New Citizen Guide (Roman Republic)

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What is the Roman Republic: Res Publica Romana?

We are a unique cultural national community which is represented by the registered non-profit corporation called the Roman Republic Cultural Group. Our basic and fundamental principles are outlined in the Declaration. Those who become members (also referred to as citizens) are provided the opportunity to live as Romans and to carry on the legacy of the eternal city! What separates us from other “interest groups” or historical reenactment organizations is that we seek to

incorporate Roman virtues and culture into our everyday lives, to follow the Roman way (Romanitas). When it comes to Roman culture we seek to live and breathe restored cultural practices, from the ancient Roman virtues, to art, philosophy and religion. We believe Romanitas of antiquity laid the foundation and strengths of today’s modern western culture. Because of this we seek to embrace and live the old ways as much as possible while acknowledging the modern world and progress made.

We strive to exist as much offline as we do online. Citizens gain access to a multitude of resources to assist in living as a Roman and learning about ancient Rome. Beyond mere resources we also provide an active Roman community within our Res Publica. You will encounter many interesting people who share many of the same passions on Rome. We welcome you to join us in our adventure towards the restoration of a national community dedicated to Romanitas and ancient Roman culture!

What is the Roman Republic not?

We are not roleplayers. Our citizens assume Roman names as a form of cultural expression, they do not form alter-egos or new identities. The cultural nation has officers known as magistrates, but this is not done to simulate Roman politics, instead these individuals act as facilitators for different aspects of our worldwide community. The Roman Republic is not a place to play pretend politics. The Roman Republic is about real cultural projects. Those who volunteer their time to assist on these projects are asked to do serious work for modern Rome.

We are not a micronation. The founders of the Roman Republic believe there is no such thing as a micronation. Instead we are a national and spiritual cultural community. We don't look to found a city state or a political nation. But we do recognize an already existent Roman cultural nation which transcends boarders and oceans. The citizens of the Roman republic are united together as this cultural and spiritual nation. We are dedicated towards working towards the establishment of thriving Roman cultural communities within countries throughout the world in the future.

How do I participate

The Roman Republic requires your participation to grow and develop. We recognize that our goals can only be achieved by providing our citizens support, both online and offline. There are multiple ways to participate. Some suggestions are:

I) Read and contribute to our worldwide social community at the forum

II) Connect with our Cultus Deorum Community and consider contributing by contacting the Collegium Pontificum.

III) Found or join an interest group called a Collegium.

IV) Develop a private project and pursue your own goals to further Romanitas by founding a Societas

V) Visit the marketplace and offer your skills or take on a job

VI) Organize a face-to-face meeting with citizens from your province

VII) Become involved in Roman reenactment or contribute your experience

VIII) Contribute articles about Rome to our library, or read about Rome at the library

IX) Contribute by adding a lesson on Latin, or learn something new by reviewing our Latin resources

X) Contribute your own Roman photos to our photo gallery

XI) Create a podcast, or listen to a podcast about Roman culture

XII) Participate in our competitions and games during the Ludi

XIII) Donate to the Roman Republic and receive denarii

XIV) Become involved in determining the public direction of our nation by assisting one of our magistrates or running for office

XV) Teach a course or take a course at the Academia Minervalis

What is the Tax (membership dues), is it free to participate in the Roman Republic?

Yes, it is free! If you do not pay membership dues you will remain a citizen with all rights and privileges, you can participate at the forum, vote, form and join Collegium, and do many other things. Those who pay the annual membership dues are granted the membership status Assidui. These members are assigned to a Tribe which provides greater influence during elections of the Comitia Tributa. Therefore, tax paying citizens have a greater say in the direction of the organization. The other benefit is that Assidui citizens can hold office and assume leadership roles in our national community.

A citizen can pay the tax in two ways. The first is by donating funds by paypal. The second, is by participating in our community and earning denarii. Denarii can also be used to fulfill the tax requirement. Those who donate funds to fulfill their annual dues will receive denarii in return for their contribution.

Bottom line, you can participate in the Roman Republic without paying dues (tax). If you pay tax and become Assidui you can have a greater say in the direction of our community. You can fulfill tax requirements by making a donation or participating in the Roman Republic, which is free!

