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Emperor of Eroea
Imperial
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Incumbent
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Anne
since 28 July 4207
Details
Style Her Majesty
Heir apparent George, Crown Prince of Eroea
First monarch Gregor Yalan
Formation 21 December 1402
Residence See list
Appointer Hereditary
Website www.crown.ea

The Monarchy of Eroea, commonly referred to as the Eroean monarch or sometimes The Crown, is the system of absolute monarchy in place in the Imperial Realm. The monarch, which acts as the physical embodiment of the Crown, is the sovereign of the Eroean monarchy and holds absolute power over the entirety of Eroea and its imperial possessions i.e. the Eroean Empire. The current monarch is Amelia, who ascended the throne in 4153. She is the first empress regnant to do so.

Due to Eroea being an absolute monarchy, the monarch acts as the source of all power in Eroea. Important functions such as commanding the Armed Forces, passing primary legislation, meeting foreign dignitaries, ensuring the unity and survival of the Crown and filling important positions in the Imperial Government are all vested in the Crown and as such are carried out by the monarch. Despite the democratization of Eroea, the monarch can still intervene at their behest in Eroea's governance and to oppose such interventions is considered the most serious of crimes in Eroea. The government is legally and customarily bound to enforce the Will of the Monarch, along with any policies that they deem fit to pursue, given that they do not contravene the monarch's will. In modern Eroea, legislating for most matters has been delegated to the Parliament of Eroea, with most executive functions split between the Imperial Council and the Imperial Cabinet. The involvement of the monarch in affairs of state vary from sovereign to sovereign and the dynamics of the relationship between the State Chancellor and the monarch.

The Monarchy of Eroea was founded by the Uragni Decree, which formed the Land and Empire of Eroeans on 21 December 1402. The unification of Eroea and the supremacy of the Uragni Benzeen allowed for Gregor I to ascend the throne of a new state that encompassed the entire continent of Eroea. It abolished all benzeens, bar Uragni, and ushered in a new system of governance known as the Gregorian system. The system was built upon the the supremacy of the Crown, a principle that is still used in Eroea's Reformed system. The Edict of Crown Succession dissolved the Uragni Benzeen and eliminated the last elements of Benzi culture in the governance structures of Eroea. The monarchy has changed radically since those early years; the monarch would rely on the continued support of the Lords Primate, who rule Eroea's provinces, to ensure the security of their reign. However, the slow abolition of this feudalist system and the democratisation of Eroea's government has led to the Lords Primate in most provinces being reduced to extremely wealthy landowners and influential nobles, but no longer governors representing the Crown. The rights of subjects from persecution and unfair treatment are protected by the ancient legal principle of the Eroean social contract, which prevents the monarchy from exerting cruel and unnecessary punishment or actions on their subjects.

The monarch, their consort, children, siblings and parents all constitute the Imperial Family. The Imperial Household consists of the Imperial Family, their extended family, guests and support staff that collectively assist the monarch in executing their functions as sovereign of Eroea. The Royal Court consists of a wide body of advisors, retainers, supporters and loyalists to the Crown who also assist the monarch in governing the state. Many institutions of Eroea, such as Parliament and Cabinet, are considered organs of the Royal Court. The court has been in existence even longer than the state itself and is considered one of the most powerful institutions within the state. The heir to the Crown is the Crown Prince, a title currently held by TBD.

History[edit | edit source]

Powers and functions[edit | edit source]

The powers of the monarchy of Eroea, according to the Imperial Reformation Decree of 3776, are "limitless and unbounded. Only the power of god shall have influence and sway over the authority of the monarch". This is a codified version of the principle of divine right to rule, the belief that the monarch derives their right to rule from a deity. As Eroea and Ut'un modernized, the principle fell out of practice as religious attendance and membership decreases steadily. More codified rules on the power of the Eroean monarch were drawn up. The Imperial Reformation Decree was the first of its kind, setting the tone for the government of Eroea for years to come. It is a de facto constitution of Eroea.

The monarch is defined as being the "head of stage and government of Eroea, representing the people in all internal and external matters". While the monarch reserves the right to make all decisions regarding political matters (it must be noted that the government rules on behalf of the monarch), current monarchs do not actually take part in the day-to-day running of Eroea. The monarch certainly exercises all ceremonial state functions and a variety of sporadic government functions, but the Lord Councillor is the position that functions as the de facto head of the government. They are appointed by the monarch and serve at the will of the monarch. The cabinet they wish to form is appointed by the sovereign and usually there are no issues with members of the cabinet, though the monarch still has the power to rescind any appointment at will. The Lord Councillor is almost always the leader of the largest party in the House or they are the leader of a coalition that can form a majority in the House. There have been cases, however, of minority governments forming because of the differing views between the people and the sovereign on who should lead the government.

