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The Treaty of Alesia
Preamble
Let it be known that on the twelfth day of , the remnant Lords and Ladies of the fallen empire of Xeilias gathered to establish the Kingdom of Alesia. All nobles present hereby assent to the articles of this Treaty, and henceforth swear oaths of fealty for their bloodline and their fiefdoms under the gaze of Angelica, mother of all creation, to the monarch of the Kingdom of Alesia, Phyllain , and all of his rightful heirs into perpetuity. Recognising the need for unity and the principles of good governance over the region of [AREA NAME], this gathering of Lords and Ladies commits to the principles of a fair and just system of law, regulated-trade, the mutual defence of all, the prosperity of all subjects of the kingdom, and the primacy of the greater good to which the monarch is responsible for exemplifying in all actions taken by the crown.
Amendments
Amendments to this Treaty may only be made through the combination of a successful two-thirds majority vote of the Conclave of Lords, the Ducal Council, and the White Council.
Supremacy
This treaty is the foremost law of the Kingdom of Alesia. Any other legislation, ordinances, regulations, and decisions found to be in breach of any article, section, or subsection of this treaty shall be deemed unlawful and have no standing within the kingdom.
Interpretation
I.1 Adversary
I.1.1 For the purposes of this Treaty, an adversary is deemed to be any individual or organisation which seeks to undermine or disrupt the stability, security, domestic or foreign relations, or economy of the kingdom.
I.1.2 To be recognised as an adversary of the kingdom does not require any formal acknowledgment or proclamation by the kingdom. Rather, an adversary is a label applied automatically once the listed conditions have been met.
I.2 Enemy
I.2.1 For the purposes of this Treaty, an enemy, whether they are an individual or an organisation, must be formally recognised and proclaimed by the Monarch.
I.3 Gross Negligence
I.3.1 For the purposes of this Treaty, gross negligence is defined as a failure to perform, through malice or indolence, any lawful action required by the Monarch, this Treaty, or any formally recognised superiors.
I.4 In Good Standing
I.4.1 For the purposes of this Treaty, a person is deemed to be in good standing with the kingdom except in one of the following circumstances:
  1. A person has been found guilty by the High Court of a High Crime;
  2. A person has been found guilty of more than three (3) kingdom-level criminal offences;
  3. The Conclave of Lords has passed a Writ of Condemnation against the person and/or their family, and there has been a continued history of the person and/or family acting against the interests of the kingdom.
I.5 Proclaimed
I.5.1 For the purposes of this Treaty, something is considered to be proclaimed once it has been written out and posted in an appropriate location.
I.5.2 Unless specifically stated otherwise, all proclamations are to be posted in a location that is available to the general public and that is discoverable by a reasonable person.
I.6 Reasonable Suspicion
I.6.1 For the purposes of legislation and policy, reasonable suspicion shall be taken to mean that if an average person was provided the same information, and the same context, they would have reasonable suspicion of unlawful activity occurring.
I.7 Rounding
I.7.1 Within the treaty fractions are to be rounded to the nearest whole number. In the event of a fraction being 0.5, it shall be rounded up to the nearest whole number.
I.8 Timeframes
I.8.1 For the purposes of this Treaty, all timeframes provided within this Treaty are in real-world timeframes and not in-game timeframes.
1 – The Monarch
Within this article are the definitions of the Monarch and the Royal Family, including the powers and authorities granted to them by this Treaty, the responsibilities they hold on behalf of the kingdom, and limitations on the use and delegation of the Monarch’s powers. This article also describes the rules concerning the succession of the Monarchy, including the extinguishment of the Royal House.
1.1 The Monarch of the Kingdom of Alesia
1.1.1 The sovereign ruler and protector of the kingdom shall be titled ‘King‘ for males or ‘Queen‘ for females, and is referred within this Treaty as the ‘Monarch‘. The Monarch is the highest authority of the realm, and all nobles and citizens of the Kingdom of Alesia, both current and future, are deemed to have sworn oaths of fealty to the sovereign.
1.1.2 As the supreme authority in the kingdom, the Monarch may not be removed from power, required to submit to the will of, or forced to abdicate by any other individual, organisation, or kingdom.
1.1.3 The Monarch may abdicate from their position by providing a proclamation to the Conclave of Lords not less than seven (7) days prior to the abdication taking effect.
1.1.4 The Monarch is subject to all articles and sections of this Treaty, and may not through action, decree, or proclamation, contradict or seek to undermine the Treaty.
1.1.5 The Monarch is afforded all powers, authorities, and responsibilities as described throughout all articles and sections of this Treaty.
1.1.6 Within the confines of this Treaty, the Monarch may decree binding legislation upon all citizens and visitors of the kingdom through proclamation, and ensuring the posting of such legislation for the free access of the kingdom’s citizens. This power may not be delegated.
1.1.7 The Monarch is the custodian of all monies and assets held in-trust by the monarchy on behalf of the kingdom. The Monarch must account to the Ducal Council for the expenditure, acquisitions, and disposal of all monies and assets held in-trust by the monarchy.
