Heads of the Harmony: The Primarch (head of The Sodality), and the Patriarch/Matriarch (head of The Synod)
Number of Members: In the Sodality: ~125, In the Synod: ~125, Total of around ~250 members, varying with each election.
Allegiance: Aecherron, all loyal cities, towns, and citizens of Atlas.
Symbol: A crowned dragon at the center of the sigil of Acherron (a star bordered by a cog, ie- the symbol of Corellon within the symbol of Erathis)
The Harmony is the governing body of the city state of Aecherron, as well as the center of government for all of Atlas. Referred colloquially as “The Powers That Be”, it is made up of elected officials representing both the citizens and the faith of Primarch settlements throughout Atlas. Every town or district with more than 10,000 citizens may have an elected official that represents their local legal and political interests at the Sodality, called a Minister. If these towns contain churches they may also send a priest or religious figure to represent their local interests at the Synod, called a Shepherd.
For towns, cities, and districts with more than 10,000 citizens, they may have representatives for each district or distinct group within the settlement, similar to voting districts. Each settlement is granted an additional representative per 10,000 citizens, and each is expected to answer to the local Lord. This means that larger towns and cities tend to have the most political sway and are usually better represented, having dozens of Ministers lobbying for their respective homes as opposed to the handful that would be able to represent smaller towns and villages. Therefore many representative tend to act in blocks, with different ministers from varying villages or social classes voting and lobbying as larger groups as serves their interests. This has begun the trend of different political parties and internal groups made up of representatives from varying towns and continents with similar goals. These bodies are almost large enough to compete with the larger cities such as Aecherron, which has almost a hundred ministers to represent its sprawling population.
Many Lords don’t bother to send a representative to the Synod or the Sodality, and some in fact actively prevent it, seeing it as a waste of time and resources and the ministers as glorified politicians and messengers. Therefore many villages and towns have no ministers to represent them before The Harmony, and elect to govern themselves. While technically illegal, The Harmony tends to ignore these lapses, as any citizen may claim to represent the region and be elected to be a Minister or a Shepherd, as there are only cursory efforts made to check the legitimacy of their claim. Consequently this system of government is often decried as being patently corrupt and inefficient.
These elections occur every five years, and are temporarily suspended during Strifes and Restorations. The election itself takes over a year, and is considered one of the most holy religious celebrations, observed primarily in Aecherron. Pilgrims from across Atlas gather at Aecherron, swelling it’s already overflowing borders, seeking to become Ministers and Shepherds. Each one is elected by the current citizenry of Aecherron and the currently elected representatives. As any citizen can vote once in any election, many chose to undertake the pilgrimage in order to vote for a favoured new candidate, or defend an incumbent.