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The Boyar of the Iron Roads was created when the Imperial Senate voted to construct the Offices of the Iron Roads. during the Summer Solstice 385YE, following an opportunity presented that season. Construction was completed shortly before the Winter Solstice 385YE.


The Boyar of the Iron Roads is responsible for maintaining the Iron Roads and increasing the Prosperity and Pride of Varushka. If the offices or the Iron Roads were to be threatened in any way, it would be the responsibility of the Boyar of the Iron Roads to deal with those threats.



Once during each summit, the Boyar of the Iron Roads can commission the construction of a ministry that is appointed as a national position of Varushka by Tally of the Votes. This ministry does not count against the limited number of commissions the Senate can begin each season - all the work of planning and construction is undertaken by vales protected by the schlacta that defend the Iron Roads. The location and size of the commission are all part of the necessary details and may be included in the announcement made by the Boyar or determined later by them.

The Boyar of the Iron Roads cannot alter an existing commission.


To use their power of commission, the Boyar of the Iron Roads must make an announcement in the Imperial Senate. No voting is possible by the Senate at this point, as the power had been delegated to the bearer.

The Imperial Synod may choose to exercise their veto over the bearer's announcement.


This title is appointed during the Summer Solstice each year. The Boyar of the Iron Roads is appointed by citizens of Varushka who control mines and forests personal resources. The larger the holder an individual has, the more votes they can allocate in support of a candidate. The voting is handled by the civil servants in the Bourse.

Only a Varushkan citizen may hold the title. They do not receive a seat on the Bourse. As a title appointed through the Bourse they cannot be revoked by the Imperial Synod.

Borys Vardovich Straskovich, Boyar of the Iron Roads
Winter Solstice 385YEBorys Vardovich Straskovich220 Votes

Recent Elections

This title is currently held by Borys Vardovich Straskovich; it will be reelected at the next summit. The table to the right shows the citizens who have been elected to hold this title in the years since Empress Britta died.

Further Reading

The Title in Play

The role does not provide additional information about events in the Empire, nor allow the player holding it to request special reports or downtime actions. These details are assumed to be below the abstraction layer. The title holder is encouraged to create their own stories about their activities within reasonable limits and to get involved in events appropriate to their title during the game, but they do not have any powers beyond those explicitly listed in the section on powers.

These details exist partly to provide context and character to the role - and partly to allow our writers to use the title as a plot hook. Plot that involves the position will be rare - but all the campaign positions in Empire have these details to create the potential for it to happen.