Saturday, June 10, 2006

Recently Issued Edicts

EDICTUM CONSULARE -- On Fascism

In recent times, some groups, out of a mistaken understanding of Roman history, and wishing to acquire for their ideologies a false pedigree of antiquity have adopted certain symbols of Roma Antiqua, as, for example, the "fasces."

While respecting individual rights to hold any belief freely, I, as a Consul of Nova Roma, condemn all racist and fascist ideologies and any ideology that diminishes the rights or status of any citizen based on such factors as creed, gender, ethnic heritage or sexual orientation. At no time should the use or adoption of any symbol of Roma Antiqua by Nova Roma be construed or understood to imply acceptance of or adherence to any such doctrine by the Res Publica Novae Romae.

These doctrines being inimical to our Res Publica, any citizen who publicly, either at an official Nova Roma event or electronic forum, associates Nova Roma with such doctrines shall be in violation of the principles in which Nova Roma was founded and at the discretion of the Praetors, warrant prosecution under our appropriate Laws.

EDICTUM CONSULARE -- On the Priorities of Nova Roma

I hereby reaffirm, as Consul, the priorities of Nova Roma established by the Senate on 31 August 2757 and encourage the citizenry of Nova Roma to be mindful that the purpose of Nova Roma is ultimately for our citizens to cultivate an understanding and appreciation of Roma antiqua while working to establish a modern Civitas. I encourage the Senate, my fellow Magistrates, and the People of Nova Roma to be mindful that all other activities have the potential to take away from our goal to establish a modern Roman community.

PRIORITIES FOR NOVA ROMA IN ORDER OF PRECEDENCE

The Senate finds that the following items are all priorities for Nova Roma. They are hereby established as such, in order of precedence. This precedence shall not be interpreted to indicate that any item is unimportant. All are priorities. The sole reason for assigning precedence is to better focus resources and effort.

I. The Religio Romana; it's promotion, preservation, protection, and diffusion throughout the communities of Nova Roma.

II. Establishment of a Nova Roma Endowment and its long term growth.

III. Sustaining support of existing projects, including the publication of the Eagle, the Aedilian Fund for the Magna Mater Project, the Scholarship Fund, and the Land Fund.

IV. Outreach, recruitment and retention of citizens, including fostering interest in the activities of the Sodalities.

V. Promotion of Local Group activities.

VI. Encouraging citizens to become involved in the work of government

EDICTUM CONSULARE -- On Representing Nova Roma

I issue this Edict to address to the people of Nova Roma that no citizen, or group of citizens, shall contact any organization, association, fellowship, government, or any group of people with the intention of representing Nova Roma, or using the name Nova Roma, in an attempt to establish a link between themselves, Nova Roma, and the entity they are in contact with unless, and only if, they are empowered by the Senate or the Laws of Nova Roma.

Authorized actions include, but are not limited to, Provincial Governors contacting a local Park to have a gathering, the Curatrix Aerarii dealing with our financial institutions, the Magister Aranearius dealing with an Internet service provider, etc…

Citizens of Nova Roma who wish to contact an outside group (i.e., another organization, association, fellowship, government, etc…) should contact their Provincial Governor, or one of the Consuls or Praetors to verify if their action is acceptable.

A direct violation of this Edict can, at the discretion of the Praetors, warrant prosecution under our appropriate Laws.

EDICTUM CONSULARE -- Regarding Appius Claudius Priscus

The actions of Appius Claudius Priscus have been questioned, scorned, and deemed inappropriate by many citizens within Nova Roma myself included. Much debate has transpired that has caused many among us, myself included, to focus our most precious asset – time – into prosecuting Appius Claudius Priscus and/or devoting much of our attention to him and his status within Nova Roma.

I have been in the process of establishing a trial against Appius Claudius Priscus, of which I established myself as the presiding magistrate. I support the Nota issued against Appius Claudius Priscus, by the Censors, and honor their right to safeguard the public morality. I am of the belief that the Nota is sufficient to safeguard Nova Roma from any potential damage that Appius Claudius Priscus may cause Nova Roma based on his previous actions of having contacted United States government officials/agencies. Additionally I have issued an Edict (On Representing Nova Roma) regarding anyone attempting to represent Nova Roma without proper authorization to do such. All of the above being the case I am terminating the trial against Appius Claudius Priscus.

I encourage citizen Appius Claudius Priscus to learn about our laws and to correct the actions described in the Nota issued by the Censors, and to strive for the proper execution of the virtues esteemed by Roman tradition by proper conduct on our electronic message boards and live forums. I recommend that future Censors re-evaluation the behavior of citizen Appius Claudius Priscus in the future to determine if the Nota is still necessary.

