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Interview Madness: Seele

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Free Kingdoms – Today Anders Andersen speaks with Seele in an exciting interview that must only be read to be believed!

Anders Andersen (AA): Do you feel your comprehensive plans are too advanced for most voters?
Seele (SE): I don’t really see my plans as being too advanced for most voters, and I like to give a lot of credit for people’s intelligence. Particularly a game like CoE which tends to attract the more intelligent end of the spectrum in terms of online playerbase. I am conscious though, that my ideas might be too thorough or less interesting for some voters when compared to some of the more sexy high-level concepts that other candidates are focusing their energies on. But the reality is that if you want a stable, well-thought out government that gives people the confidence required to invest heavily in businesses, or foreign heads of state the confidence that the person across the table is a formidable monarch, or someone who knows how to conduct a sustained and widespread war and not just someone good at individual battles, then you’re going to want someone like me on the throne.
AA: What are three basic rights of your citizens that will be guaranteed under your rule?
SE: The right to inherit in-line with absolute primogeniture; The right to stand trial under the justice system of the Kingdom; And the right to travel between settlements, Baronies, Counties, and Duchies within the Kingdom, without the need to pay a toll.
AA: Spring forward: Viking Fashion or Pirate Fashion?
SE: The answer is obvious. No one ever looks at a real Viking, or even Techno-Viking, and thinks “I can take him”.
AA: What do you feel is the singular greatest challenge you will face in the first 6 months post election?
SE: When I win, it’s going to be deciding on what Duchies we’re going to let into the reserved slots for the Kingdom. I think just outright denying anyone from the campaign the ability to bring along duchies that want to be part of the Kingdom would set a very sour note for the Kingdom from its beginning. But by the same token, there needs to some discussion and ultimately monarch decisions over which duchies are given those reserved slots and for what reasons. We don’t want to set up a situation where some duchies are joining but aren’t going to be committed to the kingdom, or loyal to the crown.
AA: What three guests would you most want to see at your coronation?
SE: Coronations are just pomp and ceremony. Any man who must have a big display to say “I am the King”, is no true King.
AA: How will you reach out to the rest of the Kingdoms politically?
SE: I already have reached out to them. They are cordial with me and I certainly have a good amount of respect for the Adam, Dleatherus, and Thared. They are of course polite and amiable in return, and happy to discuss and pontificate about a broad range of political, diplomatic, and economic considerations with me as a candidate, but I don’t think those relationships with other Kingdoms will truly be cemented until they have surety over what my own place in the Free Kingdom is going to be.
AA: Do you have any ideas for national holidays?
SE: The obvious one is the death of the mad Emperor and the fall of the Xeilias Empire. Happy Free Kingdom Day?
AA: There are rumors of you being unfairly attacked by competitors would you like to elaborate that situation?
SE: I personally haven’t seen much in the way of unfair attacks by other candidates. Supporters of other candidates have been talking shit, sure, but not the candidates themselves. The only unfair comment from another candidate I’ve seen was the one from Violet which tried to say that I had not built the gaming community of the SWC Empire up myself, rather, I had simply been handed it by my successor. I found that to be a rather uninformed statement to make publicly to try to undermine me; but what I’m doing in response is pulling together some references about my work in that other community to address the question of what I’ve achieved in other games.
AA: How do you feel you will mend the rifts created by this contest?
SE: Honestly, I believe the greatest thing to mend any rifts in this contest will be to recognise the talents and drivers of the Dukes that fall out of the competition, and to make sure that those talents are leveraged for the betterment of the Kingdom. There is a lot of focus on the competition at the moment because it’s activity, and potential drama, but after the competition is over then it’s time to roll up our sleeves and start building the actual kingdom together. I think CoE itself, as in the real game, will be more than enough to keep us all busy and focused on our jobs and the kingdom.
AA: What program can you implement do you feel will help your citizens the most?
SE: I plan on ensuring the Kingdom invests heavily in the Kingdom to build up our economy to make it self-sufficient to the extent possible, resistant to shocks, and has a lot of creativity that adds value to the kingdom. This will be in the form of co-investment by the kingdom, and should give access to capital that’s needed for people to start up great ideas, to invest in infrastructure, or expand operations. In return, the Kingdom gets a share of the profits, which it can then reinvest in the Kingdom.
AA: Out of the current Interview participants (Maulvorn, Nihz, Duffy, Jon Warren) what position would you have for each of them?
SE: Jon’s economic knowledge and creativity has been on display for everyone to see, so I see the Lord Chancellor (Economy & Production) role being perfect for him. Duffy is well spoken, articulate, has his fingers in many pies already, and developed a solid and respected reputation in the competition thus far, so he’s the kind of person I’d be looking at for Lord Commissioner (Foreign Affairs & Intrigue). NiHZ and Maulvorn are both leading religious roleplay, so I’d be quite happy to let the pair of them duke it out on the religion front, and which one triumphs in the hearts and minds of the Kingdom, would be Archbishop.
AA: What are some ideas you have for growing local infrastructure?
SE: Since I answered for private enterprise above, I’m going to focus this answer on the local and public infrastructure. What I want to see is investment by the Kingdom, Duchy, County, and Settlements in their public infrastructure. Not only does the construction of those roads, bridges, waterwheels, ports etc end up providing jobs and opportunities for players to design and build, but they also provide the capacity for regions to foster and encourage new businesses and expansion of extant ones. Co-investment by the tiers of government is going to be important for the strategic infrastructure, but the real interesting question will be the views of people within the kingdom regarding private investment into public infrastructure; where much of the medieval and renaissance public infrastructure we see in Europe actually came from.
When asked for final thoughts Seele, in a formal and earnest tone said:
This isn’t a campaign for some guild leadership. We are looking for someone with the composure, the experience, the knowledge, the skills, and the expertise to forge a new kingdom in the game. For anyone who looks at my campaign and thinks to themselves “This is a person who could wear the crown and rule a good kingdom“, then be sure to send in your tokens to help me become the King.

