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The succession to the [[Imperial]] throne is not a hereditary affair.  Instead, a new [[emperor]] is elected, and does not inherit the throne from his father.  Upon the death of an emperor the Imperial Council gathers. The '''Electors''', who are the most influential, powerful, and important individuals of the whole Empire, will then choose the new emperor.  The Electors can also ''de facto'' depose a weak emperor.
 
The succession to the [[Imperial]] throne is not a hereditary affair.  Instead, a new [[emperor]] is elected, and does not inherit the throne from his father.  Upon the death of an emperor the Imperial Council gathers. The '''Electors''', who are the most influential, powerful, and important individuals of the whole Empire, will then choose the new emperor.  The Electors can also ''de facto'' depose a weak emperor.
  
== Membership ==
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== Elector Counts ==
Formerly there were only twelve [[Elector Count]]s, the hereditary rulers of their provinces. Today there are fifteen Electors, only ten of whom are [[Elector Count]]s. Two provinces were lost, together with their respective ruling families.
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Formerly there were only twelve Elector Counts, the hereditary rulers of their provinces. Today there are fifteen Electors, only ten of whom are Elector Counts, the others being just known as 'Electors'. Two provinces were lost, together with their respective ruling families.
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The Elector Count positions are hereditary, and usually passed from father to eldest child {{Fn|4}}{{Fn|5a}}. As a badge of office each Elector Count wields a [[Runefang]] one of the twelve magic swords forged by [[Dwarf]] [[Runesmith]] [[Alaric the Mad]].
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Technically the [[Emperor]] rules over the whole Empire, and the Elector Counts owe him their loyalty {{Fn|4}}. In reality the true power belongs to the Elector Counts, as each province is usually very independent and generally 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 {{Fn|4}}.
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== Electors ==
  
 
The [[Ar-Ulric]], head of the cult of [[Ulric]], eventually became an Elector. Even more successful was the [[Cult of Sigmar]], as the Electors include not only the [[Grand Theogonist]] but also the two Arch-Lectors of Sigmar. This development increased the natural rivalry between these two cults, which is an ever-present and important factor during most elections.  Under normal circumstances, these electors will vote for those Elector Counts from the provinces and cities that are home to their respective cults: [[Reikland]]/[[Altdorf]] (Sigmar) and [[Middenland]]/[[Middenheim]] (Ulric).
 
The [[Ar-Ulric]], head of the cult of [[Ulric]], eventually became an Elector. Even more successful was the [[Cult of Sigmar]], as the Electors include not only the [[Grand Theogonist]] but also the two Arch-Lectors of Sigmar. This development increased the natural rivalry between these two cults, which is an ever-present and important factor during most elections.  Under normal circumstances, these electors will vote for those Elector Counts from the provinces and cities that are home to their respective cults: [[Reikland]]/[[Altdorf]] (Sigmar) and [[Middenland]]/[[Middenheim]] (Ulric).
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In '''1010 [[IC]]''' Emperor [[Ludwig the Fat]] awarded an Electoral vote to the [[Elder of the Moot]], the representative of the [[Halfling]]s.
 
In '''1010 [[IC]]''' Emperor [[Ludwig the Fat]] awarded an Electoral vote to the [[Elder of the Moot]], the representative of the [[Halfling]]s.
  
== Known Electors ==
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== List of Electors ==
 
{|align=center border="1" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0"
 
