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Lady Law Speaker,

Fellow Members of the Committee:

 

When I first heard of this project, I had my doubts. Later on I was invited to join in this project. So I joined.

 

But I see that things are getting slow here. I believe we should try a different approach to codifying our laws.

 

One approach I would like to recommend is the system of a Lawbook like Shireroth's. One that is structured and easily accessible. My views are these, that any law established by Althing should be as simple as possible for the daily citizen to understand, that any law instituted shall have a clear interpretation.

 

But we wish to flavour the laws too with culture.

 

So why don't we do this:

 

* An easily accessible and clearly structured lawbook

 

AND

 

* A commentary to the Lawbook, "written" by different authors, like High Queens Hervör, Åsa and Sigrid, that exist to guide the reader of laws into the right interpretation, the thoughts and intentions of the lawmakers, etc....

 

 

For example:

 

We have the Capital City clause in the Lawbook:

 

"The capital city of the Realm and seat of the King is Haraldsborg"

 

"Hervör's comments:

 

It was around Haraldsborg that [insert fictional history]. The Althing and other institutions of the High Realm meet here. Situated beautifully along the Asgardsvellir and Thingvellir hills, Haraldsborg is the largest city in Stormark. Nevertheless, the High Realm ought to [bla bla bla] etc.

 

 

Just some random thoughts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I agree with this idea. In that way, we can preserve our laws in a modern, legalistic form, while still allowing some form of cuture, but also a way in which to aid our judges. Almost like biblical and rabbinical commentary in religious communities and studies.

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Why not just "Lawbook of Stormark" in Old Norse. I think it's either "Lögbók Stórmerkur" or "Lagbók Stórmerkur".

 

That would sound good to me.

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I suggested this to Lord Karisson, we put it in the StorWiki.

 

I think that would be a good idea as soon as we have agreed upon a structure for the law book.

 

What do the other members of the Committee think?

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Why not just "Lawbook of Stormark" in Old Norse. I think it's either "Lögbók Stórmerkur" or "Lagbók Stórmerkur".

 

What would be the structure of that law book?

 

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Maybe something like this:

 

Chapter 1: Law of Ettlingar Freyu

1. Order of Succession

2. Regency

3. Membership criteria

4. Members

5. Titles of members

6. Styles of members

 

Chapter 2: High Council of the Realm

1. Membership

2. Procedure

3. Titles

4. Oaths

 

Chapter 3: Security and Defence

1. Defence forces (fictional)

2a. Defence (factual) of the boards

2b. Administration and Moderation

 

Chapter 4: Commerce and Taxes

1. SCUE

2. Bank of Stormark

3. Banque d'Alexandrie

 

Chapter 5: Criminal Law

1. Offences against the Peace and Order

2. Offences against the Relationships with other Nations

3. Offences against the Realm

4. etc etc etc

 

Chapter 6: Civil law

1. Individuals' law

2. Houses' law

3. Organizations' law

4. Contracts

 

Chapter 7: Symbols

1. Flag

2. Seal

3. Coat of arms

4. Protection of these

 

Chapter 8: Foreign relations

1. Treaties ratified.

2. Important provisions in treaties.

3. War

 

Chapter 9: National territory

1. Territory, jurisdiction of the law

2. Internal borders

 

Chapter 10: Althing Statute

 

Chapter 11: Justice

 

1. Criminal prodecure

2. Civil procedure

3. Judges

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I agree with the structure proposed by Jarl Daniel. I only would like to replace "Chapter" by "Book". The Books would be divided in Chapters. The Chapters would be divided in Articles. I have also added two Books. One on Honours and one on National Holidays.

 

Book 1: Law of Ettlingar Freyu

1. Order of Succession

2. Regency

3. Membership criteria

4. Members

5. Titles of members

6. Styles of members

 

Book 2: High Council of the Realm

1. Membership

2. Procedure

3. Titles

4. Oaths

 

Book 3: Security and Defence

1. Defence forces (fictional)

2a. Defence (factual) of the boards

2b. Administration and Moderation

 

Book 4: Commerce and Taxes

1. SCUE

2. Bank of Stormark

3. Banque d'Alexandrie

 

Book 5: Criminal Law

1. Offences against the Peace and Order

2. Offences against the Relationships with other Nations

3. Offences against the Realm

4. etc etc etc

 

Book 6: Civil law

1. Individuals' law

2. Houses' law

3. Organizations' law

4. Contracts

 

Book 7: Symbols

1. Flag

2. Seal

3. Coat of arms

4. Protection of these

 

Book 8: Foreign relations

1. Treaties ratified.

2. Important provisions in treaties.

3. War

 

Book 9: National territory

1. Territory, jurisdiction of the law

2. Internal borders

 

Book 10: Althing Statute

 

Book 11: Justice

 

1. Criminal prodecure

2. Civil procedure

3. Judges

 

Book 12: Honours

 

Book 13: National Holidays

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