Acts of Parliament
The Citizenship Act
Passed by Royal Proclamation on September 11, 2007
Article 1 - A person applying for citizenship, hereafter referred as an applicant, must apply to the Minister of Immigration. The period of application shall be for three months after their first post on the forum, or, if the forum does not yet exist, for three months after they applied for citizenship.
The Minister shall act on every request of citizenship, without discriminating on the basis of party preference, religion, sexual preference, or other personal information.
An applicant may be a citizen of other micronations.
An applicant may cease the process at any time, and declare that he/she no longer wishes to be a citizen of the Imperial Government in Exile.
Article 2 - Amended to read: A dual micronational citizen may be a candidate for an elected position or for an appointed position.
Article 3 - The Minister of Immigration shall ascertain, through correspondence or conversation, that the applicant is a real human being with genuine interest in becoming a citizen of the Imperial Government in Exile. The Minister shall be free to inquire of the applicant on any and every subject, and shall be required to collect the name, proposed pseudonym, postal address, sex, telephone number, and e-mail address(es) of the candidate, which the Minister shall communicate to the appropriate governmental party. It is up to the applicant, and later citizen if it is granted, to keep this information up to date.
Article 4 - If the Immigration Minister determines that the applicant shall not be given citizenship, the applicant shall be informed of this decision, and shall be made aware that they can reapply for citizenship at a later date. The decision can be appealed to the Supreme Court if they applicant believes they should have been granted citizenship and were unfairly denied. The decision of the Supreme Court shall be final. If the Supreme Court decided that there was no valid reason for the denial, a person shall be given a Grant of Citizenship.
Article 5 - The Minister shall, on a date of his choosing, but within a period of thirty days after receiving an application of citizenship, issue a temporary Grant of Citizenship to the applicant. The Grant shall be issued under the Royal Signature, either applied by the Emperor's own hand or by his request the signature of the Minister of Immigration.
The Royal Grant of Citizen ship shall be promptly issued, within ten days, once the applicant has been granted citizenship by the Minister and when the applicant has affirmed his/her fealty to the Royal House and the Imperial Government in Exile by taking an Oath of Citizenship. At this point the applicant shall be a full citizen of the Imperial Government in Exile, and this fact shall be posted on the forum.
Article 6 - Alternative names may be used by a citizen, but the alternate name must be registered with the Ministry of Immigration so that the said alternate name may be used as the legal name of the citizen. Only the legal name may be used in official, citizen-only functions.
Article 7 - Any applicants who potential pseudonym falls within what the Ministry of Immigration has deemed to be potentially offensive must be interviewed by the Ministry of Immigration. The Ministry has the power to accept or reject the name.
A pseudonym is defined as a name used that is not the person's macronational name.
Article 8 - The Ministry of Immigration must make all active rules concerning matters of citizenship available to applicants and must ensure that new citizens are fully aware of them.
Article 9 - The Minister of Immigration shall cause the applicant to be granted an account on the Imperial Government in Exile forum, once it is created. The Minister shall verify that the said account is fully-enabled, and that the applicant is able to communicate using the forum with the citizens of the Imperial Government in Exile. The Minister shall then begin a thread introducing the applicant.
An examination period of three months shall begins with the applicants first posting, if the forum has been created, after his introduction by the Minister. This allows the citizens of the Imperial Government in Exile to get to know the applicant. They may, openly or in secret, approach the Minister of Immigration and give their opinions on the applicant.
Article 10 - A List of All Citizens, including all information about them, shall be created and compiled by the Ministry of Information.
College of Arms and Peerage Act
Passed by Royal Proclamation on September 13, 2007
Article 1 - The Emperor may create a College of Arms, which shall be the official repository of the Coats of Arms and Pedigrees of Citizens of the Imperial Government in Exile, as well as their descendants.
Article 2 - The Officers of the College shall be known as heralds, and will specialize in genealogical and heraldic work for their clients.
The Head of the College of Arms shall be known as King of Arms.
Article 3 - Officers of the College are appointed by the King of Arms, with permission of the Emperor.
Article 4 - The Officers of the College shall study and debate their noble science, discuss matters of heraldry as they affect the Imperial Government in Exile, and assist their fellow citizens in designing and registering personal and official arms.
Article 5 - The Emperor shall by Royal Proclamation formulate and codify the rules and laws of heraldry for the College of Arms.
Article 6 - Every citizen of the Imperial Government in Exile is entitled to a Coat of Arms.
Article 7 - Coats of Arms are granted on the Emperor's behalf by Letters of Patent from the King of Arms. A right to arms can only be established by making an application through the College of Arms for a Royal Grant of Arms, or by the registration in the official records of the College of Arms of a pedigree showing direct line descent from an ancestor already appearing therein as entitled to arms.
Article 8 - The Emperor shall have the power to confer Letters of Patent on any Citizen a peerage having the incidents specified in subsection 1 of this section.
1) A peerage conferred under this section shall, during the life of the person on whom it is conferred, entitle him/her:
a) To rank as a Baron under such style as may be appointed by Letters of Patent
b) Subject to subsection 2 of this section, to receive Writs of Summons to attend the Assembly of Nobles and sit and vote therein accordingly, and may expire on his/her death.
2) Nothing in this section shall enable any person to receive a Writ of Summons to attend the Assembly of Nobles, or to sit or vote in the Assembly, at any time when disqualified by the law.
Article 9 - The Emperor may by Royal Proclamation create an Order of Knighthood.
Any citizen of the Imperial Government in Exile shall be eligible for such an order. Membership shall be granted for personal bravery, achievement, or service to the Imperial Government in Exile. Members of such orders shall be addressed as "Sir" or "Dame", however Knights are not counted among the nobility. Membership is not hereditary and shall expire upon his/her death.
