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High Presidium of Benacian Union
High Presidium of the Benacian Union flag.png
Flag of the High Presidium, introduced 1703 AN
Incumbent
Szodan Daniyal ibn Daniyal
since 1709 AN
Style His Magnificence
Residence New Residency, Chryse
Appointer Congress of Chryse
Term 4 Years
Inaugural holder Constantine Loup
Formation 1698 AN

Composition

Fifth High Presidium of the Benacian Union (1728 AN1731 AN)
Portfolio Portrait Commissioner Term
Presidency
  • Szodan
  • President of the High Presidium
1724 Daniyal ibn Daniyal.png Shireroth Daniyal ibn Daniyal 1728 AN
  • President of the General Staff Council
  • Vice-President of the High Presidium
1721 Zacharias Avon-El.jpg Unified Governorates Zacharias Avon-El 1728 AN
Commission for Foreign Affairs
Commissioner for Foreign Affairs 1728 Ayesha al-Osman.png Chryse Ayesha al-Osman 1728 AN
Deputy Commissioner for Foreign Affairs Dimitriy Riksgradskiy.png Elluenuueq Dimitriy Riksgradskiy 1728 AN
Commission for the Panopticon
Commissioner for the Panopticon Mithui.png Sovereign Confederation Miþuï
(Office held in commission)
1728 AN
Deputy Commissioner for the Panopticon
Commission for the Sacred Treasury
Commissioner for the Sacred Treasury Fridwald Peter.png Ransenar Fridwald Peter 1728 AN
Deputy Commissioner for the Sacred Treasury Katarina Esch.png Elluenuueq Katarina Esch 1728 AN
Commission for War
Commissioner for War 1721 Zacharias Avon-El.jpg Unified Governorates Zacharias Avon-El 1728 AN
Deputy Commissioner for War Troy Lyon.png Ransenar Troy Lyon 1728 AN

Coordination & custodianship

Defence & security policy

Benacian Security Council

The Benacian Security Council (BSC) was established by the decision of the High Presidium of the Benacian Union in 1701 AN to develop recommendations to implement the Benacian Union's policy on defence, citizenship rights, security, the pace and scope of economic reforms, economic and environmental security and hazards, coping with natural disasters and other emergencies, to ensure stability and legal order in Benacian society.

Membership of the BSC would consist of the Szodan of Benacia, the Commander-in-Chief of the Benacian Continental Theatre Command, the Commissioner for Defence, and the Commissioner for Foreign Affairs, who would be joined in addition by the President of the General Staff Council of the Benacian Union Defence Force, the Grand Magister of the Guild of Magisters-Carnifex, the Director of Benacian Operations for the Honourable Company, and the Grand Magister of the Office of the Sacred Treasury. In addition to these permanent members a General Secretary would also be appointed, with responsibility for administering a small supporting secretariat, and additional subject matter experts, as well as representatives of the civil executives of the realms of the Union-State, could be called upon to attend meetings of the BSC on a case by case basis as required.

Economic affairs

Foreign relations

Matters pertaining to the foreign relations of Elluenuueq and the Unified Governorates are overseen by the External Service of the Benacian Union, which was organised and administered by the Bureau for Relations with Foreign Powers of Benacia Command prior to its transfer to the responsibility of the Legatine College for Foreign Relations, reporting in turn to the Commission for Foreign Affairs under the High Presidium.

It has become customary to reward a retiring Salbnan (Brigadier) of the Black Legions, or its successor the Benacian Union Defence Force, with an overseas posting. These sinecure appointments are for life, held until the death of the individual or the demise of the receiving nation, whichever occurs the sooner.

The Main Directorate for Prohibited Contact States, established in Merensk on 13.XV.1702 AN, formerly the Bassarid section desk under the Keltian & Maritime Directorate, was disestablished on 21.XIV.1727 AN following the liquidation of Theogiorick. The sole officeholder during that period, the legate Ziemke Traktuyev, would receive the gracious permission of the High Presidium to retire to Cedarwood Hall in comfort and security. His name would also be presented to the Congress of Chryse for a vote of praise during its 1728 session.

