Today, Sunday April 3, 2005, the King of Faronia has passed several edicts. Here we'll take a look at the different edicts and what's contained in each and what it means for the Faronian people and the world.
Royal Proclamation: Mourning
This Proclamation declares a state of mourning for Pope John Paul II until his funeral, which is expected to happen some time this week. Like most other world leaders, the King felt a need to somehow publicly convey his sadness at the death of the late Pope, one of the longest-serving and also the most traveled pope. However, His Majesty struggled with just how to express himself. "Faronia does believe very strongly in separation of church and state, so I did not want to go overboard with commemorating a religious leader. I originally contemplated declaring a national holiday in honor of the Pope, as my Avalonian counterpart President Matthew Vasroixe did, but in the end I decided against it, not wanting to bring religion into government nor upset the Faronian Orthodox Church, the only church currently operating in Faronia. Nevertheless, the pope was a great leader for many, so I felt that a state of mourning would be acceptable," King Carson said in a telephone interview shortly after issuing the proclamation this morning. Basically, all flags will be flown at half-mast between now and the Pope's funeral.
Royal Decree: Census
This decree requires the Ministry of Home Affairs to conduct a census every four months, to which all citizens must respond. Citizens who do not respond will lose their citizenship.
Royal Decree: Citizenship Applications
This decree sets down the format for citizenship applications, which are to be handled by the Ministry of Home Affairs. It says that applicants for citizenship must provide their full name, contact details, and information on why they want to become a Faronian citizen.
Royal Decree: Legal Names
This decree addresses a topic which has occasionally been debated in other nations. It lays down the rules about what different groups' legal names are in Faronia:
- The monarch's legal name is the one they ascend to the throne with. Thus, since the current name ascended to the throne with the name Carson Smith, his legal name is Carson de Smith.
- Blood members of the Royal Family use their given first name and the King's last name. For example, if there was a Princess Esmeralda (which there is not), she would have Esmeralda de Smith as her legal name.
- Persons who are adopted into the Royal Family have a hyphenated last name including their former, commoner name and the King's last name. For example, if King Carson adopted John Doe into the Royal Family, John Doe would become John Doe-Smith.
- Persons who become Faronian citizens by naturalization have the name they applied with as their legal name.
- People who become Faronian citizens by birth have as their legal name the name on their birth certificate.
- Citizens of other nations have as their legal Faronian name their name used in other nations.
The decree also allows anyone to have their name changed by the National Court.http://faronia.8.forumer.com/viewtopic.php?t=82Royal Decree: Child Citizenship
This decree sets in place provisions for adoption, citizenship of children, and citizens of spouses of Faronian citizens. Children born to Faronian citizens and spouses of Faronian citizens gain Faronian citizenship, although children who become citizens by birth must make a decision for themselves on citizenship on their thirteenth birthday, a provision unique to Faronian law. "The idea behind that is that we aren't having citizens on the books who are inactive. In a macronation, of course, that wouldn't be necessary, but in a micronation it's different," says a royal spokesperson. Faronian citizenship is granted to children adopted by Faronian citizens, but in some cases the parents must first go to court before their children become citizens.http://faronia.8.forumer.com/viewtopic.php?t=83