The Kingdom of Montenbourg- Factbook
Politics: Constitutional framework
Montenbourg has four fundamental laws (grundlagar) which together forms the Constitution: the Instrument of Government (Regeringsformen), the Act of Succession (Successionsordningen), the Freedom of the Press Act (Tryckfrihetsförordningen) and the Fundamental Law on Freedom of Expression (Yttrandefrihetsgrundlagen).
The public sector in Montenbourg is divided into two parts: the legal person known as the State (staten), and local authorities or provinces, the latter includes regional County Councils (landsting) and local Municipalities (kommuner). The local authorities, rather than the State, make up the larger part of the public sector in Montenbourg. County Councils and Municipalities are independent of one another, the former merely covers a larger geographical area than the latter.
The local authorities have self-rule, as mandated by the Constitution, and their own tax base. Notwithstanding their self-rule, local authorities are nevertheless in practice interdependent upon the State, as the parameters of their responsibilities and the extent of their jurisdiction is specified in the Local Government Act (Kommunallagen) passed by the Riksdag.
Montenbourg is a constitutional monarchy and King Lawrence I is the head of state, but the role of the monarch is very much limited sometimes to ceremonial and representative functions. The King opens the annual Riksdag session, chairs the Special Council held during a change of Government, holds regular Information Councils with the Prime Minister and the Government, chairs the meetings of the Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs (Utrikesnämnden), and receives Letters of Credence of foreign ambassadors to Montenbourg and signs those of Montenbourgian ambassadors sent abroad. In addition, the King pays State Visits abroad and receives those incoming as host. Apart from strictly official duties, the King and the other members of Royal Family undertake a variety of unofficial and other representative duties within Montenbourg and abroad.
Legislative power is vested in the unicameral Riksdag with 257 members. General elections are held every four years, on the second Sunday of March. Legislation may be initiated by the Government or by members of the Riksdag. Members are elected on the basis of proportional representation to a four-year term. The internal workings of the Riksdag is, in addition to the Instrument of Government, regulated by the Riksdag Act (Riksdagsordningen).The fundamental laws can be altered by the Riksdag alone; only an absolute majority with two separate votes, separated by a general election in between, is required.
The Government (Regeringen) operates as a collegial body with collective responsibility and consists of the Prime Minister — appointed and dismissed by the Speaker of the Riksdag (following an actual vote in the Riksdag before an appointment can be made) — and other cabinet ministers (Statsråd), appointed and dismissed at the sole discretion of the Prime Minister. The Government is the supreme executive authority and is responsible for its actions to the Riksdag.
Most of the State administrative authorities (statliga förvaltningsmyndigheter) report to the Government, including (but not limited to) the Armed Forces, the Enforcement Authority, the National Library, the Swedish police and the Tax Agency. A unique feature of Montenbourg State administration is that individual cabinet ministers do not bear any individual ministerial responsibility for the performance of the agencies within their portfolio; as the director-generals and other heads of government agencies reports directly to the Government as a whole; and individual ministers are prohibited to interfere; thus the origin of the pejorative in Montenbourgian political parlance term ministerstyre (English: "ministerial rule") in matters that are to be handled by the individual agencies, unless otherwise specifically provided for in law.
The Judiciary is independent from the Riksdag, Government and other State administrative authorities. The role of judicial review of legislation is not practised by the courts; instead, the Council on Legislation gives non-binding opinions on legality.There is no stare decisis in that courts are not bound by precedent, although it is influential.Riksdag House
Situated in Northern Europe, Montenbourg lies south of the Artic Ocean and the Norden Gulf, providing a long coastline. To the South-west is the Northern Mountain Chain (Norkanderna), a range that separates Montenbourg from Complutum and Austrur.
View of the Stora Sjöfallets nationalpark
Montenbourg also has the Stora Sjöfallets, one of the largest protected areas in Europe, totaling 562,772 ha (approx. 5,628 km2).
