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Roleplay Senate vol 2
04-15-2019, 07:39 AM
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Introduction!
Lately, my Senate RP has become more common, and more popular. Thus, I have decided to make an official guide to Senate RP. What is it for? How does it work? How do I join? This will all be answered in the following guide. 

What is the Senate for?
Senate is for more realistic government system in Div, that has hiearchy, voting systems, and something liberals today love to say they have: democracy. This system works on several levels: Provincial(area) governments, Senate itself, and the people voting, hence: Senatus PopulusQue Romanus - Senate and People of Rome. This RP, ofcourse, is Rome RP, but the main area of focus is government and politics. 

How do I join? What positions are there? 
Joining the Senate is really simple: generally, it would mean PMing/talking to me. Now, that I've made this guide, in my absence you can also pm/talk to Censor(in absence of which, highest magistrate). After which, you get to choose positions, and if that is all done, a vote will be done in one of the assemblies to elect you for a term. 
  How long are terms? Each term is half a week long, and are from Sunday 0:00 to Thursday 12:00, and from Thursday 12:00 to Sunday 0:00. 
 "But Andre," you ask... "what positions ARE there?" Excellent question, anon. There are four classifications: ProMagistrates, Magistrates(And Senators), Military, and Plebeian Tribunes. 
Let's start off from lowest, to highest

Tribunus Militum(Military Tribune): This rank is Deputy to a Legate(A general). A legate can have maximum of 6 Tribunes, taking turns as deputy while rest are staff officers. In absence of Legate, there will be maximum of 6 Tribunes, and can be assigned to ProMagistrates. Tribunus Militum is military position, but also often used as stepping-stone to politics. After this, five terms must be waited before again being Tribunus Militum. This position is elected in Tribal Assembly. 

Tribunus Plebis(Tribune of the Plebs): This position is only for Plebeians(Commoners, will get to that later). Plebeian Tribune has quite a power within Senate, being able to VETO any action by Senate and its magistrates and senators, providing they are present physically to veto, and only unable to veto Dictator. Tribunus Plebis is also able to veto another Tribune's veto, providing said veto doesn't already veto a veto. These people are protectors of the Plebeians against the potential abuse of power by Magistrates. Tribune of the Plebs is sancrosanct: Disobeying veto and laying arms upon one can be met with harsh punishments(Expelling from politics up to death). Tribunus Plebis is not a magistrate, however they do have power to propose legislation, voted in Senate and then Plebeian Assembly, they have power to call into session a Senate meetin, and they have power to call into session Plebeian Assembly for a vote of their choosing, unless it is for legislation that is not passed in Senate. Tribunus Plebis' power only applies to Plaza, Hospital, Nexus and Civ Spawn areas. Tribunus Plebis has to limit to consecutive terms, thus you can keep electing for Tribunus Plebis until voted out of office. Each term there are 20 slots for Tribunus Plebis. This position is elected in Plebeian Assembly. 

Quaestor: The first true Magistrate. This magistrate deals financial audits for irregularities(printers, etc), deals with some finances, and can be placed as Provincial governor's deputy and administrative assistant. Each term there are 4 Magistrates who are local, and rest are placed as provincial deputies and administrators. Quaestors become official Senators after term, unless Censor is present, who will officially make them Senators, even during term if so chosen. Each term, there are 20 Quaestors. In event that provincial Quaestor is, for example, impeached or (leaves server), a senator can be elected ProQuaestor in senate. Reelecting to Quaestor term is avaible after 5 terms. Being a Quaestor opens up possibility to become Rector Provincae, Legatus, Pontifex, Pontifex Maximus, Curule Aedile, Aedile Plebis, Praetor, and Dictator. This position is elected in Tribal Assembly.

Rector Provincae(Provincial Governor): This quite rare position, and first of ProMagistrates, with only administrative governor powers in their province. As any ProMagistrate, they can be elected for 1 to 5 terms. It does not have power to lead armies in province. Requisite of this position is being Senator, and not being ex-Praetor or higher, nor having active term other than Pontifex Maximus or Pontiff. This position is elected in Senate session. Upon entering Senate session, this position resigns their position, and becomes a Senator. 

Legatus Legionis(Legate/General): This position is open to all Senators. It is in charge of a Legion, with whoever reporting to them. If asked to due to lack of forces, they can raise army, if non-CP(Become mob Boss, or be Anarchist/SPT). As CP, recommended to be Chief or Mayor. This can be elected of term of 1 to 5 terms, or until resignation. Upon entering Senate session, a Legate resign their command and become a Senator. This position is elected in Senate session.  

Aedile Plebis(Plebeian Aedile): Plebeian Aedile is a position only for Plebeians. There are two of Plebeian Aediles. This position deals with public festivals, upkeep of public buildings, hygiene, food supply of city. This position shares power with two Curule Aediles. Plebein Aediles must decide either in Senate, or by agreement that is agreed upon in Senate, which areas they will take. Plebeian Aedile has Slums and Hobo Provinces to choose from. Reelecting to Aedile Plebis is avaible after 5 terms. They are elected in Plebeian Assembly. 

