Senatus consultum on Senate Ballot and Results of 31 December 1999 3
Senate action for 31 December 2752, as posted in the “old Tabularium”. This is posted in place of a Tribunes' report that has yet to be found.
Tiberius Galerius Paulinus, Censor 9 August 2761 A.V.C.
1. Senate Ballot and Results of 31 December 1999
Salvete Senatores! The auspices have been taken and the omens are favorable. As announced, I hereby present to the senate items for it to discuss and deliberate. All but one of my items will be in the body of this message. The final one, the budget, I will present in a separate message due to its size.
Amici, this is my last time before you in the curule chair as consul. It has been an honor to work with this august body and I thank each of you for your effort and support during my tenure of office.
Before I present the items to discuss, I will continue an ancient senatorial tradition that I revived over the summer: to begin each session of the senate with prayers and offerings to the Altar of Victory. The prayer is my own. If any other senator knows of another prayer, or one of the historical ones, please offer it to the senate.
Salve Victoria, Magna Dea! Once again the Senate of Rome prays to you. We have not forgotten you. Give us your strength to guide Nova Roma into the future. We swear on your Altar to do as we think is best for our Republic and ask for you to help us triumph over adversity. We hope our offerings please you, whatever each of us is able to give. Ita est!
Salve Iuppiter! Si sciens fallo, tum me Dispiter salva urbe arceque bonis eiciat ut ego hunc lapidem. And now Patres et Conscripti, to the business at hand. I will briefly list the items, then go into more detail below. The items are:
1.3.1. Addition of 10 century points to the record of Lucius Equitius Cincinnatus for recognition of his service to Nova Roma;
Addition of 10 century points to the record of Lucius Equitius Cincinnatus for recognition of his service to Nova Roma; Removal of the senatorial reprimand from the record of Lucius Cornelius Sulla in recognition of his service to Nova Roma. This item may be the most controversial item this session but I think it quite important. That this year was foundation-shaking for Nova Roma is no surprise to anybody. Many people were hurt and much acrimony was formed between citizens, not to mention that Nova Roma nearly came to an end. The wounds have started to slowly heal as Nova Roma has continued forward, surprisingly on a stronger footing than ever. Part of what will keep us strong will be to continue to work together and to try and wash away the acrimony of the year. I think this item will much to do that.
Why the addition of 10 century points to the record of Lucius Equitius Cincinnatus? To recognize his service in the office of consul for the 1st half of this year and as a productive senator since his return to the senate. Yes, I know, the position he held was declared essentially null and void during the dictatorship because it was gained through an illegally held election. However, there is no denying the fact that for the 1st 6 months of this year, he was consul and held the fasces, even if through unconstitutional means.
While I obviously question some of his last actions as consul, there is little doubt that he served honorably before that and has done so in the senate since returning. The 10 century points would be a way for the senate to recognize that service, since that service cannot be recognized by law.
Vote Results: 2 vs. 5. Item is rejected.
1.3.2. Removal of the senatorial reprimand from the record of Lucius Cornelius Sulla in recognition of his service to Nova Roma.
I have also included in the above item removing the senatorial reprimand from the record of Lucius Cornelius Sulla. While he received that reprimand for poor judgment in connection with the senate website, I think that he more than proved his worth since then as senator, consul and soon to be as censor. If he showed poor judgment, there is little doubt I think that he has served ably, honorably and with excellent judgment since then.Vote Results: 2 vs. 5. Item is rejected.