In my dismissal of the trial against citizen Appius Claudius Priscus I have advised (and highly recommended against) the Praetors from entertaining a petitio actionis against Appius Claudius Priscus unless he violates our laws from this moment in time forward. At this point I see not reason to give citizen Appius Claudius Priscus a forum with which he can extol his beliefs and agenda.

ante diem VI Id. IVNIAS MMDCCLIX a.u.c.

Gaius Fabius Buteo Modianus

Monday, December 12, 2005

ENDORSEMENT - Q. Caecilius Metellus Postumianus

Buteo and I have met on at least three occasions, and have spoken more than a few times. Buteo is, indeed, a great man, and I dare say more deserving of the agnomen "Pius" than I. Fabius Buteo has served the Republic as Tribune, and currently serves as governor of the Provincia Lacus Magni, Flamen Pomonalis, Augur, and as a Pontifex. Fabius Buteo has never shirked from service to the Republic, nor, do I suspect, will he ever. Fabius Buteo is a leader, and one who will undertake any task fearlessly, and with the utmost dedication. Fabius Buteo is also a man of sound judgement, a man who sets goals and does whatever is necessary to see to their achievement. If no one else, I believe Fabius Buteo will lead Nova Roma much closer to acheiving its full potential, and to accomplishing its goals. There are no reservations, as I feel, to be had about Gaius Fabius Buteo Modianus, and I ask you to cast your votes in his favor.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

On Resignations

Tiberius Galerius Paulinus asked this years candidates to share their opinion on magistrate resignations.

The following is my opinion on resignations:

My opinion on resignations is that if a magistrate resigns from public office the Consuls should review the resignation, and discuss it among themselves. Either both Consuls, or one among them, should contact the resigned magistrate to find the exact reason for the resignation. If, after some discussion, it is determined that the individual in question truly wants to resign then the Consuls should then issue an edict officially notifying the people that said magistrate has officially resigned and indicate than an election will be held in the near future to fill the vacency -- or in some cases the senate will be convened to appoint a successor, depending upon the office vacated.

This would give the chief magistrates of Nova Roma an opportunity to find out why citizens are willing to walk away from their post, correct a potential problem from getting worse, and/or convincing the person to remain in office. Often times people resign from office because they are frustrated. They want to leave Nova Roma because they feel they can no longer make a difference. Compassion, and understanding is the necessary solution.

It is tragic to see a magistrate resign his or her office. Getting to the real reason for the resignation is important. We can sit back and pass judgement against an individual as long as we like. The fact of the matter is that every single person in Nova Roma has a life that includes vast elements that are not a part of Nova Roma. Issues dealing with marriage, divorce, deaths, births, loss of friendships, faith issues, etc... All of these factors have an impact on how a person performs in their duties to Nova Roma. If we ignore the demands placed on citizens throughout our Republic then we ignore the future of Nova Roma. People are what makes Nova Roma great, and they are our most valuable resource. We should not loose sight of this.

Friday, December 02, 2005

The Religio Romana and Natural Disaster Relief

A question was proposed to me privately regarding my reaction, as a Pontifex, to the catastrophe in New Orleans. The request was for me to clarify my position. I am not going to mention the persons name who requested the clarification, if he or she desires to identify who they then that is their choice. None the less, here is my response.

I posted to the main forum the following (in part) in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina:

Salvete;

I have issued my concern for the survivors of Katrina, and my concern for a citizen of Nova Roma who I knew was from the area -- L. Modia Lupa (our Vestal), whom we have found out is safe.

I do not have an official statement on Katrina, nor upon what has happened to New Orleans. As a person, I can speculate philosophically that I believe the Gods of Rome are ambivalent about the place. Why should they care? The people of New Orleans do not make sacrifice to the Gods of Rome, and they do not honor them. The magistrates of the city do not make regular offerings, and New Orleans has no Collegium Pontificum of its own. So why should the Gods of Rome care?

L. Modia Lupa believes in the Gods. She was in New Orleans. She made it out successfully. Perhaps they have blessed her, by assisting her departure from the city.

