Archon of the Lyran Commonwealth

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Archon Katrina Steiner wearing a traditional uniform.

The Archon is the ruler and leader of the Lyran Commonwealth. House Steiner holds a firm grasp upon the office, which currently resembles a constitutional monarchy. The heir-apparent, usually the eldest child or closest relative of the current Archon, is named Archon-Designate.


The position is open to both sexes and the Archon is the commander-in-chief of the Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces and head-of-state holding full authority to make any and all decisions relating to domestic and foreign policy. Most, but not all, Archon-Designates have served in the Lyran military. Most Archons of House Steiner have traditionally been rather liberal rulers, granting the people the right of assembly, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press. Indeed, the rare occasions in which these rights have been suspended have led to major internal political crisis.

The Estates General[edit]

A new Archon has to be formally confirmed by the Estates General, which was originally created in 2376 by Robert Marsden as a means to legitimize his coup d'etat. From its humble beginning as a rubber stamp organization, the Estates General has slowly acquired a considerable degree of political influence in determining a new Archon. At least in theory, the powers of the Archon are limited by the Estates General which can de jure depose a ruling Archon and chose a suitable replacement. This was done only once in 3007 when the Estates General successfully passed a no-confidence resolution upon the unpopular and reckless Alessandro Steiner, paving the way for his niece Katrina.[1] Such an act is never taken lightly; it will obviously cause a major constitutional crisis which may even lead to a full-fledged civil war. Realistically, the deciding factor will be the allegiance of the officers of the Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces whose loyalty will tested to the utmost.

List of Archons[edit]

Name Reign Descent
Archon Basileus of the Lyran Commonwealth 2346 - 2395
The Nine Archons 2346 - 2375
Robert Marsden 2375 - 2395
Archon of the Lyran Commonwealth 2395 - 2849
Alistair Marsden 2395 - 2408 Brother of Robert
Katherine Steiner-Marsden 2408 - 2445 Wife of Alistair
Alistair Marsden-Steiner 2445 - 2467 Son of Katherine and Alistair
Michael I 2467 - 2472 Son of Alistair Marsden-Steiner
Steven 2472 - 2501 Brother of Michael
Margaret Olsen-Steiner 2501 - 2503 Wife of Steven
Robert I 2503 - 2528 Nephew of Steven
Craig 2528 - 2555 Son of Robert
Tracial 2555 - 2570 Niece of Craig
Viola Steiner-Dinesen 2570 - 2596 Daughter of Tracial
Kevin Steiner-Dinesen 2596 - 2647 Son of Viola
Sarah Steiner-Dinesen 2647 - 2672 Sister of Kevin
William 2672 - 2704 Son of Sarah
Jonathan 2704 - 2729 Son of William
Michael II 2729 - 2760 Brother of Jonathan
Robert II 2760 - 2781 Son of Michael II
Jennifer 2781 - 2791 Sister of Robert II
Richard 2791 - 2823 Son of Jennifer
Marcus 2823 - 2844 Nephew of Richard
Melissa Nin-Steiner 2845 Wife of Marcus
Claudius "the Cruel" 2845 - 2849 Brother of Marcus
Triumvirate Regency of the Lyran Commonwealth 2849 - 2859
Rebecca Morgan-Steiner Wife of Claudius
Speaker of the Estates General Henry DeCalidore
Ilysa Aten
Archon of the Lyran Commonwealth 2859 - 3055
Elizabeth 2859 - 2895 Daughter of Claudius and Rebecca
Eric Steiner 2895 - 2913 Son of Elizabeth
Simon Borge-Steiner 2913 - 2914 Son of Eric
Tatyana 2914 - 2937 Sister of Simon
Marco 2937 - 2952 Son of Tatyana
Giovanni 2952 - 2980 Son of Marco
Alessandro 2980 - 3007 Son of Giovanni
Katrina 3007 - 3039 Niece of Alessandro
Melissa Steiner-Davion 3039 - 3055 Daughter of Katrina
Archon-Prince of the Federated Commonwealth 3055 - 3057
Victor 3055 - 3057 Son of Melissa
Archon-Prince of the Lyran Alliance 3057 - 3067
Katherine 3060 - 3067 Sister of Victor
Archon of the Lyran Alliance 3067 - 3084
Peter 3067 - 3071 Brother of Katherine Steiner-Davion
Adam 3071 - 3072 Cousin of Peter
Peter 3072 - 3074 Brother of Katherine Steiner-Davion
Adam 3074 - 3121 Cousin of Peter
Archon of the Lyran Commonwealth 3084 - Present
Andrew 31213127 Son of Adam
Melissa 31273141 Daughter of Andrew
Vedet Brewer 3141 - 3143
Mellissa Steiner 3143
Trillian 3143 - present Cousin of Melissa


  1. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), pp. 88-90