1.2 The Royal Family
1.2.1 The Monarch may appoint a sole partner, recognised by marriage, as the ‘King Consort‘ for males or the ‘Queen Consort‘ for females. This title confers no specific powers or authority onto the title-holder, but the Monarch may delegate any and all powers and authority to the title-holder, excluding those prohibited to be delegated under this Treaty.
1.2.2 Legitimate children of the Monarch, deemed to be those children of blood or formally proclaimed as children of the Monarch at the time of their birth, shall be known as ‘Prince‘ for males and ‘Princess‘ for females. This title confers no specific powers or authority onto the title-holder, but the Monarch may delegate any and all powers and authority to the title-holder, excluding those prohibited to be delegated under this Treaty.
1.2.3 The heir apparent may, at their determination, use the title of ‘Crown Prince‘ for males and ‘Crown Princess‘ for females. This title confers no specific powers or authority onto the title-holder, but the Monarch may delegate any and all powers and authority to the title-holder, excluding those prohibited to be delegated under this Treaty.
1.2.4 All persons recognised under section 1.2 of this Treaty shall collectively be known as ‘The Royal Family of Alesia‘.
1.3 Succession of the Monarchy
1.3.1 Upon the death or abdication of the Monarch, the crown shall pass to a legitimate, living, and willing child formally proclaimed as a child of the Monarch at the time of their birth. Where no such legitimate child exists, the crown shall pass to the eldest living and willing person of the closest, common, and legitimate descent.
1.3.2 In the event that a successor to the crown is not yet of age, being less than fifteen years, a Steward of the Kingdom shall be appointed with the authority of the Monarch until the child becomes of age. Where a King Consort or Queen Consort exists, the role of Steward shall automatically pass to them, but where one has not been appointed, the Ducal Council shall appoint one of their member as Steward by a two-thirds majority vote from the full membership of the Ducal Council.
1.3.3 Where the line of blood has been extinguished and no legitimate, living, and willing heirs to the crown can be found, the Ducal Council shall appoint one of their members as Monarch by a vote with the successor securing not less than a two-thirds majority vote from the full membership of the Ducal Council.
2 - The Noble Houses
This article establishes the noble Houses of Alesia and separates them into either a Great or Minor House. The responsibilities, authorities, and powers of these Houses, as well as the rules concerning succession, including rules concerning the event of an extinguishment of a House’s bloodline, are established therein. Noble Houses are granted significant authority and autonomy over their respective fiefdoms, but they may not pass laws or decrees that contradict the terms of this treaty.
2.1 Great Houses
2.1.1 Noble houses of significant stature and preeminence within the kingdom shall be known as ‘Great Houses’, and are charged by the Monarch with the administering a fiefdom of duchy size, and ensuring the rule of law and order within that assigned territory.
2.1.2 Every Great House within the kingdom shall be granted a seat and a single vote within both the Ducal Council and the Conclave of Lords, to be attended by either the head of the house or their nominated representative.
2.1.3 A Great House is permitted to raise soldiers and tools of warfare under their own command, for the purposes of defending the kingdom or maintaining security and the rule of law and order within their fiefdom.
2.1.4 Great Houses are subject to all articles and sections of this Treaty, and may not through action, decree, or proclamation, contradict or seek to undermine the Treaty.
2.1.5 Great Houses are afforded all powers, authorities, and responsibilities as described throughout all articles and sections of this Treaty.
2.1.6 Within the confines of this Treaty, the heads of Great Houses may decree binding legislation upon all citizens and visitors of their fiefdom through proclamation, and ensuring the posting of such legislation for the free access of the kingdom’s citizens. This power may not be delegated.
2.1.7 The status of Great House is conferred by the Monarch onto peers within the kingdom who have dominion over a minimum of thirteen (13) counties, and are in good standing with the kingdom.
2.1.8 Where a Great House falls below the requirement of controlling six (6) counties and continues to exist in service to the kingdom, then it shall lose its Great House status and all associated ranks, privileges, and rights conferred by this Treaty. Houses affected by this subsection which remain in good standing with the kingdom shall be reduced to Minor House status.
2.1.9 A Great House may voluntarily relinquish their Great House status and dominion over a duchy by providing a proclamation to the Conclave of Lords not less than fourteen (14) days prior to the voluntary relinquishing taking effect. Once it has taken effect, it shall lose its Great House status and all associated ranks, privileges, and rights conferred by this Treaty. Houses affected by this subsection which remain in good standing with the kingdom shall be reduced to Minor House status.
2.1.10 A Great House may have their status revoked at the discretion of the Monarch if any of the following conditions are met:
  1. The head of a Great House is found guilty of treason or infidelity to the kingdom by the High Court;
  2. The head of a Great House is determined to be grossly negligent by either a successful majority vote of their ducal peers or a successful vote of one quarter of their ducal peers and the Monarch;
  3. The fiefdom of a Great House is removed or ceases to exist within the kingdom under Article 3 of this Treaty; or
  4. The Conclave of Lords has passed a Writ of Condemnation and there has been a continued history of the Great House and its officers acting against the interests of the kingdom.
