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  1. THE CONSCIENCE OF THE STATE OR, A TREATISE ON THE SENATE AS THE CONSCIENCE OF THE STATE A Quadranscentennial Reflection of Service By Sir Terrence May GCM Published by the Imperial Association of Saint Everard IV, 10th of Sigismund’s End, 1761 Forty five years ago, a daring but bold declaration was pronounced that altered the course of human civilization in our recent memory. As a man not even a quarter of a century, I remember as the tolls of mirthful bells filled the skies within the provinces. Tucked away in the far reaches of Nenzing within my great constituency of the Kingdom of Haense, Emperor Joseph I and his collaborators affixed their seal to a document that stands at the heart of this movement. In 1715, the Nenzing Proclamation was made known to all of Man. In it, the decree stated: There is a sacred obligation, an enlightened trust and faith, between the emperor and his subjects. A social contract exists and has always [been] between the governed and the government which requires the compromise of personal interests on both parties in exchange for the betterment of the state of mankind. That is a bond of obedience and loyalty in exchange for protection and inclusion in his realm. This ‘sacred obligation’ henceforth became the great creed that defined the future of human society, a daring but rational ideal that many so died fighting to uphold. The right of all Imperial subjects to have for themselves the rights of LIFE, LIBERTY, and TRIAL, are not matters of question, but unalienable to the breath of life that the Lord God so breathed into our animation. In essence, this became the soul of our civilization. Varoche Hall, seat of the Imperial Senate, Helena, c. 1750 In 1736, our Framers envisioned a government to withstand the times, enshrining our system of government with popular virtue, tempered integrity, and the values of a modern, just society. I argue that this is what the conscience of the nation entails. The strongest exercise of our conscience is the free will to decide our laws, our officials, and our direction for the future. We are here today inheriting this very system, united in our shared destiny to deliver on the promise of ushering in prosperity, peace, justice, and greatness to this vast Imperial domain. From the ashes of a once plagued past, the Imperial State emerged as the shining beacon of hope to a weary humanity. With it, our Framers offered illumination to our minds, enkindling the passion within our minds to rebuild our society anew. Guided by our moral conscience that no force but God Himself could bestow, we have since trekked on a path of progress, stability, and knowledge. With the institution of the Edict of Establishment, our government established a new framework unifying the social contract of the governing and the governed. In pursuit to perfect Imperial federalism, the impetus of this form of governance gave Oren a premier legislature, devolving the affairs of Men to their peers, duly elected. The virtue of the populace and the loyalty of service bonds together the senator to their constituent concurrently as a subject to the Crown. The intentions and products of our discourse are laid bare before the eyes of God, Emperor, colleague, and constituent alike. Our actions are held accountable by those whom we are charged by oath to represent and serve. To do anything short or to shirk this mandate damages that sacred social contract and pervades the conscience of the collective. When the Imperial Diet was declared, the soul of the Empire was energized as the spark of illumination. Indeed, the culmination of Josephite principles to reform a society and embrace the intrinsic liberty of God’s creation was manifested before us. In due time, the several provinces of the Holy Orenian Empire sent delegates to fulfill this new mandate. Forty five years ago, I penned an anonymous treatise during the early stages of the infamous War of Two Emperors, denouncing the corrupt rulers that have pervasively eroded the values of our civilization and affirmed the legitimate philosophy of Josephite values. From then, we have progressed forward, shedding the shackles of regression and embracing a complementary view that this country is a Tapestry of Man. As we have progressed, our nation has inherited a noble, and yet some may still find it, a lofty vision. However, it is undoubtedly true that they are transformative ideals seeking to forge a moral, equitable, and stable society. The Edict of Elections in 1736, the second pillar of our constitutional legislature, affirms the right of all Orenians to freely decide their lawmakers. The Tapestry echoed by the Basrid Ministry is reflected within the context of our sacred civic duty. Indeed, it is here when the conscience of the nation is truly exercised. Members of the Eighth Session of the Imperial Senate, c. 1751 Our collective assent to freely endow a certain individual the power to represent, voice, and vote on our behalf is a revolutionary concept, though no longer uncommon to us. The peaceful transition of power from one senator to the next reflects the peaceful transition that has forged the foundation of the state and the peaceful disposition of its people. Therefore, the Senate becomes the vessel of the people’s assent, in whose name the eight members have been vested to uphold the collective duty to honor their oath and governed with the conscience of the people as their compass. For a successive period of twenty five years, the elections have reflected the composition of the Senate, thereby vesting in this legislature, the collective conscience of our nation. The Senate is thus tasked with safeguarding the moral integrity that the collective conscience has dictated. The Senate acts as the medium to exercise the principles of just governance, to actively engage in the dilemmas that the nation must address. The laws that emerge from this institution become the binding code that unites the conscious citizen to their home. This conscience echoes into the discourse of immeasurable importance for the life and welfare of every sector in our great Imperial State. The great gift for us in this current context is reflecting that with each passing generation, the conscience of the nation is dictated by the sovereignty of the many. We have manifested before the eyes of all, a system that truly voices the attitudes of the governed, honoring that sacred civic principle that freed us from the slavery of oppression.