Interview Madness: NiHZ

handlebar-mustache-black-graphic-on-grey-background.pngFree Kingdom – Today lead reporter sits with candidate NiHZ for a quaint and deep interview:

Anders Andersen (AA): How often do you wax your moustache?

NiHZ (NZ): Every 42 minutes. I have a small retinue of Kypiq groomers at the ready for while I’m asleep and while I’m busy doing other things. Don’t mind them, I’m cutting this interview a little close. They get antsy.

AA:What are three basic rights of your citizens that will be guaranteed under your rule?

NZ: The right to travel; I have no desire to have citizens be pigeonholed into whatever town or county or duchy they begin in. The right to petition an audience with their leadership. The right to assemble peacefully.

AA: Spring forward: Viking Fashion or Pirate Fashion?

NZ: Pirates are very -in- right now. I have to admit I have grown a fondness for eyepatches lately.

AA: What do you feel is the singular greatest challenge you will face in the first 6 months post election?

NZ: Well, first it would be setting up my community infrastructure. Forums, discord, branding, hierarchy, and picking up all of the loose leaf pamphlets left behind by the Church of Thearyn.

AA: What three guests would you most want to see at your coronation?

NZ: Lovely bird Caeoltoiri, whom I miss.
Count CheshireOne, who has stuck with me for two years.
And Duke Cyneric Torrin, who said “NiHZ for Queen!” at the back of an assembly one day and inspired me to go for Gold.

AA: How will you reach out to the rest of the Kingdoms politically?

NZ: I’ve already become friendly with them. I’ve played games with two, and had debates with another. Once the game has started, I hope to maintain the good relationship I have with these kingdoms while we all look inward to our own communities and work on building ourselves up as quickly as possible.

AA: Do you have any ideas for national holidays?

