ELECTIONS AND REFERENDUMS - Aetolia Online Help

6.17 ELECTIONS AND REFERENDUMS

An ELECTION in Aetolia takes place when someone who does not hold a     
particular position (such as guildmaster or Herald/Overlord) decides    
that he or she wants to challenge someone currently in that position. Of
course, the person being challenged must be in the same guild or city   
(whichever is relevant) to the person doing the challenging. Note that  
one has to have played a minimum of 150 hours on the character to be    
allowed to contest for any political position. The command to challenge 
another player's position is CONTEST (syntax is listed below).          

In order to begin an election in a guild or city, only one challenger is
needed before it will be open to public vote.                                     

A REFERENDUM differs from an election only in that it is not about a    
particular position of power. It is called by someone in power (be it a 
god, a guildmaster or secretary, or a member of the ruling council of a 
city) who defines what the referendum is about, how long it will last   
for, and what the choices in the referendum are.                        

It should be noted that the command ELECTION (or ELECTIONS) may be      
substituted for REFERENDUM (or REFERENDUMS) where applicable. (In other 
words, in an election, use ELECTION and in a referendum use REFERENDUM).
Also note that all times relating to elections are in Aetolian time.    

Voting in Aetolia is weighted based on average time in the realm over a 
five week period.                                                       

   Playtime               Vote Strength
-----------------------------------------
  < 5 hours                 1 Vote
  < 12 hours                2 Votes
  < 19 hours                3 Votes
  < 26 hours                4 Votes
  > 26 hours                5 Votes


Commands for the voting populace:

REFERENDUM LIST (or just REFERENDUMS)
   - Lists the current referendums or elections that are relevent to 
     you.

REFERENDUM <#> [SUMMARY]
   - See a summary of a particular referendum or election.

REFERENDUM <#> CHOICES
   - See a list of the choices in a particular referendum or election.

REFERENDUM <#> VOTE FOR <choice#/choice>
   - Vote in a referendum or election.
   - There are requirements that must be met in order to vote:
City : You must have played at least 50 hours, and be at least          
                 level 30.
Guild : You must be at least guild rank 3, plus 50 hours of playtime.   
        Public : You must have played at least 100 hours.

REFERENDUM <#> RESULTS
   - See the results of a referendum or election.

CONTEST <person> AS <position> OF <city or guild name>
   -or-
CONTEST <person> AS HEAD OF <clan> (if the clan is democratic)
   -or-
CONTEST VACANCY AS HEAD OF <clan or city or guild name>
   - Challenge someone for a position of power. For instance:
         CONTEST HANSEL AS SENATOR OF SPINESREACH
   - You must be at least guildrank 3 in your guild to contest a 
     guildmaster.
   - Costs 10,000 gold to contest.

Commands for those in power:

REFERENDUM CREATE FOR PUBLIC/CITY/GUILD/<clan>
   - Create a referendum.

REFERENDUM <#> TITLE
   - Give a referendum a title.

REFERENDUM <#> DESCRIPTION
   - Give a referendum a description.

REFERENDUM <#> ADD <choice>
   - Add a voting option to a referendum.

REFERENDUM <#> REMOVE <choice>
   - Remove a voting option from a referendum.

REFERENDUM <#> OPEN
   - Open the voting on a referendum.

REFERENDUM <#> CLOSE
   - Close the voting early on a referendum.

REFERENDUM <#> CLOSE IN <x> <days/months/years>
   - Set the number of days, months, or years before the referendum 
     will end.