What is camarilla?

  • (noun): A clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue.
    Synonyms: cabal, faction, junto


A camarilla is a group of courtiers or favourites who surround a king or ruler. Usually, they do not hold any office or have any official authority at court but influence their ruler behind the scenes. Consequently, they also escape having to bear responsibility for the effects of their advice. The term derives from the Spanish word, camarilla (diminutive of cámara), meaning "little chamber" or private cabinet of the king. It was first used of the circle of cronies around Spanish King Ferdinand VII (reigned 1814-1833). The term involves what is known as cronyism. The term also entered other languages like the German and Greek language, and is used in the sense given above.

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Camarilla - Other
... "Camarilla" is also the name of a "sect" (faction) in the role-playing game Vampire The Masquerade ... The Camarilla is a multi-planetary, multi-species secret organization intent on keeping Earth isolated from the rest of the galaxy in Brian Daley's "Fitzhugh ...
Masquerade Society - Anarchs
... Although they are technically members of the Camarilla, they reject the Camarilla's top down power structure, and aim to change it into the grand ... to their favor of an anarchic form of social organization over the Camarilla's traditional, hierarchical form ... members are drawn from the clans of the Camarilla and the Sabbat ...
Mind's Eye Theatre - Games - The Camarilla
... The Camarilla is the official worldwide fan organization of White Wolf ... Some Camarilla regions (such as Camarilla UK) run their own storylines independent of the global setting. 2010, It was announced that the Camarilla will no longer be owned and ran by White Wolf/CCP, and would become a NPO again ...
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines - Organizations - Anarchs
... that the authoritarian control proposed by the Camarilla is unnecessary ... a Toreador, is far more civil than the typical Anarch, but nonetheless hates the Camarilla just as much ... however, is not so loyal to the Anarchs and fancies herself the Camarilla Prince of Santa Monica ...