Constitution of the Kingdom of Cascadia
ARTICLE V: THE SOVEREIGN
Section 1: Status and Powers of the Crown.
A. The Head of State of the Kingdom of Cascadia shall be a Sovereign Monarch, to be styled and titled ‘His Majesty The King of Cascadia’ or ‘Her Majesty The Queen of Cascadia,’ as appropriate. The office and prerogatives of the Sovereign are equal whether vested in male or female.
B. The Sovereign shall be vested with the executive powers and authority of the confederation government of the Kingdom of Cascadia. He shall have ceremonial precedence; shall approve or disapprove all laws with the methods described in this Constitution; shall issue all writs appointing commissions and calling for Parliamentary elections; shall certify the results of such elections and appointments; and shall have the power to assemble and dissolve Parliament at any time.
C. The Sovereign has the sole right of command of the military and naval forces of the Kingdom of Cascadia, and the militias of the Commonwealths when called into the service of the Kingdom; and shall have the power to declare war.
D. The Sovereign shall have the power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the Kingdom of Cascadia, except in cases of impeachment.
E. The Sovereign shall have the power to nominate and appoint ambassadors and other public ministers and consuls, and all other officers of the Crown whose appointment is not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by law.
F. The Sovereign shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed, and shall commission all officers of the Kingdom of Cascadia.
G. The Sovereign shall direct the international relations and foreign policy of the Kingdom of Cascadia; shall receive the credentials of ambassadors; and shall have the power to negotiate, ratify, and enforce all treaties and international agreements to which the Kingdom is or shall be party.
H. The Sovereign shall have the power to create and grant hereditary and lifetime titles of nobility, and to create and grant orders of merit and honour.
Section 2. The Royal Succession.
A. The Royal Throne of the Kingdom of Cascadia shall be dynastic. The order of succession to the Crown shall be through the children of the legitimate and legal marriage of the Sovereign, in order of birth and regardless of place of birth, in accordance with the Royal House Law.
B. As soon as is practicable following succession, the Sovereign shall swear an oath to defend the Constitution and the rights of the people.
C. The Sovereign shall have the power to regulate all other matters relating to the Royal succession, but shall not have the power to alter the order of succession, or to otherwise designate a successor other than the heir under the terms of this section.
Section 3. Provisions on the Demise of the Sovereign.
A. Upon the demise of the Sovereign, the legitimate heir to the Throne shall immediately assume the rights, powers, privileges, status, and titles of Sovereign.
B. Upon the demise of the Sovereign, Parliament shall be immediately dissolved, and a General Election shall be held according to the terms herein defined, unless such an election shall have been held within six months of the demise of the Sovereign. If the demise of the Sovereign shall occur between the dissolution and assembly of Parliament, Parliament shall assemble in its normal fashion.
C. The demise of the Sovereign shall not affect the continuance of all legal proceedings and indictments, either in the Kingdom of Cascadia or in any Commonwealth; nor the continuance in office of all officers under the Crown, save those that ordinarily cease upon the dissolution of Parliament.
Section 4. Regency.
A. Should the Sovereign be under the age of eighteen, a Regency shall be in effect until the Sovereign reaches that age, whereupon he or she shall declare the Oath described in Section 2 of this Article, and the Regency shall be dissolved. In such case, the Regent shall be the first member of the Royal Family in the line of succession over the age of eighteen. While a Regency is in effect, the Regent shall exercise all the powers of the Sovereign in the name of the Sovereign, except as may be otherwise provided for in this Constitution.
B. While a Regency for a Sovereign under the age of eighteen is in effect, the Regent and the Sovereign’s surviving parent, if such exists, shall be the legal co-guardians of the Sovereign, but only the Regent shall exercise the powers of the Regency.
C. Should the Sovereign be over the age of eighteen, and declared to be in a state of incapacity, as defined in the Royal House law, the Heir Apparent or Heir Presumptive to the Throne shall be Regent, provided that such heir is over the age of eighteen. Otherwise the provisions of Title A of this Section shall be in effect.
D. A Regent shall have no power to alter or consent to the alteration of the Royal House Law or the law of succession.
Section 5. Financial and Residential Considerations for the Sovereign and the Royal Family.
A. The rights of the Sovereign and other members of the Royal Family to obtain, use, and dispose of private property shall be the same as those of other citizens of the Kingdom of Cascadia.
B. The Sovereign shall be granted an annual payment, the size of which shall be determined by Parliament, and which shall be drawn from the General Fund of the Treasury. Other members of the Royal Family shall be eligible to receive such a payment, such eligibility, and the size of such payment, to be determined by Parliament.
C. Parliament shall provide the Sovereign with suitable offices and residence in the Seat of Government, and in such other places as shall be deemed necessary, together with such upkeep, staff, and appurtenances as the dignity of the office requires.
ARTICLE VI: MINISTERS OF THE CROWN
[This article changed by Fourth Amendment.]
Section 1. Parliament shall divide the administrative functions of the government of the Kingdom among several executive Ministries. Executive officers of such Ministries shall be styled ‘Ministers of the Crown,’ and shall be appointed by the Sovereign and subject to removal by him. Section 2. The Sovereign shall also have the power to appoint a Prime Minister, who shall preside over meetings of the Cabinet of Ministers and be the Sovereign’s chief deputy in the planning and execution of policy. Section 3. Parliament may, by law, grant Ministers of the Crown who are not Members of Parliament a seat upon the floor of the House of Delegates with the privilege of discussing any measure appertaining to their Ministry, but such Ministers shall not have the right to vote in the House of Delegates, or to introduce legislation. Section 4. There shall be for each Ministry a Parliamentary committee, which shall have the right to call upon the facilities of the Ministry for purposes of studies, investigations, and drawing up legislation. Section 5. To concentrate administrative responsibilities under the proper Cabinet officials, Parliament shall not set up independent of the executive Ministries any regulatory agencies or corporate authorities without the consent of the Sovereign. Those set up shall be subject to biennial review by the Sovereign and the House of Delegates, and may be terminated by the consent of both.