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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 High Queen Asa Isles, Sovereign Lord of High Queen Hervör Isle, 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, Chieftain of all Chieftains, Keeper of the Lightningsword, Keeper of the Silver Chalice, Keeper of the Spear of Destiny, Lord of the Conquest, Navigation and Commerce of the Imperial Colonies, Hero of the Old Tale, Freyjagothi to the Temple of Love, Imperial Chieftain of the Gulathing, Imperial Chieftain 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, Jarl of Hattfjelldal, Hereditary Jarl of Kjøpsvik, 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 Lord Odin known to Us, Our Well-Beloved Royals, Nobles and Knights, and all Our other Well-Beloved Citizens whatsoever as the Nineth Day of the Month Himinbjorg 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:

AN ACT TO CREATE THE LAW OF ETTLINGAR FREYU.

Lady Freyja, Sweet Loving Lady of the Vanir, we, the members of this Ancient House, the Imperial House of Ettlingar Freyu, are humbly grateful for your Most Divine Indulgence which brought this Ancient House of Your Descendants in the most glorious state where it currently is.

You gave Harald, your Lover, all what you showed Him when He, as a young man, was lying in your arms on the Mysterious Isles: the Power, the Glory and you made His Kingdom come.

Throughout times, you have been our warmth in the bitter cold, our joy in the misery, our light in the darkness, our Champion in Asgard and our defender and protector against those who sought to destroy us.

Freyja, Lady, Vanadis, keep sharing your wisdom and your love with us, Your Loving Descendants, shine down Brísingamen's golden light on this Ancient House, spread your falcon feathered cloak over us, Your Deeply Revering Children, and guard our spirits, as we fare free.


FIRST CHAPTER – GENERAL

Article I. Fulltrui of this Ancient House

The Lady Freyja, deeply revered and beloved Foremother of this Ancient House, most glorious goddess of love, beauty, fertility and wealth, shall be the Fulltrui of this Ancient House, the Imperial House of Ettlingar Freyu and no power or authority shall ever rip this Ancient House away from the bosom of the Lady of the Vanir.

Article II. The Ancient Ways

The members of this Ancient House shall be strongly encouraged to follow the Ancient Ways in accordance with the traditions, customs and practices of the Temple of Love on Hnossa Isle in the Imperial City of Haraldsborg. Children belonging to this Ancient House shall be brought up with knowledge of the Ancient Ways and within the High Realm.

Article III. Exemptions

Those persons who are or were members of this Ancient House by virtue of Article 5 of the Glorious Brotherhood Treaty and the descendants of Storjarla Ærinndís, sister of High King Harald Thorstein the Generous Giver, shall by virtue of this Article be exempted from those provisions of this Act that may impinge upon their duties, functions and liberties as (future, former or possible) Sovereign of the Lands they do, may or shall rule as well as law, custom and established practice in the said countries.

Article IV. Supreme Authority

The High King or High Queen shall have Supreme Authority in all the affairs of the Imperial House of Ettlingar Freyu and He or She shall safeguard the reputation, esteem and welfare of this Ancient House in accordance with the rights and duties laid down in this Act and the other Laws of the Land governing this Ancient House. To this end, He or She shall have the assistance of the Family Council and of all other Members of the Imperial House of Ettlingar Freyu.

Article V. Family Council

The High King or High Queen shall choose from among the members of this Ancient House who are of age the Family Council which shall assist and advise Him or Her with conducting the affairs of this Ancient House. The High King or High Queen shall preside over the Family Council.

Article VI. Imperial Assets

The High King or High Queen shall continue to be the Chairman of the Imperial Foundations and the usufructuary of the assets of this Ancient House. The Imperial Foundations shall enjoy the same Sovereign Immunity as the High Realm. The lands owned by this Ancient House and its property shall be inviolable.


SECOND CHAPTER - MEMBERSHIP

Article I. Composition

The Membership of this Ancient House shall be composed of the High King of High Queen, the persons mentioned in the First Schedule to this Act, the Sovereign of Our Sister Realm Alexandria in accordance with Article 5 of the Glorious Brotherhood Treaty and all persons who shall subsequently be naturalized into this Ancient House by or under an Imperial Instrument issued by the High King or High Queen. He may also decree that a former Sovereign of the Lands of Alexandria who has reigned for at least five years may continue to be a member of this Ancient House.

Article II. Admission to the House

No person shall be admitted to the Imperial House of Ettlingar Freyu whose admission to this Ancient House would be detrimental to the reputation, esteem or welfare of this Ancient House or of the High Realm and no one shall be naturalized into this Ancient House unless he or she is:

  • The spouse, companion or child of the High King or High Queen; or
  • The spouse or a child of a member of this Ancient House.

