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The Domanian Charter 1296-Present Day

The following account is of the earliest Charter of Domania written by Narciso Vyras himself, during the first weeks of his reign. This doctrine served both as an invitation for those in his favor to settle in Domania, and clearly explained to his opposition what Domanian life now would be. This charter has been confirmed three times over the last three decades, with only the slightest modifications made. Those will be noted with  an *asterisk are to illustrate the differences between Domania of 1296 and current-day conditions.

1. Let it be known that effective immediately, whomever owns a house in the provinces, hamlets, parishes and cities within the Country of Domania, he shall be subject to the yearly tax of thirty percent of the house's worth. And if he should acquire further property by clearing wastelands, he shall be subject to reassessment.

2. All men of the Country of Domania shall pay tariffs upon his food. He shall also be taxed on the grains that he obtains through his own labor and also that of his animals. He will also be taxed on any wines he obtains from his vineyards.

3. All men shall pay tolls as far as the Emanian border and as far as the Maejian border, and as far as the Meridian border, all which surround Domania.

4. Whoever has his farm in Domania is subject to losing it through fines for offenses against Domania.

*5. All going to or coming from the fairs or the markets are subject to arrest, disturbance, or physical search from the Imperial Guards, on grounds of suspicion of carrying contraband. *Note: There are no more fairs for the citizens of Domania. These were stopped upon the segregation of Upper and Lower Acadia.*

*6. If any wish to sell their belongings, he may sell them, giving fifty percent of the proceeds to the Empire, and then leave the Country of Domania, unless he has committed a crime in this Country. *This was an option given at the beginning of Vyras' rule, to chase the opposition out of the Country and at a Profit. This was amended when it was found easier to seize assets of the wealthy who did not support Vyras, rather than a mere fifty percent, and then lock the individuals away in the Domanian institutions.*

7. There will be a tax imposed upon all Domanians for the services of the Imperial Guard.

8. The men of Domania are not permitted to take dead wood outside the forest for their own use.

9. Whoever in the Markets of Domania should buy or sell anything and in forgetfulness retain the toll, he will be imprisoned immediately, as this is viewed as a crime against the Country, whether he knowingly or unknowingly retained it.

10. The powers of aldermen and clerics is immediately rescinded upon the Emperor taking his throne. Those aldermen and clerics who defy this article are subject to life imprisonment.

11. That to every man, liberties previously enjoyed prior to the Rule of the Emperor are hereby revoked. That Domanians shall defend their Country and their Emperor, serving upon order as Auxiliary to the Imperial Guard.

12. All who live within the borders of Domania, or all who shall live there in the future, will be subject to head tax and to payments to Court Officials, shall a Court Appearance be required.

13. Whoever comes to Domania from any place shall have Authorization Papers from the Imperial Guard; procured no less than one fortnight prior to the visit. Those found without Authorization Papers shall be imprisoned without bail.

14. The Imperial Guard who every night in the year protect the Empire of Domania, and who, besides their salary and support as was established in recent days past, in oats and cheese and in goatskins, will become accustomed to demand two pieces gold and one loaf, or items tantamount to the value of same, from each house in the city, at the times of feast and Winter Solstice, in addition to their salary and support.

*15. I revoke for their use the pastures adjacent to Mareca and Denali as well as the marshes, meadows and uncultivated lands to Farmers and Breeders of Livestock, as well as all others not affiliated with the Empire. *Having absorbed Mareca and Denali, these lands are now part of the Domanian wasteland, which succumbed to the overharvesting and then the change in climate.*

16. Whoever may molest and disturb any True Citizen of Domania will be found guilty of the betrayal of state and subject to life imprisonment or death, the penalty adjusted to circumstance. Any traitorious Citizen of Domania who is molested or disturbed has no recourse against their Molestor or Disturber.

17. Peasant Domanian Children will no longer be furnished with the opportunity of formal education. The chosen children of Domania, those offspring of the Empire and Domanian Officials, will be entitled to this facility.

I command that this Charter be dissolved by no one. This document is Law to the Country of Domania and all of its territories, as I swear before my God.

- Narciso Vyras, Emperor of Domania.

The Charter of Domania is loosely based upon adaptations of two real-life medieval charters, that of Lorris and St. Omer, dating back to 1127. Corinne Santoro of the Perfect Minds Productions Team has used this 800+-year-old work only as a guideline, adapting and twisting the provisions to that suitable solely for the Emperor of Domania.


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