Fall of the Warlock Kings
Council of Captains
The ruling body of Viir, comprised of all those who personally sail a ship that they own. Absentee owners do not earn the right to sit in the Council, nor do those that sail ships owned by others. A minimum tonnage is also required, though it can be met by several ships, so long as at least one is captained by the owner. Colonials may also sit, but they have a higher threshold of tonnage by twice the amount. Meetings are held at least bi-weekly, with any or all eligible captains attending. The policy of the citystate is determined in these meetings, but even more so in the various sub-committees formed out of the Council by votes, each set to work on a single problem. Foreign born captains may not serve at all, save by majority vote of a quorum of all eligible councillors. From the Council come all military commanders of Viir, both maritime and land-based, as well as the governors of the colonies and protectorates.