NZ: The Trimming of the Stache will fall on every third moon. Those with interest will come and see the royal Kypiq groomers carefully trim the stray moustache hairs and release them to the wind.

AA: How do you respond to critics who say you aren’t aggressive enough to be queen?

NZ: I’m clearly not a campaigner. I don’t like to shove myself out there in people’s faces. I like to manage communities, listen to people’s ideas, and find the best way to implement them. I like it, and I do it well. If my campaign is what people mean by not aggressive enough, they don’t understand what it means to be a leader. My quiet campaign may lose me the contest because I’m not the loudest, flashiest, most adorable candidate, but I will still be here after the pomp and circumstance is over.

AA: How do you feel you will mend the rifts created by this contest?

NZ: Give a little to get a lot. This kingdom is going to be a game of compromising in many ways, but everyone will have their own duchies and counties to play around in how they like. That’s what makes losing less of an issue.

AA: What program can you implement do(that?) you feel will help your citizens the most?

NZ: Resource exchange. At the very beginning, helping to facilitate trade as quickly as possible between settlements will help speed along building and progress. I think it’s going to be important to help people out with that as much as we can for the first few months. Setting up a place on the forums or discord where people can ask or offer trades, and then funding a transport guild that wants to do deliveries will be a great way to boost the kingdom towards better things.
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AA: Out of the current Interview participants (Maulvorn, Seele, Duffy, Jon Warren) what position would you have for each of them?

NZ: Seele in Policy, Jon in Economy. Maulvorn might find a place as a leader of religion, if he’s interested, but only if he can dial it back a bit to be open to research and study on more than his own faith.

Duffy knows where Duffy goes.

AA: What are some ideas you have for growing local infrastructure?

NZ: One of the most interesting things I see in the coming features is zoning and taxation. Lowering that taxation on certain zones to encourage growth in that area will be a great tool in nudging people towards certain professions in certain areas. If a count wants to put their farms in one area and their commercial districts in another, they can tell their mayors that and promise to lower the taxation on those things in those areas. It’ll help with organization and building up what’s needed most on a County level.

When asked if there were any final thoughts NiHZ has this to say to our attentive readers:

NZ: Hm. Don’t vote for the first person you see. Don’t fall for the cult of personality. Look for the future, look for the people who are putting in the work. Look for the people who are patient, welcoming, and inclusive. It’s a popularity contest and a money contest, but the voting doesn’t end on the 31st.

Now it is time for the vote to decide a winner.

Interview Madness: Jon Warren

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Free Kingdom – Good day readers, today reporter Anders Andersen sits with candidate Jon Warren for a candid interview of the hot topics of today.

Anders Andersen (AA): How will you ensure prosperity in a kingdom as Fractured as the Free Kingdoms?

Jon Warren (JW): Being a fractured kingdom is a strength in a way. The differences in us creates diversity of thought and that diversity grows new ideas. incentivizing new Ideas allows the kingdom to grow and prosper.

AA: What are three basic rights guaranteed under your regime?

JW: Rights to Life, Property, and Free expression of thought.

AA: What will be the hottest fashion this spring Vikings or Pirates?

JW: Definitely Vikings

AA: What do you feel is the singular greatest challenge you face in the first six months post the election?

JW: Unification of the kingdom and stability. We will need to  handle large, fast population increases,  those people need to be fostered, trained, and learn cooperation with the kingdom’s culture so we can all prosper.

AA: What three guests would you like to have attend your coronation?

JW: King Dleatherus of Bordweall, King Thared of Kairos, and King Adam of Vornair.

AA: How will you reach out to the other kingdoms politically?

JW: Through trade and remaining peacefully neutral. I have negotiated some mutual financial deals in partnership with Kairos that will help grow both of our economies.

AA: Do you have any ideas for national holidays?

JW: I want to make national holidays to commemorate great events of national pride that occur after the founding of the dynasty.

