Gabon

Gabonaise Treaty Series — [2018] VTS 4

Currently in force

Entry into force: 13 November 2018


Treaty of Peace for the Grand Mercantile Republic of the Autonomous Free Sovereign State of Gabon, the Abode of Peace

Her Majesty The Queen of the Independent Principality of Gabon and the Honourable the Crown Prince of the Province of Gabon

WHEREAS the parties are equally desirous that the war in which they were involved, directly or indirectly, agaist each other and certain third powers, with its great toil of suffering and bloodshed on all sides, should be replaced by a firm, just and durable peace,

FOR THE PURPOSE OF PEACE the parties have accordingly appointed as their Plenipotentiaries:

Her Majesty the Queen of the Independent Principality of Gabon: Ourself

The Honourable the Crown Prince of the Province of Gabon: Himself

Who, having exhibited their full powers found in good and due form, have agreed as follows—


Article 1

Declaration of peace

The High Contracting Parties declare that there no longer exists any war between them and any third power. There shall now exist an everlasting peace between the peoples of Gabon.

Article 2

Establishment of the Grand Mercantile Republic of the Autonomous Free Sovereign State of Gabon, the Abode of Peace

The Grand Mercantile Republic of the Autonomous Free Sovereign State of Gabon, the Abode of Peace (“Gabon”) is hereby established and takes the place of the Principality of Gabon and the Independent Principality of Gabon, both of which are hereby abolished and the governments thereof dissolved.

Article 3

Provision for government of Gabon

Gabon shall be governed by the Executive Council of the Grand Mercantile Republic of the Autonomous Free Sovereign State of Gabon, the Abode of Peace.

The said Executive Council shall have as its head a leader, named The Leader of the Executive Council of the Grand Mercantile Republic of the Autonomous Free Sovereign State of Gabon, the Abode of Peace and styled The Right Honourable.

The first said Leader of the said Executive Council shall be elected by a simple majority of the eligible votes cast by the said Executive Council. The said Leader can be replaced by a two-thirds majority of the eligible votes cast by the said Executive Council praying to replace the said Leader with a specified other member of the said Executive Council.

If there ever occurs a vacancy in the office of the said Leader of the said Executive Council, the said Executive Council shall not be permitted or able to conduct any business whatsoever save for a vote to elect a new Leader by a simple majority of the eligible votes cast by the said Executive Council.

Wherever a vote occurs in the said Executive Council for the purposes of electing a member to the office of the said Leader, all votes must be cast within 48 hours of the vote being called by a member of the said Executive Council. Only one vote on the said topic may be active at any time and any vote purportedly called after a prior vote being called and remaining active shall be void and ineffective.

The said Executive Council may remove a member of the said Executive Council by a two-thirds majority of the eligible votes cast by the said Executive Council praying to remove the said member. Wherever a vote occurs in the said Executive Council for the purposes of removing a member, all votes must be cast within 48 hours of the vote being called by a member of the said Executive Council.

Until the said Executive Council otherwise provides, the presence of at least three councillors shall be necessary to constitute a meeting of the said Executive Council for the exercise of its powers.

The first members of the said Executive Council shall be the members of the then Assembly of the Province of Gabon prior to the declaration of war being issued.

There shall be no requirement for motions to be seconded after they are presented to the said Executive Council.

The said Executive Council shall be the only entity possessing the competency to legislate on any matter whatsoever.

Article 4

Office of the Lord High Chancellor

Gabon shall have as its head of state a leader, named the Lord High Chancellor of the Grand Mercantile Republic of the Autonomous Free Sovereign State of Gabon, the Abode of Peace and styled The Right Honourable.

The Lord High Chancellor is the symbol of the unity and permanence of Gabon. He arbitrates and moderates the regular functioning of the institutions, assumes the highest representation of Gabon in international relations and exercises the functions expressly conferred on him by the Constitution and the laws.

The executive power of Gabon shall be vested in the Lord High Chancellor who shall have the supreme authority in all the affairs of Gabon, and is exercisable by the Leader of the Executive Council.

The said Lord High Chancellor shall represent Gabon in all its relations with foreign countries, without prejudice to the requisite participation of the said Excutive Council. Treaties by which territory of Gabon would be ceded, Gabonese property alienated, sovereign rights or prerogatives of Gabon affected, a new burden imposed on Gabon or its citizens, or an obligation assumed that would limit the rights of the citizens of Gabon shall require the assent of the said Executive Council to attain legal force. The said Lord High Chancellor shall accredit ambassadors and envoys extraordinary to foreign powers; foreign ambassadors and envoys extraordinary shall be accredited to him.

The first said Lord High Chancellor shall be elected by a simple majority of the eligible votes cast by the said Executive Council. The said Lord High Chancellor can be replaced by a two-thirds majority of the eligible votes cast by the said Executive Council at the request of the said Leader of the said Executive Council praying to replace the said Lord High Chancellor with a specified other member of the said Executive Council.

If there ever occurs a vacancy in the office of the said Lord High Chancellor, the said Executive Council shall not be permitted or able to conduct any business whatsoever save for a vote to elect a new Lord High Chancellor by a simple majority of the eligible votes cast by the said Executive Council.

Wherever a vote occurs in the said Executive Council for the purposes of electing a member to the office of the said Lord High Chancellor, all votes must be cast within 48 hours of the vote being called by a member of the said Executive Council. Only one vote on the said topic may be active at any time and any vote purportedly called after a prior vote being called and remaining active shall be void and ineffective.

Any candidate for the office of the said Lord High Chancellor must be a member of the said Executive Council.

The said Lord High Chancellor may appoint residents of Gabon to be members of the said Executive Council.

The said Lord High Chancellor may confer titles of nobility upon whomever he pleases as a reward for distinguished services, without ever having the power to attach privileges to them.

The said Lord High Chancellor shall exercise the power to pardon individual offenders on behalf of Gabon.

Article 5

Wartime in Gabon

The said Lord High Chancellor and the said Leader of the said Executive Council shall together possess the power and authority to declare a state of war against another state. There shall be no requirement of such a declaration in the event that any form of armed conflict is levied against an entity not recognised by the said Executive Council as a state.

The Command-in-Chief of the Land and Naval Militia, and of all Naval and Military Forces, of and in Gabon, shall be vested in the said Lord High Chancellor.

Article 6

Territory of Gabon

The territory of Gabon shall be all land claimed and held by the Grand Duchy of Varkonia for the Province of Gabon pursuant to the provisions of the Treaty Effecting a Transition of Government for the Principality of Gabon through Cession of Lands to the Grand Duchy of Varkonia at the time this Treaty is ratified by the High Contracting Parties.

Article 7

Effect on the status quo

The current judiciary as it stands at ratification is vacated but the judiciary’s decisions remain valid.

All treaties currently ratified remain valid.

All current legislation remains valid.

To remove any doubt, the said Executive Council shall be competent to amend or repeal these laws and treaties as if they were made by the said Executive Council.


In witness whereof the above-named Plenipotentiaries have signed the present Treaty and affixed thereto their Seals.

Done in duplicate at Balmoral this thirteenth day of November, 2018, in the English language.