[Updated/Anunevagnei 3 January 2020]
The Royal Arms of His Majesty (and ancestral arms of the House of Percy): azure, five fusils conjoined in fesse or
Who could possibly have suspected Royalist sentiments among our citizens? Yet when a Sovermian genealogist researching a family line for a client happened upon some ancestors that the client and the future King had in common, she became interested in exploring further what was obviously a significant branch of the tree. With further research, she realized His Majesty was in fact descended from nobility — from the line of Agnes de Percy (1134-1205) in Yorkshire, England, and back to the Counts of Caux and Poitiers, France; and through her husband, Joscelin de Louvain (1123-1180), to Charlemagne and the Dukes of Hainault.
And soon it became apparent that other more recent, albeit distaff, bastardy had also contributed more than a drop of royal blood to Emery’s particular line. So she lost no time in contacting citizen Emery to present him with the family tree that identified his royal blood. Seeing his doubt and amazement, the genealogist pointed out that bastardy was no barrier to a true king. “William of Normandy,” she was heard to exclaim, “was also known as William the Bastard, yet he and his descendants held England for hundreds of years!”
“Whatever it is, it’s a mighty thin trickle by now”, the reluctant monarch was overheard to mutter at one point.
From there, word spread among Sovermians. In the uncertainty surrounding the period of constitutional revision through the late summer of 2019, the emerging Royalists agitated for a monarchy. The issue was called for a popular referendum, with a majority voting in favor of a “trial monarchy”. With further councils, popular petitions to the newly nominated king, and drafted provisions for a new constitutional monarchy, Emery eventually agreed to ascend the throne as King Emery I, with the caveat that a second referendum must be called within a year’s time — no later than 30 November 2020. “If the people still want a King at that point,” His Majesty promises, “I will consent to retain the throne”.
While an elected King would seem a contradiction in terms, His Majesty repeatedly reminds skeptics to study how the ancient Kings of England were also voted into office, and that they were kings of the people, never of the land. The king’s property is held in private, like any person’s. Long before the Magna Carta, English kings freely acknowledged their duties and obligations to all their subjects, not just the nobility. What follows is the oath proclaimed by Æðelrēd, when he was consecrated king at Kingston in 978:
Ic þrēo þing behāte þissum folce, and mē underþēoddum. Ān ǣrest is, ðæt ic eall folc mīnra gewealda sōðe sibbe healde. Ōðer is, ðæt ic rēaflāc and ealle unrihte þing eallum hādum forbēode. Þridde is, ðæt ic behāte and bebēode on eallum dōmum riht and mildheortnesse.
Three things do I promise to this people, and to my subjects. First, that I will hold all the people of my realm in true peace. Second, that I will forbid theft and all injustice to men of all conditions. Third, that I promise and enjoin justice and mercy in all judgments.
In 2020, His Majesty will undertake a tour of Great Britain that includes Alnwick Castle, hereditary seat of his ancestors, the Percy Family and the Lords of Northumberland.