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A Peerage is an award bestowed on members of The Royal Manticoran Navy: The Official Honor Harrington Fan Association, Inc. for exceptional service and dedication to the organization, making them a "peer," or titled noble within the context of the club. "The Peerage" refers collectively to all members who are peers.

Peerage in the Star Kingdom of Manticore

In the Honorverse canon, the Manticore Colony established in 1416 P.D. lost almost 60 percent of original colonists to a plague several decades after landing. Realizing that they would need to attract additional homesteaders, but wanting to maintain control of their colony, they adopted a new constitution, creating the Star Kingdom of Manticore in 1471 P.D.

In addition to crowning their Planetary Administrator Roger Winton as King Roger I, the surviving "First Shareholders" (who already had vast landholdings) were given patents of nobility, making them titled peers of the Star Kingdom and creating a hereditary aristocracy.[1]

Peerage as a TRMN award

TRMN policy is that no more than one percent of members may be granted peerages. This award affords the member to roleplay as a member of the nobility of Manticoran society. Peers are given privileges including a seat in the House of Lords, the right to bear a coat of arms approved by the College of Arms, and special forms of address. These rights are hereditary; any peer who dies passes the title to their eldest offspring, if the offspring is a TRMN member.

Peers are granted titles named after their "peerage lands," fictitious territories on the worlds of Manticore, Gryphon, Sphinx. Additionally, a TRMN peer's spouse and children (if they are TRMN members) are given appropriate honorifics.

Peerage titles may exist on other worlds from the Honor Harrington series of novels and related books, the most notable being the Grand Duke of New Montana, an honorary award bestowed on the author David Weber by the organization in appreciation of him creating the series.

Peerages come in several levels, based on the Manticoran Peerage System and those of other Honorverse star nations. In ascending order of precedence, the Manticoran peerages are:

  • A Barony, is a peerage awarded to a Baron or Baroness. The word barony refers both to the peerage title itself and to the "land" granted to the peer.
  • An Earldom is the peerage awarded to an Earl or a Countess. The land granted to an earl or countess is called a county.
  • A Dukedom is the peerage awarded to a Duke or Duchess. The land granted to a duke or duchess is called a duchy.
  • A Grand Dukedom is the peerage awarded to a Grand Duke or Grand Duchess. The territory associated with a grand duchy is an entire planet. Presently there are only two grand duchies in existence within The Royal Manticoran Navy:
    • New Montana (originally Montana, but changed by the author), an Honorary Peerage granted to David Weber
    • Lynx, granted to Martin Lessem, the founder of TRMN.

Obsolete ranks

David Weber modeled the SKM on historical British society, the peerage of which includes marquesses and viscounts in addition to dukes, earls and barons mentioned above. However, marquesses and viscounts are not used in the Manticoran system and thus are not utilized by TRMN. Although there was one marquess mentioned in the canon, the author considers this an oversight which he has retconned to an earl. In the earliest days of TRMN, some founding members were created viscounts, but these titles are no longer recognized in the organization.

Peers from Allied Star Nations

Some foreign peerages are awarded in TRMN to members who have non-manticoran personae:

  • The Andermani Empire has equivalent noble ranks, including freiherrs (barons), grafs (earls), and herzogs (dukes).
  • The Protectorate of Grayson has one level of peer, that of steadholder, which is considered equivalent rank to that of duke or duchess in the SKM, although steadholders exercise "head of state" sovereignty withing their territories, while dukes/duchesses hold their lands in fief from the crown.
  • The Republic of Haven does not have titled nobles so TRMN awards Havenite members with the designation of "Senator for Life."

Cadet peers

The heir of a peerage title (usually the eldest offspring of the title holder) is referred to as a cadet peer and is addressed as "my lord" (for males) or "my lady" (for females) and referred to in the third person as (for example) "Lord John Doe" or Lady Jane Doe."

Additional younger offspring of the title holder are referred to as, for example, "The Honorable John Doe" or "The Honorable Jane Doe" (abbrev: "Hon. John Doe"). There is no special form of address for them.

