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The [[Imperial Nobility]] is a narrow class of persons at the upper strata of ''Imperial Society'' who hold, either personally or through their family line, noble rank from the [[Emperors of the Third Imperium|Emperor]].
 
The [[Imperial Nobility]] is a narrow class of persons at the upper strata of ''Imperial Society'' who hold, either personally or through their family line, noble rank from the [[Emperors of the Third Imperium|Emperor]].
  
== Description ([[Specifications]]) ==
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The [[Imperial Nobility]], collectively known as the peerage, not only forms the upper class and elites of the  [[Third Imperium]], but it also is the major source of administrators, military officers, and gentlesophonts of service and honor. While humans form the backbone of this class, increasing numbers of non-humans have claimed or earned Imperial Title.
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== Distinguishment ==
 
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The [[Imperial Nobility]] not only forms the upper class and elites of the  [[Third Imperium]], but it also is the major source of administrators, military officers, and gentlesophonts of service and honor. While humans form the backbone of this class, increasing numbers of non-humans have claimed or earned Imperial Title.
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Noble ranks in the Third Imperium are conferred for three reasons: ''honour'' (for achievement), ''Rank'' (for position), and ''High'' or landed (for service). In general a noble's status is lower when he leaves his sphere of influence.
  
=== Ranks & Titles (Entitlement) ===
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=== Honour Nobility ===
The lowest noble rank is knight; the highest level is archduke. (Above the archdukes is the special station accorded members of the Imperial family, but they are not formally considered part of the nobility.)
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An Honour Noble receives a patent of nobility from the [[Emperor]] for heroism in the military, success in civil or commercial enterprise, or innovation and discovery in the sciences. Normally only patents for [[knight|knights]], [[baronet|baronets]], [[baron|barons]], and (rarely) [[marquis|marquises]] may be issued for achievement, though there are rare exceptions for higher titles.
  
The standard ranks of Nobility are:
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Also, ''legacy titles'' of all levels which no longer have an associated Landed Fief or Administrative position are generally considered to fall under the "Honour" category, as well as those nobles with non-substantive "courtesy titles" arising from a close familial relationship to a higher-ranked noble possessing a substantive patent (though both of these are sometimes considered to overlap with the category of ''local ceremonial/rank tiles'' - see below).
* 1. [[Emperor]] / [[Emperor|Empress]]
 
* 2. [[Archduke]] / [[Archduke|Archduchess]]
 
* 3. [[Duke]] / [[Duke|Duchess]]
 
* 4. [[Count]] / [[Count|Countess]] or [[Count|Contessa]]
 
* 5. [[Viscount]] / [[Viscount|Viscountess]]
 
* 6. [[Marquis]] / [[Marquis|Marchioness]] or [[Marquis|Marquesa]]
 
* 7. [[Baron]] / [[Baron|Baroness]]
 
* 8. [[Baronet]] / [[Baronet|Baronetess]]
 
* 9. [[Knight]] / [[Knight|Dame]]
 
  
=== Noble Ranks Data ===
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=== Rank Nobility ===
{| class="wikitable sortable"
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Rank or ceremonial titles are given because of a citizen's position. These are nobles with connections and obligations to the government of the [[Third Imperium]].   
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!colspan="11"| [[Third Imperium]] Noble Ranks Data Table
 
|-
 
! #
 
! Rank
 
! Social Standing <small>(T5 Code)</small>
 
! Fiefdom & Land Grant <sup>†</sup>
 
! Territory <small> (Landed Nobles)</small>
 
! Rule <small> (Landed Nobles)</small>
 
! Sector Equivalent <small> (Landed Nobles)</small>
 
! Subsector Equivalent <small> (Landed Nobles)</small>
 
! Moot Votes <small> (Landed Nobles)</small>
 
! Title Granter
 
! Remarks
 
|-
 
| 01a.
 
| [[Emperors of the Third Imperium|Emperor]] / [[Emperors of the Third Imperium|Empress]]
 
| 17 (H)
 
| '''Fiefdom''' - ''Private Imperial Reserve World'': ([[Usdiki (world)|Usdiki]]) '''/''' '''THexes''': 256x2 within the Imperium. '''/''' '''Fiefdom''' - ''Private Archducal Reserve World'': ([[Onon (world)|Onon]]) '''/''' '''THexes''': 256x2 within the Domain of Sylea.
 
| [[Third Imperium|Imperium]]
 
| [[Third Imperium|Entire Imperium]] '''/''' [[Domain of Sylea]]
 
| All
 
| All
 
| Yes (?)<sup>‡</sup>
 
| [[Moot]] Validation
 
| '''Highest Noble'''. The [[Emperor]] rules the entire [[Third Imperium]].
 
|-
 
| 01b.
 
| [[Prince]] / [[Prince|Princess]] / [[Karand]]
 
| 17 (h)
 
| '''Fiefdom''': Private reserve world '''/''' '''THexes''': 256x2 within the Imperium.
 
| [[Third Imperium|Imperium]]
 
| Per subsidiary titles
 
| Per subsidiary titles
 
| Per subsidiary titles
 
| Yes (6 ?)<sup>‡</sup>
 
| [[Emperor]] / heredity
 
| '''Imperial Family''': Close relative of the Emperor. An Imperial consort may also be granted this title.
 
|-
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
|-
 
| 02a.
 
| [[Archduke]] / [[Archduke|Archduchess]] / [[Apkallu Kibrat Arban]]
 
| 16 (G)
 
| '''Fiefdom''': Private reserve world '''/''' '''THexes''': 256x2 within the [[Domain]].
 
| [[Domain]]
 
| Oversees a [[Domain]].
 
| Nominally 4
 
| up to 64
 
| 5
 
| [[Emperor]]
 
| High Nobility. A handful of [[Archduke|Archdukes]], usually 6 to 7, report to the [[Emperor]].
 
|-
 
| 02b.
 
| [[Grand Duke]] / [[Grand Duke|Grand Duchess]]
 
| 16 (g)
 
| '''Fiefdom''': One world '''/''' '''THexes''': 128x2 within the [[Sector]].
 
| [[Grand Duchy]]
 
| Oversees a [[Sector]] or multiple [[subsector|Subsectors]], usually four subsectors.
 
