The nobility in our ancient state felt quite free. If it felt that the monarch was restricting its rights - it organized an armed resistance. Since the time of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, this way of expressing disagreement has been called rokash, from the Hungarian 'rakás' - crowd. And everything happened according to the law: the documents were signed by the monarch himself - Henrician Articles and the Pacta conventa ("general agreements") allowed the nobility to revolt.

To help the ruler in a situation where he could lose his throne was to assert himself as a trustworthy person. This is what happened to Mikalaj Radziwill Czorny: by supporting Žyhimont Aŭhust during the uprising of the Polish nobility, he became a close friend of the ruler of the country.

Акт дэтранізацыі Жыгімонта III
Act of deposition of Žyhimont III

To gain the power of the Grand Duke in Belarusian and Litvin chess, the kniaź or a kniažyč must occupy the throne, the central square of the field, and hold it for one move. During this move, the rival army has a chance to postpone the final of the game: you can declare rokash to a contender for the victory.

If rokash is announced, the kniaź or a kniažyč must leave the throne.

But it can stay on the field: any piece is able to protect its ruler - to cover it with itself or throw the rebel off the field.

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