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Royal Family

The government of the Greater Zartanian Empire, and the Kingdom of Eastern Zartania within and before the Empire, is officially classified as a hereditary absolutist monarchy. As the name implies, the Empire is ruled by a monarch, in this case a King or Queen. The current ruling monarch is His Royal Majesty, King Bruno II vun Q'Leist. The government is composed of 3 parts. Starting with the lowest part of the government is the Royal Stek Assembly, followed by the Imperial Council of Ministers, and the monarch at the top. There are also seven ministries which are considered periferies of the government: the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Commerce & Treasury, the Ministry of Public Information & Customs, the Ministry of Foreign Relations, the Ministry of Science, the Sixth Ministry, and the Royal Court of Judges.

The Royal Stek Assembly is the junior-most branch of the government, and is a meeting body composed of one representative from each of the Kingdom's thirty-two steks ("provinces"), colonies, and territories. The monarch appoints the Constable of the Assembly, who acts as the Assembly's chief and parliamentarian. The power of the Assembly is rather limited: the Assembly may suggest legislation to the monarch and the Royal Council, but cannot inact anything itself. The Assembly is also used to approve prospective judges of the Royal Courts, and to determine the people's opinions on matters of national importance. A suggestion or referendum passed by the Assembly cannot be ignored by the Imperial Council, and must at least be considered, though it does not have to be approved.

The Imperial Council of Ministers, called the Royal Council of Ministers prior to the union with Western Zartania, is the highest governmental body in the Empire. It is made up of the head of each government ministry, the Constable of the Assembly, the senior-most judge of the Royal Court of Judges, the head of each branch of the military, the Commander-in-Chief of the military, the Western Zartanian chancellor, and the monarch, who presides over the Council. The Imperial Council is in charge of determining the future course of both the Empire and the Kingdom, as well as formulating all laws, reviewing suggestions from the Assembly, managing the Empire's finances, and conducting all warfare and diplomacy. The Imperial Council, however, does not inact any laws. All laws must be inacted by the monarch only.

The Ministry of the Interior is in charge of the smooth interrelations between the steks and the royal government, as well as making sure that all steks conform to government regulations. The Ministry is also in charge of the Royal Police. It was deemed more efficient to have one central police force to patrol the Kingdom than allowing each stek to create its own. The jurisdiction of the Royal Police does reach into Western Zartania, but only on matters that involve Imperial or Eastern Zartanian interests.

The Ministry of Commerce & Treasury is in charge of regulating the economy and commerce of the Empire. The Commerce & Treasury Ministry determines tarrifs and taxes for approval by the Imperial Council. In addition to these duties, the Ministry also oversees the printing and minting of the Empire's money: the Crown, the jah-dir, and the Orb'al.

The Ministry of Public Information & Customs is the part of the government which deals in the dissemination of government information to the people, the dissemination of information to foreign nations, the maintainance of Customs stations along the border, and the issuance of visas and passports to Zartanian citizens. Among the Ministry's most important functions, however, is the promotion of tourism and the commerce generated from foreign tourists visiting Eastern Zartania.

The Ministry of Foreign Relations is one of the most vital ministries, and lies under the direct control of the Imperial Council. The Foreign Relations Ministry is responsible for the establishment of Zartanian embassies and consulates in foreign nations, overseeing the establishment of foreign embassies and consulates in the Empire, and carrying out diplomatic relations with foreign nations throughout the world.

The Ministry of Science was established by Royal Decree on August 12, 1362. Originally called the Ministry of Space Exploration, it was decided in September to rename the ministry to have a more overall science approach. The Ministry of Science is charged with spearheading all scientific research and development within the Empire, maintaining the Royal Science Archives, and coordinating with international agencies or foreign scientific bodies to create a better understanding of the world. Housed within this Ministry is the Department of Space Exploration, which is conducting an on-going investigation into the universe in which we live. Although the Empire does not yet have the ability to launch living beings into orbit, the DSE is working toward that goal in cooperation with other nations of Vexillium.

The Sixth Ministry, sometimes known also as M6, is currently completely CLASSIFIED.

The Royal Court of Judges is the Kingdom's justice ministry, enforcing all royal edicts and laws. Each stek, colony, and territory has two courts. The Lower Stek Court is a district court which hears all cases and passes sentence. The Upper Stek Court is the court which hears the approved appeals from the Lower Court, and deals with cases of crimes against the stek. All appeals stop at the Upper Court. The highest court in the Kingdom is the Royal Court of Judges itself, which hears only cases of crimes against the Kingdom or the Empire, such as treason, espionage, or war crimes. The decision of the Royal Court is final and cannot be overturned or appealed. The judges of the Royal Courts are appointed by the monarch and approved by a majority vote of the Stek Assembly. All judges must have served in the Assembly at least eight years before they can be appointed.

Royal Family
The current royal family of the Kingdom of Eastern Zartania and the Greater Zartanian Empire is the vun Q'Leist family, which has ruled for over 300 years. The vun Q'Leist dynasty began in the year 1056 with the ascension of Fredrik vun Q'Leist to the throne following the deposing of the Imperial Council. King Fredrik I was succeeded in 1066 by his son, Bruno. This was the beginning of the great vun Q'Leist line which continues to this very day with the current monarch, King Bruno II. In 1350, His Royal Majesty, King Bruno II, married Countess Sophia du Cron of the Stek of Black Water. Two years later the Kingdom celebrated a glorious occassion with the birth of the heir apparent, High Royal Highness, Crown Prince Raedvulf, Lord of the Realm. The year after the birth of HRH, the most recent royal child was born: Her Royal Highness, El'Lyra Kelembra, the Princess Royale. Listed below is the line of royal succession from King Fredrik I to the present.

vun Q'Leist Family Line

* means year born
‡ means year died
§ means year reign began
=????= means year married

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