[Faction] The Imperial Curia

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[Faction] The Imperial Curia

Post by Infragris » Sun Mar 15, 2015 11:58 am

Cyrodiil features three dominant orders of nobility: the Colo-Nordic Lords, the Niben Hierophants, and the Imperial Curia. While the former two base their power on respectively military might and magic, the Curia represents the "nobility of merit": the diplomats, magistrates and bureaucrats who operate the Empire's administrative and judicial machinery.

The Curia's power rests in mandates, administrative procedures, dreamsleeve communication network, and the vast Imperial Archives. With the stroke of a pen, a magistrate can annul trade rights, impose tariffs, authorize or delay infrastructure works, or cancel the pay of a Legion cohort. Curia magistrates are also responsible for managing the Emperor's personal estates and palaces, or overseeing settlements where traditional nobility is no longer present (often because their privileges have been bought or rescinded by the Curia). Besides these prefectures, the Curia also maintains a network of praetoriums and consular palaces throughout the province, serving as country offices and local archives.

While positions in the administration should theoretically come from merit, many of the older Curia families have a de facto hereditary right to certain positions, estates or rights, to the annoyance of newer members. In this, they are often indistinguishable from the martial and arcane nobility they seek to replace. These old Curia families are strongest in the Heartlands cities, either as eminence grise or as nobility in their own right.

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Re: [Faction] The Imperial Curia

Post by Infragris » Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:11 pm

WIP faction ranks for the Curia:
  1. Secutor: a low-ranked copier or administrative assistant, often used as couriers, bodyguards, or doormen. Many Secutors are hired on a temporary basis.
  2. Inductor: a middling bureaucrat rank for those who can at least read and write reasonably flawless.
  3. Registrar: a bureaucratic rank, attainable only after completing the First Examination. A registrar is entrusted with the recording and registration of information. The bulk of the Curia’s common clerks and scribes are Registrars.
  4. Auditor: a bureaucratic rank, attainable only after completing the Second Examination. An auditor is expected to monitor and correct the functioning of Curia operations. While most Auditors work as overseers of a single office or agency, a number also act as mobile inspectors.
  5. Precantor: an unusual rank, reserved for reliable assistants attached to a managerial rank, like a Prefect, Praetor, or Consul. They act as representatives, executing their superior’s decisions and supervising proceedings. The title is a leftover from older times, when Precantors would act as public street-criers who announced decisions.
  6. Prefect: a managerial rank, attainable only after completing the Third Examination. Prefects are managers of small estates, villages, civic districts, mines, or offices. The Curia has led a concerted effort to replace old, bankrupt and incompetent rulers with these self-appointed governors.
  7. Praetor: influential magistrates, often responsible for the running of multiple estates, civic districts, or a large branch of the Curia. Only attainable after completing the Fourth Examination. Some Praetors act as the de facto governors of Heartlands cities, and are known as Praestitors. Praetors are the equivalent of a Baron in the Septimite peerage, and induction into this rank requires a formal oath of loyalty.
  8. Consul: a high-ranking bureaucratic plutocrat, the appointed administrator of a large district, or the head of an ministry with specific duties. Requires the Fifth and final examination. Consuls working in the provinces are often referred to as Proconsuls. A Consul must formally be appointed by the Elder Council and affirmed by the Emperor. Heartlands Consuls often have grandiose titles related to their responsibilities or, more often, as meaningless pretension: Anticonsul, Koropalation, Kapitoul. Consuls are the equivalent of a Count in the Septimite Peerage.
  9. Exarch: the highest ranked magistrates in the Curia and sitting members of the Elder Council. Counts as a Duke in the Septimite peerage. Currently, there are three Exarchs who rule the faction as a triumvirate.

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