{|align=center border="1" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0"
!colspan="4" style=background:#FFBF00|Elector Counts
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!colspan="8" style=background:#FFBF00|Electors
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|-
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|style=background:#FFBF00 align=center|'''Position'''
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|style=background:#FFBF00 align=center|'''Title'''{{Fn|2}}
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|style=background:#FFBF00 align=center|'''Last Elector'''
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|style=background:#FFBF00 align=center|'''Name (2512)'''{{Fn|2}}
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|style=background:#FFBF00 align=center|'''Name (2522+)'''{{Fn|3a}}
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|style=background:#FFBF00 align=center|'''Residence'''
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|style=background:#FFBF00 align=center|'''Notes'''
 
|-
 
|-
|style=background:#FFBF00 align=center|'''position'''
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!colspan="8" style=background|Current positions
|style=background:#FFBF00 align=center|'''current holder'''
 
|style=background:#FFBF00 align=center|'''residence'''
 
|style=background:#FFBF00 align=center|'''notes'''
 
 
|-
 
|-
|align=center|[[Elector Count of Averland]]
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|align=center|[[Averland]]
|align=center|[[Marius Leitdorf]] (deceased)
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|align=center|Grand Count(ess) of Averland, [[Elector Count of Averland|Elector Count(ess) of Averland]], Prince(ss) of Averheim, Count(ess) of Gaital
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|align=center|N/A
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|align=center|[[Ludmila I]] of House Alptraum
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|align=center|Contested, formerly [[Marius Leitdorf]] (deceased)
 
|align=center|[[Averheim]]
 
|align=center|[[Averheim]]
|align=center|no clear heir, position is currently disputed
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|align=center|No clear heir, position is currently disputed.
 
|-
 
|-
|align=center|[[Elector Count of Hochland]]
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|align=center|[[Hochland]]
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|align=center|Grand Baron of Hochland, [[Elector Count of Hochland]], Marshal of the Talabec Reach, Defender of the Shrines, Baron of Hergig{{Fn|3b}}
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|align=center|N/A
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|align=center|N/A
 
|align=center|[[Aldebrand Ludenhof]]
 
|align=center|[[Aldebrand Ludenhof]]
 
|align=center|[[Hergig]]
 
|align=center|[[Hergig]]
|align=center|
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|align=center|Previously non-Electoral, and attached to Talabheim.
 
|-
 
|-
|align=center|[[Elector Count of Middenland]]
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|align=center|[[Middenland]]
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|align=center|Grand Duke of Middenland, [[Elector Count of Middenland]], Prince of Carroburg, Protector of the Drakwald, Warden of the Middle Mountains, Beloved of Ulric{{Fn|3c}}
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|align=center|N/A
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|align=center|Leopold I of House Bildhofen
 
|align=center|[[Boris Todbringer]]
 
|align=center|[[Boris Todbringer]]
|align=center|[[Middenheim]]
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|align=center|[[Middenheim]]/Carroburg
|align=center|Middenheim is a city-state and centre of the cult of Ulric
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|align=center|Middenheim is a city-state and centre of the cult of Ulric.
 
|-
 
|-
|align=center|[[Elector Count of Nordland]]
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|align=center|[[Nordland]]
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|align=center|Grand Baron of Nordland, [[Elector Count of Nordland]], Prince of Salzenmund, Lord of [[Laurelorn]], Duke of [[Marienburg]], Terror of the [[Norsca|Norscans]]{{Fn|3d}}
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|align=center|N/A
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|align=center|N/A
 
|align=center|[[Theoderic Gausser]]
 
|align=center|[[Theoderic Gausser]]
|align=center|Salzenmund
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|align=center|[[Salzenmund]]
 
|align=center|
 
|align=center|
 
|-
 
|-
|align=center|[[Elector Count of Ostland]]
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|align=center|[[Ostland]]
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|align=center|Grand Prince of Ostland, [[Elector Count of Ostland]], Prince of Wolfenburg, Graf of Tasseninck, Margrave of the Northern March, Hammer of the East{{Fn|3f}}
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|align=center|N/A
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|align=center|Hans-Hals I of House Tasseninck
 
|align=center|[[Valmir von Raukov]]
 
|align=center|[[Valmir von Raukov]]
|align=center|Wolfenburg
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|align=center|[[Wolfenburg]]
 
|align=center|
 
|align=center|
 
|-
 
|-
|align=center|[[Elector Count of Ostermark]]
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|align=center|[[Ostermark]]
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|align=center|Chancellor of the League of Ostermark, [[Elector Count of Ostermark]], Prince of Bechafen{{Fn|3e}}
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|align=center|N/A
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|align=center|N/A
 
|align=center|[[Wolfram Hertwig]]
 
|align=center|[[Wolfram Hertwig]]
|align=center|Bechafen
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|align=center|[[Bechafen]]
|align=center|
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|align=center|Previously non-Electoral, and attached to Talabecland.
 
