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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 the Generous Giver of the House of the Descendants of Freyja, High King of Stormark, Sovereign Lord on all Continents, Lover of Frigga, Freyja and Idunn, Perpetual Protector of the People of Stormark, Perpetual Defender of the Viking Nation, Eternal Guardian of the Sacred Islands, Paramount Chieftain of the Ancient Tribes of the Heartland, Most Noble Sovereign of the Lands of Stormark, Supreme Lord of the Lands of the Longships Throne, Sovereign Lord of the Kejsarinna Asa Isles, Sovereign Lord of Vinland, King of Anglethyr, King of Bondegard, King of the Islands of the Ancient Ways, King of Marthunia, King of Merlaide, King of the Mysterious Isles, King of Thydtwinnster, Solver of the Ancient Enigma, Keeper of the Freyja Treasure, Protector of Love and Liberty, Keeper of the Most Sacred Instruments, Lord of the Conquest, Navigation and Commerce of the Imperial Colonies, Hero of the Old Tale, Freyjagothi to the Temple of Love, Storjarl of the Gulathing, Storjarl of the Mysterious Isles, Prince Imperial of Alexandria, Fils d'Alexandrie, Prince of the Blood, Duke of Gascony, Duke of Normandie, Duke of Port Chloe, Duke of the Vaan Aujoen, Jarl of Gulathing, Marquis of Beaulieu, Marquis Thorstein, Count of Poitou, Count of Quercy, Lord of the Two Peninsulas, Lord of the Isle of Snæland, Lord of the Longships Islands and Lord of the Isles, have looked with favour upon the decision of the Althing of that Day of the Lady Freyja known to Us, Our Well-Beloved Royals, Nobles and Knights, and all Our other Well-Beloved Citizens whatsoever as the Twenty Nineth Day of the Month Sessrumnir in Folkvanger in the Nineth Year of the Second Viking Age in the Second Epoch of Our Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire that the Law Speaker of the said Althing has most graciously laid before Us:

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 which shall continue to be a simulated political, cultural, interactive geofictional and social entity, both modern and ancient, which is inspired by Viking culture and lore as well as the Ways of the Vanir, and powered by its Fulltrui and Sacred Queens since time immemorial, the Ladies Divine Frigga, Freyja and Idunn, who have blessed the lives of the Stormarkers in so many ways.

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.

1. There shall be a Law of Ettlingar Freyu, passed by the Althing and assented to by the High King or the High Queen, to govern the rules for succession to and abdication from the dynastic Longships Throne. The Law of Ettlingar Freyu shall be above all other laws in the High Realm, but depend on this High Law.

2. There shall be an Act of Althing governing the titles and styles of the High King or the High Queen and members of the House of Ettlingar Freyu, provided always that the High King or the High Queen may also set titles for the aforementioned in accordance with the Old Tale or ancient right and custom.

3. The High King or the High Queen shall, upon ascending the Imperial Longships Throne, as decreed by ancient custom, choose an imperial name, a name that may be changed by the High King or High Queen as He or She sees fit.

Article IV.

The High King or High Queen shall be Head of State, Head of the Imperial House, Chief of the Micronational Simulation, 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's 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 Chief Magistrate;

• 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.

1. 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, wed or dedicate Himself or Herself to the Fulltrui and Sacred Queens of Stormark, the Ladies Divine Frigga, Freyja and Idunn, and be coronated as well as be 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.

2. Should giving the Fulltrui and Sacred Queens of Stormark (certain of) Their Matrimonial Dues be against the sexual persuasion of a High King or a High Queen the able and willing adult person next entitled to succession to the Imperial Longships Throne shall give the Three Ladies Divine those Matrimonial Dues.

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 High Justiciar and a number of Wardens of Council appointed by the High Justiciar. The High Justiciar is the Head of Government and shall be elected by the Althing in a manner the Althing shall prescribe. The term of the High Justiciar shall be six months; the terms shall commence on the first days of Sokkvabekk and Noatun respectively.

Article II.

The High Justiciar shall before assuming office, as decreed by ancient custom and in accordance with Althingi Law, be inauguated at the ruins of Harald's Holdfast on Hnossa Isle. At the inauguration aforesaid the High Justiciar shall take the Oath of Office presribed by Althingi Law and renew the sacred pledges and ancient covenants of his or her high office with the High King, the Fulltrui and Sacred Queens, and the people of the High Realm of Stormark.

Article III.

