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    Economics student, hate soup, love railroads

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    Durant Goldhand
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    Money Grubbing Dwarf

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  1. [!] The sewers of the world for the last few decades have been thoroughly investigated, scavenged, and protected by none other than Tuzbug’Krap, more infamously known as “The Trash Gobo.” In the days of his former glory, the Goblin would collect copious amounts of garbage, and wheel them back to his hideaway in San’Torr, during the days of Axios. Whilst the Goblin had a passion for garbage collection, in an effort to appease the trash spirit, Krap, he would then happily operate as a pawn shop, reselling valuables and buying items he considered cross a certain threshold of “shininezz.” Additionally, the Trash Gobo was a notorious inventor and smith, creating strange and innovative contraptions to export across the continent, although his breakthroughs were never considered to be groundbreaking (apparently the duel blade/fishing rod wasn’t viewed as practical, as test subjects routinely stabbed themselves whilst casting a line). Although granted a fruitful and incredible career, he was branded as a white-wash upon the birth of his short-lived multi-racial son, Lil’ Trashy, a creation many considered an abomination. Ever since, The Trash Gobo has been unsuccessful in reclaiming the former glory of his trash emporium. Until now. THE TRASH GOI Operated by Tuzbug’Krap, the Trashgoth of Clan Krap ”Ohhhhhh, yub, yub, yub!” the Gobo exclaimed. “Mi trazh empyre. . . itz finali upen fur buzinezz agayn! Latz wunt shiniez? Kum n’ get ‘emz! Latz wunt krap? Kum n’ get ‘emz!” The Trash Gobo’s Emporium, dating back to the days of Axios, were one of the cultural revolutions which has lead to the industrial significance of goblin contributions in today’s Orcish society. Those glorious discoveries and talents are now being expanded beyond, with the establishment of the new Trash Goi, situated in the sewers of New Reza. The sewers of New Reza were chosen for their accessibility, dense traffic, and spaciousness. This new trash goi, one would hope, shall return the great trash collection operation once implemented ages ago. Do not be alarmed if you see a small goblin waltzing down your street, asking for this week’s trash. The Trashgoth’s responsibilities are as follows; To establish routine trash collection services across the realm. To sell and purchase bountiful and precious items in an effort to appease Krap. To utilize the available resources in order to create feats of technological innovation. The Trash Goi is located under the sewer hatch to the left of the produce store in New Reza. Praise Krap! ((You can always message me if you’d like to access the Trash Goi, but I’m not around.)) Papa_Liam Liam#7649
  2. OOC ((MC Name: Papa_Liam)) ((Discord: Liam#7649)) ((Timezone: EST)) IN-CHARACTER Name: Tûzbûg'Krap II, “The Trash Gobo” Why seek membership to the Mages Guild?: The arcane arts are almost taboo among my native community. The very allusiveness of magical practices in our culture makes it all the more fascinating, I respect it both as a scientific practice and as an art form. If it is something that I can continue to preserve as we see generations of mages come and go, then I'd humbly serve as the bearer of knowledge. What arts, if any, do you currently practice?: None. What position do you desire to attain upon acceptance?: Practicus When should you be contacted for an interview?: ((Will mostly be available in the afternoons, after 3pm EST.))
  3. One justice, Eugene “Eddy” Bracchus, claims the case, and the circuit accepts such. Both parties have five Saint’s Days to submit their evidence.
