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Aoife the Celt

From the Law Speaker of the Althing

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Your Majesty,

 

The Bill in the post below is currently being debated on in the Althing. Since that Bill repeals and replaces the Autonomous Countries' Code, the Althing would like to know the viewpoint of Nidaros on that matter.

 

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AN ACT TO CREATE A HIGH LAW OF THIS MOST SOVEREIGN AND NOBLE VIKING EMPIRE TO MAKE FRESH PROVISION CONCERNING THE ADMINISTRATIVE SUBDIVISIONS OF THIS MOST SOVEREIGN AND NOBLE VIKING EMPIRE.

 

Article 1

The Territory of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire shall be subdivided into Thanedoms, Autonomous Countries and Colonies.

 

Article 2 - Thanedoms

a) Territory directly ruled under all High Laws of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire is divided into several Thanedoms, each one equal to the other. The power to create and dissolve Thanedoms is vested in the Althing.

 

B) The Emperor in the Council of State is represented in each Thanedom by a Thane appointed by the said Emperor in the Council of State. The Thane is responsible for the day-to-day government of the Thanedom and for implementing Imperial Law, whether Acts of Althing, Imperial Decrees or Orders-in-Council, in the Thanedom. No Thanedom may legislate in its own right.

 

Article 3 – Colonies

a) Colonies are imperial territories not ruled under the High Laws of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire. The power to create Colonies is vested in the Althing, but the Emperor in the Council of State has the right and responsibility of issuing Instruments of Government for the general welfare of the people of the Colonies.

 

B) The power to dissolve colonies is vested in the Althing. A Colony may, if it pleases the Althing, integrate into this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire, or become an Autonomous Country of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire.

 

Article 4 – Autonomous Countries

a) Autonomous Countries are Territories, forming their own jurisdictions, ruled under this High Law and the Instrument of Rights and Liberties, created either through annexing Foreign States, or through an Act of Althing.

 

B) Autonomous Countries shall respect the government, structure and honour of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire.

 

c) Autonomous Countries have the right to legislate in their own right in all areas not delegated to the Althing through subsequent sections of this Article.

 

d) Autonomous Countries have the right to develop their own cultures without interference from the Imperial Government of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire.

 

e) Autonomous Countries have the right to develop criminal, legal and penal codes. Should these be non-existent, unless a system of common law is in force, the codes of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire shall apply to the Autonomous Country.

 

f) Autonomous Countries have the right to develop their own systems of commerce. They may, with the consent of the Imperial Government of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire, enter into economic agreements with this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire, other Autonomous Countries, Colonies or Foreign States.

 

g) Autonomous Countries may lay down their own rules for immigration and naturalization. These shall however be done with the advice and consent of the Imperial Government. A Citizen of an Autonomous Country shall also be a Citizen of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire.

 

h) Autonomous Countries created by an Act of the Althing may be disestablished by an Act of the Althing. Should an act of disestablishment be passed, the territory of the former Autonomous Country would become a Thanedom.

 

i) An Autonomous Country, which was sovereign before becoming an Autonomous Country, may secede through an Act of Althing, unless a Treaty which established it as a division of Stormark stipulated that a secession could be achieved through other means than an Act of Althing.

 

j) The areas of Foreign Affairs and Defence are to be handled by Imperial Law.

 

k) Policing and maintaining the respect of the law of and in the autonomous countries are under the total and ultimate jurisdiction of Stormark. Likewise the judicial powers of each Autonomous Country are vested in the Law Courts of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire. When deciding on any case relating to an individual Autonomous Country, the Law Courts must apply Autonomous Country Law in their consideration. The powers of the Attorney-General of Stormark to prosecute and advise shall extend to each individual Autonomous Country.

 

l) The territories of the Autonomous Countries shall be determined jointly between the Autonomous Country in question and the Imperial Government of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire.

 

m) Changes to this Article shall require the consent of each Autonomous Country.

 

Article 5 - Repeals

The Autonomous Countries’ Code is hereby repealed.

 

Article 6 - Short Title and Commencement

This High Law may be cited as the Law on Administrative Subdivisions and shall enter into force upon receiving the Imperial Assent.

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