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Council of Five

The Council of Five is an alliance of regional governments in the Clarkwoods Literary Universe. It is headquartered in The Garden, the centermost settlement of Eden.


The Council is charged with maintaining peace between the constituent nation-states. During Interregnums, it is also responsible for identifying The Seven Voices amongst the populace. The Seven Voices, according to legend, are the seven individuals who will “sing” the next iteration of reality into existence.


Yes, sing. Whatever that means.


The members of the Council are:


Each has equal power over the organization’s proceedings. At the first meeting of the Council, an attempt was made to elect a leader—and the same attempt has been made at every meeting since. But, as the representatives from each member nation almost always vote for themselves, no “supreme leader” of any sort was ever chosen—until the election of Bradar Codlacke as Emperor of Eden during the interminably long Fourth Age.


Each nation considers itself superior (to one extent or another) over their partners. This leads to an undercurrent of spite and divisiveness in even the least impassioned debates. Consequently, there is a lot of yelling at Council meetings—and even an occasional spot of violence. Decisions are made only occasionally, with the Council existing mostly for each individual nation to remind the other of what they’ll be up against if they decide to step out of line.


But, when decisions are made, there is much celebration. And a fair amount of drinking. Which, of course, often leads to another spot of violence.


Whatchu gonna do, right?

Public Agenda

The public agenda of the Council is determined largely by the beliefs and wishes of the peoples of the five nations, who often get along with each other far better than their leaders do. The number one item on the Council’s agenda each year is the continuing search for The Seven Voices, who the general populace believe will deliver them from the “purgatory” of Eden and into the “heaven” of the world to come.


The Council first met as a result of a border dispute between Oz and Nunya, with Oz attempting to annex one of the Free Cities into its empire. The Grand Duchy stepped in to mediate, as the city in question also sat on the borders of the Garden, then invited representatives from the Reek and Wonderland to participate as impartial third parties.


Of course, they were anything but impartial, each of them seeing instability in the nations which bordered them as opportunities for expansion. But the conflict was eventually resolved, mostly without the involvement of armed forces, and a regular meeting of the five nations was established to prevent future squabbles.

Political, International
Government System
Democracy, Representative
Power Structure
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Mixed economy
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