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This document effective as of May 30, 2009


A.) Upkeep of the BylawsEdit


1. Conditions of Use = The Bylaws oversee and maintain the operational and governing needs for the Kingdom of Drakenfjord in matters not applying to the game itself. As such, they are beyond the scope of game events and activities.

2. Alteration of a Bylaw = An existing Bylaw may only be altered a process. A petition stating the existing wording of the Bylaw and the proposed wording must be presented to the Prime Minister. This petition must have been signed by at least 20% of the total contributing membership of the Kingdom. The Prime Minister will place the petition on the agenda for an Althing to be held no less than four weeks and no more than thirteen weeks from the time of the presentation. At that time, the contributing membership will vote on the matter. If at least 50% of the voting membership approves, then the Bylaw is changed. This result should be announced by the most efficient means within one week of the Althing.

3. Addition or Removal of a Bylaw = The process of adding a new Bylaw or removing an existing Bylaw is the same as that for altering a Bylaw, with a few small changes. For adding a Bylaw, the petition does not require the existing text. For removal, the petition does not need new text. However, both addition and removal does require stating any alterations, which must be made to other Bylaws if the change is passed. The entire matter is voted on together, instead of individual changes.

4. Conflict in the Bylaws = If there develops a conflict between two Bylaws due to addition, removal, or alteration, the newer Bylaw shall take precedent and the conflicting older Bylaw is altered to reflect that change if possible. This shall be announced one week before doing so, but it is not voted on. If, in the judgment of the Prime Minister, the Bylaw cannot be effectively altered to resolve the conflict, the matter shall be brought before an Althing for resolution.

B.) MembershipEdit


5. Dues = Contributing membership amounts to twelve dollars ($12) for twelve months. Dues will expire exactly twelve months from the time of payment.

6. Rights and Obligations = The contributing member has the following rights;

  • may vote in Althings at all levels of the organization.
  • may run for and hold office at any levels of the organization.
  • may obtain copies of all Kingdom documents at the cost of publication.
  • may obtain copies of all Provincial documents at the cost of publication in the Province which he claims as a residence.
  • may bring forth items to be placed on Kingdom Althing agendas.
  • may request the attention of the Monarch to redress of grievances within that Monarch's realm of authority.

The contributing member has the following responsibilities;

  • to participate in the governmental matters in an honest and legitimate manner.
  • to assist the non-contributing member in governmental matters where the non- contributing member has no power or authority.
  • to abide by the rulings of the Provincial or Kingdom Monarch when a requested redress of grievance involving that member have been made.

7. Althings = An Althing is a general meeting where matters of government are handled by the populace. All members of the populace may attend and speak, but only contributing members may vote. Althings are managed under the Prime Minister's authority. The Kingdom will hold no less than two (2) Althings per year, and no more than twelve (12) per year. The announcement of the impending Althing must be made no less than four weeks before the Althing is scheduled by the most efficient means available.


C.) Sovereign Officers of StateEdit


8. Appointment of Sovereign Officers''' = The Sovereign Officers are elected by a plurality vote of the contributing members of the Kingdom. Elections are overseen by the Prime Minister or, in the case of the Prime Minster position being the subject of election, by the Monarch. Candidates for office must first qualify for that office. At the minimum, these qualifications are as follows;

  • Monarchs must meet the minimum scores in an Arts & Sciences tournament, pass a Reeve's test, Kingdom Awareness test, Bylaws and Kingdom Laws test, and prove competency in the fighting arts.
  • Regents must meet the minimum scores in an Arts and Sciences tournament in at least two categories, pass a Reeve's test, pass a Kingdom Awareness test, and pass a Bylaws and Kingdom Laws test.
  • Prime Ministers must pass a Kingdom Awareness test and pass a Bylaws and Kingdom Law test, as well as any additional requirements the Autocrat deems necessary.
  • Guildmasters of Reeves must pass a Kingdom Law test, a Reeves test, and prove competency in the fighting arts.

The Autocrat of the Qualifications Tourney may stipulate additional requirements.
Monarch and Guildmaster of Reeves elections shall be held in each October. Regent and Prime Minister elections shall be elected in each April. The reign of all Sovereign Officers is one year. A Sovereign Officer may serve no more than two consecutive terms in a single office. Beyond this limit, a person may run for office as many times as he wishes.

9. Removal of Sovereign Officers = A Sovereign Officer may be removed from office under the following process;
A petition must be signed by at least 20% of the contributing members is presented to the Prime Minister, who must schedule an emergency Althing within the next four to six weeks. At least four weeks notice given to the populace of this Althing. At least 50% of the contributing members in the Kingdom must approve. This is not a plurality vote.
If the Prime Minister is the subject of a removal petition, the petition is delivered to the Monarch, who will appoint an Arbiter to oversee the process.
If the matter passes in Althing, the office is immediately vacated.

