Charter of Dominion

In the years following the canine invasion, the cities of the
Great River created the core of what would later be known as
the Charter of Dominion. The Charter was originally intended
as a political treaty uniting the governments of the cities along
the Great River, but many of the more powerful cities, including
Llorn and Haven, refused to sign the completed work and the
project was scrapped. A decade later, High Priestess Mariana of
Haven and Duke VasPasseon of Llorn called a council to resume
work on the Charter, this time involving representatives of
every major city along the Great River and many of the smaller
communities further inland. It took nearly three years to hammer
out a new document, but this time the major city-states and
scores of small and medium settlements signed it, and the region
was dubbed the Domain of Man. Within a century, 83% of the
communities in the Eastern Territory, new and old, had signed
the Charter of Dominion.

Provisions of the Charter of Dominion
The Charter of Dominion is a lengthy and somewhat clumsy
document (1200 pages and growing!) that promises to recognize
all who sign it as independent, sovereign entities, while forging
a fundamental trade/economic and military alliance. In short, an
alliance of communities, large and small, as a loose-knit confederacy
that acknowledges each other’s right to exist and exercise
political freedom, with a (theoretically) uniform set of guidelines
for commerce, trade and defense. Conspicuously absent
from the charter is any attempt to form “one central government”
or a political league of nations. An important stipulation
by the creators of the Charter was that it would in no way dictate
the governing policies, taxation, laws, ethics, religion or personal
freedoms of the charter members – a revolutionary idea
for the people of the Palladium World. Creating a constitution
that would detail the legal rights of every member government
and independent hi the Dominion of Man was impossible, and
the reason the first version was so vehemently rejected by the
free and independent majority. The final version, however, has
met with overwhelming support and approval, although the level
of participation and adherence to the precepts can vary dramatically
from place to place.

Dominion Council: The Dominion Council is composed of
representatives from every major population center and member
of the Charter. The representation is dependent upon population
so a large city such as Llorn or Haven will have its own representative
while the entire Highback Plains region has only two
representatives. The council meets daily during the summer
months every year in the City of Wisdom to discuss support for
the Dominion Army, military quotas, border disputes and any
other issues that affect trade or regional defense. Only a three
quarter majority vote by the Dominion Council can dispatch Dominion
troops to war, recognize new members (and in so doing,
new member states/cities/communities), adjust the trade agreement
or add further measures to the Charter. In addition to addressing
political issues, half the summer is spent on numerous
extravagant parties where members wine and dine one another
to charm, impress and make political allies.

Charter of Dominion

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