I DO NOT believe the Gods willed anything to happen. In the sense of being malicious. However, I don't believe they concern themselves -- that is in giving blessings -- with people and places who do not honor them. So while I follow the disaster of Katrina on a daily basis, and am very saddened by what has happened. As a pontifex I do not see anything that would be of a concern. AS A PONTIFEX I make offerings to the Gods for the CITIZENS of Nova Roma -- not the citizens of the United States. There are some citizens in the gulf area, then I pray for them in my capacity as a priest of Nova Roma. As a person, outside of my duties as a priest in Nova Roma, I have prayed for the people afflicted by this most horrible tragedy. Hope what I am explaining makes sense. I also hope it doesn't make me sound like a horrible person. I am very compassionate about what has happened after the onslaught of Katrina. I follow the disaster closely, and my heart goes out to the people. But in my capacity as a priest of Nova Roma, I am concerned with Nova Romans; their success, safety, and well being. But my official offerings -- as a pontifex and flamen --- to the Gods are for citizens of Nova Roma.

Valete;

C. Fabius Buteo Modianus

The individual that sent me the private e-mail, but asked that I respond on the main list, raised the following questions, and concerns based upon the above mentioned post. I appreciate this person’s willingness to seek clarification:

This is the part of your post I have most difficulty with. It reminds me very much of the attitudes of the "religions of the book": Christianity, Islam and Judaism. All of them have practiced an exclusionary outlook: our way is the only way to be saved. Yet the Declaration of the RR states in part (my emphases added):

”We affirm that the Roman Pagan Religion belongs to no one race or nationality, but is instead a common founding heritage of all Western civilization. It is further a universal spiritual current which throughout the centuries has influenced all peoples and nations of the world, either directly or by the legacy of its history, philosophies and practices.

We also affirm that the Roman Pagan Religion is compatible with, and may be practiced alongside all other forms of religion and spiritual expression, without diluting or diminishing its basic ideals and spiritual identity. In the ancient world Roman religion was practiced alongside Celtic, German, Greek, Egyptian, Persian, and Oriental faiths, to the enhancement of all. This syncretistic approach to other religions remains basic to the Roman Pagan spiritual world view.”

Even the access page to the RR on the Main website carries the following information (again, my added emphases):

”. . . Roman religion is a unique product of the culture that created it. It is a faith that demands steadfastness and devotion to duty. It involves working in harmony with the eternal gods and with universal order, for the benefit not only of ourselves but also the world around us; with right action and attitudes towards the gods, both the State and the individual will prosper. . . .”

I would assume that "the world around us" includes the victims of all disasters--and my, has NR ML been mum on the disastrous earthquake in Pakistan and environs. I would assume that "a syncretistic approach" includes acknowledgement that some people choose to worship in a different way.

What I see as a concern, is how this attitude would be perceived by "the world around us" in your potential role as Consul, representing NR to that world. In our interconnected world, I am concerned that washing NR's hands (they would be NR's and not yours) of "anything that would be a concern" could lead to even more people washing their hands of Nova Roma (q.v. the latest census report by your adoptive father, C. Fabius Buteo Quintillianus).

Interconnectivity is leading even some elements of the exclusionary religions to become more involved in "the world around us", working not for conversions to their faith, but simply - for the benefit not only of ourselves but also the world around us; cf especially at this moment, the Christian Peacemakers in Iraq, and Muslim support for their members now held hostage. These are people of faiths that make no claim to be "syncretistic."

Your personal reaction is what I would anticipate from your previous communications with me -- humane and reflective.

The foregoing does not make you "sound like a horrible person": you have delineated your personal attitudes carefully. But to my ears, it does make Nova Roma sound like a pretty callous organization. I would very much like to hear how you would publicly present Nova Roma's attitudes to world events in your role as Consul. It would be helpful if such a reply were made on the Main List, because I believe this issue is of import to all voters in the upcoming election. You may quote any of this e-mail as you see fit.

This is my response:

As Flamen Pomonalis I make public offerings several times a year to honor the Goddess Pomona, and in doing so I honor several other Gods and Goddesses as well. Here is an excerpt of the ritual used in English:

“Goddess Pomona, by offering this incense to you I pray good prayers, so that you may be willingly propitious to me and the Senate and People of the Novaromans, the Quirites.”

The prayer is for the Deity to be propitious to me (the one making the offering), the Senate of Nova Roma (as Polybius mentions, “…The ‘people’ are dependant upon the Senate, and must aim to please it both in public and in private.”), and the people of Nova Roma (those who are citizens). This is the customary ritual formula.

The state religion of Nova Roma and the Gods of the state religion are not seen as omnipotent and omnipresent as is the God of Christianity, Islam, or Judaism. John Scheid in his Introduction to Roman Religion states, “The civic image of ‘citizen gods’ was confirmed by numerous rituals and rules, and may be regarded as one of the major interpretations of traditional Roman religion.” The Gods of the state religion of Nova Roma are seen as a part of the Roman community that we seek to build, and honoring them helps to maintain the Pax Deorum.

