Tasogare no Kishi, Akatsuki no Sora
Copyright Fuyumi Ono, Koudansya, 2001
~ Chapter Three ~
Gyousou's safety was uncertain. If Gyousou had passed away, the kingdom needed a new emperor. Who should be the next emperor then? -- This was the biggest problem of all. When the throne turned empty, Tyousai would be filling the gap until the next emperor was enthroned. However Eityuu was seriously injured and could not fulfill his duties. The Imperial Affairs Minister was also missing. As for all others, even on a temporary basis, they had no backup support that entitled them to fill the gap. Those who had neither custom or the Heavenly way to back themselves up would be nearly impossible to control the whole government. They just could not convincingly win over such support.
"For now, should we not focus on finding the subtitute for Tyousai?"
"That is putting the cart in front of the horse!"
"Please hold on, everyone!"
"Under such situation," Kaei nodded as her voice turned faint,
"pardon me for suggesting this, but in the unfortunate case that
His Majesty is deceased, what would happen?"
"If Taiho had passed away, the situation is referred to as 'kuui
(σΚ, lit. empty seat)'. The custom practice is that Tyousai would
start a substitute government as the subtitute emperor (Ό€, kaou). If
Eityuu was not in the condition to carry out such a duty, a new Tyousai
should be appointed."
"--The emperor and Taiho hold the power to appoint Tyousai, right? When His Majesty is absent, Taiho would assume this duty. However, now we have no emperor and no Taiho, and our Tyousai was unable to carry out his duty... Was there such a case before?"
"I do not think so."