Contracts and Waivers

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In order to live full or part-time on any of the lands of the Principality of the Northern Forests the potential subject is required to sign a list of contracts, waivers, and legally binding agreements in order to be granted land use in the Principality. If you are fortunate enough to live full-time in the Principality of the Northern Forests the grant of land use will be for the the rest of your life and can be renewed upon your death should your immediate family desire to stay longer. This is all subject to the following conditions henceforth. These required agreements completely strip you of any right to any legal action against any member of the Princely Family for any reason that may arise due to any activities in the Principality. Thus, if you or your family get hurt, injured, disabled, die, or have disputes about living arrangements, liabilities, taxes, or any other issue you cannot bring any type of claim against any member of the Princely Family for any reasons.

Oath of Allegiance

All subjects of the Principality of the Northern Forests must sign an Oath of Allegiance when they receive their Citizenship Certificate and it must be signed before a Notary Public and returned to the Government of the Principality of the Northern Forests. The instructions are included when you receive a Citizenship Certificate. this is the first step in acquiring a grant of land to live part or full-time in the Principality of the Northern Forests. With this Oath you agree that you will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Royal Highness Princess Cedrus I of the Northern Forests Her Heirs and Successors, and that you will, as duty bound, honestly and faithfully defend Her Royal Highness, Her Heirs and Successors, in Person, Crown and Dignity against all enemies, and will observe and obey all orders of Her Royal Highness, Her Heirs and Successors, and Her Generals and Officers of Her Armed Forces.[1]

Waiver of Liability

A liability waiver is a legal document that a potential subject of the Principality of the Northern Forests is required to sign in order to live in the Principality. By signing this document before a Notary Public you are removing all liability from the Principality of the Northern Forests and the Princely Family by asserting that any participation in any activities in the Principality may result in injury, incapacitation, disablement, and even death.[2] You will be fully responsible for your own actions, the quality of tools, weapons, and building materials you bring to the Principality and all work and activities whilst living in the Principality.

Hold Harmless Agreement

A hold harmless agreement is a an agreement you must sign in front of a Notary Public and releases the Principality of the Northern Forests and the Princely Family from consequences or liabilities due to the any acts you do.[3] This prohibits you and your family from being allowed to pursue any claims for indemnity if you or any of your family gets injured or dies in the Principality of the Northern Forests. The agreement must include provisions to neglect any claims, damages, losses, expenses, or any other cause of action by any member of your biological family if any problem or dispute arises in in the Principality..

Immersion Agreement

This is the most significant agreement. It states that anyone who lives in the Principality agrees to not break the 14th-15th century immersion permanently. That means modern clothing, modern devices, audio systems loud enough to disrupt others will not be allowed outside a persons home. Modern clothing (such as boots or shoes) can be used so long as it resembles medieval attire from the time period subject to approval. A lot of medieval boots created today have modern rubber soles and this is perfectly okay. Children are to be held accountable by their respective guardian to abide by the same rules. Parents suffer vicarious liability for their children. This agreement applies to everywhere, all the time, and permanently unless you move away from the Principality. Clothing can be from the 13th to 15th centuries which gives plenty of time period choices.

Modern items are welcome in private areas only and outside the home withinn reason. So it is best to leave your cellular phone in your house most of the time. Rules for cellular phones are relaxed so subjects can enjoy the lands, take pictures for social media, and film - within reason. Failing to adhere to this protocol could potentially be addressed by the Princess's Court and could lead to banishment for continued willful violations over a long period of time. The only exceptions are Solar and Wind Turbines that must exist outside the home and internet in the form of a satellite dish and/or propane tanks. This means all the tools you use outside your house have to have historical significance.

Axes, saws, sheers, augers, hammers, sledge hammers, flails, Scythes and shovels must all be as close to 14th century tools as possible unless you have a legitimate reason for modern tools and written permission to temporarily violate the Immersion Agreement (i.e. permission to use a chainsaw to down a tree). This is important because it allows a group of like minded people to live out their days in a meaningful way how they want to (i.e. in the 14th century). This immersion agreement forces everyone to adhere to this protocol permanently. Thus, you should only come here if that is the type of life you desire to live.

Oath of Fealty

In signing these documents you agree to forever fully accept the legal system, courts, living arrangements all rules, regulations, Royal Decrees, Warrants, Letters Patent, speeches, statements or any act of the Government of the Principality of the Northern Forests. That means whatever sanction the Princess's Court, or any inferior court that may be established in the future, renders for a violation of the Principality of the Northern Forests Penal Code or the Civil Code of the Principality you forever agree to such sanctions. If you leave or are banished from the Principality for Civil or Criminal Law violations you agree that your property, belongings and all money invested into the Principality may be forfeited to the Princely Family just as it would have been in the 14th century. Princely Family has the authority to remove banishment and restore rights, privileges and property to people after sanctions have been completed if She so chooses.

Extensive Background Check

Every person who wishes to live in the Principality will undergo an extensive background check, court records check and psychological evaluation at their own expense to make sure living in a 14th century cooperative environment is suited for them. We screen people to eliminate a host of potential problems that may arise and to limit the need to use resources for the Royal Courts. People are expected to live full-time with some part-time exceptions.

References

  1. Sirota, L. (2014). True allegiance: the citizenship oath and the Charter.
  2. White, B. J., & Cardinal, B. J. (2003). Readability of waiver of liability forms used in collegiate intramural and recreational sports programs. Recreational Sports Journal, 27(2), 37-46.
  3. Potamkin, L., & Plotka, N. L. (1944). Indemnification against Tort Liability. The" Hold Harmless" Clause. Its Interpretation and Effect upon Insurance. University of Pennsylvania Law Review and American Law Register, 92(4), 347-371.