|Emperor of Austenasia|
|Style:||His Imperial Majesty|
|Heir presumptive:||Crown Princess Caroline|
|First monarch:||Terry I|
|Formation:||20 September 2008|
The Monarchy of Austenasia, constitutionally referred to as the Throne and sometimes ceremonially referred to as the Western Imperial Majesty is the political institution comprising a Monarch of Austenasia and the Austenasian Imperial Family.
The constitutional title of the office is Monarch - males hold the style of Emperor and females that of Empress. The current Monarch is HIM Emperor Jonathan I, who has held the Throne since January 2013.
Powers and duties
According to Austenasian law, the Monarch has sole prerogative over the following:
- The power to approve Candidates for Prime Minister.
- The power to call a local or general election before the maximum term (two and four years, respectively) has expired.
- The power to veto Acts of Parliament by not giving Imperial Consent.
- The power to appoint Representatives to the Cabinet.
- The power to enter people into the three highest of the four Austenasian Orders of Chivalry.
- The power to appoint Landed Nobles to newly founded Towns, Provinces, Duchies and Regions.
- The power to grant peerages and the titles of Caesar and Augusta.
- The power to issue Imperial Edicts, for the governance of Crown property or the exercising of other powers.
- The power to issue Imperial Decrees, laws which apply to the whole Empire but can be overturned by the House of Representatives.
- The power to announce the official start and end of each season in the Austenasian calendar.
- The right to hold the secondary title of “Imperator/Imperatrix Caesar/Caesarina Forename Augustus/Augusta”.
- The right to have a sacrosanct and inviolable person.
The Monarch has many more minor powers and duties, not all purely ceremonial, such as the right to cast the deciding vote should a meeting of the War Council fail to decide on an issue, and the power to announce the official start of each season in the Austenasian calendar.
The monarchy of Austenasia was established on 20 September 2008 with the sending of the Declaration of Independence. Terry I was proclaimed Emperor, and the 2008 Constitution affirmed his role as Head of State. The 2008 Constitution was very brief and enabled subsequent Acts of Parliaments to clarify and further define the position of the monarchy within the Empire.
By convention, Terry I did not take a proactive role in government. His only real involvement in politics was granting Imperial Consent to pass Acts of Parliament into law - although during the first few months of the Empire’s existence proper Parliament meetings were held between the Monarch and Prime Minister to discuss new laws, by the time that South Kilttown joined the Empire in April 2009 the Monarch would automatically give Imperial Consent to an Act as long as it had been passed by Parliament, virtually regardless of whether or not he agreed with it. During the reign of Terry I, the Monarch was seen very much as a ceremonial figurehead, in a manner similar to the monarchs of the United Kingdom - this was emphasised in his coronation, when he was crowned with the Imperial Diadem by the Founder after making promises to rule wisely, uphold the law, and defend Austenasia.
In October 2009, Parliament demonstrated its position of supremacy within the Empire by changing the line of succession to the Throne. It had done this several times previously to make the succession laws more similar to those of the British monarchy, but this time it placed somebody unrelated to the emperor through blood or marriage into the line of succession - the then Duke of Highland was made second in line to the Throne as a ceremonial honour, as it was not expected that Terry I would abdicate. When Emperor Terry suddenly did so in February 2010, the Duke ascended to the Throne after the Crown Prince refused to become Monarch, becoming Emperor Esmond III.
Princess Caroline, who had been second in line to the Throne before Esmond was put in that position, protested against this, and claimed the Throne in her own right. When this claim was supported by military leader Lord General William, the Austenasian Civil War broke out, which at its heart was an ideological conflict between proponents of a monarchy which should be absolutely hereditary (the Carolinians) against proponents of a monarchy which should hold the approval of Parliament as the elected representatives of the population (the “Esmondians”, supported by the legitimate government).
Growth of political influence
The Austenasian Civil War can be considered the turning point in how the Austenasian monarchy was viewed. Firstly, it was ended not by military victory but by a referendum, supporting the theory that ultimate political power is held by the people but not necessarily putting Parliament above the Monarch. Secondly, Esmond III had always been more proactive than Terry I had been, and with the legitimate government at war on his behalf he inevitably became more than a figurehead. Helped along by the theory of Imperium which came into being around this time, the Monarch became seen as not merely the ceremonial head of Austenasia, but the leader and to some extent the personification of the Empire.