  4. OG caliphate gang, brother 🤙
  5. I wanted to have a brief discussion about the player’s relationship with LotC as a server, and about how some of us prioritize certain aspects of our lives. A lot of folks in this community take their character’s affairs very seriously, to the point where we allow the roleplay we partake in to cause us legitimate, emotional and mental anguish, to the point where we forget that we’re playing a videogame – and I’ve noticed that this particularly impacts our younger players, which to me, is extremely concerning. Most of you know me as the Sanoist guy, the GA guy, the Illatian mafia guy, the railroad baron guy, or the Parliament guy. I started playing on LotC the summer between 8th grade and my freshman year in highschool, around the time we switched over to Vailor. I was fifteen, and the reason LotC appealed to me is because I sort of fit your stereotypical description of the anti-social kid in the back of the class who wore gray hoodies year-round. I had a few people who were fluctuating friends, but I don’t think I really had any sort of normal highschool friend group. I was the kid that ate lunch in the stairwell, or in a teacher’s office, if I could find it. My weight was always something that I was heavily concerned with, I was a pretty chubby kid. I was pretty obsessed with listening to podcasts and drawing, even though I wasn’t that good at it, but that didn’t matter, it gave me some way to express myself creatively. Still, I didn’t have much interest in any traditional social activities, like sports or after-school clubs. I was pretty cynical, I thought that I was above the “jocks” and “popular kids,” even though all I really wanted to do was be in their friend groups. That’s why LotC has such a strong appeal to me, it gave me the chance to interact with others free of judgement, and additionally, it was an outlet to express myself. I was a kid with a lot to say, and with nobody to talk to, LotC seemingly had a lot to offer. And it did, over the last five years, I’ve had a lot of fun and met some pretty great players who I’ve formed close friendships with. Those people are fantastic human beings who helped me to get through highschool. However, at a lot of points during my time on the server, I found myself frustrated, upset, and angry at the happenings of my character and our group, anytime something went wrong either in-game or OOC’ly. It would ruin my day, and when I got home, my top priority wouldn’t be homework, it would be the server and how I could remedy whatever way in which I was wronged. It got to the point where I almost had to repeat my freshman year, if it hadn’t been for a very generous teacher who gave me an extra credit opportunity that I didn’t at all deserve. That caused some serious, unnecessary stress on top of what was already a pretty bleak highschool experience. Fortunately, my last year and a half of highschool, I was able to simultaneously play LotC while getting my grades into the 80’s and 90’s. I was accepted to some local colleges, and some were pretty reputable for their government/poli sci/economics programs that I was applying for, but I was also accepted to a certain school in Quebec that I didn’t seriously consider at first. On a whim, I decided to go to school over the border, and I cannot express how much of a good decision that was for me. At first, my reason for going abroad was because it was cheaper than any in-state school I was accepted to, and I was disappointed because I couldn’t afford one of the other schools I had been accepted to, but I soon realized that this was the best school for me. Back in September, I stopped playing LotC, cold turkey, because I was so preoccupied by my classes and the parties I was going to. At first, I was pretty disappointed that I couldn’t continue roleplaying, but realized that I didn’t miss it. I made a massive group of friends from so many different walks of life, coming from countries I’d barely even heard of, with varying interests and incredible stories to tell. That’s why, for a solid ~6 months or so, I hardly logged onto the server at all – and I didn’t miss it one bit. This is what I did during those six months at school. I made incredible friends who’d take a bullet for me, and I’d take a few bullets for them. I have a solid GPA, and I’m applying for my department’s honors program this year. I have an internship lined up for the near future (which I was supposed to be doing right now, thanks ‘rona), and I’ll be an orientation leader for the incoming freshmen next semester, which was an incredible experience for me as a freshman. I lost a lot of weight, and I’m no longer camera shy. The reason I’ve made this thread is because, as I return to LotC looking for something to do amidst this quarantine, I found myself getting frustrated all over again, and I have to remind myself that it’s not something worth getting huffy over, and I think a lot of people in this community need that reminder, too, seeing as a lot of folks in this community take their groups pretty seriously – and that’s okay! It’s good that you have a project that you’re working on, and if you’re having fun doing it, then continue to do so. But you have to remember, this isn’t something worth getting stressed over. I think that I’ve recently realized that the reason I played so much as a kid is because that was a substitute for my absent social life, and the reason I got incredibly stressed out is because LotC was, in a way, my top life priority. If something went downhill on the server, it felt like your life was falling apart, because that’s all you really had going for you at the time. That’s because there’s a lot of addictive elements