The Hessen Empire
Head of State: His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Adelard von Brosch
Head of Government: His Imperial Highness, Prince Klaus von Brosch, Prime Minister of the Hessen Empire
Government: Imperial Absolute Monarchy
Languages: Imperial, Various other languages.
Primary Races: Humans
Chief Religion: The Hallowed Court
Alignment: Lawful Good (Normally)
The Head of State is the Emperor, who wields near absolute power. The House von Brosch has held the title of Emperor since the its inception, when Emmerich The Great, High King of Altenheim, defeated Queen Brenhilda of Treibach and claimed the imperial title for himself; he swore never to allow another Draconic Hegemony to rise, for as long as the Empire existed.
The Emperor rules the Empire with unrestricted authority. He delegates limited administrative and military power to the imperial nobility, an extremely wealthy and powerful feudal aristocracy.
Nobility in the Hessen Empire is based on peerage titles. Titles of at least Baronet Rank are Hereditary, not including viceroys, while titles of at least Baron Rank are almost always tied to a fief or lordship, a grant of land ranging from a small village to entire kingdoms.
Nobles of Baron rank and above are entitled to land, a position in parliament, and an audience with the Emperor. They are also entitled to a degree of deference, and proper address. Addressing a noble by name without their permission is considered an affront to etiquette. Nobles are also granted the right to raise taxes and call their peasants to arms in levy armies. In exchange, they owe a portion of their taxes and armies to their direct liege. Nobles may enforce imperial law, and within reason may pass laws which apply directly to their fief and their vassals.
While the nobles reserve the right to raise levies to fight for them, as is feudal custom, the empire has a standing army- the Order of the Imperial Guard and the Imperial Legions. Currently, there are a total of 32 Regular Legions. Five are assigned to each of the Grand Knights, the Generals of the Imperial Guard. An additional legion is assigned to the Grand Knight of the Empire, and the Emperor personally commands 6 Legions. In total, 166,000 soldiers make up the Imperial Guard, including knights and infantry.
Viceroys may organize additional legions from their demesne.Below the Emperor, peers are ranked as follows:
Viceroy (Military Governor of a large region)- Non hereditary, landed (Viceroyalty)
Archduke – Hereditary, landed (Archduchy)
Prince – Granted to the children of Emperors
Grand Duke – Hereditary, landed (Grand Duchy)
Margrave – Hereditary, landed (March)
Count Palatine – Hereditary, landed (Palatinate)
Duke – Hereditary, landed (Duchy)
Marquis – Hereditary, landed (Marquisate)
Count – Hereditary, landed (County)
Viscount – Hereditary, landed (Viscounty)
Baron – Hereditary, landed (Barony)
Baronet – Hereditary, Unlanded (Usually)
Knight – Non-hereditary, unlanded
Lands Granted to nobles beneath the rank of Baron are called Manors. Such Nobles are referred to simply as Baronets or Lords, and are passed to the next generation.
Viceroyalties are usually granted to members of the royal family by the Emperor, and can be retracted at will. Upon the death of a viceroy, the title and the viceregal demesne are returned to the Emperor, who may redistribute them as he or she pleases.
The occasionally, the distribution of Viceroyalties is taken care of by the Prime Minister, also appointed by the Emperor and usually a member of the royal family as well.
1. High Kingdom of Altenheim
2. Archduchy of Treibach
3. Grand Duchy of Modling
4. Viceroyalty of Kaubenheim
5. Viceroyalty of Hoceni
6. Grand Duchy of Charkovo
7. Merchant League of Rebnor
8. Viceroyalty of Corabia
9. Grand Duchy of Elbe
10. Grand Duchy of Orso
11. Grand Duchy of Freithal
12. Viceroyalty of Oberleins
13. Grand Duchy of Stadle
14. Viceroyalty of Tulce
15. March of Embourg
16. Duchy of Essig
17. Duchy of Sebbelev
18. Duchy of Amsen
19. Viceroyalty of Kaidern
20. Duchy of Diakopia
21. Principate of Pevkion
22. Duchy of Gerasdenz
23. March of Anaeland
24. Kingdom of Oesterholz
25. Order of St Karl
26. Kingdom of Vaernes