Star Empire of Manticore Hereditary Peers

Rank Succession Title Name Planet Baron/Baroness Earl/Countess Duke/Duchess Grand Duke/Grand Duchess
Grand Duke New Montana David Weber New Montana 01 February 2011[2] 27 May 2015
Grand Duke Lynx Martin Lessem Lynx 29 February 2020
Duke New Scania Martin Lessem Manticore 03 September 2007
Duke Red Cliff Jan Kotouč Manticore 06 May 2008 01 November 2014
Duke New Ulyanovsk Sean Niemeyer Sphinx 2012 27 May 2015
Duke Mountain View Robert Bulkeley Manticore 16 April 2011[3] 27 May 2015[4] 27 May 2017
Duke Karstadt Sea Robert Jackson Sphinx 01 February 2012 27 May 2015 01 January 2017
Duchess Split Rock Laura Lochen Sphinx 27 May 2015[5] 27 May 2017[6] 25 May 2020
Duke Westmarch John Neitz Manticore 03 May 2013 October 2015 30 December 2020
Duke Neu Odenwaldkries James Friedline Manticore 03 August 2013 2015 31 December 2021
Countess Luna Hill Marcela Vávrová Manticore 01 November 2014
Countess New Cumbria Elisa Randall Manticore 27 May 2015
Countess Fontana Flats Chrissy Killian Manticore 28 May 2016
Countess Nya Östergötland Brandi Hinson Manticore 29 October 2016
Countess Wilson Sharon Rice-Weber Manticore 26 May 2018
Earl Cumberland Moor Peter Gordon Manticore 26 May 2018
Earl Mars-Evans Daniel Walker Manticore 26 May 2018
Countess Miyake-Jima Jill McTavish Manticore 26 May 2018
Earl White Lion William Knight Sphinx 28 May 2016
Earl Camera Stellata Matthew Parker Manticore 27 May 2017 01 January 2020
Countess New Dover Christa Brolley Manticore 01 January 2020
Earl Bahia Cadiz Kim Niemeyer Manticore 25 May 2020
Countess 2nd New Essex Diane Bulkeley Manticore 28 October 2017 30 December 2020
Earl Cappanarrow Wayne Bruns Manticore 28 October 2017[7] 31 December 2021
Baron Nový Prerov Ivo Heger Manticore 27 May 2015
Baron Tesseyman Greg Marchand Manticore 27 May 2015
Baron Glencairn Drew Drentlaw Manticore 27 May 2015
Baroness White Rose Allison Gahrmann Manticore 31 October 2015
Baron New Victoria Justin Grays Manticore 31 October 2015
Baroness Cape Fear Cindy Epard Manticore 31 October 2015
Baron Piedmont John Stump Manticore 31 October 2015
Baroness Havelok Stephanie Taylor Manticore 31 October 2015
Baroness Blacksburg Heather Selbe Manticore 29 October 2016
Baron Serpent Head Point David Weiner Manticore 29 October 2016
Baroness New Talinn Kveta Tonová Gryphon 01 March 2017
Baroness Redstone Heidi Nelson Manticore 27 May 2017
Baroness New Adelaide Nicola Hawke Gryphon 27 May 2017
Baron La Mancha Bill Lochen Manticore 28 October 2017
Baron Clipper Island Mark Gledhill Sphinx 26 May 2018
Baron Silver Lake Garret Bitker Manticore 26 May 2018
Baroness New Florence Pamela Cole Manticore 26 May 2018
Baron New Caladan Jeffrey Webb Manticore 26 May 2018
Baron New Halifax Rob Marshall Manticore 26 May 2018
Baron McCovey Cove Michael Garcia Manticore 26 May 2018
Baroness Long Beach[8] Cindy Van Wyhe Sphinx 26 May 2018
Baroness Alnwick Estates Lauren Niemeyer Manticore 03 November 2018
Baron Cooper's Lake Joseph Grieco Manticore 03 November 2018
Baron Eboracum Benjamin Wagner Sphinx 03 November 2018
Baron New Greyhawke Doss Buckalew Manticore 03 November 2018
Baron Whidbey Basin James Jones Gryphon 03 November 2018
Baroness New Troy Jackie Snedden Sphinx 03 November 2018
Baron West Columbia Brad Lee Manticore 03 November 2018
Baroness New Hastings Cheryl Krause Manticore 03 November 2018
Baron Calabasas Chris Thompson Manticore 03 November 2018
Baron New Ayers Colin Lloyd Manticore 03 November 2018
Baron Black Thunder Rob Folden Sphinx 5 July 2019
Baron Grays Harbor AJ Olsen Manticore 5 July 2019
Baron Sutherland Michael Houghtaling Sphinx 5 July 2019
Baron New Byzantium Dan Brandow Manticore 25 May 2020
Baron Dundonald Joseph Harney Manticore 25 May 2020
Baron New Williamsburg Mike Romero Manticore 25 May 2020
Baron Jutland John Stout Manticore 25 May 2020
Baroness Black Wood Ludmila Kovárová Sphinx 25 May 2020
Baron Tchoupitoulas Ashley Nichols Sphinx 30 December 2020
Baron Oak Forest Geoffrey Strayer Sphinx 30 December 2020
Baroness Kings River Sonja Thiede Sphinx 30 December 2020
Baron Gilwell Zachary White Manticore 31 December 2021
Baroness Fair Isle Lori Bonilla Manticore 31 December 2021
Baron 2nd Longsdale Philip Culmer Gryphon 24 July 2022

