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[Bill] Treaty of the Sweet Sirens (Ratification) Bill

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* A High Priestess sings loud and lustily. *

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There is a Queen who weaves in the sky
See how She spins, see Her finger fly


She's been before us from beginning to end
She is our mother, lover and friend


She is the weaver and we are the web
She is the needle and we are thread


Lady Frigg never leaves us on the line
Through Her Love we're always doing fine!

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Lady Law Speaker, Honourable Jarls,

In the name of the Three Ladies Divine, Frigga, Freyja and Idunn, Fulltrui and Sacred Queens of the Good Lands of Valtia Reborn, from Whom all Authority in the Lands of the Longships Throne is derived, Her High Holiness the Yfirstormarksgythia and High Priestess of the Thingeyri Temple, Sigrdrífa the Priestess of the House of Vanadís, Ærkejarla of Thingeyri and the Idunn Isles, does hereby submit this Bill to the Most Honourable Jarls in this present Althing assembled for their consideration as law:


A Bill

 

AN ACT TO RATIFY THE TREATY OF THE SWEET SIRENS BETWEEN THE KINGDOM OF THE UNION OF CAPUTIA AND THE HIGH REALM OF STORMARK.

Article 1. Ratification of the Treaty of the Sweet Sirens

The Treaty of the Sweet Sirens between the Kingdom of the Union of Caputa and the High Realm of Stormark in the Schedule to this Act is hereby ratified by the Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled.

Article 2. Power to Make Rules and Regulations

From the instance that the Treaty of the Sweet Sirens between the Kingdom of the Union of Caputa and the High Realm of Stormark comes into force, the High King in the High Council of the Realm may make all the rules and regulations He may deem necessary or expedient to carry the purposes and provisions of the aforesaid Treaty into effect.

Article 3. Short Title

This Act may be cited as the Treaty of the Sweet Sirens (Ratification) Act of Year 16.

Article 4. Commencement

This Act shall come into operation immediately after it has received the Imperial Assent.

 

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The Treaty of the Sweet Sirens
 
A Treaty of Friendship and Co-operation between the High Realm of Stormark and the Kingdom of the Union of Caputia
 
The governments of the High Realm of Stormark and the Kingdom of the Union of Caputia, hereafter referred to as the 'High Contracting Parties', represented by Her Imperial and Royal Highness Esther Fatima Gudrid of the Houses of Waffel-Paine, of Ayreon-Kalirion, and of the Descendants of Freyja, Earla of Anglia, Earla of Nådens Havn, Princess of Elwynn, Princess of Uppland, Llængjarla of Elwynn, Countess of Northshire, Countess of Arietta, Countess of the Lady Esther Isles, Lady of the Holy Lakes, Scion of the King of the Kings and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I of the Kingdom of the Union of Caputia, desiring to commence a new era of co-operation and friendship between their nations, have agreed upon the following articles:
 
I. Recognition, Friendship and Neutrality of High Contracting Parties
 
1. The High Contracting Parties shall from this point forward, for as long as both continue to exist or desire this agreement to remain in force, be in a perpetual state of mutual recognition and friendship, respecting each other’s independence and sovereignty.
 
2. The High Contracting Parties commit to the peaceful resolution of any and all disagreements that may occur to estrange or otherwise alienate them from one another.
 
3. The High Contracting Parties shall refrain from any aggressive, subversive, belligerent, or hostile act or policy, either overtly or covertly, directed against one another.
 
4. The High Contracting Parties commit to identifying and cooperating on issues of mutual interest, including those presented through intermicronational organizations of which both are members, with the goal of creating a closer bilateral relationship.
 
5. Neither High Contracting Party, nor any officers, individuals or other agents acting under the authority of any government, organization or individual of or within either High Contracting Party, shall commit any form of hostile, aggressive, subversive or destabilizing act against the other, nor against any individuals, organizations or property under either nation's sovereign jurisdiction or control, including damage or disruption to any goods, products or services that may be provided by third parties.
 
6. Each High Contracting Party shall respect the neutrality of the other. Neither shall seek to involve the other High Contracting Party in any conflict between it and a third party and each High Contracting Party understands that this agreement does not commit the other into taking any action whatsoever in support of it during any third-party conflict.
 
