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Protocols on the Althing’s Work of 6 Gladsheim 10

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Article 1: Recommendations on Appellations in Camera

Section 1 – The Law Speaker

The Althing recommends its members to in all discussions, debates and motions in the Althing refer the Law Speaker, regardless of rank, nobility or social status, by the appellation of Lady/Lord Law Speaker.

Section 2 – The Jarl/Jarla of Gularike

The Althing recommends its members to in all discussions, debates and motions in the Altihng refer the High King or High Queen, when in the Althing sitting as the Jarl or Jarla of Gularike, by the appellation The High King and Gulajarl or The High Queen and Gulajarla (which may be shortened to The High King/Queen after the first instance).

Section 3 – The Jarl/Jarla of the Sólareyjar

The Althing recommends its members to in all discussions, debates and motions in the Althing refer the Krónjarl or Krónjarla, when in the Althing sitting as the Jarl or Jarla of the Sólareyjar, by the appellation The Krón- and Sólareyjarjarl or The Krón- and Sólareyjarjarla (which may be shortened to The Krónjarl/Krónjarla after the first instance).

Section 4 – The Jarls of the High Realm

The Althing recommends its members to in all discussions, debates and motions in the Althing refer each other member, not counting the Law Speaker and the Jarls of Gularike and the Sólareyjar, by his or her jarlish title as follows:

(title – Althing appellation)

The Jarl of the Arbor Isles – the Arborjarl or -jarla

The Jarl of Borgarrike – the Borgarjarl or -jarla

The Jarl of Eidsivarike the Eidsivajarl or -jarla

The Jarl of Freyja’s Necklace – the Brísingajarl or -jarla

The Jarl of the Frigga Islands the Spindlejarl or -jarla

The Jarl of Frostarike and the Lake District – the Frostajarl or -jarla, or the Lake Jarl or Jarla

The Jarl of Haldarsvik – the Irenic Jarl or Jarla

The Jarl of Hålogarike the Hålogajarl or -jarla
The Jarl of the Idunn Isles – the Applejarl or -jarla

The Jarl of the Isles the Hofjarl or -jarla

The Jarl of the Longships Islands – the Drageskipjarl or -jarla

The Jarl of the Mysterious Isles – the Fødestadsjarl or -jarla

The Jarl of Normandie – the Riddarjarl or -jarla

The Jarl of Old Gaol Isle – the Gaol Jarl or Jarla

The Jarl of Orkney – the Orkneyjarl or -jarla

The Jarl of Port Chloe and the Providence Plantations – the Providencejarl or -jarla

The Jarl of the Rose Cape – the Rosejarl or -jarla
The Jarl of Snæland – the Snæjarl or -jarla

The Jarl of Thingeyri – the Forn Siðrjarl or -jarla

The Jarl of Thule – the Thulejarl or -jarla

The Jarl of Tiundarike – the Tiundajarl or -jarla

The Jarl of Tronderike – the Trondejarl or -jarla

The Jarl of the Vaan Aujoen – the Ice Jarl or Jarla

The Jarl of Vinland – the Vinjarl or -jarla

Section 5 – The High Justiciar

In the event that the Althing has elected a non-member to the position of High Justiciar, the Althing recommends its members to, when the High Justiciar is present in camera, in all discussion, debate and motions refer him or her, if an Udaller, by the appellation Mister or Madam High Justiciar, or if a member of the (arch)-nobility or -royalty of the Realm by the appellation Lord or Lady High Justiciar.

Section 6 – Wardens of Council

In the event that the High Justiciar has appointed a non-member of the Althing as an advisor and warden of Council, the Althing recommends its members to, when said Warden of Council is present in camera, in all discussion, debate and motions refer him or her by the traditional appellation associated with his or her office.

Section 7 – Imperial Regent

In the event that a non-member of the Althing is serving as Imperial Regent, the Althing recommends its members to, when the Imperial Regent is present in camera, in all discussion, debate and motions refer him or her by the appellation The Imperial Regent.

Section 8 – Domestic Guests

In the event that the Althing houses a guest from within Stormark, the Althing recommends its members to, when said guest is present in camera, in all discussion, debate and motions refer him or her by his or her traditional and legal appellation.

