STAVENN NEWS #3616
Date: 5/16/2015 at 21:51
From: Imperator Theophilus Aracelia, The Omega
To : Everyone
Subj: The Republic of Stavenn
Citizens of Stavenn,
This is perhaps the most important post I have written to date, and I urge you to pay close attention to what
I have to say.
Since the founding of the city of Stavenn, we have been considered the Stavennite Empire. Since time
immemorable we have existed as the supreme authority of Aetherius, ruling the realm through our prowess in the
arts of combat and forcing those who disagree with our ideologies to kneel before us like the cowards they are
under our wrath. We have spread flame throughout and spilt blood upon the grounds of this world and we have
shown no mercy toward those who dare oppose us. Do not think for one second that what I am about to propose is
going to change any of that. We were founded upon the principles of war by the prophetess Kalika Aisling under
the guidance of the former Lord Aesir, God of War, and we will always be a city of war no matter how many
choose to march into battle alongside us.
Today, however, I propose a period of transition for the city of Stavenn. I propose that we move from being
considered the Stavennite Empire to the Republic of Stavenn. Those of you who have existed in the realms since
the founding of the Stavennite Empire are in all likelihood appalled by my proposal while others see this as a
welcome change. I would, however, like an opportunity to explain my reasoning for this modernization before
you jump to conclusions or assumptions.
Let me begin by saying that the current Ephorate would like to see this change occur (barring one), as would
Esmyrsia, our Demon Empress. Should Stavenn become a Republic, the power will shift from the hands of a few
and instead move into the hands of all. Each citizen will have much more of a voice in political matters with
your Council representing you and speaking on your behalf. The current Imperator will then make decisions on
behalf of the Council, following their will. I am -not- proposing that we become a democratic republic,
meaning that citizens receive a vote on matters democratically with the Council members voting according to
the popular political opinion. Rather, I am proposing that the Council have equal power to the Imperator while
only taking into consideration the opinions of the greater populace in making decisions. In times past, the
Imperator and the Council acted with sovereignity despite what the greater populace thought. I believe this
needs to change as we are all elite citizens even if we have varying degrees of rank.
The changes to the structure of Stavenn will consist of the following:
-The Ephorate will be renamed "the Imperium."
-Each member of the Imperium, or High Council of Stavenn, will be called a "Senator."
-Each Senator will be the governor of a towne with the appoinments made by the Imperator.
-Each member who has achieved the rank of Nobility will be permitted one vote along with each Senator on
matters of importance.
-Any citizen who is not a noble will never be demanded to do anything by one of a higher rank, be it shining
boots or cleaning horses. The time of dictation is over. The horde and the like are our servants from here on
out, not our own citizens. If a Stavennite citizen of lower rank is "requested" to do something, they should
do so out of respect and not fear.
-In occurences of a citizen breaking the law or disrespecting one of higher rank, the offended may not slay or
attack the offendor like the savages of the North. The offendor will be brought before the Imperium or
-The leader of Stavenn will be elected by the people rather than appointed by the Imperium, just as Senators
-As time goes on, further changes may be made to strengthen the State of the Republic.
I understand that the people may wish to replace me as Imperator after a proposal of such drastic proportions.
If this is the case, I am fine with it. I have done much for Stavenn and I have served the city loyally. I
have many more plans for the city whether or not the referedum to make this transition passes, begining with
increasing the infrastructure of the city. Reconstructing our townes is also a project which will take place
alongside expansion into the Modin and the Ravana. I hope thay you continue to put your trust in me to lead
you well and with loyalty, and I assure you I will always give my best effort to serve each one of you with
fairness and consistency. Please vote your conscience in the upcoming referendum. Should the referendum pass,
there will then be polls to vote on changing the names of the appropriate positions. Finally, the divine will
officially declare us the Republic of Stavenn.
-In perpetual service,
Imperator Theophilus Aracelia.
Penned by my hand on the 10th of Halitus, in the year 76 AM.