I know this post is long. Please read it anyway. There has been some question lately about the whole Governors system. When the system was first created and the rules were put into place the EM of Atlantic @Bennu wrote up a very good, accurate explanation of the expectations of the system. I have edited it for our use here on Sonoma. So there is no question, this is the way the system works and will be followed. Make note I have made the date of all future Governor's Council Meetings to be the second SUNDAY of the month, every month at 7pm Pacific time. If it turns out that this is not a good time for the majority of the participants a new date or time can be decided upon. I feel as though I get a good local turn out for EM Events on this date/time so it should also work for Governor's Council Meetings. Since we are close to a new election I felt it best to start fresh with the new year. On November 11th at 7PM we will have a shard meeting to go over these rules. ================================================================ There seems to be a bit of a misconception on the nature, purpose and procedure of the Governor's Council Meeting on Sonoma. In an effort to remedy any questions, concerns and give a general outline of what to expect, as well as what is expected. #1: Rule Number One, the role of Governor is an In Character position. That means if you are a Governor, you are expected to role play the position and act as you would if your character were Governor. If you are NOT a governor, but attend a meeting, it is asked that you remain in character as well, it will add to the overall feeling and flow of the Meeting. The King will never, ever, ever break Character. What this means is, anything you say to the King is said to the King, and the King will answer, act and respond as King Blackthorn would, and should. If you say something to the King OOC, (Out of Character) at best the King will ignore you. If you try and assassinate the King, you will be thrown in the moat. If Exodus couldn't kill Lord Blackthorn, you cannot kill King Blackthorn. He is beyond you. #2: Your EM is NOT the King. The King is King Blackthorn, it is not your EM. Behind the scenes King Blackthorn is made up of at least 3 or 4 individuals. When you address the King, you are talking to all of them in the character of the King, you are not addressing your shards EM. #3: Governors serve at the pleasure of the King both IC and OOC, if you cannot stay in character, constantly cause OOC problems in an IC environment, or fail to do your duty as Governor the King has the ability to replace you and will. #4: Election Impropriety will be dealt with by the GM/DEV and Support Teams. It will also be dealt with In Character by the King. Any group attempting to disrupt, manipulate or destroy the Governor's Council will be dealt with severely. #5: The purpose of the Governor's Council is not to decorate the towns or place trash cans at the banks. The King is not an interior decorator, nor is he a gardener, or a trash collector. Governors may make *ONE* Large scale request per term to be considered by the King and his advisers. If you are a Governor and are running a plot-line, shard wide event or something similar, the EM team *MAY* be able to assist or otherwise support you in a few small ways. These requests should be directed at the EM team,the PEC, and Mesanna, not to the King. If you want a trashcan at your bank, ask Mesanna, not the King. <--- Per Mesanna. #6: If you are not a governor, but wish to address the Governor's Council please speak with the Governor of your represented city and asked to either be called upon or have them bring up the matter themselves. If you feel your governor is not up to the task, you may of course ask another governor. #7: If you are called upon by the King to speak at the Governor's Council, you are asked to keep it 3 min or less, this includes Governors. 3 min x 10 Governors is 30 min, we must all be mindful of time. The Goal is to keep the meetings right at an hour. #8: Trade deals, and how towns are governed are the business of the Governor and the Townspeople. But remember, the King is Monarch and as Governor you are an extension of the Crown. If asked to change something (like a curfew) you as Governor must comply, (or work around it). #9: A:The Governor's Council is held the SECOND SUNDAY OF the month, every month at 7pm Pacific in Castle Blackthorn. If something drastic happens then another meeting may be called during the month. Also, if for some reason the meeting must be canceled, it will be rescheduled. B: If you are Governor and miss 3(THREE) Governor's Council meetings in a row without a valid excuse you can be replaced as Governor without warning. A valid excuse being an email to the EM before the day of the event letting The EM Team know you cannot make it due to real life responsibilities. Real life always comes first. If it becomes impossible for you to make Governor's Council Meetings you may be asked to step down on your own accord to give someone else a chance. #10: The Flow of the meetings: A: The People Gather in the Council Chamber. B: King Blackthorn enters, greets everyone and sits. C: The Governors take their seats. D: The King speaks, says anything he needs to say. E: The King calls each Governor in turn to speak. F: Each Governor has roughly 3 min to say what it is they need to say. G: The King responds, the other Governors may say their piece. H: At the end, time permitting the King may call on representatives from outside Britannia, ambassadors from Nujelm, Malas, Tur Mur, or one of the Races (Elves, Goblins, Orcs, etc). I: Also time permitting, the King may call on petitioners who would like to speak to the Council. These people should be gathered in line in front of the table. The best way to get your voice to the King is still through the Governors. #11: Remember, everything in the Governor's Council chamber is In Character. If the King is harsh with you, flirts with you, or otherwise gets your dander up, it is an In Character thing. The same is for the other Governors, the Governors are Role Playing, if they aren't they wont be Governors for long. Take everything on an In Character level. #12: All Towns are equal in the eyes of the King. Moonglow is a center of education and learning, Trinsic is a stronghold and military powerhouse, Skara Brae feeds the Kingdom... every town is a piece of the success that is Britannia. There is no one city that the King holds above another. #13: The Governor's Council is a way for you as a player to interact with the Fiction, Storyline and the community of Sonoma in a healthy and productive way. The Governors are known to run events, plot-lines, contests and games, all as part of their position as Governor to bring activity to their city. The King and the EM team/PEC will do whatever they can (within the rules) to support the events, plot-lines and activity within the cities. #14: Remember that the Governor system and Governor's Council is a work in progress we will all work together to make it enjoyable and productive. Britannia needs a King, the King needs his people, the days of an absent monarch are behind us. #15: ALL Large (to the King) and small (to the EM team) requests must have an Role Play function or purpose. If you are requesting flowers around your bank because they look pretty, expect to be told no. If you are requesting a limited time change that fosters and supports your role playing as Governor or pushes the shard fiction and town interaction plots forward... we can talk about it.