The Crown Prince also plays a large role in the government. The Crown Prince is often the Lord Secretary, the deputy to the Lord Councillor and the Lord Chamberlain of the Imperial Council, the de facto head of the Imperial Council, the upper house in the Parliament of Eroea. The lower house of the parliament, the House of Councillors, is an body elected by the general electorate and functions at the will of the sovereign. While the sovereign is not expected to appoint members to the House, they are allowed to dissolve it and call an election at will. The Imperial Council can also be disbanded at the will of the sovereign, but this has never happened and the Imperial Council has always existed since it was first created in 3658.

Various historical sovereigns have had varying amounts of involvement in the government. While the de jure head of the Imperial Council is the sovereign, this is rarely the case and almost all duties as head of the council falls to the Lord Chamberlain. In the case of Justinian I, this was not the case. Justinian I was incredibly hands on with the government, often attending every single council meeting and writing up their own personal manifestos for government campaigns. Juliana V, who served from 3891 until 3899 was not involved in any governmental matter at all. She was never recorded to have attended any meeting.

Succession[edit | edit source]

Prior to the death of Gregor Yalan, succession was not seen as an issue unless his only living son, Gregor II, died before ascending or without child. Given that Prince Ferghal was born in 1428, his grandfather did not view it as necessary to put in place a succession plan despite his advisers pressing him to do so. When Gregor II acceded to the throne, the matter of succession was once before laid before him. At the time, Rutherford Blaire, serving as Chief Justiciar, insisted that the Monarch put in place a decree that formalised the process of succession. Having very little interest in domestic affairs, the Emperor left it to Blaire to draw up a succession plan which would eventually become known as the Blaire Declaration, formally titled the Statute of Succession. The statute put in place a number of rules for accession to the throne. The statute granted the monarch the "sole right and authority, under their supreme being" to name a successor if they so wish. In order to do this, the monarch of the day would have to issue a crown ordinance naming a successor. Unless there was a named successor, the heir apparent was to be the eldest son of the monarch; the eldest son of the heir apparent would then be the next in line, followed by his brothers. If they had no further descendants, the sovereign's brother would accede and so on. This system is known as agnatic primogeniture. Females were explicitly excluded from accession unless they were named as successor by a crown ordinance. Upon the death of the monarch, their heir accedes to the throne immediately and a meeting of the Accession Committee, an organ of the Royal Court, is called. This Accession Committee is composed of the monarch, their heir[a], the Imperial Chancellor, the Chief Justiciar, the Lords Primate and any members the Crown may appoint. The statute states that it is the "duty of the Crown Committee for Accession and Succession to the Throne, conferred on them by higher power and fealty to their Late Overlord, to proclaim the heir as sovereign and allow for the smooth accession and crowning of their Late Overlords heir, be that an heir named by ordinance, edict or statute, or an heir proclaimed by the preceding articles of this statute".

The Blaire Declaration has been largely repealed since its introduction on 5 March 1439, however, provisions relating to immediate accession and the authority of the monarch to name a successor are still in force[b]. The Primogeniture Decree, passed by Emperor Austin, included women in the line of succession, on equal footing with men. Royalty that marry people who have parents born in colonies or a foreign country that is considered an enemy of the state are not allowed to accede. In the aftermath of the First Eroean Civil War, the requirement for the Accession Committee to "proclaim the heir as sovereign" was removed. This was seen as a possible legal loophole to allow for members of the committee to block the accession of a monarch.[c]

The Edict of Crown Succession, passed on 5 March 1439 by Gregor II, was largely concerned with abolishing the Uragni Benzeen and the titles related to said entity that were afforded to the monarch. However, under the counsel of Rutherford Blaire, the Chief Justiciar, the monarch was encouraged to use the edict to outline some sort of plan for succession to the throne. When Gregor II had ascended the throne, he had been the only real successor to his father who could hold the realm together. However, the Gregorian Conquests, which took place in foreign lands, led to the emergence of intrastate actors who held incredible amounts of power, such as Blaire himself. Despite not being interested in the throne, Blaire felt that Eroea would fall into civil war if a criteria for succession was not devised before Gregor's death. The Edict was rather simplistic and vague and made the following points:

The Edict has been debated in legal circles for generations and has been criticized for allowing too much room for interpretation. Some legal scholars view this point as moot because of the sovereign's ability to issue a crown ordinance that nullifies the Edict or simply outlines an procedure for a particular succession. Generally, a successor is deemed legitimate if they are a blood relation to the previous monarch and are accepted by the Lords Primate. The exclusion of women from the succession was criticised, especially after Ingrid Rey was appointed as Imperial Chancellor. The exclusion was removed by the Primogeniture Decree passed during the reign of Austin.

