Emperor Christian Victor I

Emperor Christian Victor I

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Official Royal Statement (Season's Greeting from the Crown Prince Imperial)

His Imperial Highness Prince ChristianVictor, Crown Prince Imperial of the United Empire of Scot-Britania, Head of the House of Aldarian, wishes to extend his heartfelt greetings and best wishes to everyone for this holiday season and the new year. His Royal Highness thanks everybody for their kind support in the year of 2012 and hopes that 2013 will surpass everybody's expectations. 

In particular he wants to thank his cousin, the Duke of Swann, for his friendship in 2012 and prays that he will reap the fruits of his kind actions in the year to come. 

To all the world, may we all take responsibility for our talents, gifts and lot in life. May we serve one another and grow this garden called "earth", to its full prosperous potential. 

Friday, 28 December 2012

Fascinating Fridays (Laws and Traditions of Succession)

To end off 2012 we decided to do a very long post with a lot of information.

Time for a long overdue lecture on Royal Technicalities. These subtleties are what makes the various traditions of Royalty; poignantly interesting, frustrating complicated yet lends the air of historic legitimacy to the principle of Royalty, that bestows the privilege on those who end up in these sometimes very powerful positions of responsibility.

The Heads of State of all the current reigning Monarchies of Europa with their spouses. From left; Her Majesty Queen Maria of Hispania, the Lady Arcwhite, Her Serene Highness the Princess of Wallachia, His Royal Highness the Duke of Swann, His Excellency the Baron Bagrazia, Her Majesty Queen Gloria of Normandia, His Royal Highness the Prince of Northwold, His Majesty King Nikolas III of Syldavia, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of Syldavia, His Royal Highness the Grand Duke of Hanoveria and Her Royal Highness the Grand Duchess of Hanoveria.

Lets lay a foundation for those who might not understand the fundamentals of Royalty as yet. One of the major differences between a democratic government system and a monarchic system is based on the principle of  succession laws. Succession law counts in all forms of government regardless of  it being a democracy or a monarchy of any kind. These laws govern what happens when the preceding head of state or head of government, is replaced with the following successor. In a democracy, the main principle is so-called free election. The standard for a monarchy boils down to a hereditary system where Royal birthright overrides election either in part or completely. This plainly means that one ruler dies in order for the next in line, normally the eldest son by birth, to succeed to the office. That being said, now all the complicated rules come into play as per the varying traditions of each individual monarchy. Let us first discuss the general systems and then the particular monarchies as they exist today. 

Just as in the monarchic system, there are varying degrees of "free" democratic election systems. As a basic foundation the democratic system excludes nobody from becoming a head of state/government, provided that they are elected to the office by a majority vote from the entire free public electorate. Unfortunately these candidates need vast capital to promote themselves that it immediately excludes more than 98% of any free population from candidacy. By varying degrees of "free" election we also imply that regardless of money some democratic systems are not as free as we might assume. The most free democratic system allows for anybody to be made eligible for election. A midway system allows for a certain class only, like senators or governors, to be eligible  for election. In some rare cases, sometimes not considered truly democratic, regardless of the standing of the candidacy, only a certain class of the populous may vote. In the most extreme case it becomes borderline monarchic when the eligible candidates are drawn from a exclusive or even a Royal Family but this is not considered democratic and will be discussed under elected monarchy. 

Absolute Monarchy
In this case the head of state and government is vested in one person from an established monarchic system subject to dynastic family rules and traditions. This single ruler is referred to as a monarch in principle but may have any title as his particular cultural demographics have manifested. The foundational principle is that the ruler has absolute power and that succession is most commonly a direct bloodline descent from parent to child. This is commonly referred to as the "Divine Right". The absolute monarch in principle is an absolute theory. There has never really been a true absolute monarchy as often the monarch's power is limited in some way or another by laws or a council or at least some traditions. 

