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Vilhjálm Kormak

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  1. New election

    Lady Law Speaker It has been a privilege and great honour to have served the Storish people as their High Justiciar. I find, however, that I wish to focus my attention and strength on the Hurmu diaspora. Accordingly, in the elections for the term starting in Sokkvabekk, I do not intend to stand. I remain loyal to the people.
  2. [Bill] Convention of the Laws of the Seas (Accession) Bill

    Lady Law Speaker, In the absence of a debate on the matter, I move to adopt this bill by unanimous consent.
  3. [Bill] Convention of the Laws of the Seas (Accession) Bill

    Lady Law Speaker, Honourable Jarls, Allow me to pray to the Supreme Goodness in the ways of my ancestors. Feel free to join me in this evocation. Supreme Goodness! By the holy waters of the Lakes, through the wonders of our world, may you spread by holy rain across the planet, purify the world, purify our hearts to that our environment and our souls may be open for your wisdom, and that whatever decision this Althing may take today, may it be so that it will reflect the supreme goodness of your holy water. We are Hurmu.
  4. Though I have walked through out the world around, And seen the sun and rain Upon the foreign ground; Back home I sail, to see the Viking shore, The Stormark that I love, the land of tale and lore. Across the sea, whatever foes may be, Stormark will always be, my home eternally. My sword has clashed, steel biting hardened steel, My comrades side by side, no coward thoughts we feel; But once back home, with peoples warm and pure, My sov'reigns strength is all, I need to be secure. Across the sea, whatever foes may be, Stormark will always be, my home eternally. In Stormarks halls, amongst my friends and kin, Is where I long to stay, for it is good within; And so I rest, but ready for the call, Yes happy in my home, for Stormark will not fall! In the name of the HIGH KING'S IMPERIAL AND ROYAL MAJESTY, from whom all constitutional and sovereign power emenates or through whom is exercised, I, Vilhjalm Kormark of Bjarngeir, High Justiciar of the Realm, Right Hand of the High King, High King's Navigator and First Mate of the Longship of State, First among Equals, Guardian of the Hall of Freyr Jarl of Borgarrike, submit to the Althing's consideration, the bill to accede to and incorporate as law of the High Realm the Convention of the Micras Treaty Organization on the Laws of the Seas. Lady Law Speaker, Esteemed Jarls The Convention on the Laws of the Seas is a hallmark of international law in Micras, and it is in the interests of the High Council and of Stormark to accede to the convention. The current parties to the Convention are our close allies and friends, Alexandria, Natopia and Shireroth. To further our relations with these empires, it will be beneficial for us to accede to the Convention. The reasons to why Stormark has not yet acceded to the Convention have centred around the incompatibility between Storish law and the Convention. For example, Storish law defines internal waters as 12 nautical miles [22.224 km] from the coastal baseline, compared to the MTOCLOS definition of 24 km [12.9589633 nautical miles]. The EEZ, or as called in the MTOCLOS, "reserve zone", is defined as 200 nautical miles [370.4 km] in Storish law and 360 km [194.384449 nautical miles] in the convention. So if we ratify the convention, we would lose exclusive use of waters corresponding to roughly 12 km from the baseline – however, Storish sovereignty would have been extended by almost 2 km. I believe that it would therefore be constitutional to ratify the MTO CLOS, provided that we amend the Jurisdictions Act of Year 10 accordingly. The Convention is proof of the usefulness of the MTO. Although its halls are silent now, this sort of agreement is essential to international order. Stormark's Tapferite coastline and reserve zone have already been "pinned" to the Convention standard in the Tapfer Treaty. There are several zones on Micras where