This word is used both for mainly judicial posts and for civil posts with purely executive powers—the Gehennese do not distinguish between executive and judiciary. Because of the tradition of the Four Lives, magistracies in both senses tend to be held by men aged between forty and sixty years, who have established their credentials in twenty years of military or quasi-military service in the Life of the Warrior, and who hope to earn a dignified retirement into the Live of the Priest. Except for posts as episkopos and krites, and except in some radical democracies, magistrates are usually unpaid.

See: anakrites, angelos, episkopos/, hypokrites, hypostrategos, khrysofylax, mayor, polemarkh, and secretary.

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