Title 2 - The Imperial Charter
- 1 Article I: Preamble
- 2 Article II: Independence
- 3 Article III: Charter Supremacy
- 4 Article IV: The Imperium
- 5 Article V: Immigration, Denizenship and Citizenship
- 5.1 Section A. General
- 5.2 Section C. Residency
- 5.3 Section D. Fraud
- 5.4 Section E. Denial
- 5.5 Section F. Retainment of rights
- 5.6 Section G. Renouncement
- 5.7 Section H. Denizenship
- 5.8 Section I. Citizenship
- 5.9 Section J. Rights
- 6 Article VI: The Monarchy
- 6.1 Section A. Styling of the Monarch
- 6.2 Section B. Prerogatives
- 6.3 Section C. Regency
- 6.4 Section D. Reigning in no Other Countries
- 6.5 Section E. Powers of the Monarch.
- 6.6 Section F Heirs to the Throne
- 6.7 Section G. The Privy Council.
- 7 Article VII. The Council of Archons
- 8 Article VIII: The Imperial Magnus
- 9 Article IX: The Imperial Court
- 10 Article X: The Imperial Service
- 11 Article XI: Territorial Organization of the Imperium
- 12 Article XII. Final Provisions
- 13 Article XIII. Authentication
Article I: Preamble
I, Rasim Aeon, Founder of the Aksum Imperium, in council and in the name of the individual Citizens and Denizens, sentient species, and wandering families, tribes, clans, and houses of the Imperium, by the light of the Creator, ever mindful of our desire to rise to greatness; with inspiration and a resolve to establish and maintain a state based on justice, law, freedom, peace, order, and good governance for all Aksumites/Aksumians; do hereby ordain and establish the 7th Imperium in place of the previous versions of our nation originally founded on March 19, 2009 on the Island of Falcone; and declare this Charter as the supreme law of our Realm.
Article II: Independence
I, Rasim Aeon, Lord of the House of Aeon, Supreme Warlord and Protector of Aksum, King of Aeonia, further in the name of the People do reaffirm and proclaim the Dominion of the Aksum Imperium to be an independent unit in the Metaverse, in constant adherence to the associated terms of service. 1st Promulgated on the 19th of March 2009 (1st YoA); restated the 20th of March 2010; amended on 15 day of June 2012; redeclared a 4th time on 19 March 2014, the fifth year of Aksum; again reaffirmed on 31 July 2017 the 8th year of the Imperium; reaffirmed again on June 21, 2020; and again on the 1st day of December 2020.
Article III: Charter Supremacy
This Charter is the supreme law of the Aksum Imperium and all of its holdings and possessions that exist under its banner and protection. All laws, decrees, edicts must conform to the charter.
Any decree, law, edict, measure, policy, tradition or rule in existence prior to the promulgation of this Charter that is inconsistent with this Charter ceases to have effect to the extent of the inconsistency.
Upon the promulgation of this Charter, Imperial Law shall include decrees issued by the monarch, edicts issued by authorized individuals, laws adopted by the legislature, decisions by the judiciary, and orders or policy issued by the imperial forces.
Article IV: The Imperium
Section A. Presence
The Aksum Imperium is a nation of persons without regard of race, ethnicity, gender, persuasion, sexuality, coming together as a community of netizens in the metaverse.
Section B. Official Language
There shall be no official language for the whole of the Imperium; however, the language of the Sovereign shall be considered the primary language. Every attempt shall be made to accommodate all languages spoken.
Section C. Scope
This Chapter is the supreme law of the Aksum Imperium and applies to all parts of the Aksum Imperium, its constituent realms, divisions, protectorates, and colonies. Whenever no provision is addressed in this Chapter, an act shall be performed by Imperial Decree issued by the Monarch.
Section D. State Form
The form of government shall be that of a monarchy. The Imperium’s power is inherited by anyone in accordance to a decree by the reigning Sovereign
Section E. Capital City
The Permanent Capital of the Imperium is Aksum City in the Kingdom of Aeonia; however, wherever the Sovereign holds council shall be deemed a temporary capital.
Section F. The National Flag
The Sovereign shall designate the Imperial Flag. At a minimum, the flag shall contain the colors: black, gold, and blue; and include at its center the designated coat of arms for the Imperium. The Black represents the boldness of the people to attempt whatever they choose, however they choose; the Gold is for the richness of ideas and the malleability of the people to handle situations, and the Blue is for stability, loyalty, intelligence, and faith.
Section G. The Coat of Arms
The Coat of Arms is linked with the Imperial House of Aeon. The coat of arms displays majesty, justice, faith, fidelity, protection, courage and character. The color of the shield is black and gold symbolizing dependability, fidelity, and malleability. The charges on the shield two lions displayed arisen symbolizing dauntless courage and bravery and represent the Imperium’s continued goal to achieve;. The mantling is ornate and contains a crowned knight as its helm, symbolizing a person of royalty or sovereign authority. The motto on the scrolls is translated from Latin, as By Strength and Courage. It is by the strength and courage of all the people that the Imperium exists and thrives.
