House Varro Politics
(though the other houses are similar there are important differences)
The main political bodies are Lordship, Governorship, Senatorial service, and Tribunes.
There’s one of these (currently Lord Corbulo) and he in theory has executive (practically also: legislative and judicial) power. This title is passed to whomever the current Lord pleases, usually a child. This power used to belong to the Emperor, except there’s no empire anymore.
Distinct cities/towns are appointed governors by the residing Lord to be an extension of his will and duties in that subset. There are two governors currently appointed, Lucretia of Compitum and Galerius of Gratius’ Pass.
There are 102 senators at the moment, though that’s not a hard limit or minimum. Patricians are elected by the Senate as a whole to the Quaestorship, while plebeian senators can be appointed by the Lord’s authority via a decree. Senatorial ranks are as follows:
- Quaestor: These have authority over financial matters. Typically a Quaestor has to be 30 years old but this can be waived by decree as above. There are 76 of these at the moment.
- Aedile: More senior than Quaestor, there are always two plebeian and two patrician Aediles. These oversee the administrative things in the city: food and water, buildings, etc. They can also act as judges in financial matters. One can be elected to this position only when there’s a vacancy (which happens often, as politicians shift to the Tribunal or Consulate).
- Consul: Formerly the Praetor was a major step, but as matters shifted from territory to defense, the consulate expanded (and Praetor became a more common name for the Praetorian guard). These oversee military and defense matters and can serve as commanders in times of war. There are 20 of these.
- Proconsul: First among the senators. There are always two of these, and they always have the first word in Senatorial proceedings, as well as having veto rights if both are in agreement.
Notably, the Senate has very strict rules on corruption. A senator can’t engage in any large-scale business, banking, or public contract (rules-wise, you can’t have more than •• in Resources) and they cannot leave Altumschola without the rest of the Senate’s approval.
There are ten tribunes which represent the plebeians. They have the power to convene the plebeian assembly to pass laws that only affect plebeians. In addition, they are considered legally sacrosanct, which means the life of anyone who harms or interferes with them is legally forfeit. From this, they gain two important powers. The first is that they can countermand various judicial decisions regarding citizens. The second is that they can veto senatorial legislation, but only if they are present in-person at the time, and once the legislation is passed, they can’t do much about it. The Lord can make exceptions to the sacrosanctity of a tribune if need be.