Office of Bounties and Factorage

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Office of Bounties and Factorage
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Jurisdiction: Shireroth
Headquarters: Chamber of Guilds and Factorage, Shirekeep

Commissioner: Philemon Lewis
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Functions: Taxation, economic oversight and factorage
Subordinate Agencies: Clerk offices

The Office of Bounties and Factorage is an Imperial Office, housed in the Chamber of Guilds and Factorage, under the Ministry of the Interior. It is tasked with overseeing the economy of the Imperial Republic, the collection of taxation, the reward of the Imperial Officers and acts as a mercantile fiducary on behalf of the Kaiser. The Office is precided over by the Comes Sacrarum Largitionum (Count of the Sacred Bounties) who also serves as the Chief Factor. The office is currently administered by the Anzarolexion corporation as a part of its remit to administer the workings of the Ministry of the Interior.

Ministry of Trade

Prior to the creation of the Office of Bounties and Factorage, the office was known as the Ministry of Trade. Probably the least important and least successful of Shirerithian ministries, the Ministry of Trade appeared to be under some sort of curse preventing it from ever developing a successful economy.

Early Function

The first Shirerithian to serve in a Minister of Trade-like capacity was Tony Au, although it is not certain that he actually held the modern-day title. He worked with a straightforward supply-side economic system in which he paid officials' salaries and expected the money to create an economy. Although there were some attempts by people to create companies and buy stocks, the money did not change hands often enough to create a functioning system, and certain loopholes in the plan's design allowed some individuals to accumulate massive hoards of money with little effort. The crown of Au's economic effort was the Intermicronational Currency Exchange Organization, which allowed Shireroth's currency, the Erb, to be easily exchanged with that of other nations. Unpopularity with local merchants, however, prevented the success of this project.

Minister Erik Mortis was the next person to make a significant contribution to the Ministry when he created the Bank of Shireroth. While this made the economy more efficient, it did not change the lack of a functioning system. Kaiser Los II, introduced a gift economy in which citizens were encouraged to give monetary gifts as rewards to citizens who helped the country. This functioned for about half a century. Afterwards, Shireroth's economy returned to a mercantilist system.
A clerk of the Office of Fixed Taxes at work for the glory of Shireroth
It returned to the old methods of salary, taxation, and calculation, and suffered from the same flaw the old methods had revealed in the old days it was regarded as intrusive by the Shirithian population.

Later Function

After a Revival of the Ministry of Trade, Mors V was succeeded by Hasan I. One of the achievements of Hasan's reign was the restoration of the economy and of the Minitrade. Under the guidance of Minister Andreas the Wise and by joining the Small Commonwealth United Economy (SCUE) the economy became more or less stable. However, in the late 5th millenium, the SCUE became unpopular with the Shirithian nobility and population, feeling that it restricted international trade more than it encouraged.

Under Kaiser Verion I, the Ministry of Trade was abolished and the powers of taxation were returned to the Imperial State. Although the financial powers were once again resumed by the Imperial Government in the decades following, the Ministry of Trade was not re-opened.

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In 1641 AN, Shireroth withdrew from the moribund SCUE currency union. At the same time, the cost of undertaking the reconstruction of Shirekeep, combined with the burgeoning rearmament programme undertaken by the Imperial Forces began to place a strain on the public finances, to the point that even Malarbor began to take a morbid delight in making loud oracular prognostications of an impending catastrophe to any unfortunate mortals who came within earshot. By 1643 it was apparent to all that the debt burden could no longer be met through the traditional public revenues and Kaiser Dominus instructed the MinInt to bring in the Lord of Blackstone as Count of the Sacred Bounties and Chief Factor in order to save the Imperial Republic from a humiliating default.

As such, the comes sacrarum largitionum became a figure of tremendous influence. He was responsible for all money taxes, examined banks, mints and mines everywhere, watched over all forms of industry, and paid out the budgets of the many departments of the state, the upkeep of imperial palaces and other buildings, supplied the Courts with clothing and other items. To accomplish these many tasks, he was aided by a large central staff and field force.

During the disorders of 1644 the Sacred Treasury was twice looted by conspirators in the plot to assassinate the Kaiser Dominus; on the first occasion by Ludovic Verion, the Count of the Sacred Bounty, after he turned on his co-conspirators, and in the second instance by Tokaray al-Osman after he after he acknowledged the failure of his attempted coup and fled for Mishalan.

In 1646, in a further desperate attempt to rescue the Imperial finances in the wake of the Wars of the Dark Orchid and the ongoing Sxiro-Jingdaoese Confrontation, the Steward, Daniyal Dravot, decreed that any person found conducting trade across state boundaries without having first been registered with the Office of Bounties and Factorage could be garroted and hung from the Gates of the Guttuli[1].

Office Holders

Subordinate Offices

Subordinate offices of the Office of the Sacred Bounties:
The Chief clerk of the bureau of accounts at work
Office Office description Office holder
The chief clerk Chief advisor to the comes sacrarum largitionum Virginia Delacroix
The chief clerk of the bureau of fixed taxes In charge of setting tax rates on individuals, enterprises and transations Anton Yastreb
The chief clerk of the bureau of records Scribe and recordkeeper of the Office of the Sacred Bounties Nathan Dalion
The chief clerk of the bureau of accounts In charge of private and public accounts and overseeing accountholders Petros Ozymandias
The chief clerk of the bureau of gold bullion In charge of storage of the gold reserve of the Imperial Republic Kurt Walraf
The chief clerk of the bureau of gold for shipment Overseeing and safeguarding the transport of gold Howard Alstair
The chief clerk of the bureau of the sacred wardrobe In charge of storing, sorting and safeguarding the Imperial Wardrobe Nadia Charmaine Magista
The chief clerk of the bureau of silver In charge of storage and transport of the silver reserve of the Imperial Republic Tiberius Stark
The chief clerk of the bureau of coinage In charge of the Imperial Mint Robert Goldslayer
Subordinate offices of the Chief Factorage:
A procurator of the Guilds conducting an inspection
Office Office description Office holder
The counts of the bounties and the counts of the markets in all the Imperial Dominions Overseeing the implementation of regulations in the Imperial Dominions Teodric Ilsidur
The counts of metals in Mishalan Overseeing and regulating the trade in metals in Mishalan Fjodor Romanovitsj
The count and accountant of the general tribute in the Western Territories Overseeing the annual payment of tribute in Batavia, the Confederacy, Lywall, Siyacha, and Westpoint Martin van den Hove
The accountants of the general tribute Overseeing the annual payment of tribute in the Imperial Republic Frederick Young
The magisters of the linen vesture Overseeing the implementation of regulations in the linen trade Sofia Corby
The magisters of the private vesture Overseeing the implementation of regulations in private vesture Arik Tuomassen
The procurators of the factories Overseeing the implementation of regulations in the factories Raynor Brunell
The procurators of the weaving-houses Overseeing the implementation of regulations in the weaving-houses Oliver Sigourney
The procurators of the dye-houses Overseeing the implementation of regulations in the dye-houses Salvador Picasso
The procurators of the mints Assisting the Chief Clerk of the Bureau of Coinage Samwise Polk
The provosts of the goods despatch Overseeing the implementation of regulations in transport of goods Victor Hubertus
The procurators of the Guilds Overseeing the implementation of regulations among the guilds Carolus Einhornsson
The provost of the posts Overseeing the Imperial Postal Service (est. 1651 AN) Titus Alexander Malfredius Splick
Ministries of the Imperial Republic

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