to the server, and that’s something we have to be readily aware of. So here’s my short guide on how to enjoy LotC in a healthy manner; if you’re doing something that stresses you out, or you’re playing with a group that’s seemingly toxic, then leave for a different group, or start your own project. Do something else. The minute that you’re obsessing over in-game affairs and it takes a toll on your emotional health, you’re no longer having fun, and the purpose of the server is defeated. Does this mean you have to stop playing LotC? No, not necessarily, it just means that you need to prioritize fun over all else when you do play. It’s not worth it if you’re getting all huffy and puffy over a game. Additionally, I don’t know which gray hoodie wearing, back of the class sitting, anti-social kid who eats on the stairwell needs to hear this, but you’re gonna turn out fine. Go outside this summer, and try to talk to some of your peers with interests similar to your own (so long as you practice social distancing). I promise, if you give the jocks and the “cool kids” a chance, most of them are actually pretty nice people. Don’t be elitist, you’re not above everybody else just because you don’t play sports and don’t party and don’t post on social media. Take the time to meet others, most folks aren’t two-dimensional, and actually have a lot to offer. And if they don’t give you the time of day right away, keep trying, you’ll find a group of people who appreciate you. I know right now it seems like you might be invisible, but put yourself out there and you’ll see just how fast life can turn around. You will be fine. This isn’t necessarily a leaving post, I assume that I’ll be hanging around LotC for the summer whilst we’re stuck in quarantine, but by that same token, I assume I’ll also be taking another semi-hiatus once the next semester rolls around. You’re all very great and amazing people, and I just wanted to remind you all to take a breather. (And if you’re one of those individuals graduating highschool and have the option to go somewhere abroad or out-of-state, do it. Go on an adventure, I promise it’ll be a great experience.)
  6. Looking for some RP that’s new to me, been doing imperial human stuff for eons — any active group suggestions?

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    2. Papa Liam

      Papa Liam

      I cant decide between all of these suggestions, so I shall be playing an half Orc half Dwed Sutican child monk with Orenian roots who lives in Brandybrook and is a personal viking slave to Father Caius

    3. _Hexe_

      _Hexe_

      alchemy

    4. Drunken Mutt

      Drunken Mutt

      Solid choice

  7. Abeyot prepares to score a mineman wife.
  8. Not gonna bother droning on for ten paragraphs that you won’t read, but for the longest time, I’ve thought that the amount of mina injected into the LotC economy has made it impossible to create the sort of economic and material conflict that makes aspects of roleplay interesting. LotC is an outlet that could have a really dynamic economy if poverty, strife, and shortages actually existed. There’s no real need for labour of any sort, and consumers hardly buy anything aside from food and iron occasionally. It’s not something I’ve put hours of thought into, but if one day of voting didn’t provide us with a week’s worth of tax money, then maybe the server’s economy – and inevitably, the quality of roleplay created from material conflict – would fare better. The obvious issue with cutting mina as a reward from voting would be a decline in the incentive to vote, but I’d argue there are other incentives that can be offered. I think providing food is an adequate enough incentive, alongside the periodic voting milestone rewards offered (rename tokens, soulstone cooldown, shop of wonders vouchers, etc). This is just a thought I’ve had for a while, and I wanted to know what others thought, and how else we might be able to spur economic activity on the server
  9. Ruling of The Crown v. Sir Veikko Harjalainen Varoche Hall, 9th of Harren’s Folley, 1768 Presiding Justice: Eugene Bracchus Prosecution: Farooq B. Gray Defendant: Veikko Harjalainen Witnesses: Green Carrington Mary Philippa Alren deNurem Philip Pruvia Charges: 203.012 – Where an individual intentionally deprives another of movable property without the consent of its owner, and this property is of great amounts, this shall be theft in the first degree or grand theft. 204.0101 – Where an individual intentionally or negligently fails to abide by the terms of a written or verbal contract, misleads regarding its terms, or provides insufficient consideration for its completion, to the detriment of another, and this detriment is of great amounts, this shall be fraud in the first degree. 204.01 – Where an individual commits acts with the intent to compromise the integrity of the Crown and its constituent institutions by waging insurrection and seeking the destruction of the Imperial State by impugning the character and person of the Crown through subversive means such as collusion with enemy entities and actors against the State, this shall be treason. Verdict: The accused, Veikko Harjalainen, is found guilty on the charges of grand theft (203.012) and fraud in the first degree (204.0101), but found innocent on the charge of treason (204.01). Sentencing: The accused is sentenced to three years imprisonment – from the 9th of Harren’s Folley, 1768, to the 9th of Harren’s Folley, 1771, after which he shall serve a lifetime banishment from the Empire. Should the accused reenter the Empire under any condition, he is subject to additional charges. Additionally, the accused is to be stripped of his knighthood.