Curule Aedile: Curule Aedile is practically same position as Aedile Plebis, however is open to both Patricians and Plebeians, and as such, there are also 2 Curule Aediles, completing 4 Aediles in total. Curule Aedile deals with religious festivals, upkeep of temples, hygiene, and food supply of city. As this position is on same level, you must wait same time for being Aedile, regardless of which you want to be or which you were. While Aedile Plebis deals with Slums and Hobo provinces, Curule Aedile deals with Plaza-Civ Spawn and Hospital-Nexus areas, and is decided upon in same manner. Reelecting to Curule Aedile is avaible after 5 terms. They are elected in Tribal Assembly. 

Although Aedile positions are not required to become Praetor, it is recommended, as it shows more competence and dedication to politics and public. 

Praetor: One of the higher Magistracies, as it is reflected by their manner of election. Praetors have Imperium: Power to lead armies, and power to propose legislation in Senate, call upon a Senate session, and power to call Tribal Assembly to session. Praetors are judges in their areas. Two are voted in Senate to be Praetor Urbanus, working in Plaza, while others are voted to provinces. There are 8 Praetors in total. As all positions holding Imperium, they are protected from legal prosecution in court, until their term ends. Reelecting as Praetor is avaible after 5 terms. In absence of Consuls, they are the senior officials of Senate. Praetor opens up possibility of becoming a Consul, Consul Suffectus and ProPraetor. They are elected in Centuriate Assembly. 

ProPraetor: After their term of Praetor expires, they can be voted in Senate to become ProPraetor, a Promagistrate(provincial governor) with Imperium and powers of Praetor, other than Legislative and Senate Session powers. ProPraetor, having Imperium, have protection of legal prosecution until term ends. They can be elected for term of 1 to 5 terms. They are elected in Senate Session. 

Consul Suffectus: In event of both Consuls leaving/being impeached, 2 Consul Suffectus are voted in Senate and then voted in Centuriate Assembly. Consul Suffectus is not held in same esteem, as Consul, however have same powers with exception of Veto powers. This position, being emergency position, has no reelecting limit, as it is rare enough. It does not count being a true Consul. They are elected in Senate session and confirmed in Centuriate Assembly. 

Consul: This is the highest position of power in Senate. Consul has Imperium, power to lead forces of two or more Legions, power to call in Senate Session, power to propose legislation in Senate, and power to call upon Tribal or Centuriate Assemblies. Each term, there are only two Consuls, with power to Veto any magistrate, and power to veto the other Consul. In political emergency, Consuls can be voted in Senate session to be given Senatus Consultum Ultimum(Final Act), which gives one of the Consuls power to break law if required to handle a political emergency for duration of emergency - in other words, by any means neccessary. Reelecting to Consul can be done after 5 terms. Consul opens up possibility of becoming Censor and ProConsul. They are elected in Centuriate Assembly. 

ProConsul: Highest of ProMagistrates. This position, being ex-Consul, can be elected in Senate to lead group of Provinces, or if ProPraetor is already in place in the group, one of the group's provinces. ProConsul has the same Imperium, as specified under ProPraetor. ProConsul has absolute power in the province, only trumped by Consuls in power. They are elected in Senate session. 

Censor: Although Censor does not have much of true power in Senate, they are held in high regard as elder statesmen. Censors deal with public morals, ethics, finances, census. Censors are the ones to name new Senators into office, if they are present. Censors also have power to dismiss Senators from Senate on charges, and power to give citizens of Rome a Nota Censoria(Note of Censor), marking this citizen is bad light of overly luxurious, greedy, or otherwise unethical lifestyle. Praetors can call upon Censor in court, for Nota Censoria in addition or instead of other charges. There are only two Censors each Censor term, however their term lasts 3 terms instead of 1. Reelecting to Censor is avaible after 5 terms. They are elected in Centuriate Assembly. 

Pontifex(Pontiff/Bridge builder): Pontifices are highest religious officials, only five being elected. Unlike other religious officials, they require being a Senator. Although Pontifex has no term limit, unless resigning, you can be other positions while being Pontifex, as with all religious officials, however may not elect for other positions if electing for Pontifex in same term. There are only 5 Pontifices at a time, excluding Pontifex Maximus. They are elected in Tribal Assembly. 

Pontifex Maximus(Supreme bridge-builder/Pontiff): Highest religious leader of state, and one among the Pontifices. All rules applying to Pontifices apply to Pontifex Maximus aswell. Pontifex Maximus also has the power to name priests other than Pontifices: Augures and Flamen. There is only one Pontifex Maximus, with no term limit. They are elected in Tribal Assembly. 

