Ultimately, if one is concerned about making money, or not losing money for himself or his guild, he simply should not run for vanarchy.
Sure, becoming a vanarch is costly, staying in office is costly. Saying that Vanarchs are the new uncle scrooge swimming in pools of money is very misleading, but saying that a Vanarchy doesn't come with very sizable advantages is just as misleading.
Please don't play the role of the political martyr that is dishing out money for free "for the people!", getting nothing in exchange. That's simply not true.
Vanarchy DOES give the Vanarch and his guild very sizable advantages. They may not be strictly monetary, but they definitely exist. Denying them is, again, misleading.
The fastest mount of the game is only the beginning, and actually the smallest advantage (while the most visible).
The biggest advantage is that a vanarchy is a giant billboard that constantly advertises your guild, making recruitment and retaining numbers a lot easier. Your name is out there every time someone enters your province, unguilded people see your guildmates on their spiffy horses and get interested, while other guilds have to resorts to much more work-intensive methods to get their numbers up and retain them.
Ultimately, it's a powerful marketing tool for a player's personal image and his guild. Real estate billboard space has a cost anywhere. This is no different- If you're concerned about the cost, simply don't run next election and do your recruiting the old fashioned way.
Honestly once you reach the endgame 3000 gold is a pittance. It's less than the cost of a single enigmatic tier 12 weapon or chestpiece. Even the smaller guilds can easily scrape it up with a minimal tax. I would say having a big banner ad popping on everyone's screen multiple times is quite worth that entire cost.
But again, if it's not worth it for you, don't run. You want to keep your taxes high to recoup that cost? Fine. But you also can't blame those that won't vote you next time around. Many players, just as much as real voters, vote out of their own interest and not because you're nice and have a wonderful personality.
That's the basics of democracy.
Also, keep in mind that higher taxes mean that less people will come buy your goods. Many actually check the tax rate before going to buy those 1200 refined alkahest they need. You want to keep that 5% tax? Again, it's very fine, but don't complain if you get the crumbs while people go do their big purchases in Popolion or Westonia, bringing those vanarchs more gold.
A vanarch with a 1% tax rate gets about 2.4 gold for every single enchanting attempt between +7 and +9 of a tier 12 weapon/piece of armor with materials purchased in their province, with a massive fail rate. Without even counting the masterwork attempts that for now are still rare (but will increase more and more in the future).
Sure, it's tempting to turn those 2.4 gold in 12 gold with a 5% tax rate. But if people go buy their materials somewhere else because they can save 10 gold per attempt, you get nothing.
The more the game will progress, with more people reaching the endgame and accessing those extremely costly enchantments, the more this will apply and the more people will be "careful" on where they purchase their goods, to get the most out of their gold.
Less taxes don't necessarily mean less income, especially in a world where everyone sells exactly the same products and you can travel from one continent to the other in 3 minutes.
This doesn't mean that *I* will vote at any election based entirely on taxes. But I know that quite a lot of people will. And I can't and won't blame them.
That said, it will be a partial factor even for me, because I'd rather give my vote to someone that isn't too concerned about so little gold that I can make it in a couple days by myself without even having the support of a guild.
Asuming parity of effort, fun events and wonderful personality, i'd rather vote someone who is willing to pay for the advantages he and his guilds get out of his own pocket, without trying to recoup them on those that voted him. Also, the ability to understand what I wrote in this post and apply it to one's advantage does play a bit of a role in earning my respect.
Also, those that reach the conclusion that vanarchy is not something they care about, and they simply sit out of the election because they don't care about having a billboard and paying the rent of it do get respect points in my book. No one holds anyone at gunpoint to be vanarch. It's an advantage, a bonus, plain and simple. Whether that advantage is worth the entry price for you, it's your prerogative to decide. Those that know their limits are good in my book.
As it's my prerogative to respect a bit more those that take the investment and play the role to its full extent, sharing that advantage with everyone involved (their guild AND the voters, with lower taxes), or simply sit out, leaving more space for those willing to do that.
I apologize to those that will find my cold-hearted analysis distasteful, but sugar coating isn't exactly my forte. It's all good since I don't plan to run for vanarchy :D
Edited by: Abriael
11 months ago