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CONSTITUTIONIS POPULI ROMÆ
Article I SENATE
Consul Ordinarii (2)
Also called simply Consul, these two men are granted Imperium (Imperium is the power to make laws by personal declaration) upon election to office, which is for one year. When they leave office they are eligible for office of Censor. After their tenure, they may be charged with crimes committed whilst in office. A man may only hold the office for one year, four times, and not in succession or more than three times in a five year period. At Senate meetings, these men speak second. Have the power of veto over each other and the Consul Perpetuus. Must be a Roman native.
Consul Suffecti (3)
Vice-Consuls to the Consuls Ordinarii. In the event of death or leave from Rome, these men assume the responsibilities of the missing Consul. Elected every six months from the Senate by the Senate.
Consul in charge of the administration outside of the Ager Publicus, which is the domain of the Senate, within which he has no Imperium. He is elected from amongst the ex-Censors for 20 years. At Senate meetings, this man speaks sixth. May only serve one term.
(Explained in the Quaestiones article) These men speak third at Senate meetings. Serve for one year.
Prince of the Senate, leader of the house. This man has the right to speak first amongst the Senators. Serves for five years. Appointed by Senate.
Aediles (4; 2 Curule [patrician] and 2 plebeian)
Manage and stage public games. Serve for one year.
Ministers of the Roman and provincial tax codes. Serve five years.
Board of 26 men who assist with the tax codes. They are appointed by the Quaestores from amongst non-government officials.
These men conduct the Census, and are elected for four years from the ex-Consuls. They hold the censoria potestas and can strike Senators from the rolls. They speak fourth at Senate meetings. Serve for five years.
Tribuni Plebis (10)
Ten tribunes are elected each year to defend the rights of the Plebeians. To this end they are given the power of Tribunicia Potestas, the ability to veto any law the Senate or anyone else puts forth concerning the rule of the Ager Publicus. They must be Plebeians. These men speak fifth at Senate meetings. Serves for one year.
Chief priest of the empire's religion.
Advisor to the Consul on religious affairs of the Empire. Appointed by Senate from Senate for life or until replaced.
Head priests. Appointed by Senate from Senate for life or until replaced.
Divine the will of the gods for the Senate. Trains diviners for the legions.
Quindecemviri Sacris Facundis (16)
Monitors foreign cults and advises Senate on laws relating to them. Keep the Sybilline books.
Maiores Flamen/Flaminica Dialis- Iupiter
Flamen Martialis- Martes
Flamen Quirinales- Quirinus
Minores Flamen Caesaris- Divi Iulius
Flamen Augustalis- Divi Augustus
Flamen Carmentalis- Carmenta
Flamen Cerealis- Ceres
Flamen Falacer- Falacer
Flamen Florialis- Flora
Flamen Palatualis- Pales
Flamen Pomonales- Pomona
Flamen Portunalis- Portunus
Flamen Volcanis- Vulcan
Flamen Volturnalis- Volturnus
Flamen Furinalis- Furrina
Priests of Mars, including Magister, head priest; Praesul, dance leader; Vatis, song leader
Fratres Arvales (170)
Minor deity priests.
Virgo Vestales (6)
Guard sacred fire of Rome. Headed by Virgo Vestales Maxima.
Organize the public feasts on holidays.
Priests of Minerva; promote education.
Priests of Apollo; promote artistic pursuits.
To enter they must be First or Second Class. No less than 200 Senators; at least 55% from the Ager Publicus, and 45% from the Provinces. Provinces choose whom and how many they wish to send, they may ask for entry each year from the Censors, who control the admission. These men (pedarii) speak twelfth at meetings.
The Senate has the power of Senatus Consultum. Meaning, if it gives an issue of advice on a matter to a magistrate, including the Consul Perpetuus, it should be taken with the weight of law. Since however, it is only advice, the Consul Perpetuus has the ability to veto the decree, since his Imperium is outside the Pomerium of the Ager Publicus. At which point it shall be put to a board of jurists who will then make a decision which will be final and binding to the Consul Perpetuus. Other magistrates cannot oppose the Senatus Consultum. The Senate debates laws and puts them before the Concilium Plebii for ratification. Laws passed by the Senate apply immediately to the Ager Publicus and the prefecture Italia. All other prefectures ratify by 7/10 majority vote of Proconsuls.
