- Some members of court hold key roles in Parliament
- Parliament controls laws and raises taxes; Henry’s great reforms have all involved Acts of Parliament
- Henry has massive influence over Parliament
- The order of succession is legally unclear at present
Some members of the court hold senior roles in Parliament, controlling large blocs of influence there. Parliament passes laws, these can range from taxes to control of the state religion as in the Act of Supremacy. This is how Henry has reformed England to what it is now. It is rare that Parliament will refuse to pass what the King wants. Clever Parliamentarians will find ways to influence his desires long before they get made into law.
One matter that has come up repeatedly is the order of succession after Henry’s death. This has changed several times with new wives and new heirs inspiring new Acts of Succession. Different factions argue different interpretations of these laws. People are understandably nervous about this.
Responsibilities at the event
- May pass one Act into law, must decide and draft the Act
- No fixed meeting times, though they may request Council Chamber
- Deadline for which Act to support 6pm Saturday
- Deadline for voting on the supported act 8pm on Saturday
The King has ordered Parliament to be ready to pass a new Act. It is not known yet whether he intends this to be a new Act of Succession or an Act to alter the Henrician Church in some way – or both! Rumours are rife and wild in all directions. There will likely be multiple drafts of potential Acts that Parliament could pass and scope for drafting a completely new one. Only one Act can be raised before Parliament this weekend.
Some characters have a large influence on Members of Parliament, with numerous MPs relying on them to direct them on the King’s intentions and how they should vote on a given Act. There is no formal meeting planned for these characters – they arrange their own meeting or lobby privately.
Each Member of Parliament will need to give their opinion on what Act should be raised, and how it should be voted on. This will be done by writing a note by 6pm on Saturday to the NPC Scriptorium.
The note must:
- Enclose the Member’s draft of a new Act, or
- Name the Member whose draft they are endorsing.
When the preferred draft is selected, an Act of Parliament will be drawn up quickly by the Scriptorium and given to the proposer at 7pm. Over the next hour, the proposer may make minor modifications and attempt to gather support for his Act. At 8pm, each Members must send off instructions to their blocs to either support or oppose the bill by means of a simple note given to the court NPCs.