Representatives are individuals appointed to represent the interests of their planet in the Alliance of Planets. Representatives speak on behalf of their citizens at sittings of the Interstellar Quorum. Most Representatives are selected by their home planet’s Administration. A small few can claim a Seat at the Interstellar Quorum by virtue of their birthright – the Crown of Libb, Yesmane Galina, for example.
“The Interstellar Quorum is to Quorum Treaty what the heart is to the body. A thousand Energies for one purpose—to guide the cross.”
Balance of Power
As the voice of the citizens, collectively the Representatives hold the balance of power across the Alliance of Planets. This is because matters of security, war, taxes and Administration are determined by Counts in the Interstellar Quorum. Commanders of the Cross cannot make large-scale military decisions without Representative Decree.
Yet with power, comes corruption. Several POV Characters link Representatives to the “taint of Rank” (lust for wealth). Counts in the Interstellar Quorum have been influenced by Rank more than once. This would imply that multiple Representatives are in involved in some corrupt activities. Both Yesmane Galina and Landen Dark witness the manipulation of law because of Rank.
Quote from the Author
“Representatives are a metaphor for the political class we see in today’s world. Their conduct in the book, as it is in life, is a commentary on their relevancy and worth in society.” – Glen Rothlisberger.
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