The people wanted blood and gruesome punishment.
Those who hailed the ascendance of Emperor Tiberius Buarius Ravilla to the throne wanted the heads of the nobles, whom they had convinced themselves, were the sworn enemies of their desire to be free from poverty. They wanted the nobles beheaded; they wanted the nobles to suffer painful crucifixions; they wanted horrible death. At the very least they demanded the rich to be relieved of their wealth, bound in chains and cast into the deepest dungeons.
There is indeed hardship in the land. The coffers of the country had for long been plundered by public officials - praetors, consuls, quaetors, aedile, censor and even the Senate. Indeed it had become that anyone who came in contact with public wealth was inclined to possess gummy hands. The result is that public edifices came to disrepair, and much of the citizens languished without employment and without earnings. I daresay however that most of those that languished were without useful skill and only looked up to government out of the laziness of their thinking instead of looking within their own selves for a meaning to their lives. In any case the reason that the Emperor Pompilius Jonatus became undone was because the citizens, the irate agglomeration of the citizens were of the belief that the Emperor had been in league with the nobles who ravished the land like locusts.
Thus had the opportunity that Tiberius Buarius Ravilla had prayed for come to be. Thus had he arisen with the promise to do as the people demanded - to dispossess the nobles of their wealth and to hurl them into dungeons. And so mightily had the people hailed him and cast their lots for him. I must say that as a person of different conviction, I Manius Scribonius Africanus, refrained from being part of the bloodthirsty motley crowd. Also as I feared for the safety of my life from the hands of the angered opposition, I had also refrained fro casting my vote to Emperor Pompilius Jonatus with whom my conscience resided.
It has come to pass at last nevertheless, that Tiberius Buarius Ravilla has been crowned. I do not at this time like the man, but who know I may in due time grow to love him. Hail the new Emperor Tiberius Buarius Ravilla .
A principal rabble-rouser from the commercial city of Lagosium had been influential to the victory of Tiberius Buarius Ravilla. His name was Tinubus , a noble of immense wealth. It is known by all and sundry that nary would it have come to pass for Tiberius Buarius Ravilla to become Emperor without this man, for Tinubus held great power over the Yorbian tribe , a people of sophisticated political intrigues, who dwell in the southern part of this country . His role in this victory has been also quite intriguing. Since he was a rich noble, not a few wondered how this enemy of their revolution could find peace with elevating their liberator. But the task to remove Emperor Pompilius Jonatus had been so urgent that this important consideration got submerged by the swell of pressing emotions.
It is twenty one days since Tiberius Buarius Ravilla was crowned. I must say that the citizens are beginning to be disillusioned. Many had hoped to see the severed heads of nobles impaled on stakes planted all over the cities. They had hoped to see their families stripped of their wealth and comfort and flung into jail. None of that seems about to happen at all and at least not in the near future. As a matter of fact, and as far as they could see , the nobles seemed to be waxing stronger , and bigger than the magic sword by which they had thought they would be slain by their liberator, Tiberius Buarius Ravilla.
A matter of no surprise at all is the realisation by the new Emperor that the laws of the country will not permit him to rule the people as he ruled his erstwhile military platoons. To his discovery, most of his propositions would need to be sent to the Senate before they could be executed. The senate as he also has come to realise is an assembly of men and women utterly skilled in the arts of chicanery. It should dismay him that in the hands of such people rested his hope of remaining Emperor for long. History would have warned him that the Senate was not a place where you trusted in your friends - if the fate of the great Julius Caesar of ancient Rome, spoke to the wise. I would add that the most immediate consternation of Emperor Tiberius Buarius Ravilla should have been that a leader has been chosen to the senate, without deferring at all to his relevance as the leader of the country. The leader was Senator Appius Sarakium Sura , who had previously been Governor of the district of Kuaracea. Indeed Emperor Tiberius Buarius Ravilla had been severely distressed that Appius Sarakium Sura had become leader of the Senate , and more so that this fellow had the support of those that opposed his rule as Emperor. This he feared may make it imperative that he always watched his back whenever he ventured into any affair with the Senate. I daresay that at this time, Emperor Tiberius Buarius Ravilla should have genuine fear that his rule will be even more tempestuous than had been for the erstwhile Emperor,Pompilius Jonatus Vespasianus . He should be concerned that in a few more years the populace will raise stronger cries for his head than they had for Pompilus Jonatus .
Ave et Valete.
The people wanted blood and gruesome punishment.