AA:  You have a well-known reputation for your schemes to generate tokens, how did you come to your political strategy?

JW: I have a sharp mind for solving problems. I greatly appreciate the support of my followers and want to demonstrate a way to show that their support of me benefits themselves as well. I want my supporters to know they have value and I want that value to increase.

AA: How do you feel you will mend the rifts created by this contest?

JW: I would talk to the parties privately, find out their needs and issue, then mediate the situation to the best result possible. This won’t happen quickly in some cases, but it is for the benefit of the kingdom overall. I also want to have the nobility attend group events to socialize together, encouraging bridge building and personal bonding of the community.

AA: How will you draw players skeptical of the Free Kingdom’s stability?

JW: Some may be hard to convince, but i want to show good community and mutual, beneficial prosperity for all who are in the kingdom.

AA: Out of the current Interview participants (Maulvorn, Seele, Nihz, Duffy) what position would you have for each of them?

JW: Seele has great writing skills, I can see him putting legislation and policies to words in order for them to be available and clear to everyone. Nihz would make a good religious advisor helping keep the spirits of the people uplifted. Duffy (The Concierge) has interesting academic ideas that I like. Maulvorn would be Master of Horses to give the kingdom the best mounted soldiers.

When asked for final thoughts candidate Jon Warren had to say: The way I am designing Vitalis is to be a beacon of prosperity, safety and growth. Where entrepreneurship is rewarded and you are compensated fairly for the duties you perform. Together we can be the light of success across the face of the world.

Now it is time for the voters to decide.

Interview Madness: The Concierge

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Free Kingdom – This is part two of out interview series on the Free Kingdom monarch candidates. Today lead reporter Anders Anderson sits with Duffy: the Concierge.

Anders Andersen (AA): How will you ensure order in a kingdom as Fractured as the Free Kingdoms?

Duffy the Concierge (TC): A simple set of kingdom wide laws backed by local and kingdom level police should keep low-level order without much trouble. Additionally enabling the general populace to accomplish their goals via insuring their safety and kingdom wise initiatives should help keep order. Within the nobility it’s matter of getting everyone on the same page and working towards common goals by exploiting each individual’s area of expertise and allowing them freedom to rule their territory as they see fit; so long as they do not contradict the base kingdom laws.

AA: What are three basic rights of your citizens that will be guaranteed under your rule?

TC: I currently have three “Cardinal” laws that will form the basis of my legal system: 1. Mutually agreed upon explicit Contracts are enforced above all else. 2. Self Determination for all. (Catch-all safety guarantee) 3. Right to Petition. The first law is an important basis. By minimizing any legal restrictions on contracts I can give players far more control over what they can do in-game so long as all parties to the contract agree with the terms. This is mainly where I expect my push for positive use of deviant mechanics to come into play. The second law will be covered by the implicit laws of the land that will protect players and their property, but it also reinforces the first law by allowing an agreed upon explicit contract to override any implicit laws. Finally, the third law is to ensure that the people have access to their nobility. I’ll be implementing a simple petition procedure to insure any issues, ideas, or complaints get resolved or escalated to a level that can resolve the petition.

AA: Spring forward: Viking Fashion or Pirate Fashion?

TC: Viking all the way, they’re far superior all around.

AA: What do you feel is the singular greatest challenge you will face in the first 6 months post the election?

TC: Getting the economy going on a Kingdom scale; with the economy comes everything else. Moving out of the initial localized barter/communist stage and into a full-blown inter-regional currency based capitalist system will be a huge priority. I anticipate getting the infrastructure and logistics going to support this will be a significant challenge.

AA: What three guests would you most want to see at your coronation?

TC: I don’t particularly care for pageantry, we’ll have too much work to do.

AA: How will you reach out to the rest of the Kingdoms politically?

