The first décret and the one that established the décrets as the main legal code throughout the Empire of Australia.
The Empress of Australia, Eleanor the Second, does hereby decree that laws throughout the lands of the Empire of Australia shall be recorded through a system of Décrets, each one numbered. These Décrets shall have the full force of law throughout the Empire unless specifically state otherwise. The purpose of these Décrets is to create a framework of laws for the betterment of the populace, the conduction of business, and the furtherance of a stable system of government for the Empire.Décret 1, Eleanor II, January the Third, One-Thousand-Two-Hundred-Sixteen
Any Décret may be amended or repealed by a further Décret which states the reasoning behind the change or repeal and the date by which it is to take effect.Décret 2, Eleanor II, January the Fourth, One-Thousand-Two-Hundred-Sixteen
In each major population centre of the Empire, at the expense of the crown, shall be kept a House of Laws which shall contain a list of all Décrets that govern the realm. This list shall be accessible to any and all citizens of the Empire and any guests granted access to the Lands of the Empire with permission of the Crown. Housed within this House of Laws shall be a three-member Court of the Crown which shall hear disputes of the realm and make rulings in the Name of the Crown. These rulings shall be written down and preserved. The ruling of the majority of the Court of the Crown shall be the Majority Ruling and any disagreement with the ruling of the majority shall also be written down and preserved as the Minority Ruling. Any ruling may be appealed to the Council of Justice housed in the Capital of the Empire. The Council of Justice shall consist of Thirteen Members, appointed by the Crown, who shall hear all appeals and make Majority and Minority Rulings thereon. Any member of the Council of Justice may, on any matter so decided by the Council, whether they are in the Majority or Minority, request a hearing from the Empress who shall issue a final ruling on the matter.Décret 3, Eleanor II, January the Sixth, One-Thousand-Two-Hundred-Sixteen
Every citizen shall swear their loyalty and allegiance to the Crown of the Empire. Disregard of this loyalty shall be punishable by any means seen fit by the Crown, up to and including immediate death.Décret 4, Eleanor II, January the Seventh, One-Thousand-Two-Hundred-Sixteen
Every citizen shall have, in their person and practices, the free exercise of their lives without interference from others provided their actions do not interfere in the lives of others.Décret 5, Eleanor II, January the Tenth, One-Thousand-Two-Hundred-Sixteen
The conduct of business dealings shall between members of the populace shall be governed by a written agreement between parties. This agreement shall be witnessed by a Witness-Public employed, at the expense of the Crown, in every House of Laws. Any agreement not so witnessed shall be considered null and void and not enforceable as written. Any agreement so witnessed being breached may be brought by the offended party to the Court of the Crown in any House of Laws and have a Justice of the Crown offer remedy. This remedy, being so ordered by the Justice of the Crown shall be enforceable by the Crown against the offending party.Décret 6, Eleanor II, January the Fifteenth, One-Thousand-Two-Hundred-Sixteen
The line of the Crown shall be passed from eldest daughter to eldest daughter so that the Empire may be ruled by a succession of the ablest women to rule.Décret 10, Eleanor II, February the Twentieth, One-Thousand-Two-Hundred-Sixteen
In each House of Laws there shall be employed, at the expense of the crown, an expert in the Décrets who shall be available to advise the populace on the meaning of the Décrets and how best to observe them.Décret 17, Eleanor II, March the Twenty-Ninth, One-Thousand-Two-Hundred-Seventeen
The practice of the uncanny shall be strictly forbidden.
While enforcement of this décret has been uneven throughout the history of the Empire, it has always remained an active legal statute.
“Rank and Privilege”
Rank and Privilege in the Court and Service of the Empire shall be set along the following lines.
There shall be a Privy Council that shall serve as the primary advisors and executors of the Will of the Empress. Members of the Privy Council shall include Chief and Second Councilors from all other Councils hereby established.
The Purpose of each Council shall be enumerated below, but the overall Purpose shall be to secure Peace, promote Trade, and compell the Happiness of Well-Being of the subjects of the Empire. These are the Highest Orders of each Council.
Other Councils shall include: a Council of Foreign Affairs, a Council of Economics, a Council of Justice, a Council of Defense, a Council of Education, a Council of the Environs, and a Council of Art. The nominal rank of these Councils shall be such as their order above.