Jo-Ann Shelton writes in her book, “As the Romans did, a Sourcebook in Roman Social History,” “The Roman gods did not demand constant professions of faith, but they did require that humans respect their power and acknowledge their participation in the universe. Acknowledgement of the gods formed the ritual of Roman religion. Since the earliest rituals had been effective in securing the cooperation of the deities – the success and prosperity of Rome proved that divine forces were cooperative – Romans preserved the rituals.”

The state religion of Nova Roma is concerned with the Pax Deorum, or “peace with the Gods.” A sense of universalism, is in my opinion, more reminiscent of Pax Romana, or “the Roman peace.” Publius Vergilius Maro (Virgil) writes in his Aeneid about the Roman ideal, “You, Roman, do not fail to govern all people with your supreme authority. These will be your skills: to establish law and order within a framework of peace, to be merciful to those who submit, to crush in war those who are arrogant.” To claim a sense of pietas (duty and obligation) outside of the “Senate and People of Nova Roma” is a danger that I would caution Nova Roma not to pursue. Nova Roma is not concerned with governing all people with supreme authority.

The Nova Roma constitution states, “As the spiritual heir to the ancient Roman Republic and Empire, Nova Roma shall endeavor to exist, in all manners practical and acceptable, as the modern restoration of the ancient Roman Republic. The culture, religion, and society of Nova Roma shall be patterned upon those of ancient Rome.” It is not practical to impose the obligation of pietas (within the confines of Nova Roma) upon anyone outside of Nova Roma.

The above explanation should address my point that the state religion of Nova Roma is concerned with the Gods being propitious to the Senate and People of Nova Roma, and not to citizens outside of Nova Roma. This, of course, does NOT mean that the state religion wishes to prevent the Gods of Rome to be propitious to all people. The state religion is only concerned that the Gods are propitious to the Senate and People of Nova Roma, as Cicero stated in, "The Nature of the Gods," “Jupiter is Best and Greatest not because he makes us just or sober or wise, but because he makes us healthy and right and prosperous.”

The Constitution of Nova Roma states, “The priesthoods of the Gods of Rome shall be organized as closely as practical on the ancient Roman model. The institutions of the Religio Romana shall have authority over religious matters on the level of the state and nation only, maintaining the religious rites of the State and providing resources pertaining to the Religio Romana which Citizens may make use of if they choose. Nova Roma shall approach all other religions with a syncretistic outlook, offering friendship to all paths which acknowledge the right of those who practice and honor the Religio Romana to do so and respect the beliefs thereof.” The state religion of Nova Roma is concerned with “religious matters on the level of the state and nation only,” and not on matters that pertain to victims of natural disaster, which would be outside of our jurisdiction.

This does not take away from the syncretistic nature of Roman Religion. There are people in Nova Roma, like myself, who do not limit their spiritual practices to the Religio only. There are citizens of Nova Roma who identify with Buddhism, Gnosticism, Druidry, and other spiritual practices. They can do this, and still help to maintain the Pax Deorum. The Gods of Rome (and Nova Roma) are concerned with “being acknowledged and honored,” and this does not mean that one has to honor the Gods of (Nova) Roma exclusively. This is the meaning of the syncretistic nature of Roman Religion. The priests MUST make offerings according to tradition, and should NOT mix other traditions with the Religio. But this does not mean that priests, or citizen alike, has to limit their spiritual practice to only that of the Religio.

The words I am stating here is MY official position as a Pontifex of Nova Roma, this is not the Collegial opinion of the whole Collegium Pontificum. However, let me illustrate the difference between my personal perspective and my practices as a Pontifex. To use an example: Lets say your home is financed with a mortgage through Bank X, and lets say that natural disaster strikes and your bank is unsympathetic and demands that you keep up your mortgage payments current with no grace period (lets also assume there is a lot of red tape with the insurance company). Going to Bank Y would not help you a single bit, as Bank Y is concerned with their customers and is not concerned with the business practices of Bank X. Your agreement is with Bank X, and not with Bank Y, so it would not follow that Bank Y would be able to assist you. However, that is not to say that the person at Bank Y is unsympathetic to your plight. This example, I hope, illustrates the relationship between the Gods of the Religio Romana of Nova Roma and the Senate and People of Nova Roma, and the victims of world catastrophe. As a Pontifex within Nova Roma I can, and am, very concerned and sympathetic to the plight of others throughout the world. I have made offerings as a human being, and as a member of the world community, on behalf of victims of several world calamities. As I find out about them, I pray for their wellbeing. But these offerings are not done under the guise of my being a priest in Nova Roma.