Elected Monarchy
Election is not so uncommon in monarchic systems of government as one might suspect. This system also holds a head of state/government as the supreme office and a Royal dynasty also provides the person to hold office. The only difference is that there are more than one dynasty or Royal Family involved and that from the various candidate dynasties the monarch is elected by a representative council made up from the same dynasties and perhaps leading clergy. Often in this case there are several small semi-independent monarchies that are grouped in a confederacy or Empire. From these separate monarchies the single elected king or Emperor is then elected. In our modern world where most countries have some form of democracy it is often widely held that the free population may elect to abolish an existing monarchy. This renders almost all existing monarchies as constitutional elected monarchies, which brings us to the next system. 

Constitutional Monarchy
In order to discuss this particular system it becomes very necessary to first clarify the difference between the previously mentioned terms of, head of state and head of government. In democratic systems these two concepts are more often combined in one. A head of government is the person who holds the actual office of power. This office is often very limited by laws and councils. A head of state is the person who is the symbol or face of the government. In the case where the two offices are separate like in a constitutional monarchy, the office of the head of state could end up with no real power at all but is always steeped in history and symbolic tradition. This office is also often strongly linked to the religion of the geographic area. It is from this difference that the terms, reign and rule are derived by extension. The term "rule" is assigned to the office that holds the power if its a monarch and "reign" if the monarch is bereft of real power. In the case of a democracy the phrase "term of office" is considered more politically correct than "rule". A constitutional monarchy is therefore a political system where a previously more powerful monarch is now retained in a more symbolic position with an actual democratically elected government holding the real power. The scale of balance between monarch and government can and does however change and in each country can fall more to the one side or the other. In a constitutional monarchy the laws of the nation coupled with tradition, rules over laws of succession. All monarchies today are of this constitutional system to some degree.  

Succession laws of current existing monarchies of the world

The Kingdom of Hispania

This constitutional monarchy adheres to a direct bloodline succession where the crown passes directly from the previous monarch to the eldest child whether male or female. This system has been in place for almost a hundred years, where previously it passed from male to male only and a female could only take office if there where no direct males in line.

Queen Maria of Hispania at left is to be succeeded by her daughter, the Princess of Cataljone.

The Kingdom of Normandia

The newly restored constitutional monarchy of the formerly dissolved Kingdom of Normandia also applies a direct bloodline succession. It was just announced today that Her majesty is 3 weeks pregnant.

Queen Gloria of Normandia

The Kingdom of Syldavia

Syldavia restored their monarchy in 2012 and set down a direct bloodline succesion in law. However it has been discussed to change the constitution to allow for an Elecotorate including the mediatized Royal families of Von Bismarck, Serbieski, Bo'hemia, Reichenthal and Thurn und Taxis.

The King of Syldavia and his wife have yet to produce a child and as such the King's sister, Princess Miranda is next in line to the throne unless an electorate is declared in which case the Family of Von Bismarck's House Laws dictate that the King's brother becomes Head of the House and would be eligable for being voted in as King.

The Grand Principality of Wallachia

This very ancient monarchy has since its inception held to a direct bloodline succession that has never excluded women from inheriting the throne.

The Princess of Wallachia has a young son who is kept out of the media glare until he comes of age.

The Grand Duchy of Hanoveria

The Grand Duchy of Hanoveria has the most liberal constitution and its monarch holds the least political power. However due to the constitution, the monarchy's popularity is extremely high and by extention the Grand Duke wields a kind of emotional sway in his country. The laws of succesion however are seen as slightly archaic as it holds a direct male bloodline succession passing from father to eldest male relative only. By popular demand a referendum to amend the law is set for 2013.

The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess have a young daughter who is also kept out of the media glare.

The Principality of Swann

Swann holds the most obscure law of succession of all the existing monarchies. The crown passes from First born son to first born son within the dynasty only. Thus a second born son could never inherit the throne. If a reigning Duke has a first born daughter, then the following sons are all excluded and the crown passes to the next first born son even if he is a very distant relative. This law is so unique and steeped in ancient tradition that prospects for change might never materialize as it is directly linked to national identity and history.

The Duke of Swann is unmarried and his heir at present is the first born son of his father's younger brother. Prince Dillon will become the next Duke unless the current Duke marries and is blessed with a first born son of his own.

