The Accession Tradition on Ares Prime requires a duel to be fought between the two nearest blood heirs to the throne if they have an equal claim, or if there is a single heir apparent, then he must defeat the sitting Consul. The duel need not be to the death, but sometimes is. The winner takes the throne; the disposition of the loser varies greatly. Many of the vanquished have become the Consul of Ares Prime following tradition, but equally as many have spent the remainder of their lives as fugitives or prisoners. In the case of a single heir apparent versus the sitting Consul, only a very few Consuls have both been inclined and able to defeat the youthful prince. This Duel of Accession has been a tradition since pre-historic times.
From the shadows of ancient history, we have what almost certainly is an apocryphal tale of both the origin of the Duel of Accession and the colonization of Maritus and Cinatus. It should be noted that few if any reliable direct sources can be cited. In fact, most historians on Maritus and even some on Cinatus dispute that there ever was a time that Ares Prime was settled and the other planets were not, claiming instead a simultaneous colonization.
Gaius Octavius, the greatest Emperor of the pre-colonization Epoch, had 3 splendid sons: identical triplets. They grew, all three to become great warriors, cunning leaders, and were held in the highest of honor by the body Politik.Gaius was aged, and rather than name as his heir the eldest, following the tradition of that era, for he felt it foolish to hold minutes in such high regard, he gave his three sons over to a contest. It was a series of nine challenges testing mind, body, and spirit equally.
To the winner, the throne of Octavius was given, his seat of power to be forever in Trivera, Ares Prime. To the second, he gave command and governorship over the colony ship bound for Cinatus. To the third, he gave the colony ship embarking for Maritus.
The new Emperor, to honor his brothers, eventually named his own two sons after them. At the end of his reign, to honor his father before him, he began a tradition with his sons whereby the two nearest blood-heirs to the throne must compete for the crown. The victorious brother became the Emperor, and the vanquished became the Consul of Ares Prime. And thus it has been on Ares Prime from time immemorial unto today.
Source of the modern Imperial Triune
Around 35 BT, Ares Prime was home to the sole Emperor of Octavius, Atticus VI. His son and heir, Atticus (who would have been Atticus VII as the Duel of Accession is often a formality when a single heir is obvious) went missing and presumed dead during a hunting expedition on rugged Maritus many years prior.
The two nearest blood-heirs to Atticus VI, Cassius and Marcus were both nephews spawned from his two contentious sisters. The Accession Duel was passionately fought between the bitter rivals. In the end, Cassius proved the victor, but Marcus accused him of dishonorably rigging the contest in his favor. Cassius and his political backers proved strong enough to make good his claim on the throne, casting Marcus into exile.
Marcus and his backers fled to Cinatus which was on the verge of revolt at the time. Marcus found welcome followers in the revolutionaries, and was subsequently named “True Emperor” by the Cinati. Civil War ensued, most of it fought on Cinatus to ruinous effect on that planet’s ecosystem. Only one major engagement took place on Ares Prime, but it was in the planet’s “bread basket” region causing yet another cycle of starvation there.
While the bulk of Ares Prime’s military assets were tied up fighting on Cinatus, a mysterious figure arose from the wastelands of Maritus calling himself Atticus VII. He claimed to be true heir, suffering these many years from drug induced amnesia, a plot perpetrated by his ambitious aunts.
Atticus was accepted by the people of Maritus. Cassius was forced to pull his military back from Cinatus to defend Ares Prime against the new threat he perceived from Maritus.
Atticus calculated that even if he could defeat Ares Prime, Cinatus would be ready to swoop in against the depleted victor. So a stalemate ensued. Atticus altered his royal moniker to Atticus Primus thereby inaugurating a new dynasty, and “moved the seat of the throne” to Maritus. Today, six generations later, Emperor Atticus Septus still claims to be the sole “True” Emperor of Octavius, as does Marcus’ descendant, Emperor Cineon of Cinatus.
During the years that Octavius was part of the The Reconstruction Initiative Treaty (26.4 AT – 105.10 AT), there was a requirement for each member Faction to have a “single point of contact” from its Factional government to TRI. After much in-fighting and another brief civil war, Ares Prime was named the “primary” planet of the system. Once TRI dissolved and reformed as a corporate entity, the illusion of “co-emperors” was swept away.