|The Ancient Republic of Sirion|
|Lord Speaker||Rearden Arylon|
|Chancellor of the Treasury||Fingolfinir Crownguard|
The Ancient Republic of Sirion is one of the longest standing and most storied realms in all of the known world. It has stood for over a thousand years, despite countless wars and unending threats, defending itself from all those who try to extinguish its eternal flame. Founded originally by the race of Elves, Sirion eventually became home to Humans as well, and the two races ultimately began to work together as equals. This is where Sirion republicanism had its genesis, as the Elves, Men, and the mixed blood hybrid population all sought fair and equal representation in governing decisions made by the realm. Remarkably, this decentralized and quasi-democratic form of government has not only survived, but thrived in the north for the entirety of Sirion's history, and today the Red Shield stands as the only republic on the continent.
Over time, the Elven population of Sirion slowly dwindled, mainly through increased interbreeding with the native human population and the naturally lower birthrate seen among Elven families. Slowly, humans and the half-blooded came to make up a majority of the population of the realm, particularly in the more metropolitan strongholds of the Republic, such as Sirion City and the White City of Avamar. More and more, even within the Last Realm of the Elves, as Sirion was called, those that remained retreated into the forests at the heart of the north, particularly in the regions of Rollbar, Lissambar and Flismar. Fewer and fewer Sirionites claimed, or even recognized Elven heritage in themselves, and eventually the existence of Elves began to be regarded as a legend, though most of the scholars and government leaders in the realm still knew of the truth of their existence, and had occasional contact with the Woodlands.
Legend, however, became reality as the Elves of Sirion, having decided their time among the mortal people of our world had come to an end, decided to leave the shores of the East Continent -- and indeed of the known world -- and boarded elegant ships bound for an unknown land of eternal life, never to be seen again. Though they are now gone from the world of men, their legacy continues to be felt in Sirion. Elven architecture, cultural practices, and even religion persists in the north, and whether they even recognize it or not, the people of Sirion today are what they are due to millennia of coexistence with the most beautiful, intelligent and remarkable sentient beings ever to walk the lands of the East.
The Government of Sirion
As ruler of the Republic, the Lord Speaker, also known informally as The Dragon of Sirion, serves as Lord Paramount over the realm, and is charged with expressing the sovereign will of the nobles of Sirion. For generations, the leader of the Republic was known as the Prime Minister, an expression of the individual's position as the primary government agent, a first among equals. In the era after the final emigration of the Elves, Rearden Arylon, recently elected on a reform agenda, chose to restyle the position as Lord Speaker, which to that time had been the title claimed by Sirion's chief fiduciary. He felt that the leader of the Republic was in fact speaking for the realm, as an elected representative of their will, and as such the title of Lord Speaker was more appropriate and descriptive of the ruler of Sirion.
Seated on the imposing Dragon Throne of Sirion since times of legend and myth, the premiers of Sirion have been viewed as powerful figures both internally within the realm, as well as among the other nations of the East. Despite the great authority inherent in the position, any noble citizen of Sirion has the right to petition the Lord Speaker for any reason, and any noble serving as Lord Speaker will seek realm consensus on large-scale decisions impacting Sirion.
Given Sirion's long and storied history of geopolitical power and military might, the High Commander of Sirion has long been viewed as one of the most important and influential positions on the continent. Sirion's chief military officer carries so much prestige that at various times over the last several hundred years, being a General in Sirion elevated some men and women to a position above that of foreign Emperors and Kings.
The High Commander of Sirion is responsible for all martial strategy, including but not limited to the organization of the realm's armies, as well as the military priorities and tactical choices employed by the Marshals. It is not uncommon to see the High Commander exercising their generalship personally on the field of battle, leading men personally into the center of enemy lines.
As a Republic, there is no higher calling in Sirion than the administration of civilian law. The High Arbiter is charged with overseeing the legal code of Sirion, including the drafting of new laws, amendment and reform of existing laws, and the execution and judgement of criminal violations presented before them. The word and judgement of the High Arbiter is considered the sovereign expression of the authority and will of the people of Sirion. As such, nobles have tended to respect and honor those judgements far more than in realms with more concentrated, authoritarian governments.
Chancellor of the Treasury
Sirion has always been an economic powerhouse, making the position of the Chancellor of the Treasury incredibly important. The democratization inherent within Sirion's society has resulted in the landed nobility granting full and complete access to the Chancellor to manage grain resources for the realm, guaranteeing universally secured food supplies, and eliminating the concept of food profiteering by Lords.
