Century (Nova Roma)

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Centuries are voting blocks of the comitia centuriata. Every citizen of Nova Roma is placed into a century determined by two factors: taxpayment and century points. The current number of centuries is 51. Out of these 51 centuries, 50 is reserved for assiduus citizens, the elite of the citizenry, and 1 is reserved for the capite censi, the masses of inactive citizens.

Centuries in Nova Roma are numbered, with the 1st century in the 1st class on the top, down to the 51st century in the 5th class for the capite censi. The more century points a citizen has, the higher century he is placed in. Citizens in higher centuries have more voting weight, as higher centuries have less citizens in them, therefore each citizen's vote carries greater weight.

The centuries are further distributed into 5 classes, the 1st class being the highest. The higher the class, the more centuries it contains, consequently, the more voting weight it has.

Voting by centuries

Following Roman traditions and practices, when the general assembly of the people of Nova Roma, the comitia centuriata is called to vote, each citizen's vote is counted only within his century. The result within the century determines the vote of each century, and it's the vote of each century that is counted when calculating the results of the voting.

The number of centuries

The number of centuries is determined by dividing the number of assiduus citizens by eight, rounding down. There can be no more than 193 and no less than 51 centuries. This calculation takes place every time when a reallocation of centuries is performed by the censores. Resulted from the calculation, the current number of centuries is 51.

Distribution of centuries into the 5 classes

The censores may determine the number of centuries in each class by edict, as previously established by the Lex Iunia centuriata. If the censores choose not to do so, then the same proportions already in effect from the previous allocation is adhered to as closely as possible, in order to preserve the relative sizes of the classes. For purposes of this calculation, the century containing the capite censi shall be considered outside of any class.

The relative sizes of each class is currently (and was ever since the system had been established) set as follows:

  • Class I: 29% of the assiduus centuries.
  • Class II: 24% of the assiduus centuries.
  • Class III: 20% of the assiduus centuries.
  • Class IV: 16% of the assiduus centuries.
  • Class V: 11% of the assiduus centuries, plus 1 century reserved for the capite censi only.
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