Imperial Advisory Council
The Imperial Advisory Council is advisory council around the Kaiseress of Shireroth. It normally consists of at least the Kaiseress, the Steward and a representative from the Landsraad and Adelsraad, as well as someone schooled in law. Its members are by law appointed by the Kaiseress on the advice of the Steward.
- The Kaiseress
- The Imperial Mother
- Lord Holly-Wythe, Steward (and during 1682, Regent)
- Lord Sarrick, Minister of State
The Imperial Advisory Council was established during the reign of Kaiser Raynor XI (1496–1499) by Imperial Decree 132.
The Council was created so that the Kaiser could get unbiased advice and help from some of the senior-most citizens in the nation. Raynor's original plan was to put three people on the Council - a "yes man" a "maybe man" and a "no man". The yes man would be someone who tended to share the Kaiser's opinions, the no man would be someone who tended to disagree with the Kaiser, and the maybe man would be someone who was often neutral.
Over time, different kaisers chose a different set-up for the Council. Some kaisers chose the Raynorian triumvirate, while others managed the IAC as a council consisting of all the imperial ministers. A third group of kaisers used the IAC as a representative body for the various duchies or imperial states so that the kaiser would never be without advice from one part of the country.
Since the Charter revisions of the Carta Ayreonica, the Imperial Advisory Council has been appointed by the Kaiser on the advice of the Steward.