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Constitution of Kirkland
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Constitution of Kirkland
The Constitution of the Most Glorious and Holy Empire of Kirkland as signed on the 2nd of August in the year of our Lord 2011 A.D.

We the Nobles of the Most Glorious and Holy Empire of Kirkland, in order to form a more perfect nation, establish justice, provide for the common defence, and secure our status in the world into posterity, do commission and ratify this Constitution of the Most Glorious and Holy Empire of Kirkland. In the name of God we request His protection on our great nation and this most important of documents and ask Him to bestow His wisdom upon us that the means of governance that follow be His will for the establishment of His Kingdom on Earth.

Article One:
  • Section 1: All executive authority shall be vested in a Sovereign whose position shall be given based on heredity.
  • Section 2: The Most Noble House of Drown shall be the house that shall have the only claim to this throne.
  • Section 3: Succession shall be based on male-preference primogeniture.
  • Section 4: The Sovereign shall have the sole power of award honorific and noble titles.
  • Section 5: The Sovereign shall have the sole power to appoint a Privy Council to aid them in executive decision making.
  • Section 6: The Sovereign shall have the power to issue imperial decrees on any topic or subject that are binding law and may contradict, counteract, or repeal Acts of Parliament.
  • Section 7: The Sovereign shall have the power to veto any act of Parliament.
  • Section 8: Approval from the Sovereign shall be required for an Act of Parliament to become binding law.
  • Section 9: The Sovereign shall have the power to declare war without approval from Parliament
  • Section 10: The Sovereign shall have the power to be judge, jury, and prosecutor in any case in Kirkland that does not involve them directly.
  • Section 11: The Sovereign shall have the power to create new units in the Armed Forces and appoint their commanding officer.
  • Section 12: The Sovereign shall have the power to appoint members of the Nobility to empty seats in Parliament.
  • Section 13: The Sovereign shall have the power to dismiss any Member of Parliament at any time, for any reason.
  • Section 14: The Sovereign shall be the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.
  • Section 15: The Sovereign shall have the power of legal review over any Act of Parliament, Decree of the Sovereign, policy of a Grand Duchy or its subdivisions, policy of any Ministry, or policy of the Armed Forces.
  • Section 16: The Sovereign may delegate any of these powers to other bodies if they so desire but the powers will still officially remain in the hands of the Sovereign alone.
Article Two:
  • Section 1: The Parliament shall be the elected legislature of Kirkland and may be formed or dissolved by the Sovereign at any time.
  • Section 2: The Parliament shall have the power to enact any law deemed necessary by a plurality of the Members of Parliament present.
  • Section 3: Members of Parliament shall be elected by and from among the members of the Nobility of Kirkland.
  • Section 4: The Parliament shall be limited to a maximum of 20 members.
  • Section 5: The Parliament shall elect from among its members a Speaker of the Parliament who shall preside over the actions and debates in the Parliament. The Speaker will be elected by a simple majority of the Members of Parliament and then approved of by the Sovereign.
  • Section 6: No ex post facto laws may be passed
  • Section 7: Motions of Parliament shall be considered any bill that is proposed through the Parliament that does not impose legally binding conditions, considerations, or circumstances.
  • Section 8: An Act of Parliament shall be considered any bill that is proposed through the Parliament that does impose legally binding conditions, considerations, or circumstances.
  • Section 9: The Parliament as a whole shall not be granted the power to make public statements without approval from the Sovereign.
  • Section 10: Parliament shall have the power to declare war only with a two-thirds majority of all its members and approval from the Sovereign.
  • Section 11: Parliament shall not have the power to dissolve itself.
  • Section 12: The Parliament shall have the power draft and approve the Legal Code of Kirkland with approval from the Sovereign.
  • Section 13: Parliament shall have the power to determine the procedures, customs, and etiquette to be used in the Parliamentary debates and proceedings without approval from the Sovereign.
  • Section 14: The right of the Sovereign to hold office in Parliament shall not be abridged.
Article Three:
  • Section 1: The judicial power of Kirkland shall be vested in a Kirkish Supreme Court.
