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Elections

22nd May 2000 / No Comments on Elections
  1. Election of Councillors and Alderman
    Every Midwinter the electors of a ward may cast a vote to elect one person to the Wardmoot of that ward. The guildmember receiving the highest number of votes is elected as Alderman of that ward for a period of one year. The remaining people for whom votes have been cast are ranked in order of the number of votes cast for them, with the person receiving the highest total being placed at the top of the list. The top twelve guildmembers on this list are elected as councillors for a period of one year. In the event that less than twelve guildmembers are present on the list, all the guildmembers on the list are elected as councillors and the Alderman must co-opt sufficient guildmembers owning property in that ward to act as councillors to make up a total of twelve councillors.
  2. Election of Envoys
    In the month of Skelern, the Clerk of the Court of Common Council shall accept nominations for envoys to the following cities: Salvoyn, Eresan, Nyskilde, and Cascorach. The nominations must be for members of the Court of Common Council, and if the nomination is for a member of the Aldermanic Court, the nominated member may insist that the clerk reject the nomination. During the first meeting of the Aldermanic Court held in the month of Galemir, the Aldermanic Court shall elect the envoy for each of the above mentioned cities from amongst the nominated members for that city. In the event of a tie the Lord of the City has a casting vote.In the event of one person being elected to two or more envoyships, that person must choose one of the envoyships. The other envoyship(s) are then awarded to the candidate with the next highest total of votes.
  3. Election of Committee Chairs
    In the month of Skelern, the Clerk of the Court of Aldermanic Court shall accept nominations for chairmen of the following committees of the Witanmoot: Treasury, Trade, Law & Order, Shipping, Welfare & Education, and Lands & Agriculture from members of the Aldermanic Court. The nominations must be for members of the Court of Aldermanic Court.During the first meeting of the Aldermanic Court held in the month of Galemir, the Aldermanic Court shall elect the chairman for each of the above mentioned committees from amongst the nominated members for that committee. In the event of a tie the Lord of the City has a casting vote.In the event of one person being elected to two or more chairmanships, that person must choose one of the chairmanships. The other chairmanship(s) are then awarded to the candidate with the next highest total of votes.
  4. Election of the Sherrifs
    In the month of Menderal, the Clerk of the Aldermanic Court shall accept accept nominations for the post of Sherrif from members of the Aldermanic Court. The nominations must be for members of the Court of Aldermanic Court. During the Midsummer festival, each member of the Aldermanic Court shall have two votes in the Election of the Sherrifs. The two votes must be for different candidates (but one or both votes may be absentions). The Lord of the City shall not normally vote, but has a casting vote with which to resolve any ties.
  5. Election of the Lord of the City
    During the Greengrass Festival, each member of the Aldermanic Court has one vote in the Election of the Lord of the City. Each vote must be cast for either the existing Lord of the City, for one of the two sherrifs or not cast at all. The person with the highest number of votes shall be the Lord of the City. In the event of a tie, the existing Lord of the City has the casting vote.

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Definitions

22nd May 2000 / No Comments on Definitions

For the purposes of the motions carried by the court of common council the following definitions shall apply:

Guildmembers
Guildmembers are those inhabitants recognised by a guild charter as being members of a guild.
Guild Charter
A Guild Charter is a document recognised by the monarch as such.
Citizen
A citizen is a householder, or a person recognised by a householder as being members of that household who has either sworn as follows: "I declare my loyalty to the City of Linrodeth and place my fealty to it above all other Cities, States and Kingdoms." or was a citizen prior to Ternost 150. Direct employees of the witanmoot (or have been a member of the Guard for 15 years or more), who must also make the same oath, are also classed as citizens. Citizens (or the householder of their household) must pay the poll tax of that household's ward.12
Ward
A ward is an area of the city of Linrodeth recognised as such by the court of common council.
Householder
Any inhabitant owning property in a ward of the city of Linrodeth. If a citizen owns property in more than one ward, that citizen is considered to run a separate household in each ward in which that citizen owns property, and as such is liable to pay the poll tax for each such household.
Elector
An elector for a ward is a citizen who owns property in that ward. Provided that the value of the citizens' share of the property is worth at least £10 and the Citizen is aged 21 years or older.3
Alderman
An alderman for a ward is a guildmember who resides in that ward and is elected to that post as per the witanmoot procedures for Aldermen and Councillors. Aldermen are members of the Aldermanic Court and of the Court of Common Council.
Councillor
A councillor for a ward is a guildmember who resides in that ward and is elected to that post as per the witanmoot procedures for Aldermen and Councillors. Councillors are members of the Court of Common Council.
Inhabitant
An inhabitant of the city of Linrodeth is anybody capable of saying (or writing), in Athionic, the phrase "I am an inhabitant of the City of Linrodeth", and whose residence is within one mile radius of the Mootstoneboundaries of the City of Linrodeth as measured by the Lord of the City on the Springtide Festival 152.4
Lord of the City
The Lord of the City is elected by the Aldermanic Court by the standard procedure for the election of the lord of the city. The Lord of the City is also the Lord Chief Magistrate and the Duke of the Ishta Valley. The Lord of the City is a member of the Aldermanic Court and of the Court of Common Council.
Sherrif
The two sherrifs are elected by the Aldermanic Court by the standard procedure for the election of the sherrifs. The two sherrifs are members of the Aldermanic Court and the Court of Common Council.
The Royal Court
Any court designated as such by the Monarch.
The Court of the Lord Chief Magistrate
Any court designated as such by the Lord Chief Magistrate.
The Sherrif's Court
Any court designated as such by either Sherrif.
The Magistrate's Court
Any court designated as such by any Alderman.
The Aldermanic Court
Any meeting designated as such by any 13 (all of whom must be present) members of the Aldermanic Court.
The Court of Common Council
Any meeting designated as such by any 140 (all of whom must be present) members of the Court of Common Council.
Wardmoot
Any meeting designated as such by both the alderman and a majority of councillors for that ward.

