Haense’s first elder nobility (this would include families such as the Kovachevs, Vanirs, and Rutherns), represented to the crown through the duma. However, until 260, the duma would lack any permanent legal body, and instead be an informal calling of the nobility and important peers when the state required it. Notable dumas held before the official adoption of the Bihar-Ludovar Articles include: The Winter Duma, or the Duma of 139 (1586) - Held by the Lords of Haense (led by Sergey I Kovachev, Duke of Carnatia); deposed King Andrik II following the Deep Cold Uprising against the Holy Orenian Empire. Duma of 145 (1592) - Held by Palatine Charles-Siguine, Count of Bihar; proclaimed crown-enforced peace in the estates of the Kovachev and Brawm families. Duma of 154 (1601) - Held by King Marus I; formally declared war on the coalition forces of Tobias Staunton and the Kingdom of Courland, beginning the First Northern War. Duma of 163 (1610) - Held by the Lords of Haense; election for the monarchy of Haense following the Greyspine Rebellion, with Stephen Barbanov winning in a landslide vote. Duma of 219 (1666) - Held by then Palatine Franz Bihar; election for the monarchy of Haense following the Greyspine Rebellion following the death of King Karl II, with Franz Bihar winning following no-contest. The Peasant’s Duma (1666) - Held by Palatine Karolus van Rothswald; formally declared Karolus as Palatine and state under the rule of mixed commoner-gentry council, also denied entry of King Sigmar I into Markev though confirmed his election as king. Duma of 223 (1670) - Held by King Sigmar I; formally stripped the office of palatine from Karolus van Rothswald and had him beheaded, giving confirmation to the rule of King Sigmar after his march into Markev; signified Barbanov-Bihar as new royal line. The Bihar-Ludovar Articles and Commission of 234 The Royal Commission on Oversight and Reform, called by King Sigmar I in 234 (1680) set out the inquiry on establishing a branch of government to formalize the assembly of the lord peers. The commission was co-chaired by Auditor Otto Ludovar and Lord Palatine Robert Bihar. Drawing from the precedent of the kings to summon the lords for audience and oaths of fealty, the commission established a formalized body that derived legitimacy from the Crown to carry out the legislative duties of the realm as a collective institution with the vassals. The Royal Duma Charter was published and given royal assent by the following year. By 260 ES, King Marius II codified the institution of the Royal Duma with the re-promulgation of the Royal Duma Charters and the subsequent appointment of Lord Edward Morris to chair the first session as Herzen. --- I HERZEN EDWARD MORISZ Edward Morris | Eduardus Morris 260 ES - 263 ES | 1707 AH -1710 AH Monarch(s): Marus II Lord Edward Morisz (Common: Edward Morris) was an Adrian statesman who was appointed as Herzen of the Duma. His speakership was dominated by the tensions that rose between the Golden City of Ves and the Imperial estates. He saw the passage of the Royal Scholarship Act of 1710 that promoted the arts and education for Haeseni commoners. He resigned in protest after the sacking of Ves was condoned by King Marus II. --- II HERZEN PRINZ GEORG ALIMAR Prince George Alimar | Georgius Karovius Alimius 263 ES - 272 ES | 1710 AH -1719 AH Monarch(s): Marus II, Andrik III Prince Georg Alimar (Common: George Alimar) was a Haeseni statesman who rose to become Herzen upon the resignation of Lord Edward Morris. Under his speakership, the constitutional power of the Royal Duma was solidified as a central institution in the royal government. Prince Georg promulgated the Standing Rules of the Royal Duma which served as the standard procedure of the Duma that led to the creation of the 285 Committee. He saw the passage of the Rural Development and Fair Market Act, the Hallucinogens Ban, and the resolution to support the Nenzing Proclamation that sparked the War of Two Emperors. Upon the death of Lord Leopold Stafyr, Prince Georg was appointed Lord Palatine and resigned as Herzen. --- III HERZEN LERALD VYRONOV, HERZEN VAN KARNATIYA Lerald Vyronov, Duke of Carnatia | Leraldus Vironus 272 ES - 276 ES | 1719 AH -1723 AH Monarch(s): Andrik II Lord Lerald Vyronov (Common: Lerald Vyronov) was a Haeseni nobleman and the Duke of Carnatia. He served as deputy to Palatine Leopold Stafyr in the waning years of Marus II. Lord Vyronov succeeded Prince Georg Alimar as Herzen when the former was appointed Lord Palatine. Under Lord Vyronov, the power of the Herzen was enhanced. He saw the passage of the Mayoral Term Limits Act, the Medicinal Services Resolution, the Dissolution of the Office of Lord Bursar, and the Georg Stanimar Commemoration Act. Lord Lerald Vyronov is the only Herzen to have served concurrently as Lord Palatine. --- IV HERZEN SER KONRAD STAFYR Ser Conrad Stafyr | Conradus Alimanius 276 ES - 285 ES | 1723 AH - 1733 AH Monarch(s): Andrik III Ser Konrad Stafyr (Common: Conrad Stafyr) is a Haeseni knight and statesman who served as Herzen of the Duma upon the resignation of Lord Lerald Vyronov. His speakership saw the further institutionalization of the Royal Duma within the government by sponsoring the creation of the 285 Committee. His saw the passage of the Grand Medical Reform Act, the Northeastern Infrastructure Act, the Medical Expansion Act, and the Mask Ban and actively used the power of the office to maintain impartiality. Ser Konrad maintained the institutional integrity of the Duma until his controversial decision to change the quorum rules without the consent of the 285 Committee. He stepped down as Herzen upon his appointment as Lord Palatine upon the resignation of Terrence May. --- V HERZEN SIGMAR BARUCH, KOMIT VAN AYR Siguine Baruch, Count of Ayr | Siguinius Barucis 285 ES - Present | 1733 AH - Present Monarch(s): Andrik III Current Incumbent. ---
  3. DECREES OF THE ROYAL DUMA Issued by His Excellency Ser Konrad Stafyr and His Lordship Sigmar Baruch and Confirmed by His Majesty King Andrik III 13th of Wzuvar and Byvca, 1741 | 294 ES The Duma Representative Regulation Act of 1735 8th of Joma and Umund, 288 ES An act to best protect the interests of the National Duma from representatives with ulterior motives I.) No person deemed a citizen, subject, or official of a foreign realm shall legally be able to represent any lord or lady in the Duma. This includes relatives of current Duma members. Any spouse to a Haensemen on the Duma must be natural-born to be considered eligible. II.) If a lord/lady deems a representative necessary to sit in for them, their chosen person must fill out a form confirming residency within the Dual Monarchy of Hanseti-Ruska, to be submitted and reviewed by the Lord Speaker before the date of the next Duma session. III.) The Citizenship Form will ask the potential representative to write their full name, date and place of birth, as well as which royal vassal or city they currently reside in. If the information cannot be verified by the Lord Speaker, they will be denied access into Duma. IV.) In the event that an unauthorized person enters the Duma claiming to represent an absent lord, they will be asked for the filled out form. If they are unable to provide it, they will be asked to remove themselves from Duma, or forcefully removed by Duma Guards if the need arises. V.) This act intends on outlawing foreign officials and foreign subjects, as well as unauthorized representatives from sitting in place of an absent lord or lady in the National Duma. VI.) This act shall come into effect upon receiving a majority vote in the Duma and royal assent from the King of Haense. Penned by Lord Joren Gant Haeseni Census Act of 1738 10th of Msitza and Dargund, 291 ES A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION To enact a census of the Kingdom of Haense and its Territories, to be conducted under the authority of the Duma and a Speaker-appointed Auditor of the Realm, and within the years of 1738-17341. BE IT RESOLVED BY THE DUMA OF THE STATE OF HAENSE (THE KING CONCURRING): WHEREAS, the Office of the Auditor, appointed by the Herzen of the Duma, to be charged with the creation of the national tally and record of the citizenry and population of Haense, under a survey called the census. WHEREAS, the Office of the Auditor, to be led by the Speaker-appointed Auditor of the Realm, and to be given power in matters of subpoenaing local records of citizenship, personal records and identity, and other documents where needed to accomplish the goals of, Creating