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Law of Stormark
Act of the Althing

AN ACT TO MAKE FRESH PROVISION CONCERNING THE ALTHING.

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 most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled have, when exercising their Supreme Legislative Authority in accordance with the ancient consuetudinary law known as Þingréttur, since time immemorial required a statutory set of rules to govern their Membership as well as to protect their ancient and undoubted rights and privileges;

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 anew statutory provision for this ancient legislative assembly of all of the High Realm and the whole of the Storish Nation;

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 create and establish this new Althing Statute by this Act of ours and through the provisions of the Act aforesaid govern the Ancient Company of the Althingi Jarls as well as safeguard their ancient and undoubted rights and privileges, 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: Composition, Tenure and Assumption of Seats

(a) The Althing shall be composed of the Law Speaker of the Althing, hereafter to be referred to in this Act as "the Law Speaker", the High King and Gulajarl, the Krón- and Sólareyjarjarl, and such other Jarls of the High Realm who have taken up an Althingi seat.

(B) The Law Speaker shall serve during the pleasure of the Althing. The Jarls of the High Realm, hereafter to be referred to in this Act as "the Althingi Jarls", shall serve for as long as they hold their Jarlship.

(c ) Any person who is entitled to a seat under this Act shall assume such seat upon notification of the Law Speaker.

(d) Notwithstanding the preceding Subarticle, the Law Speaker may deny seats in accordance with the Althing's Rules of Order and Protocols or Althingi Law.

Article 2: Dress Code

(a) Any Althingi Jarl and officer of the Althing shall, when attending a sitting of the Althing, be obliged to dress in accordance with how one traditionally dresses in formal occasions in the jarldom of origin for the member in question. The same shall apply to any person who is not a Member or officer of the Althing, such persons hereafter in this Act to be referred to as "stranger".

(B) As the Althingi Hall is a Fulltrui Temple and the Thingvellir part of its Holy Premises, it shall also be lawful for Althingi Jarls and strangers who belong to the Vanafolk to attend sittings of the Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled in the nude, provided that such persons shall adorn themselves with expensive jewellery from the Jarldom they hail from and an expensive cloak fastened with a brooch which alludes to the House they belong to.

Article 3: Motions and Explanations Thereof
(a) Any Althingi Jarl shall be entitled to introduce Bills, Resolutions and other Motions to the Althing. The Law Speaker shall, unless a Protocol of the Althing provides otherwise, put each Bill, Resolution or other Motion on the floor of the Althing.

(B) Any Althingi Jarl 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.

Article 4: Althingi Expenditure
(a) There shall under the authority of an Althingi (Appropriations) Act be charged on and paid out of the General Revenue Fund to the Látálarinrúm an annual sum sufficient to meet the expenditure which the Althingi Jarls have determined to be necessary to carry out their functions. Should the aforesaid sum prove to be insufficient an Althingi (Supplementary Appropriations) Act may be enacted to allocate the necessary additional resources.

(B) For each financial year the Látálarinrúm shall prepare and lay before the Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled an estimate for that year of the use of resources for the service of the Althing.

Article 5: Powers of the Althing in Regard to Strangers
(a) The Althing may in accordance with its Rules of Order and Protocols exclude any stranger or officer of the Althing from any sitting and regulate the admission of strangers to any sitting.

(B) The Law Speaker may at any time order any stranger to withdraw from the Althing and the precincts thereof, and if that person fails to obey such an order he may be forcibly removed from the Althing and the precincts thereof by the Viscount of the Realm, hereafter to be referred to in this Act as "the Viscount", or an Althingi Guard or a police officer.

Article 6: Suspension
(a) The Althing may in accordance with its Rules of Order and Protocols or Althingi Law suspend any Althingi Jarl from the service of the Althing for the remainder of the current Althingi session or for any part thereof. The High King and Gulajarl shall not be subject to suspension.

(B) A Member who has been suspended from the service of the Althing shall withdraw from the Althing and the precincts thereof and shall not enter or remain therein while such suspension remains in force.

(c ) If any such Member is found within the Althing or the precincts thereof in contravention of Subarticle (a), he or she may be forcibly removed therefrom by "the Viscount", or an Althingi Guard or a police officer.

(d) No salary or allowance payable to such Member for his service as a Member of the Althing shall be paid in respect of any period during which he or she is suspended from the service of the Althing.

Article 7: Expulsion
(a) The Althing may in accordance with its Rules of Order and Protocols or Althingi Law expel any Althingi Jarl from the Ancient Company of the Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled.

(B) It shall require a majority of two thirds of the votes cast to expel a Althingi Jarl from the Althing. A person that has been expelled from the Althing shall cease to be an Althingi Jarl and not be able to take up a seat in the Althing again unless the Law Speaker decides otherwise after a minimum period of one year has passed. The High King and Gulajarl shall not be subject to expulsion.

Article 8: Voting
When voting on motions other than motions to elect an official or a new Imperial House, the Althingi Jarls shall each have one vote and when casting their votes the Althingi Jarls shall be bound solely by their own conscience and not by any mandate or instructions. In case of a tie the Law Speaker shall have and exercise a casting vote.

Article 9: Freedom of Speech and Debate and Proceedings
There shall be freedom of speech and debate and proceedings in the Althing, and such freedom of speech and debate and proceedings shall not be liable to be impeached or questioned in any Law Court, commission of inquiry, committee of inquiry, tribunal or any other place whatsoever outside the Althing.

Article 10: Exemption from Liability in Certain Cases
(a) No Althingi Jarl shall be liable to any civil or criminal proceedings, arrest, imprisonment or damages by reason of any matter or thing which he may have brought before the Althing or an Althingi Committee by Petition, Bill, Resolution, Motion, or otherwise or may have said in the Althing or in committee.

(B) No person shall be liable to any civil or criminal proceedings, arrest, imprisonment or damages by reason of any act done under the authority of the Althing or the Law Speaker and within its or his legal powers or under any warrant issued by virtue of those powers.

Althingi 11: Protection of Althingi Publications
(a) Any person being a respondent in any civil proceedings or a defendant in any criminal proceedings instituted for or on account or in respect of the publication by such person or by his employee, by order or under the authority of the Althing or any Althingi Committee, of any reports, papers or journals may on giving to the plaintiff or prosecutor, as the case may be, 24 hours’ written notice of his intention, bring before the Law Court in which the civil or criminal proceedings are being held a certificate under the hand of the Law Speaker and the Seal of the Althing or of the Greffier and the seal of the same legislative assembly stating that the reports, papers or journals in respect whereof the civil or criminal proceedings have been instituted were published by that person or by his employee by order or under the authority of the Althing or any Althingi Committee.

(B) The Law Court shall thereupon immediately stay the civil or criminal proceedings, and the same and every process issued therein shall be deemed to be finally determined.

Article 12: Publication of Proceedings without Malice
In any civil or criminal proceedings instituted for printing or publishing any extract from or abstract of any report, paper or journal as in Article 10 mentioned, if the Law Court is satisfied that the extract or abstract was printed or published bona fide and without malice, judgment shall be entered for the defendant or accused.

Article 13. Short Title and Commencement
This Act may be cited as the Althing Statute. It shall come into operation immediately after it has received the Imperial Assent and shall repeal the Althing Statute in operation immediately before the coming into operation of this Act.

 

In consequence of Us looking with favour upon the decision of the Althing of that Day of the Ladies Divine Frigga, Freyja and Idunn, Fulltrui and Sacred Queens of Stormark since time immemorial, which is known to Us, Our Well-Beloved Royals, Nobles, Knights and Thegns, and all Our other Well-Beloved Patricians and Citizens whatsoever as the Thirty First Day of the Month Sessrumnir in Folkvanger in the Thirteenth Year of the Second Viking Age in the Second Epoch of Our High Realm that the Law Speaker of the said Althing has most graciously laid before Us, 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 High Realm.


So be it!!

Given at the Court of the Three Ladies Divine, since time immemorial situated at the Vanadísarhall on the holy island in the sacred river Fulltrui Flow known as Hnossa Isle which is seated within the bounds of the Imperial City of Haraldsborg in Our Jarldom of Gularike, on this Day of the Ladies Divine Frigga, Freyja and Idunn, Fulltrui and Sacred Queens of Stormark since time immemorial, the Thirty First Day of the Month Sessrumnir in Folkvanger in the Thirteenth Year of the Second Viking Age in the Second Epoch of Our High Realm.

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Haraldur Freyjugjöf af Ættingjunum Freyju, Yfirkonungur Stórmerkur

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