The Kingdom of Montenbourg- Factbook
HRM King Lawrence I
Lawrence I (Lawrence Ralphelius Bourgeon di Taverini) is the constitutional Monarch of Montenbourg. 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, 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, 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.
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.
(( @Angleter Thanks for the observation. Montenbourg history is original and inspired in factual events of famous monarchs around story. Thank You. ))
(( @montenbourg You also need to change the reference to Edward VIII in the OP. I've also noticed that you also copied @the-united-kingdom's section about the terrorist attack on 21st July 2011 (which, if you're not aware, UK actually RPed back in 2011), pretty much verbatim except for changing 'Miliband' to 'Johnson', 'British' to Montenbourg', and 'London' to 'Montague'. Once again, plagiarism is not acceptable. I'm sure you wouldn't like it if someone else came along and started appropriating chunks of Montenbourg's history and even your past RPs as their own. I really, really do not want to see another case of you lifting another player's work. ))
(( @Angleter Thanks again for the observation. Thank You. ))
((Libertarian Prime Minister Sir John Kluster was elected in 1979 and served until 1990. Among other accomplishments, he privatised the railways and shut down inefficient factories, but he also increased the gap between the rich and the poor by scaling back social security. Kluster was succeeded by Angelica Bobadil in a surprise victory for the Classical Monarchist Party in 1992, the "New CMP" movement forced her out. --- Here's some more plagiarism!!!!))
(( @the-united-kingdom Thanks for the observation.))
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Montenbourg has considerably large deposits of oil and natural gas. In 2016 wind turbines provided 68.1% of the total electricity power consumption. On 6 September 2017, Montenbourg launched its no-oil, no-petroleum, no-carbon energy dependent campaign.
Significant investment has been made in building road and rail links between regions in Montenbourg, most notably the Great Belt, which connects Apulia and Holbeach. It is now possible to drive from Hever in northern to Montague on eastern without leaving the motorway. The main railway operator is Royail Rail for passenger services and Royal Express for freight trains. The railway tracks are maintained by Royal Railways. The North Sea is intertwined by various, international ferry links. Montague has a rapid transit system, the Montague Metro, and an extensive electrified suburban railway network, the Urbanx. In the four largest cities – Montague, Castletown, Duketown, Monterini –rail systems are planned to be in operation around 2019.
Cycling is a very common form of transport, particularly for the young and for city dwellers. With a network of bicycle routes extending more than 12,000 km Motenbourg has a solid bicycle infrastructure.
Private vehicles are increasingly used as a means of transport. Because of the high registration tax (150%). The purpose of the tax is to discourage car ownership. In 2007, an attempt was made by the government to favour environmentally friendly cars by slightly reducing taxes on high mileage vehicles. However, this has had little effect, and in 2008 Montenbourg experienced an increase in the import of fuel inefficient old car.
Montenbourg comprises the northern part in Northern Europe. The coastline, to the North Sea and Apulia-Naples Island (Dominion of the Royal Society). Montenbourg shares on the south to land borders one with Austrur, and the other with Complutum.
Montenbourg comprises twenty-one provinces, each enjoying a high degree of autonomy.
ROYAL RESIDENCES: THE BOURGEON PALACE
The Bourgeon Palace has served as the official Montague residence of the Montenbourg sovereigns since 1840 and today is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch. Although in use for the many official events and receptions held by The King, the State Rooms at The Bourgeon Palace are open to visitors every summer.
The Bourgeon Palace has 775 rooms. These include 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms. In measurements, the building is 108 metres long across the front, 120 metres deep (including the central quadrangle) and 24 metres high.
Bourgeon Palace today
Today, The Bourgeon Palace is very much a working building and the centrepiece of the Montenbourg constitutional monarchy, serving as the venue for many royal events and ceremonies from entertaining foreign Head of States to celebrating achievement at Investitures and receptions.