Section H. Imperial Anthems
There shall be two Imperial Anthems of Aksum, Also Sprach Zarathustra (the opening of 2001 Space Odyssey) shall be played to open all major events in Aksum. The second Lux Aterna (Requiem for A Dream) shall be played for Imperial Performances including coronations, of openings of the Grand Assembly, and swearing of Officers of the Realm. The National Song is If You’re Out There, by John Legend. The Imperium does not own the rights to these songs, except for any licenses permitting the play of these songs. The Sovereign may at any time change the Anthems.
Section I. Imperial Motto
The Imperial Motto is "Vi et Animo" translated as "By Strength and Courage.
Article V: Immigration, Denizenship and Citizenship
Section A. General
Citizenship in Aksum is only acquired by "legal" means. The exact procedure will be determined by law where not addressed in this Charter. Children born to Aksum Denizens or Citizens must still apply and be sponsored by parents. Section B. Majority To immigrate to the Imperium a person must be registered at the location known as the Forums or other other location determined by decree.
Section C. Residency
Immigrants and Denizens are not required to purchase, lease, or rent land to claim their status in the Imperium, or in any kingdom/state/province of the same, unless applying to be a Citizen. However an Immigrant, Denizen, or Citizen may only be a resident of one Kingdom/state or System
Section D. Fraud
If it becomes known that an individual uses fraud or dishonesty in their application, including false statements to officials, they may be prosecuted in the judicial system. The maximum punishment shall be expulsion. The monarch may commute such a sentence.
Section E. Denial
Any person denied citizenship may resubmit 30 days after the original denial.
Section F. Retainment of rights
Citizens of Aksum may live within the Imperium or abroad. The distinction does not affect their standing or their civil or political rights.
Section G. Renouncement
Citizens may voluntarily renounce their citizenship. This may be done by a written Declaration of Renunciation and posted in the forums. A renouncement without notification shall incur a ban from the date of discovery and filing, as determined by the judiciary.
Section H. Denizenship
Denizenship is determined by application at a designated location as stated by law. Imperial law may provide for the acquisition and loss of Denizenship and the rights and obligations of Denizenship. Imperial law may provide for the conditions of unfree persons and for the liberation of unfree persons. All persons completing the required prerequisite for Denizenship shall have the right to petition for citizenship; serve in the imperial forces; have a family; and any other rights attributed to that status. Participation on the Imperial Forum at least once a month
Section I. Citizenship
- Citizenship is exclusive to denizens who have, at a minimum:
- Been granted nobility or served at least one good year in the Imperial Service or the Imperial Civil Service (or whatever name either is referred)
- Completed the most recent Census
- Claims residence in a System of the Imperium
- Participation on the forums at least twice a month
- Submitted a petition through the proper office or authority
- 2 Imperial law may provide for the recognition of nobility, for the acquisition and loss of citizenship, the rights and obligations of citizenship, and any additional requirements.
- 3 Only Citizens who become Knights may become nobility.
- 4 Citizens may petition an established House to create a Clan, following all other procedures established by Imperial Law.
Section J. Rights
Freedom of Speech
No law shall exist abridging the freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication except in case of public order and decency. All citizens and denizens are responsible for their sentiments, and shall refrain from libelous and slanderous abuse.
Freedom of Religion.
The Sovereign may declare the primary religious/spiritual practice of the Imperium; however the government shall not restrict free exercise of religion or conscience in worship or conduct, nor shall any preference be given to any religious establishment. The official ecclesiastic practice shall not be forced upon the Citizens or Denizens. Religious services and rituals not in conflict with law or public order are authorized. The government shall issue procedures for establishing religious/spiritual or other ecclesiastical organizations in Aksum, by decree or statute.
Freedom from Discrimination
No discrimination, shall exists within the Aksum Imperium on the grounds of race, color, sex, sexual preference, age, religion, beliefs, language, or any physical or societal parameters whatsoever, except as provided elsewhere in this Charter.
Freedom of Assembly.
Citizens have the right to peaceful assembly whether in private facilities or in the open air, provided that such assembly neither disrupts traffic or legal commercial activity, unduly inconveniences people, or advocates the commission of a violation of Imperial Law (including TOS, policies, etc.). Citizens have the right to organize and register political parties and other organizations subject to the laws of the Imperium, and its own laws of membership.
Freedom from Unlawful Search and Seizure
Citizens and Denizens have the right to privacy and security in their persons, homes, papers, correspondence, and property, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated. No person may be arrested or detained without a warrant issued by a judge or the Sovereign.
Innocent Until Proven Guilty
Any person charged with an offense shall be presumed innocent until proven guilty, and has the right to request information on his legal rights. No accused person shall be denied due process, nor shall any Citizen or Denizen be compelled in any case to bear witness against himself.
Right to Speedy Trial
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury or tribunal of the Crown. The accused shall have the right to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation, to confront the witnesses against him, and to have subpoena power to obtain witnesses in his favor. The accused has the right of legal assistance.
Marriage and Sexual Preference
While upholding the sanctity of marriage, Aksum holds inviolable the rights of all consenting adult citizens to manage their own private sexual conduct. Marriage and sexual preference shall not be an issue of the state.
Aksum Citizenship or Denizenship, except where stated in this Charter, can only be lost by a citizen's voluntary renunciation of citizenship or as punishment for a crime determined by the Imperial Grand Tribunal based on decree and/or law.
