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« Reply #540 on: June 09, 2012, 07:43:22 PM »

A Letter to Hugo De Vinti

Consul De Vinti,

My first thought as a Senator, a Roman, and a Christian is that now is not the time to be levying any tax. The popolo would not tolerate it, I do not think, unless our prosperity were to increase proportionally. Perhaps in future, when Rome is in a more stable position, would a tax be suitable. Our vigili have so far performed their duties adequately, but without again possessing a functioning judiciary I do not know that more would be of use to us.  

As to the formation of this court.. I do not think any amount of toil and labour on your part or the part of any other could undo the damage Senator DeRosa has done do our nascent judiciary. The honoured Doctors of Bologna likely think us fools who little deserve the blessings of Justice. To find other experts on the law of Justinian so as to begin again... I do not know of a place in all the world that we could find them. I will wish you luck on such endeavour.  

As to any cache of books so seized... of military knowledge, only a single book of note. De Re Militari, on the ancient methods of warfare. I made a gift of it to the good Consul Calafatus. Perhaps you should inquire further with him.

By the time this message reaches you, I will be on my way out of Rome and to Tivoli to treat with the noble College of Cardinals. I will pray for your good health and that wisdom should never abandon you.

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« Reply #541 on: June 10, 2012, 12:40:51 AM »

To Consul Da Vinti

Consul,

Congratulations on your election.  Naturally I will do what I can to ensure good relations between my house and the Commune continue.  Senator Basile was a credit to his office and I am sure you will do your utmost to follow in his footsteps.  Please let me know if I can be of service to the continued peace and prosperity of Rome.

Signore Pietro Colonna, Lord of Palestrina, Castrum Colonna, Tusculum, etcetera and so forth

To Senator Manzinni

Indeed, I have not missed the irony of the situation.  I told the Romans that a rapprochement with the Pope was unavoidable if we were to retain our civic liberty, and those who deposed me for saying it now repeat the very same words.  Still, I cannot fault the Senate for coming around to my point of view, even if it has taken them the better part of two years to do it.

I am not very familiar with His Holiness, although my father knew him when he was Cardinal-Priest of St. Pudenziana during Pope Paschal's reign.  His family, the Demetri, no longer has much of a presence in Rome since the death of his father Benedictus de Suburra.  The core of his father's estate was in the neighborhood of Formello, and one of his cousins is the present signore.  His most famous relative is already known to you - Cardinal Gregorio della Suburra, the nephew of His Holiness, whom Senator Basile fought against near the Lateran.  As for the views of His Holiness on Arnold, I cannot say; the monk has been inoffensive lately, but my understanding of Arnold is that he speaks loudest precisely when one wishes him to be the most quiet.  Some new pronouncement by Arnold might well force the Pope to pronounce him a heretic openly, which would be a disaster for the Senate.  I believe that ultimately the Senate will be forced to exile the monk, though I do not know who would have the nerve to accept him.

Perhaps the silver lining of my deposition from office is that I no longer have the responsibility for solving these intractable issues.  Truly, I wish you my best.

Giordano Pierleoni, Patrician of Rome, Magistrate of Trastevere
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« Reply #542 on: June 10, 2012, 08:32:06 PM »

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I speak on the Court of Last Resort. I speak against having Consuls sit on it- there is to be a division of powers and the Consuls are members of our Legislative and Executive branch, making laws and enforcing them. We would be laughingstocks if we gave the consuls all the powers- they may as well be Caesars. On top of the imposition of taxation, such a creation would anger the popolo.

I speak for a panel of three consuls to serve as the Court of Last Resort, only on appeals from decision of one Judge. The Judges should be selected at random, as they are currently selected as judges.
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« Reply #543 on: June 11, 2012, 02:47:44 PM »

Letter to Abbot Anselm II

Greetings,

Your terms are agreeable with the caveat that the Roman and Rietani military will also have unfettered access to these roads, as we are no longer at war and now at peace.

