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Sith culture thrives on order and organization. In Sith Society, everyone knows his or her place.

Sith society has a complicated and varied structure build onto eras of tradition.

It is a hierarchical society, based on merit and strength. Every Sith or Imperial is beholden in some way to one higher than themselves.

Sith society is not only reliant on the code to shape its members behavior, next to the code etiquette is something a proper Sith takes into mind. It is needed to progress the ranks, survive training and most effectively function within the political structure of the empire as a whole.

In order to display this, Sith society has developed rules of etiquette...the failure to pay proper respect will result in punishment or in worst-case death.

These traditions and etiquette's set Sith aside from scum and lower aliens that are not raised to know these rules of social conduct.

Conduct

More of an ongoing appraisal than a specific task, acolytes are expected to behave intelligently and with control over their own emotions, even as they are encouraged to nurture and twist those very feelings; power without control is useless. A healthy respect for the power of others, and an ability to reason about the consequences of their actions, are essential. Manners and an ability to act in a manner befitting of their station and current surroundings are also important.

The following lesson will be on how to show proper respect to your betters and what respect you yourself are owed.


Hierarchy

Slaves
Slaves form a large part of the Imperial workforce.
The Slave is the lowest rung on the Sith Hierarchical ladder.

Citizens
The average citizen of the Empire is a hard worker, but must obey the commands of any military official or Sith.

Soldiers
Entrance into the Empire's military is one way by which an Imperial may increase their status. Every soldier is beholden to the commands of their higher-ranking officers as well as the Sith.
The line between a lower ranking Sith and a high ranking Moff can be a bit murky, but in general a low ranking Sith attempting to command a high ranking Moff is allowed...but that Sith better be prepared to face the wrath of a higher ranking Sith. Overstepping their bounds is not acceptable.Acolytes
Acolytes are the raw recruits that enter into the Sith Order for training in the ways of the Dark Side.
Despite the namesake, Sith Acolytes are not considered to be true Sith yet.

Apprentices
Apprentice is a title not a rank so they are treated in regards to the rank they hold. The title of apprentice holds prestige over a Neophyte or masterless and will therefor earn lesser acknowledgement.

Adept
make up the bulk of the Sith Order's forces and represent the iron fist of Sith Empire in military affairs and enforcement of imperial law.

Specialist (champion/sorcerer/scholar)
The name is not used other than when it is to talk about the three branches as a collective.
The specialist entails the Champion, The sorcerer and the Scholar.

Masters
The Sith Masters are the elite of the Sith Order and the ones that can take up the teaching of an apprentice.

Lords
Lords are the next rank up in the Sith Hierarchy and it is here that most Sith end their careers.

Darths
Darths are the highest tier of the Sith Hierarchy (Barring the Dark Council/Emperor...whatever their status is).

Conduct and Etiquette

When addressing a citizen of the Empire it is customary to use the formal introduction in the beginning of a conversation.
When one is in the position to introduce themselves always, do so with name and rank. This way the person, you are introducing yourself to will know how to properly address you.

If you wish to introduce yourself to one of a higher rank you approach them respectfully and wait until addressed when you have made yourself noticed.

After a conversation with a superior never immediately turn your back and walk off. If you are dismissed you are to bow as appropriate to rank, step back a few steps and then turn your back.

Lords and Darths are held in the highest regard and respect and are treated with the uttermost reverence an deference. Conduct in regards to Lords and Darths extends much further than common courtesy and even further than standard social etiquette.

You always address and equal or one of higher rank by their titles else you signal the invalidation of their official power something that might demand punishment of a severe nature.

When coming across one of higher rank its important to bow appropriately and address them by their title in recognition to their higher position over you. If they give you an order and it does not conflict with an order given by someone else of equal or higher rank such order should be done unquestionably.

Reasonability does apply here. If an apprentice orders you to destroy a lords property or cause mischief that will inconvenience a Sith or lord or a large group within the powerbase it should be reported to the council. In some instances it may be advised to take an apprentice's punishment over inconveniencing a higher up as it would turn in a word against word matter proof would thus be necessary.

When dealing with lords one should always follow their orders without question unless these orders contradict those given by a Darth.

When encountering a Darth, the highest respect should be shown. A Darth is a Sith unlike any other who commands authority and respect one should never question a Darths orders. If a Darth approaches, make way, you will move or removed.

As a acolyte its important to remember then one is nothing in comparison to the Sith around you. You are the dirt under their sole and any attention they spend on you is something that should not be taken lightly or be wasted. This goes even more for lords and especially Darths, this means their time should not be wasted with frivolous questions you may find the answer to if you just open a book.

Conduct according to rank

Slave
Forms of Address: Slave, By name
Bowing: No one bows before a slave.

Citizen
Forms of Address: By name or Job title
Bowing: No one bows before a Citizen.

Soldier
Forms of Address: By rank
Bowing: Soldiers are not bowed to nor do they bow to anyone. Rather, Soldiers stand at attention in the presence of Sith. The exception is Darths and lords, Soldiers may choose to bow appropriately when in the presence of a Darth or Lord.

Acolyte
Forms of Address: Acolyte, by Name
Bowing: No one bows before an acolyte, though acolytes will acknowledge their peers until Master with a nod of the head as a sign of respect. Acolytes must bow before Masters, Lords and in the presence of a Darth.

Adept and specialist
Forms of Address: By rank and Name
Bowing: Acolytes will acknowledge with a nod of the head as a sign of respect. Adepts and specialists will acknowledge their equals and Masters with a nod of the head as a sign of respect. They must bow before Lords and in the presence of their own Master or a Darth.

Master
Forms of Address: Master, By name
Bowing: Acolytes will bow in the presence of a Master. Adepts and specialists will acknowledge a Master with a nod of the head as a sign of respect. A master will acknowledge a Lord with a nod of the head as a sign of respect and bow in the presence of a Darth.

Lord
Forms of Address: My Lord/Lady, Lord *Name*, Master (By apprentice), Title (Inquisitor etc.)
Bowing: Acolytes up until masters must bow before Lords. A master will incline their head as a sign of respect. Lords bow their heads before Darths, but need not bow unless they choose to.

Darth
Forms of Address: My Lord/Lady, Darth *Name*, Master (by apprentice), Dark Lord
Bowing: Darths does not bow before anyone. Acolytes up until Lords must bow before Darths. A Lord with bow their heads as a sign of respect. A Darth may nod in return if they so choose.

Etiquette and Protocol specific to the Council

The council holds a special standing and consists primarily of Darths.

  1. Always kneel when brought before the council unless allowed to get up or told otherwise. Only a Darth may remain on their feet and bow when brought before the council.
  2. A Councilor is addressed with title of Sphere or Dark Lord
  3. The Council is never to be spoken to unless addressed first or acknowledged in a meeting. The exception to this rule are the rest of Council and their own apprentices.
  4. To speak with the Council you must schedule an audience. Only citizens with the rank Master or above may contact the Council for purposes of an audience or any business. Anyone not of those ranks should arrange audiences with the chain of command.
  5. The council thrones are never to be touched without permission.
  6. The council's quarters and office are never to be entered except by summons of a counselor. Only other councilors or their own apprentices are exceptions to the rule and even then such intrusions should be rare.


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