The enumeration of rights in this Charter shall not be construed to deny or disparage other rights retained by the people. Powers not held by the Sovereign, delegated to the government, to the courts, to the subdivisions, or to legal state organizations, are held by the People of the Imperium.
Article VI: The Monarchy
Section A. Styling of the Monarch
The Aksum Imperium is a monarchy ruled by a Sovereign styled with a traditional title of nobility based on the size of the Imperium. At its height, the Sovereign is titled as Emperor and Head of State. The historic and official title of the Sovereign of Aksum is: "His/her Imperial Majesty (name), by the Light of the Creator, Sovereign of the Aksum Imperium and all of its Realms and Regions, Founder of the Imperium, King of Aksum, Prince of Falcone, Supreme Sovereign and Patron of the Knightly Orders of the Imperium, Supreme Magistrate, Supreme Commander of the Imperial Forces, Supreme Protector and Humble Chief Servant of the People, Sovereign Lord of the House of Aeon, and Supreme Magnus. The titles along with the dignity shall pass to the Sovereign's successors. However, because the nation owes its existence to Sovereign Rasim, the title of Founder does not pass but shall always pertain to Rasim.
Section B. Prerogatives
The Sovereign is the symbolic, spiritual, and nominal head of the nation. He shall rule by justice, fairness, and within the guidelines of this Charter. His Imperial Powers and Prerogatives are: the right to declare national holidays, grant titles of nobility , make the annual Imperial Address on the 21st day of June (or at other times when events warrant, as close to the Summer Solstice as possible); sign bills into law; veto bills; grant pardons and commute sentences, confer awards and decorations, approve orders of knighthood; issue Writs of Dissolution and Warrants of Prorogation for the Imperial Congress/Assembly; declare war; sign treaties; establish the framework for the management of nobles; convene an Imperial Magnus or other Conclaves; open the Imperial Assembly at each session; command the armed forces; grant military commissions; declare martial law and rule directly; declare a state of emergency and direct the organization of a temporary government; and issue decrees to provide for the governance, stability, and survival of the Imperium. These Prerogatives can only be delegated by Imperial Warrant or Decree. No person shall attempt to involve the Sovereign, nor shall he infringe or impose in politics; petty issues; minor and basic decisions; except to ensure the survival of the Imperium.
Section C. Regency
The Sovereign may designate a Regent by decree. Where the Sovereign is absent for a period exceeding thirty days (30) from his last presence in the Imperium the Heir or Regent shall act. In case of prolonged absence of the Sovereign, the Imperial Privy Council shall, if no regent is designated, temporarily assume those duties or nominate an individual from among them to serve as the Regent. Regency is terminated upon the return and declaration of the Sovereign.
Section D. Reigning in no Other Countries
The Sovereign shall not reign in any other countries except those that are subject to this Charter.
Section E. Powers of the Monarch.
Sub-Section 1 Supreme Authority
Subject to limitations laid down in this Charter the Sovereign shall have the supreme authority in all affairs of the realm. The executive, legislative, judicial, and martial powers of the Imperium are vested in the Sovereign and delegated by this Charter and Imperial Decrees.
Sub-Section 7 Removal of Officers
The Sovereign may at whim, appoint, replace, or remove a Regent, an Officer of State, or a member of any body or delegate it, and may by his last Will and Testament appoint a Regent to serve during the minority of his successor. Minority is defined as not being of 18 years of age(rl), not having a forum account, and not having account on a metaverse where Aksum exists
Sub-Section 8 Removal of the Sovereign
Neither the Sovereign nor any person he designates by decree shall be subject to prosecution or subpoena. The Sovereign may only be removed by abdication; or by a 3/4 vote of the full Imperial Magnus with a minimum of ⅓ of the total eligible membership present, meeting for that specific purpose.
Section F Heirs to the Throne
The Sun Throne of Aksum shall be inherited by the descendants of His Majesty, Rasim, Sovereign of Aksum, who are members of the House of Aeon. The present Imperial Family is styled The Imperial House of Aeon. Should the Sovereign at any time renounce his citizenship, that renunciation or loss shall be deemed to imply his abdication of the Throne. Upon the demise, abdication, or removal from the Throne by any Sovereign, the Crown shall pass to the next heir or the senior member of the House of Aeon. The Sovereign will issue an Imperial decree declaring the line of succession. This will be reviewed at each Solstice and Equinox.
Sub-Section 1 Styles of the Heir
The Heir Apparent shall be styled as His/her Imperial Highness, the Imperial Crown Prince/Princess of the Imperium.
Sub-Section 2 Consent to Succession
The designated heir to the Throne of the Imperium may not accept any other crown or government without the consent of the Sovereign. If he or she acts contrary to this rule, they and their descendants forfeit their right to the Throne.
Sub-Section 3 Immunity of the Heir
The Imperial Crown Prince/Princess will not personally be answerable to anyone other than the Sovereign, or whomever he decrees to sit in judgment of them.
Section G. The Privy Council.
Sub-Section 1. Membership of the Council.
The Sovereign by decree shall appoint an Imperial Privy Council which shall consist of a minimum of seven (7) Citizens. The Sovereign designates which officer he/she sees fit to serve on the Council.