  10. The Universal Union of Imperial Workers, Commoners & Allies The Atheran Kestrel is depicted within a red star. Often a symbol closely affiliated with the De Rolle Rebellion in the early 1500’s, the Atheran Kestrel is associated with democratic values and the city of Felsen. 11th of Godfrey’s Triumph, 1768 The Universal Union is a multipurpose, Orenian based political organization dedicated to providing protections to the working people of the Empire, lobbying political actors to influence legislation, and to deliver missives educating the public on political affairs in the Empire which are often ignored. With little political freedom in our current electoral system and the inability to participate in elections directly, the Universal Union will make a strident attempt to assist the commoner class of the Empire in the most impactful ways possible. ON THE POLITICAL REALM The Universal Union acts as a lobbying group, wherein representatives from the organization attempt to influence legislation, votes, or elections through exerting political pressure on public officials. Our lobbying division is committed to a dedicated platform negotiated upon by members, for the benefit of an ever-growing commoner class who lacks proper representation in our evolving society. We accomplish this task via public editorials covering the negative or positive actions of various politicians, organizing public demonstrations, and providing endorsements to those who fight for the rights of the commoner class. As a result, the Universal Union is hiring full-time, professional lobbyists committed to promoting our cause. Our values and positions include; Advocating policies which best suit the commoner, and will create a society catering to the majority Pushing to achieve legal third-party status, and the freedom to participate in national elections for all Abolish and outlaw all inhumane practices relating to slavery, wage slavery, and indentured servitude Ensure that a worker’s salary adequately exceeds that of their taxes Create a government backed bond and stock market Spur consumer spending, creating a functioning market which can provide adequate employment, and ensure everyone is given the opportunity to work Implement incentives which encourage civil participation in aspects of government such as voting and participating on the jury Establish public housing projects, which provide compact and cheap apartments in urban centers Encourage public education initiatives for every single citizen Advance the urban proletariat culturally and intellectually, guiding them in the practices of philosophy, history, civics, the humanities, and artisan works Kickstart the most massive infrastructure project in Imperial history Defend the civil rights of all Imperial citizens Implement workplace regulations to make the lives of the commoner safer and more efficient ON THE MEDIA REALM The Universal Union shall sponsor our own weekly newspaper, dubbed “UNCHAINED,” and shall be distributed for two mina a copy in public squares. The ultimate goal of this publication will be the education of the masses on the matters of state and politics. These issues will include extensive coverage of both the Imperial House of Commons and the actions of provincial and local governments. Interviews of leading politicians and bureaucrats, editorials from scholars, and other information supporting the commoner class will be provided in these issues. That is why we are hiring writers and reporters, on commission for each article written. ON THE LEGAL REALM Should you fancy yourself a member of the Universal Union, you may be mailed a membership card, indicating your solidarity with the rest of us belonging to commoner society. In exchange for your union dues -- which are a flat 50 mina per Saint’s month -- you will be provided with free legal counsel when challenging management, large businesses, or the state when it comes to unfair actions or practices. Additionally, our lawyers will offer workplace assistance should any member believe that an injustice has taken place, and will assist in the practice of collective bargaining. Issued by, Union President Okoro ((Liam#7649))
  11. The Obituary of Fabius “Fabio” Bracchus 11th of Tobias’s Bounty, 1666 - 6th of Sigismund’s End, 1767 Royal Chef Imperial Election Commissioner (1685 – 1693) Maer of Markev (1691 – 1693) Prefect of Markev (1693 – 1703) Leader of the Sanoist Republican Party in the Haense Legislature (1711 – 1717) Worker’s Rights Activist (1720 – 1767) Game Show Host (1762 – 1767) Mr. Bracchus posing for his portrait as the Prefect of Markev for the third Imperial Parliament, 1698 Yesterday, Fabius “Fabio” Bracchus was found dead outside of his New Reza home. Medical officials have concluded that the cause of death was cardiac arrest. Earlier that day, Bracchus had faked two heart attacks, allegedly as a “prank” on his fellow elderly peers. Ironically, when Bracchus plead for assistance during the apparently real heart attack, bystanders assumed the heart attack was fake. It was not. Bracchus was an aged Parliamentarian, responsible for advocating