I believe it is virtuous to want to help others in times of need. I have donated to the American Red Cross, out of my own pocket to assist in the Katrina Relief Fund. I am very sympathetic to the suffering of others, not only in the United States but also in other countries regardless of their nationality, race, or religious persuasion.

The Religio Romana is not a “ministerial” religion, were the priests of Nova Roma “minister” to the people, and in the case of natural disaster it is not appropriate for the state religion to feel compelled to “minister” to the survivors and victims of said disaster. This is simply not the way of the Religio Romana. However, it is meritorious and virtuous in my opinion for citizens of Nova Roma to assist in the relief of survivors and victims of natural disasters, war, and other calamities. It is simply the human thing to do: to care about other people. This might be under the purview of the various provincial governments of Nova Roma.

Let me attempt to clarify the phrase from “Roman Religion in Antiquity and Today” on the Nova Roma website, “for the benefit not only of ourselves but also the world around us…” This phrase is somewhat misleading. It would insinuate that rites and rituals are done by the state Religio for the benefit of the world. As I have illustrated above, at length, this is not the case. What is implied by this statement, as far as my interpretation, is that Roman Religion is an approach to spirituality that is beneficial to everyone – a universal approach, outside of the official state function. The approach of honoring the dead (ancestors), and of honoring the Lars and Penates, and the Roman approach to religion are of benefit to the world. By Nova Roma resurrecting the practices of honoring the Gods of Roma, and therefore making an agreement with these Gods so that they may be the Gods of Nova Roma we are benefiting the world. We are reconstructing something that would otherwise have been lost to the world. Citizenship in Nova Roma is open to anyone regardless of “…ethnic heritage, gender, religious affiliation, or sexual orientation (from the Constitition).” We make it fairly easy for people to join us in our endeavor to reconstruct Rome.

I am not sure if this is the answer that this individual wanted to see. But it is an honest answer, and one that I believe in. As a conclusion, to this I would like to add that I am – and have always been – very sympathetic to the suffering of others. I am empathic enough to understand the pain others feel who are in situations of extreme distress. However difficult situations in the world may become, the focus of Nova Roma needs to be on the restoration and reconstruction of Roma in a modern context in conformity with our laws, and traditions – always keeping an eye on tradition, but not loosing sight of our current situation and sentimentalities. This being said, Nova Roma cannot provide charity to the world (as the Senate realized in a resent Senatus Consultum on the subject), and we have to be mindful of our relationship with the Gods. The Gods of Roma, and of Nova Roma, were and are “citizen Gods,” and it would be a dishonor to them if we expanded their jurisdiction to not only be propitious to us, but also to those who choose not to acknowledge them. This, I believe, would have an impact on the Pax Deorum.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Questions for candidates

A. Apollonius Cordus presented the following questions:

First, a question for the candidates for consul: you've both explained what you would like to promote and encourage within Nova Roma, but could you explain why you feel you need to be consul in order to do this and what you hope to do which you will not be able to do if you are not elected?

My vision of the Consulship is one of leadership, and action. The Consuls should be those individuals that guide Nova Roma towards meeting the goals of our organization. They should be the ones who propel Nova Roma forward. Surely, it is possible to provide a positive voice for growth, and to provide leadership without being Consul. However, it is very important role of the Consul to lead, to provide the necessary leadership to motivate the citizenry to new levels of participation, and citizenship. Nova Roma is an organization with an unlimited potential. I believe it takes dynamic leadership to tap into this potential. What makes Nova Roma great is the people involved within it, and I believe a good Consul should help to bring the people together.

I will support my election platform whether or not I am elected. I can have some influence over these goals, even if un-elected. However, if elected Consul it becomes easier to ensure the priorities of Nova Roma are implemented, because the responsibility and duty to do so will rest upon my shoulders [as well as the shoulders of the other Consul elected]. If elected Consul my success or failure will depend upon how successfully I developed the goals and priorities of Nova Roma.

And finally, for all candidates, my favourite question: are you now or have you ever been a member of any political party, alliance, faction, or other group with political goals within our replublic?

I am a former member of the "Boni." I am in full agreement with what Gaius Minucius Hadrianus Felix recently stated, " My personal feeling (based on my own experiences) is that such associations have the unfortunate tendency to promote the worst sort of personal politics which in my view have become the bane of our organization." I currently belong to no political faction.

ENDORSEMENT - Julilla Sempronia Magna

Salvete,

I attempted to endorse Gaius Fabius Buteo Modianus' candidacy last week, but I have been labouring on an ancient laptop since my desk unit was taken ill, and the ether must have consumed it.