Sub-Section 2. Duties of the Council
The Imperial Council shall have the power to act as any branch of the Imperial Government (Legislature, Judiciary, and Executive) when those branches are inactive. Review all laws passed by the Legislature and signed by the Head of the Executive Branch prior to gaining Imperial Assent. Settle disputes between Branches of Government. Make regular recommendations to the Sovereign or anything covering the governance of the Imperium.
Sub-Section 3. Oaths
All members of the Imperial Council shall be sworn by reciting the following Oath of Office: “I, (name), will faithfully execute the office of His Imperial Majesty's (office) of the Aksum Imperium, I pledge my loyalty and fealty to the Sovereign of the Imperium; will to the best of my ability defend the integrity of the Imperium, bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. By Strength and Courage. Long Live the Sovereign and the Imperium!!
Article VII. The Council of Archons
Section 1. Membership
Membership in the Council of Archons is reserved for the heads of the 13 Great Houses of the Imperium. The Imperial House of Aeon has the first and permanent seat on this Council. The Sovereign shall issue a decree naming the houses to be members. The Imperial Assembly, and sitting members may nominate a house to become Sovereign; however, there will only be 13. The ruling house will always use Imperial in its name, ie. The Sovereign and Imperial House of Aeon. All others shall be the Sovereign House of (___). The leaders of each Great House shall hold the title of Archon
Section 2. Duties and Powers
The duties and powers of this Council shall be granted by decree, this Charter and the following: - Review the actions of the Sovereign and determine what actions to take within this Charter - Nominate to the Imperial Magnus as Chair of the Council, the Magus Archon. The Chair of the previously existing Council of Sovereigns shall serve as the Magus Archon until the next Imperial Magnus -Oversee the established Houses and vote whether to recommend new houses - Perform any duties by decree or directive issued by the Sovereign - Promote the well-being of the Imperium - Serve as a regency council or appoint a regent in case of absence or inability of the Sovereign.
Section 3. The Magus Archon
The Grand Sovereign is elected by the Imperial Magnus and serves for life. Any sitting Sovereign can serve as such. When not the Sovereign, this person is the #2 ranking noble of the Imperium. Removal from position can only only be done by 2/3 vote of the Council recommended such to the Imperial Magnus. Removal by the Magnus is done by a 3/4 vote.
Article VIII: The Imperial Magnus
Section A. Attendance
An Imperial Magnus shall be formed consisting of the Sovereign, and members of the Imperial Court (including the Council of Archons, Privy Council, the Imperial Council, the Imperial Legislature, Imperial Judiciary) as full and voting members. Citizens and Denizens that are not members of the Imperial Court may attend as non-voting members and are permitted to speak, submit proposals, and petition. Voting Members that are not Archons shall use the title Sub-archon during this conclave. All others shall use their citizenship status (ex: Citizen Doe; Denizen Smith)
Section B. Magus Archon
The Magus Archon shall preside over the Imperial Magnus. He/she when directed by decree, shall summon this body beginning on each Solstice, to allow for the delivery of the Imperial Address, fill vacancies if needed; review the Charter, any laws, and vote on any changes; hear petitions from Citizens on any matter; and take up any other matter regarding the Imperium that may be brought forward. All votes of the Imperial Magnus require a majority vote except where otherwise stated in this Charter or the approved rules of order. A quorum shall consist of seven (7) voting members. The Officers of the Imperial Court shall also be the Officers of the Magnus.
Section C. Powers
In addition to what is mentioned above, the powers of the Imperial Magnus, includes: The ability to overturn any Imperial Decree by ¾ vote; Sit as the court of impeachment for the Sovereign, requiring ¾ vote to impeach; vote on and propose amendments to the Charter; vote no confidence in any Officer of State and stand as a court of Impeachment of the same; Vote no Confidence of any branch of government and recommended dissolution or removal. In the case of removal Martial Law shall be declared and the Imperium becomes an absolute monarchy.
Section D. Immunity
During the Session of an Imperial Magnus all Magnuses are immune to prosecution or subpoena except by the Magnus; and may only be punished by the Imperial Magnus. Non-voting members may be charged during the Magnus but shall be handled by the normal process as determined by law; however, non-voting members may lose their right to speak as determined by the Supreme Magnus or a vote of the Imperial Magnus
Article IX: The Imperial Court
Section A. Establishment.
The Imperial Court of Aksum is the full governance of the Imperium, exercising the Executive, Legislative, Judicial, and Martial authority of the Sovereign.
Section B. Membership
The Membership in the Imperial Court consists of the Imperial Family, Council of Archons, Privy Council, Imperial Council, Imperial Legislators, Imperial Magistrates, Imperial Viceroys and Heralds, Nobility, Citizens in the rank of Minister and higher, and Flag/Senior Officers of the Imperial Service. All members of the Imperial Court shall, prior to taking office, swear the oath of office and complete the necessary documents as determined by Imperial Law.
Section C. Officers
The Officers of the Imperial Court consists of the Sovereign, High Chancellor, Marshal, Steward, Chancellor of the Work, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Keeper of Seals and Archives, Prelate, and Inquisitor. These individuals shall hold corresponding positions in the Imperium and exercise their duties when the Court is in Magnus or other conclave. Duties shall be primarily ceremonial and determined by Imperial Law.
