A Guide to Names & Styles in the Imperium
A Guide to Names & Styles in the Imperium
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This guide is designed to outline how to choose a good name for the Imperium (and NationStates generally), and also how titles work in the Imperium (meaning it can be used as a reference guide).
If in doubt, just ask the person you are talking to about their title/name, and you might find out some interesting history!
Choosing a Name
If you are new to the Imperium, welcome! You might be seeing a load of people in the region with long names, or names you think might be real life names. This section of the guide is dedicated to letting you choose a name either before you apply for citizenship, or just after.
A good NS name is one you would like to be referred to as, is easy to remember (especially for Discord communication), and suits you. I’d advise that you don’t choose your real life first name or last name, but a middle name or a name that you have always liked the sound of works well. On the other hand, a nickname you often use online could also be a good choice. For the sake of this guide, let’s say you chose ‘John’.
Now, you don’t have to choose a family name at this point, especially if you aren’t sure about dynasties and the like, but it can help to wrap up your name nicely. Again, choose something you like the sound of, or have a connection to, and append it to your first name. I am going to, you guessed it, choose ‘Smith’.
Therefore, on your citizenship and other documents, your name would be:
If you want your name to be easily referenced by other people, you can set it in your profile settings.
I will be using this name for the remainder of the guide, but if you are just interested in choosing a name then you can stop reading
Understanding Titles of Nobility
Given that the Imperium is monarchist, we have also decided to use titles of nobility as a sign of respect, reward, and status. We have modelled them, roughly, after the real titles of nobility in the old Austro-Hungarian and German empires (and, additionally, the Holy Roman Empire), but some elements are also borrowed from the British system.
The ranks of nobility are, in order of precedence:
In addition, there are Imperial Knights who are ranked just below Counts.
For those who are not part of the Imperial House (the Kuznetsovs), each rank of nobility has a style (a prefix to the name as a way of address), and a post-nominal territorial designation. In the examples below, John Smith will be given different titles so that you can see how each different rank is referred to:
- His Grace, John Smith, Duke of Exampleland
- His Excellency, John Smith, Prince of Exampleland
- Lord John Smith, Landgrave of Exampleland
- Lord John Smith, Count of Exampleland
- Sir John Smith
Note that in the above, ‘His’ may be substituted with ‘Her’, and ‘Lord’ with ‘Lady’. In addition, in some circumstances (usually official and legal documents, or within the Reichstag if holding a seat) a noble may be referred to without their regular name, and just their noble title, such as:
“His Grace, the Duke of Exampleland”
“The Count of Exampleland”
Furthermore, for all regular noble titles (those above and including Counts), spouses receive the same style (such as His/Her Grace), and may also receive the opposite sex version of the title if they are of the opposite sex (such as Duchess for a female spouse, or Duke for a male spouse).
If somebody has more than one title, of different ranks, then only the most senior title will be used, as will the most senior style.
Lastly, a noble who is also an Imperial Knight may use Sir/Lady before their name in addition to their title, like so:
“His Excellency, Sir John Smith, Prince of Exampleland”
If in doubt, seek advice from the Imperial Crown for advice on titles and styles.
Understanding Other (Non-Noble) Styles
In addition to noble styles, the Imperium has various non-noble titles, mostly in relation to legal and political office. These are:
- The Right Honourable (Rt. Hon.)
- His/Her Worship
- The Honourable (Hon.)
These correspond to being an elected Reichstag member (Rt. Hon.), a Justice (H. Worship), or a member of the Council of State (Hon.) - they are in order of precedence, and so Council of State members who are also members of the Reichstag should use the higher style of ‘The Right Honourable’ and then use the post-nominal designation ‘CS’. For example, if John Smith were a member of the Council of State and a Reichstag member, his full name would be:
“The Right Honourable, John Smith CS” or simply “The Rt. Hon. John Smith”
The styles of all members of the aforementioned bodies only persist while they hold membership, and thus if a Reichstag member loses their seat they are no longer afforded the style of Rt. Hon. Furthermore, these titles rank below those of nobles (and so a noble who is also a Reichstag member would not use Rt. Hon.).
Understanding Royal Titles & Styles
In addition to regular nobles, there are also members of the Imperial House of Kuznetsov, which is the ruling dynastic house in the Imperium. At its head are the monarchs, who use the style “His Imperial Majesty” or “Their Imperial Majesties”.
Furthermore, all direct children (and their spouses) use “His/Her Royal Highness” irrespective of any other titles. Any children they may have (the grandchildren of the monarchs) are afforded the style “His/Her Highness”.
The official heirs (as designated by Their Imperial Majesties) are afforded the style “His/Her Imperial Highness”.
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