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The large growth in the ''Oberrat'' since the original body gathered during Angatýrsson’s reign owes largely to a single event in the body’s history, the Letter Patent (titled ''Aðall Alltaf''—“Eternal Nobility”, often printed outside of Niflungland with the Latin title ''Nobilitas Sempiterna'') issued by Karl Wilhelm in his final year as Grand Master of the ORW, automatically ennobling the ''Landmeisters'' and ''Komturen'' of the ORW, the former as High Nobility, the latter as Lesser Nobility, upon his death. The argument for the ennoblement was the solidification of the place of the ORW as the principle governing institution of the National Peerage, to ensure the maintenance of the Aristocracy according to its etymological origin as “the most superior”, to prevent the decay of the ungoverned post-medieval nobility of the King from occurring in the New Aristocracy. Vísir Óðinnsson, who had just come to power that year, examined the Letter Patent and issued a corresponding Executive Decree making it effective for the families of all high-ranking members of the ORW to be ennobled and giving the ''Oberrat'' power to accept or deny the ennoblement of any of his appointments.
 
The large growth in the ''Oberrat'' since the original body gathered during Angatýrsson’s reign owes largely to a single event in the body’s history, the Letter Patent (titled ''Aðall Alltaf''—“Eternal Nobility”, often printed outside of Niflungland with the Latin title ''Nobilitas Sempiterna'') issued by Karl Wilhelm in his final year as Grand Master of the ORW, automatically ennobling the ''Landmeisters'' and ''Komturen'' of the ORW, the former as High Nobility, the latter as Lesser Nobility, upon his death. The argument for the ennoblement was the solidification of the place of the ORW as the principle governing institution of the National Peerage, to ensure the maintenance of the Aristocracy according to its etymological origin as “the most superior”, to prevent the decay of the ungoverned post-medieval nobility of the King from occurring in the New Aristocracy. Vísir Óðinnsson, who had just come to power that year, examined the Letter Patent and issued a corresponding Executive Decree making it effective for the families of all high-ranking members of the ORW to be ennobled and giving the ''Oberrat'' power to accept or deny the ennoblement of any of his appointments.
   
===Vísir/Marschall and Cabinet===
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===Vísir and Cabinet===
 
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|name = Marschall Siegfried I Hohenstaufen, <small>XXXIII.D [[ORW]]</small>
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|name = Vísir Sigurð Óðinnsson, <small>XXXIII.D [[ORW]]</small>
 
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|altstyle = ''Ihre Hoheit'', ''Yer Heichnes''
 
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All executive power in Niflungland is invested in the Vísir/Marschall, the single most powerful man in the Commonwealth. The last Vísir, Sigurð Óðinnsson, is the principle philosopher and developer of the political movement upon which the government structure of Niflungland is based, [[National-Aristocratism]]. According to this system, the executive branch is the most powerful branch, consisting of three central figures, the ''Großmeister'' of the ORW as the executive in charge of the Judiciary, the ''Höllgoði'' as executive overseeing the ''Oberrat'', and the Vísir who has control over all executive offices and, therefore, ultimate control over the entire government. As originally constructed, the Executive branch was meant to be made up of three separate men, but after the death of ''Großmeister'' Karl Wilhelm Fürst von Moray, the ORW saw it fit to bestow upon the sitting Vísir, who was also ''Ordensmarschall'' of the ORW, the title of Grand Master of the Order, thus effectively merging the offices of Grand Master and Vísir; while there is no legal bond between the organisations, when Vísir Óðinnsson named Siegfriend I as his successor, the young firebrand and leader of the Knighthood of Othin's Eye assumed both posts, renaming them both ''Marschall'' with the blessings of the remaining ''Generalkapitel''.
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All executive power in Niflungland is invested in the Vísir, the single most powerful man in the Commonwealth. The present Vísir, Sigurð Óðinnsson, is the principle philosopher and developer of the political movement upon which the government structure of Niflungland is based, [[National-Aristocratism]]. According to this system, the executive branch is the most powerful branch, consisting of three central figures, the ''Großmeister'' of the ORW as the executive in charge of the Judiciary, the ''Höllgoði'' as executive overseeing the ''Oberrat'', and the Vísir who has control over all executive offices and, therefore, ultimate control over the entire government. As originally constructed, the Executive branch was meant to be made up of three separate men, but after the death of ''Großmeister'' Karl Wilhelm Fürst von Moray, the ORW saw it fit to bestow upon the sitting Vísir, who was also ''Ordensmarschall'' of the ORW, the title of Grand Master of the Order, thus effectively merging the offices of Grand Master and Vísir, though no guarantee exists presently that Vísir Óðinnsson's chosen successor shall be the same as the choice of the ''Generalkapitel'' for Grand Master.
   
