The Guardian Council of Gilead was the ruling body of the Republic of Gilead during it's brief reign over America. The Council was responsible for administering the country, fulfilling the roles previously filled by the United States executive and legislative branches. Although the Council was powerful, all other members were explicitly subordinate to the Prophet and could not overrule his decisions. Like all members of the Sons of Jacob, members of the Council took on the title of Commander during their rule of Gilead.
The Guardian Council began as the Council of Twelve, the ruling body of the Sons of Jacob terrorist organisation. The Sons of Jacob was formed as a coalition of several smaller theocratic groups, including the Christian Marines and the Coalition for Moral Order. The Council of Twelve was created to ensure that all parts of the coalition would be represented in it's leadership. The Council was always limited to twelve members, as a tribute to the Twelve Disciples.
After the election of Nehemiah Scudder and the subsequent coup by the Sons of Jacob, the Guardian Council was created. Officially, the Council was merely an emergency measure to cope with the destruction of Congress by having the executive branch take on the responsibilities of the legislative branch but it soon became apparent that this was untrue. The members of the Council of Twelve were appointed to the Guardian Council. In order to keep membership limited to twelve, the old cabinet positions were drastically reshuffled, replaced with sprawling directorates.
The Guardian Council remained in its role as the government of Gilead through the tenures of Nehemiah Scudder and Henry Jarrett. Upon the overthrowing of Gilead, the Council was dissolved and it's surviving members tried crimes against humanity.
Former President Nehemiah Scudder of Virginia
|President||Former Senator Henry Jarrett of Indiana
|Director of Foreign Relations||Former Representative Jeffrey Sims of Winnemac
|Director of Defence||Former U.S. Marine John Rumford of Maine
|Director of Information||Former Journalist Stephen Colbert of South Carolina
|Director of the National Morality Bureau||Former FBR Agent Francis MacHine of North Carolina
|Director of the Treasury||Former Governor John Ambrose Fauntroy VI of Alabama||Director of Law||Former U.S. Attorney Michael Seaver of New York
|Director of Health||Former Miskatonic University Professor Sol Harkens of Virginia
|Director of Education||Former Army Ranger Jake Rivers of Texas
|Director of Agriculture||Former Christian activist Josua Wheaton of Texas
|Director of the Environment||Former Governor Steve Jordan of Alaska
These were individuals who were important members of both the Sons of Jacob and the government of Gilead but were not officially members of the Council due to the requirement that there be only twelve members. Nevertheless, they attended Council meetings and were endowed with all the titles and rights of members of the Council.
|Commander||Former Deputy Director of ARGUS Frederick Waterford of Massachusetts|
|Commander||Former eCorp Vice-president of Acquisitions Warren Putnam of Missouri|
|Commander||Former political pundit Ray Cushing of Catawba|
|Commander||Former police officer MacKenzie Malloy of Euphoria|
|Commander||Former head of the Majority for Musical Morality Dr. James Righteous of California|
Commander Former Senator Curtis Haas of Wyoming