Nobility

In Celesia, nobility is a class of society where a member of a family, typically the head of the family, occupies a political office. This office is usually held for a life term, and is passed on through familial inheritance. A noble office is typically created in the structure of a feudal government, where a ruler entrusts another person and their family with governance of a part of the realm.

Nobles are responsible for managing their appointed lands or services. They also see to it that the rulings of their liege is enacted and followed. They collect taxes for their liege, earning a portion of it for themselves. They must also raise a small army to be called into service of their liege should the need arise.

Nobles and members of their families are treated with special care, as they most often are the government (or potential holders of the office in case of family members). If one does not want to make an enemy of the government, one must be careful in dealing with them.

Nobles receive most of their income from the taxes collected from the population of their fief. They very often invest their wealth in merchant companies to generate more revenue.

Marriage plays an important part in noble life. Since the title is passed through the bloodline, marriage is sometimes the only way to become a noble, or to advance to a higher office. Many noble families become intertwined due to these marriages, often political in nature.

In Celesia, many kingdoms and empires have risen and fallen, but the noble families that survived the destruction of their nation can still survive and still maintain their authority. Most nobles that do survive owe their continued existence because of their wealth, their ability to lead or manage the people, their own personal power, or a combination of any of the above. Even if their kingdom is dead, most noble maintain the same title if they cannot lay a claim on a higher one. It is considered a very serious impropriety for a noble to unjustly seize another title. The result of this would be anarchy, with every duke or baron giving themselves the title of king or emperor.

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