it would be beneficial for the High Realm to 'finalize' its aquatic claims with Alexandria, Natopia, and Shireroth using the neutral standards of Convention: Jorvik-Norsmandy; Frigga Island-Cibola; Elijah's Rest-Storesund; Rose Cape in the Captive Sea; the Clear Sea; Lyrica-Jaris; Vinland; and Gascony. In other areas, where our neighbors are not friendly, we would have an air-tight, internationally recognized and standardized claim. I am thinking in particular of any possible disputes between Solareyar-Jingdao (Sankt Simon); the Longships Islands-Palliscan Port Felix; Halogarike-Milancha. (with thanks to the Metrobosarch of Lyrica for some information in the memorandum of explanation). A bill AN ACT TO ACCEDE TO AND INCORPORATE AS LAW OF THE HIGH REALM THE CONVENTION OF THE MICRAS TREATY ORGANIZATION ON THE LAWS OF THE SEAS. Section 1: Ratification and incorporation The High Realm accedes to, and incorporates as law, the Convention of the Micras Treaty Organization on the Laws of the Seas, hereinafter the Convention, (as inscribed in the Schedule to this Act). Section 2: Convention matters The representative of the High Realm shall not, in any conference of the state parties to the Convention, vote in favour of any amendment to the Convention without securing the support of the Althing to do so. Section 3: Amendments to legislation The following amendments are made to Section I of the Jurisdictions Act of Year 10: (1) In §1, substitute “twelve nautical miles” with “twenty-four kilometres”. (2) In §4, substitute “two hunderd nautical miles” with “three hundred sixty kilometres”. Section 4: Final provisions (1) This Act, which may be cited as the Convention of the Law of the Seas (Accession) Act of Year 16, enters force immediately upon Imperial Assent. (2) The Convention shall, however, not be enforceable in Stormark until such time that the Micras Treaty Organization has given notice of its receipt of Stormark’s accession to the Convention. Schedule Convention on the Laws of the Seas 1. Any nation that has signed the General Membership Treaty may sign this Convention. 2. The territory of a state extends 24 kilometers from the baseline coast of that state. This water is considered territorial water and subject to the full jurisdiction of the state. All matters of customs, taxation, and immigration operate as if wholly within the state. 3. The reserve zone of a state extends 360 kilometers from the baseline coast of that state. The economic and environmental resources within this zone belong fully to that state. 4. In special situations where the territorial waters or the reserve zone of two states would overlap, the line of separation will be drawn along the midpoint between the baseline of each state. 5. The baseline coast of state will be determined accordingly: 5.1. In localities where the coastline is deeply indented and cut into, or if there is a fringe of islands along the coast in its immediate vicinity, the method of straight baselines joining appropriate points may be employed in drawing the baseline from which the breadth of the territorial sea is measured. 5.2. Where because of the presence of a delta and other natural conditions the coastline is highly unstable, the appropriate points may be selected along the furthest seaward extent of the low-water line and, notwithstanding subsequent regression of the low-water line, the straight baselines shall remain effective until changed by the coastal State in accordance with this Convention. 5.3. The drawing of straight baselines must not depart to any appreciable extent from the general direction of the coast, and the sea areas lying within the lines must be sufficiently closely linked to the land domain to be subject to the regime of internal waters. 5.4. Straight baselines shall not be drawn to and from low-tide elevations,unless lighthouses or similar installations which are permanently above sea level have been built on them or except in instances where the drawing of baselines to and from such elevations has received general international recognition. 5.5. Where the method of straight baselines is applicable under paragraph 4.1, account may be taken, in determining particular baselines, of economic interests peculiar to the region concerned, the reality and the importance of which are clearly evidenced by long usage. 5.6. The system of straight baselines may not be applied by a State in such a manner as to cut off the territorial sea of another State entirely from the high seas or a reserve zone. 6. Innocent Passage is permitted through territorial waters so long as it is not prejudicial to the peace, good order or security of the coastal State. Such passage shall take place in conformity with this Convention and with other rules of international law. 6.1. Passage of a foreign ship shall be considered to be prejudicial to the peace, good order or security of the coastal State if in the territorial sea it engages in any of the following activities: 6.2. any threat or use of force against the sovereignty, territorial integrity or political independence of the coastal State; 6.3. any exercise or practice with weapons of any kind; 6.4. any act aimed at collecting information to the prejudice of the defence or security of the coastal State; 6.5. any act of propaganda aimed at affecting the defence or security of the coastal State; 6.6. the launching, landing or taking on board of any aircraft; 6.7. the launching, landing or taking on board of any military device; 6.8. the loading or unloading of any commodity, currency or person contrary to the customs, fiscal, immigration or sanitary laws and regulations of the coastal State; 6.9. any act of willful and serious pollution contrary to this Convention; 6.10. any fishing activities; 6.11. the carrying out of research or survey activities; 6.12. any act aimed at interfering with any systems of communication or any other facilities or installations of the coastal State; 6.13. any other activity not having a direct bearing on passage. 7. Transit passage is permitted through the reserve zone solely for the purpose of continuous and expeditious travel between one part of the international waters or reserve zone and another. 8. This treaty recognizes the following bodies of water as International Waters: Great Western Sea, Halberd Strait, Shire Sea, Central Sea, Gaeos Strait, Raynor Sea, Northern Sea, Strait of Pearls, O'Rear Strait, Dyre Straits, Captive Sea, Orange Sea, Sea of Storms, Austral Strait, Eastern Ocean, Pond Strait, Normark-Lindley Passage, New Brannum Strait, Inner Cibolan Sea, and all other open ocean that is beyond the reserve zone of every nation represented on the Micronational Cartography Society's map. 8.1. Any portion of International Waters that would otherwise be defined as the territorial water of a State is excluded from the definition of International Waters. 9. Acts of piracy, boarding with hostile intent, purposeful harm to a person, and purposeful obstruction of transit in International Waters are to be considered intolerable and go against the order and law of the high seas. 10. This convention may be amended by 3/4 majority of signatory nations.
  5. LETTER OF CONGRATULATIONS TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE THE FIRST CONSUL OF THE EMPIRE OF THE ALEXANDRIANS FROM HIS EXCELLENCY THE HIGH JUSTICIAR OF THE REALM OF STORMARK Madamme la Première consule I would like to extend to you the congratulations of the entire government of Stormark on your appointment to and subsequent confirmation of First Consul of the Empire of the Alexandrians. I very much look forward to working with you. Stormark and Alexandria are long allies. We have trod many paths together, helped one another in the darkest chapters of our histories, and remained close in sickness and in health. I vow to you, that Stormark remains steadfast in its support for Alexandria in the future, whatever perils may come our way. I wish you all the best as you embark on this new journey, this new chapter in Alexandrian history. May your journey go well. Vilhjalm Kormak of Bjarngeir, Jarl of Borgarrike High Justiciar
  6. [Bill] Treaty with Constancia (Ratification) Bill

