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HIGH LAW OF THE HIGH REALM OF STORMARK

HARALD THORSTEIN THE GENEROUS GIVER OF THE HOUSE OF DESCENDANTS OF FREYJA, HIGH KING OF STORMARK, SOVEREIGN LORD ON ALL CONTINENTS, LOVER OF FRIGGA, FREYJA AND IDUNN, TO ALL AND SUNDRY TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS MAY COME, GREETINGS:

As the Ruler of this Great Nation of Stormark, We have come to know each and every one of Our Citizens very well. It is extremely important to me that everyone here is well and content, and We hold a Sacred Trust to protect the lives of all who dwell here.

As the Ruler of Stormark, We have a Bounden Duty to uphold the Laws of the Land, and We have ensured that every Law will truly be held exactly as it should be. We have instituted Law Chambers, and inducted several of our esteemed Legal Experts to oversee the management of these Chambers. We trust their judgement implicitly, and they are instructed to apply the Laws of Stormark as they see fit to each particular situation. We firmly believe that the peace and contentment of each and every Citizen here in Stormark is of paramount importance to us all.

We are bound by Our Imperial Duty to protect and defend the High Realm against those who would seek to destroy us, either by word or deed, and We fully intend to uphold that promise to Our Well-Beloved Citizens. We believe that our Military Forces are the best of any Nation; they stand ready and able to serve Stormark, and to proudly defend our Citizens from any unjust provocation.

We would also wish to add that here in Stormark, everyone is granted the right to worship the God of their own choosing. We are proud to be free in following the dictates of our hearts, and each Citizen is encouraged to worship in whatever manner is pleasing to their conscience.

Those who call Stormark as their home hail from many different locations, and we welcome all who would enter here in peace and harmony. Our Vikng Nation recognizes every race, and we vow to abolish prejudice of any kind. Everyone, regardless of ethnic origin, religious preference, economic status, or sexual orientation, is welcome here in Stormark, on the condition that they enter this Great Nation, first as an Honoured Guest, and then as a Caring Citizen of Stormark.

Our Families here in Stormark are a source of Pride and Joy for Us; We take personal satisfaction in seeing that each Citizen is given the opportunity to raise their Family in the style and manner which brings them contentment and happiness.

Well-Beloved Citizens, Our one wish for you is that your personal happiness is met and maintained here. It is Our Imperial Duty to provide you with every possible advantage to aid you in your life here in Stormark. To that end, We pledge to you that it will be Our privilege to guide you through Stormark on your journeys here, through our Hallowed Halls of the Forums. We invite you to walk through our Chambers, talk among your Fellow-Countrymen, discuss your thoughts. You are among friends here; We are all here to help each other, and every one of us stands ready to guide and serve our Fellow Man.

May the God of our Hearts and Minds give us the Guidance and Strength to maintain this Great Nation through any situation, and may the Grace of the Supreme Goodness forever shine brightly on our Great and Glorious Nation of Stormark.


FIRST CHAPTER - THE SOVEREIGN

Article I.

An unbroken chain of High Kings and High Queens shall rule over and govern the High Realm of Stormark.

Article II.

The High King or High Queen shall sit on the Imperial Longships Throne. He or she shall be the Symbol of Stormark and the Embodiment of the High Realm's Sovereignty, Unity and Permanence. The High King or High Queen shall be sacred and inviolable.

Article III.

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 High King or High Queen and the members of the Imperial House shall be determined by Act of the Althing.

Article IV.

The High King or High Queen 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 High Realm.

Article V.

The advice and approval of the High King or High Queen shall be required in all legislative and executive acts of State. As such any Bill not amending the High Law that has been passed by the Althing must receive the High King's or High Queen' Assent and be promulgated by the same to enter into force. The High King or High Queen may delegate His or Her powers in accordance with law.

Article VI.

Should the High King or High Queen 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 High King or High Queen in His or Her name. The Regent shall be selected in accordance with the Law of Ettlingar Freyu.

Article VII.

The High King or High Queen may regulate, in His or Her absolute discretion, His or Her Court and Sovereign Household.

Article VIII.

The High King or High Queen shall perform, through the advice and consent of the High Council of the Realm, the tasks and functions of:

• issuing Imperial Instruments and Orders;
• granting, reserving or refusing the Imperial Assent to Bills amending the High Law passed by the Althing;
• calling into session of the Althing and dissolving the same;
• causing the Althingi Opening and Closure Ceremonies to be performed by the Stormarksgothi;
• managing the election of the Law Speaker of the Althing;
• granting full powers and credentials of ambassadors;
• appointing Jarlar;
• appointing the Judges of the Law Courts of Stormark;
• awarding of Honours;
• attesting to the ratification of diplomatic documents such as treaties and communiqués diplomatiques;
• representing the High Realm abroad;
• receiving foreign missions;
• granting pardons as well as amnesty, commuting punishments and restoring rights; and
• naturalizing foreigners and stateless persons.

