Lo, Prince of Men, I tell of beginnings When we stood at the edge of the world and came with our great strength towards the center. It is a tale of glory and triumph. Of obeisance paid by kings and great lords After great victory achieved in battle. An empire unchallenged and eternal underneath many great golden princes. Like a summer dream, before winter came. It is a tale of tragedy and woe. Of folly brought on by great arrogance bringing disgrace and defeat and worse still. Lo, Ruler of Men, I tell of endings When we stood at the center of the world and were overcome by the edge of destiny. Choose Your Own Empire is a semi-cooperative game that begins at the dawn of recorded history. Players will guide and shape a single civilization through voting and other methods. Votes will be recorded and eventually stats for individual players will be created, reflecting how they've influenced the game in the past. Player participation is intended to have a minimal floor. Players do not need to participate every turn, and that participation need only be a single vote on whatever options are pending. More complex roles may be available later. Elaboration beyond the bare minimum for a vote is always welcomed. Votes should be posted publicly in the thread. Update 0 will consist of fourteen votes to establish background information. These votes will be of two types: either a simple multiple choice, or an open ended answer. Whichever outcome gains a plurality will win, while close contenders may also influence the update. Many open ended answers are related to names: ideally I want some consistent naming scheme to draw from.