To all dear and loyal subjects of Travia and all denizens residing west of the Jaruga pass and the river delta: Behold and pay heed!
By order of your monarch, His Majesty King of Travia, Vincent Marcellus Travian IV, son of Vincent Travian III, the following proclamations of law are to be known!
Kingdom of Travia expands its territorial claim on the Hemara continent up to the southern delta of the Jaruga river, western bank included. The river is proclaimed to be the Kingdom's fishery, and commercial use of its gains will be hereby taxed. The forest of Harmor is to be divided by the Main Road, with its western part claimed as the Travian hunting grounds. All capable are urged to tame and subdue its wildlife and threats, and use its resources upon their risk. Travian territory within the forest ends east of the Main Road.
2. Noble Hierarchy.
The noble hierarchy is a bill of ranks, which grant one social status, wealth, and land, signifying a person's merit of service to the Crown.
The lowest rank of lesser noble is a Squire.
Above a Squire is a Knight, if female a Dame.
Above a Knight is a Lord, if female a Lady.
Above a Lord is a High Lord, if female a High Lady.
Above any High Lord is a Prince, if female a Princess.
A Prince or Princess is subordinate to their oldest male sibling named Heir and their parents King and Queen.
A King stands above all. In absence of a King, his Queen shall rule as true. Should the Queen re-marry, her new husband shall be dubbed King Regent and be subordinate to her.
3. Privileges of Nobility.
A Squire is in service of a knight, and is granted what ever privileges his knight grants him, within the knight's own boundaries.
A Knight is granted a title Sir, and funds for a blade, a shield, a suit of armor, a crest, and a horse. A knight must find himself a squire. A knight's children do not inherit his knighthood title, and must train and earn to become knights themselves.
A Lord is granted the right to oversee a part of the Kingdom and rule their land. A lord may command knights and squires, and may knight any man or woman, though they must provide them with funds for their equipment. A lord may recommend or supply a squire to their knight. A lord has a right to pass their title to their children.
A High Lord is a lord who has done well, and receives a seat at King's Council and oversees a large area of the Kingdom and reports on its function directly to the King. High Lords may place lesser Lords into areas they oversee, and have all other privileges of Lords. High Lords may overrule lesser Lords on promotion and demotion of their subjects.
A King is the sovereign ruler of the Kingdom, the only one with power to grant Lord title and land to his subjects, and may elevate any squire or knight, directly to a status of up to High Lord.
4. The Royal Family.
Princes and Princesses
* A Queen has all authority of a King, but is overruled by her husband the King, if the King is alive. If her husband, the true blood King is deceased, but the Queen has a full blooded son designated King's heir, and he is not yet 17 of age, he shall be dubbed Crowned Prince, and does not overrule the Queen. Upon 17 years of age, the Crowned Prince is to coronate and be King, thus will overrule his mother, who will now become Queen Regent. Upon the young King's marriage, his new chosen Queen will come into power, and the former Queen Regent will be a High Lady.
* A King Regent or Queen Regent is a special title reserved for two situations: first, for any Queen whose first husband died, and whose true blooded son is has become King, but did not yet marry; second, for any second husbands or wives of the current King or Queen in the event of their first spouse's death.
Regents are always subordinate to their spouses.
* Regents may not re-marry while on the throne in case of their spouse's death. They may resign as monarchs and become High Lords, and marry then.
* In the event of both King and Queen dying or resigning before their children reach 17, The Council of High Lords may designate a ruling Regent, until the true Heir reaches adulthood.
* In absence of an heir, a new King may be elected.
5. Law and Justice.
The Laws of Travia stood unchanged for 50 years since our arrival on Hemara, and are well known to all who had resided in our glorious kingdom on Hadenheim. Within the walls of Travia, this Law must be followed without question, unless granted exceptions by the King, or Noble Lords of stature from and above.
- One shall not commit treason, or else be punished by death. Committing a crime against a noble always qualifies as treason, unless the court deems otherwise.
- One shall not murder a fellow citizen, lest in self defense, or else be brought to justice and punished by the court.
- One shall not assault a fellow citizen, lest be sent to the dungeons and fined.
- One shall not steal or else have their possessions confiscated and sent to the dungeon and quarries.
- One shall not avoid paying tithe to the crown or else be sentenced to work off the debt in the quarries.
- One shall not beat the tax collector, else shall receive an cut of shame on their left ear.
- Travia is a kingdom of free men and women. One shall not keep slaves while holding Travian citizenship, else one loses their middle fingers. Revered guests visiting from places where slavery is allowed, shall leave their slaves outside of Travia, or treat them as respected free individuals in public light, as to remove all traces of slavery from Travian streets.
- One shall not be indecent in public, else be thrown into dungeon and fined accordingly.
Any citizen possesses a right to trial by combat in a civic or criminal dispute. Women, minors, elderly over 60 of age, or those crippled and unable to fight as a healthy man, may designate a champion in their place.
Trials by combat go on to the death.
6. Protection of Children.
Children are protected under Travian Law.
It is strongly required for each child who can speak to know their age, and be able to answer it upon request.
Parents, both literate and not, are required to keep record of their children's ages. Those literate must write them down, and those illiterate must make etchings in wood for each year passing since the child's birth day.
Lads under 14 years of age and lasses under 16 years of age may apprentice in professions, but shall not be put to hard work full time.
Children under 16 years of age shall not be subject to marriage or otherwise sexual conduct.
Children under 16 years of age shall not be subject to capital punishment.
Coercion of a young person to commit a crime shall be considered a crime equal to the one the minor is perusaded to commit. Shall you ask a minor to steal for you, it shall be as if you had stolen.