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The King or Queen of a kingdom is its official representative within the larger world. Being the Monarch of a kingdom is quite a responsibility, and kingdoms should work to elect an experienced and capable leader. Selecting a Monarch is a simple process of voting - it is essential that all provinces participate and make their voice heard. The quality and actions of your Monarch will impact your experience and enjoyment in Utopia, and it is important to elect someone with strong communication and diplomatic skills.

A strongly united kingdom is vital to your long-term success on Utopia. Deciding on -- and listening to -- your King or Queen is an important first step, and your vote is important. Remember that a good King or Queen is not necessarily the best or most active player in your Kingdom -- it is the one with the best diplomatic ability and the one most willing to put the kingdom's goals ahead of his or her own. Take advantage of the Public Forum to discuss the vital issues of your Kingdom's future with your fellow provinces and vote for a King or Queen to lead your kingdom to glory.

The politics page allows you to vote for a King or Queen, and displays the following:

  • The kingdom's current Monarch
  • Minimum Votes Needed to be Elected
  • Political Standings of your kingdom, i.e who has voted and how many votes they have

Monarchy: Getting Elected

If you wish to become the Monarch of your kingdom, there are a few different ways to achieve your goal.

First, you may be voted in by your fellow provinces. In order to be elected, you must maintain over fifty percent of the votes of other leaders, and if there are more than six provinces in the kingdom you must also clear lead of at least 2 votes than the runner up. If you are not popular, this will likely not happen. Thus, diplomacy is absolutely essential. Treat others with respect, maximize their value and importance in the kingdom. These are not only ways to earn the Monarchy, but also ideal ways to lead your kingdom to glory.

Each province in your kingdom begins with one vote. However, you can obtain additional votes and strengthen your standing through Nobility. By Utopian Law, every province is guaranteed a minimum of one vote and no more than 10 votes.

The second way to gain monarchy is to seize control of it - that is, if you have more than 50% of the total networth in the kingdom and there are at least two other provinces - your vote is all that matters. Whoever you choose to be Monarch will be elected. Unfortunately, to do this, you may have to attack your fellow kingdom provinces, weakening your kingdom's stature throughout the world. Most often, this is a strategy for failure, as you will find it difficult to lead those who do not wish to be led, but the option is yours.

Monarchy: The Monarch's responsibilities and duties

A Monarch must be committed to ruling with a fair hand. Seek input from your provinces, or you may quickly find yourself out of office. Each kingdom must find a Monarch to grow, but more importantly, they must find a fair and noble Monarch to lead them to glory.

It will also be your responsibility to maintain the Kingdom Council Forums, to keep them clean, and to make them a useful service to the various rulers across your kingdom. You will represent your kingdom to the world, and your actions will reflect on the provinces you represent. Diplomacy and tact will be vital to any kind of long-term successes. As Monarch, it is your duty to maintain relations with other kingdoms and organize projects such as the nurturing of a Dragon.

The Steward

A monarch can nominate two other players to the position of Royal Steward. These players can conduct many of the duties performed by the Monarch such as:

Changing stances
Declaring war
Conducting Ceasefires
Editing the Monarch Message
Managing the kingdom forums
Starting/Cancelling a dragon
Sending a dragon
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