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Line of succession to the throne of North America

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The Imperial House Law, passed on 25 November 2015, restricts the North American throne to those descended from Julius Peters I and his wife, Wilhelmina Schmeling. Succession is governed by absolute primogeniture.

Dynasts lose their right to the throne if they marry without the permission of the monarch, to be given in the Imperial House Council. Individuals born to unmarried dynasts or to former dynasts that married without royal permission, and their descendants, are excluded from the throne unless certain conditions were met.

Line of succession

Notes and sources:

Hyphenated names indicate the person in line is married. This is just for distinction and not the legal name of the individual.

The line continues with the senior collateral line of the Peters Julian line, namely, descendants of William's second great uncle Julius, 2nd Baron of Portage (1899–1983) (genealogy still ongoing). The next of the collateral lines, descending from Julius' younger brothers, Richard, Edwin, Harold, and James. Next follow eligible descendants of Hugo, 2nd Count of Cook (1872–1945), first born son of Julius I, followed by other eligible descendants of Otto Peters (1887–1939) youngest son of Julius I.

History

Previously, various relatives of Emperor William had succession rights in the North American Confederation. The 2015 House Law terminated those rights but left the individuals involved in possession of their titles.

When the North American Confederation was first formed it simply adopted the succession laws of New Europe which at the time was male-preference primogeniture in 2011, meaning that females could inherit the throne, but only if they had no brothers.

The House of Hartmann-Peters was founded to merge the Houses of Peters and Hartmann in 2009. While members of both families were given rights to the throne, this applied to New Europe as well, members of the House of Hartmann were given seniority of the House of Peters. This was done largely because the geneology of the House of Peters beyond Emil I was never done. While the NAC was dissolving William abdicated and was de facto succeeded by his brother. While he never assumed the throne nor since then acknowledged this position he is recognized as the second official monarch of the NAC and being succeeded by William in the reformed micronation.

In early June 2015, the provisional government expressed desire of a new succession law that allows a first-born child to one day ascend the throne regardless of whether it is a boy or a girl, similar to that of Sweden and Norway. The bill ensured that the heir apparent to the throne of the North American Confederation would be the monarch's first-born child. The law was in effect for only a year when amendments were made that reintroduced male-preference primogeniture with slight but drastic alterations. The House of Hartmann-Peters are the only ones entitled to dynastic rights followed by the senior collateral line of the House of Peters. This displaced Emperor William's first cousin Lady Amanda of Portage who was third in line to twelfth.