2.1.11 To enact a revocation of Great House status, the Monarch must announce the revocation by providing a proclamation to the Conclave of Lords. Such a revocation is considered to take effect immediately upon proclamation.
2.2 Heads of Great Houses
2.2.1 The sovereign ruler of a Great House shall be titled as ‘Duke’ for males or ‘Duchess‘ for females, and referred to within this Treaty as the ‘Head of a Great House’. The head of a Great House is the highest non-royal authority within their fiefdom, and all resident nobles and citizens therein, both current and future, are deemed to have sworn oaths of fealty to the head of the Great House.
2.2.2 In recognition of superior achievement, capability, and service to the Monarch, the head of a Great House may be elevated to the title of ‘Archduke’ for males or ‘Archduchess’ for females. This title awards precedence over that of a Duke or Duchess for matters of ceremony, however, no additional benefit, privilege, or authority is conferred by the title.
2.2.3 The head of a Great House may abdicate from their position by providing a proclamation to the Conclave of Lords not less than seven (7) days prior to the abdication taking effect.
2.3 Succession for Heads of Great Houses
2.3.1 Upon the death or abdication of the head of a Great House, the title shall pass to a legitimate, living, and willing child formally proclaimed as a child of the head of the Great House at the time of their birth. Where no such legitimate child exists, the title shall pass to the eldest living and willing person of the closest, common, and legitimate descent.
2.3.2 In the event that a successor to the title is not yet of age, being less than fifteen years, a Steward of the House can be nominated by the proclamation of the Head of the Great House to the Ducal Council, for such a person to act with the authority of the head of the Great House until the child becomes of age. Where one has not been appointed, the Ducal Council shall appoint a member of the relevant fiefdom’s nobility as Steward by a two-thirds majority vote from the full membership of the Ducal Council.
2.3.3 Where the line of blood has been extinguished and no legitimate, living, and willing heirs to the title can be found, the Great House is considered to be extinguished and ceases to exist unless the Monarch elects to reinvigorate the line of blood through special appointment as per sub-section 2.1.7.
2.4 Minor Houses
2.4.1 Noble houses with limited influence and domain within the kingdom shall be known as ‘Minor Houses’, and may be charged by the Monarch with the administering a fiefdom of county size to ensure the rule of law and order within that assigned territory.
2.4.2 Every Minor House within the kingdom shall be granted a seat and a single vote within the Conclave of Lords, to be attended by either the head of the house or their nominated representative.
2.4.3 A Minor House is not permitted to raise soldiers and tools of warfare unless it has been appointed to administer a county.
2.4.4 Minor Houses are subject to all articles and sections of this Treaty, and may not through action, decree, or proclamation, contradict or seek to undermine the Treaty.
2.4.5 Minor Houses are afforded all powers, authorities, and responsibilities as described throughout all articles and sections of this Treaty.
2.4.6 Within the confines of this Treaty, the heads of Minor Houses may decree binding legislation and ordinances upon all citizens and visitors of their fiefdom through proclamation, and ensuring the posting of such legislation for the free access of the kingdom’s citizens. This power may not be delegated.
2.4.7 The status of Minor House is conferred by the Monarch, upon the recommendation of a Great House, onto an individual and their family for one of two reasons:
  1. They have dominion over a county within the the kingdom and are in good standing with the kingdom; or
  2. They are a citizen of the kingdom and have significantly contributed to the development, safety, and prosperity of the kingdom as demonstrated through receiving a Writ of Commendation from the Conclave of Lords.
2.4.8 Minor Houses which are created under sub-section 2.4.7(A) are appointed within the fiefdom of a Great House, which shall be known as the liege Great House.
2.4.9 Where a Minor House falls below the requirement of controlling a county, then it shall lose its Minor House status and all associated ranks, privileges, and rights conferred by this Treaty. Houses affected by this subsection which remain in good standing with the kingdom may be granted permission by the Monarch to retain their Minor House status under sub-section 2.4.7(B).
2.4.10 A Minor House may voluntarily relinquish their Minor House status and dominion over a county by providing a proclamation to the Conclave of Lords not less than fourteen (14) days prior to the voluntary relinquishing taking effect. Once it has taken effect, it shall lose its Minor House status and all associated ranks, privileges, and rights conferred by this Treaty. Houses affected by this subsection which remain in good standing with the kingdom may be granted permission by the Monarch to retain their Minor House status under sub-section 2.4.7(B).
2.4.11 A Minor House may have their status revoked at the discretion of either the Monarch or the head of a liege Great House if any of the following conditions are met:
  1. The head of a Minor House is found guilty of treason or infidelity to the kingdom or their Great House by the High Court;
  2. The head of a Minor House is determined, through a successful vote of either a simple majority vote of their duchy’s peers or their Liege Great House and one quarter of their duchy’s peers, to be grossly negligent;
  3. The fiefdom of a Minor House is removed or ceases to exist within the kingdom under Article 3 of this Treaty; or
  4. The Conclave of Lords has passed a Writ of Condemnation and there has been a continued history of the Minor House and its officers acting against the interests of the kingdom.