some of the Empire’s most radical politics and proposals. Originally hailing from the countryside of Belvitz, he and his cousins – Publius and Claudius – moved away from the city when faced with ethnic discrimination targeted towards the large Illatian minority present in the Belvitz community. He proceeded to work as a royal chef in the Krepost of Markev, specializing in Illatian cuisine. Bracchus would live the rest of his life in Haense. As a worker, Bracchus read and reveled in literature relating to worker empowerment and commoner solidarity, most commonly observing Bernardist and Sanoist writers. His advocacy for far-left economic policies were accompanied by pious Canonist observance, rarely missing mass at the local church. This lead to the young Fabio attending a session of the Emperor’s court in Carolustadt, and presenting the concept of an Imperial legislature to Emperor Aurelius II. To the room’s surprise, the Emperor accepted to pursue such a legislature, with oversight from the Privy Seal. Bracchus was the primary author of the Statute of Carolustadt, proposing the creation of the Empire’s first representative legislature some seven decades ago, with revisions from Prince Alexander Frederick on behalf of the Imperial administration. This legislature is considered to be his life’s biggest achievement. To Bracchus’ dismay, however, many edits were made to prevent radical change. The amount of elected positions were drastically reduced from fifteen to three, citizens living outside of major population centers were barred from political participation, nobles were given permanent seating in the legislature, and political speech was drastically limited. Regardless, Bracchus would go on to serve as the Imperial Election Commissioner, managing and operating the Empire’s electoral process. Bracchus left his post briefly after being elected the Maer of Markev. Working alongside the Common Civic Party and their majority leader, Robert Sigismund Barbanov, the party would win a plurality of the elected seats, and held power for two of the three terms in which the Parliament was functional. In the latter of those two terms, Fabio was drafted to run as the Prefect for the city of Markev, narrowly tying with his competitor in the CCP primary election, Henrik Otto Ludovar. The tie-breaker was the King of Haense, Robert I, deciding that Bracchus was the more suitable candidate. Bracchus then easily beat his opponent from the Aurelian Party, Bjolfr Nord, as Markev was a CCP stronghold due to the endorsements of politicians Robert Sigismund and Rhys var Ruthern. He’d then be nominated as the Chairman of the Committee on Taxation, Budgeting and Finance, reviewing legislation related to fiscal and monetary policy. During his third term, Bracchus developed a scholarly relationship with Lord Spiritual and Lord Privy Seal, Theodoric of Markev, wherein he expanded his holiness and devout reliance in the Canonist faith. In his time, Bracchus proposed then-radical legislation which has been widely accepted in the modern era, such as a national jobs registry, proportional representation, and Empire-wide suffrage. Come the early 18th century, the Imperial Parliament slowly dissolved, as it was deemed obstructionist, dysfunctional, and unnecessary. Bracchus then moved on to engage in local politics. The city of Markev was riddled with economic problems. The city had a notorious retirement problem, with an aging population who were unable to work. The farms outside of the city walls were poorly tended, and the city’s public food distribution service was temporarily inoperable. Bracchus formed a Haense-wide political party known as the Sanoist Republican Party, in which they ran in elections for Haense’s legislature. They were active for two legislative terms, electing two seats in their first election, and five in the second. For a brief three years, the Sanoist Republican Party had a plurality of seats in the legislature. It was the first and only time in human history where a Sanoist party has ever experienced electoral success over their competitors. Those elected representatives sponsored and passed legislation attempting to fund a retirement program and nationalize the farming industry, with local old-timer legend “Butch.” The party was disbanded following the next election, where all party members either resigned or lost their bid for re-election. Bracchus was generally inactive following the dissolution of said party. He proceeded to participate in some academic endeavors, while also campaigning to assist the lower class in Renatus. Come 1762, Bracchus was hired by the Ministry of Education to host an academic-oriented gameshow, Mina Madness, as a way to promote educational initiatives in the Empire. It experienced wild success, where some players were able to garner massive amounts of minae as a reward for their vast knowledge of varied subjects, such as the game’s champion-to-date Conrad Barclay, who won 5,050 mina in a single game. When the House of Commons was established and adopted proportional representation, an electoral system he’d advocated