The Highlands Council
The council is a place for the Nobility to come together and rebuild our ravaged Kingdom. Its primary purpose is to decide upon matters of import concerning the Kingdom, be they the introduction of laws, the defense of the realm or otherwise. This is the House of Nobles. Everyone on the Council has an equal vote, regardless of their noble rank. The only person who does not get an outright vote is the Regent, as she stands in place as a moderator. This helps create some balance, to prevent people from voting one way just to find the Regent’s favor, or another just to spite her. The goal is to focus on what is best for the people (Or your own noble class, depending on what type of person you are).
Questions: How do I join the council?
A: You play an Arathi Noble that owns land in the Highlands and has people to govern. You can not simply own land and have no people. You can be a noble that is currently displaced and will eventually have people if the land is reclaimed.
Q: What if I don’t like the voting? Can I be angry about it?
A: Sure you could, but if you make a scene, you’ll be removed. The key to keeping a flowing council and healthy environment for everyone involved. It won’t do anyone any good to stand around and yell at once another. Debating can happen and is not discouraged, as long as it stays with the flow of the Council. Don’t speak over people, don’t interrupt, wait your turn to ask questions, be an adult. We can’t have every meeting ending in a sword fight just because you didn’t like how the voting went. Losing your side is something that can and will happen when you join a council. If you break the flow, you’ll be removed by the guardians of the council. Charges can and will be brought up if issues continue. But remember, this is a safety net here, just to prevent people from not acting like adults.
Q: What will be brought up during a meeting?
A: Things that have been previously submitted to the council for review. That means, if you want a law introduced, to appeal for aid, or to show up naked and talk about it, you have to submit your topic before the meeting begins. This should be done on normal days, at least a day before so that the topics can be put in some idea of order and reviewed in good time. If there are simply too many topics to discuss that evening, some will be broken up for other days, as the meetings are not intended to drag on for hours.
Q. What’s all this defense stuff? Do we have to vote on who gets help?
A. No, if you bring up a defense matter and want aid, bring up your case. The other people are free to pledge help if they can afford to. All of the Highlands needs help, so getting help to each place takes time.
Q. What if I need to think about the law before I vote?
A. That’s perfectly fine. All laws will not go into effect until the following week. You have until the set date of that next week to put in your vote. You can not change your vote, so be sure of your vote before you give it. The options are, For, Against, or Unknown. If you -don’t- vote by the set day, the law will go on without you. This prevents people from stalling on forever.