2.4.12 To enact a revocation of Minor House status, the Monarch or head of a liege Great House must announce the revocation by providing a proclamation to the Conclave of Lords. Such a revocation is considered to take effect immediately upon proclamation.
2.5 Heads of Minor Houses
2.5.1 The supreme authority of a Minor House created under sub-section 2.4.7(A) shall be titled as ‘Count’ for males or ‘Countess‘ for females, while those created under sub-section 2.4.7(B) shall be titled ‘Earl’ for both sexes, and all titles are referred to within this Treaty as the ‘Head of a Minor House’. The head of a Minor House is the highest non-royal authority within their fiefdom (if applicable), and all resident citizens therein, both current and future, are deemed to have sworn oaths of fealty to the head of the Minor House.
2.5.2 In recognition of superior achievement, capability, and service to the Monarch, the head of a Minor House appointed under sub-section 2.4.7(A) may be elevated to the title of ‘Marquis’ for males or ‘Marchioness’ for females. This title awards precedence over that of a Count, Countess, or Earl, for matters of ceremony, however, no additional benefit, privilege, or authority is conferred by the title.
2.5.3 The head of a Minor House may abdicate from their position by providing a proclamation to the Conclave of Lords not less than fourteen (14) days prior to the abdication taking effect.
2.6 Succession for Heads of Minor Houses
2.6.1 Upon the death or abdication of the head of a Minor House, the title shall pass to a legitimate, living, and willing child formally proclaimed as a child of the head of the Minor House at the time of their birth. Where no such legitimate child exists, the title shall pass to the eldest living and willing person of the closest, common, and legitimate descent.
2.6.2 In the event that a successor to the title is not yet of age, being less than fifteen years, a Steward of the House can be nominated by proclamation of the Head of the Minor House to the Conclave of Lords, for such a person to act with the authority of the head of the Minor House until the child becomes of age. Where one has not been appointed, the head of the liege Great House shall appoint a member of the relevant fiefdom as Steward.
2.6.3 Where the line of blood has been extinguished and no legitimate, living, and willing heirs to the title can be found, the Minor House is considered to be extinguished and ceases to exist unless the Monarch elects to reinvigorate the line of blood through special appointment as per sub-section 2.4.7.
3 - Lands of the Kingdom
This article outlines the fiefdoms and lands which constitute the kingdom of Alesia, and the rules pertaining to those lands. The methods, authorities, and timeframes in which fiefdoms may be added, removed, merged, and divided are outlined herein. This article also defines the jurisdictional hierarchy of fiefdoms and untitled lands, and establishes limitations for the selling, trading, and transferring of fiefdoms and lands within the kingdom.
3.1 Establishment of the Kingdom of Alesia
3.1.1 The Kingdom of Alesia is established with those duchies, counties, and settlements that have sworn fealty to the Monarch of the Kingdom of Alesia. These founding Duchies include:
3.2 Fiefdoms
3.2.1 Fiefdoms are all lands within the kingdom which bare or grant a title of nobility to their owner.
3.2.2 Each fiefdom shall be considered to fall under the jurisdiction and domain of only one duchy and kingdom at any given time.
3.2.3 Fiefdoms may only be owned by citizens of the Kingdom of Alesia who are recognised as nobles by the Monarch, and may not be sold, traded, or gifted by the owner except for within the provisions of this Treaty.
3.3 Addition of Fiefdoms into the Kingdom
3.3.1 The Monarch may, at their discretion and through proclamation, expand the domain of Alesia to include additional lands and fiefdoms, or lay claim to additional fiefdoms on behalf of the Kingdom.
3.3.2 Once a land or fiefdom has become a part of the kingdom, it is immediately subject to the Treaty of the Kingdom of Alesia, and all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities granted therein.
3.4 Removal of Fiefdoms from the Kingdom
3.4.1 Fiefdoms and their composite lands that are part of the kingdom may not be sold, traded, abandoned, or renounced by their owners in such a manner as to cause such lands to no longer be a part of the kingdom, unless the act has received the Monarch’s prior assent through proclamation.
3.4.2 The Monarch may, at their discretion, seek to remove fiefdoms from the domain of Alesia without the owner’s consent. To do this, the Monarch must announce to the Conclave of Lords, their intent to remove the fiefdom from the kingdom.
3.4.3 Once a Monarch has announced their intent to remove a fiefdom from the kingdom as per sub-section 3.4.2, the Conclave of Lords must consider the matter and have fourteen (14) days from the date of announcement to conduct a vote to disallow the removal of the fiefdom from the kingdom. If such a vote takes place, a two-thirds majority must be achieved in order to succeed in overriding the Monarch.