The Chancellor is responsible for all aspects of the realm's financial system, from tax rates to property confiscation, and resource management.
The Sovereignty of the People of Sirion
Despite the power the governmental positions inherently hold, referendums are often held when important issues arise. The participation of nobles in these questions is viewed as essential to the smooth functioning of the realm.
Once becoming a member of the Republic, all nobles take an oath of fealty and pledge to protect the ideals of the Republic and lives of its people with all their strength and heart.
History of the Dragon Throne of Sirion
|RULING LINE OF THE ANCIENT REPUBLIC OF SIRION|
|Ruler||Reign Begin||Reign Ended||Notes|
|Prime Minister Circle Tezokian||July 19, 2003||Unknown||Re-elected 08.23.2003 and 01.06.2004|
|Government records missing for the period between the middle of 2003 and early 2008|
|Prime Minister Handow Meadowcrest||February 1, 2008||September 1, 2009||Text|
|Prime Minister Romul Gamel||September 1, 2009||March 1, 2010||Text|
|Prime Minister Meristenzio Peristaltico||March 1, 2010||Unknown||Re-elected at least once, on April 1, 2010|
|Government records missing for the period after the re-election of Prime Minister Peristaltico until the premiership of Prime Minister Thunthorn|
|Prime Minister Ilias Thunthorn||August 1, 2011||May 5, 2012||Text|
|Prime Minister Zakilevo Lapallanch||May 5, 2012||August 17, 2012||Text|
|Prime Minister Rugina Blakeshadow||August 19, 2012||Unknown||Text|
|Government records missing for the period after Prime Minister Blakeshadow's reign until the time of Prime Minister Lapallanch|
|Prime Minister Zakilevo Lapallanch||January 5, 2013||April 11, 2013||Text|
|Prime Minister Erik Eyolf||April 11, 2013||May 5, 2013||Text|
|Prime Minister Zakilevo Lapallanch||May 5, 2013||July 10, 2013||During his third premiership, Sirion controlled 32 regions making her the largest realm the continent has ever seen.|
|Prime Minister Ecthelion Tezokian||July 14, 2013||Unknown||Text|
|Government records missing for the period between the premierships of Prime Minister Tezokian|
|Prime Minister Ecthelion Tezokian||January 15, 2016||March 6, 2016||Text|
|Prime Minister Ivo Mersault||March 6, 2016||Unknown||Text|
|Prime Minister Thomas Foxglove||December 12, 2016||November 6, 2019||Elected again 8.17.2018|
|Prime Minister Ivo Mersault||November 6, 2019||December 6, 2019||Former Prime Minister Ivo Mersault stepped into the role of Prime Minister after the sudden and mysterious abdication of the premiership by Thoomas Foxglove. In the uncertainty that existed within the realm, Ivo was able to effectively lead the realm and preserve the stability of Sirion through the continued war in the South against Perdan.|
|Prime Minister Zadek Dragul||December 6, 2019||August 6, 2020||Text|
|Prime Minister Ivo Mersault||August 6, 2020||September 6, 2020||Prime Minister Ivo Mersault returned as a caretaker government to see Sirion through a transition to new leadership. Ably led the realm as the next generation of leaders began to step up.|
|Prime Minister Monterys Velaryon||September 6, 2020||October 6, 2021||Text|
|Prime Minister Micah Smallwood||October 6, 2020||January 6, 2021||Text|
|Prime Minister Doranthir Tezokian||January 6, 2021||June 6, 2021||Text|
|Lord Speaker Rearden Arylon||June 6, 2021||Currently serving||Former commoner elevated to the nobility in service to Sirion. Half-brother of the legendary Duchess Lyanna Arylon, Margravine of Sirion City and long time fiduciary of the realm. Inherited a badly dispirited and weakened Sirion, campaigning on a pledge to revitalize the realm and restore it to glory. The imperial domination of the realm of Shadowdale over the continent loomed over Sirion foreign policy in this era, as did the implosion of Sirion's alliance partner, Eponllyn. Made major reforms to government, including the elevation of the title of Lord Speaker to the premiership, as well as a change to the republican system of government to favor landed appointments, and less frequent elections.|
May those who perished be memorized forever.
Learn more about:
- History - Great History of Sirion
- Battles Sirion has fought
- Military - The Sirion Army Manual
- The Red Dragons, one of the most feared Sirion armies
- Laws - The Constitution of the Republic of Sirion, currently under development
- The complete Halls of fallen heroes and loyal service
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