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  1. HAURUL CAEZK: THE ORIGINALIST By Sigmar Joren Baruch Tov and Yermey | 343 E.S. INTRODUCTION The Law Codex of Hanseti-Ruska is the foundation in which all institutions of Haense are based. It is the rock to which the Kingdom is anchored. It is the primary function of the Judicial system to uphold the textual meaning of the Codex and to strictly adhere to what the authors meant when they were originally writing the law. The law is strictly what the text says, it is not a loose, dynamic text but rather a strict, stable text that Jovenaars should not deviate from. The term “Originalist” is coined from the strict interpretation in which some Jovenaars abide by that dictates that the Law should be interpreted by its original meaning and should not be broadened to mean things it does not directly state. THE ROLE OF THE CROWN The power of the Law Codex derives solely from the Crown, the Supreme Authority of the land. While the Law serves as the foundation of the many institutions, the Crown is what binds the foundation and the institutions together, without the Crown neither the Law nor the institutions can stand alone. The Crown gives legitimization to the Law, therefore it is vital that the Law is valued by the Crown and values the Crown, serving as the Crown’s word and guidance over his domain. THE ROLE OF THE JOVENAAR It is the fundamental duty of the Jovenaar to uphold the meaning and interpret the Law as written. A Jovenaar must interpret the meaning of the Law at the time it was originally written. It is also the job of ta Jovenaar to strictly interpret the Law as a stagnant text. The Law says what it means, and what it does not say is not Law. If the Law does not speak to the matter, it is not for the Courts to adjust or broaden the meaning at the whims of the individuals. It is the job of the legislative and political bodies to alter or change the law, not the judges. If the people want something, you persuade your fellow Haeseni that it is a good idea and pass it through the Royal Duma or petition it to the Crown. The Law is not a living being, it is a legal document that says what it says, and does not say what it does not. THE ROLE OF THE LEGISLATIVE The Legislative or Political body of Hanseti-Ruska plays a large role in the Codex. It is up to the Legislative and democratic body to change or add onto the laws, not the Judicial System. The belief of Originalism is to put faith and trust into the political process, letting the Royal Duma handle the changing of laws, allowing more accountability and freedom to the Haeseni people. If the people of Haense want something passed, they should petition their elected representative and get them to present it to the body, if the majority of people agree with the change, it will be passed. If the majority of people disagree with the change or wording, it will be voted down. It is the beauty of political gridlock and the Royal Duma, the ability to alter the Law, while the Courts must uphold and strictly interpret it. The purpose for the legislative to have such a vital role in the altering of Laws is so that the elected representatives may be held accountable for their actions and votes, the reason that Jovenaars serve life sentences is so that they are not pressured by political agendas or partisanship, but it also means that they are not held accountable as representatives are. While the role of a Jovenaar is to interpret law, the role of an Alderman or Tribune is to make and change law. That is why the Legislative plays a key role in the Originalist belief, as well as the Codex itself. ORIGINALIST INTERPRETATION While I have explained the meaning of “Originalism” or “Textualism” I have not shown you what it looks like in practice, therefore I will lay out a proper example of how Originalism is put into practice; 705: Bastardy 705.01: Those born of bastardy shall have no rights to inheritance; 705.02: Bastards may be legitimized by and at the will of the Crown, with the consent of the titled peer of the relevant family if of noble descent; Now this is a direct excerpt from the Haurul Caezk that outlines the view of the law on Bastards of families, mainly regarding peerage or nobility. It directly states that no bastard, unless legitimized by the will of the Crown, may receive inheritance. Therefore, hypothetically, if a noble family such as mine died out, no Vander or bastard could inherit the Baruch titles unless priorly legitimized by the Crown. If his lineage was of bastard blood, he would be disqualified from receiving the titles of his Noble family, no matter the context or emotions. It is the duty of the Jovenaar to uphold and interpret law, therefore no matter the context or wishes from the Noble Family in this scenario, he could not inherit the titles, they would have to be awarded to him by the King. CONCLUSION As discussed throughout this Essay, Originalists believe that the Codex is like a statute, they believe that the meaning of the Codex is strictly what is written, and that the words are supposed to bear the meaning at the time it was originally promulgated. The task of a Jovenaar is to determine the original meaning of the language, to understand how knowledgeable individuals would have understood this language when it was drafted and published. Interpreters at the time would have examined various factors, including text, purpose, structure, and history. The meaning of the Law ought to be determined, not on the basis of which meaning can be shown to have been understood by a larger handful of the people; but rather on the basis of which meaning is (1) most in accord with context and ordinary usage, and thus most likely to have been understood by the authors or Duma members which drafted or voted on the words of the Law (not to mention the people subject to it), and (2) most compatible with the surrounding body of law into which the provision must be integrated – a compatibility that, by a benign fiction, we assume Duma always has in mind. I would not permit any of the historical and legislative material discussed by the Court, or all of it combined, to lead me to a result different from the one that these factors suggest. Jovenaars must adhere to strict textualism and original intent, it is for the legislative body to alter or fix the law, because at the end of the day, the Codex is a stagnant, legal document that only means what it directly states. Signed, His Honour, Sigmar Joren Baruch HKML
  2. AULIC COURT OF THE KINGDOM OF HANSETI-RUSKA ve Krawn z. Boniface Tov and Yermey | 343 E.S. Jovenaar Sigmar Joren Baruch Prosecution* Lauritz Christiansen Defense Boniface Testimonies Ailred Barclay Boniface THE FOLLOWING CHARGES WERE BROUGHT AGAINST THE DEFENDANT; 420.02: The crime of intentionally speaking sacrilege or in contrary to the teachings of the Canon and slandering the Church or Godan shall constitute a middling offence, 420.03: The crime of spreading false teachings and attempting to convert others from the Church shall constitute a severe offence; THE FOLLOWING IS THE VERDICT BROUGHT BY THE JOVENAAR AND JURY; The defendant, Boniface, was brought to court for charges of heresy and sedition against the Church. After a long trial, the jury found Boniface guilty by majority for both crimes. Boniface was sentenced to death by hanging, and the punishment was carried out immediately after the trial. THE FOLLOWING IS THE RATIONALE FOR THE DECISION FROM THE PRESIDING JOVENAAR; It is of the opinion of the Jovenaar that the defendant failed to properly demonstrate to the jury that he was not guilty of the charges of Heresy (420.02 & 420.03) brought against him. In the eyes of the court, Boniface spoke sacrilege against the teachings of Canon and slandered the Church as well as the authority of the Church, mainly targeting the Pontiff who is the Vicar of Godan. In the evidence presented to the court, by virtue of testimony and of the clear publications penned by the accused, the charges are congruent to the crimes alleged. The law is objective in which the accused Boniface had unequivocally disseminated literature in clear contrast to the orthodoxy of the magisterial authority of the Pontificate. The false teachings penned by the accused Boniface also clearly attempted to convert others from the Church in an attempted Schism. He admitted to wishing for the Pontiff to resign and urged others to follow in this cause. It is without a doubt that justice rendered befits the offenses presented. The Haurul Caezk, as prescribed by its authors, was intended to defend the Canonist Church and her teachings against the erring offenses of heretics, heathenry, and apostasy. Moreover, the 420.02 and 420.03 maintain the defense against any utterance, either spoken or written, by any individual or collective to be used to weaponize the faithful against the clerical mandates as declared by the Pontiff and his ministers. It is in this position that the court issues its mandate to execute the Friar Boniface. It is so ordered. Signed, His Honour, Sir Sigmar Baruch HKML