3.4.4 Where a Conclave of Lords vote for override has not succeeded or fourteen (14) days has passed since the date of announcement by the Monarch and no override vote has occurred, the fiefdom shall be considered removed from the kingdom, and will no longer be subject to the Treaty of the Kingdom of Alesia and all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities granted therein.
3.4.5 Where the Conclave of Lords has disallowed the removal of fiefdom from the Kingdom, it shall not be the target of another forced removal from the Kingdom by the Monarch until the passing of two sedicums.
3.5 Merger of Fiefdoms
3.5.1 Fiefdoms that are part of a single duchy may be merged by the owners, subject to the approval of the appropriate Great House. The agreement for merger shall be given effect at the next sedicum.
3.5.2 Fiefdoms that are part of multiple duchies may be merged by the owners, subject to the approval of all relevant Great Houses, including the identification of which duchy the merged land will become part of. Where agreement between the relevant Great Houses cannot be reached, the Monarch shall make a determination through proclamation regarding whether the lands shall be merged, and which duchy the land(s) shall be part of. The agreement for merger, or proclamation by the Monarch, shall be given effect at the next sedicum.
3.5.3 Fiefdoms that are duchies may be merged where a single Great House has gained title over both duchies, the title remains undisputed, and the Monarch agrees to merge the duchies through a proclamation. The proclamation for merger shall be given effect at the next sedicum.
3.5.4 Where an agreement or proclamation for the merger of fiefdoms exists, it is required that these be enacted at the earliest possible sedicum. In the event that two (2) sedicums have passed and the agreement or proclamation has not been given affect, the agreement or proclamation shall be deemed expired and void.
3.6 Division of Fiefdoms
3.6.1 Fiefdoms may be divided by the owner with the approval of the appropriate Great House. Fiefdoms divided in this fashion may only be sold, traded, or gifted to another Great or Minor House, and must be done so in accordance with the requirements for the Merger of Fiefdoms. The division shall be given effect at the next sedicum.
3.6.2 Where fiefdoms are to be divided in such a manner as to create a new title, the approval of the appropriate Great House must first be obtained, and then the Monarch’s assent must be gained through proclamation. The division shall be given effect at the next sedicum.
3.6.3 Where an agreement or proclamation for the division of a fiefdom exists, it is required that these be enacted at the earliest possible sedicum. In the event that two (2) sedicums have passed and the agreement or proclamation has not been given affect, the agreement or proclamation shall be deemed expired and void.
3.7 Untitled Lands
3.7.1 Untitled lands are all lands within the kingdom which do not bare or grant a title of nobility to their owner.
3.7.2 All untitled lands fall within the boundaries of a fiefdom, and shall be considered to be under the jurisdiction and domain of that fiefdom and its Great or Minor Houses.
3.7.3 Each parcel of untitled land shall be considered to fall under the direct jurisdiction of only one county at any given time.
3.7.4 Untitled lands may be owned by any person(s), and sold, traded, gifted, or transferred at the will of the owner, subject to the other provisions of this Treaty and any valid local laws that exist at the time.
4 - The Royal Councils
This article establishes the Royal Councils, outlines their membership, and grants them the authority to establish their own rules to conduct their business. The responsibilities, authorities, and powers of these councils are established herein, as well as affording protections for council members and officials in the conduct of their duties.
4.1 The Ducal Council
4.1.1 The Ducal Council is the principle advisory body to the Monarch on the governance of Alesia. The Ducal Council is composed of the heads of all of the Great Houses of the kingdom (or their representatives) which are in good standing, and collectively contributes to the strategic vision and planning for the kingdom.
4.1.2 The Monarch shall appoint, at their discretion, a member of the Ducal Council as ‘The Blue Chair’, who is responsible for managing the affairs of the council including the arrangement of meetings, managing the agenda, enforcing council decorum and rules, and overseeing the proper and timely conduct of votes and proposals put forth for consideration by the council.
4.1.3 The Ducal Council is required to meet on the occasion of the sedicum, and may be summoned to any location within the kingdom by either the Monarch or the Blue Chair with not less than fourteen (14) days notice for ordinary business, or three (3) days notice for emergency business.
4.1.4 The Ducal Council may only conduct votes when it has a quorum, defined as as half of the full membership of the council plus one.
4.1.5 The Ducal Council may, by a majority vote of the full membership, establish procedures and rules concerning the management and conduct of council meetings and affairs. Such rules may not contravene any section or subsection of this Treaty or any extant kingdom law, but may supercede any local laws and ordinances that would affect the conduct of Ducal Council meetings and business.
4.1.6 No laws or ordinances shall be passed that are designed to impede the Ducal Council, or the conduct of its business by its membership and representatives; any such laws or ordinances shall be deemed unlawful and having no standing within the kingdom.
4.1.7 Members and representatives of the Ducal Council, and any accompanying entourages and guards, shall not be required to pay any toll or levy when travelling on official council business. This shall be demonstrated through the presentation of a valid Writ of Summons or Writ of Duty affixed with the seal of either the Monarch or the Blue Chair.
