Elector Count

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The Empire consists ten large, semi-independent provinces, each of which is ruled by an Elector Count.

Overview

The position is hereditary, and usually passed from father to eldest child [1][2]. As a badge of office each Elector Count wields a Runefang one of the twelve magic swords forged by Alaric the Mad a Dwarf Runesmith.

At the beginning of The Empire there were twelve Counts, but over the centuries two of the provinces ceased to exist as their respective noble family-lines were extinguished {{Fn|2}). Today there are but ten Elector Counts.

Technically the Emperor rules over the whole Empire, and the Elector Counts owe him their loyalty [1]. In reality however the true power belongs to the Elector Counts as each province is usually very independent and far more loyal to its local ruler. On many issues the Emperor is but the 'first among equals'.

As rulers of their provinces the Elector Counts must defend them from internal rebellions and outside threats [1]. Most of them are experienced and able generals, while those who aren't will pass such responsibilities to a (hopefully) loyal and adequate substitute.

Many Elector Counts are quite warlike and, on occasion, even wage war against each other.

Their title is stripped only in cases of high treason or extreme incompetence. This is always a last resort measure because of the threat of a civil war.

Current Elector Counts

current Elector counts
name titles residence notes sources
Marius Leitdorf (deceased) Elector Count of Averland Averheim no clear heir, position is currently disputed Uniforms & Heraldry of The Empire, pgs. 9, 14
Warhammer Armies: The Empire (4th Edition), pg. 73
Warhammer Armies: The Empire (7th Edition), pg. 22
Aldebrand Ludenhof Elector Count of Hochland Hergig {{Fn|

Uniforms & Heraldry of The Empire, pg. 9
Warhammer Armies: The Empire (4th Edition), pg. 72
Warhammer Armies: The Empire (6th Edition), pg. 49
Warhammer Armies: The Empire (7th Edition), pg. 22

Boris Todbringer Elector Count of Middenland Graf Middenheim Middenheim is a city-state and centre of the cult of Ulric Uniforms & Heraldry of The Empire, pgs. 9, 26
Warhammer Armies: The Empire (4th Edition), pg. 72
Warhammer Armies: The Empire (6th Edition), pg. 49
Warhammer Armies: The Empire (7th Edition), pg. 22
Theodoric Gausser Elector Count of Nordland, prince of Marienburg, Prince of Salzenmund Salzenmund forbidden to enter the city of Marienburg upon pain of death Uniforms & Heraldry of The Empire, pgs. 9, 28
Warhammer Armies: The Empire (4th Edition), pg. 16
Warhammer Armies: The Empire (7th Edition), pg. 22
Valmir von Raukov Elector Count of Ostland Wolfenburg Uniforms & Heraldry of The Empire, pg. 9
Warhammer Armies: The Empire (4th Edition), pg. 73
Warhammer Armies: The Empire (6th Edition), pg. 49
Warhammer Armies: The Empire (7th Edition), pg. 22
Wolfram Hertwig Elector Count of Ostermark Bechafen Uniforms & Heraldry of The Empire, pg. 9
Warhammer Armies: The Empire (7th Edition), pg. 22
Karl Franz (current emperor) Elector Count of Reikland, prince of Altdorf Altdorf (current capital of the Empire) Altdorf is a city-state and centre of the cult of Sigmar Uniforms & Heraldry of The Empire, pg. 8
Warhammer Armies: The Empire (4th Edition), pg. 16
Warhammer Armies: The Empire (6th Edition), pg. 49
Warhammer Armies: The Empire (7th Edition), pg. 22
Alberich Haupt-Anderssen Elector Count of Stirland Graf Wurtbad Uniforms & Heraldry of The Empire, pg. 9
Warhammer Armies: The Empire (7th Edition), pg. 22
Helmut Feurerbach (missing) Elector Count of Talabecland Talabheim Talabheim is a city-state Uniforms & Heraldry of The Empire, pg. 9
Warhammer Armies: The Empire (7th Edition), pg. 22
Emmanuelle von Liebwitz Elector Countess of Wissenland Nuln Nuln is a city-state Uniforms & Heraldry of The Empire, pg. 9
Warhammer Armies: The Empire (7th Edition), pg. 22
"lost" Elector Counts
last Elector count titles circumstances notes sources
Eldred Elector Count of Solland slain by Orc Warlord Gorbad Ironclaw province was later annexed by Wissenland Uniforms & Heraldry of The Empire, pg. 57
Warhammer Armies: The Empire (7th Edition), pg. 22
unclear, Vilner or Konrad Aldrech Elector Count of Drakwald unknown province was later divided between Middenland and Nordland Warhammer Armies: The Empire (7th Edition), pg. 22
unknown Elector Count of Marienburg unknown Marienburg seceded/became independent much later Needs Citation

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