Dictator: This position is ONLY elected in a dire emergency, where the whole existence of Senate and People of Rome is in danger, politically or militarily. This position is elected in Senate session, until term end, among Senators, and finalized with a vote in Centuriate assembly. This position is given full military and political power and Imperium. Dictator has power to name a Magister Equitum incase something were to happen to him(leaving, etc), in which case Magister Equitum(Master of the Horses) will take over. Otherwise, Magister Equitum is the assistant to Dictator, lieutenant, and unlike with collegual Consuls, subordinate of Dictator. Election of Dictator should NOT be taken lightly, and chosen carefully, preferably from higher Senators. There is only one at a time, as is Magister Equitum. 

Sidenote: Augures are priests, who observe bird flight and the insides of sacrificed animals, declaring the god's will and potents according to these signs. Flamen are simply priests of gods. One special Flamen is Vestal Virgins, female priests of Vesta. 


Assemblies? Voting? How does all that work? 
Let us start off talking about voting in Senate. Once a Praetor, Consul, or Tribunus Plebis wishes to propose legislation, they call upon a Senate meeting, and start it off, proposing their legislation infront of Senate. Then, speaking order will begin from current sitting Consuls to speak, either by aye, nay, or counter proposal. Then, ex-Consuls are to vote yes, no, counter-proposal, or a proposal of their own. Then sitting Censors, same case. Then sitting Praetors, same. Ex-Praetors, same. Then Aediles, Ex-Aediles, Quaestors, and finally Senators, and ends with Tribunus Plebis. Through it all, a counter-proposals, and original proposals, can be Vetod by Consuls or Tribunus Plebis, other than the one Consul proposing. 
  Voting into positions and provinces works in same manner. If you wish to become ProMagistrate, or Legatus, you must gain support of one legislative position, after which you make your case infront of Senate, and same voting procedure follows. Example: You wish to be Upper Slums ProConsul. Consuls agree, Ex-Consuls two agree, three disagree, one counter-proposes you to be ProConsul in Plaza, one Praetor agrees to Counter-proposal, et cetera. 
Now let us move onto Assemblies. After a legislation is passed, it passes onto either Tribal or Plebeian assembly, or incase of legislation to declare war or peace, it is brought infront of Centuriate Assembly. 

Now onto Assemblies: There are three. Centuriate Assembly, Tribal Assembly, and Plebeian Assembly. All these assemblies take place in Plaza. However, before continuing, it must be understood upon how the wealth and class system works. Org system of this system is as follows: Active criminal orgs are always plebeian, no matter amount of wealth, and active non-criminal orgs are patrician. 
Classes: 
Patrician: 1,5 Million or more(or non-criminal org)
Plebeian
Equestrian: Up to 1,5 million(Or more, if Criminal org)
First Class: Up to 1 Million
Secord Class: Up to 750k
Third Class: Up to 500k
Fourth Class: Up to 250k
Fifth Class: Up to 110k
Proles(plural: Proletarii): Up to 60k

Comitia Centuriata(Centuriate Assembly): This is the most complex, and highest ranking assembly. The assembly elects Censors, Consuls, Praetors, and votes upon war, or peace. Comitia Centuriata is complex in system of voting. In the first vote, Patricians, Equestrians, and First Class can vote. If this fails, second class is included in next vote. If that fails, third class is allowed to vote next vote. So on, until Proletarii can vote. If still failed, votes will be held until a side wins. 

Comitia Populi Tributa(Tribal Assembly): This is a simple, next ranked assembly, where anyone can vote. This assembly elects Pontifices, Pontifex Maximus, Curule Aediles, Quaestors, Tribunus Militums. This assembly votes upon legislation put forth by Praetors and Consuls. If vote fails, revote will be done until successful. 

Concilium Plebis(Plebeian Assembly): This is lowest ranking assembly, with only Plebeians of any class being able to vote. This assembly votes Tribunus Plebis and Aedile Plebis. This assembly votes upon legislation put forth by Tribunus Plebis. As with Comitia Populi Tributa, if vote fails, revotes are done until success is reached. 

Elections in any Assembly: Elections are simple: You vote for either "yes" or "no" for each candidate. In case of tie, it is revoted(with next class of wealth joining vote in case of Centuriate Assembly). If there are more candidates than limit for position, then the candidates with highest yes-to-no ratio will be elected. If there is a tie in ratio, reelections will happen as said above. 

List of Provinces
Groups and their provinces
Slums group: Upper Slums, Lower Slums(Traditional, doesn't apply past the tunnel seperating it from gangster spawn area), Gangster Spawn
Hobo provinces: Hobo spawn, Subway
Plaza group: Plaza, Citizen Spawn, Hospital(If government does not approve Senate)
Hospital group: Hospital, Nexus(incase of Government approved Senate)

Conclusion
This should all be enough to know what you are doing in Senate RP, wether running it or participating. Ofcourse, it participating, you don't need to know all this, but it is a good way to reference yourself to how this all complex system works. 
Thank you for reading.

NB: This was just because I was unable to edit the locked thread. THANKS, FORUMS. Made it look nicer and fixed some faults.

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