Although no calls for an absolute monarchy came from outside the military, public sentiment was such that Parliament passed several laws between the end of the war in May and the start of the War of the Orlian Reunification in December which significantly increased the powers of the Monarch, at some points at their own expense. Act 124 (Imperial Powers), passed at the start of July, removed Parliament’s power to call a Vote of No Confidence to establish a Regency, gave the Monarch immunity from prosecution, and bestowed upon him the power to grant the titles of Caesar and Augusta (highly symbolic of the emphasis now placed on the imperial nature of the Monarch’s title). Act 127 (Regnal Names and Imperial Edicts), passed in September, gave the Monarch the right to issue Imperial Edicts - although limited in effect to Crown lands and unable to overrule Acts of Parliament, this was the first time that the Monarch could legislate independently of Parliament.
Another development during this period of time, also caused in some respects by the civil war, was the immense influence which the Austenasian monarch gained over the other local nations in the Carshalton Sector. The Midget Nation-in-Exile informally accepted the Monarch as their overlord after declaring war on his behalf against the Carolinians, and Esmond III was instrumental in the founding of the Caesarship of Orly (the population of which was mostly comprised of Esmondian volunteer soldiers): since he gave its founder his title of Caesar, Orly’s successor states of Copan and the Grove considered their sovereignty to have derived from the Austenasian Throne and therefore acknowledged Esmond III as suzerain (Copan's king rejected Esmond’s suzerainty on). Esmond III also merged the nominal throne of Rushymia with that of Austenasia after gaining the title King of Rushymia in October.
The suzerainty of the Austenasian Monarch over the local nations was brought to an abrupt end by the outbreak of the War of the Orlian Reunification - at the end of the war, the Monarch of Austenasia would hold sovereignty, not just suzerainty, over every one of the local nations. King Declan of Copan became Regent of the Kingdom of the Grove on 8 December 2010, and united the two nations into the Tsardom of Orly. Esmond III had already maintained a friendly rivalry with Declan I after Copan was removed from his sphere of influence, but with the Grove now gone as well he declared a symbolic state of war between Orly and his titular nation of Rushymia. The Midget Nation considered their alliance with Orly to override their overlord-suzerain relationship with Esmond III, and so joined the war on Orly’s side, even making Declan I their new Midget Master. Austenasia then also declared a state of war so that it could mobilise its army in preparation for an anticipated Midget attack. Despite this, the Austenasian capital of Wrythe surrendered to a Midget attack force, and peace was declared. As part of the peace settlement, Declan I was made joint monarch of Austenasia and of Rushymia - he was now sole or joint monarch of every nation in the Carshalton Sector.
In April the independent Midget Nation was abolished - the militaristic population was made a unit of the Austenasian Army, and the throne of the Midget Master was merged into the Austenasian Throne. Esmond III was removed from the powers of the Throne in late March by Parliament, and removed from the title of Monarch completely in September 2011 with the enactment of a new constitution, leaving Declan I as sole Monarch of Austenasia.
This led to a situation whereby Declan I ruled as Emperor of Austenasia, the Throne by virtue of which he was also Fifth Midget Master and King of Rushymia. He was also King of Orly, but this was merely in personal union with the Austenasian Throne, Orly being in political union with the Emperor's native country of Wilcsland as the United Kingdom of New Wessex. Declan I became Austenasia's longest reigning Monarch on 22 July 2012.
On 20 January 2013, Declan I abdicated for personal reasons from the Austenasian Throne, which passed to Crown Prince Jonathan, who after being Heir to the three previous Monarchs finally ascended the Throne as HIM Emperor Jonathan I later that day. Jonathan I also became the new King of Rushymia and Midget Master, but Declan I remained King of Orly until the Liberation of Orly on 24 June later that year, upon which Austenasian suzerainty was reasserted over the entire Carshalton Sector once more.
