Every rank is associated with a basic state salary, independent of the actual job of the citizen in question. This also serves as Leonism's answer to "Universal Basic Income" and rises with the rank attained.
The rank system as a whole is intended to be strongly meritocratic, so the more someone does for the greater good of the Imperium as a whole, the higher his or her rank will be over time. Note that the system is not centred on the military, you can become General or so by being an exceptionally good lecturer or doctor or farmer or whatever in principle, as long as the public has some benefit from what you do. Citizens not physically fit for military service also have a rank and can be promoted all the same. Even the most ordinary of citizens usually reach half a dozen promotions by the time they reach retirement age, though the rank can rise even thereafter.
Demotions are used as a punishment only for serious infractions, such as sentences for a criminal act.
All "Konsul" ranks (English: consul) are automatically members of the Konsulrat, Leonism's third house of parliament and the only one whose members are not democratically elected. Imperator Konsul, the highest rank, is also the head of state and government. It can only be achieved through election by all members of parliament (of all three chambers), which takes place every seven years. All adult citizens are eligible independent of rank, though usually most elects will have been some sort of Konsul or at least Admiral before.
OOC remark: Ranks are based on a mishmash of Roman, English and German ranks. Generals are outranked by admirals and the latter have nothing to do with the navy, that's just the way it is. A fleet can be commanded by generals and admirals may command large land or air forces.
Several specialist rank systems exist which measure somebody's skills in one particular field only, these are too numerous to list here.
The picture below shows the rank insignia to be worn as a breast patch, along with the citizens name tag. There are different insignia in use as shoulder patches. The breast patches are commonly worn on everyday civilian clothing as well, while the shoulder patches are only worn on uniforms.
List of ranks (four letter abbreviations, which are common in Imperial letters or forms, in brackets)
Legionär II. Klasse (LEG2)
Legionär I. Klasse (LEGI)
Legat II. Klasse (LGA2)
Legat I. Klasse (LGA1)
Präfekt II. Klasse (PRÄ2)
Präfekt I. Klasse (PRÄF)
General II. Klasse (GEN2)
General I. Klasse (GENE)
Admiral II. Klasse (ADM2)
Admiral I. Klasse (ADMI)
Prokonsul II. Klasse (PKS2)
Prokonsul I. Klasse (PKSL)
Imperator Konsul (IKSL)