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* Bursts joyfully and vociferously into song. *



And who are you,


the proud horde spoke,


that we should avoid your land.



Only the queen of a different den,


that's all the truth we know.



A king of this, a queen of that,


really means naught to us.



We've been fighting kings since the days of dawn,


and we have always won.



And so they spoke, and so they spoke,


that horde of barbarians.



But now the winds wail over their bones,


with no one there to hear.



Yes now the winds wail over their bones,


and not a soul to hear.


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Lady Law Speaker, Honourable Jarls,

 

In the name of the Three Ladies Divine, Frigga, Freyja and Idunn, Fulltrui and Sacred Queens of the Good Lands of Valtia Reborn, from Whom all Authority in the Lands of the Longships Throne is derived, I, Lady Astrid of the House of Vanadís, Bloodroyal and Ærkejarla of the Rose Cape, do hereby beg leave to submit this Bill to the Most Honourable Jarls in this present Althing assembled for their consideration as law:

 

 

A Bill

 

 

AN ACT TO MAKE PROVISION CONCERNING CERTAIN IMMUNITIES, PRIVILEGES AND POWERS OF THE ALTHING; TO GRANT PROTECTION TO PERSONS EMPLOYED IN THE PUBLICATION OF ALTHING PAPERS; AND MATTERS CONNECTED TO THE AFORESAID.

 

Most Gracious Sovereign Lord and Ruler of all the Lands Whatsoever Where Man Can Smell the Scent of Saline Waters or Hear the Sound of Crashing Waves,

 

WHEREAS the feeling has arisen among the Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled that the aformentioned and persons employed in the publication of the reports and other papers of the Althing should have, when exercising their functions in accordance with the ancient consuetudinary law known as Þingréttur, certain immunities, privileges and powers to carry out their functions without fear of legal action or other reprisals;

 

AND WHEREAS we, Your Imperial and Royal Majesty's Most Faithful Jarls in the Althing assembled, have most joyously seen fit to endeavour to make provision for the laying down in the Law of the Land of the aforesaid immunities, privileges and powers so that the Althingi Jarls and persons employed in the publication of Althingi reports and papers shall perform their functions unmolested;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, we, Your Imperial and Royal Majesty’s most dutiful and loyal Patricians, the Most Honourable Jarls of the High Realm in the Althing assembled, have freely and voluntarily resolved to lay down the aforesaid immunities, privileges and powers in this Act of ours and through the provisions of the Act aforesaid protect the Althing and the persons employed in the publication its reports and other papers, and we do most humbly beseech Your Imperial Valtian Viking Majesty that You may be graciously pleased to assent to and confirm as Law the following decision of Your Most Faithful Althingi Jarls:

 

Article 1: Power to Order the Attendance of Persons

The Althing and any Althingi Committee thereof which is duly authorised by its Rules and Protocols or by an Althingi Resolution to send for persons, papers and records may order any person to attend before the Althing or before the Althingi Committee, and to produce any paper, book, record or document in the possession or under the control of that person.

 

Article 2: Attendance of Persons to Be Notified by Summons

(a) An order to attend or to produce any paper, book, record or document before the Althing or before any committee shall be notified to the person required to attend or produce such paper, book, record or document by a summons under the hand of the Greffier of the Althing, hereafter to be referred to in this Act as "the Greffier", and the Seal of the Althing issued by direction of the Law Speaker of the Althing, hereafter to be referred to in this Act as "the Law Speaker".

 

(B) In every such summons there shall be stated the time when and the place where the person summoned is required to attend and the particular documents which he or she is required to produce.

 

(c ) The summons mentioned in Subarticle (B) shall be served on the person mentioned therein either by delivering to him or her a copy thereof or by leaving a copy thereof at his or her usual or last known place of abode in the High Realm with some adult person.

 

(d) Such summons may be served by the Viscount of the Realm, hereafter to be referred to in this Act as "the Viscount" or by a police officer.

 

Article 3: Witnesses May Be Examined on Oath or Affirmation

The Althing or an Althingi Committee may require that any facts, matters and things relating to the subject of inquiry before the Althing or the committee be verified or otherwise ascertained by the oral examination of witnesses. It may also cause the witnesses to be examined upon oath, or if the witnesses so desire, upon affirmation, which the Law Speaker or the Viscount or the Greffier or the chair(wo)man of the Althingi Committee or the greffier to the Althingi Committee may administer.

 

Article 4: Objections to Answer Questions or to Produce Papers to Be Reported to the Althing for Decision

In the event that any person ordered to attend or to produce any paper, book, record or document before the Althing or before any Althingi Committee refuses to answer any question that may be put to him or her or to produce any such paper, book, record or document on the ground that the same is of a private nature and does not affect the subject of inquiry, the Law Speaker or the chair(wo)man of the Althingi Committee, as the case may be, may excuse the answering of that question or the production of that paper, book, record or document, or may order the answering or production thereof or report to the Althing such refusal with the reason therefor and the Althing may direct the Law Speaker or chair(wo)man to take such action as it considers proper.

