Nobles rights - The rights and duties of the Noble Lords regarding their respective Borough
All nobles upon recieving the title must swear loyalty to Trolls Bane, its people, and its government.
I. Be the Lord of the Land, only subject to the Archduchess and the Council of Nobles. This includes immunity of prosecution from all crimes which have happened within the Borough, with the exception of crimes against other nobles, treason and murder.
2. Act as the High Judge within the borders of the Borough with crimes involving commoners (Nobles are tried by the Archduke and the council of Nobles)
3. Right to grant building permits for citizens
4. Right to tax foreigners with buildings or estates within the Borough
5. Right to train, maintain and equip his own militia or guard to keep order within the land. The noble lord may act as the captain of the group, but the authority of him and his group only exists within the borders of the borough. Furthermore, the troops shall be subjected to the command of the Archduchess when so requested.
6. Duty of overseeing that the laws of Trolls bane and the Edicts of the Archduchess are obeyed
7. Responsibility for the development of the Borough
8. Follow the foreign policy set by the Archduke. This means that the noble lord may not make contracts with the representatives of any foreign third party without the consent of the Archduchess.
The nobles must allow access to their land for the citizens of Trolls bane. However, they do not have to grant it to anyone who is not a citizen (or above) of Trolls bane. The must respect the owners and ownership of buildings and land, but may deny the use of tools and buildings from anyone else they see fit. The nobles may ban or allow serfdom or slavery if they see fit, however capturing slaves within the territory of Trolls Bane is strictly forbidden.
All nobles hold a seat on the Council of Trolls Bane where they are expected to share the concerns of the citizens and help to agree on suitable solutions.
Nobles have votes according to rank of nobility and can use this vote when an issue cant be agreed upon in a meeting setting or when the Archduchess asks them to vote.
All nobles will pay an agreed upon tax or submit products and/or materials equivilant to the tax.
If a noble is unable to attend a meeting they may send a Steward to speak for them. (the steward can be a spouse or family member but doesnt have to be)
If a noble fails to pay the tax on their land or is not heard from over a period of 3 months the title and property revert back to the Archduchess to be reassigned.
Nobles of Trolls Bane
District of Trollsbane Proper, the Archducal Seat.
Borough of Northbridge (Baron Phibol D'Woise)
Borough of Athen formerly known as West Strand (Baron Anon D'Athen )
Borough of Oakwood shire (Baron Hashim El'djin)
Borough of Riverside (Baron Darius Kain)
Borough of Southfields (Count Roland Ross)
Borough of Midlands (Baron Skull'fed ~Pending contract)
Borough of Eastmark (Unallotted at this time)
Borough of Farmers Union (Baroness Rain Corulas)
District of Nordmark (Baron/Jarl Vigalf)
The council takes care of the City. They are responsible for the day to day operations of the city, as well as the strategic decisions involving law, foreign policy, economy and military. The council is lead by the Archduchess of Trolls Bane.
From this moment on, political influence requires becoming a stakeholder in the Arch-duchy itself. Those citizens who are raised above others shall take care of the lands and provide a long-term approach to the decision making of the town, all in the sake of common good. This does not diminish the rights of a normal citizen in any other regard than with the right to vote, and enables him to focus solely on the improvement of his own life and prosperity, under an administration which is keen to support that.
Citizens form the backbone of the society, and benefit from the protection of Trolls Bane laws, the right to sell goods to the Trolls Bane Procurement Office, the right to own land and buildings without paying taxes. They have right to complain to the high judge if they feel mistreated by the guard. They are free and encouraged to work and prosper within the land of Trolls Bane, free of any administrative burden.
Nobles (Title-holding Lords)
The title-holding nobles are lords of the land, who provide long-term leadership and continuous governance for the town. They are the lords of their respective boroughs, elect the Archduchess, act as high judges within their own borough and have only authority second to the Archduchess and his representatives within their domain. They always enjoy elevated legal protection and the presumption of innocence. Nobles do not have to complain to the High Judge, but may take their appeals and complaints directly to the Archduchess.
Nobles (Spouses, Children* and Relatives* of Lords)
The nobles are the immediate family members of the title-holding lord, including their legal spouse, legitimate children with the spouse, who do not have any voting rights. The spouses are allowed to use the corresponding feminine title, matching their husbands rank (such as Baroness, Countess or Duchess). Their rights, legal protection and power within the spouse/parent’s domain are regulated by the spouse/parent. They do not have to complain to the Magistrate, but may take their complaints straight to the Archduchess.
Nobles without title
The spouse, the children with the spouse, and two other direct relatives are eligible to the status of Noble. This may give the persons additional benefits along with those enjoyed by citizens of Trolls Bane.
