Monarchy of Superior

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King/Queen of Superior

Kongen/Dronning af Superior (da)
König/Königin von Superior (de)
Superian Kuningan/Kuningatar (fi)
Kongen/Dronning av Superior (no)

Kung/Drottning av Superior (sw)
Itaåçaå/Wiåyaå Gichigami (la)
Royal Coat of Arms of Superior.svg
William II(superior).jpg
William II
since October 3, 2015
Style His Royal Majesty
Heir apparent Prince Henry of Lakota
First monarch George I
Formation July 18, 1867
June 19, 1869 (legally)
Appointer Hereditary

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Politics and government of the
Kingdom of Superior

The monarchy of Superior is the constitutional and hereditary monarchy of the Kingdom of Superior and forms a central part of the government of Superior. The monarchy is composed of the monarch, their immediate and extended family, and the royal household. The current monarch of Superior is William II of the House of Welfburg, a cadet branch of the Sierran-based House of Columbia. William II began his reign in 2015.

The monarchy of Superior was established shortly after the establishment of Superior by a joint Anglo-Sierran intervention into the War of Contingency. The recently deposed George V of Hanover, cousin to Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom would be invited to assume the newly-established throne of Superior, as it was believed that George V's German background would solidify the monarchy's place within the then German-majority nation. Although the monarchy was established in 1867, it would be legally established by the Constitution of Superior, which was passed in 1869 shortly following the conclusion of the War of Contingency.

Largely due to constitutionally loopholes, the monarchs of Superior held a great deal of power from 1869 to 1939 had considerable influence in the proceedings of government, and in some instances were considered more influential than the president and their government. However, following the 1939 constitutional referendum, which was endorsed by George III, these loopholes would be closed and the monarchy's role in proceedings of government greatly reduced. Since the reign of George I, the monarchy has maintained high popularity among the people of Superior.

The monarch of superior, along with their immediately family, known as the royal family, are granted largely ceremonial roles in the Superian federal government, and take part in numerous ceremonial, diplomatic, traditional ceremonies and duties. The monarch, although largely a ceremonial head of state, is guaranteed a set of executive powers and roles in the federal government, known as royal prerogatives. These powers are to ensure the proper functions of the federal government, and a possible continuation if the elected government is unable to carry out its duties mandated by the constitution. The monarch is the supreme commander of the Superian Armed Forces, being the head of all three branches of the Superian military and is responsible for the appointment of members of the Strategic Command, the central command structure of the armed forces.

History[edit | edit source]

Formation and early history[edit | edit source]

During the War of Contingency, an joint Anglo-Sierran coalition launched an invasion into the United Commonwealth, with the objective of permanently crippling American influence in North America by supporting the secession of the number of breakaway states that had formed in opposition to the military government of the United Commonwealth. The coalition, led by Sierran general John C. Frémont, occupied the states and territories of the American Midwest, and after consultation with leaders of a growing secessionist movement, established the Kingdom of Superior. A number of candidates were considered for the newly-established Superian throne, including TBD. However, the crown of Superior was handed to Queen Victoria's cousin, the recently deposed George V of Hanover, whose popularity with the large German community within Superior was seen as essential in winning the Superian Revolution. According to George William Carleton, an advisor and secretary to George V, the deposed king accepted the offer with "extreme excitement".

Although the monarchy was established alongside the country in 1867, it was officially established following the conclusion of the Superian Revolution and the passage of the Constitution of Superior. The coronation of George V, in which he would be crowned as George I, occurred in early 1869. Many of George I's early actions were aimed at improving the standing of the Superian monarchy. At the time of its establishment, the monarchy was generally unpopular with the people of Superior, with many viewing it as a hinderance on the creation of a perfect democracy, a goal of many who fought against the United Commonwealth in the revolution. Throughout his reign, George I had went out of his way to display the humility and generosity of his family and monarchy to the people of Superior. During his reign, George made himself frequently available to the public, taking frequent horseback rides through Saint Anthony and would frequent local establishments. Although he attempted to pursue a frugal lifestyle, George I became known for his expensive purchases later in his reign, which were frequently published in national presses. By the end of his reign in 1878, the monarchy was viewed with greater popularity and political republicanism temporarily eliminated from Superian politics.

The reigns of George II and Henry I both oversaw massive political changes and economic growth during their reigns. Under the reign of George II, Superior underwent the Industrial Revolution, shifting from an largely agarian state to an industrial regional power. As such, George II also oversaw the rise of the labor movement, and his conservative outlook caused the revival of political republicanism by the end of his reign. Henry I oversaw massive economic growth within the country, and while having considerable influence within the government, sough to "de-politicize" the monarchy, officially adopting the royal family's policy of nonpartisan behavior. Both reigns oversaw massive expansions of political power for the monarchy, and in some instances both George II and Henry I were considered more powerful than their heads of government.