a thorough record of state, Surveying the people for the sake of personal information such as birth, nationality, ethnicity, and religion, Maintaining local records of the estates of Haense, in following the first and second goals. WHEREAS, the Sponsoring Representative Aleksandr Ludovar, Duke of Kvasz, nominates candidate Otto Barrow, Archbishop of Jorenus, to the position as the first Auditor of the Realm (as of 291), to be confirmed by the Speaker of the Duma and King Concurring. AN AMENDMENT WHEREAS, the Office of the Palatinate will hold an advisory role over the affairs of the Office of the Auditor and the performance of the national census, chaired by the Lord Palatine themselves or a representative of his/her choosing. Penned by His Eminence, Otto of Kvasz, Archbishop of Jorenus The Ruskan Rod Act of 1738 10th of Msitza and Dargund, 291 ES An act to establish a position of a Gentleman or Lady Usher of the Black Rod and Lord or Lady Handler of the Bulava. This act is to maintain the independence of the Royal Duma whilst promoting cooperation with His Royal Majesty the King. I.) This act will establish the position of Gentleman or Lady Usher of the Black Rod (Black Rod) and Lord or Lady Handler of the Bulava, who will call the sitting Duma to the Haenseni throne room to be briefed by the King at the beginning of each term. After briefing from His Majesty, the Duma must act and legislate accordingly to deliver the wishes of the King. II.) Black Rod will serve as an appointed official, usually a retired or aging statesmen or ex-councillor, within the Royal Duma. Though he will be an official of the Duma, he is not permitted to sit in the chamber at any point, nor can he partake in the debates held in the chamber. He is not permitted to bring weapons of any form into the Duma chamber. III.) The responsibilities of Black Rod are as follows: To summon the Duma to the King at the beginning of each Duma term. To carry the Black Sceptre of State. To issue and execute arrests of Duma members, should a crime be committed in session or should a member of the Duma seek to avoid justice within the Duma chambers. To issue summons to witnesses called for by the Duma and escort said witnesses to the chamber for interrogation. IV.) The Lord or Lady Handler of the Bulava (LHB) will serve as an appointed official, usually a young and newly created knight, within the Royal Duma.Though he will be an official of the Duma, he is not permitted to sit in the chamber at any point, nor can he partake in the debates held in the chamber. He may a ceremonial sword into the Duma chamber, and is the only person permitted to handle the Royal Bulava of State. V.) The responsibilities of LHB are as follows: To attend the Duma chamber with Black Rod to summon the sitting Duma. To carry the Royal Bulava of State to the throne room alongside Black Rod. To attend and assist Black Rod with arrests of Duma members within the chamber. To attend witness summons and escorts with Black Rod. VI.) At the beginning of a new Duma term, Black Rod and LHB will be sent by the King to the Duma chamber to summon the representatives to the throne room. Black Rod will approach the Duma chambers, where the Duma guards will announce “The Gentleman/Lady Usher of the Black Rod. Bar the doors!”, and slam the doors to the chamber in the face of Black Rod and LHB. Black Rod will bang 3 times on the door to the chambers, before the Lord Speaker will state “Open the door!” Duma guards will open the door and allow Black Rod entrance. Black Rod and LHB will enter the chamber with Black Rod announcing “Honourable members of the House.” Before offering a nod to the Speaker, and each bench respectively. “His/Her Majesty/Highness summons you to the Haenseni throne room immediately.” The Lord Speaker announces “Indeed, Black Rod. Lead the way.” LHB will then collect the Royal Bulava of State, ending the session. Black Rod and LHB will lead the way to the throne room, followed immediately by the Lord Palatine and the Leader of the Opposition together, followed by the remainder of the chamber. Upon arrival in the throne room, His/Her Majesty/Highness will brief the chamber on what he/she wishes to be done in the new Duma term, before dismissing them back to the chamber. After the King dismisses the representatives from the throne room, they will return with Black Rod and LHB to the chambers. The Bulava of State will be returned to its mantle, allowing the Duma session to resume. In the following term, the Duma are expected to legislate, not solely, in accordance with the intentions set out in the monarch’s speech. VII.) In the event that a monarch is in infancy, or a regency is in place, the oldest and closest relative of the monarch may deliver the speech in their place. Only a member of the Royal family may deliver a speech to the representatives. Monarchs may send representatives in their place in extreme circumstances. These are as follows: A close family death is defined as an extreme circumstance. If the monarch has been summoned to Imperial Court or on Imperial business, extreme circumstances are met. It is an extreme circumstance if the monarch is severely ill or wounded. Regency councils may nominate a different member of the Royal family if it feels it necessary. VIII.) This act will: Promote increased cooperation between the Duma and the Monarch whilst highlighting the independence of the Duma. Allow the monarch to give guidance on how to legislate in the coming political term. Set goals and milestones for the Duma representatives to meet over the political term. Create a new constitutional tradition within the Kingdom. Penned by His Lordship, Karl Vyronov Education Reformation Act of 1739 13th of Msitza and Dargund, 292 ES Education is at the heart of all great nations, and Haense is no exception to this statement. Education is in a state of decline, and if no steps are taken toward its improvement then it will cease to exist. This bill will ensure that education will not only return as a priority but will be a key focus of the Kingdom. A New Stance on Education Education should not be viewed as a worrisome task that must be completed, but instead as a bountiful opportunity for a child to improve upon his/her person. It is a privilege to attend a school of learning, and it will be treated as such. Our children are the future of our great lands and as any orchard that is well-tended to, the reward upon investment is immeasurable. Instructors The men and women who commit their lives to the children are to be treated with the utmost respect. They are the farmers in this analogy that will raise the children from a sapling, drive their roots deep within the Earth of knowledge, and nurture them into prominent symbols of success. They will be rewarded for their efforts by watching the children blossom, as well as being rewarded handsomely by the state for their devotion. The Right to Education The children represent the very future of our great Kingdom, and it is our goal to ensure their success by providing them with a high-quality education that will lead them to flourish. Children below the age of fourteen are entitled to an education free of charge if they wish to pursue such a privilege. Above such an age, they will be charged a fee of one-hundred mina to attend and complete a single class of their choosing. This fee will be paid in full to the instructor of said class before the adult is allowed to participate. Proof of Education As a symbol of hard work and perseverance, a child or adult who partook in a class, or graduated all classes, will be awarded a book detailing the specifics of their success. This document may be used to prove their worth to future employers, or as a simple token to keep as a reminder of their hard work. Penned by Lord Markus Kortrevich and Adryana Barbanov Education Committee Act of 1739 13th of Msitza and Dargund, 292 ES Purpose The purpose of the Education Committee is to ensure that the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska has a stable and prosperous education system. This mission will be accomplished only by a dedication to the betterment of society and an unending drive to create a lasting impact that will educate the children for generations to come. Structure In the Education Committee, there will be a variety of officials that will need to be selected. The first position that will be needing an appointment is the Head of the Education Committee, which will be referred henceforth as the HEC for convenience. Once the HEC is decided, he