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Ruling Council

1. The Magic 12: Ruling Council
The Ruling Council is made up of the top of the top of the Fleet's quasi-demarchic bureaucratic administrative system. Despite that by many it would appear that they simply exist to be glorified paper pushers, the truth is that this collective often has to deal with the reports of the lower echelon administrators and supporting staff, be them the civil or the military governors. As a result, the RC often finds itself within considerate power when it comes to overseeing policies that affect daily life. The RC receives the reports of regional leaders and officials to guide policy while leaving them with the free hands to deal with issues at hand in their sectors.

Whenever serious issues should occur- like plans to form an expedition to another part of the home territories, to colonize, or to manage decisions pertaining to Barbarian affairs- the RC/Magic Council expresses advice over the situation towards regional heads and can even vote to create policies that'd be handed down. The Council in itself is made up of 12 appointed Governors, who typically are chosen for impeccable and perfectionist service records.

2. Common "Mandarins" and Administration
The common administrators are by no means common, and their work ensures the Empire runs efficiently in vital matters that could ignorantly be taken for granted. These administrators are selected by lottery according to their trade and these individuals are then examined and candidates are gradually filtered out in behavioral tests and in various problem-solving exams and simulations; the few who pass may claim the lottery's slot and receive further specialized career rearing which leads them away from the general life of shifted labor quotas and into a reward-system particular to the life of "Admins" but also to the expectancy to always act efficiently- as any significant slip-up results in miniscule paperwork-hevay reports, demotions or even court-martials. The men of Earth refer to bureaucrats as called "Mandarins" due to the purported similarity they have with the public servants of old China.

These administrative functions oversee the Air Domain's internal and external projects: registry and archival activities pertaining to the activities of ministries, actual inner-workings of the projects of ministries. The ministries considered most important are: the General Department, Law, the Ministries of Defense*, Food Production, Communication and Transport, Light and Intermediate Sector Production, Heavy Sector Production, Cosmic Exploration, Energetic Resources, Labor, Barbarian and Xeno Affairs, Science and Culture.

*The Ministry of Defense itself is headed by Military High Command.

From down to the lowest rank, the recruit is expected to excel and to also better his lot in life as ranking up means the privilege of having marginally better food rations, ceremonial clothing made of better quality, and more personal living space to accessorize or the privilege of actually drinking real alcohol among many examples.

3. Ranking
As other forms of stratified life within the Empire, the Mandarins are uniformed with tunics that go over sleeved shirts and pants or skirts. Out of the 12 non-appointed ranks, 6b to 1b use grey tunics, 1a uses a black one, and 0/the HIRC use white mandarin-style tunics; though civil governors and governor generals also tend to use military style uniforms. Apart from this, the uniforms have color coded cuffs that reveal rank and also the particular ministerial designation by words- there also exist brooches with the Imperial Seal in center whose materials rise in value in respect to rank; beginning with sapphire and lapiz lazuli in lower ranks, switching to jade and jadeite in intermediate levels, and finally ending in Ruby, Gold, and Opal in more advanced ranks.


Color Code

Civil Position



Magic 12 Ruling Council



Grand Governors and *Governor Generals



Governors and Ministers



Aides to Governors and Ministers



Secretaries to Aides in Ministerial Offices



Ministerial Superintendents



Board of Directors of ministerial projects



Directors of ministerial projects



Sub-directors and Prefects, local chiefs



Ministerial Head Supervisors



Magistrates and project overseers



Archivists of x ministry



Prefectural Registrars and gofers of x ministry

*Military High Command, non-civil governance/administration over a military zone or frontier region