Section D. The Imperial Government
Subsection 1: Imperial Executive
- Executive power of the Sovereign and the Imperium is vested in, and subject to this Charter and Imperial Decree, shall be exercised by the Imperial Council.
- The Imperial Council shall consist of the Sovereign, Prime Chancellor, a Deputy Prime Chancellor, the Imperial Chancellors and Ministers, and any others as determined by Imperial Law.
- Prime Chancellor.
- The Prime Chancellor is the nominal chair of the Imperial Council on behalf of the Sovereign. He/she shall appoint the officers of the Imperial Government within the authority granted under the Imperial Charter and Imperial Law. Unless retained by the Sovereign, the Prime Chancellor is considered the Head of Government.
- The Prime Chancellor is considered a Great Officer of State.
- The Prime Chancellor, by virtue of office is the Chief Hand of the Sovereign and ensures His will, the Imperial Charter, and the laws of the Imperium, are executed.
- The Prime Chancellor issues binding imperial decrees in the name of the Sovereign, and Imperial Edicts on all matters within the competence of the position.
- The selection for Prime Chancellor shall be determined by Imperial Decree or Imperial Law.
- The term of the Prime Chancellor is three years or lasts until the Prime Chancellor’s incapacity, resignation or removal, whichever is soonest.
- Upon the Prime Chancellor’s incapacity death, resignation or removal, the Deputy Prime Chancellor shall lead the government until a new Steward is confirmed.
- Should the Prime Chancellor’s term expire and a new one not elected or appointed, the incumbent shall continue in the office until a new is confirmed.
- Deputy Prime Chancellor
- The Deputy Prime Chancellor is nominated by the Prime Chancellor or when not done, nominated from the floor of the Imperial Congress. In either case the Deputy Prime Chancellor is elected by the full Imperial Congress.
- The Deputy Prime Chancellor serves as the Praetor of the Imperial Congress.
- The Deputy Prime Chancellor may not be from the same System of the Imperium as the Prime Chancellor.
- The Deputy Prime Chancellor is considered a Great Officer of State.
- The Deputy Prime Chancellor executes the duties of the Prime Chancellor in his/her absence unless the position is declared vacant by decree, resignation, removal, or death. In those cases the Deputy Prime Chancellor will serve in that role until a new Prime Chancellor is selected.
- The following positions are permanent members of the Imperial Council in addition to the Sovereign and Prime Chancellor
- Deputy Prime Chancellor;
- Chancellor of State, who is responsible for foreign affairs and diplomacy;
- Marshal of the Imperium, who is responsible for managing the Imperial Service and chairing the Imperial Council
- Steward of the Imperium, who handles internal affairs, including immigration, civil administration, development, and nobility issues
- Chancellor of the Exchequer, who handles and oversees financial, economic, business, and guild affairs
- Archictect of the Imperium, who oversees building, prim management, maintenance, and land planning; and chairs the Imperial Planning and Zoning Council;
- Keeper of Seals and Archives, who is the custodian of imperial records, archives, and heraldry; authenticates all decrees, laws, and edicts; and maintains the Imperial Code;
- Inquisitor General, who oversees the prosecution and advocacy of criminal and non-criminal laws.
- Imperial Chamberlain; who oversees the Imperial Household Agency, Imperial Chambers, Crown Property Bureau, and protocol of the Imperial Court
- Chancellor of Social Services, who oversees education, festivals, sports, and other cultural activities
- Imperial High Prelate, who is the leader of ecclesiastic, spiritual, and supernatural affairs; and chairs the Ecclesiastic Council
- The Prime Chancellor shall submit to Congress a nomination for all positions on the Imperial Council and subordinate ministries, except the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Imperial Marshal, the Chamberlain/Chancellor of the Imperial Household, or the Imperial High Prelate.
- Imperial Council level officers of the government answer to the Prime Chancellor. Imperial Ministers answer to Chancellor level officers and then to the Prime Chancellor, but ultimately to the Sovereign.
- Imperial Chancellors and Ministers may issue edicts or dictates within their purview. Imperial Chancellors cover and are responsible for a specific portfolio within the Executive Branch.
- The Marshall of the Imperium, though a member of the Imperial Council, is subject to coordination by the Prime Chancellor for basic governance, however the individual answers primarily to the Sovereign, who is the Supreme Commander.
- The following positions are permanent members of the Imperial Council in addition to the Sovereign and Prime Chancellor
- Foreign Relations
- The Imperial Council may negotiate agreements and treaties with foreign powers and submit them for approval of the Sovereign. The Sovereign may direct the treaty to be considered by the Legislature for ratification prior to approval. No agreement negotiated directly by the Sovereign is required to be ratified by the legislature.
- Ratified or approved treaties become part of Imperial Law.
- Legislative competence
- The Prime Chancellor may issue imperial edicts with applicability to the territorial jurisdictions and systems and also in regards to those functions of government for the Imperium as delegate, including:
Foreign Policy Immigration and Citizenship Currency Contracts Execution and enforcement of Imperial Law Imperial States and Systems
- The Prime Chancellor may submit bills to be considered by the Imperial Congress. Those bills take precedence over bills submitted by a member or committee of Congress.
