The usage of titles among both landed and unlanded nobility is done to either recognize an individual for exemplary service, or more commonly, denote ones holding and rulership for the purposes of heirarchy. Thus each region has its own system of titles, and may even define such titles in a nonstandard fashion.
Here we outline common titles and sketch a hierarchy. Most regions in Amanne don’t stray too far from it. In descending order:
- Emperor (An empire is a collection of states)
- King/Queen (Ruling a kingdom)
- Grand Duke (or Archduke)
- Prince (Ruling a principality or princedom)
- Duke (Ruling a duchy)
- Earl/Count (Ruling an earldom/county)
- Lord (Anything less than Earl, ruling a lordship)
- Baron (Ruling a barony)
Below is a table that shows region-specific hierarchies, equivalences of titles (in meaning – the requirements or social rank may differ) and the inherent rank (feudal) it gives. We also give the GURPS status number that generally corresponds to the title.
|Northlands||Riverlands||Mistlands||Faeros||Korhold||Marshlands||Imperial Moqol||Red Plains||Naronar||Svalos||Belk||Rank||Status|
|Archduke||Archduc||Archduke||–||Grand Duke||Gran Duce||Herzog||Herzog||Erzherzog||–||–||6||6-7|
Political Offices and Positions
- Crown Prince (Ruling a crown princedom)- A prince who is heir to a monarchical position.
- Viceroy (Ruling a visroyalty) – A representative of a monarch, a governor of sorts. Called a Palatine in Svalos.
- Warden (Ruling a march) – Ruler of a border state, and commander of the associated army. This alone grants rank+1, and title is changed to (a form of) ‘Marquis’.
- Justiciar – Bearer and executor of a monarch’s law in a held province.
- Chancellor – Keeper of the royal seal, presides over royal documents, in the chancery.
- Chancellor of the Exchequer – Collects taxes and revenues in the exchequer.
- Member of the Court – Courts are also called Curia.
- Minister – Presides over a ministry of some kind for a lord, including agriculture, coinage and justice. The types of ministers depends on the government’s structure. In the marshlands they are called “Masters”. If “Lord High” or “High” is prefixed to the title, this indicates service directly under a monarch.
- Herald – Minister of diplomacy and foreign relations, and genealogy/vexillology.
- Marshal/Master of Horse – Minister of War
- Steward – Minister of Internal Affairs. Often doubles as minister of coinage, and herald.
- Justice – Presides over court in the absence of the lord. Used instead of a bailiff in the case of cities.
- Sheriff – Legal official usually appointed to a county. Serves a shrievalty. A high sheriff is a justicar.
- Nemes – Title granted to trusted members of a Svalek court.
- Chaplain – Minister of church, usually a bishop or monk from a major province.
Members of a Lord’s Household
Similarly to ministers, the prefixing of “High” or similar denotes service in the household of a monarch. See Household Staff
Titles Deriving from Non-Political Institutions
Military, religious, scholastic, mercantile and civic offices have political value as well. Here we sketch out the major titles. For full listings, look at List of Title Lists.