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THE COLONIES, DEPENDENCIES, AND DOMINIONS BILL 2016


[Passed 5-0, Royal Assent: October 5th, 2016]

A BILL to enable and to regulate the securing of foreign polities to the Sconnish Crown as Colonies, Dependencies, or Dominions thereof.

I. THE SHORT TITLE

This Bill may be cited for all purposes as “The Colonies, Dependencies, and Dominions Bill 2016.”

II. QUALIFICATIONS FOR POLITIES PETITIONING TO BE SECURED TO THE SCONNISH CROWN

A. A polity is qualified to petition the Crown to secure itself thereto which meets the following basic criteria:

1. A petitioning polity shall have as its form of government (or shall adopt as its form of government) some recognizably benign form of constitutional monarchy similar in character to that of the Kingdom of Scone, the guiding principles of which shall permeate the entire structure of the polity at every level of government.

2. A petitioning polity shall formally commit itself to pledging corporate allegiance to the Crown in the person of His Majesty King James, his heirs and successors, according to the laws of succession as promulgated from time to time by an Act or Acts of the Parliament of the Kingdom of Scone according to Article IV, Section 8 of the Charter of Scone Act 2014.

3. A petitioning polity shall be demonstrably populated by several citizens who are regularly engaged in the activities thereof.

B. In addition to the basic criteria given above, His Majesty’s Secretary of State shall be free to devise, internally, additional qualifying criteria from time to time as it shall think fit.

III. THE PROCESSES FOR THE SECURING OF FOREIGN POLITIES TO THE CROWN


A. A foreign polity wishing to secure itself to the Crown may apply for the same to His Majesty in Council, through the agency of His Majesty’s Secretary of State, under any portfolio assigned the competence thereof by the Prime Minister.

B. The application of a foreign polity for the said purpose shall demonstrably express the corporate will of the polity in question in that respect, and shall be signed by the principal officials of that polity in testimony thereof.

C. No treaties shall be negotiated between a foreign polity and His Majesty’s Government for the purpose of securing a foreign polity to the Crown; all specific understandings and agreements shall instead be clarified in the articles of a constitutional charter to be drafted in accordance with any and all the provisions herein by His Majesty’s Government, consented to by the duly authorized representatives of the petitioning polity, and attached to the application to be submitted to His Majesty in Council.

D. Applications received by His Majesty in Council at the hand of His Majesty’s Secretary of State, along with the constitutional charters any and all memoranda or other materials thereto, shall be subject to the inspection and vote of the Privy Council and thereafter the approval of His Majesty.

E. For as often as His Majesty in Council shall approve such an application, it shall be returned to His Majesty’s Secretary of State for presentation to Parliament in the form of a Bill to be tabled during the next session thereof.

F. For as often the Privy Council shall, by a simple majority in attendance, vote to decline such an application, it may not be presented to the Council again until the next sitting of Parliament.

G. A Bill for the securing of a foreign polity to the Crown shall be tabled by the Government as a Public Bill.

H. A Bill for the securing of a foreign polity to the Crown shall in no wise omit the proper classification of the polity or the style by which the polity shall be known.

I. By the Royal Assent given and granted to a Bill for the securing of a foreign polity to the Crown shall that polity to the Crown be secured, according to any and all the provisions therein.


IV. AFFIRMATION OF ALLEGIANCE

Within thirty days of the securing of a polity to the Crown, each and all the citizens thereof shall, according to some means prescribed by His Majesty’s Secretary of State, subscribe to the Affirmation of Allegiance to His Majesty, according to the formula given in the schedule hereto.

V. THE CLASSIFICATION OF POLITIES SECURED TO THE CROWN

A foreign polity secured to the Crown by an Act of Parliament shall be classified by the same as a Crown Colony, a Crown Dependency, or a Dominion, the definitions of which shall be understood and acknowledged as follows:

A. A CROWN COLONY is herewith defined as a wholly dependent polity secured to the Crown by an Act of Parliament, having the following characteristics:

1. It is populated by any number of citizens original to it, all of which, upon the securing of the polity to the Crown, are recognized as lawful Sconnish subjects, having all the rights and privileges thereof, including the right of secondary residency within one of the boroughs of the five counties of the Kingdom of Scone without need of any processes or formalities of immigration or naturalization.

