Simon Davion

This article is about the First Prince. For the ship in his name, see Simon Davion (Individual Avalon-class WarShip).

Simon Davion
Simon Davion
Born2378[citation needed]
Died2457[citation needed]
AffiliationHouse Davion
Title(s)First Prince
ParentsPaul Davion (father)
Margethe Svensdatter (mother)
SpouseElizabeth Caldwell
ChildrenJames Davion
Ellen Davion
Roger Davion

Simon Davion was the first First Prince of the Federated Suns.[1]


Signing of the Ares Conventions[edit]

On 13 June 2412, Simon would represent the Federated Suns at the signing of the Ares Conventions.[2]

The Five Principalities[edit]

Recognizing that the size of the Federated Suns prevented a central government from being able to respond to localized issues, Simon created five principalities in 2417.[3]


No one man can govern so vast a realm, even if that man is a genius, saint, and hero at once. And when a man inferior or even ordinary abilities tries to exercise power of so many worlds and so many billions of people, the result is the tyranny, chaos, ignorance, greed, or hatred that we have already seen too often. Some like to hark back to the creed of the 20th century, proclaiming that all democracies are inherently good and all aristocratic oligarchies inherently evil. It is my belief, however, that only a stable aristocracy exercising authority over manageable areas of our Federated Suns can hope to blend the decisiveness of central rule with flexibility and freedom. It is not the system of government that will be good or bad, but rather the people who wield power within it. Did not my late, unlamented cousins take supreme power on the basis of a system that grew out of a democratic form of government?
  — Simon Davion, from a speech to the High Council, 2417[4]



  1. Handbook: House Davion, pp. 108–109: "Leaders of the Federated Suns"
  2. Handbook: House Davion, p. 26: "The Twin Tyrants"
  3. House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 99
  4. House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 32: "Time of Crisis"