Star Empire of Manticore Life Peers

Honorary Peerages bestowed by TRMN:

Rank Creation Title Name Planet Baron/Baroness Earl/Countess Duke/Duchess Grand Duke/Grand Duchess
Baroness Silver Heath Gena Robbinson Manticore 01 February 2011
Baron New Mimas Timothy Zahn Manticore 27 May 2015
Baron Allegheny-Mellon Thomas Pope Manticore 27 May 2015
Baron New Arlington Chris Wueve Manticore 27 May 2015
Baron Runnymead Fields Mark Gutis Manticore 23 May 2015
Baron 2nd New Kasserine Andrew Knipe Manticore 31 October 2015
Baron Brentwood-upon-Tweed Scott Bell Manticore 25 May 2020

Protectorate of Grayson Steadholders

Rank Succession Title Name Steadholder Planet
Steadholder Pittman Martyn Griffiths 01 November 2014 Grayson
Steadholder Henesy Tom Saidak 27 May 2015 Grayson
Steadholder Maelstromm David Melsome 28 May 2016 Grayson
Steadholder Fitzgerald Philip Clayton 03 November 2018 Grayson
Steadholder Chẽrnakova Kathy Rau 25 May 2020 Grayson
In Abeyance Blackbird Kirylyn Dreamer Grayson

Andermani Empire Peers

Rank Succession Title Name Planet Freiherr/Freifrau Graf/Gräfin Herzog/Herzogin
Freifrau Neu Sachsen Laura Lüschen Potsdam 27 May 2015
Freiherr Baudenvost Philip Wohlrab Potsdam 26 May 2018

Republic of Haven Senators for Life

Rank Title Name Senator for Life Planet
Senator Duquesne Tower James Sena 26 May 2018 Haven

In Memoriam

Rank Title Name Planet Baron/Baroness Earl/Countess Duke/Duchess Grand Duke/Grand Duchess
Baron Leutzen Vale Eric Flint Manticore 27 May 2015

Emeritus

Rank Title Name Baron/Baroness Earl/Countess Duke/Duchess Grand Duke/Grand Duchess Planet
Longsdale Amanda Barrow Gryphon 31 December 2021

Defunct Peerages

Rank Title Name Baron/Baroness Earl/Countess Duke/Duchess Grand Duke/Grand Duchess Planet
Lands Returned to the Crown New Kasserine Bruce Zimmerman 03 September 2007
Lands Dissolved New Arkhangelsk‏‎ Scott Akers 12 July 2008 01 February 2010 27 May 2015 01 January 2017
Lands Dissolved New Cornwall Jonathan Simmons 17 April 2010
Lands Dissolved New Mecklenburg John Roberts 16 April 2011 27 May 2015
Lands Dissolved Chinook Jason Gurule 26 May 2018

See Also

External Links

References

  1. House of Steel, page 234
  2. As Duke of Leutzen Vale
  3. As Baron New Essex
  4. As Earl New Essex
  5. As Baroness Boundary Waters
  6. As Countess Boundary Waters
  7. As Baron Grosvenor
  8. Formerly Baroness Clear Lake



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