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

 

2. Should the High Justiciar be ill, absent or otherwise not willing or able to carry out his or her duties the senior willing and able Warden of Council present may carry out the duties of the High Justiciar.

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 Patricians and 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 High 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;

• ratify treaties and other diplomatic documents;

• declare war and peace;

• regulate matters concerning the national territory, borders and air space; 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.
1. The judicial powers of the High Realm are vested in the Court of the Realm, Ríksdómr, hereinafter the Court, which shall be organized in two chambers, the Magistrates’ Tribunal and the Althing’s Tribunal.


2. All criminal, civil and constitutional cases, as well as all other cases that may be referred to the Court, shall be tried in the Magistrates’ Tribunal, and may only, after judgment, be referred to the Althing’s Tribunal according to this Chapter.


Article II.
1. The Magistrates’ Tribunal shall be headed by one permanent judge, the Chief Magistrate. He or she is appointed by the High King or High Queen in the High Council of the Realm.


2. In any trial or other case before the Tribunal, the Chief Magistrate shall approach the parties and give them the right to appoint one magistrate ad hoc each. The right may be waived by either or both parties. Magistrates ad-hoc must be citizens or patricians of the High Realm unless the Althing legislates otherwise.


3. In any case where the Chief Magistrate may hold conflicts of interests due to his or her employment, position or membership of a house, the Chief Magistrate shall appoint a Chief Magistrate ad hoc for the duration of that trial or case. The Chief Magistrate ad-hoc must be a citizen or patrician of the High Realm unless the Althing legislates otherwise.


Article III.
1. Judgment from the Magistrates’ Tribunal may be appealed to the Althing’s Tribunal if there is a dissenting opinion affixed to the judgment, and the dissenting opinion raises points of law that the judgment does not address.


2. Judgment from the Magistrates’ Tribunal may also be appealed to the Althing’s Tribunal by an application to the High Council of the Realm, and the case shall be heard by the Althing’s Tribunal if the High Council of the Realm finds that there is good reason to hear the case once more despite the criteria of Article III, section 1, have not been met.


Article IV.
1. The Althing’s Tribunal is headed by the Law Speaker, or if he or she has a conflict of interest, by the senior member of the Althing who does not have a conflict of interest.


2. No member of the Althing with a conflict of interest shall take part in the deliberations. This also includes either party, representatives of the parties, and any magistrate from the previous tribunal who took part in the judgment, as well as witnesses that may be called.


Article V.

1. In both tribunals, where deliberations have finished, judgment shall be written by one member of the tribunal of the majority. Concurring and dissenting opinions may be included by individual members of the tribunal.

2. Each tribunal may, the Magistrates’ Tribunal by Act of Adjournal and the Althing’s Tribunal by Act of Sederunt, lay down rules and regulations on its procedure that are not covered by legislation.


Article VI.

1. When hearing criminal cases the Court may impose the death penalty in accordance with the provisions of Althingi Law.

2. The Court may apply Udal Law together with the Freedom of the Fulltrui as well as the Twelve Vanic Values to any and all legal matters that arise in the High Realm where Althingi Law as well as secondary or subordinate legislation do not provide for.

Article VII.
Judgments rendered by the Court shall be declared publicly and enforced in the name of the High King or High Queen.

FIFTH CHAPTER - RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES

Article I.

1. The People of the High Realm shall be composed of the Patricians of Stormark and the Citizens of Stormark. The Patricians of Stormark shall from henceforth be those real persons who have held continuously membership in the national community of Stormark since its inception or since their naturalization into the said national community. Every Patrician of Stormark shall have a Viking Name and belong to a House of the High Realm. The Citizens of Stormark shall from henceforth be the fictional members of the national community of Stormark.

 

2. To the Patricianship of Stormark may appertain species of the genus Homo such as Homo Sapiens Vanadiens, Homo Sapiens Sapiens, and Homo Sapiens Neanderthalensis. To the aforesaid may also belong beings of the better known lore of the Vikings, the Celts, the Greco-Romans, and the Anglo-Saxons such as Elves, Dwarves, Centaurs, Nimfs, Faeries, Giants, Gnomes etc. etc.

 

3. To the Citizenry of Stormark may appertain, aside from the beings stipulated in the preceding paragraph, such good-natured sentient beings as are tradtionally counted thereto.

 

4. The Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled shall when legislating take Homo Sapiens Vanadiens as their point of reference.

Article II.

Only Stormarkers may 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 or other unlawful means 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.