  2. “The most trusted name in news,” Senator May says while reading the paper in his office and sipping his morning covfefe.
  3. Full Name: Terrence May Race: Human Occupation: Senator Interesting factoids: Loves roast hen and turkey! ((Discord)): Piov#9173
  4. SENATOR MAY ENDORSES VANIR 4th of Godfrey’s Triumph, 1761 | Vymey and Hyff 314 ES Senator May with the hip, young people of Haense! c. 1759 My fellow Haeseni, The election for Maer of Reza presents a crucial opportunity for us to reflect on our priorities and what it means to forge a future of prosperity. In a time of unprecedented peace and growth, we must champion for leaders who envision a new society, built on the promise of great change, unity, and integrity. I am pleased to endorse my good friend Angelika Vanir, whose promise as my Chief of Staff has shown me her capacity to serve the residents of Reza with great diligence! Angelika’s experience and her devotion to duty make her a qualified candidate to lead our city. In the same spirit that you have supported me over the last twenty five years to serve you all in the Imperial Senate, I ask that you give Angelika the same chance to elect her as your next Maer. Signed, Imperial Senator from the Kingdom of Haense, Chairman of the Imperial Senate Committee on the Interior
  5. IMPERIAL SENATE 15th of Harren’s Folly, 1760 Subject: First hearing of the Interior Senate Committee on the Interior Members Present Chairman Terrence May of Haense Senator Urrigon Drumm of Kaedrin Senator Konrad Stafyr of Haense Department of the Interior The Duke Helena, Secretary of the Interior Mister Ed Myre, Undersecretary of the Interior Sir Terrence May: “This hearing will now come to order.” Joseph Clement: “Are those for… myself and Mister Myre?” Sir Terrence May: “Definitely!” Joseph Clement: “Kindly,” he says with a rise. Sir Terrence May: “Unless you're comfortable there.” Joseph Clement: “Why not.” Sir Terrence May: “I just took them out of courtesy.” Joseph Clement: “We really ought to reshape this place a bit.” Ed Myre: “I suggested it to the Mayor….” Sir Terrence May: “Mister Secretary, Mister Undersecretary, thank you for tending to us in this very important hearing.” Sir Terrence May: “I will now call the roll.” Joseph Clement: “Never get to it.” Sir Terrence May: “Mister Drumm.” Sir Terrence May: “Mister Drumm.” He looks up and starts looking around for him. Joseph Clement raises an eyebrow Urrigon's way. Sir Konrad Stafyr nudges Drumm. Joseph Clement: “He's old, Sir Terrence, as old as you!” Urrigon Drumm: “Sorry!” Joseph Clement: “Perhaps he's gone for a snooze.” Sir Terrence May is unable to see the dwarf from over the desk. Urrigon Drumm: “Oi'm 'ere!” Joseph Clement: “There we are.” Sir Terrence May: “Ah, yes.” Urrigon Drumm waves his hand up above the seats. Sir Terrence May: “Mister Stafyr.” Sir Konrad Stafyr: “Here.” Sir Terrence May:“The committee is now in session.” Sir Terrence May: “Mister Secretary Novellen and Undersecretary Myre, thank you for being here to testify about the Interior.” Sir Terrence May: “It is my honor to chair this new committee. An important vessel for the welfare of the Orenian people is indeed the Interior Department.” Sir Terrence May: “Some good names come to mind, such as that of Mister Edmond Manston.” Sir Terrence May: “Anyways, let us begin.” Sir Terrence May: “I now invite the Secretary or his deputy to give an opening statement about the Department's intentions.” Joseph Clement takes to the podium. Joseph Clement: “I do say it is an honor, Sir Terrence, Sir Konrad, Senator Drumm.” Sir Terrence May: “Thank you.” Joseph Clement: “It well pleases me that a committee was formed for the purposes of my department - I second your thoughts, in that the Interior is one of the most important of all departments within the ministry. I think it should go without saying that the Imperial City of Helena, one of the department's primary