Seven Kingdoms

A long time ago, there were seven kingdoms, all organized and governed in many different ways.

In the first kingdom, there was only the King. The King made all the decisions, and the King bore all the responsibilities. Decisions were always fast, but not always the best, as only the King was able to take them. He would not take advice from anyone, and he would always have the first, and last word.

In the second kingdom, a King and a Queen ruled. The King and Queen were equal, and had to agree before taking a decision. They both shared the benefits and consequences of each decision. The decisions were a little bit slower than in the first kingdom, but still fast and consistent. The King and Queen would discuss every decision, and only move forward when they were sure of it.

In the third kingdom, there were Three Bishops. They decided no one would be King, and no one would marry a Queen. Unlike the other kingdoms, the Three Bishops decided that only two of them had to agree to take a decision. More often than not, one Bishop would be in disagreement. Still, all Bishops were equal, and the decisions were usually very fast to take.

The forth and fifth kingdom included more people to take each decision.

In the forth kingdom there was a King and a Round Table, the latter composed by Knights in the kingdom. To take a decision, the King would only need to convince one Knight of the Round Table to proceed. In contrast, all Knights had to agree to take a decision. This process was still pretty fast, and gave an escape to the Knights in case their King went rogue. The Knights were even more powerful than the King when united.

In the fifth kingdom there was King, a Queen, and a Round Table, also formed by Knights, but always in odd numbers. In most cases where both the King and a Queen agreed on a decision, there was no need for the Round Table. But, when a disagreement spur between the couple, the Round Table gathered. For instance, if the majority of the Round Table supported the King, the kingdom followed the King. In the other hand, if the majority of the Round Table supported the Queen, then the kingdom followed her. If the Round Table didn’t like either decision, it could take its own if all Knights of the Round Table agreed. Again, a balance of power existed in the Kingdom.

The last two kingdoms were both made only by Knights.

The sixth kingdom took decisions based on Majority of Votes. The kingdom rallied as many Knights to take a choice on every decision. Whenever a majority of Knights reached a decision, the kingdom moved forward. Sometimes not all Knights participated in the voting, because of the traveling distance. Yet, because all Knights were able to vote, the balance still existed.

The seventh, and last kingdom, took decisions based on a Consensus of Votes. The kingdom gathered all the Knights, and presented a decision. The kingdom would only moved forward when all Knights had agreed on the topic in question. This process would take a very large amount of time. The seventh kingdom was the slowest of all to take a decision.