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The First Council of Cities (Vae victis!)

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Composition

First Council of Cities
Delegations Representing one City
Orleans Primary Delegate Enchar Normandii Primary delegate Swedarc
Additional Delegates 8 Additional Delegates 8
Votes 10 Votes 10
Brittorcay Primary Delegate Enexsa Paris Primary delegate Hesartic
Additional Delegates 6 Additional Delegates 6
Votes 8 Votes 8
Delegations Representing Several Cities
North Gaulic

Delegation

Primary Delegate Semert South Gaulic

Delegation

Primary delegate Rortac
Additional Delegates 4 Additional Delegates 4
Votes 6 Votes 6

Background

As the cities of Europe began to centralize, the leaders looked for ways to provide easy communication between the governments of the cities. As the leaders began to look for ways to provide an institution for communication and trade, they were heavily influenced by the Etruscan and Senone senates. However, because of the multiple states involved in the organization, the inspiration experienced a lot of reworking. Eventually it was decided that each participating city would send a primary delegate, who would get two votes, and several additional delegates, each with one. Additionally, two delegations would represent many smaller cities. Once this was sorted out, the first meeting commenced.

The Council

The main discussion topic of the council was, of course, trade. Because of its necessity to the survival of the cities, it dominated most discussions. What Enchar wanted was established trade routes to protect trade between cities, and prevent trading missions from being held up by the "uncivilized" tribal Gauls. He also wanted to create a group to defend these routes, made up of soldiers from several major cities. While the idea itself was largely popular, the specifics were hugely controversial, and Paris specifically, and it caused a lot of problems in the negotiations. However, in the end, a compromise was reached, and Enchar's goal was fulfilled.

Aftermath

The effects of the council quickly spread across Gauland. Major trading routes were established, and a small joint army was made to defend them. At its height, it was estimated that there were a total of 1400 soldiers in this army, to say nothing of the armies of individual cities. This facilitated further trade between the Cities, and were even used by both the Senone and the Carthaginians. As more goods flowed across Gauland, it became increasingly rich and influential, and began to be more recognizable states. This allowed the cities to expand and the richest ones to get even richer. Even hundreds of years later, the infrastructure created by this council would be used in everyday life.

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