I prefer coins to people. Coins only have two faces.

Giovanni, The Throne

Overview

At each summit the Bourse selects citizens to fill most national positions through the Tally of the Votes. The Tally applies to the majority of Bourse titles that are national positions; the Imperial seats and two League national positions are elected by Auction of the Seats.

Participation in the Tally of the Votes is open to all Imperial citizens who have an eligible resource. To support the process, the civil service providing a voting bond to each eligible citizen, with their name, how many votes they hold, the titles they can support and the times of the election.

Voting

  • The civil service distribute voting bonds to all eligible citizens
  • Your bond has the date of issue, your name, how many votes you have and what titles you can vote for printed on it
  • Voting Bonds are only valid are the summit where they are issued
  • If you have a bond then you can use it to vote in the elections or give it to anyone for them to use
NationLocation
Brass CoastWaypoint
DawnGlory Square
HighguardChapel
Imperial OrcsFire Pit
LeagueThe Plaza
MarchesCommunity Hall
NavarrStanding Circle
UrizenNear Net of Heaven
VarushkaCentral Hearth
WintermarkTree of Names

If a nation has one or more Imperial titles to elect through the Bourse then the Civil Service provide each eligible citizen of that nation who is attending Anvil that summit with a bond, a printed document that certifies the number of votes held by that citizen. To be eligible, a citizen must possess an appropriate personal resource. If you are issued with a bond it will have your name on it as well as how many votes you have and what titles they can be used to support. It will also have the date of the summit it was issued at - bonds are only valid at the summit where they are issued.

All tally of the votes elections are held on the Saturday afternoon of each summit. The Imperial civil servants will visit each nation in turn to conduct the elections. If you have a bond you can either attend the election in person to cast your votes or pass the bond to another party to use. A bond is considered to be your legal property - it is legal for a citizen to sell or transfer your bond to any other citizen or foreigner, although only a citizen of the appropriate nation can hold a title.

The civil service will visit each nation in turn at times published in advance of each summit to conduct the elections. Titles are elected in published order, with the Agent of the Bourse inviting eligible candidates to present themselves. At the start of the election for each title, all candidates must complete a slip provided by the Agent, stating their name, and how many votes they have gathered. These sealed bids are submitted to the Agent who will then invite the candidate with the strongest claim - the highest total number of votes on their bonds - to step forward and present their voting bonds. The Agent will take all their bonds, count up the votes, and provided they have sufficient legal votes in excess of any other claim, they will be declared the winner.

All the votes of the winner will be destroyed, anyone who has not won the election is entitled to keep their votes. Voting will then proceed to remaining titles. This means that if more than one title is being elected, then any citizen who is unsuccessful can use the votes they hold for a subsequent election, if they wish to do so.

It is possible for a representative to present the voting bonds of behalf of a candidate who is not present, but it is important to note that a proxy cannot collect any production. Any resources that the winner is eligible to collect will be added to their inventory if they are not physically present to collect them.

Schedule

The major Bourse seats operate to a schedule dictated by the materials produced. For example, all titles focussed on the production of white granite are elected at the Summer Solstice each year

The elections for other titles are spread across the year by the Civil Service to ensure a smooth process. A list of seats to be appointed at the upcoming event can be found on the recent history page and on notices in the Hub. Once appointed, the new seat holders are announced via the Bourse noticeboard in the Hub.

Where multiple national titles are being elected at the same events, the elections are conducted in the order published below based on the civil service assessment of their prominence. Occasionally the election date for a title will need to be moved to smooth administration and keep elections competitive. Where this happens, an election with a short term of office will be carried out the next time the title is elected, so that the re-election falls at the correct summit in future.

