Duchy of Paphos
|Motto||Every nation has the government it deserves|
|National Anthem||Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts|
|Currency||None (Cyprian Shillings and Pounds Sterling are the de facto currencies)|
|Founded||07 Sex T1|
The Duchy was created by a treaty with the Kingdom of Cyprus on 07 Sex T1. The Duchy draws inspiration from the ancient cult of Aphrodite, goddess of love and desire, at Paphos.
Government and politics Edit
The Duchy is an absolute monarchy; all legitimate authority flows from the Paphian coronet. Nevertheless, day-to-day government is conducted according to a written, codified constitution, wherein executive, legislative and judicial powers are separated and delegated to the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Committees respectively.
Three bodies exist which are fundamental to the life of the Duchy: the House of Lords, the College of Overseers (or High Priests) and the Academy. His Grace appoints the members of the Committees from these three bodies. The Executive Committee is drawn from the House of Lords and the College of Overseers, the Legislative Committee from the House of Lords and the Academy, and the Judicial Committee from the College of Overseers and the Academy.
Local Government Edit
Where it pertains to local matters, executive power is delegated to local noblemen as follows:
- In the County of Kinsey, His Grace delegates executive power to the Earl of Kinsey, who is better known as the Duke in Paphos.
- In the Barony of Harmon, the Earl of Kinsey delegates executive power to the Baron of Harmon.
- In the Barony of Membrila, the Earl of Kinsey delegates executive power to the Baron of Membrila, who is better known as Viscount Membrila.
- In the Barony of Venture, the Earl of Kinsey need not delegate executive power, since he is himself the Baron of Venture.
- In the Barony of Hosker, the Earl of Kinsey need not delegate executive power, since the Baron of Hosker is also his liege, His Grace The Duke.
- In the County of Titian, His Grace delegates executive power to the Earl of Titian.
- In the Ward of Innocents, the Earl of Titian need not delegate executive power, since he is himself the watch-master of that ward.
- In the Ward of Women, the Earl of Titian delegates executive power to the watch-master of that ward.
- In HGP Absinthia, the Earl of Titian delegates executive power to that prison's governor.
The Duchy has no military as such, the defence of the Duchy being the responsibility of the King of Cyprus. The Ducal Guard is a purely ceremonial force.
As above, the culture of the Duchy is centred around the celebration of the erotic.