Checks and Balances
“The realm is ruled by a king beheaded in the Court of Certainties in the twenty-first year of his reign.
“On the twentieth year of the king’s reign, his successor is chosen by secret ballot in the College of Lords. The departing king may nominate any realmborn man above the Age of Account. To nominate any other candidate, with equal advantages, one-third of the College must assent, in open session, with the departing king present. No man shall become king until four-fifths of the College have agreed.
“If any king die before his beheading, the College shall meet in immediate session under the king’s chancellor, or the chancellor’s deputy, and if two-fifths of the College be present on a sworn Affidavit of Death, the new king shall be chosen by open vote, and a simple majority will suffice.
“A king-under-the-dead-king rules until the twenty-first year of the dead king’s reign, when he is beheaded in the usual manner.”
— from The Book of Laws of the Kingdom of Hylland (p.1)