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Monarchy in Eurasia
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The Imperial Coat of Arms of the Empire of Eurasia

Style

His Imperial Majesty

First monarch

Julius Eurasius

Current monarch

Augustus IV of Eurasia

Formation

48 BCE

Residence

Julian Palace of Julium

Inheritance

Hereditary

The Monarchy of Eurasia (Eurasian: Monarchia Eurasiae) is the system of government in the Empire of Eurasia, established in 48 BCE with the ascension of Julius Eurasius to the Imperial Throne following the Laurentine Civil War. Many historians, however, consider Augustus I of Eurasia to be the first true Emperor, as Eurasius was assassinated in 44 BCE. Eurasius never took the title of Emperor in his lifetime, as it was officially adopted by Augustus later on.

History of Evolution

Prior to the establishment of Eurasia, the Laurentine Republic existed for several hundred years, which though nominally a republic was comprised generally of ruling patrician houses and powerful plebeian organizations. The Consul of the Laurentine Senate was often passed between the powerful, wealthy families of the Republic, which included the House of Eurasius. When Julius Eurasius won the Laurentine Civil War and installed himself as Consul-for-life, it was not at the time considered the formation of the Eurasian Empire, though today the Government of Eurasia considers him the first hereditary Emperor and the individual from whom the Empire originates. Augustus I of Eurasia, titular consul at first, won the Second Laurentine Civil War, defeating the Republicans, and announced the first foundation of the Empire.

As the Empire grew in scope, so did the patrician classes. Many allied themselves with the House of Eurasius, both as a means for survival and because marriage into the ruling royal house provided many political and economic advantages. The patrician houses who did not side with the House of Eurasius during the Second Laurentine Civil War were either actively eradicated by the Imperial Government, or were marginalized and removed from power, effectively destroying many centuries old houses who had held power in the Republic. Some houses, such of the House of Bruttus, were actively destroyed by Imperial writ due to their role in the Assassination of Julius Eurasius.

The role of the patrician houses, internally and externally, was never one of actual government representation or power. The House of Eurasius is the only patrician house, under Imperial law, which enjoys any de jure governmental power in the Empire. The other patrician houses, while many are recognized as being lawful organizations or entities in their own right, do not enjoy any de jure governmental power. However, they enjoy immense de facto power, as many Senators, Praetors, and Imperial officials are members of patrician houses. Further, many patrician houses marry outside the Empire to other foreign houses. The House of Eurasius claims the monarchies of Aloia, Arveyres, Duresia, Naju, and New Tarajan, as well as Eurasia, as its direct descendants, though all foreign states have their own royal houses as well.

In addition to the patrician houses, there exist plebeian houses as well. The distinction, within Eurasian society, between a patrician and a plebeian house, is that patrician houses can both trace their lineage, ultimately, back to the founding of the Laurentine Republic, and are also, either historically or currently, married into the House of Eurasius. Plebeian houses are also nobility, but either were established after the formation of the Laurentine Republic, or cannot claim marital allegiance to the Eurasii. Plebeian houses are often exceptionally powerful in a single province, but lack a presence on the imperial level. Patrician houses are generally well established and powerful on the imperial level, and exert a great degree of influence over many provinces. In the Senate of Eurasia, it is rare for the Consul of the Imperial Senate to not be of patrician, or at least high plebeian stock. The former Consul, Mariano Robledo, was of Arvero-Eurasian nobility.

It is worthy of note that many plebeian houses exist with equal or greater wealth and power to the patrician houses. Plebeian houses are nobility in a similar manner to the patrician houses, however they cannot trace their lineage to the founding of the Republic. Some plebeian houses are married into the House of Eurasius, putting them in a place of quasi-patricianship.

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