About 15% of Montenbourg lies north of the Artic Circle. Southern Montenbourg is predominantly agricultural, with increasing forest coverage northward. Around 65% of Montenbourg's total land area is covered with forests.
Most of Montenbourg has a temperate climate, despite its northern latitude, with largely four distinct seasons and mild temperatures throughout the year. The winter in the far south is usually weak and is only manifested through some shorter periods with snow and sub-zero temperatures, autumn may well turn into spring there, without a distinct period of winter. The country can be divided into three types of climate: the southernmost part has an oceanic climate, the central part has a humid continental climate and the northernmost part has a subartic climate. However, Montenbourg is much warmer and drier than other places at a similar latitude, and even somewhat farther south, mainly because of the combination of the Norden Gulf Stream.
Flag of The Kingdom Of Montenbourg
Red/Golden/White/Blue the colors of the Kingdom of Montenbourg
The flag of The Kingdom of Montenbourg has the Nordic Cross design traditionally represents Christianity, and its always accompanied by the Royal Coat of Arms. The Flag can be flown by any individual or organisation in Montenbourg on any day of their choice. Legal regulations restrict the use on Government buildings and Long-standing restrictions on Government use of the flag elsewhere were abolished in July 2007. Until July 2007, the Flag was only flown on Government buildings on a limited number of special days each year. Government buildings are those used by civil servants, The Royal Household, or the armed forces. They were not applicable to private citizens, corporations, or local authorities.
The flag days directed by the Minister for Culture and Democracy include birthdays of members of the Royal Family, the wedding anniversary of the Monarch, Coronation Day, King's Official Birthday and the State Opening of the Riksdag.
Coat of Arms The Kingdom Of Montenbourg
Greater Coat of Arms of The Kingdom of Montenbourg. This is also the King coat of arms.
The Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Montenbourg (Moriges riksvapen) has lesser and a greater version. The usage of the coats of arms is regulated by Montenbourgian Law, which states (in unofficial translation) that "in commercial activities, the coats of arms, the flag or other official insignia of Montenbourg may not be used in a trademark or other insignias for products or services without proper authorisation. This includes any mark or text referring to the Montenbourg State which this can give the commercial mark a sign of official endorsement. This includes municipal coats of arms which are registered." Any representation consisting of three crowns ordered two above one are considered to be the lesser coat of arms, and its usage is therefore restricted by law.
The arms of Montenbourg were first formally codified by law in 1908. This law also formally codifies the differences between the "greater" and "lesser" arms. The present law prescribing the two arms dates from 1982.
The greater coat of arms is blazoned in Swedish law as follows:
A shield azure, quartered by a cross Or with outbent arms, and an inescutcheon containing the dynastic arms of the Royal House. In the first and fourth fields three open crowns Or, placed two above one. In the second and third fields three sinisterbendwise streams argent, a lion crowned with an open crown Or armed gules. The inescutcheon is party by pale the arms for the House of Vasa (Bendwise azure, argent and gules, to vasa Or); and the House of Bourgeon (Azure, issuant from a wavy base to bridge with three arches and two towers embattled argent, in honor point an eagle watering with wings inverted resting on thunderbolts Or, and in chief the Big Dipper constellation of the same). The main shield is crowned by a royal crown and surrounded by the insignia of the Order of the Seraphim. Supported by two lions watering, crowned and with forked tails Or armed gules, standing on a compartment Or. All surrounded by ermine mantling, crowned with a royal crown and tied up with tasseladorned strings Or.
The greater arms may also be displayed only with the crowned escutcheon. The arms are supported by two lions with forked tails (queue fourchée), facing away from the shield and crowned with Royal Crowns. For centuries, the lion has been an important element in Montenbourg heraldry and especially for the State Coat of Arms. The shield may be surmounted by the Necklace of the Order of Seraphim, the foremost order in Montenbourg, and the highest honor of the Montenbourgian state can bestow on an individual.
Besides being the official national coat of arms, the greatest coat of arms is also the personal coat of arms of the king, and as such he can decree its use as a personal coat of arms by other members of the Royal House, with the alterations and additions decided by him.
