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Does The Quiet Council of Krakoa or The Great Ring of Arakko Have The Advantage?

Mutants have come a long way from the Xavier Mansion, and have not one, but two different councils that decide their fate. Which one is the best fit?

This article contains spoilers for Immortal X-Men #3 and X-Men Red #3, on sale by Marvel Comics.

Mutants have come a long way to get to where they are today. With the help of the X-Men, they now have a nation and an entire planet to call home. With having a nation, there needs to be some form of governing body to govern the mutant population and make decisions. Luckily, Krakoa and Arakko have their own governing mechanisms. Each of them have their own members and their own ways of ruling their respective mutant nations.

Krakoa’s governing body is called The Quiet Council while Arakko’s is known as The Great Ring of Arakko. In Immortal X-Men #3 (written by Kieron Gillan with artists Lucas Werneck, Dijo Lima, and VC’s Clayton Cowles) and in X-Men Red #3 (written by Al Ewing with artists Stefano Caselli, Federico Blee, and VC’s Ariana Maher) readers learn of the hardships each respective council has had to face. While governing entire populations of mutants is no easy task, it’s time to take a look at the political entities behind the mutant nations and determine which one is more effective in terms of making decisions for the mutants.

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The Quiet Council was put in place to be the governing body of Krakoa by Magneto, Professor X, and Moira McTaggert. The council itself is divided up into four sections with three seats in each. The sections are named after the four seasons, and each is representative of the values The Quiet Council wishes to uphold. The three seats of Autumn represent the traditional and historical figures of mutant kind. Apocalypse, Magneto, and Professor X were the original holders of these seats, however, precognitive mutant Destiny took Apocalypse’s spot after the events of Sword of X while Hope Summers took Magneto’s seat after his recent retirement. The three seats of Spring are representatives of Krakoa’s economic interests. These seats are held by members of the Hellfire Trading Company: Emma Frost, Sebastian Shaw, and Kate Pryde.

The three seats of Summer are held by former X-Men Colossus, Nightcrawler, and Storm. They represent a more empathetic and level-headed approach to solving problems. Jean Grey, aka Marvel Girl, formerly held Colossus’s seat, however, she left the council to reform the X-Men. The final division holds the three seats of Winter. Mystique, Exodus, and Mr. Sinister hold these seats, and they’ve been known to tread the waters of radical and zealous sides of mutant issues. Two others are also in attendance during council meetings. Krakoa, the island itself, represents its own interests with the mutant Cypher, acting as its voice.

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In the few years that Krakoa has been recognized as its own nation, the Quiet Council has taken long strides in securing the interests of mutants. While the council has made many good decisions, they’re all overshadowed by the constant conflict amongst each other. For example, Moira outlawed the resurrection of mutants with precognitive abilities and prevented Destiny from being resurrected for a long time. Her lover, Mystique, had to go behind the council’s back and resurrect her in secret.

Eventually, Destiny was voted in to take a seat on the council, thanks to Mystique securing the votes she needed. After this, Magneto, Xavier, and Moira brought Emma Frost into their little cabal to try and turn the tables, but Emma became upset because the trio had kept her in the dark for so long. As a result, the trio’s conspiracies with Moira were revealed to the rest of council while Xavier and Magneto were indisposed. Everyone seemingly has their own agenda and does not always work well as a group when it comes to making decisions.

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Meanwhile, the Great Ring of Arakko has been active for over a thousand years and operates on a far different scale. Arakko’s long history is steeped in war and violence, so it makes sense to structure a government based around these concepts. Their council is divided into four sections with three seats in each, the same way The Quiet Council is. Additionally, the seats are also given names with specific responsibilities bestowed upon whomever is seated there. The first section is referred to as Dawn, and is deferred in times of war. Isca the Unbeaten holds the Seat of Victor while Idyll The Future Seer holds the Seat of Stalemate. Recently, Magneto won the Seat of Loss in combat from former seat holder Tarn the Uncaring.

Day is deferred to during times of peace. Lactuca the Knower sits on the Seat Above Us, Sobunar of the Depths sits on the Seat Below Us, and Storm holds the highest and most powerful seat, the Seat of All Around Us. Because of her positions, she gets to cast two votes in certain cases. There is also a section known as Dusk. The three members are consulted in matters of law, history, and the arts. The final section is called Night. Its members are kept secret and have their own purposes. As Krakoa is able to represent itself, so is Arakko. As a sentient being, it is able to speak its opinions through its representative, Redroot the Forest. Unfortunately, she was captured during the X of Swords and is being held in Otherworld.

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Based on overall council structure, roles, and experience, it can be deduced that the Great Ring is better suited to govern mutantkind. It hasn’t been depicted much in X-Men comic books, but based on what readers have learned from the series X-Men Red, it can be deduced that backstabbing and secret conspiracies aren’t as prevalent among the council members. Everyone has a specific role to play and a certain subject to be consulted on, which ensures that everyone stays in their lane. While they may not agree on many issues, they all have a mutual respect for each other, as well as for Storm who is seen as the regent of Arakko.

Of course, no governing body is without flaws, and while it seems the Great Ring is less than the Quiet Council, that doesn’t mean that it’s doomed. Restructuring the Quiet Council would be a good solution to all the drama amongst the members. It doesn’t help that everyone on the council has formed some sort of relationship, be it as friends, enemies, or a bit of both. The history between everyone has allowed room for error. If the council consisted of impartial mutants with no prior history amongst each other, then it would prevent the factions of conspirators from forming. The Quiet Council is still young, so there is hope for future reform.

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