Cloister Procedure

All Cloister business occurs during a Cloister Session. Cloister Sessions are held four times a working year, once every two months.

  • First Cloister Session – Dubol (Jan) 25th
    This session introduces new business.
  • Second Cloister Session – Yuli (April) 25th
    This session finishes incomplete business.
  • Third Cloister Session* – Yubol (June) 25th
    This session is dedicated to citizenry business
  • Final Cloister Session – Jixak (Aug) 25th
    All session business for the year must be complete.

*Third Cloister Sessions allow private citizens with legislative business to enter the Cloister Hall for an audience with the Chamber, and the Ruling Gen.

Voting  members of the Citizenry-Chamber are called the Sessional Wall and are often of mixed generations. Unlike the Ruling Platform, Chamber members are elected based on a popular vote, allowing for younger or older generational citizens, to serve.

  • Primada Wall is when the entire Sessional Wall is all of the same generation as the current Ruling Platform.
  • In a dual-generational group where one generation has more voting members than the other, this is a Majority Wall.
    • Such instances when Majority Wall determines national policy is when a Ruling Gen Platform shares power with a Chamber not of their generation.

Motion Procedure – the Chamber

Any Motion set forth by a Representative of the Chamber must have the support of another (Seconded) unless it is exclusive to her municipality (a Dome-Specific Motion). Proposals that involve the citizenry overall (a Citizenry-Motion) must have the support of more than one Representative (a Third).

Any Seconded or Thirded Motion put to the floor must be approved by Ruling Platform. A dismiss-request (called a rebuke) of any Citizenry-Motion by a member of the Ruling Platform, can be challenged. The Chamber can Challenge any rebuke so long as the challenge is Seconded; the challenge can be Nullified if the Ruling Platform unanimously agrees to support the rebuke. If they are not in agreement to rebuke, the challenge stands, the rebuke is Nullified. In motions where the Chamber cannot agree with one another on national business, the Sernatae must Poll the entire Chamber to determine majority support; if it is a stalemate, then she confers with the Ruling Platform for a final say. The final support of a motion is called a Carry. In cases where the Chamber and the Ruling Gen Platform are divided on an issue (the complicated stalemates are rare) then the motion is decided by the Sernatae.

Motion Procedure – Ruling Platform

No Primada-Motion instituted by the Ruling Platform is carried without determination by the Chamber. Any motion put forth by a member of the Ruling Platform need not be Seconded before being put to the Chamber for review. If the Chamber is not unanimous in its carry (or rebuke), the Primada-Motion is then debated until compromise. Any Primada-Motion put forth by the Committee with multi-chair support (Thirded and possibly a Fourth) can still face a challenge by the Chamber, but for the Chamber to rebuke a Primada-Motion with multi-chair support, there must be a unanimous acceptance in the Chamber.