Social Class in Ulm
Though not a formal system of loyalties like feudalism, society is fairly layered. There is some amount of mobility between classes, but climbing any distance would likely take generations. Distinctions such as Major and Lesser Noble are more a matter of personal power and influence than heredity.
King: The highest authorities in the land. Either the King of several city-states, or the king of an independent city-state. Sometimes associated with divinity.
Satrap: Ruler or governor of an entire city-state subject to a king. Equivalent to Epic’s Earl/Count.
Major Noble: Important member of the King’s court. Administrative or priestly in authority. Rank is roughly equivalent to a Satrap when at court. Equivalent to Epic’s Duke.
Lesser Noble: Important member of the court of a Satrap or lesser member of the court of a king and having lands, slaves and commoners under his direct accounting.
Elite soldier: These are professional soldiers, the best of which rank among the nobles. Equivalent to Epic’s Guard or Military Lord.
Commoners: Common soldiers, artisans, lesser priests, merchants, and government workers. Little authority, but more freedom outside of duties. Also includes some shepherds, farmers, and laborers.
Slaves: Captives of war, or born into the position. Used for farming, herding, and unskilled labor. Also used as conscript soldiers.
Tribal societies’ organization varies from one group to another.