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[Gyllmára Búlla] The Concordat of Loredo

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By the Power of Thingeyri!

A Gyllmára Búlla

 

We, Sigrdrífa, Handmaiden of the Handmaidens of the Lords and Ladies Divine, Forsetia Mortal of the Jólaslafðir, Yfirstormarksgythia and High Priestess of the Thingeyri Temple, invoke Our ancient right under the Ancient Covenant, to declare, confirm and certify that the Most Devout Yule Ladies have approved of the Concordat of Loredo between the Elwynnese Union and the Jólaslafðir and also that We were among the Ladies Spiritual and Royal who expressed themselves in the affirmative.

Therefore, in the further excercise of the aforementioned age-old right, We joyfully enact the aforesaid Concordat of Loredo, which may be found in the Schedule to this Legal and Spiritual Instrument, into Vanic Law.

We the Vanafolk are what the Gods have made us!

Given at the Thingeyri Temple under Our Hand Royal and Spiritual and the Seal of the Jólaslafðir on this Day of the Ladies Divine Frigga, Freyja and Idunn, Fulltrui and Sacred Queens of Stormark since time immemorial, the Fifth Day of the Month Himinbjorg in the Fourteenth Year of the Second Viking Age in the Second Epoch of the High Realm.

 

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Sigrdrífa Yfirstormarksgythia

The Four Hundred and Forty-Nineth Lady Royal and Spiritual to sit on Lilja's Throne.

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Schedule

 

 

The Concordat of Loredo

 

between

 

The Empire of the Alexandrians

 

and

 

The Jólaslafðir

 

 

Her High Holiness Dauðlegur Forn Siðr Drottning Sigrdrífa the Priestess of the House of Vanadís, Ærkejarla of Thingeyri and the Idunn Isles, Yfirstormarksgythia and High Priestess of the Thingeyri Temple, Queen Mortal of the Ancient Ways and His Imperial Majesty Edgard II, Emperor of all Alexandrians, Perpetual Defender of the People of Alexandria, Emperor of San Martin, King of Santander, Leifgrad-Baden, and Ibelin, Duke of Anglien, Gettinsburg, and New Acadia, Marquis of Nubinar, Count of Saransburg, and Baron of Reistag, Grand-Officer of the Ordre de la Grenade, and Grand Eagle of the Legion of Honour, and Sovereign of the Orders granted by the Empire, etc., moved by a common desire to consolidate and promote the friendly relations existing between the Jólaslafðir and the Empire of the Alexandrians, wish to permanently regulate the relations between the Storish Ancient Ways and the Empire of the Alexandrians in a way acceptable to both parties and to that end have decided to conclude a solemn agreement.

 

For this purpose Her High Holiness the Yfirstormarksgythia and High Priestess of the Thingeyri Temple has appointed as Her Plenipotentiary Her Holiness the Lady Oracle of Thingeyri and His Imperial Majesty the Emperor of the Alexandrians has appointed as his Plenipotentiary his Assistant and Special Counsel, His Imperial Highness Prince Harald Carrillo, Prince Imperial of Alexandria, Fils d'Alexandrie, Lion of the Blood, Prince of the Blood, Duke of Loredo, Marquis of Beaulieu, Count of Poitou, Count of Artoix, who, having exchanged their respective mandates and found them to be in good and proper form, have agreed to the following Articles:

 

Article the First

The Empire of the Alexandrians and the Jólaslafðir (hereafter the "High Contracting Parties") solemnly acknowledge each other as international legal persons, each considering the other party an independent legal person in compliance with international law, and pledge that they shall respect fully this legal personality.

 

Article the Second

The Empire of the Alexandrians assures and guarantees the practitioners of the Storish Ancient Ways who are present within its borders (hereafter "the Vanafolk") the free exercise of their spiritual relationships as well as the free and public exercise of their Storish Ancient Ways Faith in accordance with its venerable traditions and ancient customs. In the discharge of their official clerical duties, Vanafolk clerics who have been appointed, elected or selected by or under the authority of the Jólaslafðir shall be entitled to the protection of the State.

 

Article the Third

The Jólaslafðir hereby assure and guarantee the Empire of the Alexandrians that they - as well as any Vanic cleric or body of Vanic clerics that has been appointed, elected or selected by or under their authority - shall not engage in, or condone, any hostile, malicious or subversive act or policy against the State aforesaid.

 

Article the Fourth

The Empire of the Alexandrians hereby acknowledges the age-old right of the Jólaslafðir to, within the Vanic realm of their competence, issue laws, decrees and appointments: the State aforesaid shall neither hinder nor impede the exercise of the aforementioned right, under the laws valid for all in Alexandria, to manage and regulate spiritual and temporal affairs of the Vanafolk independently and, within the framework of their own competence, to issue binding laws and ordinances for the Vanafolk.

