VALDSLAND (DM) – The Lord Executor of the Realms of Valdsland passed a decree earlier this afternoon establishing a new system of parliamentary procedure within the Valdslandic State.
The decree significantly alters the nobility system of the country and thus how the nobles of the nation interact with each other in a parliamentary context; first of all, the decree – largely written by Landgrave James Frisch, heir to the Valdslandic throne – replaces the less codified system of Lord Protectors and Lords with a four-tier feudal system.
The Lord Executor remains the single most powerful noble in Valdslandic society, with absolute executive and legislative power, but the Lord Protector system of nobles controlling various lands within the country has been altered. Now, instead of being simply referred to as a “Lord Protector”, the title differs depending on whether or not the land in question is within the British Isles, as well as whether the territory itself is a municipality.
Lord Protectors of Realms within the confines of the British Isles are now hereafter referred to as Landgraves, while those who control territories outside of the Isles are referred to as Margraves. Meanwhile, Lord Protectors of the former Municipalities are now Burgraves. Under the new system, Horatio Eden is the only Burgrave – being former Lord Protector of the City of New Pyongyang – and James Frisch is the only Landgrave, controlling the Realm of Satirno.
These -graviates can grant noble titles to citizens of their territories, with Graves being senior and Barons being junior.
This is not the only change made – parliament-wise, the Valdslandic Parliament no longer gives all voting members an equal vote on legislative matters. The Lord Executor now possesses eight votes on legislation, Burgraves, Landgraves and Margraves four, Graves two and Barons one. This stratifies the legislative power of nobles within a parliamentary context, but how this affects measurement of quorum for parliamentary meetings is another question that has yet to be answered.