The Moot is a board of representatives, one from each Hold in Skyrim, which is convened upon the death of the High King of Skyrim to choose the successor from any qualified members of the royal family. In 1E 369, the Skyrim War of Succession began after the death of King Borgas. Imperial historians attribute the war to the Moot's failure to appoint "the obvious and capable" Jarl Hanse of Winterhold. The war, which lasted over 50 years and shrunk the Skyrim empire considerably, ended with the Pact of Chieftains, which dictated that the Moot only be convened when a King died without direct heirs. It has caused no similar problems yet. If there are direct heirs, the Moot still gathers to formally recognize the new High King, as they did for High King Torygg. The Moot can reconvene during a living High King's reign if he breaks some taboo which makes the Jarls of Skyrim lose confidence in him, such as refusing a challenge made in the old traditions.
 The Great Moot
In the Second Era, the Great Moot was a unique form of government in which decisions were ratified by all composite parties. In 2E 572, Jorunn the Skald-King of Eastern Skyrim was named acting High King of the Great Moot after he thwarted an Akaviri invasion, with the aid of Dunmer and Argonian forces.
- ^ a b c Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Skyrim — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Aldmeri Dominion — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- ^ a b Dialogue of Sybille Stentor
- ^ Jorunn the Skald-King — Helgreir Lute-Voice, Bard of Windhelm
- ^ The Elder Scrolls Online - Ebonheart Pact
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