|-
 
|-
|align=center|[[Elector Count of Reikland]]
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|align=center|[[Reikland]]
|align=center|[[Karl Franz]] (current emperor)
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|align=center|Grand Prince of the Reikland, [[Elector Count of Reikland]], Prince of Altdorf, Count of the West March, Sigmar’s Chosen
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|align=center|N/A
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|align=center|Emperor [[Karl Franz]] I of House Holswig-Schliestein
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|align=center|Karl Franz
 
|align=center|[[Altdorf]] (current capital of the Empire)
 
|align=center|[[Altdorf]] (current capital of the Empire)
|align=center|Altdorf is a city-state and centre of the cult of Sigmar
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|align=center|Altdorf is a city-state and centre of the cult of Sigmar.
 
|-
 
|-
|align=center|[[Elector Count of Stirland]]
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|align=center|[[Stirland]]
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|align=center|Grand Duke of Stirland, [[Elector Count of Stirland]], Prince of Wurtbad, Overlord of Sylvania{{Fn|3g}}
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|align=center|N/A
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|align=center|Alberich V of House Haupt-Anderssen
 
|align=center|Alberich Haupt-Anderssen
 
|align=center|Alberich Haupt-Anderssen
|align=center|Wurtbad
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|align=center|[[Wurtbad]]
 
|align=center|
 
|align=center|
 
|-
 
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|align=center|[[Elector Count of Talabecland]]
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|align=center|[[Talabecland]]
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|align=center|Grand Duke of Talabecland, [[Elector Count of Talabecland]], Count of Krieglitz, Grátaal (Beloved of [[Taal]]), Margrave of the East March{{Fn|3h}}
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|align=center|N/A
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|align=center|Gustav XI of House Krieglitz
 
|align=center|Helmut Feuerbach (missing)
 
|align=center|Helmut Feuerbach (missing)
|align=center|[[Talabheim]]
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|align=center|[[Castle Schloss]]/[[Talabheim]]
|align=center|Talabheim is a city-state
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|align=center|Talabheim is a city-state.
 
|-
 
|-
|align=center|[[Elector Countess of Wissenland]]
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|align=center|[[Wissenland]]
|align=center|[[Emmanuelle von Liebwitz]]
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|align=center|Grand Countess of Nuln, [[Elector Countess of Wissenland]], Duchess of Meissen{{Fn|3i}}
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|align=center|N/A
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|align=center|[[Emmanuelle von Liebwitz|Emmanuelle II of House Liebwitz]]
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|align=center|Emmanuelle von Liebwitz
 
|align=center|[[Nuln]]
 
|align=center|[[Nuln]]
|align=center|Nuln is a city-state
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|align=center|Nuln is a city-state.
 
|-
 
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!colspan="4" style=background:#FFBF00|"new" Electors
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|align=center|[[Mootland]]
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|align=center|[[Elder of the Moot]], Elector
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|align=center|N/A
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|align=center|[[Hisme Stoutheart]]
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|align=center|Hisme Stoutheart
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|align=center|[[Eicheschatten]]
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|align=center|Representative of all Halflings in the Empire.
 
