Overview

A ministry is an Imperial title that empowers the holder to purchase one or more valuable resources. The Imperial Senate can create ministries that allow the title holder to exchange money for herbs, liao, mana crystals or materials such as green iron or weltsilver.

Many ministries have been appointed over the years with specific goals or the support of specific structures in mind. A ministry differs from a sinecure in a number of ways, but the most obvious is that the sinecure provides a specific income of set materials, while a ministry is potentially able to purchase large amounts of material as their needs and opportunities dictate.

Ministries may be appointed for life or re-elected annually.

Downtime

Each downtime, a character who controls a ministry will have the option to spend money from their inventory to buy the materials the ministry provides. Each minister has a specific set of options as to what they may purchase and at what price. Ministers spend their money and make their choices during downtime from their character page. Resources purchased are placed in the inventory when the downtime is processed. The specific choices the character can make depend on the nature of the ministerial position and the number of wains spent setting the position up.

For example, a minister who is appointed to operate a vast Mana market in Morrow might have the choice of whether to buy 21 mana crystals for 18 crowns; 42 mana crystals for 36 crowns; or 63 mana crystals for 54 crowns. They could not spend 9 crowns to buy 7 mana crystals.

Senate Commissions

The Imperial Senate may pass a motion for the construction of an establishment that allows the purchase of herbs, resources or similar. This motion automatically results in the creation of a ministry once the construction is complete.

It is also possible for the Senate to pass a motion to upgrade a ministry, increasing the benefits that it provides.

Costs

  • Materials: Variable (minimum 12 wains)
  • Time: 3 months to construct per 50 wains of materials used
  • Labour: 2 crowns per wain
  • Upkeep: None

The more resources are devoted to constructing a ministry, the more resources can be purchased each downtime. Under normal circumstances, the material required will be the one associated with upgrading an equivalent personal resource. For example, at least 12 wains of mithril is required to create a ministry that allows the purchase of mana crystals.

In addition to the wains required, it costs 2 crowns per wain to pay for labour and skills to complete the construction.

12 Wains

Purchase Price Ingots Herbs Mana Crystals
140 Rings 12 16 8
340 Rings 24 33 16
600 Rings 36 50 25

16 Wains

Purchase Price Ingots Herbs Mana Crystals
140 Rings 12 16 8
340 Rings 24 33 16
600 Rings 36 50 25
920 Rings 48 67 33

20 Wains

Purchase Price Ingots Herbs Mana Crystals
140 Rings 12 16 8
340 Rings 24 33 16
600 Rings 36 50 25
920 Rings 48 67 33
1300 Rings 60 84 42

The tables shows some standard purchase costs for a range of different sized ministries. For example a ministry created by the Senate using 16 wains of mithril could allow the purchase of 8, 16, 25, or 33 mana crystals each season. There is no upper limit on how many wains can be used to construct a ministry; provided at least 12 wains are used, then any amount can be spent to build it.

Limitations

It is not possible to create a ministry which allows the purchase of ilium, liao, mithril, weirwood, or white granite.

Although a ministry produces items like a personal resource, it cannot be upgraded or diversified in the same way a personal resource can. The only options available are what materials to buy. A ministry that produces liao will not come with an option to sell that liao in downtime, a ministry that produces green iron cannot be paid to produce more in the way a green iron mine could.

Ministries are not affected by rituals that target a personal resource. A ritual that increases the production of a green iron mine will not affect a ministry that produces green iron.

Responsibility

Any citizen who is granted a ministry is expected to be responsible for any problems that might beset the resources represented by the ministry. For example, if bandit raiders are threatening the mines overseen by the Dhomiro of the Cinnabar Hills, then the Empire will expect that citizen to deal with the problem.

Current Ministries

This table includes all ministries which are active and have been appointed in recent times. For a full list of title holders see here. This list was last updated following the Autumn Equinox 383YE.

