The Free City of Riverhold
Any citizen capable of paying the mostly prohibitive cost of the yearly voting tax can secure a seat on the assembly. This assembly convenes at regular intervals to vote on civic matters and to elect members of the high council. In theory, this would create a democratic republic, but the simple truth is that the average citizen cannot possibly afford to pay the voting tax. Therefore, the assembly consists mainly of:
- Guild leaders, as well as one or more high ranking members of the wealthier guilds.
- High ranking military officers.
- Members of noble families.
- Prominent and well-supported religious officials.
- Extremely wealthy citizens.
It is these privileged citizens who dictate the political direction of the city and its territories. The typical commoner has little to no sway within the government. Aldermen exist with the purpose of serve as representatives of the common man, but these officials are appointed by the city’s chancellor, who in turn is elected by the assembly. If the average man on the street has any real say in things, it is usually only indirectly, through his guild or other affiliations.
The High Council
The High Council includes the following officials:
- Governor: Serves as the public face of the government and presides as moderator over the assembly and high council.
- Chancellor: Oversees numerous bureaucratic manners and manages, on a grand level, the day-to-day running of the city.
- Alderman: The chancellor appoints one alderman for each officially sanctioned district and, depending on the current need, one or more for the outlying settlements. These Aldermen exist primarily to hear the complaints and grievances of the common folk in their assigned area and relay any pertinent concerns to the Chancellor. They also fill the role of notary and public record keepers for their appointed area.
- Grand Justice: Oversees matters of the court and the passing of laws.
- Judge: The Grand Justice appoints a number of Judges, each of which presides over one or more districts or areas.
- Treasurer: Handles the city’s finances, economic needs, and budgetary matters.
- Reeve: The Treasurer appoints several Reeves, typically one for each of the larger districts and another three or four to handle the outlying settlements. These Reeves collect taxes, perform census duties, and enforce commerce laws and trade regulations.
- High Constable: Oversees law enforcement, the management of the city watch, and the running of all prison systems.
- Warden: Wardens are appointed by the High Constable to oversee law enforcement, public safety, and the management of the city watch in a particular district or area. There is typically one Warden for each officially sanctioned district, one for the city prison, and four for the outlying settlements and wilderness.
- Chief Engineer:
- Civic Works Foreman: