A Treatise on Vampires and Their Culture in Modern Days (Ch. VI)


The vampire’s political boundaries are often limited to a city or urbanization. Kindred logically prefer to live in crowded and industrious territories. Few vampires inhabit the tiny rural agglomerations: the diurnal lifestyle of bucolic inhabitants allows little activity to the vampire who seeks to keep his nature concealed; and the vicious werewolves’ menace, ubiquitous in the country but sporadic in the city, intimidates coward and audacious Kindred alike. The city, in turn, offers tremendous opportunities to the vampire populace: a considerable amount of primary resources (blood, shelter and wealth), a wide range of available occupations in both kine and Kindred’s societies, and a nearly inscrutable discretion concerning the revision and execution of vampirical politics. To bring solidity unto prosperity, the vampires establish an aristocratic form of government capable of securing Kindred activities, enforcing Kindred laws, and regulating Kindred numbers. The prince is the head of the city-state; the frail scepter of authority and the heavy cloak of responsibility belong to him. He is advised, and in some instances controlled, by an elder council. Comprising the eldest members of each major vampire “families”, the council serves as the mediator between the Kindred and the prince. Obviously, – and I hope this statement will not shock you, since you have already read about the vampire’s deceitful morality – the elders will often perform their privileged duty on behalf of their personal interests primarily, and on behalf of the vampire denizens they represent secondarily. Other public offices are delegated by the Prince. Finally, the Kindred people covered by the princedom’s policies are subject to the bureaucracy’s edicts and the elders’ demagoguery, living their nights under the government’s trenchant observation.

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