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Jovian Senate

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Although there are many senates in the Sol System, the Jovian Senate is the largest, oldest, and arguably most powerful assembly that still exists. It claims domain not only over all of Jupiter but also the entire Jovian system and its myriad moons, stations, and peoples. The Senate's members are all Jovians, but not all Jovians are allowed to claim membership in the Senate and, in practice, only the rich and wealthy Jovians have real political power. Each senator represents a specific region of Jupiter and is elected depending on the region's rules.


In the Jovian political system, only patricians can vote for and become senators. When a Keystone is born to a family, the head of the family as well as their eldest son are elevated to patrician status. This patrician status is also bestowed upon male descendants of a patricians. This means that the number of patricians has increased over the long history of the Senate.   Each region elects its own senator. Historically, one region corresponds to a single city and its surroundings, but there are plenty of exceptions. Senators serve six year terms with no term limits, and many of the most powerful and respected senators are also the most experienced.


The Senate is a single voting chamber, but it also has many sub-assemblies that conduct research and discussion before bringing conclusions to the larger body for ratification. The Senate also has exclusive power over policy and legislation that affects Jupiter, including diplomacy, economics, management of the courts, and establishment of ministries and appointment of ministers to delegate daily affairs.  

Orbital Guard

Perhaps one of the best known ministries of Jupiter, the Orbital Guard is tasked with protecting the orbit of Jupiter and her moons. This includes guarding against pirates, providing assistance to stricken vessels, and impounding craft that refuse to follow the orders of the Guard or the Jupiter Civil Spaceflight Authority. To these ends, the Orbital Guard operates a fleet of carriers, fast cutters, support craft and space superiority fighters.  


In the ancient past, Jupiter was a planet of city-states, many of which formed alliances with their neighbors. The vast tracts of inhospitable wilderness and megafauna made long-ranging contact difficult, and unlike many other planets and moons, the age of the city-state did not end even into the more modern era.   Advances in communication and transport technology allowed city-states to forge more meaningful bonds, and larger cultural and economic unions that would serve as the progenitors of the Jovian Senate emerged, culminating in the Treaty of Labyrinthe that formalized the peaceful unification of Jupiter. Although the structure of the Senate has not changed significantly, the degree of control it has over its member regions and the tightness of their economic bonds has increased over time.

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Dec 14, 2023 21:35 by Rin Garnett
Dec 15, 2023 11:42

niceee   (also if you pet a senator they will be very offended)

Dec 15, 2023 11:04 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Ugh, of course they are all men.   Really interesting how the hostile-ness of the planet and advances in technology kind of shaped how the senate came to be.

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Dec 15, 2023 11:41

Yep... Jupiter is extremely, and i really do mean extremely patriarchal. Not the best place to be a woman.   The Senate is very proud of the fact that it's by far the oldest continuous "democracy" in the Sol system, but they fail to recognize that that also means they have a lot of old baggage they haven't gotten rid of..

Jan 24, 2024 21:46 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

Yay for city-states! I just love this system XD Do you have a rough idea of the numbers of senators? When I saw one per city I thought it would be truly enormous, but then you say there is vast amount of wilderness between the city, so that seems more manageable... Probably still in the tens of thousands, right?

Jan 28, 2024 10:20

We don't have a rough idea for the number of senators yet, but it's likely fairly big.

Feb 18, 2024 14:46 by Aster Blackwell

Interesting that they have a patriarchy when the Keystones that are so fundamental to everything are all women.

Mar 9, 2024 18:22

I suppose having supernatural powers doesn't make it easy to dismantle a globe-spanning system of oppression :pensive: