Monthly Archives: November 2017

Forging an Empire: Free Kingdom

 

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Free Kingdom – For the Free Kingdom, voting, bidding, and the selling of tokens and souls has been with us for a couple of weeks now. Candidates with all types of alluring campaigns have emerged to win a title. These candidates aren’t without their own Kypiq furred-baggage and allegiances. With some being previous members or associates of a current kingdom or organization. Let’s tabulate a prediction, and bet, vote on the future.

Phyllain, the leader of Xeilias and previous Count of Kairos with favor from Vornair, and Violet Winterborne. A power couple almost as equal in power and dress to King Evelake and Duke Morbis “Chelesa” Alabast. Violet is the stronger forward face of this couple with her own controversies as other candidates have accused her of stealing ideas and accused her surrogates of using coercive measures to gather support. Phyllian says he wants to win but seems comfortable at the prospect of ruling behind the curtain of power through leverage and intimidation. In the end whether this couple, with Phyllain’s almost Bismarckian attitude and Violet’s subtle Machiavellianism, will last to create a stable Free Kingdom is yet to be seen. Their chances of winning currently are good though. (1 in 2)

Seele, the illustrious pontificate of the election would win, if it was simply based off of word count and context. As a non-connected candidate with lengthy ideals, Emperor Seele may be an underestimated choice and have the force to take it all but has a clear set of goals and policies he wants to achieve. This rings of someone who has been in positions of governance before. The question is: Is Seele’s leadership equal to his statesmanship? Thus far he has been unable to motive high energy from his base and seems to play on the defensive. (1 in 3)

The wearer of the ‘bombastic’ mustache, NiHZ, has garnered support from Vornair and Kairos. Overall she is a clever builder of coalitions but seems to lack the taste or ability of subterfuge compared to some of her competition. She would likely make quite the successful leader in the end but may become trapped in a labyrinth of shifting favors, deals, and alliances and this duplicity in support will be underappreciated, weakening her overall chances of success. (1 in 4)

His Holy Righteousness Personified, Leader of Horses and Scythes, Maulvorn VII will have to continue propagating foul play in token counting and continue prophesying a false sense of grandiose importance to the community to ensure the kingly crown resides with him. He is not a frontrunner in the contest but his aggressive rhetoric and propaganda keeps him very relevant in the race. The limits of his platform may, in the end, lose him the crown, but he will be a driving force in his kingdom so long as his momentum grows. (1 in 6)

The unabashed playboy of the election, Jon Warren, has placed his winning on the self-serving greed of others, rather than garnering support of a community. This tenuous support may last, but it may have to be continually bolstered by lavish parties paid for by future taxes. Likable enough nonetheless and with a decent, safe platform Jon Warren is the least controversial, and the most electable candidate from a stance of kingdom stability as there are no excessively strong feelings for or against his leadership. The primary controversy overall is Jon’s entrepreneurial ways of approaching problems. His competition does not like that he refuses to play by their rules. (1 in 7)

Lurking in the shadows it is unfair to despair against the Concierge, with support from Bordweall and King Dleatherus, this will be a test of numbers, camaraderie, and focused effort for the Concierge and Bordweall. The Concierge runs his platform by calling it deviate but simply means that the ends of the kingdom justify the use of any means. With the significant external pressures on the Free Kingdom and the internal lack of cohesion as a community with various strong, divergent personalities in leadership positions this approach may be the most dangerously forsightful. Unfortunately the current interpretation attracts destabilizing or fringe elements while driving more cautious elements to safer candidates. (1 in 10)

A somewhat late arrival in the race is Cheshire, a self-styled pauper queen. She inherently doubles down on the aggressive style of Maulvorn and does not come off as completely stable. Her platform is quite laissez-faire by saying she will not expect taxes or duties from her subjects. Given her campaign style as a declaration of war against the political machinery afoot. It is not certain whether she wants to win or simply be an interruption in the process. If it is the latter then we will likely be hearing more from Cheshire in the future. (1 in 50)

These candidates are merely members in an ongoing dance. Let us peer behind the curtain of politics and acknowledge its central players and workings. Some of these candidates with their ideals, thoughts and history have been with our community for a time. With this time and history unsettling, empirical allegiances and relations of opportunity have emerged. Let us attempt to discover who the true victors of this election shall be.

The despotic micromanagement of Vornair is a travesty against independent thought and, seen by some, akin to a plague of locusts. Their sheer potential population, resources and tax base is only held at bay by an inefficient and bumbling bureaucratic process that does little to serve those outside the king’s elite inner circle. With this Vornair does however possess the greatest chance of further objectifying Luna. By bribery, demands, or the puppeteering of Phyllain, Violent or NiHZ, the Free Kingdom can be brought to heel as a client state of a greater Vornic Empire. Sadly Duke Morbis will likely feel left out as King Evelake reaches in and controls another’s wants in pursuit of ultimate authority. (1 in 2)

Quiet composure, financially and educationally focused, Kairos is the meek forgotten brother of Vornair. This weakness may be exchanged for a subtle strength however, for lavish ties to Xeilias, Phyllain and Violet would increase the political power of Kairos without increasing the perception of growing threat to the status quo of world politics. These ties with previous members could spur on a golden age of Kairos influence, through a fetid alliance or pact. However, as with all siblings, most are unable to share their toys. The potential King Phyllain and Queen Violet may cease to exist from a simple tug-of-war (1 in 3).