List of Monarchs
|Image||Name||Born||Became Monarch||Ceased to be Monarch||Relation to previous Monarch||House|
|Terry I||16 May 1961||20 September 2008||16 February 2010||Throne established||Austen|
|Esmond III||9 June 1995||16 February 2010||20 September 2011||None (entered into Line of Succession by Parliament)||McLaughlin|
|Declan I||20 May 1994||19 December 2010||20 January 2013||None (declared joint Emperor by Parliament)||Mac Donnchadha-Houghton|
|Jonathan I||13 October 1994||20 January 2013||Incumbent||Son of Terry I||Austen|
Jonathan I became Emperor of Austenasia on 20 January 2013 upon the abdication of Declan I, and shall reach the following milestones on the following dates:
- 3 September 2014, aged 19 - Longest reigning Midget Master (including his earlier reign).
- 22 February 2015 (18:38), aged 20 - Longest reigning Emperor of Austenasia.
- 16 August 2015, aged 20 - Longest reigning King of Rushymia (earliest possible).
- c. 1 September 2015, aged 20 - Longest reigning King of Rushymia (probable).
- 17 September 2015, aged 20 - Longest reigning King of Rushymia (latest possible).
- 27 July 2016, aged 21 - Longest reigning head of state in the Carshalton Sector.
- 27 July 2016, aged 21 - Longest reigning Midget Master (not including his earlier reign).
- 21 February 2018, aged 23 (18:38) - Longer reign as Emperor of Austenasia than all previous Emperors of Austenasia combined.
- 9 November 2018, aged 24 - Longer reign as King of Rushymia than all previous Kings of Rushymia combined (earliest possible).
- c. 1 December 2018, aged 24 - Longer reign as King of Rushymia than all previous Kings of Rushymia combined (probable).
- 22 December 2018, aged 24 - Longer reign as King of Rushymia than all previous Kings of Rushymia combined (latest possible)
- 17 August 2019, aged 24 - Longer reign as Midget Master than all previous Midget Masters combined (including his earlier reign).
- 10 July 2021, aged 26 - Longer reign as Midget Master than all previous Midget Masters combined (not including his earlier reign).
Since the reign of Esmond III, the Emperor of Austenasia has often been seen by Austenasians and other residents of the Carshalton Sector as the legitimate successor to the Western and Holy Roman Emperors. During the Austenasian Civil War, an operation known as Project Imperium was started, aiming to legitimise the claim of Esmond III to the title and rank of Emperor. Although this was kept secret from the general population, the Emperor himself was aware of it and began to promote his own identity as an imperial monarch in the medieval European tradition.
This led to a new political theory being adopted by the Austenasian government, based mainly on the Tetrarchy of the Roman Empire and the political theories of the Byzantine and Holy Roman Empires, sometimes referred to as Imperium. Briefly put, this is that the title of Emperor is the highest in diplomatic precedence, and that a person can only legitimately hold said title by either being the lawful successor to a previous emperor, or being recognised as such by another holder of that title while claiming the title of emperor and ruling an empire.
In May 2011, Dr. Sebastian Linden advanced a claim to the throne of the German Empire, which as a relative of Wilhelm II he was entitled to do so. As the closest living relative actively claiming the German throne, he became Regent under Hohenzollern House Law, attaining imperial rank and in effect re-founding the German Empire, as he had part of Cologne under his control (which he ceded to the Nemkhav Federation later that year, thereby losing absolute control over it). While German Emperor, Sebastian I recognised Esmond III and Declan I as holding the title of Emperor and the rank of Augustus, which legitimised Austenasia as the Western Empire in the view of the Carshalton Sector.
On 24 March 2012, the Seventh Imperial Decree of HIM Emperor Declan I was issued. This Decree codified as an official stance and policy of the Austenasian Government the view that the Austenasian Monarch was through translatio imperii the legitimate successor in dignity of the Western Roman Emperors, and claiming diplomatic precedence over all other rulers of the western world.
On 23 February 2013, Emperor Jonathan I recognised Taeglan I Nihilus of the Reylan Imperial Triumvirate as also holding the imperial rank, by the Treaty of Wrythe. Under this treaty, both emperors agreed that any further recognitions would only be valid of both of them gave their consent, thereby avoiding any possible future situations where a claimant to imperial rank might claim recognition based on being addressed as "emperor" by only one of the two monarchs.
Although a coronation is not needed for the Monarch to either ascend to the Throne or to start ruling, Austenasian Monarchs do generally have ceremonial coronations (as the British monarch does).