Article 10 - The Emperor may grant by Royal Proclamation a Title of Nobility to a citizen of the Imperial Government in Exile.
The ranks of nobility are (from lowest to highest) Baron, Count, and Duke, women holding such titles being Baroness, Countess, and Duchess. Wives of nobleman shall also use the feminine form of their husbands title, and husbands of noblewomen shall use the male form of their wife's title.
The Rank of Duke shall only be conferred upon members of the Royal Family.
Unless designated otherwise, a Title of Nobility shall be hereditary, and descends to the heir of the original grantee.
The Official Language Act
Passed by Royal Proclamation on September 13, 2007
Article 1 - The Official Language of the Imperial Government in Exile shall be English.
Article 2 - The Official Language shall be used and respected in all institutions, in particular with respect to its use in parliamentary proceedings, in legislative and other instruments, in the administration of justice, in communicating with or providing services to the public, and in carrying out the work of the Imperial Government in Exile.
Article 3 - All Citizens should, without regard to their ethnic origin or first language learned, have opportunities to obtain employment in the institutions of the Parliament or the Imperial Government in Exile.
Article 4 - The Imperial Government in Exile is committed to enhancing the vitality and supporting the development of English as an integral part of the Imperial Government in Exile, and to fostering full recognition and use of English in broader society.
Article 5 - The Imperial Government in Exile is committed to providing to support the development of English, to providing services in English, but to also respect the minority languages and to enhance opportunities for all to learn both English and the minority languages.
Article 6 - The Imperial Government in Exile recognizes the importance of preserving and enhancing the use of languages other than English while strengthening the statue and use of the Official Language.
Recognition of the Tibetan Government in Exile Act
Passed by Royal Proclamation on September 15, 2007
Article 1 - The Imperial Government in Exile recognizes that the Seventeen-Point Agreement that turned over the sovereignty of Tibet to China was made under duress. As such we recognize that China illegally seized the sovereign country of Tibet.
Article 2 - The Imperial Government in Exile hereby recognizes the Central Tibetan Administration, also known as The Tibetan Government in Exile, as the one true government of Tibet.
The Uniform Holiday Act
Passed by Royal Proclamation on October 14, 2007
Article 1 - The Assembly of Nobles may create Official Holidays celebrated by the Imperial Government in Exile, which shall consist of a single day (or a longer period if so defined) during which Government functions may cease.
Article 2 - Holidays shall be created through Acts of Parliament.
Article 3 - The purpose of a Holiday will be to celebrate a particular event or person.
The Coronation Day Holiday Act
Passed by Royal Proclamation on October 16, 2007
Article 1 - The following day shall be appointed as an Official Holiday of the Imperial Government in Exile: September 17.
Article 2 - The Holiday shall be known as Coronation Day and shall be in remembrance of when Joshua Abraham Norton became Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico thus initiating the American Monarchy.
Recognition of the Republic of China Act
Passed by Royal Proclamation on October 18, 2007
Article 1 - Recognizing that the Republic of China (ROC) lost the Chinese Civil War and that its authority is now limited to island groups of Taiwan (Formosa).
We also note that the People's Republic of China considers Taiwan to be illegitimate and pressures other countries to not recognize the Republic of China (Taiwan).
We also recognize that the ROC has transformed itself into a democratic state and that is has a prosperous economy.
Article 2 - The Imperial Government in Exile hereby recognizes that the ROC/Taiwan is a sovereign country.
Amendment of the Citizenship Act
Passed by Royal Proclamation on October 18, 2007
Article 1 - This act is to amend Article 2 of the Citizenship Act.
Article 2 - The amended article shall now read: A dual micronational citizen may be a candidate for an elected position or for an appointed position.
Second Citizenship Amendment Act
Passed by Royal Proclamation on October 29, 2007
Article 1 - The thirty day period may be circumvented under the following conditions:
a) The Emperor/Empress issues a proclamation granting an applicant a Royal Grant of Citizenship. Such a proclamation must be with the permission of the Minister of Immigration and an explanation made available to the Assembly of Nobles.
If the Assembly has not yet been convened, such an explanation must be made available when it convenes. The Assembly may overturn such a Proclamation by an Act of Parliament. If the Proclamation is overturned the applicant may continue the thirty day application period.
b) The applicant is a member of the Royal House, or is the partner, significant other, or the wife/husband of the Ruling Emperor/Empress. In such a case the Emperor/Empress may issue a Royal Proclamation granting a Royal Grant of Citizenship, or the Minister of Immigration may issue a Royal Grant of Citizenship.
Article 2 - Anyone issued a Royal Grant of Citizenship by Royal Proclamation shall not have any special rights or privileges.
Recognition of Foreign Powers Act
Article 1 - The Emperor/Empress shall be granted the power to make Declarations of Recognition.
Article 2 - The Minister of Foreign Affairs shall be granted the power to make Declarations of Recognition.
Article 3 - Declarations of Recognition shall specify one entity. The Declaration shall grant the recognition of the Imperial Government of Norton II in Exile that the entity is a sovereign power.
Article 4 - Recognition may be revoked at any time by the Emperor/Empress, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Prime Minister, or the Assembly of Nobles.
Article 5 - Recognition shall not be granted where such would offend the dignity of the Imperial Government in Exile.
Article 6 - Recognition shall not be granted to entities that are directly and legally subordinate to another sovereign power, unless directed to do so by the Emperor/Empress by Royal Proclamation.
Article 7 - Should a recognized entity become subordinate to another sovereign power, recognition of the subordinate entity may be revoked.