|At the fourth day before the Ides of Sextilis, another surprising step
The Senate appointed a Dictator
So the Consul Decius Iunius Palladius
The following resolution of the crisis passed the Senate today
by a majority vote. This was not done lightly but in the knowledge that
it is the only possible way to keep Nova Roma intact and preserve our system
of government. A declaration by Flavius Vedius Germanicus, now dictator
of Nova Roma, will follow shortly. I do not congratulate him for accepting
this post this, for it is not a moment to celebrate.
"I, Decius Iunius Palladius, Consul of Nova Roma, hereby convene
the Senate to an emergency session to vote on the following:
Whereas the current situation in Nova Roma is intolerable and
threatens the very existence of Nova Roma both as a nation and as a membership
Whereas this crisis, while precipitated by a single incident, has at
its root many causes that must be addressed so as to avoid any similar
situations in the future, as well as to ensure the orderly and enjoyable
continuation of Nova Roma, and,
Whereas any solution to the present crisis
should and must be done in accordance with the Constitution of Nova
Do we, the Senate of Nova Roma, by vote of a majority, hereby
appoint Flavius Vedius Germanicus to the office of Dictator, and invest
in him complete authoritas and imperium, trusting him to resolve the present
crisis and take whatever steps he deems necessary to prevent its recurrence
in the future.
Decius Iunius Palladius, Consul of Nova
||However, Consul Lucius Equitius Cincinnatus protested energically against
I, Lucius Equitius Cincinnatus, Consul Novae Romae hereby Veto
Give us the Tribes you promised and informed us were done!
BTW Where is the Senate these days or is this
Consul not privy to the Senate anymore?
||Flavius Vedius Germanicus
As Consul, you do not have the power to veto a Senatus Consultum,
nor do you have the power to veto an action of your collegate magistrate
retroactively. The vote was taken and declared closed when the question
was decided by a majority.
> BTW Where is the Senate these days or is this Consul not privy
It is exactly where it has always been. In fact, you had posted a call
vote there on June 25th (not that I was informed, though I was a Senator).
||Flavius Vedius Germanicus
As you are doubtless aware, the last few days have been rough
ones for our fair Republic. Accusations of unconstitutional conspiracy,
a rift between the Board of Directors and the Government, the continued
failure to establish the various Comitiae, and ill-feelings growing exponentially.
It was felt that the only way to resolve the crisis and still
maintain continuity with what had gone before (and still act within the
bounds of the Constitution), that a Dictator should be appointed to sort
out the problems fairly, decisively, and legally. As I was not involved
in the recent "impeachment" scandal even tangentially, am not a member
of the Board of Directors, and am completely conversant with our Constitutional
system, I was chosen to serve in that capacity.
As Decius Iunius Palladius said, this is not a time for congratulations,
as it was the gravest of situations which brought us to this point. I have
deliberately laid low in the world of Nova Roman politics as of late, but
when called to serve, I fulfill my duty as any Roman would.
I would add that my appointment was made with the agreement that the
officers and Board of Directors of the Corporation would completely cooperate
with any reforms I might need to instigate regarding the relationship between
the Corporation and the State.
Many problems are to blame for the crisis which
has befallen us. Above all, problems with our Constitution and other
institutions of government as they currently exist, a failure to
reconcile the Government with the non-profit Corporation's officers and
Board of Directors, and the impossibility of resolving any of these
problems as long as the Assemblies remain unable to
Finally, despite all of the problems which beset us, we *must*
honor the Constitution, flawed though it may be. Previously, this has not
been done, and the Constitution has been trampled in the name of necessity.
Several incidents come to mind. First and most egregious, elections
of magistrates were held last December in violation of the procedures set
forth in the Constitution, at the insistence of Lucius Equitius Cincinnatus.
This same individual most recently attempted to instigate proceedings of
impeachment against other magistrates. Whether one believes that the Censors
needed to be removed or not, neither a Consul nor the Senate has the authority
under our Constitution to undertake such an act.
Therefore, as legally appointed Dictator, I hereby decree:
1) The results of last December's elections, having been held using
illegal procedures in the first place, are hereby nullified. Protempore
magistrates shall be appointed forthwith, pending the calling of new elections
to be held in accordance with established Constitutional procedures.
2) Lucius Equitius Cincinnatus, who has demonstrated a willingness to
subvert and ignore the Constitution to achieve his desired ends, and as
such represents a grave threat to the State, is hereby removed from membership
in the Senate, his Citizenship is hereby revoked, and he is hereby banned
from re-applying for Citizenship for a period of ten years.
I would at this time invite anyone who wishes to please contact me with
ideas and suggestions regarding solutions to the various problems which
plague our nation. I need input from all sides on the weighty issues that
we face. While I may be Dictator, I do not believe that means I must be
[...]Hoping to be able to lay down this office
as soon as possible,
||Flavius Vedius Germanicus
As legally-appointed Dictator, I hereby appoint the following individuals
their respective offices. Please note that, with minimal exceptions,
appointments represent a return to the state of affairs that existed
Censor: Decius Iunius Palladius
Censor: Flavius Vedius Germanicus
Consul: Decius Iunius Palladius
||Marcus Martianus Gangalius
Not knowing what further purges Germanicus contemplates, I will make
statement before he expels me as well.
Although he is not the most diplomatic man I have ever known, I do know
Lucius Equitius Cincinnatus to be a man of great integrity, and he
Lucius Equitius Cincinnatus indicated to me in private several times
the past several months that he opposed holding the elections last
Since at the several times he mentioned this, it was not an issue of
import, I can't imagine that he would have had a motive to lie to me
it. Furthermore, I was shocked that he took this position because
view, although I was not a Civis at the time, the election was a good
Although the election was conducted without the Tribes and Centuries,
a free and fair election that was conducted on the principle of "one
one vote." Accordingly, I see now valid reason to nullify the
those elections, and I say this having no stake in the matter whatsoever,
since I was appointed to my position by Senatus Consulta.
Lucius Equitius Cincinnatus has never, to my knowledge, attempted to
"subvert and ignore the Constitution". Rather, he has repeatedly
Censores to complete the the formation of the Tribes and Centuries,
without Comitiae that are to be constituted from these bodies, he could
bring no legislation. The ability of Lucius Equitius Cincinnatus
Constitutionally was thwarted by the delay of the Censores.
I say for the record that I believe the expulsion of Lucius Equitius
Cincinnatus to be unjust, and I further believe the nullification of
year's free and fair elections to be unjust.
What I see in these actions is that the only real coup -- the coup made
the Maine clique -- is being consolidated.
That these actions have been taken on the Fourth of July, when America
celebrates freedom, fills me with disgust far beyond my poor ability
May the gods preserve the Senate and People of Nova Roma. They
have their work cut out for them.
Aedilis Curule et Vebsitarius Maximus