Knight at Arms
the hero we don't deserve but sorely need!There are a bunch of different factors that are weighed for a clan to get on the ruler election ballot, but the relative amount of wealth a clan has is by far the most important, and tends to drown out all the other factors unless the top clans are close in wealth. If the monarch's clan gets on the ballot based on that set of factors, then they have some other bonuses that make it likely that they'll win. If not, then the crown more or less goes to the wealthiest clan.
thanks for the explanation!