Abeldane Monarchy

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Emperor of the Abeldane Empire
Monarchy
Federal
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Imperial greater coat of arms of Abelden
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Incumbent
Nicholas
since 29 May 2020

Style His Imperial and Royal Exalted Majesty
Heir apparent HI&RH Ervecysarich Stephen
First monarch Stephen
Formation 6 June 2014

The Abeldane Monarchy, legally called as the Crown, is a constitutional and historic institution of the Abeldane Empire. The monarchy compromises of the reigning monarch, the other four heads of the Imperial Houses, and their family members. With the introduction of federalisation in 2016, it is permanently tied and located in the Kingdom of Alenshka and thus making all members of the Royal Houses of Alenshka as members of the Imperial family and the King as the Emperor although Alenshka has been in personal union with the Empire since 2014. The monarchs bear the title Emperor for males and Empress for females. The Emperor is primus inter pares, meaning first among equals, among all the other monarchs of the Empire but this term is merely ceremonial as the Emperor is vested with powers such as removing a monarch of an another state.

Originally established as a unitary monarchy, it became a federal monarchy in 2016 following the introduction of federalisation in the Empire. The monarch wielded a large amount of powers and ruled by decree but this all changed after the introduction of the concept of a federal constitutional and absolute monarchy, meaning the Emperor still maintained a large amount of powers but he was subject to scrutiny by the Reichsversammlung. According to the Constitution, the Monarch is the embodiment of the Empire and is vested with powers but his powers are delegated and exercised by the Privy Council (Emperor-in-Council), the Reichsversammlung (Emperor-in-Parliament) and the Reichshoeschgericht (Emperor-on-Bench), representing the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government respectively. Although the powers are delegated, the monarch is still vested with separate powers such as enacting decrees. Other members of the Imperial family usually undertake roles in the government and partake in the political arena of the Empire.

The current monarch is Emperor Nicholas, who ascended to the throne on 29 May 2020 following the abdication of Emperor Newton. This was the second time Nicholas ascended the throne, having also been Newton’s predecessor. The current heir apparent or the Ervecysarich is Stephen Freayth, Duke of Claret.

Powers and duties

The monarch has duties and powers as a monarch:

  • The power to control the government
  • The power to give titles to people
  • The power to appoint the cabinet and the Prime Minister
  • The power to hold the title Imperial and Royal Exalted Majesty
  • The power to issue Imperial decrees
  • The power to veto a General Elections
  • The power to declare war
  • The power to start diplomatic relations

The monarch has more duties than this, listed here are important powers and duties of a monarch.

History

Early monarchy

The monarchy of the Abeldane Empire was established on the 6 June 2014 with the signing of the Establishment Declaration. Stephanus was proclaimed Emperor and signed the declaration of establishment on the 6 June 2014.

Since the establishment of the Empire, the Monarch wielded several powers as an absolute monarchs such that the Monarch ran most of the daily affairs of the government and of the Empire. All but one thing can the Monarch do, which was disestablishing the Empire or dissolving it, which would be illegal following an irrevocable decree. The Monarch was responsible for establishing relations with other states, signing new laws or even creating them, appointing the Vorsitzender and the cabinet and others. This absolute power has now since devolved only to the original founders of the Empire, namely Emperor Stephen, Prince Donald, Duke of Pleston and The Former Empress Rachel I.

After an increase in inactivity in the Empire, Emperor Stephen abdicated for the first time on the 24 September 2014, citing to personal reasons and real life situations, in favour of Empress Rachel I. The abdication did not decrease inactivity, but increased instead. After Emperor Stephen coming back to the community, Empress Rachel I abdicated in favour of Prince Donald and became Emperor Donald. Donald's reign was short and did not last more than 2 weeks and also abdicated in favour of Emperor Stephen, after he convinced Donald to abdicate for the sake of the Empire and returning it into activity. Stephen took the throne again for the second time on 25 December 2014 and was crowned for the first time on the same day.

Role in the 2015 Crisis

Stephen focused and increased government activity and established several more ministries, which make up today's ministries in the cabinet. Elections were held from February to March 2015 and several parties such as the Conservative Party, the oldest party still to exist in the empire, and the New Democratic Party, which dominated the Empire and the government for years and held a stronghold of influence with the Emperor.

During this time, the influence of the government on decision making was affecting the Emperor too, which also decreased his power as decisions made by him were now required to be approved by a plebiscite.

Present Day

On 20 March 2018, Emperor Stephen announced his intention to abdicate on the 24th, the third anniversary of his most recent ascension to the throne. He was succeeded on that day by Emperor Nicholas. A few months later, Nicholas abdicated in favor of Newton I, who appointed Stephen Prince Regent. Newton would go on to reign for nearly two years, before abdicating on 29 May 2020, in favour of former emperor Nicholas, who returned to the throne.

