The Kingdom of Montenbourg- Factbook
The Monarch's Role
The Montenbourg Sovereign can be seen as having two roles: Head of State, and 'Head of the Nation'.
As Head of State, The King undertakes semi-constitutional and representational duties which have developed over 500 years of history. There are inward duties, with The King playing a part in State functions in Montenbourg. Parliament must be opened with the King's political agenda announced, Orders in Council have to be approved, Acts of Parliament have to be approved and signed, the Armed Forces to be commanded, the Church to be regulated and meetings with the Prime Minister must be held.
There are also outward duties of State, when The King represents Montenbourg to the rest of the world. For example, The King receives foreign ambassadors and high commissioners, entertains visiting Heads of State, and makes State visits overseas to other countries, in support of diplomatic and economic relations. As 'Head of Nation', The King's role is less formal, but no less important for the social and cultural functions it fulfils. These include; providing a focus for national identity, unity and pride; giving a sense of stability and continuity; recognising success, achievement and excellence; and supporting service to others, particularly through public service and the voluntary sector. These roles are performed through different types of engagement. By means of regular visits through every part of the Kingdom and the Commonwealth, The King is able to act as a focus for national unity and identity. Through his engagements and walkabouts, The King is able to meet people from every walk of life. The King's unifying role as Sovereign is also shown in his special relationships with the devolved assemblies in Marlborough, Hayle, Triabunna. In addition, at times of national celebration or tragedy, The King publicly represents the nation's mood - for example, at annual commemoration of the war dead on Remembrance Sunday, or at celebrations for a national sporting victory, or a political victory of Human Rights.
The King is able to recognize success and achievement in a personal way. These include honors, awards, visits, patronage and sponsorship. At Investitures, for example, The King honors individuals for public service or outstanding achievement. The King's role is to: Perform the ceremonial and official duties of Head of State, including;
•Representing Montenbourg to the rest of the world;
•Provide a focus for national identity and unity;
•Provide stability and continuity in times of change;
•Recognize achievement and excellence;
•Encourage public and voluntary service.
He also hosts garden parties to which guests from all backgrounds are invited, most of whom are nominated by charities or public sector organisations for their service to their communities. And in the thousands of messages sent by The King each year to people celebrating their 100th birthdays or diamond weddings, The King is able to give special and personal recognition of remarkable individuals.The King also supports service to others, through close relationships with the voluntary and charitable sector. About 4,000 organisations list a member of the Royal Family as patron or president. The King has over 600 patronages. In all these roles, The King is supported by members of the Royal Family, who carry out many of the engagements which The King cannot undertake in person.
House of Bourgeon-Taverini
The Royal Family of Montenbourg has always been a member of the House of Bourgeon-Taverini. The country so far has had 50 monarchs (45 Kings and 5 Queens Regnant). The current royal family includes:
HRM King Lawrence I
HM Queen Grace II
HRH Crown Prince James
HRH Princess Helena
HRH Prince Jonathan
HRH Prince Caroline
HRH Queen Mother Margarita III
King/Queen: Monarch/Sovereign of Montenbourg
Prince Consort/HM Queen/King Consort: Spouse of the King
Crown Prince/Crown Princess: First born son/daughter of the sovereign
Prince/Princess: Goes to other children of monarch, grandchildren, siblings, aunts/uncles or the father of a monarch.
Queen Mother: Mother of monarch.
Every year the sovereign of Montenbourg may add or dissolve peerages. There are two types of peerage; Hereditary Peerage (may pass from one member of a family to the next) and Life Peerage (title that dissolves after the death of the holder)
Ranks of the Peerage:
Archduke/Archduchess (cannot be created or destroyed; only four (4) persons has this rank)
Earl (or Count)/Countess
Sir/Dame (or Lady)
The Monarch and The Church
In the Kingdom, The King's title includes the words "High Protector of the Catholic Church'. This means His Majesty has a specific role in the Church of Montenbourg and those of the Commonwealth. Although the Sovereign does not directly hold services, they can have a direct approach in how the church works, and suggest changes in local churches.
The school year begins on 1 September. Is compulsory for all children from their fifth birthday to the last Friday in June of the school year in which they turn 18. State-run schools, academies and colleges are financed through national taxation, and take pupils free of charge between the ages of 3 and 18. The schools may levy charges for activities such as swimming, theatre visits and field trips, provided the charges are voluntary, thus ensuring that those who cannot afford to pay are allowed to participate in such events. Approximately 97% of Montenbourg schoolchildren attend such schools. A significant of state-funded schools are faith schools, which are attached to religious groups, the Catholic Church. There is also a small number of state-funded boarding schools, which typically charge for board but not tuition. Nearly 90% of state-funded Senior schools are specialist schools, receiving extra funding to develop one or more subjects in which the school specializes.
State-funded nursery education is available from the age of 3, and may be full-time or part-time, though this is not compulsory. Years 12, 13 and 14 are often referred to as "lower sixth form", "middle sixth form" and "upper sixth form" respectively, while most secondary schools enter their pupils for A-levels, some state schools have joined the independent sector in offering the International Baccalaureate qualification or College National Diploma's instead.
The Education Act 2006 requires that all pupils in High School and Sixth Form education are provided with a programme of Sex education, including education about AIDS, HIV and other sexually-transmitted diseases. While a statutory provision, this does not form part of the National Curriculum, and parents have a right to remove their children from this provision. The Education Act 2007 (as amended) requires that all pupils in Grade 4 and in Sixth Form be provided with a programme of Careers education. This does not form part of the National Curriculum but is a statutory entitlement for all pupils.
Almost all state-funded schools in Montenbourg are maintained schools, which receive their funding from State authorities, and are required to follow the National Curriculum. In such schools, all teachers are employed under the nationally agreed School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document. Since 2006, there have been 4 main types of maintained school; •community schools, in which the local authority employs the schools' staff, owns the schools' lands and buildings, and has primary responsibility for admissions. •voluntary controlled schools, which are almost always church schools, with the lands and buildings often owned by a charitable foundation. However, the local authority employs the schools' staff and has primary responsibility for admissions. •voluntary aided schools, linked to a variety of organisations. They can be faith schools of the Catholic Church. The charitable foundation contributes towards the capital costs of the school, and appoints a majority of the school governors. The governing body employs the staff and has primary responsibility for admissions. •foundation schools, in which the governing body employs the staff and has primary responsibility for admissions. School land and buildings are owned by the governing body or by a charitable foundation. The Foundation appoints a minority of governors.
There are also a smaller number of City Technology Colleges and academies, which are high schools funded and monitored directly by the Ministry of Education & Skills. Academies can also accept funding from private sources such as individuals or companies. The current government is greatly expanding the academy scheme by encouraging many schools to convert to Academy status. All state-funded schools are regularly inspected by the Office for Standards in Education, often known simply as OSE. OSE publish reports on the quality of education at a particular school on a regular basis. Schools judged by OSE to be providing an inadequate standard of education may be subject to special measures, which could include replacing the governing body and senior staff.
Montenbourg National Anthem
The land I call my home,
From the green clear summer,
From blossoming apple trees,
Magnificent her mountains and seas,
Montenbourg, Oh Montenbourg,
You're noble, proud and brave,
Oh Montenbourg, Oh Montenbourg,
Forever, will your banner wave
Still more majestic shalt thou rise, With thy king so mighty and true Thy glory shall reach the skies By his guidance and by his queue
Montenbourg, The land I call my home, To thee belongs the rural reign; Thy cities shall with commerce shine: All thine shall be the subject main.
Montenbourg, The land I call my home, From the green clear summer, From blossoming apple trees, Magnificent her mountains and seas, Montenbourg, Oh Montenbourg, You're noble, proud and brave, Oh Montenbourg, Oh Montenbourg, Forever, will your banner wave
Military of Montenbourg
The King as Sovereign is Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. He is also the husband, brother and uncle of individuals either having served, or are currently serving,
in the Armed Forces. The King is the only person to declare war and peace. This dates back from when the Monarch was responsible for raising, maintaining and equipping the Army and Navy. During peace, the King mainly performs ceremonial roles, such as Inspecting the Troop, attending a very small amount of Passing Out Parades, and attending the Trooping of Colour. Sometimes His Majesty attends training schools to see the progress and the standards of the training. The Sovereign's role within war time however changes dramatically. Throughout this time, His Majesty, with the advice of the Prime Minister, Defense Secretary, Chief of Staff, and a number of other high rank military officials, gives the orders for troop movements. He also gives order for the recruitment process, may declare Martial Law, may decide on conscript.
His Majesty's is the sole power within the Armed Forces. His Majesty's Personal Guards, are trained in the military and are selected for further special operation and enforcement training. The only person that the Guards may take order's from are His Majesty himself. At the order of His Majesty, the Guards may arrest and detain citizens, to be trailed by a court of three judges, and a panel of 12 jury members. However, this was last used by His Majesty, King Edward II, 1960s for the treason against the people of the state by his predecessor.
