The Realm of Zerata
Having seen the shortcomings of Miryzeen’s government, Mephecite’s founding families decided to base their new government on the people. They also thought it prudent to add a system of checks and balances so that no individual or institution had too much power. The Syberys and Cannith families both governed Mephecite – Syberys mainly oversaw the flow of items and people out of the city while Cannith oversaw items and people entering the city. Both families shared the responsibilities of running the city. For the governing of the rest of the realm, the families set up a republic focused on the needs of the people. Three branches were included in this system – the Legislative Council dealt with creating and revising laws, the Judicial Council dealt with trying and punishing criminals, and the Executive Council organized law enforcement agencies across the realm as well as the Zerata Militia. Laws were enforced locally by the constables and their agents in each town, and by branches of the Zerata Militia in larger cities. The executive branch also oversaw the groups of volunteers that patrolled all of the main roads.