The Chronicles of Elyria site has been updated with a lengthy post to the community regarding domain & settlement selection. The post begins with a description of the goals of the system and then dives into a series of changes. "I wanted to post an update and explain some necessary changes to the first week of the event," writes Jeromy "Caspian" Walsh.
Walsh goes on to introduce the teams that are responsible for working on D&SS as well as a variety of challenges that each has faced before revealing the solution to most of them:
When we realized that we were going to be unable to ship the tools necessary for the self-selection of domains and settlements by the chosen start date, we reached out to the 20 monarchs, spread across each of the servers. They've agreed that, if given some additional data, such as the tribal distributions of the duchies in the biomes, the size of the larger settlements and some sustainability information, that they feel confident participating in Domain & Settlement Selection "offline," without the aid of the tool.
So on Monday, when D&SS begins, we'll be working with the monarchs of the different servers behind the scenes, allowing them to submit to us which kingdom(s) and duchy(s) they'd like to pick (still respecting Influence Order). We will then propagate that information to the rest of the community. We will likewise make available what data we can about the various kingdoms and duchies to the rest of the community - the Royals in particular - who will begin D&SS in Week 2 as planned with the aid of the D&SS website.
So while the monarchs will be working with us offline, our intention is for the Dukes, Counts, and Mayors to gain the benefit of using the tools we're working on as planned, with full access to the Domain and Settlement Selection map interface.
You can read the full post on the Chronicles of Elyria site.