You’ve received some brilliant answers already, but I just wanted to confirm that we (the Tribune) haven’t always had a database to record all the votes on - so historically, the individual title records will miss off the details of votes. That database has only been around for the last year or so of play, in fact. I’m less sure when it comes to the individual Judgement records though.
In the Synod, there are a few different ways in which positions are elected:
- Judgement of Appointment in a Virtue Assembly
- Judgement of Appointment in a National Assembly
- Judgement of Appointment in the Assembly of Nine
- Cardinal Appointment
- Throne Appointment
The Judgements are all “popular votes”, although only the priests of that Assembly get to vote, and priests have different voting strengths based on various effects.
The Cardinal Appointments take place without a vote, but the Cardinal can only do so if the position has or is about to fall vacant, or if they have just been appointed.
The Throne Appointments also take place without a vote, but currently there’s no Throne to Appoint anyone.
Most Synod positions don’t go vacant for any real length of time - less than an event each, usually. A couple of exceptions - Inquisitor of the Way is the main one, which has been vacant for a couple of events now after the title lapsed and no-one stood for election. This will continue until:
- Someone actually stands and there’s a clear winner, or
- The title is abrogated
Some Synod titles have “tenure” - that is, once elected you never need to seek re-election, you hold the position for life, or until abdication/revocation. These are basically all sinecures that grant extra votes rather than powers. Otherwise only the High Bard and Conscience have strict term limits.
There’s not much of a hierarchy as no-one can order anyone to do anything, but Cardinals are the leaders of their Assemblies, have extra powers and sit on the Assembly of Nine, so they can be considered the “highest ranks”. Anyone can go for any title they qualify for (and most of the qualifications are “Imperial Citizen”), but it’s obviously easier to get elected if people already know who you are and like you!
If you’re interested in a Synod title - great! We have a whole bunch up for Appointment at the next event, including:
- Cardinals and Gatekeepers of Prosperity and The Way
- Inquisitors of Courage, Wisdom and the Way
- High Exorcist
- Voice of Barbs
- Curator of the Printer’s Guild Museum
- Liaison to the Temple in Nemoria
- Speaker of the Highborn Assembly
- Patron of the Pavilion
- Basilisk of the Bourse
Candidates should make themselves known to the Tribune of the Synod in the Hub.