The Archbishop is the administrator of the Archbishopric, selected by the priests of his flock. He is in charge of the daily matters within the archbishopric and wields the highest authority on that land, with the right to sanction and ban criminals and blasphemers from the Archbishopric. He has the same powers within the Archbishopric as a nobleman within his borough. If he is a citizen of Trolls Bane, then he has a single vote in the elections of the Archduchess , as the representative of Divine affairs. However, the amount of his votes cannot be increased, nor does he bear any connection to the council of Nobles or have any influence there. His vote is thus never counted as one of the total votes in the Council of Nobles votes, nor is he considered a nobleman in this context. However, the position of the Archbishop should be considered as prestigious as the position of Noble.
Titles and Peerage
The Land-holders are also granted a title along with the land. The tile costs 50 silvers. In order to discourage stagnation and make the titles more influential, the land-holders are given the opportunity to increase their titles and thus influence. This however, necessitates the creation of the Peerage of Trolls Bane.
I.) Baron - 1 vote – Barons are chosen and appointed by the Archduke. The Title costs 50 silvers. Must be a citizen of Trolls Bane for at least one year or 3 dwarven months.
Ia.) Archbishop – 1 vote in the Archduke elections, chosen by the monks and priests of the Archduchy. He may cast a vote only if he is a citizen of Trolls Bane. Cannot become, or be candidate for the position of Archduke.
II.) Count - 2 votes – To become a count, one must have been a citizen for two years (6 dwarven months) and Baron for six months (2 dwarven months). The title costs 75 silvers.
III.) Duke - 3 votes – Duke must have been a citizen for 3 years(9 dwarven months), count for six months (2 dwarven months) and must have a residence within his borough. The title costs one gold.
Benefits of titles:
Each level of title gives the title-holder an additional vote. This means that a duke has three times the votes
of a baron in the election of the Archduke. In addition, in all meetings of the Noble council, the holders of
the most prestigious titles shall be given the right to speak first. Those with the most junior titles will voice
their opinions last.
Gaining a title
The new titles, as well as vacant old ones are filled by the best suited applicant under the consideration and judgement of the Archduke of Trolls Bane. He alone makes the decision and determines the necessary qualifications of the applicant. The applicant however must be a citizen of Trolls Bane. . The titles cannot be combined nor can the territories be merged.
Losing the Title
Upon bestowing a title of Baron on an individual, the Archduchess may use her judgement to revoke the title for any reason during the first thirty dwarven days. This is known as the trial period, and it is used to determine the suitability of the candidate, his actions and behavior. The candidate is entitled to no refund if the title is revoked because of his misbehaviour. Secessionist actions enable the Archduchess to revoke the noble of his title, but an accusation of treason requires the consent of the Noble Council before the title can be revoked (the accused nobleman cannot vote). The title holder may also voluntarily give up the title entirely, or give it up for the benefit of his spouse or legitimate, biological child. The title-holder may not give the title to anyone else, and in the case where the title-holder relinquishes the title entirely, the vacant title will be filled by the Archduchess. A noble who takes dual citizenship will lose the title if he does not relinquish the citizenship of any non-Trolls Bane town, tribe, clan or city when requested to do so by the Archduchess.
The noble may temporarily make his spouse the Steward of the Borough, which shields the noble against title revocation for inactivity. However, each dwarven month under a steward requires an administrative fee of 15 silvers and the stewardship must be announced beforehand to the Archduchess. Unannounced absence of over three dwarven months gives the Archduchess a unilateral right to revoke the nobleman’s title without any compensation. An unannounced absence of one month allows the Archduchess to bring the case of inactivity before the council of Nobles, which may then choose to revoke the title.
Should a title-holder pass away, the title shall pass on to his  legal spouse, or  eldest legitimate child or grandchild. The Council of Nobles may hold vote regarding the acceptance of the claim made by an illegitimate child, provided that the claim is backed by sufficient proof of relation. The legality of marriages, and children and relatives must be properly marked down to the Trolls Bane census book for determination of the next legal heir on the line. Stewards may inherit the land if the Archduke agrees to it (and the current title-holder gives up his claim on the title), and should be treated as preferred applicants. All other forms of succession are banned, though other relatives may be accepted as the new title-holders through the normal process of filling vacant positions.
When the ruler of a borough changes, either through succession or revocation of title, there are certain matters which take place depending on the situation. The widow or widower of the deceased title-holder inherits the title with the full rank the previous holder enjoyed within the peerage of Trolls Bane. The descendants of the previous title-holder will experience demotion of one rank. Other new title-holders will experience demotion to the rank of Baron. The title-holders however have the normal right to increase their rank as usual.
Council of Nobles
All the title-holding nobles become members of the Trolls Bane Council of Nobles immediately upon granted the land and title. The council handles the revocation of titles from inactive nobles, the acceptance of relatives into the nobility and may also assist the Archduchess in solving disputes between noblemen.
