Government

Rule and Government: The Tagata have a cultural inclination towards an ordered stratified culture of the rule. Nobility is seen as a status to be achieved through family growth. Nobility can be achieved through patronage; a noble family can sponsor a family with sufficient lineage and wealth to become a member of the nobility. The royal family is slightly different. The ruling families of Zamiatin and Massina joined together to create the current ruling royal family. This is a bloodline some 300-year-old with more than 40 living members. It is possible to marry into the royal family, however, women who marry out of the royal family are no longer a part of the royal lineage and therefore are no longer eligible to become rulers.

The Monarch. A strange mix of elective, constitutional monarchy, and republic. The monarch reigns for life, or until a vote of no confidence is passed by the Senate. The royal family members are the only ones who are eligible for the throne and the heir must be elected by the people from the royal family. Duties. The monarch is responsible for declaring war, overseeing the economy, and approval of laws and judicial appointees.

The Senate. The Senate is made up in three parts, the first third is drawn from the nobility, all the noble houses put forward their candidates and each member of the noble houses then votes, candidates are not permitted to vote. The second third is drawn from the merchant guilds. Each guild receives representation based on its wealth and influence. A merchant guild with more wealth and contracts receives more representation. The last third is drawn from the people themselves, all the laborers, soldiers, dock workers, sailors, and others not represented by the other two groups. The representatives are voted upon by district in a direct democracy style of voting. All citizens age 16 and older may vote.

Duties. The Senate is responsible for the passing of bills and new laws, as well as approving of any proposed by the monarchy. A 3/5ths majority is needed to enact new laws and taxes. While the Monarch has the ability to declare a formal war the Senate can overrule this decision with a 3/5ths majority.

Judiciary. Judges are drawn from the most respected and experienced law scholars of the kingdom. A list of judges is drawn up for all the available appointments by the Senate. The list is given to the monarch to approve. The list may be approved in full or part, but the Senate may force the full list through with a unanimous vote. Once appointed judges serve for 10 years. The courts are independent of both the monarch and the Senate once appointed and are only beholden to law.

The Peoples Conclave: Each day the Tagatans meet in their communities during the morning before the SeiLa (False Sun). During this time the nobles meet in their halls and gather to discuss their goals and political agenda. Merchants gather in guild halls and discuss trade policy and new contracts, how to balance the profits of the year’s trade money and press further legal issues. The people gather in small districts in open gardens around great clocks and ancient sundials in gardens and open squares. This is the base of the Tagatan political machine. Every day the people gather to make their voices heard. The meeting is run by the Taga Lëo (peoples voice) an elected position without pay. Taga Lëo acts as moderators and dictates the flow and topics which come up. In this way each day the people get to influence and interact with their senators. Those Tagatan’s who can not attend in the morning may have the same opportunity in the afternoon.