Great War I[edit | edit source]

In 1932, after a period of increased regional tensions, the United Commonwealth launched a massive invasion into its western neighbors, kickstarting the global conflict that would later be known as Great War I. A year prior to the invasion, George III had assumed the throne following the death of his father, Henry I. As Continental forces made series inroads into Superian territory, capturing New Hamburg and New Brandenburg, the royal family were forced to flee the capital of Saint Anthony, establishing themselves in Augustus alongside the rest of the government. However, George III refused to leave Saint Anthony, instead staying in the city until its eventual capture by Continental forces.

In the occupied territories, George III, and to an extension the monarchy, was a symbol of resistance against Continental rule. Symbols associated with the king and the monarchy, including the monogram of George III, the coat of arms of the House of Hanover, and silhouetted images of the royal family were used by members of North Star Resistance and other rebel cells to show opposition to the Superian Continental Republic, a puppet state established by Continental occupational authorities to replace the current Kingdom of Superior. Other members of the monarchy also were symbols of resistance. Then Prince William was frequently used in propaganda encouraging greater resistance against the Continentals, largely due to the appeal of his younger age. To show solidarity with his people, George III participated in daily broadcasts to the occupied territories via Raido Heartland, encouraging resistance against and decrying the actions of the occupying forces.

Outside the occupied territories, the monarchy was used extensively to boost morale amongst soldiers and citizens living in the remaining portion of unoccupied Superian territory, referred to as "Free Superior" throughout the war. The military prowess and strategies of Prince Ernest Augustus and the inspiring image of George III was used constantly in propaganda encouraging Superians to continue the war effort. Along with that, the heroic actions of Prince William Augustus, Count of Beck, the son of Prince Ernest Augustus who perished while transporting civilians from occupied Michigan to the "free city" of Duluth, inspired many to take up arms and join the Superian Armed Forces. Women of the monarchy, including the then Princess Anne, encouraged Superian women to contribute to the war effort, either through volunteer service or working in factories contributing to the war effort.

As Continental forces were gradually pushed out of occupied Superior, George III and the monarchy continued the call for resistance against the Continentals, inspiring the Bismarck Uprising, which saw the mass uprising of civilians against Continental rule. Following the liberation of Saint Anthony in 1937, George III traveled to the war-torn city, were his arrival was greeted by hundreds of his remaining subjects in the city. From Saint Anthony, George III initiated a royal tour of the recently liberated territories, where he organize relief and humanitarian aid. His tour ended in the recently-liberated New Hamburg, where his arrival was celebrated by thousands of the city's residents. George III was not present at the signing of the New Orleans Accords in 1938, instead rewarding resistance leaders, including future president Floyd B. Olsen, for the bravery during the war. The monarchy's role as symbols of resistance against Continental occupation has been viewed in contemporary times as a major boost to their popularity and ended a period of disapproval started with the antics of previous monarchs.

Cold War[edit | edit source]

Modern[edit | edit source]

Constitutional Role[edit | edit source]

Powers, duties, and responsibilities[edit | edit source]

According to the Constitution of Superior, the monarch (who can also be referred to as the "Crown" or the "Sovereign") is the head of state of Superior, acting as a semi-ceremonial figurehead of both the nation and the government. In the Constitution is a list of responsibilities, powers, and duties the monarch must perform as the head of state. Monarchs that are male are styled "His Royal Majesty", while monarchs that are female are styled "Her Royal Majesty". Mainline descendants and relatives of the monarch commonly styled "His/Her Royal Highness" or "His/Her Highness". The monarch is entrusted by the Constitution with few executive powers, known as royal prerogatives, and has the ability to enact said powers while taking in the advice of the President of Superior, the head of government, and the Royal Council, the sovereign's advisory body. Like presidential executive orders, the monarch's royal prerogative is enacted nationwide. The royal prerogatives include the suspension of parliament, the declaration of war and negotiation for peace, the creation of federal designated areas, the removal of federal and state officials, and the calling for new federal elections. The enacting of royal prerogatives are commonly exclusively requested by the government, with the monarch rarely acting independently when using their power. The current powers of the monarchy was set following 1939 referendum and the TBD amendment to the constitution that would shortly follow it. From 1869 to 1939, the monarch of Superior had a much larger role in the affairs of government and had more executive control over the country.