 

Article the Fifth

The Jólaslafðir hereby assure and guarantee the Empire of the Alexandrians that they shall, with regard to spiritual and temporal matters in Alexandria, adhere to the Law of the Lands of Alexandria as well as applicable regional and local law in force within the borders of the aforementioned State. They shall strictly charge and enjoin every Vanic cleric or body of Vanic clerics appointed, elected or selected by or under their authority to do the same.

 

Article the Sixth

In order to foster good relations between the Jólaslafðir and the Empire of the Alexandrians, a Vanic Sendifulltrúi shall reside in the Imperial City of Geneva and an ambassador of the Empire of the Alexandrians at the Jólaslafðir.

 

Article the Seventh

The Empire of the Alexandrians hereby recognises the Ǫrnalafðir (“Eagle Ladies” in the Storish language) - the council which shall be composed of the High Priestesses of the thirteen senior Vanic Temples Beyond-the-Seas in Alexandria - as the spiritual leadership of the Alexandrian branch of the Storish Ancient Ways. The branch aforesaid shall remain subject to the spiritual and temporal authority of the Jólaslafðir insomuch the aforesaid does not conflict with the Laws of the Lands of Alexandria.

 

Article the Eighth

The Ǫrnalafðir, Vanic parishes, parish and templedom societies, High Priestessly sees, templedoms and chapters, religious orders and congregations, as well as institutions, foundations and property which are under the administration of Vanic agencies which have been or shall be created in Alexandria by or under the authority of the Jólaslafðir, shall be corporations under public law. They shall retain or acquire respectively, legal competence in the civil domain according to the general provisions of Alexandrian civil law.

 

Article the Nineth

In dealings and correspondence with the clergy and the other employees of the Alexandrian branch of the Storish Ancient Ways, the Jólaslafðir shall enjoy full freedom without any exertion of influence, let or hindrance by the Empire of the Alexandrians. The same shall apply to the dealings and correspondence of the Ǫrnalafðir and various Templedom administrations with their clergywomen and the Vanic faithful.

 

Article the Tenth

No temple, edifice, stone circle, annex, or object assigned for Vanic worship may be demolished, occupied, re-sited, altered, or designated by the State and other public bodies for any other ends, without the prior agreement of the competent Vanic clerical authority and for urgent reasons of public necessity. The same shall apply to the disaforestation of Godsgroves and the draining of Worship Waters.

 

Article the Eleventh

The Ǫrnalafðir may raise and maintain an armed Temple Guard for the purpose of carrying out sentry, protection and ceremonial duties for and at the Vanic Temples Beyond-the-Seas in Alexandria and other premises, sites and establishments under the temporal or spiritual authority of the Alexandrian branch of the Storish Ancient Ways as well as their clerics, guests and staff. The aforesaid Temple Guard shall operate under such rules, regulations and policies for its good government as the aforesaid Eagle Ladies shall see fit to issue in accordance with the provisions of this present Concordat.

 

Article the Twelfth

The Ǫrnalafðir, before proceeding to issue rules, regulations and policies for the good government of the Temple Guard, shall communicate any such draft rules and regulations for the good government to the Alexandrian Government in order to find out if there are any objections against them. No rule, regulation or policy for the good government of the Temple Guard shall take effect over the objection(s) of the aforesaid Government, provided always that silence from the Alexandrian Government for thirty days after the aforesaid notification may be interpreted as to mean that there are no objections.

 

Article the Thirteenth

The Jólaslafðir shall ensure that any Vanic cleric who is sent to the Empire of the Alexandrians by or under their authority to hold a senior Vanic temporal or spiritual post, or otherwise sent to the country aforesaid on a Storish Ancient Ways mission, shall be well-versed in Alexandrian culture, customs and society.

 

Article the Fourteenth

The Yule Ladies do hereby joyously and solemnly pledge that they shall endeavour to accomplish that in time the majority of the (senior) clerics of the Alexandrian branch of the Storish Ancient Ways shall be composed of Alexandrian citizens or individuals born and bred in Alexandria.

 

Article the Fifteenth

The Jólaslafðir shall encourage Vanic Priestessly Initiates to make the Empire of the Alexandrians one of their destinations when travelling the Dark Side of Reikistjarna during the days of their Sacred Voyage Lady travels.