What are provinces

Provinces are local chapters of the Roman Republic. These local communities are very important as they help connect citizens with other local Romans. The Roman Republic uses online resources to unite Romans from around the world. But face-to-face meetings are one of the true joys of citizenship. Provinces help facilitate offline social activities and local community development. Provinces are often assigned a governor to help coordinate local activities. It as an excellent idea to contact your provincial governor. Or feel free to contact the citizens of your province on your own by reviewing who lives nearby at the album civium!

What is denarii?

Denarii is the internal currency of the Roman Republic. It is meant to reflect positive contributions to our national community. Denarii represents recognition of activity and contribution rather than an actual monetary value. There are multiple ways one can contribute to our Roman community and earn denarii. Some of these ways are:

I) Donating to the Roman Republic

II) Completing jobs posted in the marketplace by other citizens

III) Serving as a magistrate or assistant to a magistrate

IV) Participating and winning competitions in the games (Ludi)

V) Organizing face-to-face events

VI) Attending face-to-face events

VII) Paying annual membership dues/tax

VIII) Running a successful Roman business by offering a service needed by other citizens

Denarii is useful for two main things. First, the amount of denarii held determines century assignment within the Comitia Centuriata. Therefore, holding more denarii allows for an increased say in determining the future direction of the Roman Republic. This is the same system =used in antiquity. More importantly, denarii allows you to pay for services within the marketplace. This can greatly help you launch your own projects. Do you need a Latin translator? Do you need an expert in Roman reenactment? Do you need a website built or require assistance publishing a work? All these services and more could be offered for sale in the marketplace. Therefore, denarii helps facilitate cooperation and collaboration between citizens. Such collaboration and privately driven projects are the core of our community.

Who runs the Roman Republic?

In order to receive donations and protect assets the Roman Republic operates as a non-profit organization. The Comitia Curiata is tasked with maintaining the corporate arm of the organization. The daily operation of the Roman Republic is in the hands of officers or magistrates. The head of these magistrates are the Consuls who are assisted by other elected volunteers who assist in day-to-day operations. Four committees exist within the Roman Republic which help guide decision making for our worldwide community. The first committee is the Senate which is composed or current or past magistrates. The senate helps draft polices and assists with organizational planning. All decisions made by the senate must be approved by one of two committees made up of all citizens. The first is the comitia centuriata, this assembly provides citizens who hold more denarii greater say in decision making. The second assembly is the comitia tributa, which represents the various geographic regions where citizens live.

How do elections work?

When one of the assemblies are called every citizen who can vote is sent a personalized ballot in their email. There you may cast your vote once you login to our citizenship system. All ballots are confidential.

What is the Cultus Deorum?

The Cultus Deorum is the traditional spiritual tradition of ancient Rome. Basic information on this tradition can be found here and here. The Collegium Pontificum is made up of a group of experts in this tradition who work towards restoring these traditions for the modern day. The Roman Republic provides support to the Collegium Pontificum. The Res Publica welcomes all religions and spiritual traditions and no one has to subscribe to a certain spiritual view point in order to enjoy the Roman Republic. Likewise, we ask that all religions be respected by our citizens.

How do Collegium / Societas work?

These are independent groups formed within the Roman Republic. All groups must agree with and follow the principles outlined by the Declaration of the Roman Republic.These groups can represent particular interests within the Roman Republic, such as a special aspect of history or a topic area. These groups can also represent collaborations between citizens where resources such as denarii or skills can be pooled. Collegium or Societas can be thought of as internal Roman corporations. All of these groups must have a defined purpose, operating procedures and leadership structure. All registered Collegium and Societas in good standing are listed within the directory.

What is the marketplace

The marketplace is where the senate, magistrates, private citizens, collegia or societas post jobs. Everyone has something to offer or a unique skill. At the marketplace you will find ways to apply your talents towards building our community. In return for completing these jobs denarii is awarded. Similarly, if you are in need of a particular skill then you may post a contract in the marketplace and award denarii to another citizen looking to provide assistance.