TC: I’ve already chatted with the other Kings or official kingdom representatives and those conversations have been amicable. I’m anticipating continuing that high level open dialogue as time goes on while also building some basic diplomatic frameworks to handle more technical aspects like trade or border disputes. Additionally we’ll need guidelines for communication with Dukes, Counts, and Mayors in other kingdoms to insure important information at any level is disseminated appropriately and does not get lost.

AA: Do you have any ideas for national holidays? 

TC: Nothing solid at the moment, but I’m imaging holding various community events and activities across the kingdom from time to time and those could easily be tied to some holidays we create around some aspect of the game’s setting.

AA: You have a well-known reputation for your deviancy do you still feel this helps your cause to be king?
TC: It’s a mixed bag and the primary reason I clarified and re-branded early on in the race. On the one hand those that just take a quick glance tend to get scared off if they have no interest in deviant mechanics. On the other hand those that read the guts of my framework or chat with me get that it’s not that big a deal and I’m definitely not advertising for an anything goes deviant kingdom. I’m trying to find ways to make sure the day-to-day use of deviant mechanics have a productive and positive place in the kingdom instead of relegating them purely to criminals and politics.
AA: How do you feel you will mend the rifts created by this contest?
TC: I think the key to mending any potential rifts is a clean and simple kingdom framework to avoid any sort of favoritism accusations followed by pushing people in productive directions that play to their strengths. That should help keep the headbutting to a minimum or at least prevent it from negatively affecting the kingdom. At least as long as it doesn’t reach too hostile a level. If things get out of hand it’s possible more severe steps would need to be taken, but I don’t foresee that being necessary with the currently known lead candidates.
AA: How will you deal with internal factions within the kingdom?
TC: Factions are okay as long as they can work within the kingdom’s framework. Having different viewpoints is important for healthy discussion and improving the kingdom over time. If a faction became problematic due to something like making power grabs, then there’s always the usual options to deal with conflict: diplomacy, sanctions/social pressure, assassins, and Casus Belli.
AA: Out of the current Interview participants (Maulvorn, Seele, Nihz, Jon Warren) what position would you have for each of them?
TC: Jon and I have recently discussed a bunch of economic ideas and that is the area he promotes the hardest, so pretty clearly he’s the Economic Advisor. Seele seems very talented at building bureaucracy and has a strong inclination towards logistics so he could fill the Policy/Legal Advisor role. Nihz is probably the most well-balanced of us image and personality wise, she would make a very good Head Diplomat/Foreign Affairs advisor. Maulvorn obviously has the religious corner, but I think he might not be too bad as a Military Advisor. I would of course deal with Espionage and Counter Espionage along with my Kingly duties.
At this point the candidate was asked if there were any further closing statements but he declined. So now it is up to you, the voter, to decide.

Interview Madness: Maulvorn

Free Kingdom – Welcome to the first of our final candidate interviews before the close of results. Todays Interview is Maulvorn, Leader of the Thearyn movement. He sat down with our interviewer, lead reporter, Anders Andersen, to answer some questions.

Anders Andersen (AA): How were the reactions to your recent film?

Varuian Maulvorn (VM): It was targeted to a core audience of those that are interested in the narrative we are offering, towards those people it was very successful. Our opposition jumped on it but that is to be expected.

AA: What do you think will be the lead fashion this spring? Pirates or Vikings?

VM: In Thearyn I have already had a sneak peek into some of the trendy Gentry fashion; Here have a look at these sketches

Nice, simple fashion to show committment to modesty. Whatever “viking” or “pirate” fashion is we Thearyn pride ourselves on our own identity.

AA: What are the preferred dining utensils and courtesies in your court?

VM: For meal times it would be the simple starter plates for the first course with its own set of knives and forks, then the dinner plate with it’s own knives and forks (they change dependent on what the meal is) with a dessert plate/bowl with spoon and knife ,  drinks will be served in cups or goblets with the drinks being served in pitchers (so the dinner guests will serve themselves) – Food will be simple most days with only fancy dishes being served when foreign dignitaries around; otherwise a part of being virtuous  is modesty, spending more than needed on simple dinner is a waste.

