THE POLITICAL STRUCTURE OF CITIES - Achaea Online Help

10.1 THE POLITICAL STRUCTURE OF CITIES

A city is ruled, first and foremost, by a ruling council. These council members
can have different names, such as Archon, Vizier, or Regent. HELP <city> will
show you what the ruling council name for that city is.

In order to become a member of the ruling council (which normally have five
members), you must contest an existing member in an election, and triumph in
the election. HELP ELECTIONS will give you detailed information about elections
and referendums.

Out of the ruling council members, one member, who must be approved by every
council member but one, becomes the leader of that city. The leader can have
various names, such as Overseer in Ashtan, Dawnlord in Targossas, or Seneschal
in Hashan. That leader then enjoys immunity from electoral challenges from the
populace.

The leader of the ruling council then may appoint people to the heads of nine
different ministries, and each of these ministers may appoint aides. These are:

Ministry of the Ambassador   (responsible for newbies)
Ministry of War              (responsible for all military matters)
Ministry of Security         (responsible for internal security)
Ministry of the Treasury     (responsible for the working funds of the city)
Ministry of the Steward      (responsible for the city coffers)
Ministry of Trade            (responsible for trade with villages)
Ministry of the Chancellor   (responsible for various internal economics)
Ministry of Cultural Affairs (responsible for events and morale)
Ministry of Development      (responsible for city subdivisions)
Ministry of Maritime Affairs (responsible for the city's shipping fleet)

So, in summary:

The people elect the ruling council. The ruling council selects one of their
number to be the leader. The leader appoints people to the nine ministries. The
ministers appoint aides.

Further help on the various ministries may be found under section 10.4
(Ministries).