I am going to discuss four aspects of the new American culture to which we would be transferring and into which we would be transforming. Those four aspects would be The Five-fold Nobility, the Interregnum, the Imperial Harem and the Ethnos Arkadios. These are important aspects of the process to understand and get right. On the other hand that is not the main reason for bringing them up at this point. I choose to discuss them here because together an individually they throw light upon and illustrate the entire set of political and social changes. I think that if I can make these stand a bit clear then the rest of the massive project would be more intelligible as well. In that spirit I begin my discussion of these institutions.
One definitely cannot make an omelette without breaking at least a few eggs. The revolution proposed here will certainly involve some extralegal and forcible actions in its creation if it is achieved. If one proposes a revolution one can at best hope for a return to full legitimacy and a new normalcy as quickly and expeditiously as possible. The justification for a revolution is that a severe constitutional imbalance already exists. It is clear to me that in America we are in a constitutionally imbalanced state of affairs.
In this Part One posting I am going to discuss the Five-fold Nobility. In the next post I hope to pursue the project and discuss the Interregnum the Imperial Harem and the Ethnos Arkadios. I doubt that I will get all three of the next three topics into the next post. I do hope that I can combine two posts at least whether the next post or the third will be combined. Of course all of these plans are subject to such changes as might prevent me from continuing with this blog at all. So let us begin by spelling out the system of Five-fold Nobility which would define much of the new regime.
I. The Five-fold Nobility
There are different kinds of Empires and Kingdoms. There are very significant variations in the types and structures of various royalist ideas and royal regimes. The new regime has a very rich and complex body of antecedents. I will not be able to bring all of those antecedents into a good and clear light during this exercise. However, I will make it clear that, in the end, the five-fold nobility emerges as a ver definite and essential structure for both the social and political structure of the United States and the Empire after the reconstitutionalization.
A. Nobility, Aristocracy, Protocol and Rank
There is no doubt that United States of America have formed a federal Republic since the American Revolution. There is little doubt that although many forms of inequality have heightened our forms and customs have increasing become those of and undifferentiated democratic (as opposed to mixed government) unitary republic. This new regime will be a very substantial adjustment to and correction of that trend. While a large set of open public and commercial spheres will be kept separate from the rest there will be a strong movement to awaken and assert that aspect of our society which is a society of rank.
The Ordinary Nobility are more or less the aristocracy of hereditary and life nobles who are ennobled to titles and privileges in a manner which is more recognizing and encompassing of the whole person than it is expressive of a functional excellence. While passivity is not their ideal they may still be described as passively noble. However they attain to a noble status they are noble intrinsically (at least in the eyes of law and custom). Titles flow over them but the Noble stature and even a rank is secure. An Empress may become Princess Former Empress Bereaved but remains royal and imperial. A First Heir to any post will hold titles of rank that will be lost if he rises to the principal title or if he is downgraded to Fifth or Tenth Heir after an election. However, even if the falls or very substantial he is assured of a position in the orbit of the title he approached and of a title created “_______________ at Court” if necessary to remain a royal, higher noble, middle or lower noble as when he was carried to that height by law. His legal and social rank may fluctuate but not too far.The Ordinary Nobles may be stripped of titles but this is to be an onerous and extraordinary process designed to be rare unless a sweeping purge were justified by the most dire circumstances.
The ordinary nobility will contain numerous complex features. Those which are most important are:
1.Royal and or Imperial Rank and Status
2. Attachment to a Royal or to the Imperial House
3. Being a Peer-Elector
4. The Status of Heir or Consort
5. Attachment to a Constitutional Jurisdiction
6. Public Service and Public Office
But while I cannot in a brief post get into how all of these feature will interact in practice I will say one thing. The scale of rank will be published and in most cases and for most purposes rank will determine protocol. A non-Elector Duke will usually have precedence over an Elector High Baron. There will be times when other factors change the effects of rank. However, usually as regards protocol the Classes will be:
Royals: King or Queen, Princely titles to Demi-Prince and ArchDuke or ArchDuchess
Higher Nobles: these include all Marquis, Earls, Dukes, Counts and several others.