The Island Realms of Arcwhite

Arcwhite also hold a unique system of succession which some have argued could possibly be seen as a democracy as the head of government is elected. However because only a select few vote and that the candidates are from a closed select dynastic circle it must more appropriately be deemed a Royal electorate. There is a very exclusive sorority bordering on a convent order known as the Order of the White Veil. The Lady Arcwhite is elected from within this Order by the other members of Order. Ladies from this Order practice celibacy but may marry once elected as ruler. Many Ladies Archite have seen a daughter succeed them but only once they have entered the Order of the White Veil.

The Lady Arcwhite

The Kingdom of Ophiri

Ophiri, a former independent Kingdom, is today a mere province of  the Democratic Republic of Greater Ophiri. This province or rather mediatized Kingdom, retains the original traditional monarchy that formerly held a female line of succession only. Today the law is one of  direct bloodline descent including male and female equally. It is also on the cards for the monarchy to be elevated to a national symbol rather than just provincial but other traditional regions are not yet in agreement.

Queen Ukulungile of Ophiri

The Grand Duchy of Serbieski

The Grand Duchy of Serbieski is a mediatized former Kingdom. As a mere province of Syldavia, Serbieski has no succession laws written in the national laws but follows House Laws which dictates a direct male bloodline succession passing from father to eldest male relative only.

The Grand Duke is one of a few Royals who wields actual political power. He is also the elected governor of the province of Serbieski of which he is the traditional Grand Duke.

The Grand Duchy of Reichenthal

This former very small Kingdom is also currently a mediatized Grand Duchy within the greater Syldavian Kingdom. Like Serbieski it has no succession laws written in the national laws but the House Laws follow traditional direct male line of descent. The irony is that the current Grand Duke only has a daughter and she has been afforded the tile of Crown Princess. It seems ancient tradition will be changing.

The mysterious province of Reichenthal has rarely been featured in the news as its people prefer to keep to themselves. However the restoration in Syldavia is currently slowly putting it on the map, at least to a degree.

The Margravate of Montrose

Montrose used to be an independant state. Today it is a mediatized province of the Kingdom of Normandia and follows the Montrose House Laws that advocate direct bloodline descent.

The current Margravine of Montrose

Three other mediatized former independent monarchies include The County Palatinate of Bo'hemia and The Principality of Thurn und Taxis all of whom adhere to House Laws of succession of direct bloodline descent.

House laws of succession

There are several dissolved monarchies who still have former Royal families in exile or otherwise. All these dynasties still strictly adhere to their traditional House Laws of succession in an attempt to preserve a continued head of the dynasty. This is also done in the hope of possible restorations of the former monarchies. Here follows a list of those former monarchies and their various succession laws.

This photo depicts the pretenders to former monarchies and as such the heads of the varying dynasties. From left; His Imperial Highness the Arch Duke Von Fulco D'Este, His Royal Highness Prince Louis D'Pont du Lac, Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Ruskiana, Her Imperial Highness the Crown Princess Imperial of the United Empire of Scot-Britania, His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince Imperial of the United Empire of Scot-Britania, Her Imperial Majesty Empress Crystobel of the United Empire of Scot-Britania and Queen of Scotney, Her Imperial Majesty the Shabahnou of Perlistan and Her Royal Highness Princess Donatella of Romagna the Duchess Di Giorgio.

The United Empire of Scot-Britania

The former Empire's Imperial Dynasty holds to direct bloodline succession not excluding women since its inception.

The Empire of Ruskiana

The Empire of Ruskiana used to apply direct male bloodline descent as a law. The ousted dynasty applied it as a House Law until it became redundant as only a female heir exists today. In the unlikely event of a restoration the former Imperial Law will be forced to change as the House Law has reluctantly accepted.

The Kingdom of Romagna

The Romagnian House Law has for years been one of direct bloodline succession.

The Kingdom of Franconia

Franconia has never held any other tradition but one of direct male bloodline succession.