| ⅛ to 1
 
| 2-16
 
| 4
 
| [[Emperor]]
 
| High Nobility. Ceremonial title rarely granted anymore. Some [[Archduke|Archdukes]] have been known to appoint [[Grand Duke|Grand Dukes]] or elevate (promote) [[Duke|Dukes]] to [[Grand Duke|Grand Dukes]] with the permission of the [[Emperor]]. Also a former [[Sylean]] title.
 
|-
 
| 03a.
 
| [[Subsector Duke]] / [[Subsector Duchess]] / [[Saarpuhii]]
 
| 15 (F)
 
| '''Fiefdom''': ''[[Subsector]] Capital World'' land grant (generally not more than 100,000 km<sup>2</sup>) ''-and/or-'' '''THexes''': 128x2 within the [[Sector]].
 
| [[Duchy]]
 
| Oversees a [[Subsector]].
 
| 1/16
 
| 1
 
| 4
 
| [[Emperor]]
 
| High Nobility. [[Duke|Dukes]] report to [[Archduke|Archdukes]], and rarely to [[Grand Duke|Grand Dukes]].
 
|-
 
| 03b.
 
| [[Duke]] / [[Duke|Duchess]] / [[Saarpuhii]]
 
| 15 (f)
 
| '''Fiefdom''': Variable land grant on an Important World, generally not more than 100,000 km<sup>2</sup> ''-and/or-'' '''THexes''': 64x2 within the [[Sector]].
 
| [[Duchy]] or [[District]]
 
| Oversees a group of worlds within a [[Subsector]], or oversees a partial [[Subsector]] from an Important World within the [[Subsector]].
 
| Fraction
 
| Significant Fraction
 
| 4
 
| [[Emperor]]
 
| High Nobility. [[Duke|Dukes]] report to [[Archduke|Archdukes]], and rarely to [[Grand Duke|Grand Dukes]].
 
|-
 
| 04.
 
| [[Count]] / [[Count|Countess (Contessa)]] / [[Sarriiu]] or [[Shakkanakhu]]
 
| 14 (E)
 
| '''Fiefdom''': Variable land grant, typically on an Industrial or High Population world, generally not more than 10,000 km<sup>2</sup> ''-and/or-'' '''THexes''': 32x2 within a [[Sector]].
 
| [[County]]
 
| Oversees a cluster of worlds within a [[Subsector]], or oversees a partial [[Subsector]], usually including an Industrial or High Population world.
 
| Small Fraction
 
| Fraction
 
| 3
 
| [[Emperor]]
 
| Administrative rank. [[Count|Counts]] typically rule several Lesser Nobles.
 
|-
 
| 05.
 
| [[Viscount]] / [[Viscount|Viscountess]] / [[Sarriiu]] or [[Shakkanakhu]]
 
| 14 (e)
 
| '''Fiefdom''': Variable land grant, typically on a pre-High Population world <sup>*</sup>, generally not more than 10,000 km<sup>2</sup> ''-and/or-'' '''THexes''': 16x2 within a [[Subsector]].
 
| [[County]]
 
| Oversees a cluster of worlds within a [[Subsector]], usually including a pre-High Population world <sup>*</sup>.
 
| Small Fraction
 
| Fraction
 
| 3
 
| [[Emperor]]
 
| Administrative rank. [[Viscount|Viscounts]] typically rule over several Lesser Nobles.
 
|-
 
| 06.
 
| [[Marquis]] / [[Marquis|Marchioness (Marquesa)]] / [[Sarriiu]] or [[Shakkanakhu]]
 
| 13 (D)
 
| '''Fiefdom''': Variable land grant, typically on a pre-Industrial world <sup>*</sup>, generally not more than 1000 km<sup>2</sup>, ''-and/or-'' '''THexes''': 8x2 within a [[Subsector]].
 
| [[Marquisate]]
 
| Oversees 1 world, usually a pre-industrial one <sup>*</sup> with a capable [[starport]].
 
| Tiny Fraction
 
| Small Fraction
 
| 2
 
| [[Emperor]]
 
| Honour Nobility and Administrative rank. [[Marquis|Marquises]] typically serve in Imperial administrations or important planetary governments.
 
|-
 
| 07.
 
| [[Baron]] / [[Baron|Baroness]] / [[Iishakku]]
 
| 12 (C)
 
| '''Fiefdom''': Modest land on a single world, generally not more than 100 km<sup>2</sup> ''-and/or-'' '''THexes''': 4x2 within a [[System]].
 
| [[Barony]]
 
| Oversees [[Barony|Baronial]] land grant, or a Rich or Agricultural world.
 
| None
 
| None
 
| 1
 
| [[Emperor]] or (occasionally) [[Archduke]]
 
| Honour Nobility and Administrative rank. [[Baron|Barons]] typically serve in Imperial administrations or planetary governments.
 
|-
 
| 08.
 
| [[Baronet]] / [[Baronet|Baronetess]] / [[Iishakku]]
 
| 12 (c)
 
| '''Fiefdom''': ''No territorial grant'' (or 2x2 THexes within a System).
 
| [[Baronetcy]] or Manor/Lordship
 
| None. (Occasionally oversees a pre-Rich or pre-Agricultural world) <sup>*</sup>.
 
| None
 
| None
 
| 1
 
| [[Emperor]] or [[Archduke]]
 
| Honour Nobility. Primarily a status (prestige) rank. Also a sign of service and loyalty.  Some serve in minor capacities in Imperial or [[Domain]] administrations or planetary governments.
 
|-
 
| 09.
 
| [[Knight]] / [[Knight|Dame]] / [[Kiduunuuzii]]
 
| 11 (B)
 
| '''Fiefdom''': ''No territorial grant'' (or 1x2 THexes within a System).
 
| Manor
 
| None
 
| None
 
| None
 
| 0
 
| [[Emperor]] or [[Archduke]]
 
| Honour Nobility. Solely a status (prestige) rank. Also a sign of service and loyalty.
 
|-
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
|-
 
| 10.
 
| [[Gentleman]] / [[Gentlewoman]] / [[Gentlesophont]]
 
| 10 (A)
 
| ''No territorial grant'' (or 1 THex).
 
| None
 
| None
 
| None
 
| None
 
| 0
 
| Various
 
| Not technically a rank of nobility.
 