As head of state, the monarch is entrusted with the appointment of the President and their cabinet based on their ability to command the confidence and majority of the House of Delegates. Along with that, the monarch is entrusted with the appointment of members to the Cabinet of Superior based on the approval of the High Council. At the request of the President, their government, or Parliament in general, the monarch may suspended Parliament at any time and call for new federal elections. The monarch must give royal assent to each law passed in the Parliament of Superior. The monarch has the right to deny royal assent at any time, which would prevent legislation from becoming law. Though, since the monarchy's foundation, royal assent has usually been given to every piece of legislation passed in Parliament, as refusing is seen as a denial of the democratic process and may harm the standing of the monarchy. The monarch is commonly seen as the head of the executive branch of government, along with the President. The monarch is also entitled to daily or weekly briefings by the President on the legislative dealings of the legislative branch.

Along with being the head of the executive branch of government, the monarch is the supreme commander of the Superian Armed Forces. Upon ascension to the throne, regardless of previous service in the military, the monarch becomes the Commander-in-Chief of the Superian Armed Forces. Unlike other democratic nations, the Superian Armed Forces are directly loyal to the Monarch rather than the President and Parliament, which is why parliament required the royal prerogative of the monarch before going to war. As aforementioned, the monarch does not need any prior military experience when becoming the Commander-in-Chief of the Superian Armed Forces and is not required to take any active service role in the military.

The likeness of the monarch is used as an image of Superian sovereignty and governmental authority. For example, the image of the monarch is commonly used on Superian currency and portraits of the monarch are a requirement in all federal buildings, public classrooms, and most public-owned places of recreation, usually a city-owned gymnasium or swimming area. Celebrations, songs, and salutes are also made in the monarch's image. Like most monarchies, Superior's royal anthem, Hail to the King, is centered around the monarch. Oaths of Allegiance, both civilian and military, are made to the Monarch and their successors. These oaths are commonly seen in public schools, the federal government, and the Superian Armed Forces.

Succession[edit | edit source]

During their reign, the monarch's eldest child, regardless of sex, will be the heir apparent to the throne of Superior. The heir apparent to the crown of Superior is known as the Prince/Princess of Lakota. The current title was first implemented in 1976, following the passage of the Civil Rights and Liberties Act, with Henry II being the first monarch to use the title during his tenure as heir apparent. Before 1976, the title Crown Prince/Crown Princess of Superior was used by the heir apparent. Before the passage of the Equal Inheritance Act in 2016, the monarchy followed male-preference primogeniture succession, where male children of the monarch where given preference over female children of the monarch, and before 1937, the monarch followed salic law, which completely barred women from assuming the throne.

Upon the death or abdication of the monarch, the heir apparent immediately succeeds to the throne and is granted the powers and responsibilities of the monarch. Following a period of mourning, a deceased monarch shall be given a state funeral, where they would be buried at St. Paul's Cathedral in the royal crypt. During the later half of a period of mourning, a deceased monarch is typically laid in state at St. Paul's Cathedral, where the Superian public may pay their respects. Typically, weeks after the burial of a monarch, a coronation ceremony for the newly-ascended monarch is held, where they are ceremonially handed their powers and responsibilities by the head of the Lutheran Church in Superior, who is in turn seen as a representative of God.

Current line of succession[edit | edit source]

Titles[edit | edit source]

Residences[edit | edit source]

List of Monarchs[edit | edit source]

No. Name Portrait Reign Consort
1 George I & V GeorgeVHannover.jpg July 18th, 1869 — June 24, 1878 Princess Marie of Saxe-Altenburg
2 George II & VI George II of Superior.jpg June 24th, 1878 - November 14th, 1924 Princess Thyra of Denmark
3 Henry I Henry I.jpg November 14th, 1924 - November 20th, 1931 Princess Christina of Baden
4 George III & VII George III of Superior.jpg November 20th, 1931 - August 3rd, 1939 Elizabeth von der Bellen
5 Anne Queen Anna of Superior.jpg August 3rd, 1939 - November 15th, 1947 Prince Christian of Sierra
6 William I WilliamI(superior).jpg November 15, 1947 - September 26, 1992 Princess Maria Christina of Württemberg
7 Henry II Henry II of Superior.jpg September 26, 1992 - December 13, 1993 -
8 Christian I Christian(king).jpg December 13, 1993 - October 3, 2015 Evelyn von Habsburg
9 William II William II(superior).jpg October 3, 2015 - present Isabelle Carmoux

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