Article IX.

As soon as may be after ascending the Imperial Longships Throne, the High King or High Queen shall, in accordance with venerable tradition and ancient custom, be coronated and hailed by the Øyrating in either the Althingi Hall or on the Thingvellir depending on the time of the year and as the weather may permit.

Article X.

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


SECOND CHAPTER - THE HIGH COUNCIL OF THE REALM

Article I.

The executive power of the High Realm shall be vested in the High Council of the Realm which shall consist of the High King or High Queen, the Justiciar and a number of Wardens of Council appointed by the Justiciar. The Justiciar shall be elected by the Althing in a manner the Althing shall prescribe.

Article II.

The term of the Justiciar shall be six months; the terms shall commence on the first days of Sokkvabekk and Noatun respectively.

Article III.

The High King or High Queen shall be advised by the Wardens of Council, who shall be responsible to the Justiciar, and by the Justiciar, who shall be responsible to the Althing. The Justiciar shall be responsible for apportioning the business among the Wardens of Council.

Article IV.

The High Council of the Realm shall meet in the Longships Chamber in the Vanadísarhall in the Imperial City of Haraldsborg or in such other place as it may from time to time determine. Meetings of the High Council of the Realm shall be presided over the High King or High Queen.

Article V.

Meetings of the High Council of the Realm shall be public to the Citizens of Stormark. The High Council of the Realm may, however, discuss matters that require secrecy in private. In the event that the reason for secrecy has ceased to exist, the discussions concerning the matter that required secrecy shall be released.

Article VI.

The High Council of the Realm shall be governed by the High Law, Acts of the Althing, and the Rules of Order decided upon by the Justiciar.


THIRD CHAPTER - THE ALTHING

Article I.

The powers of the High Realm to --

• provide for the general welfare, security and defence of the people;
• regulate commerce and taxes;
• regulate criminal and civil law;
• designate the flags, insignia and symbols of the High Realm;
• declare war and peace;
• regulate matters concerning the national territory, borders and air space;
• ratify treaties and other diplomatic documents;
• institute Law Courts inferior to the Fimmtardómur; and
• institute a police force or militia to execute the laws of the land, suppress rebellions and insurrections, and repel invasions;

-- shall be solely and exclusively vested in the unicameral Althing.

Article II.

The Althing may not, without a majority of three fourths of the votes cast, pass a Bill amending the High Law or the Law of Ettlingar Freyu, or pass any Bill seeking to surrender the Sovereignty or Territory of the High Realm either wholly or in part.

Article III.

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

Article IV.

The Althing shall be in continuous session unless the High King or High Queen in the High Council of the Realm decides otherwise. It shall be headed by the Law Speaker who shall be elected by the Althing under the chair of the High King or High Queen.

Article V.

The Althing shall meet in either the Althingi Hall or on the Thingvellir depending on the time of the year and as the weather may permit or in such other place as it may from time to time determine.

Article VI.

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


FOURTH CHAPTER - THE JUDICIARY

Article I.

The judicial power of the High Realm shall be vested in the Fimmtardómur and all such inferior Law Courts as the Althing sees fit to establish. Provisions concerning the Fimmtardómur and the other Law Courts, if any, shall be laid down by Act of the Althing. No extraordinary tribunal shall be established.

Article II.

All judges shall be independent in the performance of their duties and shall be bound only by the High Law and the Laws of the Land. They may only be dismissed by the Althing for reasons laid down by Act of the Althing.

Article III.

The Fimmtardómur shall be the court of last resort with power to determine the constitutionality of any law, order, regulation or official act and shall sit in Haldarsvik Hall in the Imperial City of Haraldsborg or in such other place as it may from time to time determine. The decision of the Fimmtardómur shall in all cases be final and conclusive.

Article IV.

All trials shall be conducted and judgment declared publicly. Judgments and decisions rendered by the Law Courts shall be enforced in the name of the High King or High Queen.


FIFTH CHAPTER - RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES

Article I.

Everyone shall be equal before the law and entitled, without any discrimination, and to equal protection of the law.

Article II.

Every Stormarker shall have the right to take part in the government of the High Realm. No person who advocates, or who aids or belongs to any organization or association which advocates, the overthrow by force or violence of the government of the High Realm shall be qualified to hold any public office of trust or profit under the said High Realm.

Article III.

No bill of attainder, ex post facto law, retroactive law, or any law impairing the obligation of contracts, shall be enacted.

Article IV.

No person shall be imprisoned for debt.

Article V.

Everyone shall have the right to be heard by public officials on request.

