The Assembly is the collective name of the Empire-wide legislative council, that is to say, a body of politicians and speakers that has near the same power as the Chancellor. The Assembly itself rules besides the Chancellor though only though the Emperor's consent, and also had a large collection of rules. This page will explain both the Lower House and the Upper House of the Assembly, and the expectations associated with it. The Chambers The Imperial Assembly has both a Lower House and an Upper House. These chambers differ in what they do, and who is in them. The Lower House is a pre-legislative body that proposes, while the Upper House is a legislative body that approved or denies. The Lower House includes Commoners and Nobles, the Upper House only includes Nobles, and required faction allegiance to be visible. Both Houses act towards the Emperor, but neither can govern without the input of the other. Now follows specific instructions for the individual Houses. Generally speaking, Lower House and Upper House meetings are held Friday (transitioning into Saturday) or Saturday (transitioning into Sunday), depending on the @ call in Server Events on Rp Community Discord, at 00:00 London Time, 01:00 Oslo Time (try translating, as EU uses a different summer/winter time clock and I don't want to make people late or early for an Event). This Time slot should in general be left open to Staff hosted Events, as Staff may frequently schedule Server Events around this time and day regardless of whether there are player events assigned on this day some weeks in advance. The Lower House The Lower House includes Commoners of any rank and status. Any Commoner may enter the Assembly Hall and take seat in the Lower House benches to be part of the Pre-legislative process. The Assembly is held in the Imperial Palace, so any Commoner would be searched and have any weapons removed. The Palace is also built with Purestone, so no Abilities work, even Racial Abilities. Committing Crimes in the Imperial Palace results in an immediate execution. The Lower House also includes Nobles, but unlike the Upper House, Nobles do not need to come in their Faction Wardrobe. Nobles sit among the Commoners in the Lower House, but also may choose not to show up at the pre-legislative process if they have nothing to bring up themselves, because the Upper House still rejects or declines everything put forward by the Lower House. In the Lower House, proposals are put forward by anyone brave enough to walk to the speaking stand. Then when the proposal is made, everyone may loudly argue about the proposal with arguments or emotional appeals (making sure everyone uses @ announce to speak). After a while, the Emperor or his representative will call for a vote, where everyone simply says "Aye" or "Nay" loudly. By visual count (which may be incorrect) the vote with more Aye's than Nay's will be put on the agenda for the Upper House. Decisions made by the Lower House are not law, they merely prepare the agenda for the Upper House. The Upper House is not allowed to set its own agenda, so if Nobles want proposals on the docket, they need to get them approved by the Lower House, or appeal to the Chancellor directly to put them on the agenda. Mutated individuals who appear more mutated than normal race, and Demonic looking Aberrant or vile Afflicted are not welcome and will be killed on sight. No red eyes are permitted in the audience. Proposals can literally be anything, from laws to legalize Vampires, to banning denim pants, to mandating everyone eats ice cream daily, to restricting rights of specific races, to declaring war on nations or banning certain religions. Whatever the Characters propose and get voted through, goes through to the Upper House. A Lower House meeting always occurs roughly a week before the Upper House meeting, alternating between the two each week (though this is subject to change). This gives a week for the Nobles to consider the agenda and commit to politics among themselves, or meet with Factions to decide their stance before the discussion is called, or approach the Chancellor to put new points on the agenda. The Upper House The Upper House is only for Nobles who are in a Noble Faction. The Nobles sit in the Assembly Hall, while Commoners are only permitted to watch from the upper galleries in silence. Servants of Nobles may not be on the Assembly floor, only Blue-Blooded Nobles, and their Vassals. All Nobles must appear in their Faction Wardrobe or Outfit (explained further below) and only not in appropriate colors will not be let through. The Chancellor or Emperor reads out various agenda points or proposals made by the Lower House for the Noble Factions to argue about. And that is all they do. They argue about the merits or downsides of a proposal in front of the Emperor, just as long until the Emperor raises his hand and has heard enough, and will make an informed decision based on the input of the factions. The Nobles may not propose things themselves during the Upper House meeting. Agenda points may only be added by the Lower House, or the Chancellor or Emperor directly. It is generally seen as courteous for the Chancellor to keep a public agenda available until the Upper House meeting, but this is not mandatory. The Chancellor may also jump new proposals without having announced them prior in a process called "Entrapment". The Nobles may scream "Entrapment" when this occurs in the Upper House (under the idea that Nobles should be allowed some time to consider a proposal, and a proposal called in Entrapment is an un-considered one), which appeals to the Emperor to strike down the proposal, which he may, or may not do. The Chancellor can also presume to argue during the Upper House, but is usually expected to remain quiet, and let the Faction that they belong to do the talking for them. The Chancellor will however be seated next to the Emperor, and can thus mutter or whisper with the Emperor to provide a more personal input on the proceeding, which has greater weight than the arguing on the floor. Political weight is not dictated by numbers. Noble Factions are purely there for the Emperor's benefit and transparency of political loyalty. Having more members in a Faction does not result in any more likely consideration of points or arguments, merit is the only factor that matters. That being said, Faction membership and outfit is mandatory during an Assembly. Noble Factions Every Noble Family must exist in one Faction. All members of the Noble House are automatically signed up to a Noble Faction when their OOC Family Leader signs up for one, or creates one. There is a venue for members of a Family to declare dissenting OOC Family Leader Noble Faction loyalty. In such case, the member must pen a letter to the Emperor to be allowed to leave a Faction and be declared an independent (which is kind of like a neutral faction with its own outfit provided by the Emperor). It is not permitted for Families to sign up to the Neutral Faction. Every Faction must choose a single dominant color like Red, or Green (first come first serve). Their outfit must have this color as a dominant color, but they may also use black, white, gold, silver or any other tone neutral pastels to decorate their outfit. If however one Faction has the color red and the other blue, then the red faction should not also wear a blue sash. A color claimed by a particular faction should not exist on an outfit at all. The outfit must also be gender neutral, meaning that it should be wearable by both sexes, and cover skin from neck to toe, with gloves being optional but highly recommended. Every Faction must be recorded as an organization here, and include a full list of member Families and a mission statement of what they stand for ideologically. This is important as it will affect system Faction preference and loyalty as well. When a thread has been completed, the DM must be @ tagged in the Progression Leader Only Channel on the RP Community Discord for MassiveCraft. Member changes do not need to be reported, only the creation of the thread. How Factions organize themselves internally is not interfered with. If a Faction wants to be a personality cult, or a complete democracy, that is entirely up to them to decide and the DM will not get involved. How the Factions wan to speak at the Upper House is also not important. If they only want to speak through one person, or all start arguing like a group, is up to them. To create a Faction, only Two Noble Families are required (a Vassal Family is not a Noble Family). Ideally however, there would be less larger Factions rather than more smaller Factions, but this is just a personal preference. At the end of the day, if loyalties do not align, then the freedom is there to make a new Faction.