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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 I the Generous Giver, The Eternal Sovereign Viking Emperor, Perpetual Protector of the People of Stormark, Perpetual Defender of the Viking Nation, Eternal Guardian of the Lakes of Hurmu, Paramount Chieftain of the Ancient Tribes of Hurmu, Most Noble Sovereign of the Lands of Stormark, Living Saint of the Most Holy Nidarosian Church, Solver of the Ancient Enigma, Hero of the Old Tale, Paladin of the Temple of Love, Imperial Prince of Thule, Imperial Prince of Inis Fer Falga, Prince of Antioch, Prince of Arietta, Prince of Lichtenbad, Prince of Malisko, Duke of Brittany, Duke of Froyalan, Duke of Gascony, Duke of Normandie, Marquis of Beaulieu, Marquis Thorstein, Earl of An Chláir, Earl of Carrick, Earl of Fife, Earl of the Trondelag, Count of La Marche, Count of Poitou, Count of Quercy, Count of Wintergleam, Baron of Einmar, Baron of Fórntida Kærleikalanden, Baronet of Holmborg, Baronet of Robland, Lord of Isle St. Jean and Lord of the Isles, have looked with favour upon the decision of the Althing of that Day of the Lady Freyja known to Us, Our Well-Beloved Royals, Nobles and Knights, and all Our other Well-Beloved Citizens whatsoever as the Twenty Seventh Day of the Month Thrymheim in the Seventh 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 A HIGH LAW OF THIS MOST SOVEREIGN AND NOBLE VIKING EMPIRE TO MAKE FRESH PROVISION CONCERNING IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION.

Article I.
(1) Upon the coming into operation of this Act anyone who was a Citizen of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire immediately before the coming into operation of this Act shall remain a Citizen of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire. The future acquisition and loss of Stormarkian Citizenship shall be determined in accordance with this Act.

(2) Citizens of Stormark may hold Citizenship in or Allegiance to other micronations than this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire provided always that they shall inform the Emperor which other micronations than this this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire they hold Citizenship in or Allegiance to.

(3) The holding of Citizenship in this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire shall not be affected by the death or abdication of any Emperor of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire.

(4) It shall not be necessary for any Citizen of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire who anterior to the death or abdication of an Emperor has taken the Affirmation of Stormarkian Citizenship required by this Act to again take such affirmation subsequent to such death or abdication; but where the said Affirmation of Stormarkian Citizenship relates solely to the then reigning Sovereign, it shall be deemed to relate to such Sovereign, and to His or Her Lawful Heirs and Successors.

Article II.
(1) There shall continue to be four kinds of Stormarkian Citizenship:

(a) Full Citizenship;

(B) Ettlingar Freyu Citizenship;

(c ) Honorary Citizenship; and

(d) Associate Citizenship.

(2) The Emperor in the Council of State shall have the sole and exclusive power to, by Order, grant Full Stormarkian Citizenship.

(3) The Emperor shall continue have the sole and exclusive power to grant Honourary Citizenship to whomever He pleases provided always that no more than two persons per Asgard Calendar Year shall be granted Honourary Citizenship.

(4) Ettlingar Freyu Citizenship shall only be acquired in the event that a person becomes a Member of the House of Ettlingar Freyu.

(5) The acquisition and loss of Associate Citizenship shall be governed by relevant treaties with States in association with this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire.

(6) (Repealed by the Treaty of Ghawlama (Ratification) Act of Year 8.)

Article III.
(1) The Emperor in the Council of State shall have the sole and exclusive power to, for any reason which to Him seems sufficient, revoke Full Stormarkian Citizenship.

(2) The Emperor shall continue have the sole and exclusive power to, for any reason which to Him seems sufficient, revoke Honourary Citizenship as well as Ettlingar Freyu Citizenship. Revocation of Ettlingar Freyu Citizenship shall be the effect of the termination of a person's Membership in the House of Ettlingar Freyu provided always that any person who ceases to be a Member of the House of Ettlingar Freyu shall become, unless the Emperor provides otherwise, a Full Citizen of Stormark.

(3) (Repealed by the Treaty of Ghawlama (Ratification) Act of Year 8.)

(4) Notwithstanding the foregoing subarticles and subject to the High Laws of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire, the power to deprive a Citizen of Stormark of his or her Citizenship may by Statute also be vested in the Law Courts of Stormark or any other tribunal lawfully exercising criminal jurisdiction.