Article VI.

It shall be the right of everyone to marry one partner of either sex, and to start a family. No one may be forced or coerced to marry.

Article VII.

Everyone shall have the right to life, personal liberty, integrity and security.

Article VIII.

No form of slavery shall exist in the High Realm; and there shall not be any involuntary servitude, otherwise than for the punishment of crime, of which the party shall have been duly convicted.

Article IX.

No person can in any case be subject to law-martial, by virtue of that law, except those employed in the army or navy, and except the militia in actual service, but by authority of the Althing.

Article X.

No person shall be quartered in any house without the consent of the owner or lawful occupant.

Article XI.

It shall be the right of individuals or their legal representatives to make decisions relating to their health care without governmental interference.

Article XII.

The High Realm shall endeavour to make abortion legal, safe and rare.

Article XIII.

No one shall be sentenced to death, tortured or otherwise treated in a manner violating human dignity.

Article XIV.

It shall be lawful for Citizens of Stormark and foreigners legally resident in High Realm to freely move within the country and to choose their place of residence.

Article XV.

Stormarkers shall not be prevented from entering High Realm or deported or extradited or transferred from Stormark to another country against their will.

Article XVI.

It shall be lawful for anyone (excepting always those outlawed in accordance with the law of the land, and natives of any country at war with us) to leave the High Realm and to return, safe and secure by land, water or air.

Article XVII.

Everyone's private life, honour and the sanctity of the home are guaranteed. The secrecy of correspondence, telephony and other confidential communications is inviolable.

Article XVIII.

Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. Freedom of religion and conscience entails the right to profess and practice a religion, the right to change religion or belief, the right to express one's convictions and the right to be a member of or decline to be a member of a religious community. No one is under the obligation, against his or her conscience, to participate in the practice of a religion.

Article XIX.

Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression. Freedom of expression entails the right to express, disseminate and receive information, opinions and other communications without prior prevention by anyone.

Article XX.

Everyone shall have the right to arrange peaceful meetings and demonstrations without a permit, as well as the right to participate in them. Officers of the law may be present at any meeting in a public place to ensure that the peace is kept, and to ensure that the assembly does not disrupt traffic or legitimate commercial activities.

Article XXI.

Everyone shall have the freedom of association. Freedom of association entails the right to form an association without a permit, to be a member or not to be a member of an association and to participate in the activities of an association. The freedom to form trade unions and to organise in order to look after other interests is likewise guaranteed.

Article XXII.

Everyone shall have the right to own and control their own property. Provisions on the expropriation of property, for public needs and against full compensation, shall be laid down by Statute.

Article XXIII.

Foreigners who are, or may hereafter become, bona fide residents of this High Realm, shall enjoy the same rights in respect to the possession, enjoyment, and inheritance of property, as citizens.

Article XXIV.

No law of impairing the obligation of contracts by destroying or impairing the remedy for their enforcement shall be enacted; and the legislators shall have no power to revive any right or remedy which may have become barred by lapse of time, or by any Statute of this High Realm. After suit has been commenced on any cause of action, the legislators shall have no power to take away such cause of action, or destroy any existing defense to such suit.

Article XXV.

The real and personal property of any spouse in High Realm acquired before marriage, and all property, real and personal, to which he or she may afterwards be entitled by gift, grant, inheritance, or devise, shall be and remain the separate estate and property of such spouse, and shall not be liable for any debts, obligations, or engagements of his or her spouse, and may be devised or bequeathed by him or her, the same as if he or she were single.

Article XXVI.

Everyone shall have the right to education. Basic education shall be free of charge.

Article XXVII.

Everyone shall have the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits. The freedom of science, the arts and higher education is guaranteed.

Article XXVIII.

Everyone shall have the right to earn his or her livelihood by the employment, occupation or commercial activity of his or her choice.

Article XXIX.

Everyone, without any discrimination, shall have the right to equal pay for equal work.

Article XXX.

Nature and its biodiversity, the environment and the National heritage are the responsibility of everyone.

Article XXXI.

The High Realm shall endeavour to guarantee for everyone the right to a healthy environment and for everyone the possibility to influence the decisions that concern their own living environment.

Article XXXII.

Everyone shall have the right to have his or her case dealt with appropriately and without undue delay by a legally competent Law Court or other authority, as well as to have a decision pertaining to his or her rights or obligations reviewed by a Law Court.

Article XXXIII.

Everyone shall have the right to be considered innocent of any crime until proven guilty according to law in a public trial.

Article XXXIV.

The personal integrity of the individual shall not be violated, nor shall anyone be deprived of liberty arbitrarily or without a reason prescribed by Statute. A penalty involving deprivation of liberty may be imposed only by a Law Court. The lawfulness of other cases of deprivation of liberty may be submitted for review by a Law Court.