The Arch Duchy of Fulco D'Este

The Arch Duchy has like most other monarchies that existed before the Great War and subsequently fell because of it, held a direct male bloodline succession.

The Principality of Monagask

Monagask having been a very small country with very liberal minded politics have for centuries held a direct bloodline succession that did not exclude women. 

As far as concerning Noble families, they are either bound by the laws of the nation in which they fall or if part of dissolved monarchies, follow individual House Laws as dictated by historic tradition. 

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

What's Up Christmas Day (Christmas Ball 2012)

We wish all our fans and followers an awesome holiday season and for those more traditional, a merry Christmas. We have enjoyed the more restful pace but obviously the celebration in Arcwhite, where the annual Christmas Ball was held, has kept us all in suspense and can now be posted as our own homage to the holiday season. 

This year's event was by far the largest Royal gathering held since before the 96 revolution. It was also, history in the making as the Duke of Swann's State Visit to the Islands of Arcwhite climaxed at the Ball in celebrating the presence of a Duke of Swann on Arcwhite soil for the first time in over 600 years. The dress code was formal with tiaras and made for a spectacle of unparallelled splendour. The hostess, Lady Arcwhite was bound by tradition to wear official regalia but as such revealed some of the ancient Arcwhite Crown Jewels, never before seen in an international publicised forum. We hope you enjoy the photos just as much as we did in attending and in reporting on this extravaganza of Royal events. 

The 2012 Christmas Ball was held at the Glaciale Lake Hall. Considered to be the Lady Arcwhite's city residence it stands virtually hidden at the centre of a vast forested estate just a few kilometres outside the capital. In winter the drive to the hall, through the forest, can be quite magical.  

Guests arriving had to initially deal with slight snow. 

The first arrivals. Protocol dictates that the lower ranks arrive first and that the highest rank, host and special guests arrive last. Here we see in front from left, the Dowager Baroness D'Rothchild, the Baroness D'Rothchild and the Baron D'Rothchild. Wearing red on top of the stairs is the Marchioness of Londonderry. 

This is the first Royal event to include invited guests without titles. In yellow we see Marelize von Engelbrecht an art dealer and personal friend of the guest of honour, the Duke of Swann. In white is a Lady of the Order of the Veil welcoming the guests to her mistress' Palace. In black is the Duchess of Lancaster. 

The 2012 Ball also revealed many new couples in relationship or even engaged. We might see a string of weddings in 2013. Arriving at the ball as a couple we see the Duke of Marlboro and  Madame Francine D'Bacquemme. In the back we see the Margravine of Montrose. 

The Queen of Ophiri cannot leave her geographic territory by law. She always sends a representative to events that she considers important. Here, in an unbelievable dress made entirely from opalescent beads, we see the Queen's aunt, Princess Salome. 

Two other guests of note can be seen in this photo. In purple is the nightclub owner Sable Blackwood, another friend of the Duke of Swann. In the front right, the cabaret superstar, Baroness Klariowna.

The Duchess Di Giorgio struck a radiant figure in white with old family jewels complimented by new earrings and bracelet. 

A newcomer to the international Royal scene but the de facto head of the discontinued Imperial House of Pahlavi of Perlistan is the fabulous Shabahnou Farah. The Shahbahnou wowed the other guests with her undeniable glamour. 

The Grand Duke of Serbieski and his wife's brother the Earl Cartwright all arrived together. In red is the Dowager Countess Cartwright. In pink is the Earl's date, Marie D'Baquemme. Rumours have it that a proposal for marriage might be on the cards. At the back we see the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Serbieski. 

One of the most talked about tabloid couples arrived hand in hand. The Countess Dysart and the Duke of Argyle are considered to be two of the most influential Nobles from the former Kingdom of Scotney. If the relationship persists we will be in for a spectacular engagement and wedding in 2013.  
The guests gather together to view the arrivals of the increasingly higher ranked Royals. At the far right we see the Countess Dysart's sister, Lady Ferrox. 

The claimant to the Franconian throne, Prince Louis D'Pont du Lac, arrived alone as his family arrived as dates of other guests. 