  3. THESIS: ON THE SYMBOLS OF THE EXALTED AND WHAT CAN BE LEARNED FROM THEM The Exalted Prophets, the founders of our holy scrolls, receive gifts from Godan, which become symbols of their lives and stories. Horen and his Golden Laurel, Owyn and his Sword of Fire, Godfrey and his Silver Scepter of Rebuke, and finally Sigismund and his Globus with the Mark of Heaven. All of these items gifted by Godan to the Prophets not only symbolize their lives but represent their ideals and what they should stand for to us through the Scrolls. Firstly, we shall cover Horen of Gamesh and the Golden Laurel gifted to him by God. Horen was the first of the Exalted Prophets and, in a sense, was the most important, for without him we would not know the Salvation of God. His story is one of the obedient man, a perfect servant, but it is also a story that lends itself to us for reflection and heedance of God’s words and commands. While Horen’s story is of a man, it is also of Man. His obedience makes it tangible that Mankind, even with all of its flaws and sin, can still find true piety and Salvation through God's Infinite and Awe-inspiring Majesty. Horen is referred to as the antithesis of Iblees, being the sole complete opposite of the darkness, evil, and sin other than God himself. Because of his devotion and obedience as well as the humility that he showed, Horen was gifted by God the knowledge of the Scroll of Virtue and the Golden Laurel. The Golden Laurel symbolizes the Fatherhood or Leadership of Horen over Man because he obeyed God unconditionally and showed great virtue and humility by submitting himself to the Divine Will of God which placed Humanity as the favored descendants of Creation. The Golden Laurel symbolizes his precedence and Fatherhood over Man and his anointing by God as his perfect and favored servant. Secondly, we shall discuss Owyn of Aaun and the Sword of Fire. Owyn was the Second of the Exalted Prophets, and as his predecessor, he is important in his own right, for without him the knowledge of God’s wrath and pure judgement would not be known. Owyn’s story is one of passion and vigilance for God and his Holy judgement. Owyn was the purifier of the God, fighting back the sin that had overtaken God’s people and the enemies that had surrounded and overtaken them. He was a Prophet of War and Zeal as he purified the pagans that worshipped Iblees and reigned upon them the Wrath of God. Those that were full of sin and unclean in the eyes of God, received his fiery judgement through the actions of Owyn and the power that God had bestowed upon him. Owyn should be a symbol to humanity that those who show vigilance and passion for God and his judgement are rewarded with the bountiful Grace and Salvation of God. Owyn was gifted by God the knowledge of the Scroll of Spirit and the Sword of Fire because of his continued passion and execution of God’s Wrath. The Sword of Fire symbolized the Wrath and Judgment that Owyn dealt out on behalf of God. To us, The Sword of Fire and life of Owyn should symbolize the constant spiritual warfare against sin, temptation, and evil and that faith in God is a weapon against the ruses of Iblees. Our Sword of Fire should be our Vigilance to prayer and our faith that burns and destroys impurity and malice. God’s holy fury is the only thing that can save us from the void, and without steadfast vigilance, we will not survive this imperfect world. Thirdly, we shall cover Godfrey and the Silver Scepter of Rebuke. Godfrey was the third Exalted Prophet, who was important for his unification of God’s people under one rule. While Owyn aided in the unification of humanity through his creation of High Priests, Godfrey cemented this through his Empire that helped shape the faith and the belief in God. Through his Kingdom of Renatus, and the conquering he had done, came the peace of God upon the realm. For it was Godfrey’s intent to cleanse Man of its wickedness and sin in the same way that Owyn did centuries before, this was before he united Mankind. Godfrey saw the sin of man, and it saddened him. He wept for his wayward brothers, as should all faithful, for it is our duty as men of God to lead our brothers back from the abyss of darkness. Before Godfrey could unleash justice, God turned his mace of war into a Scepter of rebuke and rulership. He was crowned the King of Renatus and the people bowed to Godfrey as their leader after seeing an Aengul descend from the skies and bestow upon Godfrey the Laurel and Horn. Godfrey united Mankind under virtue and faith, bringing back the worship of the only God and cleansing the lands of war with peace and just rule. The lands he would go to unite, and the Empire he would go on to create is still around in the form of the Holy Orenian Empire. Godfrey was gifted by God the knowledge of the Scroll of Gospel and the Silver Scepter of Rebuke. The Scepter symbolized the Unification and Fellowship of mankind under Godfrey’s rule and sole God. The Scepter and Godfrey’s life should symbolize the need for fellowship and unity within our faith, and the necessity of brothers in Faith, holding each other accountable to stay vigilant and obedient to God and his Grace. We must stay forthcoming in our walk with God and our brothers in the faith. Lastly, we shall finally cover Sigismund and the Globus with the Mark of Heaven. Sigismund was the fourth and final Exalted Prophet, he gave us sight into the end of days and the final judgement of God to his creation. Sigismund too was an Emperor, God gifted the Exalted Sigismund with many things, the main being a vision of the future and wisdom beyond comparison of most mortals. Sigismund, renowned for his seer abilities and wisdom, was the last of God’s chosen Prophets. His wisdom should be a reminder to us all, that if you show prudent and virtuous faith in God, that you will be rewarded with his infinite wisdom and his unrelenting Grace. He spoke and even stared into the eyes of God himself. He was granted sight into the end of days and the Seven Skies. Sigismund’s story gives hope unto the virtuous and faithful in their place within the realm of God after Iblees and the Final Battle which shall bring judgment upon the unclean and sinful. God gifts Sigismund the Knowledge of the Scroll of Auspice and the Globe with the Mark of Heaven. The Globe symbolizes Hope and Redemption for those who stay vigilant in their faith and stay obedient to the will of God. After the Final Battle, they will receive mercy and everlasting life under the God’s Promise Dominion where the peace shall be everlasting. This should be a desire and hope that all faithful cling to, in times of strife and prosperity, for nothing shall compare to the prosperity of God’s final dominion. These Four Exalted Prophets symbolize the corners of our faith, and all contain important virtues and promises that we should remember. It is just as important to hear of God’s mercy and rewards to those who obey him, as it is to hear of God’s wrath and fiery judgment to those who reject his word. It is important to know the final promise he offers to his faithful, as it is to know the final punishment of eternal damnation to those who refuse to listen. It is also important to learn that because the Exalted were faithful to him and so they were rewarded and given the Sixth Sky, this should bring hope and eagerness to answer when God calls you into his service. Your Servant, Valdemar Boritsky
  4. “Very well, brother. We shall begin quite simply. What is your name?” Valdemar Boritsky “And your age?” 40 “I know it may be clear, heh, but it is for the sake of records. What race of the descendants are you of?” Human “You are able to read and write, yes?” Yes “And with that, are you at all familiar with the Holy Scrolls and Catechism of our Church?” Yes “You are of course baptized?” Yes “Good, good. Are you married? Do you have children?” No “In what way of the clergy do you wish to serve? As a Priest, a Monastic?” As a Priest “While this may not be accepted by the Prelate, depending on the needs of the Church, in what Diocese would you prefer to serve in? You can simply name a city or Kingdom.” The Kingdom of Haense “A rather personal question, why have you chosen to walk this path in God?” I feel that Godani has called me to serve the Church and the people around me. “And at last, are you truly devoted to this way of life? Prepared to take any vows involved with ordination and commit oneself to this lifetime bond with the Lord Almighty?” Yes