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Footnotes

  1. Underlined text added by motion proposed by Alison Shefford and passed by the court of common council in Galemir 150.
  2. Double underlined text added by motion proposed by Maureen Quiller and passed in Ternost 150
  3. Underlined text added by motion proposed by Eva Capel and seconded by Mary Hastings and passed by the Court of Common Council during spring 159
  4. overstruck text deleted and replaced by the underlined text by motion proposed by Jim Bottler and passed Pipetal 152

Planets

22nd May 2000 / No Comments on Planets

There are many things which can be seen in the sky, clouds, birds, and
of course the sun, the two moons, and the stars.

This article discuss these latter objects. The last, the stars can be
divided into two groups. The first of these groups, the fixed stars, are,
on the whole, uninteresting. The exception is Polaris, the pole star.
This is the navigator's friend, known to sailors and guides alike as it
always occupies the same location in the sky. It is easily recognised as
it is part of a group of three brights stars which are grouped closely
together and in a straight line. The direction of this group of stars can
usually be safely taken as the direction of north.

The second class of stars is the planets or 'wandering stars'. These
can be further subdivided into two groups :- those which always stay near
the sun, and those which can wander across all the sky.

The first,
Psykomena (the observer of folly) is the fastest moving, but is always
close to the sun, thus committing the ultimate folly of assuming that
folly only occurs during the day!

The second planet is Alderoth (observer of recovery and health) can be
seen further from the sun than Psykomena and shows that for good health,
a regular regimen of sleep is required.

The third planet, Panurgio (observer of Vitality and Wit), can be seen
still further from the sun, but still shows that a quick mind also
requires a regular regimen of sleep.

The next planet, Erosina (observer of love and enjoyment), can be seen
yet further from the sun, and can often be seen in the late evenings.

Genhelia (observer of birth and growth) is never far behind Erosina,
often reaching the same position in the sky in a matter of days. Genhelia
can be distinguished from Erosina by its distinctive blue-green colour.

The second group of planets begins with Psykelia (observer of luck and
fortune). Psykelia is the quickest of those planets which do not stay
near the sun, thus visibly demonstrating that luck is fickle and cannot be
relied upon.

The next is Letophoro (observer of malady and death) is difficult to
observe, but also wanders across the entire sky watching death occur at
any time.

Adamasto (observer of conflict and war) is next. It too wanders far
from the sun, and suffers from a striking orange-red colour as befits its
nature. Adamasto shows that the causes of war can occur at any time, but
also take time to build, as Adamasto only wanders slowly.

The slowest and last wanderer is Celeno (observer of slowness and
dullness). Celeno only moves slowly relative to the fixed stars, but is
able travel all around the sky in time, thus showing slow and careful
will get you there! (The fastest moving planet, Psykomena, never moves
far from the sun, whereas Celeno, the slowest, is the planet most often
further from the sun in the sky)

The two most obvious features in the night sky, however, are the two
moons, Sisamora and Senemora (These can, of course, be seen during the
day, but are not the most obvious daytime features!). Sisamora (observer
of good) is the larger of the two. Sisamora changes Phase in a thirty and
seven-sixteenths of a day cycle. When Sisamora is full (Around the
beginning/end of each month and, of course, during festival days), it can
be seen brightly shining. However, it is recorded that it is occasionally
suffers during these occasions from strange redness and indeed
blackening.

The second moon, Senemora (observer of evil) is harder to describe.
Senemora also follows a sequence of phases, but follows it's cycle in a
matter of hours, (21 hours and 13 minutes to be precise!). However its
movement across the sky is most fickle. Whereas all the other moons,
planets and even the sun, rise in the west and set in the east (within 18
hours indeed), Senemora usually rises in the east and sets in the west 3
or 4 days later! In addition, senemora is both eager to rise (often
rising in the east several hours early then being forced to set in the
east within a few hours) and relucant to set (often rising again in the
west, and then setting again within a matter of a few hours)!

The last object in the sky is, of course, the sun. It too, dislikes
the winter and is in the sky for less than eight hours on Midwinter Day,
while on Midsummer Day it is in the sky for over sixteen hours.

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