As you may have noticed, Raverra (the primary setting for THE TETHERED MAGE and its sequels) is OH SO SUBTLY inspired by the Venetian Republic.
Of course, how much power the doge really had varied over those 1000 years.
The Assembly - An oligarchical legislature, essentially. There are 1000 seats for patrician families. Sadly, Raverra is not so egalitarian that commoners can win seats in the Assembly. They should work on that.
In THE UNBOUND EMPIRE (forthcoming in April, woo!), I have at least one voting scene, which meant I had to figure out the mechanics of how the Assembly votes.
But I did my best! 😁 You can find out in April whether I succeeded.
So I'm just going to wrap up by saying that now I really want to doodle Amalia with an "I Voted" sticker, even if no one will really get it until April. 😁