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Articles of the High Law of the High Realm of Stormark Concerning the Althing

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This topic is a place where all provisions in the High Law of the High Realm of Stormark concerning the Althing have been brought together.

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FIRST CHAPTER - THE SOVEREIGN

Article III.

1. There shall be a Law of Ettlingar Freyu, passed by the Althing and assented to by the High King or the High Queen, to govern the rules for succession to and abdication from the dynastic Longships Throne. The Law of Ettlingar Freyu shall be above all other laws in the High Realm, but depend on this High Law.

2. There shall be an Act of Althing governing the titles and styles of the High King or the High Queen and members of the House of Ettlingar Freyu, provided always that the High King or the High Queen may also set titles for the aforementioned in accordance with the Old Tale or ancient right and custom.

3. The High King or the High Queen shall, upon ascending the Imperial Longships Throne, as decreed by ancient custom, choose an imperial name, a name that may be changed by the High King or High Queen as He or She sees fit.

Article V.

The advice and approval of the High King or High Queen shall be required in all legislative and executive acts of State. As such any Bill not amending the High Law that has been passed by the Althing must receive the High King's or High Queen's Assent and be promulgated by the same to enter into force. The High King or High Queen may delegate His or Her powers in accordance with law.

Article VIII.

The High King or High Queen shall perform, through the advice and consent of the High Council of the Realm, the tasks and functions of:

• issuing Imperial Instruments and Orders;

• granting, reserving or refusing the Imperial Assent to Bills amending the High Law passed by the Althing;

• calling into session of the Althing and dissolving the same;

• causing the Althingi Opening and Closure Ceremonies to be performed by the Stormarksgothi;

• managing the election of the Law Speaker of the Althing;

• granting full powers and credentials of ambassadors;

• appointing Jarlar;

• appointing the Chief Magistrate;

• awarding of Honours;

• attesting to the ratification of diplomatic documents such as treaties and communiqués diplomatiques;

• representing the High Realm abroad;

• receiving foreign missions;

• granting pardons as well as amnesty, commuting punishments and restoring rights; and

• naturalizing foreigners and stateless persons.

Article IX.

1. As soon as may be after ascending the Imperial Longships Throne, the High King or High Queen shall, in accordance with venerable tradition and ancient custom, wed or dedicate Himself or Herself to the Fulltrui and Sacred Queens of Stormark, the Ladies Divine Frigga, Freyja and Idunn, and be coronated as well as be hailed by the Øyrating in either the Althingi Hall or on the Thingvellir depending on the time of the year and as the weather may permit.

2. Should giving the Fulltrui and Sacred Queens of Stormark (certain of) Their Matrimonial Dues be against the sexual persuasion of a High King or a High Queen the able and willing adult person next entitled to succession to the Imperial Longships Throne shall give the Three Ladies Divine those Matrimonial Dues.

Article X.

Should the tragedy occur whereby the Imperial House of Ettlingar Freyu becomes extinct, another House shall be elected by the Althing to be Imperial from the Houses of the High Realm. Be there no Houses available for election, a foreign House shall be elected by the Althing.

 

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SECOND CHAPTER - THE HIGH COUNCIL OF THE REALM

Article I.

The executive power of the High Realm shall be vested in the High Council of the Realm which shall consist of the High King or High Queen, the High Justiciar and a number of Wardens of Council appointed by the High Justiciar. The High Justiciar is the Head of Government and shall be elected by the Althing in a manner the Althing shall prescribe. The term of the High Justiciar shall be six months; the terms shall commence on the first days of Sokkvabekk and Noatun respectively.

Article III.

1. The High King or High Queen shall be advised by the Wardens of Council, who shall be responsible to the High Justiciar, and by the High Justiciar, who shall be responsible to the Althing. The High Justiciar shall be responsible for apportioning the business among the Wardens of Council.

 

2. Should the High Justiciar be ill, absent or otherwise not willing or able to carry out his or her duties the senior willing and able Warden of Council present may carry out the duties of the High Justiciar.

Article VI.

