Gaius Florius Lupus wrote:I think Praetor Celsus is right. No harm was done by inviting others to this group. It is highly unlikely that this will have any effect on your further career in the Republic, Valeria Messalina, especially after you clarified your position publicly.
Roma Aterna is just a Facebook group, it is not a "competing organization". Our leges do not even know this term. Neither Cassia nor Paullus are enemies of the Republic. Antonius Paullus has not resigned. He understands his duties like a true Roman and only wants to avoid escalating the current situation. Cassia's resignation on the other hand was unjustified and showed poor judgement as well as a lack of certain virtues. Nevertheless she remains an important person in the worldwide Roman reconstructionist movement. It would be wise to maintain contact with her and to avoid hostilities. There might be future opportunities where we can cooperate with her and her group.
Those who joined Cassia's group are not taken away from our Republic. Apart from herself no other citizen has left the Republic after joining this Roman interest group on Facebook. There are many other Roman themed groups on Facebook. I am a member of several of them. This is not a matter of allegiance. I did it because I want to get information about Roman topics in my Facebook account. I assume this is the same for all the others. A Facebook group is neither a threat to us nor a protest movement against us.
What is important now is not alienating other friends of Cassia. We should focus on filling the positions that she abandoned and learn from the events. It is crucial for our Republic to avoid in the future that one person holds too many offices. So whenever a citizen is not able or willing to continue his duties it should not cause a crisis for the entire Republic.
Historically the accumulation of so many offices in one hand is what caused the downfall of the ancient republic. This was the way how the triumviri, Caesar and later Octavianus ruled. And this is not what we want.
I suggest the Senate looks into this issue.
C. Florius Lupus
But I think we also must consider the purpose of these additional groups.
Nova Roma started the modern movement then became corrupt and non-functional.
The RPR formed as an alternative. But it never really took off for many reasons.
The CPR was formed to focus on the regional development of the CDR outside the context of other aspects of Romanitas.
The RR was formed as a synthesis of what NR could have become and also to further many of the goals of the CPR on a sacra publica level internationally.
Cassia's group is pretty much the RR 1:1. Cassia did not get her way. She wanted even more power. She didn't want to follow due process in resolving her concerns. So she created her own little kingdom (note no elections) and fled her duties to the 300+ people here in the RR. I fail to see how this helps the community. This is exactly the type of non-collaborative attitudes that have plagued the Roman community. Disagree with something? Take off shouting and stamping your feet.
Everything Cassia and Paullus desired could have been achieved in a Collegium and with the added collective resources of the RR. The only catch is that it would have required collaborating with other people who might hold various political ideas. It is a real shame and more complex than it first appears.
I see no net benefit here. Praetor Laevus called it as it is, selfish.