Sunday, December 22, 2013

Blackmoor, in the Late Imperium: Regency Council and the Ministries

With each kingdom and state added to the fledgling empire, the Regency Council grew, with each new realm taking seats. Before it grew too unwieldy, the Council decided to create the ministries.

To quiet the clamoring of the various guilds and companies, the Ministry of Guilds and Finance was founded. The Empire's minister of state position was abolished, and a Ministry of Empirical Affairs was constructed in it's place, to handle disputes among the many subject states and protectorates. The MEA is divided into two branches: Foreign, Domestic, handling matter as appropriate. There persist rumors of a third branch, the so-called Special Office, which acts independently of either branch, and is under direct control of the Emperor himself.
The Empires military power was consolidated into the Ministry of Defense. The nearly autonomous University's seat at the Regency Council was expanded to become the Ministry of Welfare, Education, and Research.
Presiding over all of the ministries is the Empire’s Prime Minister, selected by the Emperor himself. The candidate is confirmed with a majority vote from the Inner Council (as the original seats on the Regency Council have been come to be called).
The Emperor’s power waxes and wanes with the strength of the Prime Minister. There have been several reigns in which a weak and indecisive Emperor has been propped up by a charming and persuasive Prime Minister. Some of the worst periods in the later history of the Empire were due in large part to the Emperor and Prime Minster locking horns — often over minor or petty issues.

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