* Often a member of a [[World-State Nobility]].
 
|}
 
''NOTES:''
 
: '''<sup>*</sup>''' - ''It is an accepted expectation that a Baronet who raises a world from Pre-Ag to Ag status or from Pre-Rich to Rich status will be elevated to Baron. A Marquis who raises a world from Pre-In to In status will be elevated to Count (jumping over Viscount)A Viscount who raises a world from Pre-Hi to Hi status will be elevated to Count.'' <ref name=T5Pat#1>T5 Noble Patent 8.5" x 11" forms (reverse side)</ref>
 
: '''<sup>†</sup>''' - '''''THex = "Terrain Hex"''''' = '''''6500 km<sup>2</sup>'''''. ''Each THex generates Cr10,000/annum in revenue per trade classification (Cr5000/annum if there are no Trade Classifications).  Until claimed and improved, the Imperium pays the holder of noble lands Cr1000 per Terrain-hex per year.'' <ref name=T5Pat#1/>
 
: '''<sup>‡</sup>''' ''- '''Moot votes are normally allocated per the highest subsidiary title.'''''
 
  
== History & Background ([[Dossier]]) ==
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Local Nobility serve as Imperial representatives in systems that have a government somehow not conducive to administration by Imperial landed nobility. Patents for ''local rank nobles'' are typically hereditary, and are generally equivalent to [[baron|barons]], [[baronet|baronets]], and [[knight|knights]].  
All but the highest noble ranks ([[count]], [[duke]], [[archduke]]) can be awarded in recognition of achievement or preeminence in a field of endeavor, though all can be awarded as honor titles to existing lower-ranked peers at the [[Emperor]]'s pleasure.
 
  
=== Noble Privilege ===
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Administrators are citizens who are appointed to an Imperial Office. Often they are administrators of worlds or territories with no formal Imperial representation, or bureaucrats who hold leadership positions in the [[Imperial Bureaucracy]] and its many associated offices. These patents are not hereditary as they are tied to a position. If they retire from that position they are allowed to continue to use the title, but it is not heritable (does not pass down).
Noble ranks are generally conferred for ''achievement'', ''service'', or ''position''.
 
* Ranks for ''achievement'' (heroism in the military, success in civil or commercial enterprise, innovation and discovery in the sciences) customarily carry no special reward beyond the noble title itself.  
 
* Ranks for ''service'' (political support in office, victory in the military, contributions or economic assistance from the commercial sector) often carry with them fiefs. Enfeoffment is, however, a different process, and is granted by a separate letter of enfeoffment.
 
* Ranks for ''position'' (occupying specific governmental offices) carry with them special privileges such as pensions. The specific prerequisites, however, vary widely, often at the whim of the [[Emperor]].
 
  
==== Noble Fiefs & Land Grants (Enfeoffment) ====
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=== High Nobility ===
Imperial nobility is based on fiefs: territories (usually worlds) which are assigned to nobles for their benefit and placed under their protection. Patents of nobility, especially for service, may include ''Land Grants'' as part of their fiefs. Land Grants are given out by the Emperor for two primary reasons <ref name=T5Pat#1/>:  
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High Nobles are the smallest segment of the Imperial Nobility and constitute the ''peerage'', generally consisting of people belonging to old and powerful families with voting privileges in the [[Moot]]. Landed noble titles are given for: "Political support in office, victory in the military, or contributions or economic assistance from the commercial sector" beyond any reasonable expectation. These nobles directly administer Imperial territories and are personal representatives of the [[Emperor]]. They manage and direct the [[Imperial Bureaucracy]].  
# To encourage the economic development of the worlds of the Imperium
 
# To provide a measure of economic support to the nobility
 
A Land Grant is normally expressed in terms of economic control of one or more Terrain-hexes on the surface of Imperial member-worlds and/or the bodies in their respective star systems. Until claimed and improved, the Imperium pays the holder of noble lands Cr 1000 per Terrain-hex per year. <ref name=T5Pat#1/>
 
  
The Land Grants associated with fiefs are granted in a '''Letter of Enfeoffment''' separate from the patent of nobility. Fief Land Grants are granted to the individual at the discretion of the [[Emperor]] and remain the [[Emperor]]'s possessions. However, the fief conveys the right to use the land, to rent or lease it out and collect income from it. The land grant is a convenient method for the [[Emperor]] to reward certain nobles. The size of the land grant depends upon how great an income the [[Emperor]] wishes to award a noble, and the location of the grant within the fief itself. A [[knight]] with a grant consisting of several hundred square kilometers of sparsely settled wilderness and one with a single hectare of the business district of a city can be considered to hold equal grants. Hereditary nobles have often had the fief and associated land grant in their family for generations, and have built it up in value and income potential. Some sites at the capital generate considerable income each year. Other land grants have been administered with great care to ensure that the territory be not only valuable, but also tastefully used. Still others have been exploited ruthlessly in mining or industrial pursuits. Completely separate from fiefs and land grants, a noble may own land obtained from other sources (inheritance, purchase, and so forth). These lands remain the property of their owner even if his title is revoked, and can be disposed of separately from the land grants of fiefs. Under most circumstances, each terrain-hex of a land grant also includes one local-hex of property gifted to the noble outright as personal property.
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Hereditary, ''landed nobles'' are trained from birth to lead. Their training includes instruction in several languages such as [[Anglic]] and [[Vilani (language)|Vilani]], interstellar relations and diplomacy, the art of self defense, advanced administration, fundamental literature, and a variety of other skills. ''High Landed Nobles'' have precedence in the [[Moot]], though even landed [[baron]]s are immensely powerful as compared to [[baron]]s belonging to the other classes of Imperial Nobility.
  
The noble who is responsible for a given fief is known as the "active noble"; other members of the noble family are known as "courtesy nobles". Note that it is generally considered impolite to point out this difference to a courtesy noble. Each world under the protection and control of a noble is considered a fief. Each world has a limit of one active noble of each rank (although there may be any number of courtesy nobles or inactive nobles on a world - see ''Honor Nobles'' and ''Ceremonial Nobles'' below). <ref name=T5Pat#1/>
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The Landed part of the high nobility is most have been granted a fief, a grant of land from the Emperor. Enfeoffment is, a different process and is granted by a separate letter of enfeoffment. Not all High nobles have a fief.
  
