Model Constitution of the Kingdom of the State of Louisiana: Part 8

Royal Constitution
Of the
Kingdom of the State of Louisiana

Article Eleven: State Censors

Section One: Composition and Charter of the Board of Censors

Provision One: The Censors of the State of Louisiana shall number Twenty-one actively serving on the Board of Censors although a greater number will be entitled to be addressed as Censors. The Censors shall take the Louisiana Census and draw up the districts for the House of Representatives and apportion the population related Senate seats. In both cases they will consult with the legislature but not be bound by its opinions or resolutions. They will have the power to review the behavior in office of Parish elected officials and shall also review the state of public expenditures.
Provision Two: At the age of seventy every former Governor of Louisiana’s old republic or of the Kingdom of the State of Louisiana will have the chance to renounce their remaining eligibilities as Governor and become a Censor. If they refuse the seventy year invitation, they will be given that chance again every five years of their lives but not between these birthdays. Any former governor who has completed four terms in office will automatically become Censor. The Gubernatorial Censors will be divided among active and inactive. The oldest and the one who is not the oldest or is the oldest but came in after the other was seated will be seated automatically and the King will seat between one and three of any that remain at his whim. Once seated a Censor holds his or her post for life. The inactive Gubernatorial Censors if any will vote with all active Censors in the Election of the Chief Censor but will not vote or participate in any other business.
Provision Three: Retired Presidents of Peer-Electorship Universities, the retired Chief Justice, the retired Secretaries and Chairmen of the Constitutional Boards and Institutes will be Censors two years after retirement. The retired Speakers of the House who have served in that office for more than six years and retired Lieutenant Governors will be offered denunciation of public office at seventy and every five years thereafter. Retired Generals in the Kingdom of the State of Louisiana will elect three of their own who have been retired for ten or more years as vacancies arise. All vacancies shall be filled in August and the Board shall function with less than twenty on from the time a member dies until that month.
Provision Four: No person having been a Censor for even a day may hold any other public office in the State. There will be five types of public offices in the Royal Prerogative which they may hold which shall be listed in the Royal Charter. They shall continue to receive their retirement benefits and pension and in addition will receive a per diem equal to half of quarter of a percent of the Lieutenant Governor’s salary for every day they attend morning or evening roll call at the Hall of Censors or with the Clerk of Censors in a royal palace or on a journey of Censors sponsored by the Board of Censors.

Section Two: A Court of Public Morals

Provision One: Where a public official has committed well-known moral offenses which for whatever reason have not earned criminal penalties the Censors may issue subpoena and hold a trial with witnesses and parties to establish the truth, impeach and censure the accused and fine him or her a year’s salary . Then the accused will be referred to Senate for the Impeachment Conviction phase which will remove them from office. This will only apply to State Officials and appointed Royal Prerogative officials three ranks or lower below the King’s Ministers.
Provision Two: The Royal Marshals will have a unit assigned primarily to serve as the subordinate marshals of the Censors. They shall remain under the King but as though on loan to this autonomous and special work and duty.
Article Twelve: The Public Aspect of the Royal Court, House and Palaces

Provision One: The Royal House is a definite group of people as listed and enrolled by the Ministry of Protocol according to the relevant laws, constitution and customs and one is either identifiably a member of such a house or is not. The Royal House shall file a joint and combined tax return with a thirty-five percent discount on tax liabilities and for that and many other purposes will integrate and include the Royal Household. The Royal Household will be a definite group of people as listed and enrolled by the Ministry of Protocol whose number may not exceed one thousand persons. Those in the Royal Household are subject to a rebuttable presumption of their being under the Royal protection and subject to royal codes and charters for any purpose whatsoever. The Royal Household includes all members of the Royal Domestic Service currently working in a palace or living there on working on the Manor of a royal member of the house or closely attached to such a person.
Provision Two: The Royal Court is not a group of persons with very definite rights. It is a looser category of persons, activities, places and institutions. The Court however is largely outside the power of the State and largely under the direct authority and power of the King and there is a lesser Court under the Queen and there is a sharing of power at court between the King, the Queen, and in a derivative way Grand Ministers and others.
Provision Three: Palaces are those properties which serve both a residential and somewhat public function and which are deeply and entirely under royal control and not at all the control of the State. It will perhaps be some time before the Main Royal Palace is built. The Palaces are all to have a variety of spaces and functions joined together. The servants in all palaces are under the direct authority of the Majordomo di Palazzo. The servants of each Palace in particular are under the joint authority of a butler and a Housekeeper. All servants serve at the pleasure of the King, Queen and Royal House. Palaces will all have special lawns where ornate tents can be pitched to increase the size of gatherings which can be held there and larger palaces must have a ballroom and a throne room.

The Upper Nobility with all proper association of lands who hold Electorships, have a Chartered Guard, are Peers and and have a liveried service may charter a Noble Palace. This shall be less than a royal palace but shall have some of its rights. The Charter must first be granted by the Royal Household from applicants certified by the legislature. Nobility of line is one factor.  Imperial, Acadian and Louisiana Royal ties and heritage count first and then the ordinary nobility of Louisiana in general. These persons and the other ordinary nobility of the Empire alone have civil and political rights as ordinary nobility by title. The British and Spanish Nobility have Social and Cultural rights  and the Maison de Bourbon and Maison de Polignac have them by the King’s graces. Next there is a presumption in favor of Belgian, Andorran, Monegasque and French Nobility. These privileges are true throughout the constitution and not only in this section. Other must be approved for specific purposes only by the Legislature and household.
Provision Four: In a full palace there shall be outer areas where less formality, acceptance of risk, knowledge of protocol and exposure to the strangeness of royal life is required. But the inner court is still typified by the Constitutional concept of the lion’s den.

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