2. Secondary residency thereof is open to any and all lawful Sconnish subjects registered as citizens of the Kingdom of Scone or of any other polity whose citizens are classified as lawful Sconnish subjects, without need of any processes or formalities of immigration or naturalization.

3. It is not a sovereign and independent state, but is governed by the Sconnish Crown, directly, through the agency of a vice-regal representative thereof bearing the style of Governor (and Commander-in-Chief), who may be any Sconnish subject whatever, who is appointed by His Majesty in Council on the advice of His Majesty’s Secretary of State, who is responsible to His Majesty’s Secretary of State, and in whom is entrusted the exercise of the Royal Prerogative and any and all other the powers and authorities of the Crown in His Majesty’s name, which exercise is subject to the review and revision of His Majesty’s Secretary of State.


4. Its internal laws and ordinances are decreed, proclaimed, or otherwise enacted by the Governor-in-Council (or in the event that a Council cannot be formed, by the Governor, himself), which decrees, proclamations, or enactments are in all cases whatever subject to the review, revision, and/or nullification of and by the Privy Council of the Kingdom of Scone on the advice of His Majesty’s Secretary of State.

B. A CROWN DEPENDENCY is herewith defined as a partially self-governing polity secured to the Crown by an Act of Parliament, having the following characteristics:

1. It is populated by at least five citizens at the time it is to the Crown secured, which citizens are, upon the securing of the polity to the Crown, classified not as Sconnish subjects but as Glennish subjects of His Majesty in right of the Dependency, having no right or claim to Sconnish citizenship or to the rights and privileges thereof.

2. It is not governed by the Sconnish Crown, directly, but by its own semi-independent legislature and executive, the enactments or decrees of which are nevertheless subject to the review, revision, and/or nullification of and by the Parliament or the Privy Council of the Kingdom of Scone, respectively, according to any provisions for the same as may be indicated in the charter or constitution of the Dependency.

3. Within and over it, the Crown in right of the Dependency is represented by a vice-regal officer bearing the style of Lieutenant Governor (and Colonel on Staff), who is either a lawful citizen of the Dependency or of the Kingdom of Scone, appointed by His Majesty in Council (that is to say, the Privy Council of the Kingdom of Scone) on the advice of the executive of the Dependency, and in whom is entrusted the exercise of, by and with the advice of a Crown Council, the Royal Prerogative and any and all other the powers and authorities of the Crown in His Majesty’s name.

C. A DOMINION is herewith defined as an entirely self-governing polity secured to the Crown by an Act of Parliament, having the following characteristics:

1. It is populated by at least ten citizens at the time it is to the Crown secured, which citizens are, upon the securing of the polity to the Crown, classified not as Sconnish subjects but as Glennish subjects of His Majesty in right of the Dominion, having no right or claim to Sconnish citizenship or to the rights and privileges thereof.


2. It is not actively governed by the Sconnish Crown in any respect, but by its own entirely independent legislature and executive, and having its own Privy Council, the enactments or decrees of which are not subject to the review, revision, or nullification of or by the Parliament or the Privy Council of the Kingdom of Scone, but which may nevertheless be inherently limited in scope by various provisions enacted by the charter or constitution of the Dominion.

3. Within and over it, the Crown in right of the Dominion is represented by a vice-regal officer bearing the style of Governor General (and Commander-in-Chief), who is either a lawful citizen of the Dominion or of the Kingdom of Scone, appointed by His Majesty in Council (that is to say, by the Privy Council of the Dominion) on the advice of the first minister of the Dominion, and in whom is entrusted the exercise of the Royal Prerogative and any and all other the powers and authorities of the Crown in His Majesty’s name.

VI. COMMENCEMENT

This legislation and all the provisions therein shall come into force upon receiving the Royal Assent.

SCHEDULE

The Affirmation of Loyalty:

“I, A.B., do solemnly and sincerely affirm and declare that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to His Majesty King James, his heirs and successors according to law.”

(NOTE- The name of the King or Queen for the time being is to be substituted from time to time as circumstances warrant.)

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