A brand new citizen will start as an Immigrant being brought into the capital city to register with one of the Prefects and offered beginniner training as well as starter equipment. Once an Immigrant has demonstrated basic competency, registered on the forums and logged onto the Discord server they are assigned to a Fiefdom or Baronetcy and promoted to Contadino or Commoner. From here they report to their new location to work the land and begin their life as a citizen of the Republic.
Those who are Contadino will work the land for their Liege Lord in exchange for shelter, security, equipment and mentorship in their chosen tradecraft. Each Liege Lord may also maintain their own military for defense and to answer the Doge’s Call to Arms. Terms for military service and working the land are handled within each Fiefdom or Baronetcy. Once a Contadino has earned the trust of their Liege Lord then they may be promoted to Popolano or Freeman/Free Populace. A Freeman may stay on as a Tenant, paying rent on the land, but now also keeping a portion of their harvested resources or trade goods. Depending on the terms, the Popolano may have to buy their own equipment or continue to enjoy free equipment from the Liege Lord.
Once a Popolano has earned enough money or trade goods they may move to the city on their own and rent property there. Some may chose to continue renting property in their Fiefdom and own property in the city, especially if they are looking to become a merchant or enterprising artisan. Those who are capable of doing so, may start their own business, hiring on other artisans and buying/selling resources from the various Fiefdoms and Baronetcies.
Popolano or even Contadino who are more interested in service to the Republic may volunteer as officers. Those who are accepted (if they are Contadino), automatically become Popolano and are released from their feudal obligations entering into service of the Republic.
Officers are known as Cittadino and live in apartments provided by the Republic with their equipment and a small stipend depending upon the position. Prefects are members of the Ministry of State and are law enforcement and guides for new members. Clerks are senior officers of the Ministry of State and function in a more general administrative role dealing with logistics, finances, higher matters of justice and other issues. Heralds are senior members of the Executive Ministry dealing with diplomacy, civic matters, oversight of meetings and courts, registration of coats of arms and the lore of the Republic. They have junior officers known as Pursuivants that are learning how to be full Heralds.
This article is pulled directly from the Codex of the Republic from the following link: http://codex.silversunrepublic.com/index.php?title=Social_Structure#Social_Progression
For more information on the overall structure and lore of the Republic you can check out our Codex at codex.silversunrepublic.com.