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FIRST CHAPTER - THE SOVEREIGN

 

An unbroken chain of Emperors and Empresses shall rule over and govern the Viking Empire of Stormark.

 

The Emperor or Empress shall sit on the Imperial Longships Throne. He or she shall be the symbol of Stormark and the embodiment of the Viking Empire’s sovereignty.

 

The Imperial Longships Throne shall be dynastic and succeeded to in accordance with the Law of Ettlingar Freyu passed by the Althing. Likewise, the styles and titles of the Emperor or Empress and the members of the imperial house shall be determined by Act of Althing.

 

The Emperor or Empress shall be head of state, head of the imperial house, chief of government and commander in chief of the armed forces, on land and on sea, in air and in space, of the Viking Empire.

 

The advice and approval of the Emperor or Empress shall be required in all acts of State. The Emperor or Empress may delegate his or her powers in accordance with law.

 

Should the Emperor or Empress be absent, ill or to young to perform the duties and responsibilities that his or her Throneship entails, a regent shall perform the duties and responsibilities of the Emperor or Empress in his or her name. The regent shall be selected in accordance with the Law of Ettlingar Freyu.

 

The Emperor or Empress is sacred and inviolable.

 

The Emperor or Empress shall perform, through the advice and consent of the Imperial Council, the tasks and functions of:

 

• issuing imperial instruments and orders,

• assenting to amendments to the High Law,

• calling into session of the Althing, opening the Althing, and dissolving the same,

• managing the election of the Law Speaker,

• granting full powers and credentials of ambassadors,

• appointing jarlar,

• appointing the justices of the Fimmtardómur,

• awarding of honours,

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

• representing the Viking Empire abroad,

• receiving foreign missions,

• granting amnesty, commuting punishments and restoring rights, and

• naturalizing foreigners and stateless persons.

 

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

 

THE IMPERIAL COUNCIL

 

Executive power resides with the Imperial Council which shall consist of the Emperor or Empress, the Imperial Chancellor and a number of Wardens of Council appointed by the Imperial Chancellor. The Imperial Chancellor is elected by the Althing in a manner the Althing prescribes.

 

The term of the Imperial Chancellor shall be six months; the terms begin on the first days of Sokkvabekk and Noatun respectively.

 

The Emperor or Empress is advised by the Wardens of Council, who shall be responsible to the Imperial Chancellor, and by the Imperial Chancellor, who shall be responsible to the Althing.

 

THE ALTHING

 

The powers of the Viking Empire to—

 

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

• regulate the commerce and taxes

• regulate criminal and civil law,

• declare war and peace,

• ratify treaties and other diplomatic documents,

• institute inferior courts to the Fimmtardómur, and

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

 

—are vested in the unicameral Althing.

 

The Althing may not, without a majority of three fourths of the members of the Althing, pass a bill amending the High Law, the Law of Ettlingar Freyu or pass any bill seeking to surrender the sovereignty or territory of the Viking Empire either wholly or in part.

 

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

 

The Althing shall be in continuous session unless the Emperor or Empress in Council decides else. It shall be headed by the Law Speaker, elected by the Althing under the chair of the Emperor or Empress.

 

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

 

THE JUDICIARY

 

The judiciary of the Viking Empire of Stormark shall consist of the Fimmtardómur and all such inferior courts the Althing may establish.

 

The Fimmtardómur shall be the court of last resort with power to determine the constitutionality of any law, order, regulation or official act. Provisions for the Fimmtardómur shall be decided by Act of Althing.

 

No extraordinary tribunal shall be established.

 

All judges shall be independent in the exercise of their conscience and shall be bound only by the High Law and the laws of the land.

 

 

All trials shall be conducted and judgment declared publicly.

 

 

RIGHTS, FREEDOMS AND DUTIES

 

Charter of Rights and Liberties

 

STRUCTURE

 

Stormark shall be a confederal State. Its territory shall be divided into jarldoms and dominions.

 

Jarldoms shall be fully autonomous on all matters not conferred upon the Emperor or Empress, the Executive Council, the Althing or other body through this High Law or the competences thereof coming.

 

Dominions shall not be governed by the provisions of an instrument of government delivered by the Emperor or Empress in Council.

 

HOUSES AND NOBILITY

 

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FINAL PROVISIONS

 

Transitional provisions

 

 

 

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