Politics will play an important role in every aspect of the game. Political Leaders are elected to office and at any time they can be voted out of office. Finding the right group of Leaders to run your Kingdom will be vital to your Kingdom’s long term success.
There are 4 elected positions in each Kingdom. They are the Hand, the Minster of War, the Minister of Law, and the Minister of State. Each of these titles wields a different and definitely not equal power in the world. Provinces will only be allowed to hold one office at a time. Those being elected to more then one office at a time will only keep the title for the greater appointment.
Politics also plays a very important role with the Court System. We discuss the Court System under the Kingdom section of this User Guide. With appointment comes power, responsibility and rewards which are all outlined in the next 4 sections.
This person will be second only to the King. Since the King is essentially none existent in the day-to-day running of his Kingdom, the Hand will hold the true power over the Kingdom. This player will be allowed to change Kingdom tax rates, cancel diplomatic relations, Declare War, Chair the Kingdom’s Court system (gaining 2 votes for every decision), Decide Kingdom resource allocation percentages, Have contact with other Kingdom leaders throughout the world, establish Peace and set-up trade relationships. Because of the pressures and exposures inherent to this job, the Hand will also be given additional compensation in the form of 10% more after tax income and a 50% increase in Peasant growth rates because people will be drawn to Provinces with Power.
The War Minister is the second most prominent appointment a Province can achieve. This Person’s responsibilities include finding Kingdoms to wage war against and working with the Kingdom’s Hand to declare War and accepting terms when ending wars. Even though the Kingdom’s Hand is the only person that can actually declare War, the Hand will need to give council to their War Minister before making decisions of War. To continually ignore the advice of your War Minster might prove costly for the Hand when trying to gain additional protection from the Kingdom’s troops for their own territories.
This person will have powerful influence over the Courts when Provinces request any military aid from the Kingdom (gaining 3 votes for all troop assignment decisions). Because of the additional responsibilities of this position a Province will not only gain the title of War Minister but they will also receive 6% more after tax income and a 30% increase in their Peasant growth rate.
Nearly as powerful as the War Minister, the Law Minister’s responsibilities entail working with the Kingdom Hand to dictate a set of Kingdom policies that all members of the Kingdom will be required to uphold. The Law Minister’s true power comes in play in the Kingdom’s court system because they or the Hand will be the only Provinces that can choose to hold a vote for exiling another Province from your Kingdom or the lesser measure of imposing a fine on the Province which will take 100% of their Province income for the Kingdom’s coffers. As with the other offices for votes on Exiling and fining the Law Minster will receive 3 votes. One restriction will be that no elected Province can be exiled. They must first be voted out of office then a vote for exiling them can take place. Exiling a Province requires 8 of the 9 total votes where normal votes require only 6 of the 9 total to pass. With the Law Ministers responsibilities comes a reward of 5% more after tax income and a 25% increase in their Peasant growth rate.
The Minister of State is probably the weakest member of the appointed Provinces. Their responsibilities are more of an advisory role. They will advise the Hand on matters of tax rates and Kingdom resource allocation and will provide advice to individual Provinces about economic strategies. Because this person’s chief responsibilities are advising, only Provinces with proven track records for growth and prosperity should be considered for this position. Their one real job is that the State Minister sit in as the Chair in court when the Kingdom’s Hand is absent. They also receive 3 votes in Court for economic decisions like Provinces requesting Grain, or Gold. With this job comes the reward of 4% more after tax income.