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Dimthar
04-04-2008, 10:39 PM
Does anyone have a Fantasy Campaign with a Democratic Goverment as the ruling body of the realm?

I was wondering how will that work.

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GBVenkman
04-05-2008, 12:01 AM
i was thinking of running a greek mythology campaign in which case there would be a democratic home for the players. Slaves and women might not be able to vote, but the "real citizens" would be able to vote.


But that campaign wouldn't really be a politically driven one.

nijineko
04-05-2008, 09:33 PM
democracy is a fun one... especially if it is a true democracy, and the players have a vested interest in it. makes for an interesting mixed nationality party, especially if the democracy is magically inclined and has communication amulets for the member citizens to vote on major issues with, no matter where they are. ^^

Malruhn
04-06-2008, 01:36 PM
I've only recently introduced a small area in my world that has a democracy. If it weren't for the area having superior magic, it would probably end up being overrun by those who can't handle the concept.

Democracy is a VERY scary thing to those that are due to benefit from a monarchy/oligarchy/whateverarchy. The concept that everyone is equal is DAMNED scary to those who believe that blood-ties give special rights.

Tread lightly before you introduce it on a wide scale. It may prove your undoing as a DM.

nijineko
04-06-2008, 03:43 PM
after all, the nobles can't have the commoners realize that they can live without them.... ^^

boulet
04-06-2008, 07:45 PM
Tread lightly before you introduce it on a wide scale. It may prove your undoing as a DM.
Would you care to develop that ?

tesral
04-06-2008, 08:37 PM
As such no. However the Eyrian Empire is firmly the place of rule of law. It matters not if you are a King or a commoner, the law applies and will be applied.

The result looks lot like a democracy in effect. People respect nobility that is respectable, and only those. A Noble title is considered a responsibility, not a privilege.

"A qud* and a liniage and will get you a pint." -- Eyrian proverb.

*qud -- one quarter copper piece.

Anaesthesia
04-07-2008, 05:38 PM
Haven't tried Democracy yet-ROTD background history Elata was a Coregency. At this point in time, there's a Dictatorship.

Valdar
04-09-2008, 03:38 PM
My gut reaction is "too modern". Medieval military technology is too entrenched in the feudal system to work in a democracy- ten guys with pikes will beat a knight, and are much cheaper to outfit. So you'll only have a guy in plate armor on a horse where the military holds privilege. And where the military holds privilege, they usually don't share it ;)

My second reaction would be that this would be a good ruling system for a highly developed civilization that is above worldly concerns, and probably not well-known in the world at large. A city in the clouds, for instance.

Malruhn
04-12-2008, 11:51 AM
Would you care to develop that ?
Sorry, Sure!!

Introducing a democratic system needs constant attention as a DM. The politics involved are amazing, especially considering the number of other regimes in the area that would try to subvert the idea for their benefit. If the DM introduces it and then loses control of the program, the entire campaign world can end up crashing in around their little democratic ears.

THAT's what I meant by the comment. Sorry you weren't able to read my mind to see what I intended there! :lol:

tesral
04-12-2008, 10:13 PM
This is really true of any political system. Monarchies are just as subvertible, except that it does not always play out before the public eye.

See Henry V for a good example. It's reasonably close to what we understand as to what happened.

Digital Arcanist
04-13-2008, 01:13 PM
I rarely introduce a democratic system into my campaigns. It requires more work in addition to the already large amount of work required to just craft an adventure on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.

When I do introduce a democratic system I use a Senate or quorum-style system which each member being either a governor or chosen representative of a state or province.

Kilrex
04-18-2008, 12:15 PM
My second reaction would be that this would be a good ruling system for a highly developed civilization that is above worldly concerns, and probably not well-known in the world at large. A city in the clouds, for instance.

Very apt.

GBVenkman
04-20-2008, 12:37 AM
depends how educated the populous is really. and are there printing presses and technology to support a true democracy?

Or maybe the realm is chopped up onto local counsels.

agoraderek
04-28-2008, 01:50 AM
reminds me of the bumper sticker: "vote cthulhu, why chose the lesser of two evils?"

tesral
04-28-2008, 09:11 AM
reminds me of the bumper sticker: "vote cthulhu, why chose the lesser of two evils?"

Looking at the current presidental race (again) I need to get me one of those.