responsibilities, has gone with unprecedented growth.” Ed Myre: “Hear Hear.” Joseph Clement: “So much so that we now fail in finding open housing,” he continues, biting his lip with a frown.Housing prices have followed suit; the average three-story home now costs two-thousand minae for purchase. Now, this both pleases and unsettles me.” Joseph Clement: “Our construction workers cannot keep up the pace; and I do not want to milk the Treasury dry for more contractual payments.” Joseph Clement: “Additionally, I do not want to increase the contractual payments where unnecessary. Such would do the Treasury violence.As such, I am of the opinion now that the Imperial City is about at its maximum; left to the eb and flow of population. Secondly, the department has been watching closely the developments within the Crown's direct dominion of Curon. We have received happy news that Governor-General Halcourt plans soon to begin renovations to Avalain. In addition, the Third Regiment- yes, there is a third regiment- has received a flurry of fresh recruits. Census data, shared with me by Mister Edward Napier, reflects the growth in population there. And last - the subject of, in my opinion, the most importance. The province-in-rebellion of Warwick has been completely and totally subdued. I, among others, are most proud. It's a subject of much celebration throughout the Empire. On the technical side, the Crown shall rule it directly as a territory. This requisition of such a massive swath of land once more into the Empire has prompted discussion within my department on land and property.” Joseph Clement: “If I recall correctly, I dispatched via Imperial Post a piece of legislation that I had drafted. I presume this Committee has received it, yes? What I propose to this young committee is a national land survey. The Empire is at its extant - her flag reigns across the continent whole. It is my desire, and that of others, to conduct a survey on-foot to discern the properties that constitute her, whether public, private, ecclesiastical. Dispensing with deeds of ownership where necessary, a registry for administrative purposes, and what have you. I have also explored the possibility of commissioning a mapmaker once the project is complete.” Sir Terrence May: “I now recognize myself for five saint's minutes for questions.” Sir Terrence May: “Mister Secretary, thank you for this wonderful presentation. Unlike your predecessors, you surely have come prepared.” Sir Terrence May: “With regard to the Warwick land, does the Crown intend to appoint a designee to attend to its upkeep and repurposing?” Joseph Clement: “I believe so, yes. A lord-lieutenant or some other officer.” Sir Terrence May: “From the Imperial State Army?” Joseph Clement: “No sir. Not a lieutenant in the military sense, but in the broader meaning of the word. Perhaps the equivalent of… a governor-general, a lord-palatine.” Sir Terrence May: “Thank you. Let me now turn to other things. I will reserve time for my colleagues to ask about the railroad and other matters but I am particularly interested in your budget.” Sir Terrence May: “In 1750, the then Treasurer Peter de Sarkozy submitted a budget to this Senate of five hundred marks. Is this a sufficient allocation for 1760 and moving forward?” Sir Terrence May: “I renew my time for an additional five saint's minutes.” He taps the gavel lightly. Joseph Clement: “To be frank, Mister Chairman, I do not believe the five-hundred to be a sufficient amount going forward.” Sir Terrence May nods as he scribbles a memo of this answer. Joseph Clement: “I have under my employ several offices who go without pay as of now.” Sir Terrence May: “Mister Secretary, this entire government has no standard pay. The Department of Justice is taking steps to remedy this.” Sir Terrence May: “But I have only seen Mister Adler do this.” Joseph Clement: “I have under my employ an Undersecretary, a