    Lady Law Speaker It is the object of the Storish government to have good relationships with all countries in its geographic vicinity. Constancia is a friend of Stormark. Having fought the evil Jingdaoese bravely – and thereby protecting our Longships Islands from the terror of Sisera – we must secure a close and trusted relationship. In recognition of that object, we offered Constancia free access in the waters around the Longships Islands so that Constancian trade will not be impeded by our politics. That, Lady Law Speaker, is friendship. I move that the Althing adopt this bill by unanimous consent.
  7. [Bill] Nathan Anders Aharsi Bill

    Aye
  8. [Bill] Nathan Anders Aharsi Bill

    Lady Law Speaker, I thank the Applejarla for her amendments, and move to vote on the bill as amended.
  9. The Imperial Government has received, with shock and despair, the news of the murdering of Her Most Bovic Majesty Asara, Empress of the Natopians. The Imperial Government condemns in the strongest possible ways this callous act, and calls upon the responsible to be brought to justice. The entire Storish nation is with its Natopian sister-nation in these terrible times. What Natopia endures, we feel, too. Our thoughts and our prayers focus on the plight of our Natopian siblings. In the midst of this calamity, Adam Anushiruwân, thought to be responsible for the murder of Empress Asara, has taken refuge in Walstadt, and declared that principality independent of Natopia. This is a violation of Natopia's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and Stormark condemns this act, and calls upon the authorities in Walstadt to respect Natopian law. Stormark offers Natopia its full moral and logistical support in this matter. Whatever Natopia may need, Stormark, as a close friend and partner, will provide.
  10. [Bill] Nathan Anders Aharsi Bill

    Lady Law Speaker, I object. Let me clear for my objections. I do not object to the admittance Nathan Aharsi (though there is a typographical error in the bill as to his name) but of his naming as emperor of the Natopians. Until the Natopians, in line with their constitution, have confirmed the next emperor or empress of Natopia, the Storish government must remain neutral on that matter. If we name someone an emperor in another country, and that country's authorities agree on another name, then our relationship witht hat country will be severely compromised. In these volatile times, I call for caution.
  11. Results of HJ's Election for Remainder of Noatun 16 Term

    Your Imperial, Royal and Riverine Highness What joy it was to hear the congratulations from you acting on behalf of Our Lady the Radiant Sun, Kaiseress Noor of Shireroth, Princess of Hvalafell. Please accept my deepest gratitude for your warm wishes, and please, my lord, extend to Her Imperial Magnificence my most heartfelt thanks. Indeed, my Lord, the relations between Stormark and Shireroth go a long way back. And they shall last for decades and centuries more. On a personal note, Her Imperial Magnificence honoured me by letting me officiate the marriage between her Radiance and your Highness's own son. So of course, our relations are deep and intimate, and will very much so remain in aeons to come. I am and Her Imperial Magnificence's humble servant and your Lordship's true and loyal friend, Vilhjalm Kormak of Bjarngeir
  12. Appointments to High Council

    BY THE HIGH JUSTICIAR OF STORMARK A WARRANT OF APPOINTMENT Let it be known that I, Sir Vilhjalm Kormak of the House of Bjarngeir, Knight of the Holy Lakes, High Justiciar of Stormark, Right Hand of the High King, High King's Navigator and First Mate of the Longship of State, First among Equals, Guardian of the Hall of Freyr, acting under the third article of the second chapter of the High Law, do hereby make the following appointments to the High Council of the Realm: Her Royal Highness Lady Unna of Skálavík of the House of Vanadís, Bloodroyal and Jarla of Freyja's Necklace, Royal Chieftainess of Skálavík to Lady Warden of Council, Lady Warden of the Army and the Fleet, Grand Mistress of Archers of the Longship of State, Seneschal of Swords, Guardian of the Hall of Odin; His Excellency Sir Ragnar Brunnketilsson of the House of Bjarngeir, Jarl of Hålogarike to Lord Warden of Council, Lord Warden of Law and Justice, Provost Marshal of the Longship of State, Master of the Rolls, Guardian of the Hall of Forseti; Her Royal Highness Lady Astrid Sólareyjarsdóttir of the House of Vanadís, Bloodroyal and Ærkejarla of the Rose Cape, Archsister of the Daughters of Freyja to Lady Warden of Council, Lady Warden of the Inland, Quartermistress of the Longship of State, Seneschal of the Chests, Guardian of the Hall of Frigga; Her High Holiness Lady Sigrdrífa the Priestess of the House of Vanadís, Ærkejarla of Thingeyri and the Idunn Isles, Archsister of the Daughters of Freyja, Yfirstormarksgythia and High Priestess of the Thingeyri Temple, Wiċċe of Brjóstvík and Stormarksyfirwiċċe, High Priestess of the Temple of Love, the Temple of Motherhood and the Temple of Youth to Lady Warden of Council, Lady Warden to the Outland, Grand Mistress of Negotiants of the Longship of State, Seneschal of Compacts, Guardian of the Hall of Mimir; His Eminence Sjurd Hergonstad of the House of Ayreon-Kalirion of Athlon, who is also known as Sergius Hergones, the Metrobosarch of Lyrica to Lord Warden of Council, to be without especial portfolio but act as Adviser on all Matters; Let it also be known that the seniority of the Lords and Ladies Warden of Council is established to be in the order they are appointed in this Warrant. Be it furthermore known that all those who have by this warrant been appointed shall assume their respective offices immediately, and that they shall all be entitled to all the rights, privileges, powers and prerogatives to their offices attached provided that nothing is done contrary to the High Laws and Statutes of the High Realm of Stormark. Given at the Hall of Freyr in the Vanadísarhall on Hnossa Isle in the Imperial City of Haraldsborg in the Imperial Jarldom of Gularike, under my Hand and the Seal of the High Justiciar of Stormark, on this Day of the Lady Freyja, being the Fourth Day of the Moon of Bliskirnir in the Sixteenth Year of the Second Viking Age in the Second Epoch of the High Realm. Stormark remembers! Vilhjalm Kormak
  13. Results of HJ's Election for Remainder of Noatun 16 Term

