By 1526, almost all the major powers including France, Milan, the Papal States, and the Holy Roman Empire, are war-weary if not devastated. However, Florence remains relatively intact. With its new and unprecedented standing army ready to attack or defend, the committee must decide if it is best to take advantage of its neighbors’ weaknesses, or if a more conciliatory approach through bribery, diplomacy, and political pressure will yield better results. Furthermore, all of Florence is very conscious of the possible power vacuum nipping at the heels of its young Medici rulers.

Committee Members

Cardinal Silvio Passerini, serving as regent for Ippolito de' Medici, will act as chair.

  • Gregorio Acciaoli, cloth merchant
  • Bindo Altoviti, banker and politician
  • Malatesta IV Baglioni, condottiero and ruler of Perugia
  • Benvenuto de Bardi, banker
  • Bernardo Buontalenti, military architect and talented artist
  • Andrea Cavalcanti, head of the cloth guild
  • Francesco Ferruccio, condottiero
  • Agnolo Gorreti, Gonfaloniere of Justice
  • Francesco Guicciardini, head of the judges' and lawyers' guild
  • Niccolo Machiavelli, statesman and political thinker
  • Alessandro de' Medici, heir apparent to Florence
  • Giovanni dalle Bande Nere (Giovanni de' Medici), condottiero
  • Ippolito de' Medici, current ruler of Florence
  • Nostiriano Peruzzi, financial advisor
  • Pietro Rucellai, head of the wool guild
  • Gustavo Rushvili, mercenary
  • Jacopo Salviati, banker and statesman
  • Filippo Strozzi the Younger, wealthy nobleman
  • Lorenzo Strozzi, head of the bankers' and money changers' guild.