Achaean Royal Charter

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The Achaean Royal Charter was an early legal document that governed titles of nobility in the Achaean Territory of Antarctica, the predecessor state of Westarctica. The Royal Charter was created in conjunction with the Achaean Civil Code, which established civil laws in the Territory and was based upon the French Napoleonic Code.

In June 2004, the Achaean Royal Charter and the Achaean Civil Code were both abolished and replaced by the Grand Ducal Mandate, which essentially combined the laws of both into a single document while also being rewritten as a formal constitution.

Purpose of the Royal Charter

The Royal Charter laid out rules and responsibilities for the nobles of the Baronage in extreme detail including how titles are granted, the hierarchy of titles, and how they are inherited.

The institution of a national nobility is not contrary to equality, and is necessary to the maintenance of social order. No social order can be founded on agrarian laws. The principle of property, and its transmission by sale or donation between the living, or by testamentary devise, is a fundamental principle that does not militate against equality. From this principle is derived the usage of transmitting from father to son the remembrance of services rendered to the state. Fortune may sometimes be acquired by shameful and criminal means. Titles gained by services to the state always spring from a pure and honorable source; their transmission to posterity is but an act of justice.

Outline of text

  • CHAPTER I. Etiquette and Titles
  • CHAPTER II. Right of Succession
  • CHAPTER III. Amendments to the Royal Charter

Significant articles

  • Article 1. The Consul-General has the right as leader of the Achaean Territory to assign titles as he deems appropriate to persons he deems appropriate without providing justification for this assignment to any other office associated with the Achaean Territory.
  • Article 21. The Consul-General is head of the Achaean Territory, Chief of State and Commander of Civil Defense Force. His is the highest form of gratitude. When addressing him, he should be called “Your Eminence”. Formally called “His Eminence the Consul-General.”
  • Article 23a. The Prince Imperial must retain the surname McHenry or he forfeits his right to ascend to the throne of the Achaean Territory.
  • Article 40. All children of the Consul-General, Grand Dukes and Dukes will be given the title of Prince or Princess, save the Prince Imperial. Formally called “His Royal Highness, the Prince” or “Her Royal Highness, the Princess.” The appointed title must follow the procedure ascribed in Article 40a.
    • This article created the odd situation where the Dukes of Achaea had Princes as children.
  • Article 49a. A prince or princess of the Royal Family must retain the surname McHenry in order to be considered an heir to the throne. Should a prince or princess change their surname for any reason, neither he nor she nor their descendants shall be entitled to succeed to the throne of the Achaean Territory.
    • This article was intended to persuade the Consul-General's sisters to force their future husbands to take the surname McHenry. By the time they actually got married and had children, the Royal Charter had long been abolished.