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Thursday, April 5, 2012

DAY TWO - THE IMPERIUM - A WORLD VIEW


DAY TWO, THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2012
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: Go to my BOOKS section of my blog and find the STARSIGHT II book on that page. Click on the EXCERPT link and read the excerpt. QUESTION: What kind of creature is the Mourna? MAKE SURE TO EMAIL YOUR ANSWER TO: mmeador@minnettemeador.com - Good luck!


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THE IMPERIUM 

Below are a few of the definitions and models from the book that have to do with the empirical side of the hierarchy of the Imperium. I think you can get a pretty good idea of how the world works between this entry and tomorrow's, which will talk about the Starguiders and their society.  You will note that there are several references to the legal side of the society here. There is a very good reason for this; one of our heroes must face the Last Defense to fight for life.
 
IMPERIUM - A number of provinces and the religious sanctuary of  Mathisma, a large island to the east of the mainland provinces, both ruled by a combined supreme authority, the Empire on the one side and Assemblage on the other. Governance of the provinces and Mathisma is split into two ruling bodies. The provinces are chiefly run by the Emperor/Empress who oversees the Councils of Trade & Justice, which administer trade, security, and law. Mathisma is chiefly run by Assemblage, which governs religion, the arts, and education. The Northern Wastes and several smaller islands are not incorporated or protected by the Imperium. 

HIERARCHY OF EMPIRE AND ASSEMBLAGE


The Imperium is broken down into two sections, the Emperor and his Councils and Assemblage. Below is a brief description of how each is broken into a chain of command:

EMPEROR/EMPRESS
ASSEMBLAGE

(Imperial Guards & Fleet*)
__________________

Councils of Trade & Justice
Provost

Province Baron
Prelacy

Province Regent
Prelate


Starguider - 1st, 2nd & 3rd Trial



Pre-Guider



Both Councils have twelve members each. They can only over-rule the Emperor’s decision by unanimous vote, and only as relates to rulings regarding their respective responsibilities (justice and trade). In contrast to this, the Provost can only over-rule the Prelacy in matters where they are deadlocked on a decision. The Prelate merely acts as an emissary between the Provost and the Prelacy, and has very little power beyond his or her status as a member of the Prelacy. The Prelacy has twelve members as well.
The Emperor/Empress or the Councils can only make decisions on laws governing secular matters; the Assemblage only on matters of religion, education, or ethics. Assemblage, by long standing law, did not get involved in the imperial wars or military actions, except as advisors. However, should an attack occur against the Assemblage itself, they would engage in retaliatory activities in conjunction with the emperor, such as the first war with Sirdar. *Note: The Imperial Fleet and the Guard are directly under the Emperor during times of war. At all other times they are technically under the Councils. However, both the fleet and the guard are fairly independent.
The hierarchy had remained as above for approximately 950 seasons until the Starsight reorganized the government during his reign.

Elite Guard - The emperor's personal guard. They see to the protection of the imperial family and the security of the Keep. They handle most of the duties for running the Keep on a daily basis. Only the most experienced guards are promoted to the Elite and only by the hand of the emperor.

First Prince or Princess - First born of the emperor or empress and heir to the throne of the Imperium. 

The Hold - The prison located in the lower three levels of the Keep on the eastern side toward the sea.

Immunity Sanction – Security clearance.

Last Defense - The trial of an accused criminal where he or she is allowed to offer their last defense against accusations and present evidence before sentence is carried out. Somewhat like our appeal process. Usually, before anyone is accused and brought before Last Defense; investigations, interviews, and evidence are meticulously gathered and evaluated by the Council of Justice. If someone is innocent, he or she is usually found so during this part of the process. If someone makes it to Last Defense, usually this is the last ditch effort to fight for their innocence.

Marshall of the Guard - Commander of the Elite, the Council, and the Gate Guards. 

Staking or The Stake - Brutal form of execution where the condemned are stripped and bound to a large stake, their hands, and necks stretched and tied to the top, and the ankles and legs stretched and tied to the bottom. The stake is lifted up and then quickly thrown into a hole where it is tapped down. When the stake hits the hole usually the prisoner's neck, shoulders, and hips come out of their sockets. If lucky, it will break the neck immediately and kill the person. If not, they will leave them there until the prisoner dies in excruciating pain the entire time.