When Gaius Fabius Buteo Modianus was a Plebeian, I had the priviledge of working with him as Tribune. I found Gaius Fabius Buteo Modianus a most thoughtful, pious and ethical individual. He faced difficult issues squarely and never allowed passion to prevent him from doing what he knew was the right course of action.

I have the highest admiration for Gaius Fabius Buteo Modianus and am convinced he will serve Nova Roma to the very best of his abilities.

valete,
--
Julilla Sempronia Magna, Senator
Propraetrix, Provincia America Boreoccidentalis

ENDORSEMENT - Gaius Equitius Cato

I would like to offer my endorsement for Gaius Fabius Buteo Modianus as consul. He an I have had a very interesting (in the Chinese sense of the word) relationship over the past couple of years, and in fact right now I'm not sure if we're actually speaking to one another :-) but he really is one of the most dedicated and hard-working citizens in the Republic. When we have disagreed, we have done so overwhelmingly in a measured, reasonable way; when we have let our tempers flare, it has still been with a sense of duty to the Republic very much in evidence. I believe that he truly is devoted to the health, well-being, and growth of the Republic, and the benefits of having him as consul --- giving him the opportunity to use the energy, strength of character, and vision that he has for our benefit, the benefit of the Republic --- far FAR outweigh any other considerations. I think we will make an excellent consul, and will make us proud to have him as one.

ENDORSEMENT - F. Galerius Aurelianus

F. Galerius Aurelianus flamen Cerealis to the Senate and People of Nova Roma.

I whole-heartedly endorse the candidacy of G. Fabius Buteo Modianus for consul of Nova Roma. I truly believe that he will be an asset to our organization, an excellent magistrate, and will further our goals in the real world. He and I are brothers in the Religio and he has been one of the foremost advocates and teachers of our faith and practice. Few Nova Romans have demonstrated so well the virtues of firmitas, auctoritas, humanitas, and gravitas than G. Fabius Buteo Modianus. I believe that Dii Immortales will be well-honored and the public rites faithfully celebrated with Modianus as Consul.

Although he has been involved in many debates and discussions, some of which were very heated, he has remained dedicated to the ideals of Nova Roma and has never waivered in his continued support of our organization. I have always found him to be a good and faithful citizen even when we have had disagreements but he has never become profane or insulting as so many others are want to be.

Please read his list of priorities and goals carefully and email him to ask questions, as he has always been very quick to respond to those truly interested in his plans, goals, and beliefs. While most of our consuls have been good men, I believe that G. Fabius Buteo Modianus, if elected, will be measured among the very best. The public goals and virtues of pietas, salus, securitas, and fides will find a strong champion in this man. I encourage all of my fellow Plebs to join their hands and voices with mine in support of this most worthy and honorable candidate--Modianus for Consul.

Valete.

ENDORSEMENT - Sextus Apollonius Scipio

Salvete Omnes,

I would like to add my name to this list!!

Gaius Fabius Buteo Modianus is a man of dedication, of tolerance and respect. This will be much needed to achieve his very important agenda. Therefore, I can only endorse his candidacy for Consulship.

Valete,

Sextus Apollonius Scipio
Propraetor Galliae

ENDORSEMENT - Marcus Bianchius Antonius

Salvete.

I would like to endorsement of Gaius Fabius Buteo Modianus for the office of Consul. I have known him for several years and know him to be a man of his word. He has helped me run the Administration of the Provincia of Lacus Magni for more than 2 years and now is the Propraetor. I have complete confidence and cannot recommend him highly enough.

Valete bene,

Marcus Bianchius Antonius
Tribune

ENDORSEMENT - M. Lucretius Agricola

M. Lucretius Agricola Omnibus S.P.D.

I speak now to join C. Minucius Hadrianus Felix in his support for the candidacy of C. Fabius Buteo Modianus for the office of Consul. My experience has been the same as that of my fellow citizen.

I have never met C. Fabius Buteo Modianus in person, but in communications both public and private I have known him to show only character and ability of the highest caliber.

I feel no hesitation whatsoever in lending my support to C. Fabius Buteo Modianus for the office of Consul.

optime valete

ENDORSEMENT - Gaius Minucius Hadrianus Felix

C. Minucius Hadrianus Felix Quiritibus S.P.D.

Salvete.

