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Hayll has been in the grip of conspiracy for years, with shadowy hands pulling the strings of a puppet Queen, and attempting to ensure Hayllian dominance well into the future. The Coliseum was destroyed, and the uprising has given a voice not only to the slaves that escaped the bloodsport, but to the frustrations of the people at large. Traditionalists, hedonists, and freedom fighters collide in an effort to shape Hayll, with internecine war a looming threat.
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Senate and Council of Hayll
« on: May 18, 12, 10:19:35 PM »
    Senate & Council
    of Hayll

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    Brief Overview
    In Hayll, a Senate formed of a representative from each of the 100 families is a tool used by the Queen. They are the voice of the 100 families charged with the task of finding a suitable ruler, enforcing law, and making law. From these 100 Senators is drawn a group of advisors; the ten most qualified, intelligent, experienced, and driven members of the Senate. These ten form the Council of advisors to the Queen. They are responsible for leading the Senate, representing the Senate rightly to the ear of the Queen, advising her in matters in which they were experienced and learned in, and most importantly, from the ten members of the Council, the Queen's Triangle must be chosen, with the exception of Consort. To be simple, the Council is the Queen's balance and the sense of security to the people of Hayll that their voice would be heard and the Territory would be theirs.

    Purposes of the Senate
    • Find a suitable Queen
    • To serve as the voice of the people (100 families) to the Queen through the Council.
    • To hold Hayll stable in the absence of a Queen.
    • In the absence of a Queen, the Senate may:
      • Make and pass law (by 3/4 majority)
      • Enforce Law
      • However, a Queen must be searched for with great enthusiasm.


    Determining the Seat Holder
    As Hayll is a Territory driven by Blood Society, there is a particular order in which a person is made eligible for a Senate seat.
    • Most pure blood - If a person is not pure blooded Hayllian, they may not take a Senate seat unless they have the highest percentage of Hayllian blood in their family. This is rare.
    • Caste - Those who have the highest caste in Blood Society are first in line for their familie's Senate seat if they meet the first qualification. The Blood Society order of caste is the following:
      • Queen (only if she is serving no court or has no court of her own)
      • Warlord Prince
      • Black Widow
      • Priestess/Healer/Prince
      • witch/Warlord
    • Age - Age is a significant factor in Hayllian life. Maturity and experience matter more than many other things. If there is a significant gap in age (over 2 thousand years) there is a possibility of a Senate seat being given to the older persons with a lower caste. (This must be approved by the plot leader).
    • Marital Status - If there is a disagreement over the seat and the matter of caste is a tie or some other discrepancy, if a person is married to another member of the 100 families only, they are therefore more eligible for the seat as they are more likely to reproduce a good offspring.
    • Jewel Rank - If both persons are equal in all the above categories, Jewel Rank may be used as a deciding factor. Jewel Rank matters significantly less than the above categories. It can never be used as a way to usurp a Family member from the Senate seat.
    The Council
    • Council Members - Made up of members of the senate. The Council Members serve in both the Council and the Senate.
      • In the Senate - They are the Leaders of the Senate in way of organization, not in way of votes or power.
      • To the Queen - Advisors to the Queen as a representation of the Senate and therefore the 100 Families. While the Queen may ignore the advice of the Council, it is politically unwise of her to do so in most cases.
    • Requirements
      • Must have at least 1,500 years left to serve in order to be eligible (thus, under 3,500 years/60 years)
      • Must have served in the Senate for at least 1000 years. The only exception to this is Terzo, as he was made eligible for the Council after 700 years of service by Elettra right after the Purge.
    • The Triangle - The Queen's Triangle must be drawn from the Council with the exception of the Consort.
    The above is the original Senate page as written by Kri. The following addition was written by Dash and Phedre.

    The Power of the Senate: These are the official powers of the Senate

    • Write and Implement Taxes- This is the primary feature of the Senate, as it focuses on the regulation of coin and the use of it. Through this the Senate decides upon Public Works projects, prioritizes which should be built first and which contractors to use, and debates which would be of best interest to the general population. A 60% majority in the Senate must be reached in order to form a Tax Bill, and the same must be met in order to implement the design and funding for any Public Works project.

