Tuesday, April 5, 2011
D is for Democracy
D is for Democracy! Okay, I'm not actually taking part in the A-Z Blogging Challenge going around, mostly due to a general lack of time to post, but I couldn't help putting this one out. Today is Election Day here, and I got to thinking about just how rare it is to encounter democratic or republican modes of government in our fantasy worlds. Most published settings default to monarchies of some sort, be they mundane, magical or divine in nature. However, we need only look at our own bloody American history to find the adventure possibilities inherent in the democratic process. "Gangs of New York" anyone? There are all manner of power struggles possible, as well as subterfuge, espionage, and dirty tricks. Voter manipulation? Intimidation? Payoffs? Manipulation of polling results? This is seriously uncharted prime waters for any D&D campaign to wade into, with a wealth of adventure ideas available in any local daily newspaper. Fizban for President!