From: The Briar Patch Nebula
Does the Way of Darkness government type change out Leader characters?
It can happen. Governments that do not have elected leaders (Despotism, Feudalism, Hive Mind, Military Dictatorship, Monarchy, Technocracy, Corporate Nationalism, Way of Darkness) normally get to keep their leader until the leader is removed by events or is otherwise eliminated. However, there is a chance of a change of leader (much smaller than that of elected governments) based on certain factors.
Unelected governments that lose a leader gain a replacement immediately, but also suffer a period of disruption. The disruption makes revolting systems and civil war more likely, as if the government type were changing each year, though not quite as severe. As long as the disruption continues, there is also a chance that the leader may change again. Way of Darkness has the highest chance of minimizing this period of disruption, followed by Monarchy, Technocracy and Corporate Nationalism. Feudalism and Military Dictatorship are more likely to have a longer period of disruption. Hope this helps!
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