Article III. Expulsion from the House

The High King or High Queen may, for reasons which to Him or Her seem sufficient, by an Instrument of Membership Termination under His or Her Hand and the Great Seal of the High Realm of Stormark, upon application of the Family Council, terminate any person's membership in this Ancient House.

Article IV. Brísengamen Ceremony

As soon as may be after his or her admission into the Imperial House of Ettlingar Freyu or the attainment of full age, as the case may be, any member of this Ancient House shall, in accordance with venerable tradition and ancient custom, be invested into the this Ancient House through the Brísengamen Ceremony in the Temple of Love on Hnossa Isle in the Imperial City of Haraldsborg.

Article V. Renunciation of Membership

Membership of the Imperial House of Ettlingar Freyu shall always be based on free will provided always that in the event that membership is acquired by a minor, free will is presumed unless and until membership is renounced after attainment of full age by an Instrument of Renunciation notified to the High King or High Queen. Renunciation of Membership of the House of Ettlingar Freyu shall be irrevocable and shall be valid only for the person making the renunciation. Only a Renunciation of Membership by a person's own hand shall be valid.


Article VI. Citizenship and Government of Foreign States


1. Members of this Ancient House may only hold citizenship, nationality or allegiance to those foreign States in which they are of any royal or imperial rank.

2. No member of this Ancient House shall accept any Throne of or swear any oath of loyalty to any foreign State without the approval of the High King or High Queen together with the approval of the Althing, or in the case of the High King or High Queen him- or herself, with the approval of the Althing and the High Council of the Realm, providing that any breach of this Article shall result in the loss of all membership priveleges of this Ancient House, including the right of succession, and in the case of the High King or High Queen, the loss of the Sovereign’s right to govern, provided always that the aforesaid shall not apply to Stormark's Sister Realm since times immemorial, the Empire of the Alexandrians. The Althing shall have the sole and exclusive power to establish breaches of this Article.


THIRD CHAPTER - MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE

Article I. Sovereign's Consent

A member of this Ancient House may not marry unless the High King or High Queen has given His or Her consent thereto. Should a member of this Ancient House marry without such consent, that member shall forfeit his or her membership in this Ancient House.

Article II. Requirements

A member of this Ancient House may only marry a person of Imperial or Royal rank. He or she must also be willing and able to live a true Royal lifestyle full of pomp and circumstance, pageantry, extravaganza and everything that goes with it.

Article III. Divorce

The Law Courts shall grant a dissolution of marriage upon request of one of the spouses when satisfied that such provision as the Law Courts considers proper having regard to the circumstances exists or will be made for the spouses, any children of either or both of them and any other person prescribed by Statute and any further conditions prescribed by Statute are complied with.


Article IV. Marriage and Divorce of the Sovereign

1. In the event that the High King or High Queen wishes to marry, He or She shall declare His or Her intention to marry the prospective spouse to the Althing, who shall, when finding that the prospective marriage, if contracted, is legal in all forms and desired by the members of the Althing, approve such marriage between the High King or High Queen and His or Her prospective Consort.

2. In the event that the High King or High Queen wishes a divorce, He or She may declare Himself or Herself divorced by issuing an Instrument of Divorce under His or Her Hand and the Great Seal of the High Realm. In the event that the Sovereign’s consort wishes a divorce, he or she may declare him- or herself divorced by issuing an Instrument of Divorce under his or her Hand and Official Seal. Any Instrument of Divorce issued under this Article shall list the reasons for the divorce, and shall be notified to the Law Speaker of the Althing.


FOURTH CHAPTER - SUCCESSION

Article I. Line of Succession

There shall exist a Line of Succession to the Imperial Longships Throne. The High King or High Queen shall be charged with keeping the Line of Succession up-to-date, provided that any changes made to the Line of Succession shall require ratification by Act of the Althing to come into effect.

Article II. Rights of Succession

Members of this Ancient House shall be entitled to succeed to the Imperial Longships Throne provided always that a person holding Membership in this Ancient House by virtue of Article 5 of the Glorious Brotherhood Treaty or Article I of the Second Chapter of this Act may not succeed to the Imperial Longships Throne unless the High King or High Queen has provided otherwise by Imperial Decree.

Article III. Succession

1. The Imperial Longships Throne shall pass to the next person in Line of Succession upon the death, abdication or demise of the High King or High Queen.