Practitioner-General, assistants for Curon and Kaedrin, and a Commissioner of Buildings. The amount of responsibility these few take is immense - especially considering they are not paid. The Commissioner of Buildings, for example, finishes projects within days- and he is responsible for the entirety of the city's construction.” Joseph Clement: “The Practitioner-General, on the other hand, is charged with the operation of the Empire's medical capabilities.” Sir Terrence May: “I renew my time for an additional five saint's minutes.” He taps the gavel lightly. Joseph Clement: “If we are to expand into the operation of a railroad, surveyance of land. . .” Sir Terrence May: “We may even have to quintuple your budget!” Joseph Clement: “My Undersecretary has suggested a raise to two-thousand minas per annum.” Joseph Clement: “From the original five-hundred.” Sir Terrence May: “Ah, quadruple.” Sir Terrence May: “I yield back. Mister Drumm has the floor.” Urrigon Drumm: “Ow much would go to t'e Railroad?” Joseph Clement: “It needs to be appraised, sir. It was originally a nationalized project under the Helena Administration. I do not know for exact operating costs, but I presume that I would have to allocate a fair majority of the budget towards its regular upkeep and operation.” Urrigon Drumm: “If t'e Chair permits me, oi would like t'e nominate myself as Comissioner of Railroads, indefinitely, to manage its construction an' budget.” Joseph Clement: “I believe the Constitution would forbid you, Senator Drumm. But you might be the Committee's oversight responsibility towards the project.” Sir Terrence May: “I do not believe a sitting senator can take on another position. However I can make a committee assignment specifically for this purpose.” Sir Terrence May: “I will grant it.” Sir Konrad Stafyr: “Aye… Sadly, the Edict of Establishment I believe forbids a senator from holding other auxiliary titles and positions.” Sir Konrad Stafyr: “But I would support the creation of such a role, in an oversight capacity, that is.” Urrigon Drumm: “Oi 'ave no furtha questions.” Joseph Clement: “I believe the regular operation of the railroad will have to be delegated towards a Commissioner, as you said.” Joseph Clement: “Mister Chairman, my undersecretary has some insight into the current rail, if it pleases the Committee.” Sir Terrence May: “Very well. Does the Senator from Haense yield?” Sir Konrad Stafyr: “Aye, I yeild.” He lowers his hand, nodding. Sir Terrence May: “Mister Undersecretary.” Ed Myre: “Thank you Chairman, Senators. If it pleases the Committee I would like to give a brief overview of the current status of the rail.” Sir Terrence May: “Proceed.” Ed Myre: “My apologies, Chairman, the dear Minister was enlightening me on something.” Ed Myre: “As I was saying. The situation with the rail. Prior to the nationalization the rail fell out of use, neglect unfortunately. The rail though sits intact in the same spot directly outside the Capital.” Sir Terrence May reaches into his coat pocket and procures a whole carrot, munching down to his stomach's content. Ed Myre: “Though a recent inspection I managed to perform shown some structural problems along it.” Ed Myre: “One might suspect that the rail would need at least for repair… five thousand minae perhaps.” Urrigon Drumm folds his arms shaking his head. Ed Myre: “That is all I particularly have… the dear Minister enlightened me to some recent changes, which forgoed my initial statements.” Sir Terrence May: “The Senator from Haense is recognized.” Sir Konrad Stafyr: “Secretary Novellen… A question, if I may. There's a lot of projects in the works within the Ministry of the Interior that shall require a significant increase in spending. For instance, thousands of minas shall no doubt need to be funneled into the creation and expansion of the Transimperial Railroad. Funds will also be required to pay countless government employees, undertake