Monarchic ruling versus democractic rulling.

Clansman Grymauch of Springdaleto Everyone

I'll admit that my initial thought was to post something along the lines of \"you're not entitled to an opinion until you're read the board for 1 1/2 months\", then remembered that's how morons reply to posts. No offense to Thakrians intended.

Then I thought about what you're written and thought a more measured response appropriate. To the best of my knowledge, none of the cities are governed as a republic. Each has a monarchic structure with a ruling prince or if you are very lucky a rulin

g princess, with all of the hierarchy this presuposes.

This does not mean however that the cities are undemocratic as the barony is elected by the citizens who are both eligible and who can make the effort to vote. Voter apathy is perhaps less of an issue here than in some other realms and as such the pro

cess produces results closer to the majority view than in other realms.

The people who express their opinions on the board are among the more active Avalonians, and while there will always be some who opt for excessive amounts of purile ranting (that's a top ten waiting to happen) and others who express their opinions els

ewhere, the fact remains that the board themselves are the most visible ways to make a point known - and is equally accessible by everyone.

There have been a number of citizens who have left cities such as Parrius, they say to avoid the stench, to join Springdale, most likely for it's cosmopolitan taverns and jaunty shopkeepers. So at the end of a day a citizen is free, within reasonable

terms and assuming they have not offended that city in the past, to choose which city they call home. And I can't think of anything much more democratic than that.

Clansman Grymauch

Written by my hand on the 12th of Leaflost, in the year 1104.