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    Meetings of the Landsraad

    Postby SandChigger » 17 Feb 2008 13:44

    FH in CoD wrote: "We come at last to the Landsraad," Alia said, voicing her own belief.

    "The next Landsraad session is almost two standard years away," Irulan reminded her.

    Which begs the question, how often did they meet?

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    Re: Meetings of the Landsraad

    Postby Kensai » 07 Jul 2010 15:32

    I always assumed they were anual or whenever circumstances required.
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    Re: Meetings of the Landsraad

    Postby SadisticCynic » 07 Jul 2010 19:07

    Kensai wrote:I always assumed they were anual or whenever circumstances required.


    If Irulan claims the next one is two years away they are probably not annual. I suppose circumstances could dictate an emergency meeting but if a meeting is planned for two years away the Landsraad probably aren't thinking about circumstances being the motivation for a meeting. A lot of things can change in politics in two years.
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    Re: Meetings of the Landsraad

    Postby Robspierre » 07 Jul 2010 20:35

    The sessions may of been mostly ceremonial, the day to day stuff run by a bureaucracy went about their business out of sight is my guess.

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    Re: Meetings of the Landsraad

    Postby Kensai » 08 Jul 2010 06:46

    I am only just reading the Dune series againafter a two-three year break. Where is the quote from?
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    Re: Meetings of the Landsraad

    Postby Serkanner » 08 Jul 2010 07:08

    Kensai wrote:I am only just reading the Dune series againafter a two-three year break. Where is the quote from?


    Chapter 2 or 3 in Dune Messiah if I recall correctly.
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    Re: Meetings of the Landsraad

    Postby Kensai » 08 Jul 2010 09:11

    I just started Messiah the otherday so I'l look out for it.
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    Re: Meetings of the Landsraad

    Postby Serkanner » 08 Jul 2010 09:39

    Serkanner wrote:
    Kensai wrote:I am only just reading the Dune series againafter a two-three year break. Where is the quote from?


    Chapter 2 or 3 in Dune Messiah if I recall correctly.


    Jeez! I should read the topic better next time. First post: FH in CoD = Children of Dune. ( p.86 of my pdf version )
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    Re: Meetings of the Landsraad

    Postby Freakzilla » 09 Jul 2010 20:14

    I think this is a lost cause. I don't think there's any other reference to how often they met so all we can assume that it is at least every two years. However, I would think it would take MUCH longer to organize.
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    Re: Meetings of the Landsraad

    Postby reverendmotherQ. » 03 Oct 2010 10:56

    Freakzilla wrote:I think this is a lost cause. I don't think there's any other reference to how often they met so all we can assume that it is at least every two years. However, I would think it would take MUCH longer to organize.


    Agreed. I read it as understood. Like most things in Herbert's world - the Landsraad is not the platform for the "ideal government," just a tool to point out how everything in his story ties together.
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    Re: Meetings of the Landsraad

    Postby PaxVass » 12 May 2011 08:11

    I aways thought of it as something akin to the English Parliament before Parliament was regularised which is to say the Emperor could call it whenever he wanted but their would have been an infrequent meeting every say 5 years.

    When you think how the Empire was run their was not a huge need for Landsraad to meet that often. The laws were pretty much enshrined and each planet was run by its house. I would think the only reason to call Parliament was if the Emperor needed troops or mabye levy some sort of extrodinary tax. Neither of which seemed very likely. The Emperor most likely had a quasi-judical function to arbitrate between house disputes but this would not need all parties to sit.

    Most likely the Emperor would not want the Landsraad sitting too regularly much like the old English Kings who would often suspend Parliament for years and years. . .
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    Re: Meetings of the Landsraad

    Postby Freakzilla » 12 May 2011 08:36

    Good point.

