Kingdom of Natal
|Kingdom of Natal |
Koninkryk van Natal
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|Greater coat of arms|
|Demonym|| • Natalian|
|Official language|| • English|
|- Sovereign||HRAM Joseph I, King of Natal|
|- Lord High Chancellor||Duke Bradley van Dullahan|
|- Province of Hobartstown and Victoria||21 July 2014|
|- Dissolution of Hobartstown and Victoria||9 August 2014|
|CGSC (2014)||3.2 |
|Patron saint||King Charles the Martyr|
The Kingdom of Natal is a self-proclaimed sovereign nation which exists as an exercise in absolute monarchism and Afrikaner and English culture. The Kingdom of Natal claims no physical territory, and as such self-classifies as a nation rather than a state. It is ruled over by its King, His Royal and Apostolic Majesty Joseph I. Its legislative body is the Koninklike Vergadering, and the Kingdom's reigning house is the House of Emmanuel.
Natal was named for the South African state and former Boer republic of KwaZulu-Natal. The name "Natal" was given to that land by Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama, who first saw its coast on Christmas Day 1497 (Natal being the Portuguese word for Christmas). The choice of the name "Natal" for the then Bregentine province was an example of the Anglo-Dutch and Afrikaner culture of Hobartstown and Victoria.
The Dukedom of Natal was established on 21 July 2014 by a royal proclamation of Jean, Sovereign of the Commonwealth of Hobartstown and Victoria and Grand Duke of the Bregne. Joseph Emmanuel de Chavannes, a Victorian aristocrat and politician from the Province of Natal, was declared a Prince of the Bregentines and the Duke of Natal, with the style of Royal Highness. By virtue of gaining the Patriciate - the Victorian equivalent of a Peerage - Joseph Emmanuel was granted a seat on the House of Patricians, and was later elected Speaker of the House. The Duke was also named Bishop of Natal and Cardinal Rector of the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene, establishing the precedent of the Natalian Monarch's authority over the Church of Natal.
On 8 August 2014, the Dukedom of Natal was elevated to a Grand Dukedom, with Joseph Emmanuel becoming Grand Duke of Natal. The next day, the Parliament of the Commonwealth passed an Act dissolving Hobartstown and Victoria, establishing the Grand Duchy of Natal as the Commonwealth's sole successor, with Joseph Emmanuel as its sovereign.
Joseph Emmanuel de Chavannes assumed the full style of His Royal Highness Joseph the First, by the Grace of God, Grand Duke of Natal, Prince of the Bregentines, Ruler of His other Realms and Territories, Head of the House of Emmanuel, Defender of the Faith. Grand Duke Joseph established the various titles of nobility of the Realm, the Church of Natal, and the organs of the Royal Government.
On 23 May 2015, His Royal and Imperial Majesty Quentin, King of Wyvern and Holy Roman Emperor, signed an imperial decree inviting the Grand Duchy of Natal to swear fealty to the Emperor and the Empire, granting the Grand Duke the rights, privileges and duties of partaking of and voting in sessions of the Imperial Diet, to vote on the Emperor's successor, to be protected by and protect the Emperor and the Empire. The decree also offered the Natalian Grand Duke the titles of King of Natal, Prince-Elector of the Empire and Apostolic Majesty. On 27 May, the Grand Duke signed a proclamation which accepted the invitation of His Royal and Imperial Majesty. As such, the Grand Duke became King of Natal, assuming the full style of His Royal and Apostolic Majesty Joseph the First, by the Grace of God, King of Natal, Prince of the Empire, Prince of the Bregentines, Head of the House of Emmanuel, Defender of the Christian Faith. On 15 June 2016, the Holy Roman Emperor granted His Royal and Apostolic Majesty the title of Lord of Barentszburg in Spitsbergen.
Following a brief period of governmental inactivity, King Joseph enacted the Decree of Koningswyk, which dissolved the Privy Council and the Church of Natal and established the Koninklike Vergadering to serve as the legislative assembly of the realm. The Decree also ordered that a fundamental statute be enacted for the Realm, which is currently being composed by King Joseph and the incumbent Lord High Chancellor of Natal, Duke Bradley van Dullahan.
Politics and government
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Natal is an absolute monarchy. The King, who is the Sovereign of the realm, holds absolute power by divine right of kings. The current Sovereign is His Royal and Apostolic Majesty Joseph, by the Grace of God, King of Natal, etc. etc. etc.