Lords of Fluviallis
Vallis - Laws of the Land
Decree of Ascension:
I, Arabella Ravenna, name Octavius Ravennus as my heir and inheritor with Tea Ravenna as regent until he reaches the age of majority. If Octavius Ravennus is unable to serve, the inheritance shall pass to his brothers in its entirety according to their age, first one and then the other, the youngest inheriting only if both of his elders are unable.
This line of inheritance and ascension is only legitimate until I bear a child. At that time, my first born child, following the Natural Law, will be considered my heir and inheritor with Tea Ravenna and the child’s father serving as co-regents until that child reaches the age of majority. Any decisions that can not be decided between the regents, will be decided by the Council. If Tea Ravenna is unable or unwilling to serve as regent, Quintus Ravennus shall serve. If neither is able or willing, the Council will take charge until either Octavius Ravennus or my first-born child reaches the age of majority.
As long as a child or grandchild of my direct line lives, the inheritance shall be theirs and not pass to their Uncles or cousins.
(My brothers are Octavius (11), Gaius (9), and Maximus (6).)
Definition of terms:
Age of Majority: 16 for females/17 for males
Natural Law: The deceased’s first-born inherits, followed by younger children in order of age, then other relatives: the deceased’s spouse, siblings, and other descendants in order of age. There is an expectation that the eldest child will provide for a widowed parent’s welfare and that a widowed parent would protect an underage child’s inheritance. There is no law to this effect, but a disinherited child or neglected parent may bring a complaint before the mayor or magistrate of their domain.
General Intentions: We follow closely to the River Kingdoms’ creeds. Personal freedom is one of the most important tenets of Valis. Any act which would unreasonably hinder another’s liberty is considered grounds for inquiry and punishment. Most cases will be handled individually, with precedents being considered, but not used as mandate. The structure of law and order are to be used to benefit the People and protect their freedoms, not as means of oppression. We realize that there will be some instances when general freedoms may need to be curtailed, such as in times of crisis, but will endeavor to keep any measures necessitated by crises limited and temporary. If the Council and Queen judge it necessary, any means may be taken to protect Valis with the understanding that the People may petition to also be heard on such rulings. The political structure of Valis is designed in such a way that the People’s concerns may be brought to their magistrates, who in turn will address the Council and Queen. While under no obligation to ascent to the desires of the People, the Council and Queen are bound to protect the best interests of the People and so, will endeavor to ascent whenever possible, or at least to give fair hearing to the concerns brought forth. The Council and Queen’s decisions are legitimate and final, though petitions for hearings on decisions may be made once after one year’s time has elapsed from the original decision date.
Definition of a Citizen:
A Citizen of Valis must meet all of the following criteria:
Any person (humanoid or otherwise) of majority age of either gender and any race who has made a sincere and honest petition to live, work, trade, or otherwise have a presence in Valis and has received a grant to do so. Those who are found to have made such petitions under false pretenses shall be subject to criminal inquiry and stripping of any claim to citizenship. Leaders of groups are allowed to petition on behalf the entirety of the population under their protection. (I think this covers us for anyone with evil intent, but still allows us to legitimately accept half-demons, waves at Zac.)
A contributor to the welfare of Valis, either through labor, service, skill, tax, or other meaningful and legitimate means of aid to Valis, the Vanguard, the magistrates, the Council and it’s members, or the Queen. (So you have choices: Good with a sword? Join the Vanguard (army). Good at farming? Share some food. Good at smithing? Make us some stuff. Rich tradesman? Coin is always accepted.)
A person (humanoid or otherwise) with a registered grant of citizenship giving a name and expected place of settlement, work, trade, or other occupations in Valis. This is to allow for protection of settlements and trade routes. (If we don’t know you’re there, we can’t look out for you. Note there is nothing regarding income or possessions. This is NOT for tax purposes, only protection and safety.)
Exceptions: Any one who has not yet registered, is not of majority age, who is in process of their petition for a grant of citizenship, or who has legitimately crossed into Valis for legitimately and honorably intended business shall be considered under Protected Status, meaning they have a legitimate expectation to the Rights of a Citizen. They are expected to complete the process of registration as soon as they are able should any legal issues arise. They are subject to inquiry to establish their eligibility for citizenship should any legal matters arise regarding them. (For example, a tradesman is on his way into Valis and is attacked by bandits; he’s protected and the Vanguard would go to his aid. A young girl is assaulted who is not legally an adult citizen; her attackers would still be prosecuted. I’m thinking of this as how children are treated in the U.S. before they are 18, protected, but not full citizens quite yet.)
Rights of a Citizen of Valis:
Protection: The right to reasonable protection from physical harm to body and property by the Vanguard, Council, Queen, and their agents. This includes protection from enslavement.
Petition: The right to petition magistrates, the Council or it’s members, and the Queen for hearings. It is expected that petitions would be considered and heard in that order of authority.
Progeniture: The right to pass possessions, including but not limited to land, food and drink, household goods, livestock, buildings, trade goods, and conveyances, to others in accordance with a Will. If no Will is made, the goods of deceased citizen will pass in their entirety to the deceased’s spouse, children (in order of their birth), siblings (in order of their birth), parents, and nieces and nephews (in order of their birth) in that order. Every effort will be made to find such relations, but if none are present, the goods will be divided evenly between Valis and the High Priestess, with the intention of the goods being put towards the physical and spiritual well-being of the citizens of Valis. This right also includes the right to receive such inheritances. (See also Definition of Natural Law for cases of minority inheritance and the welfare of widows).
Prerogative: The right to pass, unmolested, through the territories and domains of Valis. Property owners have the right to defend their holdings, but must show legitimate claim if a hearing is called. Citizens may use roads, bridges, waterways, passes, and other methods of travel without tax. Travel is at a citizen’s own risk. Citizens may enter or leave any settlement as they so choose, so long as they are not being detained in relation to an inquiry ordered by the magistrates, Council or it’s members, or the Queen.
Marriage: Marriage shall be considered legitimate between any two willing persons of the age of majority. If testimony or any evidence of coercion can be produced by either party and the investigating official of the Council finds it legitimate, the Union shall be considered void and criminal inquiry shall be made. (As in, we’re not going to allow a sex trade.)
Slavery: Let it be known and forewarned that if any person shall enter Valis with a legitimate writ of ownership over another being, be it humanoid or otherwise, so long as it is intelligent, animals not withstanding, the owned being shall be considered under Protected Status. If said owner violates the Rights of a Citizen, there shall be a criminal inquiry. If the owned being makes a petition to a magistrate, any officer of the Vanguard, the Council or it’s members, or the Queen, and it is granted, he or she will be considered a free Citizen of Valis. No Citizen or Protected person of Valis is to be entered into the slave trade. No trade routes shall be used for the transport of slaves. Any contracts of labor are to be witnessed by a magistrate or an officer of the Vanguard to ensure legitimacy. Any labor contract not so witnessed shall be consisted void and an inquiry will be conducted. This Law is to be posted clearly at all border crossings and to be made know to the populace at large.
Permitted Worship: Madre? Other people?
Private Property Rights: ??? Any person wishing to harvest resources of any kind, animal, vegetable, or mineral, or construct a camp or permanent structure is required to petition the Minister of Resources and receive a grant before proceeding.
Appointment of Magistrates and Mayors: ???
(What can I say, I was bored and feeling verbose.)