10. Monarch = The Monarch (King, Queen, or similar title) is the chief Sovereign Officer. As such, his powers include;

  • is addressed as "Your Majesty" or equal persona-appropriate honorific.
  • may use the heraldry of the Kingdom as his personal heraldry during his reign.
  • shall represent the Kingdom when dealing with other Kingdoms, other organizations, and the mundane authorities and their institutions and laws.
  • may perform any duty that does not conflict with the other officers.
  • must assume responsibility for the conduct of an officer's business if the appropriate officer or his listed successor is not available.
  • presides over all official functions and courts of the Kingdom, with the exception of Althings and elections.
  • may grant awards, honors, and titles at his discretion.
  • may create new awards, honors, and titles as special rewards for unique service to the club. These are not added to the standard award list and are not used to fill suggested requirements for other honors or awards.
  • may create, with the agreement of the Regent, new Associate Officer positions. Any conflict or overlap in responsibility with another office will be clarified at the time the office is created. These offices may also be dismissed by the same method.
  • may appoint pro-tem officers to fill vacant offices if there is no listed successor until an election can be held.
  • may make decrees to Kingdom Law which hold the force of law until they have been removed by Althing.
  • may remove any decree made to Kingdom Law which has not been ratified by Althing.
  • may make temporary changes to the governing documents (except for the Bylaws) with the agreement of the Regent which shall be in effect for the duration of one meeting.
  • may make judgments on matters brought forth by the populace for redress of grievance.
  • shall be the final judge in deciding shield, weapon and armor safety and legality.

11. Regent = The Regent (Prince, Princess, or similar title) is a Sovereign Officer and oversees all Arts and Science activities in the Kingdom. As such, his powers include;

  • is address as "Your Highness" or equal persona-appropriate honorific.
  • may use the heraldry of the Kingdom as his personal heraldry during his reign.
  • may oversee all of the Arts and Sciences guilds of the Kingdom.
  • is responsible for overseeing the creation and availability of the non-governing documents of the Kingdom.
  • may grant any type of awards,
  • may grant Copper and Silver-level awards
  • may conduct conversions from Copper to Silver-level awards
  • may grant no more than five Coppers or one Silver for any single deed
  • may create, with the agreement of the Monarch, new Associate Officer positions. Any conflict or overlap in responsibility with another office will be clarified at the time the office is created. These offices may also be dismissed by the same method.
  • may make temporary changes to the governing documents (except for the Bylaws) with the agreement of the Monarch which shall be in effect for the duration of one meeting.
  • shall presides over all official functions and courts of the Kingdom, with the exception of Althings and elections, if the Monarch is unavailable.
  • oversee the conduct of a kingdom-wide Arts and Sciences competition.
  • oversee the conduct of a Kingdom-wide symposium, collegium, or similar event.
  • may appoint deputies to assist in his duties as long as those duties do not conflict with the duties of another officer.

12. Prime Minister = The Prime Minister is an administrative Sovereign Officer and oversees the non-game aspects of the Kingdom's business and operation. As such, his powers include;

  • may be address as "Your Grace" or equal persona-appropriate honorific.
  • may use the heraldry of the Kingdom as his personal heraldry during his reign.
  • oversees the collection of dues from the contributing members and the maintenance of membership records.
  • keeps accurate records of the Kingdom treasury.
  • presides over all Althings and elections.
  • reports the results of Althing and Elections in an efficient and timely manner.
  • keeps the attendance records of the populace.
  • oversees the collection and updating of all member information.
  • may appoint deputies to assist in his duties as long as those duties do not conflict with the duties of another officer.

13. Guildmaster of Reeves = The GMoR is a Sovereign Officer and oversees the conduct of battlefield activities. As such, his powers include;

  • is address as "Master."
  • may use the heraldry of the Kingdom as his personal heraldry during his reign.
  • responsible for organizing battlegames on days where no scenarios are scheduled.
  • oversees the safety of all battlegame equipment, including the field itself and any props being used.
  • inspects all weapons, weapons, and accessories and ensures they meet minimum safety standards. May remove such items if they are deemed illegal or unsafe. Any shield, weapon or armor design not specifically addressed in appropriate rules must be approved before it may be used on the field.
  • provides written certification of armor values.
  • oversees the training and conduct of all other Reeves.
  • may appoint deputies to assist in his duties as long as those duties do not conflict with the duties of another officer.
  • all other duties as listed in the Book of Reeves.