  5. A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE KINGS OF HANSETI-RUSKA by Sigmar Joren Baruch Vzmey & Hyff 342 E.S. TABLE OF CONTENTS I. Preface II. House Barbanov and the “Northern Question” III. The Lineage of House Barbanov IV. The Ottonian Era V. House Barbanov-Bihar VI. Lineage of Barbanov-Bihar PREFACE The far stretching history of our beloved kingdom eludes most of our citizenry. The ancient histories have been forgotten as have our past kings and their works and achievements. While it would be hardly possible to give a proper recounting of each past king’s work in one book, I hope to give a brief history of each King and what occurred during their reign. Before that however, it should be known that the history of Hanseti and Ruska do not start with house Barbanov. Hanseti was formed by Gaius Marius and ruled by the Hochmesiters of the Teutonic order long before it was ruled by House Barbanov. The same can be said for Ruska, which was first founded by the Exalted Sigismund. In 1758, after both crowns became merely titular and were absorbed by the Imperial Crown, John III combined the two and granted the newly paired dual monarchy to House Barbanov, a cadet branch of the old ruling family of Ruska- Carrion. HOUSE OF BARBANOV (1578-1666) During the Fifth Empire, The “Northern Question” remained in the mind of the highlanders in Axios. In an age of northern anarchy after the Riga War, no highlander kingdom stood, but rather a balkanized north full of divided Hansetians and Raevir peoples. The emergence of Petyr of House Barbanov unified many noble lords and in 1578, Petyr and those who rallied behind him marched to Johannesburg to demand royal titles from Emperor John III, who obliged and gave him both Hanseti and Ruska. LINEAGE OF HOUSE BARBANOV Petyr I “The Founder” (1578-1582 | 131-135 E.S.) *there are no recorded portraits of Petyr I* Petyr var Sigmar Barbanov (born 1522) is the son of Siguine Barbanov and Kamila Vladov. Petyr grew up a minor lord after his family’s great defeat in the Duke’s War. Petyr married Elizaveta Ruthern, who died before he took the title of King. He served under Duke Jan Kovachev as a general in the Riga War, and was later designated as his heir. In Axios, Petyr would style himself as the Duke of Haense. Petyr Would then rally the support of the Orenian highlander lords and pressure Emperor John III into giving him the royal titles of Hanseti and Ruska. During his reign, Petyr would establish St. Karlsburg as the Haeseni capital and work on binding the two titles together into the colloquial Kingdom of Haense. He would die of old age in 1582, leaving his son Andrik to inherit the throne. @Eddywilson2 Andrik II “The Winter King” (1582-1586 | 135-139 E.S.) A portrait of Andrik II Andrik Otto Barbanov (born 1564) was the son of Petyr I Barbanov and Elizaveta Ruthern. Andrik was born in the County of Metterden, before his father’s ascension to Duke. As he grew up, he became renowned for his military experience and prowess and grew popular within the Royal Army. He fought in the War of Orcish Submission with the Empire, which also contributed to his military expertise. Andrik also married Reza Kovachev who would become Queen-Consort. His promising start was overshadowed by his arrogance. During the Year of Four Emperors in 1582, Andrik murdered the newly ascended Emperor John IV who had supposedly threatened the Haeseni Crown. This act forced the Kingdom of Haense to the brink of civil war, but a coalition of nobility led by Sergei Kovachev declared their support for the Emperor, forcing Andrik to give himself up to the newly crowned Emperor Phillip I. Emperor Phillip then executed the captured Andrik by boiling him in milk. This event is remembered as The Deep Cold Uprising. @seannie Marus I “The Good” (1586-1611 | 139-164 E.S.) A portrait of Marus I Marus Andrik Barbanov (born 1584) was the son of Andrik II Barbanov and Reza Kovachev. Marus took the throne at the age of two after his father Andrik’s treason to the Empire. For the early years of his reign, he was under the regency of the Count of Bihar, Prince Karl Barbanov. Marus’ reign is remembered as the greatest struggle the Haeseni people ever have had to endure. During his reign, the first major struggle that faced the Haeseni people was the Coalition War that ended in the dismantling of the Fifth Empire at the hands of Radical Courlandic terrorists as well as Urguan and Lotharingia. This resulted in an independent Haense, the first time in the Kingdom’s history. An unstable time for humanity left the young King Marus wondering what to do to stay afloat, and relations with the Radical Courlandic Terrorists quickly deteriorated as they hoped to get their revenge after the Riga War. Marus would go on to marry Adelheid Ruthern and she would become his Queen-Consort. In 1600, House Brawm, a vassal of Haense, would declare rebellion against Marus and his government. The rebellion culminated in the Siege of Houndsden, which saw the Haeseni forces demolish the rebellion and destroy the keep, leaving nothing standing. In 1601, the Courlander “Prince” Meric, was killed in Haense. The vile King Tobias of Courland assumed this was an act of aggression, as any brash and foolish man would, and issued an ultimatum to Marus, threatening the people of Haense and the Kingdom’s Sovereignty. Marus sent an Ultimatum of his own threatening the evil Staunton, this marks the beginning of The Great Northern War. Unfortunately for Marus and Haense, his forces were overwhelmed and crushed at the Battle of Elba and the Siege of Vasiland in 1603 and 1604. In 1604, the overwhelming Radical Courlandic Terrorists occupied the entirety of Haense, sending King Marus to live in Exile which he never returned from. King Marus would die in Exile, but he was remembered for his kind heart and was beloved by his people, hence the moniker “The Good”. @Piov Petyr II (1611 | 164 E.S.) A portrait of Petyr II Petyr Andrik Barbanov (born 1596) was the son of Marus I Barbanov and Adelheid Ruthern. Petyr was the second king in exile, but passed away after a few months from of ruling from Measles, This left his brother Stephen as the next King of the nonexistent throne. @Pureimp10 Stefan I “The Green” (1611-1624 | 164-177 E.S.) A portrait of Stefan I Stefan Karl Barbanov (born 1596) was the son of Marus I Barbanov and Adelheid Ruthern. Stefan was the only surviving son of Marus, succeeding his brother Petyr after his death from disease to the exiled throne. After the successful rebellion, now famously called The Greyspine Rebellion, where Ruthern and Baruch led forces won a decisive victory at the Battle of Rothswood that sent the Radical Courlandic Forces running back home, the National Duma of 1611 was called. Referred to as The Crowsmoot, the National Duma of 1611 decided what would be the fate of the newly freed Kingdom. Stefan was unanimously elected as King, after much debate and the Titles of the Kingdom of Haense were returned to House Barbanov. In the peace brokered with Courland, Stefan would be forced to marry a Staunton, one which he swore never to have kids with so that the line of Barbanov would not be dirtied with terrorist blood. Stefan watched the rise of the Sixth Holy Orenian Empire. He would later join it, being the Empire’s most significant Vassal State. Stefan would aid the Empire in the attempted suppression of the Santegian Rebellion, which was ultimately lost. The Rebellion did not have much consequence on the internal State of Haense and left Stefan completely unhindered in his rule. He was despised by the Imperial state, once called by Prince Phillip Owyn, “a deviant and a foe to all humanity”. Stefan persisted in meddling in imperial politics to preserve the status of Haense, which made him revered by the Haeseni people, similar to kings of recent memory and their fight against centralization and conformity. While Stefan had no suitable children for heir, he did sire a bastard son, which would later form the illegitimate princely House of Ludovar. @yopplwasupxxx THE OTTONIAN ERA (1624-1666) While still a part of House Barbanov, the line of Otto I is often referred to separately as the “Ottonians”. Otto I, was the second son of Andrik II, making him the Uncle of Petyr II and Stefan I. Otto I “The Prudent” (1624 | 177 E.S.) A portrait of Otto I Otto Henrik Barbanov (born 1584) was the son of Andrik II and Reza Kovachev. Otto inherited the throne from his nephew Stefan after his death. He was married to Catherine Kovachev. Otto would sit on the throne for 3 months, merely maintaining the Crown until he would later pass it on to his son Otto II. Otto I’s contributions came mostly from before he took the throne. In the military he fought in almost every war since his brother, Marus, took the throne. @NJBB Blessed Otto II “The Quiet” (1624-1644 | 177-197 E.S.) A Portrait of Otto II Otto Georg Barbanov (born 1601) was the son of Otto Barbanov and Catherine Kovachev.. Otto II became king after his father’s sudden abdication in 1624. Otto married Eleanor d’Amaury who would become his Queen-Consort. His early reign is often looked upon poorly, as it saw the decline in Haense’s influence in Axios. Otto was forced into the Romstun War by Emperor Peter II, which saw the death of many prominent nobles and councilors. Otto was left to rule mostly on his