Patriciate: the new nobility
Before becoming the head of a patrician house one has to have served the Empire for at least 20 years. There can be exceptions, but the law states so.
It can be hereditary, or awarded for expectional merits.
Every head of a family, both hereditary or recentely nominated must be confirmed from the reigning Emperor o Empress, that can theoretically deny the title for any motivation, but it's usually a simple formality.
A member of the patrician rank must always be brave, honorable and dutiful. That's the theory at least.
Twenty years of service to the Empire. If there is the need every resource of the house (people, money, assets) can be drafted by the Emperor, but in the three centuries since it's been used sparingly.
A seat in the Senate, first choice on colonies and assets obtained thanks to a war, exemption from taxes.
Grounds for Removal/Dismissal
A patrician that has been convicted for a crime has their status removed, and if that's the head of a family the entire family has their status removed. The ceremony is usually held at the imperial palace by the Emperor or Empress, but there can be exceptions based on circumstances.
The title of patrician has it's roots on the First Roman Empire founded by Augustus. Usually this title disappear when the Roman State becomes a republic, and comes back when it returns an empire. This specific iteration has been created in the XXX century.
It's the highest rank one can attain expcept the throne, but most people are ambivalent about it, since patricians have a lot of power, both officialy and unofficialy, so there's a part of the population that see all of them as corrupt. While that is not true what is true is that most of them are snobs.
- Nobility, Hereditary
- Still valid and highly respected.
- "De nova nobilitate et iure suis munia" law. (Regarding the new nobility: its rights and duties.)
- Alternative Naming
- Usually also called "Magistri".
- Source of Authority
- The source of the patricians authority is the Empire's laws.
- Length of Term
- Related Organizations
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