In the Shadow of Titans
On Good Governance
The council system is the system that is favoured in the New world. Usually what this comprises of is a table of equals who represent different portions of the populace who engage and debate with each other to pass laws in their respective domains. Often there is also a speaker or head of council to facilitate the debate and to bring up any important issues that need to be resolved by the council. Each member of the council functions as its own respective institution when it comes to dealing with issues within itself. Possible members of the council could be: guild leaders, prominent military commanders, significant members of the community (in the case of minorities), the most senior magister, powerful merchants, etc.
It should be noted that this method of government is similar to the parliamentary system, and can sometimes result in slow responses to emergencies as usually the majority of the council has to be convened before any significant decisions can be made. In some extreme cases where quick responses are required the power of dictatorship might be bestowed on a particularly trusted individual. This individual then gains the right to waive the requirement of council vote to pass laws or decrees as well as make decisions on behalf of the council as it pertains to the emergency at hand. It should be noted that the council carefully watches this person to make sure no abuse of power is had.