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Science-Fiction Adventure in the Far Future
The Imperial government's only deliberative body. The Moot has few powers and even more rarely exercises them.
In theory, the Moot includes all Imperial nobles of baronial or higher status, but most nobles do not find it convenient to travel to Capital (Core / Core 2118), and so many of those seated hold proxy votes. Large blocks of these votes can be wielded by a single influential noble.
Technically, the Moot is supreme in the Imperium, but its power is extremely limited. In practice, its deliberations are advisory to the Emperor, and he is wise to heed them.
The Moot has only one power: to dissolve the Imperium. When this power is brought to bear, it compels compromise between opposing factions.
When an Emperor dies, abdicates, or otherwise becomes unfit for office, the Moot becomes important as the validating body for the new Emperor. It has the power to examine the qualifications and credentials of the heir apparent and, in unusual situations, reject them.
The Moot holds its sessions in the Moot Spire, the tallest building on Capital at 1.75 km in height. By tradition, the Spire is the only building on Capital higher than the Imperial Palace, 4.25 km away.
Elevators with gravitic compensators can speed visitors from the bottom to the top in 18 seconds. At the top of the Spire is the High Moot, where select committees hold the most private deliberations.
Refs: MT-ENCYC, 1120