Astrid Fjellrevening Rezia di Tassato
The Cardinal guides the Assembly of Pride.

Overview

Each of the eight virtue assemblies appoints a Cardinal to represent and lead them. The Cardinal of Pride represents the Pride 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 Pride is assumed to provide leadership to the priests and pilgrims dedicated to that virtue. They are expected to be well versed in matters of Pride, and of The Way in general, so that they can speak with authority on matters related to the study of Pride, and of doctrine. Prominent citizens who are guilty of breaking the law but believe their actions were rooted in Pride 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 Pride 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".

Powers

Cardinal of Pride

The Cardinal of Pride 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 Pride and any other titles designated as virtuous appointments selected by the Cardinal of the Assembly of Pride.

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 Pride, an important position that controls the distribution of true liao.

Additional Powers

The Cardinal of Pride may possess additional powers, not shared with their fellow cardinals, either through the action of the Imperial Senate or through opportunities presented to them. Occasionally, a particularly proud Imperial citizen may look specifically to the cardinal for inspiration. Using such a power would generally require them to raise a judgement in the Assembly of the Nine.

Appointment

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Each cardinal is appointed by one of the Virtue assemblies.

The Cardinal of Pride is appointed during the Autumn Equinox by the Assembly of Pride, 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 Pride serves until the next scheduled election for the title. They can be revoked by the General Assembly, or by the virtue assembly of Pride.

SummitNationElectedVotes
Autumn Equinox 383YEThe LeagueAstrid Fjellrevening Rezia di Tassato192 Votes
Autumn Equinox 382YEThe LeagueAstrid Fjellrevening Rezia di Tassato
Winter Solstice 381YEThe LeagueAstrid Fjellrevening Rezia di Tassato
Autumn Equinox 381YEAzekah of Zephaniah's Lament
Spring Equinox 381YEAzekah of Zephaniah's Lament
Autumn Equinox 380YEVarushkaElka Nadyanova Gremani
Autumn Equinox 379YEOzren de Orzel
Winter Solstice 378YEVarushkaElka Nadyanova Gremani
Autumn Equinox 378YESamson of Cantiarch's Hold
Autumn Equinox 377YESamson of Cantiarch's Hold
Summer Solstice 377YEEpaph
Spring Equinox 377YEJosephine
Winter Solstice 376YEThe MarchesLangdon Tor

Recent Elections

This title is currently held by Astrid Fjellrevening Rezia di Tassato; 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

Additional Information