Senators: Pontifex Maximus ƤЄƬƦƲƧ ƓƝƛЄƲƧ ƤƠMƤЄƖƲƧ, Zarek Antonius, Ras Galtier Parthicus, and Nero Antonius Octavius Drakon by his proxy Janu Octavius
Others in attendance: Dax Parthicus-Britannicus, Ruggeris Parthicus-Britannicus, Qarbon Galtier, GaryMike Maximus, ProConsul Miles Galtier Maximus, Janu Octavius, Popov Huldschinsky, Kimmy Jannings, Jerome Abara Karu
Guards: Jonny Galtier-Caproni, Quintus T
Minute taker: Jonny Galtier-Caproni
Opening of Senate Meeting
The Regent called the meeting to order at 11:02 AM SLT.
He stated that the meeting was about touching base and discussion and letting people know what’s been happening, rather than an actual "get stuff done" meeting.
And the Regent stated that for lack of a Senate lead, he would run the meeting today.
Roll Call of Senators
ƛƲŔЄԼƖƲŞ ƤӇƠЄƝƖҲ: Absent
Zarek Antonius: Present
Nҽɾσ Aɳƚσɳιυʂ Oƈƚαʋιυʂ Dɾαƙσɳ: Janu Octavius is Proxy for Senator Nero
Eryx Etchegaray-Drake: Absent
ѕץяus Etchegaray- Đяαkє: Absent
ƤЄƬƦƲƧ ƓƝƛЄƲƧ ƤƠMƤЄƖƲƧ: Present
Ras Galtier Parthicus: Present
(At this point in the roll call the Regent explained that he is not counting himself as a Senator because he was asked not to.)
(The Regent then indicated that he had spoken to CATO Leone-Karu and that he has resigned as a Senator to take care of needs out of the city.)
Janu Octavius asked about the status of Alexi and Leo. The Regent responded that Leo has left and resigned as senator. And further, that Alexi is no longer in the senate group or others. This is heartbreaking and we hope we hear from him at some point and if so, he would be reinstated.
The Pontifex Maximus led our prayers, first for those who are sick, mentioning Regulus and Prince Jin. And also for those who have passed away from us and are now freed from the burden of earthly life to wander peacefully across the fields of Elysium. And those who, with tears and sweat of blood, have to endure a terrible war that a ruler here in Europe has brought over a neighboring country.
The Pontifex Maximus continued his prayers:
“Illustrious son of Saturn and Ops, king of the gods, ruler over Olympus and the god of sky and thunder in myth. Great Protector of the Republic, I plead for Your blessings upon us and be with us.”
"O Great Father, protector of Rome and her People,
Finally we ask your blessing for your twin cities of Pompeii and Romanum.
May they co-exist in continued love and friendship.”
I – Internal Senate Matters
A. Regent - Statements
The Regent said that he would go over some topics that he thinks Senators and the public need to be aware of.
He explained that public Senate Meetings are the Romanum-wide coordination meetings, i.e. to get everyone in the sub groups on the same page for the month, direct communication face to face without a flood of separate IMs and Notices. It’s important to the Regent that we continue this tradition of senate meetings for that direct communication.
The Regent stated: “As you all know, Imperator needs time away. Imperator asked me to act as Regent (“a person appointed to administer a country because the monarch is a minor or is absent or incapacitated.") This does not mean the Imperator is gone; it means I’ve been asked to act in his stead for an unknown period of time. People should not see my acceptance as others being overlooked or less valued. I have been active here for years & doing assigned estate chores in the Background. A logical choice for emperor to be able to focus on his RL needs.”
The Regent said that Petrus & Ariel’s Regency ceremonies were a grand RP and he thanked them publicly for initiating that. He said it was also a great personal honor.
The Regent stated: “Due to Imperator’s continued ownership of these sims, for us to continue, he wants to keep maintaining that end - the parcel/rentals ... while teaching me his procedures. It’s complex. He will be here in a less time-consuming way. But continues to make all financial decisions as sim owner. He is the Emperor still... but away. Respect his time & space please.”
