The King's Privy Council is made up of the major office holders, who together advise the King on what to do, then in theory carry out the policies developed there. This is complicated by the fact that some parts of the kingdom have their own executive, legislative, and judicial branches...
The Mayor of Amber City holds executive power in Amber City; he is elected for ten year terms of service by the Aldermen. Most of the cities of Sethfore have similar arrangements. The Steward of Amber City (for Amber City) and the King himself (for Sethfore) must approve these elections, but in general, unless a complete freak or someone blatantly hostile to the King is elected, no intervention is made, especially since discreet bribery usually works better.
The Warden of Arden serves as the executive officer for Arden.
In the colonies, the chartered boards, which are usually either self-selecting, or chosen by stockholders, hold executive power, although they often elect one of their number to act as Chairman, President, or some other such title.
In Harad, the Viceroy of Harad acts as the King's representative, unless the King is present himself.
The Privy Council handles legislative work for Amber proper. It must approve any taxes as well. In practice, this largely amounts to control of customs duties.
Amber City has an elected board of Aldermen. Each ward elects one Alderman; only those who possess 'the freedom of the city' can vote. There are, as a result, always 100 Aldermen. They control the creation of legislation (although the King or Mayor can veto laws), and they control taxation within the city.
The situation is similar in most of the Sethfore cities.
Harad has four provincial Parliaments, and a national Parliament. Each has three houses, all of which must approve all measures. The High House is home to the highest ranking nobles and priests. The Middle House is elected from the ranks of the petty nobility of the countryside. The Low House is elected by the residents of the cities. They control the initiation of legislation, and the levying and expenditure of taxes. In practice, however, various permanent taxes exist which enables the monarchy to do without the Parliaments, which mostly simply deal with local problems and enact local legislation. The national Parliament rarely meets.
In the colonies, the chartered boards, which are usually either self-selecting, or chosen by stockholders, hold legislative power, although the King can veto their laws...once he hears of them.
This is handled under Amberite Law on the Settings Page.
What Amberite Government Does:
Amber's government doesn't do half as much as a modern state does.
The main functions of royal government are:
The only permanent taxes in Amber as a whole are the customs taxes. However, many regions of Amber have locally levied or traditional taxes. Serfs in Harad pay a variety of taxes, most of the cities of the South levy Alien taxes and other permanent taxes, and so on. The Customs Service maintains its own small fleet of cutters, as does the City of Amber itself.
The royal government is entangled with the management of the royal estates,
in part because the king is expected to live off his own revenues as much
as he can. Careful management allows the King to do this in peace
time, and usually run a large surplus as well. Most of Amber's wars
have been defensive because the monarchy can most easily raise new revenues
under such circumstances.
The Privy Council
Admiral of Shalomar and Admiral of Mystara: Kozue and Derith
Each of these two admirals commands one of Amber's two fleets. Each
possesses a secure naval base commanding one of the major naval routes
to Amber, a fleet of a hundred ships, and a large force of marines and
sailors. Each has a naval intelligence network and can hire mercenary
ships easily. Amber is a nation that lives and dies by its fleets, so they
are top notch.
Castellan of Castle Amber: Makoto
The Castellan of Castle Amber commands the thousand man palace guard,
the royal armory, and Castle Amber itself. This post is virtually
always held by a member of the Royal Family. He also is in charge
of hiring and managing the palace staff, keeping the castle running and
functional. In times of peace, he also usually gets stuck planning
royal trips and finding ways to keep the king and his men fed during those
Lord High Chamberlain of Amber: Drake
The Lord High Chamberlain is the most overworked man in Amber.
Most of what passes for Amber's government is supervisised by him:
customs men, tax collectors, lawyers, judges, prisons, and a swarm of diplomats.
He supervises the Chief Justice, the Chancellor of the Exchequer,
the Minister of Customs (import/export taxes, not cultural practices),
and the Head of the Foreign Service.
Marshal of Amber: Saionji
The Marshal controls the armies of the various kingdoms. He can
call upon the cities of Sethfore for troops, call out the feudal levy in
Harad, and order the Steward of Amber City to call out the Trained Bands.
He also controls a substantial standing army which defends the various
borders. He controls military appointments, and thus has great influence
among nobles seeking jobs. He's also known to have a large military
Master of the Revels: Miki
The Master of the Revels is in charge of organizing all festivities at the palace, but he does much more. He regulates all the theatre companies of Amber, and he regulates the printing and distribution of books, thus acting as the royal censor. Because many festivals in Amber are religious, he also deals with the various churches of Amber. The Master of Revels is also in charge of education, although Amber's government has little to do directly with education. Mostly, he simply runs the small school for the children of the Palace.
Steward of Amber City: Nanami
The City of Amber is under her thumb. She doesn't have perfect
control, but she can call out the Trained Bands, declare martial law, depose
city officials, and generally manipulate the city to her liking.
She is in charge of the City of Amber Customs Service, can influence the
appointing of the city's judges, and in general make life hard for those
she doesn't like. She also controls the police forces of Amber City.
Warden of Arden: Corrine
The Warden of Arden acts as the King's agent in Arden, protecting it
and enforcing Forest Law. The Warden hunts poachers, protects travellers,
and guards the Grove of the Unicorn and the Unicorn's many children.
She commands a strong Forest Guard which can be reinforced by the Elves
who live in Southern Arden. In Arden, she is Judge, Jury, and Executioner
if need be.
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