Shear Anarchy / San Dorado [Worldbuilding Exercise]

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Re: Shear Anarchy / San Dorado [Worldbuilding Exercise]

Post by Siege » Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:38 am

Invictus wrote:Ah, I see. It's more of a double-layered representative system, except the Shareholders are basically the electorate, but only Councilmen can actually vote on issues, and they can't split the votes they represent. I seem to be missing who chairs a regular Chamber meeting, though.
The Mayor chairs the meetings of the Chamber of Councilmen.

I'm not decided on whether there are advantages to owning a few shares as an individual beyond prestige and (a very limited amount of) influence. Would the city pay dividend? Does San Dorado run a profit? Perhaps share holders are preferred customers if and when the city releases bonds to generate additional capital? Who knows.
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Re: Shear Anarchy / San Dorado [Worldbuilding Exercise]

Post by Siege » Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:38 pm

The Magisterial Commonwealth of the Nine Nations of Dai Xich is built upon the Bond of Concordance, the oaths of loyalty sworn to the Claret Empress by the warlords and regional chieftains she vanquished during her campaigns in the 11th century. Under ordinary circumstances such oaths of personal allegiance would lapse with the death of the Empress -- however according to the history of Dai Xich the Claret Empress did not die, but ascended to heaven. The concords therefore remain binding to this day.

Another consequence is that Dai Xich has not had a supreme ruler since the disappearance of the Claret Empress. After all, she is not officially dead, but continuous to rule in the heavens. The highest terrestrial authority is the Grand Magister, who these days is appointed by an electoral college drawn from each of the Nine Nations.
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Re: Shear Anarchy / San Dorado [Worldbuilding Exercise]

Post by Siege » Fri Aug 23, 2019 2:10 pm

Bedlam Branham (1837 - 1913), 'the last of the great steam pirates', was a San Doradan sea captain, merchant and privateer. Branham captured the public imagination in a series of dime novels chronicling his adventures in the Cataract Archipelago, painting him as a swashbuckling scoundrel braving the terrors of the islands, swindling hapless natives and skirmishing with stereotypes of authority from Dai Xich and the Daedalean Empire.

The real Bedlam Branham was at least as colorful and bold as the novella's depictions, if decidedly less honest and upstanding. A freebooter and a rogue, Bedlam fought, bluffed and cheated his way around the globe, using his guns at least as frequently as his wits. He was reviled not just by people he deceived and menaced abroad but also by many in his own city, chief amongst whom the associates of the Shakeltruss Easterly Steam Shipping Company, whose unenviable task it frequently was to clean up the image of San Doradan merchants in the wake of Bedlam's passage.

That is not to say however the captain did not have his admirers. Branham fought in more wars than most, and by all accounts did so bravely. He joined the Mad War as a privateer even though he was already 62 years old, fighting for the Sarakan League of Partisans against the overwhelmingly superior White Navy of Tyr Caelhyr. The havoc his steel cruiser Mirela unleashed in the narrow bights, coves and capes of the Deifr Firth and Skrda Bay is still the stuff of tall tales on the Sarakan Peninsula. In the harbor of the Sjenskan port city Timecak stands a bronze sculpture of Bedlam Branham, looking out over the waters and giving a defiant two-fingered salute to the Canhastyri over the horizon.

Branham survived the sinking of the Mirela in the last year of the war and only returned to San Dorado in 1907. In his long and storied career he made, lost and regained a fortune that laid the foundation for a dynasty whose influence is still keenly felt to this day. He built Ginsant Place, the stately manor in Ashcarron Cove that is still the seat of the Branham family today. When he died in 1914 Bedlam Branham was survived by his daughter Peccany.
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