The Synod will establish assemblies that each may know their virtue and select the most virtuous amongst them to lead.Imperial Constitution
The judgement of appointment allows the Synod to choose a citizen to hold an Imperial title for a year or more. It is a standard method of appointment that forms one of the well worn paths for election available to the Senate when they create a new Imperial title.
A judgement of appointment may only be submitted by the Tribune of the Synod - rather than by a member of the Synod. Candidates who wish to be considered for the position make themselves known to the Tribune. Once they have done this, any member of the appropriate assembly is eligible to vote for them.
Each Imperial title that is appointed by the Synod specifies which assembly the title is appointed by. Any title that is re-elected annually will also specify when the election occurs. At the summit, any citizen who is eligible for the position may approach the Tribune to indicate they wish to be considered for the title. The Tribune will then raise a judgement in the appropriate assembly asking the the Synod to judge the appointment.
Once the judgement is submitted by the Tribune, any citizen who is eligible can have the Tribune add their name to the judgement. Members of the Synod may vote at any time, casting their votes for a single candidate named on the judgement.
The Tribune will use their discretion to choose the appropriate deadline for the election, normally this will be 6pm on the second day of the summit, provided that the nominations begin on the Friday. A judgement of appointment is not subject to further scrutiny by the cardinals; the deadline for voting on a judgement raised by the Tribune may not be moved. Voting continues until the deadline unless there is primacy or the civil service determines that a greater majority has been achieved.
A candidate for appointment may withdraw at any time. If they are the only candidate for the title, then the judgement will be withdrawn. Any votes that are recorded for the candidate will not be counted (though Synod members may change their vote) - a candidate may not give their votes to another candidate.
If no nominee comes forward for a position, the Tribune will not raise a judgement of appointment for the position.
Titles with votes
It is illegal to use any votes provided by a title during the appointment of that title. The onus lies on the title holder to inform the Tribunes of their correct number of votes when voting for the appointment of any title they hold, otherwise they risk being prosecuted for subverting the agencies of state if the matter comes to light. This restriction applies regardless of whether the incumbent is seeking re-appointment and wishes to vote for a different candidate.
Having a beard doesn't make you wise.Marcher Proverb
A judgement of appointment does not need a greater majority to succeed - whichever candidate has the most votes wins. If two citizens are tied for votes, then nobody wins the election and a new judgement must be raised to appoint the title.
Once the election is confirmed, the Tribune will inform the Overseer of Imperial elections of the result and the winner assumes the prerogatives of their office.
The following Imperial titles are elected by the priests of the Synod using a judgement of appointment.
|Cardinal||Virtue Assembly||By Virtue|
|Auditor of Senatorial Accountability||Assembly of Nine||Spring Equinox|
|High Exorcist||Assembly of Nine||Winter Solstice|
|Imperial Inquisitor||Assembly of Nine||Summer Solstice|
|Imperial Chaplain Consular||Cardinal of the Way||Spring Equinox|
|High Bard of the Empire||Assembly of Nine||Spring Equinox|
|Quaymaster of the Black Sails||Loyalty Virtue Assembly||Ministry; Autumn Equinox|
|Voice of Barbs||Navarr National Assembly||Winter Solstice|
|Head Gardener of Urizen||Urizen National Assembly||Sinecure; Winter Solstice|
|Seer of the Gateway||Assembly of Nine||Until death, revocation or abdication|
|Dean of Laroc Cathedral||Dawn National Assembly||Sinecure; until death, revocation or abdication.|
|Custodian of the Imperial War Memorial||Highguard National Assembly||Sinecure; until death, revocation or abdication|
|Curator of the White City Museum||Highguard National Assembly||Sinecure; until death, revocation or abdication.|
|Watcher of Britta's Pool||Wintermark National Assembly||Sinecure; until death, revocation or abdication.|
|Crow Keeper of the Rest||Wintermark National Assembly||Sinecure; until death, revocation or abdication.|
|Curator of the Printer's Guild Museum||Cardinal of Prosperity||Sinecure; until death, revocation or abdication. When a new Cardinal of Prosperity is appointed they may choose to name a replacement.|
|Guardian of Giselle's Tomb||League National Assembly||Sinecure; until death, revocation or abdication.|
|Champion of Courage||Courage Virtue Assembly||Autumn Equinox|
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