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Abh Culture
Written by Project Lafiel Staff   
Sep 20, 2007 at 08:23 PM
 

 

Class

As with any empire in history, the Abh Empire (Frybar Gloer Gor Bari) has a strict class system. However, it should be noted that, when two Abh's belong to the same organization, such as the Star Forces, the rank within overrides their class in the Empire. This is why Plakia treated me as an ordinary soldier whereas she gave special respect to Jinto (who wasn't in the Star Forces at that time).

 

Abh

Royalty (kouzoku, fasanzœrh)

Emperor (koutei, speunaigh, Spunej)

King (ou, larth)

Peerage (kizoku, simh)

Princes (shokou, bhodac)

Great Duke (dai-koushaku, nimh)

Duke (koushaku, laicer)

Marquis (koushaku, lœbh)

Earl (hakushaku, dreuc)

 

Viscount (shishaku, bœrh)

 

Baron (danshaku, lymh)

Knights (juushi, reucec)

Nationals (kokumin, lémh)

Subjects (shinmin, sosec)

 

The royalty consists of eight royal families (hachi-ouke, Ga Lartïéc). The head of each royal family (lartïéc) is called a king (ou, larth) and owns one of the eight kingdoms (faicec) that make up the Empire. The relation between a king and his kingdom is, however, purely symbolic. The nobles rule all of the stars and planets in each kingdom. The Emperor directly appoints these nobles.

 

(I'll use male forms here for simplicity, but in Abh's society, men and women are absolutely equal).

 

The term "Prince" (bhodac) here means "a major peer", not "a son of the Emperor". They are a peer whose territory includes at least one inhabited planet. Neither a Viscount or a Baron has such a planet in his territory but the former has at least one planet that could become habitable after terra forming. If you compare the territory of Jinto (Earl), Lymh Febdash (Baron), and myself (Viscount) the difference is clear. Jinto owns the planet to which he was born, while I am hoping to make one of the planets I own habitable in the future. But Lymh Febdash has no such hope. If a Viscount successfully makes their planet inhabited, he will be promoted to an Earl. Then another promotion to a Marquis is granted when the population of his earldom reaches one hundred million.

 

The difference between a national (lémh) and a subject (sosec) is that the former is under the direct control and protection of the Empire whereas the fate of the latter depends exclusively on the Prince of the region. The Empire has no right to interfere with the relation between a Prince and his subjects. On the other hand, a subject can always escape the Prince's rule by becoming a national, for example, by joining the Star Forces.

 

The Jade Throne

 

The Emperor (Spunej) is selected from the royal families. The Abh believe that it is the military power that ultimately unites the Empire and their Emperor must therefore be an excellent commander, too. Consequently they have set up a system to choose the Emperor in which one's ability as well as blood is considered.

 

Children of the royal families must join the Flying Section of the Star Forces. If they successfully reach the rank of Imperial Admiral, the top of the Star Forces, they will be appointed to the Commander-in-Chief of Imperial Fleet, which practically means that he has become Crown Prince. He will succeed the throne when another member of the royalty gets promoted to Imperial Admiral to replace him. When a new Crown Prince is chosen, it is customary for the other royal members in the Star Forces who are older or younger by less than twenty years to become a reserve. They and those who have voluntarily given up their hope of the throne either succeed his kingdom or become a life royal whose children will become a mere peer. The descendents of these last-generation royalty received the last name 'Boz' signifying that their family traditions are inherited from those of royal family, however, they are nobles, and a noble isn't allowed to keep the name Ablïarsec.

 

Obviously promotions (and demotion) of members of the royal families in the Star Forces bear far more significance than those of ordinary soldiers. Thus the issue is exclusively dealt with by a special committee, which lies outside of the Star Forces. It is called Council (joukou-kaigi, Luzœc Fanigalacr) and consists of eight Councilors (joukou, fanigac) who are former Emperors or Kings, each one representing one of the eight royal families. This Council deals with the problems, promotions and entrance interviews of Flyers who are members of the royal family. This entrance interview is supposedly much harsher then those given to normal Flyers by the military. After passing this exam, the children of the eight kings begin their fierce competition to "The Jade Throne" during a limited period not to exceed forty years.



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