The Legendary 12
The Legal System in Othyr is somewhat unique, a blend of monarchy and democracy. The King is the greatest power in the land and holds the power to declare war, create laws, issue taxes, etc. The Queen holds the same powers, but can be overruled by the King at his discretion. In the case of the King’s death the next in his legitimate line is automatically declared King. If the King has no heir’s, or if his oldest heir is under the age of majority, (16 summers) the Queen assumes all the duties of the King until either the eldest heir turns the age of majority or the Councils elect a new ruler. Each individual city and town in the province of Othyr, (where a city or town is defined as a community of individuals that interact beneficially with each other, pay taxes, and number at least 200 members) is allowed a Council with a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 10 members. These council members are to be elected by the people of the respective towns, and will represent them fairly. The Councils of each city are responsible for making laws to govern the city and to enforce said laws. Any law made by a Council can be overruled by the King or Queen at leisure. Councils may not create laws effecting taxes or wartime procedures. The King may be impeached by one of two ways. If 4/5ths of all the Councils agree, in a country wide vote, to impeach the King, he will be taken from the throne. This situation follows the normal line of succession with one difference; if no heir is within the age of majority at this time, the current line loses any claim to the throne and a new King is voted upon by the Councils. This power of impeachment cannot be instigated during wartime or within one year of the current King’s succession of the throne. The second form of impeachment requires the Queen’s vote. If both the Queen and 2/5ths of the Councils vote to impeach the King will be taken from the throne. This situation follows a different line of succession. The Queen may not assume the duties of King if this form of impeachment is taken. The eldest heir, if in majority, may only assume the throne if the Queen allows it. If the eldest heir is not within majority, he will assume the throne as normal when he reaches the proper age. This form of impeachment may be taken during wartime, but only if the queen and 3/5ths of the Councils vote this way, and may not be taken within the fist Half-Year of the current King’s succession.