The Council of Elders is a political institution of the Telian civilization, on Telios Prime and other planets within the Shiss System. The members of the Council are made up of those members of the Unity that serve a life term. Designed both as a reward for a lifetime of service to the Telian people, being a member of the Council indicates the respect, trust and wisdom of the one selected. The current members of the Council make decisions on the inclusion of new members, although there can never be more than 25 members at a time. The Council provides its wisdom to both the Unity and the President of the Telian Federation.