A county is the domain of an earl or countess in the star nation used for administrative purposes. In the Star Kingdom of Manticore, any income producing holding associated with a patent of nobility may be considered “land.” This means that in additional to literal land, mineral and development rights, fishing rights, rights to a portion of the broadcast spectrum and other grants may be considered lands.
Use in TRMN
In The Royal Manticoran Navy: The Official Honor Harrington Fan Association, Inc., a county is an awarded fictitious territory associated with an earldom, which is the peerage bestowed on an earl or countess. This award is presented to members that have demonstrated a consistently high level of work for the entire organization. Additionally, they have shown that they share the vision, mission, and ideals of the The Royal Manticoran Navy and that they strive to obtain it within their areas of responsibility in the club.
Usually, an earldom level peerage represents a second higher award given to a member who is already a baron/baroness.