Duke: Leader of the country, and head of royal family. Baron: Leader of a barony, head of one of the three great noble families. Lord: Leader of a lesser noble family, serves the barons or duke directly as administrators of their land. Gentleman: Member of any noble family, serves at all levels of government.
To protect and maintain its citizens and holdings. Pave, repair, and secure roads. Dig wells and sewage/ drainage ditches. Provide security from bandits and invasion. Build, maintain, and secure bridges and ports. Provide courts for high and low justice. Maintain birth/ death records and citizen rolls. Enforce construction standards on homes. Mint coins and catch counterfeiters. Ensure doctors and priests make their rounds. Ensure skilled labor jobs are filled (carpenter, smith, weaver, glazer, etc.) Guard against disasters such as famine, fire, flood, and disease. Provide a mill, either wind or water. Provide grounds and security for fairs.
Their armies are comprised of a regiment for each city. With each supporting town having to provide a battalion or company for the regiments. Villages will contribute men for platoons and squads to the companies.
The church of the great mother serves this countries religious needs from their major cities. From there the clergy spread out and minister to the masses, taking temporary residence among smaller chapels in the towns. Pilgrimage to the monastery of the truth is not uncommon. The Ban Fellowship has a single guild hall in the furthest city up the river, and all their members reside within.
Any coin will be accepted, so long as it has the right weight. The Dinar is most often represented in their commerce. Bartering and credit take up the bulk of their actual trade.
Among other powers, the Great Assembly makes all laws, declares war, regulates intercity and foreign commerce, and controls taxation and expenditures. The noble families each have representatives in the assembly, chosen by the heads of said families. The city councils also elect representatives to the assembly.
Magistrates chosen by the Duke interpret the law and hear claims and grievances on his behalf. Every city has three magistrates appointed to serve for a week at a time. Any who wish to have a case heard must make the trip to the city that covers their jurisdiction.
The laws are enforced by the Order of the Tulip, a group of knights who swear loyalty directly to the Duke and his household. They command at all levels within the army and city/ town guard.
Official State Religion
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