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

1. No marriage shall be legally entered into without the full and free consent of the parties involved, such consent to be expressed by them in person after due publicity and in the presence of the authority competent to solemnize the marriage, as prescribed by law.

 

2. The Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled shall recognize, as decreed by ancient custom, the following forms of marriage: Sacred Marriage, Simple Marriage, Complex Marriage, Pillow Marriage, Ritual Marriage, and Polygamous Marriage.

 

3. It shall be lawful for anyone, regardless of their sex, to marry anyone they wish, except for those kins(wo)men who are within the prohibited degrees of consanguinity as stipulated by Althingi Law as well as other persons prohibited by the aforesaid.

 

4. The Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled shall provide for the dissolution of and withdrawal from marriages.

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 tortured or otherwise treated in a manner violating human dignity.

Article XIV.

It shall be lawful for Patricians and 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 the High Realm or be 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.

1. 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 Althingi Law.

2. Everyone shall hold their lands and other real property they hold in proprietary ownership in allodial tenure in accordance with the ancient consuetudinary laws known as Åsetesrettúr and Odelsrettúr.

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 Patricians and 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. The High Realm shall also 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 XXXI.

All residential, recreational and commercial buildings in the High Realm shall be pittoresque buildings of character constructed in accordance with the traditions and customs of the Traditional District in which such building is located. Utility and military buildings are to be built as pittoresque as their nature allows.

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.

1. The basis of our values shall remain our Vanic and humanist inheritance. This High Law is to ensure the rule of law as well as human and humanoid rights.

2. Subject to Althingi Law, the Storish Vanafolk shall have all the ancient liberties and free customs of life and worship as the Vanaorbish Vanafolk have always enjoyed since times ancient beyond the memory of (wo)man.

3. All Stormarkers shall be entitled to the rights and freedoms set forth in this High Law, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, gender, sex, language, customs of worship, religion, sexual orientation, political or other opinion, National or social origin, property, birth or other status.

4. 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 Vanic, Viking and Valtian society.

Article XXXIX

1. The Storish Ancient Ways shall be the sole and exclusive customs of worship of the Imperial Level of the State and all State ceremonies shall be conducted in accordance with the same. The same shall apply to the Jarldoms of the Frigga Islands, Freyja's Necklace, the Idunn Isles, and Thingeyri. All persons shall be free to be absent from or abstain from taking part in State ceremonies, without penalty, save for the principal participant(s).

2. The State may take, where needed in the opinion of the High King or High Queen, (draconic) measures to defend, support and protect the Storish Ancient Ways.

3. No Jarldom or other subordinate legislature shall make any law for establishing any religion, for imposing any religious observance, or for prohibiting the free exercise of any religion. Nothing in this Article shall prevent the High King, the High King in the High Council of the Realm, or a Jarl of the High Realm, from granting a Warrant of Establishment to a religious body.

4. The Norman Churches known since times ancient beyond the memory of woman as the Église de Normandie and the Église Vanille which have been the established churches of the Duchy of Normandie ever since those ancient times shall remain so.

Article XXXX.

The branch of the Imperial Household known as the Imperial Scribery shall continue to exist to promote national culture. The Chief of the Micronational Simulation shall have power to determine which matters shall fall under the jurisdiction of the Imperial Scribery.

Article XXXXI.

The Imperial City of Haraldsborg and the Royal Cities of the High Realm shall have all their ancient liberties and free customs. The power to designate Royal Cities shall be vested in the High King or High Queen provided always that every capital of a Jarldom shall be a Royal City in its own right.

Article XXXXII.

Everyone shall have access to nature for the purpose of worship, recreation and exercise in accordance with the ancient consuetudinary law known as Almannaréttur.

Article XXXXIII.

Everyone shall have the right to be clothes-free for the purpose of worship, recreation and exercise in accordance with the ancient consuetudinary law known as Almannaréttur.

Article XXXXIV.

1. The Three Grand Mysterious Sisterhoods known since times ancient beyond the memory of woman as the Daughters of Frigga, the Daughters of Freyja, and the Daughters of Idunn shall have all their ancient rights, privileges, pre-eminences, immunities, advantages and free customs.

2. The Priestessly Council composed of the highest ranking clergy of the Storish Ancient Ways which is since times ancient beyond the memory of (wo)man known as the Jólaslafðir or as the Yule Ladies, and which is since those ancient times the spiritual leadership of the Storish Vanafolk, shall have all its ancient rights, privileges, pre-eminences, immunities, advantages and free customs.

