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After the oppressive rule of House Delandi, which saw various planets descend into recession and anarchy, Baade is finally recovering from past calamities under the benevolent leadership of Emperor Dominic Constantinus. In 130 IE Emperor Dominic Constantinus overthrew the usurper Ehno Delandi and restored peace and order to Baade.

baade:history:codex_constantinianus

The Codex Constantinianus

Proemium

As the integrity of the laws are preserved by the majesty of the Emperor's name, so is the prosperity of His reign rendered secure by the laws. The law is the central pillar of the state and is an indispensable institution. His Most Augustus Majesty the Emperor Dominic of the House Constantinus has command the compilation of all laws and edicts issued throughout His reign, such that the laws may be preserved in perpetuity.

I. De Justitia

  • i. No person, save for the His Most August Highness the Emperor Himself, is above the judgement of the law.
  • ii. The word of the His Most August Highness the Emperor, Himself being the Law Animate, carries the status of law.
  • iii. All citizens accused of committing a crime shall be presumed innocent until proved guilty.
  • iv. Nobles accused of crimes shall be tried in a Court of the Nobility consisting of the Grand Judge and 2 lesser judges appointed from their peers in the nobility by His Most Serene Highness the Emperor.
  • v. Should a noble accused of crimes deem their judgement by a Court of the Nobility, they may request a trial by combat, against which there shall be no appeal save to the Emperor.
  • vi. All citizens have the right to appeal against the judgement of any court by presenting their case in front of His Most August Highness the Emperor.
  • vii. The judgement of His Most August Highness the Emperor shall be final and there shall be no appeal.
  • viii. His Most August Highness the Emperor may overturn any trial and mete out justice to any person as His Most August Highness sees fit.

II. De Consistorio

  • i. The Consistorium is a council of nobles convened by His Most August Highness the Emperor to assist and advice His Most August Highness in matters of state.
  • ii. His Most August Highness the Emperor may appoint a noble to the Consistorium at will.
  • iii. His Most August Highness the Emperor may revoke a noble's position in the Consistorium at will.
  • iv. The Consistorium is empowered to propose legislation.
  • v. Any member of the Consistorium may propose a new motion to His Most August Highness the Emperor at any time.
  • vi. His Most August Highness the Emperor reserves the sole right to approve or reject the motion, or put it to a vote in front of the Consistorium.
  • vii. Members of the Consistorium shall not abstain from a vote.
  • viii. His Most August Highness the Emperor shall take into account, although His Most August Highness is by no means bound by, the opinion of the Consistorium before approving or rejecting a motion.
  • ix. Motions approved by the Consistorium carry no legal status whatsoever until approved by His Most August Highness the Emperor Himself.
  • x. The Consistorium shall consist of the following members.
    • i. The Caesar
      • The Caesar is the designated successor of the Emperor, and shall preside over the Consistorium when the Emperor is absent.
    • ii. The Magister Equitum
      • The Master of the Cavalry shall hold the supreme command of the Imperial legions and shall oversee the Empire's defense.
    • iii. The Comes Sacrarum Largitionum
      • The Count of the Sacred Largess shall oversee the finances of the Empire and see to the collection of tribute.
    • iv. The Iudex Maximus
      • The Grand Judge shall oversee the administration of justice across the Empire.

III. De Imperatore et Caesare

  • i. His Most August Highness the Emperor is, by divine Grace, the Lord and Protector of the Galaxy.
  • ii. His Most August Highness the Emperor is, by divine Grace, the Law Animate, and henceforth the sole source of justice and law.
  • iii. His Most August Highness the Emperor has the right to appoint the successor to the Imperial throne, the Caesar.
  • iv. His Most August Highness the Emperor may revoke the title of Caesar from its current holder and grant it to another noble of His Most August Highness' choice at will.

IV. De Rebus Bellicis

  • i. All Houses of the Nobility are granted the right to retain a standing army, not exceeding the size of 4 Legions or the equivalent.
  • ii. All Houses of the Nobility must obtain the express permission of the Emperor before constructing any fortifications.
  • iii. Aany unprovoked act of aggression by one House against another on planets under Imperial Jurisdiction shall result in the application of “Renegade” status to the aggressor.
  • iv. The holdings of Renegade Houses may be accosted at will by their Peers in the Nobility.
  • v. The status of “Renegade” shall only be revoked at the will of the Emperor.

V. De Senatu

  • i. The Senate is a body consisting of all sitting governors of planets under Imperial Jurisdiction.
  • ii. The Senate is empowered to propose and implement new legislation.
  • iii. Any member of the Senate (hereafter 'Senator') may propose a new motion which must be seconded by another Senator owing allegiance to another House before being put to the vote.
  • iv. The Senate shall discuss no more than one motion each month.
  • v. On the 21st of each month, the votes for the current motion shall be counted up.
  • vi. If less than 60% of the Senate cast their vote, the results shall be deemed inconclusive and the motion shall be carried over to the next month.
  • vii. In the event of a conclusive first vote, the motions shall be passed if the majority of the votes are in favor. In the event of a tie the motion fails.
  • viii. If less than 60% of the Senate cast their vote at the second vote, the motion will be rejected unless over 50% of votes have been cast and all are in favour, in which event the motion shall be passed.
  • ix. The Emperor reserves the right to overturn any motion passed by the Senate.
  • x. The Emperor may propose an Emergency Motion which does not requiring seconding and shall be passed as soon as a majority of the Senate votes in favor.
  • xi. Emergency Motions shall be cancelled if not approved within 12 days.

VI. De Duello

  • i.The ancient and honored sport of dueling is to be considered legal throughout the Empire.
  • ii. No individual of dueling skill considered to be below the level of ‘average’ is to be permitted to compete in the arena.
  • iii. That any individual enrolled in the pool of prizefighters is to remain for one standard year, during which time they may refuse no challengers.
  • iv. That any Noble who feels themselves so wronged by another may challenge the party in question to a duel of Honor. Neither party is required to accept, and challenges may be issued and/or accepted regardless of relative dueling skill of the participants. Either party may appoint a champion as their second.

VII. De Rebus Commercialibus

  • i. The trade of all goods shall not be restricted throughout the Empire.
  • ii. Planetary governors may not place restrictions on any type of goods.
  • iii. Governors of planets under Imperial Jurisdiction shall be removed from office if they do not remove existing restrictions on trade after being commanded to do so by His Most August Highness the Emperor.
  • iv. The trade of narcotics, arms and slaves shall be legal throughout His Most August Highness the Emperor's realm.
baade/history/codex_constantinianus.txt · Last modified: 2019/01/16 03:16 by Constantius