own. The decline became quite apparent during the Coup of Adelburg, which saw to the dissolvement of the Sixth Empire by King Aurelius of Renatus. However not long after this, Otto would join in the Third Crusade, which eased tensions between his kingdom, Renatus, and Marna, but this did not last. Otto was posthumously beatified for his role in the successful Third Crusade. The war helped soften the decline and, for a time, put the kingdom back on the right track. Otto was king during the immigration to Atlas, where he quickly set up the City of Markev. The city is known as possibly the most successful city in Haeseni history. Many refugees and people came to live in the beautiful southern city, which helped put Haense back onto its feet and recover from the few hard years of decline that it had endured. @Pureimp10 Otto III “The Builder” (1644-1655 | 197-208 E.S.) A portrait of Otto III Otto Stefan Barbanov (born 1621) was the son of Otto II Barbanov and Eleanor d’ Amaury. Otto III would marry Ingrid Sarkozic who would go on to become his Queen-Consort. Otto III is known as the last monarch of the Ottonian Era. He received the moniker “the builder” because of the many renovations and beautifications he did to Markev, in order to bolster its positions as the Jewel of Atlas. Otto III spent the majority of his reign fighting off the newly unionized and very aggressive Crown of Renatus-Marna. These fights took place in multiple Coalition Wars that brought Haense into a loose anti-Renatus alliance called the Czena Confederation. This loose alliance did not see much success, but it stalled the takeover of Renatus for a time, leading to a longer independent Haense from tyranny. Otto could not gain a decisive victory over Aurelius, but he did avoid being subjugated or dissolved by the aggressive Renatian war mongers. In 1655, he and his heir apparent, Otto Josef, were killed by a mysterious plague, leaving his second son to inherit the kingdom. @NJBB Karl II “The Stubborn” (1655-1666 | 208-219 E.S.) A portrait of Karl II Karl Marus Barbanov (born 1648) was the son of Otto III and Ingrid Sarkozic. Karl was left with a dying nation at the age of 7 after a mysterious plague wiped out many prominent members of nobility and the council, including his brother and father. In 1656, the Czena Confederation was dissolved, with most of its members being conquered by Renatus-Marna. Karl then founded the United Southern Alliance, which included Norland and Courland, to resist the Renatus war nation. Karl kept Renatus from crossing the Czena River, but that was about all the success that he could muster against them. Karl’s reign saw much instability within Markev, a peasant riot almost killed Karl in his palace during his reign. In 1666, he died, as did the main line of House Barbanov. Karl was considered a great leader because he took up the reins at such a young age and tried to save the kingdom from certain death. In this goal, he found his crowning achievement. @cruzazul HOUSE OF BARBANOV-BIHAR (1666-Present) After the death of King Karl II, the Royal and mainline of Petyr I and his first born had gone extinct, which led to a succession crisis, albeit a short one. Karl II’s former Lord Palatine Franz Bihar claimed the throne in a bloodless palace coup. After his death, his line would continue to rule as the new Royal bloodline. Now it is as if this never happened, the line of Bihar as taken on the same name as the extinct, referred to almost solely as Barbanov rather than Bihar. LINEAGE OF HOUSE BARBANOV-BIHAR Franz II “The Unfortunate” (1666 | 219 E.S.) A portrait of Franz II Franz Jakob Barbanov-Bihar (born 1633) was the son of Prince Henrik-Otto Bihar and Camille Stafyr. His wife was Tatiana Ruthern, who would become his Queen. Franz served as Karl II’s Lord Palatine for the majority of his reign, and would use his position to declare himself King of Haense after the passing of his cousin. Though this coup brought an end to the succession crisis and was seemingly successful, Franz was captured at his coronation by Renatian agents and beheaded by King Arelius of Renatus-Marna for refusing to be vassalized. @Birdnerdy Sigmar I “The Shrewd” (1666-1682 | 219-235 E.S.) A portrait of Sigmar I Sigmar Lothar Barbanov-Bihar (born 1643) was the son of Robert-Sigismund Bihar and Katerina Ruthern. Sigmar would go on to marry Sophia Chivay, who would become his Queen-Consort. Sigmar became King after the execution of his Uncle Franz. Sigmar was successful in lifting Renatian sanctions put on Markev, which allowed the Haeseni Economy to repair itself. This also caused an increase of population in Markev once again, this was the first time Haense had seen anything other than death and war since the mysterious plague. Sigmar attempted to use his newly improved position to try a military conquest, but this proved to be futile because of the strength of the Renatians. Sigmar’s skills were seen through his diplomacy rather than his military prowess, his forces were defeated soundly at the Battle of Karl’s Hill against Renatus-Marna. The crushing defeat led to the creation of the Seventh Empire, more often referred to as the Empire of Man. Sigmar sword fealty to Emperor Arelius, ending Haense’s longest bout of independence. Sigmar’s reign as an imperial vassal saw a shift in power from a strong centralized Haense to one decentralized with more responsibility given to the nobility. @Ark Robert I “The Kind” (1682-1707 | 235-260 E.S.) A portrait of Robert I Robert Lothar Barbanov-Bihar (born 1666) was the son of Sigmar I Bihar and Sophia Chivay. Robert would marry Elizaveta Ruthern who would become his Queen-Consort. Robert’s long reign was mainly defined by the revival of Markev and the reclamation of Crown Authority by the central government. Robert removed the old councilors of his father and made a new council handpicked by him, which returned power to the king from the nobles. He would return the ducal title of Carnatia to the re-emerging House Kovachev and Henrik Kovachev who served in his government Robert participated in the Third Atlas Coalition War alongside Emperor Aurelius. This war saw the reclamation of the County of Ayr from the Arberrang pagans. Robert returned the lands to Marius Baruch in good faith. The rest of Robert’s reign was quiet and quite peaceful. Robert spent his time hosting feasts and festivals for his people getting to know them, both common and noble alike. For these jovial acts, he received the Moniker “The Kind”. @JuliusAakerlund Marus II “The Brash” (1707-1719 | 260-272 E.S.) A portrait of Marus II Marus Demetrius Barbanov (born 1683) was the son of Robert I Bihar and Elizaveta Ruthern. Marus would marry Klaudia Vanir who would become his Queen-Consort. Marus began his reign in Arcus with a conflict against the Kingdom of Curon. Dimwitted Curonian Vassals could not tell where their land ended and where Haense’s began, which caused them to settle on Haeseni land North of the Haeseni Capital of Reza. King Marus requested a Parley with King Wilhelm, but the dolt ignored his request. King Wilhelm then accused Marus of planning to wage war on Curon using the mercenary group called the Reivers, and thus the matter was then taken up by the Imperial Government and Emperor Antonius. This culminated with the Warwick Resolution which ended the conflict between the pair who were on the brink of war. During Marus’ reign, he also reinstated the Royal Duma as a legislative and Advisory body for the nobility to have an active role in governance and formed the Marian Retinue, the Royal Kingsguard which is still used today. The next issue Marus would encounter was the Adrian Conflict. In 1708, the Duma of Adria nominated King Marus as the new Duke after the abdication of Paul II. Marus now had to look over the city of Ves and the people of Adria, whilst his own people in Reza. Emperor Antonious and the Imperial State hated the people of Adria, and would send their men to harass them daily because they were thought to be harboring criminals and bandits. In 1710, 2 years after becoming the Duke of Adria, Marus was informed of an attack on the Adria and city of Ves by the Imperial Prince Yury and his men. Marus would send a letter to Emperor Atonious demanding a trial for the rogue Prince, which was eventually held in the Imperial Capital of Helena. As the trial came to an end, clearly a kangaroo court and facade put on by the Emperor and his men, the Adrians who were attacked were called up before the Emperor and sentenced to death. Marus, shocked by the display of madness and disregard of law by the Emperor, attempted to intervene which led to a skirmish in the palace. Many were killed and injured, including Marus who took a blow. Marus would then send for peace with the Emperor in hopes of avoiding a civil war, this was accepted by the Emperor, but Adria did not have as much luck. The City of Ves was sacked by the Imperial army led by Prince Yury who set the city