AA: What three guests do you want to see most at your coronation?

VM: Flawliss for his nonstop effort and commitment to the cause, Quency for his wisdom and Serpentius for being sagely.

AA:  Do you have any ideas for national holidays?

VM: Thearyn Unification day which is celebrated every 8 years – to commemorate the 8 years it took to unify our people.

AA: What are three basic rights of your citizens that will be guaranteed under your rule?

VM: The right to a home or living accommodations, the right to travel and work, the right to food, Virtori faith and self-improvement. Not to say these aren’t the only rights citizens have, just listing three.

AA: How do you feel about the less than excited response by most people to the idea of a Virtori Theocracy?

VM: It is to be expected but once they see the positives it brings they will change their minds; I have commissioned Flawliss to create a presentation of the Church once they the see what Thearyn has to offer they will change their minds and they can see how that would work with what most of their plans entail.

AA: How will you spread the faith if the kingdom consists of traditionally non-Virtori tribes?

VM: Over time due to voluntary conversions. When they see the Church do things for them that their old faiths don’t they will see that we are the true faith. Conversion by the sword is not efficient, stable, or feasible here.

AA: What is the first program to be implemented after you begin your rule? Tell us about it.

VM: The internal stabilisation decree – focuses on providing food security, law enforcement and border security. The free kingdom won’t be overly stable when I take my rightful position so we will need to work together both with the dukes and the Faith to ensure that towns are supplied with food and resources, foreign raiders are repelled and the industry and economic base can grow.

AA: You have a well-known rivalry in this contest with Violet Winterborne, will this be mended after the contest or are we seeing to early fractures of political schism?

VM: I will happily work with Violet, I only have the best interests of the Kingdom at heart and as such will work with everyone in the ducal council.

AA: What do you feel is the single greatest challenge you will face in the first 6 months post this election? What is your solution?

VM: Getting the Dukes onboard, some are skeptical which is to be expected but we will work diligently to show that Thearyn is indeed the right fit for the Free Kingdom. That will vary depending on the candidate, most are worried that I will interfere with how they run their duchies, in general day-to-day running I won’t involve myself as it is not the Monarchs place nor has the Monarch got the time to do that. However I will have set guidelines for them to follow and they are:

  • Pay taxes (a given)
  • Respond to calls of arms (a given)
  • Work towards the overall set goals or targets that the Monarch has given
  • Allow the Faith to set up within the Duchies – They do not have to partake in the institutions or any of the ceremonies but they must allow it to set up without hindrance.

The purpose of the monarch in my opinion is to act as a supervisory role setting targets and goals with the Dukes and it being filtered down and to ensure that it is actually being done.

AA: How will you reach out to the rest of the kingdoms politically?

VM: Through trade or common faith, I wish to remain neutral or have a mutual benefit.

AA: Thank you that was the final question do you have any final words for our readers?

VM: I have two statements. I approve of the work your organisation [The Elyrian Examiner] does and am happy to support your development in the free kingdom, information spread and exchange of ideas is core to the kingdom and the Faith, for the truth comes from the Virtues and it is up to us to decipher it, discuss, debate and spread it. Secondly, I am happy to work with whomever wins Duchies in the free Kingdom, I am pragmatic and as such am open for discussions; Feel free to read our literature and approach me if you want more information or even just to have a general chitchat I will hang out with anyone pretty much.

The rest is for you, the voter, to decide.

 

Violet Winterborne: Small Business Ally

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In an effort to reach out past recent setbacks, Violet Winterborne has championed the causes of small business and entrepreneurial spirit. With recent endorsements of Port Royal and Swindler’s Sound we can rest easy knowing the economy is safe and that small start ups will not have their interests put second to monolithic shipping magnates. A victory for the little guy if there ever was one.

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.

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