Titles Explained

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    This thread assumes you have already read title evaluations and understand how to acquire title. This thread records information on what title weight means, how it is translated to titles, and the additional rules per family. Keep in mind, title changes on these documents and spreadsheets only occur during the so called "Title Evaluation Period", which is either at the beginning first 3 days of the month, or in the middle of the month, depending on the title evaluation cycle.

    Step One: Gathering Information
    In order to know how to divide titles, and to understand title value, one must find the data first:
    • To find how much Title Weight your family has, consult this spreadsheet.
    • You may find your family in Row 2, and your total Title Weight under #.
    This spreadsheet introduces three different title weight concepts: Family Weight, OOC Leader Weight, and Free Grant Weight. What these types of Title Weight are will be explained further down. First however, to explain the format of this spreadsheet, here is an infographic:

    • A: Family Name. If you want this changed, please send in a ticket.
    • B: This is your total Family Weight. This is pulled from a hidden spreadsheet which only DM access.
    • C: The first cell is always the OOC Family Leader. This cannot be changed.
    • D: The second cell is whoever is granted the first half of Free Grant Weight.
    • E: The third cell is however is granted the second half of Free Grant Weight.
    • Everything below C,D and E are empty member cells. Family Members go here.
    Step Two: Understanding Title Weight
    • OOC Leader Weight: OOC Leader Weight is a number that will never ever change, and is always 2, and is not part of Family Weight.
    • Free Grant Weight: Free Grant Weight is a number that will never ever change, and is always 1 & 1 (which cannot be combined). Free Grant Weight is similar to OOC Leader Weight in that it is granted for free by the system, but it can only be used in three distinct ways:
      • Option A: Both tokens can be given to the OOC Family leader, but only if both are given. This makes the OOC Family Leader a Grand Duke (before adding additional Family Weight)
      • Option B: Either token can be independently given to family members. This grants them March/Marchioness title, and is useful to include people who aren't interested in ever making title weight with Title status. Free Grant Weight cannot stack with Family Weight.
      • Option C: Either token can be independently given to Commoners outside of the Family. This will create a Vassal with Title status Baron/Baroness. Only the Vassal will have noble status, not the extended family. This is called Banner Status, and any Title Weight this Commoner generates will be sent to Family Weight. This is useful for those who like roleplaying with Vassals, and those who do not want to make a new Character to participate in Noble Stuff. Free Grant Weight can be removed, revoking all priviliges.
      • Option B & C can be mixed, so you can give Free Grant Weight to 1 Family member and 1 Commoner, or both tokens to both of either.
    So, to explain in the context of the image posted above:
    • Kaya Sorenvik has 2 OOC Leader Weight, thus Ducal Status.
    • Sivrid Sorenvik has 1 Free Grant Weight, thus Marchioness Status.
    • Triss Aduro has 1 Free Grant Weight, thus Baroness Status. Triss Aduro is now a Vassal.
    • Kaya Sorenvik has 2 Title Weight added from Family Weight, thus 2+2=4 equals Grand Duke.
    • Viggo Sorenvik has 4 Title Weight added from Family Weight, thus Grand Duke Status.
    Step Three: Understanding Title Weight
    • 1 Weight = Baron/Baroness for Commoners and Static Nobles or March/Marchioness for Nobles.
      • 1 Weight also has variants, Count/Countess, Burgrave/Burgravin, Earl/Arless, these are completely flavor and interchangeable so it's not insulting to call a March an Earl.
    • 2 Weight = Duke/Duchess for Nobles. Dukes are the main meat of landowners of the Empire and play an important role in Imperial processions and the Imperial State Council. Only Dukes contribute to the weight of Political Factions in politics.
    • 3 Weight = Duke/Duchess for Nobles + March/Marchioness or variant thereof.
    • 4 Weight = Grand Duke/Grand Duchess for Nobles
    • 5 Weight = Grand Duke/Grand Duchess for Nobles + March/ Marchioness or variant thereof.
    • 6 Weight = Archduke/Archduchess for Nobles.
    • Etc.
    Step Four: Understanding Title Address
    Title address is written in descending order of importance, meaning that if a person has multiple titles, the lowest on this list is always the highest and one used.
    • Knights = Ser/Dame
    • Untitled Nobles = Lord/Lady
    • Baron/Baroness = Lordship/Ladyship
    • Duke/Duchess = Grace
    • Grand Duke/Grand Duchess = High Grace
    • Archduke/Archduchess = Serene Grace
    • Minister of State = Eminence
    • Lord Chancellor = High Eminence
    • Prince of Imperial Blood = Highness
    • Emperor = Imperial Highness/Holiness
    Unofficial Address also exists for some other individuals, but these are not part of official Court Protocol:
    • Celate/Arch Celate/Priest of Unionism= Celerial
    • Foreign Ambassador = Eminence
    • Foreign Royal = (depending on recognition) Highness
    • Foreign Nobility = (depending on recognition) Lord/Lady (regardless of hierarchy)
    • non-Unionist priest = Respectable
    • Commoner that a Noble appreciates and respects = Honorable
    Step Five: Marriage
    Some corner cases for Marriage exist:

    • Consorts (Nobles or Commoners who married a Title Holder) will inherit the title of their spouse. If a woman is married to the Duke of Testamere, she becomes the Duchess of Testamere, duplicating the title, unless they already have a higher title. If they also have a smaller title (for example the woman was also the Marchioness of Axen), then they would be both Duchess of Testamere, and Marchioness of Axen, but title address would default to Duchess.
    • Marrying into another family will cause the contributed Title Weight to be lost from the original family and be absorbed into the new family. This also counts for whole families merging. It is not possible for family members to leave families and start new families with their weight, only OOC Family Leaders are permitted to have a Noble Family.
    • Marrying a Commoner made Baron/Baroness does not grant that title duplicated onto their spouse or Consort.
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