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|VII Ide Sep||7 Sep||
On the morning of the seventh day before the Ides of September (7 Sep), the Roman world was stunned by an abrupt announcement by one of the consuls, Flavius Vedius Germanicus:
Effective immediately, I am resigning all of my offices (secular and sacred), my membership in the Senate, and my Citizenship in Nova Roma. I regret having to take this action, but personal reasons compell me to take it. I wish you all nothing but the best, and I hope all of the friends I've made here in the last six months will still keep in touch.The nation caught its breath... was this the end of Nova Roma? Had the dream died after only five months of life? It seemed that way to some. "Well, it has been fun people," wrote Caius Aelius Ericius, Praetor of California, within minutes of the resignation. Moments later, Lucius Equitius Cincinnatus, Praetor Urbanus, responded, "We have a system in place to take care of things like this. Don't Panic. Everyone take a deep breath and think."
By the afternoon, words of gratitude and farewell began pouring in. Many expressed the hope that Germanicus would return when personal circumstances permitted. Four hours after Germanicus' resignation, Flavia Gladia Xrisanthi announced:
On behalf of Consul Marcus Cassius Julianus I am making this announcement because he is having trouble getting through to the list.Cassius was able to do so shortly thereafter:
The decision of Flavius Vedius Germanicus to leave Nova Roma is without doubt the saddest event we have faced. Although all services will continue without interruption, (this too, thanks to Germanicus' help) as an organization and Micronation we've lost the guidance and companionship a truly great person. Germanicus has proven himself a skilled leader, thorough administrator, adept diplomat, and above all, a damned good friend. I personally won't cease to miss him, and I hope that everyone in Nova Roma will continue to remember him with all due respect and fondness.Many offices were left vacant by Germanicus' departure. The first of these to be filled was that of the keeper of the Nova Roma web site. Germanicus appointed Quaestor Patricia Cassia to this post upon his resignation.
|IV Ide Sep||10 Sep||
Three days later, the Senate filled the vacancy in its own ranks. Cassius announced:
I am more than pleased to make an official announcement to the Citizens on the list... Our Praetor Urbanus, Lucius Equitius Cincinnatus, has been apponted to the position of Senator in Nova Roma!
|XIV Kal Oct||18 Sep||
Eleven days after the resignation of Germanicus, the Senate filled the vacant magistracies. Cassius announced:
Salvete, Omnes!Although the nation would continue to regret the sudden loss of its co-founder, Flavius Vedius Germanicus, it was now clear that Nova Roma had weathered its first crisis intact. The Republic would live on.
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