Monarchy of Ebenthal

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King of Ebenthal
Green Coat of Arms of Ebenthal (2021).svg
Incumbent
Arthur Brum.png
Arthur II
since 29 December 2019
Details
StyleHis Majesty
Heir apparentHeitor, Prince of Altenburg
First monarchArthur I
Formation11 August 2014
ResidencePalace of Rochesburg, Altenburg
AppointerHereditary

The monarchy of Ebenthal is the political institution at the core of Ebenthal's unitary mixed structure. It is a constitutional monarchy under a parliamentary system, whereas the monarch is both Head of State and co-Head of Government. The Sovereign is the embodiment of the Ebenthali State and is King of Ebenthal as a matter of constitutional law. The third and current Ebenthali monarch is King Arthur II, who has been reigning since 29 December 2019. Arthur's second nephew, Heitor, Prince of Altenburg, is heir apparent.

The monarch and his or her immediate family undertake various official, ceremonial, diplomatic and representational duties. As the monarchy is constitutional, the monarch retains [extensive] executive political functions such appointing the Prime Minister, sanctioning or vetoing over laws, dismissing the parliament, appointing members of the upper chamber and bestowing honors and titles. The monarch is commander-in-chief of the Ebenthali Armed Forces. The ultimate formal executive authority over the government of the Ebenthal is still by and through the monarch's royal prerogative.

History

On 28 January 2014, Arthur Brum established the Kingdom of Roschfallen, declaring the private property of his family in the Brazilian cities of Rio de Janeiro, Magé and Saquarema as a sovereign country independent from the Federative Republic of Brazil. On the course of the following months, Arthur gathered friends to form a government, and in some cases these friends added their families' properties into the kingdom. Those whose lands and territories were added to Roschfallen were immediatly given feudal control over their lands under the King's suzerainity. As the country underwent its organization, discontent over the political structure of the nation began to emerge and ultimately led to Ebenthal's independence; Lord Arthur of Gallar, Counselor for the Gros Morne Deparment, whose much of the lands belonged to his family, declared his feud's independent on which he was supported by a bunch of Roschfallenian landed nobles. Arthur's lands and those of the minor nobles who followed him were added and formed the Kingdom of Ebenthal, which was proclaimed in 11 August 2014. The Lord of Gallar was acclaimed High King in an improvised coronation cerimony and reigned as Arthur I of Ebenthal for almost five years until his abdication in 24 June 2019. He was succeeded by his younger brother, the Prince of Arturia, as High King Mateus I, who reigned until his deposition over a tremendous political crisis in 27 September 2019. A regency was established and the crown was offered to King of Roschfallen on the grounds that it wouldn't mean an reunification with that kingdom. The Roschfallenian monarch accepted the offer and immediatly abdicated his throne in order to become the third High King of Ebenthal as Arthur II, in 29 December 2019. In 13 May 2020, Arthur II proposed a constitutional ammendment to change his title from High King to King, arguing that a High King is necessarily a ruler amongs Kings. The ammendment was approved by seven votes to five, four abstensions. In 15 August 2020 the King issued a decree changing his styles from Illustrious Majesty to Most Gracious Majesty and those of his consort and heir from Illustrious Highness to Gracious Highness. The last alteration to the country's monarchy was the creation of the title of Prince of Bruges to serve as the crown prince's title as long as the House of Brum stays on the throne.

Constitutional role

According to the constitution, the monarch (otherwise referred to as the sovereign or "His/Her Majesty, abbreviated H.M.) is the head of state and co-head of government (along with the Prime Minister). The King's image is used to signify Ebenthali sovereignity and government authority. Oaths of allegiance are made to the King and his lawful successors.

The monarch has broad government powers. He appoints the Prime Minister, who in turn appoints the Ministers of State, which the monarch has the power to dismiss. He also appoints all members of the House of Aristocrats, the parliament's upper chamber, the members of the Tribune of Truth, the supreme court of justice, and the King's Comissioners, who govern the provinces of the country, and the King's Liasons, who represent the monarch at country's principalities. It is also the exclusive prerogative of the monarch the veto power and royal assent and the right to dissolve the parliament, while the power to call referendums is shared with the Prime Minister. Legislative and juicial powers are delegated from the monarch to public bodies, respectively the Konkrëse, the country's bicameral parliament, and the Tribune of Truth, and exercised by them on the monarch's behalf. The sovereign's role as a constitutional monarch also includes non-partisan functions such as granting honours