The Royal Navy of Montenbourg, sea navy that is, is very powerful and skilled in their duties. Some may say that they are the very best at what they do, incomparable to any sea navy around the country The navy uses it's battleships, frigates, and other warships to defend the military interests of Montenbourg in her seas.The Montenbourg Fleet currently consists of six aircraft carriers, 12 destroyers, 24 battleships and frigates and 10 submarines.The Royal Montenbourg Navy is currently under the instruction of Admiral Marcus Langley.
The Royal Army of Montenbourg ,the Army, or sometimes called the Royal Regiment of Montenbourg, is the largest division of the Royal Montenbourg Armed Forces. The Royal Army is the most traditional Armed Force, except for the Royal Guard's themselves. The Royal Army is simply spectacular. Young men enlist throughout the Kingdom just to call themselves part of the Brotherhood. The youngest age one can enlist is 17, with the consent of the parents. Young recruits are taken to Fort Mary Of Lepanto, the Royal Army Training Facility. the army under the command of General Prince J. Bourgeon.
The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the aerial warfare service branch of the Montenbourg Armed Forces. Formed on 1 April 1962. The RAF has taken a significant role in Montenbourg military history, playing a large part in the Second World War and in more recent conflicts. The RAF is one of the most capable and technologically sophisticated air forces in the world. As of January 2012 it operated 327 aircraft, making it substantially large. Most of the RAF's aircraft and personnel are based in the Montenbourg; with many others serving on operations (principally Afghanistan and the Middle East) or at long-established overseas bases (Malta, Cyprus, Gibraltar, and the Falkland Islands). The RAF's mission is to support the objectives of the Montenbourg Secretary of Defense, which are to "provide the capabilities needed: to ensure the security and defense of the Montenbourg and overseas territories, including against terrorism; to support the Government’s foreign policy objectives particularly in promoting international peace and security."
The RAF's mission statement is:
“ ... to provide an agile, adaptable and capable Air Force that, person for person, is second to none, and that makes a decisive air power contribution in support of the Montenbourg Defense Mission.”
The mission statement is supported by the RAF's definition of air power, which guides its strategy. Air power is defined as: "The ability to project power from the air and space to influence the behaviour of people or the course of events."
Although the RAF is the principal Montenbourg air power arm, the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm and the Montenbourg Army's Army Air Corps also deliver air power which is integrated into the maritime, littoral and land environments.
HRM King Lawrence I
Lawrence I (Lawrence Ralphelius Bourgeon di Taverini, born 31th August 1993) is the constitutional Monarch of Montenbourg and the eleven sovereign states that make up the Commonwealth Of The Great Kingdom Society. Lawrence was born in Montague, and educated at Saint Jude School. His father ascended to the throne as Ralph II in 1970 on the abdication of his brother Edward III. Lawrence began to undertake public duties when he turned eighteen. To begin with, his duties started off with attending mere functions alongside his father. As time went on, Lawrence began to become patron to many charities, and started making public appearances by himself. His Father abdicated the throne on 2007 and divorced her ex-wife Margarita II, Ralph gave up all his duties by act of parliament and moved abroad, so the now Queen Margarita became regent the heir of the throne his son then Prince Lawrence.
In 2013 the Regent became Queen Mother but with no powers only title and respect by the marriage of then Prince Lawrence and then Grace McCorquodale-Kidman, becoming King Lawrence I and Queen Grace II.
On His Majesty accession on 6 February 2013, Lawrence became Head of the Commonwealth and King of Montenbourg.
Major events in Lawrence's reign have included the Troubles in South Montenbourg, the War in Syria, and the uprising of conflicts in europe. And there have been times of personal sorrow for him which include the death of his Grand-father King Augustus and the assassination of his uncle Lord Franklin. Lawrence has occasionally faced republican sentiments and severe international press criticism of the Royal Family, but his support for the monarchy and his personal popularity remain high.
When in 2013, Lawrence became Monarch of 11 sovereign states. He was asked by his Private Secretary what his regal name would be Lawrence simply replied with "Ask the people, I represent them, not me." This was immediately seen by the public to show Lawrence was 'The People's King'. His Royal Majesty is a keen academic and enjoys reading classical novels, as well as writing them. Alongside this he has a love for Polo. When in the summer residence it is not unusual to see Lawrence fishing and asking the chef's to cook the fish for their dinner. In a bid to gain closer relations with Italy and France, Lawrence is taking lessons in Italian and French however he can already speak French and knows some Spanish.