Senate elections and appointments shall take place on the first of January each year.
Article II SENACULUM
Roman Senators choose a delegate to be in this committee. They shall vote on whether or not to declare war. They also elect Consuls, Censors, and Praetors for the Senate from the Senate.
The tribal committee that ratifies the election of Consuls by bestowing Imperium upon them (ceremonial). They also vote in the remaining Senatorial magistrates, including the men of the Ager Publicus from the Senate.
140 citizens total from each of the 14 districts of Rome are put on this council to ratify tax laws.
All Plebeian citizens of Rome meet in the Forum to elect the Tribuni Plebis and to propose plebiscita to the Tribuni Plebis, which are binding to all Roman citizens if the tribune picks it up and puts it to vote. Also pass laws proposed by the Senate.
Article III AGER PUBLICUS
The Latin Tiber River plain is to be administered as a district separate from provinces. The ministers of this area report directly to the Senate and bypass all provincial government. The Praefectus Fabrum of the Amici Principis is responsible for the superstructure of this region.
Governor of the Ager Publicus, speaks seventh at Senate meetings.
Praefectus Urbi (2)
These two men administer Rome and Ostia respectively; the former speaks eighth and the latter ninth at Senate meetings.
Curator Alvei et Riparum Tiberis
Curator to monitor and regulate the Tiber River.
Ministers of the 14 districts of Rome. Listed below:
I) Porta Capena
III) Isis et Serapis
IV) Templum Pacis
VI) Alta Semita
VII) Via Lata
VIII) Forum Romanum
IX) Circus Flaminius
XI) Circus Maximus
XII) Piscina Publica
XIV) Trans Tiberim
These two men administer the non-urban area between the two cities. One for the North side of the river (Ager Romanus) and one for the South bank (Latium), the former speaks tenth at meetings and the latter eleventh.
Article IV NATURE OF THE CONSUL PERPETUUS
The Consul Perpetuus has complete Imperium outside the Ager Publicus. He cannot, however, change the general structure of the government without Senate approval, though he may create new offices and bureaus. All of the powers of any magistrate below him are to be considered his powers as well. And as such, he can overrule any of their edicts. The Consul is supreme commander of all military forces.
The Consul has Imperium in different forms. These edicta take the form of: epistula- decisions passed to officials or public bodies; subscriptio- decisions stated to individuals or cities; decreta- decrees made when acting as judge in high trials; mandata- statements to provincial governors.
The Consul may not delegate his power or split the Empire in any way.
The Consul must abide Senate wishes and decrees concerning ethics and Imperial protocol in public situations.
Consular orders to execute persons or parties must be approved by a nine-tenths vote of the Senate. Only when the Senate has granted rights to summary execution to the Consul may this clause be bypassed. The Senate can only do this for a month at a time.
The Consul may have someone "executed" without Senate approval if, and only if, he challenges that person to a direct duel. Both equally armed. The Senate for foul play will inspect the challenged.
The Consul may not execute, or issue orders to the Senate to execute a member of the Senate. The Consul can openly proclaim "no confidence" in a Senator and ask for the Senate to do with this man what it deems fit.
The Consul may not seize private property or public property for his own purse.
He shall be given, if he so chooses, a state provided domus adjacent to the reception "palace" the Senate maintains for receiving audiences.
The only authority the Consul has over the army is the ability to veto any command given by the Magister Militum Praesentalis.
Article V.I MILLIVIRI
The government officials not fitting either provincial roles or administration of the Senate. The Senate ratifies all appointments.
Council of five men who advise the consul on civic improvements and laws that affect the Empire. Elected by the Senate from the Senate for five-year terms.
Armed Forces High Command
Magistri Militum (Masters of the Army):
Magister Militum Praesentalis
Supreme commander below the Consul of all military forces. In charge of organizing all paramilitary units in Section II. Appointed by the Senate from the Senate for life or until replaced.
Commander of the Infantry. Appointed by the Senate from the Senate for life or until replaced.
Commander of the Navy. Appointed by the Senate from the Greek Senators for life or until replaced. Besides the general outline for the fleet structure below (Section II), has complete control of organization and composition of gross naval force.