Article XXXXV.
Patricians and Citizens of Stormark shall have the right to keep and bear arms in the lawful defense of themselves or the State in accordance with the ancient consuetudinary law known as Vapnaréttur provided always that the Althing shall have the power to, by Statute, regulate the wearing of arms with a view to prevent crime. The Althing may also by Statute prohibit the private use and ownership of certain types of armaments.

Article XXXXVI.

Hólmganga being a necessity for the flavour of a true Viking society the ability of parties to a law suit to, of their own free will and subject to the supervision of a Law Court, alternatively resolve matters civil and criminal on Hólm by making the island walk in accordance with the ancient consuetudinary law known as Hólmgangulog shall be cherished and not ever be infringed.

Article XXXXVII.

Every woman shall have the right to breast-feed at any site, public or private, where such woman would otherwise be allowed on property in accordance with the ancient consuetudinary law known as Almannaréttur.

 

Article XXXXVIII.

1. Those Godsgroves, Worship Waters, Stone Circles, and other Vanic Sacred Sites, which were established before the commencement of the Second Viking Age shall be guaranteed and protected by the High Realm, and not any of them shall be disafforested or drained or destroyed, nor they shall suffer any infringement or trespass upon them; provided always, that access to them shall be governed by the ancient consuetudinary law known as Almannaréttur.

2. The Heartland Hurmu Ruins and Remains shall also be guaranteed and protected by the High Realm, and not any of them shall be destroyed, nor they shall suffer any infringement or trespass upon them; provided always, that further provisions concerning the preservation of the aforesaid Ruins and Remains shall be laid down by Althingi Law.

 

Article XXXXIX.

Everyone shall have the right to perform, at their traditional sites of outdoor worship, the ancient rite of worship known since times ancient beyond the memory of (wo)man as Stórhædsríthe in accordance with the ancient consuetudinary law known as Almannaréttur.

 

SIXTH CHAPTER - STRUCTURE

Article I.

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

Article II.

The Althing shall have the power to determine the Capitals of the Jarldoms. It shall also have the power to designate major cities within the Jarldoms. The Althing may also designate the names of those geographic features, within or without the borders of the High Realm, that it deems of national significance. The names and borders of the Traditional Districts of the Jarldoms may be determined by Act of the Althing.

Article III.

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 IV.

1. 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 aforementioned Imperial Conference at the Vanadísarhall or ascended to a Jarlish Throne under a similar Imperial Instrument issued by the Twenty Chairs aforesaid.

2. The Jarlship of the Imperial Jarldom of Gularike shall, however, be vested in the High King or High Queen. Likewise, the Jarlship of the Hereditary Jarldom of the Sólareyjar shall be vested in the Heir to the Imperial Longships Throne. Withal, shall the Jarlship of the Temple Jarldom of Thingeyri be vested in the Yfirstormarksgythia and High Priestess of the Thingeyri Temple.

3. 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. He shall hold office until death, resignation, or removal from the Jarlship.

4. The Jarl of Gularike shall act as Jarl-at-Large for the Jarlless Jarldoms as well as those Jarldoms where the Jarl is absent or indisposed.

 

Article V.

Jarldoms without a Jarl shall be open to any Patrician or Citizen of Stormark or House of the High Realm that wishes to explore, exploit, develop, or colonize them. Houses of the High Realm and Patricians 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. The High King or High Queen in the High Council of the Realm shall from time to time review a Jarl and his or her contributions to his or her Jarldom as well as the contributions of his or her House to such Jarldom and may remove such Jarl when it is deemed that the aforementioned contributions are insufficient or when such Jarl has fallen inactive. It shall, however, also be taken into account how much time and effort such Jarl and such House of the Realm have devoted to other Jarldoms, the national level and the community as a whole.

Article VII.

The High King or High Queen in the High Council of the Realm may evict a Patrician or Citizen of Stormark or House of the High Realm from a Jarlless Jarldom 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 Patrician or 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. The Chief of the Micronational Simulation shall have the power to declare matters "canon" but may be overruled by an Althingi majority of three fourths of the votes cast.

Article VIII.

The Official Capital and Seat of Government of the High Realm shall be the City of Haraldsborg in the Jarldom of Gularike 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, 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.

1. The Nobility of the High Realm, whether titled or untitled, shall be composed of the Jarls of the High Realm and those Chieftains who head a House Major or Minor of the High Realm.

2. Those persons who are the spouse or a child of a Jarl of the High Realm, or Chieftain who heads a House Major or Minor of the High Realm, or who belong to the Archnobility shall also be considered members of the Nobility of the High Realm.

Article III.

1. No Title of Nobility other than Jarl shall exist within the Nobility of the High Realm, provided always that the Chief of the Micronational Simulation may grant Archnobles in their own right who hail from the various cultural minorities in the Lands of the Longships Throne the right to use an equivalent title that is in accordance with their culture.

2. The spouse or a child of a Chieftain who heads a House Major or Minor shall be styled Laird, if male, or Lafði, if female, and the same shall apply to spouses and children of Jarls of the High Realm as well as of Archnobles in their own right provided always that the Chief of the Micronational Simulation may grant spouses and children of Archnobles in their own right who hail from a cultural minority the right to use an equivalent style that is in accordance with their culture.

3. 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.

1. No Title of Royalty other than Jarl shall exist within the Archroyalty provided always that Archroyals in their own right who hail from the various cultural minorities in the Twenty-Six Jarldoms the right to use an equivalent title that is in accordance with their culture.

2. The spouse or a child of a member of the Archroyalty in his or her own right shall be styled Laird, if male, or Lafði, if female, and the same shall apply to spouses and children of Archroyals in their own right provided always that the Chief of the Micronational Simulation may grant spouses and children of Archroyals in their own right who hail from a cultural minority the right to use an equivalent style that is in accordance with their culture.

Article V.

1. 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 Patricians and Citizens of Stormark with a fun and pleasant home within the home.

2. The Chief of the Micronational Simulation may grant Royal and Noble Houses from the various cultural minorities the right to use an equivalent style that is in accordance with their culture.

Article VI.

1. The Archroyalty and Archnobility in the Lands of the Longships Throne shall both be fictional in nature and shall exist for the purpose of storytelling, cultural development, roleplaying and as a potential source of legitimate marriage partners for the Members of the Imperial House of Ettlingar Freyu.

2. An Archroyal in the Lands of the Longships Throne shall always belong to the Archroyalty of the Jarldom where their (ancestral) seat is situated. Likewise shall an Archnoble in the Lands of the Longships Throne always belong to the Archnobility of the Jarldom where his or her (ancestral) seat is situated.

3. Archroyalty and Archnobility may conferred upon a qualified person by a Law Court upon application of the person in question in the event that such a person receives supportive testimony by the Chief of the Micronational Simulation.

4. The Chief of the Micronational Simulation may admit macronational individuals to the Archroyalty or Archnobility in the Lands of the Longships Throne as well as create and approve fictional members and Houses of the same.

Article VII.

1. The Heads of the Traditional Districts in the Lands of the Longships Throne shall be considered Gentry. They shall be appointed by the Jarl of the High Realm in whose Jarldom their Traditional District is situated.

2. Traditional Districts shall be known as Yeorlskapper and their Heads as Yeorl, if male, or as Yeorla, if female, provided always that those Jarldoms which are styled Duchy or Viceroyalty as well as all but few of the other Jarldoms may with the approval of the Chief of the Micronational Simulation call their Traditional Districts otherwise.

Article VIII.

1. The Chief of the Micronational Simulation may confer Titles of Honour such as Bloodroyal, Ærkejarl, etc. Jarls of the High Realm may, subject to the approval of the Chief of the Micronational Simulation, confer, be granted by the Chief of the Micronational Simulation, and assume such cultural and traditional titles as they see fit.

2. The Honour of Knighthood may be conferred by the Jarls of the Duchies of Normandie and of Port Chloe and the Providence Plantations. Jarls of the High Realm of all other Jarldoms may confer the equivalent honour known as Thegnhood, provided always that Knighthood may also be conferred under Article IV of the Treaty of Tintagel.

3. The High King or High Queen may bestow Thegnhood and other Honours in His or Her capacity of Sovereign, as Chief and Head of the Imperial House of Ettlingar Freyu, and as Jarl(a) of Gularike.

4. Honours bestowed by High King or High Queen in His or Her capacity of Sovereign or Chief and Head of the Imperial House of Ettlingar Freyu shall be senior to those bestowed by the Jarls of the High Realm.

Article IX.

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 X.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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 Patricians of the High Realm, or when He or She promotes an outstanding House Minor to such status.

4. A House Minor may 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 High 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 Patricians 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 until they shall cease to hold office in accordance with law; 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.

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 Jarldom of Gulathing, on this Day of the Lady Freyja, the Twenty Nineth Day of the Month Sessrumnir in Folkvanger in the Nineth Year of the Second Viking Age in the Second Epoch of Our Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire.

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