Dfenu hwuz Nlum Wuw - Council of Tall Trees
The Dfenu hwuz Nlum Wuw is a representative council selected by lottery each year and assisted by a council of town sages offering advice and guidance, both religious and magical.
The council is egalitarian among its members. While certain roles may be perceived as more important than others at a given point in time, history has proven that all are equally necessary. It is divided between two bodies, the council members chosen by lottery, and the sages selected by their predecessor to lead the community.
Master of Arms: One of the oldest positions in the council, the master of arms is responsible organizing the armed defenders of the city and is the chief commander of those forces. Unique among the council members, the Master of Arms is selected solely from the defenders, not from the city as a whole.
Master of Defense: Another of the oldest positions on the council, the Master of Defense is responsible for maintenance, upkeep, and development of the defensive fortifications of the city.
Master of Fire: The last of the original council positions, the Master of Fire is responsible for maintaining fire control around the city, especially during the summer when sections of the forest are burned for fertilizer.
Master of Grain: The Master of Grain is responsible for collecting a portion of the produce of the city to be distributed to the rest of the city council members and those who work for the city and are otherwise unable to provide for themselves.
Master of Land: The Master of Land settles disagreements over land possession, land inheritance, and land use.
Master of Disputes: The Master of Disputes handles more general disagreements between the populace. Because there are no formal laws governing the city, the Council Member presides over civil cases, not "criminal cases."
Master of Trade: The Master of Trade sets standardized exchange rates for trade, especially regarding trade between the various settlements. The citizens of each settlement handle their own barter transactions, but the different settlements have different goods which must be regulated separately.
Master of Villages: The Master of Villages represents the interests of the outlying settlements to the council. Unique among the council members, this individual is chosen from among the villages, not from the main city.
In addition to the council members chosen by lottery each year, there is a set of permanent sages who provide advice and a counterbalance.
Sage of History: This sage is responsible for remembering the prior rulings made by the council to set precedent for future decisions. They also serve as the record of major past events in the city's history.
Because elves are dedicated to freedom above all other principles, they resent any intrusion into those freedoms by individuals claiming higher authority. The council was formed with this in mind. Power is not appointed or taken by force, by assigned by random lottery, chosen by the gods. Formally, the council is not supposed to have any personal agendas while performing their civic duties. In practice many members have abused their granted powers to pursuing their own goals. This is why sages where added to the council, individuals with no power of their own, but who's approval is required for individual council members to take any action.
The council was created and persits to facilitate the defense of the city of Zluwen Tsevmi, and has expanded to include the surrounding villages in that defense.
The council directs but does not directly own the resources of the city. This includes constructions like the city walls, the guard towers, the lighthouse, and the docks. This also includes the guard force and the fire brigade, as well as a small fleet of ships.
When the council was originally formed in 4 ToL, it had 3 initial positions: the Masters of Arms, Defense, and Fire.
Over the next couple of decades they added the Masters of Grain, Land, and general Disputes to deal with various problems problems in the community. However, the increase in power lead to an abuse in power, causing the citizens to add appoint a group of sages to advise and oversee the council to prevent further abuses.
As the elven culture grew to encompase more settlements, two new positions were added to oversee trade relations between the communities and to give the villages a voice on the council.
The council presides over the providence of Zluwen Fiwmang. This a small region nestled between the rivers XXX and XXX which feed into the great XXX sea. The western boundary is not clearly defined; the elves control as much territory as they can exert power over while in conflict with the goblin hordes.
The "military" such as it is consists of the 20 permanent guardsmen in the city, the dozen or more guardsmen in each of the outlying villages, and the militia called up to defend the city during emergencies.
"We Will Grow"
- Founding Date
- 3 - Month 12 - 4 ToL
- Geopolitical, City council
- Zluwen Tsevmi - The Home City
- Council Member
- Government System
- Power Structure
- Economic System
- Barter system
- Official State Religion
- Tvun Mjived Thrudnonti - The Divine Wild
- Zluwen Tsevmi - The Home City
- Official Languages
- Controlled Territories
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