 

Article 5: Privilege of Witnesses

(a) No public officer shall be required to produce before the Althing any paper, book, record or other document or to give before the Althing evidence on any matter if the High King certifies that the paper, book, record or other document or the evidence relates to affairs of State and that the public interest would suffer by the production thereof.

 

(B) Every person summoned to attend to give evidence or to produce any paper, book, record or other document before the Althing shall be entitled in respect of such evidence or the disclosure of any communication or the production of any such paper, book or record or other document to the same privilege as before a Law Court.

 

Article 6: Immunity of Witness in Respect of Evidence

(a) Without prejudice to Article 5, no person who gives evidence before the Althing or any Althingi Committee shall be liable to any civil or criminal proceedings, arrest, imprisonment or damages by reason of anything which he or she may have said in such evidence.

 

(B) No statement made by any person in evidence before the Althing or any Althingi Committee shall be admissible in evidence against that person in any civil or criminal proceedings or in any Law Court.

 

(c ) Nothing in Subarticles (a) and (B) shall prevent or be deemed to prevent the institution or maintenance of any proceedings against any person for a crime under the Law of the Land or for any crime under this Act in respect of any evidence given by him or her before the Althing or any Althingi Committee.

 

Article 7: Punitive Powers of the Althing

(a) For any dishonourable conduct, abuse of privilege or contempt, on the part of an Althingi Jarl, the Althing may suspend him or her from the service of the Althing for the remainder of the current session of the Althing or for any part thereof and direct that he or she be reprimanded or admonished in his or her place by the Law Speaker.

 

(B) Where an Althingi Jarl has been found guilty of abuse of privilege in respect of anything said in the Althing by him or her, the Althing may, by Resolution and without prejudice to its powers under Subarticle (a), suspend him or her for such period as may be specified in the Resolution from the privileges and immunities conferred by Althingi Law in so far as they relate to liability to civil proceedings.

 

(c ) During the period specified under Subarticle (B) such privileges and immunities shall cease to apply to the Althingi Jarl who shall be liable to civil proceedings in respect of anything said by him or her in, or any written statement made by him or her to, the Althing.

 

(d) For any contempt on the part of a stranger, the Althing may impose upon him or her a fine not exceeding the sum of Rkr. 50,000, exclude him or her from the Althing and the precincts thereof for the remainder of the current session of the Althing or for any part thereof, and direct that he or she be reprimanded or admonished at the Bar of the Althingi Floor by the Law Speaker.

 

Article 8: Procedure in Cases of Contempt

(a) If it is alleged or appears that any person has committed any offence mentioned in Article 7, the Althing may if the offence is alleged to have been or has apparently been committed in the view of the Althing or in the precincts thereof when the Althing is sitting or in any Althingi Committee, deal with the matter summarily, and, if satisfied that the person is guilty of the offence, inflict all or any of the punishments provided in Article 7 or refer the matter to any select committee for investigation, consideration and report to the Althing.

 

(B) If, on the report of the select committee to which a matter has been referred under Subarticle (a) the Althing is satisfied that any person is guilty of any offence mentioned in Article 7, the Althing may inflict upon such person all or any of the punishments provided in Article 7 and also in the case of an Althingi Jarl, expel him or her.

 

(c ) Notwithstanding Subarticle (a) and the Rules of Order and Protocols, if it appears to the Law Speaker that any Member or stranger has committed any contempt in the view of the Althing or an Althingi Committee, the Law Speaker may deal with the matter summarily and, if satisfied that the Member or stranger is guilty of the contempt, inflict all or any of the punishments provided in Article 7.

 

(d) Any decision of the Speaker under Subarticle (c ) shall take immediate effect but the Althing may by Resolution annul or vary the decision.

 

(e) In determining the punishment for contempt by any person, the Althing or the Law Speaker, acting under Subarticle (c ) may take into consideration any previous contempt committed by that person.

 

(f) For the purposes of this Article, "Law Speaker" shall includes the chair(wo)man of any Althingi Committee.

 

Article 9: Power to Order Attendance of Offenders

The Althing may order any person guilty of an offence to attend before the Althing to be informed of or to receive any punishment which the Althing has decided to inflict upon him or her.

 

Article 10: Attendance of Offenders to Be Notified by Summons

(a) An order to attend before the Althing to be informed of or to receive any punishment which the Althing has decided to inflict upon any person shall be notified to the person by a summons under the hand of the Greffier and the Seal of the Althing issued by the direction of the Law Speaker.

 

(B) In every such summons there shall be stated the time when and the place where the person summoned is required to attend.

 

(c ) The summons referred to in Subarticle (B) shall be served on the person mentioned therein either by delivering to him or her a copy thereof or by leaving a copy thereof at his or her usual or last known place of abode in the High Realm with some adult person.