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« Reply #544 on: June 11, 2012, 05:13:19 PM »

Orders

-invest as many WP as possible in to my land outside Rome and acquire more adjacent land
-Try and acquire land to the south-east and north-west of Rome as well
-Return to Rome with all my personal honor guard and any militia still in Civitavecchia
-Send agents to find out what Senator Manzinni is up to, who he is talking to and what his plans are.
-Send agents to do the same to Senator DeRosa
-Give an agent 3 WP and send him on a mission to the Crusader states to find more information on this Byzantine trebuchet and other siege machines. Make sure they are familiar with what we already know
-Give an agent 3 WP and send him on a mission to the Greeks to find more information on this Byzantine trebuchet and other siege machines. Make sure they are familiar with what we already know
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« Reply #545 on: June 11, 2012, 05:19:20 PM »

ORDERS

Hey, only four people have posted orders so far!  Today is the due date, so if you haven't posted orders yet, get them in or let me know you need an extension!

To Consul Calafatus

While I will accept this access on the length of the Via Salaria that runs within our lands, the only portion of the Via Aurelia which lies in our territory is that immediately adjacent to Civitavecchia, and I see no reason why the Romans would have need of moving troops there unless intending to attack our lawful fiefs.  

Abbot Anselm II
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« Reply #546 on: June 11, 2012, 08:41:12 PM »

At the Inner Council

I would like to offer my humble opinion on the matter of the Court of Last Resort. To my mind, such a Court should try to represent as faithfully as possible the diversity of viewpoints, whether political or philosophical, and interests that is present in the Senate, while retaining the vitality and responsiveness of small numbers that is sometimes missing in the Senate. I, for one, can see no better way to do this than to name as judges on the Court of Last Resort all of you, my esteemed colleagues senatores consiliarii.

Whether, as Senator Manzinni suggests, it is reckless to name the Consuls to the Court; I am not so sure. I will leave this matter for wiser men to debate. But at least, I would urge, we should make sure to name all five of the other senatores that sit on this distinguished Inner Council on the Court of Last Resort. This, I feel, is our best bet at guaranteeing a fair, unbiased Court.

Private to Senator Manzinni

Esteemed Senator,

It appears that we and others have successfully coordinated to vote Consul De Vinti into office. Time will tell if we made a wise decision. Until then, I remain happy, not only because I feel optimistic about De Vinti's capabilities, but more importantly because we, the Senators, came to a strong consensus, thus lending weight to De Vinti's election and sending a message to those who would see harm come to Rome.

In the spirit of cooperation that has now been created between us, I would like to offer a business proposal. It is commonly known that you are working on a grand project to honor our Lord Jesus Christ, and His mother, the Virgin Mary, by improving the Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore. Surely such a project could not be complete without some exquisite gold furnishings and ornaments. As I am sure you are aware, all the best goldsmiths in our grand city work for me, and they are second to none between Aosta and Syracuse. The products of these talented hands can be yours at a fair price. If that in itself does not seem worthwile to you, remember that with economic friendship often comes political friendship. I would be surprised if any of the other craftsmen you will employ in this project came with such a friendship. So let us come to an agreement, in the spirit of mutual benefit!

I look forward to hearing back from you.

Senator Romolo Vannetti

Private to Senator DeRosa

Esteemed Senator,

I hope you are as satisfied by the recent election as I am. Not only because I feel optimistic about De Vinti's capabilities, but more importantly because we, the Senators, came to a strong consensus, thus lending weight to De Vinti's election and sending a message to those who would see harm come to Rome. Let us hope that we are at the dawn of a new age of peace and prosperity for our beloved city.

