A Fistful of Gold Pieces
The Convention of Anglaymay
The Anglaymay Convention is a historic treaty brokered between the Great Houses, and the Crown as the founding document of The Commonwealth of Anglaymay.
Every article of the Convention begins with the term “The law must be obeyed…”.
The Convention begins with a preamble describing the series of events that that necessitated its formation, the second section lists the articles that enumerate the powers and responsibilities of the Crown, the third section describes the rights, priviledges and responsibilities of member states and the fourth section is reserved for amendments to the Convention. Thus far there has only been one amendment.
Section Two Summary:
1. Establishes the name of the Kingdom as Anglaymay, and provides that the Duke of Targas is elevated to the position of King.
2. Establishes the nation, a sovereign union of feudal states, united “. . . for their common defense, the security of their lands and people, and their mutual and general welfare, binding themselves to assist each other, against all force offered to, or attacks made upon them . . . ,” while declaring that the union is “perpetual,” and can only be altered by approval of the High Council with ratification by all the nobles.
3. Only the King is allowed to conduct foreign relations and to declare war. No member can have navies or standing armies, or engage in war, without permission of the Crown (although the existence of defense forces are encouraged).
4. Defines the powers of the Crown to set weights and measures (including coins).
5. Defines the powers of the Crown to serve as a final court for disputes between members.
6. The King is the Commander of the standing Army and the Admirality, and the responsibility to protect all member realms.
7. The King may grant reprieves and pardons unless over-ruled by the entire High Council.
8. The King retains Veto Power over any laws unless overturned by the entire High Council.
9. The Crown appoints judges, diplomats, and other necessary ministers for the purpose of operating the Kingdom.
10. Gives the Crown the right to propose laws before the High Council.
11. Allows the King to set tax and tariff rates.
12. Gives the King the right and responsibility to allocate Crown resources for the good of the kingdom.
13. Gives the King the power to dub knights, grant noble titles and assign previously unassigned or repossessed land.
14. Gives the King the right to call the High Council to order at any time of need.
15. Defines the Kings right to declare martial law in certain emergency circumstances.
The High Council is the body that represents all the Great Houses and serves as a deliberative and legislative body.
The Council meet regularly, and provides a forum within which Great Houses can relate with one another, to either negotiate trade agreements, settle interhouse disputes and it is also supposed to protect the Great Houses from being singled-out by the Royal House and eliminated by it.
In terms of military strength, all the Great Houses, were they to unite through the Council, are a match for the Royal forces.
Motions are passed by a vote. Counts’ votes count as two, while the Baronies count normally. The King can only vote on deadlocked matters but is allowed to introduce motions normally.
Other enumerated responsibilities include:
• Establishes freedom of movement – anyone can pass freely between the states, excluding “paupers, vagabonds, and fugitives from justice.” All people are entitled to the rights established by the Province into which he travels. If a crime is committed in one realm and the perpetrator flees to another, he will be extradited to and tried in the realm in which the crime was committed.
• Requires majority to approve the admission of a new realm into the kingdom.
• Obligation of members to send tithe of men and monies to the Crown.
• Right to establish defense forces and to train militiae.
• Establishes member realms the right of self government and maintaining of local customs in regards to how they govern themselves as long as it does not interfere or violate Kingdom Law.
• Gives the nobles the right to inculcate and grant citizenship to whomsoever they deem worthy.
The First Amendment.
No citizen shall be arrested, or imprisoned, or deprived of his property, or outlawed, or exiled, or in any way destroyed, nor shall we go against him or send against him, unless by legal judgement of his peers, or by the law of the land.