College of Comes
Chief commanders of legions in a given area. Though there is no chief Come, the most prestigious posts are those of Asia I (Armenia) and Aegypti. The five remaining posts are: 1) Brittania, 2) Germania, 3) Gothica, 4) Palaestina, 5) Nubia, 6) Asia II (Persepolis). Responsible for raising local militia if necessary. They are appointed by the Senate for ten years.
Tribunal of one representative for every legion that reports on the status of the legions. This post is filled by private citizens who petition for the office.
Decemviri Legibus Scribundis*
Board of ten men who draft laws proposed by the Consul. These men are hired by the Emperor from the Senate (at least five must be provincial Senators, but the rest are optional).
Quaestors Sacri Palati
Organize Consular correspondence with subjects. Five people not including the officers listed below. Appointed by Senate from Senate for life or until replaced.
Prepares and sends Imperial mandates to provincial governors
Prepares and sends Imperial epistules to officials and public bodies.
In charge of the Quaestors Sacri Palati.
Ten men including officer below, who manage the Consular palace and state property given to the Consul and Consular family for his term, to report thefts on the part of the Consul whilst in office. Hired by Senate.
Comes Rerum Privitarum
Head of the Cura Palatiorum.
Personal Secretary to the Consul. Hired by Consul.
Comes Sacrae Vestis*
Designs all uniforms for all military services and determines the proper togas for all governmental officers. Hired by Senate.
Consul's aide in matters concerning the Census. Relays Imperial requests as to information needed. Hired by Senate.
Consul's aide when he acts as judge in high cases. Hired by Senate.
Foreign Minister. Appointed by Senate from Senate for 10 years.
Imperial Architect. Hired by Consul.
Prince Regent; acts as Consul when he is not able but still alive. Consul must publicly acknowledge his authority. He is selected from the Senate by the Consul for life or until replaced.
Consul's finance minister; works with the Quaestors of the Senate. Elected by Quaestors from Senate.
Comes Sacrorum Largitionum
Count of the Treasury, stores all funds collected. Head of the treasury magistrates. Elected from Senate by Senate for 10 years.
Tribunii Aerarii (2)
One tribune manages the Aerarium Saturni (state treasury), while the other manages the Aerarium Sanctus (emergency funds). Elected from Senate by Senate for 10 years.
Praefecti Aerarii (2)
These two prefects jointly manage the Fiscus (provincial treasury). Appointed from Senate by Consul for 10 years.
Praefecti Aerarii Militaris (3)
These three prefects manage jointly the Aerarium Militaris (military treasury). Appointed by Consul from Senate for 10 years.
This prefect manages the Aerarium Alimentum (alimentary treasury). Elected from Senate by Senate for 10 years.
Praefectus Frumenti Dandi*
Prefect in charge of the dole. Appointed by Consul from Senate.
Comes Privatae Largitionis*
Consul's personal finance minister (does not do state accounts). Hired by Consul.
Imperial Aide. Always present, when the Consul orders, he contacts the persons to get the orders carried out. Hired by Consul.
Minister of committees created ad hoc. Hired by Consul.
Count of intergovernmental communication, joint head of the Cursus Publicus with the Praefectus Vehiculorum. Appointed by Consul from Senate for two years.
Heads the Cursus Publicus with the Comes Dispositionum. Appointed by Consul from Senate for two years.
Courier system for the government, divided into three divisions:
Ordinary courier service for provincial and popular correspondence.
Cargo transportation for Imperial goods.
Rapid delivery branch, usually only the Consul uses this.
Chief of all the Internal Security forces. Appointed by Magister Militum Praesentalis from Senate for five years.
Manages and organizes the games with Aediles. Appointed by Consul from Senate for one year.
Praepositus Sacri Cubiculi
Grand Chamberlain of the Empire's material property (i.e. the grain supply, mines, mints, weapons factories...). Appointed by Consul from Senate for five years. He appoints from the Senate the men listed below.
Small council headed by the Praefectus Annonae that manages the grain supply.
Small council headed by the Praefectus Aquarum that manages the water supply in Rome only.
Board of three men that manage the mints and design specie.
Council responsible for the upkeep of roads.
Curatores Operum Publicorum
Council responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of public buildings.
