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The Council of the King’s Companions (Begleiter).

We recognize that accountability, mutuality, and the need for companionship can be removed from Kings and rulers. This occurs because every kingdom must be confident of the strength and wisdom of its king. But this leaves the King without companions with whom he can be frank and who can be likewise frank to him. Therefore in the Prussian Kingdom the “Königs Begleiter” shall be men chosen as the King’s companions, as well as the Queen who shall freely participate, as equals in social standing who may speak frankly, dispense with all custom and protocol, and even refer to the King by his own Christian name (or family name).

These Beglieter will speak frankly as friends and brothers in private, though in public protocols will be observed. In this manner the King will not be isolated, he will be accountable to others, and he will be free to share his own heart and conserns without fear of a Subject losing confidence. These Begleiter will also inspect the Kingdom to ensure all is working well and report to the King and may have special duties and functions that fall outside the normal structure.

While the King will pick his own Begleiter, it will be required of a King to have at least 5 Begleiter and no more than 20. Where any 2/3rds of a King’s Belgleiter VETO or CENSURE, the King must defend himself first in their company and then, if that fails, to the Council of Censors. In this manner all citizens of the Kingdom, including the King, are Subjects of the Kingdom. But a Begleiter who betrays the King is the worse criminal- he shall be banished from the Kingdom.

A Begleiter shall have no ambition, for to be a Begleiter is nearly equal to being the King. If a man wishes to be King, he would make a bad Begleiter. The King will choose his Begleiter carefully and may submit them to an examination by the Censors.

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