An interesting note is that the fiefdoms of higher ranks often include orbital or systemic "property" within a [[World-System]].  
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== Ranks and Titles ==
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The lowest noble rank is knight; the highest level is archduke. Above the archdukes is the special station accorded members of the Imperial family, but they are not formally considered part of the nobility.
  
==== Imperial Lands ====
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The standard ranks of Nobility are:
In theory, the Imperium reserves for itself the "pentagons" (as opposed to "hexagons") on the geodesic maps of each undeveloped world (including the main-world and every other world within a system). This territory may be developed by the Imperium, or it may be exchanged with the local government for other territory. Note that on ''previously settled worlds'' (i.e. those containing ''Native Intelligent Life''), there are no consistently and specifically defined Imperial Lands. <ref name=T5Pat#1/>
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; [[Gentlesophont]] or Esquire
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: Not actually a noble rank, but a courtesy title for gentry.  The title survives in some planetary nobility and still serves as an honorific designation of status on some worlds.
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; [[Knight]] or Dame - {{Vilani|Kiduunuuzi}}
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: The lowest rank of Imperial Nobility granted by either the Emperor or an Archduke. Widely granted as an honor or ceremonial rank for service to the Imperium. All knights are members of one of the Imperium's numerous orders of knighthood.  Knighthoods are not hereditary. Fiefs almost never accompany knighthoods, but when included is always on a single world and is generally small. Other knights receive cash stipends or other financial rewards. Knights do not hold a seat in the Moot, though some are present as proxy votes for other nobles.
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; [[Baronet]] or Baronetess - {{Vilani|Iishakku}}
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: The next rank of Imperial Nobility granted by either the Emperor or an Archduke. Usually granted as honor or ceremonial rank for service to the Imperium. The title of baronet is hereditary. Like knights, baronets
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do not receive fiefs or specific responsibilities, and are not members of the peerage. In practice only Archduke create Baronets, usually awared to a planetary nobility as means of enhancing offworld prestige.
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; [[Baron]] or Baroness - {{Vilani|Iishakku}}
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: The lowest rank accorded membership in the peerage and participation in the Moot. A baron in the high nobility usually has a fief of land on a single world. Planetary nobility who rule a world are sometimes granted a barony on that world, partly as a courtesy and partly to give them a stake in the ruling of the empire. Honour Nobility Barons typically serve in Imperial administrations or planetary governments. Imperial admirals and generals are often granted the honor title of baron without a fief or duties.
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; [[Marquis]], Marchioness or Marquesa - {{Vilani|Sarriiu}}
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: An intermediate rank of nobility, High Nobility Marquis are granted a fief on an important or high population world which need a rank greater than Baron to oversee. Marquis are not applied uniformly throughout the history of the Imperium.
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; [[Viscount]], Viscountess
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: Another intermediate rank and not used everywhere in the Imperium. High Nobility Viscount are assigned to oversee small clusters of two or three worlds of low importance. Viscounts are often assigned to clusters of worlds which do not have their own high-noble marquises or barons. A viscount in this situation may be the only high noble responsible for the worlds in his demesne.
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; [[Count]], Countess, or Contessa - {{Vilani|Shakkanakhu}}
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: The next full rank of Imperial nobility, Counts oversee clusters of two or three worlds within a single subsector, usually at least one important or high population world. Counts are core of a subsector government.  
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; [[Duke]] or Duchess - {{Vilani|Saarpuhii}}
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: A duke oversees an entire subsector. They are granted a fief on the largest and most important system within the subsector, usually the sector capital. In some subsectors with many important worlds there may be more than one Duke and in that case one is noted as the Grand Duke or Subsector Duke. Within a sector, one of the dukes rises to the position of Sector Duke.
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; [[Archduke]] or Archduchess
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: The highest rank of nobility below the Emperor. Each Archduke oversees one of the seven [[Domain]]s of the Imperium. An archduchy includes a fief of an entire world, sometimes (but not always) retained as a private reserve.  
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; [[Prince]], Princess - {{Vilani|Karand}}
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: The title of Prince is granted to some of the relatives the Emperor. It is granted (and revoked) only by Imperial proclamation. There is no fief associated with the title, and the Princes are not members of the Moot. The title of Grand Prince is granted to the one person who is the designated heir for the Emperor.
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; [[Emperor]] or Empress - {{Vilani|Ishimkarun}}
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: The ruler of the Third Imperium, and the Archduke of the [[Domain of Sylea]]. The Emperor is not a member of the Moot, indeed has no right to attend any meetings of the Moot. The Emperor has no fief (the whole Imperium is their fief). Most emperors hold several titles and may have fiefs inherited from these other titles, and may attend the Moot using one of these other titles.  
  
=== Distinguishment (Noble Discernment) ===
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== Noble Protocol ==
Nobles in the Third Imperium can be divided into three types: '''honour''' (for achievement), '''ceremonial''' or '''rank''' (for position), and '''landed''' or '''high''' (for service). In general a noble's status is lower when he leaves his ''sphere of influence''.
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All but the highest noble ranks ([[count]], [[duke]], [[archduke]]) can be awarded in recognition of achievement or preeminence in a field of endeavor, though all can be awarded as honor titles to existing lower-ranked peers at the [[Emperor]]'s pleasure.
  
==== Honour Nobility ====
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=== Titles ===
: '''Honour Nobles''' receive a '''patent of nobility''' from the [[Emperor]] for heroism in the military, success in civil or commercial enterprise, or innovation and discovery in the sciences. Normally only patents for [[knight|knights]], [[baronet|baronets]], [[baron|barons]], and (rarely) [[marquis|marquises]] may be issued for achievement, though there are rare exceptions for higher titles.  Also, ''legacy titles'' of all levels which no longer have an associated Landed Fief or Administrative position are generally considered to fall under the "Honour" category, as well as those nobles with non-substantive "courtesy titles" arising from a close familial relationship to a higher-ranked noble possessing a substantive patent (though both of these are sometimes considered to overlap with the category of ''local ceremonial/rank tiles'' - see below).
 