Article IV.
Bearing true faith and allegiance to the Emperor, and defending, protecting and supporting Him against all enemies both foreign as domestic are fundamental political duties of all Citizens of Stormark.

Article V.
(1) Any person having reached or passed the age of thirteen who wishes to become a Citizen of Stormark may petition the Imperial Government of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire for Full Stormarkian Citizenship.

(2) Any such person petitioning for Full Stormarkian Citizenship shall be directed to the Hall of Frigga. The Member of the Council of State entrusted with immigration matters shall, unless instructed otherwise by the Emperor, act on every request for Stormarkian Citizenship filed with the Hall of Frigga.

Article VI.
(1) The Member of the Council of State entrusted with immigration matters shall ascertain to his own satisfaction, through correspondence or conversation, that the prospective immigrant is a real human being with genuine interest in becoming a Citizen of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire and has a good understanding of the ways of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire, in particular its traditions, its culture, and its laws.

(2) The Member of the Council of State entrusted with immigration matters shall be free to inquire the petitioner on any and all subjects, and shall be required to collect the e-mail address(es) of the candidate as well as the Viking Name (s)he shall use in Stormark, during and after the successful completion of the immigration process, as required by ancient tradition.

(3) The Member of the Council of State entrusted with immigration matters shall also be required to collect an essay, written by the petitioner, entitled 'Hear My Plea, Request for Citizenship'. Such essay shall have a minimum length of four hundred (400) words. In the said essay the petitioner shall tell a bit about himself or herself and shall explain the reason(s) why the said petitioner is interested in becoming a Citizen of Stormark.

(4) The Member of the Council of State entrusted with immigration matters shall communicate the collected information to the Emperor.

Article VII.
(1) After having collected the required information the Member of the Council of State entrusted with immigration matters shall open a single thread on the forums of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire officially introducing the prospective immigrant to this Viking Nation. The 'Hear My Plea, Request for Citizenship' Essay shall also be posted in the said introduction thread by the Member of the Council of State entrusted with immigration matters.

(2) The Member of the Council of State entrusted with immigration matters shall remind his fellow Citizens from time to time that the initiation of new Citizens into this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire is a serious matter and that questioning a prospective Citizen is a patriotic obligation of all who love their Emperor and Country.

Article VIII.
(1) An examination period shall commence with the prospective Citizen's first official posting to the forums of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire after his official introduction to this Viking Nation by the Member of the Council of State entrusted with immigration matters. Such first official posting shall be made in the thread officially introducing him or her to this Viking Nation. In the event that the prospective Citizen fails to post in the thread officially introducing him or her to this Viking Nation within two days after the said thread was opened the immigration process shall, by operation of this Act, be terminated.

(2) Any current Citizen of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire may, at any time no less than four days after the commencement of the examination period, petition the Emperor in the Council of State requesting that an Order granting the prospective citizen Full Stormarkian Citizenship be issued. Such petition shall be filed in the Emperor's Private Cabinet.

(3) Within 4 days after the filing of a petition under subarticle 2, the prospective Citizen shall take a Civics Test. No Order-in-Council granting the prospective citizen Full Stormarkian Citizenship be issued until the said prospective Citizen has passed the said Civics Test. In the event that prospective Citizen fails the Civics Test more than twice the immigration process shall, by operation of this Act, be terminated.

(4) As soon as may be after the filing of a petition under subarticle 2, the Member of the Council of State entrusted with immigration matters shall make a recommendation to the Emperor in the Council of State based upon the person's character and understanding of the ways of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire in particular its traditions, its culture, and its laws.

(5) In the event that no petition under subarticle 2 is laid before the Emperor in the Council of State within the first forty days of the examination period, the examination period shall end, the immigration process for the prospective Citizen shall, by operation of this Act, be terminated and the Member of the Council of State entrusted with immigration matters shall inform the prospective Citizen of the termination of the said immigration process, and shall post a notification to that effect in the Hall of Frigga.

(6) The Order-in-Council granting a prospective Citizen Full Stormarkian Citizenship shall become effective immediately after the said prospective Citizen has affirmed his or her fealty to the Emperor and his or her allegiance to this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire by making the Affirmation of Stormarkian Citizenship as specified by Order of the Emperor in the Council of State.

