Kingdom of Scone
| Kingdom of Scone |
God save the King
|- Head of The State||HM King Edward I|
|- Head of the Government||Prime Minister|
|Established||1st Mar, 2014|
The Kingdom of Scone, Established on 1 March 2014, the Kingdom of Scone is a community dedicated to the celebration of the Anglo-Celtic cultures and traditions of the British Isles. The nation is a Miniature Kingdom (better known as a micronation) founded on 1 March 2014 by HM King James I, when it got independence from The Glennish Kingdoms of Hanover and Sconeland.
The Sconnish People have determined to structure and govern the community they form as a kingdom-in-miniature, complete with a figurehead king, a Westminster-style parliament, a government led by an elected prime minister, and a variety of other interesting political and cultural outlets which give form and atmosphere to the community.
THE CROWN IN PARLIAMENT
The Kingdom of Scone is a constitutional parliamentary monarchy according to the Westminster model seen throughout most of the English-speaking world. The King-in-Parliament is the most profound expression of the Sconnish State, and it is in and through Parliament that the Crown gives laws to the Sconnish people in the form of Acts of Parliament.
In our system of government, the Monarch reigns alone, but rules in cooperation with his people in the democratic institution of Parliament. Parliament consists of three distinct components: 1.The Sovereign 2.The Peers of the Realm 3.The Burgesses (commoners)
Each of the three constituent elements of Parliament has a voice and a role in the governing of the Kingdom of Scone and in the making of her laws.
According to the Charter of Scone Act, Parliament must sit at least once each calendar year. It is the Sovereign who opens and prorogues sessions of Parliament, or who dissolves Parliament on the advice of the Government. The State Opening of Parliament is the premier event of a Parliamentary session. On the occasion of the State Opening of Parliament, the King (or his representative) reads the Speech from the Throne.
At variance with the Westminster custom, the Throne Speech (also known as the "Gracious Speech" or the "King's Speech") is simply a personal greeting delivered by the monarch (or his representative) on the occasion of the opening of Parliament. The legislative programme of the Government is presented by the Prime Minister following the King's Speech.
At the moment, all fully-initiated Sconnish subjects are entitled to a seat and voice in Parliament for as often as Parliament shall sit. In Parliament, the Peers and Burgesses gather to consider bills and other matters brought before the "common council" of the Realm.
Bills passed during a session of Parliament are presented to the Sovereign at end of session for his Royal Assent. In another formal ceremony similar to the State Opening of Parliament, His Majesty (or his representative) signifies the royal approbation to each bill with the reading of the instrument granting the Royal Assent. Once the Royal Assent has been given to a bill, it becomes an Act of Parliament.
In addition to its legislative functions, the King-in-Parliament is the highest court of the Realm. Lords of Appeal in Ordinary, commonly referred to as "Law Lords," hear all cases appealed to the Appellate Committee of Parliament by lower Courts.
THE CROWN IN COUNCIL
The day-to-day executive functions of the Realm are executed by the Privy Council on the advice of the Government of the day. His Majesty's Government is composed of the Prime Minister and other ministers (secretaries of state) appointed by the Sovereign, following an election. Orders-in-Council (executive orders) are issued by the Crown-in-Council as directed by the Prime Minister and the Cabinet. The Cabinet is the central committee of the Privy Council.
HIS MAJESTY'S GOVERNMENT
His Majesty's Government, formed and presided over by the Prime Minister, is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Kingdom of Scone. THE PRIME MINISTER The Most Honourable The Marquess of Walsingham, GCSP, CKE, KGE, KC was appointed Prime Minister on 6 November 2015. Lord Walsingham is the Second Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Scone, appointed after the resignation of the Former Earl of Rockcliffe, the first Prime Minister who held office from 2014-2015.
RESPONSIBILITY TO PARLIAMENT The Prime Minister and the Government are responsible to Parliament. At any time, members of Parliament may request that the Prime Minister or any other Cabinet minister respond to questions concerning the Government's policies or activities. The details of anything not deemed by law to be an official secret of the State must be divulged at the request of any member of Parliament who has received permission from the Woolsack (Chair) to make inquiries. The Prime Minister or other ministers may also be asked to explain or defend their policies, actions, or statements to Parliament's satisfaction. The Prime Minister is elected yearl by Parliament in Mid-October for a one-year term.
THE GOVERNMENT It is the Prime Minister's privilege and responsibility to advise the Sovereign on the formation of His Majesty's Government. From among Sconnish subjects qualified to sit in Parliament, the Prime Minister presents to the Sovereign the names of those persons he feels are best suited to constitute the Government. The Sovereign, in turn, appoints them on the Prime Minister's advice.
