Monarchy of Belfras
|Sovereign Prince of |
since 19 April 1980
|First monarch||Philippos of Belfras|
|Residence||Questros Palace, Thessalona, Belfras|
The Monarchy of Belfras, commonly referred to as the Belfrasian Monarchy, is the monarchy for the Federation of Belfras. The current monarch is Sovereign Prince Nicholaus, who ascended to the throne in 1980.
The Monarchy is one of the youngest in the world, having started when the country gained full independence from the Latin Empire in 1900 and agreements made prior to it's independence establishing the government and the position of Sovereign Prince, which was held by Philippos who was until 1900 the Duke of Patrinos.
- 1 History
- 2 Role in government
- 3 House of Dimitrios
- 4 Timeline of monarchs
- 5 Current line of succession
- 6 Titles, Styles and Honors
- 7 Succession laws
- 8 Residences
- 9 See also
- 10 Notes
Role in government
Since it's establishment, the Sovereign Prince acts as Head of State and the nominal head of government. The structure of the principality's involvement in governance is heavily based upon it's predecessor, the Latin Empire, in that a constitution has many powers held within the nation's highest level, the senate. The Sovereign Prince mimics the Emperor in being the Head of the Senate, allowing the incumbent sovereign oversight into the legislative side of government while also being the chief executive and commander-in-chief of the nation's armed forces.
The Sovereign Prince serves as the nation's chief executive and has the same powers and responsibilities as a president of a republican presidential system. The office of the Sovereign Prince consists of the monarch's immediate staff, political and economic advisors, the Royal Council, and a press office. This support structure along with the office of the sovereign itself is rounded up into an executive branch called the 'Sovereign Office', also known as the 'Office of the Sovereign', with representatives of the branch being called 'Officers of the Sovereign'.
The monarch holds the power to create executive orders that hold a higher level of authority than that of the senate or the office of the Consul. Maintaining a close level of likeness with it's predecessor, the office of the sovereign has the ability to enact a royal decree to make changes to the senate, the cabinet, or to the consulship itself and may appoint or dismiss members to his or her royal council without oversight.
The executive powers of the Sovereign Prince has been utilised a few times in the title's lifetime, most famously during the Social War when Sovereign Prince Georgio signed an executive order in support of Diana Augusta and declared war against the socialist rebels. This executive order was enacted against the will of the senate, which was deadlocked in the question of support in light of the horrifying losses sustained by the military during the Belfro-Mutulese war of 1911.
The office of the Sovereign also maintains significant power in legislation of government and as such the monarch in his or her power of office has a powerful voice in the formation of legislation, may veto bills, convene or adjourn the Senate, or introduce legislation without approval. Any legislation passed through the senate must gain the royal assent of the Sovereign Prince before being put into law, allowing the sovereign prince the power to withhold the assent if needed, denying the legislation any power.
While in the constitution the Sovereign Prince may appoint judges from an approved list presented by the senate, any appointment must be verified through a rigorous process before the judge may begin to sit in office. Through the legislative powers the Sovereign Prince may however alter laws or create clauses that may pervert a judicial process, although such instances have not come to pass. It remains the Sovereign's power to grand pardons, reprieves, or to issue arrest warrants within the confines of the law.
Military and foreign policy
With the sovereign holding power as the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces and holding the highest executive power in the country, they hold the power to formulate foreign policy, issue foreign declarations or missives and direct the armed forces, and although traditionally such rights are first approved by senate, the senate itself has no power to prevent the monarch from exercising these rights.
Operation of the armed forces is conducted through the Ministry of Defence, with the Military Council - formed of the highest ranked officers in the military's branches - having operational powers within the ministry. The military council, while traditionally chosen by the minister of defence and a special sub-committee of the senate, may have members selected to the seats by the sovereign and has a chair for the sovereign to attend meetings if required.
House of Dimitrios
|Portrait||Name||From||Until||Relationship with predecessor|
|Philippos||14 January 1900||24 October 1924||Son of Michael Anicius|
|Georgio||24 October 1924||19 April 1980||Grandson of Philippos|
|Nicholaus||19 April 1980||reigning||Son of Georgio|
Timeline of monarchs
Current line of succession
|First six in line from 2 June 2019|
|1. Hereditary Prince Alexander|
|2. Prince George|
|3. Prince Christos|
|4. Princess Victoria|
|5. Prince Sergios, Duke of Patrinos | 40px|
|6. Princess Theodora | 40px|
- Philippos of Belfras (1861-1924)
- Prince Nicholaus (1883-1912)
- Georgio of Belfras (1912–1980)
- Nicholaus of Belfras (b. 1955)
- (5) Prince Sergios, Duke of Patrinos (b. 1957)
- (6) Princess Theodora (b.1989)
- (7) Prince Thodoris, Duke of Delphoria (b. 1960)
- (11) Princess Alexia, Duchess of Eunos (b. 1953)
- Georgio of Belfras (1912–1980)
- Prince Nicholaus (1883-1912)
|Mark||Source for listing or note on exclusion from succession|
|D||This person has been excluded from the official line of succession by forfeiting their eligibility through disclaimer.|
|I||this person is not eligible to succeed the throne due to illegitimacy.|
|R||This person is barred from the succession by being a foreign Sovereign.|
|SC||This person is barred from the succession by marrying without the Sovereign's consent.|
|XC||This person has been barred from succession for not being part of the Fabrian Catholic Church.|
Titles, Styles and Honors
In most instances addressing the sovereign should be done to avoid confusion, as the children of the sovereign area also called princes. As such addressing the ruling monarch should be done as either "Sovereign Prince," or a simplified "Sovereign" may suffice in certain situations. The full title of the Sovereign Prince is:
The blessed and Sovereign Prince of Belfras, Count of Mallais, Rosewards, Altmayer and Malova. Protector of the Belfrasian peoples and realms.