The Caerleon Order of the Companions of St. George

Defending Sovereign, Church, and Country from the Forces of Darkness

In any society, the people who wish to be a part of it must give up certain rights in order to ensure the protection of their natural rights to life, liberty, and property. This is known as the social contract. One such right is the that of self-protection, or self-preservation. This may sound contradictory, but during the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries, when the modern theories concerning natural rights and the social contract were formulated and debated, the terms self-protection and self-preservation meant something very different from how we refer to them today. For one thing, self-preservation was seen as a group right, not an individual right. For another, it referred to the power to dispense justice and conduct war, not defend one's person or possessions from criminals.

In English law, John Locke is considered the most important theorist on this issue. Up until his time, it was an aspect of English common law that any individual had the power to defend the life, liberty, and property of himself, his family, or his neighbors without fear of punishment, provided he could justify his actions. Locke simply codified this power by arguing that it didn't derive from laws imposed by a ruler, but from natural rights possessed by every human being as a birthright. However, he also argued that the state of nature was that condition in which every individual went beyond simple defense to exercised his or her own brand of justice by acting as judge, jury, and executioner, and to conduct personal warfare by attacking whomever he or she chose, restrained only by reason. He further stated that while reason would morally bind people to refrain from doing harm to the lives and possessions of others, the lack of any power to defend them from those who sought to injure, enslave, or rob them meant that they would not be secure in their rights and they would live in fear. By forming a state and delegating to it their right of self-preservation, the people would create a neutral judge, acting within the law, that could protect their natural rights. Locke referred to this delegation as "the consent of the governed".

This delegation did not in any way abrogate anyone's personal right to defend his or her person or possessions from attack. It only took away the right to seek justice on one's own terms or to conduct personal war. Instead, the state takes on that responsibility itself, acting as an impartial, objective agent of self-preservation, and in a republican form of government operating under the rule of law, the people have a say in the creation and enforcement of laws, through voting, and as members of legislatures and juries.

The most obvious forms of state-sponsored self-preservation are law enforcement and the military, but these protect against only human agents, and as frightening as a home intruder or a dictator with a nuclear missile might seem, they pale in comparison to the threat posed by paranormal beings; i.e., monsters. The only saving grace is that most people are unaware of their existence, so they are able to go about their lives feeling secure in their safety. At best, those who learn something of the truth dismiss it as fantasy or delusion, so they can ignore the Damocles sword hanging over their heads. Fortunately, the states of the world are neither ignorant nor dismissive of the threat, and each deals with it in its own way.

In the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations, the Sovereign, Church, and People are protected from paranormal threats by the Caerleon Order of the Companions of St. George. It is somewhat unique for a government organization, in that it is run by a family, the Van Helsings, and while technically a part of the Home Office, with ties to the Joint Intelligence Committee and the Defence Council of the United Kingdom, its director reports directly to Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council. The Order liaises with the Security Service MI5, the Secret Intelligence Service MI6, the Government Communications Headquarters, the Defence Intelligence Service, the Defence Staff, and the Cabinet Office.

The director has the equivalent grade of a Permanent Secretary of the British Civil Service, meaning that his is not a political appointment subject to change with the changing government, and being a family-run agency the directorship is hereditary and for life. Its mandate includes the protection of British parliamentary democracy and economic interests, and paranormal counter-terrorism. Operations of the Order are required to be proportionate and compliant with British legislation, including the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act of 2000, the Data Protection Act of 1998, and various other items of legislation. Information held by the Order is exempt from disclosure under section 23 of the Freedom of Information Act of 2000. Technically, judicial oversight of the Order's conduct is exercised by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, but since the Order's operations are classified Top Secret or higher, most complaints are handled directly by the Privy Council.

The following links provide more detailed information on the Caerleon Order:

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