We all know in ESO, you have a chance to rise up and become Emperor. As I thought back to my amazing time in Oblivion and Skyrim, I couldn’t help but wonder what I would do if I had that sort of power. Now, I don’t mean “what would I, the player, do”, but rather, “what would I, the Emperor, a citizen of Tamriel, do”. Still confused? Ok, how about this. Let’s forget that The Elder Scrolls franchise is a series of games. Let’s forget that we must turn on a machine in order to play them. Let’s instead assume that Tamriel is in fact, real. Now, with that defined, what would I do if I were Emperor of Tamriel?
To be honest, this question calls for some serious thought. I not only have to consider my own well-being, but the well-being of nine provinces. That’s nine different provinces, each with its own culture, people, races, political leanings, history, etc. Yeah, it’s a lot, so forgive me while I approach this in my usual manner.
In order for my Tamriel to succeed, it’s imperative that I understand these nine provinces. Well, I am only one man from Cyrodiil, therefore any conclusions I draw regarding the other provinces would be incomplete at best. Therefore, some sort of system of delegation must be set in place. Essentially, I’d need a representative from each of the provinces to speak on that province’s behalf. These representatives would be my eyes and ears of that province. Now, clearly, each of these provinces has its own political structure. If I want to establish credibility and respect with them, it’s critical that I’d leave their governing bodies intact. Think of this as the “state-level” of government.
I’d set up a council to meet on a regular basis to understand the needs of each province. Remember, these provinces have their own cultures, their own people, their own set way of doing things. Causing any sort of disruption to this routine would be detrimental to my claim to the throne. Therefore, while I would ultimately call the shots as the monarch, understanding you, the people, is absolutely necessary in order to create a strong empire.
Obviously, the economy plays a vital role in any civilization. It would be no different in my Tamriel. What I propose is quite simply a free-market capitalist system, wherein competition thrives and the people dictate the ebb and flow of the market. Now, I may be a little bias here, but I strongly believe this system will naturally lead to unimaginable innovation and progress. Think about it. If I oversaw every little detail on the economy and set prices on certain goods, or withheld production and shipment of goods, what good would it do? Sure, I would have absolute control, but this only serves to provide a short-term solution. Ultimately, this system is flawed because it quite simply halts progress.
Anvil: Port to Colovia (Source Alquier.org)
By implementing a free-market economy, supply, demand, price, and volume will be dictated by the market, and ultimately, people. Now, unlike my political structure, which has a clear hierarchy from the state to realm, the economy system would be universal. My Tamriel would be a capitalist state. If you work hard, yes, you will succeed. If you are intelligent, you will succeed. This free-market Tamriel would naturally lead to new inventions, amazing products, and at the end of the day, everyone is richer. What could be more important than that?
Oh, did I mention that there would be a Tamriel Stock Exhange? Yeah, that’s right. Bring on the I-Bankers!
Obviously, Tamriel isn’t the only continent on our planet, Nirn. We constantly face threats from Akavir, the continent to our East. They have attacked us in the past, and we have paid for it dearly. We managed to drive them out, but at what cost? We cannot afford to rest on our laurels – but neither should we be the aggressor.
I really want to visit this place (Source Elder Scrolls Wikia)
Some of you may be calling for us to raise arms and amass a large army and navy. No doubt, maintaining a strong military is absolutely necessary, but remember, I do not speak on my behalf alone – I represent nine different provinces. Skyrim may call to raise arms and attack our enemies, while Valenwood threatens to secede should any pre-emptive action be taken. So, what do we do?
We remain diplomatic. We leave all options on the table without instigating an attack from Akavir. We must remain ever at the ready, yet promote peace. Does this sound easy? Well, it shouldn’t. This is a delicate matter which must be handled with utmost care. But know this, dear citizens, your Emperor will protect you.
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I have to admit, my mind really does wander when thinking about commanding that much power. Keep in mind, this is just a short-list. No doubt you all have your own ideas on what you would do if presented with such opportunity. And so, I leave you with this. What would you do if you were Emperor of Tamriel?
Shadow hide you.