List of Monarchs

Name Lifespan Reign Coronation
Acclamation
Total reign Notes House Image
Stephen
Stephen Freayth
14 November 6 June 2014

24 September 2014
8 June 2014 110 days Emperor
abdicated
Freayth
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Rachel I
Rachel Kioya
18 November 24 September 2014

16 December 2014
None 83 days Rotational succession
abdicated
Legata
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Donald
Donald West
21 July 16 December 2014

25 December 2014
None 9 days Rotational succession
abdicated
West
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Stephen
Stephen Freayth
14 November 25 December 2014

6 March 2015
None 71 days Rotational succession
abdicated
Freayth
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Donald
Donald West
21 July 6 March 2015

24 March 2015
None 18 days Selected succession
abdicated
West
DvW.png
Stephen
Stephen Freayth
14 November 24 March 2015

24 March 2018
24 March 2016 3 years Rotational succession
abdicated
Freayth
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Nicholas
Nicholas Kaos
18 November 24 March 2018

15 June 2018
24 March 2018
(Acclamation)
92 days Rotational succession
abdicated
Kaos
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Newton
Newton von Uberquie
16 December 24 March 2018

29 May 2020
19 April 2019
(Acclamation)
1 year, 349 days Rotational succession
abdicated
Uberquie
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Nicholas
Nicholas Kaos
18 November 29 May 2020
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None 6 days Rotational succession Kaos
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Timeline

Succession

As per the Monarchical Decree of June 2018, the succession to the Crown, as well as to the Alenshkan throne, follows a rotary succession wherein five ruling houses (Uberquie, Freayth, Kaos, Rees, West) equally share the succession and are arranged by the order of seniority of the houses alternately:

Those who hold the first, second, and third positions in the line of succession are only held by the heads of each houses (excluding the head of the house who is the reigning Monarch) and no one other member may take that place if he/she is not the head of any of the houses. The heir apparent bears the title Ervecysarich which means Hereditary Emperor in the Abeldane language, and the traditional Duke of Alexton or Duchess of Alexton. The second in line takes the title Duke of Pleston. The titles Duke of Pleston and Duke of Alexton are hereditary in essence that whoever is in the line takes it up.

Currently, all houses follows absolute primogeniture and thus females are eligible for the throne. Previously, the House of Freayth and West followed the male-preference primogeniture but abolished it in 2016. The Grand Duchess Enoshima is given an exemption to be included in the succession.

Full line of succession

House of Uberquie

House of Kaos

House of Freayth

House of Rees

House of West

Bold denotes for the head of each house. Line succession is determined by the numbers on the left with brackets. Italics denote the person is deceased. Gray crowns stand for former Monarchs and a heraldic crown for the present Monarch.

Styles

The Monarch is addressed as His Imperial Majesty in formal way or His Imperial and Royal Majesty when referring to the Monarch as Monarch of Abelden and the Abeldane Commonwealth nations. The Monarch is referred informally as 'The Emperor' simply or calling the Monarch as 'Your Majesty'. In Commonwealth members, the Monarch is referred as 'The King' or 'The Emperor' and is styled as His Majesty.

Below is the full title of the Monarchs since 2019:

His Imperial and Royal Exalted Majesty
by the Grace of the Lord our Almighty God and Saviour,
Forever August,
Emperor of the Abeldane Empire and Exalted King of Alenshka,
Legatian Emperor and King,
King of Verus,
King of Legabelden, Huma, Burkland, Kobylgrad, Khadarstan,
Protector of Suania;
Archduke of Legatia, Prince of Abelden and Alenshka, Legabelden, Dolangrad;
Grand Duke of Darmania; Duke of Glaciania, Leganisberg, Deoter;
Margrave of Nirapēkṣa, Ovižava, Northern Legatia, Southern Legatia;
Prince of Othal, Carsvile, Gluttersberg, Carlston, Orlanta, Pristala, Grostynien, Zseravetsky, Trostia, Niechale, Earl of Mochlyn;
Head of the Abeldane Commonwealth;
etc. etc. etc.

Several other tiles include:

Co-Sovereign of the Order of the Two Eagles, Sovereign of the Order of St. Philip the Apostle, Sovereign of the Order of St. Bartholomew, Emperor Penguin Commander of the Order of the Emperor Penguin, Sovereign of the Order of Memery, Sovereign of the Order of the Rampant Lion, Sovereign of the Order of Imperium Abludum, Sovereign of the Order of Holy Angels and Saints, Sovereign of the Order of the Empress and Queen, Sovereign of the Order of Legatia, Sovereign of the Order of Orange;
Sovereign of all territories and dependencies of his Imperial and Royal Empire and Protector, and so forth, and so forth, and so forth

The full style of the Monarch is only used on Letters Patent for nobility and on the constitution. The Monarch's longest style on documents and on acts is simply as: His Imperial and Royal Exalted Majesty, Stephen, by the Grace of the Lord our Almighty God and Saviour, Forever August, Emperor of the Abeldane Empire and King of Alenshka, Legatian Emperor and King, Protector of Suania, Head of the Abeldane Commonwealth, Sovereign of all territories and dependencies. The way the Monarch is named and referred in Acts of the Parliament and legal usage is simply His Imperial and Royal Exalted Majesty, the Emperor.

Standards

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