The Vísir/Marschall rules by Executive Decree, in imitation of the form of laws issued regarding [[Norse|Ásatrú]] religious doctrine by the ''Großmeister'' of the ORW. These Executive Decrees are unquestionable, though if it becomes clear that revision in their wording or clarification of their ideas is necessary, the Vísir may summon the ''Oberrat'' to meet and discuss the Decree and clarify it or even, in some extreme cases, amend it with the Marschall's approval. The ''Oberrat'' is made up of nobles from across the Commonwealth, and therefore is neither elected nor directly appointed by the Marschall, though he may add to their number with three ennoblements each year (though final decisions for this ennoblement are in the hands of the ''Oberrat'') and take from it through the rare practise of stripping a noble of his lands and peerage for some grave offense against the State, the Faith, or the person of the Marschall. The Marschall does, however, directly appoint the acting head of the ''Oberrat'' who moderates its debates and hearings, the ''Höllgoði''. This officer is chosen from the ''Oberrat'' itself, typically from the High Nobility or Clergy. The sitting ''Höllgoði'' is son of the Leader of the Social Lordship Party of Scotland, Uilliam mac Ailpín (often Anglicised "William MacAilpin" or Germanised "Wilhelm von Alpen"). Mac Ailpín is particularly famous (or perhaps infamous) for refusing, like his father, Raibeart, to use any languages other than Scots or Scottish Gaelic, save for in diplomatic business, for which he often writes in French.
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The Vísir rules by Executive Decree, in imitation of the form of laws issued regarding [[Norse|Ásatrú]] religious doctrine by the ''Großmeister'' of the ORW. These Executive Decrees are unquestionable, though if it becomes clear that revision in their wording or clarification of their ideas is necessary, the Vísir may summon the ''Oberrat'' to meet and discuss the Decree and clarify it or even, in some extreme cases, amend it with the Vísir's approval. The ''Oberrat'' is made up of nobles from across the Commonwealth, and therefore is neither elected nor directly appointed by the Vísir, though he may add to their number with three ennoblements each year (though final decisions for this ennoblement are in the hands of the ''Oberrat'') and take from it through the rare practise of stripping a noble of his lands and peerage for some grave offense against the State, the Faith, or the person of the Vísir. The Vísir does, however, directly appoint the acting head of the ''Oberrat'' who moderates its debates and hearings, the ''Höllgoði''. This officer is chosen from the ''Oberrat'' itself, typically from the High Nobility or Clergy. The sitting ''Höllgoði'' is son of the Leader of the Social Lordship Party of Scotland, Uilliam mac Ailpín (often Anglicised "William MacAilpin" or Germanised "Wilhelm von Alpen"). Mac Ailpín is particularly famous (or perhaps infamous) for refusing, like his father, Raibeart, to use any languages other than Scots or Scottish Gaelic, save for in diplomatic business, for which he often writes in French.
   
The office of ''Höllgoði'', when the ''Oberrat'' is not in session, serves as the principle Foreign Minister for the Commonwealth as well. In addition to this appointment, the Marschall is also responsible for the appointment of nine cabinet members, who handle the internal affairs of Niflungland on a national level. These various Ministries are divided into two tiers: Ministries of the State and Ministries of the Nation. Those Ministries of the State deal strictly with affairs not affecting the wider society of Niflungland on a cultural or social level, while the Ministries of the Nation deal with all affairs which affect the society culturally, socially, or ethnically. In the latter category are the Ministries of '''Education''', '''Culture and the Arts''', '''Public Enlightenment and Propaganda''', '''Faith and Religion''', and '''Currency and Vexillology'''; in the former, the Ministries of '''War''', '''Agriculture''', '''Mining and Industry''', '''Justice''', and '''Communications and Railways'''. In addition to these ministries, the Marschall may also choose to appoint several Ministers without Portfolio, who deal with specific issues troubling the nation. At present, there is only one Minister without Portfolio, Olaf Gynt, who deals with relations between the Germanic and Celtic branches of the ORW.
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The office of ''Höllgoði'', when the ''Oberrat'' is not in session, serves as the principle Foreign Minister for the Commonwealth as well. In addition to this appointment, the Vísir is also responsible for the appointment of nine cabinet members, who handle the internal affairs of Niflungland on a national level. These various Ministries are divided into two tiers: Ministries of the State and Ministries of the Nation. Those Ministries of the State deal strictly with affairs not affecting the wider society of Niflungland on a cultural or social level, while the Ministries of the Nation deal with all affairs which affect the society culturally, socially, or ethnically. In the latter category are the Ministries of '''Education''', '''Culture and the Arts''', '''Public Enlightenment and Propaganda''', '''Faith and Religion''', and '''Currency and Vexillology'''; in the former, the Ministries of '''War''', '''Agriculture''', '''Mining and Industry''', '''Justice''', and '''Communications and Railways'''. In addition to these ministries, the Vísir may also choose to appoint several Ministers without Portfolio, who deal with specific issues troubling the nation. At present, there is only one Minister without Portfolio, Olaf Gynt, who deals with relations between the Germanic and Celtic branches of the ORW.
   
The National Ministries oversee policy enacted on a national level but typically do not interfere with provincial level policies enacted by the Gubernatorial Secretaries, who may abide by national precedent but respond to problems in individual Regions according to the needs and circumstances of that province. These often enough do, however, follow the precedent and policy of the National Ministries and the Marschall, since Regional Governors are the lowest government office not directly answerable to the ORW. All districts, counties, and bailiwicks below the Regional government, however, are entirely controlled by ORW Komturen and Goði.
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The National Ministries oversee policy enacted on a national level but typically do not interfere with provincial level policies enacted by the Gubernatorial Secretaries, who may abide by national precedent but respond to problems in individual Regions according to the needs and circumstances of that province. These often enough do, however, follow the precedent and policy of the National Ministries and the Vísir, since Regional Governors are the lowest government office not directly answerable to the ORW. All districts, counties, and bailiwicks below the Regional government, however, are entirely controlled by ORW Komturen and Goði.
   
 
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