or she will then be tasked with choosing Haensefolk for the following positions (note: all positions may be amended for specific needs): Chairman of Public Relations: Listens to the public’s opinions and recommendations Chairman of Syllabus Composition: Writes and reviews all course syllabuses Secretary of the Education Committee: Assists the HEC in writing legislation as well as handling the enrollment of students Royal Governess: Assigned by the Grand Lady of the palace, the Governess is an official caretaker and tutor of the Royal children, and must complete schooling as a child or adult to be considered for this role. The HEC in Depth The HEC will act as the representative of the Education Committee when addressing His Majesty, as well as when presenting bills to the Duma. The general qualifications of the HEC are being able to address the Duma, write legislation, and be committed to furthering the quality of education in the Kingdom of Haense. This position will be appointed by either His Majesty or, if His Majesty sees fit, the Royal Duma. Function The primary functions of the Education Committee are as follows: Decide on major changes to the education system and the procedures that accompany that system Create courses and syllabuses for these courses Hire instructors that are qualified and clearly understand the values of education Petition the Crown for funding and facilities to assist in their endeavors Place the needs and improvement of education above personal desires Preserve Haeseni culture and improve upon said culture so that it will be sustained for the entirety of its history Penned by Lord Markus Kortrevich IV JOVEO MAAN, His Royal Majesty, King Andrew III of Hanseti and Ruska, Grand Hetman of the Army, Prince of Kusoraev, Dules, Ulgaard, Lahy, Sorbesborg and Slesvik, Grand Duke of Vanderfell, Duke of Vidaus, Margrave of Rothswald, Count of Karikhov, Baranya, Kvasz, Kavat, Karovia, Kovachgrad, Torun, Turov, and Kaunas, Baron of Valwyk, Venzia, Esenstadt, Krepost and Kralta, Lord of Alban, Reza, Markev, Lord of the Westfolk, Protector of the Highlanders, etcetera His Excellency, Sigmar Baruch, Count of Ayr, Baron of Laval, Riveryn, and Voron, Lord Speaker and Herzen of the Royal Duma of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska
  4. Va Birodeo Herzenav e Edlervik, For years we have struggled, for years we have fought, and for years we have bled for the simplest right known to mankind: existence. The heathen scum of Norlandic descent see fit to question this once more as they only know one thing and that is blood. Blood like in the Siege of Nordengrad, blood like in the Siege of Vjorhelm, all good Canonist men share one belief, and that is the eagerness to spill Norlandic blood. We are not overconfident. Make no mistake, we stand once more at the start of a coalition war on this land granted by GOD that we live in. It will be a tough war, a hard war, a long war. But we have GOD on our side. Those men who claim to be Canonist all but turn their backs on the Church of Canon and the anointed Emperor Peter III, GOD bless his name, will have to look to the saints for forgiveness once they are met with the sword as they shall find little with the living. The Dual Kingdom of Hanseti and Ruska will forever and always be a strong defender of the Canonist faith, it will forever be a loyal vassal to the Imperial Crown of Emperor Peter, and will always seek to protect humanity against Norlanders, elves, heathens and blasphemers. Thusly we reaffirm our oaths to the Holy Orenian Empire. So is our duty to this land. God Save Haense! God Save the Empire! IV JOVEO MAAN, His Royal Majesty, King Andrew III of Hanseti and Ruska, Grand Hetman of the Army, Prince of Bihar, Dules, Ulgaard, Lahy, Sorbesborg and Slesvik, Duke of Vidaus, Margrave of Rothswald, Count of Karikhov, Baranya, Kvasz, Karovia, Kovachgrad, Torun, Turov, and Kaunas, Baron of Valwyk, Esenstadt, Krepost and Kralta, Lord of Alban, Reza, Markev, Lord of the Westfolk, Protector of the Highlanders, etcetera
  5. A Coronation of Crows 28th of Horen’s Welcome, 1737 | 12th of Jula and Piov, ES 287 Va Birodeo Herzenav e Edlervik, In commemoration of the one hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary of the Second Battle of the Rothswood, His Royal Majesty King Andrik III has seen fit to hold, at long last, a formal coronation of himself and his Queen-Consort, Milena of Adria, in the new city of Reza. It is His Majesty’s wishes that the fortitude of the Haeseni people be celebrated on this day as we pay homage to the grace of GOD and cherish His mercy in saving our people from the attacks of the unholy. All Haensemen shall be invited to witness this ancient ceremony take place in the Basilica of the Fifty Virgins, which miraculously survived the Great Fire of 1737. Here, the ancient rites of the Haeseni coronation service shall be administered to both the King and the Queen-Consort in the sight of the Speaker of the Royal Duma, the Archbishop of Jorenus, and of GOD. The following guests are formally invited to attend the coronation: The Peerage of Haense and their kin ‡ His Imperial Majesty, Peter III and his family and nobles ‡ His Majesty, the King Pierce I of Curonia and his family and nobles ‡ His Majesty, the King Adrian I of Kaedrin and his family and nobles ‡ His Highness, the Archduke Edward I of Suffonia and his family and nobles ‡ His Highness, the Prince Rickard Henrik of Rubern and his family and nobles Let us celebrate together in great mirth and celebration to commemorate the revitalization of our Haeseni life and culture. As we remember the fallen, we look to the future and signify the importance of this anniversary. We call upon all to come share in this great feast and to share in our sentiments of a grand and prosperous future for our posterity. May GOD bless His Majesty and the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska for all ages and in perpetuity! ((OOC: The coronation shall be taking place at 3 PM EST this Sunday, October 20th. The procession shall be starting in the Royal Duma chambers in the new city of Reza.))
  6. THE DUAL MONARCHY OF THE KINGDOMS OF HANSETI AND RUSKA ZWEINKONGZEM EDAELEO AG KUSORAEV In the northern reaches of the world, the Highlander realm of the KINGDOM OF HANSETI-RUSKA, known colloquially as the KINGDOM OF HAENSE, is situated between the Imperial Crownlands and the Kingdom of Kaedrin. Ruled by the scions of the ancient House of Carrion, direct line of the Prophet Sigismund, the Kingdom of Haense is claimed, and is in practice, the realm of all Highlanders, ruling a plethora of the northern lands and tribes. Its two largest minorities, the Raevir and the Hansetians, create Haense’s unique names- the unification of the two rival peoples into a singular realm. The Kingdom of Haense is an absolute monarchy, ruled by a singular monarch and a council of nobles, acting as advisors and chief ministers. Sparsely populated in the wide reaches of the hinterlands, the main bastions of civilization rest in the fortresses of the principal houses which dot the landscape. The capital of the kingdom is the Royal City of Reza, which lies situated in the southern reaches of the realm just north of the river Leuven. The kingdom itself, compared to its southern neighbors, is considered a traditional agrarian society, a large majority of its population working as farmers and lumberjacks, preferring the open fields to dense urban centers. Its ruling family is the House of Barbanov, claiming direct descent from the Prophet Sigismund through his bastard Tuvya Rosebud (known most commonly as Emperor Tobias), which gained the throne by grant from Emperor John III. Haense remains a staunch Canonist Realm, as well as contributing numerous of its people as Pontiffs, Saints and other clerical positions to the Church throughout history. I. ROYAL GOVERNMENT II. PEERAGE OF NOBILITY III. SURVEY OF THE REALM IV. LINEAGE OF KINGS ROYAL GOVERNMENT The Royal Government of the Kingdom of Haense is composed of a singular monarch, called the King, which rules as the autocratic head of the realm. The King is advised by the Closed Council, nicknamed the Aulic Council, and consists of the realm’s most chief ministers. The body of nobles, from barons to the princes, compose the main selection for the majority of positions in both the bureaucracy and the army. They are also specially represented by a diet called the Royal Duma. The chief advisory board, the Aulic Council, is composed of numerous established positions. The head of the council