by Isaac Stewart
|Featured In||Mistborn Era 2|
Elendel is the largest city in the Basin on Scadrial. Named by The Lord Mistborn, Spook, for Elend Venture, it is located at the mouth of the Irongate river where it flows into Hammondar Bay. Though no accurate estimate exists for population size, there are certainly millions of residence, and estimates top out at around five million.
Elendel is also the central power in the Basin and is home to many noble houses.
- 1 Structure
- 2 History
- 3 Politics
- 4 Notes
The city is divided into octants, of which there are eight—as the name suggests—each functioning as an administrative district of the city, with a dedicated constabulary.
Bordering each octant is a canal flowing from the center of the city out into the basin, facilitating transport of goods into and out of the city.
At the center of the city is the Hub, a ring of canals surrounding a large public park.
There seems to be a port west of Seventh Octant, and a large rail terminal west of Sixth Octant.
- Governors mansion 
- Lestib Square
- Hammond Promenade
- Tekiel manor, and House Tekiel in general
- Ladrian mansion
- Ironspine Building
- Yomen mansion
- Dampmere park
- Winsting's "Cottage"
- Church of the Survivor 
- Bourton district 
- Tindwyl Promenade
- ZoBell Tower
- Northside sixth
Immediately after the Catacendre, Spook became the leader of the entire known population of humanity as they started building the city of Elendel. He became known as the Lord Mistborn. Some version of the Senate was initiated during his rule, and official records state that after a century of leadership, one day he simply left.
Since then, the current system of three-branch government settled into its current state.
Around the year 342, civil unrest was growing in the city (aided, it turned out, by factions looking to destabilize the government). Governor Innate declared martial law and appointed a Lord High Constable, Aradel, who was one of the chief constables. At the culmination of the riots, during a political speech by the Governor that was completely failing to defuse the situation, Aradel used his authority to arrest Governor Innate on charges of corruption, and deputized the angry mob to help him go around the city arresting suspected co-conspirators. Though Innate hanged himself in his cell before he could face charges for his alleged crimes, many powerful nobles were found guilty. The population appeared to accept this as proof that the government was changing, and the Senate elected Aradel to be the new Governor, notably the first one ever without any noble lineage.
Within a few years, Elendel found itself needing to defuse a possible civil war with surrounding cities which accused Elendel's government of unfair taxation to maintain its authority. While this was happening, the Basin learned of the existence of the Southern Scadrians. Formal first contact with them was conducted by Governor Aradel. As yet, it is unclear what impact this will have, either on Elendel's power in the region, or on the animosity the outer cities feel towards Elendel.
The government of Elendel is a democratic republic unitary government. Though it has little legal authority past civic borders, its financial hegemony makes the surrounding provinces almost powerless, leading to tension between them and the capital.
The leader of the Executive Branch is the Governor. The Governor is elected by the Senate, over which he presides. The Governor is assisted in his duties by an Executive Staff. Known Executive Staff positions include the sanitation director, minister of trade, secretary of education, and minister of public affairs. The governor has the authority to declare martial law, a strong implication that, like on Earth, law enforcement is considered within the penumbra of the executive branch. As such, they will be covered here.
Primary (and possibly all) law enforcement within Elendel is the Constabulary. Each Octant is headed by a Constable-General, though each reports directly to the Governor. The Governor had the authority to appoint Aradel as "lord high constable", a position which it seems he invented on the spot, as neither the Constable-General, one of his best lieutenants, or his aide had ever heard of it before. They even wondered aloud whether or not the "lord" in the title conveyed peerage, though the Governor lacks the authority to appoint someone to the nobility. The lord high constable was given authority over the other seven Constable-Generals, and did not seem to give up his position as Constable-General of his own octant.
There seems to be roughly six hundred constables per octant.
In the novels, Lord Waxillium Ladrian is granted a "city-wide deputized forbearance" in the Constabulary, though what specifically this means is a little confusing. In the broadsheets of Shadows of Self, it's said that the decision was that of the Fourth Octant constables, yet Constable-General Brettin said that he had to ask the Senate for it. Presumably, then, the decision is made by the Constabulary, but must be approved/ratified by the Senate, though whether this goes before the full Senate or is handled by a sub-committee is unknown at this time.
The forbearance gives him the right to act as a lawman, investigating crimes and making arrests with the authority of the Elendel Constabulary.
There appears to be something of a dearth of people with metalborn traits among the constables. When a metalborn suspect was brought in, the Constable-General had to call in a Leecher from a different precinct. The Fourth Octant precinct only has two coinshots, and both were dubbed "contractors" by Marasi, who implies that such people are either paid a lot for their services, or are somehow loaned by a Noble House. 