for decades, Bracchus finally saw a reason to engage in the political scene once more. Dabbling as an operative and donor for the Everadine Party, Bracchus would champion the rights of the working man and advocate for commoner solidarity. It was well known that Bracchus was generally an advocate for the Everadine Party, even though he admitted he preferred the Josephite stance on some issues of government checks and balances. In his final year, the old man, now in his late 90’s, published a missive advocating for expanding the democratic rights of the voter. Bracchus is survived by his first cousin once removed, Eugene “Eddy” Bracchus, a justice in the Central Circuit. In his will, he has left 500 mina to the Everadine Party, in hopes it shall be used to create a campaign for the common voter. “Sometimes, life is better with a lil’ spaghet.”
  12. The “Last Sanoist’s” Perspective on Imperial Electoral Progress Authored by Fabius Bracchus 9th of the Sun’s Smile, 1767 Fabius “Fabio” Bracchus is an aged Parliamentarian, responsible for advocating some of the Empire’s most radical politics and proposals. Originally hailing from the countryside of Belvitz, his family left for the city of Markev when faced with ethnic discrimination targeted towards the large Illatian minority present in the Belvitz community. He proceeded to work as a royal chef in the Krepost. Bracchus has lived in Haense ever since, now residing in New Reza. Bracchus was the primary author of the Statute of Carolustadt, proposing the creation of the Empire’s first representative legislature some seven decades ago, with revisions from Prince Alexander Frederick on behalf of the Imperial administration. To Bracchus’ dismay, many edits were made to prevent radical change. The amount of elected positions were drastically reduced to three, citizens living outside of major population centers were barred from political participation, nobles were given permanent seating in the legislature, and political speech was drastically limited. Regardless, Bracchus would go on to serve as the Imperial Election Commissioner, Mayor of Markev, and two-term Prefect of Markev. Working alongside the Common Civic Party and their majority leader, Robert Sigismund Barbanov, the party would win a majority of the elected seats. Following the dissolution of the Imperial Parliament, Bracchus continued his work in Haense’s unicameral legislature, creating the Sanoist Republican Party. For two terms, this party held the plurality of seats in the legislature, and implemented aggressive retirement and farming reforms. Since retiring, Bracchus has organized the beloved gameshow Mina Madness, and has participated in local political activism. He is in his late 90’s. The first ever session of the Imperial Parliament; 1687 I find myself stunned by the political and bureaucratic progress made by the Empire in the last fifteen years. We are currently entering a new era in human history, transitioning away from the feudal ways of old and adopting innovation, industrialism, liberalism, and democracy. The accomplishments made by this new generation are paramount to anything I could have ever dreamt of achieving back in the days of my prime. A judiciary with due process, proper business practices, provincial representation, checks and balances are all aspects of good government that I would have never thought possible in my lifetime. However, above all else, the innovation I am most proud of is the progression towards a system of political representation of the lower classes. Free and open elections were always a fantasy during my time as Prefect. We had local elections for the post of Maer, and eventually elected positions for the Hansetian legislature, but there was no Imperial representation for the common man. Administration by the nobles and elites was, and has been, all this Empire knew for centuries -- until recently, when the House of Commons became a reality, and adopted many of the practices myself and my former peers had been advocating for decades. First and foremost, the most crucial aspect of the new legislature, of which I’m thrilled to observe, is an entirely elected legislature. This was our original proposition back in the days of Carolustadt, and refusal to do so had dire consequences. Handing legislative positions to individuals with no interest in legislating, such as some nobles, creates an impossible roadblock to progress, with a system wherein a majority of votes is necessary to pass meaningful legislation. It also skews the representation of the Empire’s constituents, placing the interests of the elites above the worker, the downtrodden, and the unfortunate. Every single voting member in a legislature needs to be elected by their constituents. Even more admirable and shocking to me, however, was the present day adoption of the system of national proportional representation I had proposed to the Imperial Parliament twice in the 1690’s, but voted down both times. For this, we have Amadeus d’Aryn to thank, for his scholarly modernization of this proposal. Alas, the progress made in electoral reform is still