|King of Efransa|
Standard of the Monarch
|Heir apparent||The Prince of Vienstriaus|
|Formation||11 October 2018|
The Monarchy of Efransa, officially The Crown of Efransa (Efrasachin: Le Correnu od Elfransa), is the constitutional monarchy of the Kingdom of Efransa. The Constitution officially vests the powers of head of state of Efransa in The Crown, a legal person. The powers of The Crown are vested in the Monarch, as the Sovereign, per article 3 section 2. The current Monarch is Ethan, who ascended to the throne first on October 11, 2018, and then again on April 10, 2020.
The Monarch and the Royal Family undertake various ceremonial duties. Most of these are handled by the Council of State when the King is performing his political duties, which take precedence.
The origins of the Efrasachin Monarchy can be loosely traced back to the Count Palatine of Maradia. The Efrasachin Monarchy directly descended from the Floeratian Monarchy, both of which are one and the same, but the Efrasachin Monarchy being the successor. The Efrasachin Monarchy was at points known as both the Imperial Efrasachin Monarchy, and the Iblusigonian Imperial Monarchy.
The Monarchy originated as the Office of the Count Palatine of Maradia, the monarchy of the Comital Period. The Count Palatine had many powers similar to the current Monarchy, being constitutionally very powerful. The Count Palatine was assisted by Counts and Viscounts, as well as the Council of Electors.
The Floeratian/First Efrasachin Period brought the title of King of Floeratia/Efransa. The King was powerful at the beginning of the period, but after the Countess of Machy took office, the King had far less power. During this period, the Monarchy was far more ceremonial than ever before.
The Imperial Period brought about a popular constitutionally absolute monarchy. During this time, the monarch was styled as Emperor of the Efrasachinds, and later Sovereign Imperial Monarch (Emperor) of the Iblusigoniands. The monarchy was dissolved with the September Revolution.
The position of head of state was briefly filled by the Countess of Machy as President of the Tribarcasian Republic, who resigned in favor of King Ethan, and after a brief stint as a foreign intelligence agent, he named her unofficial Supreme Leader of the then newly formed Tribarcasian Federation.
The Presidency was soon replaced by the King of Maradia (later “and Fienomige”). The King was now an absolute monarch, not governed by a Constitution (Maradia’s constitution was never finished). The Countess returned to a far-less powerful premiership.
When Maradia was dissolved, the short-live Presidency of Ludisirga was established, and was later succeeded by the collective Presidency of the Union of Efransa, which was presided by the now-King. The current monarchy was established on April 10, 2020, Restoration Day.
Roles of the Monarch
The King’s powers are determined by both the Constitution and the Crown Powers Act of 2020. The King’s powers are often divided amongst four classes: ceremonial, executive, legislative, and judicial.
The King is the head of state and a symbol of the state. The King ceremonial nominates the Prime Minister to the National Assembly, and appoints executive branch officials at the Prime Minister’s nomination.
The King also must grant royal assent to a law for it to become law, although the refusal to grant royal assent may be overturned by Parliament. The King also issues royal proclamations, which build off of laws and resolve disputes, as well as establishing ceremonial procedures.
The King is the patron of many government agencies, such as the Central Schools System, and the National College (the current King is also its Rector).
The King also bestows titles of nobility, is Sovereign of the Orders of Efransa, oversees the design of heraldry, is the armiger of the Coat of Arms, and is the highest representative of the State.
The King is assisted in a number of ceremonial functions by the Council of State and the Royal Court Office.
The Crown officially has no executive duties unless during a state of emergency, other than ceremonial executive duties. But, the current King holds numerous offices within the Machy I Cabinet.
The King is the Comptroller of the Currency, Major Director of Immigration and Border Services, the Chief of the Cultural Preservation Office, and is Co-Chair of the Public Service Board, along with the Prime Minister.
The primary legislative function of the Monarch is to grant assent (or veto) laws passed by Parliament. The King also issues royal decrees, edicts, and proclamations (colloquially “DEPs”), which have varying legal effect. For example, edicts can amend laws (subject to Chamber approval), build off of the provisions of laws, and even build off of the Constitution, but they cannot amend the Constitution.
The King effectively controls the Senate. The King is the President of the Senate, and appoints the Senators, who serve at his pleasure. The King also choses certain officers of the Senate, delegates committees, and performs other legislative functions traditionally performed by legislative presiding officers.
The primary judicial function of the King is to appoint Judges with consent of the General Congress. The King is also a judge himself, as Magistrate of the Chambers of Justice. The decisions of the King may be reviewed and appealed directly to the Court of Cassation Division. The King also reviews the constitutionality of laws, along with the Constitutional Council. The final power of the King in the judicial process is to grand pardons and commutations, traditionally on advice of the Central Parole Board.
The full title of the King as his follows;
His Majesty Ethan Andrew Henry John de Borleandé ey todus ale Saionts, by the grace of god, King of Efransa, Prince of Monarra, Duke of Parsrid and of Limone, Marquis of Caisonia and of Priaev, Count Palatine of Maradia, Count of Barceille and of Empranise, Viscount Borleandé, Baron Casey, Lord of Whitecastle, Head of the House of Borleandé, Chaufillod du Nacion, President of the Senate, Magistrate of the Chambers of Justice, Guardian of the Constitution, Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Army, Adjutant-General of the Royal Gendarmerie, Captain-General of the Civil Guard, Commissioner of the National Police, Superintendent of the Royal Emergency Brigade, Rector of the National College, Chancellor of the Royal University, President of the Royal Efrasachin Medical Center, Marshal Ambassador, Core Consul, Patriarch of All Efransa, Patron of the Royal Efrasachin Language Academy and of all Institutions of the State, and Sovereign of the Orders of Efransa.
Institutions Supporting the Monarchy
Royal Court Office
The Royal Court Office (RCO) is the royal court of the King. It consists of the various ceremonial officers of The Crown as well as the staff of the King. The ceremonial functions are managed by the Grand Steward of the Kingdom, while the staff is overseen by the Royal Majordomo. The whole of the Royal Court Office is administered by the Vicegerent, whom is appointed by the King.
The Privy Council is a subcommittee of the Executive Council within the Council of the Nation. The Privy Council consists of the Vice President of the Council of the Nation and the Councilors appointed by the King, along with the Speaker of the National Assembly. The Privy Council is mainly ceremonial, with most of its functions being performed by the entire Executive Council.
Council of State
The Council of State consists of various senior members of the Royal Family responsible for undertaking various ceremonial duties of the King, such as bestowing Orders, or visiting hospitals and schools. The Council of State is not as its name implies a formal body, but merely a collective name for the Counsellors of State. In cases of Regency, the Regent must be a Counsellor of State.