|-
 
|-
|style=background:#FFBF00 align=center|'''position'''
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|align=center|The Cult of Sigmar
|style=background:#FFBF00 align=center|'''current holder'''
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|align=center|[[Grand Theogonist|Theogonist of the Empire]], Arch Lector of the West, Lector of Reikland, High Priest of Sigmar, Elector
|style=background:#FFBF00 align=center|'''residence'''
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|align=center|N/A
|style=background:#FFBF00 align=center|'''notes'''
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|align=center|Yorri XV
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|align=center|[[Ar-Ulric]]
 
|align=center|[[Emil Valgeir]]
 
|align=center|Middenheim
 
|align=center|leader of the Cult of Ulric
 
|-
 
|align=center|[[Grand Theogonist]]
 
 
|align=center|[[Volkmar]]
 
|align=center|[[Volkmar]]
 
|align=center|Altdorf
 
|align=center|Altdorf
|align=center|leader of the [[Cult of Sigmar]]
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|align=center|Leader of the [[Cult of Sigmar]].
 
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|align=center|Arch Lector
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|align=center|The Cult of Sigmar
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|align=center|Arch Lector of the East, Lector of Talabecland, High Priest of Talabheim, Elector
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|align=center|N/A
 
|align=center|Aglim
 
|align=center|Aglim
|align=center|Talabheim
 
|align=center|
 
|-
 
|align=center|Arch Lector
 
|align=center|Kaslain
 
|align=center|Nuln
 
|align=center|
 
|-
 
|align=center|[[Elder of the Moot]]
 
|align=center|[[Hisme Stoutheart]]
 
|align=center|?
 
|align=center|representative of the Halflings
 
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!colspan="4" style=background:#FFBF00|lost positions
 
|-
 
|style=background:#FFBF00 align=center|'''position'''
 
|style=background:#FFBF00 align=center|'''last Count'''
 
|style=background:#FFBF00 align=center|'''circumstances'''
 
|style=background:#FFBF00 align=center|'''notes'''
 
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|align=center|Elector count of [[Solland]]
 
|align=center|[[Eldred]]
 
|align=center|slain by Orc Warlord [[Gorbad Ironclaw]]
 
|align=center|province was later annexed by Wissenland
 
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|align=center|Elector count of [[Drakwald]]
 
|align=center|unclear, [[Konrad Aldrech]] or [[Vilner]]
 
|align=center|unclear
 
|align=center|province was later divided between Middenland and Nordland
 
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|align=center|[[Elector Count of Marienburg]]
 
|align=center|unknown
 
|align=center|unknown
 
|align=center|province seceded later becoming [[The Wasteland]]
 
|}
 
 
== Version Differences ==
 
Older sources describe a different set of 14 electors, including city-states{{Fn|1}}.
 
 
{|align=center border="1" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0"
 
!colspan="4" style=background:#FFBF00|Elector Counts
 
|-
 
|style=background:#FFBF00 align=center|'''position'''
 
|style=background:#FFBF00 align=center|'''named holder'''
 
|style=background:#FFBF00 align=center|'''residence'''
 
|style=background:#FFBF00 align=center|'''notes'''
 
|-
 
|align=center|[[Elector Count of Reikland|Grand Prince of Reikland]]
 
|align=center|[[Karl Franz]] (current emperor)
 
|align=center|[[Altdorf]] (current capital of the Empire)
 
|align=center|Altdorf is a city-state and centre of the cult of Sigmar
 
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|align=center|[[Grand Theogonist]]
 
|align=center|[[Yorri XV]]
 
|align=center|Altdorf
 
|align=center|leader of the [[Cult of Sigmar]]
 
|-
 
|align=center|Arch Lector
 
 
|align=center|Aglim
 
|align=center|Aglim
 
|align=center|Talabheim
 
|align=center|Talabheim
 
|align=center|
 
|align=center|
 
|-
 
|-
|align=center|Arch Lector
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|align=center|The Cult of Sigmar
|align=center|Kaslain
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|align=center|Arch Lector of the South, Lector of Wissenland, High Priest of Nuln, Elector
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|align=center|N/A
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|align=center|Kasmir XI
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|align=center|Thorgad IV
 
|align=center|Nuln
 
|align=center|Nuln
 
|align=center|
 
|align=center|
 
|-
 
|-
|align=center|[[Ar-Ulric]]
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|align=center|The Cult of Ulric
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|align=center|[[Ar-Ulric]], Elector
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|align=center|N/A
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|align=center|Jarrick Valgeir
 
|align=center|[[Emil Valgeir]]
 
|align=center|[[Emil Valgeir]]
 
|align=center|Middenheim
 
|align=center|Middenheim
|align=center|leader of the Cult of Ulric
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|align=center|Leader of the Cult of Ulric.
 
