The Courts of the Silver Millennium

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Excerpt from Volume 9, Chapter 6

During the Silver Millennium, a new and dynamic governmental model was put forth by Queen Serenity, setting aside the older and what had been seen as rather chaotic delegation of powers, with no real clear line of authority among the lesser worlds. To this end, Serenity set out what would soon be called “Courts,” each with a specific duty within the Solar System and each born out of what had been unspoken tradition, finally made law.

The Inner Courts

Planets Include: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Eden (in independent role)

Amongst the planets, the Inner worlds are probably the most famous and the ones which many people tend to think of when they are reminded of this era in history. Lead by the golden world of the Solar System, Venus, the inner worlds were some of the first planets that the Selenos had colonized upon arriving in the system. Due to this factor, they had been given what some had felt to be special privileges compared to the rest of the planets, being allowed to take part directly in court affairs on the Moon, which also may have been due to the fact that they were soon close spacey to the central area of the kingdom.

While it had been common in earlier parts of history that the inner worlds played a major role in the complete defense of the Solar System, Serenity instead chose to narrow down their duties to a far less proactive role. Perhaps it was due to as said before the fact that their worlds were fairly near to the Moon or maybe it was an extension of an old tradition which had the nobles of these planets play security roles during certain portions of the seasons. Whatever the case may be, the inner planet’s princesses were given the job of acting as bodyguards to the noble family of the Moon. Due to this, while much of the year the princesses did live on their homewards, they were required to spend at least half of those years on the Moon, performing their duties, though they could be called back in cases of emergencies. The upside of this was that often the inner worlds had almost complete access to the luxuries that the Moon had to offer, so much so that it was suspected that they had a tendency to spend more time enjoying the social life amongst the royal family and nobles rather then doing their duties. Naturally these were merely rumors with no basis in facts.

There were of course exceptions to this rule. While Eden was considered part of the inner court, it had been decided that it’s princess, due to her strong healing capabilities, would not need to take part in any body guard duties, as she might be far more useful if such a time came that large causalities were to occur in the Solar System.

The Outer Courts

Planets include: Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Nemesis, Quinox

Compared to the luxuries and benefits of the inner worlds, the Outer Court lead a far more different existence. The worlds housed some of the most powerful of the warriors to exist within the Solar System and their talents for strength had not gone unnoticed by the Queen.These worlds, compared to those of the Inner Court, take on much of the roles which traditionally had gone to all planets in the past, that being the defense of the entire Solar System from any chance of outside invasion, each world acting as a deterrent against those who might attempt to gain access to the inner worlds and the moon as well.

Cut off due to their distance and isolation, the outer worlds for the most part were left unaffected by the politics of the moon court and it’s nobles. This left them with a mostly free hand at the governance of their own territories as well as how they were to go about in planning the defense of the other worlds. Due to this, their power structure was far different then the others, eschewing the traditional use of a leader in favor of acting as a mostly equal in prominence group. This did not, however, mean that there were not a use for teamwork among them and yearly meetings to decide new plans and partake in ceremonial social activities upon chosen moons were a common occurrence. To outside viewers, thus, this somewhat gave the Outer Worlds the appearance of living a rather rough and spartan experience. This independence, however, also tended to breed suspicion amongst each other and compared to the inner planets, ironically, the outers tended to take part in far more political heavy maneuvers.

Inner vs Outer Court

The vast spaces that made up the Solar System were bound to create differences between the two courts and in some ways, also created what would become minor points of conflict between them as well. For their part, the rumors of the Inner’s embrace of luxury amounts the highest nobles of the Moon Kingdom, created for the outers the image of the inner courts as being somewhat playful and decadent, having no sense of duty amongst each other beyond spending their times fooling around the Moon Kingdom.

For their part, the inners saw the Outer worlds as places of wilderness, unknowing and lonely worlds which had no experience of what the Moon Kingdom had to offer. In some ways, they were seen as far more roughly hewn then the beautiful kingdoms which the inners had shaped.

However, while these views did exist, they were for the most part simply a part of the minority and never spoken to directly. They were far more common among the lesser nobles then those higher up, who tended to have far more social ties amongst each other and thus a more tolerant of their differences.

That was not to say, however, that conflicts did not exist between the planets, as the legendary suspicion against the Saturanians can attest, nor the silent judgement of the wardens of Nemesis. It is simply to state that much of the time for social sake, such matters were not spoken of or acted upon.