The Diplomatic Corps is not a part of the Department of State for External Affairs (Foreign Dep.), and as such, it does not have any influence in the policies that are to be followed by the staff.
The Corps recruits and selects civil servants who potentially may be elevated to a diplomatic mission. Usually, they are looking for young people who have at least a bachelor degree in one of the following fields: international relations, political science, economis, or law. Before they can enter the service, they must swear an oath of allegiance on the Sovereign, and on neutral, impartial and independent service to their political superiors.
Whenever a new mission is to be sent, when a position in an exsisting mission falls into vacancy, the Corps selects three candidates. The Secretary of State, on behalf of the Sovereign and the Prime Minister, then approves one of these candidates. In rare cases, the Prime Minister or the Sovereign may pick a person -whether on the list of candidates or not- himself.
These types of diplomatic missions and diplomats exist in Orange-Bourgogne:
High Commissioners are the highest diplomatic representatives. They are only exchanged between (constitutional) monarchies with which Orange-Bourgogne has a consistent and friendly relationship. Instead of being sent between the States, these missions are sent between the Royal Courts -the Sovereigns- of the nations.
Ambassadors are the second-highest diplomatic representatives, and by far the most senior missions sent. Ambassadors represent the State rather than the person of the Sovereign. Ambassadors are sent to at least one full nation. Consulates can be placed under a neighbouring embassy.
Permanent Representatives are missions ranked among ambassadors. Unlike Embassies, which are sent to nations, Permanent Representatives are sent to international organisations.
Head of Mission (Chargé d'affaires)
The Head of Mission is the replaceing officicial during absence of an Ambassador or a High Commissioner or Permanent Representative. They are only accredited for a certain period of time, until the next higher official is appointed. However, when diplomatic relations are too cold for such a permanent representative, the Head of Mission takes over until it is deemed acceptable by both nations to send a higher official.
Consuls are official representatives to 1) small nations 2) parts of large nations, or 3) functional fields of expertise on an international basis. "Consul" is also the term used for a high-ranked diplomat who does not fall into the categories listed in Level 1. When this occurs, the prefix of "Extraordinary" is added.
A nuncio is a prelate who is sent on a diplomatic mission, not representing the State but the Church of Orange-Bourgogne as a religious organisation. These nuncios have the rank of an Ambassador.
Envoys are junior diplomats who are not considered to be an official representative from the sending State, but rather from the sending executive (i.e. the Secretary of State or Minister). Their missions are called Legations. The Envoy -when the highest in command- is usually send to a nation which is not considered to be of much importance.
An attaché is a junior diplomat who is assigned to a higher ranking diplomat. An attaché has a special field of expertise or responsibility, and thus, may be styled to their preferred field (e.g. military attaché or legal attaché).