is the Palatine of the Realm, which acts as the primary chancellor and the right hand of the King effectively the most powerful man of the kingdom besides the King Himself. Beneath the Palatine sits the Lord Justiciar who handles all judiciary matters of the realm, the Lord Marshal whose sole purpose is to maintain the nation’s military and borders, the Lord Kastellan which is appointed to assist and oversee that of the crown’s vassals, the High Steward who handles all direct affairs regarding taxation and maintenance of the crownland estates and finally the Royal Treasurer, who serves as the individual who holds the sole responsibility of the crown’s finances and trade. In the aulic council sits also the councillor paramount who chairs the Duma in the King’s name and any royal exchequer appointed by His Majesty to oversee his councillors. Under the jurisdiction of the Aulic Council serves a another set of honorary advisors and councillors to handle smaller and more direct matters. Generally serving directly under the observation of the Aulic council or Palatine. These men and women can at the will of the King or Lord Palatine be requested to sit on aulic council meetings during special sittings. Succession of the kingdom is maintained by the Royal Office of the Palatine, which also determines marriages, legality of children and nearly all inheritance disputes. Traditionally, the son of the current King would be next in line to the throne. Should the firstborn bear no sons, then the secondborn's sons shall inherit. If there are no males left in the dynasty, then the sons of females would inherit. However, females may not inherit the crown. The succession of the Royal Throne is constricted to the House of Barbanov from the figure King Peter I, who derives his line from Emperor Alexander I, son of Emperor Tobias I, and therefore the direct line of the Prophet Sigismund. In addition to the Aulic Council and the honorary advisors, the kingdom has the Royal Duma: an elective body composed of the various peers of the realm, both nobility and burghers, secondary to the Aulic Council itself. The Duma exists to advise the monarch and vote on legislative matters. Only the monarch may assemble the Duma, though he himself may not vote. KING OF HANSETI AND RUSKA His Royal Majesty, King Andrew III of Hanseti and Ruska, Grand Hetman of the Army, Prince of Kusoraev, Dules, Ulgaard, Lahy, Sorbesborg and Slesvik, Grand Duke of Vanderfell, Duke of Vidaus, Margrave of Rothswald, Count of Karikhov, Baranya, Kvasz, Kavat, Karovia, Kovachgrad, Torun, Turov, and Kaunas, Baron of Valwyk, Venzia, Esenstadt, Krepost and Kralta, , Lord of Alban, Reza, Markev, Lord of the Westfolk, Protector of the Highlanders, etcetera HEIR APPARENT OF THE KINGDOMS OF HANSETI AND RUSKA His Highness the Prince Andrik Petyr, Grand Prince of Kusoraev ROYAL FAMILY OF THE KINGDOMS OF HANSETI AND RUSKA His Royal Majesty the King Andrik III of Hanseti and Ruska Her Royal Majesty the Queen-Consort Milena of Adria His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, Andrik Petyr, Grand Prince of Kusoraev Her Royal Highness, the Princess Antonija Frederika of Haense Her Royal Majesty the Queen-Dowager Klaudia of Vasiland His Royal Highness the Prince Matyas Arik, Duke of Alban His Royal Highness the Prince Alesakndr Marius, Duke of Akovia Her Royal Highness the Princess Adryana Eleanor of Haense His Royal Highness the Prince Otto Tuvic of Haense Her Royal Highness the Princess Mariya Angelika, Duchess of Adria Her Royal Highness the Princess Sofya Theodosia , Red Princess of Muldav Her Royal Highness the Princess Mariya Oliviya of Haense THE AULIC COUNCIL Palatine of the Realm - His Excellency, Ser Konrad Stafyr Royal Exchequer - His Highness, Prince Otto Sigmar Barbanov-Alimar Herzen of The Royal Duma - The Right Honourable, Sigmar Baruch, Count of Ayr Lord Marshal - His Lordship, Wilheim Barclay, Baron of Freising Lord Justiciar- His Excellency, Ser Gerard Stafyr HONORARY ADVISORS AND COUNCILLORS High Steward - His Excellency, Rhegal Barclay-Black Royal Treasurer - His Excellency, Richard Steinkachel Palatine Aspirant - His Lordship, Markus Kortrevich, Baron of Koravia Knight Paramount - His Excellency, Ser Nikolaus Kortrevich Grand Maer of Reza - Her Ladyship Lady Kamilla Stafyr Archbishop of Jorenus - His Excellency, Otto of Kvasz Master of Ships - Vacant Royal Envoy - His Lordship, Lord Erich Stafyr Royal Falconer - Vacant Master Huntsman - Vacant PEERAGE OF NOBILITY The nobility of the Kingdom of Hanseti and Ruska is divided upon different levels of peers, called together as the peerage, in which a hierarchical structure of nobility is listed. With the centralization of land to the state, the majority of the nobility within the realm hold little land when compared to their established titles- very few still maintain their subscribed estates. THE PRINCELY NOBILITY - THE PRINCES The Princes, generally reserved for those of royal blood such as that of Barbanov or other Carrion dynasties are the highest form of nobility within the Kingdom. There is currently only one living Princely house and that is the House of Alimar who are closely related to the current reigning dynasty, Barbanov-Bihar. THE PRINCIPALITY OF MULDAV - HOUSE OF BARBANOV-ALIMAR His Serene Highness the 2nd Prince of Muldav, Kazimar Lazar of House Alimar Her Royal Highness the Princess Sofya Theodosia , Red Princess of Muldav Her Highness Princess, Maya-Valeriya Alimar His Highness the 1st Prince of Rubern, Vladrick Hieromar of House Alimar Her Royal Highness, the Princess Ester Rose of Curonia His Highness Prince Marius Stiboricz of Rubern Her Highness Anabel Aleksandra of Rubern His Highness Prince Robert Berengar Alimar His Highness Prince Otto Sigmar Alimar Lady Ambrosia Grimaldi Lord Godfric Baldemar Alimar Lord Georg Aleksandr Alimar Lady Kamilla Irena Alimar Her Highness Princess Katerina Analiese, Baroness of Vrakai Her Highness Princess Amelia Viktoria Alimar Her Highness Princess Anastasya Reza Alimar THE GREATER NOBILITY - THE DUKES The Dukes, stemming from the Flexio 'Duces', are the second highest pedigree of nobility within the Kingdom of Haense, only outranked by that of Princely nobility. Dukes are deemed in the highest regard and will often control large swaths of land. THE DUCHY OF CARNATIA - HOUSE OF VYRONOV His Grace, the 21th Duke of Carnatia, Jan Rudolph of House Vyronov Lord Robert Owyn Vyronov Lady Marjorie Astrid Vyronov Dame Primrose Kortrevich Lord Lukas Vyronov Lord Isaak Vyronov THE DUCHY OF KVASZ - HOUSE OF LUDOVAR His Grace the 4th Duke of Kvasz, Aleksandr Henrik of House Ludovar Lady Karolina Mayia Ludovar Lord Maric Stefan Ludvar Lord Josef Ludovar Lady Helena Isabel Ludovar THE COMITAL NOBILITY - THE COUNTS AND VISCOUNTS The comital nobility, along with the lesser barons, form the main backbone of nobility within the Kingdom of Haense. THE COUNTY OF AYR - HOUSE OF BARUCH The Right Honorable 8th Count of Ayr, Sigmar Joren of House Baruch Lord Erik Sigsimund Baruch Lady Marjorie Astrid Vyronov Lord Aldrik Marius Baruch His Lordship the 2nd Baron of Gant, Joren Aldrik of House Baruch Her Ladyship Lady Kamilla Julya Baruch THE COUNTY OF METTERDEN - HOUSE OF RUTHERN The Right Honorable 13th Count of Metterden, Sigmar Otto of House Ruthern Lord Konstantin Joren Ruthern Lady Natalya Elizaveta Ruthern Lord Sigmar Ruthern Lord Boris Sigmar Ruthern Lady Marya Ruthern THE COUNTY OF NENZING - HOUSE OF STAFYR The Right Honorable 2nd Count of Nenzing, Erich Marius of House Stafyr Her Ladyship Countess of Nenzing, Rain of House Barclay Ser Gerard Stafyr Lord Symon Stafyr Ser Konrad Arthur Stafyr Lady Kamila Julya Baruch Lord Georg Ulric Stafyr Lady Isabel Josephine Stafyr Lord Caspar Stafyr Lord Artos Stafyr Lady Katherine Maria Stafyr THE LESSER NOBILITY - THE BARONS The Barons form the lowest variant of Noble, generally landed within the Crownlands or serving under a Comital or Ducal houses. THE BARONY OF FREISING - HOUSE OF BARCLAY His Lordship the 1st Baron of Fresising, Wilheim of House Barclay Her Ladyship Baroness Marcella of House Avern Lady Klara Barclay Lord Rolf Barclay Lord Ludwig Barclay Lord Hellick Gunther Barclay Lord Rhegal Barclay Lord Franz Jonas Barclay Lady Elanora Siegmundella Barclay Lady Rain Barclay THE BARONY OF KORAVIA - HOUSE OF KORTREVICH His Lordship the 1st Baron of Koravia, Otto of House Kortrevich Lord Elgon Kortrevich Lord Robert Kortrevich Lord Elijah Kortrevich Lord Dexios Kortrevich Ser Nikolaus Kortrevich Lady Lotta Rosendale Lady Dowager Primrose Kortrevich