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|align=center|[[Elector Count of Ostland|Grand Price of Ostland]]
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!colspan="8" style=background|End-times positions
|align=center|[[Hals von Tassenick]]
 
|align=center|Wolfenburg
 
|align=center|
 
 
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|align=center|[[Elector Count of Middenland|Grand Duke of Middenland]]
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|align=center|[[Sylvania]]
|align=center|[[Leopold von Bildhofen]]
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|align=center|Elector Count of Sylvania
|align=center|[[Carroburg]]
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|align=center|N/A
|align=center|
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|align=center|N/A
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|align=center|[[Vlad von Carstein]]
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|align=center|[[Waldenhof]]
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|align=center|Made an Elector Count in extremis in 2525, to aid the defence of Altdorf from the [[Glottkin]].{{Fn|6}}
 
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|align=center|[[Elector Count of Talabecland|Grand Duke of Talabecland]]
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!colspan="8" style=background|Former positions
|align=center|[[Gustav von Kreiglitz]]
 
|align=center|[[Castle Schloss]]
 
|align=center|
 
 
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|align=center|[[Elector Count of Solland|Grand Baroness of Sudenland]]
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|align=center|[[Drakwald]]
|align=center|[[Etelka Toppenheimer]]
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|align=center|Elector Count of Drakwald
|align=center|[[Pfieldorf]]
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|align=center|[[Konrad Aldrech]] or [[Vilner]]
|align=center|
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|align=center|N/A
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|align=center|N/A
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|align=center|Unknown
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|align=center|Province was later divided between Middenland and Nordland.
 
|-
 
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|align=center|[[Elector Count of Stirland|Graf of Stirland]]
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|align=center|Marienburg
|align=center|[[Alberich Haupt-Anderssen]]
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|align=center|[[Elector Count of Marienburg]]
|align=center|Wurtbad
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|align=center|Unknown
|align=center|
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|align=center|N/A
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|align=center|N/A
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|align=center|[[Marienburg]]
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|align=center|Province seceded later becoming [[The Wasteland]].
 
|-
 
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|align=center|[[Elector Count of Averland|Countess of Averland]]
 
|align=center|[[Ludmila von Alptraum]]
 
|align=center|[[Averheim]]
 
|align=center|
 
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|align=center|[[Elector Count of Middenland|Graf of Middenheim]]
 
|align=center|[[Boris Todbringer]]
 
 
|align=center|[[Middenheim]]
 
|align=center|[[Middenheim]]
|align=center|Middenheim is a city-state and centre of the cult of Ulric
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|align=center|Grand Duke of Middenheim, [[Elector Count of Middenheim]], Ban-Ulric (Beloved of Ulric)
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|align=center|N/A
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|align=center|Boris X of House Todbringer
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|align=center|N/A
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|align=center|[[Middenheim]]
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|align=center|Middenheim is a city-state.  Boris Todbringer remains an Elector Count in 2522 under Middenland.
 