NationWinterSpringSummerAutumn
Brass CoastVizier of the Incarnadine Satchel
Marracossa Sendito
Cerevado NetsHakima of Salt and Sand
Mistress of the Glass Parador
The Red Depths
Dhomiro of the Cinnabar Hills
Mistress of the Dust Parador
DawnCastellan of Spiral Castle
Reeve of Boar's Market
HighguardBursar of the House of SpiritsVigilant Swan
Cinderpath Custodian
Imperial OrcsFour Seasons' Boneweaver
Steward of the Mines of Gulhule
Steel Fist
Bonesetter of Torfast Trading Post
Legion Engineer
Preceptor of the Skarsind College of Warcasting
The LeagueMaster of Rings
Chair of the Wolf
Tassatan Hills
Custodian of the Assayer's Guild
Northbound Trademaster
Keeper of the Tome
The MarchesSteward of Good Leaf Gardens
Bailiff of the Grand Market
Singing Caves
Alder of Meade
Master of the Root and Stem
NavarrThimble
Broker of the Invisible Cord
Broker of Treji Wayhouse
UrizenGloaming MerchantQuaymaster of the Elosian Docks
Architect of the Crucible
Brilliant Star
VarushkaHarbourmaster of the Semmerlak
Eagle of Triosk
Overseer of the Westward Road
Warden of the Trees and Hills
Gift of the Dwindling Star
Merchant Boyar of the Bittershore
Custodian of Ivarsgard Docks
Granites of Veltsgorsk
Boyar of the Iron Roads
Burgher of Ketsov
Eternal Shafts of Time
Bargainer of the Iron Tower
Tolvoli Butcher
WintermarkMediator of Wreck
Talon of Kauppahall
Mediator of Fisk
Pride of Ikka's Tears
Keeper of the Runegrott
Kalpaheim Tradeholder

Selection

An Imperial citizen must be a member of the appropriate nation to hold a national Bourse seat and it must be the only Imperial title they control.

All national titles elected through the bourse are re-elected annually. If the title is elected at the normal summit each year then the chosen citizen serves for one year until the start of the equivalent summit one year later.

If a national Bourse seat becomes vacant outside the normal election cycle (due to death, resignation, or excommunication of the title holder) then the seat is elected at the following summit. In this case, the winning citizen will only serve for the remaining term. The title becomes vacant again at the normal point in the election cycle.

Votes

Determining the votes

Voting for a national bourse position depends on ownership of a specific personal resource. A personal resource provides 10 votes, plus an extra 2 votes for each time it has been upgraded. You receive the average of these votes for each season during the previous year that the resource was active. Only the actual rank of the resource counts in this calculation. Enchantments, curses, penalties or bonuses for downtime effects and so on have no effect.

Brand new characters who have the appropriate personal resource are assumed to have had that resource for the previous year (and taken the appropriate action in the case of the Imperial Orcs). Likewise, players with the resource who have missed an event similarly receive votes for events they did not attend. We've made this rule for game balance reasons - so that new characters and players unable to attend every event are not unfairly penalised.

The Bourse appoints national positions by vote of members of that nation who hold the resources traditional for that nation. For example, a League position in the Bourse is usually elected by vote of League business owners. Each citizen who owns the right resource receives a number of votes proportional to the size of their resource which they can cast for a single candidate of their choice whenever the position is elected. To be eligible to vote the required resources are:

(1) Prior to the Spring Equinox 384YE, votes in the Brass Coast were restricted to fleets engaging in privateering during the previous year. This was changed following a statement of principle by the Brass Coast National Assembly that gained widespread support in the nation.

Production

For national Bourse seats that produce large amounts of mithril, white granite, weirwood or ilium, the most recent season's production can be immediately claimed from the Agent of the Bourse by the winning candidate, if they are present. Any production that is not claimed is added to their inventory. Subsequent production in later seasons is added to to the title holder's inventory before each summit until the last one. The title holder does not receive any production on the run-up to the summit where the title is due to be re-elected - that is reserved for whoever wins the auction for the title at the summit.

For other titles that do not produce large amounts of mithril, white granite, weirwood or ilium, the winning candidate receives whatever production or access to a minstry the title provides in the following downtime, until the title is elected again.

Removal

The Bourse is explicitly protected from interference from the Imperial Synod in the Imperial Constitution. Because of this, it is not possible to revoke a Bourse seat holder to remove them from their position. They serve until the title is reelected or until they die or step down.

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