One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
Get ready for itâ€”TERAâ€™s first vanarch elections will be coming up just a few weeks after launch. Every one of TERAâ€™s active provinces will need a vanarch, and by then we should have a healthy pool of high-level players and active guilds eager to compete for the honor and power of the vanarchy. We want this first election to be fun, competitive, and highly meaningful to the participants and the voters.
If you think you have what it takes to be the peopleâ€™s choice, youâ€™ll have a week from the election announcement to mount your campaign and convince voters to throw their support behind you and not that other candidate.
Even if you donâ€™t plan to run for office, youâ€™ll still get to choose your worldâ€™s leaders with your vote, so you might want to know something about the process.
Whatâ€™s a vanarch?
Vanarchs rule over the provinces of TERAâ€™s world, and determine taxes and other policies within their provinces. One vanarch oversees each province for a period of one month until the next election.
Who can run?
At present, a candidate for vanarch must be at least level 50 and the leader of a level 3 guild with at least 20 members. To raise the level of your guild, earn Catharnach awards by doing guild quests. Youâ€™ll need 70 Catharnach awards to raise a guild to level 3.
Each candidate will declare for a particular province, provide a statement of candidacy, and pay a registration fee of 100 Catharnach awards and 3,000 gold. All candidates will need to register before the election deadline, which we will announce prominently on the website and in game.
Who can vote?
Vanarchs are elected by popular vote. Any character of level 20 or higher is eligible to vote, but your account is limited to one vote per server.
Which provinces will have vanarchs?
We currently have 15 active provinces including the Island of Dawn.
How can I campaign for vanarch?
Get yourself known as a helpful, courteous player. The election is decided by popular vote, so the more people associate your name with good experiences, the more likely they are to think kindly of you when the election rolls around.
If your guild is known for friendliness and helpfulness, youâ€™ll gain reputation just by being its leader. If you communicate clearly what your guild stands for, voters will feel like they have a good reason to give you their votes.
Campaign on your guildâ€™s website or social media accounts to get your campaign in front of the voters. Donâ€™t use your personal accountsâ€”remember, no personal information allowed!
Host a deathmatch or tournament to create excitement and spread the word about you and your guild. The more voters are familiar with you, the more votes youâ€™re likely to get.
All your guild members should be completely committed to winning the election. Theyâ€™ll need to amass gold and Catharnach awards, campaign for you, and support your candidacy with their time and energy.
We know you do, and weâ€™ll answer them on the politics page of the TERA Game Guide, which is coming to the TERA website very soon.
As we write this, TERAâ€™s political system is still new and growing. Weâ€™re committed to making it even better, so some details may change over time.