The High Council of the Realm shall be governed by the High Law, Acts of the Althing, and the Rules of Order decided upon by the High Justiciar.

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THIRD CHAPTER - THE ALTHING

Article I.

The powers of the High Realm to --

• provide for the general welfare, security and defence of the people;

• regulate commerce and taxes;

• regulate criminal and civil law;

• designate the flags, insignia and symbols of the High Realm;

• ratify treaties and other diplomatic documents;

• declare war and peace;

• regulate matters concerning the national territory, borders and air space; and

• institute a police force or militia to execute the laws of the land, suppress rebellions and insurrections, and repel invasions;

-- shall be solely and exclusively vested in the unicameral Althing.

Article II.

The Althing may not, without a majority of three fourths of the votes cast, pass a Bill amending the High Law or the Law of Ettlingar Freyu, or pass any Bill seeking to surrender the Sovereignty or Territory of the High Realm either wholly or in part.

Article III.

All legislative power not vested in the Althing or delegated to any other body in accordance with law lies with the legislatures of the several Jarldoms.

Article IV.

The Althing shall be in continuous session unless the High King or High Queen in the High Council of the Realm decides otherwise. It shall be headed by the Law Speaker who shall be elected by the Althing under the chair of the High King or High Queen.

Article V.

The Althing shall meet in either the Althingi Hall or on the Thingvellir depending on the time of the year and as the weather may permit or in such other place as it may from time to time determine.

Article VI.

The Althing shall be governed by the High Law, the Althing Statute passed by the Althing, and the Rules of Order decided upon by the Law Speaker.

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FOURTH CHAPTER - THE JUDICIARY

Article I.

1. The judicial powers of the High Realm are vested in the Court of the Realm, Ríksdómr, hereinafter the Court, which shall be organized in two chambers, the Magistrates’ Tribunal and the Althing’s Tribunal.

2. All criminal, civil and constitutional cases, as well as all other cases that may be referred to the Court, shall be tried in the Magistrates’ Tribunal, and may only, after judgment, be referred to the Althing’s Tribunal according to this Chapter.

Article II.

1. The Magistrates’ Tribunal shall be headed by one permanent judge, the Chief Magistrate. He or she is appointed by the High King or High Queen in the High Council of the Realm.

2. In any trial or other case before the Tribunal, the Chief Magistrate shall approach the parties and give them the right to appoint one magistrate ad hoc each. The right may be waived by either or both parties. Magistrates ad-hoc must be citizens or patricians of the High Realm unless the Althing legislates otherwise.

3. In any case where the Chief Magistrate may hold conflicts of interests due to his or her employment, position or membership of a house, the Chief Magistrate shall appoint a Chief Magistrate ad hoc for the duration of that trial or case. The Chief Magistrate ad-hoc must be a citizen or patrician of the High Realm unless the Althing legislates otherwise.

Article III.

1. Judgment from the Magistrates’ Tribunal may be appealed to the Althing’s Tribunal if there is a dissenting opinion affixed to the judgment, and the dissenting opinion raises points of law that the judgment does not address.

2. Judgment from the Magistrates’ Tribunal may also be appealed to the Althing’s Tribunal by an application to the High Council of the Realm, and the case shall be heard by the Althing’s Tribunal if the High Council of the Realm finds that there is good reason to hear the case once more despite the criteria of Article III, section 1, have not been met.

Article IV.

1. The Althing’s Tribunal is headed by the Law Speaker, or if he or she has a conflict of interest, by the senior member of the Althing who does not have a conflict of interest.

2. No member of the Althing with a conflict of interest shall take part in the deliberations. This also includes either party, representatives of the parties, and any magistrate from the previous tribunal who took part in the judgment, as well as witnesses that may be called.

Article V.

1. In both tribunals, where deliberations have finished, judgment shall be written by one member of the tribunal of the majority. Concurring and dissenting opinions may be included by individual members of the tribunal.

2. Each tribunal may, the Magistrates’ Tribunal by Act of Adjournal and the Althing’s Tribunal by Act of Sederunt, lay down rules and regulations on its procedure that are not covered by legislation.