  • Section 2: The Kirkish Supreme Court shall consist of 3 Justices
  • Section 3: Justices of the Court shall serve for life or until retirement.
  • Section 4: Any Justice of the Court shall be promptly removed from office upon being convicted of a felony or treason.
  • Section 5: Justices of the Court shall be appointed by the Sovereign.
  • Section 6: Justices shall determine any case based upon knowledge of the law as written in a Parliamentary approved Legal Code.
  • Section 7: Rulings of the Court shall be based on a vote by the Justices of the Court.
  • Section 8: The Supreme Court shall not be granted the power of legal review over Decrees of the Sovereign or Acts of Parliament.
  • Section 9: The Supreme Court shall not be granted the power to condemn a convicted criminal to death.
  • Section 10: The highest punishment the Supreme Court may give is banishment from Kirkland for life, a maximum fine of no more than one trillion Kirkish Pounds, and/or a maximum of imprisonment of life.
Article Four:
  • Section 1: The Privy Council shall be the advisory executive body to the Sovereign.
  • Section 2: The Privy Council shall be made up of the Ministers for each of the Ministries of the Government of Kirkland.
  • Section 3: A Prime Minister shall be appointed by the Sovereign as the leader of the Privy Council.
  • Section 4: The Sovereign alone shall have the power to appoint the Privy Council.
  • Section 5: Only members of the Nobility may be Privy Councillors.
  • Section 6: The Privy Council shall undertake the day to day operation of the Ministries of Kirkland.
  • Section 7: Privy Councillors may petition the Sovereign to create Under-Secretary positions inside their ministry to aid in the administration of specific areas under the purview of their ministry.
  • Section 8: Privy Councillors may delegate their responsibilities to their Under-Secretaries but the overall responsibility for all ministry actions shall remain the responsibility of the individual ministers.
  • Section 9: The Sovereign may, if they so desire, be a Privy Councillor for any ministry they wish.
Article Five:
  • Section 1: His Majesty’s Armed Forces shall be the sole military and police force in Kirkland.
  • Section 2: The Armed Forces shall consist of five distinct branches: His Majesty’s Army, His Majesty’s Navy, His Majesty’s Air Force, His Majesty’s Border Guard, and His Majesty’s Imperial Guard.
  • Section 3: The Army shall have the duty of protecting Kirkland on the ground from all enemies, both foreign and domestic. The Army shall have sole policing powers on land inside the borders of Kirkland. The Army shall be led by a General Staff of the Army which shall have as its head the Chief of the General Staff.
  • Section 4:The Navy shall be responsible for defending the shores of Kirkland from foreign aggression. The Navy shall have sole policing powers in the territorial waters of Kirkland. The Navy shall be led by an Admiralty Board which shall have at its head the First Lord of the Admiralty.
  • Section 5: The Air Force shall have the responsibility of defending the skies above Kirkland. The Air Force shall be led by an Air Staff of the Air Force which shall be led by a Chief of the Air Staff.
  • Section 6: The Border Guard shall have the responsibility of protecting the territorial boundaries of Kirkland from any wishing to gain entry into Kirkland. The Border Guard shall have sole policing powers on the territorial borders of Kirkland. The Border Guard shall be led by a Border Staff of the Border Guard which shall be led by a Chief of the Border Staff.
  • Section 7: The Imperial Guard shall have the duty of protecting the Sovereign, their household, and their property. The Imperial Guard shall answer to no authority but the Sovereign. The Imperial Guard shall be led by a Commandant of the Imperial Guard.
  • Section 8: The Armed Forces shall be administered by a group of the highest ranking officers from each of the individual branches of the Armed Forces. This administrative council shall be called the Chiefs of Staff Committee which shall be led by a Chief of the Defence Staff. A civilian representative from the Ministry of Defence shall also sit on the Chiefs of Staff Committee to represent the interests of the civilian administration of the Armed Forces.
  • Section 9: The Chiefs of Staff Committee shall be granted the power to enact internal Armed Forces policy so long as the proposed policies do not conflict with the Constitution, Decrees of the Sovereign, or Acts of Parliament.
