Voting takes place only in the Senate in Rome during a hiems. Only those present may vote, though a player may use the votes transferred to him by another. In all Senate legislation (except caedes), a simple majority of votes cast determines the outcome. Players may abstain from voting, in which case their suffragia do not affect the outcome of the vote, except in the case of caedes (see below). Venus will break all ties.
Voting proceeds in the following manner. At the start of every hiems there will be a brief period (its exact length to be determined by the will of Venus), during which those in Rome nominate individuals for consulship (high executive office) The Senate then holds a voice vote for consulship wherein the two individuals who receive the loudest acclaim, as determined by Venus, are designated that year's consuls. Voting takes place by a simple head count of senatores. Each consul is then allowed to introduce one piece of legislation upon which the senatores present may vote.
The Senate can engage in five (5) types of legislation, all of which are announced and executed by Mars and his assistant war gods.
- Imperium (Legionary Command):
The Senate may reassign any or all of one imperator's legiones
curiales to another imperator or senator by a simple majority vote.
(Formal Condemnation): The Senate may impose a death sentence
on an imperator, senator, or amazon. If the
proscribed player is in Rome, s/he is summarily executed. If the proscribed
player is outside Rome at the time of the proscriptio, s/he
is sanctioned and may enter Rome only upon pain of death. This sanction
is represented by the signum proscriptionis (red headband)
which all proscribed players must wear. Any legiones curiales in
the player’s possession at the time the proscriptio is announced
become the property of Mars; otherwise, proscribed players may keep or dispose of their transferrable properties at will. A proscriptio may not be imposed upon a numen, rex, virgo, or matrona.
- Restitutio (Removing a Proscriptio):
The Senate may vote to lift a proscriptio, allowing a player
to enter Rome, by a simple majority vote. No reparations will be made for any losses incurred during
(Assassination): The Senate may vote to assassinate any mortal
player. The vote must be unanimous, with no senator abstaining.
After a vote of caedes, Mars/Phobos/Deimos announces the Senate's
decree to the individual designated for assassination, wherever that
player is at the moment, and confiscates all the legiones (curiales
and clientarum) in that player's possession, which become the
numen's property. The player may keep or dispose of his/her
other transferrable properties at will.
- Census (Taxation): By a simple majority vote, the Senate may levy a tax on any mortal Romans residing in one particular provincia during a hiems. In doing so, they garnish all Denarii which those players have in their possession at that moment. Venus collects these funds and distributes them at her discretion among those who voted in favor of the census.
Salus populi suprema est lex (The safety of the people is the highest law)