Article IX.
(1) Any biological or adoptive child of a Citizen of Stormark who is under the age of thirteen at the time that either of his or her parents acquires Stormarkian Citizenship shall be a Citizen of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire through the Citizenship of the said parent. Such children shall be known as Landesbarn and shall retain the said title of Landesbarn for the duration of their natural life.

(2) Landesbarn shall automatically have the all the rights and privileges of a Citizen of Stormark when they notify their official entry into this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire's society to the Hall of Frigga on or after their thirteenth birthday. Notification shall consist of telling the Viking name by which (s)he would like to be known within this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire, making the Affirmation of Stormarkian Citizenship as specified by Order of the Emperor in the Council of State, and writing a 'What Stormark Means to Me' Essay. The said essay shall have a minimum length of four hundred (400) words.

Article X.
(1) Upon the coming into operation of this Act anyone who was a Stormarkian Elder immediately before the coming into operation of this Act shall remain a Stormarkian Elder.

(2) Future Stormarkian Elders shall be those persons who have completed their tenth consecutive year as a Citizen of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire.

Article XI.
(1) Any Citizen of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire may renounce his or her Citizenship by issuing a written Declaration of Renunciation in the Hall of Frigga.

(2) Once renounced or revoked, Citizenship may be restored only at the pleasure of the Emperor in the Council of State, which may be difficult to obtain, depending upon the circumstances of such renunciation or revocation.

(3) Any person petitioning the Emperor in the Council of State for a restoration of his Citizenship shall include in his or her Petition for Restoration of Citizenship a 'Hear My Plea, Request for Restoration of Citizenship' Essay, explaining the reasons why (s)he renounced his or her Citizenship, and indicating how (s)he intends to participate in this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire in future.

(4) After having received a Petition for Restoration of Citizenship in the Emperor's Private Cabinet the Emperor in the Council of State shall review the said Petition for Restoration of Citizenship and may, by Order, restore the said person's Citizenship.

Article XII.
(1) Where it appears to the Emperor that there are reasonable grounds for believing that deportation from this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire of any person who is not a Citizen of Stormark is conducive to the good of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire, the Emperor may issue a warrant for the arrest and detention of that person.

(2) As soon as possible, the Emperor in the Council of State shall deliberate on the question whether a person arrested and detained under this Act should be deported from this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire.

(3) A person arrested and detained under this Act may be held until such time the Emperor in the Council of State has decided upon the fate of the said arrested and detained person provided always that such decision shall be rendered within fourteen (14) days after the issuance of the warrant for the arrest and detention of such person.

(4) Should the Emperor in the Council of State fail decide upon the fate of any person arrested and detained under this Act within the term specified in subarticle 3 the said person shall be released immediately.

(5) Should the Emperor in the Council of State decide not to deport a person arrested and detained under this Act the said person shall be released immediately.

(6) Should the Emperor in the Council of State decide, within the term specified in subarticle 3, to issue a deportation order for a person arrested and detained under this Act the said person may be held until such time as such deportation order is executed. The Emperor may, when executing the said detention order, take any and all measures He may deem necessary to prevent a deported person from returning to this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire.

Article XIII.
(1) The Imperial Instrument known as Imperial Decree #121 shall, upon the coming into operation of this Act, become and be an integral part of this Act provided always that the powers granted to the Emperor by the said Imperial Instrument shall, upon the coming into operation of this Act, belong to the Emperor in the Council of State.

(2) The Emperor in the Council of State may, by Order, make such rules and regulations as appear to Him necessary or expedient for the purposes of carrying out the provisions of this Act.

Article XIV.
The Udal Law concerning Citizenship in this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire shall, upon the coming into operation of this Act and except for those parts of the said Udal Law that are saved by a provision of a High Law of this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire, cease to have effect.

Article XV.
All written law concerning Citizenship in this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire shall, upon the coming into operation of this Act, be repealed.

Article XVI.
This Act may be cited as the Law of the Weal.

Article XVII.
This Act shall come into operation immediately after it has received the Imperial Assent.

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 Our Hall in Haraldsborg, in Our Thanedom of Gulathing, on this Day of the Lady Freyja, the Twenty Seventh Day of the Month Thrymheim in the Seventh Year of the Second Viking Age in the Second Epoch of Our Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire.]


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Harald Torsten I den Givmilde, genom Vikingalagarnas Nåd Enväldig Vikingakejsare av Vikingakejsardömet Stormark, och genom andra Höga Lagars Nåd Kung av Sina andra Riken och Kolonier.
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