The An Tir Handbook, 3rd Edition, May XXXIII/1998
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How To Give Money To The Kingdom
The Kingdom depends on the generosity of its populace to assist in keeping the kingdom afloat financially.
There are a number of funds a branch or a member of the populace can donate to. They include:
The funds which are almost always in need of donations are the Royal and Raven Travel Funds (mostly Royal).Presenting Funds In Court: Although it looks really cool when a branch donates a tithe by presenting 1000 quarters (or whatever coin) to the Crown in court, it's really hard for the Kingdom Exchequer. The outcome is usually this: the money is counted out somewhere close to the thrones after the presentation. Even though it is counted 3 times by various people, the final total is never the same. A guess is made, and the money is taken to the bank. It is run through a counting machine, and if the machine's total is more than $5 less than the amount recorded on the receipt, the Kingdom Exchequer has to donate the money out of their own pocket to make up the difference.
The method the Kingdom Exchequer likes the BEST for presenting money to the Kingdom was created by Malcolm MacGregor (Kingdom Exchequer at the time) and Ian Cnulle of the Moneyers Guild.
The branch gets to do a flashy presentation in court, the Kingdom Exchequer doesn't run the risk of being out of pocket, and Ian and the Moneyers Guild gets to see something near and dear to their hearts used and appreciated. Nice, eh?
If this isn't possible, the Kingdom Exchequer's second favorite method is having the branch carry up a very heavy chest which rattles like coins (but can actually be filled with whatever rattles like coins). The chest is opened for the Crown's eyes only, and the check is sitting on top. The retinue ooh's and aah's, and the chest is carried behind the thrones. The Exchequer takes the check, and the branch keeps its chest of heavy rattling stuff.converted to HTML by Nettie MacLost de Beaumont
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