Opposing Vornair in all, but sheer population, resources, tax base, community, tweets and likes, Bordweall limps into the fray. A defensive republic of duchies with King Dleatherus, as their mask wielding figurehead. Defensive in nature, creating a client of the Free Kingdom gives the Bordweall a means of creating a political partner in more provocative actions to further their goals. The Concierge has the mindset and moral compass to actively protect Bordweall’s interests abroad so long as they are in the Free Kingdom’s best interest as well. The partnership unfortunately has demanded far less respect than garnered, with even less of a likelihood for victory. However, it is important for Dleatherus’ errand runner to remain in the campaign, or risk opening doors for Vornair, Kairos or virtues forbid Maulvorn (1 in 6).

With the rest of the candidates being unaffiliated from major donors, propaganda or acceptance speeches. These are the few, Seele, Jon Warren and Maulvorn, which may, may be able to lead the Free Kingdom to independence instead of subjugation.

With these impeding victories or defeats current kingdoms will solidify alliances, and empires. The first wars of Luna will be fought over the allegiances of the Free Kingdom, a proxy war which will garner the glare and support of all Luna’s kingdoms. Demanding tribute for past support, and demanding help for future gains, the current kingdoms are selecting the King and Queen of our Free Kingdom. When purchasing tokens, rather than asking: ‘Who should I vote for?’ If it all. Maybe ask yourself: ‘Which current kingdom, if any, do I want to be aligned and beholden to?’ The great dance is upon us, make sure to choose your dance partner and bedfellow wisely.

Style Ahoy! To the Tortugas!

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Isla de Tortuga – We all know viking styles have been in vogue these passed years to the point that some could say there has been little more. That is all about to change on the County of Tortuga. Captain-Count Vigorish D’Artagnan is leading his men in an adventure on the high seas of fashion. While searching for Land in the Free Kingdom, “Vig” has promised wealth, land and, title to his closest, and only his closest supporters. Furthermore, in the planned haven of Port Royal, exotic goods and materials will flourish creating the perfect breeding ground for fashion forward experimentation. In these territories the liberal and uninhabited customs allow for creative enterprise of all types. So liberal, in fact, some have gone as far to consider such a group pirates or buccaneers, but that is merely the way the currents of style flow and they are naught but a ship a sail upon it. Who knows what styles the captains of well-dress will create in the future.

Royal Wedding Rumoured!

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Vornair – It is a beautiful feeling today in the Rhynelands, shops are ablaze with activity. It has only been a week since the discovery of King Evelake’s complicated romantic situation. Surely there had been trials and upsets, but this is a story proving what we all felt: Love Conquers All. It is rumored that a grand wedding is being planned between King Evelake Rhyne and the lovely groom Duke Morbis Alabast. An order of 100 otters, Morbis’s favorite animal, has been requisitioned to swim and play in a reflecting pool for the event. For those worries it has been confirmed that Lagertha is staying on officially as Queen of the Realm, even if stewards say the stress eating has caused her to gain a bit of weight. We wish the happy couple all the best but request that you respect the couple’s privacy and only leave your event RSVP’s, Well Wishes, and Congratulations on the Vornair forum post, and not on their Discord. All news is good news, but news of love is better ❤

Aravier in Revolt: Updated

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Free Kingdoms – After a 3 hour speech in the land of Aravier, the domain of Candidate Seele entered a state of peasant revolt. “We demand all laws and official proclamations be within 280 words,” one of the rebel leaders yelled. The farms lay untended as the ponderous laws of the local government take far too much time to read or explain. “It took candidate Seele 24 minutes to announce his candidacy. I regret learning to read now,” was another sentiment.

Update: The revolt is over the Royal Peasant interpreter explained, “Big’yin gonna run things up in fancy-land and tha’ shite, but he’s gon’ tae be fair and supportive of tha’ little peeps. Huzzah!” The people seem to have accepted that as a reasonable explanation and returned to their fields after a resounding Huzzah!. Only 587 died in the revolt, mostly from pre-existing dysentery.

Queen’s Gaze . . . of Destruction

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Theory that Comet is Not Magical but a Terrifying Rock

Fortuna – Researchers at the Royal Observatory of Fortuna are on the verge or releasing a white paper on their theories of the Queen’s Eye. Occurring about every 52 years many cultures see the comets arrival as an important religious event. The researchers however conjecture the comet is a mass of fast-moving rock and will collide with Elyria in six months creating a hellish landscape of incalculable destruction. Such a sundering could predicate the end of all life as we know it. There are calls for the researchers to be executed for heresy against such a holy gift to the skies, but the government of Fortuna reacts notoriously slow in most situations. In a related situation the leaking of details of the documents created a doomsday cult that is beginning to be seen about the lands. They self flagellate and scream the cryptic message of “No Refunds”.

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