Present: Tribune Lead Ras Parthicus, Tribunes Ruggeris Britannicus and Popov; Citizens duracuir, Jonny, Sir HELIOS of Dacha
Tribune Lead opened the meeting at 8:00 am.
Flamen Helios led with an opening prayer. “We praise all the Roman gods to look over us in this meeting, grant us the strength to listen and to speak with words that are kind to hear even in troubling issues. Praise the Romanum empire and praise our Glorious Emperor. Bless this meeting and all that speak at it.” Ita Est
Items from Citizens
Tribune Lead reported that no new items had been received, so he would provide a status on zCS testing.
RP ENHANCEMENT PROJECT FOR ROMANUM - status
The proposal concerning a test trial of the zCS Meter has been referred to the Emperor and Consuls. Tribune Lead’s understanding is that it will be considered soon.
Several of those present reported being hit by weapons while viewing Arena combat with the meter attached. This issue could be addressed during any trial moves forward and that Senator Tybalt should be able to monitor. (It is understood that the Senator is aware of it)
In response to a question about problems encountered during the previous week's chariot races, Lead Tribune said Senator Tybalt had asked the Emperor to fix the starting mechanism. The Emperor has done this, and racing should be back to normal. (and in the process confirmed that the Emperor is an astute chariot driver)
Items from Tribunes
Tribune Popov reported that the Saturnalia Art Competition is now well on the way.
Tribune Ruggeris asked the following statement be read into the record:
“I have agonised a great deal whether or not to stand as Tribune once again. I want to make it clear that my conclusion not to, on this occasion, is not a reflection of any loss of confidence in Romanum, or of our beloved Emperor, may he live forever.
“It has been said that all Political careers end in failure, but I think that may be going a little too far
“What I do think is that nothing defines a Politician as much as the manner of his departure. I think it is a good example to step graciously down from power at the right moment.
“And I feel this is the right moment to pass the torch to others, with new energy and new ideas to take the Tribunate forwards into the future as Romanum reaches its 10th Anniversary.
“May I wish my successors the wisdom of the Gods and the strength of Hercules in their future endeavours and their most noble task of representing the People of our great cities of Romanum and Pompeii.
“Ruggeris Britannicus, Twice Tribune of the people of Romanum"
Meeting attendees praised Tribune Ruggeris for his effective role as Tribune these past two years.
Tribune Lead Report
"Ave Tribunes and Citizens of Rome. Welcome to the Ninth Plebeian Assembly meeting for the 2019 Tribunate."
a) Items from the Plebeian Assembly Meeting 27 October
How to engage more Citizens in the day-to-day life of Romanum. The idea of a graffiti board has been followed up and one purchased for trial, but certain technical difficulties mean back to the drawing board. The other idea of a survey was mentioned in dispatches to the Emperor about utilising Survey Monkey. Google also has a Survey system. More on this in the future.
b) Items in Abeyance
Discussions have been held with Senator Tybalt about ways of involving Citizens attending the Chariot Races. Boards displaying drivers in each race and the race winner are now in use. A wagering system, that would use zCS coins, has been developed. Incorporation of such a system into the race format has yet to be determined. Assistance from Citizens would be required. This item is also connected to the proposed trial of the zCS meter within Romanum. [28 July]
The suggestion concerning horse races will be furthered once the Chariot participation enhancements have been actioned.
c) Visits to a number of private and public places are to be arranged. Volunteers would be appreciated.
d) Citizens are encouraged to raise with any Tribune their suggestions for events they think would be good for the 10th Anniversary celebrations.
e) Tribune Elections - nominations closed at 12 Midnight 23 November. There were 5 candidates. Voting will be 24 November – 7 December.
Membership of the Two Romanum Groups
09 Jul 19 27 Oct 19 24 Nov 19 Net change Oct to Nov
Empire of Romanum 662 661 655 (3 joined, 9 left)
Romanum VIPs 1257 1270 1261 (10 joined, 19 left)
Visitors to the Romanum Welcome Centre since June 2019 as of 24 November:
Discussion of the Tribune election followed the report. The understanding is the Emperor wants voting to continue as planned 24 November - 7 December but that all five candidates will be seated (assuming any given candidate gets at least one vote). It was uncertain whether ballots have been opened yet. Each Citizen may vote for up to three separate candidates. ***Subsequent advice by the Emperor is that there will be no voting for candidates, as there are five positions vacant and five candidates and each is elected. ***
a) The Emperor's Ball on 16th November, was well attended and - by all reports and comments - was a great success.
b) Mr Romanum: The Mr Romanum quest date will be decided by the Senate in their deliberations about the 10th anniversary celebrations 2020.
c) Saturnalia will occur 13 December to 21 December. (SLT)
**Sunday 8 December
12 Midnight - Arts competition closes.
**Friday 13 December
12 Midday - Opening Ceremony - by the Pontifex Maximus
1:30pm - Banquet with classical music - by Flamen Petrus
2:00pm - Saturnalia Dance - by Tybalt
**Saturday 14 December
9:00am - Saturnalia Chariot Racing (date subject to confirmation)
10:00am - Saturnalia Gladiators Fight (date subject to confirmation)
**Thursday 19 December
12 Midday - Orpheus - A musical drama - followed by a dance
**Saturday 21 December
12 Midday - Closing Banquet/Convivium at the Palace
Discussion of RP centered on recent interaction with Jhon, the thief. Several RP issues were discussed, including the problem of maintaining RP with few people in Romanum at any given time, lack of clear instructions to prevent overstepping boundaries between different groups, and general lack of public acknowledgment of the efforts made that would encourage future RP participation. Consensus was that it was a good learning experience that can be studied for process improvement.
Tribune Lead postponed discussion of the 10 Year Celebration until the next meeting and thanked Tribunes and Citizens for their attendance and input.
Tribune Lead Ras Parthicus closed the meeting at 9:18.