 

Article the Sixteenth

The Yule Ladies shall, before proceeding to appoint an individual to a senior Storish Ancient Ways position within the borders of the Empire of the Alexandrians, communicate the name of the person chosen to the Alexandrian Government in order to find out if there are any objections against her of a general political nature or she otherwise is in bad standing with the aforesaid Government. No person shall be appointed over the objection(s) of the aforesaid Government, provided always that silence from the Alexandrian Government for thirty days after the aforesaid notification may be interpreted as to mean that there are no objections. All matters covered by this Article shall be kept secret.

 

Article the Seventeenth

The Jólaslafðir may appoint to the Imperial Court at Wesloderia a Grand Almoneress of Geranon to provide for the spiritual needs of those Members of the Imperial House of Carrillo who belong to the Storish Vanafolk.

 

Article the Eighteenth

Subject to this present Concordat, the appointment, selection or election of all other staff to institutions and other organisations of the Alexandrian branch of the Storish Ancient Ways shall be by or under the authority of the Jólaslafðir and in accordance with Vanic Law.

 

Article the Nineteenth

Cats, lions, tigers, falcons, eagles, dragons, ravens, horses, boars and other animals sacred to the Vanafolk may be kept at the various Vanic Temples Beyond-the-Seas and other Vanic spiritual establishments operating in Alexandria by or under the authority of the Jólaslafðir for the purposes of Vanic ceremony and worship. Animal welfare officers of the Alexandrian Government may, in accordance with the Law of the Lands of Alexandria, carry out visitations to the Vanic sites where such sacred animals are kept.

 

Article the Twentieth

First Viking Age armaments may be kept at the various Vanic Temples Beyond-the-Seas and other Vanic spiritual establishments operating in Alexandria by or under the authority of the Jólaslafðir for the purposes of war dancing, ritual combat and other kinds of Vanic ceremony and worship. The competent Alexandrian authorities shall, in accordance with the Law of the Lands of Alexandria, be provided with the necessary information concerning the armaments that are kept and may make visitations in accordance with the aforesaid.

 

Article the Twenty-First

The Ǫrnalafðir may lay and collect a Temple Tax, for reasons of Vanafolk history and nostalgia to be known as Sóknargjöld, on the income of the Vanafolkers who belong to the Alexandrian branch of the Storish Ancient Ways. The Jólaslafðir may financially and materially support the Storish Ancient Ways in Alexandria without any let or hindrance from the Alexandrian Government.

 

Article the Twenty-Second

All institutions, organisations and clerics of the Storish Ancient Ways that operate within the borders of the Empire of the Alexandrians by or under the authority of the Jólaslafðir shall be exempt from all taxation that exist in the aforesaid country. In turn shall the former not receive any monetary subsidies from the Alexandrian Government.

 

Article the Twenty-Third

The Alexandrian Government, other public bodies as well as private persons, both natural and legal, may make land grants to institutions and organisations of the Storish Ancient Ways which operate within the borders of the Empire of the Alexandrians by or under the authority of the Jólaslafðir. The aforesaid Yule Ladies may, if they are in agreement with any such land donation, compensate any grantor, if (s)he wishes so, with land from their ownership which is situated on the Dark Side of Reikistjarna.

 

Article the Twenty-Fourth

At the end of any Friday Service and services in the observance of a Vanic Holy Day there shall in any Vanic Temple Beyond-the-Seas or other Vanic spiritual establishments operating in Alexandria by or under the authority of the Jólaslafðir a prayer be offered for the enduring peace and friendship between the Empire of the Alexandrians and the High Realm of Stormark and their Peoples as well as the continued well-being of the same.

 

Article the Twenty-Fifth

Any difference of interpretation of any Article or Articles of this present Concordat which may arise between the High Contracting Parties will be settled bilaterally by peaceful means in a spirit of mutual respect and understanding.

 

Article the Twenty-Sixth

The High Contracting Parties shall ratify this present Concordat at their earliest convenience. The Concordat aforesaid shall enter force upon the exchange of ratifications which shall take place at the Diplomat’s House of the Imperial Palace of Geneva.

 

The aforesaid Plenipotentiaries of the Jólaslafðir and the Empire of the Alexandrians have affixed their signatures to the present Concordat to signify their acceptance of its Articles of High Contractation.

 

Done at the Imperial City of Geneva on 11 June 2015, corresponding to 22 Sessrumnir in Folkvanger 14.

 

FOR THE EMPIRE OF THE ALEXANDRIANS

 

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Prince Harald Carrillo, Prince Imperial of Alexandria, Fils d'Alexandrie, Lion of the Blood, Prince of the Blood, Duke of Loredo, Marquis of Beaulieu, Count of Poitou, Count of Artoix, Assistant and Special Counsel to His Imperial Majesty the Emperor

 

FOR THE JÓLASLAFÐIR

 

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Goðsvara Thingeyris

 

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