ablaze. This is remembered as Marus’ biggest folly, allowing his people to be attacked by a merciless oppressor. For Several years after the Yury trial, a period of peace would set on the land. After numerous acts of tyranny conducted by the Emperor and the Empire of Man, an Aeldenic ship would arrive on the coast, harboring Josef of Horen-Marna. He would confront Marus in his throne room, talking of rebellion and a plot to make Josef the New Emperor took hold. This culminated, after many meetings in Nenzing, with the Nenzing Proclamation. Emperor Antonious would dissolve the Empire of Man and two Emperors would be crowned, resulting in the War of Two Emperors. The Marnan forces along with Haense saw a few decisive victories in the beginning, but their luck would run dry at the Siege of Helena. This was the turning point in the War where the Marna forces began to collapse on themselves. Soon, the only foe left standing to the young Emperor Godfrey II was the Kingdom of Haense and King Marus. In 1719 still in the midst of war, the tired King Marus, who was stressed from war, was assassinated by a disgruntled Hekor Barrow in the Prikaz Palace. The assassin would later be killed by Prince Otto And Godfric Alimar. While Tumultuous, King Marus’ reign can be looked back on fondly. During this time, the people of Haense were united in their pride for their nation, and united against the Tyranny of the Empire and their allies. While Ves and Curon turned their backs on the cause like the cowards they were, Marus and the people of Haense fought back against all odds. @Imperium Andrik III “The Unyielding” (1719-1746 | 272-299 E.S.) A portrait of Andrik III Andrik Lothar Barbanov-Bihar (born 1710) was the son of Marus II Bihar and Klaudia Vanir. Andrik would go on to Marry Milena Carrion who would become his Queen-Consort. Andrik’s reign was marked by unending wars and the collapses of human institutions around Haense. Andrik inherited the War of Two Emperors from his father, and after a few years of hard war he would make a deal with Emperor Godfrey II to vassalize under his newly formed Holy Orenian Empire, and in return he preserved his kingdom. However, peace would not last as the Three Months War, the Lorraine Revolt, and the Rubern War would soon follow. This time is referred to as The Troubles, during which Andrik would originally back Adrian Sarkozic after the fall of the Empire and disappear of Godfrey II and his successor. This backing did not last however, as soon he would turn his support to Alexander de Joannes who subsequently would become Alexander II, Emperor of the Holy Orenian Empire. Andrik gained his moniker “The Unyielding” for his staunch resistance to unstable imperial influence in Haeseni Affair. Andrik III is the longest reigning King in Haeseni History, and oversaw the most prosperous time, the Golden Age of Haense. Andrik was beloved by his people, common and noble alike, for his resistance to imperial centralization and his jovial attitude. He promoted the noble class and gave them responsibility within the government, while also lifting up the peasantry and offering them a better life through service to the Crown. This was, in a sense, a Renaissance time in internal Haense, as many statesmen, authors, and playwrights came out to reinvigorate Haeseni culture. As the world crumbled around the Kingdom, Haense had a sense of security and peace. Even through the Wars, Andrik gave the people a secure stable Government and Leadership to look up to. In 1746, Andrik would be wounded in a hunting accident. He would die in the days to come. @Emenzi Andrik IV “The Preserver” (1746-1753 | 299-306 E.S.) A portrait of Andrik IV Andrik Petyr Barbanov-Bihar (born 1729) was the son of Andrik III Bihar and Milena Carrion. He would later go on to marry his cousin Maya Barbanov-Alimar who would become his Queen-Consort. Andrik’s reign was rather short compared to his fathers, and spent most of his time focusing on the Rubern War and the internal toil between the Feudalists and Centralists. The Rubern War was in gridlock, as neither the morsgradi coalition or the Empire could get the upper hand. During this time, Lord Palatine Markus Kortrevich stoked the embers of infighting, apparently attempting to silence the Feudalist Ideas by using the Rubern War to halt Duma entirely, unbeknownst to the Lord Speaker Sigmar Baruch. Andrik tried to mend the bridges burnt by his Palatine by elevating Sigmar Baruch to a Duchy and Erwin Barclay to a County, while also elevating Markus Kortrevich to a Margrave. Andrik also oversaw great success in the military through his reforms. In 1753, Andrik IV would die after being wounded fatally during a rescue mission to save his wife, Queen Maya, from a group of ruffians. @AndrewTech Sigismund II “The Soldier” (1753-1776 | 306-329 E.S.) A portrait of Sigismund II Otto Sigismund Barbanov-Bihar (born 1748) was the son of Andrik IV Bihar and Maya Alimar. He would go on to marry Viktoria Ruthern who would later become his Queen-Consort. Sigismund spent half of his reign under the Regency of Tiberius Barrow until his death, then Prince Otto Sigmar Alimar. During the later half of his Regency under Prince Otto, the Feudalist nobility made a coalition, called the Valwyck Pact, to check the power and remind the heavily centralist Prince Otto that he was only the Head of State until Sigismund came of age. Prince Otto and the leader of the Valwyck Pact, Duke Petyr Baruch, came to an agreement called the Valwyck Compromise that alleviated fears from both sides as it ensured the rights of nobility and promised not to strip nobility without proper cause, and in turn the nobility would support the regent completely. Sigismund spent most of his reign fending off the Scyfling Invasion under Bralt the Boar, though he would ultimately die before ending the invasion. During his reign, Sigismund and his now Lord Palatine Petyr Baruch would see the end of the Rubern war, gaining back the old Alimar territories, but readmitting this land became an issue as the Imperial and Haeseni authorities argued over who had the jurisdiction of the regained land. Tensions were constantly high, and rising, with the Imperial Government as Sigismund, Petyr Baruch, and the Lord Lieutenant Nikolas Barbanov worked to find compromises with the aggressively centralized Imperial Government. Concessions were made to improve stability, including agreeing to a single peerage system which would be a main issue in the years to come. This issue greatly outraged the boisterous Sigismund, who often would make inflammatory statements that were borderline seditious about the Imperial Government. After the outbreak of the Sutican War, where Sigismund was not informed prior by the Imperial government and Emperor Peter III, Sigismund wished to remain neutral, while rumors circulated of rebellion against the tyranny of the terrible Emperor. However, his council refused to allow this to happen, seeing the needs of Haense over personal grudges, unlike Sigismund, which caused Sigismund to eventually end his life. While his love for his people was great and blinding, his brashness and irrationality compared to that of Marus II and, without his council, may have bogged down Haense in a futile war for decades to come. @seannie Josef I (The Liberator ?) (1776-Present | 329-Present E.S.) A portrait of Josef I Josef Sigismund Barbanov-Bihar (born 1769) is the son of Sigismund II Bihar and Viktoria Ruthern. Josef is married to Isabel Baruch who is now his Queen-Consort. Josef is the second child king in a row, ascending to the throne at age 7. Josef’s Regent was appointed by Petyr Baruch, Konstantin Wick served as his Regent and Lord Palatine after the stepping down of Petyr Baruch from the position. After his father’s death, there was a sense of division among the people. Some wished to fight against the Empire, others wished to stay for the greater good. Josef’s first task was to amend the division between the people, which was done after the Pontiff James II demanded Emperor Peter III end the war against Sutica. The next task Josef and his government would face was against the Scyfings. During the first years of his Kingship he would beat the Scyfling horde and end the Scyfling War. Peace did not last long however, as now the Inferi wage war across Arcas. Josef would take up the sword and shield of his father, and the father’s before him as he led the resistance against the Imperial Government’s fight for centralization and strippng of Autonomy from Haense. On the 11th of Amber Cold, 1786, Empress Anne I granted Haense it’s freedom after a brief meeting in the Novellen with King Josef, expelling them from the Empire. For months after, celebrations ran rampant through the streets and praise was given to Josef and his Government for gaining independence from the Empire. Josef then quickly and efficiently set up a self sustaining government for an independent Haense. @CaptainHaense To be Continued...