lacking. These are not free nor fair elections, as the common man still has no true recourse for representation, barred by the party apparatus. Candidate lists are subjected to the political motivations of party bureaucracy, so those who cannot obtain a position on a party’s list have no recourse to run their own campaigns. In the system I had detailed back in 1691, there were three crucial components which are absent from the current electoral structure; The freedom to form independent political parties. Present day political parties (or, as we’re to formally refer to them, “factions,”) are regulated by the state even more so than in the days of the early Imperial Parliament. If you disagree with the ideology of either the Everardines or the Josephites, you’ve no recourse to run a campaign promoting your own ideals, thus repressing the ideas of the minority. On principle, political participants should be allotted the freedom of political organization. The argument presented against free political parties in this new era is rooted in the Priorist violence of old, where the party was infamous for politically-motivated beatings, and attempted the murder of a political adversary. The primary argument against the freedom to organize is that partisanship will lead to violence and a lack of cooperation in the legislature. However, passing legislation was never an issue related to political affiliation, as votes in prior legislatures were only remotely aligned with party affiliation. As for the perceived political violence, the Priorist party was quickly declared a terrorist group and formally disbanded by the Emperor. We treat violent organizations of this nature as such, and do not regard them as legitimate. I assume, in a system with political freedom, we also will refuse to tolerate ideologies similar to that of Priorism. The organization of primary elections. Instead of the party apparatus hand-picking their candidates, we ought to commit to a system of primary elections, in which we allow the party apparatus to determine some of their own rules and regulations regarding participation. Voters registered with each party should be allowed to vote on their preferred candidates prior to the general election, where the most heavily preferred candidate is placed at the top of the list. This ensures that candidates are responsive to the whims of their constituents, not an elitist organization. Allow independent campaigns. This proposition was never heavily considered, but should be. Sometimes, candidates wish to run outside of the party system altogether, and declare themselves as an independent candidate. In the current system of proportional representation, a party’s percentage of the votes correspond with the percentage of seats they receive in the House of Commons, with a percentage threshold for each seat. For independent candidates, so long as they meet the threshold that a party would otherwise meet for a seat in the legislature, then that independent candidate should win said seat. In other words, voters would vote only for one candidate instead of an entire list. Is it likely that independent candidates would succeed against the party apparatus? No, but we should grant political participants that freedom regardless. (There are complexities regarding what to do with surplus votes for an independent candidate, or what to do with votes for a failed independent campaign, and those complexities are solved in the implementation of ranked choice voting. That, however, is an entirely different aspect of the electoral system. For the purpose of this essay, only the general principle of independent campaigns is important.) Priorists assaulting CCP candidate Robert Sigismund in Carolustadt, prior to the bloody mayhem which ensued. In my humble opinion, these are the three elements we are missing to make our elections truly free and fair, to reflect the values and whims of their constituents. There is much room for discussion, compromise, and alterations with the propositions above, but the general principles are integral to the creation of a truly democratic legislature, for which many of us in the lower class have strived for decades. Although I am normally regarded as a pessimistic, radical old man incapable of compromise, I am currently satisfied by the current progress made in the realm of domestic politics, and might I even say that I am optimistic for the future. In the meantime, however, we must protect the interests of the working class. For this reason, it is no secret that I have organized alongside the Everadines in their electoral efforts, to the shock of those old enough to remember my radical political campaigns. In a discussion with an old colleague, who preferred to remain anonymous, he asked why, in his words, “the last Sanoist” was endorsing the supposedly conservative party. I, too, shocked myself. However, if we consider the window of acceptable political opinions today compared to that of seventy years ago, it’s obvious that many of the opinions I once held are no longer the radical Sanoist propositions they once were, for they are