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Basic Information

Demarchy is a system of government where important government positions are filled by random lot from an available pool of citizens.



Game and Story Use

  • This is not really appropriate for campaigns where the player characters are roaming adventurers, or otherwise uninterested in politics - but in a campaign set in a single city, one of the player characters might be chosen for a government position like this. Now he must balance his adventuring career with his new job - and, of course, he will get involved in all sorts of intrigues and power plays between established influential groups and people…
  • Lots of potential for overlap with other forms of government, depending on how one gets into the pool. A plutocracy might have people buying lots, a technocracy might require a certain number of recent citations in high-impact journals, and a democracy might either have the lot drawn from all adult citizens or require a certain amount of community status.
  • Lots of potential trouble if the ruler ends up being incompetent, an agent of influence, or just not wanting the job.
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