Subsection 2 Imperial Legislature
- The legislative power of the Sovereign and the Imperium is vested in the Imperial Congress.
The Imperial Congress has the power to void effect of an imperial decree or edict, provided that the resolution of the voidance is adopted within one year from the issuance of the decree and edict and passes with a ¾ vote. The Imperial Magnus may overturn a voidance.
- Laws adopted by the Congress can not interfere with an Imperial Prerogative unless granted or delegated by the Sovereign, all others supersede Imperial decrees and edicts.
- All laws adopted by the Congress are binding upon the entire Imperium, and shall be published in the Imperial Code.
- Membership of the Congress is drawn from among the Citizenship, and consists of the Sovereign; all landed Nobles; One representative for every 21 residents of a system, with a minimum of 2 from each, and serving for one year.
- Each member of the Sovereign has one vote, the Sovereign will not vote except to change the final outcome; the Praetor may vote only in cases of a tie. If a tie vote is caused by the Praetor, the Prime Chancellor may request that the Sovereign dissolves Congress.
- The Congress elects its Praetor and Vice Praetor and shall have rules for its procedures. In absence of approved rules, Robert Rules of Order (latest revised) shall serve as the rules of procedure.
- The Congress may choose whether or not to accept the election of a representative or the seating of a noble citizen, the manner of which shall be determined by law. Should a noble not be seated the reason shall be forwarded to the Inquisition for investigation and resolution in the Imperial Tribunal.
- The Sovereign may choose to preside over Congress whenever he/she enters the Chambers. The Chief Magistrate or the Sovereign presides over all Impeachments and removals of any Imperial Chancellor, Minister, Magistrate, or Judge.
- Political parties are authorized as a form of caucusing to support certain policies and legislation; however, political party membership shall not be the basis of election or service in the legislature. Congress will make no law or procedure establishing a structure based solely on political party membership or affiliation.
- Elections of Imperial Representatives takes place prior to every Solstice except when a special election is directed. The total number elected is determined by the most recent Imperial Census. Denizens are eligible to be elected as Representatives but may not serve as Praetor, Vice Praetor, or Committee/Council Chairs.
- Elections and Confirmations
- The Congress shall elect the Prime Chancellor when one is not appointed by the Sovereign.
- The Congress shall vote whether to confirm or reject nominations submitted by the Prime Chancellor including the various Chancellors, Ministers, Justice, and Judges except where stated in this Charter.
Subsection 3: Imperial Judiciary
- The judicial power of the Sovereign and the Imperium is vested in the Imperial Tribunal and its subordinate courts of law
- Imperial Law may establish courts of law within the Imperial Systems, States, and Protectorates
- The Imperial High Tribunal forms the court of final appeal for the Imperium. Individuals may petition the Sovereign to appeal its decision only if the vote is less than two-thirds (⅔).
- Officers and Members
- The Imperial Tribunal includes a Chief Magistrate, a Vice Chief Magistrate, and at least one, but no more than ten (10) more magistrates. The Sovereign may at anytime sit as a member of the court, setting the maximum membership at 13.
- The Chief Magistrate is appointed by the Sovereign with advice from the Council of Archons and Privy Council; chairs and sets procedure; oversees the Imperial Judiciary, including education and standards; serves as or appoints the Chair of the Imperial Barristers Council with consent of the High Tribunal and the Sovereign. The Chief Magistrate oversees the offices that support the Imperial High Tribunal.
- Interpretation of the Charter
- The Imperial High Tribunal interprets the Charter and when solicited determines if laws are in accordance or in violation.
- Should the Imperial High Tribunal find that a law, measure, ordinance, edict, rule, policy, order, etc, is inconsistent with the Charter, it shall declare such item as such and the item shall cease to be lawful or executed.
- If a court discovers unclear or confusing language in the Charter, Decrees, or in any law, the court may as part of its written decision call upon the Assembly, or if relevant, the Provincial legislature to revise the law. Until such confusion is resolved, the court shall rule according to the most just and equitable understanding of the law, according to the plain meaning of the words, or if such words have acquired a technical meaning at law, according to the technical meaning.
- Lessor Courts.
- Each System shall have as its highest court to handle appeals from circuit and local tribunals, a System Tribunal. One of the sitting Magistrates on the Imperial High Tribunal may serve as Chief Justice. Each System Tribunal shall include a Chief Justice and at least two other Justices and no more than nine total justices.
- There shall be Imperial Circuit Tribunals that cover areas of a system. Each Tribunal shall consist of a Chief Judge and no less than two and no more than seven additional judges. Circuit Tribunals are courts of first instance for Imperial Law.
Military Restriction Except for the Imperial Service Appeals Tribunal, no member of the Imperial Service may serve on the Imperial High Tribunal or its lessor courts, while still on active status.
- Military Appeals
- An Imperial Service Appeals Tribunal shall be established to hear appeals from the Imperial Forces.
- The Imperial High Tribunal may decided by unanimous vote to hear appeals from the Imperial Service Appeals Tribunal.
- There shall be a Chief Judge of the Imperial Service to oversee the Imperial Service Judiciary. This person can be an active, reserve, or retired member of the Imperial Service. There shall be at least three members on the I.S.A.T. but no more than nine.
