Society and Law

Even almost a millennia after the Gaian coup, Anargo society balances upon the wave of that revolution. The then-Commander Gauis could not have succeeded in the revolution, despite the forces at his command, had it not been for the support of the disenchanted fragments of the noble houses that existed during the Anargan Theocracy and that controlled not only a great deal of the population, but also a large proportion of planetary wealth. As such the nobilitas provincialis, traditionally mercantile-orientated, remains a continued presence in the ‘new’ regime. Much of Anargan manufacturing and agricultural remains in the hands of these nobles, yet another reason why the more powerful are included on the Advisory Council to the Lord Anargo. It is also through their status and the diverse nature of their holdings that the nobilitas provincialis maintain significant freedoms compared to that of the lower citizens. The nobilitas themselves are divided into three broad groups depending upon their primary economic activity: those in the equatorial zones that concentrate primarily on agriculture/mariculture; those in the northern and southern hemispheres whose interest is in human resources and Anargo’s manufacturing industry; and the third, rarer group, that try to diversify their interests between the two extremes.

For the greater majority of the Anargan citizens civil movement is restricted to a single or specified number of the administrative districts depending on socio-economic class and specific function/occupation. Land ownership is extremely valued amongs the poorer socio-economic classes, especially with the increasing population and the concomittant importance of local agrarian production, and until the new regime was all but impossible. Land was originally held either through the Anargan Church or the nobility, themselves significantly attached and indebted to the same church, with the result that the required tithe and contribution disallowed increased in agrarian production. With the removal of the majority of the tithe and replacement by Civil Contributions and, further, the alteration in land tenure an increasing number of qualified individuals could rent and/or purchase land for subsequent agrarian development.

While their personal movement is restricted, Anargan citizens otherwise enjoy a proportionately greater level of personal wealth and quality of life than many Imperial citizens on similar industrialised, agricultural or even hive worlds. The high-level of technology present on Anargo extends into the every day lives of its citizens, not just in terms of access such as on such worlds as Tryphon, but in terms of possessions. While most living quarters tend to be cramped in an effort to keep urban spread to a minimum, access to communications and informercial networks is common in these apartments. Thus while an individuals’ occupation may take them to the other side of Anargo, they can always remain in contact with their extended family. For the majority of people, even such limited examples of the advances of Anargo since the Gaian coup reinforce the advantages under the hereditary rule of the Gaius family.

In terms of the legal system on Anargo, the lex imperialis holds full sway. On Anargo, there is no division of law from the highest of the nobilitas imperialis to the lowest citizen. While such a vaunted situation is part of the government infomercials that move throughout the Anargan media, unfortunately no world of the Imperium revolves around such simple dictates and the ‘Golden Rule’ holds force.

One quirk for the transitional government were the vested interests of the nobilits provincialis in maintaining as much freedom as possible for external trade and, at a time when Commander Gaius was trying to push through the changes away from the diocesal structure as well as introducing the first land tenure changes, it was possible to push this change through the Advisory Council. As such, while the average Anargan enjoys little freedom of movement beyond their specific administrative district, off-worlders that move beyond the extraterritorial areas have freedom to move throughout the various administrative districts, although it is considered a breach of etiquette if they do not inform a member of the nobilitas provincialis if they are passing through their lands. (This is a social consideration only; the nobilitas provincialis have no judicial powers beyond those maintained in the lex imperialis as citizens of the Imperium.)