 

(d) Such summons may be served by the Viscount or by a police officer.

 

Article 11: Arrest of Defaulters

(a) If a person to whom a summons under Article 2 or 10 is directed does not attend at the time and place mentioned therein, the Law Speaker may, upon being satisfied that the summons was duly served, issue a warrant to apprehend him or her and to bring him or her, at a time to be stated in the warrant, before the Althing or the Althingi Committee.

 

(B) The Law Speaker on issuing a warrant under this Article may, if he or she thinks fit, by endorsement on the warrant, direct that the person named in the warrant be released after arrest on his or her entering into such a recognisance before a Law Court for his or her appearance before the Althing or the Althingi Committee as may be required in the endorsement.

 

(c ) Any person so arrested shall be brought before the Althing as soon as possible and until so brought or until released under Subarticle (B) or by order of the Law Speaker, shall be detained in any prison.

 

Article 12: Arrest without Warrant of Persons Disturbing Proceedings

(a) The Law Speaker may order the arrest by the Viscount or an Althingi Guard or a police officer without warrant of any person who creates or joins in any disturbance in the Althing or in the precincts or vicinity thereof when the Althing is sitting.

 

(B) Any person arrested under Subarticle (a) may be detained in the custody of the Viscount until the rising of the Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled or until the Althing has dealt with the matter under Article 8.

 

Article 13. Short Title and Commencement

This Act may be cited as the Althingi (Powers) Act of Year 13 and shall come into operation immediately after it has received the Imperial Assent.

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Article 6. Memorandum of Explanation

 

Any Member of the Althing who introduces a Bill, Resolution or other Motion to the Althing shall add a Memorandum of Explanation to or include a number of "Whereases" in the said introduced Bill, Resolution or Motion giving the reasons for the introduction of aforesaid Bill, Resolution or Motion.

 

Lady Law Speaker, Honourable Jarls,

 

Do to the Whereases elsewhere in this Bill no Memorandum of Explanation has been added.

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* Prays out loud and lustily. *

Thy Most Sacred Majesties,

Direct, I beseech Thee, O Fulltrui and Sacred Queens, the actions of us Jarls in this present Althing assembled by Thy most sacred inspirations and carry them on by Thy most gracious assistance; that every word and work of ours may always begin from Thee, O Three Ladies Divine, and by Thee be happily ended; through Thy Most Sacred Majesties' Love, so mote it be.

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Honourable Jarls,

 

In the name of the Three Ladies Divine, Frigga, Freyja and Idunn, Fulltrui and Sacred Queens of the Good Lands of Valtia Reborn, from Whom all Authority in the Lands of the Longships Throne is derived, all of me, Lady Aoife the Celt of the House of the Descendants of Freyja, Krónjarla of Stormark, Imperial Chieftainess of the Sólareyjar, Bloodroyal and Ærkejarla of the Sólareyjar, Law Speaker of the Althing, grants the Rosejarla leave to submit this Bill of hers to all of you here in this present Althing assembled.

 

Discussion and debate on this Bill will be open for a period of one week.

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Lady Law Speaker, Honourable Jarls,

 

The High King and Gulajarl begs leave to move for a vote.

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Lady Law Speaker, Honourable Jarls,

The Brísingajarla seconds the move for a vote.

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Honourable Jarls,

 

In the name of the Three Ladies Divine, Frigga, Freyja and Idunn, Fulltrui and Sacred Queens of the Good Lands of Valtia Reborn, from Whom all Authority in the Lands of the Longships Throne is derived, all of me has noted that motion for a vote has been made and seconded. All of me hereby declares that debate is closed and that voting shall commence immediately. All Althingi Jarls may vote AYE, NAY, DEFER to signify the Bill be returned to debate or ABSTAIN. Voting may remain open for four days.

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Lady Law Speaker, Honourable Jarls,

The High King and Gulajarl begs leave to move for closure of the vote.

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Lady Law Speaker, Honourable Jarls,

 

The Brísingajarla seconds the move for closure.

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Honourable Jarls,

In the name of the Three Ladies Divine, Frigga, Freyja and Idunn, Fulltrui and Sacred Queens of the Good Lands of Valtia Reborn, from Whom all Authority in the Lands of the Longships Throne is derived, all of me declares that voting is now closed.

This Bill is hereby pronounced passed by the the Most Honourable Jarls in this present Althing assembled. The tally is, in accordance with the votes allocated by virtue of Article 8 of the Althing Statute, 6 Ayes, 0 Nays and 0 abstentions. All of me does hereby submit this Bill to the High King for the Imperial Assent.

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Lady Law Speaker,

 

We do hereby inform you that We have granted Our Imperial Assent to the Althingi Powers Bill and the said Bill has therefore become Law as the Althingi Powers Act of Year 13.

 

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