A senator was a high ranking position held by individuals who sit within the Imperial Romulan Senate of the Romulan Star Empire.(TNG episode: Unification I) Deihu was a Romulan word meaning "elder"; a member of the Senate; regarded as an equivalent to the Terran "Senator". (TOS novel: The Romulan Way)
The Romulan Senate is made up of a hundred senators representing the various provinces of the Romulan Star Empire, and because of this they are sometimes called the Hundred. A senator is appointed for life, until he chooses to retire or is removed from office by the Senate. Many senior senators have held office for as long as a century, and such long careers are not unusual, given the average Romulan lifespan.
Each senator represents a province of the Empire in the Senate. Since not all provinces are divided equally, senators vary in terms of power or prestige based on the provinces they represent. For example, Romulus and Remus are divided into individual provinces, each with its own senators. On the other hand, a province a newly settled area of Romulan space may contain more than a dozen star systems and several colonies, but have only one representative in the Senate.
This tends to weigh the Senate heavily towards senators who represent the interests of the Romulan core worlds and provinces, while still giving some voice to every province. Newer provinces constantly lobby for additional senators, although this entails subdividing the province into smaller regions, which is not always desirable. Senators regularly debate this issue. Usually the smaller coalitions of the Senate favors the establishment of new provinces, since it gives them an opportunity to offer new senatorial candidates and gain members.
Senators traditionally live in the provinces they represent, maintaining homes there, but they spend most of their time on Romulus, where the Senate meets. Senators of the provinces on Romulus, like senator Pardek, are known for walking through the streets of their provinces, meeting with the common people and hearing their concerns. (Last Unicorn RPG module: The Way of D'era: The Romulan Star Empire, ST - Typhon Pact novel: Rough Beasts of Empire)
Becoming a SenatorEdit
The Senators are selected by their clan or family members, in a process which is part-democratic and part-nepotistic. In 2382, when Praetor Tal'Aura announced that she would form a new Senate (disbanded since Shinzon's coup), Gell Kamemor's clan, the Ortikant and one of the Hundred, gathered to select their new representative. Kamenor, although not the oldest, was chosen to be matriarch of the family, and orchestrated that her younger relative Xarian Dor was selected. However after his demise, she found herself chosen by her family to be their senator. (ST - Typhon Pact novel: Rough Beasts of Empire)
List of SenatorsEdit
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