Lady Emaline Kortrevich Lord Mikhael Kortrevich Lord Odo Kortrevich Lord Balthazar Kortrevich Lord Alexander Kortrevich Lord Duncan Kortrevich Lord Axel Kortrevich Lady Arabella Kortrevich Lord Cassius Kortrevich Lord Seath Kortrevich Lord Martin Kortrevich THE BARONY OF VASILAND - HOUSE OF VANIR His Lordship, the 8th Baron of Vasiland, Iver of House Vanir [Gastly3] Her Ladyship, Baroness-Consort, Eloise of House Falkenrath Lord Ludvik Aleksandr Vanir Lord Lukas Aldrik Vanir Lord Constable Hadrian Vanir Lady Karoline Reza Vanir THE GENTRY OF THE REALM - THE KNIGHTS Ser Nikolaus Kortrevich “The Strong” Ser Gerard Stafyr “The Bear” Ser Konrad Stafyr “The Wolfsbane” Ser Wilheim Barclay “The Stallion” Ser Roderick Daine “The Loyal” Ser Olavo Castelo “The Ginger” Ser Alaric Hanethor “The Falcon’s Blood” Dame Primrose Kortrevich “The Forbearing” SURVEY OF THE REALM Since the establishment of the descendant races on the continent of Arcas the center of the dual kingdom rests in the Royal City of Reza, situated close to the imperial roads and between the lakes of Jan and Czena. In front of it lies the independent Principality of Rubern, led by another Barbanov scion. Vladrick the Black. To northwest of Reza lies the County of Nenzing, nestled deep within the Almannir highlands and the home to House Stafyr. Between the tall peaks of the highlands lies luscious and grand fields. The Nenzing mountains watch upon the highlands northern border. To the northeast sits the County of Ayr, perched alongside the coast. Home to the Baruchs and the main port for trading with the other coastal nations of Arcas. Along the eastern border of the Kingdom sits also the Duchy of Carnatia held by the recently elevated Greater House of Vyronov. To the direct west of the city lies the Barony of Freising, a hold designed to protect Haense from foreign incursions around the lake Jan. Landed there after the War of the Two Emperors when the Renatian army marched through Haelunor into the Haeseni lowlands to avoid the war torn and well defended south around the river Leuven. THE CROWNLANDS: His Majesty the King Andrew III of Hanseti and Ruska. THE ROYAL CITY OF REZA: Maer Kamilla Juliya Stafyr THE BARONY OF KORAVIA: His Lordship, Baron Otto of House Kortrevich THE BARONY OF FREISING: His Lordship, Baron Wilheim of House Barclay THE BARONY OF VASILAND: His Lordship, Baron Iver of House Vanir. THE PRINCIPALITY OF MULDAV: His Serene Highness, Prince Kazimar Lazar of House Alimar THE DUCHY OF KVASZ: His Grace, Duke Aleksandr Henrik of House Ludovar THE DUCHY OF CARNATIA: His Grace, Duke Karl Gustav of House Vyronov THE COUNTY OF AYR: The Right Honourable, Count Sigmar Joren of House Baruch THE BARONY OF GANT: His Lordship, Baron Joren Aldrik of House Baruch THE COUNTY OF NENZING: The Right Honorable Count Erich Marius of House Stafyr THE COUNTY OF METTERDEN: The Right Honourable, Sigmar Otto of House Ruthern LINEAGE OF KINGS KOENG PETYR I SIGMAR - HAES BARBOV R. 1578 - 1582 Peter Siguine of Barbanov Petrus Siguinus Carovus Primus Curonicus “The Butcher of Riga, the Founder, the Bold, the Strong Crow” KOENG ANDRIK II OTTO - HAES BARBOV R. 1582 - 1586 Andrew Otto of Barbanov Andreas Otis Carovus Secundus “The Winter King, the Rash, the Black” KOENG MARUS ANDRIK - HAES BARBOV R. 1586 - 1611 Marius Andrew of Barbanov Marius Andreas Carovus Primus “The Good, the Beautiful, the Exiled, the Young, Defender of the Faith, the Loyal Dog of the Empire” KOENG PETYR II MARK - HAES BARBOV R. 1611 Peter Mark of Barbanov Petrus Marcus Carovus Secundus “Prince of Nothing, the Poxed” KOENG STEFAN KARL - HAES BARBOV R. 1611 - 1624 Stephen Charles of Barbanov Stephanus Carolus Carovus Primus “A Foe to All Humanity, the Green, the Duelist” KOENG OTTO I HENRIK - HAES BARBOV R. 1624 - 1627 Otto Henry of Barbanov Otis Henricus Carovus Primus “Hero of Alsaili, the Equestrian, the Elder” KOENG OTTO II GEORG - HAES BARBOV R. 1627 - 1644 Otto George of Barbanov Otis Georgius Carovus Secundus “The Temperate, the Prudent, the Quiet Crow, the Younger” KOENG OTTO III STEFAN - HAES BARBOV R. 1644 - 1655 Otto Stephen of Barbanov Otis Stephanus Carovus Tertius “The Haughty, the Defender, the Builder, of the Czena” KOENG KARL II MARUS - HAES BARBOV R. 1655 - 1666 Charles Marius of Barbanov Carolus Marius Carovus Secundus “The Stubborn, the Unyielding, the Excommunicated” KOENG FRANZ II JAKOB - HAES BIHAR R. 1666 Francis James of Bihar Franciscus Iacobus Carovus Secundus “The Unfortunate, the Unready” KOENG SIGMAR LOTHAR - HAES BIHAR R. 1666 - 1682 Siguine Lothar of Bihar Siguinus Lotharus Carovus Primus “The Shrewd, the Stout Crow” KOENG ROBERT LOTHAR - HAES BIHAR R. 1682 - 1707 Robert Lothar of Bihar Robertus Lotharus Carovus Primus “The Kind” KOENG MARUS II DEMITRYUS - HAES BIHAR R. 1707 - 1719 Marius Demetrius of Bihar Marius Demetrius Carovus Secundus “The Brash. The Meek, The Young Crow” LIST OF KINGS OF HANSETI AND RUSKA Nestor I ve Kusoraev Igor ve Kusoraev Reomislaus ve Kusoraev Valdirus I ve Kusoraev Nestor II ve Kusoraev Vsevolod ve Kusoraev Isaak I ve Kusoraev Isaak II ve Kusoraev Valdirus II ve Kusoraev Nestor III ve Kusoraev Hogmund ve Kusoraev Stanimar ve Kusoraev Tomislaus ve Kusoraev Nestor IV ve Kusoraev Karl I ve Raev Nestor V ve Kusoraev Barbov ve Raev Feodor I ve Raev Feodor II ve Raev Jan I ve Raev Jan II ve Raev Jan III ve Ruska Branimar I ve Ruska Branimar II ve Ruska Boris I ve Ruska Gaius I von Hanseti (King of Oren) Branimar III ve Ruska Samuel von Hanseti Boris II ve Ruska Mark I von Hanseti Nikolas ve Ruska Jan I von Hanseti Odrin of Ruska Sigmund of Ruska (Emperor of Oren) Edvard of Hanseti (King of Herendul) Henrik of Hanseti and Ruska (King of Oren) Franz I of Hanseti and Ruska (King of Oren) Mark II von Hanseti Boris III of Ruska (Emperor of Oren) Tobia of Ruska (Emperor of Oren) Fredrik von Hanseti (King of Aesterwald) Voron von Hanseti (King of Aesterwald) Varus ve Ruska (King of Akovia) Arius von Hanseti (King of Aesterwald) Andrik I of Hanseti and Ruska (King of Oren) Oliver of Hanseti and Ruska (King of Oren) Gaius II (I) of Hanseti and Ruska (King of Oren) Jan IV (II) Fredrik of Hanseti and Ruska (Holy Orenian Emperor) Jan V (III) Sigmund of Hanseti and Ruska (Holy Orenian Emperor) Jan VI (IV) Odrin of Hanseti and Ruska (Holy Orenian Emperor) Petyr I Sigmar van Haenz Andrik II Otto van Haenz Marus Andrik van Haenz Petyr II Mark van Haenz Stefan Karl van Haenz Otto I Henrik van Haenz Otto II Georg van Haenz Otto III Stefan van Haenz Karl II Marus van Haenz Franz II Jakob van Haenz Sigmar Lothar van Haenz Robert Lothar van Haenz Marus II Demitryus van Haenz Andrik III Lothar van Haenz
  7. -The Royal Constabulary of Hanseti-Ruska- *The Sigil of the Office of the Lord Justiciar* The constabulary was formed in the year of our lord 1713 by a bill written by the Count of Nenzing, Leopold Stafyr and was passed through his majesty’s Duma on the 10th of Tobia’s Bounty the same year. Thusly the Constabulary was recognized by Royal Authority with the King’s signature. For many years the constabulary was put to rest after its original formation due to the turmoil in the realm. The Crown focusing its attention to matters of military but with the Kingdom at peace and the Empire stable. The Office of the Lord Justiciar has seen it fit to once more put effort into instating the constabulary to ensure that the realm is kept free from crime. Thus the Lord Justiciar issues the official foundation of the Constabulary according to the Constabulary Act of 1713. Lawful and just men who sole purpose is a wish to serve and maintain the Law of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska are requested to with swift haste and urgency apply to join and serve His Majesty and the Law. https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/181314-the-constabulary-act-of-1713/ Structure The Office of the Constabulary is organized into the following structure. Constable of Haense: Incumbent by the Lord Justiciar First Deputy of Haense: Vacant Sheriff of the Crownlands: Hadrian Vanir Sheriff of Ayr Sheriff of Graiswald Sheriff of Nenzing All Sheriffs are entitled to a singular deputy to assist them, who they themselves are given the right to recruit willingly following the guidelines within the Constabulary Act. The Kingdom’s current landed vassals have been given the responsibility to assist the Lord Justiciar within finding an able bodied man to serve as their sheriff. If the Noble Lords decide to not assist a Sheriff will be appointed for them without consultation. How to Join As mentioned within the Constabulary Act of 1713 the requirements to join is as following. I. Any citizen of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska above the age of twenty without any criminal record and with recommendations and suitable experience may be appointed as Constable of Haense by the Lord-Justiciar. II. Any citizen of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska above the age of twenty without any criminal record and suitable experience can be appointed as a Sheriff by the Office of the Constabulary. III. Any citizen of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska without any criminal record within the Imperium of Man can be appointed as a Deputy by the Office of the Constabulary. With this the Office of the Constabulary will hereby accept applications to the offices of the Sheriff and that of the Deputy. If one would wish to be interviewed for the position you are to send the following information to be reviewed by the Constable or that of the Lord Justiciar. Name: Age: Residence: Do you have any criminal record within the Empire, Y/N: What position are you applying for (Sheriff, deputy): Why would you be suited for this position:
  8. The Grimm Disenfranchisement Act, 1725 2th of Owyn’s Light, 1725 An Act officially stripping and revoking all noble titles to the House of Grimm serving within the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. The House of Grimm and most notably the late Ser Dominic Grimm shall forever have a place in the annals of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska and shall be an honored name for historical purpose. However in recent years their lack of presence in the realm of Haense, their severe neglect of the duties place on those of noble birth and their failure to appear in court to swear fealty to the King. The Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska hereby sees fit to strip House Grimm of all titles, holdings and any place within the Haeseni peerage and it shall be reverted back to the Crown. The House of Grimm shall no longer be considered that of Noble status and any citizens with its name shall be reverted to that of Burgher. Signed His Royal Majesty, King Andrew III of Hanseti and Ruska, Grand Hetman of the Army, Prince of Kusoraev, Dules, Ulgaard, Lahy, Sorbesborg and Slesvik, Grand Duke of Vanderfell, Margrave of Rothswald, Count of Karikhov, Baranya, Kvasz, Kavat, Karovia, Kovachgrad, Torun, Turov, and Kaunas, Baron of Valwyk, Venzia, Esenstadt, Krepost and Kralta, , Lord of Alban, Reza, Markev, Lord of the Westfolk, Protector of the Highlanders, etcetera
  9. The Amador Disenfranchisement Act, 1725 2th of Owyn’s Light, 1725 An Act officially stripping and revoking all noble titles to the House of Amador serving within the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. The House of Amador has for many years served the Kingdom of Haense and shall be honored for those days that their servitude was aligned with diligence. However in recent years their lack of presence in the realm of Haense, their severe neglect of the duties place on those of noble birth and their failure to appear in court to swear fealty to the King. The Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska hereby sees fit to strip House Amador of all titles, holdings and any place within the Haeseni peerage and it shall be reverted back to the Crown. The House of Amador shall no longer be considered that of Noble status and any citizens with its name shall be reverted to that of Burgher. Signed His Royal Majesty, King Andrew III of Hanseti and Ruska, Grand Hetman of the Army, Prince of Kusoraev, Dules, Ulgaard, Lahy, Sorbesborg and Slesvik, Grand Duke of Vanderfell, Margrave of Rothswald, Count of Karikhov, Baranya, Kvasz, Kavat, Karovia, Kovachgrad, Torun, Turov, and Kaunas, Baron of Valwyk, Venzia, Esenstadt, Krepost and Kralta, , Lord of Alban, Reza, Markev, Lord of the Westfolk, Protector of the Highlanders, etcetera
  10. THE BROTHERHOOD OF SAINT KARL VE OROENIR SANT KARLEO His Majesty’s Arm of Strength “Should we falter our shield turns to ash, but we shall not falter.” BACKGROUND Founded in 1678 by King Sigmar I (r. 1670-1681), the Brotherhood of Saint Karl began with the merging of the levies of the great Houses of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Throughout its duration as the central military force of the Crown, the Brotherhood has been guided by its longstanding tradition of fostering unity, strength, and justice to those sworn to its ranks. Bound by oath and fraternity, the Brotherhood of Saint Karl stood among the preeminent human martial forces during some of humanity’s most trying times. Under the leadership of then Lord Marshal Rhys var Ruthern, the Brotherhood of Saint Karl was the primary bulwark against the Vaeyl Order: an undead army stationed at the far southern castle of Last Hope. Besides guarding the realms of men, elves, and dwarves, the Brotherhood functioned also as a domestic peacekeeping force. With its formation in times of great strife, the Brotherhood of Saint Karl has stood poised in answering the call of the challenges of its time. Founded under the patronage and namesake of Saint Karl Barbanov, the Brotherhood espouses the affinities of this saint: strength, courage, and for the intentions of soldiers. Saint Karl was an instrumental figure in the history of Haense, considered its founder who lived over two centuries ago. It is said that whilst in battle, Saint Karl was struck down and at the verge of death before seeking divine providence and being endowed strength to rise and lead his men to victory. At this act, he vowed to consecrate his life in the name of GOD and formed the foundation of Haeseni civilization as a testament to the blessings of the Seven Skies. In 1564, High Pontiff Theodosius I canonized Duke Karl Barbanov as the patron saint of strength. His name honored the first capital of the newly formed Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska in 1578, City of Saint Karlsburg. The Brotherhood of Saint Karl honors the tradition and legacy of Karl Barbanov by espousing the values of the saint into those who pledge to serve the kingdom. Those called to the Crown’s service reflect the stalwart values and cultures of the Highlander people, a sense of fraternity and unity for the defense of those who wish to do harm. An artist’s rendition of King Sigmar’s charge at the Battle of Three Hills, c. 1678 During the of the Battle of the Three Hills, marked by the terrain upon which the conflict ensued, King Sigmar I led his levy company composed of levies of the vassalage. As they advanced the stout keep that rested atop the ledge between the three hills, they were met with a barrage of archer fire, causing the formation to diverge. The king himself was separated from his main levy and forced to fallback behind the base of the southernmost hill. With the forces now split, King Sigmar was to make his choice: charge with his remaining force or recall his forces back. Echoing the hardships of battle and strength, King Sigmar called upon the patronage of his ancestor, Saint Karl, and entrusted his plight to the saint of strength. The army chaplain, Fr. Anselm Gerhard recalled that day when the king saw the countenance of Saint Karl upon the sides of the three hills, each bearing a sword with a crow resting upon the blade. He took that as a sign of courage and strength to maintain his position and against great odds, the Haeseni troops overwhelmed the fortified southern hill. Not long after, their advance of the second hill was met with heavy fire but by midday, the keep had been driven out by King Sigmar’s charge with the colors of Haense flying triumphant along the keep’s facade. During the procession back to Markev, the soldiers were met with great mirth at their victory. Upon the roof of the main gate, the crow that King Sigmar saw in the field of battle sat upon the crenellations of the wall and flew off as the king entered the city. When King Sigmar called his war council together at the Krepost Palace, he spoke of a charter to consecrate the levies under the patronage of the Saint who had given him a sign of victory at the battle. King Sigmar took his victory as a form of humility by GOD to devote Haense’s forces to Saint Karl. In close collaboration with the levies of the great houses of Haense such as Ruthern, Stafyr, Enthelor, Vanir, and Baruch, the foundation of the Brotherhood was formed as a central Haeseni force, branded to serve GOD, king, and kingdom. THE WAR WITH