  • Section 10: Policies shall be adopted based on a plurality of the members of the Chiefs of Staff Committee and approval from the Chief of the Defence Staff.
  • Section 11: The Chief of the Defence Staff shall have the power to veto any proposed policy of the Chiefs of Staff Committee.
  • Section 12: The Chief of the Defence Staff shall be appointed by the Sovereign.
  • Section 13: The Chief of the Defence Staff shall preside over the activities Defence Staff.
  • Section 14: The Chief of the Defence Staff may appoint a Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff to aid in administrative effort. The Vice-Chief must be approved by the Sovereign.
  • Section 15: The Ministry of Defence shall have administrative oversight of the Armed Forces and may determine the allocation of funds to the various branches of the Armed Forces and shall be responsible for the enforcement of Decrees of the Sovereign and Acts of Parliament within the Armed Forces.
  • Section 16: The Armed Forces shall be granted the power to perform covert actions and intelligence gathering operations in other nations at the request of the Sovereign, Parliament, the Minister of Defence, or the Chiefs of Staff Committee.
  • Section 17: Covert Actions and intelligence gathering operations shall be considered to fall under the direct purview of the Chief of the Defence Staff rather than any one particular branch of the Armed Forces.
Article Six:
  • Section 1: Elections shall take place following the dissolution of Parliament.
  • Section 2: The Sovereign alone may determine the date of elections.
  • Section 3: Elections shall follow procedural rules that are to be determined by the Sovereign.
Article Seven:
  • Section 1: The Nobility shall have the right to vote in Parliamentary elections.
  • Section 2: The Nobility shall have the right to hold office in Parliament.
  • Section 3: The Nobility shall have the right to own land.
  • Section 4: The Nobility shall have the right to own firearms.
  • Section 5: The Nobility shall have the right to limited personal privacy.
  • Section 6: The Nobility shall have the right to limited freedom of speech.
  • Section 7: All shall have the right to free practice of religion.
  • Section 8: All shall have the right to marry freely.
  • Section 9: All shall have the right to own or run a business.
  • Section 10: All shall have a right to trial in court.
  • Section 11: All shall not be considered guilty of a crime until proven guilty.
  • Section 12: All shall be free of discrimination on the basis of gender, race, creed, nationality, age, or sexual orientation.
  • Section 13: None shall be granted the right to freedom of assembly.
  • Section 14: None shall be granted the right to not incriminate themselves.
  • Section 15: The freedom of the press shall not be guaranteed.
Article Eight:
  • Section 1: The official religion of Kirkland shall be the Lutheran denomination of Christianity.
  • Section 2: All state sponsored activities shall be conducted in a Lutheran tradition.
  • Section 3: The Sovereign shall be considered the head of the Church in Kirkland.
  • Section 4: As head of the Church, the Sovereign may determine the policy of the Lutheran Church of Kirkland.
  • Section 5: The Sovereign may appoint ministers to religious posts in Kirkland.
Article Nine:
  • Section 1: Certain ideologies shall not be permitted to express themselves inside the borders of Kirkland. Anyone found advocating these ideologies inside Kirkland shall be subject to permanent banishment.
  • Section 2: Revolutionary Communism shall not be permitted
  • Section 3: Revolutionary Communism shall encompass Leninism, Stalinism, Maoism, Trotskyism, Hoxhaism, Titoism, Juche, and Anarcho-communism.
  • Section 4: Nazism shall not be permitted.
  • Section 5: Nazism shall be considered the promotion of the ideas of the National Socialist German Worker’s Party (NSDAP or Nazi Party), Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Joseph Goebbels, any other member or leader of the NSDAP, or its affiliates in other nations.
  • Section 6: The idea of racial, sexual, or religious superiority shall not be permitted.
  • Section 7: Republicanism shall not be permitted.
  • Section 8: Republicanism shall be considered the promotion of the reformation of this nation to a republic of any form, advocation of the limiting of the power of the Sovereign, advocation to take power from the Sovereign and giving that same power to Parliament.
