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Kaiseress Semisa I

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Kaiseress Semisa I
Semisa Haiken
Former Kaiser of Shireroth
Began 1510
Ended 1512
Predecessor Yarad
Successor Letifer II
Imperial Bloodline Line of Haiken
Physical description
Gender Female
Hair color and style Blond
Biographical information
Spouse(s) William Meskan Trihus
Issue Semisa Trihus

Semisa's reign started off with the activation of the Imperial Judex, a previously dormant judicial body that was now being used for the purpose of settling feudal contract disputes as well as determining the legality of actions by various bodies within Shireroth. Erik Mortis was appointed to the position shortly after its activation.

Around the same time, talks between the Dinarchy of Antica and Shireroth completed and the Treaty of Aquilaria was signed, which ceded the lands and citizens of the Dinarchy to Shireroth. There was much uproar over this in the intermicronational community, specifically from the Grand Commonwealth, Attera, and the Republic of Antica. Attera and the Republic went so far as to draw up the Nafticon Declaration, a document to be signed by nations defaming Shireroth for its actions.

Land talks between Shireroth and the Republic began--and were almost complete--before Shireroth discovered the Declaration. Shireroth, despite releasing and denouncing the Declaration, continued and completed talks with the Republic.

The Centerflying Treaty was signed as well, between Shireroth and Lac Glacei, making Lac Glacei into a protectorate of Shireroth and--finally--putting the issue to rest.

Perhaps the most controversial actions during Semisa's reign were her attempts to reform the Landsraad into a more effective governing body. She put 25 different pieces of legislation before the Landsraad, all bent on fine-tuning the legislative machine. However, they were largely ignored by the nobility of Shireroth, and she responded with a more severe tactic--Imperial Decree 208 attempted to dissolve the Landsraad, an action that was illegal according to the Imperial Charter. As such, Imperial Decree 209 revoked the previous decree, but lay down some very heavy regulations on how the restructure was to be done.

Unfortunately, this caused Hypatia Agnesi to resign as Praetor. Scott Alexander, for no reason other than being in the wrong place at the wrong time and saying the wrong thing, was appointed as an "emergency Praetor". Thankfully, he cleaned up the mess that the Landsraad was in and then resigned.

The Duchy of Northhold also came into being at this point in time, incorporating several counties into a new fiefdom the likes of which has not yet been seen within Shireroth's borders.

One of Semisa's final acts was to formalize the Knightships of Shireroth into a hierarchy that allowed the highest-ranking members of it to speak (and in some cases, vote) in the Landsraad even if they were not traditional nobles. This caused perhaps the most controversy of any action throughout Semisa's reign (with the possible exception being her abdication) over the fact that Knights are not technically Nobles. However, Semisa clarified that Knights are Appointed Nobles, given their power by the Kaiser and the Landsraad, while traditional nobles are Contractual Nobles, given their power by the people themselves.

At the very end of her reign, Semisa published a revised Charter and made a decree that caused a clamor of controversy. Imperial Decree 217 named her newborn daughter, Semisa, to be her heir, but in the meantime have Erik Mortis be her Steward until her eighth birthday. Beyond that point, Nick Leghorn was to be her Steward until her sixteenth birthday, when she would take the Throne. The decree also created a taxation system and formalized the creation of a post-based economy, inducted a number of citizens into the Order of Kampioens, created a few halls within the Sir John Metzler III University, proclaimed a tourism campaign to be run, and created a new Ministry: the Ministry of Cartography, naming Bill Trihus as its Minister.

Arguably, the Decree was formatted in such a way as to make citizens ignore all but the first part of the Decree, thereby sliding in a number of laws without argument while a more minor issue was argued vehemently. She later revoked her decision in Imperial Decree 218, in favor of the style of abdication taken by Los III and Yarad I prior. In the end, she entertained two kaiser candidates, her husband, and Letifer H'Graa Grifos. In a surprise twist, she rejected her husband's claim on the kaisership, and said that Letifer would make the better kaisership.

When Letifer ascended the throne, her husband divorced her, and raised their daughter on his own.