I would like to offer my full and wholehearted endorsement of Gaius Fabius Buteo Modianus for the office of Consul. I have had many opportunities to deal with Gaius Fabius both within and outside of Nova Roma and I have always found him to be a highly intelligent, motivated and thoroughly honorable individual who exemplifies those uniquely Roman ideals of Dignitas and Pietas. He has also shown himself to be a uniter during times when division and political acrimony were the norm within Nova Roma. He is exactly the sort of leader Nova Roma needs and deserves.

Valete bene,

Gaius Minucius Hadrianus Felix
Pontifex

ENDORSEMENT - Marca Hortensia Maior

M. Hortensia Quiritibus spd;

I am here to give my full support to Gaius Fabius Buteo Modianus candidature for Consul. I think he will be great. Why?

1. He has maturity and understanding - A Uniter

He & I argued a lot;-) But after talking we found out our anger was due to our frustration over the Religio. I called him on the phone and we really spoke. Sure he convened the CP and rid me of my 'nefas' status. You know what? If someone whom I insulted on the ML a lot, is big enough to forgive me & then help me, he has the character to be a great consul. It shows maturity and understanding.

2. He is an active member of the Religio & totally tolerant. - Tolerant

The religio group has really prospered since he is there helping and pontiffs Metellus and Graecus too & he does real life events. But notice there is no anger on the ML. No Christian, atheist, agnostic, Jewish or other civis feels the least bit threatened by Gaius Buteo Modianus's activism. This is a great example & good for Nova Roma in every way.

3. He is an active real world organizer for Nova Roma - Proven Activist for Nova Roma

Gaius Buteo Modianus is not an internet Consul. He knows how to organize, more importantly he does it. He can help our organization expand in the most important way - face to face meeetings. I've done my share of organizing as Propraetrix of Hibernia & now in America Austrorientalis;yes it is hard. So I admire someone who walks the walk.

So Quirites these are my reasons for supporting the candidature of Gaius Fabius Buteo Modianus. He will represent all of Nova Roma and make our organization grow & honour the Gods. I can't think of
better reasons to run for Consul.

bene vale in pacem deorum;

Marca Hortensia Maior TRP
Caput Officina Iuriis et Investigatio CFBQ

ENDORSEMENT - Quintus Suetonius Paulinus

Salvete citizens Of Nova Roma,

I would like to take this opportunity to voice my support for Gaius Fabius Buteo Modianus' bid for Consul. I am pleased with his well planned agenda he has listed below very clearly and which addresses the concerns of the various departments that need immediate attention. I wish to concentrate here on the religio.

I believe this year is just the right time to have a person in the top job who is a priest of the religio. Though I am not a practioner of the religio, I am fully aware that it was interest in the Religio Romano that got Nova Roma going in the first place and I would not be here with out that. Furthermore I am well aware that we have many citizens who are religio practitioners who feel that this institution has been sitting on the back burner for too long and they are still with us but in the shadows of late. I see that Pontifex Fabius Buteo would certainly give the religio a boost it needs thereby raising the morale and bridging gaps between our citizens.

For none practitoners, I can attest to the fact that Gaius Fabius Buteo is extremely well versed and sensitive in regards other theologies. Whenever I needed his advice, he was always there and reliable at getting back to my questions or concerns. Should I run for higher offices in future, you can be sure I will have Gaius Fabius Buteo Modianus at my side as religio advisor. He has also withstood criticism and flack like a true Roman!

To me, Gaius Fabius Buteo Modianus is the man of the hour who can certainly bridge this gap and set things right. Lets not allow this great opportunity to pass us by!

Regards,

Quintus Suetonius Paulinus

ENDORSEMENT - Caeso Fabius Buteo Quintilianus

Salvete Quirites!

Between my mothers sickbed and my work I was happy to read this platform. I am thrilled to see Gaius Fabius Buteo Modianus supporting the priorities that was approved during the Consulship of Gnaeus Equitius Marinus and Gnaeus Salvius Astur.

To me all these points are dear and important. It is time for the Religio to become a visible force in the service of the Gods and the People. To work for the financial strength of Nova Roma has always been important to me both as a Senator and Consul. Recruitment has been important for me ever since we planned such during my Consulship. "Sustaining support of existing projects" is very important to me, especially as I had the honor to start the Magna Mater Project. Ever since I saw the lack of personal contact and the People accepted my "Lex Fabia de Oppidis et Municipiis" the work for the local groups are close to my heart. Yes Gaius Fabius Buteo Modianus couldn't have choosen a better approach as candidate for the Consulship. The last point also is an important one as who has been "Encouraging citizens to become involved in the work of government" more than I have done by creating the first magistratical staffs, the Cohortes a way to organize the support of a magistrate and to let citizens "learn the ropes".

