The governing Charter of the Seven Kingdoms
Table of Contents:
- Introductory Clause
- Article I: Membership
- Article II: Government
- Article III: Other SK Organizations
- Article IV: Miscellaneous
- Section I: Charter
- Section II: Interpretation
- Section III: Appendices
- Section IV: Symbols
- Section V: Awards and Medals
- Section VI: Name
The following is the Charter of the Seven Kingdoms, hereby known as SK
All members of the SK must apply to join the Seven Kingdoms alliance in-game. Any nation whose alliance is neither “Seven Kingdoms” nor “Seven Kingdoms Applicant” has voided their membership in the SK.
The SK will be governed by a King assisted by the King’s Hand and the Small Council.
The King is the ruler of the SK
The King has binding veto power over all treaties and Declarations of War; binding vetos cannot be overturned.
Other restrictions and privileges of the King are spelled out in this document and the appendices. On all matters not specifically restricted or excepted, the King’s decision or veto may be overridden by a 4/5 vote of the Small Council.
The King may be removed from power by a 4/5 vote of the Small Council.
The King’s Hand is the designated successor to the King.
He assumes the throne if the King resigns or is removed by the Small Council.
The King’s Hand is chosen by the five members of the Small Council. The King’s Hand is selected by majority vote. The King’s Hand must be a current member of the Small Council.
The King’s Hand retains his title and duties on the Small Council in addition to his title as King’s Hand.
The King’s Hand may be removed from his position by a 3/4 of the other members of the Small Council.
If the King’s Hand is removed from his position, he retains his position and duties on the Small Council.
The Small Council is a 5 member council that advises the King and runs the alliance departments.
The members of the Small Council are as follows:
- Lord Chancellor: Head of Foreign Affairs
- Lord High Steward: Head of Internal Affairs
- Lord Commander: Head of the War Department
- Grand Maester: Head of the Education Department
- Lord Seneschal: Head of Public Affairs
The members of the Small Council are nominated by the King and confirmed by the current council members. A majority vote of the Small Council is required to defeat the King’s nomination.
Council members may be removed in two ways.
- 50% of the other Small Council members and the King vote for removal
- The other Small Council members vote unanimously for removal.
Council authorization is required to sign treaties and declare war. In these matters, a simple majority vote of the council is sufficient to defeat the proposal.
On all other matters not specifically excepted in this document, the vote and recommendation of the Small Council to the King is non-binding, with the exception of a properly called override vote.
For an override vote, all members of the Small Council must be present. The vote must be officially requested by one of the Small Council members, and the King must be notified beforehand that an override vote will be taking place. A 4/5 majority of the Small Council is required to override the King.
Further details, including departmental responsibilities and organizational structure are available in Appendix 1.
Certain SK members may be designated Peers of the Realm. This is a non-governmental title, conveying social status and gratitude to long-serving and outstanding members. Further details may be found in Appendix II.Appendix III.
The Charter may be amended, at any time, by a unanimous vote of the King and Council combined.
If the meaning of any sections of this document are questioned, the Small Council and King will issue an interpretation, to be posted as an Appendix. Interpretations require a majority vote of the Small Council to become law. Normal veto procedure applies to promulgated interpretations. An override requires a unanimous vote of the Small Council.
Appendices provide further information, explanation and interpretation of parts of this Charter. They are binding law. However appendices only require a simple majority vote of the Small Council to change, unless specifically excepted. Normal veto procedure applies to appendices. An override requires a unanimous vote of the Small Council.
All symbols of the entire SK, including but not limited to the peace-time and war-time flags, must be approved by the King. Any symbols of individual departments may be designated by the department head without seeking further approval.
At any point, the King or Council may choose to award medals, graphics or other designations (excluding the title of Peer of the Realm) that it deems merited. These awards may be given to any member, for any reason. Such awards follow the normal veto and override process.
The alliance name, The Seven Kingdoms, may be changed with a unanimous vote of the King and Council combined, and with the approval of 3/4 of the alliance membership as a whole.
- Section I: Charter