The first Emperor, Terry I, was happy to be a constitutionally-bound figurehead, and was seen more as a representation of national unity than as a political leader, similar to the monarchs of the United Kingdom. This was reflected in his coronation, where he is crowned with the Imperial Diadem (while holding the other Imperial Regalia of Austenasia) by the Founder after making a promise to rule fairly and wisely, to defend Austenasia, and to enforce and abide by its laws.
In contrast, Esmond III (Terry's successor) was a much more proactive leader, seen by the military and local supporters as the heir to the Roman Emperors, as Austenasia's supreme (although his powers were greatly limited by law and he was far from an absolute monarch) leader and as the personification of the Empire itself. This was reflected in his coronation, in which he took the Diadem from the Founder's hands and crowned himself, and made no promise like Terry I.
The Austenasian Constitution of 2011 contains guidelines for coronations, but does not make them compulsory and stresses that the Monarch “may choose” to make a coronation oath similar to that of Terry I. Declan I was the only Monarch not to ever set foot in the Empire, and so did not have a coronation. The coronation of his successor, Jonathan I, took place on 23 February 2012. That of Jonathan I was very similar to that of his father, although it was more elaborate and included some religious elements (e.g. giving the coronation oath over a Bible) to reflect the faith of the Monarch. Jonathan I crowned himself, although it was made clear that this was in his capacity as Founder and was not doing so in the manner in which Esmond III had.
The counting of the numbers of the Austenasian Monarchs include all previous rulers of the land which now comprises Austenasia. This includes the Kings and Queens of England, Scotland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, as well as even further back to the Roman Empire.
As Glencrannog, being in the north of Britain, has historically had different rulers from Wrythe and Zephyria, being in the south, Austenasian Monarchs take the next number from either sequence, whichever is higher. For example, if an Alexander came to the throne he would be known as Alexander IV, as the last ruler of Glencrannog with that name was King Alexander III of Scotland (1249 - 1286), even though there has only been one ruler of Wrythe and Zephyria with that name - the Roman Emperor Alexander, who reigned just over a thousand years earlier (222 - 235).
Line of Succession
The Throne is intended to be inherited through male-preference (cognatic) primogeniture. When the Line of Succession reaches the end of those related to the Monarch by blood, it passes to their spouse and to their relatives. Parliament does, however, have ultimate control over the Line of Succession, as demonstrated by the ascension of both Esmond III and Declan I.
After the abdication of Emperor Terry I, it was decided that the Line of Succession for the succeeding Monarch, Emperor Esmond III, would be the same as that of Emperor Terry, and all in it would keep their titles, in order to ensure stability in the monarchy and that the Throne would ultimately return to the House of Austen. The same was applied upon the accession of Emperor Declan I, and reaffirmed in the 2011 Constitution.
The following is the current Line of Succession to the Throne of Austenasia. The ordinals (regnal numbers) each will have (should they ascend to the Throne) are in brackets after the name. Upon the death or abdication of the Monarch, the Throne shall pass to the next in the Line of Succession:
- 1. HIH Crown Princess Caroline (I)
- 2. HIH Princess Christine (I)
- 3. HIH Princess Louise (I)
- 4. HIH Princess Pauline (I)
- 5. HIH Prince Kelvin (I)
- 6. HIH Prince Louis (II)
- 7. HIH Prince Andrew (I)
- 5. HIH Prince Kelvin (I)
- 8. HIH Princess Julie (I)
- 9. HIH Prince Daniel (II)
- 10. HIH Prince Matthew (I)
- 11. HIH Emperor Mother Margaret (II)
- 12. Lord Michael, KPP (I)
- 13. Lord Timothy, KOM, KPP (I)
- 14. Lady Catherine, DCA (I)
- 15. Lady Jennifer, DOM (I)