More than 50,000 people visit the Palace each year as guests to State banquets, lunches, dinners, receptions and Garden Parties. Her Majesty also holds weekly audiences with the Prime Minister and receives newly-appointed foreign Ambassadors at Bourgeon Palace.
Receptions are held at the Palace throughout the year to recognise the work of industry, government, charities, sport, the Commonwealth and many more areas of life. For example, in 2013 The King hosted a reception to celebrate the Youth and Education, which was attended by 350 guests from academic institutions around the world and included a performance by the Youth Orchestra and choir and more recently, in 2015, His Majesty hosted a reception for players, organisers and supporters of the Rugby World Cup.
Bourgeon Palace is often a focal point for significant national celebrations and commemorations.
In 2017, a music concert was staged in the garden of Bourgeon Palace to mark The King's Jubilee, which included a unforgettable performance of ‘Save The King’ by Brian May from the roof of the Palace and at His Majesty’s Jubilee celebrations in 2012 members of the public were invited to have a special picnic in the Bourgeon Palace garden.
The balcony of Bourgeon Palace is one of the most famous in Europe. The first recorded Royal balcony appearance took place in 1901, when Queen Enriquette I stepped onto it during celebrations for the opening of the Great Royal Exhibition. Since then, Royal Balcony appearances have marked many occasions from The King's annual official birthday celebrations to watch the RAF Flypast at the end of Trooping the Colour, Royal Weddings, as well as special events of national significance such as the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Civil War.
Whilst Bourgeon Palace is seen as the administrative hub of the Monarchy, it is also very much a family home, in addition to holding The King's Gallery and the Royal Mews. The Queen-Consort gave birth to Prince Elena and Prince Edward at the Palace, and to this day notice of royal births and deaths are still attached to the front railings for members of the public to read. The christenings of The Prince of Strasbourg, The Princess Royal, The Princess-Duchess and The Duke of Castletown took place in the Music Room and many Royal Weddings have been celebrated at Bourgeon Palace, most recently The Duke and Duchess of Londerbourg.
George III bought Bourgeon House in 1761 for his wife Queen Carlotta I to use as a comfortable family home close to Monten Palace, where many court functions were held. Bourgeon House became known as the Carlotta's House, and 14 of George III's 15 children were born there.
George IV, on his accession in 1820, decided to reconstruct the house into a pied-à-terre, using it for the same purpose as his father George III.
As work progressed, and as late as the end of 1826, The King had a change of heart. With the assistance of his architect, John Nash, he set about transforming the house into a palace. Parliament agreed to a budget of 150,000, but the King pressed for 450,000 Monten Pounds as a more realistic figure.Nash retained the main block but doubled its size by adding a new suite of rooms on the garden side facing west. Faced with mellow Bath stone, the external style reflected the French neo-classical influence favoured by George IV.
The remodelled rooms are the State and semi-State Rooms, which remain virtually unchanged since Nash's time.
The north and south wings of Bourgeon House were demolished and rebuilt on a larger scale with a triumphal arch - the Marble Arch - as the centrepiece of an enlarged courtyard, to commemorate the victories at Castletown and New Monten.
By 1829 the costs had escalated to nearly half a million pounds. Nash's extravagance cost him his job, and on the death of George IV in 1830, his younger brother William IV took on Edward Blore to finish the work. The King never moved into the Palace. Indeed, when the Houses of Parliament were destroyed by fire in 1834, the King offered the Palace as a new home for Parliament, but the offer was declined.
Queen Enriquette was the first sovereign to take up residence in July 1901 and in June 1902 she was the first Montenbourg sovereign to leave from Bourgeon Palace for a Coronation. Her marriage to Prince Albert in 1902 soon showed up the Palace's shortcomings.
A serious problem for the newly married couple was the absence of any nurseries and too few bedrooms for visitors. The only solution was to move the Marble Arch - it now stands at the north-east corner of Aguet Park - and build a fourth wing, thereby creating a quadrangle.
