Bones of the Dead Eleven
Government of Zoa
A council of twelve elders elected by the city’s landowners to a life-long term of office rule Zoa. They are elected singly, chosen from any educated citizen who wishes to run for the office. Currently, there are three half-elves, an elf, a dwarf, a gnome and six Reanaarians (three are women) serving on the council. It should be noted that demihumans are rarely elected to sit on the council, however, their long life spans make it seem like they are elected often.
Of the dozen, the elf known as Werlen holds by far the most power. He has been on the council for 200 years and has guided the city-state from a peaceful bayside village of timbers to one of the richest places on the planet. Until the council can convene to come to any permanent decision, his word stands as the initial law on any subject, from military activity to foreign policy. Fortunately, his main concern is making sure the city is able to fend off attacks by humanoids (now rare along the bay), pirates, or monsters. Currently, the city has a treaty of mutual military aid with the surrounding towns and humanoid clans.