    My fellow citizens, thank you so much. Yes, I will require your help in setting up a government. News will be posted!
  14. At the ruins of Harald's Holdfast a crowd has assembled. In the center of the crowd, which is composed of Stormarkers of all ages and from all walks of life, stands the newly elected High Justiciar of Stormark, Vilhjalm Kormak of the House of Bjarngeir. "Fra Havet, Hæder!", the High Justiciar proudly calls out, the crowd repeating those ancient words in unison. Then, from a cauldron of gold filled with a mixture of waters taken from worship waters from each of the Twenty-Six Jarldoms, the High Justiciar solemly casts the various aquatic liquid to the winds. To the North; to Gularike. To the South; to the Arbor Isles, Borgarrike, the Frigga Islands, the Isles, and the Sólareyjar. To the East; to Eidsivarike, Freyja's Necklace, Frostarike, Haldarsvik, Hålogarike, the Longships Islands, Old Gaol Isle, Orkney, Port Chloe and the Providence Plantations, the Rose Cape, Snæland, Thingeyri, Tiundarike, and the Vaan Aujoen. To the West; to the Idunn Isles, the Mysterious Isles, Normandie, Thule, Tronderike, and Vinland. And to the Twenty-Six Jarldoms on Reikistjarna beyond Vanaorb, ancient lands undirectly illuminated by the light of the Lords and Ladies Divine. Three Ladies, each one of them a senior member of one of the Three Grand Mysterious Sisterhoods known since times ancient beyond the memory of woman as the Daughters of Frigga, the Daughters of Freyja, and the Daughters of Idunn, and in that capacity of theirs representing the Fulltrui and Sacred Queens of the Twenty-Six Jarldoms, the Ladies Divine Frigga, Freyja and Idunn, step forward. They are carrying Lightning, the greatsword of the High Kings of Stormark, and present it to the High Justiciar. The High Justiciar draws Lightning from its golden with precious stones adorned sheath and raises the greatsword high towards the sky. "Hear me! Hear me! Hear me People of the Lands of the Longships Throne!", the High Justiciar beamingly exclaims. "This is the day of my Inauguration as High Justiciar of the High Realm of Stormark. From this day forth I shall dream the High King's Dreams, speak with His Voice, and rule with His Sword. And since time immemorial ancient custom decrees that on this very day I am to renew the sacred pledges and ancient covenants of this high office with the High King, the Fulltrui and Sacred Queens, and you, the people of this great nation." "I would be remiss, this day, if I did not thank the High King, and you, the people of the Twenty-Six Jarldoms for your patience, support and loyalty, and there is no one of our folk living who does not owe much and more to the Fulltrui and Sacred Queens than he or she can ever repay, and I want Their Most Sacred Majesties to know that I humbly and gratefully realize my debt to Them." "A fountain to one who is dying of thirst, healing of soul when life's at its worst, a home for one who has wandered too far, you have been for me, o Sacred Queens, and still are! A beacon in darkness, a staff for my road; endurance and strength to lighten my load, a touch of kindness when I felt all sore, all this you have given me, Ladies Divine, and still more! My gratitude words alone cannot express, through your company and care, through your love I am blessed! I honour you, Fulltrui, and follow your lead, I shall praise you forever by word and by deed!" "Thanks to the Sweet Loving Fulltrui of the Lands of the Longships Throne today I have the tremendous honour to be inaugurated as High Justciar of the Land of the Three Sacred Falcons on the same spot, where once, many moons ago, a young chieftain from the Mysterious Isles going