Article V.II.A PRINCIPATAL, PREFECTURAL, DIOCESAL and PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT
Consul Principati (3)
Three administrators of the Principatus Europa, Africa, and Asia respectively. Their main duty is to regulate and monitor trade and commerce in their domains. Appointed by the Senate from the Senate for 10 years.
Prefectus (Europa , Africa , Asia ; 10)
Governor of a Prefecturus; appointed by Consul Perpetuus from ex-Censors for 10 years. Has Imperium to make laws within his prefecture; must be ratified by the subordinate Vicarii below him (7/10). Also responsible for raising twice as many legions as he has diocese in his prefecture (not necessarily from each diocese). No authority to command these troops is granted. As soon as the levy for a legion is met, one of the Comes assumes control of the legion.
Vicarus Praetectorum Praetoria (Europa , Africa , Asia ; 50)
Dual governors of a Diocese; appointed by Consul Perpetuus from Senators for 10 years. Imperium to make laws in their Diocese, which are ratified by 7/10 votes of Proconsuls in their diocese.
Each Vicar appoints one Discussor for each province in his Diocese for five years. They are responsible for tax collection below their level.
Governors of a province; Proconsular Imperium restrained by necessary 70% ratification of laws by his provincial Senate; elected by the people of a province from the people by plebiscita for 5 years.
Deputy governor; head of Concilia of respective province, appointed by Proconsul for his term from native provincials.
Provincial Senate; entry varies perprovince.
Finance minister of the province.
Other government offices are dictated by local custom.
City Structure (for Roman capitals[all pre-existing cities keep their traditional government]):
Administrator of a city.
Tax collectors in a city.
Minister of city structures.
Finance ministers of the city.
Tax collectors of the rural area of a province.
Senatus Proconsuli down the list to Quaestores Provinciales are all elected by plebiscite from natives for term of Proconsul. They are paid.
Any other offices needed for a city are created ad hoc. This is also the basic framework of the Municipia (Roman colony); all other towns get a Praeses in addition to the town's chief magistrate/parliament, to institute a degree of Romanization. He has the ability to veto laws passed by city governments. In the Diocese of Italia, Proconsuls will be replaced with the Procurator officer.
Article V.II.B TABULA PROVINCIAE
PUT THE NEW ONE IN HERE (In paragraph form)
Article VI QUAESTIONES
Judicial system in the capital (SENATORIAL):
Justices (2) for each district in the capital itself. These men should have no jurisdiction outside the pomerium. Handles all civil and criminal cases.
Praetor inter Peregrinos (10)*
Justices (5) for each side of the Tiber zone, which reaches to the mouth of the river up to the capital and extends five miles out from the river and out of the capital walls. Hired by Curator Regionum.
Justices in Ostia. Hired by Curator Regionum.
Judicial system outside of the capital (CONSULAR):
Duoviri Iuredicundo (2)
Dual justices of a city, elected to position by the provincial Senatus Proconsuli until people request replacement.
Justice of a province, who goes to the province after serving in Rome as a Praetor. If possible, the Praetor chooses his province. Serves as long as he wants.
Justice of a diocese, appointed by a Dominus from Propraetors.
Justice of a prefecture, hired by the Senate in the capital from petitioning candidates.
All civil and criminal cases are brought before the court of the Duoviri. Inter-city cases are brought before the Propraetor, as well as appeals from city courts. Inter-provincial cases are brought before the Baro, as well as appeals from provincial courts. Appeals from diocese and inter-diocesan cases are brought before the Dominus. Appeals from prefectures and inter-prefecture cases are brought before the Senate in the capital, who appoints a Iudex Apellationis for the trial from their ranks as justice. If the case is still appealed, it will go before the Consul Perpetuus in a special trial known as a Cognitio Caesariana.
SECURITY AND DEFENSE
A "model" legion has been created below for reference. This is also the standard organization and cannot be varied throughout the Empire. Though it can be changed for all legions, if altered here.
LEGIONES RES PUBLICUM
General/Commander of the Legion
Secretary to the Legate; Organizes temporary encampments
Standard-bearer for the legion (may have assistants from rank soldiers for this); Manages legion's accounts
Manages the religious activities of the legions.
