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PostPosted: November 26th, 2016, 8:20 pm 
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After a month of discussion, here is the language for the land claims act.

It requires 3 votes to pass at this time.

Land Claims Act

Process for Making a Land Claim

The highest legal authority of a realm recognised under the Council of the Crowned may at any time submit a claim for the addition of lands, currently recognised as unclaimed, to their realm. This may be formally requested in the form of a letter (post) to the Imperial Court.

The following items must be presented with a claim for lands to the Imperial Court so as to justify the claim:

* A map of both the immediate claimed area and in context with current regional and/or imperial maps
* Evidence that lands currently claimed are being used to an extent to justify the claim
* Statement of intent and purpose for the lands claimed

Approval of a Land Claim

Once a Claim has been made in the Imperial Court, the claim is open to comments from all members of the Mercurian Empire. Individuals may make comments and ask questions concerning the claim during the week following the claim being filed.

During this week-long period, any active sitting member of the Council of the Crowned reserves the right to subject the claim to a vote by the Council for any reason. If a majority (50% + 1) of active sitting members of the Council record a vote against the claim, the claim has failed and may not be acted upon by the claimant. If a vote does not receive this majority, the claim passes the vote.

Once the week-long period has elapsed, the claim may no longer be challenged in the Imperial Parliament.

Land Claim Size

While individual claims may typically be on the order of approximately one to three counties - smaller regions of land that vary greatly in size and composition - there is no legal restriction to the size of lands that may be claimed. However, reviewers are instructed to consider items such as rank, current development of lands including population, number of settlements and infrastructure, number and contributions of vassals residing under the claimant, proximity to other claims, and justifications provided for the claim in determining whether a claim is justified.


Dispute of Claims

There are multiple courses of action available in the case of a claims dispute between two or more parties over previously unclaimed land. The parties may engage in discussion, request third party mediation, or sign a contract. However, if this does not result in an agreeable compromise, a claims dispute may also be recognized as legal justification for war. In the event that a 'claims war' should be declared, terms (specifying the eventuality of the claim should each party be victorious) should be mutually agreed upon between all parties before combat commences. If all options to resolve a claims dispute have been exhausted, the Empire may convene a judicial hearing as described in the Indoles Carta to resolve the status of the claim.

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PostPosted: November 26th, 2016, 8:40 pm 
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I cast the royal vote of Pyrencia in favour of this Act

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PostPosted: November 26th, 2016, 11:15 pm 
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I vote in favour of this law.

Thanks to all involved for drafting this up.

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PostPosted: November 27th, 2016, 12:08 am 
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I cast the Royal vote of New Isilioth in favour of this Act as well.

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