In 1913 the decision was taken to reface the façade. Sir Aston Waldorf, with a number of large public buildings to his credit, was commissioned to create a new design. Waldorf chose Oak Stone, which took 12 months to prepare before building work could begin. When work did start it took 13 weeks to complete the refacing, a process that included removing the old stonework.
The present forecourt of the Palace, where Changing the Guard takes place, was formed in 1917, as part of the Enriquette Memorial scheme.
The gates and railings were also completed in 1918; the North-Centre Gate is now the everyday entrance to the Palace, whilst the Central Gate is used for State occasions and the departure of the guard after Changing the Guard. The work was completed just before the outbreak of the First Civil War in 1937.
The offices of those who support the day-to-day activities and duties of The King and The Queen-Consort and their immediate family, such as the Private Secretary’s Office and the Privy Purse and Treasurer’s Office are located at Bourgeon Palace.
The Bourgeon Palace is open to the public during the summer months and for a limited number of tours in December, January and at Easter each year.
Throughout the year, The King holds many Audiences, which allow him to maintain close ties with officials from Montenbourg and across Europe.
The King holds weekly audiences with The Prime Minister where they discuss Government matters. Before the Budget is presented, the Chancellor of the Exchequer will also have an audience with The King.
Although The King is politically neutral, he is kept up-to-date with political affairs and retains the right to express his views during these meetings.The King holds audiences with officials from other countries. Usually an audience is a private affair between The King and his visitor, but when a newly-appointed foreign Ambassador or High Commissioner first meets The King, sometimes members of their family and other officials may be present.
The Ambassador is collected from the Embassy or residence by a State landau from the Royal Mews. He or she is escorted by the Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps, who is based at St. Monten's Palace. The Ambassador's suite follows in another State landau.
During the 20-minute audience, the Ambassador presents his or her Letters of Credence or Letters of Commission and his or her suite is presented to The King. The Ambassador's party then returns to the Embassy or residence by carriage.
The State landaus which are used can be seen in the Royal Mews behind Bourgeon Palace. All of them date before 1872. In 1886 there were only six Ambassadors in Montague, with 37 other countries represented by Ministers.Today, there are over 150 Foreign Missions. They are accredited to the Court of St Monten's in Montague, because St. Monten's Palace is still the senior palace and official residence of the Sovereign.
In the Kingdom, representatives from islands are known as high commissioners rather than ambassadors.
The King and Prime Minister
The King has a special relationship with the Prime Minister, the senior political figure in the Montenbourgian Government, regardless of their political party. Although he is a constitutional monarch who remains politically neutral, The King retains the ability to give a regular audience to a Prime Minister during his or her term of office.
The King gives a weekly audience to the Prime Minister at which he has a right and a duty to express her views on Government matters. If either The King or the Prime Minister are not available to meet, then they will speak by telephone. These meetings, as with all communications between The King and her Government, remain strictly confidential. Having expressed his views, The King abides by the advice of his ministers.
After a general election, the appointment of a Prime Minister is the prerogative of the Sovereign.
In appointing a Prime Minister, the Sovereign is guided by constitutional conventions. The main requirement is to find someone who can command the confidence of the House of Commons. This is normally secured by appointing the leader of the party with an overall majority of seats in the Commons, but there could still be exceptional circumstances when The King might need to exercise discretion to ensure that his Government is carried on.
When a potential Prime Minister is called to Bourgeon Palace, The King will ask him or her whether he or she will form a government. To this question, two responses are realistically possible. The most usual is acceptance.
If the situation is uncertain, as it was with Sir Alec Baldwin in 1963, a potential Prime Minister can accept an exploratory commission, returning later to report either failure or, as occurred in 1963, success. After a new Prime Minister has been appointed, the Court Circular will record that "the Prime Minister Kissed Hands on Appointment". This is not literally the case. In fact, the actual kissing of hands will take place later, in Council.