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Law of Stormark

Act of the Althing


To all Our Well-Beloved Royals, Nobles and Knights, and all Our other Well-Beloved Citizens whatsoever to whom these Presents shall come, Greetings:

LET IT BE KNOWN that We, Harald Thorstein I the Generous Giver, The Eternal Sovereign Viking Emperor, Perpetual Protector of the People of Stormark, Perpetual Defender of the Viking Nation, Eternal Guardian of the Lakes of Hurmu, Paramount Chieftain of the Ancient Tribes of Hurmu, Most Noble Sovereign of the Lands of Stormark, Living Saint of the Most Holy Nidarosian Church, Solver of the Ancient Enigma, Hero of the Old Tale, Paladin of the Temple of Love, Imperial Prince of Thule, Imperial Prince of Inis Fer Falga, Prince of Antioch, Prince of Arietta, Prince of Lichtenbad, Prince of Malisko, Duke of Brittany, Duke of Froyalan, Duke of Gascony, Duke of Normandie, Marquis of Beaulieu, Marquis Thorstein, Earl of An Chláir, Earl of Carrick, Earl of Fife, Earl of the Trondelag, Count of La Marche, Count of Poitou, Count of Quercy, Count of Wintergleam, Baron of Einmar, Baron of Fórntida Kærleikalanden, Baronet of Holmborg, Baronet of Robland, Lord of Isle St. Jean and Lord of the Isles, have looked with favour upon the decision of the Althing of that Day of the Lord Máni known to Us, Our Well-Beloved Royals, Nobles and Knights, and all Our other Well-Beloved Citizens whatsoever as the Second Day of the Month Thrymheim in the Seventh Year of the Second Viking Age in the Second Epoch of Our Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire that has been laid before Us:

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 - Subdivisions
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 sole and exclusive 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, who have their forums within the official board of this Most Sovereign and Viking Empire, may, while acknowledging the Emperor’s, or his proxies', sole and exclusive status as administrator of the forums within this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire, lay down their own rules regarding their public and/or private forums. The Emperor shall furthermore comply, in accordance with established practice, with any and all reasonable requests from the Autonomous Countries concerning their forums.

i) 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.

j) 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.

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

l) 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.

m) 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.

n) 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.

In consequence whereof We have assented to and confirmed, as We hereby do assent to and do confirm the same as Law under Our Hand and the Great Seal of Our Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire.


So be it!!

Given at Our Hall in Haraldsborg, in Our Thanedom of Gulathing, on this Day of the Lord Máni, the Second Day of the Month Thrymheim in the Seventh Year of the Second Viking Age in the Second Epoch of Our Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire.


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Harald Torsten I den Givmilde, genom Vikingalagarnas Nåd Enväldig Vikingakejsare av Vikingakejsardömet Stormark, och genom andra Höga Lagars Nåd Kung av Sina andra Riken och Kolonier.

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