4.1.8 All official business and minutes or other recordings of the Ducal Council’s meetings shall be made available to any and all members of the Ducal Council.
4.1.9 The Ducal Council has the authority to require and compel information regarding the conduct and activities undertaken pursuant to the administration and official duties of any element of the kingdom’s governance. This includes the Monarch, any member of the Ducal Council, any Royal Council, and any Royal officer or official.
4.1.10 Requests for information must take the form of a summons to appear before the Ducal Council, or a written request for a written response. Such requests for information must be approved by a majority vote prior to being dispatched.
4.1.11 Respondents are required to provide the requested information to the Ducal Council either during a session for which they have been summoned, or within fourteen (14) days for a written response.
4.1.12 A respondent to a request for information may withhold parts of or all information requested in the following circumstances:
  1. The Monarch has determined it is in the interests of the security of the kingdom to not reveal information to the council;
  2. The Monarch has determined revealing the requested information would result in a significant commercial advantage for any member(s) of the council; and
  3. The Ducal Council has determined, by a majority vote, the information is not relevant to, or within the purview of the business of the council;
4.2 The Crimson Council
4.2.1 The Crimson Council is composed of the High Ministers appointed by the Monarch to assist in the effective administration and governance of organisations and individuals employed by the kingdom of Alesia. There is no set membership for the Crimson Council, but it includes all High Ministers appointed by the Monarch.
4.2.2 The Monarch shall appoint, at their discretion, a member of the Crimson Council as ‘The Crimson Chair’, who is responsible for managing the affairs of the council including the arrangement of meetings, managing the agenda, enforcing council decorum and rules.
4.2.3 The Crimson Council has no set timetable to hold meetings, and may be summoned to any location within the kingdom by either the Monarch or the Crimson Chair with not less than fourteen (14) days notice for ordinary business, or three (3) days notice for emergency business.
4.2.4 The Crimson Council may, by a majority vote of the full membership, establish procedures and rules concerning the management and conduct of council meetings and affairs. Such rules may not contravene any section or subsection of this Treaty or any extant kingdom law, but may supercede any local laws and ordinances that would affect the conduct of Crimson Council meetings and business.
4.2.5 No laws or ordinances shall be passed that are designed to impede the Crimson Council, or the conduct of its business by its membership and representatives; any such laws or ordinances shall be deemed unlawful and having no standing within the kingdom.
4.2.6 Members and representatives of the Crimson Council, and any accompanying entourages and guards, shall not be required to pay any toll or levy when travelling on official council business. This shall be demonstrated through the presentation of a valid Writ of Summons or Writ of Duty affixed with the seal of either the Monarch or the Crimson Chair.
4.2.7 All official business and minutes or other recordings of the Crimson Council’s meetings shall be made available to any and all members of the Crimson Council.
4.3 The White Council
4.3.1 The White Council is a peak advisory body to both the Monarch and the Ducal Council, of which the White Council represents the attitudes and perspectives of the common people of Alesia. The White Council is composed of a single representative from each duchy of Alesia, and these representatives collectively contribute to the governance and decision-making processes of the kingdom.
4.3.2 Representatives of the White Council may be chosen by whatever manner is deemed fit by the respective duchy, however, all representatives must:
  1. Not be a bloodline member of a current Great or Minor House;
  2. Not hold a title of nobility or peerage within any kingdom; and
  3. Be in good standing with the kingdom.
4.3.3 The Monarch shall appoint, at their discretion, a member of the White Council as ‘The White Chair’, who is responsible for managing the affairs of the council including the arrangement of meetings, managing the agenda, enforcing council decorum and rules, and overseeing the proper and timely conduct of council business.
4.3.4 The White Council is required to meet on the occasion of the sedicum, and may be summoned to any location within the kingdom by either the Monarch or the White Chair with not less than fourteen (14) days notice for ordinary business, or three (3) days notice for emergency business.
4.3.5 The White Council may, by a majority vote of the full membership, establish procedures and rules concerning the management and conduct of council meetings and affairs. Such rules may not contravene any section or subsection of this Treaty or any extant kingdom law, but may supercede any local laws and ordinances that would affect the conduct of White Council meetings and business.
4.3.6 No laws or ordinances shall be passed that are designed to impede the White Council, or the conduct of its business by its membership and representatives; any such laws or ordinances shall be deemed unlawful and having no standing within the kingdom.
4.3.7 Members and representatives of the White Council, and any accompanying entourages and guards, shall not be required to pay any toll or levy when travelling on official council business. This shall be demonstrated through the presentation of a valid Writ of Summons or Writ of Duty affixed with the seal of either the Monarch or the White Chair.
4.3.8 All official business and minutes or other recordings of the White Council’s meetings shall be made available to any and all members of the White Council.
4.4 The Privy Council
4.4.1 The Privy Council is the collection of senior advisors to the Monarch for advice relating to the exercise of royal power and privilege. The Privy Council is composed of the aggregate of the Ducal and Crimson councils, and any other individuals to which the Monarch wishes to extend membership.
