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Second Decree on the Government of the Imperial Kingdom of Livonia
02-18-2013, 03:23 PM (This post was last modified: 02-27-2013 02:39 PM by Johnny.)
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Second Decree on the Government of the Imperial Kingdom of Livonia
This shall be a revised, and more organized, version of the prior decree outlining the political and governmental structure of the Imperial Kingdom. For all intents and purposes this document should be considered the constitution of the Imperial Kingdom. Any statements made here should be considered to have overridden any contradictory statements in the previous decree.

Here follows the official text of the Second Decree on the Government of the Imperial Kingdom of Livonia:


The Imperial Kingdom of Livonia, being a constituent state of the Empire of Livonia, is permitted to determine how it should govern itself. This decree will set forth the political and governmental structure of the Imperial Kingdom of Livonia.

Article One: Political Structure
  1. The Imperial Kingdom will be structured as a feudal kingdom.
  2. The Imperial Kingdom will be divided into a series of fiefs, each with a name designated by the Monarch.
  3. Only the Monarch may issue Letters Patent creating or granting noble titles.
  4. Each fief will be connected with a specific geographical area, as determined by the Monarch.
  5. Fiefs will be organized with a special hierarchy.
  6. Higher lords will have the authority to direct the actions of lower lords whose fiefs are located inside the fief of the higher lord.
    1. Lords may not direct the actions of lower lords that are not inside of their jurisdiction without the express permission of the lord who is rightly above the lower fief in question.
  7. Lords will have full power to issue decrees that will function as laws for their fiefs and the fiefs below them in the hierarchy. No decree may infringe or obstruct the rights of nobles or citizens guaranteed by higher powers be they the Monarch or the Central Government of the Empire of Livonia.
  8. Lords will have the right to petition the Monarch to create a noble title within their fief. The Monarch may reject these petitions for any reason.

Article Two: Organization of the Fiefs
  1. The following will be a list of all titles in order with the highest titles at the top
    • King/Queen
    • Grand Duke/Grand Duchess
    • Duke/Duchess
    • Earl/Countess
    • Viscount/Viscountess
    • Baron/Baroness
    • Baronet/Baronetess
    • Knight/Dame
  2. Each fief may only have one title holder at any time.
  3. In the event that a fief becomes vacant, the Monarch may appoint a regent to take over the daily operations of the fief, or the Monarch may take the fief as his own.
    1. Regents will not be officially recognized as nobles simply because they are a regent, unless they have other noble titles.
    2. Lower nobles must still accept the authority of a regent in power above them as if the regent were their rightful lord.

Article Three: The Monarch
  1. The Monarch, be they the King or Queen, is the singular source of all power in the Imperial Kingdom of Livonia.
  2. The Monarch shall have the official title of His/Her Imperial and Royal Majesty, the King/Queen.
  3. The Monarch must be descended, wither through blood or adoption, from the Most Ancient and Glorious House of Peterson and its original patriarch Edward
  4. The Monarch will have full power to govern by issuing Royal Decrees. These decrees will be binding law on all nobles and citizens of the Imperial Kingdom of Livonia.
  5. The Monarch will have sole power to appoint Councillors to the High Council of the Imperial Kingdom of Livonia.
  6. The Monarch will have the sole power to create and dissolve Parliaments of the Imperial Kingdom of Livonia.
  7. The Monarch will have the sole power to create or grant titles of nobility.
  8. The Monarch will be free to strip a noble of their title and lands for any reason and at any time.
  9. Should any noble create a political office in their fief, they must offer the King the chance of filling the vacancy before they fill it themselves.

Article Four: High Council and Ministries
  1. The High Council will be the advisory body to the Monarch.
  2. The High Council will be presided over by a Supreme High Councillor.
  3. The High Council will otherwise be composed of the heads of the various governmental ministries inside the Imperial Kingdom of Livonia.
  4. The Monarch will have the sole power to appoint individuals to the High Council.
  5. The Monarch may remove a Councillor from their position at any time and for any reason.
  6. The following will be continually guaranteed ministries of the Imperial Kingdom of Livonia.
    • Ministry of Internal Affairs
    • Ministry of Elections
    • Ministry of Trade and Industry
    • Ministry of Justice

Article Five: Parliament
  1. Parliament may occasionally be called to give suggestions to the Monarch on important matter of the Kingdom and to approve the appointment of individuals to the House of Representatives of the Empire of Livonia.
  2. The Monarch will have the sole power to create and dissolve a Parliament.
  3. Parliament does not have a right to exist continually, they serve only at the pleasure of the Monarch.
  4. A Parliament will consist of all the nobles in the Imperial Kingdom and an equal number of non-noble citizens.
    1. If there are not enough non-noble citizens to meet this requirement, then all non-noble citizens will be Members of Parliament.
  5. The Monarch will appoint non-noble citizens to a Parliament.
    1. Any non-noble citizen may contest the appointment in a People's Court.
    2. At the People's Court, all non-noble citizens will attend and listen to argument given by each side on the merits of appointing a particular individual. After all arguments are heard, the People's Court will give an up or down vote on the appointment. Should the appointee lose the vote, then the Monarch must fill the Parliamentary vacancy with a different non-noble citizen. This process will repeat until all non-noble Parliamentary vacancies are filled.
  6. Parliament is the only body permitted to approve appointments by the Monarch to the House of Representatives of the Empire of Livonia. These appointments by the Monarch will not be considered valid or legal until a Parliament approves them.
  7. Parliament may only give an up or down vote on the proposed appointments, no debate will be permitted on House appointment lists.
  8. Appointment lists will be approved by a simple majority.
  9. During its time in session, a Parliament may issue a Resolution to the Monarch on a suggested policy. These policies are non-binding and carry no legal status until the Monarch approves them.
  10. Each Parliament will be free to discuss and issue Resolutions at will so long as it is in session. The Monarch may not prevent such discussions or Resolutions.
  11. Each Parliament will be free to determine its own procedures and decorum without any interference from the Monarch.
  12. The Monarch may not force Parliament to discuss any particular topic at any particular time. Parliaments will set their own agendas and voting schedules.
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