The Game of Flowers
A political game from the Azure Republic using flowers to denote allegiance, emotions, and actions.
When Fleur Starfall and her brother Cassidy found a flower girl desperately attempting to sell to a populace that ignored her. Heartbroken Fleur rushed to her home to get a coin but by the time she had returned the girl was gone. Resolving to help the flower girl and all other poor children Fleur and Cassidy attempted to improve the prominence of flowers among those with wealth. Using their family as examples they began placing flowers on key individuals for differing positions and parties. The Scholarly party of representatives soon came to be known for wearing Hydrangea while the Tradesmen wore Peony. Soon all the other factions began wearing flowers to denote their political stance while common citizens wore their affiliation to promote their party. The Starfall twins began subtly encouraging members of society and rank to purchase flowers from children to "bring luck" and within a year many of the poor had been hired on by the Starfall Florists to sell flowers on street corners.
The major political parties each have a flower representing their affiliation:
- Scholars: Hydrangea
- Tradesmen: Peony
- Merchants: Alstroemeria
- Farmers: Gladiolus
- Faithful: Iris
Components and tools
Flowers and their vases each have specific meanings and connotations. Depending on how and where a flower is worn also will influence the impression given.
The majority of the Game of Flowers is done mostly in the Azure Republic's Senate many members of the Republic wear a flower on their person to denote either their profession or a political affliction.
While almost entirely found in the Azure Republic the idea and usage of flowers and their meanings have spread across the world with various courts using the Game of Flowers in some form. The idea of buying flowers from a child being a sign of good luck also originated from this ritual.