Titles in Celestria
The current Queen of Celestria
, Her Majesty Chiara of Celestria
, is the absolute ruler at the head of the kingdom. Although Chiara rules unrestrictedly, she allows the Crown Council
a high degree of participation in the laws and refuses to tear down such intrusive practices as are customary in other kingdoms.
In the aristocratic hierarchy below the queen are the dukes, who each control a city and its province. There are currently six dukes who are selected according to their merits. The title of the Duke is not hereditary, but expires with the death of the title bearer. The Duke's children are usually trained in the castle and are given the opportunity to earn their own noble rank or at least a high rank in the military.
Below the dukes but above the rest of the high nobility stand the princes and princesses of the kingdom, i.e. the descendants of the queen and her husband. No distinction is made as to which child is older than another, especially since the succession to the throne is also determined on the basis of personal aptitude and achievements, and not on the basis of the order of births.
The Earls of the Kingdom usually control a smaller area within the Duchies. Their title, too, is not hereditary, but expires with the death of the title holder. The earl is social and equal in his rights to a High Priest, an Archmage, the High Bard or a High Paladin.
Within the counties, the barons control part of the country. The Baron's title usually passes to his oldest child, regardless of gender. Barons are equal to the High Wizards, Temple Priests, the Master of Lore, and the Temple Defenders, and have the same rights and duties.
The Baronets are equal in rank to the Magisters, Consecrated Priests, Consecrated Paladins and Songweavers. Usually the title passes to the oldest child and is accompanied by a small fief, for example two or three villages for which the baronet is responsible.
Knights only stand a small step below the Baronets and have no equivalent in the other branches. Their titles are not inherited and are awarded solely for military merit. A knight usually has control over a castle or fortress within the kingdom and is responsible for the inhabitants of the surrounding area and the villages belonging to the fortress. Knights are special because they are not accountable to any temple or academy, but only to the Queen.
Government in Celestria
The government of Celestria is headed by the Queen, who in theory holds absolute power. However, laws are usually passed by the Crown Council, which consists of 20 members. 10 of them come from the high nobility, 10 are elected representatives of the individual duchies and come from the middle or lower class. The laws enacted by the Council are not valid until they have been signed by the Queen, who has an absolute right of veto over laws enacted by the Council.
In the provinces or duchies, the work of government is carried out by an elected Provincial Council, presided over by the Duke. It may enact laws at provincial level as long as they do not conflict with applicable law in the Kingdom or massively disadvantage a social class. The Provincial Council usually includes representatives of all villages and towns within the Duchy.
In the individual towns, villages and communities, a municipal or city council provides for further regulations that apply at the level of this settlement and are subject to the same restrictions as the provincial laws. The municipal council also collects the taxes in the respective community and publishes the annual report on the use of the funds.