Speaking of prosperity, I hear you, in particular, have taken Rome's spiritual prosperity to heart. Your efforts in honoring our Lord Jesus Christ and Saint Prisca, by improving on the latter's Basilica, have not gone unnoticed. Would not such a work be the grander, honoring our Lord and Savior, as well as Saint Prisca and not least yourself, if it were topped with some beautiful golden ornaments and furnishings? As I am sure you are aware, all the best goldsmiths in our grand city work for me, and they are second to none between Triest and Trapani. Perhaps a deal can be made to our mutual advantage? If the expert craftsmanship and fair prices that I stand for did not already convince you, let me remind you that unlike other craftsmen you may consider, I also carry some influence in the Senate. Surely an economic agreement will also make it easier for us to come to political agreements in the future.

I look forward to your reply.

Senator Romolo Vannetti

Orders for Autumn 1154

1. Take advantage of any business opportunities that become available through Senatores Manzinni and DeRosa. If that means making some money, great, but if it is feasible to set this up rather as an investment to improve my goldsmithing business, by all means invest. I will invest up to the maximum possible amount in this (5 Savings + 4 Wealth Level = 9 WP), spreading it equally over the two projects (or other similar projects, see LightDragon's post directly below this) if they end up competing for funds.
2. Investigate the competitive situation of the goldsmithing market. In particular, I want to know whether:
a) buying up, undercutting, or otherwise getting rid of local competitors in an attempt to corner the market and then drive up prices seems like a valid business plan (I assume that I would already know most of what I need to know for this, but otherwise spend up to 1 WP to investigate, if available);
b) expanding my business into non-local areas (either by buying up smithees or starting new ones) seems like a valid business plan (this may require more work, spend up to 3 WP to investigate, if available).
3. If I still have funds after the above and see an opportunity to do so, expand my goldsmithing business through conventional means (hiring, PR, etc.).
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« Reply #547 on: June 11, 2012, 08:50:16 PM »

To Romolo

I welcome your invitation to hire goldsmiths. I gladly will hire those who are necessary to do repairs to existing portions of the chapel and of other chapels that I am restoring. However, to craft more ostentatious creations would risk the ire of the Arnoldists who would tear down the grand creations. I would however, be glad to employ goldsmiths as contractors for a non-religious project that I am considering, if you are interested.

At the Inner Council

I still speak for three senators to sit on the court rather than the full number of the lesser council; but if Romolo's interesting idea is adopted, then I would ask that we consider a few potential situations that could occur. First, our number could fluctuate. There may become six rather than five and the vote would align in deadlock. We would need to solve that issue. Second, one of our number may be rendered ill or unable to vote and then we become four, and the vote could align again in deadlock. While Romolo's idea does much for the cause of unity on the Council, I fear the bureaucratic problems it may unleash if we do not address them before it is implemented.

With the establishment of three senators on the Court- if one could not serve, then another would be appointed.

And once again, I caution against placing too much power in the hands of the Consuls- the Judicial determinations should be separate from those who practice Legislative and Executive power. Recall you not Rome's anger when Spiritual and Temporal power were executed by the former Pope? That anger could just as easily be turned against a Senate or Consuls that are seen as biased or corrupt.

Out of Character

So if this merits sending any of my WP related to the restoration to Romolo, feel free to do that Polycarp
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« Reply #548 on: June 11, 2012, 09:15:06 PM »

To Manzinni

The extent of my involvement in any of your projects - religious or otherwise - is of course completely up to you. I will be happy to contribute in any way I can. Please, if you will, tell me more about your other project.

In the meantime, may I compliment you on your excellent speech at the Inner Council. Your measured words address and encapsulate both my own concerns and others'. I find I have nothing to add to your considerations, and I am convinced our final decision will be the better for them.
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« Reply #549 on: June 11, 2012, 09:56:46 PM »

Letter to Abbot Amselm II

Greetings

You need not fear from Roman troops, but access to the Via Salaria only will be sufficient when paired with a donation to the city coffers worth [4 WP]

Consul Fortis Calafatus
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« Reply #550 on: June 11, 2012, 11:03:27 PM »

orders

Sorry guys, I have been suuuuuuper busy IRL.

