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Constitution of the Republican Kingdom of Grand

I, King Daniel I, by the grace of God King of Grand, Elector of Belluterra, Duke of the Province Royal, and Duke of Long Island, do draft this constitution on this day the 10th of July, 1819 with my counselors and chief nobles to outline the government which shall rule Grand in perpetuity, and the rights of the people, until Christ cometh again.

Article ISection I
I: The King shall make no law forbidding the right of the people to peacefully assemble to make petitions of the King.
II: Private property shall not be made public without the worth of the property four times being awarded as compensation to the owner.
III: In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to be heard by the King, to be informed of the nature of the accusation, to be confronted with the witnesses against him, and to have witnesses in his favor, if any such witnesses arise.
IV: Bail is prohibited for certain crimes, and is forbidden also for any individual more than seven times.

Section II
I: The rights of the Grandian Spanish are listed below;
II: Firstly, the right to own property;
III: Secondly, the right to rent businesses;
IV: and thirdly, the right to fish in Laguna la Mer.
V: All the rights of the Grandian Spanish may be temporarily revoked if La-Mer Province is under martial law.

Article IISection I
I: Legislative Powers granted herein shall be vested in the unicameral Imperial Parliament of Grand, which is subordinate in all matters to the King-Emperor of Grand, Belluterra, and Malo.

Section II
I: The Imperial Parliament of Grand shall be composed of Senators chosen every year by the people of Grand, and which shall be hereditary, unless removed from their office by resignation or otherwise.
II: No person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the age of sixteen, and been born a citizen of Grand, and who has not been born in the Duchy or Province he represents.
III: All inhabited municipalities shall be granted, if their population is about five thousand, one Senator, at ten thousand, two Senators, at fifteen thousand, three Senators, at twenty thousand, four Senators, and at twenty-five thousand, five Senators, the Senators from each municipality together with the Duke of each Duchy comprising the arrangement of Senators for their Duchy.
IV: In the case of La-Mer Province, the Senators shall be the General Overseer of La-me and his nine most senior officers.
V: When vacancies happen in the Parliament from any Duchy or Province, by resignation or otherwise, the vacancy shall remain vacant until the next elections.
VI: The Parliament shall choose their Consul and other officers every two years, and has the power to impeach any Senator.
VII: Judgment in cases of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from office, disqualification from holding any public office, and a fine the worth of which shall be five kilograms of gold at market price: but the party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to indictment, trial, judgment and punishment, according to the law.

Section III
I: Parliamentary elections shall occur every year on the 21st of December.
II: Parliament shall assemble at least once in every month, and such meeting will be on the second Saturday of the month.

Section IV
I: Parliament may determine the rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of three fourths, expel a member.
II: Parliament shall keep a journal of all that occurs while it is in session, and every year must publish the same.

Section V
I: All Senators, upon accession to said rank, shall receive a high salary for their work.
II: Senators are privileged in that in whatever speech or debate they make in Parliament, they cannot be sued for what they said afterwards, unless the King makes an exception.

Section VI
I: Every bill which has passed through Parliament shall, before it become a law, be presented to the King of the Republican Kingdom of Grand; If he approve he shall sign it, and it shall be law, but if not, he may either amend the bill, and then sign it, or he may not sign it, and then it shall not become law, and one year must pass before it can be submitted to Parliament again.

Section VII
I: No Duchy or Province shall grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, pass any Bill of Attainder, or law impairing the obligation of contracts, without the express permission of the King.

Article IIISection I
I: Executive Power shall be vested in the King-Emperor of the Republican Kingdom of Grand, Belluterra, and Malo. He shall hold his office for life, and receives custody of the throne as follows.
II: No person except the closest male relative of the King may succeed him to the throne upon death of said King.
III: If the common ancestor with the King of the next-in-line died before the adoption of this constitution, he is not eligible, and Parliament shall choose who shall be the new King.
IV: If the King shall abdicate, the succession continues as if the abdicated King is dead.
V: If the King is terribly ill, or if he has gone mad, the next-in-line shall act as Regent-King, with all the powers of the King, until either the death of said King, or the recovery of said King.
VI: When the reigning King dies, if the next-in-line is younger than sixteen years of age, a Regency Council shall be formed, consisting of the Chief Secretaries of the various departments, the Dukes of the various duchies, the General Overseer of La-Mer, and the Consul. The Regency Council thus formed shall reign in the King’s stead until his sixteenth birthday, or until his death.
VII: The King shall receive an annual salary of seven decigres for every person in Grand and the countries in union with Grand, and five thousand decigres for Grand and every country in union with Grand, the sum of which can only be increased or diminished two weeks after Census Day every year.
VIII: All Kings and Regent-Kings, upon accession to the throne, must repeat the following oath from the Consul of Parliament: “I, King (regnal name + regnal number), do solemnly swear that I will do my utmost to be good, kind, and just to all Grandians, rich or poor, old or young, and furthermore, to the best of my ability, to defend Grand, and the heritage of my fathers, and this Constitution, from any threat that arises, internal or external. So help me God.

Section II
I: The King shall be Commander-in-Chief of all the Armed Forces of Grand; he must take into account the opinions of his secretaries when making decisions that would affect their respective departments, and he may grant pardons and reprieves at will for any criminal offense.
II: He shall have power to make treaties, appoint and commission Ambassadors, Consuls, Judges of the Supreme High Court, and all other officers of the Republican Kingdom of Grand, and also to appoint titles of nobility, as the recipient deserves it.

Section III
I: He shall, at least once a year, give to the people a speech on the state of things in the realm; he may also adjourn Parliament until such a time as he thinks proper, and suspend the constitution when necessary; he shall, when possible, receive Ambassadors and other foreign dignitaries; and he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.