by the name of Harald made landfall on this sacred island of Hnossa Isle. With this greatsword in his hand and the Indulgence of the Three Ladies Divine, this Scion from the House of the Descendants of Freyja broke the yoke of Ivar the Impaler's tyranny, liberated the Isles of the Heartland, and started the Second Viking Age. It is very appropriate then that from this Cradle of the High Realm, this very Heart of the Heartland, that today we sound the drum for liberty as have our generations of forebears before us done, ever since the days of Valtia. Let us rise to the call of liberty-loving blood that is in us and send our answer to the tyranny that wishes to clank its chains upon our country. In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod Reikistjarna, I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny as we once tossed the gauntlet before the feet of the Harkalegar." "As of now assuming the helm of the Longship of State as the High King's Navigator and First Mate, I, Mirza Jonathan Merlingsson of the House of Ayreon-Kalirion, proudly commanding its sails to be raised, its oars to be unshipped, and its prow to be pointed towards Glorious Liberty, taking wind and tide as partners in my dance upon the great waters to the beat of the swell, do hereby solemnly swear to be a true and faithful Servant unto The High King's Majesty as one of His High Council of the Realm. I shall not know or understand of any manner of thing to be attempted, done or spoken against His Imperial and Royal Majesty's Person, Honour, Crown or Dignity Imperial, but I shall lett and withstand the same to the uttermost of my power. I shall to my uttermost bear Faith and Allegiance to the High King's Majesty; and shall assist and defend all Jurisdictions, Pre-eminences, and Authorities, granted to His Imperial and Royal Majesty and annexed to the Crown by or under the High Law and Statutes of the Lands of the Longships Throne, or otherwise, against all Foreign Princes, Persons, Prelates, States, or Potentates. And generally in all things I shall do as a faithful and true Servant ought to do to His Imperial and Royal Majesty." "And I do also solemnly swear to be a true and faithful High Justiciar unto The Majesties of the Sacred Queens, Creators and Mothers Divine of this great nation. I shall conduct the government of the Lands of the Longships Throne in accordance with their vision of a safe land of happy and free people, who are especially to be free from the expectations of others. I shall not know or understand of any manner of thing to be attempted, done or spoken against the Three Ladies Divine's Vision, but I shall lett and withstand the same to the uttermost of my power. And generally in all things I shall do as a faithful and true High Justiciar ought to do to Their Most Sacred Majesties." "And I do also solemnly swear to be a true and faithful High Justiciar unto the People of the Twenty-Six Jarldoms. I shall to my last breath uphold, protect, and defend their most ancient Rights, Liberties and Free Customs, which they have enjoyed since times ancient beyond the memory of woman. I shall not know or understand of any manner of thing to be attempted, done or spoken against the most ancient Rights, Liberties and Free Customs aforesaid, but I shall lett and withstand the same to the uttermost of my power. And generally in all things I shall do as a faithful and true High Justiciar ought to do to the People of the Land of the Golden Boar." "I do also solemnly declare that I take these obligations freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion." "So help me Sacred Queens!" "Stormark remembers!"
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