Presentation on theme: "Possible Port Bowen Freehold Structures. Overview Possible Options Arranged as a continuum: Distinct Freeholds Associated Freeholds Interdependent Freeholds."— Presentation transcript:
Possible Port Bowen Freehold Structures
Overview Possible Options Arranged as a continuum: Distinct Freeholds Associated Freeholds Interdependent Freeholds Feudal Freeholds Committee Freeholds Federal Freehold Cabinet Freehold Corporate Freehold Interspersed Freehold Alternating Freehold Integrated Freehold
Distinct Freeholds Structure Overview: Two separate freeholds within the same urban area. Socially, politically and mystically independent. Two separate systems, no overlap. Pros: Proven systems. Previously existing structure. Cons: Impossible to achieve in current political climate. Interfreehold paranoia will likely lead to a considerable cold war, including espionage and direct conflict. History of city’s freeholds indicates considerable chances of outside manipulation into conflict and warfare.
Associated Freeholds Structure Overview: Two separate freeholds within the same urban area. Two separate systems, no overlap. Socially, politically and mystically independent. Diplomatic ties between the two courts, likely with dedicated diplomatic corps. Pros: Proven systems. No mystic overlap. Business pretty much as usual for most of the populace. Cons: Impossible to achieve in current political climate. City history indicates high likelihood of future conflict.
Interdependent Freeholds Structure Overview: Freeholds are linked together with a web of social, economic and political pledges and other interdependencies and connections, but are otherwise independent. An inter-freehold corps of troubleshooters and mediators act as go-betweens and social lubricants between the freeholds. These work as fixers, police and diplomats. Pros: Freeholds are mostly independent. Freehold independence allows people to “vote with their feet” as to political structure preference. Cons: Highly dynamic interdependencies require active and high social investment from everyone involved.
Feudal Freeholds Structure Overview Seasonal Monarch is the ultimate ruler of the Port Bowen freeholds. Contrast Monarch swears fealty to the Seasonal Monarch. Contrast Monarch rules the Contrast Courts as normal, except where the Seasonal Monarch’s dictates conflict or supersede. Pros: Minimal disruptions to both freeholds. Guarantee to Seasonal Courts of Contrast submission. Cons: No true autonomy to Contrast Courts. Contrast fealty pledge will need to be very carefully worded.
Committee Freeholds Structure Overview: Two separate freeholds, each lead by their current monarch. All other Courts contribute their previous monarch or other representative to a joint executive Committee, which would have advisory powers, possibly a one use veto, which would require unanimous agreement to use. Pros: Freeholds have significant autonomy from each other. Each Court has some degree of say and influence on the Ruling Monarch’s decisions. Cons: Some of the Monarch’s traditional powers might be surrendered to the Committee. Selecting representatives for the Committee can be difficult. It’s a Committee!!!
Federal Freehold Structure Overview: Similar to the Feudal Freeholds structure, except now there is a single Monarch, possibly from any Court, that functions as a chief executive. Seasonal and Contrast Courts are organized into separate Freeholds for mystic purposes Each court is subservient to the chief Monarch, but organizes their own affairs with a lesser Monarch, except where these conflict with the Monarch’s directives. Pros: Freeholds are socially and politically merged, but mystically separate. Cons: The process for selecting the Chief Monarch will require considerable work.
Cabinet Freehold Structure Overview: Similar to the Committee Freeholds, there is one executive, and an advisory Cabinet drawn from the other Courts. In this case, the Contrast and Seasonal Courts are more integrated, perhaps with the structure laid out in the Alternating, Interspersed or Integrated. Pros: A proven structure for allowing the other Courts in a freehold to have a say in the actions of the ruling Court. Cons: As with the Committee Freeholds, selecting the Cabinet members can be difficult. Some of the traditional Monarch powers might be surrendered to the Cabinet. Alternatively, the Monarch might simply override the Cabinet.
Corporate Freehold Structure Overview: Freehold is structured like a corporation; the Monarch in power holds majority or multiplied shares and is the Chairman. The representatives from the other Courts hold minority shares. Pros: Similar to the Committee and Cabinet Freeholds Allows responsibilities to be firmly delineated in a charter. Ensures some level of cooperation from the Monarch to the concerns towards the other Courts. Cons: Share-trading and share buying becomes a concern.
Interspersed Freehold Structure Overview: Seasonal Courts hold primary power. Contrast Courts hold interspersed power, perhaps for a month or less each, during the height of Summer and Winter or around the Equinoxes. Pros: As the least populous and powerful courts, the Contrasts Courts are give some time in power to satisfy their mystic responsibilities. Cons: Need to determine who gives up time and thus power to make room for the Contrast Courts.
Alternating Freehold Structure Overview: One freehold, but the Courts in power alternate back and forth between the Seasonal and Contrast structures. Pros: Each Court has a full and natural time in power. Cons: The time in power is every other year.
Integrated Freehold Structure Overview: A fully integrated freehold, with the Contrast and Seasonal Courts each having an appropriate “slice” of the year where they are in power. Each Court is fully equal in status to each other, subject to the local variations in climate and attitude. Pros: Full integration. Ideally best option for equality. Cons: Impossible to achieve in current political climate. Possible mystic backlash from slighted Courts.