    • To Name and Appoint Judges- An important task of the Senate is to name Judges to oversee Civil and Criminal activities. In times before Hayll's subjugation by the Eyriens of Askavi, criminals were merely sentenced to the Coliseum to fight for their survival. After the Purge, Elettra, former Queen of Hayll, strove to find a more civilized way of managing the punishment of crimes. Death matches in the Coliseum were outlawed and the sole role of Executioner fell to the Coliseum's Shield. This unfortunately placed a great amount of weight back on the Province and District Queens to manage criminal matters and they soon found their time overwhelmed by the handling of both criminal and civil cases. 

      Now the Senate decides upon Provincial and District Judges. Fifteen Judges serve Draega alone, and five others are decided for each District, with one serving as the High Judge for a Province. A 60% majority in the Senate is required to name any judge. A District Queen can veto any appointment to her District. A Province Queen can veto any appointment to a District within her Province or to the placement of the High Judge of her Province. The Queen of Hayll may veto any appointment. This can be overridden by a 75% majority vote of the Senate, but to do so could potentially cause great strife between the Queen of Hayll and the Senate. Queens also have the right to pull specific cases from a Judge and preside over them themselves, which is outlined further below under the Powers of the Queen.

    • To Equip And Arm The Legions- The Senate reserves the right to call up a draft and to equip armies for the state, though they lack the ability to direct the movement of soldiers (that is generally the province of the Praetorian). However, they are empowered during times of crisis and war to issue emergency taxes to fund soldiers and regiments for invasion or civil war. A 90% majority in the Senate is required to issue a draft during peace time but only a 51% majority is required during an emergency crisis, which must be dictated following Protocol by the Consul or the Queen of Hayll.
    The Power of the Queen: These are the official powers of the Queen of Hayll

    • Name Senators: The Queen has the ability to name a Senator, following the criteria laid out by the Senate rules for seniority. Each family from the Hundred Families is entitled to one representative within the Senate, but the Queen may choose which family member it will be should there be more than one of equal seniority. Should a Senator die suddenly, she may place a temporary Senator into the vacant seat until a more permanent Senator can be selected. This temporary Senator may be of another family of the Hundred Families if an appropriate representative of the deceased's family cannot be located.

    • Veto: The Queen can veto any measure passed by the Senate. The Senate may override her by a 75% majority vote.

    • To Hear Cases: Though the Senators place the Judges, the Queen of Hayll, as well as the Province and District Queens, have the ability to take any case that is currently being heard within their jurisdiction and become the sole decider of the case. She may decide the outcome and punishment of the case without jury, and in the case of individuals against the Territory concerning laws, her ruling becomes law. Only a Queen that stands above her (Province over District, Queen of Hayll over Province) can challenge a decision made by a Queen in these decisions, but this is rarely done.

    Things Requiring Cooperation of both the Queen and Senate:

    • Declaration of War- Though the Praetor has command of the army, he is to heed the will of the Senate and the Queen. Only by agreement of the Queen and the Senate (more specifically, a 51% majority of the Senate in a state of crisis and a 90% majority in times of peace) can war be declared against a foreign body or rebellious District or Province.

    • The Labeling of Traitors- To officially mark someone as an enemy of all Hayllians, the Queen and Senate must come to agreement. If they have, the Queen has sole discretion of the punishment for this heinous crime, and can make it as severe as she wishes.
    Structure of the Senate:

    The Consul is the manager of the Senate's Agenda. He speaks with the Senate's voice (though he may not have the backing of the whole Senate). In case of a tie, the Consul may make a tie-breaking vote. The Consul recognizes speakers and offers proper introductions, and is often seen as the wisest and most politically savvy of the Senate. The Consul is named every 20 years by a Senate Majority vote, in which anyone may be nominated but must have three others confirm the nomination.

    Each District Queen and Province Queen may send a delegate in their stead to speak at the Senate. Each Queen (minus the Queen of Hayll) and Senator may cast one vote. Leaders of the Factions: the Praetor, High Priestess, and Head of the Hourglass Coven each count as three votes. As such they are highly sought after for their political support.


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