MinistryLocationAppointmentEligibilityElectionOccupant
Aviary of IshalSkymark, KallavesaSenate AppointmentWintermark PositionAutumnOdelia Nelda
Bailiff of the Grand MarketMeade March, MitwoldBourse VoteMarcher PositionWinterVacant
Bargainer of the Iron TowerDuzekani, KarovBourse VoteVarushkan PositionAutumnDragomir Dragovich
Black TabletHighrod, NecropolisDeclaration Of CandidacyImperial PositionBy candidacyLady Claudia Varkulova Remys
Blackroot BrokerHoltford, MiarenSenate AppointmentNavarr PositionSummerTwyll Eternal
Bonesetter of Torfast Trading PostSouthpine, SkarsindBourse VoteImperial Orc PositionSpringRek
Broker of Treji WayhouseThe Glen of Shadows, HercyniaBourse VoteNavarr PositionSummerTrystan
Cinderpath CustodianMareholm, CasineaBourse VoteHighborn PositionSummerBartimaeus
Custodian of the Assayer's GuildLocul, TemeschwarBourse VoteLeague PositionSpringVacant
Custodian of the Concordium DockLimus, RedoubtBourse AuctionImperial PositionSummerCaracalla Tarraco di Sarvos
Dhomiro of the Cinnabar HillsBraydon's Jasse, KahramanBourse VoteFreeborn PositionAutumnAurélio i Valiente i Erigo
Eastern BrokerPeakedge Song, TheruninSenate AppointmentNavarr PositionSummerFintan Nighthaven
Foreman of the Mines of GulhuleEstermark, SkarsindBourse VoteImperial Orc PositionSpringIrontide Flax
Four Season's BoneweaverEstermark, SkarsindBourse VoteImperial Orc PositionWinterVacant
High Herbalist of SybellaSybella Cross, BastionSenate AppointmentHighborn PositionHas tenuretolame
HyljehalSkymark, KallavesaSenate AppointmentWintermark PositionSummerAlfa Dunning
Imperial War OfficesSyrwatch, CasineaMilitary Council AppointmentImperial PositionAutumnRhoswen
Kalpaheim TradehallKalpamark, HahnmarkBourse VoteWintermark PositionSummerTorven Krigerson
Ketsov Trade ExchangeGalath Fields, OssiumBourse VoteVarushkan PositionSummerPipski Bearonovitch Strascovich
Kruidenkenner TrademasterLongbeach, NecropolisBourse AuctionImperial PositionSpringDino i Erigo
Master of the Clearing HouseTassato Mestra, TassatoSenate AppointmentLeague PositionSummerOscuro Kira di Tassato
Mistress of the Glass ParadorSiroc Plains, MadrugaBourse VoteFreeborn PositionSummerAnselmo i Valiente i Erigo
Northbound TrademasterHanuri, TemeschwarBourse VoteLeague PositionSummerClaus Friedrich von Holberg
Overseer of the Cavabianca DockCigno, SarvosBourse VoteLeague PositionSummerAlain Davos D'Sarvos
Overseer of the Westward RoadDuzekani, KarovBourse VoteVarushkan PositionWinterVacant
Penumbral WatcherNaris, RedoubtDeclaration Of CandidacyImperial PositionBy candidacyAsenath
Prime Factor of the Pallas DocksLimus, RedoubtBourse AuctionImperial PositionWinterVacant
Quaymaster of the Black SailsLongbeach, NecropolisSynod JudgementImperial PositionAutumnAble the Taller
Root and Stem ApothecariumMeade March, MitwoldBourse VoteMarcher PositionSummerHenry Bywater
Sarcombe Metal MarketSouthmoor, MournwoldSenate AppointmentMarcher PositionWinterVacant
Sarcophan MooringLestasny, KarskBourse VoteVarushkan PositionSpringFalon Itineris
Steward of the Sarvos Mana ExchangeCigno, SarvosSenate AppointmentLeague PositionSpringLuciana Valesi di Sarvos
Steward of the Tessato Mana ExchangeTassato Mestra, TassatoSenate AppointmentLeague PositionSummerMagnus Carolus Sanguino Rezia di Tassato
The Butcher of The Meat and Mana Market of TemeschwarHanuri, TemeschwarSenate AppointmentLeague PositionSpringLisabeth von Temeschwar
Vizier of the Incarnadine SatchelMorajasse, FerozBourse VoteFreeborn PositionSpringXandra i Marusa i Riqueza

Former Ministries

These are ministries that have been appointed in recent times but are no longer active. This happens automatically if a ministry is abrogated by the Imperial Senate but in most cases it is because the commission has been captured or destroyed by barbarians.

MinistryLocationAppointmentEligibility
Celesti Lighthouse KeeperOranseri, FerozSenate AppointmentFreeborn Position