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|align=center|[[Elector Count of Talabecland|Duchess of Talabheim]]
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|align=center|[[Solland]]/Sudenland
|align=center|[[Elise Kreiglitz-Untermensch]]
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|align=center|Grand Baron(ess) of Sudenland, Elector Count(ess) of Sudenland, Baron(ess) of Pfeldorf, Baron(ess) of Geschberg
|align=center|[[Talabheim]]
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|align=center|[[Eldred]]
|align=center|Talabheim is a city-state
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|align=center|Etelka III of House Toppenheimer
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|align=center|N/A
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|align=center|[[Pfeldorf]]
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|align=center|Eldred was slain by Orc Warlord [[Gorbad Ironclaw]].  Province was later annexed by Wissenland.
 
|-
 
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|align=center|[[Elector Countess of Wissenland|Countess of Nuln]]
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|align=center|Talabheim
|align=center|[[Emmanuelle von Liebwitz]]
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|align=center|Grand Duchess of Talabheim, Elector Countess of Talabheim, Luddataal (Chosen of Taal)
|align=center|[[Nuln]]
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|align=center|N/A
|align=center|Nuln is a city-state
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|align=center|Elise IX of House Krieglitz-Untern
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|align=center|N/A
|align=center|[[Elder of the Moot|Elder of Mootland]]
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|align=center|Talabheim
|align=center|[[Hisme Stoutheart]]
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|align=center|Talabheim is a city-state.
|align=center|?
 
|align=center|representative of the Halflings
 
 
|}
 
|}
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== Version Differences ==
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The first detailed description of the Empire was published during the 2nd Edition of [[Warhammer: Fantasy Battles|Warhammer]] in the 1986 [[Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (1st Edition)|Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay]] (WFRP) Publication [[The Enemy Within (Supplement)|The Enemy Within]].  Set in 2512, it contained a list of 15 Electors that was made up of a mix of the leaders of provinces, city-states, and religious cults.{{Fn|1}}
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The 1993 publication of [[Warhammer Armies: The Empire (4th Edition)|Warhammer Armies: The Empire]] simplified this list, removing the city-states of Middenheim and Talabheim from the list of electoral provinces along with the province of Sudenland, and promoting the provinces of Hochland, Nordland, and Ostermark in their place.{{Fn|5b}}  This list was confirmed as current in the 2005 publication [[Sigmar's Heirs: A Guide to the Empire]],{{Fn|24}} set in 2522 in the aftermath of the now-retconned [[Storm of Chaos]].  This list was again confirmed in the 8th edition [[Warhammer Armies: The Empire (8th Edition)|Warhammer Armies: the Empire]], where despite references to the Storm of Chaos being removed the death of Marius Leitdorf and disappearance of Helmut Feuerbach were still referenced.{{Fn|7}}
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The 2019 WFRP publication the [[Enemy in Shadows Companion]], set in 2512, used the original set of provinces including the city states and Sudenland{{Fn|2}} indicating that the list of electors had been reformed at some point between 2512 and 2522.  This would mean that Solland would have to have been reformed (as Sudenland) at some time after its 1707 dissolution following the death of Eldred, only to be disbanded again.
  
 
== Sources ==
 
== Sources ==
 
{{cite}}
 
{{cite}}
*{{Endn|1}}: [[The Enemy Within]], pg. 14
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*{{Endn|1}}: [[The Enemy Within (Supplement)]], pg. 14
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*{{Endn|2}}: [[Enemy in Shadows Companion]], pgs. 13-14
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*3: [[Sigmar's Heirs: A Guide to the Empire]]
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**{{Endn|3a}}: pg. 24
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**{{Endn|3b}}: pg. 49
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**{{Endn|3c}}: pg. 53
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**{{Endn|3d}}: pg. 63
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**{{Endn|3e}}: pg. 68
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**{{Endn|3f}}: pg. 73
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**{{Endn|3g}}: pg. 85
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**{{Endn|3h}}: pg. 89
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**{{Endn|3h}}: pg. 94
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*{{Endn|4}}: [[Uniforms & Heraldry of The Empire]], pg. 3
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*{{Endn|5}}: [[Warhammer Armies: The Empire (4th Edition)]]
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**{{Endn|5a}}: pg. 16
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**{{Endn|5b}}: pg. 17
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*{{Endn|6}}: [[Warhammer: The End Times Glottkin]], Book 1, pg. 95
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*{{Endn|7}}: [[Warhammer Armies: The Empire (8th Edition)]], pg. 13
  
 
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The succession to the Imperial throne is not a hereditary affair. Instead, a new emperor is elected, and does not inherit the throne from his father. Upon the death of an emperor the Imperial Council gathers. The Electors, who are the most influential, powerful, and important individuals of the whole Empire, will then choose the new emperor. The Electors can also de facto depose a weak emperor.