Article Ten:
  • Section 1: A political party shall be considered any organised group that has as a stated purpose or intent to obtain positions in Parliament.
  • Section 2: Political parties will only be recognised by the Government of Kirkland upon having a total of three members.
  • Section 3: Political parties shall not be permitted to have, fund, recruit for, or advocate the creation of politically motivated militias.
  • Section 4: Political parties may not advocate any of the ideologies outlined in Article Nine of this Constitution.
  • Section 5: Any party found promoting the ideologies described in Article Nine of this Constitution is subject to immediate disbandment, the removal of all noble titles from the party’s members, and the permanent banishment of the party’s members from Kirkland.
  • Section 6: Political parties must keep an active register of all party members and publish a statement of the official positions of the party.
  • Section 7: Any party found to be in violation of any section of this Article may be promptly disbanded without warning.
Article Eleven:
  • Section 1: The freedom of speech may be limited by any Decree of the Sovereign or Act of Parliament in any way deemed necessary by the Sovereign or Parliament.
  • Section 2: Personal privacy may be limited by any Decree of the Sovereign or Act of Parliament in any way deemed necessary by the Sovereign or Parliament.
  • Section 3: During the interrogation of a crime suspect the interrogators may use any means necessary to extract information from the subject so long as the means do not directly endanger the life of the person being interrogated.
  • Section 4: A crime suspect does not have the right to have a lawyer or other representative present during their interrogation by law enforcement officials.
  • Section 5: A crime suspect does not have the right to sue or in any way charge with a crime a law enforcement official for the actions of a law enforcement official during an interrogation.
  • Section 6: Anyone may be arrested at any time if they are deemed a potential threat to the peace and security of Kirkland, the Government of Kirkland, or the People of Kirkland.
  • Section 7: Law enforcement officials do not require the permission of the resident or property owner of a residence or place of business to enter the residence or place of business.
  • Section 8: Law enforcement may, at any time, enter a residence or place of business to gather evidence or place devices for the gathering of evidence.
  • Section 9: The resident or property owner of a residence or place of business does not have to be notified that law enforcement has entered or plans to enter their residence or place of business to gather evidence or place devices to gather evidence.
Article Twelve:
  • Section 1: The primary administrative division inside Kirkland shall be that of the Grand Duchy.
  • Section 2: A Grand Duchy shall be led by a Grand Duke or Grand Duchess.
  • Section 3: Grand Dukes or Grand Duchesses may enact policies inside their Grand Duchies so long as said policies do not conflict with this Constitution, Decrees of the Sovereign, or Acts of Parliament.
  • Section 4: Grand Dukes or Grand Duchesses may petition the Sovereign to create further administrative subdivisions inside their Grand Duchy.
  • Section 5: In the event that the Sovereign does permit the creation of a subdivision the Grand Duke or Grand Duchess may present a candidate to take up the post at the head of the new subdivision.
  • Section 6: The Sovereign may either approve the proposed appointment by the Grand Duke or Grand Duchess or they may appoint a different candidate to the new post. The decision as to who shall take up the new post will remain solely with the Sovereign.
  • Section 7: The potential subdivisions inside a Grand Duchy are a Duchy, an Earldom, and a Barony.
  • Section 8: A Grand Duchy may only have 4 Duchies, 16 Earldoms, or 64 Baronies.
  • Section 9: New Duchies, Earldoms, and Baronies must be created around specific geographic areas and have mappable borders.
  • Section 10: Baronies must be created inside Earldoms and Earldoms must be created inside Duchies.
  • Section 11: Grand Dukes and Grand Duchesses may devolve decision-making powers to their Duchies, Earldoms, and Baronies in any manner they deem right and necessary.
  • Section 12: Policies enacted by Duchies, Earldoms, and Baronies may not contradict, counteract, or in any way go against this Constitution, Decrees of the Sovereign, or Acts of Parliament.
  • Section 13: Grand Duchies, Duchies, Earldoms, and Baronies shall not be permitted to create or maintain their own police or military forces.
