Government of Mobrin
The Kingdom of Mobrin believes in the divine right of the Sovereign. The Sovereign is the head of the government, and all nobles with titles swear an oath of fealty to the Sovereign.
The right to all of the land rests with the Sovereign, so that he has Dominium directum. If he deems a noble as worthy, he awards land to that noble. Then noble maintains sovereignty over that land, although he is still a vassal of the king or queen, granted the power of Dominum untile. This allows the noble to create inferior vassals of his own. Both direct vassals of the king and the inferior vassals must serve the sovereign. The inferior vassals also must serve their liege lord.
The sovereign has a council consisting of: Voice of the King, Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Marshal, Deputy Marshal, Spy Master, Steward, Castellan, Master of Coin, Master of Laws, Royal Physician, Royal Magistrate and Members at Large. These top ranking advisers assist the Sovereign through delegation and council. Even though the Sovereign has a council the Sovereign's word is still law. He has full right to accept or reject their recommendations. The sovereign can delegate his authority temporarily to the Voice of the king. If the sovereign becomes incapable of such delegation due to illness or death, the Voice of the King acts as regent until the heir to the crown becomes eligible to inherit the throne.
Government of Provinces, Towns and Cities in Mobrin
Provinces: A vassal of the King rules each Province. These vassals can hold the following titles: Duke, Count and Baron. These vassals hold final legal sway over the right of their lands unless the Sovereign overrules them.
The inferior vassal holds right over his land but his liege lord can overrule him. In some cases, a knight or lord of an inferior vassal receives the title of Baron, in this case he reports to both the liege lord and the Sovereign and both can overrule the baron's rulings.
These cases become complicated when the Baron loses all of his titles. The title goes back to the sovereign and the land goes back to the liege lord.
Furthermore, a Vassal can have a number of men or woman serving under him to provide him with both guidance and assistance with the daily management of his lands.
Towns and Villages: Each town or village has a Mayor and Magistrate who receive their positions from their liege lord, and a Watch. The Mayor has the right to appoint a village or town council. The Watch and the Magistrate are to keep the keep and uphold both the liege and sovereign's law.
Mobrin Land Ownership: All land is technically owned by either the Sovereign even the land that has been parceled out to Vassals and inferior vassals. Any other common man who resides on a parcel of land is considered a tenant, that includes merchants.
Laws to Govern
The following are list of Common Laws and punishments that are adhered to throughout the land.
Temple Law: Law that govern the land that are dictated by the Temple.
- Heresey: Burning and or death by blade
Taxes Laws: Every Duke, Count and Baron will pay taxes to the king and to their liege lords.
Murder: Death by hanging and / or blade or other means.
Attempt of Murder: Imprisonment, possible death or loss of limb or eye.
Horse Stealing: Death by hanging or drawing and quartering or other means.
Thieving: Stocks, whipping, loss of a hand, imprisonment and / or hanging
Sumptuary Law: Any person dressed above their station will be fined.
Slavery: Slavery: IT simply does not exist here. The people are not so cruel as to ever have even imagined it. The idea itself is unspeakable even in the most remote of places. There are no slaves, no former slaves.
Treason: Death by any means.
Other Crimes: Depending on the crime that is committed the punishment should fit the crime.
Different types of Trials
Trial by Peers: In towns that are farther removed the Magistrate will resided over the case and group of peers will here and then a decided on whether or not the person is innocent or guilty.
Trial by Lord: Bringing a case before a liege lord or Sovereign, they will then hear the case and make a ruling.
Trial by Combat: Proving that one is innocent through combat and the use of their might.
*Common Citizen and the Law, all citizens may approach their liege lord, mayor, magistrate or the watch to report a crime against them or to ask for a ruling and or trial if they feel they have been wronged. *