Here ends the Line of Succession to the Throne proper. However, due to provisions made in the Constitution for the Throne to pass to the spouse of the Monarch if they have no surviving blood relatives, a further eight people related to the House of Austen by marriage can be placed on the end of the Line to the Throne in an unofficial capacity:
- 16. HH Prince Kenneth (I) (and his siblings and their lines)
- 17. HH Princess Francesca (I) (and her siblings and their lines)
- 18. HH Prince Peter (I) (and his siblings and their lines)
- 19. Dame Rosalind, DPP (I)
- 20. S. Clark
- 21. D. Clark
- 22. H. Clark
- 23. P. Clark
The present full style of the Monarch is as follows:
His Imperial Majesty Jonathan the First, Emperor of Austenasia, Romanorum Imperator Occidentalis, Basileus kai Autokratōr Rhōmaíōn, Shahanshah of the Carshalton Nations, King of Rushymia, Second and Sixth Midget Master, Grand Duke of Hobartstown, Founder of Austenasia, Sovereign of the Glorious Order of St. John, Sovereign of the Order of the Bullmastiff, Sovereign of the Austenasian Order, Marshal of the Imperial Air Force, Crown Steward of Imperial Wrythe, Protector of Monovia and Orly, Commander of the Quiet Area, Theocrat of Atkantia, 2nd Archduke of Inner Austenasia, 1st Archduke of Outer Austenasia, 1st Count of Greater Wrythe, Dux Britanniarum, Sheriff of Glencrannog, Prince of Arenberg-Salm, Count at the Erft, Laird of Glencrannog, Cavaliere of the Order of the Blue Star, Knight of the Grand Order of the Dragon, Member of the Most Honourable Order of the Throne of Sandus, Knight of the Order of the Sovereign Eagle, Stranger Count-Palatine of the Imperial Order of Reyla, Knight Commander of the Order of the Founder, Knight Commander in the Most Noble Order of the Hawk, and Companion of the Community of Landashir.
Or, in Latin:
Eius Imperialis Maiestatis Imperator Caesar Jonathan Augustus, Imperator Austenasiae, Romanorum Imperator Occidentalis, Princeps Imperator Romanorum, Rex Regum Carscalton Gentes, Rex Ruscimiae, Secundus et Sextus Midgetae Dominus, Magnus Dux Hobartstonae, Fundator Austenasiae, Dominator Gloriosus Ordinem Sanctus Ioannis, Dominator Ordinem Bovisdougeis, Dominator Austenasiae Ordinem, Marescallo Imperialis Vires Caeli, Coronam Dispensatorem de Imperialis Virithiensis, Defensor Monoviae et Orliae, Praefectus Quietem Areae, Dominandi Pontufex Atkantiae, Secundus Archidux Interiorem Austenasiae, Primus Archidux Exteriorem Austenasiae, Primus Comes de Magnus Virithiensis, Dux Britanniarum, Vicecomiti Glencrannogae, Princeps Arenbergae et Salmae, Comem ad Erftum, Dominus Glencrannogae, Miles Ordinem Stella Hyacintho, Miles Magnum Ordinem Draconis, Miles Honestissimorum Ordinem Thronus Sandusae, Miles Ordinem Summus Aquila, Extraneus Palatino Comiti Imperialis Ordinem Reylae, Praefectus Miles Ordinem Fundatoris, Praefectus Miles Nobilissima Ordinem Accipitrem, et Amicum Communitatem Landascirae.
It should be noted that the full style of the Monarch is nearly never used. The longest the full style of the Monarch is ever usually referenced as within Austenasia is: His Imperial Majesty Imperator Caesar Jonathan Augustus, Emperor of Austenasia and Imperator Occidentalis. The official way by which the Monarch is named in Acts of Parliament and legal usage is simply “HIM Emperor Jonathan I”.
The Imperial Standard of Austenasia is the flag used by the Monarch in their capacity as Emperor/Empress of Austenasia. It is only permitted to be flown from buildings in which the Monarch is and displayed on vehicles used by the Monarch during the times that they are used by them for official duties.
The Imperial Standard depicts the Coat of Arms of the Empire of Austenasia - that is, four quadrants, depicting in the first and fourth quarters the Austenasian Star, in the second quarter the arms of the British town of Carshalton from which Wrythe declared independence as the Empire of Austenasia, and in the third quarter the Chi-Ro (for historical purposes, signifying that what is now Austenasia was formerly part of the Western Roman Empire, the Chi-Ro being part of the imperial insignia of the late Empire, and for cultural purposes, referring to the large amount of Christians in Austenasia).