Titles, Styles & Honours
•19 August 1980 - 19 August 1990: His Highness Prince Lawrence Of Montague •19 August 1990 - 27th August 2010: His Royal Highness The Prince Lawrence, Count of Avast •27th August 2010 - 1st January 2011: His Royal Highness The Duke of Strasbourg •1st January 2013 - Present: His Royal Majesty The King
Full Title: His Royal Majesty, Lawrence the First, by the Grace of God, King, of the Kingdom of Montenbourg, King of Cranford, King of Hayle, King of Beaumont, King of Marlborough, King of Apulia, King of Naples, Sovereign Prince of Mann, Lord of Triabunna, Duke of Strasbourg, Count of Avast, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.
HM Queen Grace II
Grace II, Queen of Montenbourg (Grace McCorquodale-Kidman Toscana of Bourgeon, 27 November 1995), Wife and Queen-Consort of the King Of Montenbourg. Born into an aristocratic Anglo-Italian family with royal ancestry such as The Honourable Mary of McCorquodale a famous royal who favored the women vote in the late 1920s in Montenbourg. She is the only child of Ernesto McCorquodale-Kidman and Donatella Toscana.
She became Lady Grace McCorquodale when his father inherited the title of Earl McCorquodale in 1997 but transfered the title to his daughter after he pursue the position of Premier of Italy. Born in Italy, and educated privately at home. Her father is the actual Premier of the Republic of Italy. It was intended that Grace would assume the position of premier when her father no longer held the position, however this was plan dis-guarded after she became engaged to Lawrence. During Grace's childhood she took an interest in music. As such, when when she left school at the age of 18 years, she attended The Bosco University, and gained a first class honours degree in Classical Music.
When Grace announced her engagement to Lawrence, she renounced her citizenship as a citizen of a republican country, and her religion of Protestant. Upon doing this she took up Montenbourg Citizenship and converted to Catholicism. Upon the King's coronation, she was confirmed to be the "Queen-Consort in all glory". Although she has official powers to rule, within the Code of Montenbourg, she has duties and powers that have been conferred up her by the King. Currently she has been charged with title 'Personal Aide-de-Camp to Majesty', along with position of 'Counsellor of State' with a specific area to Human Rights, Culture, Family Welfare and Children.
Grace became prominent for her fashion style and has been placed on numerous "best dressed" lists. She was selected by The Daily Montenbourg as the "Most Promising Newcomer" in its 2011 list of style winners and losers. Vogue placed her at number 8 on its yearly listing of the top ten style icons in 2010.She was featured in People magazine's 2012 and 2013 best-dressed lists. Grace was named as one of Richard Blackwell's ten "Fabulous Fashion Independents" of 2012. In June 2012, Style.com selected Grace as their monthly beauty icon. In July 2013, Grace was included in Vanity Fair's international best-dressed list. In February 2011, she was named the Top Fashion Buzzword of the 2011 season by the Global Language Monitor. In January 2012, she was voted 'Headwear Person of the Year.' Grace was number one on Vanity Fair's annual Best Dressed lists in 2010, 2011, and in 2012 also its cover star. She was awarded the accolade of 'Best Celebrity " by a special award of the Academy Awards.
She is well known for her fund-raising work for international charities and as an eminent celebrity of the late 21th century. She also received recognition for her charity work and for her support of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. From 2011, she was the president of Great Ormond Street Hospital for children, in addition to dozens of other charities.
She is fluent in Italian and also has a love for Spanish, which she is currently learning to improve relations with Spanish speaking nations within the region. She is Patron to over 800 charities, and founded the 'The Princesses Hand', a charity that grants funds to children and young people with disabilities and learning difficulties. Grace is also in the process of founding of 'The Arts Council' that awards the best theatres and schools for cultural education and quality. It will also offer training to improve the quality of the dwellings and acting.
Titles, Styles & Honours
•12 November 1982 - 27th August 2010: Miss Elizabeth Mcquordale •27th August 2010 - 1st January 2013: Her Royal Highness The Grand Duchess of New Monten •1st January 2013 - Present: Her Majesty Grace, Grand Duchess of New Monten
Full Title: Her Majesty, Grace, of the Kingdom of Montenbourg, Queen-Consort, Grand Duchess of New Monten, Counsellor of State, Personal Aide-de-Camp to His Majesty.