The council of nobles constraints the Archduchess' executive power in following ways:
The Archduchess may not, under the pain of losing his position, change the internal borders of the countries or give up of any Trolls Bane territory without the consent of the nobles involved and the consent of the council of nobles.The consent will come through a vote, which requires the support of more than half of the votes to succeed.
If the Archduchess accuses a nobleman of Treason, then the council of Nobles (except during the first thirty days, during which the Archduke has the right to revoke the title for any reason) shall hold a vote to remove the Nobleman's title after the Archduke has presented evidence to the council. This vote requires four three quarters of the votes to be successful, with the accused nobleman being forbidden from taking part in the proceedings. If the vote fails, the Archduke must retract his accusation and apologize for tarnishing the Nobleman's honour.
If the Archduke violates his duties towards the town or council, or makes decisions which are not for the greater good, the council may vote to remove the Archduchess from power. This vote requires four fifths of all votes and two thirds of all noblemen to succeed, with the Archduchess not having the right to vote. In the event of a no-confidence vote, the refusal by the Archduchess to step down is considered a treason against the Archducchess and all nobles.
Since the benevolent administration has every intention to make its citizens prosper, the city has decided upon a policy where it makes purchases from the citizens in order to allow the tax money to be in the direct benefit of the citizens. The equipments will be then either used for the projects of the city, or sold to other citizens or nobles at subsided prices. The transactions will be handled by the Trollsbane Procurement Office, headed by the Chancellor.
Citizens that are apart of Boroughs may vote.
Votes are tallied by the leader of the Borough and made public, a neutral member of the Town will be assigned to either Borough to ensure the correct total of votes from each Borough.
At the end of the voting period, the votes will be tallied together and the member of the nobles who garners the most citizenry votes will gain 3 electoral votes in the elections. These votes count just the same as any noble's votes.
~ Rules concerning the cutting and planting of trees ~
1) Within the town walls of Troll’s Bane the planting and cutting of trees is forbidden.
2) Outside the town walls, on the territory of Troll’s Bane, it is not allowed to cut or plant trees in distance of ten feet from the town walls. Planting trees close to paths is not allowed as well. Cutting trees close to paths is forbidden due to the safety reasons.
3) Regarding the previous two paragraphs, everyone is allowed to make forestry on the Territory of Troll’s Bane.
4) The official forester of Troll’s Bane is not limited by the Paragraphes 1 and 2. He – and only the forester – is allowed to plant and cut trees within the town walls. The forester’s main responsibility is to keep the paths of the town free from too many trees close to the paths.
~ List of Rights and Duties of citizens ~
a) Every upright person who is not member/citizen of another town and who is not wanted due to any criminal actions is able to become citizen of Troll’s Bane. Age, race and denomination (except heresy) of the person are irrelevant for gaining citizenship.
b) The person has to ask the Archduchess for citizenship; by absence one of his/her deputies. The person has to swear the following Citizen Oath before becoming citizen of Troll’s Bane:
Upon the Five, I swear I will give my loyalty
to the Town of Troll’s Bane, its Citizens and its Government;
I promise to serve for the good of the town and its citizens,
to dignify the laws and to meet my civic duty.
c) It can be applied for citizenship by writing a message to the Archduchess of Troll's Bane, too. You have to state in your message that you are not be citizen/member of another town and that you are not wanted for any crime in any part of Gobaith. Furthermore, you have to quote the Citizen Oath. Finally, you need to sign your message with your full name and title to apply for citizenship.
d) A person looses citizenship by repeated criminal actions or by betraying the town Troll’s Bane, especially by any try of putsch. Furthermore the Archduchess or his/her deputy always is allowed to withdraw citizenship of any citizen. Citizens always are allowed to resign their citizenship and thus relieved from the Citizen Oath by informing the Governor or his/her deputy.
e) There is no fee for citizenship at all.
2) Civic Duties
a) Every citizen pledges oneself to regard and stick to the Town Laws. Every citizen pledges oneself to respect the government and its deputies and to follow its decisions, within the framework of the Town Laws.
b) Every citizen pledges oneself to act for the good of the town Troll’s Bane and to support the town with advice and action in times when needed, as far as it is wanted by the government and its deputies.
c) Every citizen pledges oneself to respect the other citizens of the town Troll’s Bane and to aspire to good of the citizens of Troll’s Bane in all conscience.
3) Civil Rights
a) Citizenship allows every citizen to rent property in terms of land and/or buildings within the borders of the territory of Troll’s Bane tax-free; non-citizens have to pay a tax for that, the amount depending on the size of the property.
c) Citizenship allows every citizen the right for adequate aid, welfare and protection by the town, by the government, its deputies and by the citizens of Troll’s Bane.
d) Citizenship allows every citizens the right to aspire to trials in the framework of the Town Laws and to use make use of jurisdiction for clarifying private disagreements and conflicts with citizens and non-citizens.
Archduchess of Trolls Bane
~*~Lady Joxia Doral~*~
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