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    Mar 2002
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    Every province should have a list of grievances which the ruler (landed,

    temporal, or guild) cannot solve. Some should be ancient grievances, some

    should involve rivalries, and some should reflect that fact that no one

    likes to be taxed and governed. Normally these grievances can sit on the

    back burner, but they can be drawn upon when the ruler offends, when other

    rules stir trouble, or when random events reveal that trouble has arrived.

    The next question then has to do with the provincial figure there in the

    ruler`s organization. Three cases will exist: the local guy is loyal to the

    realm leader, is neutral, or is hostile.

    If the province ruler is loyal to the realm`s ruler, he has himself by

    allying with outside forces against the local people. This breach will not

    be soon forgotten. The view of the locals toward this person will be nearly

    the same as the realm`s overall ruler, since the people will tend to regard

    him as am instrument of the realm`s ruler. In explaining the rebellion at

    hand, such a figure is often useful for creating the provocation. The

    province was upset about its long standing grievances, it was incensed by

    recent actions (some of which may be out of anyone`s control), and then the

    local ruler did some thing that set them off. Perhaps he jailed someone,

    closed down a psuedo-zero-level holding, or attempted an unpopular reform.

    This is an imprudent role for most province rulers to adopt, unless they

    have no local support to begin with.

    In the second case, the local ruler attempts to avoid a breach with either

    the people or the ruler. To maintain this position, the local fellow has to

    avoid taking action against one or the other. He therefore tends to be

    non-cooperative to any requests for assistance other than mediation and

    arranging talks. This character can be used to explain the rebellion often

    in terms of what they failed to do, who they failed to jail, what they

    failed to shut down, and so forth. This figure maintains the allegiance of

    the people who hope he will eventually champion their cause, though

    relations may be strained. This is generally the wisest role of province

    rulers to adopt, because having avoided a complete breach, they can go about

    repairing relationships. PC rulers may not be happy with this approach and

    may force them to pick one side or the other.

    The third case is the province ruler who throws in with the people against

    the realm ruler. Generally local rulers only do this under two

    circumstances, 1) they miscalculated, or 2) their connection with the people

    is so strong that any accomodation with the people will require an

    accomodation with the leader. Such leaders can be divided into two

    catagories. Those who lead the rebellion out of ambition and those who do

    so out of duty. The local guy who is critical of his ruler, who foments

    rebellion, who has the goal of independence or alternate allegiance is no

    good for his realm or his ruler. The local guy who attempts to solve

    problems, informs the ruler that action must be taken to settle the

    grievance, and hopes for reconcilliation with his ruler but demands

    satisfaction of the peolpe`s demands, even at cost to himself, is another

    kind altogether. Wise realm rulers are advised to not mistake the one for

    the other.

    Kenneth Gauck

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    I usually differentiate between a people's rebellion and a lord's rebellion. In the first case we have taxes, laws etc, in the latter case, we have nobles' rights removed etc and it is the nobles that rally the people into a rebellion. (by nobles I mean the local nobility of each province... Baronettes, even some Counts or Barons etc)

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