The College of Arms and Peerage Act

 College of Arms and Peerage Act

 

Passed by Royal Proclamation 17 on September 13, 2007

 

Section 1

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.

 

Section 2

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.

 

Section 3

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.

 

Section 4

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 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

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