4.4.2 No laws or ordinances shall be passed that are designed to impede the Privy Council, or the conduct of its business by its membership and representatives; any such laws or ordinances shall be deemed unlawful and having no standing within the kingdom.
4.4.3 Members and representatives of the Privy Council, and any accompanying entourages and guards, shall not be required to pay any toll or levy when travelling on official council business. This shall be demonstrated through the presentation of a valid Writ of Summons affixed with the seal of the Monarch.
5 - The Conclave of Lords
This article establishes the Conclave of Lords, its membership, and grants them the authority to establish their own rules and procedures for the conduct of their business. This article defines the responsibilities, authority, and principal motions of the Conclave, as well as affording protections for Conclave members and officials in the conduct of their duties.
5.1 Composition
5.1.1 The Conclave of Lords shall be composed of representatives in good standing with the kingdom, from all Great and Minor Houses within the kingdom, and members of the White Council.
5.1.2 The presiding officer of the Conclave shall be known as ‘The Speaker’, and is responsible for managing the affairs of the Conclave including the arrangement of sessions, managing the agenda, enforcing Conclave decorum and rules, and overseeing the proper and timely conduct of votes and motions put forth for consideration by the Conclave.
5.1.3 The Speaker is assisted by ‘The Deputy Speaker’ who shall undertake duties of The Speaker as delegated. The Deputy Speaker will act as The Speaker during any absences of, or the death of The Speaker.
5.1.4 The Speaker and Deputy Speaker are elected by a majority vote of the total membership of the Conclave, and will serve in the role for a twelve (12) month term.
5.1.5 The Speaker or the Deputy Speaker may be removed from their position through a successful passing of a Vote of No Confidence by a majority of the total membership of the Conclave. The removal shall take effect immediately upon the passing of such a vote.
5.1.6 The Speaker or Deputy Speaker may resign from their position by providing a proclamation to the Conclave not less than fourteen (14) days prior to the resignation taking effect.
5.1.7 In instances where there is no current Speaker or Deputy Speaker, the Monarch shall make a temporary appointment of a Speaker to enable the proper conduct of business for the Conclave. Such an appointment will seek to conduct a new vote for a Speaker and Deputy Speaker at the earliest time reasonable.
5.2 Conduct of the Conclave
5.2.1 The Conclave may, by a majority vote of the full membership, establish procedures and rules concerning the management and conduct of Conclave sessions and affairs. Such rules may not contravene any section or subsection of this Treaty or any extant kingdom law, but may supercede any local laws and ordinances that would affect the conduct of Conclave sessions and business.
5.2.2 No laws or ordinances shall be passed that are designed to impede the Conclave, or the conduct of its business by its membership and representatives; any such laws or ordinances shall be deemed unlawful and having no standing within the kingdom.
5.2.3 Members and representatives of the Conclave, and any accompanying entourages and guards, shall not be required to pay any toll or levy when travelling on official Conclave business. This shall be demonstrated through the presentation of a valid Writ of Summons or Writ of Duty affixed with the seal of either the Monarch or The Speaker.
5.2.4 All official business and minutes or other recordings of the Conclave’s sessions shall be made available to any and all members of the Conclave.
5.2.5 All official business and minutes or other recordings of the Conclave’s sessions shall be made public, except where there has been a successful motion to restrict publication of a given topic, or where the topic or session exempt from publication for one of the following reasons:
  1. Monarch has determined it is in the interests of the security of the kingdom to not reveal information to the council;
  2. The Monarch has determined revealing the requested information would result in a significant commercial advantage for any member(s) of the council;
5.3 Principal Motions for the Conclave
5.3.1 Any member of the Conclave may submit a petition to the Monarch on any subject. The Monarch shall then have fourteen (14) days to formally respond to the petition. Responses to petitions shall to the extent possible and reasonable be honest and complete, and help to resolve an issue, justify a Monarch’s decision or kingdom policy, or describe the intent of the Monarch on a given topic. The Speaker may deny a petition to proceed on the grounds that it is too similar to another that has already been answered, or it to be a vexatious petition.
5.3.2 Any member of the Conclave may submit a bill for consideration. Once a bill has proceeded through the process and rules of business as established for the Conclave and has passed with a majority vote, it shall be presented to the Monarch for assent. If a bill received assent, it shall be considered to be kingdom-wide legislation.
5.3.3 Any member of the Conclave may submit a resolution for consideration. Resolutions are non-binding statements publicly published by the Conclave if the resolution passes with a majority vote.
5.3.4 Any member of the Conclave may submit a Writ of Commendation for an individual or organisation as an act of significant praise and statement of commendation on behalf of the kingdom for the actions of the targeted individual or organisation. Writs of Commendation can only pass with a three quarters majority vote in favor, and if passed shall be published publicly. An individual or organisation may not be the target of repeated motions for a Writ of Commendation for a given event.
