A Note on Hierarchy
Ilayson is not the administrative centre of the region in which it lies, therefore no concentration of autocratic power exists in the city. This means that there is no royal court present, for example. Ilayson is governed by a council comprised of the heads of five great families. Alliances are constantly being forged and broken within this environment. The head of the council is an impartial functionary The Imperial Adjudicator General. The purpose of this role is to facilitate constructive dialogue between the families and use a power of veto to break any deadlocks in the decision making process. An individual is appointed for two years before being recalled to the capital and replaced. The theory being that two years is sufficient time to settle into the role and do an effective job without becoming immersed in the tortuously complicated internal politics of Ilayson. Of course this theory doesn’t always manifest in reality and several consular heads, over the years, have left Ilayson with considerably large personal treasuries, acquired through the judicious acceptance of valuables in return for favours and cleverly exploiting the rivalries between the families.