Arcane Renaissance: Terra Rynn
The Kingdom of Svain
The Kingdom of Svain lies in the northeastern region of the Orelean Continent. Composed primarily of marshy wetlands and rolling hills, the fertile lands were ripe for exploitation by civilized races. Formally recognized in 154 B.E., The Kingdom of Svain begain as a colony of the Turathi Empire. One of the first intercontinental colonies, Svain would prove to be the doom to its homeland in time, for reasons still speculated upon by scholars today.
The Svanesse Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy, with powers enumerated in written document outlining the responsibilities of its various actors and placing them at the heart of authority. At its core, there are three branches: The Crown, the Senate, and the Divine College
The Monarchy is responsible for creation of law in regards to the rights of the citizenry. One of the central ideas in Svanesse political history is the notion that the world is full of dangerous and unpredictable events. When change is needed, it must be done swiftly, and with certainty. Political scholars argued that too much compromise in initial legal policy would ultimately undercut any effectiveness of the vision of a law. Therefore, the crown retains near unilateral power in the creation of edicts and laws. In actuality, this power is divested to royal advisors and landed lords that serve the crown. The royal court is granted hereditary holdings sufficient to dissuade any individual from bribery or temptation, and cultivated in a spirit of servitude to the people of the land. While the heirs of the crown are the primary successors, the other branches hold significant power to evaluate and approve of a successor gaining the throne.
The Senate is responsible for the arbitration and administration of laws. The main Senate body is allowed to veto any law made by the crown, with a 2/3 vote. Afterward, they are responsible for forming and maintain the institutions that carry out the law, as well as arbitrate conflicts when a law is broken. Senators must be citizens, and must be sponsored by the population. Any non-noble is able to purchase a senate seat. The process of raising sponsorship is rooted in informal tradition of small cities and villages setting aside wealth as their 'tribute', originally payment to the empire. Senators are the only class allowed to command armies. As such, smaller villages that often aren’t able to sponsor their own senator will agree to be conscripted by a neighboring senator in order to rebuild their coffers. The theft or misappropriate of a cities tribute is considered one of the worst crimes, subjected to corporal punishment and torture before death.
The Divine College is responsible for advising the government on the wishes of the gods, and mediating disputes between the monarchy and the senate. Foreign travelers often underestimate the states interest in the will of the gods, thereby overlooking the influence the members the College wield. The College was a last-minute addition to the constitution, designed to serve as a balance against the other branches, as well as to organize the disparate religious and cultural factions that had fragmented during the later half of the rebellion. The College primarily holds power over aspects of religious practices and administration, but they do reserve two important functions: They hold mandatory advisory positions in both the royal court and the senate, and they are the final arbiters of political appeal. Should the crown and the senate come to an irreconcilable impasse, the Divine College delivers final word on a given matter. However, this action is rarely taken, as the constitution outlines severe consequences for all parties involved if this power should be invoked.
There are also Charter Magistrates. Any small village that applies for a charter is allowed to elect a local mayor and/or council. These bodies are allowed to make and administer laws for that jurisdiction only, but may raise taxes, pay garrisons, and arbitrate law that don’t conflict with royal or provincial edicts.