Pax Rulin & Glisten


Banded Mongoose
The Trojan Reach book notes that Pax Rulin subsector is actually ruled from Glisten. I am not sure I have seen that noted anywhere else. How is that supposed to work since Pax Rulin has its own duke?

IMTU, the subsector is ruled from Pax Rulin. Both the nobility and subsector military command have convinced themselves that Pax Rulin is the soft underbelly of the Imperium and vulnerable to attack from both the Zhodani and Aslan.

In reality, the low density of systems beyond Pax Rulin greatly reduces the chance of direct assaults. Any serious Zhodani attack would be a very logistically complex wide flanking maneuver and is very unlikely. Any Aslan attack is far more likely to drive straight towards the Tobia and Gazulin subsectors.

The collective delusional obsession of the Pax Rulin nobility and military command, and their attempts to shanghai ever more assets to their security causes constant headaches in the rest of the Trojan Reach and the nearby Spinward Marches subsectors.
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Interesting. In the Roll20 game I’m in right now, my character’s homeworld is Alexin, just a jump away from Pax Rulin on the spacelane/X-boat route to Gazulin. I rolled up some background for Alexin for the ref and for my backstory, in the process of which I noticed how many Imperial Navy bases are clustered around Pax Rulin. I came away with the idea that there’s very little piracy/raider activity in the region. So I can see the “collective delusional obsession” being completely unfounded… “Really, how many more assets do you need?!!”

The idea of Glisten controlling the area is amusing. Perhaps the Glisten nobility is still enforcing an outdated and unnecessary treaty from a few hundred years ago, which undoubtedly irks the Duke of Pax Rulin to no end.
Particularly important worlds get their own dukes who rank under the subsector duke:
Outside of the relatively simple measure of the Trade Codes that control the presence of lesser nobles, some worlds rise to prominence through location, old family influence, or some other intangible factor. Industrial worlds are often the linchpins that hold it all together. These worlds are important enough to attract special attention, and the Imperium gives them Dukes to make sure that proper attention is given. Most Dukes are given authority over not just one world, but an area the size or significance of an entire subsector.

Not all Dukes hold such obvious territories and responsibilities, however. Some are placed in trouble spots, whether that trouble is caused by fractious lesser nobles, citizen unrest, natural disaster, or outside interference, and are given the same authority over Imperial assets that the subsector Dukes have in order to resolve the problem. While they are officially Dukes like all the rest, these troubleshooters will often attract unofficial modifiers to their Titles, some descriptive, others insulting or approving. Those assigned to border areas often get called March Dukes, for example, while "Short" Duke is not uncommon when talking about an overseer of some sort of special administration district that isn't expected to last long. Regardless of expectations, these positions can last as long as any Subsector Duchy and pass from parents to children many times, or vanish when the crisis does, leaving only a Title and an Imperial opinion of the holder that may come in handy when a Subsector Duchy needs a new Duke. Even more so than Counts, Dukes can and often do have offices and other resources under their control across an entire sector. Whether they use these resources in the pursuit of Imperial goals or simply to enrich themselves is up to each Duke, but the assumption of the Iridium Throne is that both are happening.
(Nobility in the Third Imperium' Imperiallines 7)
Particularly important worlds get their own dukes who rank under the subsector duke:

(Nobility in the Third Imperium' Imperiallines 7)

Further adding to the above, the T5 Survey Survey Data does actually distinguish between these planetary Dukes and actual Subsector Dukes; in the "nobility" section of a planet's entry, if looking at the raw data, a lowercase f represents a normal Duke, whereas an uppercase F denotes a Subsector Duke.

For instance, in Regina Subsector, Efate (Spin 1705) has as its nobility a Knight, a Count, and a Duke. Meanwhile, Regina (Apin 1910) has a Knight, Baronet, Baron, Viscount, and the Subsector Duke.
Another important distinction is that these nobles listed in Travellermap are only a world's High Nobles – the peers who actually hold a power to vote in the Imperial Moot. A world may very well have many more Knights, for instance, but these will most likely be honour nights from Regina, for there can only be one Knight of Regina.