Governmental organization in Santharia has a long tradition. Though the uniting of the ancient kingdoms through the ascension of Santhros the Wise to the Santharian throne brought a new governmental structure to the lands on the highest levels and also led to the re-naming for ranks and titles on lower ones, most parts of the power hierarchy lived on in the one way or the other when the new kingdom was formed. As the system of feudalism was the foundation of society in the ancient kingdoms, so it was continued in Santharia: In a pyramidical manner land was given from the topmost level, the Crown, to sub-oridinated landholders, who divided their portions to other sub-ordinated landholders below their level, and so forth, until the landholders on the other end of the pyramid are reached, who administrate the smallest parcels of land.

Graven Rohbert do Sauvrij of Fief Mashdai

View picture in full size Picture description. A portrait of a typical Manthrian nobleman, Graven Rohbert do Sauvrij of Fief Mashdai, a famous patron and appreciated philanthropist. Picture drawn by Bard Judith.

Though rights and duties for the single levels of the hierarchy were defined in the King's Act back in the time of Santhros, the historical and regional differences and developments of course still reflect as well in specific titles and powers of regional leaders, who still may exert their independence from the King to a certain degree. The actual power constellations compared to the theoretical definitions therefore are much more intricate and complicated, but still they operate to a vast degree in the layed out confines. We try to give you a general overview here on how these governmental structures of Santharia have developed in the course of time, how the ranks hierarchy is defined, how it works and where there are the most important exceptions, adjustments and additions on regional level.

Historical Development. The Third Sarvonian War was perhaps the greatest turning point in Santharian history. Apart from marking the dawn of the modern era, it was perhaps the first time that all the races of Santharia had close and agreeable contact with one another, united by a common foe: first Coór'Melór, and then his son; the Móch'rónn, Saban Blackcloak. After the third great Sarvonian war, the human tribes were finally united under one King, Santhros the Wise. The advantages that good relations with their neighbouring races had brought during the war were not lost upon Santhros and as an extension of this new found and long sought after unity, it was decided that an inclusion of the other races into a United Kingdom would help to create a stable and prosperous environment. The King (since Santhros' follower also called the "Santhran"), to this day, presides over the Linked Hands, a great council, representative of all in Santharia. The Council is made up of the King, the eight Thanes who reside over the eight human provinces of Santharia, the elven Avá’ránn who resides over the High Elven Circle, various dwarven leaders and other additional leaders of other races may attend as is appropriate.

The dream of all men united under one King is an idea deeply rooted in the history of Southern Sarvonia. Gorm for example, a human foundling raised by the elves, sought to steal an important artifact, the blood of the former Erpheronian sovereign Maengolth, to achieve that very aim and in the process triggered the First Sarvonian War and the ensuing Age of the Blood. Far later, the Erpheronian king Thar achieved, to a limited extent, a unification of the human tribes. None, however, were as successful and persuasive as Santhros. Perhaps it was his powerful personality; perhaps it was simply that the tribes of Santharia needed a reason to unite. In Coór'Melór, the very incarnation of evil and destruction, and later his son the Móch'rónn, who sought to destroy the Earth Titan, that reason seemed to be provided by the Gods themselves.

However, humanity did not fight the war single handed. For the first time in Sarvonian history the elves, men, halflings and dwarves fought together, and were also joined by other minority races of Santharia, who to many had been thought simply to be nothing more than fairy tales. King Santhros was a shrewd man, and knew that unification of the human tribes had in the past (for example when Thar created the unification that was Tharania) unsettled and worried man’s elven neighbours. He was also aware of the great advantages that improved relations among the races had provided since an alliance had been formed. The best course of action, and a rather natural step by that time, was to include all races in the unification. Each race had its own reasons for joining and their own reservations about the system, but join they did, to form the united Santharia we know today.

Ranks Hierarchy. The organisation can be described in detail as follows. Note however, that knowledge of Santharian history is essential to understand how government works in such a vast kingdom:

Regional Ranks and Titles. To be added. Return to the top

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