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Hyperborea’s Constitution

Hyperborea’s Constitution is as follows: a 12-man high Council, a roundtable, drawn from the country’s top 10,000 families—10 of these men are drawn from the oldest landholders among the top 10,000. Why landowners? Because they have the greatest sense of responsibility—they have a concrete relationship to the land they govern, unlike, say, the great financial houses (bankers) which are responsible only to their family or tribe. The land also connects them to nature—which has a spiritual dimension.


However, since no state can manage without finance, since the finance interest must be heard, two members of the Council are from the oldest financial houses. As with the landowners, these are the oldest because, for example, it is possible to become wealthy overnight (then to own large amounts of land overnight)—but you could go bankrupt a decade later.


The state wants anti-fragile landowners and financiers, because the state is a multigenerational enterprise. So, for example, in the current system, a finance seat would be taken by someone associated with Coutts bank (if an enterprise goes bankrupt, the seat is taken by the next oldest institution). Seats on the Council are life appointments.


The 12-man Council elects a man to be Prime Minister for life—so Hyperborea is an elective monarchy. He has all the powers that the British Prime Minister has in the current system, but he is also commander-in-chief of the army and has powers that relate to the old absolute monarchies. This system allows for maximum responsibility and initiative in one man, but it also allows for the fact that, as sometimes happens, hereditary monarchies produce duds. So if the son takes after the father he can be elected Prime Minister—but, if not, another man can take his place.


Further, the Prime Minister is not allowed to be drawn from the Council (12+1)the reason for this to be so is to allow for eminent men who aren’t from landed families, who sometimes are from modest families, to be selected so as to keep the system fresh (e.g. a war hero, an able general—a sudden genius).


Sovereignty is vested in the Prime Minister, he is the legitimate authority in the country—it is not vested in the Council or in a paper constitution. The Prime Minister can be impeached (and/or removed due to incapacity) if 8 members of the council vote for it—and that leads to a new selection for the post (per jury rules, election requires 10 votes—but elections should be rare events, given the life incumbency). This provides a safeguard against tyranny, insanity, physical illness, extreme old age—it is important to keep sovereignty undivided, because it always is in practice, but there does need to be a safeguard for the above eventualities.


The Chief Druid provides religious advice, but the Prime Minister is head of the state cult—the Chief Druid carries out ceremonial duties and manages visits from foreign dignitaries, as does the King today (this is to free the PM for administrative duties, but, through a convention, the Chief Druid enjoys plenipotentiary powers to act and be recognised in the head-of-state function—this is to deal with the demands of diplomatic protocol, i.e. to be met by someone of equivalent rank at the airport).


The state cult has full toleration, except for religions that claim to be “the one true religion” and refuse to tolerate other religions—on the grounds that these are atheistic, since they deny the gods. Hence Islam and Christianity are banned in Hyperborea—as is Judaism, the rationale being that the latter two were created by Jewish magic to enhance the Jewish position in the world, destroy other religions, and spread atheism and Satanism.


The Council has a designated advisor in intellectual matters, the White Chair of Moral Philosophy at Oxford—the reason being that this is the oldest chair at the oldest university in the country. This professor provides advice to the Council as and when it is required on all “intellectual” matters.


There is also a lower chamber elected by first-past-the-post by anyone who owns property (interpreted to mean to hold a mortgage)—this chamber has a purely advisory role with regards to the Council, and it elects a Representative who reports to the Council. It provides a place to air grievances, raise concerns, and petition the Prime Minister.

People without property are organised into workplace Guilds, with officials selected from above, and these provide a forum for them to air grievances and petition higher authorities—but these are run on strictly hierarchical quasi-military lines.

There’s also a judicial branch reset along the lines of Blackstone’s 1765 work.









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