This is a splendid platform for the Consulship of Gaius Fabius Buteo Modianus and it doesn't become any less important as it is supported by the Senate. Please support the candidacy for the Consulship of Gaius Fabius Buteo Modianus, he will make a excellent Consul in times when Nova Roma will have to adjust to new circumstances. He has an eye for what is important and how to deal with these issues.

Vale;

Caeso Fabius Buteo Quintilianus

Censor, Consularis et Senator
Praeses, Triumvir et Praescriptor Academia Thules ad S.R.A. et N.
Editor-in-Chief, Publisher and Owner of "Roman Times Quarterly"
Sodalitas Egressus Beneficarius et Praefectus Provincia Thules
Civis Romanus sum

Declaration of candidacy for Consul

During the Consulship of Gnaeus Equitius Marinus and Gnaeus Salvius Astur a Senatus Consultum was approved by the senate that set priorities for Nova Roma in order of precedence. If elected Consul I would continue in the tradition established by these former consuls, and set these priorities as my own.

The priorities are listed below in, with an explanation as to how I plan on supporting these priorities.

The Religio Romana; it's promotion, preservation, protection, and diffusion throughout the communities of Nova Roma.

An extremely important institution of Nova Roma is the Religio Romana. As Consul, and as a Pontifex, I will work to encourage the Collegium Pontificum to reform itself. I believe that reform is necessary within the Collegium Pontificum. Establish clear expectations of all priests in Nova Roma; from Sacerdos to Pontifex Maximus. Make sure the obligations of the priesthood are fulfilled, and ensure that offerings are made by our priests on behalf of the Senate, and People of Nova Roma on a regular basis. The blessings of the Gods of Rome are essential for the survival of our Republic. We, as a Republic, need to make the Religio Romana a priority, while still being mindful of the need for tolerance and understanding. For those who embrace the Gods of Rome we need to offer assistance in "promoting, preserving, and protecting" the divine cults. For those who do not embrace the Gods of Rome, but who respect those who do, we need to offer tolerance and acceptance as fellow citizens.

Establishment of a Nova Roma Endowment and its long term growth.

Monetary resources are essential to the long term survival of any organization. The future of Nova Roma rests on decisions that are made now, and the foundation that is laid today may grow into what we all hope, and envision. With a well established endowment fund, the future of Nova Roma can be secured. Through a process of continued, and systematic commitment to the financial well being of Nova Roma our future will be secured. If a fund is not already created, I will urge the senate to approve of one and make sure it is maintained. A fund like this also needs more tax paying citizens. A positive, and active Nova Roma means more tax payers.

Sustaining support of existing projects, including the publication of the Eagle, the Aedilian Fund for the Magna Mater Project, the Scholarship Fund, and the Land Fund.

Maintaining the traditions that have been started by others are important, because they build up our history. The continuance of existing programs is important because it shows that we are committed to the endeavors that we start. If elected Consul I would support the projects of me predecessors with enthusiasm. This includes, but is not limited to, the Magna Mater project.

Outreach, recruitment and retention of citizens, including fostering interest in the activities of the Sodalities.

I believe the Sodalities are important to Nova Roma because people join Nova Roma for different reasons, and a strong body of Sodalities will make Nova Roma stronger. Nova Roma should be able to be all things Roman to all people interested in things Roman.

Additionally, I support the GO Roman project of the Sodalitas Egressus, and if elected as Consul will encourage education of provincial governors so they can understand how the Go Roman project can help build-up their province. I will also encourage a grass roots recruitment and retention program, involving provincial governors and their administrations.

Promotion of Local Group activities.

The provinces are important to Nova Roma, because they help to facilitate contact between Nova Romans. I fully support active provinces, and local group activities. I believe as much support as possible should be given by the senate and magistrates to facilitate the establishment of more local groups. I believe Nova Roma should EMPOWER people to join together, and not require so much "red tape" it makes it impossible to organize into local groups.

As a citizen, and if elected Consul, I will encourage people to attend regional events, such as the Conventus in Europe, and I will work to create such an event in the United States.

Local groups are very important to the life of any organization, and Nova Roma should support the existing local groups, and encourage the foundation of new ones.

Encouraging citizens to become involved in the work of government.

Nova Roma needs a steady influx of new citizens. As our current citizens rise through the cursus honorum there will need to be new citizens to take their place. In order for Nova Roma to be a thriving organization we will need our citizens to get involved. I believe in supporting citizens to become active. If elected Consul I will support new citizens, as well as established ones within my consular staff to help some new citizens get a grasp of our process. If you want to be involved, you will only need to ask.