Constitution of Ursundova
We, the citizens of the Duchy of Ursundova, in order to establish a just rule of law, provide for the common defense, and secure for ourselves and our posterity the blessings of a free people, do ordain and establish this Constitution as the supreme law of our nation.
In accordance with our laws, We recognize and endorse the Six Freedoms of the River.
I. Establishment of Estates
The people of the Duchy of Ursundova shall be divided into three separate Estates. Each estate shall be granted rights and privileges and each estate shall bear responsibilities. No person shall be denied entry or passage into any estate for reasons not established in law.
II. The Citizenry
Citizens of Ursundova shall be any person who has taken the oath of citizenship and is not a member of either of the other estates. No law may be made that abridges the following rights of Citizens:
- Freedom of Speech
- Freedom of the Press
- Freedom to peaceably assemble
- Freedom to petition the government for a redress of grievances
Within such bounds as are established by the Ecclesiastical Council, Citizens of Ursundova shall be free to practice the religion of their choice.
All Citizens shall be required to vote within their riding for a representative on the Ducal Council.
A. The Ducal Council
Each riding within the duchy shall select a representative for the Ducal Council. The Council shall meet at least twice annually, plus such auxiliary meetings as are deemed fit and proper by the Speaker of the Council and the Ducal Authority.
The Council shall have the authority to propose such legislation as is thought good and proper for the conduct of affairs of state.
The Council shall also review and advise on the appointment of Lords-in-Council.
The Council shall review and advise on the annual budget of state expenditures.
Council members shall serve a fixed term of six years. Following the first council election, a lottery shall be held to divide the council into thirds. The first third shall hold their seats for two years, the second third shall hold their seats for four years, and the final third shall hold their seats for six years. Councillors may be returned to their seats by reelection.
III. The Ecclesiarchy
All servants of faiths recognized by the Ecclesiastical Council of Ursundova shall be members of the Ecclesiarchy.
The High Cleric of Ursundova shall be responsible for establishing the constitution, membership, and regulations of the Ecclesiastical Council.
IV. The Nobility
The Nobility shall consist of the Baron, Lords, Knights, and Squires of the realm.
A. The Ducal Authority
The Ducal Authority, be it Duke or Duchess, shall bear final and ultimate responsibility for the safety and prosperity of the realm.
No law shall be made for the Duchy in all without the signature and seal of the Ducal Authority.
The Ducal Authority shall have the right to annul such laws of Lords of the Ridings or regulations of Privy Agencies as are deemed prejudicial to good order or the continued prosperity of the realm.
The Ducal Authority shall have the right of review of any judicial matter within the boundaries of the Duchy.
The Ducal Authority may not introduce new levies or taxes without seeking the advice of the Ducal Council.
The Ducal Authority is principally invested in the Duke or Duchess; however, all decisions shall, as possible, be reviewed by the Privy Council.
Lords shall be of two types. Lords of the Ridings shall be appointed by the Privy Council, taking into account the advice of the Ducal Council. Lords of the Ridings shall be responsible for the defense of the realm and for establishing and ensuring justice within their respective Ridings. Lords-in-Council shall be appointed by the Ducal Authority and shall be those persons chosen to hold a seat on the Privy Council.
Lords shall have the authority to create knights in their service to assist in the dispensation of their duties. Lords shall bear personal and pecuniary responsibility for those knights of their own creation.1. The Privy Council
The Privy Council shall be chaired by the Ducal Authority and shall consist of the following officers, in order of precedence:
- Speaker of the Ducal Council
- High Cleric of the Realm
- Lord Commander of the Army
- Lord Marshal
- Lord Warden
- Lord Magister
- Lord Ambassador
- Lord High Treasurer
Additionally, the Ducal Authority may appoint additional advisory seats to the Privy Council as may be deemed right and proper.2. Lords of the Ridings
Lords of the Ridings shall be responsible, in coordination with the Lord High Treasurer, for the collection of taxes and duties.
Lords of the Ridings shall be responsible, in coordination with the Lord Marshal and the Lord Warden, for the maintenance of peace and justice within their territories. Lords of the Ridings may appoint Reeves to oversee justice in populated areas.
Lords of the Ridings shall be responsible, in coordination with the Lord Commander, for mustering such forces as may be necessary for the defense of the realm. All Lords, Knights, and Squires of the realm may be called to serve in her defense at any time.
Knights shall be responsible for providing good service to their Lords in the discharge of their duties, as appropriate to the Lord’s office for whom they are sworn. Knights shall have the right to name squires to assist them in the discharge of their responsibilities. Knights shall bear personal and pecuniary responsibility for those squires of their own creation.
This Constitution may be amended and altered as need requires. Amendments may be proposed to the Ducal Authority via unanimous consent of the Ducal Council or by national referendum garnering the approval of not less than three-fifths of the vote total.