Dominion of Empyrea
The collective Noble Houses of Empyrea are known as the Noble Court. They are a collective of powerful nobles and their bloodlines. The Noble Court is the greatest authority in the Dominion, and they hand down all laws and regulations.
Every three months, a Court is called to session. The nobles that attend then may bring any issues before the Court for a deliberation. Majority vote is generally not used to make decisions; a consensus mechanic is instead used. A vote “against” a decision is not a vote; it is instead a block, a veto of the decision. Until all Houses are united in consensus, the judgment is not passed. In theory, one representative could block a widely supported decision, but in practice this is uncommon. The Noble Houses have built a reputation of being willful debaters, but graceful losers. Usually, an ‘outvoted’ house lets the decision pass after a lengthy discussion. If a law-keeper decides that the deliberation has gone on for too long, a majority 3/5ths vote is called for, but this rarely happens.