city maintenence, and the likes. Have you an estimate on how much the Empire might expect to spend as per these requested increases in expenditures?” Sir Konrad Stafyr: “Furthermore, do you believe that this stimulus will assist the Empire in it's economic recovery in the aftermath of this most devastating war?” Sir Terrence May nods in agreement about packaging an economic stimulus. Joseph Clement: “At the current rate, one can leave no doubt that the construction of one, let alone three separate terminals- and a fourth, when Curon's line is incorporated- the construction would cost several thousands alone.” Joseph Clement: “Infrastructure always boosts economic growth. But this question is best deferred to the Minister of the Treasury, sir.” Sir Terrence May: “Thousands!” Joseph Clement: “Unfortunately, the department must contract out most of its work.” Urrigon Drumm raises a hand. Joseph Clement: “To individual workers.” Sir Konrad Stafyr: “Very well, thank you Mister Secretary. I'd like to yield the remainder of my time to Senator Drumm.” Sir Terrence May: Good, good, contracting to private companies, yes.” Urrigon Drumm stands looking to May with permission. Sir Terrence May: “Mister Drumm, please.” He nods, gesturing to him. Urrigon Drumm: “It is made obvious t'e me t'at t'e Interior Ministry is not made aware of t'e current status of t'e railroads.” Joseph Clement: “I would respectfully reject this, Senator Drumm. I am well aware; Kaedrin's line is complete, Haense's own is pending land grants.” Urrigon Drumm: “Mista Myre's information is years old, many of t'e old lines 'ave been shut down, an' a new line 'as been constructed-.” Urrigon Drumm: “T'e Haense line is finished as well, Mista Secretary.” Urrigon Drumm: “Pending Stations is all.” Joseph Clement: “Oh? I see. This is new information to me. The last update I had on its progress signalled that it was pending land grant.” Urrigon Drumm: “Oi confess t'e Curon line is lackin', aye, but t'e presume its old status is untrue.” Joseph Clement: “Your oversight is most appreciated, Senator.” Urrigon Drumm: “Oi 'ave worked tirelessly wif Kaedreni miners to construct t'e system.” Ed Myre: “I must confess Senator, I have spent many a sleepless nights in the Ministry Office. I must get out more.” Sir Konrad Stafyr: “It would seem as though the hardy workers of our great Empire have made great strides! Truly, these Kaedrini gentlemen must be praised.” Urrigon Drumm: “Oi yield.” Sir Terrence May: “Very well then.” Sir Terrence May: “Do my colleagues have any more to say on this matter?” Sir Terrence May: “Closing statement, please.” He gestures to the Interior officials. Joseph Clement: “Sir Terrence, if you'd pardon me, we've yet to reach the subject of the land survey.” Joseph Clement: “What is the opinion of the Committee on the draft?” Sir Terrence May furrows his brow in confusion, looking for his agenda sheet. Sir Terrence May: “Gah, if only Angelika was here.” Sir Konrad Stafyr: “These deeds…” He looks over his own draft of the bill, taking it up from the seat next to him. “Would they have to be issued for /every/ land holding outside of the provincial urban centers, Mister Secretary? If so, that might prove to be a troublesome endeavor.” Joseph Clement: “I believe I did provide for breathing room in the legislation - they will be issued at request.” Joseph Clement: “Mhm.” Sir Terrence May: “I must make this correction or else His Imperial Majesty will send me another nasty gram about incorrect wording in our legislation.” He said somewhat tempered. Joseph Clement: “Of course.” Joseph Clement: “A draft, sir.” Sir Terrence May: “So these deeds are handed out at the request of a landowner to you to keep track of in a registry, yes?” Joseph Clement: “Might you rephrase the question, sir? I believe I misheard you.” Sir Terrence May: “The deeds. The purpose of the deed is to keep track of holdings in the