Article XXXV.

No conviction shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture of estate, and the estates of those who destroy their own lives shall descend or vest as in case of natural death.

Article XXXVI.

No one shall be found guilty of a criminal offence or be sentenced to a punishment on the basis of a deed, which has not been determined punishable by law at the time of its commission. The penalty imposed for an offence shall not be more severe than that provided by law at the time of commission of the offence.

Article XXXVII.

Such provisional exceptions to basic rights and liberties that are deemed necessary in the case of an armed attack against the High Realm or if there exists an emergency that threatens the High Realm and which according to a Statute is so serious that it can be compared with an armed attack may be provided by Statute.

Article XXXVIII.

All Stormarkers shall be entitled to the rights and freedoms set forth in this High Law, without distinction of any kind, such as race, gender, colour, sex, language, religion, sexual orientation, political or other opinion, National or social origin, property, birth or other status. The rights and freedoms set out in this High Law may be subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by Statute as can be demonstrably justified in a free, secular and democratic society.


SIXTH CHAPTER - STRUCTURE

Article I.

The High Realm shall be a quasi-federal State. Its territory shall be divided into Jarldoms and Dominions. The power to create and dissolve Jarldoms and Dominions shall be vested in the Althing. The territory of Jarldoms and Dominions may only be changed by Act of the Althing. No Jarldom or Dominion or any part thereof may secede from the High Realm.

Article II.

Jarldoms shall be fully autonomous on all matters not conferred upon the High King or High Queen, the High Council of the Realm, the Althing or other body through this High Law or the competences thereof coming.

Article III.

Dominions shall not be governed under the High Law but by the provisions of an Instrument of Government delivered by the High King or High Queen in the High Council of the Realm.

Article IV.

The High King or High Queen in the High Council of the Realm shall be represented in each Jarldom by a Jarl appointed by Order of the High King or High Queen in the High Council of the Realm. The Jarlship of the Imperial Jarldom of Gulathing shall, however, be vested in the High King or High Queen. 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 Acts of the Althing, Orders-in-Council, or other Imperial Instruments, in the Jarldom.

Article V.

Jarldoms without a Jarl shall be open to any Citizen of Stormark or House of the High Realm that wishes to explore, exploit, develop, or colonize them. Houses of the High Realm and Citizens of Stormark shall not be required to seek the permission of the High King or High Queen in the High Council of the Realm before attempting to develop Jarlless Jarldoms.

Article VI.

The High King or High Queen in the High Council of the Realm may choose to grant Jarlships to those who have done outstanding work in developing a Jarlless Jarldom. The Jarl of a Jarldom and the House of the High Realm to which he or she belongs shall have control over such Jarldom and its resources, culture and development for as long as he or she holds the Jarlship over the said Jarldom.

Article VII.

The High King or High Queen in the High Council of the Realm may evict a Citizen of Stormark or House of the High Realm from a Jarlless Jarldoms if they demonstrate a willful disregard for its populace or culture. Their work shall be deemed "non-canon" and may be explained away by future colonizers in any way they wish. The said Citizen of Stormark or House of the High Realm shall be banned from any further development work in that Jarldom, or, depending on the scale of the offense, in all Jarlless Jarldoms.

Article VIII.

The Official Capital and Seat of Government of the High Realm shall be the City of Haraldsborg in the Jarldom of Gulathing which shall have, as Capital, the title of Imperial City and shall be governed directly by the High King or High Queen or an institution created by Him or Her to govern it.


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.


EIGHTH CHAPTER - FINAL PROVISIONS

Article I.

Upon the coming into operation of this High Law, all High Laws that are in operation immediately before the coming into operation of this High Law shall be repealed, suppressed and superseded by this High Law.

Article II.

Upon the coming into operation of this High Law, all Statutes, Treaties and Imperial Instruments that are in operation immediately before the coming into operation of this High Law shall continue and remain in full force, until altered or repealed by the Althing or the High Council of the Realm, as the case may be; except for such parts as are repugnant to this High Law, such parts being either considered void or amended.

Article III.

Upon the coming into operation of this High Law the occupant of the Imperial Longships Throne, the Lady Chief Justice, the Jarls of the Jarldoms, the Law Speaker of the Althing and the Members of the Althing shall remain in office; all other persons who held office under the High Laws in operation immediately before the coming into operation of this High Law shall cease to hold office.

Article IV.

Upon the coming into operation of this High Law the members of the Executive Council composed under the High Laws in operation immediately before the coming into operation of this High Law shall become and be the members of Executive Council under this High Law.

Article V.
This High Law may be cited as the High Law, or the Constitution, or Stormarks Riges Grundlov.

Article VI.

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

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