The township program seeks to recognize player-run establishments and cities that have had an impact on their shard’s community in some way. Recognition comes in the form of a banner or a structure of some kind. Community Size and Allegiance The Crown will recognize communities by the following terms; based on the number of houses a reasonable visitor would consider part of that community: 1-4 - Establishment 5-10 - Village/Hamlet 11-20 - Town 21-30 - City 31 or more - Kingdom, Empire or City-State Crown recognition is available on all facets. While some facets are outside the jurisdiction of the Crown, we are still able to determine how the court will regard these towns. You must also state where your town’s allegiance lies: with the Crown, against the Crown, or neutral. This will not affect the banner; it is to give the Crown an idea of how to interact with the town. Requirements for Recognition Cohesiveness Something that shows the owners of each house consider themselves part of the township. Ideally, the town's name would be noted as part of the text on each house sign. I notice this is already true of most of the towns I've visited. If your town has a different way of distinguishing its buildings, please tell us. Activity This may take any of several forms, such as: frequent meetings, events, hunts, etc; or a website that keeps the shard informed and promotes interaction; or residents who are frequently in the town and available to interact with visitors. Essentially, tell us what your township brings to the game and how it promotes a vibrant community. History Your town must be at least six months old. Ideally, there should be an archive of town records either in game or outside of the game. Communication Visitors to your town should have a way to learn about its history and upcoming events. They should also be able to communicate with the inhabitants. This can take place wholly in game, such as with books, barkeeps, a mailbox, and/or a message board, or it can be on a website. Banner Design We reserve the right to make changes to your design and its location. Also, the banner must not block house placement. Here is a page with more information on banners, including an exploded view of a banner's design. InsideUO should be used to find the ID numbers of the components for the proposed banner. It will also help you to construct a picture of the banner. To Petition for Recognition and a Banner To register a petition, send me a message. See this post for contact information. Include the following: The name of your establishment/town/city/etc. It’s location, please include coordinates. When it was founded. Where your town’s allegiance lies. Number of houses. Suggested coordinates for the banner. InsideUO numbers for the components of the banner. A .jpg of the proposed banner. Answers to the following questions: Cohesiveness: Which houses are part of the town and what marks a house as part of the town? Activity: How does your establishment or town promote a vibrant community? History: Where can one find more information about the history of your town? Communication: How would visitors to your town normally communicate with its inhabitants? Recognition and banner design are subject to approval! Cross-posted here on the Lake Austin EM Website.