Mayor

Written by George Sanders

Background



When the Etonia Council first took over the mangement of the Etonia there were barely 1,000 residents in the town and surrounding farmlands. They focused mostly on the strip of land by the bay where the people lived, farmed, worked, and played. One road stretched through the forest and then turned south before the high plateau about 10 days East. It eventually connected to the southern cities after a treacherous path through the K'hala Swamps. One of the council members was an experienced scout, and with the help of sages from the Avast Library, mapped key landmarks in the forest.   There was a small mine in operation on the far side of the forest, there were powerful rivers, regions with plentiful game, and flood plains for ideal additional farming. The council agreed to keep the forest intact as a resource and planned out several locations for mills, tanneries, and villages to minimize the impact on the forest. Each village had one or two priority products to produce and a Mayor was trained to oversee the work needed to produce those products.  

Getting the Title



The council believed that the values of a person would impact the choices made so they made an open but tedious process to recruit potential mayors. First, they put out a call for individuals that would want to apply. In several cases, members of the council recruited people in the community that they knew. To help insure that the recruits shared the values the council was looking for they had reading assignments, group discussions, social events, and training on accounting and communication. At the end there was a written report to complete before they were approved to move on to the next step.   After completing the onboarding process the mayor would get to provide feedback on the construction of a building that would be their house and place of work. While there were specific tasks and roles a Mayor had to fulfill, the towns were small, 30-100 people in many cases. The people with the title of Mayor had other full time work to do. As some of the villages grew, the mayors were given more resources in a few cases even city guards and a larger budget. The mayors of Montsilt and Pale Gear turned into full time jobs.  

Villages and Their Products



Village Name
Original Mayor, Job
Village Population
Products Overseen
Ander's End
Fiona Workinger, Rancher
74
Horses, Fishing, Farming
Everst
John Everst, Tavernkeep
52
Mining, Tannery, Farming
Mirasoon
William Kaniph, Miller
27
Grain Mill
Monstilt
Bryce Fairweather, Merchant
104
Market, Bakery, Farming
Pale Gear
Michael Bravehorn, Sage
127
Tannery, Hunting, Farming, Bakery
Trier
Rennie Martin, Hunter
32
Hunting, Farming


Cover image: Forest During the Daytime by Tim Mossholder

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11 Dec, 2021 08:04

I like that there is a test to check if someone is suited to be a mayor! Cool article!

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George Sanders
31 Dec, 2021 00:09

Yeah. Sometimes it seems like we should do that more in real life, whew. Thanks for the read and comment. I missed the alert, sorry for my slow response!

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