Imperial and Royal Court

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The Imperial and Royal Court of Karnia-Ruthenia is the imperial and royal court for the Sovereign of Karnia-Ruthenia.

All Ambassadors to the Empire are formally received by the Court, and all Ambassadors from the Empire are formally accredited from the Court — not the Empire — as they are representatives of The Crown, but also includes all those who regularly attend the Emperor-King.

Official meetings and receptions associated with the court are held wherever the monarch is in residence — usually Hofbau Palace.

Organized to be a large court following the Austrian Imperial Court, the courtiers included the monarch camarilla and retinue, household, nobility, those with court appointments, the leibgarde, and may also include emissaries from other nations or visitors to the court. Foreign princes and foreign nobility in exile may also seek refuge at the court. Lower ranking servants and bodyguards were not properly called courtiers, though they might be included as part of the court in the broadest definition.

Etiquette and hierarchy flourish and is planned to leave traditional traces over the future generations of Karno-Ruthenians, featuring a strict order of precedence involving royal and noble ranks, orders of chivalry and nobility and in some cases, uniforms.

One of the major markers of a court is ceremony — concerning the coronation of the monarch and audiences with the monarch.

Life at Court[edit | edit source]

Life at the Imperial and Royal Court is dominated by ceremony. Ceremonies can range from formal government occasions to informal gatherings. Appeareance and tradition plays a large role in ceremonies, as they emphasize the continuity of Imperial institutions. From a social and political standpoint, the most important ceremonies are coronations, formal state receptions and audiences with the Emperor-King.

Coronation[edit | edit source]

Oscar I imagined in coronation robes, by André Vieira. 2016.

Main article: Coronation of the Karno-Ruthenian monarch

The Coronation of the Karno-Ruthenian monarch is a ceremony in which the Sovereign and his or her consort (if there is at time) is formally crowned, annoited and invested with regalia. The reign began immediately upon the death of his predecessor, being the coronation optional, as a coronation was not viewed as being necessary to legitimize their rule in that country, but the cerimony is a very important event for the Court. The location of coronations is Cathedral of Saint Stephen King of Hungary, in Persenburg. The person performing the coronation of the Emperor-King is the Archbishop of Persenburg. Other clergy and members of the nobility also have roles; most participants in the ceremony are required to wear ceremonial uniforms or robes and coronets. Many other government officials and guests attend, including representatives of other countries.

Audiences[edit | edit source]

Main article: Audiences with the Karno-Ruthenian monarch

An audience is a formal meeting that takes place between the Emperor and another person, usually at the invitation of the sovereign. Often, the invitation follows a request for a meeting from the other person. The audience varies its nature, having cases that the audience dealt with political subjects, like the ones requested by members of the Conference of Santiago or the Delveran and North American representatives to offer the Occidian Crown to Oscar I, or more social events, like the audiences to combine the gatherings of the Court.

Reception of Dignitaries[edit | edit source]

There is specific, prescribed protocol associated with public appearances of the Emperor at events and receptions. The process of meeting special guests and dignitaries can be accomplished one of two ways: a receiving line or by the Emperor moving down a line of guests.

Weddings[edit | edit source]

Since the establishment of the Ruthenian monarchy in 2014, there had been no dynastic marriages until 2023, when the wedding of Archduchess Beatriz and Count Jefferson Santory of Saxa-Gondomar took place. Previously conducted marriages were either approved or disapproved only in April 2021 when dynasty members signed the House Law of the Karno-Ruthenian Imperial Family.

However, perhaps due to the lack of precedents, there is currently no established tradition regarding dynastic marriages. The family's custom thus far has been civil ceremonies in the morning with close family members of the bride and groom, followed by religious ceremonies in the afternoon, and an evening ball attended by the entire family, friends, and other guests.

Funerals[edit | edit source]

"The funeral cortege of Emperor Franz Joseph leaving Schönbrunn Palace", by Rudolf von Meissl, 1916.

Known within the government as "Operation Otto"[1], it is a procedure established in 04 February 2023 as the immediate response of the government in case of death of the Sovereign. Operation Otto, much inspired by the ritual of the Habsburgs, was developed considering the importance of rituals for the Monarchy, and in case of death of the Emperor, determine dispositions in order to be faithful to Oscar I culture and wishes, as well to provide meaning to all events of human life, even those that marks exactly the end of it.

The entombment may occur in the private cemitery of the family in the Duchy of Cieszpreg and Zallanta, or in the particular cemetery near Duchy of Oswiencin. If possible, the body and the heart of the Emperor should be buried separately - the body entombed in the cemitery of the family in the Duchy of Cieszpreg and Zallanta with his ancestors and the heart buried in the particular cemitery near the Duchy of Oswiencin.

The coffin must be drapped with the Imperial Flag, and the Sovereign's body must carry the Order of the Three Golden Fleeces.

The entombment cerimony, as said, is heavily inspired by the burial of Habsburg Dynasts[2], as a tribute to the profound influence of Christianity to depict the Imperial House as the “First Family of Christendom within Micronationalism”, and an example of faith for Christians throughout the world. Before the casket being laid within the mausoleum for eternal rest, a member of the dynasty to be deemed responsible for this ritual, must proclaims the name and full titles of the deceased Emperor. Upon hearing this, the other presents must refuse and say “I do not know you”. The dynast must, again, proclaim the name and short title of the deceased Emperor and once again, the other presents must refuse and say “I do not know you”. In a third attempt, the dynast must proclaim that will be entombed “A poor mortal and a sinner.”

After the entombment, must be observed a thirteen-day period of mourning in all Empire. In the day of the entombment, in the seventh day, in the first month and in the first year after the entombment, masses must be celebrated in memoir of the deceased ruler and for the period of morning, all adults in the Court must wear black.

Offices[edit | edit source]

The Offices of the Imperial and Royal Crown are the most important officers of state in the Imperial and Royal Court. They are appointed by the Emperor-King, with all appointments being for life and possibly hereditary. These positions are essentially honorific, although several limited functions were ascribed to them.

Arms Office Minister Arms Office Minister Arms Office Minister
Grand Master of the Court Wilhelm, Prince von und zu Hochbach
Chief Court Mistress vacant
Military Chancellery Michael, Grand Duke of Nordinsel
Master of the Royal Hunt Caio, Duke of Daugavia
Director of Music of the Court Peter, Count Szentmária
Prince-Provost of the Imperial Archives Thomas, Duke of Saena
Photographer of the Court Ping Liao, Princess Brizendine von Warwick
Marshal-Assistant to the Imperial Throne Dylan, Prince Callahan von Wexford
Emperor-King's Champion and Standard Bearer Jordan, Prince Brizendine von Warwick
Seneschal of the Court Casey, Margrave Pemberton
Physician to the Emperor-King Raphael, Archabbot-Primate of the Order of Saint Benedict[3]
Aide-de-camp to the Emperor List

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