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Magocracy is the term used to describe the government of the city-State of Dalaran, which is ruled by a group of archmagi.


Magocracy literally means "Rule of the Magi". "Mago-" is derived from the old Persian word, "magus" meaning "priest" or "mage", while the suffix "-cracy" comes from the Greek "kratein", "to rule". The word is therefore a blend of Greek and Persian, as is the word "archmage".


Since a magocracy only means that the government is made up of magic-users, it can incorporate elements from other political styles.

Today, Dalaran's magocracy is a technocracy/meritocracy with democratic elements, in much the same way most city-states in ancient Greece were run. Though the foremost leaders of the Kirin Tor's archmagi council tend to be the nation's most skilled mages, they are elected democratically by all eligible.

However, it wasn't always like that. Initially, the city was ruled by a group of lord archmagi called Magocrats.[1][2] At some point in time, they were replaced by a Ruling Council.[3] Later, the Kirin Tor Advanced Research and Illumination Sect[3] (originally founded by the Magocrats)[4] became the Magus Senate of Dalaran[5] decades ago,[3] coexisting with the Six.


  1. ^ The Guardians of Tirisfal
  2. ^ The First Guardian
  3. ^ a b c The Archmage Antonidas - When Antonidas was 12, the Kirin Tor was still a sect and the city-State was governed by the Council of Six, referred as the Ruling Council. Antonidas died at age 71, during the Third War.
  4. ^ The Seven Kingdoms
  5. ^ N [70] The Contact from Dalaran