  6. VOL. 1 EXCLUSIVE EDITION. 16 Baruch & Kortrevich Publishing Three Minas per Edition Available in Nauvmarian THE GOLDEN CROW CHRONICLES New Reza, Haense Tov and Yermey, 340 E.S. | Sun’s Smile, 1787 8 pages Written by: Sigmar Baruch & Viktor Kortrevich Published by: B&K Publishing Pg. 1 LET FREEDOM RING! An illustration of Lady Haense Bells from New Reza rang out across the countryside, the people gathered in groups as a buzz could be heard across the city. Rumors and missives were spread around as people anticipated the return of their king— their sovereign. The small delegation that accompanied King Josef made the short journey home. The delegation came to the mouth of the city where a crowd roared in celebration as the Crowned Crow and his envoy had returned, free from the chains of the Holy Orenian Empire. “Josef the Liberator” they cheered, following the delegation as they paraded through the city. King Josef made his way to the palace, trailed by the masses who were celebrating their freedom. “We will always remember the 11th of Msitza and Dargund as the day Haense got its freedom.” Words bring joy and inspiration to all Haeseni, that bring pride and unity across the kingdom. After decades of toil, turmoil, and infighting, Haense and Oren have peacefully parted ways from each other, in an attempt to form a better union as equals and partners. As an old man now who has been with Haense since the War of Two Emperors where tyranny was fought tooth and nail; Where lives of great Haeseni were lost to gain sweet freedom, Where our allies turned their backs on us and fed us to the wolves. I can finally say that the dream of the late Lord Palatine Georg Stanimar Alimar has finally been fulfilled— a Free, Sovereign Haense. After the War of the Two Emperors, our subjugation was once more cemented but our fight had not seen its end. The theater of war had changed as did the tyrants who ruled us, but this did not deter us from resisting the oppression and fighting for the freedom we so desired. From one Pertinax tyrant to the next, from the de Joannes, to the Lord Protector Sarkozic and back to the Pertinax, Haense fought tooth and nail to receive its freedom. New Reza, Haense An illustration by Juliyus Kortrevich, c. 1787 We never forgot those who abandoned us in humanity’s time of need, and we would never forgive them or see them in the same light. Our allies whom we fought with against the Pertinaxi tyrants had turned their backs on us and joined them once more. Josef Marna and Ves had deserted us as did Curon. For this my generation will never forgive them. It is because of their cowardice, both the Republic and Curon failed, but Haense persisted, because if we hadn’t we would have perished like so many others did under this Empire. Our great leaders fought perilously for our freedom, even in the darkest of time. From King Andrik III and his unyielding passion, his creation of NAFTA and his fight for autonomy has cemented him as the antithesis of Imperial centralization. Next came King Andrik IV who continued the fight and preserved the views of his father, he followed in the footsteps of his predecessor as a maverick against the wave ofI Imperial tyranny that had once again reclaimed the Imperial government. Finally, to the late King Sigismund II, who took his life, no longer able to watch his people suffer under tyranny that he could not end. We conclude this brief history with the beacon of hope, the freedom we fought so hard and long for had finally been obtained. Under King Josef I, Haense has finally won the war for independence. It had finally gotten what so many arrogant elitists had tried to stop. This old man has finally seen a Haense free from tyranny. We celebrate these days, but we should not forget what good did come out of this empire. Without this Empire, we would never see the work of our great civil servant who selflessly dedicated their life to protect Haense, people like Terrence May and Lukas Rakoczy. Without this empire we would not have fended off the Morsgradi horde that threatened good Canonists all throughout humanity. While we’ve had our differences with the Empire, we’ve also found unity and fellowship in times of strife. May Godani guide us to form a stronger friendship through our faith. "I would have perished had I not persisted." <link> Written by: Sigmar Baruch Pg. 2 ADVERTISEMENT “BUY AN ADVERTISEMENT FOR A LOW LOW COST” Are you a business owner in Haense? ...and are you looking for more business in your small firm? If so, worry not as the Golden Crow Chronicles offers low low prices for an advertisement in our publishing! Seek the authors at B&K Publishing for more information regarding our pricing plans! * Message Dale#4231 over Discord for more information! * Message Drew#7225 over Discord for more information! * Paid for by B&K Publishing Pg. 3 TREATY OF HELENA Imperial City of Helena The sun shining over the Imperial City of Helena, 1736 Over the past century, ethnic and social tensions within our realm have escalated. Despite the tension, the Royal and Imperial governments alike have at all times worked to maintain good relations between our nations. While we now stand as independent entities, we recognize the importance that Canonist nations stand together, and that we maintain the centuries of fraternity between our two countries. We hope that this will be a lasting alliance between our two strong canonist nations. <link> Written by: Viktor Kortrevich Pg. 4 ADVERTISEMENT “WE NEED YOU! ENLIST NOW!” New Reza, Haense A depiction of an oathing ceremony taking place in front of the statue of St. Karl Your Kingdom entices you to enlist yourself into the Haeseni Royal Army! Serve your liege lord through the light of God, May you defend your country at the side of your brethren and sistren. Enlist now where you may rise to the occasion and take up arms against the adversaries who seek to bombard the very walls we reside behind! Stand now and bring oneself to the commissioned officers of the HRA where you may bear the colors of Black & Gold and serve your homeland with the utmost amount of honor and prestige. Join now and fight alongside the most well-trained soldiers, the Haeseni Royal Army has amongst its ranks. With the Scyfling tribesmen on our shores, Our Lord Marshal and Our King encourages you, Our reader to fill out the enlistment forms and take up arms against those who seek to cause us harm! “A man or woman who dons the cloaks of Haeseni embroidery is a man or woman who will rise to the occasion and confront those who wish to provoke our country with great harm!” -Lord Marshal Otto Kortrevich, 1715 <link> * Message Coolcod#4671 over Discord for more information! * Paid for by the Haeseni Royal Army Pg. 5 TREATY OF THE HIGHLANDERS The Kingdom of Haense and Norland have reached a deal for a non-aggression pact in hopes to better unify and strengthen the Highlanders bonds. While our strong canonist faith differs from Norland’s, we hope to peacefully coexist and become better friends with our highlander brethren in Norland. A trade deal was also negotiated as part of the treaty. <link> Written by: Viktor Kortrevich Pg. 6 ADVERTISEMENT “PROPERTY AVAILABLE, CONTACT A STEWARD” New Reza, Haense A rendering of the market stalls outside the city Do you have wares you’re looking to sell? Are you an aspiring business owner but are short on mina to purchase a proper store-front? No need to fret any longer for you yourself can rent a market stall of your choosing outside the city walls! These stalls are in a prime locality as this district is right on the path into the city! If you’re interested, head into the city and contact a local steward to get you and your business set-up in no time! * Contact a steward at #steward-house-requests over Discord for more information! * Paid for by the City of New Reza Pg. 7 HAESENI YOUTH ENTER THE DUMA HALLS A depiction of the first bi-annual Junior Duma, 1786 The first Junior Duma session was held this past year for the children of Haense and it was a brilliant success. Seeing the young boys and girls of this kingdom take part in a mock Duma, mimicking the duties of our wonderful civil servants is excellent for all involved. Being a past Lord Speaker myself, nothing brings more joy than seeing your institution and legacy grow and change as the years go past. I hope all the children have as much fun as I did in the chamber and I hope they learn much about the history and governance of this revered independent kingdom. <link> Written by: Sigmar Baruch Pg. 8 HISTORICAL FIGURE OF THE YEAR King Andrew III of Haense Andrew Lothar of Barbanov Andrik Lothar var Marus Bihar “The Unyielding” An illustration of the fourteenth King of Haneti-Ruska, circa. 1720 Andrew III, (High Imperial: Andreas Lotharius; New Marian: Andrik Lothar; 8th of The Amber Cold, 1710 - 1746) also known as Andrew the Unyielding was the 14th King of Hanseti-Ruska as the oldest living son of Marius II of Haense and Klaudia of Vasiland. Upon his birth, he was made the Grand Prince of Kusoraev, the honorary title given to all crown princes of the dual monarchy, and ascended to the throne after his father's assassination in 1719. With his first years as a monarch under a strict regency until that he came of age in 1724. Ruling the Kingdom until his death whilst out with a skirmishing party during the Rubern War. Leading a hunt during his birthday with his party he was severely injured by a boar and a day later died of the injuries he had sustained. Andrews' reign was defined by the turmoil that surrounded Haense and the Empire alongside the War of Two Emperors, the Three Months War, the Lorrainian Revolt, the Heathen scourge and the Rubern War. Andrew fought in many battles during his reign and served a total of five different emperors. He was considered a staunch traditionalist when it came to cultural matters and was an avid supporter of Haeseni craftsmen and artists. During his reign Haense saw a revival in many aspects but primarily in its historical military traditions with the reformation of the Brotherhood of Saint Karl and with his traditionalistic views he often found himself standing up against imperial politicians during the reigns of Emperor Alexander II, Lord Protector Adrian de Sarkozy and Emperor Peter III. During the reign of Emperor Alexander he was given the nickname 'The Unyielding' by his own men for refusing to let the imperials dictate Haeseni affairs alongside his brutish nature and militaristic mindset. *Excerpted from the ‘Andrew III of Haense’ documentation <link> @Emenzi Editor's Note: Regarding Future Editions We the Writers at B&K Publishing wish to remind our readers that this edition was published by a request made by the Crown. We’ll be beginning a new cycle of editions at a later date when our Publishing company receives proper funding. We would also like to wish good luck to the people of Oren. With the rumored influx of Kaedreni politicians coming to your government, we’ll be praying for you and the Empire in hopes they do not mismanage and destroy it as the Helvets and others did to their own kingdom. This concludes Edition 16 of the The Golden Crow Chronicles. hi piov!