According to Ebenthali law, the Monarch has sole prerogative over the following:

  • The power to issue Royal Decrees and Royal Edicts.
  • The power to appoint a Prime Minister.
  • The power to call a referendum.
  • The power to veto Acts of Parliament by not giving Royal Assent.
  • The power to sack members of the Cabinet.
  • The power to enter people into all of the Ebenthali Orders of Chivalry.
  • The power to grant peerages and titles.
  • The power to appoint the Truchsesses and the Seneschal of the Tribune of Truth.
  • The power to govern eventual Crown Dependencies, either directly or through the appointment of either a ruling body or a governor.
  • The power to appoint and sack the Provincial Presidents.
  • The power to appoint the members of the House of Aristocrats.
  • The right to have a inviolable person. (this right was revoked by Law No. 31/2020)

List of monarchs

No. Name Portrait Arms Reign Era
Reign duration
House Title
I Arthur I
Imagem 2020-10-17 220033.png
Lesser Coat of Arms of Ebenthal (2021).svg
11 August
2014
24 June
2019
First Arthurian era
4 years, 11 months, 13 days
House of Beato High King of Ebenthal
II Mateus I
Flag of Ebenthal.svg
Lesser Coat of Arms of Ebenthal (2021).svg
24 June
2019
27 September
2019
Mateusian era
2 months, 2 days
House of Beato High King of Ebenthal
III Arthur II
Arthur, Grand Duke of Roschfallen.png
Savoy-Brum Arms.png
29 December
2019
present Second Arthurian era
2 years, 4 months, 25 days
House of Brum King of Ebenthal
First Grand Duke, Prince, Lord and King of Roschfallen. Third Prince Imperial of Schneeblutig and nineth Hereditary Baron of Roches. Called "the Fair" and "the Somber", he was the main author the constitution of the Kingdom of Roschfallen as well of the Schneeblutigan Empire. He was also the Ministry of the Imperial and Royal Household of the Karno-Ruthenian Empire, diplomat and senator by the Liberal Party of the Kingdom of Manso.

Arms and standart

The Coat of arms of Ebenthal are "Ten green and yellow stripes, crossed from top right to bottom left by a black crancelin; over the crancelin, a cross of Saint James". The supporters are two crowned rampant lions. Surrounding the shield is the Grand Collar of the Order of the Silver Cat, the country's proper highest order. The coat is usually represented in a green mantled topped by a golden ornamente and the royal crown, but the sovereign personally makes use of a red mantle instead of the national green one.


The monarch's official flag in the Kingdom of Ebenthal is the Royal Standard, which depicts the Royal Arms in banner form. It is flown only from buildings, vessels and vehicles which belongs to the sovereign. The Royal Standard is never flown at half-mast because there is always a sovereign: when one dies, his or her successor becomes the sovereign instantly. In case succession does not occur automatically, whoever takes regency emulates the powers of the crown, invested on him or her temporarily by the crown, and it is thus the sovereign.

Titles

All members of the Royal Family are titled as Princes/ss of Ebenthal with the treatment of Royal Highness, except for the apparent heir, who is titled Prince of Altenburg. The monarch is titled King or Queen of Ebenthal, depending on gender, and is referred to as Majesty. All consorts automatically inherit the titles and treatments of their partners, regardless of their marital status or religion, with the exception in the event of a homosexual monarch, whose partner's title cannot be the same (which is reserved for the occupant of the throne) , and therefore must be decided by the King in a way that does not affect the priority of his own title. Royal titles of Ebenthal may co-exist with any other royal titles from other countries that members of the Royal Family may hold.

Royal Coronet of Ebenthal.svg King of Ebenthal Coronet of the Prince of Altenburg.png Prince of Altenburg Coronet of the Princes of Ebenthal.png Prince of Ebenthal

Monarch's full title

The Ebenthali Constitution defines the monarch's title and includes the noble titles individually held by each monarch. Constitutionally, the title is By Grace of God and the Popular Will, His Majesty The King of All Ebenthal either side of the Mountain Range and Beyond, Defender of the Independence, Lord of the Northern Hills.

