I was thinking for a good while about what style of Governance (per the inset on p. 17 of Covenants) the covenfolk have.
The options given in the book are:
- Autocracy, where one person is appointed by the magi to speak for the covenfolk, something akin to a clan chief or a mayor.
- Council, where the covenfolk choose a committee to run the day-to-day affairs of the covenant, with the magi retaining veto power.
- Democracy, in which the autocrat is chosen by the people rather than the magi, with the magi being able to over-rule the covenfolk if the people choose a total shmuck; according to the book, the people's autocrat is more ceremonial than in an Autocracy, but the magi typically choose an autocrat to do the actual administrative stuff.
- Faux Feudalism, with a sock noble.
- Gerontocracy, basically like an extended family ruled by the oldest for the magi.
- Militocracy, ruled by the military, with the turb captain or a tame noble in charge.
- Theocracy, run by the priests.
This is what I had imagined before Trogdor posted Kester MacLannen.
[tab][/tab]The muggles would have a Council, which is elected by them every Winter (during the Magi's Council meeting).Anyone may nominate anyone (including themselves), but anyone can only be nominated once. When nominated, the people vote whether or not they want them to be on the Council; if more than half of the voters say aye, that nominee is on the council. This continues until there are no more nominations. Voters must be at least 15 years old. Some years, there may be a score or more members of the Council, and some years a scant handful. The Council would then meet and choose one of their number to be the head councillor, who would work more directly with the Magi.
That's one idea. But this is y'all's covenant at least as much as it is mine, so I'm throwing this out for discussion. What kind of governance should the storied people of Insula Canaria have?