 
 
==== Ceremonial (Rank) Nobility ====
 
: '''Ceremonial Nobles''', or '''Rank Nobles''' are given because of a citizen's position.
 
: These are nobles with connections and obligations to the government of the [[Third Imperium]].  While these nobles are also sometimes thought of as ''Landed Nobility'' due to individual personal or fiscal circumstances (or ''High Imperial Nobles'' in the case of upper level administrators), the term ''Landed'' (or ''High'') ''Nobility'' properly belong to the third class of nobles described below.
 
 
 
: '''Ceremonial/Rank nobility''' belong to one of two sub-types.
 
: 1. ''Local Nobility'': Serve as Imperial representatives in systems that have a government somehow not conducive to administration by Imperial ''landed nobility''. Patents for ''local rank nobles'' are typically hereditary, and are generally equivalent to [[baron|barons]], [[baronet|baronets]], and [[knight|knights]].
 
: 2. ''Administrators'': Citizens who are appointed to an Imperial Office. Often they are administrators of worlds or territories with no formal Imperial representation, or bureaucrats who hold leadership positions in the [[Imperial Bureaucracy]] and its many associated offices. These patents are not hereditary as they are tied to a position. If they retire from that position they are allowed to continue to use the title, but it is not heritable (does not pass down).
 
 
 
==== Landed Nobility ====
 
: '''Landed Nobles''' are the smallest segment of the Imperial Nobility and constitute the ''peerage'', generally consisting of people belonging to old and powerful families with voting privileges in the [[Moot]]. ''Landed noble'' titles are given for: "Political support in office, victory in the military, or contributions or economic assistance from the commercial sector" beyond any reasonable expectation. These nobles directly administer Imperial territories and are personal representatives of the [[Emperor]]. They manage and direct the [[Imperial Bureaucracy]]. Hereditary, ''landed nobles'' are trained from birth to lead. Their training includes instruction in several languages such as [[Anglic]] and [[Vilani (language)|Vilani]], interstellar relations and diplomacy, the art of self defense, advanced administration, fundamental literature, and a variety of other skills. ''High Landed Nobles'' have precedence in the [[Moot]], though even landed [[baron]]s are immensely powerful as compared to [[baron]]s belonging to the other classes of Imperial Nobility.
 
 
 
=== Customs (Protocol & Privilege) ===
 
The Imperial Nobility enjoys the use of Noble Protocols and Privileges.
 
 
 
==== Noble Protocol ====
 
 
Several aspects of noble rank are governed by a strict protocol, including:  
 
Several aspects of noble rank are governed by a strict protocol, including:  
 
* '''Title''' (the formal reference to the person in print or by reference): The noble title includes the allowed prefixes (such as Sir) and suffixes (such as "of Yori") to a name, and the order in which they are presented. Nobles are typically referred to by their titles and world holdings: e.g. Duke Regina or Duke of Regina. Note that while a Noble may hold more than one title of the same name, duplicate titles are conferred only rarely. <ref name=T5Pat#1/>   
 
* '''Title''' (the formal reference to the person in print or by reference): The noble title includes the allowed prefixes (such as Sir) and suffixes (such as "of Yori") to a name, and the order in which they are presented. Nobles are typically referred to by their titles and world holdings: e.g. Duke Regina or Duke of Regina. Note that while a Noble may hold more than one title of the same name, duplicate titles are conferred only rarely. <ref name=T5Pat#1/>   
 
* '''Style''' (the method of addressing the individual personality): The noble style dictates the manner in which a noble is addressed, including such honorifics as "Your Grace" or "Your Majesty".
 
* '''Style''' (the method of addressing the individual personality): The noble style dictates the manner in which a noble is addressed, including such honorifics as "Your Grace" or "Your Majesty".
 
* '''Precedence''' (the relative seniority of the individual among others): Precedence is accorded strictly on the basis of government position, with seniority by date of patent following. The date of noble rank is taken from the date of confirmation when an inherited rank is assumed.
 
* '''Precedence''' (the relative seniority of the individual among others): Precedence is accorded strictly on the basis of government position, with seniority by date of patent following. The date of noble rank is taken from the date of confirmation when an inherited rank is assumed.
 
In addition, customary perquisites for each noble rank vary widely.
 
  
 
==== Nobility Lists ====
 
==== Nobility Lists ====
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The Nobility Lists are maintained by the [[Office of the Emperor]].
 
The Nobility Lists are maintained by the [[Office of the Emperor]].
  
==== Peerage ====
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=== Peerage ===
 
The nobility includes within it a subset called the peerage, which consists of all ''landed nobles'' except [[knight]]s and [[baronet]]s (though Imperial Landed [[Baronet]]s have access to and voting rights in the [[Moot]]). Except in extraordinary situations, to hold high office in the [[Third Imperium|Imperial]] bureaucracy, a person must be a peer. Collectively, the peerage constitutes the [[Moot]], the Imperial government's only deliberative body.
 
The nobility includes within it a subset called the peerage, which consists of all ''landed nobles'' except [[knight]]s and [[baronet]]s (though Imperial Landed [[Baronet]]s have access to and voting rights in the [[Moot]]). Except in extraordinary situations, to hold high office in the [[Third Imperium|Imperial]] bureaucracy, a person must be a peer. Collectively, the peerage constitutes the [[Moot]], the Imperial government's only deliberative body.
  
