Holy Launcian Empire

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Das Heilige Launzoreich
Flag of Holy Launcia Coat of Arms of Holy Launcia
(Flag) (Coat of Arms)
Motto: Einigkeit und Recht (Launcian)
Unity and Justice (Common)
Anthem: Götter Erhalten Heilig Lönzia
Location of Holy Launcia
Capital Vincan City
Largest city Brandenburg
Official languages Launcian, Common
Religion Primes
Government
Pope
Reichsführer
Theocratic Monarchy
Honorius XVI the Ascetic
Otto II Gutenhaßen
Founded
As Kingdom of Launcia
as Holy Empire

TA 3172
4A 7
Population
 • 4A 11 est.
 •Makeup
 
3,000,000 (1st)
80% Furre
10% Dwarves
10% Others
Currency Reichsmark (Rm) (2 SP)


This page refers to the Holy Launcian Empire which existed from 4A7 until 4A36. For the modern nation, please see Launcian Empire

Overview

The Holy Launcian Empire straddles much of the eastern Freelands, stretching from New Scarport in the south to the Brandlands in the Magocracy of Valanthas. Historically, this region between the Ironroot Mountains and the Himoan Shield is known as the Rikkenmark, and has been the home of Furres since the days of ancient Valdor. Legends of the Rikkenmark tell of an ancient hero named Loncinius, who claimed to have been spoken to by the Primes themselves. Upon the Rikkenmark, Loncinius founded an religious order dedicated to the worship of the Vinca. Though this order has long since been lost to the winds of history or myth, the religiosity of the Furres of the Rikkenmark has not. Built in the last millennia of the Second Age, the marble and alabaster Vincan City has stood as testament of this fact for over five thousand years.

During the Liberation War, the armies of Damien Reelin overthrew the Kingdom of Launcia, conquering the Rikkenmark for their own. Less than a year later, the Heretic Erisvan swept through the eastern Freelands, laying waste a swath of land stretching from Sargothas to Scarport. The Heretic's armies destroyed the Launcian capital, leaving the Kebeyen forces in disarray. Seeing this as a sign from the Primes, the surviving Launcians stopped the Heretic's advance, and ejected the Kebeyen forces from their borders. Within months, much of what was the southern portion of the Kingdom of Launcia had been reformed as the Holy Launcian Empire, while the Dwarven nation of Khâzad–Ankor claimed the lands north of the Ironroot Mountains. Much of this Dwarf-claimed territory was under dispute in 4A 11, and since has been ceded to the Empire and various semi-independent nations.

Major Personalities
Cardinal Jacob Stone, High Templar St. Cyan Dee Lo'Iocus, High Templar Jeanne D'Or Rosencrantz, Reichsführer Otto II Gutenhaßen, Pope Honorius XVI the Ascetic
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Government

Prior to the Liberation War, Launcia was a hereditary monarchy ruled by the House of Gutenhaßen and parliament comprised of the noble houses of the nation. With the death of König Otto von Gutenhaßen during the war, and the subsequent overthrow of the Republican government by the Paladins of the Vincan Church, the once-politically neutral church became a major force in the newly freed Rikkenmark. Otto II, the new king, dissolved the parliament, and with the Celestine Order and broad popular support, formed a new coalition government with the Vincan Church. In one fell swoop, over a thousand years of the monarchy of Launcia was ended. In 4A 12, Reichsführer Gutenhaßen abolished the ancient hereditary titles of Launcia as well as the prefix 'von' from all names. Families who had noble titles could retain them until the current holder died or after 3 years, after which they would extinct.

The Pope

The Pope of the Vincan Church is responsible for the delineation and supervision of "the general policies of the Holy Launcian Empire". The Pope is commander-in-chief of the religious military and controls the Empire's intelligence and security operations; he alone can declare war. He has the power to appoint and dismiss the leaders of the judiciary, and the commanders of the Paladinical Orders. He or she is elected by the Celestine Order, on the basis of his or her qualifications and the high popular esteem in which they are held.

The Reichsführer

After the office of the Pope, the Reichsführer is the highest official in the country. His is the responsibility for implementing the Constitution and acting as the head of the executive, except in matters directly concerned with (the office of) the Pope. The Reichsführer is the head of the secular Launcian army. The Reichsführer is confirmed by the Parliament, but must be approved as well by the Celestine Order. After approval, the Reichsfürer serves for a 10 year term, which is renewable for life. After his election, the Reichsführer appoints and supervises the Cabinet, coordinates government decisions, and selects government policies to be placed before the parliament. Eight vice presidents serve under the president, as well as a cabinet of 21 ministers. The Council of Ministers must be confirmed by the Bundestag.

The Bundestag

The Empire's parliament is a unicameral institution consisting of 100 members elected to 4-year terms. The members are elected by direct ballot. It drafts legislation, ratifies international treaties, and approves the country's budget. All legislation from the assembly must be reviewed by the Celestine Order. Candidates for a seat in the Bundestag require approval by the Celestine Order.

The Celestine Order

The Celestine Order, which meets for one month every year, consists of 26 highly regarded clerics. New membership in the Celestine Order is restricted only to those who have Primesblood, and who have had their lineage certified by the other Celestines.

Members of the Celestine Order in turn elect the Pope from within their own ranks and periodically reconfirm him. The assembly has never been known to challenge any of the Pope's decisions.

The Celestine Order is vested with the authority to interpret the constitution and determines if the laws passed by Bundestag are in line with religious law. Hence the Order can exercise veto power over Parliament. If a law passed by Bundestag is deemed incompatible with religious law, it is referred back to Parliament for revision.

The council also examines Reichsführer and Bundestag candidates to determine their fitness for a seat.

The Judiciary

The head of the judiciary is appointed by the Pope, who in turn appoints the head of the Supreme Court and the chief public prosecutor.

Public courts deal with civil and criminal cases. The Inquisiton handles crimes allegedly committed by clerics and paladins, although it has also taken on cases involving lay people. The rulings of the Inquisition, which functions independently of the regular judicial framework and is accountable only to the Pope, are also final and cannot be appealed.

Law

The law of the Holy Empire is based on the Launcian code as well as the legal rulings of the Vincan Church. Because of the religious element of the nation's legal code, there are special religious police known as the Heiligpolizei, whose purpose is to root out 'undesirables': necromancers, Dark Prime worshippers and heretics against the church.

Military

The Empire's military is by far the best organized and well trained army on the continent, albeit one of the smallest. There are three divisions of the armed forces: the army, the navy and the orders.

History

Main article: History of Launcia

Coinage

The Holy Empire mints coins in three metals and six denominations.

Pfennig (1/5 SP)
The Pfennig is a copper coin inscribed with the face of some historical Launcian figure on the obverse and the coat of arms of the Empire and denomination (written One Pfennig) on the reverse.
Silver Reichsmark (2 SP)
The Reichsmark (common: Mark) is a silver coin inscribed with the face of some historical Launcian figure on the obverse and the coat of arms of the Empire and denomination on the reverse. The silver Reichsmark comes in 3 denominations: 1/2 Mark, 1 Mark and 5 Marks (1,2,10 SP respectively).
Gold Reichsmark (50 SP)