now mainstream. Although I do not agree on every single aspect proposed by my Everadine colleagues, the trait I most admire is their championship of the working class. When I look at a list of candidates proposed by the Josephites, I see nobles, elites, and the upper class -- of which many of the men on that list are decent, honest, GOD-fearing individuals, but they are out of touch with the reality of the everyday Imperial constituent. When I look at a list of candidates proposed by the Everadines, however, I see commoners, and I see the laborers which I once struggled alongside in my youth. That tells me everything I need to know about the priorities of these two political factions, and it is why I personally vote for the Everadines. The streets of the Seven Skies are filled with this Empire’s working class, while the chambers of our bureaucracy is littered with bad faith actors striving for political power. This is not an essay to dismiss the Josephites’ opinions or members as illegitimate or incorrect, but to highlight where the interests of the two political factions lay, and to put forth an amendment to our present electoral system. I have nothing but admiration for this Empire and her citizenry, and the brave men which lead us, both in battle and in the chambers of democracy. It is inevitable that electoral innovations will be made with regard to the House of Commons, although I am saddened that it shall likely be beyond the limitations of my life. I can merely ask this new generation to accept the torch, and light a way for those struggling in our new Empire. Signed, Fabio
  13. The Western Circuit accepts this subpoena. Both the prosecution and defendant have three Saint’s Days ((May 6th)) to submit the necessary evidence to Judge Eugene Bracchus for analysis, including the documents substantiating the prosecution’s claims. ((Liam#7649))
  14. [!] The Imperial Office of Education issues a flier. MINA MADNESS Welcome to MINA MADNESS!, the new state-funded game show which demonstrates general knowledge, wit, and wisdom about a varied field of subjects! This media initiative is designed to promote the general welfare and education of our citizens, and to demonstrate that academics is not just for squares and geeks – it can earn you money! That’s right, on MINA MADNESS!, contestants are given the opportunity to earn money simply by correctly answering questions selected on a large board. Here’s how the game works – there will be three contestants per game, competing overall to earn minae. During the first round, players will choose between four categories and five values of minae to be awarded. The more minae the question is worth, the more difficult that question will be. Questions are given in the form of an answer, while answers are given in the form of a question. Any contestant may then ring their buzzer and attempt to answer the question. If they’re correct, they will be awarded the funds, and choose the next question. Otherwise, another player may answer instead. The minae values ascend, going from 50, to 100, 200, 300, and 500. In the second round, all values are doubled, increasing the risk, as well as the reward. Values change to 100, 200, 400, 600, and 1,000 respectively. In the third and final round, all contestants are asked to wage a portion of their earnings. If they get the question correct, they’ll double that amount. If not, they’ll lose that amount. The question is then distributed for players to write down their answers, and consequently reveal them. Players then keep their final score. The player with the highest cash prize earning will then be awarded a bonus 100 minae. SIGN-UP: All individuals are allowed to participate in the game show. We give preference to Imperial citizens, but others are invited to play, as well. Please leave applications attached to this flier. Full Name: Race: Occupation: Interesting factoids: ((Discord)): [!] The flier ends here.
  15. [!] All around Helena on public notice boards, in taverns, blah blah blah, you know the rest. The Imperial Thespian Guild The Imperial Thespian Guild, whose name is subject to improvement any day now, is a Helenic-based acting troupe with the intention of creating a positive space for playwrights, poets, actors and bards, with the intent of displaying public forms of entertainment for the enjoyment of others. With the hopes of producing tragedies, comedies, and historical dramas, a new flavor of performances is always provided. The troupe has a necessity for a wide array of those engaged in the drama industry – and most lucrative of all, everyone is paid for their participation in the production of spectacles. Actors, directors, and writers are all given compensation after performances, taken from the revenue of ticket sales. Performance will vary in length, and actors will be contracted on an individual basis. The guild is always in search of, Individuals to write plays Individuals to perform in plays Individuals to create props and costumes For inquires and offers, contact Eugene ‘Eddy’ Bracchus ((Liam#7649))
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