II. Rule of Law
 
7. The High Contracting Parties hereby affirm that they believe in the rule of law as an essential protection for their peoples and as an assurance of limited and accountable government. In particular they support an independent, impartial, honest and competent judiciary and recognise that an independent, effective and competent legal system is integral to upholding the rule of law, engendering public confidence and dispensing justice.
 
8. The High Contracting Parties hereby reiterate zir commitment to promote good governance through the rule of law, to ensure transparency and accountability.
 
III. Freedom of Movement
 
9. Each High Contracting Party shall provide the other’s nationals freedom of movement and participation on its public forums and spaces subject to applicable terms, conditions and laws.
 
10. Each High Contracting Party recognizes that its nationals, when in the other’s territory, shall be subject to its laws and system of justice, and commits to a stance of non-interference where a national is subject to penalty for unlawful acts undertaken within the other’s territory.
 
IV. Diplomatic Immunity
 
11. Each High Contracting Party shall grant onto the other's sovereign, and any accredited diplomatic officials, full immunity from prosecution for offences that may be committed within its jurisdiction. The immunity for diplomatic officials other than the sovereign may be waived on an individual case-by-case basis at the agreement of both High Contracting Parties for certain heinous crimes.
 
V. Co-operation
 
12. The High Contracting Parties undertake to encourage full and productive co-operation between organs of the state, academic or other research institutions, charitable organisations and other such entities engaged in the pursuit of the furtherance of archaeology, cultural development, history, language, science, technology, and other such areas of research, across both jurisdictions, and shall endeavour to lift any unnecessary bars or fetters to such research and provide expedited state entry procedures for those individuals involved.
 
VI. Mutual Prosperity
 
13. The High Contracting Parties shall permit and encourage trade, commerce and industry across their borders, with special consideration given to the transit of manufactured goods and raw materials. In major infrastructure projects, the governments of the High Contracting Parties shall in the tendering process consider companies from each nation alike.
 
VII. Respect for Territory
 
14. The High Contracting Parties shall respect their rights to future territorial expansion and recognise the international limit of rights to waters as categorised into two zones:
 
a. The territorial waters, consisting of twenty-four kilometres from the coast of the state, subject to full jurisdiction of the state;
 
b. The exclusive economic zone, consisting of three hundred and sixty kilometres from the coast of the state, in which the state shall have exclusive rights for the purpose of exploring and exploiting, conserving and managing the natural resources, whether living or non-living, of the waters superjacent to the seabed and of the seabed and its subsoil, and with regard to other activities for the economic exploitation and exploration of the zone, such as the production of energy from the water, currents and winds;
 
c. Wherever the exclusive economic zones of the High Contracting Parties shall clash, the median point between the coasts of the states shall be the border of between the aforesaid exclusive economic zones.
 
15. Further clarification on the question of territorial waters may be produced by mutual consent of the High Contracting Parties via an ancillary agreement to this Treaty.
 
VIII. Titles,  Honours and Houses
 
16. Both the High Contracting Parties shall recognize any titles and other honors granted by their respective Sovereigns to their citizens and to other persons, and vice versa.
 
17. Through the Assent of the Sovereigns of the High Contracting Parties to this Treaty, given in accordance with their respective constitutional laws and customs, the House of Rothborne and the House of Ettlingar Freyu shall 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.
 
18. Likewise shall through the Assent of the Sovereigns of the High Contracting Parties to this Treaty, given in accordance with their respective constitutional laws and customs, the House of Rothborne and the House of Ettlingar Freyu solemnly acknowledge, for all intents and purposes, each other in perpetuity as solid and ebenbürtig und standesgemäß Imperial and Royal Houses, whatever the fate of the aforesaid Houses throughout time may be.
 
IX. Official Established Churches
 
19. The High Contracting Parties shall be encouraged by the spirit of this Treaty to enter into Concordats with each others’ Official Established Churches or issue Charters to the same, as the case may be.
 
