The Viceregal College is a political institution in the North American League. It was established during the General Moderator-ship of Johnathan Taylor partially to smooth any legal or diplomatic snags created by the creation of the NAL and also as a check to the powers of the General Moderator.
Initially there were three Viceroys, representing Scotland, England and Kemr. Their term was for twelve years, with each rotating the position of First Viceroy every four years. Over time this has changed. Currently there are five Viceroys, their term is fifteen years and the First Viceroy-ship is for three years.
Technically, there is a sixth member of the College - an empty chair representing the direct rule of God. This has been an unusual feature of the Viceregal College since its establishment and was included to appease the "Fifth Monarchy" men, who expected the imminent rule of God to begin any time now. When Mueva Sefarad and Les Plaines joined the League in 1899 and 1904, for the first time the NAL government had to contend with the issue of Newcommer provinces without a sovereign to represent, such that the question of having or not having a Viceroy could no longer be attributed to differences in political culture between Newcommers and Natives. This confusion was solved in 1914 with the addition of a Native Viceroy and the technical declaration of the "empty viceroy" as head of state in those provinces that have no flesh-and-blood viceroy. For ninety years the empty "Fifth" viceregal seat represented only MS and LP, until the readmission of East Florida and West Florida. In their first incarnation as English colonies, the two provinces were clearly associated with the English Viceroy — but after the tides of history had swept them into the Castillo-Carribean sphere and back, their original viceregal designation was no longer appropriate.
The original process of selecting the Viceroys was simply a matter of the respective monarchs' choice, usually dictated by the respective national governments. In theory, this remains the practice. Practically, caucuses in the NAL parliament representing the given aligned provinces offer candidates which are nearly always approved.
Vacancies in the College were usually filled in a variety of methods, depending upon the circumstances of the time. However, since the 1940s the tradition has arisen of choosing an unofficial Viceroy Pro Tempore when each office-holder is selected. When vacancies happen, the Pro Tempore individual is nominated pretty much automatically by the respective monarch (or the Council Fire for the Native Viceroy).
At least in theory, the First Viceroy is Commander-in-Chief of the NAL military. His (or her) signature is required to make a bill a law, although this is a formality. The First Viceroy may veto a bill, but that in practice only sends it back to Parliament. If they pass it a second time, then no second veto from the First Viceroy is possible. But the First Viceroy does have the power of pardon. The individual Viceroys have identical powers in terms of the provinces under each alignment, hence:
- Massachussets Bay
- New Hampshire
Other than the above, the actual authority of the Viceregal College is one of prestige. Mostly members of the College partake of ceremonial functions such as launching ships, bestowing awards of valor, opening respective provincial legislatures, etc.
Viceroys are nominated, confirmed, etc. during the course of the year, but are installed on November 5. This is the same date the First Viceroy officially takes office.
The Viceregal College is also responsible for the American College of Heralds.
List of Viceroys
|Alignment||Name||Took Office||Left Office||First Viceroy|
|Kemrese||Albert Arnold Gore, Sr.||1980||1995||1992-95|
|Scandinavian||Frederik Amundsen Blick||2001||2016||2013-2016|
|Native||Ben Nighthorse Campbell||2004||2019||2016-19|
- 1848 was the year in which New Sweden joined the NAL, and the Scandinavian Realm gained a member to the Viceregal College. As such they were the most junior member of that body. At that time the term of office of First Viceroy was shortened from four years to three.
- In 1914 a fifth Viceroy for the Native Tribal peoples of the NAL was added, with the term for members of Viceregal College expanded from twelve to fifteen years.