|Oom Bob addresses The Clerk's Battalion, a volunteer unit of infantry , before they entrain and move to the Front.|
There are three main classes in Oerberg. The Holders (short for Stakeholders) are the landowners. Only the Holders may own property, vote or sit in council. Any purchase of land must be approved by council. All holders are subject to military duty and when called must report with rifle, horse and two weeks rations. It is customary for the richer Holders to bring their own "volunteer" company of mounted rifles raised from their stockmen and farmhands.
The Natives are the original inhabitants and those who have intermarried with them. Each tribe has a treaty with the State, runs its own affairs, and owns its own land. They are technically allies rather than subjects of Oerberg.
Everyone else is a Renter. They may not vote or own property although they may operate businesses and indeed they run almost all businesses, stores, banks, government offices and small farms (leased) and may not bear arms unless a member of an authorized Volunteer Corps. Being a volunteer is not only essential if hoping to become a Holder but also earns a break on taxes.
Unfortunately, neither troops nor terrain are ready but I am itching for a game. A short non-gridded game of something or other is called for I think then back to work on Oerberg.