"Let each man pass his days in that wherein his skill is greatest" Propertius Sextus
So for a random set up. I guess so. He seems way weaker than the duke with no positive qualities.
The Bureaucrat allows you to make a deal with another player (not that they have to abide by them). The person you say you'll be giving the coin to is less likely to call your bluff.
The entirety of Coup: Rebellion G54 is like this. Sure, some cards are stronger than others, but those cards are never in the same game as the one they replaced, so it doesn't really matter. Not every card is as strong as a Captain, and not every card is as weak as a Contessa. But they all have their place.
Another clarification.. i presume if you playing with factions if you choose to Embezzle, you are declaring you do NOT have the Bureaucrat (meaning that the Bureaucrat acts like the Duke for this case).
anybody have a definitive answer for this? Thanks.