5.3.5 Any member of the Conclave may submit a Writ of Condemnation against an individual or organisation as a sign of significant concern and statement of condemnation on behalf of the kingdom for the actions of the targeted individual or organisation. Writs of Condemnation can only pass with a three quarters majority vote in favor, and if passed shall be published publicly. An individual or organisation may not be the target of repeated motions for a Writ of Condemnation for a given event.
5.4 Voting
5.4.1 Each member of the Conclave shall only be permitted to cast one vote. A member’s vote cannot be transferred to another member of the Conclave, nor can members act as a proxy for any other member.
5.4.2 For a principle motion to be considered successful, a minimum quorum must have participated. The minimum quorum for the Conclave shall be considered to be two-thirds of its total membership.
14 - High Crimes
This article defines High Crimes; acts that are considered to be either a crime committed against the kingdom directly, or crimes of such a nature that it would require the kingdom itself to enact justice. Additionally this article describes the authority required to charge an individual with a High Crime, and the authorities that may rules on such cases.
14.1 Treason
14.1.1 A citizen of the kingdom shall be determined to have committed Treason who is found guilty of one of the following (including attempts):
  1. Through their actions or deliberate inaction, kills or causes bodily harm to a member of The Royal Family;
  2. Without proper course of legitimate law enforcement or judicial findings of criminal conduct, imprisons or withholds the freedom of a member of the Royal Family; or
  3. Wages war or initiates an offensive action against the troops, defences, or arms of either the kingdom or the Royal House.
14.2 Infidelity to the Kingdom
14.2.1 A citizen of the kingdom shall be determined to have committed Infidelity to the Kingdom who is found guilty of one of the following (including attempts):
  1. Through their actions or deliberate inaction, assists an enemy of the kingdom, or any armed forces against whom the kingdom’s forces are engaged in hostilities, whether or not a formal state of war has been declared;
  2. Through their actions or deliberate inaction, has caused significant damage to the stability, security, foreign relations, or economy of the kingdom; or
  3. Illegally kills a Royal Official in the course of their official duties.
14.3 Infidelity to a House
14.3.1 A citizen of the kingdom shall be determined to have committed Infidelity to a House who is found guilty of one of the following (including attempts):
  1. Through their actions or deliberate inaction, assists an enemy of the House, or any armed forces against whom the House’s forces are engaged in hostilities, whether or not a formal state of war has been declared;
  2. Through their actions or deliberate inaction, has caused significant damage to the stability, security, domestic or foreign relations, or economy of the House’s fiefdom; or
  3. Illegally kills a House Official in the course of their official duties.
14.4 Aiding an Adversary
14.4.1 A citizen of the kingdom shall be determined to have Aided an Adversary who is found guilty of one of the following (including attempts):
  1. Aiding an adversary of the kingdom through the provision of arms, ammunition, food, money, or other supplies which is reasonably assumed to be intended to assist an adversary’s efforts against the kingdom; or
  2. Without proper authority, knowingly harbors, protects or gives intelligence to an adversary of the kingdom, either directly or indirectly.
14.5 Spying
14.5.1 A person shall be determined to be Spying who is found guilty of one of the following (including attempts):
  1. Gathering information about any place, vessel, or building, within the control or jurisdiction of the Kingdom of Alesia, where such information is reasonably assumed to be intended for an enemy or adversary of the kingdom, or another kingdom;
  2. Gathering non-public information about any technology, process, patent, agreement, or contract, where such information is intended to undermine the security or economic prosperity of the kingdom; or
  3. Gathering information about the activities, disposition, capabilities, and location of the kingdom’s military forces, where such information is reasonably assumed to be intended for an enemy or adversary of the kingdom, or another kingdom.
14.6 Conducting Sabotage
14.6.1 A person shall be determined to be Conducting Sabotage who is found guilty of one of the following (including attempts):
  1. Interfering with the effective and safe operation of any place, vessel, or building, within the control or jurisdiction of the Kingdom of Alesia which is necessary for the protection and defence of the kingdom, or is a significant component of the kingdom’s economy;
  2. Destroying or disrupting the rightful use of information about any technology, process, patent, contract, or agreement, where such acts is reasonably assumed to be intended to undermine the security or economic prosperity of the kingdom; or
  3. Destroying, poisoning, breaking, disabling, or causing reasonable suspicion as to the safety of any produce or product within the jurisdiction of the kingdom, in such a way as to undermine the kingdom’s economic prosperity.
14.7 Counterfeiting
14.7.1 A person shall be determined to be a counterfeiter should they be found guilty of the follow:
  1. Producing kingdom currency without permission from the Monarch.
  2. Knowingly distributing counterfeit currency.
14.8 Authority to Bring Charges for High Crimes
14.8.1 Any officially appointed Sheriff may charge a person with High Crimes.
14.8.2 Any official appointed as a law enforcement officer by the Monarch or their delegate, may charge a person with High Crimes.
14.8.3 The head of a Great House or the Monarch may charge a person with High Crimes.