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Old 06-17-2024, 09:03 PM   #821
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While it's power is in Reaver's Deep, the Principality of Caledonia has trading posts and (negotiated) extraterritorial merchant enclaves in many parts of Known Space. Many of these places try to maintain Caledonian culture in miniature.
According to the laws, when a knighthood or ennoblement is given, it must be confirmed by the house of lords either face to face at Selkirk, or by an appointed deputy of the house of lords. In practice that means that in outposts the majority of the Caledonian aristocracy is unconfirmed. In such places confirmations add to Social Regard.

Hereditary colonel: a defunct title descended from the Blackwatch Marine Division of the Terran Confederation. It requires descent from a colonel of one of the regiments of said division. It is not a title used in formal usage, but claims to a colonelcy are made by several noble houses and are the subject of genial, or not-so-genial dispute.
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Old 06-18-2024, 10:23 AM   #822
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Scottian Presence: Area of Rejapphur once ruled by the Scottian Deep Trading Company, now directly ruled by a crown appointed "viceroy and ambassador".

"Rebellion on Rejapphur": A well known novel written in the Technothriller style about a hypothetical rebellion on Rejapphur by Reginald McIver. It's historical status lies in it's history as a protest novel about the misgovernment on said planet and the possibility of bloodshed. Fortunately it's dire predictions failed. While there was (and is) plenty of violence on that world, a spectacular and atrocious conflict of the kind was preempted. The novel however did cause the Prince to refuse to extend the company charter and to appoint a viceroy (Conor of Douglas) with power to govern the Presence and negotiate with local rulers in the name of the Principality.

Note: while "Scots in Space" was acceptable because well done, and justifiable as an artificial act of nostalgic romanticism as well as an expression of the descent of the settlers, having a Great Mutiny in space, perhaps rather arbitrarily, seemed just to much for me to swallow.
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Old 07-10-2024, 11:38 AM   #823
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Guides Regiments:

These are the Caledonian answer to the Sylean Rangers:

Caledonia to some degree has a Thalassocractic strategy based on wide spaced hegemony rather than territorial dominance. This is in contrast to the Imperium which despite it's official ideology seems to use star fleets like a pre star flight land rather than a naval power at times. For this reason the Guides are often on duty in foreign climes.

They are officially members of the Royal Caledonian Marines to keep the responsibility for more esoteric foreign ventures out of the hands of the Lords who typically of legislators have a Not in My Back Yard attitude toward such things and are happy enough that the army has no part whether or not opposed in principal. Gunboat Diplomacy, proxy warfare, and expeditionary warfare have long been the purview of the naval and the intelligence services including the Marines. In this regard Guides regiments are trained specifically as liasons whether providing cadres for inadequately trained foreign units, conducting foreign exchange officer programs with allied services, or even working with Caledonian home defense and paramilitary units (such as the Fencibles of the Transrift Corporation).

The Guides are older than the Second Constitution and have served in a number of places. They inobstrusively served to bring about the ascendancy of Arbelatra in the hope of taming the chaos of the civil war.
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