Middle Nobles: these include Viscounts, High Barons and other titles.
Lower Nobles: these include Barons, Supreme Knights and some others.
Then in each Council of Nobles there will be some Nobles elected by the Chivalry and Titled Gentry. The Chivalry or simply Knights (mostly but not all men) and Knight’s Ladies. The Titled Gentry will be High Squires and Squires and their consorts known as Mademoiselles, Subladies or Little ladies. These Chivalry and Titled Gentry all have full Second Class Access to the Honor Code and its general privileges.
C.Nobility of the Sword
1. Varied, Joint and Composite Roll
The Nobility of the Sword only comprises the upper ranks of the general system of military rank. However, it is to be linked by many devices of law and custom to the system of military rank as a whole. Cadets, recruits and privates are also seen to form a Constituent Base for the Political manifestations and operations of the Nobility of the Sword.
Variances of Rank
First, the Services directly to the Emperor and Empress, and the Basileus Arkadios and Basilissa.
The junior membership begins at first lieutenant and full membership in the Nobility of the Sword begins at captain’s rank in these services.
Second, equally the Services of the United States and the King and Queen of Louisiana
The junior membership begins at major and the full membership begins at Colonel.
Third, Services to the Direct Imperial Government and the States
The junior membership begins at lieutenant colonel and the full membership at General.
Fourth, Services to Fiefdom and Peer, to Compacts and services to the Territories
The junior membership begins at Colonel and the full membership at General.
Fifth, Services to Chartered Nobles and to the Possessions
Only Generals or Supreme Commanders of Small Charters are full members. There are no junior members.
Sixth, Family Guards, Licensed Militia and Municipal Paramilitary Police Units.
Only established Commanding Officers in Full are junior members. There are no full members.
D.Nobility of the Robe
The Nobility of the Robe shall consist of the Excellencies of Religious, Academic and Judicial realms of status and endeavor. These three noble groups are regarded as largely one group by law and custom. They are not required to duel to retain their honor and may insult, accuse and slander members of the Nobility in the pursuance of their official duties. They may question the legitimate nature and avowed rights of other nobles and forms of nobility without suffering ordinary liability under the Noble’s Honor Code. If they verbally or by sign violate the provisions of the Honor Code in Pursuance of the Official Duties they have a high but rebuttable presumption of Impunity. If they are challenged the Challenger must also file a Motion to Uncloak against them with the Office of Ritual Confrontation. In Ritual Confrontation they have the highest presumed rights to Champions and Mitigated Stakes of all sorts of Nobles.
Whenever the Nobility of the Robe are not in their homes or on the premises of a site set aside for their official duties they must carry with them or wear a sign or declaration of their status in the Nobility of the Robe or else be liable to violations of law and of the Honor Code. The Nobility of the Robe are to have some greater level of sexual license as regards promiscuity, homosexuality, and lewd behavior where the persons involved in the lewd behavior were all the Nobility of the Robe and the premises used spoke of an expectation of privacy. They are not so protected in other circumstances. The Nobility of the Robe Seating Block in every Compact Council of Nobles will be the head of an Association of the Nobility of the Robe in that Compact. Every member of the Nobility of the Robe will be taxed an additional one percent of his or her income which shall be divided (after a fee to the Collector) equally among all the Compact Associations of the Nobility of the Robe to which he or she belongs. The Compact Association of the Nobility of the Robe will have standing as a friend of the court in any court and in all matters involving its members.
