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Dfenu hwuz Nlum Wuw - Council of Tall Trees

The Dfenu hwuz Nlum Wuw is a priestly council selected by lottery each year from among the sages of the nation.

Structure

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.
Sage 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.
Sage 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.
Sage 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.
Sage 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.
Sage of Land: The Master of Land settles disagreements over land possession, land inheritance, and land use.
Sage 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."
Sage 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.
Sage 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.
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.

Public Agenda

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.

Assets

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.

History

When the council was originally formed in 4 ToL, it had 3 initial positions: the Sages of Arms, Defense, and Fire.
Over the next couple of decades they added the Sages of Grain, Land, and general Disputes to deal with various problems problems in the community.
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.

Territories

The council presides over the providence of Zluwen Province . This a small region nestled between the rivers XXX and XXX which feed into the great Zashvi Tmozh 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.

Military

The "military" such as it is consists of the twenty or so 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"

Maps

Founding Date
3 - Month 12 - 4 ToS
Type
Geopolitical, City council
Demonym
Council Member
Government System
Theocracy
Power Structure
Confederation
Economic System
Barter system
Official Languages
Neighboring Nations

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