I'd like to direct your attention to two new threads on our forums.
The first (and longest) one is a presentation of a new structure for the guild, along with the introduction of a third branch.Your input is needed. These are changes that will affect the entirety of the Empire and we want to make sure that everyone has a chance to contribute before we roll them out. Likewise, any questions you have must be asked; we want everyone to be on the same page about this.
The second one is an explanation of the procedure for the upcoming branch leader elections. These elections are for both the Citizens branch, which has by now been entirely too long without a branch head, and the new branch, which will need one to give it shape and purpose. The post contains all you need to know, but it goes without saying that your participation in this process is important.
I am very excited for these changes and I hope you will be as well. If you're not, remember that your thoughts may still change things, so please give them freely.