Titles[edit | edit source]

Official titles[edit | edit source]

The official titles of the Crown are:
Emperor of the Imperial Realm of Eroea, Protector of the Unified Possessions and Territories, High Lord of All Eroea, Lords Primate of Yuntvar and Argnoria, High Steward of Eroea
The position of Emperor of the Imperial Realm of Eroea signifies that the holder is considered the physical embodiment of the Crown and thus has the power to execute its prerogative unconditionally. The title Protector of the Unified Possessions and Territories was added to the official titles of the Emperor by the Great Reform Act; the title is aimed at signifying unity between all colonies of the empire with Eroea. The title of High Lord of All Eroea was also legitimized by the Great Reform Act, however, this title had been unofficial for many years previous.

List[edit | edit source]

House Yalan[edit | edit source]

Also known as the first dynasty, or the 'Golden Dynasty' by members of House Yalan.

Name

Reign began

Reign end

Portrait Arms Birth Marriage(s)

Issue

Death Claim
Gregor I

12 December 1402

29 January 1438

19 February 1357 29 January 1438

(aged 81)

Gregor I, Emperor and Supreme Groslen of Eroea, Groslen of Uragni, Lord Primate of the Eroean Isle, High Steward of Eroea and Captain of the People
Gregor II

29 January 1438

2 July 1466

18 August 1391 2 July 1466

(aged 75)

Gregor II, Emperor and Supreme Groslen of Eroea, Groslen of Uragni, Lord Primate of the Eroean Isle, and High Steward of Eroea


After 5 March 1439: Gregor II, Emperor of the Land of Eroeans, Lord Primate of the Eroean Isle, and High Steward of Eroea


After 11 September 1459: Gregor II, Emperor of the Land of Eroeans, Captain of the Eroean People, Lord Primate of All Eroea, and High Steward of the Land

Ferghal I

2 July 1466

3 January 1525

29 December 1428 3 January 1525

(aged 96)

Julius I

3 January 1525

15 August 1539

11 July 1475 15 August 1539

(aged 64)

Julius II

15 August 1539

16 August 1593

19 June 1508 16 August 1593

(aged 85)

Augustus I

16 August 1593

17 November 1598

12 September 1541
Zachary I

17 November 1598

11 October 1654

8 May 1569
Ferghal II

11 October 1654

9 December 1687

11 July 1600 Caoimhe McFadden

Cedric Amadeus, Crown Prince

Jennifer Gyra, Sovereign Princess

Prince Benedict

Katrina, Princess Royal

Amadeus I

9 December 1687

22 May 1636

19 August 1638
Gordan of Eroea

3 June 1780

7 January 1835

7 January 1761 7 January 1835
Benedict I

7 January 1835

20 September 1870

22 December 1793 20 September 1870

(aged 77)

Nian Creek, Morave County, Seazar

Eldest son of Gordan I
Benedict II

20 September 1870

27 December 1870

27 November 1821 27 December 1870

(aged 49)

Morave Medical Hall

Morave, Seazar

Eldest son of Benedict I
Cedric the Great

27 December 1870

24 April 1916

13 February 1819 Eldest surviving male-heir of Gordan I
Cedric III

24 April 1916

21 October 1924

31 April 1843
Augustus II

21 October 1924

22 May 1936

29 August 1874
Ferghal III

22 May 1936

11 July 1981

5 January 1909
George II

11 July 1981

5 August 2021

10 September 1949
Augustus III

5 August 2021

28 August 2088

28 August 1971
Zachary II

28 August 2088

2 January 2092

13 February 2002
Augustus IV

2 January 2092

3 May 2120

22 May 2053
Augustus V

3 May 2120

14 April 2027

3 May 2082

House Meera[edit | edit source]

The War of the Two Crowns

Name

Reign began

Reign end

Portrait Arms Birth

Place of birth

Marriage(s)

Issue

Death Claim
Claudius the Paramount

4 August 2778

27 March 2811

25 June 2726 27 March 2811
Claudius I, the Paramount, Emperor of the Land of Eroea, Supreme Lord Primate, High Steward of Eroea, Chieftain of the Imperial Forces, Defender of the Peoples and Patriarch of the Peerage
Leon the Straight