2. The High King or High Queen may at any time issue an Instrument of Abdication by His or Her own Hand, addressed to the Law Speaker of Althing, renouncing His or Her right to govern. Automatic abdication may also occur when it is deemed by the Althing that the High King or High Queen has renounced the Longships Throne and His or Her allegiance to the Lands of the Longships Throne, by accepting the Throne, without the approval of both Althing and the High Council of the Realm, of a Foreign State.

3. Any adult person who inherits the Imperial Longships Throne must publicly accept, within seven days of the death, abdication or demise of the Sovereign, his or her succession to throne before the Althing, provided that in the event that such person has prior to the death, abdication or demise of the Sovereign advised the Warden of the Inland of his or her absence and such absence shall not exceed a period of two months the aforementioned period of seven days shall commence upon his or her return or when two months subsequent to him or her advising the Warden of the Inland have passed. A minor shall be bound to accept the Imperial Longships Throne. The High King or High Queen shall, for the purposes of this Act, become an adult when He or She has completed His or Her eighteenth year.

Article IV. Confirmation of Sovereign's Demise

Should it ever occur that the High King or High Queen would die and the High Realm not being able to confirm such death, six Asgard Calendar Months must pass before the death or demise of the High King or High Queen can be confirmed. Such confirmation shall be made by the Althing upon the advice of the Law Speaker.


FIFTH CHAPTER – REGENCY

Article I. Regent

In the event that the High King or High Queen is a minor under the provisions of this Act, absent from the High Realm, or so ill that He or She cannot attend to the government or perform his or her duties, the able and willing adult person next entitled to succession to the Imperial Longships Throne shall conduct the government as Regent in the High King's or High Queen's name.

Article II. Powers of Regent

The Regent shall enjoy the same Sovereign Immunity as the High King or High Queen and may exercise all the powers of the High King or High Queen, except for those powers he or she is prohibited from exercising by either this Act, the Laws of the High Realm or directives and instructions that the High King or High Queen may leave the said Regent by Imperial Instrument provided always that the Regent may not ever:

  • grant the Imperial Assent to any Bill amending the High Law or the Law of Ettlingar Freyu unless instructed otherwise by Imperial Instrument left by the High King or High Queen; or
  • declare himself or herself or any other person High King or High Queen; or
  • declare that High King or High Queen has abdicated or refused the Throne; or
  • make any changes to the Line of Succession to the Imperial Longships Throne.

Article III. Imperial Duty

When conducting the government the Regent shall be bound by Imperial Duty and shall therefore scrupulously observe the High Law and Statutes of the High Realm as well as the directives and instructions that the High King or High Queen may leave him or her by Imperial Instrument.

Article IV. Copy to Law Speaker

The High King or High Queen shall furnish the Law Speaker of the Althing with a copy of the Imperial Instrument containing the directives and instructions that He or She leaves the Regent.

SIXTH CHAPTER - Final Provisions

Article I. Members of the House of Ettlingar Freyu

Only such individuals named in the First Schedule to this Law of Ettlingar Freyu shall be considered members of the House of Ettlingar Freyu.

Article II. Initial Line of Succession

The Line of Succession in the Second Schedule to this Act shall be the initial Line of Succession to the Imperial Longships Throne under this Act.

Article III. Short Title and Commencement

This Act may be cited as the Law of Ettlingar Freyu and shall come into operation immediately after it has received the Imperial Assent.

First Schedule

Members of the Imperial House of Ettlingar Freyu

High King Harald Freyjugjöf the Generous Giver, Sovereign of Stormark

High Queen Sigrid the Brave, wife of High King Harald

Krónjarla Aoife the Celt, kinswoman of High King Harald

Storjarla Æsileif, daughter of High King Harald

Storjarl Hallbjörn, son of High King Harald

Storjarl Edgard, Sovereign of Alexandria, brother of High King Harald

Storjarla Geirbjörg, mother of Storjarla Æsileif and Storjarl Hallbjörn

Storjarla Ærinndís, sister of High King Harald


Storjarla Chloe, stepdaughter of High King Harald

Second Schedule

Line of Succession to the Imperial Longships Throne

Krónjarla Aoife the Celt, Heir to the Imperial Longships Throne

Storjarla Chloe, stepdaughter of High King Harald


Storjarla Æsileif, daughter of High King Harald

High Queen Sigrid the Brave, wife of High King Harald

Storjarl Hallbjörn, son of High King Harald


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 the Vanadísarhall in the Imperial City of Haraldsborg, in Our Jarldom of Gulathing, on this Day of the Lord Odin, the Nineth Day of the Month Himinbjorg 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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Haraldr af Ettlingar Freyu, Stormarks Hár Konungur

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