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|Ruler||Lord Mayor Siegfried Lightstone|
Since 325-5th, the nation of Kastnok's Republic has ruled in its current form as a Merchant Republic. Through this system, five noble families steer the country amidst perilous disasters towards a brighter future. Each of these noble families is headed by an individual known as the Patrician. This man or woman leads their house in all matters as the official Patriarch or Matriarch, and serves the Republic's Grand Patrician. The Grand Patrician is selected in a vote by the people of Kastnok's Republic from amongst the current governing Patricians. This vote occurs immediately following the death of the former Grand Patrician. As the Patricians of each family are usually respected elders, the cycle maintains change with a reasonable regularity.
Siegfried Lightstone, the current Patrician of this house, also serves the Republic as its Grand Patrician.