The Lands of Bearenor
Council of Ushers
A governing body of Westgate comprised of an assembly of thirty of the eldest, most experienced, and most influential of the community’s leaders overseen by an executive moderator. The moderator, currently Camilla Giliana, is chosen by the Grand Duke, and each member of the council gains membership primarily through influence and public opinion. For this reason, the Council continually adjusts to reflect the citizen’s opinions and desires, though some of the city’s more prominent families, such as the Montcroixs and Vanderales, have maintained a position on the Council since its inception.
Although the Ushers wield significant power within the city boundaries, the expansion of Westgate in recent decades has altered the balance of power significantly in the favor of the Grand Duke, who has final judgement in most matters. By necessity, the number of Ushers has been ever increasing as a means to provide representation for settlements outside of the city. In effect, this has greatly increased the political sway of the Grand Duke, as the Council is subject to a wider array of differing opinions. Consequently, there are several members of the council who are vocal opponents of this gradual shift in power, and as such harbor great animosity towards the Grand Duke.
The Small Council
The Small Council is an official subset of the Council of Ushers and represents the interests of the citizens of New Ordellia. Members of the small council are elected by New Ordellians every two years, and, collectively, the Small Council holds the voting power of a single member of the Council of Ushers. For the most part, the Council of Ushers lets the Small Council run the business of New Ordellia as they wish; as long as the district’s taxes are paid and the Small Council delivers regular reports to the Usher’s satisfaction, they see little need to interfere with the district’s business.