Members of His Majesty's Government who sit in Cabinet hold the various portfolios of His Majesty's Secretary of State. Each portfolio of responsibility is focused on an area of administration which has been established based upon needs identified by the sitting Prime Minister. Other ministers who are not strictly speaking considered Cabinet ministers (such as Ministers without Portfolio) may also comprise His Majesty's Government. Such ministers may, nevertheless, sit in on meetings of the Cabinet at the Prime Minister's discretion.
Lord High Steward; Prime Minister:
The Most Hon. The Marquess of Walsingham, GCSP, CKE, KGE, KC
Lord High Chancellor; HM Principal Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs:
The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Raithcastle and Sarum, CSP, OGE
Lord Privy Seal:
The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Belmont, CGE
Lord President of the Council:
The Most Noble The Duke of Bergen, CHM, CSP, CGE
Lord High Constable; HM Principal Secretary of State for the Home Dept.:
The Most Noble The Duke of Marly, CKE, CSP, CGE
Lord Secretary; HM Principal Secretary of State for Foreign & Colonial Affairs:
The Rt. Hon. The Countess of Sterlington, CGE
Master of the Rolls:
The Rt. Hon. The Baron Paul of Chandernagor, MGE
Between the Charter of Scone and several bills passed into law by Parliaments of the Kingdom, the Kingdom has built up several judicial organs throughout the Kingdom. These Courts handle various types of matters that may arise within the Kingdom requiring adjudication and are staffed by Sconnish Citizens.
The Court of Common Pleas The Court of Common Pleas is the ordinary Court of First Instance within the Kingdom and hears both civil and criminal matters. The Court of Common Pleas may also be called upon to render legal opinions by the Government or a citizen of the Kingdom through the "Question of Law" process. Any citizen can introduce a civil or criminal case within the Kingdom of Scone through the Grosvenor Hall Facebook Group. Individuals concerned that a criminal matter should be considered before the Court are strongly encouraged to contact the Attorney or Solicitor-General first for assistance.
The Court of Common Pleas may consist of anywhere between 1-5 judges.
The Court is presided over by the Chief Judge who may issue administrative orders for the Court as he sees fit, within the bounds of Sconnish Law. All judges are appointed by His Majesty in Council and serve at the pleasure of His Majesty. Judgments made by the Court may be appealed to the Court of His Majesty the King in Parliament. Whenever Parliament is not sitting, appeals are heard by the Court of Lord High Steward instead.
The Court of Lord High Steward The supreme judicial authority in Westminster Style systems has traditionally been placed in Parliament—but what happens when Parliament is prorogued and can not hear a matter? The Court of Lord High Steward is largely antiquated in modern Westminster-style systems, but centuries ago it served as a Court to hear cases that could only be heard by Parliament when it was prorogued, dissolved, or otherwise wasn't sitting. In the Kingdom of Scone, this Court serves a similar function, allowing appeals that would normally be heard by Parliament to be heard in this special Court instead whenever Parliament was otherwise not sitting and will not be sitting for at least 2 weeks from the date of appeal.
The Court of Lord High Steward just has one ordinary member: The Lord High Steward. Traditionally, this post has been held by the Prime Minister of the Kingdom. In the event of a conflict of interest, the Lord High Chancellor serves in this position. Judgments made by the Court may be appealed to the Court of His Majesty the King in Parliament once Parliament resumes sitting.
The Court of His Majesty the King in Parliament The supreme judicial authority of the Kingdom is invested in His Majesty the King in Parliament and the decisions of this Court are final and may not be appealed any further. The Court of His Majesty the King in Parliament is comprised of the Lord Chancellor assisted by "Lords of Appeal in Ordinary" who are Peers of the Realm learned in law. This Court is an appellate Court, hearing appeals from inferior Courts. The Court also has original jurisdiction for any case where a person is accused of treason.
At the apex of the Sconnish state stands the Sovereign, and alongside him, the Royal Family.
The House of Mountwelland is the reigning royal house of the Kingdom of Scone. It is presently composed of His Majesty the King, Her Majesty the Queen, and their daughter, the Princess, along with Scone's first monarch, King James. The Mountwellands stand as living symbols of Sconnish sovereignty and unity.
His Majesty King Edward I began his citizenship journey by carving out a niche for himself in the field of heraldry. He would eventually found and preside over the Sconnish College of Arms as Ilion King of Arms and later as Great Marshal of the Kingdom of Scone.