X. Efficacy of this Treaty
 
20. This Treaty shall take effect upon ratification by the High Contracting Parties in accordance with their respective constitutional laws and customs and may be terminated in accordance with the same.
 
21. This Treaty shall be valid indefinitely, and may also be amended, repealed or replaced by mutual consent of the High Contracting Parties.
 
22. Following the negotiation of any further amendments to this Treaty, it shall be re-signed and re-ratified.
 
23. This Treaty shall replace the Treaty of Rósby between the High Realm of Stormark and the Commonwealth of Hamland.
 
24. This Treaty shall lapse if one High Contracting Party collapses, dies or is annexed by another sovereign nation, and shall not bind any successor state.
 
Concluded this day, Wednesday 6 December 2017 / 15 Ydalir 16, at the city of Zalae.
 
Signed for the High Realm of Stormark:
 
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Esther of Anglia
 
Signed for the Kingdom of the Union of Caputia:

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Memorandum of Explanation

Lady Law Speaker, Honourable Jarls,

A High Priestess wishes to convey that the why and wherefore of this Bill is to ratify the Treaty of the Sweet Sirens between the Kingdom of the Union of Caputia and the High Realm of Stormark, which was written by the Storish Ambassador to the Lands of the Melusine Throne, Her Imperial and Royal Highness the Princess Esther of Anglia.

The Kingdom of the Union of Caputia is the successor state of the Commonwealth of Hamland, with which the High Realm of Stormark has always on exuberantly good terms and the Governments of both countries felt that it was desirable to enshrine their continuing friendship in a treaty.

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* A High Priestess prays out loud and lustily. *

Thy Most Sacred Majesties,

Direct, I beseech Thee, O Fulltrui and Sacred Queens, the actions of us Jarls in this present Althing assembled by Thy most sacred inspirations and carry them on by Thy most gracious assistance; that every word and work of ours may always begin from Thee, O Three Ladies Divine, and by Thee be happily ended; through Thy Most Sacred Majesties' Love, so mote it be.

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Honourable Jarls,
 
In the name of the Three Ladies Divine, Frigga, Freyja and Idunn, Fulltrui and Sacred Queens of the Good Lands of Valtia Reborn, from Whom all Authority in the Lands of the Longships Throne is derived, all of me, Lady Aoife the Celt of the House of the Descendants of Freyja, Krónjarla of Stormark, Imperial Chieftainess of the Sólareyjar, Bloodroyal and Ærkejarla of the Sólareyjar, Law Speaker of the Althing, grants the Applejarla leave to submit this Bill of hers to all of you here in this present Althing assembled.
 
Discussion and debate on this Bill will be open for a period of one week.

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Lady Law Speaker, Honorable Jarls,

The Snæjarla begs leave to move for Unanimous Consent.

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Lady Law Speaker, Honourable Jarls,

The High King and Gulajarl also  seconds the move for Unanimous Consent.

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Honourable Jarls,

In the name of the Three Ladies Divine, Frigga, Freyja and Idunn, Fulltrui and Sacred Queens of the Good Lands of Valtia Reborn, from Whom all Authority in the Lands of the Longships Throne is derived, all of me has noted that the motion for Unanimous Consent has been seconded. All of me is in agreement with the evocation of Unanimous Consent and this Bill will pass in 12 hours unless one of you who belongs to the body of the Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled shall express zir objection against the Bill aforesaid by casting zir vote against it during the aforesaid allotted voting time.

 

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Honourable Jarls,

In the name of the Three Ladies Divine, Frigga, Freyja and Idunn, Fulltrui and Sacred Queens of the Good Lands of Valtia Reborn, from Whom all Authority in the Lands of the Longships Throne is derived, all of me has noted that none of you has casted zir vote against the Bill and therefore it is hereby pronounced passed by the the Most Honourable Jarls in this present Althing assembled. All of me does hereby submit this Bill to the High King for the Imperial Assent.

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Lady Law Speaker,

We do hereby inform you that We have granted Our Imperial Assent to the Treaty of the Sweet Sirens (Ratification) Bill and the said Bill has therefore become Law as the Treaty of the Sweet Sirens (Ratification) Act of Year 16.

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