Risari Government

Note: I haven’t settled on a decent name for the capital of Risay. However, I’ve been toying with some elements of their government structure (below). When you see CAPITAL, pretend a cool name is there.

The traditional Risari pattern government is a complicated system of checks and balances, where power is designed to stay within a ruling family’s eldest generation, rather than within the direct descendents of the ruler himself. The various Risari princes serve as vassals to an overlord, who lives in CAPITAL, the federal capital. Next in line is the viceroy, typically the overlord’s oldest surviving brother, who who rules the dynasty’s home city much as the Risari princes do. Lastly comes the prince of CAPITAL (the district), who shares power with the overlord and the viceroy. The prince is usually the overlords son or, if no son is available, his nephew. Should the overlord die, the Risari throne descends, not to his son, but to the viceroy. The prince of CAPITAL stays in office unless all the brother of the overlord are dead. In that case, the prince becomes the new viceroy, enabling the overlord to name his own son (or nephew) as the new prince of CAPITAL. The Risari system of bilateral descent worked remarkably well, only breaking down during the rule of the Imams, when sons more often succeeded fathers to power.

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