- Stop putting money into the kitty for the Church.
- Spend 2 Wealth to raise some troops and another 2 to equip them. Have them stay in my villa out of Rome.
- Invest 1 Wealth into getting a Messenger hawk, Dove or Pigeon, if possible. I will need to Send messages to my villa during these troubled times.
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« Reply #551 on: June 12, 2012, 05:38:41 AM »

Sorry about that, completely forgot. I swear I'm almost done with blasted school :S

orders

- 2 wealth into my rocca
- 2 wealth to calafatus for rent
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« Reply #552 on: June 12, 2012, 02:39:15 PM »

No worries, Nomadic.

I've begun the update, so please don't edit any orders.  (I've already copied and posted them elsewhere, so if you do, it won't change anything.)
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« Reply #553 on: June 14, 2012, 01:20:41 AM »

Anno Domini MCLIV
Autumn has passed into winter…
Winter seldom brings snow to Rome, but the cold winter winds are accompanied by sudden storms.  Floods are still a danger, and only the most reckless mariners try their luck at sea this time of year.  In the countryside, vines are pruned and firewood is gathered, while craftsmen huddle indoors making and maintaining tools and equipment for the coming year.  The people fast through Advent before feasting at Christmas, upon a pig slaughtered in late autumn if they can afford it, and on wild game if not.  Epiphany is celebrated in January, and the date of Easter is announced to the people.

Our Consuls: Hugo Da Vinti and Fortis Calafatus
Our Pope: Adrian IV
Our Rage: Apoplectic!

This Season’s Top 5 Popular Issues

1. "The Emperor is coming!  Who will defend us?"
2. "Down with the English Pope!  Death to the foreigners!"
3. "Arnold of Brescia is a great man.  We should protect him."
4. "The Senators and their Courts are corrupt."
5. "All these riots are bad for business."

News from Abroad

Frederick von Hohenstaufen, King of Germany and Emperor-elect, has presided over an Imperial Diet on the plain of Roncaglia, attended by representatives from communes and lordships all over Imperial Italy.  He summoned before him the four distinguished doctors of Bologna, including Bulgarus and Martinus Gosia, who together affirmed before the King his God-given rights to all of Christendom, as well as the revenues and privileges in Italy which, though neglected since the days of Otto the Great, are rightfully and lawfully his.  Frederick heard the grievances of the communes of Pavia, Como, and Lodi, as well as many noblemen and bishops of Lombardy who charged that the communes of Milan, Tortona, Asti, and Chieri had usurped their territories and privileges.  The king solemnly condemned the alienation of fiefs from their lawful lords without consent, and furthermore retroactively declared all such alienations to be null and void.  The Milanese and their allies refused to make any compensation and rejected the king’s proclamation before the entire assembly.  Most other cities were not so bold - the powerful maritime republics of Venice, Genoa, and Pisa submitted themselves to the king, assuring him of their loyalty and promising him the use of their mighty fleets in his endeavors.

Manuel Comnenus, Emperor of the Greeks, seems to have finally resolved the conflict in Serbia between the brothers Uroš and Desa, princes of the House of Vukanović, which had become a proxy war between the Greeks and Hungarians for control of Serbia.  Desa has agreed to renounce his claim on the Principality and recognize his brother Uroš as the sole Prince of Serbia in exchange for a generous grant of land around the city of Naissos.

With the aid of the Hungarians, Borić, Ban of Bosnia, has ejected Greek troops from his small border principality and declared himself the ruler of the first independent Bosnian state.  How “independent” he really is from the Hungarians, however, is debatable.

News of Latium

Christians, we have a new Pope!  Pope Anastasius IV took ill in November and passed away in Tivoli on December 3rd at 81 years of age.  It is said that the College of Cardinals took only one day to unanimously elect Cardinal-Bishop Nicholas Breakspeare, recently returned from serving as a Papal legate in Scandinavia, our new Pope.  He has taken the name Adrian IV, and is distinguished as being the first Englishman to ever become Pope!

