Sytri wrote:Bah. Reading misses out on city status again.
Originally, to become a city, you needed a Cathedral. I think that rule still applies.
It's not commonly known, but a cathedral isn't defined as a building: it's the throne within the building that's important. So all you need to do is find a friendly bishop, and assign a chair in a church to them. That church then becomes a cathedral, and bam, city status.
Incidentally, the principle is related to the chairs you hear about in Universities (e.g. Stephen Hawkins formerly held the Lucasian Chair of Mathematics at Cambridge.)