==== Heredity ====
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=== Noble Fiefs & Land Grants (Enfeoffment) ===
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Imperial nobility is based on fiefs: territories (usually worlds) which are assigned to nobles for their benefit and placed under their protection. Patents of nobility, especially for service, may include ''Land Grants'' as part of their fiefs. Land Grants are given out by the Emperor for two primary reasons <ref name=T5Pat#1>T5 Noble Patent 8.5" x 11" forms (reverse side)</ref>:
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# To encourage the economic development of the worlds of the Imperium
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# To provide a measure of economic support to the nobility
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A Land Grant is normally expressed in terms of economic control of one or more Terrain-hexes on the surface of Imperial member-worlds and/or the bodies in their respective star systems. Until claimed and improved, the Imperium pays the holder of noble lands Cr 1000 per Terrain-hex per year. <ref name=T5Pat#1/>
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The Land Grants associated with fiefs are granted in a '''Letter of Enfeoffment''' separate from the patent of nobility. Fief Land Grants are granted to the individual at the discretion of the [[Emperor]] and remain the [[Emperor]]'s possessions. However, the fief conveys the right to use the land, to rent or lease it out and collect income from it. The land grant is a convenient method for the [[Emperor]] to reward certain nobles. The size of the land grant depends upon how great an income the [[Emperor]] wishes to award a noble, and the location of the grant within the fief itself. A [[knight]] with a grant consisting of several hundred square kilometers of sparsely settled wilderness and one with a single hectare of the business district of a city can be considered to hold equal grants. Hereditary nobles have often had the fief and associated land grant in their family for generations, and have built it up in value and income potential. Some sites at the capital generate considerable income each year. Other land grants have been administered with great care to ensure that the territory be not only valuable, but also tastefully used. Still others have been exploited ruthlessly in mining or industrial pursuits. Completely separate from fiefs and land grants, a noble may own land obtained from other sources (inheritance, purchase, and so forth). These lands remain the property of their owner even if his title is revoked, and can be disposed of separately from the land grants of fiefs. Under most circumstances, each terrain-hex of a land grant also includes one local-hex of property gifted to the noble outright as personal property. 
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The noble who is responsible for a given fief is known as the "active noble"; other members of the noble family are known as "courtesy nobles". Note that it is generally considered impolite to point out this difference to a courtesy noble. Each world under the protection and control of a noble is considered a fief. Each world has a limit of one active noble of each rank (although there may be any number of courtesy nobles or inactive nobles on a world - see ''Honor Nobles'' and ''Ceremonial Nobles'' below). <ref name=T5Pat#1/>
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An interesting note is that the fiefdoms of higher ranks often include orbital or systemic "property" within a sytem.
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==== Imperial Lands ====
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In theory, the Imperium reserves for itself the "pentagons" (as opposed to "hexagons") on the geodesic maps of each undeveloped world (including the main-world and every other world within a system). This territory may be developed by the Imperium, or it may be exchanged with the local government for other territory. Note that on ''previously settled worlds'' (i.e. those containing ''Native Intelligent Life''), there are no consistently and specifically defined Imperial Lands. <ref name=T5Pat#1/>
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=== Heredity ===
 
Nobility is usually hereditary. Once confirmed by the [[Moot]], a title continues to be passed down to succeeding generation. Titles need not pass through the first born (although this is the accepted practice), and individuals with several titles may divide them among their children as they see fit, along with their associated noble land grants. A specific noble title (and its associated lands) are normally indivisible and must be inherited by a single individual as a unit. <ref name=T5Pat#1/>  
 
Nobility is usually hereditary. Once confirmed by the [[Moot]], a title continues to be passed down to succeeding generation. Titles need not pass through the first born (although this is the accepted practice), and individuals with several titles may divide them among their children as they see fit, along with their associated noble land grants. A specific noble title (and its associated lands) are normally indivisible and must be inherited by a single individual as a unit. <ref name=T5Pat#1/>  
  
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==== Revocation of Nobility ====
 
==== Revocation of Nobility ====
Noble rank can be revoked by the [[Emperor]], personally or thought the [[Moot]].  
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Noble rank can be revoked by the [[Emperor]] personally or through the [[Moot]].  
 
* '''High Crimes:''' Reasons for such revocation are treason, murder, kidnapping, and extortion as well as other felonies.  
 
* '''High Crimes:''' Reasons for such revocation are treason, murder, kidnapping, and extortion as well as other felonies.  
 
* '''Incompetence:''' Extremely poor performance can also be a reason.  
 
* '''Incompetence:''' Extremely poor performance can also be a reason.  
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* All noble ranks within the peerage come from the [[Emperor]].  
 
* All noble ranks within the peerage come from the [[Emperor]].  
 
* The ability to create ''[[Knight]]s'' and ''[[Baronet]]s'' (and in a few rare cases, ''[[Baron]]s''), however, is shared with the ''[[Archduke]]s'' of the {{Imperium}}, though such archducal appointments are never considered members of the ''peerage'', and always rank equal to but behind those of similar title bestowed by the [[Emperor]].
 
* The ability to create ''[[Knight]]s'' and ''[[Baronet]]s'' (and in a few rare cases, ''[[Baron]]s''), however, is shared with the ''[[Archduke]]s'' of the {{Imperium}}, though such archducal appointments are never considered members of the ''peerage'', and always rank equal to but behind those of similar title bestowed by the [[Emperor]].
 
=== Typical Noble Hierarchy & Sequence ===
 
''Typical Noble Elevation Sequence:'' The elevation and promotion of a noble and his or her family typically takes the following sequence and may take generations:
 
* [[World-State Nobility]] or [[Gentleman]] or [[Gentlesophont]]  》[[Imperial Clan]] 》[[Landed Nobility]] 》[[Noble House]] 》[[High Nobility]] 》[[Emperor]]
 
 
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** [[Imperial Calendar]]
 
** [[Imperial Cultural Region]]
 
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** [[Imperial Law]]
 
** [[Imperial Nobility|Imperial Leadership]]
 
*** [[Emperors of the Third Imperium]]
 
*** [[Imperial Moot]]
 
*** [[Imperial Nobility]]
 
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**** [[High Nobility]]
 
**** [[Imperial Clan]]
 
**** [[Imperial House]] ([[Noble House]])
 
**** [[Landed Nobility]]
 
**** [[World-State Nobility]]
 
** [[Imperial Research Station]]
 
** [[Symbol|Imperial Symbols]]
 
*** [[Imperial Sunburst]]
 
*** [[Iridium Throne]]
 
** [[Unified Armies of the Imperium]]
 
 
  
 
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The Imperial Nobility is a narrow class of persons at the upper strata of Imperial Society who hold, either personally or through their family line, noble rank from the Emperor.

The Imperial Nobility, collectively known as the peerage, not only forms the upper class and elites of the Third Imperium, but it also is the major source of administrators, military officers, and gentlesophonts of service and honor. While humans form the backbone of this class, increasing numbers of non-humans have claimed or earned Imperial Title.