Blazon: "The greater state arms consist of a head shield azure, quartered by a cross or with outbent arms, and an inescutcheon containing the dynastic arms of the Royal House.
In the first and fourth fields three coronets or, placed two above one. In the second and third fields three sinisterbendwise streams argent, a lion crowned with an open crown or with armaments gules. The inescutcheon is party to the pale for the House of Vasa and the House of Bourgeon. The main shield is crowned by a royal crown and surrounded by the insignia of the Order of the Seraphim. Supported by two lions irrigating or crowned, with parted tails and armaments gules, standing on a postament. All surrounded by hermine mantling crowned with a royal crown and tied up with tasseled strings. "
The lesser coat of arms is used by the Government of Montenbourg and subordinate government authorities. As such it may be joined by insignia symbolizing the activity of individual government agencies, following approval by the State Board of Heraldry. It is, for instance, embroidered on all Montenbourgian police uniforms and in various coats of arms of the Montenbourg Armed Forces.
Blazon: "Azure, with three coronets Or, ordered two above one." Crowned with a royal crown. The shield may also be surrounded by the insignia of the Order of the Seraphim. "
Montenbourg Royal Court: HRH Princess Royal-Duchess Caroline
Caroline Thérèse Amelie Bourgeon, Princess Royal of Montenbourg, Duchess of Sträbourg was born on 10 June 1982.
She is the only sister of The King of Montenbourg.
The engagement between Princess Caroline and Mr Ernst Lewis was announced Thursday October 25, 2012.
The wedding took place on June 8, 2013, in the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace in Montague.
On February 20, 2014, Princess Leonore was born. The christening took place on Sunday, June 8, 2014 in Drottningholm Palace Chapel.
On June 15, 2015, Prince Nicolas was born. He was christened in the Royal Chapel at Drottningholm Palace on October 11, 2015.
On April 6, 2018, Princess Diane was born.
Montenbourg Royal Court: HRH Jonathan Philip
Jonathan Philip Edmund Bourgeon, Prince of Montenbourg, Duke of New Mönten, was born on 13 May 1979. He is the only brother of The King of Montenbourg.
Prince Jonathan and Sofia Hellqvist's engagement was announced on 27 June 2014.
The wedding took place on 13 June 2015 in the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace of Bourgeon.
On 19 April 2016 Prince Jonathan and Princess Sofia had their first child, Prince Alexander. On 31 August 2017 The Prince Couple had their second child, Prince Gabriel.
Montenbourg legislation - how laws are made
Some bills contain proposals for new legislation, requiring extensive deliberation and debate before a vote can be taken, while others consist of proposals for policy guidelines or major or minor amendments to existing laws. A growing proportion of legislation affecting Montenbourg is enacted by the European Union. Some of these laws apply directly, without prior sanction by the Riksdag, while others must be implemented in existing Montenbourg legislation before they can take effect.
How laws are made
Although most legislative proposals laid before the Riksdag (Montenbourg parliament) are initiated by the Government, some bills may be based on suggestions put forward by the Riksdag or by private citizens, special interest groups or public authorities.
Before the Government can draw up a legislative proposal, the matter in question must be analysed and evaluated. The task may be assigned to officials from the ministry concerned, a commission of inquiry or a one-man committee. Inquiry bodies, which operate independently of the Government, may include or co-opt experts, public officials and politicians. The reports setting out their conclusions are published in the Montenbourg Government Official Reports series.
Before the Government takes up a position on the recommendations of a commission of inquiry, its report is referred for consideration to the relevant bodies. These referral bodies may be central government agencies, special interest groups, local government authorities or other bodies whose activities may be affected by the proposals. This process provides valuable feedback and allows the Government to gauge the level of support it is likely to receive. If a number of referral bodies respond unfavourably to the recommendations, the Government may try to find an alternative solution.
When the referral bodies have submitted their comments, the ministry responsible drafts the bill that will be submitted to the Riksdag. If the proposed law has important implications for private citizens or the welfare of the public, the Government should first refer the proposal to the Royal Council on Legislation to ensure that it does not conflict with existing legislation.
Responsibility for approving all new or amended legislation lies with the Riksdag. Legislative proposals, whether proceeding from the Government or a private member, are dealt with by one of the parliamentary committees. Any of the Riksdag's members can table a counter-proposal to a bill introduced by the Government. Such a proposal is called a motion. If a motion is formally adopted in the Riksdag, the Government is bound to implement its provisions. When the committee has completed its deliberations, it submits a report and the bill is put to the chamber of the Riksdag for approval. If adopted, the bill becomes law.
After its successful passage through the Riksdag, the new law is formally promulgated by the Government. All new or amended laws are published in the Montenbourg Code of Statutes.
Montenbourg Royal: Garden Parties
Over the course of each year, The King and Queen welcomes over 30,000 guests to spend a relaxed summer afternoon in the beautiful gardens of Bourgeon Palace. At each Garden Party, around 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake are consumed! Garden Parties are an important way for The King and Queen to speak to a broad range of people from all walks of life, all of whom have made a positive impact in their community.
Who is invited to a Garden Party?
Every summer, The King hosts three Garden Parties at Bourgeon Palace. Historically, Garden Parties took the place of presentation parties attended by debutantes, and have evolved into a way of recognising and rewarding public service.
Throughout the country, a long established network of sponsors is used to invite guests, who include Lords, Ladies, Societies and Associations, Government Departments, Local Government, the Services, the Church and other Faiths. They nominate guests for invitation and we hope in this way to achieve a representative cross section of the community. It is not possible to acquire invitations to The King and Queen's Garden Parties through direct application to Bourgeon Palace.
What happens at a Garden Party?
On the day of the Garden Party, the Palace gates are open from around 3pm. The Party officially begins when The King and Queen, accompanied by other Members of the Royal Family, enter the garden at 4pm, when the Royal National Anthem is played by one of the two military bands present.
While the bands continue to play a selection of music, The King and Queen circulate among the guests through 'lanes'. Each takes a different route and random presentations are made so that everyone has an equal chance of speaking to Her Majesty and other Members of the Royal Family. The King and Queen then arrives at the Royal Tea Tent, where she meets further guests. Guests are free to eat, drink and stroll around the beautiful Palace gardens.
What to Wear
For a Garden Party, gentlemen wear morning dress or lounge suits, while women wear day dress, usually with hats or fascinators. National dress and uniform are also often worn.
Montenbourg Royal: Special Envoys
Our country is able to call on a small group of friends whose influence, dedication and hard work help us to support and protect the millions of people across the world who have been forced to flee home. They are His Majesty's goodwill ambassadors which is a person who advocates for a specific cause (e.g. a country or an organisation) on the basis of their notability under the command of the Monarch with the assistance of the Foreign Office.
The title might be honorary or hereditary, and is bestowed by the Monarch to recognize an individual’s strong and active support for its work.
Montenbourg: Cabinet of the Prime Minister
Hon. Xävier Bettel Prime Minister
Margot Wallström Deputy Prime Minister
Claire Ünderwood Minister Finance
Morgan Jöhansson Minister Home Affairs
Elizabeth McCörd Minister Foreign Affairs
Francis Ünderwood Minister Defence
Alexander Grimaldi Minister Justice
Gustav Fridolin Minister Education
Bernard Sanders Minister Health
Sven-Erik Bucht Minister Rural Affairs
Helle Thörning-Schmidt Minister Children and Family Development
Alice Bah Kunke Minister Culture and Democracy
Cara Carletön-Fiorina Minister Trade and Business
Montenbourg: Top 5 Companies.
