Prætor

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The Prætor is the presiding officer of the Landsraad and is elected by the aforesaid Federal Legislature. Zie presides over the Landsraad in all matters. Aside from the occasional Kaiseral election by the Landsraad, it is the only elected position in the Imperial Government.

History

The office of Prætor is almost as old as the Landsraad itself. Prior to the Prætor, the members of the Landsraad moderated themselves, but as the Landsraad grew in size and importance, it became apparent that some form of mediation was necessary.

Erik Mortis created the name "Prætor". The letter ash (æ) ought to be used if possible as the proper spelling is not "Praetor" (though it is generally accepted).

Nicholas Raglan, a Yardistani, is known as first 'speaker' (an ancient, but nowadays obsolete, term to refer to the Prætor).

Duties, Functions and Powers

The Prætor has a wide variety of duties, functions and powers which are derived from tradition and custom, the Charter, the Procedures of the Landsraad, and several other legal documents.

Legislative Duties

The Prætor of the Landsraad leads and presides over the sessions of the Landsraad. (S)he organizes, tallies and closes votes. The Prætor is authorized to appoint a deputy prætor to assist zie in matters that shall be delegated to the deputy. The Prætor may choose to appoint more than one deputy praetor, provided that in such instance there must be a hierarchy between the deputy praetors.
The Frontgate of the Palace of Zirandorthel, the seat of the Landsraad, in days long gone by.

No vote may be cast by the Prætor unless to break a tie. Similarly, any of the deputy prætors is not allowed to vote when presiding over the Landsraad unless it is to break a tie.

The Prætor is also charged with maintaining appropriate decorum on the Floor of the Hall of Oratory of the Palace of Zirandorthel as well as elsewhere in the aforesaid palatial complex, or whereever the Landsraad decides to assemble in accordance with law, and has the power to suspend or expel Electors who breach decorum. Zie is also responsible for maintaining order and security on the premises of the Palace of Zirandorthel or the lawful temporary ad hoc meeting place of the Landsraad.

Other legislative responsibilities of the Prætor are maintaining the Hanzard of the Landsraad and keeping the Charter as well as the Lawbook up-to-date.

In the event that the Landsraad has no Prætor in office, the Kaiser, or the Ruling Steward, or zir appointed deputy prætor presides, provided, however, that the Kaiser (or Ruling Steward) or zir appointed deputy has no vote in those proceedings, except in case of a tie.

Representative Duties

It is incumbent upon the Prætor to represent the Landsraad before the Kaiser, the Sovereigns of the Imperial States, in the Imperial Judex or other court of law, and before any other body or authority if so necessary. The Prætor also receives dignitaries, both foreign and domestic, who are visiting the Landsraad as well as other guests of the self-same Federal Legislature.

Administrative Functions

In addition to zir legislative role as presiding officer of the Landsraad as well as being the first and foremost representative of the aforesaid Federal Legislature, the Prætor performs several administrative functions to facilitate and ensure the smooth operation of the Landsraad. The Prætorum, the Office and Household of the Prætor, assists the Prætor in the discharge of the aforesaid functions. It is comprised of the officers and employees of the Landsraad.

The Officers of the Landsraad include, but are not limited to, the Greffier, the Cudgeller-at-Arms, the Architect, the Seneschal, the Counsel, the Historian, the Castellan and the Chaplain. The Prætor may, by ancient convention, appoint and dismiss at pleasure any of the aforesaid officers.

The Prætor may, by ancient convention, appoint such employees to the Prætorum as zie considers necessary for assisting zie in the discharge of the functions of the Prætorship. The aforesaid staff is appointed at such remuneration and on such other terms and conditions as the Prætor may determine.

Commandership of the Landsraad Guard

The Prætor holds the rank of Legatus Imperii in the Scholae Equites Singulares of the Middle Guard Legion of the Palatini Corps and is qualitate qua the commander of the Landsraad Guard. Zie may recruit such persons as may be deemed suitable by zie, to the limit of 5,000 persons.