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    Re: Meetings of the Landsraad

    Postby A Thing of Eternity » 12 May 2011 11:20

    Yup. Welcome!
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    Re: Meetings of the Landsraad

    Postby Setzer » 05 Sep 2011 15:19

    In book One, Paul mentions the possibility of the Duke convening the Landsraad to expose the Emperor's planned betrayal. So it may be possible for one of the Houses Major to call a meeting in some circumstances.
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    Re: Meetings of the Landsraad

    Postby A Thing of Eternity » 05 Sep 2011 16:28

    It had to be possible, hard to have a functioning government that only ever meets on set dates and if there's an emergency they just say "oops, gotta wait till the next meeting". :wink:
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    Re: Meetings of the Landsraad

    Postby Apjak » 06 Sep 2011 16:59

    I don't think of the Landsraad as a functioning government body. More a para-government organization, like the U.N. or a parliamentary council. Even under Shaddam IV, the interplanetary government was monarchy. All of the middle managers just got together to give their collected gripes to the CEO. Not to say that the Landsraad is a powerless organization, just divided small powers using collective bargaining.
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    Re: Meetings of the Landsraad

    Postby lukecash12 » 06 Sep 2011 18:03

    PaxVass wrote:I aways thought of it as something akin to the English Parliament before Parliament was regularised which is to say the Emperor could call it whenever he wanted but their would have been an infrequent meeting every say 5 years.

    When you think how the Empire was run their was not a huge need for Landsraad to meet that often. The laws were pretty much enshrined and each planet was run by its house. I would think the only reason to call Parliament was if the Emperor needed troops or mabye levy some sort of extrodinary tax. Neither of which seemed very likely. The Emperor most likely had a quasi-judical function to arbitrate between house disputes but this would not need all parties to sit.

    Most likely the Emperor would not want the Landsraad sitting too regularly much like the old English Kings who would often suspend Parliament for years and years. . .


    It was probably laborious planning a meeting that involved everyone in the Landsraad. The human race was pretty frickin' huge at that point.
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    Re: Meetings of the Landsraad

    Postby SandChigger » 06 Sep 2011 18:25

    lukecash12 wrote:It was probably laborious planning a meeting that involved everyone in the Landsraad. The human race was pretty frickin' huge at that point.

    The size of the race is unimportant at this point since the Imperium is not a representative democracy. What matters is the number of Great Houses and how many representatives they send.
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    Re: Meetings of the Landsraad

    Postby lukecash12 » 07 Sep 2011 01:37

    SandChigger wrote:
    lukecash12 wrote:It was probably laborious planning a meeting that involved everyone in the Landsraad. The human race was pretty frickin' huge at that point.

    The size of the race is unimportant at this point since the Imperium is not a representative democracy. What matters is the number of Great Houses and how many representatives they send.


    Right. I was working under the assumption that many Houses held just a few fiefs, and that implicated to me that there was an enormous number of Houses (probably why it's discussed fairly often throughout the first three books that they didn't want to make the Houses feel threatened in general, because they would be overwhelmed).
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    Re: Meetings of the Landsraad

    Postby Setzer » 07 Sep 2011 07:54

    Yeah, Paul felt it was very important not to antagonize the nobility. That's why he threatened to destroy the Spice if the Guild didn't play ball. That's why he launched a Jihad that killed billions. That's why he stripped the Emperor of all his CHOAM holdings and insisted on giving titles and governorships for every surviving Atreides soldier.

    The Corrinos were concerned about the balance of power, not the Atreides. From Paul onwards, the Atreides were perfectly willing to stomp on everyone else to get what they wanted. Only in union did the Landsraad match the Sardaukar. When united against the Fremen, the Great Houses still stood no chance. The Atreides only had to worry about keeping the loyalty of the Fremen.
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    Re: Meetings of the Landsraad

    Postby trang » 07 Sep 2011 09:57

    a regular interval(two years seems kind a quick, but maybe) where all the Houses would come to meet to do the business of the empire (taxes, tributes, announcements, complaints, settle disputes) otherwise the Landsraad was event driven.

