Senatus consultum ultimum de interregibus nominandis et de re publica administranda (Nova Roma)

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Enacted on: a.d. V Kal. Dec. Sex. Lucilio C. Claudio P. Annaeo Q. Catulo tr. mil. cos. pot. ‡ XX ANRC et MMDCCLXX AUC (In the year of the Consular Tribunes Sex. Lucilius, C. Claudius, P. Annaeus and Q. Catulus, 27th November, 20 ANRC / 2770 AUC / 2017 AD)

I. This senatus consultum ultimum supplements the previous senatus consultum ultimum about the same subject, with the same title, enacted on a.d. IV Id. Oct. Sex. Lucilio C. Claudio P. Annaeo Q. Catulo tr. mil. cos. pot. In accordance with, and under the authority of, the lex Cornelia Domitia de re publica constituenda, and in order that republic suffer no harm, the Senate appoints the following citizens, acknowledging their great merits, dignitas, auctoritas and historical role in the founding years of Nova Roma, as interreges for the interregnum ordered and mandated by the law:

A. Gallio Velius Marsallas, for two consecutive terms, between 28 November – 7 December.

B. M. Cassius Iulianus, depending on whether he will be available to accept the position, for two consecutive terms between 8–12 and 13–17 December. His imperium shall be validated by a separate session of the comitia curiata, only in case he is available. If he isn’t, his two terms shall be reassigned automatically so that Gallio Velius Marsallas receives the term 8–12 December and Cn. Cornelius Lentulus Alexander receives the term 13–17 December.

C. Cn. Cornelius Lentulus Alexander, for three consecutive terms, between 18 December – 31 December.

II. All former and current interreges, who aren’t already senatores, shall be accorded the the position of senator effective from the day of entering office as interrex. All former magistrates, including the tribuni militum consulari potestate, who are currently members of the senate mailing list, shall be considered senatores of the album senatorium. Any new magistrate, or any private citizen, shall be admitted to the senate according to the lex Popillia senatoria from the Kalends of January by the censores. Former tribuni militum consulari potestate who also serve as governors shall bear the title “pro consule” in their provinces, unless they have ever been consul, in which case they shall use the title proconsul.

III. The office staff of the tribuni militum consulari potestate, which is still standing as the government staff office of Nova Roma now under the guidance of the interrex, shall be renamed the interrex’ staff, and is authorized to use equivalent Latin terms in their titles, replacing the terms referring to the consular tribunes. This staff shall be the permanent public administrative bureaucracy and civil service of Nova Roma, serving under the joint authority of the presidential magistrates in office.

IV. All edicta of all magistrates and governors currently in force shall remain in force until revoked by a new edictum. The automatic expiry of edicta with the end of the term of office of the issuing officer is hereby suspended until this senatus consultum ultimum is in force. A magistrate or governor cannot issue any valid edictum until in his first edictum he lists all the previous edicta of his predecessors that he revokes and those that he confirms.

V. As the Constitution V.D. stipulates: “Should a magistrate’s office become vacant during the course of his term, the Senate may appoint a replacement to serve out the remainder of the term should there be fewer than three months remaining therein,” and because there is currently no magistrate or authority that would have the power to conduct the plebeian elections, in order that the republic suffer no harm, the Senate interprets, under the authority of this senatus consultum ultimum, the currently vacant office of the tribuni plebis as falling under the scope of this section of the Constitution, and for the remaining days until December 10, the Senate appoints the following citizens as tribuni plebis and orders them to conduct the election of tribuni plebis and aediles plebis:

A. C. Tullius Valerianus Germanicus B. M. Martianius Lupus C. A. Vergilius Figulus D. M. Claudius Nero E. Q. Arrius Nauta

VI. If for some reason these tribuni plebis cannot complete the elections until December 10, their term of office is automatically extended until December 31, or until the announcement of the results of the election, whichever comes sooner.

VII. As the corporation is currently not the representative of the free Republic of Nova Roma, if the currently vacant corporate offices were filled, the corporate “magistrates,” elected or appointed without the consent of the republic, must not be considered magistrates of the republic, but merely officers of the corporation, unless they receive approval by a non-corporate senatus consultum ultimum as required by the lex Cornelia Domitia de re publica constituenda, Section VIII. The corporate consuls, praetors, censors and quaestors thus shall be referred to exclusively as “corporate presidents, vice-presidents, secretaries and treasurers.” The corporate curule and plebeian aediles shall be exclusively referred to as curule or plebeian “cultural officers,” the tribunes of the plebs as “corporate advocates” of the plebs. The corporate senators and senate shall exclusively be referred to as “directors” and “board of directors,” the comitia as “corporate members’ assembly,” the priestly colleges as “corporate councils of priests.” The corporate governors, regardless of their title, shall be exclusively referred to as “representatives of the corporation for (name of the province),” corporate legates, prefects, curators and various minor officers shall be uniformly referred to as “corporate officers.” Any laws, edicts, senatus consulta or decrees enacted by corporate authorities shall be exclusively referred to as corporate “resolutions” or “decisions.”

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