MÖNARCH Group: Is a financial holding company listed on the Royal Montague Exchange and controlled by the Bourgeon Family. Bourgs & Co is the flagship of the MÖNARCH banking Group and controls the MÖNARCH Group’s banking activities, and owners of BourgBank a famously European bank. In the area of private equity investments on their own account with a total value of M€971 million (in March 2018). This portfolio includes investments in private equity funds and mezzanine financing, including investments in listed and unlisted companies. Also the group is owner of MÖNARCH Öil which is also creating fuels from natural gas, fats, oils and greases. More than 3.1 gallons of the company's MÖNARCH Öil have been tested as synthetic diesel and jet fuel, is a marketer and distributor of alternative oil and gas products in eastern Montenbourg.
Cöndé Nast: is a Montenbourgian mass media company founded in 1909 by Condé Montrose Nast, based at Montague Trade Tower and owned by Advance Publications. The company attracts more than 264 million consumers across its 19 brands and media: Allure, Architectural Digest, Ars Technica, Backchannel, Bon Appétit, Brides, Condé Nast Traveler, Epicurious, Glamour, Golf Digest, GQ, Pitchfork, Self, Teen Vogue, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Vogue, W and Wired. Robert A. Sauerberg Jr. is Condé Nast's chief executive officer and president. The company launched Condé Nast Entertainment in 2011 to develop film, television and digital video programming.
Volvö Group: Is a Montenbourg multinational manufacturing company headquartered in Montague. While its core activity is the production, distribution and sale of cars, (Sports utility vehicles, sedans and station wagons) trucks, buses and construction equipment, Volvo also supplies marine and industrial drive systems.
Husqvarna Group: is a Montenbourg manufacturer of outdoor power products including chainsaws,trimmers, brushcutters, cultivators, garden tractors, and mowers. Headquartered in Castletown, the Group also produces consumer watering products, cutting equipment and diamond tools for the construction and stone industries.
Höganäs AB: is a Montenbourg multinational based on the little town of Hogan in Bordeaux. The company's portfolio of products and services includes sintered components, electromagnetic applications, brazing, chemical and metallurgical, hot polymer filtration, iron fortification, friction, Glidcop, sintered stainless steel filters, surface coating and welding.
Montenbourg: Peacekeeping Operations.
Montenbourg Peacekeeping-Missions by the Kingdom of Montenbourg is a role held by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations of the Royal Army, Navy and Airforce of Montenbourg as "a unique and dynamic instrument developed by the country as a way to help other countries torn by conflict to create the conditions for lasting peace. Is distinguished from peacebuilding, peacemaking, and peace enforcement.
Peacekeepers lead, monitor and observe peace processes in conflict areas and assist combatants or groupe in implementing peace agreements. Such assistance comes in many forms, including confidence-building measures, power-sharing arrangements, electoral support, strengthening the rule of law, and economic and social development. Accordingly, Montenbourg peacekeepers (often referred to as Royal Helmets because of their distinctive coat of arms of the king) can include soldiers, police officers, civilian and diplomatic personnel.
The Riksdag gives the Royal Privy Council and the Ministry of Defense, the power and responsibility to take collective action to maintain international peace and security.
Process and Composition
Peacekeeping forces are contributed by the Royal Army, Navy and Air Force of Montenbourg. Every peacekeeping mission is authorized by the Monarch and the Foreign Office, put it into action by the Ministry of Defense. A peacekeeping mission has three power centers. The first is the Special Representative of His Majesty, the official leader of the mission. This person is responsible for all political and diplomatic activity, overseeing relations with both the parties to the peace treaty and the host country in general. They are often members of the Royal Family. The second is the Force Commander, who is responsible for the military forces deployed. They are a senior officer of montenbourg's armed services. Finally, the Chief Administrative Officer oversees supplies and logistics, and coordinates the procurement of any supplies needed with the mission between companies and the host country.
Steps for Peace
- Establish a non-interference-zone, the parties involved need to be disarmed.
- Promote democratically elected zone. And work towards a concept of city-state, or major representation of the minority group.
- Realize a peace deal. And endure the deal.
