A realm's Council consists of the four members of Government: Ruler, General, Banker and Judge. These four work together to ensure the smooth-running of the realm, with each Council member being responsible for his own particular remit. Troops leaders can either be elected or appointed by the ruler to the Council, based upon what Government system the realm uses. Under certain types of government, city commanders are also members of the Council.
Many realms set up additional (often larger) Councils using message groups. The exact role of these Councils varies from realm to realm, and is usually described in the realm's bulletins.