Social Science and Fiction Part 4: Of Constitutions

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  1. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Well, if it’s fantasy (low or high), it’s easiest to just have a monarch.

    Who is in charge? King Wally. Depending on how you want to play it, give Wally an adjective. Wally The Terrible. Wally The Great. Wally The Unready. Wally The Unfortunate.

    High Fantasy? A grand castle. Golden gates. Ermine. Diadems.
    Low Fantasy? People covered in dung. Buildings that leak. A feast that consists of a chicken and some mealy rutabagas.

    If you want social cohesion, have people speak of the monarch in neutral to good terms. You want unrest? Have the monarch hire you to squash a rebellion. (Want a plot twist? The rebels aren’t good like Che or Fidel in the hagiographies. They’d be bad like Che or Fidel in the propaganda.)

    You don’t need a constitution. You need an *UNWRITTEN* constitution and show what is enough to get the people to rebel.Report

  2. Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

    And here I thought we were going to be talking about the health and robustness of player characters…Report