Edward would eventually catch the notice of the Royal Court, finding himself invited by his predecessor, King James, to be initiated into the ranks of Sconnish royalty. He and his colleague in the College of Arms, Sir. W. Moray, would both be tapped to join James in forming the Kingdom of Scone's first royal house, which would be christened the "House of Mountwelland."
On 12 December 2017, Edward and Moray were formally cloaked in the royal purple by King James, who bestowed the dignity of Prince of the Kingdom of Scone upon both men. Edward became His Royal Highness The Prince Edward, Moray His Royal Highness The Prince Patrick.
With an eye on the future of the Sconnish Monarchy and recognizing the need to designate an heir apparent, James decided to call upon Prince Edward to accept the honour and the burden of becoming the Kingdom of Scone's first Prince Royal (the title given to the Sconnish heir apparent). Edward pondered the invitation for some time before finally consenting to the King's proposal.
On 13 April 2018, Prince Edward Patrick Theobald Louis Alexander Barry was solemnly invested as the first Prince Royal of the Kingdom of Scone, with right of immediate succession to the Sconnish Throne upon the death or abdication of the Sovereign.
It was announced at the same time that King James had decided to declare himself lawfully indisposed to attend to the duties of the head of state for a time, and that the newly-elevated Prince Royal would soon, therefore, take on the role of the kingdom's Regent.
As Regent of the Kingdom of Scone and of the Glennish Empire, Prince Edward exhibited a reassuring executive presence within the apparatus of the state. Parliament would be prorogued for its annual Summer recess, and a period of calm would follow.
As Prince Regent, Edward would establish the Noble Order of the Baronial Eagle, the first ever Crown honour instituted by a person other than the Sovereign. The remainder of the Regency found itself blessed by the quiet of Summer, with the Regent and King James consulting occasionally, the latter hoping to acquaint the Regent with the responsibilities of his role.
The tranquility of the Summer months of 2018, as it happened, did not portend placid waters ahead for the Prince Regent. Soon, Edward would be summoned by history to assume his ultimate role as a Sconnishman.
On 15 September 2018, His Majesty King James, in his first appearance since the beginning of the Regency, delivered a semi-public address to his Court. In the course of his remarks delivered via video presentation, the King announced his decision to inform his Government of his intention to abdicate the Glennish throne.
Prince Edward had already known of the King's decision for some time, and was in receipt, by then, of the King's signed instrument of abdication. The Prince Regent, witnessing the instrument with his own signature, signed off on his own fate as well as that of King James.
At the stroke of noon on 1 October 2018, Edward succeeded King James upon the Sconnish throne as the Kingdom of Scone's second monarch.
Across the Empire, Sconnishmen celebrated the dawn of the Sconnish Edwardian era, happy to have as their sovereign a man they had come to admire as their Regent. From the start, King Edward signified his commitment to the Empire and to the grand traditions of Sconnish chivalry. Among the first acts of Edward's reign was to establish a new honour styled the Order of the Glennish Empire.
King Edward I reigns beside his consort, the Queen. They and their young family have given the Kingdom of Scone, for the first time, a proper and immediate Royal Family within the House of Mountwelland. Together, they serve as a model first family for all Sconnishmen to admire and take pride in.
OUR FIRST KING: His Majesty King James
The Kingdom of Scone was conceived of and designed by our first monarch, King James, as early as the year 2008. His project, originally called "Sconeland," was a concept for an Anglophile kingdom with Celtic influences modeled after Great Britain. Events conspired to prevent the launch of the Sconeland project as an independent kingdom. Instead, it would find itself married to the miniature Kingdom of Hanover, a venture which James had launched earlier on, in 2002.
Together, Hanover and the Sconnish project formed a polity styled "The Glennish Kingdoms of Hanover and Sconeland." Sconeland would eventually come into being as an independent miniature kingdom, however, on 1 March 2014 when the unified Glennish Kingdoms were dissolved. Sconeland was re-christened "The Kingdom of Scone," and James the concept designer became James the king. The Kingdom of Hanover would go her separate way.
King James' reign was necessarily a reign of firsts. He was ceremonially installed as first King of the Sconnish on 17 March 2014. His inaugural rites consisted of an auto-coronation followed by a Throne Speech opening the very first Sconnish Parliament. James authored the Charter of Scone, enacted by that first Parliament, and much of the early legislation to follow. King James directed the creation of the Kingdom of Scone's public infrastructure, establishing her social media. James also presided over the installation of the first Sconnish Government led by the first Sconnish Prime Minister (and first democratically-elected Sconnish public official), the Earl of Rockcliffe.
