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6.6 Elections, Referendums, and Politics

An ELECTION in Midkemia takes place when someone who does not hold a particular position (such as Guildmaster or Praetor/Elder/Court Baron) decides that he or she wants to challenge someone currently in that position (or to seek to fill a vacancy in that position). The person challenged must be in the same guild or city (whichever is relevant) to the person doing the challenging. The command to challenge another player's position is CONTEST (syntax is listed below).

The current city leader, who is also a member of the ruling council, is immune and may not be contested.

In order to begin an election in a city, guild, or sect, only two challengers are needed (which includes the person currently holding the position). Only two challengers are needed for vacant positions in cities.

A REFERENDUM differs from an election only in that it is not about a particular
position of power. 

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 Midkemian time.


WHO CAN CALL A REFERENDUM
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A referendum is called by someone in power (be it a God, a Guildmaster, or the leading member of a city's ruling council) who defines what the referendum is about, how long it will last for, and what the choices in the referendum are. In the case of Orders, that would be the Patron only.



COMMANDS FOR EVERYBODY
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ELECTIONS/REFERENDUMS
   - Lists the current referendums or elections that are relevant to you.

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

ELECTION <#> 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.
       Order: You must have played at least 50 hours, and be at least level 30.
       Guild: You must be at least guild rank 1.
       Public: You must have played at least 100 hours.
   - You can change your vote before the election or referendum is over by
     simply voting again.

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


THREE WAYS TO CONTEST
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CONTEST <person> AS <position> OF <city, sect or guild name>
CONTEST VACANT AS <position> OF <city, sect or guild name>
CONTEST <person> AS HEAD OF <society> (if the society is democratic)

All contests cost the challenger 5,000 Kingdom coppers.
You must be at least guild level 2 in your guild to contest a guildmaster.

Examples:
   CONTEST ANSEL AS COURT BARON OF KRONDOR
   CONTEST SINTOR AS PHOENIX CAPTAIN OF QUEENSGUARD
   CONTEST VACANT AS PRAETOR OF SAR-SARGOTH


COMMANDS FOR THOSE IN POWER
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CREATE REFERENDUM FOR <city|society name|guild|order>
   - Create a referendum.
   - For Orders, only the Patron may create referenda.

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

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

REFERENDUM <#> ADD CHOICE <choice text>
   - Add a voting option to a referendum.
   - Max length for a choice is 70 characters.

REFERENDUM <#> REMOVE CHOICE <choice#>
   - Remove a voting option from a referendum.
   - Note that this does not move existing choices around, so if you have
     choices 1, 2, and 3, and remove 2, then you will now have choices
     1 and 3 (no 2). And if you then add a new choice, it'll be choice 4.

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

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

REFERENDUM <#> CLOSE IN <x> <days>
   - Set the number of days before the referendum will end. (this is
     Midkemian days)