Raspur Pact

Receiving Nation Head of Legation Legation site Date appointed Notes
Legations
Anahuaco Anahuaco Salbnan
Rustam Shahrokh
Puerto Domínguez 13.III.1711 AN
Euran Mission Salbnan
Hostilian Gortz
Raspur 6.II.1704 AN
Floria Floria Salbnan
Shahrokh Hormoz Hashemi
Northcliff 24.X.1699 AN
Imperial Federation Imperial Federation Salbnan
Valdegar Forgern
13.XV.1702 AN
  • Formerly the North Cioblan Mission.
  • Rite of Exorcism applied during USSO period in Ralgon.
  • Sanaman Cibola: Head of Mission operated under the title of Trade Minister until evacuation in 1704 AN.
Mondosphere Mondosphere Salbnan
Kurgoko Vecht
Limes Humanitatis, Ermingander Village 7.IV.1702 AN Mandatory briefing for all BU subjects prior to admittance to Northbloom.
Kingdom of Moorland Kingdom of Moorland Salbnan
Rowland Colton
13.XV.1702 AN Formerly at Station Kaamiozyr until evacuation to Port Esther
Natopia Natopia Salbnan
Shapur Karimi
Lindstrom
(1101 Tapfer Street)
24.V.1719 AN
  • Also delegate to the Permanent Commission of the Raspur Pact
  • Previously held by Salbnan Kaveh Kourosh Karimi 24.X.1699 AN–6.II.1704 AN.
  • Jeremiah Avon-El represented the Benacian Union in Eastern Natopia between 1704 AN and 1718 AN.
  • Shapur Karimi was formerly head of mission in Jaaland from 1699 AN until the demise of that state in 1708 AN. He then served as head of mission in Western Natopia from 1709 AN to 1718 AN.
Nouvelle Alexandrie Nouvelle Alexandrie Salbnan
Malia Morell
Cardenas 24.V.1719 AN
  • Legate Piroz Kavadh Kamran was formerly head of mission from 1699 AN until his recall to Chryse for convalesance in 1719 AN.
Shireroth Shireroth Brevet-Salbnan
Abner Shas
Shirekeep 24.X.1699 AN Relations normalised after Shireroth also declared Cimmeria and Raikoth to be in rebellion.

Other missions

Receiving Nation(s) Head of Legation Legation site Date appointed Notes
Apollonian Directorate
Craitland Craitland Salbnan
Veren Metris
Cherry Trees 13.XV.1702 AN
Çakaristan Çakaristan Frainan Uihmanzis
Ardashir Kalir
Agra 1717 AN
Eastern Apollonia Mission Salbnan
Ardeshir Farhad Alinejad
Ghawlama 7.X.1715 AN
  • The Vanic Quarantine applied to Barikalus (Arbor), with travel, trade, and correspondence prohibited, and the Rite of Exorcism mandated for any reported encounter. The applicability of this requirement lapsed in 1716 AN.
  • Salbnan Gortz oversaw the Arbor desk from 13.XV.1702 AN to 6.II.1704 AN.
  • Bivarhins Salbnan Linus Truls Thorgilsson held command of the Eastern Apollonia Mission from 13.III.1702 AN until his appointment as Secretary-General of the MTO in 1715 AN.
  • Salbnan Ardeshir Farhad Alinejad was previously legatine head of mission in Highpass from 1702 AN until its annexation to Shireroth in 1715 AN.
  • Applicability of quarantine and rites of exorcism with regards to the subjects of the Shahanshah of Çakaristan terminated with effect from the signing of the Benacian Union–Çakaristan Joint Communiqué in 1716 AN.
  • Largest mission of the External Service by committed manpower. Operates a number of call centres in Ghawlama for the monitoring of Benacian subjects in Hurmu through self-reporting.
Senya Senya Salbnan
Tiberius Sourdust
Svorgas 13.XV.1702 AN Administers the Treaty between Elwynn and Senya on behalf of Elluenuueq.
Benacian Directorate
Cisamarra Cisamarra Salbnan
Ardashir Jahangir
Acquecalde 13.XV.1702 AN
Kalgachia Kalgachia Salbnan
Eckehard Maier
Fastenborg Keep 6.IV.1702 AN Rite of Exorcism will apply where contact with Revenants or Deep-Singers is confirmed.
Sanama Sanama Salbnan
Gustav Vermilion-Krust
Merensk (Section Desk) 13.XV.1702 AN
Tellia Tellia Salbnan
Salbnan Salbnan
Romero 13.XV.1702 AN
Cibolan Directorate
Southern Cibola Mission Salbnan
Othmar Merlyn
Chur, Whales 13.XV.1702 AN Rite of Exorcism will apply where contact with Revenants or Deep-Singers is confirmed.
Calbion Calbion Salbnan
Mordecai Morden
Geneva (Western Natopia) 13.XV.1702 AN Interactions formerly under the jurisdiction of the Admiralty Court (1702-1711)
Western Cibola Mission Salbnan
Morden Wasser
Byalgorod 24.XIV.1699 AN
Keltian & Maritime Directorate
The Hexarchy The Hexarchy Salbnan
Corderwell Muzzlehatch
Dromosker Island 13.XV.1702 AN
Mercury Mercury Salbnan
Selder Dreesbach
Mercury 13.XV.1702 AN
South Sea Islands South Sea Islands Salbnan
Xaverevich Chaldernik
BNSAux Souriel
Legatine vessel
(International waters)
13.XV.1702 AN