Elector Counts

Formerly there were only twelve Elector Counts, the hereditary rulers of their provinces. Today there are fifteen Electors, only ten of whom are Elector Counts, the others being just known as 'Electors'. Two provinces were lost, together with their respective ruling families.

The Elector Count positions are hereditary, and usually passed from father to eldest child [4][5a]. As a badge of office each Elector Count wields a Runefang one of the twelve magic swords forged by Dwarf Runesmith Alaric the Mad.

Technically the Emperor rules over the whole Empire, and the Elector Counts owe him their loyalty [4]. In reality the true power belongs to the Elector Counts, as each province is usually very independent and generally 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 [4].

Electors

The Ar-Ulric, head of the cult of Ulric, eventually became an Elector. Even more successful was the Cult of Sigmar, as the Electors include not only the Grand Theogonist but also the two Arch-Lectors of Sigmar. This development increased the natural rivalry between these two cults, which is an ever-present and important factor during most elections. Under normal circumstances, these electors will vote for those Elector Counts from the provinces and cities that are home to their respective cults: Reikland/Altdorf (Sigmar) and Middenland/Middenheim (Ulric).

In 1010 IC Emperor Ludwig the Fat awarded an Electoral vote to the Elder of the Moot, the representative of the Halflings.

List of Electors

Electors
Position Title[2] Last Elector Name (2512)[2] Name (2522+)[3a] Residence Notes
Current positions
Averland Grand Count(ess) of Averland, Elector Count(ess) of Averland, Prince(ss) of Averheim, Count(ess) of Gaital N/A Ludmila I of House Alptraum Contested, formerly Marius Leitdorf (deceased) Averheim No clear heir, position is currently disputed.
Hochland Grand Baron of Hochland, Elector Count of Hochland, Marshal of the Talabec Reach, Defender of the Shrines, Baron of Hergig[3b] N/A N/A Aldebrand Ludenhof Hergig Previously non-Electoral, and attached to Talabheim.
Middenland Grand Duke of Middenland, Elector Count of Middenland, Prince of Carroburg, Protector of the Drakwald, Warden of the Middle Mountains, Beloved of Ulric[3c] N/A Leopold I of House Bildhofen Boris Todbringer Middenheim/Carroburg Middenheim is a city-state and centre of the cult of Ulric.
Nordland Grand Baron of Nordland, Elector Count of Nordland, Prince of Salzenmund, Lord of Laurelorn, Duke of Marienburg, Terror of the Norscans[3d] N/A N/A Theoderic Gausser Salzenmund
Ostland Grand Prince of Ostland, Elector Count of Ostland, Prince of Wolfenburg, Graf of Tasseninck, Margrave of the Northern March, Hammer of the East[3f] N/A Hans-Hals I of House Tasseninck Valmir von Raukov Wolfenburg
Ostermark Chancellor of the League of Ostermark, Elector Count of Ostermark, Prince of Bechafen[3e] N/A N/A Wolfram Hertwig Bechafen Previously non-Electoral, and attached to Talabecland.
Reikland Grand Prince of the Reikland, Elector Count of Reikland, Prince of Altdorf, Count of the West March, Sigmar’s Chosen N/A Emperor Karl Franz I of House Holswig-Schliestein Karl Franz Altdorf (current capital of the Empire) Altdorf is a city-state and centre of the cult of Sigmar.
Stirland Grand Duke of Stirland, Elector Count of Stirland, Prince of Wurtbad, Overlord of Sylvania[3g] N/A Alberich V of House Haupt-Anderssen Alberich Haupt-Anderssen Wurtbad
Talabecland Grand Duke of Talabecland, Elector Count of Talabecland, Count of Krieglitz, Grátaal (Beloved of Taal), Margrave of the East March[3h] N/A Gustav XI of House Krieglitz Helmut Feuerbach (missing) Castle Schloss/Talabheim Talabheim is a city-state.
