Commons of Faeland
The Commons of Faeland are those regions of the Ríocht Fíl administered immediate of the crown in contrast to the Crown Vassals. They are collectively an administrative division of the Government of Fíl.
Where legitimate successors to defunct titles could not be found -that is where no Crown Vassals could be restored following the second civil war- lands defaulted to the stewardship of the king. These lands were added to the royal domains. Held in trust, they were called Commons, and administered by Wardens of the King where no local municipal authorities existed and extended to unincorporated rural areas.
However, in many other cases local petty nobles were able to show competence but had otherwise lost their lieges amid the ravages of war and time. These Lesser Deins (petty nobles) were given the option to retain their lands in deed full -not as gifts of the crown- in return for oaths of fealty. Since the rebirth of the Kingdom in the 1950s, the Crown has seen fit to replace its wardens in various regions and towns that have requested more control and autonomy.
The original intent of King ___ was to relinquish control and reinvigorate and add fresh blood to the noble class, and establish precedent that new nobility could always be created from the people. Thus as gifts many were also given estates and titles by patent of the King. It did occur often, however, that towns or cities requested simple autonomy with a lord-mayor or city-council system. Thus the Commons of Faeland are administered through the king's intermediary wardens and through what could be thought of as minor crown vassals (having less voice in the confederal system as the king's personal creations), be they counts, dukes, marquise, or whatever.
Nevertheless the Commons are more autonomous in their administration inasmuch as they are under no ancient nor feudal obligations to the crown, as are the Crown Vassals.
There are 32 politically distinct Commons of Faeland, each with widely varying internal composition and further subdivision - ranging from independent cities to vast conglomerate territories composed of multiple ethnic groups.
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Main Article: Lesser Deins
There has been political debate on the supposed oppression of these "Lesser Deins" by excluding them from seats at the Council of Tribes. When the Vodschtek Suxach (Grand Duke of Suxach) ___ questioned their restriction in session, King Aodhán II responded: "Do you want to pack this assembly with all my friends?" The hall erupted in laughter as the King had ably defended his position by demonstrating the check to both his power and theirs by his keeping certain nobles under his direct care. Acknowleging this, the Vodschtek went further and demanded that it be confirmed by the king that no Crown Vassal could be removed from its relationship to the crown and be made a lesser. It remains as constitutional practice to consider the crown vassals as legally entitled to protection from the monarch's direct control. Thus were their guarantees of internal autonomy in fact strengthened by the King's creation of his own new class.
True to Aodhán II's intent, since he died in 1973 his successors have expressed no interest in elevating the lesser nobles to a de facto state of equality as the Crown Vassals. In interviews Aodhán IV has said "I like to think of the so-called lessers (sic. Deins) as community projects. For example, we create the Mayor of a town baronet and give him and his area some legal tools and economic privileges to stoke development in their neighborhood. Something they can be a part of and help build. The dream is that some of these little incubators grow into something they can be proud of...with evidence for all the world to see, that their monarch has been watching and helping them along."
In a paper developing his ideas, the king points out that the more power is carved up and handed to citizens, the more heartfelt the relationship between individual and state, as they fuse and one's will becomes manifest. This brand of decentralization through elevation has been a trademark of the modern Faelish Royal Families.
Wardens of the King
Main Article: Wardens of the King
Throughout the Commons districts, however, the King is represented by Wardens. Typically these wardens are locally elected, sometimes appointed, but all are subject to royal investiture for legitimacy.