Zoraï Theocracy

The Theocracy of the Witherings is organized in circles, in the center of which is Ma-Duk, the Great Creator. Thus, the higher the circle a figure belongs to brings him closer to Ma-Duk and the higher the elevation. However, it should be understood that this does not mean "hierarchy" as it has developed in the Fyros Empire or the Kingdom of the Verdant Heights. The relation between Zoraï in different circle elevations is more similar to the relationship between mentor and disciple with, of course, all the respect that goes with it.

It is therefore a ladder of elliptical concentration, meaning that within a "circle" areas of competence are not necessarily the same (i.e. Season understands the change of Atys; Sorrow understands the suffering. Both are capable of understanding the change and the suffering of Atys, but each has its "specialty"). This level of concentration is centered on Ma-Duk, the Supreme Kami, but it should not be confused with the cult of Ma-Duk (Company of the Endless Tree, Adepts, Bonzes, etc.), therefore the Zoraï Theocracy is a bit different compared to the "official" worship.

Thus, we have:

Theocracy Circles

Grand Sage

Elected by the Council of Sages for life. Must be Zoraï with Zoraï citizenship and a faithful Kami worshiper. Highest authority of the Zoraï people, they are best able to understand and convey the wishes of the Kami.

Roles are:

Political:
Gives the general direction in which the Witherings advances, according to his interpretation of the will of the Kami. Actions taken by the Sages and the Awakened will follow the Grand Sage's lead. He recognizes the Sages and the Awakened, validates the election of the Speakers of the Circles, and appoints the stewards of the Cities of Intuition.

Spiritual:
He is the hope of the Zoraï Initiates and is the voice of the Kami. He is the model for all Zoraï and his enlightened role is to interpret the will of the Kami, and occasionally that of Ma-Duk when it is aimed directly at him, and then convey it to the people of Atys.

Diplomacy:
Representative of the Zoraï, he maintains relations with other countries to promote the word of the Kami and protect the interests of the Witherings.

Guild of Cho: He is the authority figure of the Witherings and oversees the Guild of Cho. He may have, in some cases, judicial power.

The Sages

The Sages are Zoraï having a special connection with Atys and understand Atys better in general. They are closer to Ma-Duk than all other hominis.

They are responsible for governing the Witherings and all internal affairs in agreement with the direction decided by the Grand Sage. Their wisdom and knowledge are very great. They sometimes have an advisory role to the Awakened and give direction to follow in those actions that they bring it up if necessary.

The Awakened

Initiates who, from personal investment for the Witherings and to the Kami, understand the issues affecting the Witherings and have moved closer to Ma-Duk.

There are four political functions that can be held by the Awakened:
  1. Members of the Circles
  2. Speakers of the Circles (Representatives)
  3. Reporters of the Circles (Representatives)
  4. Intendants of the Cities of Intuition.
Representatives of Circles

Becoming a Representative of a Circle

The Intendants of Cities of Intuition

The Council of Sages

The Council of Sages is an exceptional meeting of the Sages and the Awakened, which meets for the most important issues of the Witherings.

Thus, with the exception of the Kami, the Council of Sages would be the only institution that is placed above the Grand Sage and acting after his death or appointing a new one when he is no longer in a fit state.

The Shizu

The Initiate

Organization

Zoraï Elevation

Hierarchical structure of the Theocracy

The 5 Zoraï Circles:

Constitution of the Circles of Zoraï Wisdom

Fundamental

1. At the Center of Circles is Ma-Duk, as he is at the heart of Atys.
2. The Inner Circles are the Grand Kami-Ko, the Kami-Ko and the Kami. They emanate from Ma-Duk and are part of him.
3. At the heart of the Homin Circles is the Grand Sage. He is the hope of Ma-Duk, and the highest homin.
4. All go in the respect and protection of Atys.
5. Zoraï people, single and multiple, are the only ones who can decide on their actions. Each Zoraï is free to his opinions and his actions.
6. The Council of Sages, known for its wisdom, is the only one able to speak for all.

Service to Ma-Duk

7. The sacred mission of Zoraï is to fight against the Goo, against which the Kami can do nothing. To do this, Zoraï live in the Jungles of Atys, where the problem is most severe.
8. As Zoraï, the Kami also serve Ma-Duk. The wise listen to the voice of the Kami because it will lead to the path of enlightenment.

Service to the Zoraï people

9. Circles are intended to enable Zoraï to express themselves and share their resources for the common good. They will gather in assembly in order to communicate and transmit knowledge.
9.1. Each Zoraï Initiate can speak at meetings and all are equal.
9.2. In each circle, a Speaker will be elected by the assembly. The Speaker is required to hold discussions in a spirit of openness and brotherhood. He should remain neutral in action and in words.
9.3. In each circle, the Speaker will be supported by no more than two Reporters elected by the assembly. They should represent the advice issued by the assembly.
9.4. Each circle will meet in assembly once in the spring and once in the autumn.
9.5. The Assemblies will discuss and share ideas, with serenity and openness of mind; they take their decisions by consensus.
9.5.1. Proposals of the Circles that involve the populace will be submitted to popular Zoraï vote through an open forum. Each Initiate will have one vote.
9.5.2. Proposals of the Circles that involve clans will be submitted to clan vote with each Shizu having one vote.
9.5.3. Proposals of the Circles that involve the nation will be submitted to the vote of the Awakened with each having one vote.
9.6. The Representatives of the Circle will bring the words and actions taken in the assembly to the Council of Sages.

Service to the Grand Sage

10. In addition to serving the Zoraï people, Circles will be faithful to the Grand Sage, both politically and spiritually, because he holds the Grand Mask and is the hope of Ma-Duk. All discussion and action will therefore be made within this framework.

The Five Circles

11. The First Circle (Exploration) will search for our lost brothers, and rebuild our people.
11.1. The First Circle will organize research and expeditions to map the Witherings and find paths to other lands.
11.2. The First Circle will study and seek a cure to the Goo, the disease afflicting Atys.
12. The Second Circle (Spirituality) will be responsible for finding our spiritual path.
12.1. The Second Circle will return to the path of wisdom, through meditation, contemplation of the miracles of Atys, the reflection on the words of the Kami, the search for ancient signs, and the mystic trance.
12.2. The second Circle will guide Zoraï newcomers and educate them in the way of the Kami.
13. The Third Circle (Defense) will be responsible for defending our territory against any threat to Zoraï people or Atys.
13.1. The Third Circle will monitor the progress of corruption.
13.2. The Third Circle will launch campaigns to track the Goo and those who have been perverted by the Goo.
14. The Fourth Circle (Construction) will be responsible for development and reconstruction of our nation.
14.1. The Fourth Circle will bring the capabilities and requirements of each, to allow our race to flourish economically and artistically.
14.2. The Fourth Circle will make sure the Zoraï people have the means necessary for its actions.
15. The Fifth Circle (Dynastic) will be responsible for the administration of the Witherings.
15.1 The Fifth Circle will carry out investigations and administer minor justice throughout the nation.

External Relations

16. Embassy's relations with other peoples are the responsibility of the Council of Sages.
16.1. Foreigners may contact Representatives of Circles at any time, then the Representatives of the Five Circles can meet to decide on a common view, which they will propose to the Council.
16.2. In exceptional cases, foreigners may become an honorary member, they will then sit as and even vote if necessary. To become an honorary member, the nomination of a non-Zoraï Homin must be supported by the testimony of twelve Zoraï sponsors. Then, his nomination must be approved unanimously by the representatives of the Circles.