Article Thirteen:
  • Section 1: Noble title holders shall be arranged into a hierarchy.
  • Section 2: The Sovereign shall be the highest position in the hierarchy. The Sovereign shall be titled Emperor or Empress of Kirkland.
  • Section 3: The Sovereign’s partner shall be second in the hierarchy. The Sovereign’s partner shall be titled Empress or Prince Consort of Kirkland.
  • Section 4: All of the children of the Sovereign shall be third in the hierarchy. The Sovereign’s children shall be titled Prince Imperial or Princess Imperial.
  • Section 5: The first born male of the Sovereign shall be immediately placed above all other children of the Sovereign in the Line of Succession for the throne and shall hold the title of Prince of Alovia.
  • Section 6: In the event that the Sovereign not have any male children then the oldest female child shall hold the title of Princess of Alovia and shall be first in the Line of Succession.
  • Section 7: In the event that the Sovereign does not have any children then the closest living relative to the Sovereign will ascend to the throne.
    • Subsection 1: Male siblings of the Sovereign shall precede uncles in the Line of Succession
    • Subsection 2: Uncles of the Sovereign shall precede cousins in the Line of Succession.
    • Subsection 3: Cousins of the Sovereign shall be last in the Line of Succession.
    • Subsection 4: In all cases where there may be a conflict between the Sovereign’s father’s side and the Sovereign’s mother’s side the Sovereign’s father’s side of the Sovereign’s family shall always be considered before the Sovereign’s mother’s side of the Sovereign’s family in the Line of Succession.
    • Subsection 5: Elder siblings, uncles, and cousins shall be considered before younger siblings, uncles, and cousins in the Line of Succession
  • Section 8: Should the Sovereign not have any living relatives then the Sovereign may appoint a non-relative to ascend to the throne upon the death of the Sovereign.
  • Section 9: Should the Sovereign die without naming an heir then the Prime Minister shall become Regent of Kirkland. The Regent of Kirkland shall be considered equal to Emperor in the Noble hierarchy.
  • Section 10: In the event that a Regency occur then the Parliament must select an individual to ascend to the throne of Kirkland.
    • Subsection 1: The Parliament may not appoint the Regent to ascend to the throne of Kirkland.
    • Subsection 2: To ascend to the throne of Kirkland the Parliament must approve a candidate with a three-fourths majority vote of all the Members of Parliament.
  • Section 11: All of the direct relatives (siblings, cousins, aunts, and uncles) of the Sovereign shall be fourth in the hierarchy and shall hold the title of Prince Royal or Princess Royal
  • Section 12: A Grand Duke of Grand Duchess shall be fifth in the hierarchy and shall be a Noble in charge of a Grand Duchy.
  • Section 13: A Duke or Duchess shall be sixth in the hierarchy and shall be a Noble in charge of a Duchy.
  • Section 14: A Marquess or Marchioness shall be seventh in the hierarchy and shall be the title held by children of Grand Dukes, Grand Duchesses, Dukes, or Duchesses.
  • Section 15: An Earl of Countess shall be eighth in the hierarchy and shall be a Noble in charge or an earldom.
  • Section 16: A Viscount or Viscountess shall be ninth in the hierarchy and shall be the title held by children of an Earl or Countess.
  • Section 17: A Hereditary Baron or Hereditary Baroness shall be tenth in the hierarchy and shall be a Noble in charge of a Barony.
  • Section 18: A Life Baron or Life Baroness shall be a Noble, honorific title that does not entitle the title holder to any land.
  • Section 19: A Knight or Dame shall be a person who is a member of a Knightly Order in Kirkland.
  • Section 20: All titles except that of Life Baron, Life Baroness, Knight, or Dame may be passed to a single child of the current title holder.
  • Section 21: The current title holder must determine which of their children will inherit the title.
  • Section 22: Should the current title holder not have any children then the title holder may appoint a relative or non-relative to inherit the title upon the death of the current title holder.
  • Section 23: Should the title holder not appoint a successor while living then the title will be considered vacant upon the death of the current title holder and the Sovereign alone shall have the power to appoint a new House to be the holder the vacant title.