  7. VOL. 1 EXCLUSIVE EDITION. 14 Baruch & Kortrevich Publishing Three Minas per Edition Available in Nauvmarian THE GOLDEN CROW CHRONICLES New Reza, Haense Wzuvar and Byvca, 338 E.S. | Horen's Calling, 1785 7 pages Written by: Sigmar Baruch & Viktor Kortrevich Published by: B&K Publishing Pg. 1 ROYAL WEDDING Haeseni Coat of Arms The momentous occasion of the wedding between his majesty, King Josef I and Lady Isabel Baruch is descending upon us rapidly. Soon will be the joyous festivities of the Crowned Couple’s wedding and feasts. There will be much revelry to take place with many events and parties to celebrate the conjoining of the two. We wish King Josef and Lady Isabel the best in their marriage as well as their leading of our fine kingdom. <link> Written by: Viktor Kortrevich Pg. 2 ADVERTISEMENT “KRAFTSMANSHIP AT ITS FINEST” Greyspine Road V, New Reza An illustration of Kortrevich Krafters Kortrevich Krafters was established in 1783 by House Kortrevich in partnership with craftsman Tuvya Hus. The craftsman stalls offer an array of woods, furniture, toys and wools for an affordable price for the Haeseni populace. Along with the many items that Tuvya Hus and House Kortrevich offers at Kortrevich Krafters, Lord Tuvya Hus and Lord Juliyus Kortrevich are skilled in the art of pottery, calligraphy and painting. For more information regarding the items and services that Kortrevich Krafters sells and offers, please read over the attached advertisement! <link> * Message TuvyaHus#5617 over Discord for more information! * Paid for by Tuvya Hus Pg. 3 HOUSE OF COMMONS ELECTIONS The approaching House of Commons elections are very anticipated as the field of candidates look to shake up the House which has long been controlled by party politics. There are many Haeseni candidates running free as independents such as the President of the House, Lukas Rakocy, Former member Juliyus Kortrevich, and newcomers Karl Schumor, Boris Ruthern, Edvard Amador, and Annaliese Kortrevich. There is also the Everardine Candidate, defense attorney and Haeseni solicitor Leonard Skingaard. We wish all our Haeseni the best of luck in tackling this task and hope to see many fruitful reforms that help Haense thrive! <link> Written by: Sigmar Baruch ~ HAESENI ELECTIONS Coat of Arms of the City of New Reza There is a big election coming up for the provincial government of Haense. The position of Royal Alderman, Grand Maer, and Tribune are up for grabs as the Royal Duma hopes to see fresh faces and fresh ideas to be brought to the forefront of haeseni governance. The Following candidates are running for Tribune: Joren Mackensen, Llewelyn Fawr, Zo Mondblume, and Hektor. The Following candidates are running for Grand Maer: Alfred Barclay, Henriette Marna de Rafal, and Ithilien. The Following candidates are running for Royal Alderman: Viktor Barlcay, Kjell von Hansen, and Hieufox. <link> Written by: Viktor Kortrevich Pg. 4 ADVERTISEMENT “EAT, SHOP, RELAX” Sigismunds Square I, New Reza An illustration of the Baruch Trading Co. ...at night! The Baruch Trading Company was an idea formed from Duke Matyas and Maverik Baruch. The House of Baruch had acquired a decent sum from their part in Baruch & Kortrevich Publishing, and subsequently Matyas’ grandfather’s successful “Golden Crow Chronicles”. Also, the “Baruch’s Bees” shop had some profits as well – the Baruchs had already established themselves as adept businessmen. With this money, the two cousins afforded a shopfront in New Reza with the idea of selling products often enjoyed in the much further northern reaches of Haense. They stocked the shelves, hoping to spread aspects of far-northern culture to the Royal City. Come on down get your dip, liquor, and toys! <link> * Message hippo#0985 over Discord for more information! * Paid for by Matyas Baruch Pg. 5 INTERVIEW WITH OSVALD BARCLAY ‘The Unprovoked Removal of Office’ A depiction of Lord Osvald Barclay opposite of Lord Sigmar Baruch, circa. 1786 The following text is the sit-down interview between Osvald Barclay and Sir Sigmar Baruch in the Reza Tavern: “What was your position in the imperial cabinet, might I ask Ser Osvald?” “I held the position of Lord Lieutenant for the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska briefly.” “And how did you view the role of the Lord Lieutenant and its role on the imperial cabinet?” “Well, how the role of the Lord Lieutenant is interpreted is something that is pretty much set in stone. My job and duty was to ensure there was a bridge of communication between the Imperial State and the Aulic Government in Hanseti-Ruska. Ensuring prosperous relations together, and representing both parties in their respective governments. During my tenure, I'd wager that I had performed my duties to a respectful standard. That would be the view I hold on my role.” “Mhm, Mhm. Were you treated well in the imperial cabinet?” “There was very little conversation had, but I believe I was treated fairly, da.” “Well as alluded to in the previous questions and the past tense responses, you act as though you are no longer Lord Lieutenant, is it true you were fired from your position?” “This is true, I am no longer the Lord Lieutenant.” “How were you informed of your removal from office and what was their reasoning for firing you?” “I was informed through a letter sent by Archchancellor Stahl-Elendil that he had made a decision to see the seat vacant, I was not given reasoning.” “That’s a rather alarming way of informing someone they have been sacked, and for not citing reasoning to remove the person who is supposed to be a bridge between the haense and imperial government, it's absolutely appalling! Excuse me, I should stay on topic. My final question Sir Osvald is simple, how do you feel about your tenure as Lord Lieutenant and about the current state of affairs of the imperial cabinet? “My tenure as Lord Lieutenant was a fairly stable one, with very little conversations between the Imperial State and the Haeseni Government. The only thing I had talked about with the Imperial Cabinet was the issue of tax, which was not an institutional dialogue, but a private conversation. The Imperial Cabinet right now is rather busy, since the unfortunate death of Peter III. They are in the process of getting a stable leadership, with the power change, and I do not think they have their eyes on provincial issues yet.” As I was reviewing the conversation in my scribe’s transcript of the conversation, I noticed something in the last statement. He mentioned that the main topic of conversation, although mainly private, was that of a tax that may be levied onto the Kingdom of Haense. Something of a controversial topic that has also been debated and opposed by haeseni members of the Commons as well as the majority of Haeseni citizens. While still in his imperial position, as well as the position of Lord Speaker of the Royal Duma, which he still holds, the topic of taxation was brought up as an advisory resolution within the Royal Duma. the peers and elected officials of Haense wished to voice their opinions on the matter of imperial taxation and did so. The Royal Duma unanimously opposed any imperial taxation and contested the idea of said tax, after the vote on the advisory resolution passed unanimously, in which Lord Osvald Barclay oversaw as his Speaker duties require, he sent it to the King Josef for approval which could not be vetoed or contested as all of his peers were behind it. Curiously not long after this advisory resolution passes, Lord Speaker Osvald is removed from his office for an unknown reason without proper cause. The author of this paper can only assume that the reason for his discharge was because he allowed such a topic to be discussed and voted upon. It seems that the discharge was out of vengeance and resentment of the imperial administration towards their own Haeseni peers. They would rather see the lord's opinions suppressed than them given the platform to debate and discuss their opinions. It is appalling that such lengths would be taken to avoid hearing the argument of their peaceful opposition. The author can only hope that the reason for removal is valid and not some spiteful retort to the citizens of Haense’s will, both common and noble alike. Written by: Sigmar Baruch Transcribed by: Rickard Kortrevich Pg. 6 ADVERTISEMENT “PROPERTY AVAILABLE, CONTACT A STEWARD ” New Reza, Haense A rendering of the market stalls outside the city Do you have wares you’re looking to sell? Are you an aspiring business owner but are short on mina to purchase a proper store-front? No need to fret any longer for you yourself can rent a market stall of your choosing outside the city walls! These stalls are in a prime locality as this district is right on the path into the city! If you’re interested, head into the city and contact a local steward to get you and your business set-up in no time! * Contact a steward at #steward-hosue-requests over Discord for more information! * Paid for by the City of New Reza Pg. 7 HISTORICAL FIGURE OF THE YEAR King Otto II of Haense Otto George of Barbanov Otis Georgius Carovus Secundus “The Temperate, the Prudent, the Quiet Crow, the Younger” Mural of the seventh King of Hanseti-Ruska, circa. 1634 Before his rule, Otto George served as a courtier in the restored Haeseni court and worked as a diplomat under the Palatine Henrik Bihar. He was known for his humility and strict adherence to moral doctrine, which clashed greatly with his cousin’s more extravagant court. Otto maintained a close circle of advisors and friends, mostly of ordained clergy, which included the future pontiff Everard IV. In his father’s three years, Otto served as crown prince with dour respect, creating the record-long sixteen-hour hymn for his elevation as heir. Otto ascended to the throne in 1627, and his reign saw Haense continue its economic and cultural boom. He, as a committed Canonist, created many royal hospitals and institutions of faith within Haense, as well as the first irrigation system stretching across the Rothswald and Wickswald. Lavish donations were bestowed upon canonist charities and orders within Haense, and Otto encouraged a theological revival in Haeseni sciences. To pay for much of this, Otto II cut down spending on the armed forces and military. Haense maintained relatively peaceful throughout his reign, except the brief of Vasiland by dwarven forces in 1635, where the army faced a considerable loss when allied with a coalition of fellow imperial vassals and dwed loyalists. In the beginning, Otto’s management of the army led to few blunders, such as the controversial dismissal of commandant Cullen Valrein, though by the end of his promotion of talented military minds such as Berengar Helvetz and Geralt Rauen led to sizable martial influence. Otto also joined the Third Crusade in coalition with the heartlander states, successfully sieging and capturing the pagan capital in the process. Towards his final years, he finally unveiled and started construction upon the planned city of Markev- a new royal capital to replace the cramped and poor-looking Alban. This took considerable fortune, though his strategic placement upon the River Czena allowed for better trade through river travel. He had translated the Canonist Scrolls in New Marian, called the King Otto Scrolls, which is now commonly used in Haeseni churches. He died in the city he created and was succeeded by his son Otto Stefan. *Excerpted from ‘Haeseni People’ documentation <link> @Pureimp10 Editor's Note: Regarding Future Editions We the Writers at B&K Publishing wish to remind our readers that this edition was published by a request made by the Crown. We’ll be beginning a new cycle of editions at a later date when our Publishing company receives proper funding. This concludes Edition 14 of the The Golden Crow Chronicles.