The legislative branch of Elendel is bicameral in nature. Both houses, however, are comprised of politicians called Senators. There are mixed methods of appointment, some hereditary and some elected. One house is comprised entirely of Noble Houses. Whoever inherits any given High Noble title also inherits their vote in the Senate, although they can assign a proxy to do the actual voting. The other house is elected by the people, divided by profession via guilds (i.e., there is a seat for Orchard Growers, and one for Seamstresses, etc). Term limits and years of service are, at the moment, unknown. It is also unknown if the guild seats are weighted in some way to reflect number of constituents or importance towards the city. It is unknown what allows a group of workers to band together, declare themselves a guild, and gain a seat, or if some arrangement is made for people in niche industries that might not have a guild.
It is known that a new title, and presumably an associated Senate seat, has to be ratified by a council with a quorum of the major house seats in the city, which phrasing begs the question, are there major and minor house seats?
A judicial system is known to exist, but little is known of the specifics, apart, notably, from its ability to assign capital punishment. Judges are appointed by the Governor; it's unknown if the decision needs to be ratified by any body. Most are noble.
There is an office of prosecutors who try criminals. There may or may not also be a group of public defenders. One insider noted the flagrant corruption in the prosecutor's office. A case is assigned to the best solicitors if a wealthy patron promises monetary and political rewards for the right verdict, and cases which might be important to the city but lack a patron are ignored.
Checks and Balances
As yet, little is known about how the branches interact. There does seem to be basic separation of powers; Rep Innate had to abdicate his Seat on the Senate when elected Governor.
In addition, the Governor does have the ability to veto bills. How a bill is passed in the first place (presumably by the Senate) and what a veto entails is, as yet, unknown.
The lands of the Basin and the Roughs appear to operate as an Elendel Hegemony. The main city contains roughly half the population of the known world, and in size dwarfs even the largest other cities. The canals lead exclusively to and from Elendel, so all trade by water must be either to or through Elendel, or to one of the few cities along a single canal. The railroads have historically followed canals, so most train freight must also go through the capital city. Elendel imposes tariffs on all shipped goods, which results in the Houses and businesses in Elendel being the only ones with the funds to maintain and build railroads, which in turn means they get to keep all goods flowing through them. Actual laws passed by Elendel don't appear to have effect outside the city, and a constable's credentials appear to have less weight, but Elendel appears to rule the basin through finance.
As first contact with a foreign nation was just established, it's unknown what the Basin's broader foreign policy is going to end up being. The very first meeting happened to include a Senator, but the first official meeting seemed only to involve the Governor in any official capacity. A rough trade agreement has been hammered out, partially in the hopes of defusing potential hostilities.
- Map of Elendel
- The Alloy of Law chapter 1 Summary: The Alloy of Law/Chapter_1#
- The Alloy of Law chapter 3 Summary: The Alloy of Law/Chapter_3#
- The Alloy of Law chapter 10 Summary: The Alloy of Law/Chapter_10#
- Shadows of Self chapter 12 Summary: Shadows of Self/Chapter_12#
- Shadows of Self chapter 21 Summary: Shadows of Self/Chapter_21#
- Shadows of Self chapter 2 Summary: Shadows of Self/Chapter_2#
- The Bands of Mourning chapter 31 Summary: The Bands of Mourning/Chapter_31#
- The Alloy of Law chapter 2 Summary: The Alloy of Law/Chapter_2#
- Shadows of Self chapter 13 Summary: Shadows of Self/Chapter_13#
- Shadows of Self chapter 9 Summary: Shadows of Self/Chapter_9#
- The Alloy of Law chapter 16 Summary: The Alloy of Law/Chapter_16#
- Shadows of Self chapter 6 Summary: Shadows of Self/Chapter_6#
- Shadows of Self chapter 15 Summary: Shadows of Self/Chapter_15#
|Mistborn Era 2|
The Alloy of Law · Shadows of Self · The Bands of Mourning · The Lost Metal
|Characters||Waxillium Ladrian · Wayne · Marasi Colms · Miles Dagouter · Steris Harms · Ranette · Edwarn Ladrian · MeLaan · Bleeder · Claude Aradel · Telsin Ladrian|
|Places||Elendel · Elendel Basin · Roughs · New Seran|
|Organizations||The Set · The Vanishers · The Nightstreet Gang|
|Broadsheets||The Elendel Daily · The House Record · The New Ascendancy|
|Other||High Imperial · The Allomantic Agreement of '94|
|Era 1 books||Mistborn: The Final Empire · The Well of Ascension · The Hero of Ages · (Mistborn: Secret History · The Eleventh Metal)|
|Era 2 books||The Alloy of Law · Shadows of Self · The Bands of Mourning · The Lost Metal · (Allomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania)|
|Shards||Preservation · Ruin · Harmony|
|History||Classical Scadrial · Final Empire · Catacendre · Elendel · Southern Scadrian|
|Magic||Metallic Arts (Allomancy, Feruchemy, Hemalurgy) · Metalborn · Mistborn · Misting · Savant · Ferring · Twinborn · Compounding · Atium · Lerasium · Ettmetal|
|Other Media||Mistborn Adventure Game · Mistborn: Birthright · Mistborn film · Mistborn: House War|