Section 9 – Foreign Guests

In the event that the Althing houses a guest from foreign lands, the Althing recommends its members to, when said guest is present in camera, in all discussion, debate and motions refer him or her by his or her style and short title as recognized by the Imperial Seat of Honour and/or the Hall of Mimir.

Article 2: Order of precedence within the Althing

Section 10: Among members of the Althing

Within the Althing and among the members of the Althing, the following order of precedence shall be observed,


  • The Law Speaker
  • The Senior Jarl (when serving as the law speaker’s deputy)
  • The High King and Gulajarl
  • The Senior Jarl (when not serving as the law speaker’s deputy)
  • The Krón- and Sólareyjajarl or -jarla

followed by the jarls of the Realm by their dates of appointment of their jarlships with the ordinary jarl (that is neither the jarls of Gularike nor the Sólareyjar) having been jarl of his or her jarldom for longest time shall be the Senior Jarl or Jarla.

Section 11: Among members of the Althing and guests of the Althing

Within the Althing and among the members and guests of the Althing, the following order of precedence shall be observed:

  • The Law Speaker
  • The Senior Jarl (when serving as deputy law speaker)
  • The High King and Gulajarl or the High Queen and Gulajarla or the Imperial Regent
  • Guesting foreign Heads of State (in the order of precedence prescribed by the High Council of the Realm)
  • Guesting foreign Heads of Government (in the order of precedence prescribed by the High Council of the Realm)
  • The other members of the Althing in the order of precedence outlined in Section 10.
  • Guesting ambassadors and representatives of foreign heads of state
  • The High Justiciar (when not a member of the Althing)
  • Members of the House of Ettlingar Freyu, not being members of the Althing, in line of succession, by the order of succession
  • Other members of the House of Ettlingar Freyu, not being members of the Althing, by age (elder ranking above the younger)
  • The Lord/Lady Warden of the Inland (when not a member of the Althing)
  • The Lord/Lady Warden of the Army and Fleets (when not a member of the Althing)
  • The Lord/Lady Warden to the Outland (when not a member of the Althing)
  • The guesting elder foreigner
  • The guesting younger foreigner
  • The elder Storish citizen
  • The younger Storish citizen

Article 3: Active and Unactive Members

Section 12: Definition


  • An active member of the Althing shall be defined to be a member who has particated in the debates, votes or committee work of the Althing at least once since the last election of the High Justiciar or, if a dissolution of the Althing has occured after the latest High Justiciar election, since the last opening of the Althing.
  • Similarly an unactive member of the Althing shall be defined to be any member of the Althing who does not fill any criterion for active membership in the previous subsection (Section 12, (1)).

Section 13: Rights

While all members of the Althing, whether active or not, have the same rights in Althing, including the right not to participate in business of the Althing, it is nevertheless recognized that only active members of the Althing shall be awarded the trust of the Althing in matters of business of the Althing. Similarly, only active members of the Althing may be appointed by the Law Speaker or chairpersons of committees, to serve in an office of Althing, or be elected to serve an office of Althing.

Article 4: The Senior Jarl

Section 14: Recognition


  • The Law Speaker shall from among the members of the Althing, who are not the jarls of Gularike or of the Sólareyjar, keep a list of members in date of jarlship appointments, and he or she shall keep this list ordered and reflecting the circumstances. When satisfied that all members of the Althing, not counting the jarls of Gularike and the Solareyjar, have been counted and had their jarlship appointments counted, the Law Speaker shall issue a Certificate of Seniority to the active member of the Althing holding seniority. The member granted this certificate shall be titled the Senior Jarl/Jarla.
  • In the event whereby an unactive member is more senior than the active member granted the Certificate of Seniority returns to the work of Althing, the Law Speaker shall revoke the previous Certificate of Seniority given, and grant the newly active, but more senior, member of the Althing a same certificate.
  • In the event that the Senior Jarl falls inactive in accordance with Section 12, a certificate of seniority shall be revoked for this member and granted the most senior active member of Althing.
  • Naturally, any member of the Althing may decline such certificate for any reasons. In the case of declining a certificate, the next senior member of the Althing shall be issued such certificate.