17 May 3588

1 July 3626

2 July 3547 Raina Adams

17 children

1 July 3626

(aged 78)

Gregor IV

3 August

1 May 3755
Claudius III



9 June 3786
Amadeus I

17 June 3869

18 October 3882

3 June 3815
Amadeus I, Emperor of the Land of Eroea, Lords Primate of Yuntvar and Argnoria, High Steward of Eroea, and Chief Marshal of the Imperial Forces
Claudius IV

18 October 3882

1 February 3951

17 February 3859 17 January 3976

(aged 116)

Claudius IV, Emperor of the Land of Eroea, Lords Primate of Yuntvar and Argnoria, High Steward of Eroea, and Chief Marshal of the Imperial Forces
Peter I

1 February 3951

17 February 3976

23 June 3902
Peter II

17 February 3976

3 February 4021

27 August 3958
Peter I, Emperor of the Land of Eroea, Lords Primate of Yuntvar and Argnoria, High Steward of Eroea, and Chief Marshal of the Imperial Forces
Justinian I

3 February 4021

11 March 4063

12 December 3975

Petersborough

Argnoria

11 March 4063

(aged 87)

Tomb of the Three Emperors

Petersborough

Justinian II, Emperor of the Land of Eroea, Lords Primate of Yuntvar and Argnoria, and High Steward of Eroea
Justinian II

11 March 4063

15 June 4102

13 February 4017 15 June 4102
Justinian II, Emperor of the Land of Eroea, Lords Primate of Yuntvar and Argnoria, and High Steward of Eroea
Justinian III

15 June 4102

27 October 4109

File:Official portrait of Emperor Justinian II.jpg 2 February 4040 Juliana Wester

Imperial Sanctum

23 April 4073

4 children

27 October 4109

(aged 69)

Eldest son of Justinian II
Justinian III, Emperor of the Imperial Realm of Eroea, Lords Primate of Yuntvar and Argnoria, and High Steward of Eroea
Amadeus II

27 October 4109

14 July 4153

29 May 4075 Cecilia McBride

Alexandria Estate Park

3 February 4101

2 children

14 July 4153

(aged 78)

Until 4145: Amadeus II, Emperor of the Imperial Realm of Eroea, Lords Primate of Yuntvar and Argnoria, and High Steward of Eroea


After 4145: Amadeus II, Emperor of the Imperial Realm of Eroea, Protector of the Unified Possessions and Territories, High Lord of All Eroea, Lords Primate of Yuntvar and Argnoria, and High Steward of Eroea

Austin

14 July 4153

29 November 4180

1 August 4101

Imperial Sanctum

Argost

Eroea

Ursula Middleton

Cathedral Julian

12 December 4126

5 children

29 November 4180

(aged 79)

Austin, Emperor of the Imperial Realm of Eroea, Protector of the Unified Possessions and Territories, High Lord of All Eroea, Lords Primate of Yuntvar and Argnoria, and High Steward of Eroea

House Smyth[edit | edit source]

Name

Reign began

Reign end

Portrait Arms Birth

Place of birth

Marriage(s)

Issue

Death Claim
Amelia

29 November 4180

28 July 4207

16 August 4128

Justinian House Leinster StreetArgost

28 July 4207

(aged 79)

Eldest daughter of Emperor Austin
Amelia, Empress of the Imperial Realm of Eroea, Protector of the Crown Possessions and Empire, High Lord of All Eroea, Lady Primate of Argnoria, and High Steward of the Realm
Anne

28 July 4207

present

17 January 4151

Imperial Sanctum Argost

Living Eldest daughter of Empress Amelia
Anne, Empress of the Imperial Realm of Eroea, Protector of the Crown Possessions and Empire, Sovereign of All Eroea, Princess of Breifne, Lady Primate of Argnoria, and High Steward of the Realm

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ If of age i.e. older than 18.
  2. ^ This latter provision is considered moot by many legal scholars. Due to the supremacy of the sovereign, they require no permission to name a successor.
  3. ^ The accession of Cormac II was the catalyst for the First Civil War. He was married to a Eckerian commoner, who the majority of the Accession Council viewed as too influential over the monarch's decisions and unfit to serve as consort. The accession was blocked by Aldoius Lardon, the Chief Justiciar, he was supported by multiple nobles. The war ensued soon after Lardon proclaimed Cormac as a false ruler. In the end, the Justiciary Alliance, led by Lardon, won the war and deposed Cormac II.