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These provisions concerning the royalty and nobility are currently in force.

 

XXVI. (a) The Royalty of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire shall consist of the Emperor, the Members of the House of Ettlingar Freyu, the Members of the Archroyalty of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire and Chieftains who head a House with Royal Status as well as their spouses and children.

 

(B) The Archroyalty of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire shall, subject to such alterations as the Emperor wishes to make, continue to governed by the ancient laws, traditions and customs as they were be governed by heretofore as well as such rules that may be laid down in the Kungligarbók. The same shall apply to Chieftains who head a House with Royal Status and to their spouses and children. The Emperor shall have the sole and exclusive power to issue, amend, revise, repeal, and replace the Kungligarbók.

 

XXVII. Imperial Principalities are landed Imperial Titles held by Members of the House of Ettlingar Freyu to serve as their appanages.

 

XXVIII. (a) The Nobility of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire, whether titled or untitled, shall from henceforth be composed of those Chieftains who head a House Major or Minor. Rules concerning the Nobility of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire may, subject to this Article, be laid down in the Ádelsbók. The Emperor shall have the sole and exclusive power to issue, amend, revise, repeal, and replace the Ádelsbók.

 

(B) Those persons who are the spouse or a child of a Chieftain who heads a House Major or Minor, or who belong to the Archnobility of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire, or who hold a Title of Nobility from a foreign country which Titles of Nobility have been recognized by Treaty shall also be considered members Nobility of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire.

 

(c ) The Archnobility of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire shall, subject to such alterations as the Emperor wishes to make, continue to governed by the ancient laws, traditions and customs as they were be governed by heretofore as well as such rules that may be laid down in the Ádelsbók.

 

(d) No Title of Nobility other than Jarl shall exist within the Nobility of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire. The spouse or a child of a Chieftain who heads a House Major or Minor shall be styled Lord or Lady.

 

XXIX. (a) Knighthood may only be granted by the Emperor or the Empress, or by those Royals who hold a Charter from the Emperor granting them this authority.

 

(B) Article 4 of the Glorious Brotherhood Treaty shall, for the purposes of this Article, be deemed a Charter granted by the Emperor under this Article. The same shall apply to Article 4a of the Treaty of Tintagel.

 

(c ) Knighthoods may be terminated at the displeasure of the authority which granted them or for reasons laid down in the Charter, or Bye-Laws of the Order of Knighthood and Chivalry, or the Imperial Instrument regulating Knighthoods Bachelor and Damehoods Bachelorette.

 

(d) The Emperor shall be the Sovereign Grand Master of all the Orders of Knighthood and Chivalry awarded by the Longships Throne. The Grand and Glorious Imperial Order of the Two Silver Longhips shall continue to be the highest Order of Knighthood and Chivalry of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire.

 

e) The Emperor shall be represented in each Jarldom by a Jarl appointed by Order of the Emperor in the Sovereign Council. The Jarl shall, as chief executive of the Jarldom, be responsible for the day-to-day government of the Jarldom and for implementing Imperial Law, whether Statutes, Acts of the Althing, Imperial Decrees or Orders-in-Council, in the Jarldom.

 

f) An individual who is appointed Jarl under the preceding Article shall by virtue of the said appointment become a Chieftain and the head of a House Minor of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire provided always that the Emperor may at any time also decide to create the said individual the head of a House Major or House Royal or promote such individual to the same. Should a person appointed Jarl under the preceding Article cease to hold the Jarlship, the Emperor in the Sovereign Council shall decide whether such a person shall remain a Chieftain and the head of a Royal or Noble House.

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Please find in the post below some ideas that I found in Shireroth modified to Stormark.

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Anyone of any House may post "development" in unassigned Imperial Lands without anyone's permission. "Development" is the same sorts of things that would convince the High King or High Queen in the High Council of the Realm to assign a county to someone: culture, stories, pictures, descriptions.

 

An unassigned Jarldom is considered within the "sphere of influence" of whatever House has given it the most development. So if someone from House A works very hard to develop , he can consider it within the sphere of House A, and even within the sphere of Minor House E (in that, in character, his relatives and supporters control Normandie; minor house E doesn't get its own subforum or anything).

 

A High King or High Queen in the High Council of the Realm or an official designated by the High King or High Queen in the High Council of the Realm may, if he or she wants, reward exceptionally good development work with a "governorship". For example, the High King or High Queen in the High Council of the Realm might say "I assign a governor from Minor House A". This is basically saying that the High King or High Queen in the High Council of the Realm recognizes the individuals good work and gives him or her an official association with Normandie. If, two months later, the person stops developing Normandie and really don't seem to have paid any attention to it, the High King or High Queen in the High Council of the Realm can fire the governor.

