If granted the title of Mayor, this is what I envision…
A place where are all welcome, and all are cared for. A community that supports each other whilst enriching each other’s lives. I draw my inspiration from what I believe society is strictly based around. A society, no, a civilization is based upon the very premise that for society to flourish we must all be focused on lifting each other up. While some disagree and argue on what that means, and what the best way for that to happen is, I look at it from a more personal family perspective.
My family has always been there for me, and it pains me all the time seeing families that fracture and break. I would aim for my settlement to be one big family. When one falls on hard times, the rest rise to the occasion and support them in their time of need. A Mayor should only judge his success on the success of those around him. If her family is flourishing, so she is also flourishing. Each family has certain roles to fulfill, and the same can be said for settlements.
After all.. it takes a village.
Agriculture and Natural Resources: To make a community that can take care of itself and others, you require the very basic of resources that are used to create life. Farming, Ranching, and Mining. Three essential industries for whom makes them homes in the grasslands. Ideally, we would have enough of the three to be self-sufficient and not have to rely on importing raw materials. Keeping in line with the community that supports itself, the local government would stockpile excess material in time of emergency. Whether for repairs, or to assist with those who just need that extra bit of help to complete what they are working on. Naturally, there would be some kind of limit to how much assistance; but the point is to stimulate growth in the community rather than stifle it.
Education: Be it child or adult, the saying ‘you learn something every day’ is a saying for a reason. The elderly are value for not only their skill, but their ability to pass that skill on to others. We want to always be innovating and getting better at what we do, and it’s those with the years of knowledge who can teach others which are the backbone of society. A community should always be striving to better themselves, and the best way to do that is through education. It would be encouraged for any and all to participate in whatever they can, for whatever wage they negotiate at. It will only serve to make our community and duchy stronger overall. I would like to say that most artisans have some kind of martial training in case of emergency, but more importantly the government would encourage all to know at least two trades. It would serve to diversify their skills and keep them relevant in times of economic turmoil, as well as give them a greater opportunity for greatness in life.
Strength through Unity: Being able to turn those resources into usable materials requires skilled people with a willingness to do that job. But more than that, it’s a neighbor in your community, it’s someone you know and more often than not have dealt with before. You have drank together with them at the tavern, rode out to hunt alongside them, and helped rebuild their roof when it was damage by hail. It takes a village. We seek to have a variety of secondary industries in the settlements. Depending where we were located might change that. Ideally, I would like the settlement to be on a major crossroads so that we can have a hand in helping all who come through. I would like our settlement to be known throughout the duchy, as a place where warm bread and beds await after a long day of travel. Taverns, Inns, Smithies, etc.
Society is only as strong as its weakest link. With the right resources, education, and community we can stand higher as a model for all to emulate. We can eliminate the weak link by helping them grow sturdy and strong to face their destiny with head held high. We shall all face our destiny together and be able to overcome any challenge with the help of those around us.