Today all political elections are hoaxes and the whole voting system is nothing but a means to keep the sheep in line. Voting used to be something else though…
Some music before we continue.
Voting in Pagan Europe was not seen as the right of the voters, but their duty. It was not as much a privilege as it was a burden. Today any person who happen to have lived in your country for 3 or more years and who has been able to become 18 years old is allowed to vote. His intelligence, loyalties, knowledge, lawfulness, self-sacrificial will and connection to the land he lives on is completely irrelevant.
In the past only the married nobles were allowed to vote though, and before you start to get the wrong ideas: the nobility in Pagan Europe made up around 70-75% of the populations, or even more. The rest of the 25-30% was made up of free men and thralls (the latter being not slaves as such, but more like serfs) – and of course a few outlaws as well.
To become a noble you had to be a native and also own an Ôðal property, i. e. an allodium: a property that has been in your family for many generations, usually at least for 5 generations, or even for 250 years or more. The exact rules in this context were different from realm to realm, and it changed over time too.
Only noble men were allowed to vote, not because women were seen as inferior, but because only married noble men were allowed to vote and they were assumed to have been given sound advice from their spouses before any voting took place. Further, he had not only to be married, but also to have children! His vote was not his vote, but the vote of his household. So: one family, one vote.
The idea was that only those with deep roots in the nation and those with children should be allowed to influence the direction of that nations, because only they would have the nation’s interests in mind when voting. Only they would be really concerned with the future of the nation!
So what did they actually vote for?
The King and Queen ruled the land, i. e. they made sure the kingdom, the interests of the people and the traditions were protected, but whenever important desicions were to be made, usually regarding whether or not the kingdom should go to war, the nobles were asked to vote for or against. Only the King could call for such a vote for or against war, and the impartial Queen was the judge and decided the outcome of the vote.
Most of the time the nobles ruled their own lives; they cultivated their own lands and interests as they saw fit and relied on the King only for military and religious leadership, and when they were in conflict with other nobles in the land: the King was a God, and he was the God of Justice too.
The King was the Head of the Kingdom, but each and every Noble was the Head of his own Ôðal property, and not even the King could touch that sacred right, and this sacred right of the nobles was symbolisd by their High Seats, known as the Öndvegi (“the journey/road of spirits”) – called by that name because the noble rights and duties of a dead noble was transferred to his oldest son as he sat down in his dead father’s seat and thus took over the management of the family and the Ôðal property.
Our pre-Christian Europe was very different from the Europe we know today, in most respects, and also when it comes to voting, the right to vote and what to vote for.
I vote for a return to a European Europe and the traditions that our forebears selected their best men and girls to protect. The only thing that should be different in a future Europe is the level of tolerance towards destructive alien influence. No man should be allowed to embrace the ideas of alien peoples or to allow such ideas to grow on his Ôðal property. HailaR BalðuR!