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There is a history of discussions about how to handle Imperial nobles, some recent. Hans has always been alert/sensitive to them, which I appreciate. After receiving my stuff and this thread, I thought I'd take a stab at something - relating system population to number and level of associated Imperial nobility.
(Note: I've misplaced my GT: Nobles).

An Imperial noble's mandate is to represent a system to the Imperium and to carry out the Imperium's desires. Knight is the lowest Imperial noble, so at some point, a Knight might be the sole representative of a system. And we know that each subsector has a representative Duke.

Some principles:
Very low population systems do not necessarily need a representative noble who is solely responsible for it - nobles with other responsibilities should be able to handle that (though exceptions are fine). This can be done by the Imperial bureaucracy (e.g., Starport Administration acting on authority of the relevant noble).

Each system should have a single highest representative, i.e., two knights should not share responsibility for a system as the highest nobles there.

Where there are multiple nobles in the same system, they have some responsibilities, fealty applies to some degree, etc.

Duke is the cap on population-based nobility (and can be ignored in subsectors with several very high population systems).

Each level of nobility has 5 nobles of the next level below:
For every Baronet, there are 5 Knights.
For every Baron, 5 Baronets.
For every Marquis, 5 Barons.
For every Viscount, 5 Marquises.
For every Count, 5 Viscounts.
For every Duke, 5 Counts.

This leads to the following breakdown by system population:
Population 0 - 2: No dedicated noble.
Population 3: No dedicated noble (however: 1 non-hereditary Knight would be fine IMTU).
Population 4: 1 Knight
Population 5: 1 Baronet, 5 Knights
Population 6: 1 Baron, 5 Baronets, 25 Knights
Population 7: 1 Marquis, 5 Barons, 25 Baronets, 125 Knights
Population 8: 1 Viscount, 5 Marquises, 25 Barons, 125 Baronets, 625 Knights
Population 9: 1 Count, 5 Viscounts, 25 Marquises, 125 Barons, 625 Baronets, 3125 Knights
Population A: 1 Duke, 5 Counts, 25 Viscounts, 125 Marquises, 625 Barons, 3125 Baronets, 15625 Knights
Population B+: should be treated as special cases. (There are no Pop B+ systems in the most recent Spinward Marches data).

For the Regina subsector, this results in:
38,378 Knights
7,675 Baronets
1,534 Barons
306 Marquises
60 Viscounts
11 Counts
1 Duke (not counting Subsector Duke)
Total: 47,965 nobles in a subsector with a total population between 16.6 Billion and 165.6 Billion.

Noble/Population Ratio:
Any Noble: 0.0003% (1 in 3,333) to 0.00003% (1 in 33,333)
Knight: 0.0002% (1 in 4,348) to 0.00002% (1 in 43,478)
Baronet: 0.00005% (1 in 20,000) to 0.00005% (1 in 200,000)
Baron: 0.000009% (1 in 100,000) to 0.0000009% (1 in 1 million)
Marquis: 0.000002% (1 in 500,000) to 0.0000002% (1 in 5 million)
Viscount: 0.0000004% (1 in 2.5 million) to 0.00000004% (1 in 25 million)
Count: 0.00000007% (1 in 14 million) to 0.000000007% (1 in 142 million)
Duke: 0.000000006% (1 in 166 million)to 0.0000000006% (1 in 1.6 billion)

Seems like a lot in absolute terms, but not so much in relative terms. Take out Retha (Pop A) and those numbers drop to between 1/2 and 2/3rds.
GT: Far Trader, co-author
Duke Stedan Seville of the Spinward Marches, Mora,*
Count of Glisten, Knight of the Third Imperium (Belizo), Knight (Bendor), (homeworld). Knight (Dyani)
* So obviously something different going on at Mora than 1105 OBTU. And Dyani might be a duplicate.

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