Dissecting the title:

  • By Grace of God and the Popular Will: Is a religious and popular reference meaning that the King rules with God's blessing and that the people is truly Sovereign, as it allows the King to reign on their behalf.
  • His Majesty: From the Latin maiestas, it evokes upon its holder the supreme dignity of office.
  • King of All Ebenthal: The title proper, implying that while Ebenthal is a federation, the King is the ultimate monarch and suzerain.
  • Either side of the Mountain Range: It is a reference to Ebenthal's geography, its territory being divided by Mantiqueira mountain range
  • Defender of the Independence: It is a title granted by the parliament to High King Arthur I, as the one who proclaimed the country's independence; it was subsequently adopted by his successors as it is their job to protect Ebenthal and, thus, its independence.
  • Lord of the Northern Hill: It is a reference to Ebenthal's original lands in the northern region (in the hills) of Roschfallen.

Former titles

Monarch

Originally the monarch's title was "High King of Ebenthal". This is because at the time of Ebenthal's independence, the first sovereign, Arthur I, like his supporters, wanted to impose an image of superiority over Roschfallen, but also because at that stage the political organization of the Kingdom of Ebenthal sought inspiration in several places; the title of High King was inspired by the High Kings of medieval Ireland. The title, however, was changed to "King of Ebenthal" on 11 March 2020 by a royal decree by which King Arthur II declared that a High King must necessarily reign over lesser Kings. In the change, the King's treatment of "Illustrious Majesty" became "Most Gracious Majesty" and then just "Majesty".

Heir apparent

With the establishment of the kingdom in 2014 and its capital in the city of Arturia, named in honor of the King, the Crown Prince of Ebenthal came to be designated as "Prince of Arturia". On 5 June 2018, however, in order to avoid the similarity of the title Ebenthali with the title of the heir to the Spanish throne "Prince of Asturias" and inspired by the title of the heir to the British throne "Prince of Wales" (being prince of a region of the country , the United Kingdom), the title of the heir apparent to the throne of Ebenthal was changed to "Prince of Belmonte". There was, however, a complication because Belmonte was a federative unit and a principality - as were all other federative units at the time. In order to resolve the issue, the Government and the Royal House agreed that the Crown Prince would be Prince of Belmonte in title and in function, being officially always the ruler of the Principality of Belmonte, but in order to avoid a double function and political exercise by the heir to the throne. , Belmonte would be permanently governed by a Regency. On 11 March 2021, through Decree No. 5-2021, Élida, then Princess of Belmonte, renounced her title which was then disassociated from the position of heir to the throne; Her son Heitor succeeded her as heir apparent to the throne under the new title of "Prince of Bruges", after the birthplace of the Royal Family in Belgium. Nevertheless, in an effort to strengthen Ebenthal's notion of nationality and disassociate some national factors from his personal history, on 5 February 2022 King Arthur II changed the name of the country's capital from Gillisburgh to Altenburg, and thereby changed the title from the crown prince definitively from "Prince of Bruges" to "Prince of Altenburg"

Properties

The sovereign's official residence in Altenburg is the Palace of Rochesburg. It is the site of most state banquets, investitures, royal christenings and other ceremonies. However, King Arthur II and the Prince Consort reside at the Meyer Annex, a modest apartment which is part of the Palace of the Kings estate. Another royal residence is the Lyns Palace, at the Province of Lyns, which is used principally as summer residence. Other residences include the Ignatius Castle, the Central Hill Palace and the Oranges Royal Apartment, where other members of the royal family reside, as well as the Fernandine Complex, at the Province of Belmonte, which serves as residence to most of King Arthur II's maternal relatives.

Historically, from 2014 to 2019, perion on which the House of Beato occupied the Ebenthali throne, the sovereign's official residence was the Valerge Palace, at the former city of Arturia. Other former royal resicendes included the Gros Morne Palace, in modern-day Province of New Switzerland and the Paysandú Estate in Uruguay.

Line of succession to the Ebenthali throne

The Ebenthali monarchy makes use of the semi-salic law, by which all male members are preferred over female members into the line of succession, but still women can succeed on the throne. There are no formal requirements on marriage, although it is established that non-morganatic marriages are alwayes preferred over morganatic marriages. According to the House Law, all relatives of the King are included in the line of succession to the throne and it remains this way until thie King decides otherwise, as he is the only person to hold power over matter concerning the crown and is not subjugated by the parliament, only ordering it to assent to his decisions, as long as they don't break any of the country's laws.

See also

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