Government of the Principality of the Northern Forests

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Government of the Principality of the Northern Forests
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Official Coat of Arms of the Principality of the Northern Forests
Formation01 January 2020
Declaration of IndependenceConstitution
CountryPrincipality of the Northern Forests
Websitewww.northernforests.info
www.royalhouseofcedrus.info
Royal Legislature
LegislatureHouse of Nobility
Meeting placeThe Northern Village
Royal Executive
MonarchHRH The Princess
Prime RegentHRH the Grand Duchess
HeadquartersPrincess's Tower
Main organOffice of the Princess
DepartmentsRoyal Ministries
Royal Judiciary
CourtPrincess's Court
SeatThe Northern Village

The Principality of the Northern Forests's government is based on the principles of Feudalism and Monarchy, in which power is exercised in the Princess's Name and under her Authority. The Princess of the Northern Forests exercises expansive powers. Under the ideals of Feudalism everyone has a purpose, a job, and a function in society where any type of criminality is abhorred and punished with extreme prejudice usually ending in complete banishment. There are no popular elected positions in the government and no political parties.

The Royal Household

The Royal Household encompasses numerous positions of state from the Sovereign Princess to the Prince of Arms. It is synonymous with what other countries refer to as the Executive Branch of government.

The Sovereign Princess

The role of sovereign is to serve as the Head of State and Government. The current Sovereign, HRH The Princess of the Northern Forests, currently retains many of the rights of an absolute monarch, including the personal power to enact laws, appoint members of government, and function as the judiciary. The role is hereditary, although Principality law dictates that the Sovereign may choose their successor. Through her Royal Prerogatives she can enact or overrule any governmental instances at her will.

The Grand Duchess

The role of the Grand Duchess is to Administer all the Duchies of the Principality of the Northern Forests and their respective lower administrative political units (e.g. a Barony). The title of Grand Duchess affords the person to be second only to the Princess and rules the Principality when the Princess is on holiday, sick, or incapacitated, but lacks the Princess's Royal Prerogatives. The Grand Duchess will also preside as Head of the House of Nobility during any sessions they may have throughout the year. The Grand Duchess will present the Princess with any potential bills for her approval.

The Prime Regent

The role of Prime Regent is a subordinate role of the Royal Household created to represent the citizens of the Principality. The Prime Regent manages all the Ministries of the Principality of the Northern Forests and is delegated the authority to appoint Ministers to head those Ministries. The Office of the Prime Regent and Grand Duchess are usually synonymous, but can be headed by two separate people. If the Office of the Grand Duchess and Prime Regent are separate offices then the Grand Duchess is responsible to appoint the Prime Regent from the Ordinary subjects of the Principality.

The Prince of Arms

The Prince of Arms of the Northern Forests is a Chief Herald of the College of Arms of the Northern Forests which is a Royal Governmental Organization of professional Officers of Arms, with jurisdiction over the Principality of the Northern Forests and all her present, or future, lands. The State Heralds are appointed by the HRH The Princess of the Northern Forests after recommendation by the Prince of Arms. The Prince of Arms is given the delegated authority to act on behalf of the Crown in all matters of Heraldry and the granting of new Coat of Arms, Standards, Banner of Arms, and Flags for Governmental and personal use. The Office was Founded by a Royal Charter on 16 March 2020 by HRH The Princess of the Northern Forests and is part of the Royal Household at the present time.

Ministries of the Principality

A Ministry is a Department of our Government, led by a political Minister. Ministries are subordinate to the Grand Duchess and Prime Regent. The Government of the Principality of the Northern Forests has several Ministries, each with a specialised field of service:

Privy Council of Ministers

The Privy Council is composed of one Minister from each of the Principality's Ministries. They are an advisory body to the Royal Family on matters of state and foreign policies as well.

Royal Legislature

The legislative branch of government of the Principality of the Northern Forests is composed of the Nobility of the Principality. It acts as an advisory body to the Princess and rarely drafts legislative bills. The membership of the House of Nobility is drawn from the peerage of the Principality and is made up of both hereditary and life Peers. Judges in the Princess's Court are drawn from the House of Nobility to serve at the Princess's pleasure. One of the Major functions of the Nobility is to Represent the Principality in a positive image.

Royal Judiciary

The Judiciary Branch is made up of three courts; the Manorial Court, Northern Appellate Court and the Princess's Court. The Princess may establish any other Courts that may be necessary in the future for the efficiency and security of the Princely State.

Manorial Courts

Manorial Courts are used by Ladies/Lords of the Manor and involve legal jurisdiction over civil and minor criminal matters. Many Ladies/Lords of the Manor are also Dames/Knights. Periodically all the tenants meet at a 'Manorial Court', with the Lady/Lord of the Manor where these courts deal civil matters such as tenants' rights and duties, changes of occupancy, and disputes between tenants. They do not, however, deal with any serious criminal matters in the Principality and operate solely at the Princess's pleasure.

Northern Appellate Court

The Northern Appellate Court hears appeals from the Manorial Courts regarding both civil and criminal matters. It also functions as a resolution body for disputes between the administration units such as when one Duchy has a dispute with another Duchy the Northern Appellate Court will be the court to resolve the matter in most cases. The Princess or the Grand Duchess may or may not intervene in these type of cases.

The Princess's Courts

The Princess's Court is the main criminal court in the Principality. It deals with all major felony type criminal matters listed in in the Principality Penal Code and also acts as the only last Court of Appeal. The Princess's Court can be headed by the Princess herself, or has appointed Judges taken from the House of Nobility which serve at the Princess's pleasure.

Royal Guards

Worth noting are the Royal Guards whom serve as both a Military Body and Law Enforcement Body in the Principality. They have the Authority to arrest, detain, and extradite any subjects of the Principality, including the Nobility, under the authority of the Princess or Grand Duchess. They also arrest people who gain illegal entry to the Principality and turn them over to Alaskan Law Enforcement for possible criminal charges. They have broad immunity in the Principality and are sometimes used by the Royal Household as Advisers in their own right.

Political Sub Divisions

The Principality of the Northern Forests is divided amongst six Duchies three of which are outposts with the smallest being the Duchy of Topaz. Grand Duchess Isabella of Deodara has administrative oversight of the Duchies except the Duchy of Pineland which is managed directly by the Duke of Pineland. The Grand Duchy of Deodara is not included in this list. Each Duchy is further divided into various Shires, Baronies, and Manors. The current list of Duchies in the Principality are as follows:

The Principality of the Northern Forests only recognizes five levels of the Nobility, of which they may or may not have legal privileges. Some titles are mere courtesies and only carry with them incorporeal hereditament all of which are outlined in the Letters Patent. The title of Grand Duchess / Duke is actually a Royal Title for someone of the Princely Family:

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