Marcia Iulia Nero
March 1st, 2020 May 31st, 2020
Jan. 1st, 2008 Dec. 31st, 2012
Jan. 1st, 2012 Dec. 31st, 2016
Lucilius Cyprianus Albinus
Aug. 20th, 2013 Dec. 31st, 2016
Seven Years (Uncompleted)
Jan. 1st, 2016 Mar. 1st, 2020
Ten Years (On Hold)
Marcia Iulia Nero
Marcia Iulia Nero Marchetti Covidus
Mario Antonio Marchetti (m. 2004)
Decimus Florus Nero
Antonia Kokkinos Stavros
University of Rome (l.m)
Marcia Iulia Nero Marchetti Covidus, or simply Marcia Nero (born September 18th, 1979) is a Roman politician and current Dictator of the Roman Empire. Marcia's appointment as Dictator came in as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which saw the political center of the Empire be overwhelmed by cases of Covid-19. Because the normal functions of government could not properly respond to the rate of infection in Italia, and throughout the Empire, the Senate began deliberations on granting emergency powers, however the Emperor was soon tested positive for Covid-19, forcing the Senate to decree senatus consultum. By March 1st, Maria was nominated by both Consul's as their suggested Dictator. Maria was sworn in a expedited process to confer Imperium onto her. And she would immediately begin the process of using this power to combat the virus, as within the purview of the powers granted to Dictators in a time of crisis, with a term limit of six months, with an additional twelve month extension prepared in case the virus continues past the deadline.
Prior to assuming the position of Dictator, she was an acting senator representing the Diocese of Basilicata. In her early political career, Marcia worked as the secretary to the statum of Venosa, it was during this time she gained significant experience, which allowed her to win the 2008 election for the position of Prefect for Lucania, a position she held until 2012, where she would run for the Diocese of Basilicata, which she won in a landslide against her opponents. The year following her taking the role of Diocesan, Marcia was granted the title of Tribune of the Plebs.
In 2016, Marcia successfully ran for the Senate, acting as the representative of the Diocese she previously governed, at the cost of cutting her role as Tribune short. Marcia would find herself firmly voting with the Populares, and would eventually settle in with the Italia Officium party. During her run as Senator she would vote on several key pieces of legislation that were put forwards to the Senate. Since the amount of years a Senator can serve is up to ten years, Marcia's status in the senate is technically on hold until her term as Dictator is completed. Marcia was nominated in unison by both Consuls (Claudius Faustus of Roma Occidentalis and Herminia Antonia of Roma Orientalis) primarily due to her dissertation on past disasters and how they were responded too.
On May 31st, Emperor Tiberius has fully recovered from his bout with Covid-19 and after some time to heal has been able to return to his duties, as per the Constitution, dictatorial powers transferred to the Emperor. Tiberius however was quick to extend his authority with Marcia, so that he may focus on other issues that must be addressed.
Dictatorship and Covid-19 Response
During the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Empire, Marcia was still acting as a senator, and was one of many who called for a quick response to the virus before it hit the Empire while the news of the virus was still coming in. By the time Covid-19 began appearing in the Empire, she was a key leading member of a bi-partisan coalition that formed to develop a response to the pandemic, and grease the wheels of Roman bureaucracy. Despite early attempts to prepare, the virus soon tore it's way throughout Italy and Iberia, before another major breakout started spreading from Constantinople. The exact date hasn't been recording, but by late February, Emperor Tiberius tested positive for Covid-19, and had to be quarantined in Malta where he was staying. With how hard the virus was impacting the Roman economy, and the massive death toll it was incurring, the Senate had long since understood that they were not fast enough to respond to the threat. Normally during a crisis, the Emperor would be granted Total Imperium by the Senate, a sort of unlocking of their full executive power, but with the Emperor bedridden, they had to reinstate the office of Dictator onto someone else.
As layed out in the Roman Constitution, the Senate called for an emergency meeting, and enacted the senatus consultum, which required the two Consuls to nominate a candidate for the office. In this case, there was a unanimous nomination for Marcia to be the acting Dictator; Marcia's nomination was based upon her strong work ethic, quick reaction to form a coalition to respond to the virus before it became a worldwide pandemic, and her dissertation on past pandemic's (Such as the Antonine and Bubonic Plagues) and how they were responded to.
Marcia's ascent to the office of Dictator was expedient, with no formality's, as she needed to begin enacting her needs to curb the rate of infection. This resulted in a state of martial law, curfews, quarantines, and stay at home orders. The office of Dictator of course comes with the highest level of Imperium permitted in the Empire, and thus she was able to bypass the multitude of barriers that would have slowed the Senate when attempting similar responses. While the office of Dictator allows her to disregard certain parts of the constitution when needed, Marcia has been sure to stay within the confines of it, as the pandemic is not considered great enough of a crisis to do so. Marcia's first act as Dictator was to put into effect her Infection Zone Organization plan, which separated areas of infection into three tiers; red for highest percentage of infection, yellow for least, and green for zero infections.
While polls show a great level of discomfort and irritation (Mostly from within the red zones), Marcia's public approval rating is extremely high, sitting at around 88%, showing that the people are receptive and happy with how she has responded to the infection. Marcia's term as Dictator has been signed for six months, with an additional twelve if the pandemic last that long, but her status as Dictator will end or be limited when the Emperor makes a full recovery, and power transfers to him.
Religious Views - -
Infection Zone Organization (Decreed and put into effect March 1st)
Progressive Tax Reform - (Proposed and passed in 2018)
Immigration Reforms - (Voted for and passed in 2016)
Free Tuition - (Voted for and passed in 2019)
Land Redistribution to the Poor - (Proposed and passed in 2017)
For & Against
For: Republicanism, Constitutional Reform, Meritocracy, Globalism, Environmentalism, Religious Freedom, International Aid, Free Market
Neutral: Euthanasia, Vegetarianism, Immigration, Abortion, Free Education, Legalized Prostitution, Genetically Modified Food
Against: Totalitarianism, Communism, Pacifism, Anarchy, Corporal Punishment, Conscription, Gambling
Marcia's ultimate political goal is to become a Consul, the highest elected political position one can achieve. It should be noted that while as Dictator she has more power than a Consul, it is a position that is only granted in times of emergency to avert a crisis, and is not a political end goal. Her term is set for six months, presumably up to twelve more if the crisis cannot be averted by then. The Senate still holds the power to instill a co-Dictator, or to strip her position. As well if the Emperor recovers, he may be transferred complete Imperium upon his request. With how things appear to be going at this moment, it would seem more likely that Marcia will see her extension.
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