Mora / Mora / Spinward Marches
Civilian Rule for Five Sisters, New Duke
Archduke Norris today announced that Five Sisters
subsector of the Spinward Marches, which has been under military rule
for over 500 years, is to be handed over to civilian rule. The
Archduke said that the recent troubles have emphasized that there needs
to be a separation of military and noble responsibilities, and that
administration of a fully-fledged sector of the Imperium should not be
the province of the armed forces.
This of course implies that when District 268 is
admitted to the Imperium, it will start out under civilian rule instead
of being following the precedent of Five Sisters and having to wait
more than half a millenium for proper noble representation for its
The first Duke of Five Sisters is to be Grand
Admiral Duke Bridgehead, Lord Rorise, who will be accompanied by his
wives Duchess Angela, Lady Rorise, and Duchess Erica. Duke
Bridgehead has had a long distinguished Imperial Navy career which
recently lead him to take command of all Imperial Navy forces defending
(3124 Spinward Marches; AA99AC7-F) during the Santanocheev
The Duke will formally resign his commission on
taking up his new civililan duties, but his military background will
surely help with the transition of Five Sisters from Naval
administration to the Imperial Nobility.
Construction of a Ducal Palace on the capital of
Iderati (0732 Spinward Marches; A887798-C) will begin as soon as
possible. It is believed that the Duke will take up residence at
the Naval Base until his new estates are ready.
The title of the Duke of Five Sisters is of course
subject to Imperial confirmation, but this is surely a mere formality
in this case. The Archduke has stated that the Duke and Duchesses
will take up their duties immediately without waiting for the official
statement from Capital, which will take several years.