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Monarchy of the Reylan Imperial Triumvirate
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|Emperor of Reyla|
Taeglan I Nihilus
|Style||His Imperial Majesty|
|First monarch||Taeglan I Nihilus|
|Formation||5 July 2005|
The Monarchy of the Reylan Imperial Triumvirate referred to in the Constitution of the Reylan Imperial Triumvirate as the 'Office of the Emperor' (Also commonly referred to as the Crown), is the leading political institution in the Reylan Imperial Triumvirate, comprising of the Monarch of the Reylan Imperial Triumvirate, and his two designated Heirs.
The Monarch of the Triumvirate holds the title and style of Emperor, or (conceivably) Empress. The current Emperor Regnant is Taeglan I Nihilus, who has held the mantle since the creation of the position on 5 July 2005. With the exception of a brief period between 16 June 2006 and 10 September 2006, during the Imperial Republic, the Monarch has always been Head of State of the Empire, and following the enaction of the Constitution of the Reylan Imperial Triumvirate, the Office also assumed the role of Head of Government.
Powers and Duties
In Imperial law, the Emperor's powers are absolute, however in practice many of the powers of the Office are delegated to the Imperial Parliament. Certain powers are however reserved to the Office. Imperial Decrees, such as those used to grant honours, and create provinces and governorships can only be issued by the Office of the Emperor. In addition to the Imperial Decrees, the Monarch reserves the right to issue the Imperial Executive Orders (with the exceptions of Orders 18 and 20, which pertain to his removal from power and can only be issued by unanimous vote of the High Officers of State).
The Emperor is responsible for the maintenance and keeping of the Imperial Constitution, and may try any court cases he wishes within the Imperial Courts of Law. In addition to this, the Emperor will appoint his two heirs, the Heir Presumptive and the Heir Apparent and serves as the chief representative of the people of the Empire in affairs of state. The Emperor acts on the advice of the Advisory Council, although the advice may be ignored, if the Emperor so wishes.
The First Imperium
The role of Reylan Emperor was first established on 5 July 2005 with the foundation of the Reylan Empire. The Emperor was envisaged as a constitutional monarch, acting according to constitutionally appointed prerogatives, similar to those applied to the British Monarchy. Under the original constitution, the Emperor could conditionally veto laws, and acted as a non-executive representative of the Empire and it's peoples. The position of the Emperor was passive, there were few times when the Emperor would actively intervene in the day-to-day running of the Empire under the auspices of his office. The non-political position of the Emperor in the first incarnation of the Empire was one of the main reasons for the change on the 4th May to the Imperial Republic.
The Imperial Republic
Under the Imperial Republic the role of Emperor was laid aside, albeit never formally abolished, and the previous responsibilities of the constitutional monarch were re-assigned to the Imperial Chancellor, who held the position of Head of State. The Chancellor adopted many of the responsibilities of the old Prime Minister too and served as the de facto Head of the Government, in addition to his constitutional place as Chair of the Imperial Senate.
When the decision was made to restore the Empire, the title of Emperor was once more decided upon as title of the Monarch, but the position of Emperor in the new Empire, would be absolute. The powers of the Chancellor, and the Senate, were transferred to the new Office of the Emperor, and with the passing of the Imperial Constitution on 17 September 2006, the Emperor was once restored as the absolute monarch of the Reylan Imperial Triumvirate.
The Reylan Imperial Triumvirate
Although intended as an absolute monarchy the Emperor stipulated (as a personal decision) that if he was to retake the throne, it would not be as sole governor. He proposed a system in which although the Emperor held absolute power, general governmental responsibility for the day to day running of the Empire would be shared by three bodies. The Imperial Parliament, a body comprised of elected representatives, in which persons would be elected to roles as Ministers; the Council of Three, comprised of the Parliamentary Triumvir (conventionally the First Minister), the Citizens Triumvir (a directly elected representative of the citizens) and the Imperial Triumvir (the Emperor); and the Emperor himself.
In the new Empire, the powers and duties of the Reylan Emperor were established by Article II of the Constitution, and further clarified in Addition XI. Under the new constitution, nothing is beyond the power of the Emperor, and any law can be vetoed by the Office. Although technically absolute, it is considered essential that the Monarch should listen to his people, both through the Imperial Parliament and the Citizens Triumvir, and any laws vetoed, should be done so with a given reason from the Office of the Emperor.
Oath of Office
Upon Enthronement, the Emperor takes the Imperial Oath of Office, a pledge made to the peoples of the Reylan Imperial Triumvirate, promising to uphold Imperial law, and protect the virtues and physical state of the Triumvirate. The text of the Oath is of vital import, and violation of the Oath is grounds (if proven) for the removal of an Emperor from Office under Order 18 of the Imperial Executive Orders.
I, [Birth Name], do solemnly swear to uphold the Imperial Constitution and protect the Reylan Imperial Triumvirate with my life. I take to myself the regnal name [Chosen Regnal Name] and understand that all and any deeds will be forever attached to this name within the Imperial Records. I also understand that should I violate the Imperial constitution and be tried for any crime against the Empire in an Imperial Court of Law, that it shall be that these misdeeds will be recorded under birth and regnal name as a permanent stain upon my character. I understand that I serve the Empire and swear to uphold its laws and ideals. I swear to execute the Office of Emperor honestly, striving always to be worthy of the trust and faith vested in me by the citizens of the Empire. I understand that as Emperor I am servant to the people and that the are not subservient to me, unless such a time should arise where this would become necessary. I accept the Imperial mantle in the full knowledge that from this day forth my life shall be forfeit in service to the Empire and its citizens. And so I swear to you, the citizens of the Empire, by my honour and by my life, that I will serve the people well and honourably as Emperor [Regnal Name] of the Reylan Imperial Triumvirate, Imperator et Primus inter Pares, Imperial Triumvir, and Prince of The Marimear, on my Life and Honour, so do I swear.— The text of the Imperial Oath of Office
Enthronement and the Heirs
The Emperor of the Reylan Imperial Triumvirate is not crowned, but rather enthroned (Article XI). The enthronement process is detailed in Addition XI of the Constitution, and involves representatives of the past, present and (ideological) future of the Empire. Between the death or abdication of an Emperor, and the enthronement of his successor, the Empire is run by the Council of Three and the Imperial Parliament, under certain conditions. Between monarchs, there may be no new laws passed, no constitutional amendments, and no elections, the only period where this last circumstance applies.
The enthronement not only serves as the formal introduction of the new Emperor to the public, but also as a memorial or consideration of the reign of the previous monarch. To complete the ceremony, the new monarch makes a speech in which he sets an agenda for his reign, as well as indicating the general direction in which he wishes to take the Empire.
During the course of his reign, the Emperor should appoint two Heirs, the Heir Apparent and the Heir Presumptive. Of these, the Heir Apparent is first in line to the Office, and is the first to be offered enthronement as Emperor following the death of abdication of the Emperor. Should an Emperor die before he can appoint a Heir Apparent, then the previous Heir Presumptive will take up the throne, thus, until the Emperor appoints their own Heir Apparent, the Heir Presumptive takes up the position.
Regnal Names and Numbering
As specified in Article II of the Imperial Constitution, Monarchs of the Reylan Imperial Triumvirate take regnal names and numbers in a specific format. The first name that the monarch takes is of their own choice and may be a common given name, or a name chosen or created by the Monarch themselves. The regnal number follows on from this, thus, the first Emperor, taking the name of Taeglan, becomes Taeglan I. Any subsequent monrachs who took the name Taeglan would become Taeglan II et cetera. The second name taken must be a latinate name, and should ideally represent something symbolic about the Monarch, or their personage, whether that be a particular skill, or attribute of which they are proud. In theory, the latinate name of the Monarch may be changed, by popular demand, in order to better reflect the position, ideals or public image of the Monarch.
Presently, the full style of the Monarch, as appointed by the Constitution and excluding personal titles and honours is: His Imperial Majesty Taeglan I Nihilus of the Reylan Imperial Triumvirate,Imperator et Primus Inter Pares, Imperial Triumvir, Prince of The Marimear, Sovereign of the Imperial Order of Reyla, the Order of the Moon and the Order of the Caduceus
It is rare that the full style of the Imperial Monarch is used, and each Monarch may specify the title to be used in informal correspondence.