Senior tribune in charge of military operations and strategy.
Tribunii Augusticlavii (5)
Assist T. Laticlavius in forming strategies.
Five Centurions of the Prima Cohort
Manages Prima Cohort
Manages Prima Cohort
Trainer of new recruits
Trainer of new recruits
Trainer of new recruits
Centurions in remaining cohorts (II-X) are of equal status. According to length of service a title is applied within each cohorts seniority. And then again seniority down through the cohorts. The longest serving Centurion, outside of Prima Cohort, would be the Pilus Prior of the Cohors Secunda. The newest would be Hastatus Posterior of Cohors Nonus.
Appointed by men within a Contubernia for self administration.
Regular troops with special duties and double pay
Standard bearers for the cohorts
Flag bearers for the Centuries, organize sentry watches
Soldiers of the Prima Cohort. Earn 1 1/2 pay. Have non-combat jobs working in shops, forges, mills, kitchens, etc.
Standard Legionary, combat soldier.
Orders of Battle:
Optio commands a Contubernium of 10 soldiers. Eight Contubernia make a Century of 80 soldiers commanded by a Centurion. Six Centuries make a Cohort of 480 soldiers commanded by a Tribunus.
Optio commands a Contubernium of 10 soldiers. Sixteen Contubernia make a Century of 160 soldiers commanded by a Centurion. Five Centuries make a Cohort of 800 soldiers commanded by a Tribunus.
Optio commands a Contubernium of seven riders. Eight Contubernia make a Century of 56 riders commanded by a Decurion. Eight Centuries make a Cohort of 448 riders commanded by a Prefectus. Two Cohorts per legion.
Optio commands a Contubernium of six soldiers. Ten Contubernia make a Cohort of 60 soldiers commanded by the Legatus Legionis.
There are five Contubernia of ballistae, and five of catapulta.
Additional militia raised by Comes.
Prefect of an individual fleet.
Head of a squadron of ships
Captain of a ship.
Assistant to the Triearch.
Article I INTERNAL SECURITY
Legion stationed in capital permanently as defense (organized like a legion). Every ten years, this legion should be replaced by a seasoned legion that is stationed abroad. The old Praetorians will be rotated out to the newly vacant position. Headed by two Praefectus Praetorianus who are permanently stationed in the capital.
Equites Singulari Augusti
Cavalry patrol of the capital (organized like an Ala of cavalry). This unit is to work in addition to the cavalry of the Praetorian Guards. They should be rotated out with a unit of Ala from a legion abroad every ten years.
Guards of the walls of the city.
Regular police force throughout the Empire (organized like a legion, each city levies its own as needed).
Ceremonial guards; considered sacrosanct (because of antiquity of post). Also the state's executioners. Hired by the Senate for the officers who by tradition they protect: Consuls get 12, Praetors of the Senate get 6. Vestals are also allowed one each.
Police, fire, and riot brigade in the capital (organized as three cohorts from a legion).
The three men who administer this force. Appointed from Senate by Senate indefinitely.
Diocesal scale police, main functions is to patrol roads and help obtain fugitives who have passed out of another forces' jurisdiction.
Agenes in Rebus
Consul Perpetuus' police agency (organization of the officers of one legion) of which he is the head.
Senate's police agency (organization of the officers of one legion) of which the Princeps Senatus is the head.
Stated in title (organization of the officers of one legion) of which the Praetor Peregrinus is the head.
Governmental Protection (Palatini):
Consul Perpetuus' personal bodyguard, present always (3 men commanded by Consul himself).
Consul Perpetuus' bodyguard while in public (i.e. attending the games) inside the capital (organized as a Contubernium of men from a legion).
Consul Perpetuus' bodyguard while traveling (organized as one Century of Ala)
Consular Domus guards (no organization except for an Optio and his aides, the Optio hires them individually to guard the palace as needed).
Government building guards (no organization whatsoever, hired as needed to guard) hired by Senate.
Guards for officials of the government (hired freely and independently by government officials at their leisure). Considered government job because the Senate will give a subsidy of 1% of the guard's pay to the Senator to assist his payment.
Germani Corporis Custodes
Guards of the treasury buildings (hired as needed by the Comes Sacrorum Largitionum [historically from German provinces]).