The number of each council shall be Thirteen. Descisions and recommendations given by each Council as a Whole shall be decided by vote with a Written Declaration of the Decision and shall include reasoning that led to the decision. Any Opposing Viewpoint on the Council will be also recorded and provided with the Written Declaration. As the Time of the Empress is precious, neither the Written Declaration or its Opposite shall exceed the length of 610 words.
The Work of each Council shall be important, but also important is the connection of the Councilors to the People of the Empire. As such, it is so ordered that six months of every year, in alternate months, shall be a time of Session of the Councils. The other six months of the year, Councilors are requested to be at home or amongst the People of the Empire to learn what they can about the lives of the Subjects and to understand how best to promote their Peace and Safety, secure Trade that provides them with adequate Work, and build Well-Being into the lives of the People.
The Empire shall provide Quarters for each councilor in the Capital and an adequate Stipend so that they may focus on their Work of State.
Councilors shall be appointed by the Empress of Australia from amongst the Population of the Empire by any criteria She deems fit.
The Council of Foreign Affairs shall maintain Embassage to Other Nations and provide for the quartering and security of the Embassies of Other Nations to the Empire. Connection and Contact with Other Nations shall be the Priority of the Council and it shall work to ensure that no action on the world stage is taken without the knowledge of the Empress.
The Council of Economics shall be tasked with creating Wealth for the Empire, promoting the financial well-being of the Subjects, and creating a functional and imposing Economy which shall be the Envy of the World.
The Council of Justice shall be tasked with promoting Peace, Security and Justice amongst the people of the Empire. The Council shall administer the Courts of the Crown and shall serve as semi-final arbiters of disputes in the Empire. The Council shall administer the Laws of the Empire as written in these Décrets, but also such Lesser Laws as the Council shall deem fit to enact with the Will of the Empress.
The Council of Defense shall be tasked with maintaining the Army and the Navy.
The Council of Education shall seek to empower the citizens of the Empire with Knowledge.
The Council of the Environs shall seek to make the spaces of the Empire beautiful, promote the wealfare of the Animal Kingdom, and create habitats for the Peoples of the Empire that promote health and safety.
The Council of Art shall encourage the creation of the World’s finest artworks.
In Décret 1713, Eleanor the Nineteenth decreed that every third Thursday of the month should be considered hat day in which all subjects must wear a hat in public unless they can produce a legitimate reason why such an accessory would jeopardize their health or well-being.
Widely derided, the Décret was created in response to a letter that a haberdasher sent to the Empress, decrying the falling sales of hats and that she was unable to continue her business without support from the crown. It is suspected that the woman had something different in mind than this décret, but the woman’s hat sales did increase as a result according to reports from the time.
This Décret organized the Empire of Australia into a series of 13 Domains that would be administered separately from each other.
Décret 1893 was instituted in the year 1663 by Eleanor the Twenty-First. It created the system of appointed governors to manage the newly created Domains of the Empire of Australia.
In Décret 1900, in the year 1666, Eleanor the Twenty-First instituted the Empire of Australia’s policy of limiting the influence of Spanish, French and British, Dutch, Belgian, and German interests in the Americas and Africa. This Décret authorized the Empire’s navy and chartered privateers to claim or destroy ships flying the flags of these nations or suspected of being agents of these nations. The Décret was decried as an act of war by the targeted nations, but having fleets of significantly smaller size, none were able to mount a challenge to the Empire’s dominance.
This Décret created the American Protectorate of the Empire of Australia.
This Décret ordered the immediate death of Alain d’Alsace for the crime of treason in violation of Decret 76.
Henceforth, all thoroughfares of more than two lanes shall be split to allow for the planting of trees between the lanes. Likewise, trees shall be planted on either side of all thoroughfares throughout the Empire. These trees shall be of diverse species, native to the location in which the road is constructed, and shall be maintained at the expense of the crown.Eleanor XXX, January 17th, 1922
The text of the Décret included the following provisions:
- A 4-day, 32-hour workweek shall be the standard for employees of the government.
- Supervisors are forbidden to contact their supervisees on days when they are not scheduled to work except in emergency circumstances.
- All indications of emergency circumstances will be reviewed by the Judiciaire du Travail and if they are found to be non-emergent, the supervisor will be personally fined and the fine paid to the worker who’s time was violated.
- All employees, regardless of status or performance, will receive a wage increase equal to inflation each year.
These legal provisions became the law of the land in the Empire of Australia on March 25th, 2022.
In this new paradigm, the number of domains was increased from 34 to 55 to increase the voices in the Governor’s Council to be more representative of the population.