Yesterday, I voted in my local elections. None of the races that I really cared about turned out the way I wanted it to, unfortunately.
Last night, I started thinking about the new D&D (3.5) game I’ve been playing in… the game is currently set in a mid-sized town in a human-dominated mageocratic empire. The three main political powers in the town are the Magistrate (representative of the mageocracy who serves in a judicial capacity), the Mayor (the local, secular ruler and leader of the town guard… technically ranked below the Magistrate), and the Priest (the empire is religious – the Emporer claims divine descent – and the church serves as a check on the mages).
My PC is a monk. The GM and I set up monks as a martial tradition within the Church, and my PC is specifically part of the inquisitorial arm of the church (with a high wisdom and ranks in Sense Motive, he’s pretty good at that sort of thing). The GM set the local temple up with a young priest as well, but he and I are more or less equally ranked in the church. This set me up as, essentially, one of the political powers of the town.
By the end of the second game, I’d arrested the Magistrate for blasphemy (and nearly causing the town’s destruction). His apprentice (another PC) became acting Magistrate.
In the third game, we met the Crown Prince of the Empire (who was travelling through town on his way back to the capital city).
It is shaping up to be an intensely political game, with a likely focus on local politics, which is really interesting. I’ve played PCs who eventually gained political power, but I don’t know that I’ve ever played one who had it starting at low level… have you?