demesne, yes? Landowners can request for such.” Joseph Clement:“That is correct, sir.” Joseph Clement: “In addition, I would presume these deeds be used as legal documentation in courts of law- questions of inheritance and what not.” Sir Terrence May: “And the deeds are a record of all holdings not related to peerage but say, military installations, companies, and what have you?” Joseph Clement: “Deeds ought to be handed out to private owners. I see no purpose in handing out a deed to public land per se.” Sir Terrence May: “Thank you. “Are there any further actions on the measure?” Sir Terrence May: “I will now call the roll to report the NATIONAL LAND SURVEY BILL, 1760 out of the Imperial Senate Committee on the Interior.” Sir Terrence May: “Mister Drumm.” Sir Terrence May: “How does Mister Drumm vote on this bill?” He looks to him, dipping a quill to record his vote. Urrigon Drumm: “Aye.” Sir Terrence May: “Sir May votes aye.” Sir Terrence May: “Sir Stafyr.” Sir Konrad Stafyr: “Aye, I say it should proceed out of committee and onto a vote in the full senate.” Sir Terrence May: “On a vote of three to zero, the committee reports the NATIONAL LAND SURVEY BILL, 1760 to the full floor of the Imperial Senate for consideration in the next legislative day.” He taps the gavel. Sir Terrence May: “Is there any further business?” Joseph Clement: “None to report, Mister Chairman.” Sir Terrence May: “This hearing is now adjourned.” A gavel is heard. IMPERIAL SENATE Committee on the Interior National Survey Bill, 1760 AYE Drumm May Stafyr
  6. Character name: Sir Terrence May GCM, Ph.D, J.D., SSE Age: 68 Username: Piov Discord: Piov#9173 Requirement option (A/B/C): B (Association of Saint High Pontiff Everard IV)
  7. Candidacies for the 1760 Imperial Senate Election in Haense SURNAME: May FIRST NAME: Terrence ADDRESS OF RESIDENCE: 1 Kingsway, Reza, Kingdom of Haense DATE OF BIRTH: 1692 Are you registered and eligible to vote in the province of Haense?: Yes. Do you have any other title, peerage or public service that may conflict with becoming an Imperial Senator, as per the Edict of Establishment (1736) or Edict of Election (1736)?: No. If yes, do you understand that you will be required to resign or abdicate from this position should you be elected to the Imperial Senate, and if this does not occur your seat shall be considered to be vacant?: Yes. ((MC NAME)): Piov
  8. Senator May rises to speak. “Mr President, I rise today to re-introduce the Orenian Revised Code to the floor of this Senate to take up for consideration without delay.”
  9. IMPERIAL SENATE Concerning the Impeachment Inquiry of Peter de Sarkozy 13th of Sigismund's End, 1758 To my colleagues and to the Orenian people, Two years ago, the Senate voted to move forward with consideration for Articles of Impeachment against the conduct and character of the Secretary of the Treasury, Peter de Sarkozy. After much time in consideration of this motion before us, I, as Chairman of the Imperial Senate Committee on Justice, have seen it fit to not pursue further actions for the removal of the aforementioned. While we in the Senate categorically disagree with the actions taken by the Treasurer, we do believe that pursuing his coordinated collaboration in our oversight efforts would warrant more fruitful results for the sake of the public and of government integrity. Therefore, I am announcing that the Imperial Senate will not be pursuing further action into the impeachment of Mister de Sarkozy. However, we have proceeded with a motion to pass a writ of censure upon the Treasurer for his disregard of our laws and the character of his testimony as an obstruction to our oversight. We hope that the Secretary and his colleagues in the Council of State become more mindful of their role to duly enforce and execute the laws of the Emperor. Signed, Imperial Senator of the Kingdom of Haense, Chairman of the Imperial Senate Committee on Justice
