Livia Augusta addresses critics of her anti-dictatorship campaign

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15 March 11 BC


The First Imperious Lady

ROME, Roman Empire — First Imperious Lady (3rd edition) Livia Augusta took advantage of an organized meeting of the Roman Senate to address those who have criticized her for taking on a platform that includes opposition to permanent dictatorship.

"I am well aware that people are skeptical of me discussing this topic," said Livia in opening remarks. "I have been criticized for my commitment to tackling this issue and I know that will continue. But it will not stop me from doing what I know is right."

First citizen Augustus often serves as an example of someone who has reduced the Republic to a military dictatorship responsible only to him and, as such, the First Lady has suffered the fallout from his behavior on her burgeoning platform.

With her remarks, the First Lady appeared to be acknowledging the apparent hypocrisy between a first citizen who has utterly destroyed all semblance of shared powers in the Republic, and her desire to curb the advent of potential kings.

Livia was addressing a panel of aristocrats from the senatorial class. Her goal Tuesday, according to her stepdaughter Julia, was to talk about the issues children face growing up in today's post-Republic world.

"We have focused on avenging the death of a newly deified war hero, public works, generosity to the plebs, games, and the importance of peace through power. Today's topic of dictatorship is no different," she told UnNews's time travel division.

The First Lady shared that she has communicated with children, some of whom have been on the receiving end of the first citizen's quest to eradicate his enemies and potential enemies.

"In my role as First Lady, I receive many letters from children who have been bullied or feel threatened by dictators. Many have even seen their friends murdered. Did you know that a dictator killed the young Prince of Egypt just for being the biological offspring of his adopted father? It's just horrible. I know that each of your clans have been working on these issues for many years and I look forward to hearing what you have learned, what has been accomplished and what progress still needs to be made."

While the Praetorian Guard ushered UnNews out of the event before the actual discussion began, the first lady clearly addressed those who have attempted to malign her commitment to Republican values while pesky observers were present. Julia said Livia had chosen to speak candidly, another example of a first lady who is not necessarily in sync with the behavior and habits of her husband.

"Yes, she knows there is going to be criticism, but she is an independent woman who is doing what she feels is right for children," Julia said. "This should be celebrated, not criticized. It is our hope that people will be supportive of the goal to do all we can to help children grow up to live in a society where they don't have to worry about being on the receiving end of some tyrant's lust for power."

"Well," she added, "except poison that tyrant's food, obviously."

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