Romanum IV & III
The Regent stated:
“I feel like I need to explain IN DETAIL what’s happening with all the empty lots & changes. A large portion of Rom IV was left empty by the Octavianus farm needing to move (they contributed a great deal over the years). Emperor’s decision was to sell the sim (Rom IV) for financial stability & simplicity due to his time constraints. Later on, plans developed to simplify by converting the sim to a homestead & a 1 renter situation with less maintenance for him. (Like Rom II & Rom V are now.)
Even so, a homestead means a huge DROP in available prims. So either way, Residents Of Rom IV needed to be given the option of moving to Rom III available Plots, which some are still empty BUT being HELD for them pending their decisions. (Some have already moved.)
We have until Aug 31st to sort out remaining details in ROM IV, but things are falling into place. Rom IV will be converted down to a lower prim homestead & rented. Jonny (Galtier-Caproni) has stepped up to take it. So it will not be removed or sold. It will remain rather bare for technical reasons until Tiberius can be contacted & the conversion/transition completes Sept 1st. Thats the status On Rom IV today - it could change.”
Senator Zarek stated that he appreciates the Regent providing these updates. It’s very helpful and informative.
The Regent continued the discussion:
“Rom III open & available plot rentals will resume ASAP after 1 more resident of Rom IV confirms his choice. Once Rom III opens for rentals again, I am considering appointing a senator to send weekly available rental notices or such to Empire & VIPs
& promote available empty forum shops.
The Regent stated:
“Imperator has asked me to continue with Senate. Booker has resigned as Senate Lead. I intend to follow the traditions & methods in place. With Booker resigning I will need to appoint a senate lead from among Senators. It’s in the works. No bad blood there. Booker can be reinstated if he wanted & his years of service are super appreciated.
We will need a few more senators to keep senate active and that is beginning to be in the works. I want to abide by constitutional methods so it may take time.” (Senator Ras Galtier Parthicus voiced agreement with this idea.)
The Regent stated that “EXISTING senators VERY MUCH valued though, I’m thinking additional, not replacements. We are also looking for a Senate Scribe. If not we can make do. That person would need Romanum experience though.”
Matters arising for discussions as proposed on the floor by Senators
There was no discussion under this topic.
The Regent invited Senators to raise anything they wanted to bring up under this topic, and moving on, invited the Pontifex Maximus to comment. PM Petrus responded:
“Still the same dilemma of too many temples and too few candidates, which is now made even more difficult by the fact that the important temple of Saturn and Juno is also without a priest due to the departure of Leo. But I am happy and glad that in the past we have managed the ceremony for the installation of the regent well and the Neptunalia was also successful.
(Ras commented that Neptunalia had been “Well Done!” The Regent added his thanks to Neptunalia participants.)
The Pontifex Maximus continued:
“For the future, at the end of the month we have the celebrations for the god Vulcan. Because unfortunately we don't have an active priest for Vulcan in Rome, I thought [perhaps] we could celebrate this together with the friends in Pompeii [and] I will of course discuss this with my colleague contact the Pontifex Maximus Ben.
The Regent commented that his is not sure of Ptolemy’s status but could easily do something for Gladiators. The Pontifex Maximus reiterated that he would talk to his Pompeii counterpart.
Qarbon stated that there is nothing to report on Tribunes. He has had RL issues including power failures and needs to re-schedule with the group. He added that they have re-located the RVINS club and the Regent observed that the new venue is nice.
Business from the Floor
Ras advised that Prince Jin is feeling a little better; he dropped into the Palace and several other places last Friday. Depending on his state of health, he hopes to complete a remaining production and look at another.
Many people expressed good wishes for Jin.
The Regent stated that he has decided to call Jin’s position Artistic Director rather than palace manager “to better define what I think he wanted to do”.
The Regent took the opportunity to thank Ruggeris for creating his special tunic for the Regent RP.
The Regent stated that the next Senate meeting date and time are proposed for: 11 September 2022 at 11am SLT. The Regent then declared the Senate meeting adjourned.