2 APPROVAL OF APPLICANTS
2.1 In order for Applicants, old or new, to be accepted into Hermertia they must receive: (a) 60% or more votes from the Council of the Crowned, or (b) 50% of votes from the Council of the Crowned in conjunction with the passing of a Bill by the House of Dukes.
3 RANK ASCENSION
Council of the Crowned
3.1 Those that contain at least three (3) recognized Independent Duchies can petition the Council of the Crowned to recognize their lands as a Kingdom. In order to be crowned a King or Queen, the Duke or Duchess must receive a unanimous vote (100%) from all members of the Council of the Crowned.
Within a Realm
3.2 To achieve the next highest rank within the borders of a Realm governed by a liege lord, the vassal must receive approval from the highest ranking liege lord. The liege lord can only promote their vassal to a rank that is lower than their own.
3.3 To become an Independent Holding the individual must put forth a formal proposal to the Council of the Crowned that signifies their intent to become an Independent Holding. To be recognized as an Independent Holding, the individual must be at least a Count and receive 60% or more votes from the Council of the Crowned.
3.3.1 If approved to become an Independent Holding, the individual can keep their title and personal belongings but forfeits their rights of their previous land to their previous liege lord.
3.3.2 To achieve a higher rank under the Council of the Crowned the individual must obtain 60% or more votes from the Council of the Crowned.
Amendment or Addition
4.1 An amendment or addition to legislation can be made in Parliament directly by the Council of the Crowned or in the form of a Bill by the House of Dukes. In order for the proposed amendment or addition to receive approval it must acquire: (a) 60% or more votes from the Council of the Crowned, or (b) 50% of votes from the Council of the Crowned in conjunction with the passing of a Bill by the House of Dukes.
4.2 A veto to the proposed amendment or addition can be conducted by the House of Dukes. In order for the proposal to be vetoed it must receive 66% or more votes from the House of Dukes and must be conducted, (a) before the amendment or addition has passed, or (b) no more than two weeks after the amendment or addition has passed.
4.2.1 If a veto is successful, the proposed amendment or addition to legislation can be resubmitted to Parliament. If it is resubmitted, one of the following parameters apply: (a) If the original contents of the proposal remain unaltered, it must receive 60% + 1 votes from the Council of the Crowned before it is approved and incorporated into legislation. If the proposal remains unaltered it cannot be vetoed again, or (b) If the proposals content or intent is amended it can be vetoed again by the House of Dukes and must receive: i. 60% or more votes from the Council of the Crowned, or ii. 50% of votes from the Council of the Crowned in conjunction with the passing of a Bill by the House of Dukes.
5 KINGDOM STATUS
5.1 A king is considered active and retains their vote on the council of the crowned if he/she a) Is active on the server and b) Participates in important (Diplomatic Court Topics) discussions on the forums
5.2 A king who is inactive can pass their vote to a duke who is a vassal of that same king. If the realm only has one duke, it automatically passes to that duke, if there are multiple the king must designate which one it passes to, and if the kingdom has no dukes, it is not counted in determining how many king votes are needed for things to pass the approval of the council. Counts and serfs cannot be proxy voters for a king.
5.2.1 Voluntary Inactivity - A king may become voluntarily inactive by stating so on the forums. A king may become active again at any time by simply stating so as well.
5.2.2 Involuntary Inactivity - A king may become involuntarily inactive as well. A king may resume activity immediately upon stating they are active again and participating in the discussions again. The conditions for being declared Involuntarily inactive are; a) Not posting anything for a period of two weeks b) Ignoring discussions that require king input in the Diplomatic Court for one week
5.3 A king who elects to leave the server either permanently or semi-permanently may choose to abdicate. A abdicated kingdom passes to control of the duke who would normally assume control, but as a Warden (powers of warden detailed in section A), though it does not have a vote on the council of the crowned anymore, for all intents and purposes it is a duchy. If the kingdom has no duke the council may declare the kingdom;
a)Under a new liege - The council may place an independent duke, or a duke who wishes to become independent as the Warden of a Abdicated Kingdom. A duke who wishes to become a Warden must surrender all claims to previous land either under the council or under a liege-lord. A Warden may have serfs/counts under them in their new Ward, and may place them in any land within excepting the lands previously developed, which may only be altered if the abdicated king clearly states that it is permissible for the Warden to do so. Otherwise all previous constructions/ settlements/ counties/ duchies are to be considered Historical Sites and to be left alone.
b) Under the Council - If no duke is willing to step in as warden, a abdicated kingdom will be under the direct control of the council. All serfs/counts in the kingdom shall be managed as vassals of the council, but they may not claim new areas of the kingdom that have not been previously and clearly designated to be theirs, until a Warden is chosen.
c) Dissolved - This is only to be used if deemed absolutely necessary by the Council. A vote for kingdom dissolution must be made completely unanimously by all Active AND Inactive members of the Council, Proxy Dukes may not vote for dissolution and involuntary inactive kings are still counted towards the number of members of the Council for this. A dissolved kingdom is broken apart, all Duchies/Counties that were under the control of dukes/counts in that nation become independent holdings under the council with all the rights that entails. If the council decides so, serfs may have a county set aside for them to work until the council deems them ready for advancement to Count under normal voting procedures for rank ascension. Duchies/Counties whose technical Liege-Lord was the previous monarch shall be set aside as Historical Site, and my not be altered, and shall be referred to as "County/Duchy X of the Former Kingdom of Y" The kingdom itself shall be used as a term for a geographic area instead of a political boundary from then on.
5.3.1 A abdicated king may resume kingdom status upon a unanimous vote from the Council of the Crowned, When they return they are given the title of Honorary King. They retain all the rights to their lands, vassals, etc. but do not have a vote on the council until the council has decided that they are truly dedicated to the server upon return. They can do this by participating in community projects, developing their own lands, and taking part in the forums and legal discussions.
Redaction 5.4 Once a king has given his vote on something, he may not remove it unless the vote is somehow found to be unlawful, or if the vote was given by a proxy voter and upon their return does not agree, or if the thing they are voting on changes.