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An assiduus (assidua, female, assidui, plural), is a taxpayer citizen of Nova Roma. "Taxes" in Nova Roma are voluntary based optional donations (not obligatory for membership) that are used to advance the mission and function of the organization.

An assiduus citizen is a member of the social elite of Nova Roma, a privilege open to all citizens who are dedicated enough to pay the small amount of "tax" (voluntary and optional membership fee) of Nova Roma. Assiduus citizens are hierarchically grouped into 5 classes, and further distributed among the 22 centuries within the classes, and within 15 rural tribes, whereas capite census citizens (citizens not paying the taxes) are distributed into the remaining 4 urban tribes and into the one single proletarian century. These distributions ensure the Roman principle that assidui have an overwhelming voting power in all comitia, but specially in the comitia centuriata.

Taxation and assuiduus status was introduced into Nova Roma by the lex Vedia de assiduis et capite censis in Fl. Vedio (II) M. Cassio (II) cos. MMDCCLIV a.u.c., and the first taxes (which are in fact voluntary donations) were collected in M. Octavio L. Sulla (II) cos. MMDCCLV a.u.c., the year when assidui of Nova Roma were first registered. Assiduitas is also defined in article I.C.9 of the lex Cornelia Domitia de re publica constituenda, which serves as the constitution of Nova Roma. The distribution of both assidui and capite censi is governed by the lex Arria Tullia de classibus et centuriis et de tribubus novis.

Current list of assidui

The list of assidui is primarily updated each year at the conclusion of the tax collection period. The list is also updated through the course of the year with new citizens. If you are a new citizen or if you paid your taxes and are not shown on the list, contact the Nova Roman Censorial Office:

Historical record of past of assidui

These are the listings of all assidui per year:

Previous use of this term in Nova Roma

Between L. Sulla (III) cos. sine collega MMDCCLXVI a.u.c. - Cn. Lentulo Alexandro T. Domitio cos. MMDCCLXIX a.u.c., only those taxpayers counted as assidui who had at least 16 or 17 census points. This meant that there were three categories:

  • citizens who pay taxes and have more than 16 census points: these are termed assidui,
  • citizens who pay taxes but don't have more than 16 census points: these are termed taxpayer capite censi
  • citizens who don't pay taxes: these are termed non-taxpayer capite censi
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