- The Chief Judge of the Imperial Service is nominated by the Judge Advocate General of the Imperial Service and appointed by the Marshal of the Imperium and must meet the minimum requirements to be a jurist as determined by the Barristers Council.
- Where there is an exact precedent, a court shall rule according to law. Where there is no exact precedent, a court will make a rule to fit the case, either by reinterpreting an old rule or by applying what it considers principles of justice consistent with this Charter. The courts shall render their decisions with due regard to the original intent of any law being clarified, as defined by the law's author(s). In the event of a difference in interpretation as to the meaning of a law, the court shall render an official interpretation with full respect to the Charter. A decision by the Imperial Tribunal not made unanimous may be appealed to the Sovereign.
- Court decisions (and dissents) will be written up in the forums with due regard to brevity.
- Consent to Hear
- The Imperial Tribunal shall consent to hear no case until presented with written evidence by the Prosecution proving to a majority of court members that a reasonable chance of obtaining a conviction exists. The courts, by majority vote, may refuse to hear any case, in effect confirming the defendant's (or status quo) position. A court must supply any plaintiff whose case it refuses to hear a written justification of such refusal.
- A case heard by a local court/tribunal may also be heard by a Circuit Tribunal provided that the focus separates whether its focus is Imperial Law or local law.
- Conflict of Interest
- If a magistrate, Judge or Justice is a party in a court case, he/shall shall exempt himself from the bench for the duration of the case, and nominate a temporary replacement, who will be approved by the other judges or Justices of the court.
- A question of conflict may be presented and must be disposed of prior to the beginning of any trial or case.
- Scope. The jurisdiction of the Imperial High Tribunal extends every and to everyone subject to this Charter. An person subject to this Charter may petition for relief or adjudication. Diplomats may submit cases on behalf of their nations. The Tribunals shall inflict such punishment as the law provides or in absence, as it deems appropriate.
- Powers. The courts shall have power to enforce penalties against violators, commensurate with the severity of the crime. The Tribunal may in certain extreme circumstances impose the penalty of expulsion from the Imperium, by a unanimous vote. Sentences may only be overturned by Imperial Pardon.
- Injunctions. Any judge or justice may issue court orders or injunctions according to the generally accepted principles of the law. These injunctions may order a party to perform his legal duty, or may prevent the enforcement of a law which may be Inorganic. Violation of an injunction is treated as contempt of court. The final arbiter of the organicity of injunctions is the Imperial Tribunal.
- Imperial Barrister Council
- The Council serves as the certifying body for Inquisitors, Advocates, and Solicitors.
- The Chief Magistrate is nominal chair, but may appoint another member of the High Tribunal as the Chair.
- This Council shall approve curriculum offered in any Imperial Education Institute related to teaching the practice of Imperial Law.
- The IBC sets the minimum standards for position within the Imperial Judiciary and among its officers and members, including the Inquisition and the Imperial Service Judge Advocate Corps.
- The Imperial Inquisition
- The Imperial Inquisition operates within both the Judiciary and Executive Branch.
- The Inquisitor General is a member of the Imperial Council and the Imperial Barristers Council and oversees the execution and advocacy of law. This individual shall serve as the Vice Chair of the Barristers Council.
- The Prime Chancellor in consultation with the Chief Magistrate shall submit to Congress the formal organization of the Imperial Inquisition. At a minimum there shall be the Inquisitor General as the lead individual and manager; an Attorney General to oversee prosecution; an Advocate General to oversee the execution of non-criminal cases; and a Solicitor General to oversee execution of cases related to the Charter, Treaties and Foreign Parties.
- The Imperial Inquisition works with the Imperial Police in conducting investigations within the Imperium. Exact policies and procedures shall be spelled out in edict, policy, or orders.
- Imperial Inquisitors shall be appointed in each system assisted by Assistant Imperial Inquisitors. They shall be organized as determined by the law, the Prime Chancellor, or Inquisitor General.
- The Imperial Inquisition, acting through one of its principal officers or Imperial Inquisitors, has exclusive poser to bring suit for criminal conviction in the Imperial High Tribunal or any of the bodies of the Imperial Judiciary, except those judicial bodies assigned or under the Imperial Service. The Imperial Service Regulations and Directives shall dictate the individuals with this responsibility.
- The Nobility.
- The Sovereign of the Imperium has the sole authority to determine the size and composition of the Imperial Nobility.
- The Imperial Congress can only determine whether to remove a noble from its membership based on violation of Protocol, Law, or Behavior.
- The highest title of the nobility is that of Emperor. Said title shall not be used on any document or in address unless it has been determined by decree, act of Congress, or decision of the Magnus, that the Imperium has reached its minimum level to have an Emperor. Previous documents containing the title shall not be changed and unless stated elsewhere in this Charter, shall still hold credence.
- Only Citizens are eligible to be nobles.
- A manual of arms shall be maintained with the heraldry, protocols, and roster of the nobility.
- The Imperial Civil Service.
- The Imperial Civil Service is the organization that makes up the non defense and security positions within the Imperial Court.
- A Denizen may be a member or hold position within the Imperial Civil Service. However, they must become Citizens before granted a manager position.
