The Supreme Collegium

The greatest honor of Britain has eluded King Uther thus far. He wishes to be High King, as his brother was. This honor can be achieved by either conquering everyone or through an election by the Supreme Collegium.

The Supreme Collegium is an ancient organization of lords and prelates who first assembled to proclaim Constantine (later called “the Great”) to be the rightful Roman Emperor. Afterwards they assembled to govern the island after the Romans abandoned it. It is made up of Electors who hold one vote each. A three-quarters majority is required to proclaim a candidate to be High King. Many of these are bishops, for towards the end of the Roman Empire their church was given the responsibility of administering it for the emperor. Some secular lords, the ancestors of the kings and dukes who rule today, were given their rights as Electors by the original makers of the council. In some places the bishops have been replaced by secular lords. The council worked together for a while, selecting capable men to rule over them. They have made mistakes, such as approving Vortigern, who betrayed the island to the Saxons. Most recently they exerted their power when they confirmed Aurelius Ambrosius as High King. One problem Uther has is that many of these members are from outside of Logres, beyond the control of the king. He must convince, threaten, smooth talk, bribe or conquer them to support his cause. Since Uther lacks most of the social arts that his older brother had, this is a daunting task.

Another problem is that many of these legates are bishops and abbots of the Church of Rome. The church was originally granted the task of organizing and overseeing the failing Roman Empire, and these clergy have kept their authority intact here in Britain. Since they answer to a foreign power, the Pope, and hold sway over the public opinion of their cities, they can defy the king. Here is a table of the members of the Supreme Collegium. It does not list places which have lost their vote due to Saxon conquest.

The legates of the Supreme Collegium, 480 A.D.
Legate Site Region
King of Summerland Bath Logres
Bishop of Camulodunum (Roman) Camulodunum Logres
Count of Salisbury Castle on the Rock Logres
Bishop of Durnovaria (Roman) Durnovaria Logres
Abbot-bishop of Exe River Exe River Cornwall
Bishop of Glevum (Roman) Glevum Logres
Abbot of Brightstream Jagent Logres
Abbot of Leirstown Leirstown Logres
Bishop of Linden Pool Linden Logres
Bishop of Londinium (Roman) Londinium Logres
Bishop of Silchester (Roman) Silchester Logres
Abbot-bishop of St Albans (British) St Albans Logres
Bishop of Venta (Roman) Venta Logres
Bishop of Noviomagus (Roman) Noviomagus Logres
Bishop of the White City White City Logres
Archbishop of Carlion (Roman) Carlion-on-Usk Cambria
King of Amans Amans Cambria
King of Cameliard Carohaise Cambria
Abbot-bishop of Fort Gwent Fort Gwent Cambria
Abbot-bishop of the City of Legions City of Legions Cambria
King of Powys Oroquelenes Cambria
Abbot-bishop of Seafort Seafort Cambria
King of Gomeret Sinadon Cambria
King of Galvoie Wigarons Fort Cambria
King of Roestoc Dontown Cumbria
King of Malahaut Eburacum Cumbria
Abbot-bishop of Lugh’s Walls Lugh’s Walls Cumbria
Abbot-bishop of the Fort of the Britons Fort of the Britons Caledonia
King of Garloth Garloth Caledonia
King of Lothian Lothian Caledonia
Abbot-bishop of Lookout Headland Lookout Headland Cornwall

The Supreme Collegium

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