Perquisites

The Prætor has, by ancient convention, the legal right and obligation to - when zie is in Shirekeep - reside in Prætor's House, the plush private apartments of the holder of the Prætorship. Prætor's House has a well-deserved reputation as one of the finest state apartments in the Imperial Capital. In addition to Prætor's House the holder of the Prætorship has also at zir disposal a cruise ship sized Prætorial Yacht called Viviantia, a holiday residence which is known as Alejian Castle, a fleet of aircraft, a fleet of cars, and other means of transportation befitting to the exalted station of zir office.

The Viviantia is a gift from the SEKEF and Froyalanska Varv, the largest shipbuilder of the Elwynnese Union, made to Princess Fjǫrleif Hallbjörnsdóttir in the year 1635 in honour of her arrival at the tenth year of her Prætorial tenure. Lady Fjǫrleif subsequently bequeathed the Viviantia to the holder of the Prætorship of the Landsraad.

Alejian Castle is a castle-like house on the coast of Wintergleam, which was built by Harald of Ettlingar Freyu for Kaiser Alejian II in exchange for him being granted the County of Wintergleam by the Golden Mango Throne in the year 1516. The castle was never taken into possession by Alejian or claimed by, if any, his heirs and it faded into obscurity, while still over the centuries being dutifully maintained and kept up by the Comital Trust of Wintergleam. It was appropriated during the era of the Coordinated State and remained State property during the following periods of communist rule as well as the Ayreon-Kalirion Restoration before being subsequently granted by King Noah of Elwynn to the holder of the Prætorship of the Landsraad during the part of the Prætorial tenure of Princess Fjǫrleif Hallbjörnsdóttir that coincides with the reign of Kaiser Hjalmar.

Symbols

There are several symbols which appertain to the Prætorship of the Landsraad. Some have been associated with the Prætor since time immemorial, others have become more recently symbols of the Prætorship.

The best-known Prætorial symbols are (the):

  • Golden Gavel
  • Isabelle's Chair
  • Mors' Mace: An ancient ceremonial mace which symbolises the authority of the Landsraad.
  • Prætorial Hat

List of Prætors

Tenure (ASC units) Tenure (Elw years) Prætor State or Duchy
2850-3430 1528–1547 Jonas Windsor Kildare
3430-3679 1547–1556 Nathan Waffel-Paine Elwynn
3679-3736 1556–1557 Malliki Tosha Brookshire
3736-3852 1557–1561 Isabelle Allot Elwynn
3852-3953 1561–1565 Leo Eldwood Elwynn/Goldshire
3953-4041 1565–1567 Erik Mortis Brookshire
4041-4235 1567–1574 Jonas Windsor Kildare
4235-4347 1574–1578 Carl Jackson Yardistan
4347-4436 1578–1580 Erik Mortis Machinaria/Brookshire
4436-4582 1580–1585 Carl Jackson Yardistan
... 1585–1592 Spraki Krumsson Lichbrook
... 1592–1593 Erik Mortis Lichbrook
... 1593–1597 Kai Jackson Yardistan
... 1597 Simon ben Erasmus Kildare
4582-4995 1597–1599 Spraki Krumsson Lichbrook
4995-5121 1599–1603 Vilhelm Benkern Yardistan
5132-5399 1603–1612 Lyssansa Rossheim Lichbrook
5399-5484 1612–1615 Mira Octavius-Aryani Kezan (Imp. Lands)
5484-5570 1615–1618 Aasmund Vigeland Elwynn
5578-5660 1618–1621 Janus Eadric Neridia/Goldshire
5666-5768 1621–1624 Mira Raynora the Elder Lichbrook
5768-5786 1624–1625 Jonathan Ayreon-Kalirion Elwynn
5786-pres. 1625–pres. Fjǫrleif Hallbjörnsdóttir Elwynn

Past Prætors