Many wild rumors have spread throughout Italy concerning the coming of the King of Germany, but one of the most persistent claims that the German King, the Pope, and the Greek Emperor have signed a secret alliance against the Kingdom of Sicily.  Some claim that several disgruntled Sicilian nobles, expelled from Sicily by King Roger, are traveling with the Imperial army.  Both commoners and nobles of Latium alike fear that their province will soon become a battleground between world powers.

Note: Timing

Normally the winter turn is assumed to start at the beginning of December, but I decided to stretch it by a few days to include the death of Anastasius in this turn instead of making it happen early next turn.  You can assume that the election of Adrian has only just happened as this turn starts; right now, word has only just spread to Rome, and certainly nobody outside of Latium has heard of the Pope’s death yet.

The City of Civitavecchia, conquered by the Romans during the summer, has been returned to the Abbey of Farfa as part of a truce between the Commune and the Abbey.  The Romans relinquished the city in exchange for a guarantee of free access to the Via Salaria and an indemnity of [4 WP] in silver.  Having little faith in the city council which failed to even offer token resistance to the Romans, the Abbott Anselm II has granted the city as a fief to Signore Pietro Latro, a local baron.

News of Rome

Rome mourns the loss of Pope Anastasius IV, who – even if he didn’t accomplish all that much in his brief reign – was a member of a Roman aristocratic family.  The loss of a native Roman in the Papal throne and his replacement with an English barbarian has caused widespread rioting over the past few days.  Unable to find any Englishmen to take their anger out on, mobs threw rocks at various foreigners, burned down a Burgundinian’s house, and beat a French monk to within an inch of his life.  Dozens of foreign families have fled Rome or taken refuge in the Leonine City, and Rome’s clergy – many of whom are foreign-born – fear a coming wave of violence.

The Arnoldists seem to be enjoying a significant rise in popularity, perhaps fuelled by uncertainty over the German advance and the very recent Papal situation.  Though Arnold himself seems to be keeping a somewhat low profile, others have argued against the clergy and the Pope in his stead, chief among them a disciple of Arnold named Wetzel, a Bavarian-born clerk and former Benedictine monk.  Wetzel has called for an alliance between the city and the Emperor and claims that the Donation of Constantine (a document supposedly authored by Constantine the Great granting the Papal States to the Papacy) is a fraud.

Finances

Treasury: 12 WP

Income: 2 WP
  • Duty, Patrician Pierleone: 1 WP
  • Tribute, Tre Fontane: 1 WP

Expenditures: 1 WP
  • Vigili Upkeep: 1 WP

Senatorial Inquests

Senators that requested information or launched endeavors have the results of their efforts listed here.  This information is private, but you may certainly choose to share it with the Senate.








Update!

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« Reply #554 on: June 14, 2012, 04:29:43 AM »

Letter to Senator Basile

Senator Basile,

His Holiness Adrian IV has informed me of his desire to be consecrated at the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, which his predecessor Anastasius did not attempt due to the outstanding issues between the Romans and the Holy Church.  His Holiness has also stated that no such consecration should be attempted while the notorious heretic and excommunicate Arnold of Brescia continues to reside within the city, for the existence of such grievous error and rebellion against the Holy Church within the city’s very walls would surely make a mockery of the solemn consecration of His Holiness.  It is therefore the command of His Holiness that Arnold of Brescia be immediately banished from the City of Rome.

Mindful of the many misguided people who have been deluded into following this demagogue, I have advised His Holiness to delay any announcement of his intent in this matter that I might first inform the Senate through you, its representative to the Papal Curia.  Nevertheless, it is incumbent on the Senate to effect this banishment with due urgency, for it is the opinion of His Holiness that the Romans have coddled this Master of Errors far too long to plead mere ignorance and cannot begin to reconcile themselves with the Holy and Apostolic Church while they permit promulgators of pernicious heresy to flourish under their own roof.

Enrico da Pisa, Cardinal-Priest of St. Nereo ed Achilleo

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