  10. Senator May votes ‘AYE’ on Acting Secretary DeNurem.
  11. Senator May votes AYE on the nomination of his old colleague, Mister Haas!
  12. President pro tempore May takes up the lectern and addresses the chamber after the end of the vote. “With the bills now having passed and the election of the next President pro tempore now concluded, I commend all passed legislation to the Crown and petition for prorogation.” @ARCHITECUS
  13. IMPERIAL SENATE ANNOUNCEMENT OF AN IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY for Peter de Sarkozy, Secretary of the Treasury 10th of the Sun’s Smile, 1756 My fellow Orenians, This year, we will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the Edict of Establishment. Our Imperial State was built with the principles of order, balance, and integrity. The Senate embodies the conscience of the nation, representing the people in the decisions and policy of our government. Our Framers envisioned a government that is just, fair, and equal that governed solely on moral conscience and the objective Rule of Law. We have been tasked, by virtue of our oath, to remain faithful to the values of our founding. We must seek the facts, ascertain the truth, and govern with the common good. What we did The Imperial Senate has concluded its trifecta of hearings. Since the beginning of this year, we have summoned the Secretary of the Interior and the Solicitor-General to testify regarding their respective budgets and the spending they have undertaken in the last three years. The Senate learned of excessive spending as various departments have been allocating public funds beyond the scope that the Imperial Budget of 1750 had enacted. Earlier this saint’s day, we had concluded our hearing with the Secretary of the Treasury, Peter de Sarkozy, who stood at the center of the controversy. We, the Imperial Senate, by no means seek out the disruption of the prudent efforts by the Secretary of the Treasury in enhancing the budget and providing for the economic security of this nation. However, it is the principle of a Minister of the Council of State who violates the laws passed by the Imperial Senate that alarms us most. Pursuant to our Writ of Summons, the Secretary of the Treasury testified, but provided no clarification to the previous testimony of his colleagues. We found him in contempt of the Senate, sensing his refusal to be transparent with our investigation. What we asked When we asked the Interior Secretary and the Solicitor-General if Mister de Sarkozy filed the appropriate documents to propose changes to the Imperial Budget, they both answered in the negative. Furthermore, Mister Sarkozy made an explicit delineation between the Treasury Budget and the Helena Municipal Budget in his testimony. However, no vassal taxation was included in the revenues which suggests that the funds in the current Treasury derive from the City of Helena revenues. If Mister Sarkozy asserts that Helena and the Treasury are two separate entities, why does the ledger combine Helena transactions with other Council of State affairs? If the Municipal officials designated to collect Helena’s tax are under the authority of the Treasury, again, how could this be true? What we found It was evasive and it was obstruction. Our investigation began when we questioned the massive amounts of public expenditures that were undertaken by various ministers of the Council of State. When we began our investigation into the violation of the Imperial Budget of 1750, we initiated our hearings the Secretary of the Interior, Joseph Clement Videnz-Novellen. We learned that the Secretary had been using funds that were authorized by the Department of the Treasury, a total of spending that was well beyond the budget that the Secretary of the Treasury proposed, the same one we passed. We then continued to investigate when the Solicitor-General, Joseph Adler, testified before us regarding the amount of spending he had undertaken within his operations. Sadly, we were informed of the same narrative: a breach of the budgetary laws. When asked, both the Secretary of the Interior and the Solicitor-General testified that the money they received was given expediently from the Treasurer himself. Mister de Sarkozy’s testimony was problematic, filled with contradictions that did not consistently clarify the questions from our hearings. Pursuant to our oversight, we found that the Treasury was in violation of the public trust and breached his duties as the official in charge of maintaining the integrity of our budget. Instead, Secretary de Sarkozy has expediently violated the laws passed by the Senate and signed by the Emperor’s hand. To do so is to break the electoral confidence of the Orenian people and to disregard the wisdom of the Crown in the Assent of Law. When asked about the Helena ledger, the Secretary promptly informed us that he did not have any accountability over his own staff, namely the City Clerk. Therefore, I am announcing that the Imperial Senate will begin an official impeachment inquiry into the mishandling of the Secretary of the Treasury. We shall explicitly inquire into the extent of his violation of the Imperial Budget of 1750 and the Imperial Budgetary Procedure of 1751 over multiple fiscal years. I am directing our committee chairs to heighten their oversight as we continue this investigation into the new session. Signed, President pro tempore of the Imperial Senate
  14. Senator May rises to declare his vote. “I cast my vote, on behalf of a new wave of senators who will rekindle our energy and optimism, for Lauritz Christiansen.”
  15. The President pro Tempore rises to addresses the Senate. “My good colleagues, As we conclude this session, I give my farewell and gratitude for having had the last ten years to serve as the presiding officer. I pledge to continuing serving with equal vigor from the backbenches. I have overseen the great power and growth of this institution. We must continue honoring our oath and pledging our commitment to the causes of our constituents. May my successor maintain such integrity and defend the rights of the Senate against abuse, corruption, malice, and injustice. I now motion to begin the vote and to have candidates rise to declare their intent to run and to cast their vote.”
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