THE VAEYL ORDER (1681-1692) A drawing of soldiers of the Vaeyl Order, taken from Ser Geralt Rauen’s journal, c. 1650 Threats of the Vaeyl surrounded the southmarch since the early years of King Otto III (r. 1643-1655) but were largely dismissed as fictitious folktale. The first reported sighting occurred in 1650, when woodsmen in the Wickwood reported seeing a skeletal horseman observing their work. Thinking of this as nothing more than superstition and in order to quell the fears of the peasantry, King Otto III sent a small patrol to the South under Commandant Ser Geralt Rauen with orders to repel the “undead threat”. This group of men instead discovered the ruined fortress of Last Hope, one of the main strongholds of the Vaeyl Order, though this was unknown at the time. These men came under attack, and many were killed in the ensuing ambush. Upon the survivors’ return to Markev, they were given strict orders by King Otto III to report their brothers’ deaths as being caused by the cold of the bitter winter so as to avoid causing mass hysteria. As a result, the Kingdom’s focus shifted instead turned to the War of the Czena and the Vaeyl were largely forgotten about for many years. However, as alarming reports throughout the latter 1600s merited great concern for the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska, whose geography was primarily threatened by any breaches of the southern wall. The Brotherhood of Saint Karl was quickly tasked by the Crown to mobilize its ranks and prepare for the threats upon the Atlassian continent. The first engagement of the Brotherhood with the Vaeyl occurred in 1681, when an expeditionary force led by Lord Marshal Rhys trekked through the Yatl Wastelands in the far south. Roughly 500 brothers traversed toward the south after reports of the Vaeyl Order’s activity were made known to the court of King Sigmar. Upon their arrival, the Brotherhood was met with a powerful blizzard that claimed the lives of almost a third of their regiment. When the soldiers arrived, they established a fortification at Nekristadt, where they were joined with Imperial knights. The combined human garrison swiftly began defenses in anticipation of the Vaeyl Order’s impending advance. A lone Red Vaeyl soldier approached the gate of Nekristadt and offered peace in exchange for the human forces to surrender. However, the Brotherhood and the Imperial knights declined as they drew their swords and executed the emissary. Soon thereafter, Red Vaeyl soldiers began to scale the northern wall of Nekristadt. Haeseni archers attempted to keep them at bay as the battle consumed the entirety of the night. As day broke, the Red Vaeyl Order suddenly breached the main gate, ushering in hundreds of the enemy forces into the courtyard. The Brotherhood and the Imperial Knights were reinforced by a regiment of Imperial troops led by the Grand Marshal Ser Roland and were able to outflank and overrun the Vaeyl Order’s formation towards the lake. In the aftermath of the battle, the Brotherhood was tasked by the Imperial Grand Marshal to establish a permanent settlement and fortification to counter succeeding invasions from beyond the southern wall. In 1691, after successful campaigns against the Red Vaeyl Order, Commandant Rhys var Ruthern led the Brotherhood of Saint Karl in concluding the final stages of what amounted to a decade-long conflict. The Siege of Last Hope solidified the Brotherhood of Saint Karl as the preeminent bulwark against the threat that had loomed over the entire continent of Atlas for over half a century. As the Brotherhood trekked toward the south to advance into another excursion to repel the Vaeyl Order’s presence from Atlas, the Brotherhood had experienced great success. Before the battle, Ferdinand Karl offered a prayer on behalf of the men in which before donning their helmets, they saw a Crow perched atop a stone, a sign that the Kingdom of Haense would emerge victorious over the bases of the Vaeyl at Last Hope. TRADITIONS Since the Brotherhood of Saint Karl is devoted to the saint that bears its name, it is typical for the chaplain or an officer to be delegated the task to lead in prayer prior to battle. The Brotherhood is heavily rooted in the Church of the Canon, and as such, maintains staunch traditions of faith. Prayer is begun in New Marian, beginning with the phrase ‘Iv Joveo Maan ag Koeng’ before beginning the intentions. Soldiers typically light three candles surrounding a figurine of Saint Karl Barbanov to represent three petitions: strength, courage, and prudence. Followed by prayer, the Brotherhood marches together to the tomb of kings and offers a moment to honor the liege lords of the realm. The tradition concludes with a final petition to Exalted Siegmund to lead the devoted Highlandic warriors to victory with the insight and arm of the Seven Skies’ Exalted. OATH ‘To my left I see my fellow brothers, to the right I see the same. For all in the world, we fight for the peace of this land. Through God, he gave us stewardship of the realm. Through stewardship, we gained the knowledge of diligence and prudence. Through diligence, we may conquer all without fault. And if I should falter in my course, send me never to the skies above. If I should succeed, bestow unto me His blessings, forevermore. For, now I march into a valley through which there is no path. And the stones cascade behind me, to seal my retreat. Though in this valley, I find my Brothers; Now I am named Guardian of My Homeland. Should I falter, my shield shall turn to ash; But I shall not falter.’ ORGANIZATION The Brotherhood of Saint Karl hosts three different chapters, each home to men of different abilities and talents. These three chapters are: CHAPTER OF THE CROW: The main bulk of the Brotherhood, this chapter consists of the rank and file infantrymen of the order. Fighting on foot with sword and spear, these men stand as a bulwark against the enemies of the Haeseni people. CHAPTER OF THE DESTRIER: Consisting of the knights and nobility of the Kingdom, this chapter is filled with the finest horsemen the Haeseni motherland has to offer. These men carry on the legacy of the Carnatian hussars of the past, and strike fear into the hearts of their enemies. CHAPTER OF THE BLACK CROSS: The most elite warriors of the Kingdom, this chapter enlists the greatest Haeseni swordsmen alive to serve in special operations. They are also given the most honorable duty of protecting the King of Hanseti and Ruska. RANKS Lord Marshal | Hauchmarsal - This position merits the confidence of the Crown to lead the Brotherhood of Saint Karl by overseeing military affairs and advise His Majesty’s Government on the Aulic Council. He, as leader of the brotherhood, is the first brother of brothers and chief general to the King. If it is his will and the will of our gracious monarch, then the brotherhood will dole it forward. Commandant | Kommandant - This position is delegated the task to direct the soldiers and it is he who commands the men on the battlefield, to bring glory to his nation and defeat upon their wretched enemies. Woe to those who must face them upon the fields of toil and despair. Each Chapter of soldiers will have a Commandant, and each Commandant will have a number of Sergeants within their Chapter, each of whom are responsible for their own squad of soldiers. Sergeant | Serzhant - This position consists of the veterans of many battles and sieges, these men are the tried and tested of the Brotherhood. Sergeants command squads of five men each and are responsible for equipping and maintaining their squad. Their experience in matters of warfare make them exemplary soldiers for younger and newer Brothers to look up to and are deserving of all respect. Armiger | Brustya - This position is for the armsmen that have shown capable of handling little responsibility, and have been deemed ready for more by their squad’s Sergeant and the Commandant of the Chapter. These men will begin handling more responsibility within their squad or chapter and, if they prove their capability, may be promoted to Sergeant. Armsman | Oxtzen - This position is designated for the Footmen who have proven capable of holding their own on the field of battle and are more experienced than regular Footmen. These men are often given small responsibilities, such as training recruits or footmen, and leading patrols of the roads and lands surrounding the Kingdom. Footman | Nausangkruv - This position consists of the bulk of the brotherhood; men who have passed their initiate trials and have been deemed worthy by the Sergeant and Commandant of their Chapter of being accepted as a full brother of the Brotherhood. These men have taken the oath before the Tomb of Kings, and sworn their swords to the King and Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. Initiate | Naumaan - This position is for the newest members of the Brotherhood, untested and unblooded. These men are not considered full brothers yet, and will have to undergo a series of tests and trials before they can be fully welcomed as a brother. APPLICATION The Brotherhood accepts all who have a desire to serve both King and Country, the one requirement being that they have seen a minimum of 16 winters. 