Monarchs

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The highest ranks now held by regular players of Tiny Empires are King and Queen (rank 10), collectively known as Monarchs. Each monarch rules over one Tiny Empires kingdom, and there is only one monarch per kingdom. A King or Queen who gives up (abdicates) a kingdom reverts to being a Prince or Princess.

Becoming a monarch

There are three requirements to become a monarch:

  1. Hold 20,000 or more total acres.
  2. Hold 1,000 or more personal acres. (In the early days this requirement was 500 acres.)
  3. Complete the Path to Royalty, seventeen upgrades to the realm costing about 400 million gold. These requirements have become somewhat tougher over time.

Powers of a monarch

The powers available only to monarchs are many and varied. In recent times it has become possible for the monarch of a large kingdom to appoint viceroys to exercise some of these powers on a limited basis.

Tax amnesties

The current amnesty procedure was adopted in 2008, putting an end to "tax wars" between kingdoms. Now every kingdom is permitted to grant periodic amnesties from taxes for three game years. After each amnesty 24 hours must elapse before the monarch will be offered another opportunity.

The monarch pays a substantial fee for each amnesty at the time it is scheduled. The anmesty, when offered, can be scheduled to occur immediately, in five years, in 15 years, or in 30 years.

Bestowing favour

A monarch is offered the opportunity to bestow favour on a selected subject several times per day. This will not succeed unless the proposed recipient is online. The monarch pays a substantial fee, and the recipient receives five acres of land from the Emperor. Good fortune also tends to attend the recipient and direct subjects for the ensuing year.

Bestowing favour is also part of the process for creating new viceroys.

This power cannot be used by the ruler of a "minor kingdom" -- one who has not retained the requirements needed to ascend.


The 5 acre parcel is only free to each citizen one time. After that, there is a small, increasing charge for each subsequent grant to the same citizen. The charge is only applied if you agree to give the land grant. So for retitling and making V/GV, there is no need to pay the extra amount. Of course you may still give 5 acre land grants to anyone, unlimited times. It's just that the repeat grants are no longer free.

Granting custom titles

A monarch may grant custom titles to selected subjects. These titles are generally granted as part of the process of bestowing favour. They are available to all ranks, and will display in the HUD in place of the normal game rank based on acres. The Emperor has strictly-enforced guidelines on what manner of titles may be granted. A title may not be more than 20 characters long, including spaces.

When a viceroy grants a title, the process is similar but the viceroy cannot bestow favour.

This power cannot be used by the ruler of a "minor kingdom" -- one who has not retained the requirements needed to ascend.

This power can be exercised by a Viceroy or Vicereine within their lines, and by a Grand Viceroy or Grand Vicereine within the entire kingdom. However, viceregal use cannot evade the overall time restrictions.

Bulk land purchases

A monarch receives opportunities to make bulk land purchases for the kingdom. A fee is set, related to the number and ranks of kingdom members online at the time of offer. Acceptance of the offer grants one new acre of land from the Emperor to each kingdom member online except the monarch.

At least 24 hours must elapse between successive land grants.

This power can be exercised by a Viceroy or Vicereine within their lines, and by a Grand Viceroy or Grand Vicereine within the entire kingdom. However, viceregal use cannot evade the overall time restrictions.

Hosting festivals

Each festival is hosted by a particular kingdom, whose monarch won an auction for the privilege.

Prison and banishment

A monarch receives opportunities to imprison members of the kingdom or banish foreigners from it. These incur substantial fees. An imprisoned citizen will have no HUD activity for 12 months. A banished player may not be in any line in that kingdom under any conditions, until such time as the Monarch personally awards that person with an acre reward via the HUD.

The monarch interview series

Princess Vulpine Eldrich of Caledon started a series of interviews with Tiny Empires monarchs in July 2008. Nine interviews have run so far, with her subjects ranging from monarchs of top ten kingdoms to abdicators. In order of publication:

Interview with Cujo Mayo (Arcadia)

Interview with BackHome Soon (Home)

Interview with MoLoveMoFun Hammerer (Egypt)

Interview with Huskey Garzo (Elysium)

Interview with Birdie Fairymeadow (Wight)

Interview with Buckaroo Mu (Nothing)

Interview with Alamiga Anatine (Angels of the Empire)

Interview with Valentine Janus (New Deseret)

Interview with Cordova Decosta (Kingdom of Misfits)

Interview with Lazarus Rang (Kingdom of White Light)