Plebeian (Nova Roma)

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Plebeians (plebeius: "member of the plebs (stuffing, Lat.)") were originally immigrants to Rome after its foundation and inhabitants of conquered territories around the city. In Nova Roma plebeians are members of the those gentes that joined later.

New citizens of Nova Roma will be plebeians. Access to the patrician order is by birth or adoption into a patrician family.

Regarding rights and privileges, functionally there is almost no difference between patricians and plebeians. Patrician status is just a way to honor those families which came on-board at a very early stage of Nova Roma and were therefore instrumental in our early history. In fact, there are a few magistracies (such as the tribunus plebis and aedilis plebis) that can only be occupied by citizens of the plebeian order, and only plebeians can participate and vote in the comitia plebis tributa, which makes plebeians more powerful than patricians.

The Constitution of Nova Roma states that there are three orders equal under the eyes of the law, the plebeian, equestrian and patrician, and says about the plebeian order:

3. Ordo plebeius (plebeian order). The plebeian order shall consist of individuals who do not belong to either the patrician or equestrian orders.
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