Jared of the Suns of Couros, Cardinal of Loyalty 377-380YE
The Cardinal guides the Assembly of Loyalty.

Overview

Each of the eight virtue assemblies appoints a Cardinal to represent and lead them. The Cardinal of Loyalty represents the Loyalty Assembly, and is part of what is arguably the post powerful of the Assemblies, the Assembly of the Nine. While they are still able to raise only a single judgement for consideration by their peers in the Imperial Synod each season, they possess a number of specific legal powers that allow them to guide and influence the Assemblies.

The recent Severin encyclical prompted a great deal of discussion around the role of the cardinals in the Imperial Synod.

Responsibilities

The Cardinal of Loyalty is assumed to provide leadership to the priests and pilgrims dedicated to that virtue. They are expected to be well versed in matters of Loyalty, and of The Way in general, so that they can speak with authority on matters related to the study of Loyalty, and of doctrine. Prominent citizens who are guilty of breaking the law but believe their actions were rooted in Loyalty will often approach the Cardinal to plead clemency on their behalf, so a familiarity with the law may also prove helpful.

As a member of the Assembly of the Nine, the Cardinal of Loyalty can wield considerable influence over the politics of the Empire. In particular the Assembly has the power to veto any constitutional motion passed by the Imperial Senate. This allows the Assembly to uphold their constitutional obligation to "ensure the virtuous behaviour of the Empire".

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Cardinal Veikko reminds Imperial citizens to know their heart, and what commands its devotion above all else.

Powers

Cardinal of Loyalty

The Cardinal of Loyalty has the powers common to all cardinals: membership of the Assembly of the Nine; the ability to call for further scrutiny on a judgement raised in any assembly by a member of the Synod (rather than by the Tribunes); appoint the gatekeeper of Loyalty and any other titles designated as a virtuous appointment selected by the Cardinal of the Assembly of Loyalty.

Virtue Appointments

A virtue title might be designed in such a way that it is appointed by the Cardinal alone. Currently they have the power to appoint the Gatekeeper of Loyalty, an important position that controls the distribution of true liao.

Additional Powers

The Cardinal of Loyalty may possess additional powers, not shared with their fellow cardinals, either through the action of the Imperial Senate or through opportunities presented to them. During the Summer Solstice 383YE, in response to such an opportunity, the Assembly of Loyalty enacted a mandate restating the nature of the virtue.

As a consequence, the cardinal gained the ability to reinforce another mandate - turning the "eyes of loyalty" on it - using their judgement in the Loyalty Assembly. This ability remains until the end of the SUmmer Solstice 384YE, and potentially longer depending on further opportunities.

Appointment

The Cardinal of Loyalty is appointed during the Autumn Equinox by the Assembly of Loyalty, and must be a member of that assembly. Selection is by a judgement of appointment raised by the Tribune in the standard manner.

The elections for the cardinals are considered to be legally equivalent positions restricted by virtue. This means that if you change your virtue assembly then you must abstain from voting in a election if it occurs less than four events after the previous election in your previous virtue assembly. If you are in any doubt about your eligibility then you should consult the Tribune, or Merlot the civil service overseer of elections who can advise you.

The judgement to appoint a cardinal will typically close at 6pm on the Saturday of the summit. These times may differ if an unscheduled appointment is required but there are always at least three hours for nominations and three hours for voting. After that time, the candidate with the most support is declared cardinal.

The Cardinal of Loyalty serves until the next scheduled election for the title. They can be revoked by the General Assembly, or by the virtue assembly of Loyalty.

SummitNationElectedVotes
Autumn Equinox 383YEWintermarkVeikko Bondforger129 Votes
Autumn Equinox 382YEWintermarkVeikko Bondforger
Autumn Equinox 381YEWintermarkVeikko Bondforger
Summer Solstice 381YEHighguardCaleb son of Moses
Autumn Equinox 380YEThe LeagueOberon Caeli Rezia di Tassato
Autumn Equinox 379YEJared of the Suns of Couros
Autumn Equinox 378YEJared of the Suns of Couros
Autumn Equinox 377YEJared of the Suns of Couros
Summer Solstice 377YEJared of the Suns of Couros
Winter Solstice 376YEThe LeagueJulius Cavita

Recent Elections

This title is currently held by Veikko Bondforger; it will be reelected at Autumn Equinox 384YE. The table to the right shows the citizens who have been elected to hold this title in the years since Empress Britta died.

Further Reading

Core Brief

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