D.) Associate Officers of StateEdit


Removed: April 18, 2009



E.) Kingdom Operations
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20. Population Policies = The population of the Kingdom and it's Provinces is determined by the number of contributing members claiming that Kingdom or Province as a residence. Upon payment of dues, the member may declare a Province, or may remain solely a Kingdom resident. The member may change his declared Province no more than once every six months.

21. Treasury Policies = Dues are paid to the Prime Minister of the Province or Kingdom.
Dues income is divided equally between the Kingdom and the province. Incomes will be divided at the earliest convenience, no later than the time of the Province's records review. If a member who claims a Province instead pays to the Kingdom Prime Minister, the Province's half will be delivered in an equally timely manner.
If a member transfers to another Province, his dues remain with his former Province.
The Monarch and Prime Minister may each spend up to 10% of the treasury each month in order to run the club. Any expenditure larger than 10% of the treasury must be approved by Althing.
A Royal Relief Fund will be maintained by the Kingdom. The RRF is to be used solely to aid and support Provincial projects. A Province must make a written request for support, and a majority Kingdom Sovereign Officers must be in agreement to disburse an appropriate portion of the RRF to the Province. The RRF will be supplied from dues income paid only to the Kingdom by non-Provincial members at a rate of six dollars per each. The remaining six dollars will be placed in the Kingdom treasury.

22. Perpetual Event Dates = The Kingdom will establish a permanent schedule of events to aid planning and preparation, and to promote attendance by allowing long-range personal arrangements. These will be known as Perpetual Event Dates (PEDs).
Drakenfjord Coronation shall be held the last weekend of October each year.


Ratified : October, 2007

F.) Provincial OperationsEdit


The Provincial System was suspended for a period of one year beginning on May 30, 2009. All provinces were immediately placed in "dormant status". All activities are now be conducted at the Kingdom level for the duration of this dormancy. This dormancy may be extended by a 75% vote of the Council of Nobles by either six months or a year. All Provincial Officers will be (a) retained as deputy officer of the appropriate kingdom office or (b) may step down from office, as per the individual's choice. The seats on the Council of Nobles reserved for provincial monarchs will be retained by the last local monarchs to hold office.
23. Status of the Provinces = The Kingdom is divided into a number of Provinces. These have a variety of status titles depending on their population. A player does not have to declare residence in a Province. The types and requirements of the Provinces is as follows;
Crown Colony = any number of players, less than six months in existence. Ruled by the Crown through a Viceroy.
Outpost = as with Crown Colony, but at least six months existence. Ruled by a Viceroy.
Shire = average of 5-15 players. Ruled by a Sheriff.
Barony = average of 10-20 players, at least one year in existence. Ruled by a Baron. Alternatively, 2-3 Shires may voluntarily come together under a Baron's jurisdiction while maintaining their independent status.
County = average of 15-30 players, at least two years in existence. Ruled by a Count. Alternatively, 4-6 Shires (or equivalent) may voluntarily come together under a Count's jurisdiction while maintaining their independent status.
Duchy = average of 20-40 players, at least three years in existence. Ruled by a Duke. Alternatively, 7-10 Shires (or equivalent) may voluntarily come together under a Count's jurisdiction while maintaining their independent status.

24. Creating Provinces = Residents of the prospective Province inform the Kingdom Monarch that they with to form a Province. At that time, the area is declared a Crown Colony under direct royal jurisdiction. The members of the Crown Colony select a Viceroy. The Province selects a name and establishes meeting times and locations. Once the Colony has proven to be stable over time and has enough members to qualify as a Shire, the Kingdom Monarch proposes the acceptance of the Province to the Council of Nobles. If they approve, the Crown Colony becomes a Shire. If they are declined, the Province remains a Crown Colony and may be submitted for acceptance in another six months. It is possible that a Province does not have the population for a Shire but has shown itself to be very stable. In that case, the Council may approve it's status as an Outpost.

25. Changing Provincial Status = All Provinces are subject to annual review by the Crown and Prime Minister.
If a Province has met the qualifications of the next higher status, it may make a request for elevation. After a review of the Province's records, and if the Crown and Prime Minister agree that the elevation is warranted, the Province will be elevated to the next higher status. A Province must request to be elevated; the Crown and PM cannot do so without a request.
If the Crown and Prime Minister determine that a Province no longer meets the requirements of it's current status, it may be demoted to the next lower status (this does not involve a petition, though a Province can do so if it wishes.)
If a Province fails to report it's status during the annual review, the Monarch and Prime Minister may choose to reduce the Province in status, possibly down to the status of Outpost, from which it may work it's way up again at a later time if it is able.

26. Dissolving Provinces = If a Province shows no activity for a period of one year, then the Crown may bring the Province before the Council of Nobles for dissolution. If they approve, the Province is stricken from the Kingdom's list of Provinces and any members in that Province are considered to be members of the Kingdom at large.