Section 15: Role

The Senior Jarl shall be tasked to assist the Law Speaker in keeping the order of business, advising him or her on matters of rules and protocol, and the Senior Jarl shall, whenever the Law Speaker is absent from the Althing due to illness or travel, function as the presiding officer of the Althing. If it is determined that the Law Speaker will be away for a prolonged time, it is, however, declared that a new Law Speaker must be elected in accordance with the Althing Statute and the Rules of Order. Likewise, no senior jarl shall, unless so delegated by the Law Speaker, serve on the Law Court of Last Resort.

Article 5 – Domestic Guests of the Althing

Section 16: Invitations for Speeches and answering Questions


  • The Althing may, either collectively through a motion so declared or through the Law Speaker, invite the Imperial Regent or any member of the High Council, provided that they are not already members of the Althing, to sessions of the Althing to hold speeches before the assembly explaining government policy to answer questions from the members of the Althing on any question so pressing.
  • The Althing may, either collectively through a motion so declared or through the Law Speaker, invite any Stormarker, of any reputation, to speak before the Althing.
  • Any person invited by the Law Speaker may have his or her invitation rescinded by a majority vote of the Althing. Similarly, the Law Speaker or the Althing may any time rescind or revoke an invitation under this Section, thereby expelling the guest from the Althing.

Section 17: Invitations for Assent


  • The Law Speaker shall, whenever an Imperial Regent serves in vice of the High King or High Queen, always issue an invitation to the Imperial Regent to grant, withhold or refuse assent to any piece of legislation passed by the Althing. Whenever the Imperial Regent withholds or refuses assent, he or she shall be invited back to the Althing to, if the Imperial Regent so wishes, explain his or her reasons for withholding or refusing the assent.
  • The Law Speaker shall, whenever a bill to amend the High Law is passed, and there is no representative of the High Council of the Realm, invite the most senior member of the said High Council, to give the said Council’s opinion on the prospective Imperial Assent to the said Bill. If the High Council withholds or refuses to grant the assent to any Bill amending the Law passed by the Althing, a representative of the High Council shall be invited by the Law Speaker to explain the reasons for withholding or refusing assent to that particular Bill.

Section 18: Invitations for non-members to serve on Committees

When the Althing has constituted a committee under a motion under the rules of order, the Law Speaker shall, satisfied that a non-member of the Althing, due to his or expertise in any relevant field of work or study, would contribute in a positive manner to the work of the said committee, and the motion passed by the Althing so permits, appoint such non-member to the committee, giving him or her all rights associated by committee-work, including the right to speak or testify to the Althing on the work of the Committee. The rules under this section include foreigners.

Article 6 – Foreign Guests of the Althing

Section 19: Invitation

The Law Speaker may invite any foreigner to speak before the Althing.

Section 20: Questions

If a foreigner is invited to speak before the Althing, no questions shall be posed to him or her without the express permission of the Law Speaker who shall then invite the foreigner guesting the Althing to answer them. Under no circumstances shall any foreigner, not residing in Stormark, be compliedto answer any question from the Althing or from any member of the Althing, unless the foreigner in question serves on a Committee of the Althing under Section 18.

Article 7 – Final provisions

Section 21: Definitions


  • Whenever the Protocols refer to a Storish citizen or a similar term, the definition shall be construed to include all such persons naturalized into the High Realm and any member of the House of Ettlingar Freyu.
  • Whenever the Protocols refer to a foreigner or similar term, the definition shall be construed to include stateless persons.
  • Whenever the Protocols refer to the law speaker, the definition shall be construed to, in cases where these Protocols or context so permit, include the Althing member serving as Senior Jarl under Article 4.
  • Whenever the Protocols refer solely to a title that is gender-bound, and do not give the other gender an alternative title, it shall nevertheless be construed to include the other gender title if the context so permits.

Section 22: The ceremonial duties of the Althing

These Protocols do not bind anyone nor the Althing to any ceremonial or non-deliberative role in which the Althing may take part, nor to any non-Althing work or any non-deliberative role that the Althing may have, nor to the very building or location that the Althing may use nor to the Thingvellir as geographical location or the Althing Hall as a physical building. Rather, these instances shall be governed under the provisions of Udall law or, if so proscribed, by Statute.

Section 23: Really final provisions

The Althing hereby recommends that these Protocols, which may be cited as the Protocols on the Althing’s Work or just Protocols for short, and which at any time may be amended by the Althing, be given a reference in the Rules of Order by the Law Speaker.

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