|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, 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 . 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 . 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 .
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).
List of Electors
|Position||Title||Last Elector||Name (2512)||Name (2522)||Residence||Notes|
|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||Elector Count of Hochland||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||N/A||Leopold I of House Bildhofen||Boris Todbringer||Middenheim/Carroburg||Middenheim is a city-state and centre of the cult of Ulric.|
|Nordland||Elector Count of Nordland||N/A||N/A||Theoderic Gausser||Salzenmund|
|Ostland||Grand Prince of Ostland, Elector Count of Ostland, Prince of Wolfenburg, Graf of Tasseninck||N/A||Hans-Hals I of House Tasseninck||Valmir von Raukov||Wolfenburg|
|Ostermark||Elector Count of Ostermark||N/A||N/A||Wolfram Hertwig||Bechafen||Previously non-Electoral, and attached to Talabecland.|
|Reikland||Elector Count of Reikland, Grand Prince of the 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||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||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||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.|
|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||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||N/A||Elise IX of House Krieglitz-Untern||N/A||Talabheim||Talabheim is a city-state.|
Older sources describe a different set of 15 electors, including a mix of city-states and without all 10 provinces represented. Confusingly, these positions were listed in the 2019 publication of the Enemy in Shadows Companion, giving a separate Elector for Middenheim and Talabheim, and a sitting Elector for Sudenland in 2512 despite the province having been renamed Solland and supposedly abolished shortly after 1707.
|Attention, Adept of the LEXICANUM!|
- 1: The Enemy Within, pg. 14
- 2: Enemy in Shadows Companion, pgs. 13-14
- 3: Sigmar's Heirs: A Guide to the Empire, pg. 24
- 4: Uniforms & Heraldry of The Empire, pg. 3
- 5: Warhammer Armies: The Empire (4th Edition), pg. 16