Not all who live within the empire are considered to be citizens. In fact the majority of the Empire are not considered to citizens instead they are seen as subject to the Emperor’s will and mercy.
To become a citizen there are a number of ways to do it:
- Ten years of military service guarantees citizenship but most terms of service are for twenty years. The only exception to this normally is mages who have a minimum of two years military service but have undefined terms with the order of mysteries.
- Service within the Order Of Works can lead to Imperial Citizenship. Though not all who work for the Order Of Works actually seek citizenship. For those that do all submissions are put through to the Assembly Of Works which votes on the validity of put someones name through for citizenship approval.
- The Emperor can approve any he sees fit as a citizen and so it is possible to appeal directly to the Emperor. This is done through appealing to the Order of Scholars.
- Those of noble birth are almost always afforded citizenship on submitting to the Emperor’s will. In previous times where the Empire was expanding this was more common place but it is still a statute within Imperial Law.
- Citizenship is hereditary so is passed down a family.
The rights that are afforded citizens include:
- The right to vote in the Imperial Assemblies depending on your status within society. Two major assemblies:
- The Senate Of Citizens: This is the representation of the common citizen of the Empire. This is where petitions to the Emperor are discussed and then submitted to the Emperor for his pleasure to deliberate on. These petitions must not contradict the Book of Imperial Precedent and so well known Judges are often present at the assemblies to assist in avoiding heresy by those loyal citizens who have been given more privilege.
- The Congress Of Nobles: This is the body that deliberates on local governing issues throughout the Empire. The congress is made up of all noble houses who hold citizenship within the Empire. Issues that effect the whole of the Empire are passed to the Office of the Violet Laurel where the Emperor can discuss with his closest advisors these issues.
- The right to conduct business within the Empire and acquisition of property. All other citizens live under the mercy and pleasure of the Emperor and have no rights to property that they may live on insead it belonging to the Emperor.
- The above right leads to the right of exemption to the tax of continuance, a general tax that is placed upon people as they live at the pleasure and mercy of the Emperor and is collected by the Order of Works. Instead as citizens there are other expectations that are placed upon them in the form of public service and works which provide for those who are not citizens. By taking citizenship the individual has taken on some of the heavy burden of the Emperor.
- Citizens also have the right to sue and be sued within the courts and also have the right to representation with in the courts. they also have the right to personal representation and also to appeal to the Office Of Judges if a case is brought against them by a citizen or non-citizen. For most people the law is dealt with by a Justice of the Office of Enforcement.
- Citizens are exempt from torture, public beatings or public executions.
Citizenship can be removed at any time by the emperor and can be suspended by the Order of Law or the Order of Faith under particular circumstances such as the committing of particular crimes and the accusation of heresy.