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  11. DECLARATION OF REGENCY Issued and Confirmed by the Lord Palatine Lerald Vyronov 15th of Sun's Smile, 1720 Va Birodeo Herzenav e Edlervik, Upon the death of His Late Highness, Prince Georg Stanimar, by convention the jurisdiction of the realm shall be devolved unto the Palatine Aspirant. Furthermore, the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska shall hereby be subject to the regency of the Lord Palatine, His Lordship, Lerald of the House of Vyronov, who shall act as Lord Regent and Protector of the Highlanders. The Lord Regent shall exercise the royal prerogative and maintain the authority and integrity of the Crown until the heir, His Majesty, Andrik III Lothar, comes of age in accordance to the decrees and bylaws of succession when the age of fourteen, otherwise known as the age of reason, is attained by the aforementioned. The House of Vyronov hereby affixes its writ of approval, entrusting and charging those whose oaths are bound in perpetuity to serve and govern the kingdom in accordance to their station. May GOD bless His Majesty and the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. IV JOVEO MAAN, His Lordship, Lerald Vyronov, Lord Regent of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska, Lord Palatine of the Realm, Count of Graiswald, Baron of Rytsburg, and Protector of the Highlanders
  12. THE NORTHERN CONTRACT The Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska and the Reiver Mercenary Group shall agree to enter a mutual contract to outline the stipulations for military cooperation. At this accord, the Lord Regent and the Reiver Mercenaries have reached an accord to be contracted by the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska to create a joint force. The sum of money to be paid is a total of 5,000 minae, upon which the Reivers and their subsidiaries shall henceforth enjoin their arms with the forces of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska for the duration of the campaign. We, the signatories of this contract shall enter into a pact of cooperation to secure the following provisions: To protect the sovereignty of our respective nations To ensure the security of our people by ensuring mutual combatant support against enemies during the campaign To support in a military capacity and the defense in common accord Signed, His Highness, Prince Georg Stanimar, Lord Regent of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska Vydrek Volaren, Underboss of the Reivers
  13. A Proclamation of Northern Sovereignty Issued and Confirmed by the Lord Regent Prince Georg Stanimar 12th of Tobias’ Bounty, 1719 Va Birodeo Herzenav e Edlervik, The so-called “War of Two Emperors” has costed a great many lives and sacrifices to our people. With the death of His Majesty the King, we have sustained the greatest loss to our denizens as the North mourns the loss of our sovereign. In this regard, we have come to these ends, in accord with our conscience and in the interests of maintaining the integrity of the Highlander people. Our nation has suffered much, investing its great bounties and soldiers for the cause that has now loss the confidence of our subjects. Therefore, I, Prince Georg Stanimar of the House of Barbanov-Alimar, pursuant to my authority as Lord Regent and Protector of the Highlanders, do hereby order the following provisions: The Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska hereby declares itself as an independent state, outside of the Holy Orenian Empire, with no further connections to that polity. We disavow our commitment to the signatory obligations of the Nenzing Proclamation The Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska shall withhold all military activity as well as withdraw any forces outside of its territories, effective immediately. The Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska declares itself a neutral entity in the conflict until peace, in whatever form, is achieved and the war abated. The Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska sends its respective Lord Marshal, Otto of House Kortrevich to ensure a smooth relocation of Haeseni forces and the Royal Councillors to open channels with the remnant states as an independent nation. In this interests of the realm and the subjects of our kingdom, let GOD be our witness to this act and pray for the prosperity and peace of our world. 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
  14. DECLARATION OF REGENCY Issued and Confirmed by the Lord Palatine Prince Georg Stanimar 10th of Tobias’ Bounty, 1719 Va Birodeo Herzenav e Edlervik, Upon the death of His Late Majesty, King Marius II, by convention the jurisdiction of the realm shall be devolved unto the Lord Palatine. Furthermore, the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska shall hereby be subject to the regency of the Lord Palatine, His Highness, Prince Georg Stanimar of the House of Barbanov-Alimar, who shall act as Lord Regent and Protector of the Highlanders. The Lord Regent shall exercise the royal prerogative and maintain the authority and integrity of the Crown until the heir, His Majesty, Andrik III Lothar, comes of age in accordance to the decrees and bylaws of succession when the age of fourteen, otherwise known as the age of reason, is attained by the aforementioned. The Royal House of Barbanov-Alimar hereby affixes its writ of approval, entrusting and charging those whose oaths are bound in perpetuity to serve and govern the kingdom in accordance to their station. 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
  15. LINE OF SUCCESSION OF THE KINGDOM OF HAENSE KARTENEO METREL I KONGZEM HAENZEO The Dual Monarchy of the Kingdoms of Hanseti and Ruska, or more commonly known as the Kingdom of Haense, follows absolute agnatic primogeniture succession, where the first born son of the reigning monarch is first to inherit, followed, the offspring of the firstborn son and their offspring. If none exist, it then passes to the monarch’s secondborn son and his offspring, the thirdborn son, and so on and so forth. If none exist, the title then passes to the monarch’s brother, then the sons of the brother, the sons of the sons of the brother, and so on and so forth. This trend continues until the last surviving male dynast of the royal line, to which it then passes to the sons of females of the royal line and so on and so forth. The current royal dynasty of the Realm of Haense is the Barbanovs of Bihar, descended through King Peter I’s secondborn son Karl Sigmar, which inherited the throne following the extinction of the elder Andrian line. The family extends its claim from ancestor Emperor Alexander I, son of Emperor Tobias I, legitimized baseborn son of Exalted Sigismund, and henceforth claims to be the direct line of Saint Joren of Paradisius, son of Exalted Horen. The names of the individuals listed are maintained in their original Naumarian form. For their translated given names, please refer to the Norvet i Maan, Current Edition. This edition only show the 10 closest in the official line of succession of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. INCUMBENT MONARCH: Koeng Andrik Lothar Barbov-Bihar (b. 1710) INCUMBENT CONSORT: Koenas Milena Ekaterina Carrion-Tuvyic (b. 1710) LINE OF SUCCESSION Prinzen Andrik Petyr, Hauchprinzen van Kusoraev (b. 1729) Prinzen Otto Rupert, Herzen van Galahar (b. 1738) Prinzen Matyas Arik, Herzen van Alban (b. 1713) Prinzen Aleksandr Marus, Herzen van Akovia (b.1717) Prinzen Otto Tuvyic van Haense (b. 1706) Prinzen Henrik Otto van Haense (b. 1734) Prinzen Marus Demitrey van Haense (b. 1734) Prinzen Edvard Audemar, Margravir van Chanik (b. 1645) Prinzen Kazimar Lazar Alimar, Prinzen van Muldav (b. 1704) Prinzen Jan Eimar Alimar van Haense (b. 1733)
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