Politics

Basic politics

The freehold is run along traditional lines with the four seasonal courts taking their turns to rule for three months each. Relations between all four courts are cordial and members of any court are expected to assist other freehold members when in significant need. The current seasonal monarch typically relocates essential freehold functions to a place of their choosing giving rise to a somewhat migrant court. Several key individuals within the court structure (freehold treasurer, vizier, etc) hold their position throughout the year and either establish a strong goodwill with courts other than their own or else formally exempt themselves from the court structure so as to avoid accusations (although not suspicions) of bias. Each monarch is expected to liaise with both their predecessor and their successor where appropriate to ensure a smooth transition of power, although in practice all four monarchs maintain regular contact and may be called upon to offer advice where appropriate by the reigning monarch.

Each monarch may appoint any changeling to official positions for the season in which they rule. Those changelings with full time positions are reappointed each season by the incoming monarch. Although this is usually seen as a formality there is no obligation on an incoming monarch to reappoint changelings to their established positions and the incumbent occasionally changes. Monarchs are free to appoint changelings from outside their court to even seasonal positions and this sometimes happens where a particular court is better suited to an individual role than the current reigning court (for example, Summer changelings make better men-at-arms, while Winter changelings often make better spymasters). In theory a monarch is empowered to demand service from any member of the freehold, although in practice it is customary only to appoint individuals with their prior consent. Any changeling working for the freehold for the season, including the monarch, is entitled to draw a stipend from the freehold purse.

Politics

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