The Prince and Princess Youssopoff arrived as part of the Ruskian contingent. The immensely wealthy Prince seems to have bought a brand new tiara for his wife to wear for the first time in public. It complimented her very striking couture outfit

The claimant to the Imperial Ruskian throne, Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna arrived just behind the Youssopoffs wearing her gargantuan Pink Diamond Tiara from the Imperial Collection. 

The view as seen from the entrance hall into the Ball Room of Glaciale Hall. Greeting the guests is a Lady of the Veil and standing at the throne is Drealle Mormaer, the niece of Lady Arcwhite, presiding over the Hall. 

Next to arrive was the first actual Head of  State, The Princess of Wallachia wearing a Madame Frumsetta original.

The Wallachian contingent included from the left, the Princess' husband, the Baron Bagrazia and her mother, Princess Suzanna. 

Next to arrive was the Hanoverian Grand Ducal family. From left is the Grand Duchess, the Dowager Grand Duchess and the reigning Grand Duke of Hanoveria. 

As part of the Royal contingent from the Kingdom of Syldavia we see the Arch Duke of Fulco D'Este at right as the date of Princess Miranda of Syldavia in green. At the back is the King and Queen of Syldavia.

A trumpet fanfare was sounded for the arrival of each reigning Head of State. It was no different for the Queen of Normandia dressed in flashy gold and her husband the Prince of  Northwold.

The Normandian contingent included from left; the Count Szanguscko, Princess Antoinette D'Pont du Lac, Mercedes Szanguscko, Prince Valmont D'Pont du Lac and his fiance the Duchess of Roswind standing behind the Prince of Northwold and the Queen.

The last and highest ranking of the visiting reigning Heads of State were the Hispanian Royal contingent headed by Queen Maria and her daughter and heir, the Princess of Cataljone. 

From left; Donna Hernanda of Aragon and the Vicount Hayz as her date, The Duchess of Aragon and the Duke of Toledo and Princess Isabella.

Finally, to honour their de facto status as the highest ranking Royals on earth, albeit from a discontinued monarchy, we have the Crown Prince Imperial of Scot-Britania, flanked by his mother Empress Crystobel in white and his wife Princess Odeliah in pink. They are followed by Princess Augusta of the United Empire of Scot-Britania. 

Empress Crystobel always dresses appropriately to her rank as Empress. She also enjoys to wear rubies more than any other gemstone. 

Wearing fabulous emeralds along with the very valuable D'Pont Du lac Tiara and the Order of the Diamond Star, Princess Odeliah looks the part of an Empress-to-be. 

The guests stand gathered in anticipation to receive the arrival of the guest of honour, the Duke of Swann.

The Duke of Swann arrives in state with his sister Princess Marie-Elizabeth and his cousin Prince Dillon.

Wearing the uniform of an officer of the fleet, the Duke of Swann cuts quite the dashing and formal Head of State. His sister wears a never before seen brown Topaz Tiara and Brooch.

Trumpets blare as the Lady Arcwhite alights from her car. She wears the medieval "Crown of Horns", the traditional crown of the the Ladies Arcwhite when receiving an assembly of Heads of State. Her dress is also a Madame Frumsetta original and off-set with what we hope is faux fur. 

Lady Arcwhite is assisted with her train as she enter Glaciale Lake Hall. 

Reaching the centre of the Ball Room to thunderous applause, Lady Arcwhite is greeted by the Duke of Swann.

The two former "enemies" stand side-by-side in the spirit of the new Treaty of Avalon, as friends. 

The full assembly of guests gather for a photo before the actual ball ensues. 

The Duke of Swann then led the Lady Arcwhite to open the dance floor. 

History is made to a Vienese Waltz. 

The Proclaimer pounced on the story for their Christmas Day special late edition.

2012 has been a great year and it has gone so very fast. Blogging has been my absolute pleasure and I hope that you all enjoyed it as much as I did. I wish you all a great festive season and an even better new year! Let us see what our Royals come up with in 2013.