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FIFTH CHAPTER - RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES

Article I.

1. The People of the High Realm shall be composed of the Patricians of Stormark and the Citizens of Stormark. The Patricians of Stormark shall from henceforth be those real persons who have held continuously membership in the national community of Stormark since its inception or since their naturalization into the said national community. Every Patrician of Stormark shall have a Viking Name and belong to a House of the High Realm. The Citizens of Stormark shall from henceforth be the fictional members of the national community of Stormark.

 

2. To the Patricianship of Stormark may appertain species of the genus Homo such as Homo Sapiens Vanadiens, Homo Sapiens Sapiens, and Homo Sapiens Neanderthalensis. To the aforesaid may also belong beings of the better known lore of the Vikings, the Celts, the Greco-Romans, and the Anglo-Saxons such as Elves, Dwarves, Centaurs, Nimfs, Faeries, Giants, Gnomes etc. etc.

 

3. To the Citizenry of Stormark may appertain, aside from the beings stipulated in the preceding paragraph, such good-natured sentient beings as are tradtionally counted thereto.

 

4. The Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled shall when legislating take Homo Sapiens Vanadiens as their point of reference.

Article VI.

1. No marriage shall be legally entered into without the full and free consent of the parties involved, such consent to be expressed by them in person after due publicity and in the presence of the authority competent to solemnize the marriage, as prescribed by law.

 

2. The Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled shall recognize, as decreed by ancient custom, the following forms of marriage: Sacred Marriage, Simple Marriage, Complex Marriage, Pillow Marriage, Ritual Marriage, and Polygamous Marriage.

 

3. It shall be lawful for anyone, regardless of their sex, to marry anyone they wish, except for those kins(wo)men who are within the prohibited degrees of consanguinity as stipulated by Althingi Law as well as other persons prohibited by the aforesaid.

 

4. The Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled shall provide for the dissolution of and withdrawal from marriages.

 

Article IX.

No person can in any case be subject to law-martial, by virtue of that law, except those employed in the army or navy, and except the militia in actual service, but by authority of the Althing.

Article XXXXV.

Patricians and Citizens of Stormark shall have the right to keep and bear arms in the lawful defense of themselves or the State in accordance with the ancient consuetudinary law known as Vapnaréttur provided always that the Althing shall have the power to, by Statute, regulate the wearing of arms with a view to prevent crime. The Althing may also by Statute prohibit the private use and ownership of certain types of armaments.

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SIXTH CHAPTER - STRUCTURE

Article I.

The High Realm shall be a quasi-federal State. Its territory shall be divided into Jarldoms. The power to create and dissolve Jarldoms shall be vested in the Althing. The territory of Jarldoms may only be changed by Act of the Althing. No Jarldom or any part thereof may secede from the High Realm.

Article II.

The Althing shall have the power to determine the Capitals of the Jarldoms. It shall also have the power to designate major cities within the Jarldoms. The Althing may also designate the names of those geographic features, within or without the borders of the High Realm, that it deems of national significance. The names and borders of the Traditional Districts of the Jarldoms may be determined by Act of the Althing.

Article III.

Jarldoms shall be fully autonomous on all matters not conferred upon the High King or High Queen, the High Council of the Realm, the Althing or other body through this High Law or the competences thereof coming.

 

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EIGHTH CHAPTER - FINAL PROVISIONS

Article II.

Upon the coming into operation of this High Law, all Statutes, Treaties and Imperial Instruments that are in operation immediately before the coming into operation of this High Law shall continue and remain in full force, until altered or repealed by the Althing or the High Council of the Realm, as the case may be; except for such parts as are repugnant to this High Law, such parts being either considered void or amended.

Article III.

Upon the coming into operation of this High Law the occupant of the Imperial Longships Throne, the Lady Chief Justice, the Jarls of the Jarldoms, the Law Speaker of the Althing and the Members of the Althing shall remain in office until they shall cease to hold office in accordance with law; all other persons who held office under the High Laws in operation immediately before the coming into operation of this High Law shall cease to hold office.

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