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Post by cooki3 on Sun Nov 14, 2010 4:18 pm

The Republic of Carthage

Location: Dark Purple nation in North Africa and Sicily


Ethnic groups:
40% Punic
20% Libyan
15% Greek
10% Numidian
5% Phonetician
5% Roman

State religion: African

Major Gods/Goddesses: Ball, Astarte, and Tannit

Government type: Oligarchy Republic

Current King: Hano

Capital city: Carthage

Other major cities:

Population: 800,000

The people of Carthage believe in a supreme relationship of Tannit and Ball. They are the creators of the world, and should be worshiped. Children sacrificed never has happened in Carthage. Only people who don't understand us believe that.

Government type:
"The government of Carthage was an oligarchal republic, which relied on a system of checks and balances and ensured a form of public accountability. The Carthaginian heads of state were called Suffets (thus rendered in Latin by Livy 30.7.5, attested in Punic inscriptions as SPΘM /ʃuftˤim/, meaning "judges" and obviously related to the Biblical Hebrew ruler title Shophet "Judge"). Greek and Roman authors more commonly referred to them as "kings". SPΘ /ʃufitˤ/ might originally have been the title of the city's governor, installed by the mother city of Tyre. In the historically attested period, the two Suffets were elected annually from among the most wealthy and influential families and ruled collegially, similarly to Roman consuls (and equated with these by Livy). This practice might have descended from the plutocratic oligarchies that limited the Suffet's power in the first Phoenician cities.[citation needed] The aristocratic families were represented in a supreme council (Roman sources speak of a Carthaginian "Senate", and Greek ones of a "council of Elders" or a gerousia), which had a wide range of powers; however, it is not known whether the Suffets were elected by this council or by an assembly of the people. Suffets appear to have exercised judicial and executive power, but not military[citation needed]. Although the city's administration was firmly controlled by oligarchs[citation needed], democratic elements were to be found as well: Carthage had elected legislators, trade unions and town meetings. Aristotle reported in his Politics that unless the Suffets and the Council reached a unanimous decision, the Carthaginian popular assembly had the decisive vote - unlike the situation in Greek states with similar constitutions such as Sparta and Crete. These were judges who oversaw the actions of generals." - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carthaginians


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