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The Alterac House of Nobles was the aristocratic legislature that held de facto power over the Kingdom of Alterac from 733 K.A to 772 K.A and again briefly from 775 K.A - 777 K.A when it was permanently suspended. Several years later, King Nicholas Perenolde III established the Court of Alterac, the House's much less powerful successor.

Authority

The Alterac House of Nobles was a legislative assembly with considerable authority second only to the King of Alterac, theoretically. The Alterac House of Nobles would also serve as a regency council in the event the monarch was too young to rule, rather than a Lord-Regent be appointed as was the previous practice. Following the monarch's coming of age, the Alterac House of Nobles maintained a considerable level of authority, able to pass laws, appoint ambassadors, declare war and settle internal disputes. In theory, the King of Alterac would have the power to override or veto any of the actions of the House of Nobles, however as demonstrated during the reign of King Walton Perenolde, the Alterac House of Nobles often intimidated the king into compliance.

Structure

The Alterac House of Nobles operated as a legislature in which the Alterac Peerage exercised authority. Each noble House carried a single vote and would vote on all proposed legislation. In order for a proposal to become a law, it would need to carry a two-thirds majority. Often the case, the more powerful lords such as Dukes would carry numerous votes as they would vote for any Houses which had sworn fealty to their House.

The Lord Chancellor would serve as the chairman of the Alterac House of Nobles and guide the assembly through procedural matters, take role call, count votes and serve as a representative to the Crown. The Lord Chancellor would be elected by the Alterac House of Nobles, whichever candidate obtaining the most votes being appointed to the position. The Lord Chancellor would also be entitled to selecting another member of their House to vote in matters but also be responsible for determining the outcome of tied votes. Any nobleman could serve as Lord Chancellor for an indefinite number of terms of five years. The following nobleman held the privilege of serving as Lord Chancellor:

  • Duke Marshal Karlsburg - 733 K.A - 753 K.A
  • Lady Sylvia Fritzmark - 753 K.A - 763 K.A
  • Baron Vernon Croister - 763 K.A - 768 K.A
  • Lord Cedric Gerrent - 768 K.A - 772 K.A, 772 K.A - 777 K.A

History

Acts of the Alterac House of Nobles

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