  8. “Wai’ a minute! Ah still haven’ been paid the bride price!!” Sigmar Baruch would howl with anger and he sat grumpily in his study crossing his arms, looking over the invitation.
  9. Sigmar Baruch sends a letter to carrying the Baruch sigil to the President of the Commons, Lukas Rakoczy ”Greetings and God Bless Mister Rakoczy, after much contemplation I vote Aye on the Backpayment Act and Nay on removing Article Two from the Judiciary Salary Act.”
  10. The Duchy of Valwyck: Title Abdication Issued and Penned by His Grace, Petyr of House Baruch, Duke of Valwyck 12th of msitza and dargund 336 E.S. | 12th of Harren’s Folly 1783 Coat of Arms of House Baruch @importanthippo @NJBB I, Lord Petyr II of House Baruch, Duke of Valwyck, hereby transfer the titles held by the House of Baruch to my younger brother, Matyas Aleksandr Baruch. In this, I am relinquishing my patriarchy of House Baruch to Matyas Aleksandr Baruch as well, and the newly determined Duke of Valwyck is responsible for the following: To preside over the House of Baruch to the best of his ability in the service of the aforementioned House. To ensure the prosperity of House Baruch and of the lands within his jurisdiction. To be honorable and righteous in the protection of his kinsmen and in his duties as a leal subject to the Crown. I have cherished my time as the patriarch of House Baruch and Duke of Valwyck, and I praise God for this life He has gifted me. I hope that Matyas may share in this statement once it is time for his to write such a decree as this. IV JOVEO MAAN, HIS GRACE, Lord Petyr Henrik Baruch, Duke of Valwyck, Count of Ayr, Baron of Laval, Riveryn, and Voron, and Guardian of the Haeseni Coast, HIS MAJESTY, King Josef I of Hanseti and Ruska, Grand Hetman of the Army, Prince of Dules, Ulgaard, Lahy, Sorbesborg and Slesvik, Duke of Carnatia and Vidaus, Margrave of Rothswald, Count of Graiswald, Karikhov, Baranya, Kvasz, Kavat, Karovia, Kovachgrad, Torun, Turov, and Kaunas, Baron of Rytsburg, Venzia, Esenstadt, Krepost and Kralta, Lord of Alban, Reza and Markev, Lord of the Westfolk, Protector of the Highlanders, etcetera.
  11. Name: Karl Kortrevich Age: 15 Areas of Study: history [MC Name]: DrewDOOD [Discord]: Drew#7225
  12. A letter is mailed to the President of the Commons, Lukas Rakoczy, bearing the Baruch Sigil “Mister President, I vote Aye on the matter of a Subpoena, it is the duty of the commons to scrutinize the ministries and conduct oversight.” Signed, Sir Sigmar Baruch, HKML, MHC
  13. Sir Sigmar Baruch would pen a letter to each of the members in the House of Commons. ”Colleagues, I’d like to first say welcome and welcome back to all those who are new and to those who are returning to this body. This session, I believe, will be dedicated to those we serve and to those who voted us in. We have much work to do and many promises to fulfill to our constituents, I look forward to working with each of you in our duties as members of the House of Commons. Now to my nominations, I wish to nominate Osvald Barclay to the position of Leader of the House, I believe he has done a fine job in his tenure as Lord Speaker of the Royal Duma and I would like to see what he would get done as Leader of the House. Secondly, I wish to nominate Lukas Rakoczy to the position of President of the Commons, I believe he is a fair and honorable man and he would do a fine job as President. Those are my nominations for the House, I wish you good luck and may you pray over your nominations for the positions before us. Regards, Sir Sigmar Baruch HKML, MHC”
  14. BARUCH OR BUST Vote Sir Sigmar Baruch, 1780 A RETURN TO POLITICS After taking a session break to serve as his grandson’s regent, Sir Sigmar Baruch is eager to come out of retirement and once again serve the Holy Orenian Empire and his home province of Haense. Sigmar is a veteran of multiple wars including the War of Two Emperors, the Three months War, the Rubern War, and the Scyfling Invasion. Sigmar has dedicated his life to politics and the improvement of his home province, serving 5 years as Lord Kastellan and 20 years as Lord Speaker of the Royal Duma, he also reformed the position of Royal Envoy after retiring from speakership. During his tenure as Lord Speaker he passed many reforms and increased the efficiency of the Royal Duma, laying some of the foundation for what the institution is now today. He has written numerous bills to improve haeseni infrastructure and governance and has focused on preserving haeseni tradition and culture. Sigmar served two terms in the House of Commons as an Everardine, during which he did everything in his power to stand up for what he believed in. Sigmar is running independently this time to avoid party politics; he hopes to focus on the more important issues and vote the way he believes rather than voting with the pack. POLICY PLATFORM Small Businesses - Sigmar Baruch wishes to further expand on the recently passed Imperial Business Funding Act by adding small business subsidies as a way to support and boost the merchant working class. Military Support - Sigmar Baruch wishes to further support and recognize our military by amending the National Holiday Act and adding a military celebration day, where the empire shows support to those who protect it with celebration and praise, this would also give our active duty soldiers a day off. Sigmar also wishes to extend the pensions for military veterans from 20 to 30 years. Budget Balancing - Sigmar Baruch recalls a budget issue from the last session of the Commons he participated in. Members declared there was a lack of funds in the Treasury, mainly because of overspending by multiple ministries. Sigmar hopes to balance the current budget and cut down on overspending so that the imperial treasury may sustain itself properly. Sigmar also hopes to increase oversight on government ministries to ensure they abide by their allocated budgets and properly do their ministerial duties. Decrease Bureaucracy - Sigmar Baruch hopes to decrease the redundant bureaucracy which plagues some ministries, such as the interior, in hopes that they can more efficiently do their ministerial duties. the excessive layers of bureaucracy which distance the governed from the government must be removed. Vassal Tax - Sigmar Baruch promises to oppose vassal tax. Municipal Governance - Sigmar Baruch hopes to strengthen the municipal governments of Helena, Haense, and Kaedrin to improve internal efficiency and cut down on ministry bureaucracy, this will increase their speed and efficiency. ENDORSEMENTS When Election day comes, Sigmar Baruch hopes he has your vote! Sigmar also supports the following Independent Candidates: Lukas Rakoczy, Juliyus Kortrevich, Ser Oslvald Barclay, and Conrand Barclay. Sigmar also believes his Josephite colleague, Sir Konstantin Wick, is a good candidate and would be a great civil servant in the House of Commons. BARUCH OR BUST, 1780!
  15. SURNAME: Baruch FIRST NAME: Sigmar Joren ADDRESS OF RESIDENCE: Duchy of Valwyck DATE OF BIRTH: 1709 Are you registered and eligible to vote in the Holy Orenian Empire? yes Do you have any other title, peerage or military service that may conflict with becoming a Member of the House of Commons, as per the Edict of Reform (1763)? no If yes, do you understand that you will be required to resign or abdicate from this position should you be elected to the House of Commons, and if this does not occur your seat shall be considered to be vacant?: n/a ((MC NAME)): DrewDOOD
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