Wissenland Grand Countess of Nuln, Elector Countess of Wissenland, Duchess of Meissen[3i] N/A Emmanuelle II of House Liebwitz Emmanuelle von Liebwitz Nuln Nuln is a city-state.
Mootland Elder of the Moot, Elector N/A Hisme Stoutheart Hisme Stoutheart Eicheschatten Representative of all Halflings in the Empire.
The Cult of Sigmar Theogonist of the Empire, Arch Lector of the West, Lector of Reikland, High Priest of Sigmar, Elector N/A Yorri XV Volkmar Altdorf Leader of the Cult of Sigmar.
The Cult of Sigmar Arch Lector of the East, Lector of Talabecland, High Priest of Talabheim, Elector N/A Aglim Aglim Talabheim
The Cult of Sigmar Arch Lector of the South, Lector of Wissenland, High Priest of Nuln, Elector N/A Kasmir XI Thorgad IV Nuln
The Cult of Ulric Ar-Ulric, Elector N/A Jarrick Valgeir Emil Valgeir Middenheim Leader of the Cult of Ulric.
End-times positions
Sylvania Elector Count of Sylvania N/A N/A Vlad von Carstein Waldenhof Made an Elector Count in extremis in 2525, to aid the defence of Altdorf from the Glottkin.[6]
Former positions
Drakwald Elector Count of Drakwald Konrad Aldrech or Vilner N/A N/A Unknown Province was later divided between Middenland and Nordland.
Marienburg Elector Count of Marienburg Unknown N/A N/A Marienburg Province seceded later becoming The Wasteland.
Middenheim Grand Duke of Middenheim, Elector Count of Middenheim, Ban-Ulric (Beloved of Ulric) N/A Boris X of House Todbringer N/A Middenheim Middenheim is a city-state. Boris Todbringer remains an Elector Count in 2522 under Middenland.
Solland/Sudenland Grand Baron(ess) of Sudenland, Elector Count(ess) of Sudenland, Baron(ess) of Pfeldorf, Baron(ess) of Geschberg Eldred Etelka III of House Toppenheimer N/A Pfeldorf Eldred was slain by Orc Warlord Gorbad Ironclaw. Province was later annexed by Wissenland.
Talabheim Grand Duchess of Talabheim, Elector Countess of Talabheim, Luddataal (Chosen of Taal) N/A Elise IX of House Krieglitz-Untern N/A Talabheim Talabheim is a city-state.

Version Differences

The first detailed description of the Empire was published during the 2nd Edition of Warhammer in the 1986 Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (WFRP) Publication The Enemy Within. Set in 2512, it contained a list of 15 Electors that was made up of a mix of the leaders of provinces, city-states, and religious cults.[1]

The 1993 publication of Warhammer Armies: The Empire simplified this list, removing the city-states of Middenheim and Talabheim from the list of electoral provinces along with the province of Sudenland, and promoting the provinces of Hochland, Nordland, and Ostermark in their place.[5b] This list was confirmed as current in the 2005 publication Sigmar's Heirs: A Guide to the Empire,[24] set in 2522 in the aftermath of the now-retconned Storm of Chaos. This list was again confirmed in the 8th edition Warhammer Armies: the Empire, where despite references to the Storm of Chaos being removed the death of Marius Leitdorf and disappearance of Helmut Feuerbach were still referenced.[7]

The 2019 WFRP publication the Enemy in Shadows Companion, set in 2512, used the original set of provinces including the city states and Sudenland[2] indicating that the list of electors had been reformed at some point between 2512 and 2522. This would mean that Solland would have to have been reformed (as Sudenland) at some time after its 1707 dissolution following the death of Eldred, only to be disbanded again.

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