Provinces and Royals
Province of Londerbourg: Duke Ernest Lewis and Princess-Duchess Caroline Bourgeon Province of New Monten: Lord Henry Masoni and Duchess Sarah Di MasoniProvince of Saint Petersville: Lord Charles Pierre and Cassandra Of PierreProvince of Naples: Thomas Winsror and Duchess lady Elizabeta di Winsror
Montague, The National Capital Of Culture
The national royal capital, Situated in the north-west of the country on the Rivière River, the city is home to about 1.3 million people, while its larger urban zone is estimated to have a population of nearly 2 million. The city has a temperate oceanic climate, with warm summers and chilly winters. Montague has been a political, cultural, and economic with waxing and waning fortunes during its 313-year existence. Founded during the Illustration and flourishing by the Romanticism and Renaissance eras. The city played major roles in the Third Vatican Council, the Thirty Years' War, and in 20th-century history, during both World Wars and the post-war Communist era.
Montague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of 20th-century Europe. Main attractions include the Montague Castle, the Eda Bridge, Old Town Square, the Italian Quarter, and French hill. Since 2013, the extensive historic centre of Montague has been included in the Nation States list of World Famous touristic Sites.The city boasts more than ten major museums, along with numerous theatres, galleries, cinemas, and other historical exhibits. A modern public transportation system connects the city. Also, it is home to a wide range of public and private schools, including The Bosco University.
Cuisine: The growth of the railway in the late 19th century led to the capital becoming a focal point for immigration from France's many different regions and gastronomical cultures. As a result, cuisine in the city is diverse, and almost any cuisine can be consumed in the city, with over 9,000 restaurants.Hotel building was another result of widespread travel and tourism in the 19th century, especially Montague' late-19th-century World's Fairs. Of the most luxurious of these, the Hôtel Majestique appeared in the Place Vendômine in 1898, and the Hôtel de Crayon opened its doors on the north side of the Place de la Verita, starting in 1909.
Theatre: the largest opera houses of Montague are the 19th-century Royal Opéra House a; the former tends towards the more classic ballets and operas, and the latter provides a mixed repertoire of classic and modern.Theatre traditionally has occupied a large place in Montenbourg culture. This still holds true today, and many of its most popular actors today are also stars of Montenbourg television.
Museums: The Royal Montenbourg Museum housing many works of art, including the Elizabetina and the Marverlino statue. There are hundreds of museums in Montague Works by Pedro Monaguet and Alezandro are found in the Musée Monaguet and the Musée Zandro. Starkly apparent with its service-pipe exterior, the Centre of the Royal Princess, also known as Princessux, houses the Musée National d'Art Moderne Of Elena.
Fashion: Montague is a global hub of fashion and has been referred to as the "international capital of style". It ranks alongside New York, Milan and London as a major centre for the fashion industry. Montague is noted for its haute couture tailoring, usually made from high-quality, expensive fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail and finished by the most experienced and capable seamstresses, often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques. The twice-yearly Montague Fashion Week, an apparel trade show, is one of the most important events on the fashion calendar and attracts fashion aficionados from all around the world. Established in 1976, the Montague Fashion Institute offers courses in design, manufacturing, marketing, merchandising, and retailing. International Fashion Academy Montague is an international fashion school, established in 1982 and headquartered in Montague, with branches in London and Istanbul. Montague has a large number of high-end fashion boutiques, and many top designers have their flagship stores in the city, such as Isabel Mancerini's store, Marck Dioren's 1200 square foot store and Gimarie's 1500 square foot store. Montemps has the largest shoe and beauty departments in Europe.
Festivals: The earliest grand festival held on 14 July 1790 was the Summer of July festival at the royal gardens. Since then many festivals have been held such as the Festival of the Flowers in 1774, the Festival of the Peace in 1793, the festival of Saint Nicholas in 1794. On every anniversary of the Kingdom, the children of the fatherland hold a festival is held. Royal day, a celebration of the storming of the royal family, is the biggest festival in the city, held every year on 31 January. This includes a parade of colourful floats and costumes along with armed forces march in the Royal Avenue which concludes with a display of fireworks. The Montague Beach festival known as the "Mont Plage" is a festive event, which lasts from the middle of July to the middle of August, when the bank of the River Rivere is converted into a temporary beach with sand and deck chairs and palm trees.
Religion: 90% of Montenbourg citizens are catholic. The Montenbourg Catholic Church it's the official religion of Montenbourg. The Catholic hierarchy includes cardinals and bishops and is led nationally by the Archbishop of Montague and the Monarch, and internationally by the bishop of Rome, known as the Pope.The Church teaches that it is the one true church divinely founded by Jesus Christ.it also teaches that its bishops are the successors of Christ's apostles and that the Bishop of Rome, as the successor to the head of the apostles, Saint Peter, has supreme authority over the Church.The Church maintains that the doctrine on faith and morals that it presents as definitive is infallible, but with modifications at the Montenbourg Church, including womens ordination and marriage equality.