 

Two Houses can go after the same Jarldom. For example, if both House B and House C want the Vaan Aujoen, members of both houses can do development work there, and if one of them does significantly better than the other, the High King or High Queen in the High Council of the Realm can assign one or the other house the governorship. Similarly, if House B does a great job developing Vaan Aujoen, but then House D moves in and does an even better job, the High King or High Queen in the High Council of the Realm can take the governorship away from Kalirion and give it to Mortis.

 

Likewise, Houses can strike deals and combine efforts. If certain persons from House B, C and D have all done some work in Wintergleam, House B and House C can make an alliance against House D, and say that Vaan Aujoen will get a governor from House B in exchange for example getting Gascony a governor from House C. Then the High King or High Queen in the High Council of the Realm would count all work done by House B and C together, and if it's greater than the work done by D, he or she give it to Kalir. We could even expand upon that by saying that, for example, you get extra credit if a lot of the Jarldoms bordering the Jarldom involved support that House.

 

This would mean there are three levels of control over a Jarldom:

1. You are the Jarl, with exclusive right to it.

2. You have installed a minor member of your family as the Governor, with official but not exclusive right to it.

3. The Jarldom is generally recognized as being in your sphere of influence, even though you have no official right to it.

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Please find in the post below an amended version of the draft.

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SEVENTH CHAPTER - HOUSES AND NOBILITY

 

Article I.

 

The Royalty of the High Realm, whether titled or untitled, shall consist of the Members of the Imperial House of Ettlingar Freyu, the Members of the Archroyalty of the High Realm, Chieftains who head a House of the High Realm with Royal Status as well as their spouses and children, and persons whose Title of Royalty is protected for life by Treaty.

 

Article II.

 

The Nobility of the High Realm, whether titled or untitled, shall be composed of those Chieftains who head a House Major or Minor of the High Realm. Those persons who are the spouse or a child of a Chieftain who heads a House Major or Minor of the High Realm or who belong to the Archnobility of the High Realm shall also be considered members of the Nobility of the High Realm.

 

Article III.

 

No Title of Nobility other than Jarl shall exist within the Nobility of the High Realm. The spouse or a child of a Chieftain who heads a House Major or Minor shall be styled Lord or Lady. Those persons who hold a Title of Nobility from a foreign country which Titles of Nobility have been recognized by Treaty may continue to use their Titles within the High Realm.

 

Article IV.

 

The Archroyalty and Archnobility of the High Realm shall both be fictional in nature and shall exist for the purpose of storytelling and roleplaying and as a source of legitimate marriage partners for the Members of the Imperial House of Ettlingar Freyu. No Title of Royalty other than Jarl shall exist within the Archroyalty of the High Realm. The spouse or a child of a member of the Archroyalty of the High Realm in his or her own right shall be styled Lord or Lady.

 

Article V.

 

Houses of the High Realm shall exist to increase the character and style of the High Realm by culturally developing itself and the subdivisions they may control. They shall also provide the Citizens of Stormark with a fun and pleasant home within the home. The Houses of the High Realm shall also be a source of politicking, intrigue and lighthearted feudal fist-and-elbow work.

 

Article VI.

 

There shall be four types of Houses of the High Realm and the said four types shall, in descending order of seniority and precedence, be:

 

  1. The Imperial House of Ettlingar Freyu;
  2. The Houses Royal;
  3. The Houses Major; and
  4. The Houses Minor.

Article VII.

 

The Houses Royal, Major and Minor of the High Realm shall be governed by the High Law and Acts of the Althing. They may internally organise themselves as they see fit. The rank-and-file members of the Houses Royal, Major and Minor of the High Realm, aside from those who have Noble or Royal Status, shall be known as House Udallers.

 

Article VIII.

 

A House Royal shall be created in the event that the High King or High Queen in the High Council of the Realm sees fit to create such a House of the High Realm on His or Her own motion or when He or She promotes an outstanding House Major to such status.

 

Article IX.

 

A House Major shall be created in the event that the High King or High Queen in the High Council of the Realm sees fit to create such a House of the High Realm on the application of seven active Citizens of the High Realm, or when He or She promotes an outstanding House Minor to such status.

 

Article X.

 

A House Minor shall be created in the event that the High King or High Queen in the High Council of the Realm appoints an individual to the Jarlship of a Jarldom of the Realm, or when He or She sees fit to create such a House of the High Realm on His or Her Own Motion or on the application of three active Citizens of the High Realm.

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