As a person who enjoys creating new worlds, I simply love the World Burner. However, sometimes I find that my visions of what could be possible in the Iron Empires (which, I must admit, I’m not really accustomed with). For example - in the “Noble Fief” section we read, that the planet has a Forged Lord who generally rules it. Which kinda collides with the vision I had in my mind:
Let’s imagine a resource-rich planet. Very rich. Rich as hell, in fact. The whole globe - along with the precious minerals - is divided into the territories of some (let’s say about 20) great noble houses. As the planet’s resources are used by many neighbouring industrial and military worlds, it’s both wealthy and strategically important. In ancient (maybe even pre-Hanrilke) times, the noble houses fought each other. After a long period of civil war, they decided to cease fire and ensure that each of them will be able to prosper in peace. So, they established a Noble Council with a representative from each house. The Council, to furhter ensure, that there will be no further war, created two organisations - the Planetary Army (Hammer and Anvil) and the Trade League. PA was a military force, paid for and equipped by all the houses (which would have their private armies reduced to mere security forces and garrisons), in which higher officer ranks were restricted to nobility. The TL was the only faction allowed to trade with other planets, a trade consorcium, in which all the houses had their shares and their people at high posts. This way, the noble houses activity would concentrate on machiavellan schemes around the Council, Army and League and their power would be achieved by controlling the most important offices, not by raiding the neighbouring houses’ fiefs.
My two questions are - is a world like this possible in the Iron Empires and could it be created in WB by choosing Government - Noble Fief, Military - PVF, Moderately/Tightly regulated economy and factions Merchant League and Military Junta [representing the Trade League and the Planetary Army, of course]?
Sorry if I messed something up with the grammar & vocabulary, English is my second language