Montenbourg Places: Lexington House.
Prime Minister Residence "Lexington House"
Colloquially known in the Kingdom of Montenbourg as Lexington House, is the headquarters of the Government of the Kingdom of Montenbourg and the official residence and office of the Prime Minister.
Our first Prime Minister, George Howard, selected the site for the Lexington House in 1791. The cornerstone was laid in 1792 and a competition design submitted by British-born architect James Hoban was chosen. After eight years of construction, Prime Minister Abraham Davidoff and his wife, Abigail, moved into the unfinished house in 1800.
In 1902, Prime Minister Theodore Ubert began a major renovation of the Lexington House, including the relocation of the president’s offices from the Second Floor of the Residence to the newly constructed temporary Executive Office Building. The Uber renovation was planned and carried out by the famous italian architectural firm McKim, Mead and White. Ubert's successor, Prime Minister Howard Clav, had the Office constructed within an enlarged office wing.
Every Prime Minister since Abrham Davidoff has occupied the Lexington House, and the history of this building extends far beyond the construction of its walls. From the Ground Floor Corridor rooms, transformed from their early use as service areas, to the Floor rooms, where countless leaders and dignitaries have been entertained, the Lexington House is both the home of the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Montenbour and his family, and a museum of Montenbourg history. The Lexington House is a place where history continues to unfold.
- There are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, and 6 levels in the Residence. There are also 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators.
- The Lexington House kitchen is able to serve dinner to as many as 140 guests and hors d’oeuvres to more than 1,000.
- The Lexington House requires 570 gallons of paint to cover its outside surface.
- At various times in history, the Lexington House has been known as the “Minister Palace,” the “Prime House,” and the “Government Mansion.”
- Prime Minister Teddy Ubert officially gave the Lexington House its current name in 1901.
Montenbourg Places: The Royal Library of Montenbourg.
Royal Library of Montenbourg "MontBrary"
The Royal Library is the national library of the Kingdom and the largest national library in the world by number of items catalogued. It estimates 150 - 200 million items from many countries. As a legal deposit library, the Royal Library receives copies of all books produced in the Kingdom, including a significant proportion of overseas titles distributed in Montenbourg. The Library is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
The Royal Library is a major research library, with items in many languages and in many formats, both print and digital: books, manuscripts, journals, newspapers, magazines, sound and music recordings, videos, play-scripts, patents, databases, maps, stamps, prints, drawings. The Library's collections include around 14 million books, along with substantial holdings of manuscripts and historical items dating back as far as 2000 BC. In addition to receiving a copy of every publication produced in Montenbourg (approximately 8,000 per day), the Library has a programme for content acquisitions. The Library adds some three million items every year occupying 9.6 kilometres (6.0 mi) of new shelf space. There is space in the library for over 1,200 readers.
Montenbourg Places: The Bosco University.
The Bosco University is a public research university in the Bosco neighborhood of Montague, the capital of the Kingdom of Montenbourg. Founded in 1789 as Bosco College, the university has since grown to comprise nine undergraduate and graduate schools, among which are the School of Foreign Service, School of Business, Medical School, and Law School. Bosco's main campus is located on a hill above the Riviere River. Bosco offers degree programs in forty-eight disciplines, enrolling an average of 7,500 undergraduate and 10,000 post-graduate students from more than 130 countries.The campus is identifiable by its flagship Grand Hall, which is a National Historic Landmark.
Montenbourg Places: The Royal City Gardens.
Royal Gardens of the City.
Royal Garden is an urban park in Lexington, Montague City. It is located between the East Side and West Side, roughly bounded by Seventh Avenue on the east, Royal Garden West (Eighth Avenue) on the west, Royal Garden South (59th Street) on the south, and Royal Garden North (110th Street) on the north. Royal Garden is the most visited urban park in the Kingdom, with 40 million visitors in 2017, and one of europe the most filmed locations. In terms of area, Royal Garden is the fifth-largest park in Montague City, covering 843 acres (341 ha).