|King of the Kingdom of Helvore|
|Roix de la Roiséaux d'Elvoir|
since November 17, 2011
|Heir apparent||Maximilian, Prince of Tosque|
|First monarch||Richarde I|
|Formation||July 17, 950|
Royal Palace of Rossterre |
Rossterre, TS, Helvore
The monarchy of the Kingdom of Helvore is the highest echelon of the executive leadership of the Helvoran government and the political ideology on which it is based. Since the formation of the Kingdom of Helvore in July, 950 CE, Helvore has been successively ruled by numerous Kings and Queens who act as the chief political officer and sovereign of the nation. Following the Helvoran Civil War of the late 17th century, the Helvoran Constitution was developed under the principles of Bayerism, limiting the political power of the monarch and the indulgences which they were previously permitted. Since then, the level of power exercised by the monarch in Helvore has steadily declined, instead their duties being performed by the National Congress and the Grand Chancellor. However, to this day, the Helvoran monarch engages actively in the politics of the Kingdom of Helvore and is required at most congressional meetings.
The current monarch, Andreux I, ascended to the throne following the tragic death of his elder sister (then incumbent) Eloise III, who had only reigned for eleven months before being killed in a car accident. As the second child of Richarde VIII (the father of Eloise III and king before her) and heir apparent, Andreux was crowned King on the 17th of November, 2011. Andreux I is the most recent ruler of the House of de Vois, that being the ruling monarchic House of the Kingdom of Helvore since the conclusion of the Helvoran Civil War.
The monarch and his/her immediate family constitute the Helvoran Royal Family, whilst their extended family is referred to simply as the House of de Vois. Those employed by the monarch as their personal household staff and guests are referred to as being part of the Royal Household. Members of the Royal Family are given titles, which, whilst having historical significance, no longer have any real meaning, particularly as many positions which once were aristocratic (such as the dukes/duchesses of each Helvoran state) have now become elective. As such, it often occurs that there will exist multiple people of the same royal title, with one being purely honorific and the other being an actual political role (for example, the King's brother Richarde is given the honorific title Duke of Erinier, whilst the elected leader of the state of Erinier Léon de Sou is also titled Duke of Erinier).
As sovereign, the monarch of Helvore is obligated to perform certain constitutional duties, including the signing of approval of bills, hosting of international political guests, overseeing of parliament, management of diplomatic relations with foreign nations, and representational duties to the Helvoran people. As outlined in the constitution, the monarch of Helvore is subject to strict public transparency and is forbidden to act on particular congressional issues. In addition to this, should either the National Congress or the House of Protest have a majority vote to depose the monarch, the monarch is powerless to build any kind of resistance against such a movement in accordance with Helvoran political law.
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Within the Helvoran government, the monarch is considered to be the executive of the Helvoran Parliament, and hence is deeply intertwined with its functioning. However, whilst certain political bodies/individuals (such as the King's Council and King's Chancellor) act as extensions of the monarch him/herself, assisting in the monarch's performance of duties, the National Congress is not considered an extension of the monarch. As such, whilst acting as the executive co-manager of the Congress (along with the Grand Chancellor), the monarch is excluded from certain congressional issues, including, most notably, the decision to forcibly remove the monarch from power.
Broadly speaking, the constitutional roles of the monarch can be divided into two key spheres - parliamentary obligations within the National Congress, and civil obligations external to the National Congress. Parliamentary obligations include the overseeing of congressional proceedings, the passing of bills (assent), issuance of edicts, and the appointment of a King's Council and Executive Assembly. Civil obligations include attendance of public events, co-management of international relations and diplomacy, the declaration of war or peace, and the negotiation of foreign agreements (such as the creation of embassies, issuance of passports, and formation of treaties).
The monarch is also granted several exclusive rights, collectively referred to as the royal prerogative . These include the right to the passing of monarchic edicts, vetoing of parliamentary votes, passing of executive prohibition laws, and instigation of procedendo at the monarch's discretion. As a Bayerist Constitutional Monarchy however, all actions undertaken by the monarch under the domain of the royal prerogative can be vetoed against providing that more than two-thirds of the National Congress vote for such an action. Additionally, the monarch may be removed from office at any time under the same conditions, and the level of their power may be altered at a constitutional level by the passing of temporal amendments by parliament.
Main Article: Aeletic Kingdoms.
The Kingdom of Helvore's monarchy has its origins in the Aeletic Saignvalourian Empire of the 7th century. Following the establishment of the empire by Verciceris II (founder of the House of Saignvalour), and the death of his son Calis, the Saignvalourian Empire was divided into five kingdoms, known collectively as the Saignvalourian (or Aelvoran) Kingdoms. These Kingdoms existed as medieval monarchies, whose monarchs held absolute power, until the unification of Helvore in 950 CE.