  • Section 24: The titles of Life Baron, Life Baroness, Knight, and Dame shall only belong to the person given the title and may not be passed to a child or relative of the title holder.
Article Fourteen:
  • Section 1: The Sovereign shall have the power to call a state of emergency at any time.
  • Section 2: During a state of emergency the current Parliament will be dissolved and elections shall be suspended until the end of the state of emergency. In its stead a Commission shall be given the power to enact policy for the nation. This Commission will be comprised of the Chiefs of Staff Committee of His Majesty's Armed Forces and a single civilian official who is to be appointed by Parliament upon the declaration of a state of emergency.
    • Subsection 1: Decisions of this Commission will be based off of a vote of the entire body. A simple majority of Commissioners present will pass a motion.
    • Subsection 2: Approval of the Sovereign is not required for a motion to pass through the Commission.
    • Subsection 3: The Commission shall not be granted the power to amend the Constitution.
    • Subsection 4: Every motion passed by the Commission will be immediately nullified upon the ending of the state of emergency.
    • Subsection 5: Decrees of the Sovereign may overturn, nullify, or negate any motion passed by the Commission
Article Fifteen:
  • Section 1: This Constitution shall be considered the supreme law of the land. No Decree of the Sovereign, Act of Parliament, or any other policy may contradict, counteract, or repudiate this Constitution.
  • Section 2: To amend this Constitution a three-fourths majority of Parliament, approval of the Sovereign, and a plurality of the Nobles of Kirkland shall be required.
  • Section 3: Article One, Article Thirteen, and Article Fifteen of this Constitution may not be amended, altered, or changed in any way, shape, or form without a three-fourths majority of Parliament, approval of the Sovereign and a two-thirds majority of the Nobles of Kirkland.
  • Section 4: This Constitution may only be repealed in full with a nine-tenths majority of Parliament, approval of the Sovereign, and a nine-tenths majority of the Nobles of Kirkland.
Amendment 1:
  • Section 1: The House of Parliament shall be split in two separate houses, the House of Lords and the House of Commons
  • Section 2: Any peer shall have the automatic appointment to (and the right to vote) in the House of Lords
  • Section 3: Any citizen that is elected in any general election shall have the right to vote
  • Section 4: The House of Lords shall be headed by the Lord Chancellor and the House of Commons shall be headed by the High Speaker
  • Section 5: The Lord Chancellor and the High Speaker of the House of Commons shall be selected by and from amongst the members of the House of Lords and the House of Commons, respectively. A simple majority of the Members present in each House shall be sufficient to elect these officers. Upon selection the two officers must be approved by the Sovereign before ascending to their respective positions.
  • Section 6: Article 2, Sections 3 and 5; Article 7, Sections 1 and 2; and Article 15, Section 2 of the Constitution shall be repealed.
  • Section 7: All, both citizens and nobles, shall be permitted to vote in Parliamentary elections.
  • Section 8: The right of a citizen to run for office in the House of Commons shall not be abridged.
  • Section 9: An individual who is a member of one House of Parliament shall not be permitted to be seated as a member of the other House of Parliament.
  • Section 10: Approval of a plurality of both Houses shall be required for a bill to become recognised as an Act of Parliament. Acts must still be approved by the Sovereign to become binding law of the realm.
  • Section 11: Any regular bill may be initially presented in either House of Parliament.
  • Section 12: The House of Commons shall not be granted the right to suggest individuals for the Privy Council. That right shall be reserved for the House of Lords.
  • Section 13: Only the House of Commons may draft budget proposals. However, budget proposals must be approved of by the House of Lords.
  • Section 14: Only the House in which a bill originates shall have the right to add amendments to a bill. The other House may simply approve or deny the proposal passed by the other House.
  • Section 15: Each House shall be permitted to form its own set of rules, procedures, and etiquette without requiring approval from the Sovereign or the other House of Parliament.
  • Section 16: To amend the Constitution will require a 3/4 majority in both Houses of Parliament, approval of the Sovereign, and support of a plurality of the voting population of Kirkland.
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