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Senate of Eurasia
Senatus Eurasiae
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The Emblem of the Senate.

Type

Unicameral

Leadership

Consul Mariano Robledo

Seats

600

Last Election

November, 2014

Meeting Place

House of the Senate, Julium

The Senate of Eurasia, officially The Senate and People of Eurasia (Eurasian: Senatus Populusque Eurasiana), also called The Senate and People of Raetia (Eurasian: Senatus Populusque Raetiae) is the highest legislative body of Eurasia and one of the oldest still-functioning legislative assemblies in the world.

The Senate was first founded as the governing body of the Laurentine Republic. Initially a powerful organization, it became largely a rubber-stamp parliament until the Cephorean Reforms, and again during the reign of Laurentius III of Eurasia, until the Marinian Reforms. The Senate is headed by the Consul of the Imperial Senate. The Consul is elected by the body itself and controls the legislative agenda, but is ultimately subordinate to the Emperor.

The Senate has, since the days of the Laurentine Republic, used the motto "Senatus Populusque Raeticae", or "Senate and People of Raetia", referring to the ancient people of the Laurentine Isle.

Referring to the Eurasian Senate, however, as a democratic institution obscures its actual purpose. The Senate is also the seat of the Proconsuls of Eurasia, all of whom are nobles of the patrician classes, or in some cases wealthy plebeian classes, and all of whom are also unelected by the people of Eurasia. By Imperial or Senatorial decree, a house can be raised to patrician status or a proconsulship established, which elevates whomever holds it to a position equal to elected Senators. It is not uncommon for elected Senators to retire and then be granted a lifetime proconsulship which expires upon their death.

The proconsulships are for life, and when a holder dies the Senate will then vote to appoint whomever they chose as their successor to fill the seat. As such, the Eurasian Senate resembles a peculiar hybrid blend between elected representatives and unelected nobility. In fact, the concept of nobility is intrinsically tied to the Senate in Eurasia, and the idea of a landed gentry or aristocracy independent of the Senate simply does not exist.

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