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The Broken Hourglass: The Emperor And Senate
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Planewalker Games has released another information update for its upcoming RPG, The Broken Hourglass. This time the update offers insight into the political world of Tolmira, the game's setting. The article describes the Imperial Senate and its uneasy alliance with the Emperor it appoints.

Tolmira is governed by a law- and policy-making body known as the Senate, a 200-seat assembly of some of the most powerful and influential individuals within the Empire's reach. The Senate convenes in the Imperial capital of Azmadisha and traces its roots to the earliest governing bodies of its days as a city-state. In the official histories, the rule of the Senate has been continuous and unbroken for 600 years, since the year 148 when Primarch Urgardt re-took Azmadisha from northern barbarians who had captured the city a year earlier. At the time, Azmadisha was but the head of the much smaller Kingdom of Azmadir, consisting of the city-state's home strait and captured territory from the then-independent nations of Narimir and Aemir.
 
The Senate itself votes to fill its vacancies. Senate positions are ostensibly perpetual, but resignation and forced removal often "become necessary" through pressure from a majority (or extremely powerful minority) of other senators. As a result, only a minority of senators will actually serve out a lifetime appointment.
Head over to the Planewalker site at the link below to read more.

The Broken Hourglass: The Senate and the Emperor
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