Distinguishment

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Noble ranks in the Third Imperium are conferred for three reasons: honour (for achievement), Rank (for position), and High or landed (for service). In general a noble's status is lower when he leaves his sphere of influence.

Honour Nobility

An Honour Noble receives a patent of nobility from the Emperor for heroism in the military, success in civil or commercial enterprise, or innovation and discovery in the sciences. Normally only patents for knights, baronets, barons, and (rarely) marquises may be issued for achievement, though there are rare exceptions for higher titles.

Also, legacy titles of all levels which no longer have an associated Landed Fief or Administrative position are generally considered to fall under the "Honour" category, as well as those nobles with non-substantive "courtesy titles" arising from a close familial relationship to a higher-ranked noble possessing a substantive patent (though both of these are sometimes considered to overlap with the category of local ceremonial/rank tiles - see below).

Rank Nobility

Rank or ceremonial titles are given because of a citizen's position. These are nobles with connections and obligations to the government of the Third Imperium.

Local Nobility serve as Imperial representatives in systems that have a government somehow not conducive to administration by Imperial landed nobility. Patents for local rank nobles are typically hereditary, and are generally equivalent to barons, baronets, and knights.

Administrators are citizens who are appointed to an Imperial Office. Often they are administrators of worlds or territories with no formal Imperial representation, or bureaucrats who hold leadership positions in the Imperial Bureaucracy and its many associated offices. These patents are not hereditary as they are tied to a position. If they retire from that position they are allowed to continue to use the title, but it is not heritable (does not pass down).

High Nobility

High Nobles are the smallest segment of the Imperial Nobility and constitute the peerage, generally consisting of people belonging to old and powerful families with voting privileges in the Moot. Landed noble titles are given for: "Political support in office, victory in the military, or contributions or economic assistance from the commercial sector" beyond any reasonable expectation. These nobles directly administer Imperial territories and are personal representatives of the Emperor. They manage and direct the Imperial Bureaucracy.

Hereditary, landed nobles are trained from birth to lead. Their training includes instruction in several languages such as Anglic and Vilani, interstellar relations and diplomacy, the art of self defense, advanced administration, fundamental literature, and a variety of other skills. High Landed Nobles have precedence in the Moot, though even landed barons are immensely powerful as compared to barons belonging to the other classes of Imperial Nobility.

The Landed part of the high nobility is most have been granted a fief, a grant of land from the Emperor. Enfeoffment is, a different process and is granted by a separate letter of enfeoffment. Not all High nobles have a fief.

Ranks and Titles

The lowest noble rank is knight; the highest level is archduke. Above the archdukes is the special station accorded members of the Imperial family, but they are not formally considered part of the nobility.

The standard ranks of Nobility are:

Gentlesophont or Esquire
Not actually a noble rank, but a courtesy title for gentry. The title survives in some planetary nobility and still serves as an honorific designation of status on some worlds.
Knight or Dame - Kiduunuuzi (Anglic: Kiduunuuzi)
The lowest rank of Imperial Nobility granted by either the Emperor or an Archduke. Widely granted as an honor or ceremonial rank for service to the Imperium. All knights are members of one of the Imperium's numerous orders of knighthood. Knighthoods are not hereditary. Fiefs almost never accompany knighthoods, but when included is always on a single world and is generally small. Other knights receive cash stipends or other financial rewards. Knights do not hold a seat in the Moot, though some are present as proxy votes for other nobles.
Baronet or Baronetess - Iishakku (Anglic: Iishakku)
The next rank of Imperial Nobility granted by either the Emperor or an Archduke. Usually granted as honor or ceremonial rank for service to the Imperium. The title of baronet is hereditary. Like knights, baronets

do not receive fiefs or specific responsibilities, and are not members of the peerage. In practice only Archduke create Baronets, usually awared to a planetary nobility as means of enhancing offworld prestige.

Baron or Baroness - Iishakku (Anglic: Iishakku)
The lowest rank accorded membership in the peerage and participation in the Moot. A baron in the high nobility usually has a fief of land on a single world. Planetary nobility who rule a world are sometimes granted a barony on that world, partly as a courtesy and partly to give them a stake in the ruling of the empire. Honour Nobility Barons typically serve in Imperial administrations or planetary governments. Imperial admirals and generals are often granted the honor title of baron without a fief or duties.
Marquis, Marchioness or Marquesa - Sarriiu (Anglic: Sarriiu)
An intermediate rank of nobility, High Nobility Marquis are granted a fief on an important or high population world which need a rank greater than Baron to oversee. Marquis are not applied uniformly throughout the history of the Imperium.
Viscount, Viscountess
Another intermediate rank and not used everywhere in the Imperium. High Nobility Viscount are assigned to oversee small clusters of two or three worlds of low importance. Viscounts are often assigned to clusters of worlds which do not have their own high-noble marquises or barons. A viscount in this situation may be the only high noble responsible for the worlds in his demesne.
Count, Countess, or Contessa - Shakkanakhu (Anglic: Shakkanakhu)
The next full rank of Imperial nobility, Counts oversee clusters of two or three worlds within a single subsector, usually at least one important or high population world. Counts are core of a subsector government.
Duke or Duchess - Saarpuhii (Anglic: Saarpuhii)
A duke oversees an entire subsector. They are granted a fief on the largest and most important system within the subsector, usually the sector capital. In some subsectors with many important worlds there may be more than one Duke and in that case one is noted as the Grand Duke or Subsector Duke. Within a sector, one of the dukes rises to the position of Sector Duke.
Archduke or Archduchess
The highest rank of nobility below the Emperor. Each Archduke oversees one of the seven Domains of the Imperium. An archduchy includes a fief of an entire world, sometimes (but not always) retained as a private reserve.
Prince, Princess - Karand (Anglic: Karand)
The title of Prince is granted to some of the relatives the Emperor. It is granted (and revoked) only by Imperial proclamation. There is no fief associated with the title, and the Princes are not members of the Moot. The title of Grand Prince is granted to the one person who is the designated heir for the Emperor.
Emperor or Empress - Ishimkarun (Anglic: Ishimkarun)
The ruler of the Third Imperium, and the Archduke of the Domain of Sylea. The Emperor is not a member of the Moot, indeed has no right to attend any meetings of the Moot. The Emperor has no fief (the whole Imperium is their fief). Most emperors hold several titles and may have fiefs inherited from these other titles, and may attend the Moot using one of these other titles.