Scone's first king would go on to establish the Sconnish Peerage and the Sconnish Honours System, which included the Order of Scone, the Order of the Sconnish Poppy, the Order of the Imperial Star of Glennain, the King's Army, the Royal Navy, the rank of Sconnish Banneret, and the Hereditary Knight of Murchaidh. James would also lay the foundations of the Sconnish gentry by creating the ranks of Baronet and Laird. During the course of his inaugural reign, James published Honours Lists several times a year signifying his intention to decorate subjects and foreigners alike with the various honours which he had established.
In 2016, an unexpected twist of fate brought the miniature Kingdom of Hanover back into the possession of King James, her founder and first king. This peculiar circumstance proved one of the more colourful episodes of James' reign, and would curiously alter the definitions and titles of the Sconnish community going forward.
The Kingdom of Hanover would ultimately find herself divided in half by the terms of a treaty between James and a rival claimant to the Hanoverian throne. James's half of the old kingdom was ultimately re-christened "Glennish Hanover," since his was the half that was declared by the treaty to be the inheritor of all the traditional attributes of the now dissolved Glennish Kingdoms of Hanover and Sconeland.
For a short time, King James was the sovereign of two completely separate and independent kingdoms. Although over Scone, James reigned as a constitutional figurehead, his authority over the Kingdom of Glennish Hanover was absolute. Glennish Hanover was eventually donated to the Kingdom of Scone by King James, then formally secured to the Sconnish Crown as a colonial dependency by an Act of Parliament. The Kingdom of Scone and the Colonial Province of Glennish Hanover, together, became known as "The Glennains" or the "Glennish Empire," thus accounting for the King of Scone's secondary title "Emperor of All the Glennains."
All-in-all, the Hanoverian episode and the effects of it constituted a quirky and sometimes inscrutable twist which causes confusion and head-scratching to the present day. In the Summer of 2016, King James invited Viscount Marly of Blaismont (today the Duke of Marly) to be installed as the first Royal Governor over the Colonial Province of Glennish Hanover. Today, Glennish Hanover provides a quaint colonial element within the Sconnish commonwealth for persons looking for a more relaxed and scaled-back version of the Kingdom of Scone.
THE COURT AT ST IVES'
The Court of the Sconnish Monarch and His Majesty's Royal Household are known institutionally under the name of "The Court at St Ives'." The name serves as a metonym for the monarchy, itself, but reflects no particular place or structure.
THE SCONNISH PEERAGE
THE PEERS AND PEERESSES OF THE REALM
Ranking at the pinnacle of Sconnish society, the Peers and Peeresses of the Realm are men and women who have received the special favour of the Crown in the expectation that they will serve the Realm with most particular devotion, honour, and distinction.
According to Article IX of the Charter of Scone Act 2014, the Sovereign "shall be free to constitute a Peerage through the creation, by Letters Patent, of any ranks or titles of nobility that he shall think fit from time to time to create, and to elevate to the Peerage such subjects as he shall think fit to elevate."
On 30 June 2014, the Sconnish Peerage came into being with the creation of the very first Peers of the Kingdom of Scone, the Marquess of Lindenlea, the former Earl of Rockcliffe, and the Viscount Bracebridge of Heathminster.
Sconnish Peers and Peeresses are ranked according to the same degrees traditionally employed in the United Kingdom. The degrees of the Sconnish Peerage are, in descending order:
The College of Arms
The College of Arms, is a royal corporation consisting of officers of arms, with jurisdiction over Scone and its Commonwealth realms and headed by the Great Marshall of the Kingdom of Scone and Lord Ilion King of Arms and his heralds of which there is currently two others being the Breninton and Glenstuart Herald of Arms in Ordinary and the Thistle Herald of Arms in Ordinary. The heralds are appointed by the Sconnish Sovereign and are delegated authority to act on behalf of the Crown in all matters of heraldry, the granting of new coats of arms and the recording of pedigrees. The College is also the official body responsible for matters relating to the flying of flags on land, and it maintains the official registers of flags and other national symbols.
The College of Arms also undertakes and consults on the planning of many ceremonial occasions such as coronations, state funerals, the annual Knighthood Services and the State Opening of Parliament. Heralds of the College accompany the sovereign on many of these occasions.
The Official Website: https://thekingdomofscone.blogspot.com
The Parliament Roll Website: https://parliamentroll.wordpress.com
College of Arms Website: https://ilionhallcollegeofarms.wordpress.com
The Hound And Quarry Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/471141459660145/
The Royal Archive of Scone Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/353336182128416/