Caudonian nobility

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The Caudonian nobility is the peerage of the Principality of Caudonia, consisting of baronets, barons, viscounts, counts, and marquesses. Although the Caudonian peerage system closely follows the British system, it lacks the title of Duke. This is because dukes are higher than princes, meaning a duke would be ranked higher than the prince. Peerages may be either hereditary or lifelong, created and abolished at the monarch's pleasure. The term peerage can be used both collectively to refer to the entire body of nobles (or a subdivision thereof), and individually to refer to a specific title.

Nobles possess certain rights and priviledges which are not granted to other citizens such as dining rights, special precedence in the order of precedence, the right to certain titles, and the right to request an audience with the monarch.

Ranks

There are five ranks of peers, in descending order of hierarchy:

  • Marquess comes from the French 'marquis', which is a derivative of 'marche' or march. The feminine form is Marchioness.
  • Count comes from the Latin 'comes'. The feminine form is 'Countess'.
  • Viscount comes from the Latin 'vicecomes', vice-count. The feminine form is Viscountess.
  • Baron comes from the Old Germanic 'baro', freeman. The feminine form is Baroness.
  • Baronet has medieval origins. The feminine form is Baronetess.

The titles of peers, with the exception of Baronets, are in the form of '(Rank) (Name of Title)' or '(Rank) of (Name of Title)'. The name of the title can either be a place name or a surname. The precise usage depends on the rank of the peerage and on certain other general considerations.

The titles of Baronets are in the form of 'Sir or Dame (Forename and surname)'. In circumstances where a surname is not required, titles are in the form of 'Sir or Dame (Forename)'.

Types of peers

Hereditary peers

A hereditary peer is a peer whose dignity may be inherited; those able to inherit it are said to be "in remainder". All hereditary titles can pass through and vest in female heirs.

Life peers

A life peer is a peer whose dignity cannot be inherited after death. These titles are usually issued to people who have made great achievements to the nation, such as important politicians upon their retirement.

Styles and titles

Marquesses use The Most Honourable and other peers, except Baronets, use The Right Honourable. Peeresses (whether they hold peerages in their own right or are wives of peers) use equivalent styles. Baronets use Sir or Dame. The wife of a Baronet uses Lady (Surname).

Vestments

Robes

Peerage robes are worn by peers on certain ceremonial occasions. Each peerage rank has certain features to identify its rank. The robe of a peer is a full-length garment of scarlet wool with a collar of white miniver fur. Caudonian peers only have one robe, whereas British peers use two robes, one for parliament and the other for coronations. Baronets do not have robes.

Coronets

A peer must wear his or her coronet for the monarch's coronation, but they may wear it anytime they want.

Heraldry

Peers are entitled to use certain heraldic devices. Atop the arms, a peer may display a coronet. Generally, only peers may use the coronets corresponding to their ranks. Peers are entitled to the use of supporters in their achievements of arms. They are also permitted to design their escutcheons in any way they choose.