- Provincial Governor: The six provinces are each administered by an hereditary governor. Each governor sets up his district bureaucracy in his own fashion, yet certain elements are the same in all.
- District Officer: A sheriff and chief accountant, he rules the the military office and public welfare office.
- Military: Samurai and bushi police force, as well as any standing armies assigned to the district.
- Public Welfare Office: Generally overstaffed, the office is divided into a plethora of ministries; from Housing to Spirit-catching to Laundry. The Ministers are known for not doing much work and are usually related to the Provincial Governor or a noble family. delays are notoriously long, apathy is prevalent, and the system is very frustrating to honest peasants.
- Local Officers: districts, small towns, and villages known as townships are controlled by officers who are randomly selected from the population each year and much provide their services for free. Often, the less prestigious positions cause financial burden to the chosen families and one mistake could result in the death of the “volunteer”. These positions are not coveted and some avoided.
- Li-cheng: The township leaders chosen only from the first grade and they report directly to the Provincial Governor.
- Hu-chang: Household chiefs report to the Li-cheng and come from the second grade. Responsible for collecting taxes, and they are expected to make up uncollected taxes from their own pocket. They are responsible for hearing the peoples problems directly and taking complaints to the township leader.
- Ch’i-chang: Elders which come from all grades, they are only allowed advisory status.
- Chuang-ting: Stalwart men from the third through fifth grades. They supply the local militia of sheriffs.
- Ya-ch’ien: Supply masters from the sixth and seventh grade. Often hanged for lost inventory or incorrect totals.
- Hsing shu-shou: Scribes from the sixth and seventh grade. Often hanged for lost inventory or incorrect totals.
- Messengers: From the eighth and ninth grade. They are required to run up to hundreds of miles to deliver an imperial edict.