    After the jihad? powerless, figurehead at best, and no normal interval.
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    Re: Meetings of the Landsraad

    Postby SandChigger » 07 Sep 2011 10:28

    Setzer wrote:Yeah, Paul felt it was very important not to antagonize the nobility. That's why he threatened to destroy the Spice if the Guild didn't play ball. That's why he launched a Jihad that killed billions. That's why he stripped the Emperor of all his CHOAM holdings and insisted on giving titles and governorships for every surviving Atreides soldier.

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    Re: Meetings of the Landsraad

    Postby lukecash12 » 07 Sep 2011 16:29

    Setzer wrote:Yeah, Paul felt it was very important not to antagonize the nobility. That's why he threatened to destroy the Spice if the Guild didn't play ball. That's why he launched a Jihad that killed billions. That's why he stripped the Emperor of all his CHOAM holdings and insisted on giving titles and governorships for every surviving Atreides soldier.

    The Corrinos were concerned about the balance of power, not the Atreides. From Paul onwards, the Atreides were perfectly willing to stomp on everyone else to get what they wanted. Only in union did the Landsraad match the Sardaukar. When united against the Fremen, the Great Houses still stood no chance. The Atreides only had to worry about keeping the loyalty of the Fremen.


    You do have a point, that for a while the Landsraad wasn't a concern. But it was once again in Children of Dune, for Alia. She had a discussion with Duncan and Irulan that expressed that, amongst other things.
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    Re: Meetings of the Landsraad

    Postby Freakzilla » 07 Sep 2011 16:39

    lukecash12 wrote:
    Setzer wrote:Yeah, Paul felt it was very important not to antagonize the nobility. That's why he threatened to destroy the Spice if the Guild didn't play ball. That's why he launched a Jihad that killed billions. That's why he stripped the Emperor of all his CHOAM holdings and insisted on giving titles and governorships for every surviving Atreides soldier.

    The Corrinos were concerned about the balance of power, not the Atreides. From Paul onwards, the Atreides were perfectly willing to stomp on everyone else to get what they wanted. Only in union did the Landsraad match the Sardaukar. When united against the Fremen, the Great Houses still stood no chance. The Atreides only had to worry about keeping the loyalty of the Fremen.


    You do have a point, that for a while the Landsraad wasn't a concern. But it was once again in Children of Dune, for Alia. She had a discussion with Duncan and Irulan that expressed that, amongst other things.


    That was because House Corrino then became just another Great House of the Landsraad. The Sardaukar plus the combined forces of the rest of the landsraad might could beat the Atreides.
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    Re: Meetings of the Landsraad

    Postby Setzer » 07 Sep 2011 16:50

    Freakzilla wrote:
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    Setzer wrote:Yeah, Paul felt it was very important not to antagonize the nobility. That's why he threatened to destroy the Spice if the Guild didn't play ball. That's why he launched a Jihad that killed billions. That's why he stripped the Emperor of all his CHOAM holdings and insisted on giving titles and governorships for every surviving Atreides soldier.

    The Corrinos were concerned about the balance of power, not the Atreides. From Paul onwards, the Atreides were perfectly willing to stomp on everyone else to get what they wanted. Only in union did the Landsraad match the Sardaukar. When united against the Fremen, the Great Houses still stood no chance. The Atreides only had to worry about keeping the loyalty of the Fremen.


    You do have a point, that for a while the Landsraad wasn't a concern. But it was once again in Children of Dune, for Alia. She had a discussion with Duncan and Irulan that expressed that, amongst other things.


    That was because House Corrino then became just another Great House of the Landsraad. The Sardaukar plus the combined forces of the rest of the landsraad might could beat the Atreides.


    I don't think so. After all, House Corrino only had one legion left. Even if it was back up to the standards that made the Sardaukar feared, that wouldn't break the Guild's stranglehold on space travel, or the Atreides stranglehold on the guild. The enemies of the Atreides weren't focusing on building their militaries so much as they were focusing on undermining the Atreides dynasty and splitting them from the Fremen.
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