Holy Roman Empire
Sacrum Romanum Imperium (lat)
Heilige Roomse Rijk (nl)
Heiliges Römisches Reich (ger)
|Motto: Rursus Romae Imperii et Morum|
|Anthem: Gott erhalte, Gott beschütze|
|Official languages||Dutch, German & Latin|
|HIM Quentin I, Holy Roman Emperor|
• King of the Romans
|HIM Bradley, King of the Romans|
The Holy Roman Empire (Latin: Sacrum Romanum Imperium) is a multi-ethnic imperial confederation. The Empire claims to be the continuation of the Holy Roman Empire that existed between the years 800 and 1806. As such the Empire sees itself as being refounded by Emperor Quentin. The Empire combines the resources and strengths of its member states while still retaining sovereignty.
The rise and fall of the Holy Roman Empire
After the fall of the Western Roman Empire the west was divided amongst various kingdoms. Through the great deeds of the Frankish King Charles the Great the west was re-united under one crown and one faith. The Pope, through the concept of translatio imperii, crowned Charles the Great as Emperor of the Romans, becoming the first Western Roman Emperor since 476 and establishing the Frankish Carolingian Empire.
Emperor Otto, was the first Emperor who truly established the Holy Roman Empire. This Empire lasted through the ages. The Empire grew to encompass north and central Italy, Germany, Bohemia, Burgundy and the Low Countries. Over time the fights with the Pope, the reformation and corruption in the Catholic Church as well as the growing independence of the states caused a decline in territory and Imperial power. Over time the weakness of the Empire caused it to collapse. The Golden Bull and Napoleon Bonaparte's wars are main examples of direct blows to the Empire's stability. In 1806 Emperor Francis II abdicated the throne and established the Austrian Empire.
The refounded Empire
In 2014 a Dutch micronationalist Quentin of Wyvern declared the Holy Roman Empire refounded, citing the dissolution of the Empire as unlawful and that he's a descendant of the first Holy Roman Emperor, Charlemagne. He claimed by blood the right to re-establish the Empire and its institutions. Quentin of Wyvern was crowned as Emperor (Augustus) of the Romans in 2014. By this act the Holy Roman Empire claims to be the rightful continuation of the Empire that was founded by Charlemagne
Territorial claims of the Empire
The Holy Roman Empire is a confederate empire that both claims the historic lands of the Holy Roman Empire and the lands of its members as rightly part of its dejure imperium. However the Empire acknowledges that it holds little to no power defacto over its claimed lands.
The Empire claims Imperium and sovereignty over the historic lands of the Holy Roman Empire, these encompass lands of the medieval Kingdoms of Germany, Italy, Burgundy and Bohemia. The Empire holds little to no defacto power over what it claims to be its dejure territories and recognizes this fact.
The claims of member states
The lands of the member states or what they claim as territory are seen by the Empire as a lawful part of its Imperium until the member state ceases to exist or leaves the Empire. The Empire however does not directly claim sovereignty over it as that is left to the member state and not the imperial confederation.
The government of the Confederate Empire is made up of citizens of the Empire and are appointed by the Holy Roman Emperor. The Imperial Diet can fire them by a motion of no-confidence and can nominate candidates for the Emperor to review.
The Imperial Government is made up of an Imperial Chancellor, Vice Imperial Chancellor, Imperial Steward, Imperial Martial, Imperial Secretary for the Treasury, Imperial Secretary for Foreign Affairs and the Archchancellors of Germany, Italy and Burgundy.
The Imperial Chancellor (Du: Reichskanselier) is the head of the Imperial Government. He is in charge of the day to day activities of the Empire and represents the government when called for questioning in the Imperial Diet.
The Imperial Chancellor must be a Prince-Elector of the Empire and cannot be the Emperor himself. In the absence of the Imperial Chancellor the Vice Imperial Chancellor takes over his duties.
The Empire claims three kingdoms as being under the control of the Emperor and not of any member of the Empire. These kingdoms are the Kingdom of Germany, Kingdom of Italy and the Kingdom of Burgundy. Though the Empire has no actual control over these territories, the Empire does still appoint local governments for them as was customary in the Middle Ages. These local governments are managed and headed by the Archchancellor of that Kingdom. They are appointed by the Emperor and represent the Kingdom they govern in name of the Emperor in the Imperial Government. These governments are not represented in the Imperial Diet.
The Imperial Diet of the Holy Roman Empire is the legislative gathering of its member states, presided over by the Emperor. The member states of the Holy Roman Empire can request a Diet to be held if they deem that a decision must be made which can only be made by the Diet or if there is information that comes to light of which the Diet must be informed.
As of 2017, of the 66 Holy Roman subjects, 40.9% were Wyvernians, 34.8% were Natalian, 21.2% were Montanian, and 3.0% were Clevelandic. As of 2022, an additional 12 subjects hail from Zenrax and its constituent states.
The Empire can sign and make treaties with other nations if all members of the Imperial Diet agree to this. A benefit of this is that all members directly have mutual diplomatic relations and recognition with these states through that treaty. Member states are however forbidden from recognizing other Empires.
Currently, the Holy Roman Empire has treaties with:
As per treaty with the Empire of Austenasia both Empires follow the political ideology of Imperium. Thus the Holy Roman Empire only recognizes the Austenasian Emperor and the Adammic Emperor as Emperors with the rank of Augustus and thus equals of the Holy Roman Emperor.
The Holy Roman Empire claims that all historical territories of that Holy Roman Empire (800-1806) has had during its existence as rightfully part of the Empire and should be Imperial Estates of the Empire. All member-states are Imperial Estates of the Empire and are bound by Imperial Law and Imperial Authority. Member states enjoy the right to vote in the Imperial Diet and the protection of the Empire.
The Holy Roman Empire claims four Kingdoms as a permanent and integral part of the Empire. These Kingdoms are for the most part ruled by the Imperial Government in name of the Emperor (who is the King of three of the four Kingdoms), with the exception of Bohemia, which has its own autonomous government and the crown isn't automatically in union with the Imperial Crown like the others are.
The Imperial Kingdoms are:
The following nations are member states of the Holy Roman Empire and thus are Imperial Estates of the Empire:
- Kingdom of Wyvern
- Commonwealth of Havnesgade-Amager
- Confederation of Emmanuelian States
- Free City of Cleveland
- Kingdom of Gradonia
- Imperial Federation of Zenrax
- Margravate of Phokland
- Grand Duchy of Parthia
- State of Iceni
- Maritime Republic of The Damariscotta