- Members of the Imperial Civil Service are not automatically members of the Imperial Court. Imperial Law will determine the path of Citizenship through the Imperial Civil Service.
- Members of the Imperial Civil may be called to service within the Imperial Service during times of war and insurrection, and only the decree of the Sovereign.
Article X: The Imperial Service
Section A: Definition
The Imperial Service includes all the organizations that by Imperial Decree are deemed necessary for the Peace, Defense, and Security of the Imperium. The Imperial Service is a descendent of the original Imperial Guard which outdates the Imperium itself.
Section B. Duties
It is the responsibility of the Imperial Service to Serve, Protect, and Defend the Imperium and the Sovereign against all enemies foreign and domestic; to fight and win the Imperium wars; to organize to maintain the peace; to train its members to properly carry out its duties; to investigate violations of law.
Section C. Restrictions.
The Imperial Service shall maintain an organization that deals specifically with civilian violations of law. This organization is the only organization allowed to investigate, apprehend, and enforce civilian laws. A member of the Imperial Service may not service in the Imperial Judiciary. Imperial Law may dictate any other limitations or restrictions. Members of the Imperial Service are not required to answer subpoenas of the Imperial Congress unless directed by the Sovereign.
Section D. Imperial Command Authority
Imperial Command Authority consists of the Sovereign as Supreme Commander, and the Marshal of the Imperium. Orders and directives issued by the Sovereign are considered law. The Marshal of the Imperium may issue orders, publish regulations and policies that explain the execution of an Imperial Order or Directive. The Marshal of the Imperium sits on the Imperial Council under the coordination authority of the Prime Chancellor.
Section E. Deployment outside of Imperial Territory
Only the Supreme Commander may authorize the deployment of Imperial Service assets outside of the Imperium.
Section F. Declaration of War
The Sovereign in consultation with the Imperial Congress may declare war. However, no consultation is needed if the declaration is a result of a direct attack on Imperial Land.
Section G. Forces
The Imperial Service shall have at a minimum a Land Force, Naval Force, the Imperial Guard, and Imperial Police. A decree shall be published directing any additional forces and providing for the establishment of an organizational structure. The Imperial Guard may excercise the authority or duties of any of the other forces including the Imperial Police.
Section H. Ranks
Imperial Decree shall dictate the ranks of the Imperial Service. There shall at a minimum be Officer and Enlisted ranks.
Article XI: Territorial Organization of the Imperium
Section A: Definition
The Imperium consists of its various systems and the domains and states that exists in each system; and the forums, chat rooms, sites etc, as determined by Imperial Law. The Imperium is responsible for the defense and security and administration
Section B: Systems
Imperial Law establishes and disestablishes systems, provide for the government of these systems, and is extend and enforced in these systems.
Section C: Imperial Domains and States
The status of each domain or state is determined by the title of each leader, the population, and whether it is the personal domain of the Sovereign. The status shall be determined by Imperial Law. The Sovereign has the sole right to establish subdivisions of the Aksum Imperium; and may decree additional rules beyond this article.
Subsection 2: Borders
Each domain and state may exist solely within one system. However a house may hold the title in more than one system.
Subsection 3: Local Law and security
- The Imperium is overall responsible for the safety and security of the entire dominion. A local government may request to establish a militia, but if approved all members shall be reserve members of the Imperial Service. The Imperial Service shall exercise training and readiness oversight of that militia and full control if that militia is called to active service.
- Imperial Police shall have ultimate jurisdiction on any case. However, if a local police force is authorized, the Imperial Police shall allow the local police to execute local laws.
- Imperial Law is supreme throughout the Imperium. However local governments shall have the right to make laws that solely affect that system or locality.
- Localities at every level shall establish a representative legislature consisting of individuals residing within their boundaries or declared in a census. They shall not make any laws that conflict with the Imperial Charter, Imperial Decrees, Laws, and Prime Dictates. The laws passed in one State shall only have an effect in that State.
Article XII. Final Provisions
Section A. Supremacy
This Charter is the supreme law of the land. Followed in precedence are Imperial Decrees, Laws, Edicts, Dictates, policies and regulations and orders.
Section B. Ratification
This Charter shall be ratified by Imperial Decree. All subsequent changes shall be addressed in this article.
Section C. Amendment procedures
Subsection 1. Procedure
All amendments to this Charter must be submitted to the Imperial Legislature who shall vote by ⅔ vote determine if the amendment should be accepted or denied.
Subsection 2. Approval
If the amendment is accepted, it will be voted on during an Imperial Magnus. A 2/3 vote of the Imperial Magnus and the Sovereign’s approval is required to pass.
Subsection 3. In Lieu of Assembly
In case the Legislature is not in Session, the Sovereign shall determine the procedures of amendments.
Subsection 4: Transitory Provisions
All appointments and offices held immediately before the promulgation of this Charter remain in force under this Charter unless otherwise stated by decree.
Article XIII. Authentication
BY STRENGTH AND COURAGE, and IN WITNESS WHEREOF, with the Imperial Seal affixed to this Decree We have signed with Our Hand. Given at the Imperial Citadel this 1 January 2021 in this the 7th Imperium, in the Imperial Year of Eleven.
RASIM AEON Sovereign and Founder of the Imperium