Noble Protocol

All but the highest noble ranks (count, duke, archduke) can be awarded in recognition of achievement or preeminence in a field of endeavor, though all can be awarded as honor titles to existing lower-ranked peers at the Emperor's pleasure.

Titles

Several aspects of noble rank are governed by a strict protocol, including:

  • Title (the formal reference to the person in print or by reference): The noble title includes the allowed prefixes (such as Sir) and suffixes (such as "of Yori") to a name, and the order in which they are presented. Nobles are typically referred to by their titles and world holdings: e.g. Duke Regina or Duke of Regina. Note that while a Noble may hold more than one title of the same name, duplicate titles are conferred only rarely. [1]
  • Style (the method of addressing the individual personality): The noble style dictates the manner in which a noble is addressed, including such honorifics as "Your Grace" or "Your Majesty".
  • Precedence (the relative seniority of the individual among others): Precedence is accorded strictly on the basis of government position, with seniority by date of patent following. The date of noble rank is taken from the date of confirmation when an inherited rank is assumed.

Nobility Lists

The bulk of patents of nobility are published on one of two lists annually:

  • The Holiday List is published on Holiday, the first day of the new year, and covers awards for achievement.
  • The Birthday List is published on the Emperor's birthday (Strephon's is day 202) and covers awards for service.

Continuing awards for position are given out as called for by circumstances.

The Nobility Lists are maintained by the Office of the Emperor.

Peerage

The nobility includes within it a subset called the peerage, which consists of all landed nobles except knights and baronets (though Imperial Landed Baronets have access to and voting rights in the Moot). Except in extraordinary situations, to hold high office in the Imperial bureaucracy, a person must be a peer. Collectively, the peerage constitutes the Moot, the Imperial government's only deliberative body.

Noble Fiefs & Land Grants (Enfeoffment)

Imperial nobility is based on fiefs: territories (usually worlds) which are assigned to nobles for their benefit and placed under their protection. Patents of nobility, especially for service, may include Land Grants as part of their fiefs. Land Grants are given out by the Emperor for two primary reasons [1]:

  1. To encourage the economic development of the worlds of the Imperium
  2. To provide a measure of economic support to the nobility

A Land Grant is normally expressed in terms of economic control of one or more Terrain-hexes on the surface of Imperial member-worlds and/or the bodies in their respective star systems. Until claimed and improved, the Imperium pays the holder of noble lands Cr 1000 per Terrain-hex per year. [1]

The Land Grants associated with fiefs are granted in a Letter of Enfeoffment separate from the patent of nobility. Fief Land Grants are granted to the individual at the discretion of the Emperor and remain the Emperor's possessions. However, the fief conveys the right to use the land, to rent or lease it out and collect income from it. The land grant is a convenient method for the Emperor to reward certain nobles. The size of the land grant depends upon how great an income the Emperor wishes to award a noble, and the location of the grant within the fief itself. A knight with a grant consisting of several hundred square kilometers of sparsely settled wilderness and one with a single hectare of the business district of a city can be considered to hold equal grants. Hereditary nobles have often had the fief and associated land grant in their family for generations, and have built it up in value and income potential. Some sites at the capital generate considerable income each year. Other land grants have been administered with great care to ensure that the territory be not only valuable, but also tastefully used. Still others have been exploited ruthlessly in mining or industrial pursuits. Completely separate from fiefs and land grants, a noble may own land obtained from other sources (inheritance, purchase, and so forth). These lands remain the property of their owner even if his title is revoked, and can be disposed of separately from the land grants of fiefs. Under most circumstances, each terrain-hex of a land grant also includes one local-hex of property gifted to the noble outright as personal property.

The noble who is responsible for a given fief is known as the "active noble"; other members of the noble family are known as "courtesy nobles". Note that it is generally considered impolite to point out this difference to a courtesy noble. Each world under the protection and control of a noble is considered a fief. Each world has a limit of one active noble of each rank (although there may be any number of courtesy nobles or inactive nobles on a world - see Honor Nobles and Ceremonial Nobles below). [1]

An interesting note is that the fiefdoms of higher ranks often include orbital or systemic "property" within a sytem.

Imperial Lands

In theory, the Imperium reserves for itself the "pentagons" (as opposed to "hexagons") on the geodesic maps of each undeveloped world (including the main-world and every other world within a system). This territory may be developed by the Imperium, or it may be exchanged with the local government for other territory. Note that on previously settled worlds (i.e. those containing Native Intelligent Life), there are no consistently and specifically defined Imperial Lands. [1]

Heredity

Nobility is usually hereditary. Once confirmed by the Moot, a title continues to be passed down to succeeding generation. Titles need not pass through the first born (although this is the accepted practice), and individuals with several titles may divide them among their children as they see fit, along with their associated noble land grants. A specific noble title (and its associated lands) are normally indivisible and must be inherited by a single individual as a unit. [1]

Children of a noble are generally accorded a courtesy title of one noble rank lower. For example, the sons and daughters of a Count or Viscount receive a courtesy title of Marquis or Marchioness (although in some cases the heir of a Count may be permitted the use of Viscount). Upon the death of the Count or Viscount, the heir assumes the title of Count or Viscount (respectively), the other offspring remaining Marquises and Marchionesses. Note that the courtesy title one level lower for a Baron is Baronet, not Knight. [1]

Revocation of Nobility

Noble rank can be revoked by the Emperor personally or through the Moot.

  • High Crimes: Reasons for such revocation are treason, murder, kidnapping, and extortion as well as other felonies.
  • Incompetence: Extremely poor performance can also be a reason.
  • Discontinuation: Occasionally, a noble rank will not be confirmed upon inheritance.
  • All noble ranks within the peerage come from the Emperor.
  • The ability to create Knights and Baronets (and in a few rare cases, Barons), however, is shared with the Archdukes of the Imperium, though such archducal appointments are never considered members of the peerage, and always rank equal to but behind those of similar title bestowed by the Emperor.

See also

Third Imperium

Universal world profile

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