Baron

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The badge for the rank of Baron or Baroness. Azure, a bend (the stripe) sinister (direction of the stripe, from the right side) argent.

As defined by the Charter: The Baron is the lowest officer rank in order of precedence in the New OutRiders. Barons form the base of the chain of command.

Baron Mandate (Charter Extract)

As officers of the order, Barons have the following mandate:

  1. Follow the items listed in the Officer Mandate
  2. Your valued opinion, the Branch Leader will have have several decisions when running a realm and may need multiple opinions to make their final decision.
  3. Carry out any tasks assigned to you by your CT/CS.

Baron and Baroness Promotion Requirements

  1. Any member Squire or above can be considered for an Baron/ess. Branch Leaders consider previous officers first for an active Officer position, then Champions and so forth down the hierarchy.

Barony Titles

There are three titles at the Baron rank:

  • Baron - an active male Baron
  • Baroness - an active female Baron
  • Grandee - an inactive/retired Baron

These titles are generally considered equal in weight and significance. The difference being that the Baron and Baroness are active officers of the order. Grandees are no longer active officers and lose the rights and privileges attached to the office.

Ranks of the Order
Preceded by Rank Succeeded by
Champion Baron Count

Historical Background

Baron is a title of nobility. In the kingdom of England, the medieval Latin word baro, baronis was used originally to denote a tenant-in-chief of the early Norman kings who held his lands by the feudal tenure of "barony" (in Latin per baroniam), and who was entitled to attend the Great Council which by the 13th century had developed into the Parliament of England.

In the Peerage of England, Peerage of Ireland, Peerage of Great Britain and the Peerage of the United Kingdom, barons form the lowest rank, placed immediately below viscounts. A female of baronial rank has the title baroness. Feudal baronies (or "baronies by tenure") are now obsolete in England and without any legal force but any such historical titles are held in gross, that is to say are deemed to be enveloped within a more modern extant peerage title also held by the holder, sometimes along with vestigial manorial rights and tenures by grand serjeanty.

Grandee is the word used to render in English the Iberian high aristocratic title or rank of Grande, used by the Spanish nobility, Portuguese nobility and Brazilian nobility. The rank was a rough equivalent of the Peerage of England or Peerage of France, and carried — increasingly as time went on — certain personal privileges, but the Grandees had no powers as a group.