|Attention, Adept of the LEXICANUM!|
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.
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. Two provinces were lost, together with their respective ruling families.
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).
|Elector Count of Averland||Marius Leitdorf (deceased)||Averheim||no clear heir, position is currently disputed|
|Elector Count of Hochland||Aldebrand Ludenhof||Hergig|
|Elector Count of Middenland||Boris Todbringer||Middenheim||Middenheim is a city-state and centre of the cult of Ulric|
|Elector Count of Nordland||Theoderic Gausser||Salzenmund|
|Elector Count of Ostland||Valmir von Raukov||Wolfenburg|
|Elector Count of Ostermark||Wolfram Hertwig||Bechafen|
|Elector Count of Reikland||Karl Franz (current emperor)||Altdorf (current capital of the Empire)||Altdorf is a city-state and centre of the cult of Sigmar|
|Elector Count of Stirland||Alberich Haupt-Anderssen||Wurtbad|
|Elector Count of Talabecland||Helmut Feuerbach (missing)||Talabheim||Talabheim is a city-state|
|Elector Countess of Wissenland||Emmanuelle von Liebwitz||Nuln||Nuln is a city-state|
|Ar-Ulric||Emil Valgeir||Middenheim||leader of the Cult of Ulric|
|Grand Theogonist||Volkmar||Altdorf||leader of the Cult of Sigmar|
|Elder of the Moot||Hisme Stoutheart||?||representative of the Halflings|
|Elector count of Solland||Eldred||slain by Orc Warlord Gorbad Ironclaw||province was later annexed by Wissenland|
|Elector count of Drakwald||unclear, Konrad Aldrech or Vilner||unclear||province was later divided between Middenland and Nordland|
|Elector Count of Marienburg||unknown||unknown||province seceded later becoming The Wasteland|
Older sources describe a different set of 15 electors, including city-states.