Section IV
I: All elected civil officers of Grand shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes, and misdemeanors.
II: If the people are discontented with the reigning King, a general poll, comprising at least three fourths of the population, must take place; and if the outcome of the poll is such that at least three fourths of the three fourths are discontented with the King, they may remove him and install the next-in-line in his place.

Section V
I: The King may, as required, suspend the constitution in order to keep the peace or preserve the monarchy of Grand.

Article IVSection I
I: The Judicial Power of the Republican Kingdom of Grand shall be vested in the Supreme High Court, and in the inferior courts. The Chief Justice shall be the reigning King; he, as Chief Justice, shall have jurisdiction over all criminals and judges in the realm. The Chief Justice shall have a salary of fifty thousand decigres a year; the lower justices on the Supreme High Court shall receive one fifth of that sum.

Section II
I: The judicial power shall extend to all cases, in law and equity, arising under this constitution, the laws of Grand, and treaties made, or which shall be made, under their authority;--to all cases affecting Ambassadors, Consuls, and other public officers;--to all cases of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction;--to controversies to which Grand shall be a party;--to controversies between two or more Duchies, or between a Duchy and a Province;--between a Duchy and the citizens of another Duchy, or between a Province and the citizens of a Duchy;--between citizens of different Duchies, or between citizens of a Province and citizens of a Duchy;--between citizens of the same Duchy claiming land under grants of different Duchies, and between a Duchy, or the citizens thereof, and foreign states, citizens or subjects.
II: In all cases affecting Ambassadors, Consuls, and other public officers, and those in which a Duchy shall be party, the Supreme High Court shall have original jurisdiction. In all the other cases before mentioned, the Supreme High Court shall have appellate jurisdiction, both as to law and fact, with such exceptions, and under such regulations as the King shall make.

Section III
I: Treason of the Second Degree consists of: murdering or conspiring to murder a member of the Royal Family; violating a female member of the Royal Family; or adhering to Grand’s enemies, and giving aid and comfort to them; causing rebellion in Grand; counterfeiting documents; starting or conspiring to start a republic in Grand. This is punishable by death.
II: Treason of the First Degree consists of: fornication with female members of the nobility that produces offspring; or any other crime committed by nobility. This is punishable by incarceration for a term of twenty years, and at the end of the term, a fine of four hundred and fifty thousand decigres for noblewomen; a fine of three hundred and fifty thousand decigres, incarceration for seven years, and whipping for noblemen; and death for commoner men.
III: No attainder shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture except during the life of the person attainted.

Article VSection I
I: Full faith and credit shall be given in each Duchy or Province to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other Duchy or Province. And the King may by general laws prescribe the manner in which such acts, records, and proceedings shall be proved, and the effect thereof.

Section II
I: The citizens of each Duchy shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of citizens in the several Duchies.
II: A person charged in any Duchy or Province with treason, felony, or any other crime, who shall flee from justice, and be found in another Duchy or Province, shall on demand of the executive authority of the Duchy or Province from which he fled, be lawfully arrested in the Duchy or province which he fled to, and be delivered up, to be removed to the Duchy or Province having jurisdiction of the crime.

Section III
I: New Duchies or Provinces may be admitted by the King into this Kingdom; but no new Duchies or Provinces shall be formed or erected within the jurisdiction of any other Duchy or Province; nor any Duchy or Province be formed by the junction of two Duchies, Provinces, or parts of Duchies or Provinces, unless by inheritance, or by consent of the Dukes of the Duchies concerned as well as of the King.
II: Duchies may leave Grand if the King allows it, and a general poll, comprising at least three fourths of the population of the Duchy in question, results with the outcome that at least three fourths of the three fourths wish to leave Grand.

Section IV
I: The Republican Kingdom of Grand shall guarantee to every Duchy in the realm a monarchial form of government,
II: The selfsame government shall also protect each Duchy from invasion and domestic violence.

Article VISection I
I: The King, whenever he wishes, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, at the requests of three fourths of the several Duchies, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as a fundamental part of this Constitution, to be inserted into the relevant section, provided it is ratified by three fourths of the Dukes of the Kingdom.
II: The non-amendable parts of this Constitution are; Article III; and Article V, Section IV.
III: The parts of this constitution that cannot be suspended are the parts concerning the succession of the throne, namely, Article III, Section I, clauses II-VI.

Article VIISection I
I: This Constitution, and the laws of Grand which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the King of Grand, shall be the Supreme Law of the land; and the judges in every Duchy shall be bound thereby, anything in the laws of any Duchy to the contrary notwithstanding.
II: The Senators before mentioned, and all executive and judicial officers, both of Grand and the several Duchies, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this constitution.

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nice constitution. Smile

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Kisa Atsuko

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Nice detailed constitution!

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Woo hoo! I am constitutionally allowed to fish! Very Happy

It's a very through constitution, nice work! farao


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That consitution is perfect although it seems to be based in some parts of the Magna Carta it reminds me of my Alelantis Constitution Smile

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Chip: Thanks!

Dryan: Thank you too! It took MONTHS to complete it... Smile

K50 Dude: I'm not sure you have a Grandian Spanish grandfather... Razz
"Grandian Spanish" refers to those who are descended from the Spanish who first landed on Grand in the 1700s... those are their only guaranteed rights Razz
They need MOUNTAINS of paperwork just to leave the province, and they are not allowed to leave the country without personal permission from the King. Wink

Rupert: Thanks! I made the constitution ENTIRELY from scratch though... Wink

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