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Auresian Emperor Willem II meeting Amberian Empress Aje-Kateriin, accompanied by members of the Amberian peerage.

Nobility is a social class in a given society, normally and historically at the top of the social hierarchy. Used broadly, the term also covers royalty, which by convention is ranked immediately above that of the nobility. Nobility possesses more acknowledged privileges and higher social status than most other classes in society. The privileges associated with nobility may constitute substantial advantages over or relative to non-nobles, or may be largely honorary (e.g. precedence), and vary by country and era.

Membership in the nobility, including rights and responsibilities, is typically hereditary. Membership has historically been granted by a monarch or government, unlike other social classes where membership is determined solely by wealth, lifestyle, or affiliation. Nevertheless, acquisition of sufficient power, wealth, military prowess, or royal favour has occasionally enabled commoners to ascend into the nobility. Although nobilities are more common under monarchies, nobility has and continues to exist in certain republics, such as the Republic United of Amberia and Eilän or the historic Cadrian Republic (7241-7273). Many nations that retain a recognised nobility grant varying degrees of political or legislative power upon the nobility, with many states retaining a legislative chamber whose membership is confined to certain members of the respective nobility. Examples include the Anisoran Imperial Senate, the House of Lords of Auresia, and the Förbundsting of Vittmark.

Hereditary titles and styles added to names (such as "Prince" or "Lord" or "Lady"), as well as honorifics, often distinguish nobles from non-nobles in conversation and written speech. Some countries have non-hereditary nobility, such as the life peers of Auresia, though this honour is rarely granted and is commonly earned via decades of service or for highly notable accomplishment. Some nations, such as the Anisoran Empire and Vittmark are federal monarchies, with varying levels and hierarchies of nobility and royalty. Anisora, for example, has one of the most extensive systems of nobility in Gotha, encompassing the Emperor and imperial family, through the royal families of the constituent states, to the non-reigning nobles of the peerages and the minor un-titled nobility.

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A map representing the extant Peerages of the Anisoran Empire in 7580 at the state level

The Peerages of the Anisoran Empire are the collective legal systems comprising of hereditary titles in the historic and extant constituent states of the Anisoran Empire, composed of various noble ranks, and forming a constituent part of the Anisoran honours system.

Unlike many other nations that retain a single, national peerage, Anisora, being a federal monarchy, retains several. Many of the larger constituent states, the senior principalities and grand principalities, retain their own peerage alongside the imperial peerage established in 7367. There are currently six peerages titles can belong to, although there were many more than that before 7367, which have been subsequently absorbed by the imperial peerage. The current peerages of the Anisoran Empire are, in order of precedence: Casella, Pastana, Matrignano, Vattoro, Torzarola and the Anisoran Empire. Of those six, however, only the latter four are currently active, meaning new titles and peerages can be created for them. In 7370, the peerages of Casella and Pastana were succeeded by the peerage of the Anisoran Empire.

All peers of the Peerages of Casella, Pastana and the Anisoran Empire, and all other peers created before 7367, are entitled to sit in the middle chamber of the Anisoran Parliament, the Imperial Senate, also commonly known as the Chamber of Peers. A number of other peers created in the princely peerages of Matrignano, Vattoro and Torzarola also retain this right post-7367.

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Princess Moa of Vittmark

Moa Palnesdotter av Blåkulla (officially Tovemor Palnesdotter kungaättling av Blåkulla till Fjällsta) is the crown princess of Vittmark and therefore a prominent member of the royal Av Kulla stim. She is the daughter of Palne Kristersson from his first marriage with Rawa (Ragnwalda) Niklasdotter. She was born in 7555 in Fjällsta, then a territory of Nelvesdalia, and given the name Tovemor Palnesdotter Fjällsta. Her given name Tovemor (literally meaning "mother of thunder") is hardly ever used, she is only referred to by her nickname Moa (pronounced moo-ah). She has a younger sister Sanna (born 7558) and is the half sister of Princess Iduna and Prince Asvald, both born from her father's second marriage to Queen Anna av Kulla.

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Do we truly expect a duchess, ruler of a major city, to abide by the decrees of a country bumpkin?

— Alexandrine Mahr, A History of the Clans, on the eccentricities of the Amberian clan system

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Arms of the Dukes of Rovella

The heraldic arms of the Duke of Rovella, the head of the Montarini-Lamartina noble stim and a senior noble in the Casellan peerage, who also holds the dukedom of Davalino, among other titles.

The arms as borne by the 8th Duke onwards are: Quarterly: 1st and 4th grand quarterly Or and Argent in the 1st and 4th quarters a hound passant Sable over all on a bend sinister Sable three lotus flowers of the second; 2nd Sable a lion rampant Argent, a canton Argent with a cross Azure; 3rd Gules, a pairle Azure, endorsed Argent; for augmentation, an inescutcheon charged with the arms of Casella: Azure a crowned lion Or armed and langued Gules, holding in his dexter paw a sword and in the sinister paw seven arrows tight together.

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