Note from the ICA Crisis Management Board:
What follows is the second of a number of communiques sent to the Office of Imperial Census Affairs by the Field Surveyor Provientus A.R Avienci, Third Class, with Honours. Normally such work would be edited immediately but Sir Avienci’s work is… unique. As such it is to be undoctored and unaltered and forwarded straight to the director of ICA (With CC to High Command as per regulation).
The document appears to be an amalgamation of Sir Avienci’s writings for the census, factfile presentation and previous data from the existing census. Sir Avienci has also added personal thoughts and annotations, many of which are… extreme in expressing his views. Despite this however we urge the Director to be objective in her viewing and disregard nothing. Somewhere within these works lies the key to the mystery of Provientus Avienci…
Entry 1- Planet Spotlight: Rome.
Good Morning! Today we focus on the planet that first comes to mind when talking about the NRE, both for it’s name and it’s position as Capital of the Empire. Rome itself.
Rome is the beating heart of The New Roman Empire. A vast sprawling planet dominated by massive metropolises and patches of natural vegetation. It is the center of all activity in the empire and the seat of all power. Every job on every planet in the empire has a chain of command which, in the end leads back to Rome. The planet, among it’s long list of achievements is known to hold the largest amount of Triumph Arches in the empire. Typically, Triumph Arches, the massive teleportation devices we use every day to go from planet to planet in the Empire are limited to ten or so a planet, in the major population areas. Rome however has 27 of these giant buildings in each of the regional capitals.
Rome has very little in the way of goods production, with what little product it does generate sold off locally. It’s main export is people, the experts, politicians, scientists and economists who learn the secrets of how to bend the universe and it’s people to their will at it’s institutes and the high technology they produce.
In a universe where planets and planetary consortiums have taken up the mantle of companies in the competitive market, Rome for the capital of the empire is conspicuously not present. True the founders did issue that edict for all time banning the capital from taking part in the Inter-Planetary Market but since when has that ever stopped the High Council, let alone the current emperor or empress. No perhaps the citizens of Rome prefer to watch the squabbling and backstabbing of the markets and trade centers that Rome houses without getting involved themselves. Seven Heaven’s knows I would.
It is not a rural and weatherworn planet like Arcadia, Capital of the Romulus Galaxy scratched from rocks within the Wilderness. Neither is it an industrious and rambling construct with paths of diamond, like the golden Byzantia, capital of the Medusa Galaxy.
Instead Rome is a living organism. Each day new areas are demolished and new communities erected, people mover here and others move away. Season’s change and the entire planet shifts. And somehow the Council of Governors manages to keep it all meticulously planned and orchestrated. The wilderness forests, lakes, deserts and tundra that dominate the world are all utterly pristine. Even the weeds are hand-planted! But each week, it’s a different weed in a different place. Ever changing yet somehow completely controlled.
Probably the only place now-a-days where the Empire does have full control…
–Provientus A.R Avienci, Class 3 Surveyor of the Office of Imperial Census Affairs, with honors.
(It’s said Ah-Vee-En-SIGH you illiterate kraboch!)
Contents of System: One Class 1 World Rome, One Class 6 Gas Giant Mars with Orbital shipyards and weapon forges, One Class Five, Tartarus, Penal Colony. 3 Bastion Worlds, Himlold, Garathard and Eiregoar.
Capital Planet: Rome
No. Of Moons: Three natural with two artificial defense moons.
Colours: Light gold and white.
Sigil: The sigil of Rome is a crossed scroll, sword and olive branch beneath a golden eagle with wings outstretched downwards on a white background.
Ancient House: The Imathrans, original prime founders of the empire.
Physical Description: Rome has an azure sky that flows from an electric blue to a near green aqua. It is famous for it’s Agetlam (Silver-arm/silver-bough) trees which are made of a strange silvery wood and burnt orange leaves. It is filled with natural wonders but also has some of the largest cities in the Empire.
Capital: The City of Elysium on the Continent of Bountiful Glory.
Supplementary Information: Rome is the political, military, diplomatic and governmental center of the Empire, containing the highest headquarters of most organisations in the New Roman Empire.
AFTERWORD (Yes, I’ll add one, even though you morak-shai at the editing office will probably remove it before you even read the title!)
A Spotlight on Elysium:
If Rome is the beating heart of the empire, then Elysium is surely the nervous system governing that heart. More embroiled in the heart’s processes than the heart itself, but yet still partially aloof.
Elysium is a massive, quite possibly one of the biggest and most spread out cities in the empire. The majority of it, around 80% or so is concentrated in a large sprawling mass that stretches from the feet of the Three Lords mountains to the Lux river delta. Great shining white towers stretch far up into the sky here, although their height is nothing compared to those that rise higher in the city. Walls draped in Banners of white and gold separate bustling markets from theaters, playhouses, libraries and living quarters.
This part of the city is known as the lower quarter and contains the wards, 500 separate areas each with thousands of people.
The higher parts of the city, the other 20% is known imaginatively as the higher quarter. This is the section that reaches up the slopes of Mt. Palatine and the Northern and Southern Wings on Mt. Glorious and Mt. Paxus. The towers and buildings here are massive and are some of the most important places in the Empire. Lengths of shining metal connect the high streets of this quarter to the rising towers of the lower and to the sides of the other mountains, joining the city together like a giant spiderweb. Shining lights are looped between every building and the most delicious smells waft through the streets. The city has an atmosphere like a carnival has only just started and you have but to round the next corner to join in…
After passing through the districts here in the higher quarter, the higher level markets and docking bays for the traders, not to mention the cathedrals and temples of every religion in the Empire, you come to the great gates. Crafted from an unknown white metal by the founders themselves, these gates and the walls reaching out from them guard the High Keep, the great Fort of Elysium, from any intruders, although it has been many centuries since they have ever moved from their open position.
The High Keep encapsulates the top of Mt Palatine. Unlike the rest of the mountain, there is no carnival atmosphere here. Here lies the most important buildings and people in the empire. The Imperial Senate, the People’s Assembly, the High Courts of Justice and the Galactic Market where the governors of every planet wheel and deal to sell their people’s goods and buy another planet’s. Everywhere the Elysian Guard linger, the special sect of the Praetorians tasked with protecting the high officials of the Empire from any danger. Even themselves. For the courts take corruption very seriously and it is a shame when someone with such experience and knowledge must lose their life over such a trifling issue… But the law is the law. Unless of course the senate changes it.
And at the very precipice lies the two most important buildings in the Empire. Upon the very top is the Panacoptian, the seat of Imperial High Command, the executive arm of the government where the current Lord or Lady President decides upon the actions of the empire as a whole, along with the most experienced scientists, engineers, politicians, economists and admirals in the empire.
In the courtyard of High Command there is the Epiphany of the Founders, the giant statues of all twelve of our great leaders, raising their swords to the sky, the river Lux flowing from the spring beneath their feet.
Many of you may notice one place and person missing, that is the Imperial Palace. Well the imperial Palace isn’t actually in Elysium, it has it’s own little island just out from the Lux delta called the Presidum. But more on that later…
The Journals of Provientus A.R Avienci are a guidebook/encyclopedia to the world of the New Roman Empire, my novel series in progress as well as a microcosmic story in their own right. This is just the first entry, a teaser if you like. The rest of the entries shall be worked on in December/January and released periodically over 2015, starting on the 25th of December as a Christmas treat to all my readers!