Yes, I’m tardy to the party. My apologies. That little thing called ‘life’ happened. I looked at the calendar and realized I was a week behind. I’ll try to crank out the next installment in a more timely fashion.
Back to business at hand, this is the tenth installment in a series of previews designed to introduce newcomers to Chronoplex. In this, the seventh in a series about life in the plex, we explore the birth of the Caesian government.
Temporal Articles of Confederation
While the adoption of the LE55 standard ended the Chrono Standard War, it did little to bridge the divisions between the aggregates of Caesia. 50 years of conflict had left an indelible legacy of prejudice and mistrust between the aggregates. In fact, the fragile peace threatened to crumble within the first year. A boundary dispute erupted between Sprosny and Inkarri over the platform town of Canopy. The town was one tube closer to Inkarri than Sprosny and had allied with Inkarri during the war, but because it was a strategic junction between the aggregates the leaders of Sprosny wanted it under their control and tried to take it by force. Tiny Inkarri could not muster the forces needed to repel Sprosny, so they reached out to Olmecca and Croatan for help.
Had either aggregate backed Inkarri and fought against Sprosny, it is likely that the Caesian aggregates would have slipped back into warfare. Fortunately cooler heads prevailed. Croatan arranged and hosted a Pan-isola Congress in Roanoke. Delegates from each Caesian aggregate met to evaluate inter-isola relations and to settle outstanding disputes. The congress convened late in the first quarter and the Canopy dispute was the first issue addressed. Negotiations between Sprosny and Inkarri took weeks with each side threatening to walk out at different points, but eventually an agreement was reached. Inkarri retained Canopy within its borders on the condition that an embassy be established to represent Sprosny in matters affecting trade and travel between the nations.
The Canopy Concession was a highly visible and much needed diplomatic victory in the interest of maintaining peace, but it was only one of scores of disputes facing the Pan-isola Congress. There were rampant border skirmishes, trade disputes of all varieties, treaty violations across the board and much, much more. Through the next couple months as the delegates waded through the caseload it became clear that maintaining inter-isola relations was more than an annual congress could hope to achieve. A governmental structure was needed for the aggregates to co-exist peacefully.
The delegates sequestered themselves and drafted a structure for maintaining order between the aggregates. Consisting of a congressional branch, an executive council of revision and a federal judicial system, the Pan-isola Congress presented and approved for ratification the Temporal Articles of Confederation. The delegates adjourned from the Pan-isola Congress tasked with winning favor for, and ratifying, the articles in their respective aggregates.
The council in Olmecca quickly recognized the importance of the articles and unanimously ratified them. Croatan and Sprosny followed soon after. Inkarri held out for many months, fearing that the articles did not fairly represent smaller aggregates. The congressional arm of the government called for a number of delegates from each aggregate based on population, which meant larger aggregates would have more delegates and therefore more votes. Inkarri finally relented and ratified the articles after a clause was added that fully defined the council of revision. The council would consist of one delegate per aggregate, each with one vote. The council of revision had final say on all issues and had the power to veto, assuring equal power among the aggregates.
The final holdout was Donatus. The theocratic rulers of Donatus refused to ratify the articles stating that the theocracy communed directly with God and would not recognize any intervening authority. Diplomats from the rest of the aggregates descended on Donatus and fiercely negotiated with the theocracy for a year to no avail. The Donatus theocracy demanded that a clause be added preventing the Caesian Confederation from raising an army or from levying taxes as well as a clause recognizing full sovereignty of each aggregate with respect to internal affairs. While the other aggregates realized that these changes would significantly weaken the articles and make enforcement of its policies difficult, if not impossible, they had little choice. All aggregates had to ratify the articles for them to be adopted. The clauses were added and Donatus ratified them. The Caesian Confederation was born.
Check back in two weeks when the Caesian frontiers are settled: History of the Plex, Part 6.