Posted by Akku on Jun-13-2008

Dual-Monarchy: What is that?

In Utopia, you always have one monarch voted at maximum. This monarch is able to edit the kd’s forums, set relations, press war buttons, set the kd-login-message, send dragons and so on. Additionally, he’s the main diplomat of the kd. Other kingdoms will write to the monarch when wanting war or asking for something else. Players in the kingdom trust the monarch to do the best for the kd and count on the monarch if buttons have to be pressed, players have to be informed or war targets have to be picked. Usually, this means that the most experienced individual in a kingdom needs to be monarch.

Monarchy is a pretty time-consuming job. To help him, the monarch can have one person be page to clean up the forums and grant priviledges in utopiapimp to sub-monarchs, who are able to set some more info there. Then he can ask people in his kd to lead a certain group of players or to take over several tasks, but these won’t be able to press the warbutton or the CF button, when the monarch is not online. But after all, there is an additional possibility, that most kingdoms are not aware of: Dual- or Double-Monarchy.

Dual-Monarchy means that you have two players as monarchs, who trust each other and who are both trusted upon by the members of the kingdom and both have the possibility to press monarch-buttons and so on.

How is that possible?

The monarch of a kingdom is determined by approximately half the number of votes (in fact it are at least one less). If the votes of the players get split up by half on the two monarchs, the submonarch puts his vote on the primary monarch and the monarch puts his vote on the submonarch. The one is primary monarch now and the other has enough votes to make himself monarch by switching his vote on himself. That’s just it. To make it clear, I’ll give an example.

Example of a Dual Monarchy

Example Kindom (23:42) has 25 players with 1 vote each. 12 votes are needed to have monarch. PrimaryMonarch (23:42) want to be the official leader and SecondaryMonarch (23:42) want to be submonarch to assist the main monarch.

13 players put their votes to PrimaryMonarch (23:42), including the submonarch. 12 players put their votes to SecondaryMonarch (23:42), including the vote of PrimaryMonarch (23:42). Now the primary monarch is king.

Say Example Kingdom (23:42) gets waved by another kd and (23:42) just got out of another war. The primary monarch is not online. If the submonarch switches his one vote to himself, he’ll have 13 and the primary monarch will have 12 votes, so the submonarch is able to press buttons and stuff. After proposing the CF, he switches his vote back to PrimaryMonarch (23:42) to make him monarch again. Problem solved.

Problems that may occur

  • Some players don’t understand what a dual-monarchy is for. I hope this problem gets adressed with this post.
  • Other kingdoms might be confused. Therefore in every establishing of diplomatic contact, the dual-monarchy should be shorty explained to the other side. Lines like these could be added to diplomatic messages: “Please note that SecondaryMonarch (23:42) is my submonarch. He is also diplomatically able to speak for our kingdom. If you have important messages, please send them to him too.”
  • Monarchs should always know what their task is and keep to that, otherwise there might arise conflicts.
  • Some players do not vote or put their votes on someone else or themselves. Those always need to recieve messages who they need to put their vote on. If they’re not changing, you should think about having them in your team anyways.
  • Sometimes when players claim higher honor levels, the votes may get wrong. In such cases, a message to a trusted player to change votes should solve the problem. If its urgent for the main monarch to get back control, he can swich his vote back to himself and act as monarch (for that reason the monarchs should always vote for each other, as fallback-plan when something goes wrong). Then he should nevertheless ask someone else to change votes so he can change back to the submonarch.

I hope you liked this article. I tried this system very often and it really helps. The organization is not too tedious and the effect is a better reaction time for the whole kingdom. Have fun!

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