27. Dormant Provinces = If a Province can show just cause (such as cyclic population, natural disasters, mundane economic fluctuations), the Crown and Prime Minister may declare a Province dormant for a period of time. When the Province is able to resume it's routine operations, the Province will be reinstated at it's former level without penalty or sanction. Upon being declared Dormant, all Provincial records will be submitted for review. Records need not be submitted while dormant, nor any reports from officers filed. During this dormant state, the Province is held "in limbo", and no awards can be granted from this Province.

28. Provincial Officers = There are a variety of officers in Provinces, often local equivalents of the Kingdom officers. However, these officers only have authority within their Province, and their powers are more limited. All Provincial Monarchs are representatives of the Crown in the Province, and representatives of the Province in the Royal Court.
Viceroy = the Crown's direct agent in a Crown Colony or Outpost. May not grant awards of any kind. No other officer is required, and the Viceroy assumes those duties as needed.
Sheriff = the monarch of a Shire May grant all types of awards with the exception of Zodiac and Pheasant, may grant Copper and Silver-level awards, may conduct conversions from Copper to Silver-level awards, may grant no more than five Coppers or one Silver for any single deed.
Baron = the monarch of a Barony. May grant all types of awards with the exception of Zodiac and Pheasant, may grant Copper and Silver-level awards, may conduct conversions from Copper to Silver-level awards, may grant no more than five Coppers or one Silver for any single deed. A Barony requires full complement of Sovereign Officers. All other duties are assumed by the Baron as needed.
Count = the monarch of a County. May grant all types of awards with the exception of Zodiac and Pheasant, may grant Copper and Silver-level awards, may conduct conversions from Copper to Silver-level awards, may grant no more than five Coppers or one Silver for any single deed. A County requires full complement of Sovereign Officers. All other duties are assumed by the Count as needed.
Duke = the monarch in a Duchy. May grant all types of awards with the exception of Zodiac and Pheasant, may grant Copper and Silver-level awards, may conduct conversions from Copper to Silver-level awards, may grant no more than five Coppers or one Silver for any single deed. A Duchy requires a full complement of Sovereign Officers. Also required are a full complement of Guildmasters, and a Herald.

29. Provincial Bill of Rights = Provinces have the following rights;

  • to choose their officers in a manner as they see fit.
  • to conduct business between other Provinces without interference by the Kingdom or non-involved Provinces.
  • to establish operational policies for the safety and legal protection of the Province as required.
  • to construct a set of bylaws for the Province, as long as it is not in direct conflict with the Kingdom Bylaws.
  • to petition the Crown to resolve disputes or grievances between themselves and another Province, Kingdom, or organization.
  • to be treated with respect due an autonomous domain of the Kingdom.

Provinces also have the following responsibilities;

  • to submit all of the their records for review by Kingdom officials annually.
  • to submit all awards granted to the Kingdom Prime Minister or Herald (as appropriate) in a timely manner.
  • to recommend deserving members of the populace to the Kingdom or a higher ranking Province for awards, honors, and titles beyond the Province's ability to grant.
  • to create a safe and enjoyable environment for the players, not only of the Province but from elsewhere in the Kingdom.
  • to treat with respect players from outside the Province as their conduct deserves.
  • to abide by the rules as set forth on the governing documents of the Kingdom.


G.) PrincipalitiesEdit


30. A Province or group of associated Provinces may petition to become a Principality if it has taken steps toward the following Kingdom criteria;

  • proven it's ability to function independent of the parent Kingdom
  • long-term stability in the populace and the offices
  • heraldry and other regalia of state
  • geographically distinct location
  • a distinctive "flavor" in activity, culture, and/or presentation

31. Principalities abide by the Provincial Bill of Rights with the following exceptions ;

  • may develop its own in-game governing documents
  • Provinces of the Principality annually submit their records to the Principality, not the Kingdom. The Principality then submits it's overall records to the Kingdom

32. Monarch = The Monarch (Prince, Princess, or similar title) is the chief Sovereign Officer of the Principality. As such, his powers are similar to those of the Kingdom Monarch but confined to the Principality level, with the following exceptions;

  • is address as "Your Highness" or equal persona-appropriate honorific,
  • may use the Kingdom heraldry as his personal heraldry during this reign until such time as the Principality heraldry is completed,
  • is empowered to represent both the Principality and the Kingdom when dealing with other Kingdoms, other organizations, and the mundane authorities and their institutions and laws,
  • may grant the following titles; Esquire, Lord, Baronet, Baron. May also grant any level of awards and honors.

33. Regent = The Regent (to be titled the Archregent or similar honorific and referred to as "your Grace") shall have the same powers as the Kingdom Regent, but at the corresponding Principality level.