In 945, Richarde III ascended to the throne of the Kingdom of Aelvoria. Following his ascension, Richarde attempted a series of political unions and military conquests which eventuated in the establishment of the unified Kingdom of Helvore on the 17th of July, 950. With this unification, Richarde became Richarde I, the first monarch of the Kingdom of Helvore.
From the unification of the Kingdom to the Helvoran Revolution in 1664, the function and duties of the Helvoran monarch remained much the same as they did during the height of the Saignvalourian Kingdoms, having absolute power and supreme political agency.
Helvoran Revolution and Civil WarFirst Helvoran Empire, coupled with the despotism of the autocratic and insane Thomas VI, the Helvoran people launched a two-year Revolution with the aims of deposing the absolutist King and replacing him with a Bayerist Constiutional Monarchy. Following the execution of Thomas VI on the 6th of October, 1666, Helvore was declared a republic for nine years during the Helvoran Civil War, during which three separate political movements vied for political dominance. Culminating in Red Day in 1675, the Bayerist Movement eventually ended the civil war and established a constitutional monarchy. The first monarch of the new House of de Vois was democratically elected by the people of Helvore, the Helvoran Constitution put into power, and the National Congress formed.
Post Civil War
Following the conclusion of the Helvoran Civil War in the late 17th century, Helvore's constitutional monarchy entered a period of refinement, as the finer details of royal prerogative and the structure of the National Congress where determined. Over the past few centuries, the role of the monarch has fluctuated, becoming more or less autocratic in various periods of history. However, since the end of the second world war in 1945, the power of the Helvoran monarch has steadily decreased, whilst the involvement of the democratically elected Grand Chancellor within the National Congress has increased.
The official residence of the Royal Family is the Royal Palace of Rossterre, a castle located in the suburb of Vertrailles of north-eastern Rossterre built in the early 9th century. Being located in Vertrailles, the Royal Palace is in close proximity to other parliamentary buildings within Helvore's capital of Rossterre, including the Chateux de la Publique and the Congresse Nationale. The castle has been extended and renovated multiple times over the past few centuries, and thus is very large, with several hundred rooms, gardens, and one of the world's largest private art collections.
In addition to the monarch's main palace in Rossterre, the Royal Family also possess various other residences in other cities in Helvore. These include, most notably, the Ile de Forte in Rhythe, Palace of St. Augustine in Asseu, the Palais Royale in Aiffeltoire, and La Residente, that being the family's private lodge in the Forest of Saignier in St. Crimse.
List of Helvoran Monarchs
Main Article: List of Helvoran Monarchs.
Below you will find a list of the monarchs of Helvore of the House of de Vois, that being the current house of the Helvoran monarchy (For a more comprehensive list, please see List of Helvoran Monarchs). Its first king, Richarde V, was elected by the people of Helvore following the abolition of the Helvoran Republic and establishment of a Bayerist Constitutional Monarchy.
Historians now believe that Richarde V was in fact a distant cousin of Thomas VI, and thus, in effect, a continuation of the Saignvalourian Dynasty. This fact, however, is contested, and many simply consider the House of de Vois to be unrelated to that of the House of Mastienne or its predecessors.
|Portrait||Name||Reign||Relationship with Predecessor|
|Richarde V the Great||11th of August, 1675 - 3rd of April, 1688||None.|
|Madeleine IV the Loving||3rd of April, 1688 - 12th of December, 1701||Daughter of Richarde V|
|Maximilian VI the Eagle of Helvore||12th of December, 1701 - 9th of August, 1717||Son of Madeleine IV|
|Henri IV||9th of August, 1717 - 5th of October, 1744||Grand-son of Madeleine IV|
|Jacob III||5th of October, 1744 - 18th of April, 1771||Son of Henri IV|
|James IV the Lion||18th of April, 1771 - 21st of February. 1798||Son of Jacob III|
|Victoix II||21st of February - 23rd of December, 1805||Grand-son of Jacob III|
|Jules I the Defiant||23rd of December, 1805 - 8th of October, 1843||Great-Grandson of Jacob III|
|Maximilian VII||8th of October, 1843 - 11th of August, 1865||Son of Jules I|
|Jules II the Conqueror||11th of August, 1865 - 18th of February, 1893||Son of Maximilian VI|
|Henri V the Brave||18th of February, 1893 - 22nd of June, 1918||Son of Jules II|
|Richarde VI||22nd of June, 1918 - 31st of May, 1938||Brother of Henri V|
|Victoix III||31st of May, 1938 - 12th of June, 1952||Daughter of Richarde VI|
|Henri VI||12th of June, 1952 - 11th of March, 1973||Son of Victoix III|
|Richarde VII||11th of March, 1973 - 30th of November, 2003||Son of Henri VI|
|Richarde VIII||30th of November, 2003 - 1st of January, 2011||Son of Richarde VII|
|Eloise III||1st of January, 2011 - 17th of November, 2011.||Eldest daughter of Richarde VIII|
|Andreux I||17th of November, 2011 - present.||Eldest son of Richarde VIII|