The Charter of Harmonious Government

For our good governance, and seeking harmony with the just laws of Albion, we the people of Hiraeth seek to appoint an officer to oversee our relations with the outside world, and to represent us at the Court of Albion.

For the purposes of this charter, this officer is referred to as “The Lord”, but he shall in truth bear only such title as the Albion court sees fit to grant. The duties and responsibilities of the Lord shall be as follows:

In the first instance,

The Lord shall be a person of the Hiraeth people in good standing. The Lord shall not be a villain, coward or oathbreaker, and shall not be a declared wolfshead of the people of Hiraeth or Albion.

In the second instance,

The Lord shall be elected by the Senate of Hiraeth, and then presented to the Albion throne. The Lord shall be declared such only when accepted by the Senate and the Crown. The Lord must swear the oaths of the Hiraeth people, and any oaths required by the Albion Crown.

In the third instance,

The Lord shall represent the Hiraeth people in the eyes of Albion. He shall be the voice of the Hiraeth people at Court, and the representative of Albion’s monarch to the people of Hiraeth.

In the fourth instance,

The Lord shall have responsibility for the order and good conduct of the Hiraeth people; in as much as they act as citizens of Albion.

In the fifth instance,

The Lord shall not be a senator of the Hiraeth people, and must give up such a position on becoming the Lord. Although not a senator, the Lord shall have the right to call and address the senate, and place motions before the senate. At no point may the Lord vote in the senate.

In the sixth instance,

Although the custom of Albion is that the Lord should both dispense justice, and lead armies, these functions shall be left to the appointed Magistrate and Warmaster. In the absence of these officers, the Lord may perform either or both functions.

In the seventh instance,

The Lord may declare a state of emergency in time of war or other calamity. In such a state, the Lord may rule the Hiraeth people by decree. At the cessation of the calamity, the Lord shall account for his decisions before the Senate. Should the state of emergency not be common with a similar state declared in all Albion, the laws of Albion state that any may appeal to the Throne, if a charge of tyranny is to be brought against the Lord.

In the eighth instance,

The magistrate may call a vote of impeachment of the Lord before the senate, at any time outside a war or other calamity. The Lord may speak at such a hearing. The Lord may only be removed from the position by a two-thirds vote in favour of impeachment, or by command of the Albion throne.

In the ninth instance,

The Lord shall abide by any duties, oaths, and responsibilities placed upon his person by the Albion throne.

And this shall be the Charter of Harmonious Government.