The Joint and Combined Scale of Rank of the Nobility the Robe shall be somewhat brief than the scales of military rank which include or go below the rank of the Nobility of the Sword. The ranks in systems composing this nobility are varied but the Association shall have its own functional rank. Highest to lowest this shall be: First there is the Crowned Mitre. Second rank is The Mitre and Throned Coif. Third Rank is the The Cowl, Skullcap and Benched Coif. Fourth Rank is the Robe Proper. Membership and its privileges largely cease to apply after this rank and are not presumed to be of value or importance after this point in the scale. Fifth Rank is the Robed Vestry. Sixth Rank is the Outer Vestry.
Rank is determined by the following factors:
1. Greatness of the functional title.
2.Social Importance and Cultural contribution of the institution.
3.Age and Tradition of the role and institution.
4.Degree of Association with the Constitution, Royalty and Imperial House.
5.Conformity of the Title with the Emperor’s religion, philosophy and constitutional model.
No single factor outweighs the others. The Ministry of Protocol will describe the standards and with the advice of the Compact Associations of the Nobility of the Robe will issue the list of rank. Here are some examples:
The Cardinal Archbishop of New York is the Crowned Mitre and so is the President of the LDS Church. But Ordination to the Roman Catholic Priesthood is Robe Proper while Ordination to the Mormon Priest hood is not recognized and belongs to unlisted class Vestibule.
At a standard university a Bachelor’s degree is Robed Vestry, a Master’s is Robe Proper as is a Juris Doctor, most doctorates are Cowl Skull Cap and Benched Coif. A Juris Doctor admitted to the bar is at the highest level of Robe Proper. Experienced trial lawyers and most judges are Cowl, Skull Cap and Benched Coif as are most abbots and mother’s superior and the head rabbis of major synagogues. Catholic, Orthodox and Episcopal Bishops are Mitre as are Deans and Presidents of standard colleges and universities. Peers and other academic leaders of great significance would be Crowned Mitres as would members of the US Supreme Court.
The Mitred Crowns are actually less immune to Honor Code Provisions. The greatest such immunity would peak at the third rank.
In general, the Robes Proper can always vote but only the first three ranks can hold most Nobility of the Robe offices. The Lower two orders are not subject to the full special tax. However, they have a limited schedule of benefits and can only vote in exceptional Association elections. Another factor is that Mistress of Ceremonies through the Haute Ecole des Traiteurs has the right and capacity to issue a number of titles and degrees at each rank and rank point of the Nobility of the Robe. These will also be possessed of these privileges of the Robe and other Privileges of the House and Household.
E.Nobility of the Games
The Nobility of the Games and of the Chamber are the least privileged as Nobility. However, they are privileged to be Nobility and then can add such privileges as they find their own endeavors.
The Nobility of the Games will be of three classes of membership. The First Class will be the Imperial Rolls, the Second Class will be the Compact Rolls and the Third Class will be the Jurisdiction Rolls. There will be little formal rank except by qualifying for one of these classes by winning a contest in one of these categories. Each Contest will have a Nobility of the Games Association. The Ministry of Protocol will certify its operation and operation. In the Olympic Association a Gold in the current Olympic cycle will be worth ten votes and one from earlier worth four. A current Silver will be worth five and an earlier on worth two. A Bronze will be worth three and an earlier one shall be worth one. Some Associations like the Olympics will always have seats available where they have eligible members in the thirteen compacts and the High Council. Most Associations will have rotating terms. The weakest associations will be part of groups of associations and will rotate terms less frequently than others.
F. Nobility of the Chamber
The Speakers of all Compact Assemblies, all chief executives of Constitutional Jurisdictions and all others from a long list published by the Ministry of Protocol will be the Nobility of the Chamber. Full members are those actively serving in the office. Secondary members would be those who retired in good standing and are not later stripped of their status by any legal act.
G. The Honor Code and the Councils of Nobles
All Nobles in the Five-Fold Nobility are eligible to serve in and vote for officers in the Councils of Nobles. All have a Duty to Respond to the Honor Code. All are entitled to display a crest or arms according to their station. All will have some privileges in Imperial Services and the Courts of Palaces and fiefdoms not available to others.