Posted By markof at 4:36 PM - Thu Mar 16 2017
maybe you could think bayound kingdom and duchy, all the way to county and settlement.
the problem you discribe is not a kingdom or duchy problem, it is a settlement problem, every single new player is going to start at a settlement, the first authorities that are going to deal with them are settlement authorities, not knigdom or duchy.
Then, the other point you're adressing is adhesion to the community you built which is a diferent matter than to canalize and control civil disorder.
To that the answer is simple and a bit of the same. First you do not force or drag any one in a community, either you built a community appealing enough for the new players to naturally want to join it at some point or you built something that is not appealing and the nature of the game will either force your community and it's value to addapt and evolve or fight and probably disapear.
what ever the situation, once again things are going to happen at settlement level first than will go up the tiers, it will never ever start from the top.
being a noble, or a high tier noble do not mean you're commending players which characters live in the domain you rule, it only mean you rule that domain they live in, you set taxes, and laws and shaped and keep shaping the world, but you subjects are free, free to move away, free to not pay attention to your needs and will, free to oppose you, free to stay away from your community, as long as they follow the laws you devised and pay their taxes.
Now, how do you get in contact with new players at settlement level ?
town criers and information boards, officials at the town hall.... basically people to make contact or informations to contact you or their local community members.
You seem to be saying that you think that the settlement and perhaps the counts are going to be the ones with the power. This is almost certainly going to be false. The real world has taught us that in just about every functioning society power is centralised in the government and the high courts. It is unlikely to be any different in Chronicles of Elyria.
This doesn't mean that the ruling class can dictate what the players can do exactly but they do set the laws and rules of the kingdom and the community that makes up that group of players and if any player falls outside of those laws and rules then they can be punished.
The settlements are there to enact the laws handed down by the counts, dukes and kings and to make sure that those laws are followed. Mayors, barons, counts and dukes will also have to make sure that taxes are collected and paid to the relevant person. They also have to ensure that the economy works correctly and that there are enough players available to do what is required by the kingdom.
People can do what they want within reason but if you think that players will have absolute freedom you are mistaken. People in the USA or the UK or every other democratic nation do not have total freedom either.
This game is going to be modelled on real life politics in many ways. You seem to hate the idea that anyone has power over you but I'm sorry to say unless you are a king you'll have to follow orders. As a duke I accept I'll have to do what my king says from time to time even if I don't particularly want to do it.
Even kings won't have total freedom. They'll have to work within a diplomatic framework worked out between all the kings on the server.
I don't want to rain on peoples parade. I want people to be happy in my duchy and want people to feel like they can advance but at the same time they have to live within the laws and rules of the land. There is no getting around that fact.
It is also the responsibility of the duke to sort out any problems in a kingdom that a count or a mayor or a baron can't sort out themselves. If two counts are fighting it will be the duke who comes down and sorts the problem out between them.
Basically dukes have to ensure the proper running of the whole duchy something that mayors, barons and counts can't do on their own. It is this responsibility for all the people that live in a duchy that drives a duke. They need to keep their population happy and productive and make sure that society runs correctly.