Earlier today, the Lex Gradonum, a landmark piece of legislation, was passed in the fifth session of the Konlichstag. The law, championed by Consul candidate Duke Brayden of Cedarburg, is considered the closest document to a Gradonian constitution. There are three main sections of the Lex Gradonum, the preamble, Dictatum (Dictations), and Successum (Successes).
The preamble declared that the monarch is bound to the interest of the people “through the grace of God”. Following that statement, an oath is written:
” His Majesty, and any following monarch upon the Gradonian throne, does solemnly swear by the witness of the Lord their God and their government, that this law will not be infringed, for it is to preserve the faith of the security of the Gradonian people. The monarch of Gradonia and their lineage was chosen by the people, through the grace of God, and can be removed by the people, through the grace of God.”Lex Gradonum, Coronation Oath.
In Dictatum, it outlines the different decrees and actions the monarch can take and how the government can balance a category stated as “Nationale”. The inclusion states that this power comes from the recently passed Council of Electors Act which states that the President can veto a decree and remove a supreme judge appointed by the monarch. But, the ability was defines as not partisan to the President. Lex Gradonum also stated that the Konlichstag could also veto certain decrees.
The most interesting points of the Dictatum section was that both the council of Electors and the Konlichstag could veto and adjustment to the national budget and the declaration of the Großhaus.
These first point seemingly states that the power to adjust the budget is the monarch’s rather than any other figure or body. When asked on the matter Duke Brayden refused to comment.
The second point introduces a new term: Großhaus, German for Great house. When asked on the matter Duke Brayden replied:
“It is…a joint session of both the Konlichstag and Council [of Electors]. Kind of like a joint session of [the United States’] Congress.”Duke Brayden, 15 November 2019
The following section, Successum, detailes the succession law of the Gradonian monarchy. It states:
” The monarchy of Gradonia shall henceforth practice the succession law of which the male line of the ruling house will be favored over the female line, but the ability of the female line to inherit the throne will not be prohibited. The ability of a King and a Queen to rule simultaneously will not be prohibited, rather encouraged…”Lex Gradonum, Successum
This solidifies Male-preference primogeniture as the Gradonian succession law. Some members of the royal family, most notably Princess Noelle, objected to this ratification. But the most interesting section of Successum, and perhaps the entirety of Lex Gradonum, is the dueling clause titled Clarigatio (Challenge). In Clarigatio, the basis for any Gradonian to challenge the monarch (as long as the challenger and monarch are of the same sex) in melee combat for right to the throne.
“Any Gradonian man shall have liberty to challenge the king for the throne. Any Gradonian woman may have liberty to challenge the Queen for the throne. In this, the monarch is not held above the people excepting in office. The challenge may be accepted or declined, on the personal honor of the monarch. If the challenge is accepted then a duel shall commence at the liberty of the monarch. The duel will be restricted to the bounds of a circle, twenty paces in radius. The challenge must use weapons of non lethal nature, and the basis of victory will be agreed by both the monarch and challenger. Upon the victory of the monarch, the challenger will be barred from any post he held beforehand and be unable to serve it again. Upon the victory of the challenger, the monarch shall cede the crown and throne to them, but may retain all other noble titles held. A panel of three judges, the President, Consul, and Supreme judge will decide the victor.Lex Gradonum, Clarigatio
The clause has recently been criticized by Luis Medina as “…a Wakandan wannabe challenge…”. This statement makes a reference to the ceremonial combat depicted in the 2018 film, Black Panther.