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A duchy is the domain of a Duke or Duchess. Within the Star Kingdom of Manticore[1], a duchy is also an administrative district, which may contain one or more counties and/or baronies. A duke or duchess, as the administrator, is the chief magistrate of his or her duchy, and oversees the courts by appointing magistrates.

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

Within The Royal Manticoran Navy: The Official Honor Harrington Fan Association, Inc. a duchy is the fictitious territory, or "peerage land" bestowed on an duke or duchess. 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 TRMN and that they strive to obtain it within their areas of responsibility in the club. This is the third level of lands awarded, and is usually awarded to a member who is already an earl/countess.

The policy, as of 2017, is to award a land with a different name than that of the county which the earl or countess had held before.

See Also

Peerage: list of TRMN peers