Provincia Britannia - Edicta - Q. Claudia Lucentia Aprica 1 (Nova Roma)

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Edictum organizing the province into regiones

Issued by governor Q. Claudia Lucentia Aprica

a.d. V Kal. Sex. L. Equitio Dec. Iunio cos. MMDCCLII a.u.c.

Lapsed prid. Kal. Ian. L. Equitio Dec. Iunio cos. MMDCCLII a.u.c.


Titles and areas of Regiones and their Legati

The Provincia of Britannia shall be divided into five subordinate areas, to be known as Regiones (singular = Regio), or Regiones Britanniae. Each Regio may be put under the supervision of a magistrate, to be known as a Legatus or Legatus Britanniae (plurals = Legati and Legati Britanniae). The titles of individual Regiones and the Legati responsible for them, and the areas to be included in each Regio, are as follows:

Britannia Caledonia (Legatus Britanniae Caledoniae)
Area = equivalent to modern Scotland, including all outlying islands.
Current Nova Roman population = 0
Britannia Cymrica (Legatus Britanniae Cymricae)
Area = equivalent to modern Wales, including all outlying islands.
Current Nova Roman population = 3 (Pub. Claudius Lucentius Severus, Ap. Claudius Lucentius Nigellus and Ap. Caledonia Aeliana).
Britannia Septentrionalis (Legatus Britanniae Septentrionalis)
Area = defined by the Scottish border to the north, the southern borders of the modern counties of Cheshire, Derby, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire to the south, and the coastlines between these two borders to east and west, including all outlying islands.
Current Nova Roman population = 2 (M. Mucius Scaevola Magister and Aug. Iulia Caesaria Nocturnia)
Britannia Media (Legatus Britanniae Mediae)
Area = defined by the northern borders of the modern counties of Shropshire, Staffordshire, Leicestershire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk to the north, the southern borders of the modern counties of Hereford and Worcester, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Greater London and Essex to the south, the Welsh border to the west, and the coastline between the northerly and southerly borders to the east, including all outlying islands.
Current Nova Roman population = 7 (Q. Claudia Lucentia Aprica, M. Claudius Lucentius Pavo, Cn. Claudius Lucentius Corvinus, M. Claudius Lucentius Ision, M. Valerius Britannicus Secundus, G. Caselius Cantor and L. Gellius Severus)
Britannia Meridiana (Legatus Britanniae Meridianae)
Area = defined by the northern borders of the modern counties of Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey and Kent to the north, and circumscribed by the southern coastline of Britain, including all outlying islands.
Current Nova Roman population = 5 (Fl. Claudius Tertius Julianus, N. Moravius Vado, Aletheia Moravia, Ti. Claudius Lucentius Vindex and Claudia Lucentia Sulicena).

Administrative infrastructure

The Legati Britanniae must provide the Praetor Britanniae with details of their email addresses, postal addresses and telephone numbers. The Praetor will keep records of these details, and ensure that all Legati know at all times the email addresses, postal addresses and telephone numbers of both the Praetor and the other British Legati. The primary method of administrative communication will be via email, with overland post and telephones being used when email is not available.

The names of the Legati Britanniae shall be displayed, with their positions, on the Britannia web-page, with hot-links to their email addresses, and prospective citizens will be invited to contact the Legatus for their Regio as a line of first enquiry. Separate pages for each Regio will be added in due course, with content to be determined jointly by the Praetor and the Legatus concerned. Legati are also encouraged as an alternative to establish web-pages for their Regiones themselves, which will then be linked from the Britannia page.

Legati will be appointed by the Praetor Britanniae, and their positions will be reaffirmed each year on the first of January by the Praetor. When a legateship becomes open, the Praetor shall invite all citizens in the relevant Regio to put themselves forward as candidates for office. All citizens ordinarily resident within that Regio shall be eligible to stand for such office. Where more than one citizen puts themselves forward for office, the choice of Legatus shall be at the Praetor's discretion, to be determined by any means deemed appropriate.

The Praetor Britanniae shall at all times retain the right of veto over all actions of the Legati.

All Legati shall retain the right to resign from their positions at any time, without penalty, and without the need to provide a reason for their resignation.

Duties and responsibilities of the Legati Britanniae

The Legati Britanniae are asked to establish and maintain personal contacts as far as is possible with the citizens resident in the Regio for which they are responsible. The Legati shall act as a point of first contact and enquiry for interested prospective citizens, and are asked to offer advice to such prospective citizens to the best of their abilities, concerning application for Nova Roman citizenship, and any related fields. The Legati shall also act as a point of contact for existing citizens, to whom they are also asked to offer advice relating to any aspect of Nova Roma to the best of their abilities.

The Legati are encouraged to correspond regularly with the Praetor Britanniae, reporting new developments or events in their Regiones, and asking advice where necessary. To ensure a minimum degree of communication, Legati are _required_ to present reports on their Regiones to the Praetor twice yearly, on or near the 1st April and 1st October. These reports may be brief, but should outline, to the best of the Legatus' knowledge, the current population of his or her Regio, the events which have been held in connection with Nova Roma during the past six months in his or her Regio, and any further information which the Legatus may deem useful or necessary. Failure to produce such reports within one month of the expected date, without good reason or prior explanation may result in the dismissal of the Legatus by the Praetor.

The Legati Britanniae are encouraged to participate in further activities to promote Nova Roma, such as, but not restricted to, the distribution of Nova Roman flyers, the hosting of social events or the securing of advertising for Nova Roma.

The Legati Britanniae shall each have responsibility for the day-to-day administration of the Regiones for which they are responsible, but they shall remain at all times subordinate to and answerable to the Praetor Britanniae. If at any time the Praetor has cause to believe that an individual Legatus is failing to fulfill his or her duties to a reasonable standard or indulging in activities which are illegal under British law, the Praetor should contact the Legatus to warn him or her of the possible consequences of such action, and ask for an improvement in standards. If no response is made to such communication in the space of a month, or the Legatus fails to satisfy the Praetor's requirement over the same time-scale, the Praetor may dismiss the Legatus, and arrange for the appointment of a new Legatus in his or her place.

Should individual Legati consider it useful or necessary in the future, they may recommend to the Praetor Britanniae that magistrates to be know as Praefecti (singular = Praefectus) should be appointed to administer the Nova Roman populations of individual towns or counties. The Legati may either recommend suitable candidates for these offices from amongst all citizens resident in the relevant town or county, or may ask the Praetor to invite offers of candidacy from amongst the same citizens. The candidate chosen may then be appointed by the Praetor Britanniae. Precise rules and recommendations concerning the office of Praefectus must be formulated by the Praetor Britanniae at some time before the first Praefectus shall be appointed.

Candidates for the office of Legatus Britanniae should be aware that participation in rites pertaining to the Religio Romana (the pagan state religion of Nova Roma) may be required of them in the course of their duties. Should such participation cause difficulties for prospective Legati, they are advised not to apply for the post.


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