Visa policy

Entry visas

Visas are to be applied for in the majority of instances before travel is attempted. Visas are divided into Tourist (30 days), Business (90 days), and Student (180 days) categories. Visas are to be applied for via the nearest Benacian Union legation or oversea office reachable by the applicant. Successful applications require a face to face interview and the payment of an individually negotiated travel bond prior to the issuing of a visa stamp. Travel bonds are to be paid in Craitish Cräite and are refundable upon departure. Visa applications from countries with Daemonic or Vanic associations will customarily be refused, with the exception of diplomatic envoys accredited to the Micras Treaty Organisation. Citizens of Raspur Pact countries are guaranteed freedom of movement and residency rights within the Benacian Union. Citizens of Xaiville Convention member-states receive a general visa valid for ninety-days on arrival. Five day shore-leave visas are available for mariners of third party nations, excepting the citizens of countries with Daemonic or Vanic associations, whose vessels are anchored in a Benacian port whilst unloading cargo. Shore-leave visas are issuable at the sole discretion of the bailiwick's port authority and subject to their own schedule of rates.

Following the Sanaman Civil War, Sanaman nationals were subjected to the rite of exorcism when visiting the Benacian Union as their regime had fallen to the daemonic cult of egalitarianism after leaving the Raspur Pact. This practice appears to have fallen into abeyance, albeit without formal guidance to that effect.

Applications from USSO member states were subject to additional vetting and required a 100,000 Cräite assurance bond payable before arrival. With the effective demise of the USSO, this measure, along with prohibitions against USSO member state nationals receiving "shore-leave visas", were rescinded in 1716 AN.

Exit visas

Exit visas will normally only be granted to subjects of the Benacian Union who are engaged in the service of Benacia Command, the Benacian Union Defence Force, the Honourable Company, the Nationalist and Humanist Party, or the Union Defence Force, for a period of 180 days. As of 1707 AN those meritorious subjects of the aforementioned organisations, below the equivalent rank of tribune, must attain a letter of recommendation from their commanding officer, and provide a cash bond of one hundred sovereigns, in order to receive an exit visa if their intention is to travel in a private capacity.

Other subjects of the Benacian Union may receive an exit visa validated for a period of 90 days if sponsored by one of the aforementioned organisations. Applicants must consent to an pre-exit interview with the Guild of Magisters-Carnifex, during which the negotiation of a suitable travel bond payable in Benacian sovereigns must be agreed, nominate a family member to serve as hostage during the period of their absence, and undertake to cooperate fully with the External Service for duration of their time abroad. Upon return to the territories of the Benacian Union the subject must report to the Magister-Carnifex for their bailiwick of residence, within 48 hours of arrival, for debriefing.

On account of their rebellion, no subject resident in Amokolia or Upper Elwynn may leave their bailiwick of residence, and none may travel abroad under any circumstances.

Travel to Bassarid, Daemonic or Vanic influenced countries is absolutely prohibited. The Rite of Exorcism may be performed on any suspected of violating this injunction during their time abroad. Exceptions may only be granted to members of the External Service on the expressed permission of the High Presidium. The prohibition against contact with non-Bassarid members of the former USSO was quietly rescinded in 1715 AN, with its successor entity, the Collective Security Association, benefiting from a far lower perception of threat on the part of the Commission for Foreign Affairs.

Illegal border transits

To attempt to exit or enter the territory of a member state of the Benacian Union without the sanction or permission of authority is a crime against the Union which may either be punished upon discovery through summary execution, or through of a period of a minimum of 25 years of bonded servitude in the Benacian Labour Reserve.

All forms of travel, trade, and correspondence with the Phineonesian Confederation are prohibited. The Rite of Exorcism shall be applied for any reported encounters.

With effect from XIII.1722, all Benacian Subjects in Hurmu must report their location to the Legation in Ghawlama every forty-eight hours. All travel into the condominiums of Hurmu and the Phineonesian Confederation is prohibited with immediate effect, and shall constitute a crime against the Union-State which may either be punished upon discovery through summary execution, or through of a period of a minimum of 25 years of bonded servitude in the Benacian Labour Reserve.